As African hotels continue to boom, Virgin has announced that it is to become the latest name to move into the continent.
Virgin Limited Edition, Richard Branson’s luxury travel brand, is set to open a 12-tented camp in the Masai Maara Game Reserve next year.
The Mahali Mzuri camp will hold double-occupancy tents, meaning a maximum of 24 people at one time, with fully inclusive services set to include meals, drinks and daily game drives around the area.
This fall, Sheraton will unveil the 3,863-room Sheraton Macao Hotel, which will be the largest Sheraton — and Starwood — hotel in the world.
Located on the Cotai Strip, the new hotel will boast three restaurants with poolside cafes, two outdoor swimming pools and 140,000 square feet of meeting space.
Sands Cotai Central also features a Conrad and Holiday Inn. The Conrad Macao features over 600 rooms and suites in a 39-floor tower, while the Holiday Inn Macao holds more than 1,200 rooms and suites.
The 350sq m, two-bedroom luxury pad located on the fourth floor of Sydney’s Park Hyatt features floor-to-ceiling glass with uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour.
The new St Regis Doha hotel has welcomed its first guests, as Qatar’s capital embraces an increasingly ambitious future when it comes to tourism.
The new hotel, which offers 336 rooms with views of the Arabian Gulf, is just one of several ambitious hotel projects on the way for Doha, although it’s easily among the most luxurious — guests are offered butler service for the duration of their stay.
The property features some 16,000 square meters of leisure facilities, including a spa by Remède (one of the largest in Doha), an Olympic-size swimming pool, luxury beachfront cabanas with private jacuzzis, a private beach and a gym.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, located on the 102nd to 118th floor of the ICC building in West Kowloon, will soon be operating the world’s highest chef’s table.
Located on the 102nd floor of the hotel at 420 metres above sea level, the Chef’s Table is a private dining room with separate sofa area and an open kitchen.
All menus are tailor-made by executive chef Peter Find to suit guests, and the chef’s table is priced at a minimum spend of HK$14,000 (US$1,805) plus ten percent.
Just days after a series of bomb blasts in Bangkok, Hyatt Hotels announced plans for a ‘twisted coil’ architectural landmark in the heart of the city’s busy business district.
The Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel, slated to open in 2014, is designed to be a ‘standout’ on Bangkok’s already-soaring skyline, and features a corkscrew-inspired design which tapers at the top.
Inside, the hotel will offer 222 rooms and 49 suites, with several restaurants including a feature that no high-rise hotel in Bangkok can be without — a sky bar and restaurant that offers guests and visitors views across the city at night.
InterContinental-owned boutique chain Hotel Indigo has opened its first property in continental Europe.
The Hotel Indigo Berlin opened its doors February 3, marking the brand’s first entry into Europe outside of the United Kingdom.
Designed with Hotel Indigo’s trademark ’boutique’ feel, the property contains 81 rooms, which are finished in light wood and white but have been individualized with color to give them the feel of an ‘artist’s studio’.
London’s Cadogan hotel has launched a new ‘Champagne bath menu’ in time for the most romantic day of the year.
All 120 bottles of Champagne that it takes to fill one of the hotel’s baths will be the task of one’s own personal butler assigned by the hotel.
The butlers will be sure to place some chocolate covered strawberries and a complimentary bottle of vintage Champagne within easy reach of the bath.
Emyr Thomas from Bon Vivant, London’s premier concierge service, gives us the lowdown on the most exclusive hotel opening to look forward to throughout 2012.
Marriott has announced five new locations for its luxury boutique brand Edition, promising to have properties on three continents by 2015.
Edition’s line of upscale, contemporary design hotels, which Marriott developed with hotelier Ian Schrager, will soon move into New York, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Los Angeles, and Gurgaon, India, the hotel firm said January 19.
The Edition brand currently consists of a single property in Istanbul, after Marriott was ousted from the first outlet in Waikiki after a disagreement with the management.
