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    Curio Collection by Hilton debuts in Riviera Maya with Fives Downtown

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    Experience both the colours and culture of Playa Del Carmen while enjoying exceptional service and innovative gastronomy at The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton.

    Marking the first Curio Collection property in the country and Hilton’s first hotel in Playa del Carmen, the boutique hotel features 93 contemporary guest rooms, a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea and four dining outlets, including an authentic tequila bar with more than 100 different tequilas and mezcals.

    Located at Avenida 10 Norte and Calle 2 in Playa del Carmen, The Fives Downtown Hotel & Residences is located two blocks from the picturesque Playa del Carmen beach and offers convenient access to the area’s top attractions, including Tulum, Chichen Itza and Coba, as well as Xplor Park and Xcaret Park. Guests can also visit the shops and restaurants along Fifth Avenue, just a block away from the property.

    Designed by architects Gabriel Téllez and Erick Alcalá, with interiors by Mario Téllez Gurbina, the hotel design is inspired by traditional Mexican decor, translated into a contemporary and authentic retreat for travelers. The hotel’s stylish guest rooms feature authentic Mexican design details accented with vivid colors and natural textures inspired by the Caribbean Sea and the region’s jungle and cenotes. Guests can relax on private furnished balconies or terraces, as well as enjoy the hotel”s courtyard, featuring a vertical garden and modern artwork from renowned international artists.

    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

    Hotel Amapa to Open in Puerto Vallarta in February 2018

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    Opening in the vibrant and historic old town of Puerto Vallarta in early February 2018, Hotel Amapa embodies the fusion of traditional Mexican aesthetic with a laidback yet spirited vision in contemporary design bringing a new, fresh vibe to the area.

    With over 35 years of hospitality experience, developer David Harries led a pioneering team including Antoine Ratigan of Circleminds, Nicole Haime of NMH Creative, and General Manager Adalberto Reiter to conceptualise Hotel Amapa which will offer 55 rooms one block from Playa Los Muertos.

    Hotel Amapa to Open in Puerto Vallarta in February 2018The hotel, proudly part of the Design Hotels™ collection, will act as a catalyst for change in the area by providing something currently unattainable – great design, an ideal location and dedicated service.

    “We are introducing a new vibe for hospitality in Puerto Vallarta with the opening of Hotel Amapa,” says David Harries, Partner and Developer. “Having traveled to Puerto Vallarta for the last 25 years, it is important that we put our guests in the Mexican state of mind; protecting Puerto Vallarta’s heritage while celebrating the future with genuine and original design, service, and food and beverage offerings. With Hotel Amapa we want to create a place where guests visit and live like a local and leave having had an authentic and inspiring experience.”

    Itz’ana Resort & Residences

    Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia taking bookings

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    Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia, Belize, is now taking bookings for a December opening, with availability starting on the 15th.

    The highly anticipated resort will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean, unveiling a new genre of hospitality called Mission-Driven Luxury. The concept offers guests authentic experiences that sustain the region’s indigenous culture and natural environment, paired with unique high-design elements and experiences from a collection of the best artists, designers, archaeologists and more. The mission is to not only sustain the beauty of our natural surroundings, but add to it, giving back to the community, its people, as well as the environment.

    The resort will open with 16 deluxe suites and two beachfront suites. Guests will be among the first to experience the resort’s Great House, a Hemingway-inspired gathering place for amazing cuisine and programming located in the heart of the property. An additional 32 resort suites including two penthouses will be opening throughout 2018, along with 46 waterfront residences.

    Itz’ana Resort & Residences in Placencia

    Designed by architect Roberto de Oliveira Castro, Itz’ana Resort & Residences touts a chic, tropical ambiance amplified with interiors by New York interior designer, Samuel Amoia. The spaces feature custom furnishings produced by local artisans and one-of-a-kind vintage pieces sourced from markets throughout Central America. The vibrant interiors designed and curated by Amoia will be complemented with stunning murals hand-painted by artist George Venson of Voutsa. His work will adorn the ceiling of the gift shop and walls of the reception area, Rum Room and guest suites.

    Guests looking to travel to Placencia, lauded by The New York Times as an up-and-coming destination, will be able to book their stay online now. Accommodations at Itz’ana include king-size beds, natural cotton-knit towels, robes and linens, a custom-painted mural, 49” LCD TV, custom organic bath products and exceptional water views from every room.

    www.itzanabelize.com

    Palladium Hotels

    Palladium Hotel Group to launch two luxury properties in Mexico

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    Palladium Hotel Group’s newest addition to its portfolio of luxury five-star accommodations will introduce a brand new development to the northeast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

    Set to open in autumn 2018, the project will include a five-star family-friendly property, the Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa, and the adults-only TRS Coral Hotel, accompanied by a ‘Village’ comprising of a variety of restaurants, bars, kids clubs, and amphitheatre.

    While this will be a completely brand new development, Palladium Hotel Group has maintained its ethos of sustainable tourism, executing extensive environmental studies to ensure minimal impact on the land, while maintaining the highest standard of quality at the properties.

    Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa will provide 673-rooms, alongside all of the five-star luxury services and facilities found at the other Grand Palladium properties, ideal for the whole family. A unique system of canals will allow guests to access all points of the resort by boat. Each room will boast a balcony or terrace overlooking the impressive views of the resort and out to sea. Some rooms will include premium features like direct access ‘swim-up’ pools or hydro massage hot tubs on their private balconies.

    TRS Coral Hotel will provide adults with an exclusive and tranquil setting to rejuvenate and escape. Guests have access to the facilities and services offered at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and the Village, located close by, where they will be offered unlimited and preferential access.

    The resort’s highlights include international culinary experiences at four á la carte restaurants in addition to the nine restaurants at Grand Palladium Costa Mujeres Resort & Spa and an Ibiza style beach club with an infinity pool and poolside service, creating a glamourous, yet relaxing beachside retreat. Alongside the revitalising, world-class spa and fitness zone, guests can continue to be pampered and relax at the infinity pool with mesmerizing views overlooking the ocean.

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    Hyatt Hotels launching two Mexico properties

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    Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced two new luxury hotel developments in Mexico for Los Cabos and Mexico City, under the Park Hyatt brand.

    These two high-end properties mark the anticipated debut of the Park Hyatt brand in the country, and will join the brand’s global portfolio in locations such as Bangkok, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan and Zurich, as well as two sister hotels in Latin America: Palacio Duhau-Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and Park Hyatt Mendoza.

    Park Hyatt Mexico City will be developed through a joint venture agreement with Grupo Sordo Madaleno, and will be part of a mixed use development in the heart of the stylish Polanco neighborhood. Featuring 155 guestrooms and 23-unit Park Hyatt Residences, the hotel is expected to open in early 2021 and will be located on the upscale Campos Eliseos Street overlooking the iconic Chapultepec Park. Many of Mexico City’s most important cultural and entertainment attractions will be within a short distance from the hotel.

    Expected to open in late 2020, the Los Cabos hotel will feature 162 guestrooms and 28 Park Hyatt Residences that will serve guests with truly personalized service and a profound reverence for luxury accommodations in a spectacular setting.

    The Tulum Treehouse – private jungle retreat opens

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    This September, in the dense mangrove vegetation of Tulum, a secret retreat is ready to welcome discerning adventurers and respite-seekers worldwide.

    Nestled amongst a swaying sea of lush emerald palms, the Tulum Treehouse is a private home located a stone’s throw from the heart of Tulum — yet it is a flourishing jungle setting near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve that sets this experience apart.

    Tulum Treehouse
    Here, a five-bedroom house has been created by local craftspeople in collaboration with an international design team, collectively putting sustainability above everything else.

    Large common areas, several spacious wrap-around terraces, multiple spaces for indoor-outdoor living, and five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms make up this exclusive, full-service jungle escape.

    www.tulumtreehouse.com

    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.

    Condesa Cancun

    Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun completes multi-million dollar renovation

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    La Colección, a selection of 12 resorts that encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean, has announced the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation at Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive.

    The resort and area icon now showcases fully enhanced guestrooms in its three towers and an upgraded Grand Ballroom Condesa that complement its favoured all-inclusive Mexican vacation experience that showcases authentic traditions and culture, family-friendly amenities and first-class meetings and events offering.

    Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun’s remodel included extensive upgrades to over 500 premium rooms and suites. Among the improvements include new décor using local materials such as conchuela, a compacted marine shell that maintains a room’s temperature at cool; wooden furniture; new electronic lock doors with proximity key; redesigned bathrooms and new modern guestroom furniture encompassing all natural materials; hurricane-shock proofed windows; updated rain showers; upgraded USB plugs; new 56″ Smart TVs in all guestrooms and a faster Wi-fi connection. Also brand new are the escalators that facilitate access from the motor lobby to the central lobby.

    Already a much-lauded, award-winning resort, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun is also a proud member of Fiesta Americana Grand Meetings Mexico, an exclusive collection of hotels that offer state-of-the-art facilities and services international meeting planners count on to deliver a grand meeting experience.

    Temptation Cancun Resort - Frontal Rendering

    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.

    Temptation Cancun Resort - Pool Side Rendering
    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.

    www.temptation-experience.com

    Holiday Inn Express Tuxpan hotel

    Holiday Inn Express arrives in Tuxpan, Mexico

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    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express Tuxpan hotel in Veracruz, Mexico. This new-build 132-room hotel is IHG’s third property in the city, with the Holiday Inn  and Crowne Plaza hotels already located nearby.

    After the construction of the new Mexico-Tuxpan highway, Tuxpan is now the closest beach destination from Mexico City making it ideal for travelers seeking relaxation and ecotourism adventures alike. The property also offers convenient access to the commercial and industrial areas, and it is a one-hour drive from El Tajin Archeological area.

    The Holiday Inn Express Tuxpan hotel has a 24-hour fitness centre, indoor and outdoor children’s swimming pools, outdoor swimming pool for adults, meeting space and a spacious parking lot. Guest rooms have modern design, comfortable queen, king-size, or two double beds, a sitting area with a lounge chair, 40” TV Flat Screen, iron and ironing board, minibar and an in-room coffee machine with complimentary coffee.

