Albania, a new jewel of the Mediterranean for Meliá Hotels International

Meliá Hotels International continues to prepare its landing in Albania, the last undiscovered gem in Europe. The hotel company trusts in the tourism potential of the region and is fully committed to leading the development of the international hotel sector, as it has already done in other pioneering destinations in the Mediterranean.

According to Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, having seen first-hand the enormous potential of this country, as well as the commitment of its public and private sectors to open the doors of international tourism, I am convinced that we are going to start a new success story in the Mediterranean and I am very grateful for the trust that our partners in the country have placed in our company to make this dream possible.

The Spanish company wants to ensure its presence in the most important destinations in Albania and opens the door to further expansion, which would make the country one of Meliá’s strongholds in the Balkans and consolidate its leadership in the Mediterranean.

Among his projects, the future Gran Melia Tirana stands out, a 125-room 5-star luxury hotel that will open in 2025 as part of an iconic architectural project in the heart of the city. Gran Meliá Tirana will be the flagship to consolidate the company’s recognition in Albania, which, with the arrival of the brand’s first hotel, will bring the best luxury experience to the country.

In Dürres, the second city of Albania and whose beach is the most visited in the country, Meliá will open two hotels in 2023, the Melia Durres and the Sol Tropikal Durres. The first will be an extraordinary five-star holiday complex on the beach of Gjiri I Lalzit, with 455 rooms and 10 villas, as well as an extensive offer of complementary services. In collaboration with the Meliá Dürres property, Concord Investment Group, Meliá Hotels International hopes to mark a before and after in the hotel offer of the region with this hotel, offering the quality and attributes of Meliá Hotels & Resorts, one of its best-known brands. .

The second, 8 kilometers from the city center, will be the result of the remodeling of the current Tropikal Resort, to which two new buildings will be added, forming a modern holiday complex on the beach with a total of 383 rooms, of which 180 will be available in 2023 and the rest will be phased in. This property, owned by FT Management & Events, also hopes to become one of the best holiday options in Dürres, thanks to the Sol by Meliá brand.

On the Albanian Riviera, Meliá announced in 2021 the Hotel Altea Melia Collectionin Palasa Beach, a luxury hotel with 142 rooms and suites, among which its spectacular villas stand out.

Meliá adds 1,600 rooms in its expansion project in Albania

Alongside these projects, Meliá has just announced the signing of three other franchised hotels, for a total of 7 hotels and nearly 1,600 rooms.

The new ventures include a Sol by Meliá holiday brand hotel in Golem, a coastal town very close to the capital, Tirana, and currently one of the country’s top holiday destinations. The Sol Fafa Golem hotel will be a sprawling, cutting-edge resort on the beach with 460 rooms. Oriented towards families, it will have a wide variety of services, including multiple restaurants and bars, swimming pools and areas for children.

The second of the new projects signed is the future Hotel Eliza Affiliated by Meliáa modern 46-room property in Tirana, which is under construction and could open at the end of this year, becoming the company’s first opening in Albania.

The last hotel signed is the Hotel Tomorri Affiliated by Meliá, with 120 rooms. Located in Berat, in south-central Albania, this town has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008. The hotel is part of a complex, which also includes a new casino, and is scheduled to open doors in 2024.

In 2021, the country welcomed 5.6 million international tourists. Albania’s 400 kilometers of coastline washed by the Adriatic and Ionian Seas contrasts with the mountainous geography of much of the country, forming a landscape of wild nature that makes the country a multi-faceted destination, and complemented by a cultural heritage of a huge evaluate. , where first the Greeks and Romans, then the Byzantines, Ottomans and other Balkan peoples left their traces here, shaping a mosaic of cultures that can be enjoyed in the form of numerous archaeological sites and several sites world heritage

About Melia Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 390 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) in more than 40 countries, with brands such as Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Company is the global leader in resort hospitality, while leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism led the Group to become the third most sustainable hotel company in the world in 2018, according to RobecoSam, the investment company behind the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Meliá Hotels International is also part of the Spanish stock market index IBEX 35 and is the Spanish hotel leader in corporate reputation (Merco ranking). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram