London, 6 December 2011 – Preferred Residences®, a hospitality-branded membership and exchange programme for luxury shared ownership resorts offered by an operating business of Interval Leisure Group (Nasdaq: IILG), has signed an affiliation agreement with the private residence club at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. The eco-friendly property, which also includes a boutique hotel, is on the exotic island of Zanzibar off Africa’s northeast Tanzanian coast.
“We couldn’t be more delighted with the addition of Essque Zalu Zanzibar, the second Preferred Residences location in Africa,” said Darren Ettridge, senior vice president of resort sales and business development for Preferred Residences in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “Our members will enjoy the resort’s ideal location and stunning ocean views, along with exceptional service and hospitality.”
Essque Zalu Zanzibar overlooks the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and its white sandy beaches and coral reefs. The club comprises 40 suites that feature a living room, spacious bedroom and bathroom, and terrace. The nine villas spoil guests with en-suite bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, personal massage room plus plunge pool, private gardens, and terrace.
While taking in the scenic locale, Preferred Residences members will be afforded world-class hotel amenities and services, including:
Environmental stewardship is paramount at Essque Zalu Zanzibar. Solar panels have been installed to heat the resort’s water, Makuty roofing aids in roof ventilation, and shade-reducing air conditioning cools the main hotel building, decreasing energy consumption. Finally, a treatment plant is employed to process “reclaimed water” for irrigation use.
“As a ‘Preferred Boutique’ designated by the distinguished Preferred Hotel Group, we are pleased to add Preferred Residences to the list of esteemed alliances for the property,” said Pietro Bercelli, project manager for Maisha Ltd, the resort developer. “Joining Preferred Residences enhances our mission to provide an evolving level of luxurious and inspiring experiences. Our private residence club members not only have the opportunity to vacation at Essque Zalu Zanzibar, but they may also exchange to other exciting destinations around the globe.”
Beyond the sales and marketing opportunities for developers, Preferred Residences offers owners “high-touch” exchange services and year-round leisure and lifestyle benefits tailored especially for sophisticated, affluent travellers. These include preferential pricing at participating Preferred Hotel Group affiliated properties worldwide, complimentary Prestige membership in Priority Pass airport VIP lounge programme, personalized concierge services accessible 24/7 online and via phone, and enrolment in Hertz #1 Club Gold®.
About Preferred Residences
Preferred Residences is a hospitality branded membership and exchange programme for luxury shared ownership resorts, private residence clubs, and condominium-style hotels. The programme gives developers the opportunity to promote their upscale vacation residences within a network of exclusive accommodation and to deliver high-quality vacation experiences to owners of exceptional real estate. Members have access to a rich menu of benefits and services designed to enhance a sophisticated lifestyle. Preferred Residences is an alliance between Interval International, a leader in vacation ownership for more than 35 years and an operating business of Interval Leisure Group, and the Preferred Hotel Group, representing more than 800 of the world’s finest independently owned hotels in over 70 countries.
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