A management agreement to develop and build Legoland Hotel Malaysia, the first in Southeast Asia, has been signed by global visitor attractions operator Merlin Entertainments Groups and LL Themed Hotel Sdn Bhd, a 51-49 joint venture company between Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH) with Iskandar Harta Holdings SdnBhd.
The press release on 24 April stated that the hotel which will be located in Nusajaya, Johor will be the fourth LEGOLAND Hotel to open, and the very first in Asia. The ground work for the Hotel began in March 2012 as it is scheduled to open its doors by the first half of 2014.
The themed Hotel will be strategically located on 2.4 acres of land adjacent to Merlin’s new LEGOLAND Malaysia Theme Park Resort in Nusajaya, Johor which will open in the fourth quarter of this year.
The Hotel will be easily accessible from the Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru with just a 20-minute drive, or alternatively, for those coming from Singapore, a convenient 10-minute drive via the Second Link Expressway.
Destination Resorts and Hotels Managing Director Nadziruddin Basri expressed DRH’s excitement to introduce another innovative tourism attraction to Malaysia.
“We at DRH are focused in bringing new, innovative attractions to Malaysia’s Leisure and Tourism offerings and to make Malaysia a destination of choice for both local and international travelers,” he said.
“The Legoland Hotel is set to heighten the Legoland Malaysia theme park experience with its fun and interactive designs, and facilities. We look forward to working with Merlin on this project and to opening our doors in 2014 and offering our guests the Legoland Hotel’s unique experience,” he added.
Legoland Malaysia General Manager Siegfried Boerst on behalf of Merlin echoed DRH’s excitement yesterday saying Lego is one of the world’s most popular toys in the world and has many fans here in Asia.
“Today’s announcement comes at an exciting time for all across the region as not only will we be offering the highest quality modern hotel accommodation, but most importantly, our magical Legoland Hotels are the first ever hotels designed from a child’s eye view,” he said.
“The opening of the Malaysia Hotel in 2014 will also create an integrated destination resort experience for families, allowing them to spend longer quality time together exploring and enjoying the LEGOLAND Malaysia offerings and the region,” he also said.
Dedicated to interactive family fun, the unique hotel will be designed to encourage families with young children to extend their visit to the resort, and to take two to three days to really enjoy the 40+ attractions in the Park.
It will bring Lego to life with imaginative theming and a host of child friendly features from low counters in the restaurant to treasure chests full of Lego in the bedrooms.
There will be three types of themed bedrooms, Pirate, Kingdom or Adventure, all with interactive challenges to keep children mesmerised for hours on end.
With the Hotel and Legoland Theme Park Malaysia conveniently located adjacent to each other, Legoland Hotel is clearly the preferred and most convenient accommodation for families with children visiting the theme park.
Other LEGOLAND Hotels are located in Billund (Denmark), Windsor (United Kingdom) and a third will open in California in the USA in 2013.