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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 11, 2017 -- Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian-based property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, has announced the appointment of Castaldi "Alex" Rosario as General Manager for The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Perak, Malaysia. Drawing on 15 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry including successes at several stylish addresses in Dubai, Bali, Rome and Koh Samui, Alex is responsible for overall operations and business growth at Malaysia's first luxury wellness retreat, which opened its doors in January 2010.

Originally from Italy, Alex joins The Banjaran from being Area General Manager at the Kupu Kupu Resorts, managing a collection of luxury resorts in Seminyak, Jimbaran and Ubud in Bali as well as overseeing a villa retreat on the island of Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Prior to that, Alex served as General Manager and Executive General Manager (Hotels Division) for Thailand's Kalara International Properties, as Resident Manager for the Shangri-La Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu, the Philippines, as Resort Manager at the Akaryn Resort & Spa in Koh Samui, Thailand, and numerous senior rooms division roles at the Anantara Rasananda Koh Phangan, Thailand, at Dubai's avant-garde Desert Palm Per Aquum, Banyan Tree in Seychelles,  Madinat Jumeirah Mina A'salam in Dubai and Hilton Hotel in Rome.

His breadth of experience in managing upscale boutique resorts lends itself well into his new role; as The Banjaran introduces a collection of 20 additional villas over a pristine lake located in the west side of the sprawling retreat in the third quarter of 2017. The Lake Villas, as it will be known, will feature a master suite with en-suite bathroom, an outdoor plunge pool, Jacuzzi and balcony overlooking the lake. The new Lake Villas will complement the existing collection of 25 Garden and Water Villas which are nestled in a secluded cove, allowing nature to play host and providing vistas of the towering limestone hills that envelopes the valley floor.

"Alex brings fresh perspectives in luxury operating philosophy and valuable insights to The Banjaran that will serve to deepen our service engagement with the discerning wellness seekers and international travellers. We are looking forward to his exciting new initiatives and programmes being planned for The Banjaran," said Albert Cheong, CEO of Sunway Hotels & Resorts.

About The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat

The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Malaysia's first luxury natural wellness hot springs getaway, is nestled in a 16.19-acre valley cradled by lush tropical rainforest, geothermal hot springs, natural caves, cascading waterfalls and magical 260-million year old Paleozoic limestone hills. This sanctuary of bespoke wellness is a 15-minute drive from the city of Ipoh, in the northern state of Perak; and two (2) hour drive north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The retreat features 25 luxurious Garden and Water villas, and a host of natural features including the geothermal hotsprings dipping pools, a thermal steam cave, meditation cave, crystal cave, Garra Rufa Doctor Fish Pool, a naturally-heated swimming pool, a yoga pavilion and more. The Spa and Wellness Centre offers over 40 authentic Asian-inspired treatments. Jeff's Cellar, an ethereal cave chamber with some of the most spectacular cave concretions is arguably one of the most unique dining venues and wine bars in the world. Please visit www.thebanjaran.com, email to tbhr.reservations@sunwayhotels.com or call The Banjaran directly at +60 5 210 7777. 

About Sunway Hotels & Resorts

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality division of Malaysian property-construction conglomerate Sunway Group, operates and manages 11 hotels and resorts in Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, representing a collection of over 3,300 guestrooms, suites and villas. The hotel group's diverse portfolio of hospitality assets and services includes ownership and management of cluster of hotels with large scale convention, meeting and exhibition facilities in an integrated resort city, to private villa destination, a wellness retreat and a portfolio of 5, 4 and 3-star hotels in mixed-use developments. Please visit www.sunwayhotels.com

Contact: Farizal B. Jaafar

srhs.media@sunwayhotels.com / +60 3 7492 8000

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