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    Hyatt Centric Guatemala City

    Hyatt opens first Central America hotel with Centric Guatemala City property

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    Hyatt Hotels Corporation, in conjunction with LATAM Hotel Corporation and GHL Hotels, has announced the opening of Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, the brand’s first hotel in Central America.

    The 138-room hotel is located along 2nd Avenue in the heart of Guatemala City’s Zona 10, known locally as “Zona Viva,” which is considered one of the city”s most upscale commercial areas.

    Hyatt Centric Guatemala CityAs the first Hyatt Centric hotel in Central America, the hotel is designed to make guests feel welcome and connected to the heart of Guatemala City and all it has to offer. From Hyatt Centric Guatemala City, guests can meander through the National Museum of Archaeology, shop for handmade textiles at the Plaza Mayor, and experience the Historic Center and National Palace.

    Additionally, La Aurora International Airport, Guatemala’s passenger and cargo hub, is only 10 minutes away from the hotel.

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    $35m 're-imagination' for Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

    $35m ‘re-imagination’ for Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica

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    Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, the only Forbes Five-Star luxury resort in Central and South America, has announced a $35 million (£27 million) extensive re-imagination beginning in August 2017 that will bring a striking new interpretation of modern eco-luxury to Costa Rica’s north Pacific coast in December 2017.

    Design Details
    The renovation of the hotel will be guided by a locally-inspired yet globally-considered modern design narrative from Meyer Davis Studio. The renowned New York City-based design boutique will bring a handcrafted approach to effortlessly integrating the Resort’s signature indoor-outdoor spaces with the peninsula’s vibrant tropical landscape so that nature takes centre stage. Meyer Davis’ design concept of effortless, sun-dappled luxury and modern elegance will play with space, form, texture and light to develop a visual experience that celebrates the rare beauty and alluring mystique of Peninsula Papagayo and the rustic coastal Central American lifestyle. The new design vision will weave together a soothing, natural colour palette, rich elements from nature, indigenous art and local wood to create an immediate and lasting impression while revealing an ongoing visual dialogue of discovery.

    $35m 're-imagination' for Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica
    Enhanced Rooms and Suites

    The Resort’s 181 guest rooms, suites and villas will also feature a modern yet locally-celebrated design aesthetic that recalls the intimate luxury, warmth and comforts of a beautiful home space. Each room’s foundation of new furnishings, natural colours, rich textures and woods, and local elements including artisan pieces and artwork will create a seamless visual connection to the wondrous flora and fauna and expansive ocean views on display beyond each room’s private balcony or patio. The Resort’s 15 one-bedroom Canopy Suites built into the hillside will additionally feature new plunge pools.

    www.fourseasons.com/costarica

    Studio Saxe - Hotel Nalu-Nosara

    Sneak Peek: Eco-focussed, sustainable Hotel Nalu-Nosara

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    A young, up-and-coming architecture firm – Studio Saxe – has completed a boutique hotel and yoga studio set into the tropical landscape of Nosara, Costa Rica.

    The project is another in a long line of sustainable buildings from a practice that blends contemporary design with local craftsmanship, embracing the natural environment that surrounds and frames the architecture.

    Nosara has become a destination for visitors from around the world for health, wellness and surfing and so the owners of Hotel Nalu-Nosara, Nomel and Mariya Libid, wanted a design that reflected the attitude of their guests. The yoga studio, which has also become incredibly popular as a multipurpose gym space, is enveloped by lush vegetation on all sides and therefore becomes a jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation.

    Guests at the hotel are provided with individual pavilion ‘homes’ rather than rooms, located just a few minutes’ walk from the ocean. By breaking up the mass of the
    traditionally monolithic hotel, the architects were able scatter living spaces amongst the trees and create a sense of privacy while surrounded by the natural world. Each
    pavilion has been carefully positioned following meticulous research into wind and sun patterns, while ensuring they are all provided with an individual view out to the
    landscape.

    Overlapping timber roofs project out over each pavilion providing shade from the intense equatorial sun. These roofs are made of recycled teak planks, creating uneven patterns that further emphasise this fusion of local craftsmanship and modern design. Rooms are connected via corridors that filter dappled sunlight down from the pergola roofs above and frame more views out the lush surroundings.

    Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said: “Our project at Nalu represents the power of simple, low-key, modern tropical architecture. It has quickly become a town favourite,
    which shows that there is a real desire to occupy spaces that bring people closer to nature, while addressing the needs of contemporary life.”

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    Soori Bali

    LHW introduces eight new members to its ‘curated collection’

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    The Leading Hotels of the World is pleased to announce the addition of eight new members to its curated collection of over 375 luxury hotels. From the blue water and pristine white sand of Bali’s south-western coast, to the snow-capped peaks of the French Alps, each new member is as authentic and vibrant as the location in which it is found.

    “For over 80 years The Leading Hotels of the World has been committed to providing unforgettable and authentic travel experiences,” said Deniz Omurgonulsen, Vice President, Membership, The Leading Hotels of the World. “We are pleased to welcome these eight distinguished new members that will offer our guests an array of unique travel experiences and enhance our portfolio’s global offerings.”

    Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia
    With its enviable seafront location and extraordinary Mediterranean gardens, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, a modern beachfront luxury resort on the Dalmatian Coast, offers understated elegance and supreme comfort. Located in Orašac, seven miles from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik Old Town, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik features 177 hotel guestrooms, all of which boast amazing views from a private terrace or balcony, and 231 one, two or three-bedroom fully appointed suites and residences. Resort facilities include a private beach, three freshwater pools, a world-class spa, sports center, retail shopping area, conference facilities and a broad range of gastronomic offerings in 16 restaurants and bars.

    Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Joins The Leading Hotels of the WorldAn uncommon experience not to miss: Guests can make the most of the “al fresco” way of life by renting bicycles from the resort’s sports center and discovering Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or cruising the stunning Elaphite Archipelago. If guests prefer a guided bike tour, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik can arrange specialty sightseeing excursions with a private guide.

    Le K2 Altitude, Courchevel, France
    Situated in an intimate village at the base of the French Alps, the exclusive Le K2 Altitude is made up of a series of eight luxurious, interconnected chalets. Each of the 14 rooms and 18 suites is unique in its own right, appointed with handcrafted furnishings from Italy, Portugal and Spain. With direct access to the Pralong slope, guests can conquer Les Trois Vallées, the kingdom of skiing with 370 miles of marked runs. In addition, the hotels plays host to incredible gourmet and Mediterranean dining options, including a two-Michelin star restaurant, a renowned spa and a kid’s club for both children and teens.

    Courchevel Le Altitude K2An uncommon experience not to miss: With the hotel’s incredible location directly on Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world, guests can enjoy the best of the slopes with guidance from Le K2 Altitude’s experienced concierge team. Ready to make winter wonderland dreams a reality, they will help guests suit up in their on-site ski shop and arrange private ski lessons, heli-skiing, snowmobiling excursions and much more.

    Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya Resort, Catalunya, Spain
    Set in the beautiful Catalonian countryside, Hotel Camiral is less than an hour from Barcelona, and within easy reach of the beaches of the Costa Brava, and the historic town of Girona. The hotel is the ideal location for sports enthusiasts, culture lovers, foodies and their families. Panoramic views over two award-winning championship golf courses, make Hotel Camiral a golf lover’s dream vacation. For adventure seekers, Hotel Camiral can arrange everything from sky diving over Empordá to snorkeling in Costa Brava. Designed by the internationally renowned talents Lázaro Rosa-Violán, Hotel Camiral provides the perfect combination of contemporary architecture, striking urban-chic interiors, generous space, comfort and luxury. A range of dining options includes a mix of Mediterranean and international cuisine with a focus on Catalán specialties, created from locally sourced produce, and accompanied by regional wines.

    PGA Catalunya - Hotel CamiraAn uncommon experience not to miss: Play golf like a Tour Pro on one of Europe’s most famous courses, PGA Catalunya Resort’s Stadium Course. Guests can learn how to best approach each hole with resident expert Enric, who will guide them through the course, providing the knowledge and tools to make it the perfect round.

    Soori Bali, Kerambitan, Indonesia
    Located on Bali’s south-western coast, Soori Bali sits within the picturesque Tabanan Regency, where volcanic mountains perch above lush rice fields and remarkable black sand beaches. Designed, owned and operated by renowned architect Soo K. Chan, the resort features 37 mountain, beach and ocean villas, each with its own private infinity pool and sweeping vistas. Also, included within the resort’s offerings are three dining options, all of which use fresh produce from nearby farms and spices from the resort’s own garden, as well as a full-service Soori Spa, infinity pool, bar, 24-hour gym and library.

    Soori BaliAn uncommon experience not to miss: Guests can take advantage of ‘Journeys by Soori,’ a series of customized experiences exclusively offered at the resort. Travelers can choose between half or full day bespoke experiences which focuses on spa and wellness, Balinese culture, arts and crafts or environmentally conscious excursions.

    Thanda Island, Shungimbili Island, District of Mafia Island, Tanzania
    Thanda Island, considered one of the most exclusive tropical getaways in the world, is located between the mainland of Tanzania and Mafia Island. Surrounded by its own coral reefs, which protect it from heavy storms, the Island features only one private villa with five suites and two rustic Tanzanian Bandas. With ample sunshine, the Island is powered by sustainable energy with no negative environmental footprint, and is a sanctuary to enjoy in complete seclusion with family and friends. On the Island, guests can rejuvenate and enjoy a variety of water sports or island activities as they explore this remarkable destination, where shades of turquoise infuse the days, and tropical spices the nights.

    tHANDIAn uncommon experience not to miss: Located in Tanzania’s Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve, marine conservation is at the core of the Island’s offering. Through ongoing partnerships with the Tanzanian Marine Parks and the leading NGO, Sea Sense, guests are encouraged to get involved in a range of educational projects, such as marine wildlife monitoring or awareness workshops with villagers on neighboring Mafia Island.

    Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Located on the banks of the Río de la Plata River, the Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences is a striking, futuristic building that is a focal point of the dynamic Puerto Madero neighborhood. The hotel features 159 luxurious rooms and suites decorated in a sleek, modern style, and state-of-the-art technology. With an eye towards design, a line of contemporary furniture was developed exclusively for the hotel and the rooms are appointed with arabescato marble walls and warm-toned French and Italian fabrics. The property’s eight dining venues are a culinary enthusiast’s playground, from Sunny Yard, perfect for a relaxing breakfast set in the hotel’s garden Courtyard, to Mike & Co., a kosher dairy bar where guests can enjoy childhood- inspired treats. The property also boasts two pools, a spectacular spa & fitness center, 8 meeting rooms and two ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,200 attendees.

    An uncommon experience not to miss: It’s all about dining with a view at the Alvear Icon Hotel & Residences. Start the evening with bold drinks and good music at the Crystal Bar, located on the 32nd floor of the hotel. Follow drinks with dinner at The Grand View restaurant on the 31st floor, an open-kitchen concept design with magnificent city skyline and river views from its sprawling windows.

    UNICO 20°87°, Riviera Maya, Mexico
    For an unmatched adults-only Mexico vacation, look no further than UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya. Set on the stunning white beaches of the Riviera Maya, it offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture of the region through dining, décor and activities. Five unique dining options range from elevated fine cuisine, to a casual café setting, each offering a menu inspired by ingredients sourced from nearby producers. An extensive, expertly curated selection of spirits can be found at each bar and restaurant, accented by a mixologist-driven cocktail program. Travelers can relax in modern Mexico luxury, in UNICO 20°87°’s 408 rooms and 39 suites, all designed with indigenous inspiration and handcrafted details. In addition, there are three pools; Esencia Wellness, a holistic spa offering signature treatments; a full-service beauty salon and barber shop, and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Select spa treatments, golf and tours are included in the guest’s stay. Exciting pop-up events, such as mezcal tastings, art competitions and acoustic sunset jams, insert a touch of spontaneity into travelers’ experiences.

    An uncommon experience not to miss: UNICO 20°87°’s rotating chef restaurant, Cueva Siete, is sure to surprise guests with exciting tastes throughout the year. Cueva Siete’s current partnership with celebrity chef Christian Bravo, a competitor on Top Chef Mexico, showcases a gourmet Mexican menu drawing inspiration from the region and local ingredients.

    Soon to open:
    Palácio Tangará, São Paulo, Brazil

    Situated in the heart of São Paulo, adjacent to a lush tropical park, Palácio Tangará offers an unparalleled and exceptional location in the desirable Panamby Morumbi neighborhood, just minutes from some of the city’s most notable attractions. Palácio Tangará’s 141 spacious guestrooms, including 59 suites, offer beautiful views overlooking the rich flora and fauna of Burle Marx Park. Outstanding dining experiences, led by legendary chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten, include signature Restaurant Tangará Jean-Georges, a chef’s table, and a bar. In addition, the hotel boasts state-of-the-art recreational facilities including the Spa by Sisley Paris, heated indoor and outdoor pools and a kids’ club. Palácio Tangará will begin welcoming guests in June.

    An uncommon experience not to miss: Guests at Palácio Tangará can enjoy stunning views of the famous Burle Marx Park right from the comfort of the hotel. The Park is home to a wide variety of rare tropical birds, butterflies and flora, which can be admired from Palácio Tangará’s private terraces while enjoying fine dining or simply lounging by the pool. Following some R&R, guests can take a shady stroll through The Park, to experience the flavor of Brazil’s tropical forests – look out for opossums and white tufted marmosets.

    Reopening after renovations:
    Villa Del Parco & Spa, Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy

    Sardinia’s Villa Del Parco & Spa, Forte Village Resort will re-open for the 2017 season in late May, following a complete restructuring and renovation. The EUR 5 million investment includes the 25 Luxury Rooms of the main building, the external facades, public areas, reception and bar patio, plus a new all-weather covering for the Thalasso pools of the spa.

    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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    Hard Rock Papagayo Costa Rica

    Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo to open 2019 in Costa Rica

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    Hard Rock International has made waves after announcing plans to bring the Hard Rock Hotels experience to Costa Rica with the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Papagayo, Costa Rica by early 2019.

    The 294-room modern retreat will be centrally located just 30 minutes from Liberia International Airport, providing travelers with easy access to Papagayo’s Gulf and Peninsula. Recognised as one of the country’s most popular resort destinations, guests of this Hard Rock Hotel will be treated to secluded landscapes, natural wonders, eco-adventure excursions and an up close look at Costa Rica’s impressive biodiversity.

    In true Hard Rock style, the resort will boast brand exclusive offerings, such as a full-service Rock Spa featuring relaxing and recharging treatments and The Sound of Your Stay music amenity program offering free in-room Fender guitar checkouts.

    Park Hyatt St. Kitts

    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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    Park Hyatt St. Kitts
    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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    New luxe villa hotel to open in Las Catalinas Costa Rica February 2017

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    Modern travellers seeking an authentic Costa Rican experience filled with immersive culture, adventure and romance will love the new Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas hotel opening February 2017.

