Gabriel Escarrer, CEO & Vice Chairman of Meliá Hotels International has announced the signature of two luxury new hotels during his tour of the Middle East and Asia Pacific. The future Meliá Doha is scheduled to open in Qatar in the first quarter of 2015, and Gran Meliá Bintan in Indonesia, in 2017.

Meliá Doha will occupy 39 floors of the fabulous Bin Samickh tower, located in West Bay, the most coveted area of the Qatari capital. It will house 282 rooms and suites as well as a wide range of restaurants, wellbeing and beauty facilities. The Chairman and CEO of Tamniyat Qatar Real Estate, the property owner and developer, and Gabriel Escarrer explained the importance of Qatar as a destination with its economic prosperity – the country has the highest income per capita in the world – and its growing influence.

Gabriel Escarrer has been touring the Middle East and Asia Pacific to meet with partners and new investors. He commented that “The Arabian Gulf is a natural focus for the expansion of our luxury brands. The signature of the Meliá Doha brings a guarantee of solvency and quality management to this important building, while at the same time represents a partnership and commitment between two acclaimed business groups that has a solid base and family values”.

The Gran Meliá Bintan will be the second Gran Meliá hotel in Indonesia, representing the synthesis of timeless luxury with the passion for service acquired by Meliá throughout its nearly 60 years of history.  It will provide 120 spacious suites and 38 villas with one, two or four bedrooms, in an extensive resort with a Mediterranean style differentiating it from other international luxury hotels already operating on the idyllic island.

Meliá Hotels International has a long and successful track record in Indonesia where it built its first international hotel in the 1980s. Meliá Bali remains today a benchmark hotel both in Bali and Indonesia, and Melía currently manages or is in the process of opening another five hotels in the country.

Gabriel Escarrer visited Jakarta to sign an agreement with the owners of Bintan Resorts, an extraordinary destination on the island of Bintan, the new mecca for luxury travel in south east Asia and an exceptional destination for neighbouring and well-connected countries such as Singapore and Malaysia.

As Gabriel Escarrer explained “Meliá Hotels International has been a major player in the travel booms in the most important international destinations, such as Spain and the Caribbean. And today, international travel is unthinkable without destinations such as Bali or Bintan, our company continues and will always continue to promote them in the future”.