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Tapestry Collection by Hilton to debut in the Caribbean

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Tapestry Collection by Hilton to debut in the Caribbean

Hilton’s latest signing of a 168-key hotel in Jamaica marks Tapestry Collection by Hilton’s debut in the Caribbean…

Hilton has announced the signing of ROK Hotel, Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, representing the brand’s debut in the Caribbean. Slated to open in 2020, the 168-key property, owned by PanJam Investment Limited, sits in a multi-purpose complex on the Kingston Waterfront and will include retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.

“Strategically focused on our expansion across the Caribbean and Latin America, we value the opportunity presented with Tapestry Collection by Hilton,” said Juan Corvinos, Vice President, development, Caribbean and Latin America, Hilton. “With Tapestry Collection, we open the door to owners with unique, upscale hotels, who seek to maintain their property’s distinctive character, but also seek the benefits of the Hilton engine and our award-winning Hilton Honors program.”

Under redevelopment to further revitalise the Kingston Waterfront, the 12-storey building originally opened in 1977 as the Oceana Hotel. Now, it is being transformed into ROK, Kingston, a contemporary hotel in Downtown Kingston, offering guests convenient access to the National Gallery of Jamaica and the historic landmark, Port Royal.

“Following a year of impressive growth since the brand’s launch, including the signing of our first two properties in Peru, we are energised by our expansion in the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Jenna Hackett, global head, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “With its deep roots in the community, the ROK Hotel, Kingston will offer guests an authentically local experience coupled with the warm and welcoming hospitality of Jamaica.”

Enviably located on Ocean Boulevard overlooking the Kingston Harbour, the seventh largest natural harbour in the world, the property will feature an expansive pool deck on its first floor, as well as a fitness center, lounge area, restaurant, cafe and bar. ROK, Kingston will offer flexible space for meetings and events, and will also serve as an accommodation option for guests attending events at the Jamaica Conference Centre just across the street.

“The company continues to pursue additional growth opportunities in the region and currently has a robust pipeline of nearly 90 hotels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.”

“As Hilton continues to expand its presence throughout the Caribbean, we are excited to have the opportunity to support their growth and debut the Tapestry Collection brand in the region,” said Stephen Facey, chairman and chief executive officer of PanJam. “We recognise the value in collaborating with a well-respected global hospitality company such as Hilton, particularly as we work together to introduce travelers to authentic Kingston experiences, while offering them the brand’s upscale accommodations.”

Hilton currently has a portfolio of nearly 150 hotels and resorts open to welcome travellers in the Caribbean and Latin America, including more than 20 hotels across the Caribbean. In its 100th year, the company continues to pursue additional growth opportunities in the region and currently has a robust pipeline of nearly 90 hotels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, including two Tapestry Collection properties in Peru – Hotel Bel’Arte Lima and Hotel Museo de Osma slated to open in 2021.

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Le Sereno St Barth’s completes renovation following destruction of Hurricane Irma

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Following Hurricane Irma, the iconic hotel on Grand Cul de Sac debuts fresh look following design vision from Parisian designer Christian Liaigre

Sereno Hotels has announced that Le Sereno St. Barth’s has reopened following the damage it sustained from the passing of Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The decision to rebuild from scratch a significant part of the property came from the Contreras family with the aim to extensively renovate more than half the rooms and all the public spaces, while maintaining the iconic style of Le Sereno which has a devoted following among guests.

Le Sereno St. Barths was designed by the Sereno Hotels team, in keeping with the original vision of Christian Liaigre. The furniture for the new Le Sereno was also purchased from Christian Liaigre. With the high level of attention to detail and design-driven ethos, the new Le Sereno features the following:

• The entire Bungalow Piscine room category has been built from the ground up, featuring larger rooms and new interior design.
• Three new rooms have been added to the Bungalow Piscine category, two of which are part of a brand-new Family Suite offering that includes private pools for each suite.
• All-new waterfront Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms built from the ground up, featuring a larger bedroom and private garden with outdoor bathtubs.
• Completely redesigned restaurant with new bar, lounge and an all-new beach restaurant extension, where guests can dine with their feet in the sand. Le Sereno’s much-loved oak roof was rebuilt, and amazing views of the lagoon remain intact.
• Brand new spa and fitness facility with new treatment rooms and new fitness equipment.
• New garden space leading up to the Grand Suite Plage rooms, which will retain their classic look with new interiors.
• New on-site retail boutique featuring curated finds from French and Italian brands, including Milan-based.
• The total room count has increased from 36 to 39 rooms.

“The next phase of Le Sereno St. Barth truly ups the ante in the Caribbean with every room being touched with a fresh design.”

The iconic and much-Instagrammed pool at Le Sereno overlooking the Grand Cul de Sac retains the same look. The lobby building with its picturesque red doors will also continue to greet guests and each of the three, 7,000 square foot, four-bedroom Villas retain their much-lauded design, while the interiors have been refurbished and the private pools will now be heated.

“We are thrilled and eager to welcome back familiar faces and new guests to Le Sereno and we have been touched by the outpouring of support after Hurricane Irma,” said Samy Ghachem, managing director of Sereno Hotels. “Le Sereno has always been known as the most stylish hotel in St. Barth, and we are pleased to raise the bar in the Caribbean yet again.”

In keeping with the Sereno Hotels philosophy of building, owning and operating intimate, design-driven hotels in highly desired destinations, the next phase of Le Sereno St. Barth truly ups the ante in the Caribbean with every room being touched with a fresh design. For the entirely brand-new Bungalow Piscine rooms the designer “flipped” the previous parquet floors and white ceiling and now the ceiling is made of intricate oak carpentry while the floors feature warm white stone. New corner couches have been designed to fit seamlessly into the room and the ceilings are open and airy with an extended height of 11 feet at their peak.

The open-concept bathrooms are now air-conditioned, and feature custom made Iroko wood, oak and stone vanities. The Grand Suite Plage Sud rooms were demolished and rebuilt with entirely new finishings, a private garden with outdoor bathtubs and the floorplans have been reworked to allow for more living space. The waterfront Grand Suite Plage rooms, the heart of Le Sereno, now features new interiors, new technology, new furnished waterfront terraces, and a walkable garden in front of the suite entrances, to enhance the guest experience.

“The former Le Sereno was beloved by clients and in the past, when asked about potential renovations at Le Sereno, I always said that the hotel was almost perfect and that we continually invested a lot of money every year so that the property would keep its integrity. After the passing of Hurricane Irma, we had the unique opportunity to completely reimagine the hotel, while still making it feel the same,” said Luis Contreras, owner of Sereno Hotels. “We have applied our experience from operating the hotel for more than ten years to implement state of the art technology, while keeping all of what made Le Sereno so great. While the hotel is new, our loyal guests will feel that little has changed.”

“Building the new Le Sereno provided an opportunity to take environmental impact into account in every aspect of the hotel.”

The Spa at Le Sereno has been expanded and now includes three full treatment rooms, including the guest favourite waterfront pavilion, a coveted space for relaxation and the island’s only beachfront treatment room.  The new fitness room boasts the latest fitness technology and equipment.

The central heartbeat of the hotel is Restaurant Le Sereno, which features a new look while still maintaining 180-degree views of Grand Cul de Sac. A fully open-air concept, the space takes maximum advantage of the dramatic surroundings giving guests a water view from almost every angle.

Building the new Le Sereno provided an opportunity to take environmental impact into account in every aspect of the hotel. New solar panels, air conditioners with heat exchangers and LED lighting allow the hotel to offer new amenities to guests while significantly lowering energy consumption throughout the property. All of the new construction is made with sustainably sourced woods and stone. The entire property is outfitted with new windows and insulation designed to reduce energy consumption. Le Sereno also features on-site water desalinisation capability and grey water is treated and reused for irrigation; which allows the property to be completely “off the grid” from scarce city water resources.

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New luxury hotel set to change the face of hospitality and design in Grenada

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Changing the face of Grenadian hospitality and design, the fabulously chic Silversands Grenada, designed by Aw2 Design, will comprise 43 suites and nine residential villas, and also be home to the longest pool in the Caribbean…

Launching this November 2018 on the ivory white sands of Grand Anse beach, Silversands Grenada is slated to introduce a new way for discerning travellers to experience the unspoiled island of Grenada – the ‘Spice of the Caribbean.’ Sleek and modern in its design, unlike anything else in the Caribbean, the all-suite resort and residential project will offer a chic luxury experience perfectly befitting the warmth and authenticity of a true Grenadian lifestyle, as well as the opportunity to purchase a slice of paradise with Grenadian citizenship included.

