Shafie (centre), flanked by Liew (on his left) and Favre, with the rest of the delegation
KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been invited to officiate at the ground-breaking ceremony of Club Med Borneo, a 5 trident standard, all-inclusive resort project in Kuala Penyu, on Nov 25.
It is only the second location in Malaysia for Club Med, the first being Club Med Cherating which has been operating in Peninsular Malaysia for nearly 40 years, and the first such resort in Asia. This Club Med Borneo project is sited on a 41-acre land fronted by a white pristine sandy beach in the Kuala Penyu district.
Club Mediterranee (commonly known as Club Med) is the leading global upscale all-inclusive resorts operator in France.
Club Med Asia-Pacific Regional Development Manager, Sebastien Favre who is based in Singapore, and Club Med Borneo developer from Sabah, Peter Wong extended the invitation to the CM during a courtesy call at the latter’s office on the sidelines of the Assembly sitting on Tuesday (Nov 19).
The duo were accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew . Present were the architects for Club Med Borneo – Ar. A. Karim and Ar. J. L. Ho from Arkitek Summaz.
Favre said Club Med is very pleased with the great support from both the Chief Minister and his Deputy, who is also Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment.
According to him, Club Med is very happy with the beautiful and pristine site chosen, and is extremely confident to contribute to long-term sustainable tourism development of Sabah “by bringing in tourists from Europe, America, North Asia and the Asean region.”
Favre went on to say that the combination of excellent accessibility from Club Med’s main source markets, exceptional natural environment and endless recreational options makes Sabah a natural destination for Club Med.”The key to Club Med’s development strategy is sustainability which encompasses environmentally-friendly construction, local sourcing and contributing positively to the local community through the creation of employmentand development opportunities,” he assured Shafie.
Meanwhile, Wong, who is the Managing Director of Golden Sands Beach Resort City, gave credit to the CM and Liew for leading the way to attract potential investments to Sabah.
He said Club Med Borneo will be the biggest such resort in Southeast Asia in terms of the number of rooms and land area. “When completed by the end of 2022, it will have 400 rooms with the largest family suites measuring 110 sq m, including the balcony.
This will represent the largest, most modern and upscale Club Med Resort in Southeast Asia, and will truly reflect the premier upscale all-inclusive positioning of the latest Club Med model (ranging from restaurants to sports, entertainment and spa treatments),” he explained.
According to the developer, construction of the resort is in compliance with the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM), adoption of which is a first for the Asia-Pacific region, “which means Club Med Borneo will be a BREEAM-certified building.” BREEAM is the world’s longest-established method of assessing, rating and certifying the sustainability of buildings.