4 New Hotel Openings

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From Orlando to the Seychelles, to Pittsburg and New York’s Hudson Valley, these four new hotels offer guests wellness experiences, culinary delights, and immersive cultural experiences.

4. Lake Nona Wave Hotel

Poolside at Lake Nona Wave Hotel.

This fall, Lake Nona Wave Hotel is opening in Orlando within Lake Nona, known as a leading wellness center and community of the future. The new property will feature 216 guestrooms, 16 one-bedroom suites and two Penthouse Suites.

At this property, guests can experience Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Mind-Body Zone and Spa at Lake Nona Performance Club, relax in the rooftop pool deck featuring pastel-colored cabanas, or indulge in one of three dining venues and two cocktail bars. The lobby “Living Room” will feature a stadium staircase lounge within a pop-art designed space, communal workspaces, intimate seating areas, and a game room.

“There is simply nothing else like Lake Nona Wave Hotel in Orlando. We are excited to be bringing an entirely new and distinct experience to this area,’’ said Suzie Yang, general manager, Lake Nona Wave Hotel, in a press statement. “We invite guests to retreat to Lake Nona, where world-class wellness and culinary experiences are enhanced by thoughtful technological touches all at the heart of a beautifully designed community’.

The hotel will debut with View Glass smart windows that tint using predictive intelligence in response to the sun and outdoor conditions, voice-automated in-room controls, TOTO Toilets, Healthe Inc. Cleanse Solutions that keep vital surfaces sanitized in-room tablets, keyless entry, and more.

Guests who have forgotten their toothbrush, want to order food to be waiting in their room upon their arrival, or want to discover the many weekly enrichment events available to them will find this and more within the app. In addition, once guests step outside of the hotel, they’ll witness self-driving shuttles, robotic lawn mowers, super-fast free WiFi 6, Verizon 5G Innovation Hub and coming soon—an electric air ‘’taxi’’ network.

Located steps from the hotel is Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Mind-Body Zone and Spa, a first-of-its-kind for holistic wellness center. In addition, guests have access to miles of nature trails, a Technogym-powered fitness studio, and the Lake Nona Performance Club, which is a 130,000 sq. ft. center of wellbeing, as well as an indoor performance training center for golfers, and a ROX rock-climbing gym.

Within a 5-minute drive, guests can visit USTA, the largest tennis facility in the nation; Nona Adventure Park, a water-based entertainment center with an inflatable aqua-park and obstacle course; and more.

For more information, visit lakenona.com.

3. Wildflower Farms

Views of Wildflower Farms, an Auberge Resorts Collection property.

Auberge Resorts Collection has been appointed to manageWildflower Farms, a new resort on 140 secluded acres in New York’s Hudson Valley. Located 90 minutes from New York City, the resort will be focused on nature and wellness. The grounds will include orchards, animals, heirloom gardens, a namesake farm and fields of wildflowers throughout. Upon opening in Fall 2022, Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection will feature guesthouses, source-origin cuisine, and outdoor experiences.

“We are overjoyed to welcome Wildflower Farms to the Auberge Resorts Collection portfolio and introduce an environmentally conscious luxury resort in the market,” said Dan Friedkin, chairman, Auberge Resorts Collection., in a press statement.

Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection will sit where the Hudson River Valley meets the foothills of the Catskill mountain range, which can be reached by car from New York and Boston. The property offers views of Shawangunk Ridge, or ‘The Gunks,’ and a flowing river along the forest’s edge. The resort will feature 65 freestanding light-filled accommodations built in nature and surrounded by white pines and native perennials. The free-standing bungalows, cottages and suites will be outfitted with natural materials and amenities including wood-clad ceilings and floors, nubby wool fabrics, window seats, fireplaces, wood decks, private patios and fire pits.

“Wildflower Farms will reinvent luxury in an understated and experiential way, which makes it a fitting collaboration for Auberge Resorts Collection,” said Craig Reid, president and CEO, Auberge Resorts Collection, in a press statement. “There will be no better place to escape for an abundance of green space, a greater sense of wellbeing and transformative culinary experiences, all just 90 minutes from New York City.”

Guests will be able to participate in seasonal activities, from thrilling outdoor adventures to wellness offerings. Wildflower Farms will feature tennis courts, a pavilion-style open-air gym with a movement studio and miles of dedicated hiking trails. Plus a 9,000-sq.-ft. Auberge Spa will include five single and one couples’ treatment rooms, outdoor hot tubs and an indoor saltwater pool. The resort also offers nearby access to the Mohonk Preserve, a private reserve known for hiking, biking and world-class rock climbing.

