Oaks Hotels & Resorts continues to expand with a focus on strengthening its international foothold to complement the existing portfolio in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates. With India identified as a growth region, Oaks has recently announced the development of Oaks Bodhgaya in northeast India and Oaks Neemrana Residences, located southwest of New Delhi.
Oaks Bodhgaya, India
In an investment deal worth approximately AU$8.7 million, Oaks Bodhgaya is currently under construction and nearing the final stages of development The property will be completed in two phases, which will ultimately add a further 138 keys to Oaks Hotels & Resorts’ growing management portfolio.
The first phase will see the launch of 78 guest rooms, as well as a selection of onsite amenities, including a restaurant, conference precinct, terrace with meditation area and landscaped gardens, while phase two – also currently under development – will add a further 60 rooms to the property’s inventory.
Located in the state of Bihar in the country’s northeast, Bodhgaya is a key religious site and place of pilgrimage and is thought of as the epicentre of Buddhism. The Mahabodhi Temple can be found here which is home to the famous Bodhi Tree where Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment. The temple is the most important of the four main pilgrimage sites related to the life of Buddha and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
Oaks Neemrana Residences, India
Neemrana is a fast developing business hub located southwest of New Delhi, on the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, a mega infrastructure project worth US $90 billion, approximately 90 km from Gurgaon and 140 km from Jaipur. Its history dates back to the 15th century with the construction of the famous Neemrana Fort Palace, which was restored in 1991 and subsequently converted into a hotel that began attracting tourists to the destination. Now a major industrial hub with a Japanese and Korean investment zone, Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP), RIICO Industrial Zone 1 & 2 and Knowledge City, the buoyant economy of the region is making Neemrana a lucrative option for individuals and companies to bring their businesses.
Currently under development and catering to both corporate and leisure guests, the 116-key Oaks Neemrana Residences will feature a combination of vibrant, self-contained Studios and One and Two Bedroom Apartments, complete with all the essential comforts the Oaks Hotels & Resorts brand is renowned for. The property will also offer a selection of guest amenities, including a pool with swim-up bar, well-equipped gymnasium, children’s play zone and two distinct dining destinations – an all-day dining restaurant with sky garden, plus lobby café and lounge bar. The hotel will also feature a dedicated conferencing and meeting space with the capacity to accommodate up to 80 delegates.