Our Hospitality & Hotel Portfolio
Over 20 years ago, Albwardy Investment diversified into hospitality, with current hotel interests now consisting of 16 properties on four continents. The portfolio is a diverse mix of acquired, refurbished and new build properties, with our success resting in branding the hotels and resorts with some of the most distinguished, renowned and best in class international hotel chains and operators.
The Albwardy portfolio currently comprises of 1,300 rooms, with a further 400 under development. Our hospitality sector employs over 2,500 staff with an additional 1,000 jobs created on our project sites.
Albwardy has two iconic properties opening in the summer of 2018, being the Hyatt Regency Arusha and the Hyatt Regency Addis Ababa. The Four Seasons at Desroches Island in the Seychelles and the Melia Serengeti were both recently developed and now open to the public.
In addition to hotels, Albwardy hospitality also includes investments in lifestyle assets within Dubai, namely The Desert Palm Polo Estate & Residences, Taste Kitchen and Pavilion foods restaurants.
Our Hospitality Portfolio
Head of Business
Laurie Ward – Director
Laurie is Zimbabwean and studied at Rhodes University in South Africa, receiving a bachelor degree in commerce and later qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Zimbabwe).
Laurie worked in the accounting profession before joining Lonrho Africa in 1999, diversifying into the hospitality sector in 2006 until joining Albwardy Investment in 2016 as Managing Director of the group’s growing hospitality sector and ongoing hotel development projects.