    The resort is the first hotel for the up and coming coastal town of Las Catalinas on the Guanacaste coastline and the second Costa Rica property for NP International, the name behind TripAdvisor favorite, Casa Chameleon Hotel Mal Pais. The new hotel will continue the privacy, romance and service that the Casa Chameleon brand is known for.

    “It was important to us that we find the right location for the second in our Casa Chameleon concept where romance environment and culture combine” says Brent Reynolds, President & Managing Partner NP International.

    Guests will bed down in one of 21 private villas with the most spectacular ocean views on the Guanacaste coast and personal salt water infinity plunge pools. The resort has been designed with romantic intention to ensure every villa gets an unobstructed front row seat of the ocean.

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    Casa Chameleon Las Catalinas will also boast a magnificent 365 degree zero edge swimming pool perched on the top of the cliff with poolside bar lounge for soaking up the most dramatic sunsets all year long overlooking the Catalinas islands, and an open-air kitchen restaurant utilizing local and organic produce from a sustainable supply chain. Fresh fish is provided by local artisan fishermen in keeping with the eco philosophy of the resort.

    Those seeking adventure can take full advantage of the local geography with kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking and hiking or take a guided canopy tour with local experts. Add an open-air yoga pavilion with private yoga instructor, in villa spa therapy treatments and those soothing plunge pools and relaxation is guaranteed. Guests at Casa Chameleon come first, by name not room number, and are encouraged to become one with the local people, pastimes and places.

    The spectacular local flora and fauna for which the region is known, is treated with respect by the hotel with non-toxic cleaning products, a recycle program, energy efficient lighting, water conservation practices, adjustable room temperature, eco-friendly bath products, a monthly beach cleanup for staff and guests and the opportunity for guests to give back to the local school.

    Andaz Mayakoba

    Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya opens in Mexico

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    Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced this week the official opening of Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya. Joining internationally acclaimed eco-destination Mayakoba, the premium oceanfront property helps bring an exciting new experience to the locale, immersing guests in a hidden paradise with six miles of freshwater canals surrounded by exotic mangroves, lagoons, flora and fauna as well as tropical birds.

    The setting transports guests into a lush natural environment where locally inspired experiences, cuisine and personalized service are brought to life. Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya marks the first Mexico property for the lifestyle brand.

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    “Today is an exciting day as we officially open the doors to the Andaz brand’s first property in Mexico in the incredible, sustainable destination of Mayakoba,” said General Manager Lin Schatz. “With lush landscape and a rich Mayan culture, the region ideally encapsulates the brand’s connection to its local surroundings. From the unique design and native cuisine to indigenous spa treatments, partnerships and experiences led by local insiders, guests will feel entirely immersed in the culture during their stay.”

    In the spirit of providing guests with an authentic local experience, the guestrooms and suites designs draw heavily from traditional crafts and iconography to create an intriguing design meant to stimulate the senses in new and refreshing ways. At Andaz Mayakoba, 214 alluring, open layout guestrooms and suites overlook crystal clear lagoons, mangrove and resort gardens, the golf course or spectacular views of the Caribbean coastline.

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    The accommodations are naturally inspired with stylish amenities and a refined collection of artisan décor. Each offers a spacious balcony or terrace; 41 luxury suites also feature private plunge pools. The design of the rooms are grounded by an ‘area rug’ crafted from a collection of locally produced Mexican cement tiles as well as a signature Mayan décor item such as a traditional mask, a Mayan huipil or a colorful bird figure. The remainder of the room is minimalist in design with color tones inspired from natural terrain such as stone, sand and water.

    Unique to this hotel’s design, the bathrooms span the entire length of the room, allowing natural light and views to filter into both the bathroom and sleeping areas.

    Curio – A Collection by Hilton debuts five-star resort in Honduras

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    Indura Beach & Golf Resort has joined Curio – A Collection by Hilton. Owned by Desarrollo Turistico Bahía de Tela and managed by Trust Hospitality, the 60-suite Indura Beach & Golf Resort marks Curio’s first property in Central America.

    “We are honoured to continue our growth in the region by welcoming the first Curio property in this spectacular destination,” said Mark Nogal, global head, Curio – A Collection by Hilton. “Indura Beach & Golf Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton mixes luxury and environmentally conscious amenities, offering guests a truly authentic travel experience.”

    With 26 miles of the picturesque Tela Bay on the North Coast of Honduras as its backdrop, and Jeanette Kawas National Park as its surroundings, Indura Beach & Golf Resort is part of a larger destination resort that will eventually include two to three hotels and 800 residential units.

    Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

    “Indura” is the Garifuna word for Honduras and the resort strives to incorporate the culture of the Garifuna people – descendants of Caribe, Arawak and West African people – into its offerings, with local Honduran products and sustainable materials used in its construction.

