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MINIVIEW: Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton

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MINIVIEW: Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton

Opened late last year, Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton, with all its unique design qualities, is a mere shadow of the stereotypical chain hotel you would expect check in to. Editor Hamish Kilburn dives deeper into its Chinese design story to uncover how the boutique 104-key hotel came to be… 

As a boutique hotel, the concept of a ‘floating city on the sea’ can be seen throughout the hotel design of Joyze Hotel Xiamen Curio Collection by Hilton. Combining the local cultural elements of Minnan with urban design techniques, the hotel narrates the historical changes of “the fishing village” that it neighbours. Tasked to merge architecture with interior design was Hong Kong-based design firm CCD (CHENG CHUNG DESIGN).

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

Surrounded by mountains and seas, with the Dongping Mountain in the North, and the coastline of Huandao Road in the South, the hotel enjoys the best of both worlds. The villages in Zengcuoan are divided by walls, and the houses in the villages are scattered around. The floor plan of the hotel follows the arrangement of the villages, as different zones are divided by walls and intersected by landscapes between different areas. Look down from the above; each area is like a box, representing a household with different personalities and designs. Guests enter the hotel as if they are on a village tour, complete with alleys, walls and landscapes.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The entrance of the hotel incorporates the local culture of ‘brick wall’, which is a very unique way of building a wall in Minnan architecture that uses stones and bricks of different shapes to overlay and build simple and beautiful walls.

According to the legend in the end of the Ming Dynasty that, there was a major earthquake occurred in the Southern part of Minnan region. After the earthquake, the native people used the local materials such as bricks, stones, tiles and gravels collapsed from the natural disaster to build the unique wall. And thereby, this way of wall-building has been widely practiced and followed in the region.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The designer also used the mansion method to design the hotel lobby. The first sight of the guest after they get off from the drop-off area and enter the hotel is not the hotel lobby, but a door that is several meters wide, and if they are entering a mansion house. Then they will see the brick wall, followed by cultural exhibition area, then other landscapes and finally the lobby bar and reception.

“Under each box, there is a light to create a sense of levitation.”

The design concept of “Floating City on the Sea” is expressed through the subtle design method.The façade of the wall is constructed with boxes, and it transforms from empty to solid, presenting a feeling of ‘floating’, the orderly change of the gradient also presents a sense of rhythm swinging with the current. A corner of the reception desk floats into the air, becoming a warm chandelier, floating on the sea, and the entire hotel is like a floating city on the sea.

In comparison to the hotel, every box in the space is the composition of the hotel as a floating city. Under each box, there is a light to create a sense of levitation.

“The design of the guestrooms are natural, warm and cosy, creating a sense of home.”

The design incorporates natural comfort and childhood memories, vintage chandeliers, metal-trimmed glass doors, wooden tables and chairs; it brings guests back to the restaurant where they used to go with their parents. Here, the curious people walk into the old days of Xiamen.

Image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

The design of the guestrooms are natural, warm and cosy, creating a sense of home. Meanwhile, it also tries to open the space as much as possible as to form a transparent visual experience. Getting rid of the traditional framework, and strengthen the interaction of spatial functions through subtle design, so that each area can be used alone and connected.

After the entrance is the cloakroom and the luggage rack, which is designed to make the walkway more functional and to make the largest use of space. In detail, it also closely follows the concept of floating city, as the wash table and the bed are suspended from the ground.

The city view and beach outside the window is one of the hotel’s business cards. The wash table, mini bar and operating desk form a small living room, so that guest can sit in the living room and enjoy the scenery with tea, just like the local residents. The texture of the old buildings in the city is projected onto the walls of the guestrooms, and the patterns of the old buildings in Gulangyu are carved into ceramic tiles, which become time fragments to record the traces of the years.

Main image credit: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK)/Curio Collection by Hilton

RMJM RED-designed St. Regis Zhuhai opens its doors

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Following overwhelmingly positive attention for becoming one of the tallest skyscrapers to be completed in 2017, St. Regis Zhuhai is finally being unveiled to the public.

After being commissioned by the Huafa Group, RMJM RED drew inspiration from Zhuhai’s unique rock formations, taking advantage of the surrounding southern and eastern views. The structure’s slender build is already a standout sight of the Shizimen development which is undergoing work along with the rest of the Zhuhai CBD, allowing it to grow not only economically, but also culturally.

Occupying a coastal site of 26.96 hectares, the St. Regis hotel and office tower has already been recognised by the Zhuhai Government as the tallest building in the city, with the tip towering 328.8 metres above the ground. Local government figures have hailed it as “China’s new architectural landmark”, largely down to its size, environmentally-friendly credentials and plush exterior design, along with the building’s scenic connotations.

Staying true to the structure’s green credentials, the heart of the site occupied by the building is a vehicular-free zone. Capitalising on this, the immediate surrounding area has been made into a selection of verdant, pedestrian-friendly plazas. The Zhuhai Tower itself is also built on environmentally-friendly design principles, such as shading and orientation. All functional spaces, including the car parks, are geared towards maximising natural daylight and ventilation.

The St. Regis Zhuhai hotel & office tower (or the Zhuhai Tower) isn’t RMJM’s first project in the city, with other key projects including the spiralling Zhuhai Observation Tower and the multi-use Heart of Zhuhai development. RMJM’s long history and experience in China has, since the start of the millennium, given rise to projects such as China’s Merchant Bank, the Gate to the East, Zhuhai Shizimen, Shenzhen’s University Town Library and the China National Convention Centre in Beijing.

Continuing to further RMJM’s impressive presence in East Asia, RMJM RED is currently busy working on the Ningbo Agricultural Bank and the Suning Plaza Mixed-Use Development.

Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang opens in the Chinese city’s tallest skyscraper

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Taking Chinese hotel design to new heights, the Hyatt Regency Zhenijang opens 318 well-appointed rooms…

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has recently opened Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang in East China’s Jiangsu province. Set atop the East Tower of Suning Plaza, the tallest skyscraper in Zhenjiang, the 318-room Hyatt Regency hotel is set to provide travelers and locals alike with a fresh perspective of the city by providing an energizing place to connect with the very best of Zhenjiang.

“We are very excited to unveil Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang and further expand our Hyatt Regency brand presence in the fast-growing Yangtze River Delta region. We are very grateful for the continuous support and trust of the hotel’s owner, the Suning Group, endowing Hyatt with another amazing hotel in Jiangsu province,” said Stephen Ho, President, Greater China, Global Operations for Hyatt. “China continues to see strong development momentum due to the increase in business and leisure travel. With the upscale offerings and energizing spaces that the Hyatt Regency brand is known for, we hope Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang will provide our guests with a seamless experience that connects them to who and what matters most when visiting Zhenjiang.”

Located at the heart of the Da Shi Kou central business district, Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang is conveniently accessible to shopping, entertainment venues and famous tourism sites, including Xijindu Ancient Street, Beigushan Park, Zhenjiang China Vinegar Culture Museum and Nanshan Scenic Area. The hotel is just 12 minutes from Zhenjiang Railway Station, 90 minutes from Nanjing Lukou International Airport and a 30-minute drive to the neighboring city of Yangzhou via Runyang Bridge.

The chic interiors of Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang tell a story of the charm of Wu culture

Zhenjiang, sitting at the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Grand Canal, is a wellspring of history, culture and cuisine. While the monumental Yangtze River and statuesque Beigu Mountain represent the traditional side of Zhenjiang, the city is set for a vibrant future with its contemporary offerings and fast-growing developments.

“We are very excited to welcome guests and the local community to our new hotel,” said General Manager Irwin Bao.  “With a prime location, fantastic views, premier meeting facilities and intuitive service, we are confident that Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang will provide one-stop convenience to guests during their travels.”

The chic interiors of Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang tell a story of the charm of Wu culture, imbued with soothing natural elements reflecting the river, water, tower, and forests. Starting at the artistic lobby on the 57th floor, the hotel features two sky-high restaurants and lounges, dynamic event spaces, comprehensive wellbeing facilities, and a rooftop helipad.

Slick, modern Bathroom design

Hyatt Regency Zhenjiang features 318 guestrooms, including 20 spacious suites, providing welcoming accommodation high above the city from the 59th to 76th floors. Stepping into each guestroom, guests are greeted with panoramic vistas of the Yangtze River or Nanshan Scenic Area through floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests can relax in style while enjoying the amazing sunsets over the Yangtze River and savvy in-room comforts, such as free Wi-Fi, a 65” SMART TV, spacious working area, and a Nespresso coffee machine in suites.