A new member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Silversands Grenada’s minimalist design aesthetic was imagined and created by architecture and interior design firm AW². Having worked on the project since 2014, the firm’s partners, Reda Amalou and Stéphanie Ledoux, set Silversands Grenada apart from any other resort in the Caribbean. This is ‘next generation Grenada’, with a design-savvy traveller in mind. The linear architecture and design is deliberately cool, slick and understated, using pale marble and light wood while playing with a neutral colour palette of grey, blue and hues of cream. Bringing the lush surrounding landscape into focus, the resort’s aesthetic blends authenticity, nature, luxury and modernity in a stunning display of clean lines against the undulating sands of Grand Anse beach and its rugged beauty.

Day bed areas and pools are all designed to blend seamlessly into the architecture

“The client was looking for a project who will give a contemporary vision of tropical resorts and architecture,” explained Ledoux. “This is something that we have developed over the years in many different countries. Even if the conditions are always different, the design process remains the same: how to make the best use of site context, in order to create a unique destination with a strong sense of place.”

The layout has been designed to showcase the spectacular sea views, while simultaneously ensuring the utmost privacy and providing unique spaces for guests’ relaxation. Exterior spaces echo the architecture’s modern lines through gardens, courtyards and water features. Terraces, day bed areas and pools are all designed to blend seamlessly into the architecture, with the setting lulling guests down to the rhythm of the island in a sea of bright whites, natural teak and neutral tones. The view lines and spaces are wedded to Grenada’s contrasting green landscape, encouraging well-heeled travellers to get out and explore the island and forge a personal connection with the Caribbean’s last undiscovered hideaway.

 The resort is also intersected by an artfully-designed 100-metre outdoor infinity pool, the longest in the Caribbean

Silversands Grenada will be home to 43 studio suites and a mix of nine Hillside and Beachfront residential villas unobtrusively peppered into the surrounding landscape. The resort is also intersected by an artfully-designed 100-metre outdoor infinity pool, the longest in the Caribbean.

Accommodation will span across two main buildings off Grand Anse Beach, encompassing 39 open-plan guestrooms, three one-bedroom suites, and a sprawling 2,066ft² penthouse with sweeping views of the sea and resort grounds from two private terraces. All rooms, suites and villas will feature modern open floor-plans with floor-to-ceiling windows, flooding the rooms with natural light and perfectly complementing natural wood and stone textures and light hardwood floors. Rooms include king size platform beds surrounded by remote controlled curtains ideally situated for maximum views.

Nine residential villas will be discreetly dotted into Silversands Grenada’s lush surrounding landscape

Minimalistic furniture and muted colours will be wedded to a high-spec entertainment system, with portable technology granting unlimited access to video entertainment, glossy publications and newspapers. A curated selection of original artwork will be featured in every guestroom, as well as throughout the resort. Each en-suite bathroom is designed with the modern traveller in mind, with space, privacy and light reigning supreme. All bathrooms include at least 134ft² of space outfitted with a deep soaking tub and separate rain shower, double vanity units, frosted glass water closet, and ample storage – all connecting to a dressing room with built-in wardrobes. One-bedroom suite and Penthouse Suite bathrooms feature floor-to-ceiling louvered windows with spectacular ocean vistas.

“A ‘modern traveller’ to us is a person who is travel savvy,” said Ledoux. “They have been to many places, know some great hotels, and expects a lot more than just a hotel. We design with this very demanding person in mind. We concentrate on the project. If the design is carefully brought to fruition, it will be strong enough to become a fascinating social media subject. To try and do the opposite may be instagrammable, but does not always make a good project. So we work on what we know best to do: design.”

Nine residential villas will be discreetly dotted into Silversands Grenada’s lush surrounding landscape. Creating a limited opportunity to claim an everlasting piece of one of the Caribbean’s last secret hideaways, villas include five 6,000ft² Beachfront Villas with lot sizes ranging from 22,290ft² to 26,350ft², and four 5,000ft² Hillside Villas with lot sizes ranging from 13,500ft² to 17,600ft². Beachfront Villas will offer direct access to the sand, while the Hillside Villas feature awe-inspiring views of the resort grounds, Grand Anse Beach and the sea. The villas will provide owners elite access to the resort’s 24-hour service and premium experiences, and the chance to be a part of the island’s exciting revival. Each individual bedroom is a master bedroom, built as its own standalone pavilion with indoor and outdoor showers and deep-soaking bathtubs for the utmost luxury and unparalleled privacy. Adding further incentive to residential investment, villa owners will also have the option to purchase design packages in keeping with the resort’s sleek-chic aesthetic, and the ability to rent their villas through the resort when not in residence.

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Meliá Hotels to open property in the Dominican Republic

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Meliá Hotels International is set to debut new $110 million exclusive vacation experience at Dominican Republic property…

Meliá Hotels International has announced its newest luxury experience which will open in December 2018 in the Dominican Republic – The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real.

The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, designed by Alvaro Sans, is situated in the popular beach resort of Playa de Bavaro. The all-inclusive resort reflects the natural beauty of the destination and will give guests the most luxurious experience in Punta Cana where families of all ages can create everlasting memories.

As well as the opening of The Grand Reserve, Meliá Hotels International is transforming Meliá Caribe Tropical into two distinct properties, which is slated to be completed by November 2018. With this transformation, Meliá Hotels International continues its investment in the Dominican Republic region.

Designed in the shape of a circle, the universal symbol of being connected, The Grand Reserve offers brand new accommodation ranging from 800 to over 3,000 square feet. It will feature 288 expansive suite-style bedrooms, including Swim-Up Suites. They will feature either one or two bedrooms and a variety of amenities including living and dining spaces, ideal for entertaining, free-standing bathtubs and walk-in showers, as well as private secluded balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs and outdoor living spaces. Offering one or two-bedrooms, Swim-Up Suites are a particular highlight of the accommodation at The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real. The uniquely luxurious suites also have direct access to an exclusive pool, complete with lush garden areas and a solarium.

The hotel is set to debut with seven new restaurant concepts and bars, all of which are influenced by local gastronomy and culture for an authentic experience.

“We’re eager and excited to welcome The Grand Reserve to the Meliá Hotels International family later this year,” Commented Alvaro Tejada, Senior Vice President for the Americas for Meliá Hotels International. “With its unique design superior amenities and new technological advancements, The Grand Reserve is set to radically transform the way travellers experience our hotels in the Dominican Republic.”

The property will also boast a full-service spa by Spanish beauty brand Natura Bissé. Offering 14 treatment rooms and a relaxation room, the hotel’s spa will feature products by Natura Bissé and offer signature services using award-winning and avant-garde line utilising techniques, with the latest technology for utmost luxury and relaxation.

As well as the accommodation for hotel guests, there will be an additional 144 suites for members of Circle by Meliá, creating a total of 432 suites in the property.

Suite with stunning sea view

Caribbean: Eden Rock – St Barths on track for December reopening

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The hotel is undergoing an extensive renovation and restructuring, following the impact of Hurricane Irma in September 2017…

Eden Rock – St Barths, the Caribbean legend in the prestigious Oetker Collection, has announced that it will reopen its doors on 22 December 2018 after an extensive renovation and restructuring following the impact of Hurricane Irma last year.

While the majority of the Caribbean (nearly 70 per cent) was not damaged by Hurricane Irma and Maria, islands such as St Barths unfortunately were. Despite this, St Barths has been announced as ‘open’ since November last year, and the reopening of Eden Rock is a small yet significant milestone to amplify the island as a unique Caribbean hotspot once more.

Owner of Eden Rock – St Barths Jane Matthews has been central within the redesign, working with firms such as Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS) London, Mercure Engineering & Consulting Paris, Architectonik St Barths and Eden Rock Design. The collaborative group has redesigned and refurbished the entire property with a fresh look and feel, while preserving the heritage and incomparable atmosphere for which Eden Rock is loved.

Throughout the rebuilding process, Fabrice Moizan, General Manager demonstrated the work-rate and optimism that have long been associated with Eden Rock: “We sought an opportunity following a disaster,” said Moizan. We took a different perspective on the situation and now Eden Rock – St Barths is coming back stronger and better than before. Both the hotel and the team are completely refreshed, full of energy and ready to rock and roll!”

The design brief was to create an even more laidback Eden Rock style. All rooms, suites and villas have been renovated, and an additional two suites with spacious private pools have been added ahead of a further three brand new suites to be revealed on the very top of the rock in 2019. The hands-on Matthews has also expanded her art collection within the property, and takes pleasure in introducing guests to wonderful new talent via the New York Academy of Art.

MBDS will be redesigning the famous Villa Rockstar, Villa Nina and the resort’s restaurants. The new buildings will retain St Barths character with its relaxed beach style. The Sand Bar, for example, has been transformed to bring the outdoor indoors and remains culinary heart of the hotel.

The new Rémy Room and Bar is named after Eden Rock’s original owner, paying tribute to his pioneering spirit. A casual beach bar has been added, as well as a new sun deck with shaded loungers.

The reopening of Eden Rock – St Barths is another example showing that the Caribbean is very much open for business.

