Ritz-Carlton HK unveils world’s highest Chef’s Table

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 … Continued

Thailand’s first Park Hyatt hotel to open in Bangkok

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 … Continued

Hotel Indigo opens its doors in Europe

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 … Continued

A Champagne Bath on Valentine’s Day

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 … Continued

2012 New Hotels

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 unveils five new Edition properties

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. … Continued

TripAdvisor crowns world’s best hotels

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 … Continued

Fairmont Teams with Abbey Road Studios

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 … Continued

Amanresorts to build luxury resorts in Gabon

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 … Continued

Hilton opens two properties at Frankfurt airport

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 … Continued

Four Seasons launches 15-minute room service

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 … Continued

London’s Dukes hotel introducing ‘women only’ rooms

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 … Continued

First European Mondrian Hotel to Open in London

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 … Continued

Ritz-Carlton to open property in Kyoto

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 … Continued

Forbes launches new website for travel experienes

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 … Continued

Andaz Shanghai makes debut

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 … Continued

Waldorf Astoria, Ferragamo team on amenity kits

Luxury hotel chain Waldorf Astoria has announced a partnership with high-end fashion brand Salvatore Ferragamo to produce a new range of guest amenities. The kits, which will be available exclusively from Waldorf Astoria properties, are Salvatore Ferragamo’s first venture into beauty and grooming and are comprised of Eau de Toilette, amenities and bath products. Featuring … Continued

Urban Tails Dubai – A 7-Star Pet Hotel

Urban Tails Dubai has become the world’s first seven-star resort for pets when it opened doors this summer. Being branded as the ultimate luxury pet destination, this hotel has been custom built for four legged friends. They offer suites for 70 dogs and 40 cats and promises to take perfect care of them while their … Continued

Minor Launches New Hotel Brand Avani

Asian hotel operator Minor has launched a new luxury brand to be rolled out across Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. Avani Hotels & Resorts launched last week and is intended to draw heavily on the Minor’s Asian roots, offering a ‘grounded personality’ and ‘a simple sense of style’ — Avani stems from the … Continued

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago

The Radisson Blu Aqua hotel in Chicago‘s soaring Aqua skyscraper is to open November 1, the company’s parent Carlson has announced. Radisson Blu‘s Chicago property, which will be the brand’s first in the US, will feature 334 rooms and suites on the first 18 floors of the 81-storey Aqua Tower. The hotel marks something of … Continued