Ascott’s Brands Growing Across Malaysia

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A number of Singapore-headquartered Ascott’s lodging brands are seeing impressive growth in cities across Malaysia.

You may have stayed at The Ascott in either their KL-area properties or at The Ascott Gurney in Penang, but the group is currently expanding in a big way in Malaysia with a number of brands under their umbrella.

Ascott is an international lodging owner-operator with a portfolio spanning over 220 cities across more than 40 countries in Asia Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.

As part of its expansion strategy, Ascott (technically The Ascott Limited), the lodging division of Singapore’s CapitaLand Investment Ltd., plans to open several hotels in major cities in Malaysia within the next two years. These include lyf Raja Chulan Kuala Lumpur, Domitys Bangsar Kuala Lumpur, Somerset KL Metropolis Kuala Lumpur, Citadines Waterfront Kota Kinabalu, Citadines Tanjung Tokong Penang, and Harris Sunshine Penang.

In Kuala Lumpur, the Somerset name means comfort and convenience, for short-term or long-term stays

The company has also recently completed the conversion of Sky Residence Prai into Citadines Prai Penang, a property located in Bukit Mertajam, comprising 168 serviced apartments to cater to various lifestyle needs in the area. According to Mondi Mecja, Ascott’s country general manager for Malaysia, the Penang mainland is booming with expats, particularly from China and South Korea, with industrial parks paving the way for foreign investors to invest in mega-development.

Cosy living spaces at Citadines Prai Penang

The serviced apartment is situated within walking distance of Juru Sentral and Icon City, owned by Exopuri Development Sdn Bhd, which has already completed projects with a gross development value of RM250 million.

According to the New Straits Times, the establishment revamp proclamation ceremony was officiated by Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who expressed optimism that Seberang Perai is growing rapidly with various tourism, industrial, residential, and commercial projects underway, making it “a new destination of choice for people to live, work, and visit.”

Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri | Image Credit: The Ascott Ltd

Beyond KL and Penang, Ascott also has properties in Johor and Sarawak, with Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri in the Johor Bahru area, and Citadines Uplands Kuching over in Sarawak.

Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri

Located in Medini, the vibrant central business district of the Nusajaya flagship economic zone in Iskandar, Somerset Medini Iskandar Puteri offers guests a strategic location surrounded by prominent developments. Within close proximity lies Kota Iskandar, the administrative center of Johor state, as well as EduCity, a regional education hub housing a multitude of esteemed educational institutions. Additionally, the integrated waterfront and marina development of Puteri Harbour adds to the allure of the area.

Convenience is a key advantage of Somerset Medini Iskandar, as it is a mere 15-minute drive from the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link and a short 25-minute journey from Johor’s Senai International Airport. The well-connected coastal highway provides easy access to Johor’s city center, ensuring seamless connectivity.

As part of the impressive ‘Urban Wellness’ development, the 33-storey Somerset Medini Iskandar is intricately linked to a four-storey wellness center, a five-storey corporate training center equipped with meetings and conventions facilities, and a variety of retail outlets. Adjacent to the serviced residence lies the esteemed Gleneagles Medini Hospital, which encompasses a 300-bed private healthcare complex and a 150-suite medical office block. Moreover, the renowned LEGOLAND theme park, the first of its kind in Asia, and the expansive Medini Lifestyle Mall, the largest retail center in South Malaysia, are in close proximity.


Offering both expatriates and travelers unparalleled comfort, Somerset Medini Iskandar presents a range of fully furnished apartments, including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom options, complete with modern amenities.

Contemporary rooms at Somerset Medini Iskandar
Pool at Somerset Medini Iskandar

Residents can relish the warmth of a welcoming home and enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle through the diverse range of facilities available, such as a well-equipped gymnasium, a refreshing swimming pool, a delightful restaurant, and a dedicated children’s playroom. At Somerset Medini Iskandar, guests can expect a harmonious blend of convenience, comfort, and a fulfilling living experience.

Citadines Uplands Kuching

Meanwhile, Citadines Uplands Kuching boasts a prime location in Jalan Simpang Tiga, which is a bustling hub for education and local federal government administration offices in the vibrant city of Kuching, Sarawak. The property enjoys close proximity to the rich cultural heritage of Kuching, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the captivating surroundings. Just across the road, The Spring Shopping Centre awaits, offering a vast array of shopping delights and entertainment, making it one of the largest malls in East Malaysia. Moreover, the Samajaya Free Industrial Zone is conveniently a short 10-minute drive away.

At Citadines Uplands Kuching, guests can indulge in the comfort of a furnished apartment designed with separate living and dining areas, providing ample space to live, work, and entertain. Whether you desire a workout session in the well-equipped gym or a soothing retreat in the sauna, the property caters to your well-being. Enjoy the privacy and security of a private apartment with an array of services and facilities to enhance your stay.

Apartment-like accommodation at Citadines Uplands Kuching

With a range of 215 units, from studios to two-bedroom layouts, each apartment features separate living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, broadband internet access, and a home entertainment system. The individual air conditioning units allow you to personalize and control your apartment environment to your utmost comfort. The thoughtful layout of each apartment was meticulously designed to cater to the needs of the international traveler, offering a harmonious space for both living and working.

At Citadines Uplands Kuching, guests can expect a seamless blend of comfort, convenience, and contemporary living, ensuring a memorable stay in the heart of this captivating Malaysian city.

Keep up with your fitness routine at the Citadines Uplands Kuching

If you’re looking for a comfortable, upmarket place to call home while you’re travelling, Ascott’s group of hotels and serviced residences has you covered!

The Ascott Ltd’s group of brands and partner brands includes The Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, lyf, Oakwood, Domitys, Quest Apartment Hotels, The Crest Collection, Harris Hotels, and more. To learn more about the company and its portfolio, visit

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