Chennai, India, 19 October 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of world’s leading hotel companies, today announced the opening of the highly-anticipated InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort in India. The Resort will join InterContinental Mumbai Marine Drive to be the second hotel under the company's luxury portfolio in India.

Located 30 kilometres from the Chennai International Airport, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram offers world-class accommodation to discerning guests who can unwind, and be pampered in the lap of luxury. The resort is located in a picturesque location overlooking the Bay of Bengal on East Coast Road, making it one of the most exclusive properties in the city and joins the award winning InterContinental Hotels & Resorts around the world such as InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula in Vietnam.

Shantha de Silva, Head of South West Asia, IHG commented, “The opening of InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort marks an important milestone in IHG’s journey in India. Chennai is a city that boasts the perfect mix of diversity and culture with a glossy layer of cosmopolitan glamour. Whether for a leisure break, an intimate wedding or a romantic getaway, our newest property in Chennai will offer unrivalled facilities and access to many cultural opportunities of one of the country’s biggest cities.”

The 105 room resort offers a full range of facilities and amenities to guests, including an outdoor swimming pool, a fully-equipped health club and a spa that offers relaxing therapies including indigenous sea-inspired beauty treatments and yoga. The resorts expansive and versatile indoor and outdoor venues are ideal for conferences, meetings, and special occasions such as wedding celebrations.

InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram offers three gourmet dining options which includes an The Melting Pot with three live kitchens that serves the best in European, South Asian and Peninsular Indian cuisine, a Chinese Specialty Restaurant, Tao Of Peng & Lounge Bar,

The luxury resort has been designed by CV Sydney, a firm which is an offspring of the renowned Singapore based Kerry Hill design firm. All rooms are elegantly designed and furnished to provide maximum comfort to guests. In addition to the breath-taking view, the hotel has state-of-the-art architecture and décor to add to the luxurious experience of world-class accommodation, personalized service, and dedicated amenities.

Vijai Singh, General Manager, InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort said, “The InterContinental brand is trusted around the world for its superior service which guests have come to know and appreciate. InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort will be one of the first five star beach resorts on the east coast of India and is sure to offer unforgettable memories to the guests visiting the city.”

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InterContinental Hotels and Resorts is one of the world's leading hotel brands with a long and successful heritage, going back over 65 years when the first InterContinental was founded in 1946. Today, InterContinental is an award-winning brand, picking up accolades such as the coveted title of "World's Leading Hotel Brand" at the World Travel Awards last year – an award it has held for six consecutive years; and the title of "Best Hotel Brand Worldwide" in this year's Business Traveller Middle East Awards. Globally, IHG operates 180 InterContinental hotels and resorts, with 52 hotels due to open in the next three to five years.

IHG® currently has 22 hotels operating across four brands in 14 cities in India, including: InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express with a further 47 hotels in the development pipeline.