Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Berjaya to Introduce New Resort and Residences in Japan
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, and Berjaya Okinawa Development Co. Ltd. (“Berjaya Okinawa”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malaysian group Berjaya Land Berhad (“BLand”), which in turn is a subsidiary of Berjaya Corporation Berhad (“BCorp”), today announced its new development on the island of Okinawa. The project will debut as part of the development’s master plan as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa.
Comprising a total of 100 acres (more than 40 hectares) of beachfront, the project site is located along the western coast of the island, approximately 31 miles (50 kilometres) northeast of Naha International Airport, with easy access by highway from the airport and close to tourist attractions. The Resort will comprise 30 acres (12 hectares) of the project development land area, with 120 hotel rooms, 120 residences and 40 villas. The project is expected to take approximately four years to complete with a total development cost of USD 400 million and estimated gross development value of USD 1 billion.
“Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa is another iconic project in Japan for the Berjaya Group, emulating the success of Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Kyoto, which officially opened in December 2016,” said Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan (“TSVT”), Founder and Executive Chairman of BCorp. “I am sure that with the prestigious Four Seasons branding and management, along with its strategic location in central Okinawa, the hotel will be one of the best on the island of Okinawa.”
“We are proud to continue our successful partnership with Berjaya Group with another exceptional project in Japan, extending our presence in the region and offering both guests and residents more chances to experience Four Seasons,” says Bart Carnahan, Executive Vice President, Global Business Development, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together with Berjaya, we will not only create the very finest resort and residences of the highest quality, but will also offer a level of unparalleled service, one that is synonymous with the name Four Seasons around the globe.”
The master plan for Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Okinawa, including planning and landscape architecture, is developed by internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm EDSA Inc, and world-renowned Japanese architects Kengo Kuma and Kuniken will serve as joint architects of the project. Kengo Kuma’s work has been internationally acknowledged and he was chosen to design Tokyo's Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympic Games recently; and Kuniken is the largest architecture firm in Okinawa.
The vision is to create a destination that portrays the cultural heritage of Okinawa island along with its natural landscape and resources. The Resort will be anchored by a resident beach club nestled on the east side, where guests as well as the homeowners will be able to access the natural beach. Additionally, the low-density layout of the resort will also allow guests and homeowners to access every amenity by foot, bicycles or golf carts. The resort facilities will include an all-day dining restaurant, specialty dining and lounge, retail shops and recreation facilities, as well as public grounds and gardens.
About Berjaya Corporation Berhad
Established in 1984, Berjaya Corporation Berhad (“BCorp”) began as a steel company and through the entrepreneurial skills and leadership of its founder, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan, BCorp has grown into one of Malaysia’s largest home-grown conglomerates listed on the Malaysian Stock Exchange.
BCorp is a diversified entity engaged in many businesses such as Consumer Marketing and Direct Selling; Property Investment and Development; Hotels, Resorts, Vacation Timeshare and Recreational Development; Gaming and Lottery Management; Food and Beverage; Financial Services; Motor Trading and Distributor; Environmental Services and Clean Technology Investment; and Telecommunication and Information Technology-related Services and Products.
The Group has been responsible for a number of notable and sought-after developments, ranging from golf course resort development, luxury condominiums, integrated commercial development, and township developments within prime locations in Malaysia and overseas. The Group also owns and manages several prime commercial buildings in Malaysia and owns 18 hotels and resorts across Malaysia and in countries like Vietnam, Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and Japan.