Major Indian hospitality group, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts – owned by EIH Limited – has announced plans for a ‘super premium’ resort near the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. The resort will be situated on a 5000-acre property overlooking the Mara Valley and is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2020.
Oberoi Group Chairman, Prithvi Raj Singh Oberoi, made the announcement on the sidelines of the company’s AGM in Calcutta last week. The hotel, to be called Oberoi Wildlife Resort, will have 25 luxury tents, two restaurants and a bar. Oberoi explained: “A local company with some foreign shareholding will build the property. We shall manage it.”
According to Oberoi, the property is aligned with the group’s decision to step away from hotel ownership: “We had taken a decision that we should also try managing hotels. We wish to be asset-light.”
The group currently owns and manages 22 properties across India, Indonesia, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Mauritius, with construction under way on a property in Morocco.