First Holiday Inn Resort in Indonesia to open in Bali

Set on three hectares of Balinese gardens with direct beach access, Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali sets new standards for affordable accommodation

January 28, 2009 // Franchising.com // Singapore, - Bali will become the first location in Indonesia to have a Holiday Inn resort. On the "Island of the Gods," the beachfront Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is named after Baruna, the Balinese God of the Ocean. Located on three hectares of beautifully terraced tropical gardens and set to open in March, this contemporary, Balinese-inspired resort features 195 guest rooms and suites along a perfect stretch of white sandy beach. The Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is the only hotel in the Tuban area to have a direct access to the beach. The resort is set to provide guests with what they expect from a modern, affordable, idyllic and relaxing resort accommodation.

Appealing to families and couples alike, Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali is situated in the secluded enclave of Tuban, a 10-minute drive from the airport, and a short stroll to the vibrant shopping and entertainment area of Kuta. It is also only 30 minutes from Denpasar, Bali's capital city, and 60 minutes from Ubud, Bali's artistic centre.

Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali will have several categories of rooms which include spectacular Ocean rooms, Garden rooms, Family Suites, kidSuites and more. All the rooms will have 32" flat screen satellite TVs and seamless Internet access. The resort will also have a new selection of eateries including "The Beach" - the newest chill-out spot in the area which has a direct beach access with decks where guests can relax and enjoy stunning sunsets.

A purpose-built spa, Tea Tree Spa, awaits guests along with a fitness centre, a kid's club with extensive outdoor play area and many other new products and services that will reflect the resort's policy to encourage their use by setting reasonable prices. The resort will have its own resort hub which will include a travel desk, mini mart, internet café, concierge and ice cream & coffee kiosk.

There will also be a Departure Lounge which provides departing guests with a space to relax prior to their flight. The Departure Lounge offers showers, changing rooms, lockers, safe deposit boxes, a 32- inch plasma TV, refreshments, and reading materials.

"We are raising the bar and redefining the next generation of Holiday Inn Resorts serving the next generation of guests" said general manager Stéphane Varoquier. "A new self-confident generation of guests are pushing the boundaries and our resort, through its amenities, will meet their needs. We provide a relaxing environment with affordable and modern facilities."

General Manager Stéphane Varoquier has spent the last nine years as IHG Regional Director, Hotel Finance & Business Support, Southern Asia & Korea. His team includes Fiona Redman, Executive Assistant Manager (EAM) for Food and Beverage and Mayoshi Diah, Director of Sales and Marketing who was previously working at InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza for eight years and was holding title of Director of Sales for three years.

The opening of Holiday Inn Resort Baruna Bali signifies IHG's (InterContinental Hotels Group's) commitment to growing its brands in Indonesia. IHG has five other properties in Indonesia - InterContinental Jakarta Midplaza, InterContinental Bali Resort, Crowne Plaza Jakarta, Holiday Inn Bandung and Holiday Inn Batam.

Notes to Editors:

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,100 hotels and more than 600,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo®, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme, Priority Club® Rewards with 40 million members worldwide.

IHG has more than 1,700 hotels in its development pipeline, which will create 200,000 jobs worldwide over the next few years.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC is the Group's holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales.

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