Bespoke design at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina by Capella

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Surrounded by luscious natural vegetation and the bright turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, Marigot Bay Resort & Marina By Capella effortlessly blends original personality, bespoke design and gracious personal service.

Set in a secluded natural harbour in Saint Lucia, Marigot Bay is arguably the most beautiful bay in the Caribbean. An authentic and welcoming luxury resort, Marigot Bay Resort is steps away from its premiere superyacht marina. Set sail on a voyage of discovery, and experience the ultimate in Caribbean luxury with Marigot Bay Resort.

Marigot ResortOffering harmonious design, the highest standards of hospitality and the magical surroundings of Saint Lucia, this idyllic property provides an exceptional sanctuary on the island. Offering 124 impeccably designed guest rooms and suites, 2 infinity pools, a swim up bar, a Rum Cave, the Auriga Spa and multiple dining options, find paradise at Marigot Bay Resort.

Marigot ResortAccommodation at Marigot Bay Resort & Marina has been finished to the highest specifications, Bay View Rooms offer breath-taking vistas of the bay and surrounds, whereas Resort View Rooms have uninterrupted views of tropical gardens and lush hillsides. A range of 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites are also available, with separate open plan kitchen, living and dining areas and some with their own private Jacuzzi, set on the hillside for unparalleled luxury and views. For the ultimate in luxury, the Penthouse Suites perched on the highest point of the resort are also available boasting floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to take in the incredible views, high beamed ceilings, a private Jacuzzi and fully equipped designer kitchen. Fine Egyptian cotton linens, BOSE surround sound and espresso machines add the finishing touches to an exceptional stay.

Marigot ResortWithout even leaving the resort, sample a luxurious spa treatment at the Auriga spa, a yoga or meditation class, work out at the 24hour fitness centre, or perhaps take part in the poolside coconut experience or body scrub making class. Families are welcome with the Zando’s children’s activity programmes and the culinary experiences give a taste of Saint Lucia which can be recreated at home.

www.marigotbayresort.com

Ocean Club Bahamas

The Ocean Club, Bahamas now a Four Seasons Resort

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One of the world’s most celebrated beach resorts is now a Four Seasons experience. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas invites travellers to a very private enclave where five miles (eight kilometres) of pristine white sand edge the dazzling blues of sea and sky.

Originally conceived as a playground for celebrities and elite travellers, The Ocean Club’s traditional Caribbean style buildings are surrounded by 35 acres (14 hectares) of beautifully maintained gardens, with world-class dining, spa and sports and recreation facilities.

Ocean Club BahamasOriginally opened in 1962, The Ocean Club has long been a favourite hideaway for luxury travellers, with its picture-perfect oceanfront setting, immaculate grounds and stellar service. Over the years and through several evolutions, as it earned numerous international awards and accolades, and importantly, a fiercely loyal clientele. In recent years, The Ocean Club received global attention as the setting for key scenes in the 2006 remake of the James Bond classic Casino Royale.

Now managed by Four Seasons, The Ocean Club begins the next chapter in its storied history, joining a growing global portfolio of historic properties managed by Four Seasons including: Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel; Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris; Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest; Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva; Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, A Four Seasons Hotel; Four SeasonsResort The Biltmore Santa Barbara; and Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside Florida, among many others.

www.fourseasons.com/oceanclub

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of the first Park Hyatt hotel in the Caribbean - Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour debuts

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of the first Park Hyatt hotel in the Caribbean – Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour.

Set within Christophe Harbour, the 126-room luxury resort spans the secluded beach of Banana Bay at the foot of St. Kitts’ lush rolling hills and offers unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea and neighbouring Nevis.

Home to three signature restaurants, indoor and outdoor event spaces, two pools, and other distinct amenities, Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour offers guests a journey of rare and intimate experiences. All 78 rooms and 48 suites are sustainably and thoughtfully designed by Range Developments, incorporating local materials and seamlessly intertwining contemporary architecture with colonial design.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of the first Park Hyatt hotel in the Caribbean - Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe HarbourEach room’s chic, Kittitian-inspired décor showcases views of the Caribbean Sea and the islands beyond, with luxurious touches of peerless quality such as private balconies and terraces, rain-showers and deep soaking tubs. For the ultimate indulgence, the three-bedroom Presidential Villa is equipped with a private infinity pool, wellness area, personal butler and private chef.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour features both indoor and outdoor private event spaces, suitable for incentive groups, weddings and social functions. Events were traditionally held in residences on the island and the resort’s Reception Hall houses seven chic indoor event spaces.

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Excellence Punta Cana reopens

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Excellence Punta Cana, the all-inclusive resort from luxury hospitality leaders, Excellence Group, has reopened its doors following a four-month, $45 million (£34 million) renovation.

Maintaining the resort’s original romantic island charm and elegance that earned it a spot on Trip Advisor’s ‘Top 25-All Inclusive Caribbean Resorts, the property now also features completely renovated and new onsite food and beverage offerings, an upgraded Club Lounge resulting in an elevated front desk and concierge service, a new beachfront pool, in-room renovations with improved layouts, new furniture and sleek Caribbean vibes, and an enhanced experience in the brand’s renowned Excellence Club.

Excellence Punta Cana seamlessly combines the convenience of an all-inclusive experience with the details and amenities of a luxurious five-star property. Across its portfolio of properties, the brand boasts the industry’s highest-staff-per-room ratio to provide impeccable and unmatched service.

In addition to the suite’s existing offerings that included private plunge pools, terraces, and panoramic ocean, mountain, or garden views, the improved suites have upgraded lounge furniture, plush mattresses, and soaking tubs.

The resort will also introduce a new room class, the 950 square feet Excellence Club Suite with Private Pool. The opulent new room category comes with a private pool, separate living room, furnished terrace, marble spa bathrooms with jet whirlpool tubs, and the usual luxe amenities and standards that guests have come to expect from the brand.

Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana celebrates 2017 World Travel Awards win

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Kempinski is delighted to announce that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has been honoured by the 2017 World Travel Awards. The new deluxe hotel is the winner of the award for Cuba’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017 – for the Suite Presidential Lorca.

The most luxurious and spacious space in the hotel, Suite Presidential Lorca, overlooks the Central Square and Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The Suite Presidential Lorca consists of a large living room with four large French doors/windows, a separate dining room, a guest toilet and a small kitchenette. The bedroom features one king size bed, a large walk-in closet and a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi bathtub, separate rain shower cabin, two sinks and a bidet. The suite connects to a Gran Deluxe Twin Room. Room amenities include high ceilings, flat-screen TV, work desk, coffee and tea facilities, and safe. The Suite Presidential Lorca measures 150 square metres or 1,615 square feet.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.

“We are most excited about this win and what it means for our property. Kempinski is one of the most famous luxury brands in the world that represents the best in quality and the highest standards in European hospitality. We are confident in saying that the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has already began to set new standards for hospitality in the Caribbean. When making every decision, we strive for excellence and individuality, and we deliver. Cuba hasn’t seen a luxury hotel like the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana,” says Xavier Destribats, Chief Operating Officer The Americas,

Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres. The rooftop terrace and swimming pool, with views over the old town, are just one of the property’s many dazzling features.

Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel joins Relais & Châteaux

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With its reputation for combining five star service and luxury within a relaxed and intimate environment, Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel, is extremely honoured to announce that they have been invited to join the prestigious hotel group, Relais & Châteaux.

Relais & Châteaux is a collection of elite, mainly family run hotels in lovely locations with wonderful facilities, great food, warm personal hospitality and five-star services. All of these qualities Calabash has as their core values, and this will continue as they always strive to exceed their guests’ expectations.

Grenada's exclusive Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel joins Relais & Châteaux

“It is a huge honour to be part of such a highly regarded hotel group and we feel that there is much synergy between ourselves and Relais & Châteaux. So we are looking forward to a great partnership and bright future together!” Comments Director of Sales & Marketing, Adele Garbutt.

Grenada's exclusive Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel joins Relais & Châteaux

Earlier this year, Calabash was also honoured with the top Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award, after being named the No.1 Hotel in the Caribbean, showing the consistently excellent standards held by the Grenadian hotel.

Grenada's exclusive Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel joins Relais & Châteaux

The Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa is due to complete an extensive upgrade project in early October, which includes the renovation of reception, the bar area and spa, raising the benchmark for the standard of accommodation on the island.

Jumby Bay Island Resort to open in October

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Oetker Collection has announced Jumby Bay Island as the next masterpiece property in the hospitality brand’s portfolio.

The 300-acre private island resort, located two miles from Antigua, is slated to open on October 9 for the 2017/18 season. As the new operator of Jumby Bay, Oetker Collection will manage the island’s resort, as well as villa and estate home rentals.

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With this addition, Oetker Collection expands its portfolio to ten properties; Jumby Bay joins Eden Rock – St Barths as the brand’s second in the Caribbean.

Jumby Bay
The island combines an established 40-room/suite resort with 50 individually designed, fully-staffed villa and estate home rentals. Villas and estates offer up to nine bedrooms, most with direct private beach access.

