We put the focus on hotel openings in exotic locales—from Asia to Australia.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is opening up a few properties across Asia in 2018, including the brand’s first Hong Kong property: the 398-room Rosewood Hong Kong, located in the Victoria Harbour waterfront and housing eight dining venues, and the brand’s first integrative holistic wellness concept, Asaya.
Rosewood Guangzhou, located in the port city’s Tianhe District, will be within walking distance of cultural sights such as the Guangdong Museum and the Guangzhou Opera House. Among its many amenities, the 251-guestroom property will feature the highest situated bar in mainland China featuring a cigar humidor area and a fully equipped wine cellar. Rosewood Luang Prabang will open in Laos as the collection’s first ultra-luxury tents and villas property. Set in a forested area with rivers and waterfalls, it will be located 10 minutes from the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang.
In neighboring Cambodia, Rosewood Phnom Penh is opening on the top 14 floors of the Vattanac Capital Tower One, which also houses the country’s first luxury mall, along the Preah Monivong Boulevard. From its 175 guestrooms, guests will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the city and the Mekong River.
Marriott International is another brand going through a flurry of debuts. Among the new openings in late 2017 were the Element Chongli in China’s mountainous Taiwoo Ski Resort of Zhangjiakou; the Westin brand’s first hot spring resort in Taiwan, The Westin Yilan Resort; and the beachfront Renaissance Pattaya Resort & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Koh Samui, both in Thailand. The Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa in Indonesia is scheduled to open next month.
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in Tasmania in late 2018: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart, to be located along the harbor in repurposed buildings in Parliament Square. This 128-guestroom property will feature an upscale restaurant, a lobby lounge, and a whiskey bar, plus will offer authentic travel experiences for guests. “Luxury travel in Australia has grown remarkably in the last few years, and there is still growing demand for new hotel product, specifically in Tasmania,” said Sean Hunt, area v.p., Australia, New Zealand and Pacific at Marriott International, in a press release statement.
The brand will also be opening a new property in Okinawa, Japan in late 2018: IRAPH SUI, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This 57-room island resort, featuring nine suites with private plunge pools, will be located in Miyakojima on an elevated headland on the southwestern coastline of Irabu, a small island in the Miyako Island group that’s known for scuba diving
due to its underwater rock formations, caves and grottoes.
The EDITION brand will be unveiling seven new properties throughout 2018 across three continents—growing from four properties to 11 by the end of the year. The new locations include Shanghai and Bangkok in Asia; Bodrum and Barcelona in Europe; Abu Dhabi, the brand’s first property in the Middle East; and two properties in the U.S., in New York’s Time Square and West Hollywood, California.
This month, QT Hotels & Resorts unveiled QT Queenstown, a luxury 69-guestroom property in New Zealand with views of the lake and peaks of the Southern Alps. The property highlights the alpine and apres ski lifestyle, plus features the Bazaar Interactive Marketplace, where Bazaar chefs provide a theatrical and interactive dining experience.