It's part of RM450m Sandakan Harbour Sq integrated project
Kuala Lumpur: @ease boutique hotel, a hotel in Sandakan, Sabah and owned by Sara-Timur
Properties Sdn Bhd, expects to draw an occupancy rate of up to 60% in line with
the industry's average rate.
The hotel, built at a cost of over RM40mil (S$17.4 million), is part of the Sandakan
Harbour Square, a RM450 million integrated, commercial, retail, and recreational
At a media briefing on @ease, the operator of the hotel, Value Hospitality Group,
said the peak season of tourists in Sandakan would be almost throughout the year
from April to December. “Sandakan itself has been earmarked as a new growth hub
for Sabah, whereby commercial and tourism activities are increasing over here,”
said Value Hospitality area GM, East Malaysia, John Augustin. Value Hospitality
is also managing the Prescott and Everly hotels.
The @ease boutique hotel, which had its soft launch on Nov 26, is scheduled to be
officially launched on Dec 23.
“We are looking at opening eight more hotels in peninsula as well as East Malaysia
in the future,” said Sara-Timur joint managing director Rosita Hamden. A property
developer with various projects in the country, the company is also the main contractor
for Phase I and Phase II of the Sandakan Harbour Square.
Mrs Hamden said the company was looking at having the same concept of boutique hotel
for the eight hotels it plans to build. However, “the cost of investment is yet
to be decided”.
The @ease boutique hotel features 138 deluxe rooms and suites, a modern business
centre, and banquet and state-of-the-art meeting facilities that businessmen and
tourists alike will find convenient and affordable.
Meanwhile, the developer of Sandakan Harbour Square, ICSD Ventures Sdn Bhd, said
many have even dubbed the Harbour Square as the “Little Hong Kong of the East” with
great potentials to grow into a much-sought-after commercial “hot spot” and tourist
Its joint MD, Kenneth KY Tiong said the hotel would be complemented with Harbour
Square's features which include a three-storey central market, jetty, water esplanade
and shopping complexes. Harbour Square is scheduled to be completed in early 2010.