Additional resort features include three white sand beaches, three restaurants, an exceptional spa and fitness facilities, watersports, two pools and five tennis courts.

www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/jumby-bay-antigua

Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados

Barbados Fairmont Royal Pavilion Hotel to undergo renovation

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On August 21, 2017, Fairmont Royal Pavilion, Barbados will embark on an exciting renovation project designed to significantly enhance the facilities of the hotel and provide a comfortable and luxurious experience for future guests.

The hotel lobby and all 72 guest rooms and suites will be completely transformed with a scheduled completion date of November 15, 2017, followed by a restaurant renovation in summer 2018.

In an effort to minimise impact to the high levels of service and top-quality guest experience for which Fairmont is known, the hotel will be closed for the invasive part of the renovation, from late September to mid-November 2017.

The newly renovated Fairmont Royal Pavilion is scheduled to re-open on November 12, 2017.

www.fairmont.com/barbados

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Mandarin Oriental Canouan to open in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will rebrand and manage a luxury hotel, currently operating on Canouan island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, from 1 November 2017.

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan will be the Group’s first property in the Caribbean.

The exclusive resort is expansive while being intimate and secluded, nestled on the powder white sands of Canouan Island which is only five square miles in total.

The whole island is dedicated to leisure pursuits including sailing, kayaking, diving, fishing, tennis and hiking, as well as golf at an 18-hole Jim Fazio-designed golf course. The hotel comprises 26 suites and 12 three to four bedroom villas.

All suites and villas have full ocean views, and each villa comes with a large private pool, just a few steps away from the ocean. A variety of restaurants and bars provide a range of cuisines and al fresco dining and the property also features an outdoor infinity pool, a spa and health club, with two overwater treatment cabanas accessible by boat.

The Group will also brand and manage a portfolio of new Residences at Mandarin Oriental, to be located near the hotel and scheduled to be available in 2020.

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Hotel Concept Focus: Temptation Cancun Resort now open

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Temptation Cancun Resort, part of Original Group, has reopened after a spectacular multi-million-dollar, complete rebuild taken up by award-winning Canadian designer Karim Rashid.

Inspired by the human body, the new resort’s 430 guestrooms and public spaces epitomise Karim’s signature ‘sensual minimalism’ style, including an iconic multi-coloured seven-storey façade. An evolutionary concept in Cancun, the ‘Playground for Grown-Ups’ welcomes adults-only (21+) to experience a sensual vibe throughout the entire property, with its bright colours and rounded, human-like shapes designed to optimise feelings of connectivity and attraction.

Temptation Cancun Resort - Bash Bedroom IIThe design makeover for Temptation Cancun Resort began on September 25, 2016. After a successful trajectory as the number one adult-centric, all-inclusive resort in the Mexican Caribbean, Temptation’s transformation has refined and elevated its original concept by enhancing the guest experience with the highest international hotel standards and a ground-breaking design. Complemented by superior entertainment, gastronomic and accommodation offerings, an electrifying vibe continues to be the hallmark of this beachfront, topless-optional resort.

Temptation Cancun Resort - Bash BathroomNewly reimagined guestrooms evoke a vivid sense through design capturing the innovative spirit of Cancun. The colour palette includes bright colours and smooth textures, fused with long lines and soft curves that simulate the natural beauty and sensuality of the human body through abstract art. Each of the 430 rooms and suites offer a private terrace or balcony, where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea or the property’s lush tropical gardens.

Temptation Cancun Resort - Master Suite RenderingAll rooms feature an LED TV, free Wi-Fi, 24-hour room service and an in-room minibar. A selection of rooms and suites include pool and beach butler service, pillow menu, outdoor Jacuzzis, aromatherapy and Blissful Beds among other state-of-the-art amenities.

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Spa Rosé facilities include: a sauna, steam room, Swiss shower, cold water pool and a large Jacuzzi. In addition, it offers a peaceful waiting area where a refreshing variety of teas and other relaxing beverages are served.

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Palladium Hotels & Resorts rebranding Royal Suites

Palladium Hotels & Resorts rebranding Royal Suites

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Palladium Hotels & Resorts is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts known as The Royal Suites by Palladium to TRS Hotels. The rebrand includes a fresh and elegant look on property as well as an updated marketing campaign & logo.

TRS Hotels will become independent of Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts while remaining true to the mission of offering the best adults-only luxury experience and personalised service at the current properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as the new Costa Mujeres property set to open in autumn of 2018.

“As the adults-only market in the Caribbean and Mexico continues to grow and expand, Palladium Hotels & Resorts looks to differentiate itself by evolving its adults-only brand, TRS Hotels,” said Sergio Zertuche, Palladium Hotel Group’s Chief Sales & Marketing Officer.

In addition to the rebranding, TRS Yucatan in Riviera Maya will be undergoing various upgrades and renovations from 1 July until 15 November. These upgrades include completely renovated guestrooms, swim-up rooms, additional exclusive à la carte restaurants, a new infinity pool, and integration of the entire room stock of the former Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa along with a Signature Beach Club. TRS Turquesa in Punta Cana will also be undergoing changes with the addition of a signature Beach Club, which is scheduled to open by 1 December.

Along with attention to upscale amenities, luxury hospitality and desirable offerings like accommodating beach clubs, the redesigned brand boasts an ultimately guest-centred experience where every service is designed specifically to fulfil each individual guest’s needs. As Palladium Hotels & Resorts continues to evolve, TRS Hotels drives to keep ultimate guest satisfaction at the forefront of this initiative.

TRS Yucatan and TRS Turquesa will begin their rebranding online in July featuring a simple and refined logo to represent the new and improved adults-only hideaways. On-property rebranding will be completed by late autumn 2017.

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$12.5 million redevelopment for Spanish Court Hotel Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica

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MKDA, a Miami-based architecture and interior design firm, has announced that its distinguished hospitality studio is the lead architect on the $12.5 million redevelopment of Jamaica”s long-shuttered Breezes Montego Bay Hotel into the 120,000-square-foot The Spanish Court Hotel Montego Bay.

Located on the beachfront along Gloucester Avenue in St. James, popularly called the Hip Strip, the resort hotel is an expansion of The Spanish Court brand in Kingston, and also a departure for the brand, whose popular Kingston location established in 2010 is primarily a destination for business travelers.

By introducing to the Caribbean a minimal architectural style similar to that found in Miami”s famed South Beach neighborhood, MKDA hopes The Spanish Court Hotel Montego Bay will redefine and elevate the concept of a Jamaican resort.

To achieve this architectural elegance, the exterior was stripped of its Mediterranean-inspired decorative elements in favor of clean, contemporary lines. A beautiful porte-cochere at the entrance features a large grey granite slab that creates a contrast to the stark white lines of structural elements, such as columns, slabs and walls, all of which frame full-height glazing walls. The architectural team is also reinforcing the structure in order to add two floors.

Most of the beautifully appointed 120 guest rooms will have views of Doctors Cave Beach, renowned in Jamaica for its clear turquoise waters, white sand and calm waters. Each will feature plush beds and spa-like bathrooms with roman tubs and sauna showers. Some will also comprise exterior balconies, and on the ground level, private plunge pools.

One of the most exciting details of the resort is the open-air lobby that frames—in beautiful wooden slats—the resort”s crystal blue infinity pool that melds flawlessly into the ocean. MKDA also designed a world-class restaurant and spa on either side of the lobby, as well as a pool and rooftop bar, café and gym.

MKDA is a corporate planning and interior design firm that was established in New York, NY in 1959. The firm also has a Stamford, CT studio that provides corporate interior design services, and a Miami, FL studio that provides architecture and interior design services. MKDA has been named one of Interior Design magazine”s Top 100 Interior Design Giants, has been an Interior Design Best of the Year Honoree, and has received numerous other accolades and recognition. Client brands have included Snapchat, SoundCloud, Guggenheim Partners, Design Within Reach and Heineken USA, as well as leading building owners Silverstein Properties, George Comfort & Sons, Vornado Realty Trust, Blackstone, ClearRock Properties and Boston Properties.

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under its brands

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under its brands

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Meliá Hotels International announced during the International Tourism Fair in Cuba that it will extend its presence in the centre of the island with the addition of 8 hotels, while also assisting in promoting multi-destination vacations.

The agreement between Meliá Hotels International and the Cuban hotel groups, Gran Caribe, Cubanacan and Islazul, aims to promote organized multi-destination vacations that already include several towns and cities on the island, while at the same time adding new destinations, one of the objectives of a Cuban tourism strategy which seeks to enhance the visibility of a number of cities and regions with huge potential for quality tourism.

In the city of Cienfuegos, Meliá will manage the 56-room San Carlos Hotel and the 49-room Union Hotel, both located in the historic centre of Cienfuegos, declared a World Heritage Site in 2005. The company will also manage the Jagua Hotel in the same city, operating 173 rooms under the INNSIDE by Meliá brand, Meliá’s most avant-garde urban brand, and one of its most highly-rated brands worldwide.

