On 15 June, the 70% owned subsidiary of International Hotel Investments plc, CHI Hotels and Resorts, announced that it signed a 20-year management agreement with two Italian companies for the operation of two upscale golf resort hotels in Sicily. Both resorts are scheduled to open in early 2012.
One of the resorts is the five-star Corinthia Taormina Golf Resort (owned by Off Side srl) situated in Taormina on a large parcel of land measuring 616,000 sqm. This resort will comprise 130 bedrooms and suites and 158 fully serviced residential units. The resort will also include an 18-hole golf course and club house together with an array of other ancillary services such as restaurants, bars, swimming pools, health club, spa, meeting rooms and car park.
The other resort, the five-star Wyndham Catania Golf Resort (owned by Sicilia Golf Resort srl) is located in Catania and covers an area of 879,000 sqm. This resort will offer 192 bedrooms and suites and 224 fully services residential units also together with an 18-hole golf course. Other amenities include restaurants, bars, health club, spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, exercise room, pools, golf club house and and meeting rooms.
CHI’s CEO Tony Potter said that the hotel management company is excited about expanding its operations into Italy for the first time. The CEO also commented that with these two new contracts, related to golf hotels, CHI will be diversifying its portfolio of hotels under management