IHG to add third Micronesian site

IHG Hotels & Resorts has signed a management agreement with Palau Coral Club to open a Hotel Indigo on Malakal Island in Palau.

Hotel Indigo Palau will be IHG’s third hotel in Micronesia when it begins operation in late 2024.

Neighbourhood story

With a location fronting onto a coral reef, the hotel will feature approximately 200 guestrooms, an all-day dining Neighbourhood Café and separate restaurant, a sunset bar by the pool, meeting rooms for 60 people, a resort centre, swimming pool, spa and gymnasium.

The Hotel Indigo brand brings the ‘neighbourhood story’ of its destination to guests, weaving the location into various aspects of service, design, art and storytelling. Hotel Indigo Palau’s story will present a ‘pledge to the miraculous sea’, with a theme inspired by the natural beauty of Palau, one of the most pristine marine paradises in the world.

Palau first

IHG’s MD, Japan and Micronesia, Abhijay Sandilya said: “I’m so proud and excited that we have signed an agreement to open a Hotel Indigo property in Palau with the owner, Palau Coral Club, whose largest shareholder is Takao Yasuda, founder of Pan Pacific International Holdings Ltd. (PPIH). This will be IHG’s first property in Palau, and its third in Micronesia.

“It also follows on from the recent signing of Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya with PPIH, which will open in 2023. While Indigo Tokyo Shibuya and the Palau beach resort are two very different destinations, they are both attractive destinations in their own right, attracting tourists from all over the world with a unique story and experience. We are confident that both will be very successful, sharing the unique stories of their respective neighbourhoods with the world. We thank PCC and PPIH for their great partnership, and look forward to working together for many years ahead.”

Increasing Indigo

There are currently 135 open Hotel Indigo properties around the world, and a development pipeline of 124 hotels. In Japan, there are three Hotel Indigo properties open (Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora, Hotel Indigo Karuizawa and Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden), with Hotel Indigo Tokyo Shibuya scheduled to open in autumn 2023.

IHG continues to focus on expanding its portfolio in Japan and Micronesia. In the Micronesian nation of Northern Mariana Islands, Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan is currently being extended with an extra 116 rooms, with completion scheduled for Q2 2025. In Japan, newbuild plans include the 373-key InterContinental Okinawa Chura Sun Resort in Okinawa and the 82-room Six Senses Kyoto, due to open in Q1 2024.