The hotel features more than 16,400 square feet (1,532 square meters) of versatile and multi-functional event spaces

World-class dining experiences await at two top-of-the-city restaurants. On the 58th floor, Xiang Yue, the hotel’s signature Chinese restaurant, serves authentic Hangzhou and Jiangsu cuisines in its ruby-hued parlor and seven private dining rooms. At Market Café on the 57th floor, seasonal dishes from East and West are freshly prepared at live chef kitchens during the breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets.  On the same level, The Lounge serves as a great spot for a relaxed afternoon tea or cocktails with spectacular views of Zhenjiang from the highest viewing deck in the city. The Pastry Shop on the ground floor prepares gourmet cakes and breads for grab-and-go ease.

The hotel features more than 16,400 square feet (1,532 square meters) of versatile and multi-functional event spaces, which provide a jaw-dropping backdrop for different meeting and social occasions. The pillar-free 9,472-square-foot (880-square-meter) Regency Ballroom on the fifth floor can accommodate up to 900 guests for a cocktail event or 450 guests for a banquet. Seven multi-functional meeting rooms on the fifth and sixth floors, with stylish breakout spaces and advanced technology, are supported by a team of creative and professional planners to ensure seamless and personalized events.

Guests can relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the 25 meter temperature-controlled indoor swimming pool or work out at their convenience at the 24-hour gym on the seventh floor, equipped with the latest fitness equipment and a yoga studio, both accompanied by scenic river views. The pool oasis, with natural light filtering through glass skylights and a garden courtyard, also features a whirlpool and lounge area, as well as male and female changing areas with a sauna and steam rooms.

East meets west at two new Chateau-style winery boutique hotels in China

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SB Architects has announced several new planned communities and destinations in China, including two new winery boutique hotels…

From winery resorts in Dalian and Beijing to mixed-use developments in emerging areas, SB Architects has announced master planned projects for its Chinese clients looking to capitalise on the China’s growing luxury lifestyle industry.

“Master planned projects continue to emerge in China, providing more opportunities for a luxury lifestyle that provides a sense of place through amenities, services and experiences,” said Scott Lee, president of SB Architects. “Our planned communities are distinct in that the design incorporates natural surroundings and local culture in order to create a solid sense of place. We look to tie in new brands, new experiences and new destinations through comprehensive design and planning. We’re delighted to be part of this growing trend and to be able to provide our clients with this expertise.”

Slated to open in end of 2018, Golden Pebble Winery in Dalian China is the first winery resort to open in China’s Liaoning Province. Set in the mountain valley with designs inspired by farmhouses, Golden Pebble Winery will encompass a true master plan concept, with a welcome center, full-production winery, a boutique hotel, and commercial and residential villages. The Liaodong Peninsula is known for beaches, golfing and temperate climate, and the design reflects this with building forms and materials that reinforce the authenticity of a warm environment. Located on 200 hectares, the resort is surrounded by hillside villages, with the residences tucked into upper reaches of the hills, providing expansive views of surrounding vineyards.

Exterior of Golden Pebble Winery

Image caption: Exterior of Golden Pebble Winery

Luneng Wen’an Winery & Hotel opened in 2018, and includes two hotels and a full production winery on a picturesque lakeside site south of Beijing. SB Architects’ first winery resort to open in China, the resort provides a luxury experience surrounded by water, botanical gardens and nearby vineyards. The 400-room hotel designed with a rustic sophistication sits upon an island in the middle of the lake, and the European Chateau-style winey sits at the opposite end of the body of water. The nearby mixed-use village town center features retail-space and residences in the upper levels.

Exterior of Luneng Wen’an Winery & Hotel

Image caption: Exterior of Luneng Wen’an Winery & Hotel

SB Architects’ other projects in China include Dragon Elephant Valley International Resort in Nanning, Guangxi, Mission Hills Volcanic Mineral Springs & Spa, LiHu Golf Resort in Hainan, Jade Shores in Qingdao, and Hilton Fuxian Lake in Kunming.

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WATG unveils design of the first Bellagio to launch outside Vegas

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Opening outside of Vegas for the first time, Bellagio Shanghai’s 162 guestrooms and 22 suites have been designed to maximise the panoramic views of the Pudong skyline and famous waterfront…

WATG and Wemberly Interiors has revealed the design of the new Bellagio Shanghai, which will be Bellagio’s first ever hotel outside of Vegas. Wimberly Interiors worked alongside the hotel brand to “raise the bar of ultra-luxury hotel design in shanghai” as documented in a press release from the design studio.

WATG and Wimberly Interiors have taken a sensitive yet dynamic approach to the design in order to balance both the cultural and architecture heritage of Shanghai. Clad in warm beige granite stone and accented with bronze metal and stone ornamental elements, the architecture is a reference to its location near the Bund district.

Plush guest bedroom

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“The architecture style is a fitting gesture to the new-classical buildings across Suzhou River but the Bellagio still remains a contemporary appeal due to its clean, crisp and subdued geometric lines of its Art Deco style,” explained Rogar Gaspar, associate vice president and senior project designer at WATG.

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At its southern side, the ten-storey hotel follows the direction of the adjacent Suzhou River in a rhythmic movement of stepped facades and vertical towners. The towers and grand porte cochere are punctuated by a procession of elegant Art Deco-inspired columns, while a signature tower highlights the front corner of the building.

“The design for the hotel is expressed through the lens of couture fashion, with reinterpreted silhouettes, textures and embellishments,” said Oz Ekviriya, associate vice president and creative director of Wimberly Interiors. “We are thrilled to be part of such a monumental project for Bellagio and Shangahi.”

Striking lobby

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The focal point of the hotel’s interiors is the lobby. An impressive grand staircase, handcrafted with Italian marble, is highlighted by a chandelier constructed from precious Czech crystals. The colour palate features a dramatic contrast of creams, blacks, accented with champagne-coloured detailed and bold emerald fabrics. The staircase leads to a four-storey atrium and muli-function events space, complete with modern technology.

Elsewhere in the hotel, an all-day brasserie and multi-level Chinese restaurant is complete with vintage steamer trunks and signature red chandeliers.

The Bellagio Shanghai opens in the same month as Zaha Hadid Architects completes the much-anticipated Morpheus in Macau.

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The lobby of the Morpheus

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort in Macau

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Award-winning architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations…

Asia’s most popular entertainment destination, Macau welcomed more than 32 million tourists in 2017, with visitor numbers increasing every year. Located in Cotai, Macau, City of Dreams, the Morpheus Hotel – designed by architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) – is set to become one of Macau‘s most deluxe addresses.

Informed by the fluid forms within China’s rich traditions of jade carving, the Morpheus’ design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion.

Conceived as a vertical extrusion of its rectangular footprint, a series of voids is carved through its centre to create an urban window connecting the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city and generating the sculptural forms that define the hotel’s public spaces.

Linked at ground level with the surrounding three-storey podium of the City of Dreams resort, the Morpheus houses 770 guestrooms, suites and sky villas, and includes civic spaces, meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa and rooftop pool, as well as extensive back-of-house areas and ancillary facilities.

The design resolves the hotel’s many complex programmes within a single cohesive envelope. ZHA was commissioned to build the hotel in 2012. At that time, foundations were already in place of a condominium tower that did not progress.

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ZHA designed the Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required.

This extrusion generated a monolithic block making best use its development envelope that is restricted to a 160m height by local planning codes. This block was then ‘carved’ with voids.

The underlying diagram of the hotel’s design is a pair of towers connected at ground and roof levels. The central atrium in-between these towers runs the height of the hotel and is traversed by external voids that connect the north and south facades. These voids create the urban window that links the hotel’s interior communal spaces with the city.

Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the building and define the hotel’s dramatic internal public spaces; creating unique corner suites with spectacular views of both the atrium and the city. This arrangement maximises the number of hotel rooms with external views and guarantees an equal room distribution on either side of the building.

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In-between the free-form voids that traverse the atrium, a series of bridges create unique spaces for the hotel’s restaurants, bars and guest lounges by renowned chefs including Alain Ducasse and Pierre Hermé.

The atrium’s twelve glass elevators provide guests with remarkable views of the hotel’s interior and exterior as they travel between the voids of the building.