    Dotting a lush tropical landscape, the hotel’s 60 junior suites are located in 15 scattered villas, interconnected by footpaths that meander to a pristine beach. The design of each guest room thoughtfully reflects the Honduran architecture and tropical style combined with sophisticated and modern elegance. Guest room highlights include bamboo floors, pine walls, decorative accents of Guanacaste wood and floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open to breezy wrap-around terraces with ocean, golf course or garden views.

    Curio – A Collection by Hilton Debuts Five-Star Beach & Golf Resort in Honduras

    The hotel also presents the Maina Spa, which is a reflection of an immersion in the culture of Honduras, both in design and development of treatments. A philosophy in tune with nature’s elements, Maina is a sanctuary of relaxed simplicity designed around fragrant and serene water gardens. Gentle sea breezes pass through private spa cabins capturing the essence of local flora while sunlight and shadows play lightly throughout the space.

    A focal point and central gathering spot within the resort, the pool is temperature controlled and strategically designed to feature three uniquely appealing swim areas. The resort also features a 1,500 square foot fitness centre with state-of-the-art cardio and strength training equipment and private fitness studio.

    Candlewood Suites, Mexico

    IHG’s Candlewood Suites brand debuts in Mexico

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    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that the new-build, 100-room Candlewood Suites Queretaro-Juriquilla property has opened as the brand’s first property in Mexico. The Candlewood Suites property joins the Staybridge Suites Queretaro hotel representing both of IHG’s extended stay brands in the city. 

    IHG has more than 220 hotels open in México, Latin America and the Caribbean and now eight properties are located in Querétaro. Additionally, the Candlewood Suites Celaya hotel will open as the second Candlewood Suites property in Mexico this year.
    Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President, Brands and Marketing, Mexico, Latin America & Caribbean, said: “The debut of the Candlewood Suites brand in Mexico marks a key moment in the development of IHG’s extended stay brands. As the eighth IHG property in Queretaro, which has undergone significant development with the addition of numerous international companies, the hotel is looking forward to welcoming both business and leisure travelers looking for a comfortable and home-like stay.

    The six-story Candlewood Suites-Queretaro-Juriquilla property is located near main businesses and leisure attractions including Parque Industrial Queretaro and Parque Industrial Jurica industrial parks as well as Antea Lifestyle Center and Juriquilla Golf course.

    Providing friendly, yet non-intrusive service, the Candlewood Suites brand offers independent guests the ability to be themselves. At the Candlewood Suites Queretaro-Juriquilla hotel, guests enjoy spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with fully equipped kitchens and executive desks. Additional amenities include a 24 hour fitness center, laundry facility, swimming pool, Gazebo Grill area and the Candlewood Lending Library with a variety of music and movies.

    The hotel provides unique offerings for guests staying overnight or for weeks at a time including the Candlewood Cupboard®, a 24-hour in-hotel convenience store which sells products such as breakfast items, snacks, refreshments and easy to prepare meals, and the Lending Locker, where guests can borrow common household items to use during their stay.

    Hyatt Place Celaya

    Hyatt Place Celaya opens in Mexico’s Bajío region

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    Hyatt Place Celaya has opened, which marks the fifth Hyatt Place hotel to open in Mexico. Hyatt Place Celaya is owned by a joint venture between affiliates of Hyatt and Grupo Hermosillo.

    Other joint ventures formed by affiliates of Hyatt and Grupo Hermosillo also own Hyatt Place Los Cabos and Hyatt Place Tijuana.

    The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

    Hyatt Place Celaya offers:
    – 145 spacious guestrooms, including a plush Hyatt Grand Bed, media and work center with a 42″ flat-panel HDTV and comfortable Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
    – Gallery Hosts unique to the Hyatt Place brand who are available 24/7
    – Gallery Café serving an à la carte menu
    – 24/7 Gallery Market offering perfectly packed grab ‘n go items, such as snacks and sandwiches
    – Gallery Kitchen Breakfast, a free breakfast for guests, including baked goods, fresh fruit, yogurt, juices, tea, and coffee
    – Coffee to Cocktails Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails
    – Meetings Spaces offering more than 1,453 square feet (135 square meters) of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space ideal for coffee breaks, cocktail parties, banquets, or business meetings
    – 24-hour StayFit Gym, featuring fully stocked exercise equipment
    – Odds & Ends program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
    – Free Wi-Fi and public computers with remote printing throughout the hotel

    W Punta de Mita

    Sneak Peek: W Punta De Mita Hotel Opens in Mexico

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    W Hotels Worldwide expands its Latin American portfolio with the opening of W Punta de Mita in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.

    W Punta de Mita is the 48th W Hotel worldwide and fifth W Hotel in Latin America following W Santiago, W Mexico City, W Vieques Island and W Bogota, bringing closer Starwood’s goal of reaching 75 hotels by 2020.

    Designed by ASET/AOMA in collaboration with Oakland-based design firm Mister Important Design, and Starwood’s award-winning design team, W Punta de Mita is inspired by the local bohemian surf culture found throughout Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Steeped in historical, social and spiritual context, the design of the hotel conveys colourful Mexico; the blues of the bay and the coast surrounding Puerto Vallarta; traditional patterns of the Huichol people (indigenous people of Nayarit); images of traditional Mexican celebration; sensational sunsets over the beach; vivid handcrafts with ancient roots and the amalgamation of Spanish and indigenous cultures all of which are brought to life throughout the hotel’s luxurious and stylish villas, public spaces, and buzzing bars and restaurants.