The onsite restaurant will feature a bar, an open kitchen, and farm-based cuisine. Guests will be able to have hands-on experiences such as foraging, organic vegetable farming, cooking classes and picnics around the property.

For more information, please visit aubergeresorts.com/wildflower-farms.

2. Club Med Seychelles

Accommodations at the Club Med Seychelles. (Photo courtesy of Club Med.)

Club Med recently opened their newest Exclusive Collection 5-star resort in March 2021—the Club Med Seychelles.

Located along the preserved Marine National Park, the resort is the first and only on the private island of Sainte Anne. Spread across 50+ acres, the resort features 290 guestrooms featuring amenities such as private pools, outdoor showers, and verandas for sunbathing and dining al fresco.

While kids enjoy unlimited land and watersports like paddleboarding, sailing, and scavenger hunts in their dedicated kids club, adults can relax in the adults-exclusive Zen area complete with a sea-facing quiet pool, hammam, and a yoga studio to recharge their batteries. Guests can also explore the destination through glass-bottomed kayak rides, locally inspired cuisine, and immersive excursions like a guided hike in the Mai Valley, deep sea fishing with seasoned sailors, or exploring the Vallee de Mai, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before relaxing at one of the Anse Lazio beach.

The eco-certified resort is currently seeking its Green Globe certification and BREEAM certification to ensure they meet the highest standards of sustainability. Additional eco-friendly initiatives include: a smart system throughout the resort to fine-tune energy consumption, growing new plants in nurseries and using wastewater, which is treated and recycled, to water the gardens, re-usable glass bottles of water are placed in each guestroom, bottled on-site to limit waste production and transport, nature conservation experiences for guests like marine conservation and turtle nesting; spa treatments using products inspired by native flora; and a company-wide ban of single-use plastics under the brand’s Bye-Bye  Plastics program, which will ban all single-use plastic products from all global Club Med resorts by 2022.

For more information, visit clubmed.us/r/seychelles.

1. The Industrialist Hotel, Autograph Collection

Guestroom at The Industrialist, an Autograph Collection property.

Last month in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District, The Industrialist Hotel, Autograph Collection opened. The 124-room hotel is housed within the 18-story landmark Arrott building.

The hotel joins Marriott International’s Autograph Collection and features a lobby bar, a social lounge with fireplace and communal seating, a fitness center and signature modern American restaurant, The Rebel Room.

“The revival of this iconic building captures the spirit of Pittsburgh and honors the movers and shakers that built the city,” says Robert Brashler, general manager, in a press statement. “The hotel thoughtfully articulates the new industrialists shaping Pittsburgh’s future through engaging interactions and inspired spaces. We look forward to welcoming guests to The Industrialist to enjoy an authentically crafted, local experience.”

The building, constructed in 1902 for James Arrott—known as the “Bathtub King of Pittsburgh” for being the first in the region to offer enameled iron bathtubs through his manufacturing business—was added to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks list in 2000.

The focal point of the ground floor entrance are two modern metal sculptural chandeliers inspired by machinery and steel fabrication. Guestrooms feature a monochromatic color palette, leather accents, smoke-like abstract artworks and ambient lighting, while bathrooms feature dark granite tile, fire-colored custom wall coverings and brass fixtures. The property’s three stylish suite options, including a Presidential Suite overlooking the city, feature expansive layouts, distressed oak flooring and floor-to-ceiling skyline backdrops. Rooms are equipped with plush robes, free WiFi, TV streaming capabilities, pet-friendly amenities upon request, access to the 1,000 sq. ft. fitness center and services such as limousine and car rental options, grocery shopping concierge, dry-cleaning and valet parking.

Led by Executive Chef Gavin Hetrick, The Industrialist features a second-floor lobby lounge, a signature restaurant, and in-room dining. The Industrialist Lounge, offers DIY-projects served alongside craft cocktails. The rotating roster of projects includes leather, parchment and candle makingz—many of which feature partnerships with local Pittsburgh artisans—along with hands-on workshops, communal seating and happy hour specials.

The Rebel Room, a bar and signature restaurant offers a mixology program, wine, draft beer and signature craft cocktails, plus a menu offering bites such  as Sweet Potato Poutine and Peppercorn Crusted Ahi Tuna, or heartier dishes such as Short Rib and Steak Frites. The Rebel Room will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

To celebrate the opening, the hotel has introduced a Grand Opening offer of 20 percent off and 5,000 Marriott Bonvoy bonus points per night any day of the week, valid through July 31, 2021.

For more information, visit marriott.com/hotels/travel/pitad-the-industrialist-hotel-pittsburgh-autograph-collection.

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