As one of the world’s leading hotels, the Morpheus’ interior spaces necessitated a high degree of adaptability to accommodate the many varying requirements of its guest amenities. The building’s exoskeleton optimizes the interiors by creating spaces that are uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns.

The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit.

Morpheus draws on a ZHA’s 40 years of research into the integration of interior and exterior, civic and private, solid and void, Cartesian and Einsteinian. Space is woven within structure to tie disparate programmes together and constantly make connections.

Image credit: Virgile Simon Bertrand

Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director explained: “Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form. The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.

“Macau’s buildings have previously referenced architecture styles from around the world. Morpheus has evolved from its unique environment and site conditions as a new architecture expressly of this city.

“The expertise of all members of the Morpheus team has created new possibilities for architecture,” continued Muscettola. “The comprehensive parametric model combined all of the hotel’s aesthetic, structural and fabrication requirements and will radically change how our built environment is planned and constructed.”

Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts said: “From the very beginning, we shared ZHA’s vision and determination to push boundaries. Morpheus offers a journey of the imagination. From the curved exterior to the dramatic interior spaces, it pleases the eye and excites the senses: a contemporary masterpiece to be enjoyed by many generations to come.”

 

Hilton Garden Inn opens in Qidong

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Opening marks the arrival of the first international hotel brand in the Chinese city.

Hilton has opened the 181-room Hilton Garden Inn Qidong, owned by Jiangsu Hui Long Tang Culture Investment Development Co. Ltd, managed by Hilton itself and located within Central Park Mall, a recreational hub in the Chinese city’s central business district.

The opening marks the arrival of the first international hotel brand in Qidong, which is located at the estuary of the Yangtze River across from Shanghai, and is home to the fourth largest fishery port in China. The city has six industrial zones covering pharmaceutical, mechanic and civil construction industries, and is a fast-growing economic engine for Jiangsu province.

The Hilton Garden Inn Qidong is located 103 kilometers from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and 25 kilometers away from Golden Beach, with the usual guest amenities in place, including 42-inch LED TVs, walk-in showers, mini-refrigerators and generous work spaces with ergonomic furniture.

 

“We are extremely proud to be the first international hotel brand to enter Qidong city, and we look forward to extending Hilton Garden Inn’s award-winning, service-driven culture to the area,” said John Greenleaf, global head, Hilton Garden Inn. “The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Qidong is a testament to Hilton’s commitment to sustained growth throughout China.”

“The opening of Hilton Garden Inn Qidong furthers our mission to be the most hospitable company in the world, especially as we continue to tap the burgeoning potential of the mid-market sector in China,” said Qian Jin, area president, Greater China and Mongolia, Hilton. “I am confident that the hotel will not only offer visitors to Qidong a revitalizing experience, but will also contribute to advancing the tourism industry in the city.”

Grand Hyatt Xi’an offers travellers Silk Road stop off

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A new Grand Hyatt hotel has opened in Xi’an – one of China’s most ancient cities and the starting point for the ancient Silk Road trading post that connected East with West.

Strategically located within the Xi’an High-Tech Industries Development Zone, home to more than 200 Fortune 500 companies, Grand Hyatt Xi’an forms part of the Maike Center, comprised of high-end retail and offices.

Xi’an Greenland PICO International Convention & Exhibition Center as well as Xi’an Qujiang International Conference Exhibition Center are also situated nearby.

Various tourist attractions, key transportation hubs and the international airport are also easily accessible from the hotel.

Design and Guestrooms

Inspired by a palatial mirage in the desert, the Grand Hyatt Xi’an hotel’s glass tower may appear cutting-edge, but the company says its design is firmly rooted in the city’s history. Representing the Silk Road, the 396-room hotel connects to an office tower via a Sky Bridge 328 feet above ground. At ground level, the faceted exterior of the hotel shapes the entrance comprised of a two-story atrium lobby topped with a triangular sloping glass roof. Inside, guests are greeted with a design inspired by the exotic desert wildlife, geography and culture of the modern Silk Road.

Standard rooms in contemporary design start at 538 square feet, while deluxe rooms start at 807 square feet, all with floor-to-ceiling windows. Light brushed woods and terracotta or crimson accents have been used to create a ‘warm and relaxing’ ambience.

“The heritage and history of Xi’an have been the backdrop for an impressive atmosphere of hospitality,” said Christopher Koehler, Hyatt’s vice president of operations and managing director for China. “As early as 1990, Xi’an has been of special importance for Hyatt as it was one of the first locations in which our brands entered China and where we have cultivated great talent and leaders over the years. We are grateful to Maike Group for developing such a spectacular property and are excited to support the development of the Silk Road in the process.”

 

Dining and Drinking

From the Sky Bridge, visitors can take in the 360-degree views of the city below. Against this backdrop, numerous dining experiences are available, ranging from local to global fare at The Lounge, Grand Café, Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant and Allegro Restaurant & Bar.

Grand Café is intended to conjure the feeling of a vibrant marketplace along the Silk Road, where chefs prepare local and global cuisines within interactive, open kitchens during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dressed in warm desert tones, The Lounge is intended as a spot for high-flyers to relax and meet.

Chang’an Bridge Chinese Restaurant serves the regional cuisines of Canton and Shaanxi in a chic ambience that contrasts dramatic abacus-styled screens and red booth seating with rustic woods and Persian carpets. In addition to the main dining room, nine dining suites are available for exclusive private experiences with butler service.

Opening later this year, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will bring a new level of personality to dining and nightlife in Xi’an. An Italian restaurant by day serving classic dishes and pizzas from a wood-fired oven, Allegro Restaurant & Bar will transform into a gastro lounge with specialty cocktails, wines and spirits, and live entertainment at night. The space can also be converted into a special event venue for meetings or events with natural light and impressive views.

Later this year, Maple House will specialize in Pan-Asian and local Shaanxi BBQ specialties in a stylish setting enclosed by floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors. Guests can also enjoy alfresco dining on the podium terrace atop the fifth floor, which is landscaped with fire pits and colorful gardens.

Meetings and Events

The 24,907 square feet of futuristic and customizable spaces at Grand Hyatt Xi’an host events, with both the Grand Ballroom and the Grand Salon enclosed by curving walls. Encircling the space is a nearly 10 foot high LED screen that can be used by event organizers for tailored presentations that “travel” around the entire Grand Ballroom.

An additional 11 meeting rooms are available in varied sizes for customized business meetings or intimate social gatherings as well as a large open kitchen that offers a site for creative catering and networking.

 

Hampton expands footprint in US, China and Germany

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Nine new properties taking in the mid-West and Far East.

Hampton by Hilton has confirmed the opening of nine new properties, including Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Detroit/Warren in Michigan, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. George in Utah and Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See in Germany.

Meanwhile, the opening of two properties – Hampton by Hilton Shunde Longjiang, Foshan and Hampton by Hilton Suzhou Xiangcheng District – has extended the upper midscale brand’s position in China.

A quick overview of each property:

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Detroit/Warren in Michigan:

  • Modern amenities, value and access to attractions make this hotel ideal for travel to the newly-revitalised Detroit area.
  • The hotel is near popular sites such as the Detroit Zoo, Hitsville USA Museum, casinos, and all major Detroit sporting venues: Comerica Park, Ford Field and the new Little Caesars Arena.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton St. George in Utah:

  • The weather and scenery make St. George a popular spot for biking, golfing, bird-watching, hiking, rock climbing and boating.
  • The property is also along the route to Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Snow Canyon State Park and other areas of Southwest Utah.

Hampton by Hilton Dortmund Phoenix See in Germany:

  • Centrally located, guests can watch football at Signal Iduna Park or visit the Ruhr District and cities like Bochum, Essen and Duisburg with ease.
  • Guests will enjoy the signature offerings of the Hampton brand, including complimentary breakfast every morning, a fitness center, and business center with free WiFi and natural lighting.

Hampton has also grown its presence in Massachusetts, California, Oklahoma and Canada with the addition of Hampton Inn by Hilton Foxborough Mansfield, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Irvine-Orange County Airport, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City/Quail Springs and Hampton Inn by Hilton St. Paul, respectively.

Take a peek inside China’s first Atlantis resort with Falcon’s Creative Group

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David Schaefer, Vice President at Falcon’s Creative Group, discusses the Atlantis Sanya project and the increase in Western IP in China’s destination & resorts market.