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under itsIn Trinidad, the company will renovate and manage the 279-room Ancon Hotel under the innovative and youthful Sol House brand, as well as a new 102-room hotel to be built at the end of the Ancon Peninsula and operated under the Meliá brand.

Lastly, in Camagüey, the firm will begin to work with the Islazul hotel group to manage three hotels, two of them in the historic centre of the city: the 72-room Gran Hotel and the 58-room Hotel Colón. INNSIDE by Meliá will also be the brand applied to the 142-room Hotel Camagüey after an investment in renovation.

In 2015, the firm celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Cuba, and continues to announce that it maintains the same enthusiasm as ever for continuing to increase its quality and service in a destination it has always described as “privileged”. The company will assume responsibility for the hotels on November 1 of this year, starting a transitional process in their management which will be completed by January 1, 2018.

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Waldorf Astoria Antigua agreement signed

Agreement signed for Waldorf Astoria Antigua

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Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of a management agreement with Callaloo Cay Antigua for the brand’s first new-build resort in the Caribbean, Waldorf Astoria Antigua.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the elegant resort in the middle of the Leeward Islands will provide unparalleled service and one-of-a-kind experiences where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic.

The resort’s 95 guest rooms and 25 branded villas, including beachfront suites and hilltop accommodations, will boast breathtaking views of the bay and calming lush surroundings, providing the ideal space for a comfortable and exclusive stay.

“We are pleased to embark on this exciting development with Hilton and build a landmark luxury resort in the heart of this island sanctuary,” said Dawood Shah, senior vice president, business development, Callaloo Cay Antigua. “Hilton’s nearly 100 years of renowned hospitality, combined with the timeless sophistication of Waldorf Astoria, will help position this resort as the finest choice for luxury travel in Antigua and marquis development in global citizenship.”

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is a Caribbean paradise that welcomes visitors with calming ocean breezes and pristine natural wonders while boasting fine sand beaches, sapphire waters, untouched coral reefs, lush tropical surroundings and more. Visitors can take in the island’s rich history and culture, or experience one of the island’s most famous activities such as sailing and yachting.

Palladium Hotels investing $21m in Caribbean/Mexican market

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Palladium Hotel Group has announced plans to invest an additional $21 million to upgrade the guest experiences at its Grand Palladium and The Royal Suites by Palladium properties in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico. The investment is being made to improve quality and consistency as part of the company’s dedication to offering the same high-quality experiences at each hotel at excellent value.

Five million dollars of the total investment will go towards improving food and beverage offerings. In terms of staffing, Palladium Hotels & Resorts is increasing the number of staff by 13-percent over 2017, which will total 8,243 staff at all 12 properties in the Caribbean and Mexico, including the Grand Palladium Resorts & Spas and The Royal Suites by Palladium.

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Palladium Hotels & Resorts is also investing in technology at each property in 2017, such as improving the Palladium Hotels & Resorts App so guests can message the concierge directly, increasing the bandwidth of the WiFi, installing better surround sound systems at the pools and updating the entertainment production for live performances at the hotels. Additional shuttles to take guests from one property to another will be added to reduce waiting times when travelling to different lobbies. New pool bikes for exercising in the pool will also be installed. These improvements will be introduced over the course of this year.

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“We are dedicated to improving our guests’ experiences in every way possible, so we are investing in upgrades in the areas that matter the most – service, food and beverage, and technology. Guest satisfaction at our upgraded properties in Jamaica, Riviera Maya and Punta Cana has soared after the renovations completed so we are extending this investment in upgrades at all of our properties,” said Jacques De Paep, Palladium Hotel Group’s commercial director for North America.

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Additional investment is being made at Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa and its neighbouring properties to upgrade them by the end of November 2017. Rodizio, the Brazilian steakhouse, will replace the current Hemingway Bar at Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort & Spa. At Sumptuori Restaurant, additional teppanyaki tables will be installed. A new area will also be added that will be dedicated to the popular nikkei concept, which is a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cuisines. In addition, the interior of El Behique restaurant will be renovated to feature new, modern designs.

At Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, the lobby and select guestrooms will be renovated with Caribbean designs. A new beach club will be added to the adults-only area of The Royal Suites Turquesa, which is inspired by the success of the beach club concept from Ibiza.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Bahamas set to open in April

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Centre and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views

The Baha Mar Resort will open in phases, with initial operations at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar expected to begin in late April 2017.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. The hotel will feature three on-site restaurants, including a 200-seat main restaurant, a pool bar and grill and a jazz-themed lounge. Additionally, the Baha Mar Convention Centre will feature more than 85,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views

“We are delighted to welcome Hyatt to Baha Mar when Grand Hyatt Baha Mar debuts,” said Graeme Davis, president, Baha Mar and CTF’s Bahamas subsidiary. “Known for world class offerings, accommodations and residences, the Grand Hyatt hotel will contribute to the Baha Mar guest experience and will join us in our commitment to offering an elevated standard in luxury beach and casino resort destinations.”

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Guest Blog: New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™

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Following our recent 2017 travel trend predictions, we’re bringing you the latest on our newest hotels to look out for in 2017…

The Caribbean takes centre stage

The Manoah Boutique Hotel: Shoal Bay, Anguilla – Opened December 2016
Every aspect of the brand new Manoah Boutique Hotel has been designed to celebrate its stunning location on the shores of Shoal Bay. Opened in December 2016, the 25 bedrooms and suites are decorated in cool neutral shades and each room has a private glass-fronted veranda overlooking the beach. The resort boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens plus two tropical beach bars. Guests can opt to spend their days at the tranquil Manoah Spa, or relax on the powdery white sands of Shoal Bay taking in the view. Water sports such as paddle boarding, kayaking or scuba diving can also be arranged. Inspired by a delicious mix of global cuisines, chefs at the Ocean Beach Club Restaurant have created a unique menu using fresh seasonal produce, best enjoyed accompanied by the sound and sights of the sea.

SLH Insider Tip: With local stables nearby, spend an evening on horse-back with a sunset beach ride on Cove Bay.

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The Reef by CuisinArt: Anguilla – Opened November 2016
Desirably situated on Merrywing Bay on the tranquil island of Anguilla, The Reef by CuisinArt debuted in November 2016, revealing a beachfront contemporary oasis featuring 80 suites, directly on the Caribbean Sea. The hotel offers an array of accommodation, some with sea views and others that are right on the white sand beach with dramatic outdoor Jacuzzis. Fresh locally sourced ingredients from the on-property hydroponic farm and fresh seafood fill the menu at the nautical inspired fine dining restaurant, The Yacht Club, and the casual cool beach front bar and restaurant, Breezes. The architecture and design of the hotel is fresh and modern, with touches of colour and the sea brought inside and ocean views from almost every window.

SLH Insider Tip: Head to the other end of the island and take a boat out to tiny coral island, Scilly Cay, for live music, delicious lobster and for what many hail as the best rum punch on the island.

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Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa: St Barthélemy – Opened November 2016
This exclusive oceanfront resort is SLH’s first property in St Barth’s. The hotel opened its doors in November 2016, welcoming guests to its 46 rooms and suites with interiors by celebrated designer Sybille de Margerie and cuisine by Michelin-starred French chef, Guy Martin. The elegant boutique hotel perfectly captures the laid-back luxury of St Barth’s, with light airy interiors and genuine island hospitality. The bright and airy rooms and suites are decorated to reflect the white sands and turquoise blue of the ocean and each one opens out onto a private terrace with ocean or garden views and private swimming pool. Aux Amis, the resort’s restaurant serves a light menu during the day and in the evening the space opens onto a beachfront terrace where guests can enjoy French and international cuisine overlooking the bay. The hotel’s spa has partnered with luxury French skin care brand La Mer and offers a wide array of treatments in its open-air atrium.

SLH Insider Tip: On the south-east tip of the island sits Anse de Columbiere – this undeveloped bay is only accessible by foot or by boat and is a peaceful haven for those seeking somewhere secluded to swim and sunbathe.

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Paradise Beach: St Kitts and Nevis
Exclusivity, intimacy and personal service are key at this beachfront resort on the utopian island of St Kitts and Nevis. Boasting an idyllic location – nestled into a glorious white-sand beach and overlooking St Kitts and Mount Nevis – Paradise Beach Nevis has the distinction of being the only villa resort on the Caribbean island of Nevis. The resort is child friendly and the villas for up to eight people make it a great option for a family getaway. Each of the seven villas is its own personal palace with a marble or limestone bath, king beds, a sound system which allows guest to stream their own music, fitness studio, dining rooms for private meals, a private pool, a sea view and kitted out with Hermés bath products. The hand woven, palm roofs were designed to mirror the Nevis Peak, which, combined with lush gardens and an amazing beach, provide a paradise of luxury and tranquillity.

