Bazaruto Island in Mozambique.
Minor Hotel Group, owner of luxury-hotel operator Anantara, announced that it has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Rani Investment, which operates several resorts across Africa.
The two organisations have formed a joint venture company for the ownership of Indigo Bay Resort & Spa in Mozambique, with plans for further expansion in Africa, a statement said.
Indigo Bay, a five star 44-villa resort located on Bazaruto Island, will be re-branded to Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa later this year and managed by Minor Hotel Group. This will be the first Anantara in Africa.
As part of the partnership, the companies will also explore more opportunities in Mozambique and East Africa including a mix of new-build and re-brand properties.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO Minor Hotel Group, said: “We are already present in Tanzania and Kenya through our partnership with Elewana Collection and we are keen to expand further into other parts of this vast continent where there is so much untapped opportunity.”
Including the latest hotel, Minor Group’s total portfolio includes 94 properties in operation in 13 countries.
Dubai-based Rani Investment, the investment arm of Aujan Group, is the largest private hospitality owner-operator in Mozambique.