YTL Hotels buys three luxury properties in UK

LONDON: Malaysia’s YTL Hotels has bought three properties in the United Kingdom for an undisclosed sum.

One is Edinburgh’s The Glasshouse, a 77-room luxury boutique hotel with a 0.8ha hidden rooftop garden. It is formerly the Lady Glenorchy Church, built in the mid- 19th century, according to a report in the Straits Times.

The second acquisition, Monkey Island, is a retreat in Bray-on- Thames on the River Thames in Berkshire. It is surrounded by gardens and accessible only by a footbridge or boat. The retreat is a 10-minute drive from Windsor and less than an hour’s drive from Central London.

YTL Hotels has also bought The Academy, which comprises five restored Georgian townhouses and is in London’s West End and near the British Museum, the ST report said.

The acquisitions take YTL Hotels’ global portfolio to 29 assets in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, China, France, Spain and Britain.

YTL Hotels said in a statement that it was capitalising on its strong Asian presence to ride the growing wave of regional travellers exploring destinations farther afield.

Meanwhile, a report in Incentive Travel of the UK said YTL Hotels current portfolio in the UK encompassed The Gainsborough Bath Spa and Muse Bray Cottages.

The report quoted Executive Director of YTL Hotels Mark Yeoh as saying: “We will be undertaking exciting enhancements to each property and its offerings.

“Our core philosophy of not just building properties but crafting inspired experiences for guests will guide us in our enhancement and development plans for these newly acquired properties.”