Accor gives Fairmont Indian altitude

Pictured: Fairmont Fagu Shimla signing ceremony.
Accor is expanding its Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio in India with the signing of a new 105-key luxury resort in Fagu, Shimla.

Fairmont Shimla Fagu is expected to open its doors in 2026 and will be newly built on a ~2.5-acre hilltop plot of land at an altitude of 2,400 m.

Banqueting boon

Once launched, the new property will feature ~5,500 sq ft of banqueting and events space, entertainment spaces, an indoor pool and spa, and multiple food and beverage outlets.

For this hotel, Accor is partnering with RTM Hotels Private Limited, a special purpose vehicle promoted by the Nagrath family that has business interests in real estate and hospitality in Northern India.

Luxurious amenities

Vinod Nagrath, director, RTM Hotels Private Limited commented: “Shimla has always been a major tourism destination for North India and is popularly known as Queen of Hills. Over the last few years and with the development of infrastructure, it has become a preferred destination for domestic luxury travellers, and we want to offer discerning customers the very best of luxury hospitality right in the lap of nature.

“We are very excited to partner with Accor and Fairmont Hotels & Resorts for the launch of Fairmont Fagu Shimla. With 105 keys, a beautiful hillside location, and luxurious amenities, we are looking forward to making Fairmont Shimla Fagu one of the best luxury hotel destinations in Northern India.”

Regional milestone

Mark Willis, CEO, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, said: “This signing is a true milestone for us in the region and for Fairmont Hotel & Resorts to introduce such a unique building in one of the most scenic locations in the country. Being the fourth Fairmont property in India and the first in Himachal, Fairmont Shimla Fagu, with its distinct presence and unique architecture, is set to become an iconic landmark in Shimla.”

Aniruddh Kumar, VP development, Accor India and South Asia, added: “We are delighted to expand our presence in India with the addition of Fairmont Shimla Fagu. We will continue the legacy of our luxury portfolio by providing our guests with grand and enriching experiences.” 

Prospective pipeline

Accor currently operates 430 properties (over 93,008 keys) across India, the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, with another 192 properties (over 41,230 keys) in the pipeline.

The latest signing will be the fourth Fairmont property in India, following Fairmont Jaipur, which opened in 2012, Fairmont Mumbai, which is currently under construction, and Fairmont Udaipur, which is due for completion in Q3 2024.