Falcon’s Creative Group, the Orlando-based creative services firm specialising in the design and production of themed experiences, was heavily involved in the design and development of Atlantis Sanya – a new Atlantis resort, situated along the Haitang Bay National Coast in China.

Falcon’s Creative Group was selected by Fosun International Limited and Kerzner International, an international developer and operator of destination resorts and luxury hotels, as the provider of thematic and interior design services for the resort’s Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium.

Over the last two years, Falcon’s Creative Group has been providing on-site creative guardianship, theming, and quality control, as well as conceptualising a new experience for the Atlantis brand.

Speaking to Hotel Designs, David Schaefer, Vice President at Falcon’s Creative Group, explained: “As consumers become more exposed to technology like virtual reality, they are no longer satisfied with the traditional, static entertainment that has existed over the past few decades; instead, they want to be totally immersed in themed environments. As a result of this shift, there is significant unrest within the tourism industry as providers search for ways to adapt to an increasingly tech-savvy world.”

With this in mind, Falcon’s Creative Group says it sought to combine traditional architectural elements with imaginative design to help create the Atlantis Sanya resort and make it an experience unlike anything before seen in China.

“Those who are familiar with the traditional Atlantis resorts around the world know that the Atlantis intellectual property is derived from the story of a lost underwater city,” continued Schaefer. “For Atlantis Sanya, Falcon’s Creative Group has revitalised the concept of Atlantis by evolving it from a lost underwater city into a living, thriving metropolis.”

To demonstrate the vivaciousness of a thriving city, Falcon’s Creative Group designed the concepts for digital content that lives inside the aquarium tanks to create a hologram effect of an Atlantean creature. Additionally, it designed the concepts for interactive media, cause-and-effect features within the tanks and pop-up facts about different species, to transform a static aquarium into an interactive environment.

“Much of the design emphasis was placed on the two main slide towers, which will have a unique style apart from the other two Atlantis locations,” said Schaefer. “The slide towers house multiple waterslides, including a clear tube slide that takes guests directly through a shark tank. Additionally, we designed several buildings and landscape accents including restaurants and retail spaces.”

Schaefer added that the project has highlighted the enormous potential for leveraging existing Western luxury resort IPs in China: “The rapid pace of development in the Asia region makes these projects well suited to pair with existing IPs, because developers can tap into a fan base immediately upon opening.”

Shangri-La Jinan

Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan – opening in the heart of ‘Spring City’

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Shangri La Hotels and Resorts announced Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan, its third hotel in Shangdong Province, will soft open on 13 December; considered to be one of the origins of Chinese civilization, Shandong has emerged as one of the biggest industrial producers and among the top manufacturing provinces in China since its storied history began over 5,000 years ago.

Located within Jinan”s central business district, the 20-storey Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan is part of a multi-use complex opening in Q1 of 2018 that will feature an office tower and shopping mall offering guests refreshing and redefined experiences for work and life. Beyond the hotel, guests can explore Jinan”s natural beauty which has earned the city the reputation of a “Spring City”. With no less than 72 artesian springs, the Baotu Spring is revered as the “Number One Spring under the Heaven” and a short walk from Shangri-La Hotel, Jinan.

Other popular attractions nearby include the Five-Dragon Pond, Black Tiger Spring, Daming Lake and shopping at Kuan Hou Li. The Jinan Station and Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is 20 minutes and 40 minutes away by car respectively.

Known for creating a sense of place, Shangri-La drew design inspiration for the hotel from the Baotou Spring Park to illustrate the times when Jinan city developed around the lake and surrounding gardens, infusing public spaces with a blend of traditional elements and modern Chinese architecture.

A total of 364 rooms and 32 serviced apartments overlook Jinan”s landmark Quancheng Square or the Daming Lake. All guestrooms are adorned with impressions of the lotus flower – the symbolic flower of Jinan – and equipped with an air purification system, complimentary Wi-Fi, a pillow menu, and a deluxe bathroom with luxury amenities. Each apartment is fully furnished with a kitchen.

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong completes ‘rejuvenation’

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InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong is delighted to announce the completion of its $43 million (£32.4 million) renovation project and to unveil a rejuvenating look with 572 newly refurbished guestrooms.

Possessing more than 30 years of experience and having completed almost 100 hotel projects, veteran John Chan Design Limited was appointed to create the redesign and complete the transformation of all 572 guestrooms and suites with brand new, sleek design combined with efficient technology, ensuring the most modern and user-friendly experience for guests.

When entering the newly-redesigned guest rooms, one immediately notices that the exquisite upholstery, hand-tufted carpet and curtains are carefully chosen in a warm palette of earthy tones to establish a welcoming ambience. Taking the advantage of waterfront location, over 40% of guest rooms allow guests to get an eyeful as mirror panels in-room reflect the spectacular views of Victoria Harbour alongside the ceiling-to-floor windows.

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong is delighted to announce the completion of its $43 million (£32.4 million) renovation projectThree types of suites are furnished with hardwood floors as an enhancement to its modernity. The new interior design is further adorned with the installation of LED mood lights to create a more inviting atmosphere. Discerning travelers can take advantage of the expanded work space with aplenty power outlets in addition to complimentary WiFi access.

To better appeal to the modern-day travellers and allow them to stay connected seamlessly, all rooms and suites are enriched with advanced technology including the USB ports and cutting-edge handy smartphone. The ‘Handy smartphone’ offers guests unlimited complimentary local and international calls up to 20 countries, unlimited 3G mobile Internet access as well as Wi-Fi hotspot & tethering.

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Kimpton Hotels expands into Asia

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InterContinental Hotels Group has signed three management contracts to introduce its luxury boutique hotel brand Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Asia. Announced at the 2017 Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP), the first Kimpton properties in the region will be located in prime markets in Southeast Asia and Greater China.

These new signings extend the global footprint of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Asia, following its expansion to Europe, with the opening of Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam and the signing of Kimpton Paris, earlier this year.

Acquired by IHG in January 2015, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, is renowned for its innovative and playful design and personal approach to guest service, using thoughtful perks and amenities, bound together with a sense of delight and discovery. The brand’s understated approach to luxury inspires travellers with touches like in-room yoga mats, a hosted evening Social Hour, complementary bike rentals and other local flourishes.

Kimpton is also recognised for its award-winning portfolio of unique restaurants and bars led by talented chefs and bartenders. Common cornerstones of each restaurant and bar include heartfelt care; chef-crafted, seasonal menus that celebrate local farms and purveyors; and striking interiors with vibrant style and design.

A luxury and lifestyle sanctuary on the island of the gods, Bali
The first Kimpton located in Southeast Asia, Kimpton Bali, opening in 2019, will feature 50 luxurious villas and sits on the picturesque Nusa Dua coast. The new designed hotel blends with the local Balinese culture delivering guests a genuine, personalised experience that is both authentic and reflective of the ancient culture.

An immersion where history meets luxury in the heart of Shanghai
Poised to open in 2021, the Kimpton Shanghai Jing’an will feature 150 guest rooms and 120 villas that originally belonged to the British-American Concession. Similar to the villas, that were mostly developed between 1910 and 1930, the hotel’s common areas will be housed in a historically reserved building.

A premium haven for travellers with discerning tastes in Sanya (Main Image)
Situated in one of the most premium travel destinations in China – Haitang Bay in Sanya, Hainan Province, this well-appointed 251-room, luxurious Kimpton Resort Sanya Haitang Bay has direct beach access and is scheduled to open in 2021.

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Plans announced for Four Seasons Hotel Dalian

Plans announced for Four Seasons Hotel Dalian

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Luneng Group, one of the major real estate developers in China, and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world’s leading luxury hospitality company, today jointly announced plans to open a luxury Four Seasons hotel in Dalian, located in the Liaodong Peninsula in northeastern China.

Situated within the Donggang (East Harbour), Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will open in the redeveloped financial and commercial hub of the city. A growing and diverse urban centre, Dalian is home to leading industry, port activities and commerce, and is a popular destination for domestic and foreign travellers. Dalian is known for its cosmopolitan culture, showcasing traditional and modern architecture with global influences reflecting its long history as an important seaport.

Plans announced for Four Seasons Hotel Dalian
The new mixed-use tower in the Donggang will feature office space along with the Hotel, and is ideally located to offer views of both the historic port and downtown core. Business and leisure travellers alike will have easy access to industrial and commercial centres; restaurants, bars and shopping; as well as other popular tourist destinations, including swimmable beaches and theme parks.