TripAdvisor has announced the results of its 2012 Travelers Choice awards, recognizing the best hotels around the world as reviewed by its users.
The site crowned The Phoenix Resort in Belize, a 30-condo beachfront property in San Pedro, as the best hotel in the world.
In second place was Anastasis Apartments in Imerovigli, Greece, while another Belize property, the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort, took third place.
Luxury hotel chain Fairmont has partnered with Abbey Road Studios, the iconic recording studio made famous by the Beatles.
Guests at the hotel chain will be offered exclusive experiences at Abbey Road, which famously featured on the front of the 1969 Beatles album of the same name.
They will be able to enjoy ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experiences ranging from behind-the-scenes studio visits to recording their own songs at the studios.
Singapore-based chain Amanresorts has signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Gabon to build six hotels and lodges in the west African country.
The first phase includes the construction of a luxury hotel in the capital Libreville, another on the nearby island of Phare de Ngombe in the Pongara national park, and a luxury camp resort in the southern park of Loango.
Lee White, the head of Gabon’s national parks, said the construction cost would be more than a million dollars per room, but did not disclose a total figure.
Hilton has announced the opening of two new properties in a landmark development at Frankfurt Airport.
The hotels are part of the new SQUAIRE building, a huge center built within Frankfurt’s Airport, continental Europe’s second-busiest terminal.
Comprising a five-star Hilton and a three-star Hilton Garden Inn, the chain’s new developments offer a total of 583 rooms.
Four Seasons has announced a new in-room menu designed for travelers who are tight for time. The option guarantees a delivery to the room within 15 min of ordering.
The fast food service will be rolled out across all Four Seasons hotels by the end of the year, with each hotel offering a different twist on rapid cooking.
Examples of the menus include wonton noodle soup with Chinese greens from the Four Seasons Hong Kong.
A London hotel has become the latest to roll out a suite of amenities for women, despite a ruling that declared a similar scheme in Copenhagen as illegal under discrimination laws.
The Dukes Hotel in London will assign some of its rooms ‘Duchess Rooms’, loading them with treats to tempt single female travelers or groups of women.
The Duchess rooms will be looked after by exclusively female room attendants, contain extra items such as a makeup mirror, hair dryer and styling accessories, and offer a selection of glossy magazines.
Contemporary hotel chain Mondrian is to open its first property in Europe in London, the company has confirmed.
The luxury Mondrian London is to be located inside the iconic Sea Containers house, a huge building located on the South Bank of the River Thames.
Morgan’s Hotel Group will open the 360-room Mondrian London in early 2014, pumping approximately $15 million into the conversion.
Ritz-Carlton is planning to open its third hotel in Japan in the ancient capital of Kyoto in spring 2014 by rebuilding the Hotel Fujita Kyoto, which closed in January.
The hotel will be built alongside the Kamogawa river, which is one of the most popular walking spots, particularly during the cherry blossom season in the spring.
Strict regulations on the construction of buildings within the metropolis — which remains one of the few low-rise cities in Japan — mean that the hotel will have a maximum of four floors above ground but a further three levels underground.
US hotel rating program Forbes has launched a new website which allows visitors to browse the hotels and experiences it rates online.
Announcing the launch with its 54th annual listing of five and four star hotels, restaurants and spas, Forbes said that the site would provide a new, interactive way for users to access its content and plan journeys.
Travelers using Startle.com are able to access Forbes reviews, along with content uploaded by the hotels themselves and a Quora-style question-and-answer platform where users can ask questions and request answers from industry experts.
Hyatt brand Andaz has officially opened the Andaz Shanghai, a 28-storey landmark which adds yet another top-end property to the city’s booming luxury hotel market.
The Andaz Shanghai’s 307 rooms opened to the public for the first time October 18, marking the first entry of the Andaz brand into Asia.
With rooms that offer views of the historical Xintiandi district, the hotel is decorated with mixed media artwork designed to evoke the old and new sides of the area, using items such as LED lighting, sensors, video projections and recycled materials.