Melia Hotels International presents the Meliá Cartagena de Indias, its fourth hotel in Colombia
- The hotel opening is scheduled for first quarter 2017
- The company has hotels in Medellin and Bogotá franchised under the Tryp brand
Meliá Cartagena will provide 154 rooms, a "destination-restaurant" and a buffet restaurant, a bar, spa, Beach Club and rooms for meetings and events, one of the fastest growing segments in the region.
The Hotel is located in an idyllic setting, on the beach and very close to the 18-hole Karibana golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, just 15 minutes from the historic center of Cartagena de Indias and 10 minutes from the Rafael Núñez International Airport. The hotel will operate under an "Adults Only" formula.
Declared a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site in 1984, Cartagena de Indias is an emerging destination in the Colombian Caribbean providing lush scenery, gorgeous beaches, intense and exciting nightlife, internationally-famous cultural festivals, and great dining. As Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá declared, "Meliá Cartagena shows our company's commitment to a new vacation destination for international travelers, while the first hotel for the Meliá brand in Colombia, strengthens our brand portfolio in a market which we consider a priority".
Developers, BASKARIBEÑA DE SERVICIOS S.A.S. and PROMOTORA KARMAIRI S.A.S. also declared their satisfaction with the new project, and their commitment to providing the facilities and services to make the new Melia Cartagena de Indias a benchmark for hospitality in Cartagena and Colombia.
"For us, working on a project with so much potential together with Meliá, who we feel is the ideal operator thanks to their extensive experience in luxury resorts around the world, provides us with significant peace of mind and confidence in everyone that forms part of the project," declared Mauricio Martinez, CEO of PROMOTORA KARMAIRI. "It's real a challenge to create such an innovative concept focused on wellness and relaxation to meet the needs of an emerging market with high future potential growth in a strong tourist destination such as Cartagena. This is definitely the right time to develop a project with an internationally renowned operator, which fits perfectly with the strong momentum of the Colombian economy and the objectives for future growth of our Company "
About Melia Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International is one of the largest hotel companies worldwide as well as the absolute leader within the Spanish market, with more than 370 hotels (current portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries and 4 continents under the brands: Gran Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus Resorts, ME by Meliá, INNSIDE by Meliá, Tryp by Wyndham and Sol Hoteles. The strategic focus on international growth has allowed Meliá Hotels International to be the first Spanish hotel company with presence in key markets such as China, the Arabian Gulf or the US, as well as maintaining its leadership in traditional markets such as Europe, Latin America or the Caribbean. Its high degree of globalization, a diversified business model, the consistent growth plan supported by strategic alliances with major investors and its commitment to responsible tourism are the major strengths of Meliá Hotels International, being the Spanish Hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking) and one of the most attractive to work worldwide.