Retail in Asia


Meliá Heats Up the Sand in Cam Ranh, Vietnam

Sol by Meliá Cam Ranh Bay is ready for a debut on Vietnam’s south-central coast in late 2023. The new ocean-inspired property by Meliá Hotels International is part of a wave of new hotel openings in Asia for the Spanish hotel group, which is the second largest international hotel group in Vietnam.

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“For decades, our company has led the leisure and ‘bleisure’ [business and leisure] hospitality in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, so we look forward to contributing to the development of the key holiday destinations in Asia-Pacific, bringing the most innovative hotel experiences to meet the expectations of modern travellers,” said Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá Hotels International.

The Sol by Melia complex will boast 816 keys and include four dining outlets, multiple swimming pools with separate adult and family areas, a spacious spa situated on its own island, a kids club, extensive MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) facilities, and a fitness center and sports club with tennis courts.

The main hotel at the heart of the complex will offer 167 rooms and suites on 15 floors. Another 111 keys will fan out in 40 villas and 29 bungalows from the main building towards the white sands of Cam Ranh Bay, and two condotel towers (with a combined 538 keys) will flank each side of the spiral-shaped main building.

A nautical theme anchors both the interiors and exteriors with ocean colors from turquoise blue to golden sand and licks of bold coral. The sculptural decor and lighting in the lobby, dining spaces, and rooftop sky lounge, is inspired by creatures of the sea. The facades of the condotels mimic yacht lines, while the hotel building curls like a nautilus shell.

With the Sol by Melia brand’s focus on family, the property has extensive facilities for children including a kids’ club with sensory spaces, reading area, ball pit and nap room. One of the main pools will also come with a miniature water park with slides for children.

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“While we have lots for kids, when we think of family we also move beyond the traditional definition,” added Ignacio Martin, Meliá’s Managing Director for Southeast Asia. “We believe in the idea of a tribe and realize that a tribe looks different to everyone. With that in mind we have plenty for adults at all our Sol by Melia properties.”

The new hotel will be owned by Hong Ngoc Viet Travel & Investment Jsc, a Khanh Hoa-based investment company.