THE LUBI Plantation Resort, one of the joint ventures of Torre Lorenzo Development Corp. and Dusit International in Davao, has opened additional facilities as it officially received on Dec. 1 its Dusit Thani mark, the Thai hotel group’s high-end and full-service brand.

“We are officially launching the new brand, Dusit Thani at Lubi Plantation Resort… Together with the rebranding, we are also showcasing updates on the resort. We now have a total of 18 luxury villas, half of which have their own plunge pools facing the quiet and private beach,” Christopher Wichlan, general manager of the Davao Dusit hotels, said.

In an interview with BusinessWorld after the recent Christmas lighting ceremony at the dusitD2 Davao and Dusit Thani Residence, Mr. Wichlan said the focus next year is ramping up their marketing campaign for both local and foreign visitors.

“For 2020, the team is focused on attracting both the local and international markets namely, China, Singapore, U.S., Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan,” he said.

Mr. Wichlan said they are also excited to prepare for and participate in the local celebrations such as the annual Kadayawan Festival in August, and “we are introducing popular Thai events in Davao including the Songkran Festival and Loi Krathong.”

The 120-room dusitD2 is already fully operational while the adjoining Dusit Thani Residence, which will have permanent dwellers and Dusit-managed units for guests, is currently on soft opening and is expected to have full opening by mid-2020.

At the Lubi Plantation Resort, located on a private island in Compostela Valley, among the new amenities are the indoor games and entertainment center, tennis court, The Mill western cuisine restaurant and bar, and a dive center.

These are in addition to the all-day dining Tarictic Grill; beachfront infinity pool; fitness centre; Namm Spa; facilities for snorkelling, jet ski, and kayaking activities; the Tamsi Hall for events; and a church.

For the Christmas holidays, there will also be an arts, culture and music festival on the island featuring local artists.

Promotional packages are on offer at both dusitD2 and the resort, and a percentage of these bookings will be donated to the victims of the October earthquakes in Mindanao through the Philippine Red Cross.

“This year is the first Christmas for our properties and we wanted to make sure it’s nothing less than extraordinary,” Mr. Wichlan said. — Marifi S. Jara