Hilton has signed an agreement to run Timor-Leste’s first internationally branded hotel.

Under a management agreement with The Lay Group, Hilton will manage Hilton Dili Palm Springs in the capital city of Dili, the country’s main centre of economic activity.

Construction of the 150-room hotel has commenced and is due for completion by late 2018.

Hilton Dili Palm Springs will offer convenience to corporate and government travellers with its prime location in the heart of Dili.

Timor-Leste is also emerging as a popular leisure escape, known for its untouched beaches, pristine reefs, beautiful rugged landscapes and rich cultural history.

“The signing of Hilton Dili Palm Springs is the latest example of Hilton’s commitment to growing our portfolio within an emerging leisure destination,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, Asia Pacific, Hilton.

“With Hilton currently operating more than 570 hotels across the globe, the signing of the Hilton Dili Palm Springs has created an additional opportunity for us to bring our renowned brand of hospitality to a new country, creating exceptional experiences for every guest, every time.”

Hilton Dili Palm Springs will offer 140 guest rooms of 40 square metres and 10 suites of 60 square metres.

“With a 98-year legacy in hospitality, strong global presence and a wealth of knowledge and experience in managing hotels, Hilton is the perfect partner and we are confident that Hilton Dili Palm Springs will set a new benchmark in world-class hospitality in Timor-Leste come opening day in 2018,” said Jackson Lay, CEO, The Lay Group.

The hotel will also feature event and meeting spaces, as well as an executive lounge and a signature restaurant, lobby bar, rooftop bar, fitness centre, spa and outdoor pool.

“Today’s announcement bears testament to both Hilton’s strength in the Asia Pacific region as well as our management expertise which has been honed over our 54 years of operation,” said Guy Phillips, senior vice president, development, Asia and Australasia, Hilton.

“We are privileged to be partnering with The Lay Group to launch Hilton Dili Palm Springs as a strong addition to our current portfolio and look forward to welcoming travellers to this city.”

James Wilkinson

Editor-In-Chief, Hotel Management