Dusit drives Indian expansion

Pictured: Coorg, India.
Thai-headquartered Dusit International is expanding in India through a hotel management agreement and residence management agreement with Bangalore-based developer Ziogreen Private Limited.

The deal calls for Dusit to manage four properties in Karnataka state, southern India.

Wellness focus

Slated to open in mid-2026, all four properties will have a ‘holistic wellness’ focus and will operate under Dusit’s midscale brand, Dusit Princess, known for its integration of local culture and character within each property.

Together, they will become integral components of two major mixed-use development projects, each comprising a Dusit Princess Hotel and Dusit Princess Residences, culminating in a total of 450 keys.

Verdant estate

Located in Coorg (Kodagu), Dusit Princess Coorg Hotel, Karnataka, India and Dusit Princess Residences Coorg, Karnataka, India will immerse guests and residents in the landscapes of the Western Ghats. Located within the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and set over approximately 182,000 sq m of verdant space, Dusit Princess Coorg Hotel and Residences will be designed to blend with their natural surroundings and constructed using locally sourced materials.

The hotel will comprise 100 guestrooms, while the residences will feature 50 villas with 100 guestrooms. The guest and resident experience will focus on wellness, curated tours and forest treks, making it suitable for families and group leisure trips.

Mixed use development

Ziogreen’s second large-scale wellness-focused project in Karnakata state is a 283,000 sq m mixed use development in Bagepalli, 50km north of Bangalore International Airport on the National Highway. Overlooking the Chitravathi River, the project includes Dusit Princess Resort Bagepalli, Karnataka, India, and Dusit Princess Residences Bagepalli, Karnataka, India.

The 100-key Dusit Princess Resort Bagepalli, Karnataka will embrace Dusit’s group-wide wellness concept, Devarana Wellness, to deliver holistic well-being experiences beyond the traditional spa. The stay experience will revolve around holistic healing, ayurvedic therapies, and ancient Thai healing principles. Complementing this, Dusit Princess Residences Bagepalli, Karnataka, will serve as an exclusive senior living enclave, with 150 residential villas set alongside putting greens and other lifestyle facilities.

Creating local legacy

Gilles Cretallaz, chief operating officer, Dusit International, said: “We are delighted and honoured to partner with Ziogreen Private Limited to manage these four exceptional properties in Karnataka.

“This partnership marks Dusit’s strong commitment to expanding our footprint in India and bringing our unique brand of Thai-inspired hospitality to areas of extraordinary natural beauty. We look forward to delivering memorable moments for guests and residents and creating a legacy of enduring value for the communities we are proud to serve.”

Positive impact

Balaji Reddy, executive director, Ziogreen Private Limited, added: “Dusit’s unique approach to hospitality and its unwavering commitment to holistic wellness align seamlessly with our vision for these properties. We aim to create unparalleled experiences in Karnataka’s natural paradises, where guests and residents can enjoy the beauty of these serene landscapes while enhancing their overall well-being.

“Together with Dusit, we look forward to having a positive impact that extends far beyond the walls of our properties.”

Elsewhere in India

Dusit International presently manages a group of luxury villas in India, in Goa, under its subsidiary, Elite Havens.

The first Dusit-branded hotel in India, the 80-key dusitD2 Fagu, Shimla is scheduled to open in Q2 2024.