Nature-inspired hotel venture launched in Selangor

(From left) Chua, Gamuda Land chief commercial officer Chu Wai Lune, Gamuda Land chief executive officer Zuaida Abdullah, Lada, Tourism Malaysia senior director for international promotion (Asean) Mohd Shahrir Mohd Ali, Dusit International vice-president (global development) Siradej Donavanik and Cretallaz taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony.

ASAI Gamuda Cove marked its groundbreaking and signing ceremony for a new 280-room hotel.

The event at Gamuda Cove’s Experience Gallery saw Dusit Hotels and Resorts, the hospitality arm of Thailand’s Dusit International, sign a hotel management agreement with Gamuda Land to oversee the ASAI Gamuda Cove.

The hotel, slated to open its doors in the first quarter of 2026, will be the first in Gamuda Cove, Selangor, and mark Dusit’s debut in Malaysia.

It will operate under Dusit’s lifestyle brand, ASAI Hotels which is known for connecting travellers with authentic local experiences in vibrant neighbourhoods worldwide.

The property will also be the flagship hotel under Dusit’s expanded ‘ASAI Tropical’ model, tailored for properties situated in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

Similar to Dusit’s inner-city ASAI Hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, and Kyoto, Japan, ASAI Tropical will feature compact rooms with essential amenities.

The design also includes a communal space and locally-inspired dining settings.

What sets this model apart from others is the incorporation of a broader array of facilities such as an infinity pool, extra dining venues, expanded event spaces and a wide variety of room categories including spacious and family-friendly options.

Set within the 619ha Gamuda Cove township, the hotel will be situated next to the biodiversity-rich Paya Indah Discovery Wetlands which spans 449ha.

It will also be adjacent to the 36.4ha Wetlands Arboretum, an eco-edutainment and research centre.

Gamuda Land chief commercial officer Eusoffe Chua noted that the partnership represented a unique opportunity to craft eco-tourism experiences for guests to learn more about nature, citing safari tours, horseback riding and boat cruises among the experiences.

Gamuda Cove township includes residential areas, schools, universities, medical centres and retail outlets, added Chua.

It offers guests a host of outdoor experiences including the Discovery Park and SplashMania Waterpark.

“We are thrilled to align with a partner that shares our commitment to creating interconnected spaces where everyone can seamlessly integrate their living, working and recreational experiences.

“The ASAI brand, with its focus on delivering unforgettable local experiences, caters to the evolving needs of today’s local and international travellers.

“We invite guests to immerse themselves in the wonders of Gamuda Cove,” said Chua.

Dusit International chief operating officer Gilles Cretallaz noted that the ceremony signified a commitment to sustainable practices.

“The stunning Gamuda Cove perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the ASAI brand, and we hope the hotel will allow guests to enjoy the diverse cultural tapestry of Malaysia and the natural beauty of the wetlands.”

Malaysian Investment Development Authority (Mida) chief executive officer Datuk Arham Abdul Rahman said Mida was dedicated to attracting high-value and innovative investments in harmony with the National Tourism Policy 2020 to 2030.

Also at the groundbreaking and signing ceremony was Thailand’s ambassador to Malaysia, Lada Phumas.

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