Plans announced for Four Seasons Hotel Dalian
“With a pre-eminent location in downtown Dalian within the Donggang district, Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will be a great addition to the city,” says Tao Zhou, Head of the Hotel Division of Luneng Group. “We are pleased to partner with Four Seasons, a company we greatly admire, to bring our combined vision to life as a crowning feature of the city’s new financial and commercial centre.”

“We are proud to work with Luneng Group to introduce another Four Seasons experience in China in such a diverse and fascinating city,” says J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “Together, we are dedicated to introducing guests to the highest standard of quality and the most genuine and personal service – the markers of a Four Seasons stay the world over.”

Designed by NBBJ Shanghai and Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) Singapore, Four Seasons Hotel Dalian will include approximately 250 guest rooms and suites, a pool, fitness centre and spa. The Hotel will also include extensive event and meeting space with several ballrooms and meeting rooms. Tokyo-based designers Strickland will conceive on-site restaurants, as well as a hotel bar, lobby lounge and a deli and pastry shop with outdoor terrace.

Construction is set to begin later this year, with an anticipated opening in 2020.

Dorsett Shanghai Welcomes V JR

Technology Focus: Dorsett Hospitality welcomes first robotic guest service

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They are fun, informative and interactive. They are helpful and engaging. Meet Dorsett’s very first robots – V Jr. at Dorsett Shanghai.

The first hotel within Dorsett Hospitality International has welcomed two high-tech additions into the hotel’s guest service team, V Jr. offers guests the options to integrate business with pleasure.

V Jr. is equipped with voice and touch screen inquiry on hotel facilities and is able to provide local information from dining, shopping to exercise information; assist with catering events including sending invitations, guest registration, and even entertains during event break time with song and dance performances.

V Jr. is a delightful addition to Dorsett Shanghai and radiates Dorsett’s brand elements of being fun, playful, thoughtful, passionate, dynamic and flexible.

Robot V Jr. is manufactured by Tami Intelligence Technology (Beijing) and will be part of Dorsett Shanghai’s guest service team for the next two years.

Grand Hyatt Changsha set to open in south-central China

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Grand Hyatt Changsha, the first Grand Hyatt hotel in China’s Hunan Province, has celebrated its grand opening. The 354-room hotel crowns a 61-storey tower on prestigious Xiangjiang Road, offering breathtaking views of Xiang River and the city skyline.

A riverfront landmark just steps from Changsha’s historic sites, Grand Hyatt Changsha is expected to be the destination for impressive views and unforgettable dining experiences in the heart of this cosmopolitan city.

When guests arrive in the lobby, they will feel the crimson magnificence of the autumn maple trees on Yuelu Mountain and Xiang River. The red spice of Hunan’s legendary cuisine and the city’s energetic nightlife inspire the vibrant ambience. Bold crimson tints, rich textures and a sophisticated art collection provide a poignant cultural backdrop for Changsha’s showpiece of contemporary living.

Conceived by the renowned Singapore hotel design firm LTW Designworks, the hotel’s interiors create a strong sense of locale. The design concept is inspired by two classic Chinese red-ink wash paintings: Changsha by Fu Baoshi and Ten Thousand Hills in Red by Li Keran. The hotel design makes dramatic use of the unique Chinese red shades from these traditional ink wash paintings.

The constant flow and energy of Xiang River and Chinese historical motifs are also referenced in the natural textures and an impressively curated collection of contemporary artworks and sculptures richly displayed throughout the hotel.

Grand Hyatt Changsha features 354 contemporary guestrooms, including 31 suites, located on levels 46 to 61. The spacious rooms welcome guests into a modern Asian sanctuary styled with red textured walls, ochre-leather paneling, intricate Oriental patterned carpets and streamlined bespoke furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows command breathtaking high-rise views of the city or Xiang River from both the bedroom and bathroom.

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InterContinental Hong Kong to undergo a major renovation

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InterContinental Hong Kong is expected to close for a major renovation in the first quarter of 2019, with the entire renovation taking 12-16 months.

The hotel will undergo a spectacular transformation that will position it as one of the top hotels not only in Asia, but also as one of the world’s most iconic hotels.

InterContinental Hong KongThe total transformation will span all guest rooms and suites including bathrooms, all public areas, restaurants and event venues, as well as a redesign of the building façade with a contemporary new look.

InterContinental Hong KongThe hotel’s celebrated restaurants and event venues are anticipated to reopen in the evenings from late summer 2019. Yan Toh Heen, InterContinental Hong Kong’s 2-Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, will remain open for dinner throughout the renovation.

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Waldorf Astoria Chengdu opens as Hilton’s 200th Asia Pacific hotel

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Hilton and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts have announced the opening of Waldorf Astoria Chengdu, the company’s 200th hotel in Asia Pacific.

Located in Western China’s gateway city of Chengdu, the 289-room Waldorf Astoria Chengdu is housed within the high-end in99 Plaza, a 190,000-square-metre mixed-use development comprising a retail mall, office towers, and apartment towers.

A 52-storey, art deco inspired landmark that weaves classic elegance with modern luxury, Waldorf Astoria Chengdu offers guests an inspirational environment in the new financial district of Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone.

Guest rooms at the hotel start from a spacious 50 square metres, each elegantly-furnished and featuring the signature Waldorf Astoria bed, a walk-in closet, marble bathrooms with double vanities, and modern entertainment amenities. A personal concierge cabinet at the entryway of each room ensures convenience and allows for discreet service at all times.

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New luxury hotel, The Murray, to open in Hong Kong late 2017

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Niccolo Hotels, the new luxury hotel brand, is set to catapult into the limelight with the announcement of its exciting new flagship property in Hong Kong. The Murray, a Niccolo Hotel, Hong Kong will open in late 2017, on Cotton Tree Drive in Central.

As well as being the first significant new luxury hotel to open in Hong Kong for several years, The Murray will breathe new life into one of Hong Kong’s most iconic and historic buildings. The tall white landmark structure, with its distinctive arches and unique recessed windows, was built in 1969 and has since won many awards for its ground-breaking and energy-efficient design.

World-renowned architects Foster + Partners, whose works in Hong Kong include The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank headquarters and the Hong Kong International Airport, have been engaged as designers for the project.

With its unique location in a stand-alone building positioned between the Central business district and the green oasis of Hong Kong Park, the 336-room hotel will offer a sophisticated, urban chic sanctuary in the heart of the city. Among its unique features will be a stunning rooftop bar with some of the most breathtaking views of the city. A series of signature restaurants are also being planned.

Seasoned British-born hotelier Duncan Palmer has been appointed as the hotel’s Managing Director, and will bring his many years of experience with The Savoy, The Connaught, Mandarin Oriental and Langham Hotels amongst others to create a truly world-class new hotel for Hong Kong.

“I am quietly confident this will become the preferred hotel in Hong Kong for visiting dignitaries, captains of industry and leaders in style. They will appreciate the sophisticated and international standard of hospitality that the Niccolo brand delivers.” said Mr Palmer.

The first hotel under the brand, the stylish Niccolo Chengdu opened in April 2015 and has quickly been recognised as the city’s leading centre for luxury accommodation, fine dining and events. It is superbly located as part of the International Finance Square (IFS) a mixed-use retail and commercial centre which has become the epicentre of Chengdu’s events.

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Sneak Peek: Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu now open

Sneak Peek: Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu now open

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The 362-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu opened on June 24 in the 52-storey, mixed-use Yiwu World Trade Centre, the tallest building in Zhejiang Province. The tower offers commercial space, apartments and shopping, and is located in the city”s business district and is adjacent the Yiwu International Commodity City.

The 362-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu opened on June 24 in the 52-story, mixed-use Yiwu World Trade Centre, the tallest building in Zhejiang Province
The hotel’s design features a sienna and walnut color palette to complement the Dongyang wood-carved screens in the public areas that evoke a sense of place and connection to the culture and history of Zhejiang province. Each guestroom features natural colors and the Chinese rose—the flower of Yiwu—that can be found engraved on wood, in paintings and embossed on panels. Other features include complimentary WiFi, a marble bathroom, an executive desk and large windows.