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    When designing the property, careful measures were put in place to ensure that the natural surroundings – the ancient fig trees and natural springs – were not disturbed during construction. Many of these natural features are showcased throughout the hotel’s design including the reuse of spring water in the reflection pools and within the spa.

    Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a cheeky and oversized 9-foot Huichol statue standing in a reflection pool, along with a fleet of colourful Tuk Tuks with artwork customized by Revolución Del Sueño, a Sayulita based design studio, that whisk travelers from the main entrance to the Welcome area and Living Room (the brand’s take on the hotel lobby), as well as around the grounds. Backdrops behind the Welcome Desks, are reimagined versions of Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican folk art that hangs in villages during community events and celebrations and evocative of being welcomed into a Mexican fiesta. Mexican wrestling masks (Lucha Libre); historical figures with surfboards; mariachi instruments; candy skulls, evoking death; and sayings such as “Mexico es Amor” and “Canta y No Lllores” translating to Sing and Don’t Cry (a line from a famous local song which highlights the culture’s upbeat disposition) are artfully embedded into the hotel’s design.

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    A bright blue and green mosaic “Camino Huichol” walkway, stretching over 450 feet, acts as the central nervous system of the space, with restaurants and shops branching off. The walkway guides guests from the Welcome area, through the Living Room and onto the center walkway of the WET deck (pool area), finally jutting out over the beach for that Insta-worthy view of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Comprised of more than three quarters of a million individual tiles, the colours and scenes depicted within the design are inspired by the Huichol people who are indigenous to this area of Mexico.

    W Punta de Mita’s Living Room (W’s answer to the staid hotel lobby) is inspired by a traditional Palapa, one big open space with no walls to divide the area, and is anchored by a rectangular bar that replicates an altar.

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    Located about the property are three beautifully designed, locally-inspired murals by Mexican graffiti artist Nacho Bernal, depicting different takes on W Punta de Mita’s surrounding area. One piece of art found on the side of the beachfront villas depicts a jungle scene with a jaguar adorned in Huichol beads, an animal that was said to be the guardian of the Huichol culture. However, the jaguar is always hidden (as it is in the mural) and legend says that if the animal is seen it will only be seconds before it pounces.

    The hotel offers a selection of 119 stylishly designed guest villas, including one Extreme WOW Suite (the W brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite). All villas and suites feature private balconies or patios, artisanal Mexican tiled floors and headboards fashioned from either surfboards or punctured tin replicating the design found in local churches, as well as the signature W Bed and sumptuous Bliss® bath amenities.

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    Cleverly incorporated into the décor of each villa are repurposed vintage photographs of Mexican historical figures, such as Frida Kahlo, by Revolución Del Sueño. A cluster of casitas called Ocean Escape Villas resemble a pre-Hispanic fishing village of the past. Surrounding the property’s spring-fed lake, the villas are designed in a way to highlight the natural beauty – each has private terraces and an enclosed open-roofed patio for stargazing by night and natural light by day. The Jungle Escape Villas feature private balconies allowing for intimate views of the surrounding natural beauty, including the bright red trunks of the papelillo trees and hanging vines of the forest. The villas are offset to accommodate these ancient trees and to respect the topography of the area.

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    The 4,460 square foot, 2-bedroom Extreme WOW Suite is inspired by the Mexican Flag – the red is found in the tiles of the pool, the green in the surrounding vegetation and the white in the expansive views of the crashing waves on the beach seen from the suite’s private terrace. The center focal point of the room is the swimming pool that circles around the suite’s island-like living room and can only be accessed by a small wooden bridge above the water.

    Chevrolet 3800 truck, the vibrant Latin American recipes blend citrus and raw fish or seafood seasoned together for a refreshing break from the Mexican sun.
    Venazu, open all day, is the hotel’s casual dining restaurant offering guests authentic Mexican cuisine with must-try dishes like Taco de Langosta al Pastor, Risotto de Huitlacoche, and Venado Cocida en Hoyas de Aguacate. With locally sourced materials – from the colorful upholstery to the brightly painted, refurbished Mexican baking shelves reused as partitions – the space fosters a convivial, lively atmosphere with sweeping views of the ocean, evocative of a Mexican town during their weeklong fiesta.

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    W Punta de Mita’s 4,000 square foot AWAY Spa is designed to feel like a forest cave. Centered in the room is a hanging chandelier of glass flowers in the colors of a Mexican sunset, alongside a beauty bar with stations for manicures, pedicures, waxing, blow outs and more. The Relaxation Deck features intricate cutouts in the wood to accommodate for the roots of surrounding guardian fig trees. The Therapy Pools beside a natural spring offer different treatments such as hydrotherapy, cold mist, hydro jets, pressure showers, and waterfalls with varied temperatures. Each of the five treatment rooms incorporate water into the design with beds strategically placed over glass cutouts in the floor to overlook a fish pond.

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    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.