SLH Insider Tip: Probably one of the more well-known attractions but still well worth the hype is the Sugar train –the last scenic railway in the West Indies. The double decker carriages have open sided top decks for guests to enjoy the breeze along with their rum punch and the sounds of the trains own choir.

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Point Grace Resort and Spa: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
An all-suite hideaway surrounded by perfect sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, Point Grace Resort and Spa overlooks the stunning Grace Bay and is SLH’s first hotel in Turks and Caicos. The tropical resort is turn-of the-century style with a contemporary twist and consists of 25 suites all spanning over 1,000 square feet, two restaurants and the Thalasso Spa, where treatments are inspired by the ocean. Grace’s Cottage, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant is an architectural gem featuring picturesque outdoor seating where old world elegance meets modern gourmet cuisine. Guests can also enjoy lunch and breakfast at Hutchings, which is nestled in a tropical garden and serves casual food with a Caribbean influence. A unique collection of African tribal crafts and artwork can be found dotted around the hotel, most of which are locally sourced from the island and lend an insight into the culture and travel experience of the turn of the century West Indian traveller.

SLH Insider Tip: If you’re a wildlife lover visit the Leeward settlement, an uninhabited islet known as ‘Iguana Island’ – a sanctuary for the endangered Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana.

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Unique Island Escapes

Kokomo Island: Kadavu Islands , Fiji – Opening March 2017
Combining luxury, sustainability and unspoilt beauty, Kokomo Island is Fiji’s newest and most exclusive private island resort, situated on the edge of the celestial Kadavu Island group. Kokomo Island opens in March 2017 and is the first SLH hotel in Fiji. The boutique property is encircled by the untouched Great Astrolabe Reef so ideal for diving enthusiasts (the hotel has its own Dive Centre for guests). The 21 villas, owner’s beachfront residence and five hilltop residences are designed for privacy and comfort, featuring sustainable design and traditional Fijian touches, all alive with character. Guests can enjoy fresh, sustainably-sourced produce at the resort’s three restaurants, as well as a number of dining experiences including a chef BBQ and private island picnic. The Kokomo Island spa blends world-class Sodashi products with rejuvenating indigenous Fijian beauty rituals to create signature treatments. The hotel is a personal passion project for Australian billionaire property developer, Lang Walker, who, together with his family, has brought his vision for an island paradise like no other to life.

SLH Insider Tip: Visit the nearby manta ray cleaning station, where manta rays come to get freshened up by wrasse fish, and take the opportunity to swim with the rays.

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Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites: Naxos, Greece
Situated on the lesser known Greek island of Naxos, Naxian Collection is a chic hill-top retreat with ten sugar cube white villas and suites providing a serene sanctuary. The cave-like rooms are decked out with minimalist interiors, cream walls, bamboo screens and giant bathtubs. Each room offers stunning views over landscaped gardens, lagoons and nearby Naxos town, which is just two miles away. Pretty Agios Prokopios beach is just a ten minute walk from the property and there are plenty of walking or horse-riding trails to keep outdoorsy guests busy. The hotel’s kitchen boasts plenty of local organic ingredients and traditional Naxian recipes from the property’s own organic field, free-range chicken coop, nearby olive groves and the family vineyards. It also has its own wine cellar which is home to a formidable selection of local wine.

SLH Insider Tip: Try and time your stay with a classical music concert or violin recital at the Venetian Museum of Naxos in the Kastro which offers live entertainment year round.

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Sikelia: Pantelleria, Italy
Known as the ‘Black pearl of the Mediterranean’, Pantelleria is a perfect escape for adventurous travellers willing to voyage a little further to be rewarded by natural volcanic hot springs, a rugged coastline, spectacular caves surrounded by the bluest of seas and warm volcanic waters to swim in. The enigmatic owner, Giulia Pazienz, ensures all the service is personal, friendly and sincere. Built out of an ancient dammuso, designed by the island’s most famous resident architect – Gabriella Guintoli, the wild beauty of the island is reflected in the hotel itself. Ancient pottery, glazed painted tiles and predominantly dark shades throughout lend an air of drama to the property. The 20 rooms are unique yet share a stylish design with meticulous attention to the finer details, with Frette linens and Hermés products in every bathroom. At the hotel’s restaurant, Themá, the chef combines fresh fish and shellfish with vegetables grown in Sikelia’s own garden, serving bold flavours from Arabia, Africa and Southern Italy. This is all served with intense, aromatic wine from the owner’s estate, made from the Zibibbo grape, indigenous of the island.

SLH Insider Tip: For a more informal dining experience, guests can head to the owner’s Coste Ghirlanda Wine Laboratory which is flooded with candles and offers a rustic cosy vibe where guests eat under the stars on communal kitchen tables.

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Kempinski La Habana

Project Preview: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

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Kempinski is delighted to announce that it will open its first hotel in Cuba in the second quarter of this year. The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana features 246 rooms and suites and is located within the historic Manzana de Gómez building in the heart of Old Havana – a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Kempinski Hotels has just signed a management contract with the Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA.

“We are very pleased to be opening this outstanding hotel in the spring,” says Markus Semer, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Kempinski Hotels. “The opening is a continuation of our pioneering spirit as the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana will be Cuba’s first modern luxury five-star hotel. And its location within a famous historic building currently makes it the most exclusive hotel project in Old Havana.”

“For us, it is important to gain new partners who are internationally renowned, to manage our hotels, for this reason Kempinski was selected to take care of our new hotel in Havana,” adds Carlos M. Latuff, Executive President Grupo de Turismo Gaviota SA. “With its impeccable 120-year history, European-style luxury and extraordinary quality, Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group Kempinski is a perfect fit with the Manzana de Gómez. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, as Cuba’s first European-style shopping arcade, it is an iconic building in an important historical area. Together with Kempinski we will make this jewel the city’s leading luxury hotel,” he continued.

Even before it has opened, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana is causing much excitement – not only in Cuba. Guests can choose from 246 luxury rooms and suites, ranging in size from 40 to the stunning presidential suite’s 150 square metres – all with ceilings of four to five metres.

Kawana Bay, Grenada - Kimpton

Kimpton to open new resort in Grenada in 2019

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has announced its second property in the Caribbean with the new Kimpton Kawana Bay Grenada Resort, scheduled to open in early 2019.

A hillside retreat tucked away between tropical rainforest cliffs and the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, the international luxury resort will offer picturesque views and instant access to the southeastern Caribbean Sea and surrounding mountains.

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Owned and developed by True Blue Development Limited, a division of the Tau Capital Group of Companies, Kimpton Kawana Bay Resort will be developed as a partial adaptive reuse with new build expansion.

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The 146-key resort will comprise of 101 luxury studio rooms and 45 suites, and 12 additional penthouse apartments will also be available for sale to private owners.

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A number of Kawana Bay’s suites will include private pools overlooking Grand Anse Beach, largely considered to be one of the world’s best beaches, and all rooms will feature spectacular ocean views. Additional amenities will include an infinity pool, chef-driven restaurant, lounge and beach bars, fitness centre, spa and water sports facilities.

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Sneak Peek: Park Hyatt St. Kitts in pre-opening stage

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A new luxury resort is now in the pre-opening phase on the idyllic Caribbean island of St. Kitts. Located in the aptly titled Banana Bay on the island’s South East Peninsula, the Park Hyatt group will open Park Hyatt St. Kitts in Summer 2017.

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St. Kitts is known for its numerous universities, its incredible volcanic landscape and, of course, cricket. The island is somewhat underdeveloped in tourism terms compared to other Caribbean islands in the region, but tourism has been increasing over the last few years, owing in part to the large port town of Basseterre, which receives cruise ships regularly.

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This new West Indian development is the latest in a profusion of international opening for Park Hyatt, which now has 679 properties in 58 countries worldwide, with brands including Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency and Hyatt Centric. Currently in the planning and pre-opening stages are hotels and resorts in Kyoto, Marrakech, Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Msheireb, Qatar.

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The St. Kitts resort will have 126 rooms and over 7,000 square feet of event space. It will be designed by experienced Spanish firm Arcadia Design Architects, who have a proven track record in hospitality design, having completed other projects in Sharm El Sheik and Hyatt Regency hotel in Jordan.

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For the interior design, trusted collaborators G.A. Design from London have been chosen for the project. With over 30 years’ experience in hospitality interior design, the British firm have also designed the interiors of the Hilton Istanbul and the Mandarin Oriental in London.

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Osborn Interiors at Hotel Le Toiny

Project Spotlight: Osborn Interiors at Hotel Le Toiny

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Hotel Le Toiny is known for luxury, privacy and 5-star service. The goal of the refurbishment by Osborn Interiors was to bring a hint of glamour to the public spaces, without compromising on the comfort which is the focus of this hotel.

