In 1978, the late Tan Sri Loh Boon Siew, Founder and Chairman of Oriental Holdings Berhad (OHB) and Boon Siew groups of companies in Malaysia and Singapore, purchased a land parcel, built a 40-room property along Batu Ferringhi Beach in Penang and named it Bayview Motel. It was the beginning of Tan Sri Loh's dream of building a hotel empire.


Malaysia & Singapore

Tan Sri Loh then began to expand its realm in 1986 when it took over Penang's Merlin Hotel and rebranded it - Bayview Hotel Georgetown Penang, at a cost of RM10 million and subsequently spent an additional RM15 million to build a new wing and doubling the number of rooms to 320.

The following year, the owners swiftly built Bayview Hotel Melaka's 192 rooms at a significant price of RM38 million. In 1991, the hotel earned the Prime Minister's Industrial Excellence Gold Award in the First Class Hotel Category. The hotel has recently completed a major renovation, with changes to its façade at a cost of RM12 million.

In 1988, the owners pursued their interest across the causeway and built a S$20-million Bayview Inn hotel in Singapore, which was later renamed, Bayview Hotel Singapore. In 1996, the hotel invested S$3 million on room additions and a major makeover. Currently, the owners are investing S$5 million to revamp the building's structure and soft furnishings which is slated for completion by early 2004.

Twelve years later, in 1990, the Motel was redeveloped and renamed Bayview Beach Resort Penang with 396 rooms at a cost of RM34 million. Two years later, the resort commemorated their achievement , TDC Malaysia Gold Tourism Award for Best Hotel. In 1996, the resort was awarded a 5-star ranking by the Tourism of Malaysia.


Australia & New Zealand
At the helm of its expansion overseas, OHB incorporated Kah Australia and Kah New Zealand, subsidiaries of OHB in Australia and New Zealand. In 1991, Kah Australia acquired 51% of Geographe Bayview Motel for A$2.9 million and redeveloped it at a cost of A$10.08 million to a 97-room resort named Bayview Geographe Resort Busselton. This resort is in Busselton near the Margaret River Wine region, south of Perth.