Last Friday, Ovolo announced its successful acquisition of the Citadines Kuta Beach — an upmarket serviced apartment/hotel development in Bali. The takeover spells a strategic shift for Ovolo, as the Hong Kong based hospitality group looks to expand its footprint into Southeast Asia. (To date, Ovolo has only operated hotels in Australia and its native Hong Kong.)

Currently, the Citadines — conveniently located between expat hotspots Seminyak and Legian Road — consists of 194 rooms in three categories, an all-day dining restaurant, rooftop bar & pool, gym and various conferencing facilities. It’s unclear at this stage to what exact extent Ovolo plans to revamp Citadines, though the group’s press officers have stated they will be announcing “[how the property] will be reimagined to be in line with Ovolo Group’s ethos and philosophies” by early 2020. An opening date for the new Ovolo Bali property will also be set in the near future.

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Although further details are to be announced in early 2020, guests at the Ovolo Bali can expect the group’s latest property to retain the beloved rooftop bar & pool of its predecessor.

“This acquisition demonstrates our vision to become a truly global hospitality company,” says Girish Jhunjhnuwala, Founder & CEO of Ovolo Group. “We look forward to being able to reinvent this hotel and its food and drink concepts in true Ovolo style, bringing a fresh take on hospitality to Bali.” Travellers can expect to see many of the group’s signature value adds at the new Ovolo Bali: including a complimentary minibar; cutting-edge communal work spaces; and a strong emphasis on social programming.

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One of the ‘Platinum’ category rooms (pictured) at the newly-revamped Ovolo Central in Hong Kong.

Established by Jhunjhnuwala in 2002, Ovolo Group is an independently owned award-winning hospitality brand, based in Hong Kong. The group is well-known throughout the region for operating dynamic, tech-savvy properties, being among the first Hong Kong hotel groups to cater (successfully) to millennial travellers. Currently, its signature experience is Mojo Nomad: a program that blurs the line between hotel, social community and co-working space. The group operates four hotels in Hong Kong, and in various cities across Australia: including Sydney; Melbourne; Canberra; and Brisbane.

To learn more about the group’s portfolio of hotels or book your next stay, visit Ovolo Group online

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