The new elegant reception includes a unique commissioned ceramic swirl artwork made on a Belgium linen canvas. Adjacent to this is a fabulous bespoke piece of furniture constructed out of aged teak with blue inlaid resin. The neutral colour palette leaves the attention on the extraordinary materials within the space and ensures a sense of calm. Sky high bookcases constructed of leather, echo the reception desk, upon which sit the totally unique sand filled lamps. These lamps are the only ones in the world, made especially for the hotel, and contain a blue sand stripe, mimicking the horizon.

An adjacent cosy, chic library space continues the neutral palette with the addition of mirror and chrome highlights, trunk tables and linen sofas, for a comfortable yet fun contemporary feel.

Moving into the restaurant a pop of the hotel’s signature blue links with the sea and sky beyond. Guests are surrounded by unique items such as centuries old fossilised giant clam shells, and materials including 18th century barn wood and natural limestone. The bespoke coffee table encases a champagne bucket for the very necessary glass on arrival. New cosy corners of seating give each table it’s own unique feel, relaxed and intimate.

Overlooking the pool the new bar is the high point of the glamorous transformation of the space. Natural oysters sunk into resin, with a marble top, make up the unique bar with mother of pearl joinery behind. Dramatic lighting ensures that the space sparkles night and day. Finished off with the bespoke pink bar stools, this is a fun, interesting space.

Moving down to the area surrounding the pool, the focus here is really on calm and comfort. New elegant bespoke oversized loungers, constructed of bleached teak and other furniture chosen to encourage guests to lounge long past sundown, next to the atmospheric firepit.

In the guest rooms a neutral colour palette, achieved with acres of Belgium linen, and a range of natural materials and textured accessories encourage relaxation. Attention to detail with unusual rope handles, and hand-made stools out of sandblasted wood and leather handles, sit next to petrified wood tables. A mix of modern and more traditional Gustavian furniture ensures the scheme honours the spirit of St Barth’s whilst being contemporary enough for the sophisticated clientele.

Bee Osborn is an internationally respected interior designer, who has a long association with the island of St Bartholemy.

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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opens its doors in Grand Cayman

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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has made waves this week as it opens the doors of its first Caribbean property Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, located along the famed Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

Seafire marks the boutique hotel company’s first foray into the international luxury resort market and is Grand Cayman’s first new hotel in more than a decade. That’s a lot of “firsts” to live up to, but Seafire delivers. The resort pays tribute to the classic Caymanian culture and authentic beauty whilst introducing modern elements and sophisticated-yet-playful amenities for an enriching and innovative stay experience, for both leisure and business travellers.

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Immediately upon arrival, Seafire welcomes guests with its Kimpton-signature heartfelt care and “luxury without the attitude” service. On top of feeling warmly welcomed and attended to, guests are greeted by the sea and sand as Seafire’s open-air design and water vistas at every turn provide front-row seats to glorious sunsets that seem to set the ocean ablaze. Perched 24-feet-above sea level, nearly every one of Seafire’s 266 guestrooms boasts a private balcony and pinch-me-I’m-dreaming views of a turquoise pool and lush landscapes. Seafire’s three freestanding beachside bungalows offer one- and two-bedroom layouts, enhanced amenities and exclusive vantage points of the beach and ocean.

“Grand Cayman was the perfect choice for Kimpton’s first island resort, with an ideal location right on Seven Mile Beach,” said Steven Andre, Seafire General Manager. “Seafire embodies the spirit and culture of the destination, and will allow guests the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in island life.”

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Kimpton Seafire provides the perfect tropical backdrop for business or social gatherings. The resort’s indoor and outdoor meeting space includes the 7,076-square-foot Aurea Ballroom with soaring ceilings and refined design, the 10th-floor Presidential Suite, overlooking the beach and Caribbean Sea, and the expansive Seabridge Green event lawn for beachside daytime or evening occasions.

The resort’s amenities continue with the 8,500-square-foot Spa at Seafire, which features seven treatment rooms with a full array of soothing services. The spa also features a Turkish style Hammam, the only one of its kind in Grand Cayman. Staying fit while travelling is possible and enjoyable at Seafire’s 1,770-square-foot state-of the-art fitness centre and weekly group fitness classes. Parents can truly relax thanks to Camp Seafire, the property’s interactive and well-planned programs for children from ages four to 12.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, along with the 62 adjacent Residences at Seafire, marks the first resort and residential property from Dart Real Estate in partnership with Dart Development. Seafire is the result of the cinematic vision of Dayna Lee and Ted Berner of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio, Mark Sopp of San Francisco’s SB Architects and Craig Stoner of EDSA, in collaboration with Ave Bradley, Kimpton’s Global SVP Design & Creative Director. On track to be the first Grand Cayman hotel to achieve LEED® Silver certification, Seafire takes sustainability to a new level with its use of recycled materials, energy efficiencies and respect for the natural environment.

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Dennis Irvine - designer on Jumby Bay Estate House project

Q&A: Dennis Irvine – Estate House, Jumby Bay Resort

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Recently at the Rosewood Hotel in London – a world away from the shimmering blue waters and picture-perfect beaches of the Caribbean – Hotel Designs attended a press preview of the work being carried out at the Estate House; the signature bar and restaurant of the Jumby Bay Rosewood Resort, a stunning luxury retreat set on its own 300-acre private island two miles off the coast Antigua.

Having been given an introduction to the island and the resort by Rosewood MD Andrew Hedley, the resort is everything you would imagine of a Caribbean hideaway – accessible only by boat, a strong colonial feel with a touch of West Indian charm, and tropical paradise environs. And in January of this year, in a bid to bring that aesthetic to the bar and restaurant, the Estate House was closed for a complete overhaul.

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“Already renowned as one of Antigua’s most sought after dining destinations, the reimagined Estate House will emerge as the Caribbean’s ultimate social club for gourmet fare, sophisticated mixology, and mingling from day to night,” Andrew says.

Heading up the project is Dennis Irvine and Hotel Designs had the pleasure of catching up with him to discuss the project and his work as a designer.

Dennis’ background in interior design is a rich one having grown up drawing and making, his passion for all things creative led him to studying interior architecture, to working with Mary Fox Linton to eventually setting up his eponymous design studio. It’s from this standpoint that Dennis was tasked with breathing new life into the Estate House, Jumby Bay.

Jumby Bay, Antigua

Combining the colonial impressions of the main resort with a contemporaneous perspective on the locale, the Estate House’s redesign represented a challenge of capturing the spirit of the island, something wholly embraced by Dennis. But was it hard to balance aesthetics and practicality? “Not really,” Dennis says. “Our design concept was the modern interpretation of the ‘colonial spirit’, so it was a matter of taking inspiration from history with careful curation and playful references that created an aesthetic which drew on the past and used modern materials appropriate to the environment,” he adds.


Retaining historical elements of the original structure, the redesign will pay homage to the Estate House’s roots in empire-era glamour with subtle nods to the island’s history and traditions throughout – something achieved through ‘putting in the hours as it were’. Dennis says: “Spending time in Antigua and absorbing local life was absolutely vital. Our team invested time and effort into researching this former plantation house’s history as well as the island’s traditions and landscape.”

A two-storey, vaulted ceiling will provide a dramatic entryway to the bar, while an airy courtyard, connecting the main restaurant, three private dining rooms, and the Wine Room, will serve as an idyllic outdoor lounge space to savour pre-or-post-dinner drinks, amongst tropical plants and a fountain made by a local artist. Curated local artwork depicting local Antiguan life, flora, and fauna, and vintage maps will adorn the walls, while sophisticated tableware and accessories in bespoke Ginori china, silver and crystal will offer a refined dining experience.

Indeed, Dennis tells HD that sourcing pieces from the island and its artists was one of the more challenging but at the same time worthwhile aspects of the project. “Working closely with local architect Andrew Goodenough, who has had a practice in Antigua for almost forty years was fundamental to getting this right. Engaging local people such as artist Dina Debozzi for trompe l’oeil island scenes for the Blue Room was very important to us too,” he says.

HD asks Dennis how working in what appears to be a remote location compares to working in Europe. “Although it’s remote, the reliability of communication is excellent, better than in London or Paris in fact. There are lots of logistical challenges though. Everything has to be shipped in which takes time, coordination and patience to ensure the project is delivered as originally envisaged,” he tells us.

Inspired by the island’s starkly verdant landscape, a colour palette of rich greens will be employed, and handcrafted furnishings in ebony, teak, rattan, and wicker will emulate the style of past travellers and explorers. Sweeping terraces will offer unparalleled views of the island landscape. In keeping with The Estate House’s new look, restaurant and bar staff will wear fashionable uniforms designed by acclaimed designer Emilia Wickstead.