There are three restaurants and eight private dining rooms; an outdoor terrace is available for alfresco dining. More than 41,700-sq-ft of event space is available, including a grand ballroom than can accommodate 1,000 guests for banquets. The hotel is the first in the city to feature an elevator that is large enough to transport cars directly to the ballroom for car-centric events, according to the company.

The 362-room Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu opened on June 24 in the 52-story, mixed-use Yiwu World Trade Centre, the tallest building in Zhejiang Province
There also is a spa, gym, indoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates some 95 hotels in 22 countries and 73 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.

Hilton’s Curio brand debuts in Asia Pacific

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Hilton has announced the opening of Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton, the first Curio Collection property in Greater China and Asia Pacific to join the exclusive, upper upscale collection brand of more than 35 distinctive hotels and resorts around the world.

Located on the West Coast of Hainan Island’s southernmost city, Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort is only a short drive from renowned attractions to discover such as Dongtian Park, Nanshan Temple and the unique Tianya Haijiao. Sanya Yazhou Bay Resort’s 267 rooms and suites include large soaking tubs and boast panoramic views of the sea, pool or tropical gardens.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaOther amenities include a 2,000 square meter swimming pool beach access, as well as a kids’ club and game room for adults.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaSanya Yazhou Bay Resort, which is a 25-minute drive from the Sanya Phoenix International Airport and 35 km away from the Sanya city centre, offers full support for meetings and events.

Curio by Hilton, Greater ChinaMeeting and outdoor banquet spaces, which can be configured for events of any size, make up a total of 2,000 square metres. Equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, these flexible spaces include a main 1,200 square metre meeting area and nine meeting rooms.

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Conrad Guangzhou opens to the world

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts is SET to welcome guests to the new Conrad Guangzhou, the seventh Conrad property to debut in China.

Created as a stylish urban oasis in the heart of CBD Zhujiang New Town, Conrad Guangzhou boasts panoramic river views from its rooms and restaurants while offering intuitive amenities and flawless service. The hotel is ideal for leisure and business travelers alike who want to explore, do business and stay inspired.

Conrad Guangzhou offers 309 spacious guest rooms and suites in a modern 27-storey tower overlooking the Pearl River. The hotel enjoys a prime location in the midst of a new, multi-use complex, where guests can easily walk to premium shopping, entertainment and public art, or attend to business at the nearby corporate offices. Popular landmarks like the Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou Opera House and Canton Tower are minutes away, as are the subway system and bus stations.

Conrad Guangzhou opens to the worldConrad Guangzhou features a variety of modern and spacious rooms and suites with panoramic river views and best-in-class amenities. Starting at a generous 48 square meters, rooms feature walk-in closets, large flat screen TVs, WiFi and wired internet access, Nespresso coffee machine, and a shoe dryer, a thoughtful amenity unique to Conrad Guangzhou to keep your shoes dry and toasty.

Conrad Guangzhou guests can stay healthy, fit and inspired while traveling with a stunning fitness center located on the sixth floor with state-of-the-art equipment, a 25-metre indoor pool and sweeping views of the city. The onsite spa offers relaxing and rejuvenating treatments.

Ideal proximity, convenience and unique services make Conrad Guangzhou the preferred choice for business travelers and conferences as well as corporate events or weddings.

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Hilton opens its 100th hotel in Greater China

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Hilton has announced the opening of Hilton Quanzhou Riverside, Hilton’s 100th hotel in Greater China. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside is also the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Fujian and the brand’s 40th in Greater China.

The 25-storey, 296-room riverfront hotel is located in the heart of Quanzhou, Fujian Province’s largest metropolitan area and an important economic center in southeastern China that continues to support the corporate, MICE and leisure travel segments.

“Hilton is strengthening its footprint across China in locations that attract business and leisure travellers,” said Bruce McKenzie, senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Hilton. “We celebrate a great milestone today with the opening of our 100th hotel in China. And we are continuing to grow. With more than 230 hotels in the pipeline, we will provide guests with more choice and more opportunities to experience our best-in-class service, wherever they travel to.”

Hilton Quanzhou Riverside’s 296 guest rooms each span at least 40 square meters, making them the largest in the district. Guests can expect views of the river and the city skyline, modern décor, and in-room amenities such as Wi-Fi and 49-60 inch LCD televisions. The hotel’s heated indoor pool on level six affords river views, while an underwater sound system enables guests to enjoy music while they do their laps. Hilton Quanzhou Riverside’s guests can also relax in the hotel’s steam rooms, or they can work out on the Italian-made Technogym equipment at the 24-hour fitness centre.

Camlux Hotel to open in Hong Kong this April

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Camlux Hotel will be the first hotel in Kowloon Bay, the high potential district on the east side of Kowloon that is currently being redeveloped into an up-and-coming commercial and residential area.

Set for a soft opening in April 2017, Camlux Hotel will be housed in a converted factory heritage space that features 185 contemporary guest rooms on six levels reminiscent of its owning company’s industrial history.

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“We are proud to be a homegrown hotel brand and are delighted to take part in conserving and revitalising Hong Kong’s heritage with Camlux Hotel,” said Mr Calvin Wong, General Manager of Camlux Hotel. “Kowloon Bay today is emerging with new commercial buildings and rapid eclectic developments which have led to the demand of introducing a quality hotel in the area.”

While the exterior façade of the Hotel remains the same, the building has been given a refreshing coat of coral blue to signal a new change of era in the area. The architectural team overseeing this unique heritage project embraced constraints of the existing factory space, and opened it up to allow more natural light penetration. Two unique courtyards are also refashioned to preserve the traditional industrial sky-well whilst creating more space.

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The retro-modern six-storey Hotel features 103 Cosy Rooms, 70 Comfy Rooms, 10 Family Rooms and 2 Studio Rooms, ranging from 22 to 32 square metres, rivalling other quality hotels in the city. The non-smoking property also provide extensive services and amenities including free Wi-Fi and Smart TVs that can be conveniently connected to personal entertainment.

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All guest rooms feature unique designs inspired by iconic house-ware products that have been used in the past decades, such as wall lamp shades reminiscent of practical and colourful vacuum flasks. The lobby floor also features a playful compilation of various materials that were used to manufacture the vacuum flasks, like brass, copper, stainless steel, glass, and coloured plastics.

The Hotel also showcases a meeting room and conference room, a 24-hour gym, on-call medical services; and other services such as currency exchange, laundry and dry cleaning, luggage storage, and limousine service.

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Dusit bringing Thai-inspired hospitality to Nanjing

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Dusit International is pleased to announce that Dusit Fudu Hotels and Resorts has signed a management consultancy agreement with Nanjing Shangqinhuai Construction Development Company Limited to manage The Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, a luxury international resort in the capital of Jiangsu Province.

Anticipated to open late 2017, the resort is located within Nanjing Shangqinhuai Eco Wetland Park, approximately 30 minutes by car from the commercial centre, and 20 minutes by car from the high-speed train station and Nanjing International Airport. Nanjing city is located one hour from Shanghai by high-speed train.

Alongside 110 villas and rooms, the Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, will feature a 300sqm meeting room with the latest audio-visual facilities, suitable for private events and business meetings. A Thai-inspired spa will provide a full range of wellness programs, while dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a Chinese restaurant and a rooftop garden restaurant. For recreation, there will be a gymnasium, swimming pool and kids’ club.

“We are delighted to introduce the Dusit Thani brand and our distinctive, Thai-inspired hospitality to this historic and vibrant city,” said Mr Lim Boon Kwee, Chief Operating Officer of Dusit International. “Dusit Thani Wetland Park Resort Nanjing, Jiangsu, signifies an important milestone in Dusit’s long-term expansion plans, positioning us perfectly for further expansion within China and the region. We very much look forward to opening the doors and welcoming guests later this year.”

Hard Rock International announces launch of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

HRI announces launch of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

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Hard Rock Hotels announces the launch of its first hotel in China, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen. Slated to open in summer 2017, the new Hard Rock property will offer a luxury stay for modern travelers who are seeking a reprieve from traditional accommodations.

Blending pop culture and premium hospitality, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen promises a host of world-class leisure, dining and entertainment options and the thread that unites them all – music.

Destined to become a new landmark in the Guangdong region, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will continue the brand’s tradition of presenting memorable moments through music. Whether a guest prefers rap, pop, reggae or R&B, travelers can experience an unparalleled music amenity program –The Sound of Your Stay – offering complimentary in-room Fender guitars and DJ-equipment.

