Dangarikar (centre) with Low (on his right) and Mat Hassan (second from right) after the presentation of plaques. With them are (from left) Negri Sembilan Tourism chairman Datuk Razi Kail, KL Metro Group executive director Datuk Yap Chuan Thai, Mas Ermieyati and Lexis Hotel Group president Mandy Chew Siok Cheng.
PORT Dickson now has two world records after a resort here was certified by Guinness World Records as having the most number of swimming pools and the highest number of villas over water in a single resort.
Nestled along a relatively quiet stretch of Port Dickson’s Pasir Panjang coastline, the resort has 643 swimming pools and 522 overwater villas that make up its hibiscus shape.
Lexis Hibiscus received the recognition from Guinness’ official adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar.
“Lexis Hibiscus has set the bar very high and it will be difficult to emulate. This makes you officially amazing,” Dangarikar said at the ceremony witnessed by Deputy Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin.
He added that the feat was unique and would be extremely difficult to beat.
Dangarikar presented the plaques to resort developer KL Metro Group’s chairman Datuk Mat Hassan Esa and managing director Datuk Low Tak Fatt.
Lexis Hibiscus was built at a cost of RM400mil and opened for business about two years ago.
Mat Hassan said the water villas stretched almost 1.2km out to sea.
“We are proud that Lexis Hibiscus remains the only resort in the country where every room comes with its own private pool and steam room,” he said.
He said over the past decade, the group’s four properties had attracted 3.2 million tourists from 120 countries. Two are in Port Dickson and one in Penang.
In addition to these awards, Lexis Hibiscus has also bagged the World Luxury Hotel Awards for Luxury Water Villa Resort (for South East Asia category) in 2016 and the BrandLaureate SMEs Signature Awards for the Best Brand in Hospitality for Hotels and Resorts.