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The design of the three private dining rooms – The Map Room, The Tent Room, and the Blue Room – will embody different facets of the island’s character. The Map Room will personify wanderlust and discovery through carefully curated objects and antique maps from the golden age of exploration. The Blue Room will feature hand-painted trompe l’oeil island scenes and rich blues inspired by the twilight sky. Draped fabric ceiling and walls in the Tent Room create a romantic Empire-era dining experience. Lighting throughout has been supplied by Croydon-based Dernier & Hamlyn, a collaborator with Dennis on previous projects.

So, has Dennis been given a free rein to bring a ‘design philosophy to the project?

“I was given a great deal of independence to translate spaces as I felt they should be. Having said that, we really appreciated the invaluable input we received from Rosewood who have been based in the Caribbean for many years. Selecting relevant and suitable suppliers is always key to the success of a project so working with an experienced procurement agent, in this case Argenta Projects, was crucial.”

Rejecting the idea of being tied to one style, he adds: “Good design is never formulaic. There will never be a Dennis Irvine Studio style. I am always very respectful of a building’s history if it has one. Or if it’s a new site will give very careful consideration to what else is happening locally so that, while making its own statement, the design is empathetic and complements its surroundings. If asked to sum up our ‘design philosophy’ it would be about respect. For the building and its environs, for the client’s brand and vitally for each other within our team.”

HD asks where this project ranks for Dennis in his portfolio of work. “It’s the first one that has been completed under the Dennis Irvine Studio name so it is my most rewarding in many ways.” Work on the horizon includes a country house hotel at Langley Park, Buckinghamshire. Judging by the work carried out by Dennis at the Estate House, it’s going to be a gem – and slightly closer to home…

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Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

Secret Bay adds two new treehouse-style villas

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Secret Bay, an exclusive eco-luxury boutique resort located on the pristine, unadulterated island of Dominica, is pleased to debut two new villas.

The new guest accommodations, described as a “bower of bliss” or “magical tree house escape,” are an architectural accomplishment — standing up on a single “stem,” or one, primary support.

The nearly 1,600 square foot villas feature one bed and bath, two decks, an elevated pool directly accessible from the bedroom, an outdoor shower, a barbecue and a hammock sofa—the ideal setting for an unforgettable retreat.

Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

The villas are thoughtfully named “Ylang Ylang” because their exterior shape is inspired by the eponymously named legendary flower, one that first originated in Indonesia, yet these days can be found growing around Dominica. Best known for its aroma – the plant’s essential oils are extracted to make some of the world’s most sensuous perfumes including Chanel No. 5 – it’s said to have a calming effect, reducing blood pressure and aiding in relaxation. Shrouded in mystery, either meaning ‘wilderness’ or ‘rare,’ few plants better capture the essence of Secret Bay than the Ylang Ylang.

With the addition of these two new villas, Secret Bay now features a total of eight secluded and sustainable villas and bungalows that are nestled in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

Secret Bay, Caribbean luxury villas

Offering a wealth of unique experiences, completely personalised fine dining, architecturally stunning treehouse-style accommodations and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests the ultimate five-star hideaway experience.

Secret Bay is has received numerous accolades, including Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2016, Condé Nast Johansens’ Best Green Hotel 2016 in the Caribbean & Pacific, TripAdvisor’s 3rd Best Small Hotel in the Caribbean, as well as being featured as part of Caribbean Journal’s Coolest Hotels for 2016.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts

Four Seasons takes control of Viceroy Anguilla

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and Starwood Capital Group have announced that Four Seasons will assume management of the Viceroy Anguilla resort, which is owned by funds affiliated with Starwood Capital Group.

Following the Resort’s annual closure from August to October, the property will reopen as Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts
The 35 square-mile (91 square-kilometre) island of Anguilla is one of the only islands in the British West Indies to maintain an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high rise hotels, preserving the natural beauty, culture and tranquility of the island. Framed by endless white sand beaches, serene bays and rugged coral coastline, Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla is located along the island’s northwestern shore, offering 3,200 feet (975 metres) of pristine beachfront and unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea’s breaking surf.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts

Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will feature 166 accommodations including dedicated resort guest rooms, whole-ownership beachfront private residences, 5,000 square-foot (465 square-metre) villas, and holiday rental units.

Viceroy Anguilla to become Four Seasons resorts
Offering secluded luxury amid a high-end atmosphere popular with families and celebrities alike, guests and residents of Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will enjoy access to world-class dining, an 8,100 square-foot (753 square-metre) spa and a wide range of pool and watersport activities. Casual yet chic, the property will elevate seaside luxury on the island, combining sleek, modern design and stunning natural surroundings with Four Seasons legendary quality and service.

Four Seasons has had a presence in the Caribbean for more than 25 years, having operated Four Seasons Resort Nevis since 1990. Four Seasons Resort and Private Residences Anguilla will be the second resort in the company’s Caribbean collection.

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Waves Hotel & Spa, Barbados

Redesigned Waves Hotel & Spa, Barbados joins ‘All Inclusive’ family

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In July this year, Elegant Hotels Group will unveil the newest addition to its portfolio with a distinctive new All Inclusive concept for Barbados, with a focus on wellness and mindfulness at the redesigned Waves Hotel & Spa.

Set on the platinum west coast, the 70-room Waves hotel is the third All Inclusive property for the group and welcomes couples, families and friends looking for a laid back vibe with truly Bajan accents.

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Each room has been designed using natural textiles with earthy organic tones to complement the stunning ocean views. Rooms feature Bluetooth speakers and multi-device charges and for those who want to disconnect, there are yoga mats and plush bathrobes in all the rooms. The premium oceanfront rooms also provide a fully stocked minibar.

Open communal spaces invite guests to lounge and mingle in the heart of the open air lobby and bar area. With a bar overlooking the ocean and pool cabanas and loungers that convert from day to night relaxing areas, the spaces are designed to allow guests plenty of ways to be ‘at once alone and together’.

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Hilton at Resorts World Bimini completes phase two opening

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Hilton at Resorts World Bimini has completed its second phase opening, introducing major enhancements to the hotel’s accommodation, food & beverage, meetings & events and wellness offerings.

Hilton at Resorts World Bimini first opened in 2015 and is now in full swing with more than 300 guest rooms, including 18 luxury suites, six dining options, a first-class spa and a rooftop pool offering panoramic views of the island.

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The hotel is owned and operated by Resorts World Bimini under a franchise license agreement with Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT), and celebrated the completion of these upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony this past weekend.

“Hilton Hotels & Resorts first established its presence in the Bahamas in 1999. The phase two opening of Hilton at Resorts World Bimini signifies not only our commitment to the Bahamian market, but to the Caribbean region on a whole, which is now home to more than 20 hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands,” said Shawn McAteer, vice president, global brand management, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide.

El Mangroove, Costa Rica

Autograph Hotels adds second Costa Rica hotel with El Mangroove

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Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s growing collection of independent hotels, is celebrating further expansion across the Caribbean and Latin America, and the brand’s second hotel in Costa Rica, with the addition of El Mangroove.

El Mangroove, located off the Gulf of Papagayo, is a sustainable boutique, lifestyle resort that boasts a modern design which incorporates Costa Rica’s natural beauty through wood and water elements along with bamboo, stone and natural furnishings that merge all indoor and outdoor spaces.

The hotel has 85 luxurious guest suites outfitted with every imaginable amenity, a pool stretching over 130 feet with sweeping views of the Gulf of Papagayo and a state of the art spa and fitness centre that includes outdoor “wild-fit” areas and multi-functional exercise decks.

In addition, its ample and exclusive meeting facilities are ideal for groups, with more than 3000 square feet of functional space, both indoors and outdoors.

Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton, Jamaica

£13.5m renovation complete at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton

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Palladium Hotel Group is continuing the upgrade of its luxury resorts across the Caribbean with the completion of a six month renovation project at Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, located on Jamaica’s northern coast in Montego Bay.

Following a £13.5 million investment by the Spanish hotel group, the five star property is now fully open with refurbished rooms and suites, a renovated restaurant and a revamped beach area. The recent developments form part of a wider project by Palladium Hotel Group that is seeing a series of facelifts at its other Caribbean resorts, in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

All Junior Suites, One Bedroom Suites and Honeymoon Villa Suites have been redesigned and refurbished in the colonial style that prevails throughout the Caribbean resort, transporting guests back to times gone by while maintaining the essence of today’s Jamaica and without sacrificing modern comforts.

New details include ivory cream marble floors, luxurious bathrooms, brass light fixtures and elegant walnut furniture. Yellow jungle motifs combined with elegant touches of black in the updated décor add a typically Jamaican touch, with ethnic-styled Arte Internacional wallpaper that makes reference to the hotel’s Jamaican roots.

New decorative items include period maps of the country and bright illustrations of local wildlife and plants. The new bathrooms feature London Underground tiling in a nod to the British influence in Jamaica through the country’s history.

Indian-themed Bhogali, one of the resort’s seven à la carte restaurants, has reopened after a full renovation, meaning guests can once again enjoy traditional spiced dishes from the open-air restaurant. The Las Brisas beach area is now also fully open following a revamp.

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