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Throughout the property, guests will enjoy rare and valuable memorabilia on display. Carefully chosen from Hard Rock’s world-famous, 80,000+ piece collection, each prized piece celebrates legendary music icons from around the world.

The 258 rooms and suites feature a creative mix of music-inspired décor and modern Chinese elements. A range of high-end accommodations, including Studio Suites, Rock Royalty Studio Suites and Rock Star Suite®, provide the ultimate all-access pass to a luxury VIP experience, as well as stunning views of the surrounding area.

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“We are proud to bring the Hard Rock Hotel experience to Mainland China where consumers are equally passionate about music and travel,” said Peter Wynne, Area Vice President of Operations – Asia Pacific Hotels, Hard Rock Hotels. “While Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen will offer a one-of-a-kind luxury experience, guests can expect the same music-centered fun as other Hard Rock Hotels around the world. As our brand has proven over the years, nothing is more universal than a love of music and having a great time.”

Located in the famed Mission Hills Centreville, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen offers convenient access to the world’s number one golf course and close proximity to an extensive range of leisure, wellness and entertainment offerings. Hard Rock Hotel is located 45 minutes from Shenzhen Bao’An International Airport and 35 minutes from the city centre.

1 Hotels announces three new hotels

1 Hotels announces hotels in three new destinations

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1 Hotels, the luxury lifestyle hotel brand, has announced that it will expand its portfolio in the USA and internationally with three new destinations, including Haitang Bay, Sanya (China), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) and Silicon Valley (CA).

The three new projects announced are in addition to the brand’s forthcoming, highly-anticipated 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opening this month, and existing properties, 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach.

The new locations mark an exciting chapter for 1 Hotels, positioning the brand as international leaders in environmentally-responsible hospitality and innovation. As a luxury lifestyle hotel brand inspired by nature, 1 Hotels aims to educate and inspire consumers will of mindful, eco-conscious design, innovative programming, farm fresh food and beverage offerings, and sustainable architecture. This expansion is the beginning of a global growth plan to bring the brand and it’s mission to new audiences.

“The 1 Hotels brand aims to show luxury travelers that they can live well, do good and connect with the world around them,” said 1 Hotels Founder and CEO Barry Sternlicht. “We are more than a brand, we’re a cause. Now, more than ever, we’re excited to introduce 1 Hotels in naturally luxurious destinations worldwide and continue our mission of building socially responsible hotels while protecting the world around us. ”

The first international property for the group, 1 Hotel Haitang Bay will open in late 2018. 1 Hotel Haitang Bay will provide the brand with an opportunity to showcase how a resort in China’s top domestic tourism market can operate in a sustainable way. The ambitious property will be the first Chinese development for the brand, developed in partnership with Sunshine Insurance Group and designed by Oval Partnership. The hotel will feature 280 guestrooms and suites, including three sky villas and feature a 1 Hotels signature organic spa, expansive fitness center, and pool. An onsite farm with be run and managed by the property, providing fresh and organic fruits and vegetables for the 15,000 square feet of signature restaurants and lounges, and more than 6,000 square feet of catering and meeting rooms.

Slated to open in Fall 2019, 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo, developed in partnership with the Questro Grupo, sits on the historic Hacienda site, directly on the only year-round swimmable beach and steps from the marina and Cabo’s dining and nightlife district. With unobstructed views of the Land’s End rock formation, the 115 room and 50 home property is a retreat amongst it all, with four swimming pools, organic spa and fitness facilities, two signature restaurants, a juice bar, and a stunning rooftop bar. The property will also boast more than 6,000 square feet of conference and events space and signature retail outlets. To learn more about 1 Homes Cabo visit: www.1homescabo.com

1 Hotel Sunnyvale located in the heart of Silicon Valley and steps from Google’s Mountainview campus, will open in late 2019 as the brands first West Coast outpost. This project, developed by Starwood Capital Group in partnership with SB Architects, is perfectly situated in the innovation capital of America, a destination where the brand’s core values of wellness, conscious living, and commitment to sustainability will be certain to resonate with locals and travelers. The renovation project will have 332 guestrooms, more than 10,000 square feet of food and beverage space, a 9,000 square foot spa and fitness center, and 19,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Four Seasons Tianjin

Four Seasons Tianjin now open

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Welcome to Tianjin, gateway to northern China, and now, a new destination for luxury travel and hospitality – the all-new Four Seasons Tianjin is now open.

“We are excited to welcome the first travellers to our beautiful new hotel, as well as local guests in our restaurants and event spaces,” says General Manager Byron Chong, who leads an international team of 300 carefully chosen staff. “It is our honour to introduce Four Seasons customised service and superior quality to Tianjin for the first time.”

At Four Seasons Tianjin, guests will find 259 light-filled accommodations, including 44 suites. Of special interest is the 269 square metre (2,895 square foot) Chairman Suite and the lavish 319 metre (3,434 square) Presidential Suite. Both offer commanding city views from the Hotel’s highest floors, with ample space to entertain business associates and friends.

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Families will also appreciate the Hotel’s spacious suites and the option to connect rooms. Among many considerations for parents and children at Four Seasons are special child-size room amenities, baby gear so families can travel light, and the popular Kids for All Seasons program, providing fully supervised fun for young guests, including a children’s playground.

Health conscious guests will appreciate the 1,577 square metre (16,902 square foot) Fitness Centre, open 24/7 for the convenience of international travellers. Featuring cardio and strength training equipment with certified trainers available upon request, facilities also include sauna, steam, locker rooms and a fitness shop. A 25 metre (82 foot), sky-lit indoor swimming pool has an adjacent whirlpool, juice bar and pool deck lined with lounge chairs and day beds.

Coming soon: Four Seasons Hotel Tianjin will soon unveil L’Océan Spa featuring 11 treatment rooms, including three couples rooms and a sumptuous couples suite with its own private relaxation room. The extensive treatment menu will offer pampering indulgences as well as the latest results-oriented therapies.

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Dorsett Hospitality announces soft opening of Silka Tsuen Wan

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Dorsett Hospitality International has announced the soft opening of Silka Tsuen Wan – a value-led hotel brand under the group’s property portfolio on 16 January 2017.

Strategically located amid the shopping attractions of Tsuen Wan as well as the industrial and commercial hub of Kwai Chung, the hotel is just 35-minute drive away from the Hong Kong International Airport, Asia World-Expo, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ngong Ping 360.

Silka Tsuen Wan boasts a total of 409 guest rooms with various categories – Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Greenview Rooms, Triple-sharing Rooms, Family Rooms and Silka Suites. All guest rooms are well-equipped with free Wi-Fi Internet access and free usage of smartphones. Complimentary in-town shuttle bus service is available for guests to explore multiple destinations and nearby MTR – Tsuen Wan Shopping area, Kwai Fong MTR Station, Airport Express Tsing Yi Station, Mongkok MTR Station and China Hong Kong City.

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Other facilities include a gymnasium at Level 5 of the hotel, a multifunction Hall which seats up to 48 people and the all-day dining room, Coffee Shop with a seating capacity of 150.

“The opening of Silka Tsuen Wan marks a fantastic beginning to Year 2017 for Dorsett Hospitality International. Operated under the umbrella of Silka Hotels, a value-led brand of our group, Silka Tsuen Wan was formerly an industrial building known as Big Orange. We take great pride in converting this building into this majestic hotel. The Silka Hotel brand is known for providing an elevated level of service with great value and we look forward to delivering this to our guests,” said President and Executive Director of Dorsett Hospitality International Winnie Chiu.

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Hilton Garden Inn debuts in Hong Kong

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Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn have announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok in Hong Kong SAR, China.

Managed by Hilton and owned by Hong Kong China Development Holding, the 258-room Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok is the first Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the bustling city of Hong Kong. It is also the first Hilton hotel to open in the SAR since Conrad Hong Kong opened in 1990.

Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok occupies a prime location in Mongkok, one of the most popular shopping districts in Kowloon.

The hotel is surrounded by tourist attractions, including major shopping malls, colourful street bazaars and hip nightspots. Getting around the city is easy as Hilton Garden Inn Hong Kong Mongkok is just 1 kilometre from Mongkok MTR station, which also offers connections to Hong Kong International Airport, which is 31.2 kilometres from the hotel, and to Hong Kong Disneyland, which is 21 kilometres away.

