Kuching (Sarawak), Tuesday, 18 October 2016 – Samalaju Properties Sdn Bhd (SPSB), a joint-venture company between two of Sarawak’s leading private sector companies, Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS) and Naim Holdings Berhad (NHB), together with Sarawak Government Agency the Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), today launched the opening of the Samalaju Resort Hotel. The launch was led by the majority shareholder, CMS, which is credited as being one of the major catalysts in Sarawak’s continued economic growth and as a leading player in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). Officiating the on-site launch was His Excellency, Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak, Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud and CMS Group Managing Director, Dato’ Richard Curtis.
The 23-acre hotel and resort is strategically located within the Samalaju Industrial Park (SIP) and is set along the cliffs of Tanjung Similajau, with breath-taking views of both the South China Sea and the SIP. Targeted at short-term and longer-term guests, the hotel is arguably the State’s only truly holistic business-cum-leisure resort, billed to offer guests ease of access to the business activities of the industrial park, combined with international-standard hotel business facilities and connectivity with comfort at its core, all set within a unique landscape where industry meets with nature. Nearby tourist hot spots include the Similajau National Park – home to some of the State’s most iconic flora and fauna, including gibbons, banded langurs, long-tailed macaque and the hornbill, the State bird of Sarawak. Other famous nearby tourist destinations include the breathtaking Niah National Park and Limestone Cave, which is currently under review as a UNESCO World Heritage Status and the Loagan Bunut National Park.
CMS Group Managing Director, Dato’ Richard Curtis, said: “The hotel opening its doors represents a huge milestone for Samalaju, for SCORE and for Sarawak’s greater plan to continue on its growth path that is delivering opportunities and unrivalled development for Sarawak and its people. Development is of course the net product of economic growth, but is also inexorably linked to other factors: the comfort and lifestyle of our people and visitors, a sustainable and environmentally-friendly outlook and a drive for success with a responsible approach and a primary consideration for the communities in which we operate. This is the only resort of its type in Sarawak and is indicative of the growth of SCORE, the development of the Samalaju Eco Park and the demand from the nearby SIP to accommodate the individual needs of residents, expatriates, employees, contractors, visitors, investors and others who are connected with the State’s economic development.
“The cut and thrust of growth and development doesn’t mean that we must compromise on peace and tranquility and the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of our State. Work can become leisure. Corporate doesn’t have to mean concrete jungle. You can do what we have done, which is to work in synergy with nature and the environment to create an oasis of serenity.”
The 175-room resort-hotel is equipped with all the necessary amenities for both business travellers and those looking for a comfortable getaway, including swimming pools, a gym and games room, meeting and function rooms, a coffee house, a lounge and a business centre. The hotel is also equipped to organise corporate events, training, meetings and team building exercises, making it an excellent training centre for both the private and public sectors.
Under development is the nearby Samalaju Central project, which will offer guests even greater facilities, services and entertainment. Built up over 33 hectares, Samalaju’s first commercial service centre will provide retail, commercial and industrial units to both small and medium enterprises. When finished, Samalaju Central will offer restaurants, laundromats, mini-markets, clinics, a police station, BOMBA and much more, enhancing the lifestyles and facilities available to everyone in the area.
“The Samalaju Industrial Park currently stands at approx. 8,000 hectares, and with 16 approved projects and investment totalling RM25.3 billion, it continues to grow and expand, creating an increased need for facilities that meet the needs of a diverse and varied workforce. With massive plants and further development in the pipeline, there has never been a better time for the Samalaju Resort Hotel,” added Dato’ Richard Curtis.