The tastefully decorated rooms are designed to optimize comfort and convenience. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer garden views and comprehensive in-room amenities include work stations with ergonomic chairs, laptop-sized safes, as well as 40-inch flat-screen HD televisions with local and cable channels. Guests can also expect comfortable bedding with hypoallergenic pillows, in addition to coffee and tea-making facilities.

The hotel also offers flexible event space, including a 400 square metre pillar-less ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 people. Equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual technology, including LED TV walls, the hotel is an ideal venue for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings.

Le Meridien Minhang

Le Meridien expands in Shanghai with Minhang

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Le Meridien has announced the opening of Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang in the Hongqiao Hub of Shanghai.

The hotel marks the third Le Meridien and the 34th property in the Marriott International’s fast growing portfolio in the city of Shanghai. Through the distinctive Le Meridien lens, which highlights cuisine, culture and art, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang presents unexpected and engaging experiences to curious-minded travelers.

Boasting a mid-century modern design approach and tranquil water views, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang features 240 luxurious guestrooms and suites. The hotel is anchored by the signature Le Meridien Hub, which reinterprets the traditional hotel lobby into a social gathering place built on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture.

With the capacity to host stimulating meetings and timeless functions, Le Meridien Shanghai, Minhang offers over 2,500 square meters of versatile event spaces, including the Powerlong Ballroom and the Fei Long Hall; the latter marks the highest ballroom in the Minhang District with unimpeded views of Qibao Old Town. The stylish Grab & Go Library on the lobby floor can also be used as casual business meeting areas.

The thoughtfully-designed hotel also offers facilities including a well-equipped fitness centre, indoor swimming pool and Explore Spa. For those on a family vacation.

Sanya EDITION - China

Premiering in December: Sanya EDITION redefines luxury

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Ian Schrager, the internationally renowned American hotel visionary, is expanding his global influence with the opening of his first hotel in China.

The Sanya EDITION, a spectacular oceanfront destination on Hainan Island, just off the coast of Southern China, is the latest addition to EDITION hotels, the brand Ian Schrager conceived in a partnership with Marriott International. EDITION redefines the codes of traditional luxury by balancing sophisticated design and personalized, attentive service with one-of-a-kind food, beverage and entertainment offerings reflecting the best of the cultural and social milieu of each location.

Schrager states: “The Sanya EDITION was conceived for the China of today and the China of tomorrow. The resort is a unique sophisticated vision and embodiment of a cosmopolitan China for all the world to see.”

Centrally located in Haitang Bay, The Sanya EDITION is set within 50 acres of meticulously landscaped lush tropical greenery, featuring a striking 20,000 m2 private ocean overlooking the South China Sea.

The Sanya EDITION was designed for people of all ages, which is a delicate balancing act. The fundamental idea behind this resort was to divide the property into different specialised zones that overlap with each other but simultaneously retain their own unique identities. The zones include water, fun, sports, kids, adult, family, eating, nightlife, entertainment, sensory and relaxation.

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The property highlights a balance of contrasts, where traditional elements meet contemporary culture, simplicity conveys sophistication, and modern design amplifies the natural beauty. In keeping with EDITION’s customized, individual approach, The Sanya EDITION draws inspiration from local influences, remaining respectful of Hainan Island’s rich cultural heritage, yet infuses each space with surprising, ultra-modern twists. The landscape was conjured as a tropical oasis reflecting the islands indigenous flora and fauna and 900 trees meticulously chosen and transported to the resort from across the island of Hainan to create a sustainable and captivating environment.

The reception area reflects the duality of the hotel where a traditional lotus pool and live bamboo grove serve as a counterpoint to a curated art gallery displaying the work of renowned Chinese artists. Guests are greeted with a striking view of the resort’s Private Ocean, which is gracefully framed by a series of teak pavilions. The spectacular 20,000m2 private ocean overlooking the South China Sea is unique to China and serves as the property’s focal point with numerous activities radiating around this vast body of water. The private ocean beach on the north shore, which is shaded by coconut palms, offers pristine white powdery sand and is designed for swimming and enjoying the water and its magnificent view. To maintain the private ocean within the resort, 10 million gallons of sea water is pumped in from the South China Sea throughout the day, recycling once every 32 hours. As a compliment, a series of age-specific pools in a number of different sizes are dotted around the private ocean, each one with their own program of special activities.

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The Sanya EDITION comprises 512 residential-style guestrooms, including 46 suites, and an additional 17 exclusive hotel villas nestled into a terraced hillside, each one with a private pool and private outdoor space. Delivering on the new-luxury promise, all guestrooms in the horseshoe-shaped hotel offer stunning ocean views. While the standard rooms are well suited for families, the loft suites, with their sleek and sensual finishes, are designed to appeal to couples.

The villas emphasise wood and stone textures. The warm and inviting interiors exude a comfortable, simple sophistication, using light oak finishes and airy fabrics to evoke the relaxed beach vibe. The spacious, light-filled rooms contrast stone floors against a clean, light color palate. The inventive design extends to the main room where Lofts and Suites feature a striking standalone bathtub. The placement allows guests to fully luxuriate in and appreciate the surrounding natural views.

The Sanya EDITION, like every other property in the collection, combines the personal, intimate, individualized hotel experience that Ian Schrager is known for, with the global reach, operational expertise and scale of Marriott International. Ian Schrager knows how to read the zeitgeist to surpass expectations, surprise pundits and anticipate the needs of his guests. With The Sanya EDITION, he continues the tradition.

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Dorsett Wanchai

Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong

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With a new face unveiling, the Cosmopolitan Hotel Hong Kong is excited to announce it has been rebranded as Dorsett Wanchai Hong Kong on 29 October.

To celebrate its new name, the hotel has been given a bright new look, complete with a top-to-bottom makeover for all its guestrooms, lobby, and other facilities. With a refreshing new look comes a refreshing new residential experience to deliver what really matters for the discerning traveller be it for business, family, or leisure. Expect to experience the new Dorsett Wanchai that is stylishly playful, beyond thoughtful, and with a taste of the urban.

The Dorsett Wanchai will continue showing its playful side through its modern and quirky interior design, making staying at the hotel a fun and relaxing experience.

The spotlight however continues to shine on the hotel’s one-of-a-kind “signature” rooms. With the revamp, now they are even better. The hotel offers 8 types of stylishly designed rooms and suites ranging up to 48sqm. The signature Grand Deluxe Course View Room offers a breathtaking view of the Happy Valley racecourse in front of the hotel, while its award-winning Ocean Park Family Suite, Sony 4K/3D Experience Suite, and OSIM Massage Suite offer guests something they are not able to experience in other Hong Kong hotels.

As Anita Chan, General Manager of the hotel says: “The name change is more than just an upgrade of the hotel infrastructure. Our new credo comes with a new motto, ‘Delivering What Matters To You’ reflects our commitment to creating an unique experience by giving extra services to meet every individual’s needs while travelling.

“We have seen a number of new initiatives rolled out in the past year such as the Dorsett 3 Wishes promotion where guests can pick an additional 3 value-for-money offers from a host of complimentary services such as 3-hour access to Airport Lounge, room upgrade, and a dim sum meal at Tim Ho Wan Michelin-starred restaurant, and the list goes on. Regardless of whether you are travelling with kids in tow, a solo traveller or a busy executive who wants to make the most of their stay, you can be sure to enjoy a unique and individualised experience while staying at our hotel.”

Ritz-Carlton Xian

Ritz-Carlton to open hotel in north west China

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Ritz-Carlton Group has signed a management agreement with Zhongda Zhongfanxin Proprietary Company, for The Ritz-Carlton Xian, expected to open in 2018.

Located in north west China, the city is one of China’s four ‘Ancient Capitals’, home to 13 imperial Chinese dynasties, which today still serves as the capital of its province, Shaanxi.

With 288 guestrooms and suites, The Ritz-Carlton, Xian will also have expansive event spaces including two ballrooms, two exceptional restaurants including Japanese and Cantonese dining, and an exciting new outpost of the sophisticated bar, Flair, the property will be the new social hub in the city.

“To explore Xian is to unearth the history of China, making it one of the world’s great cities on a global itinerary for our guests,” said Hervé Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. “We’re delighted to be partnering with Zhongda Zhongfanxin Proprietary Company to open the first Ritz-Carlton in such an important and culturally significant destination.”

Cachet Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement with real estate developer Wuhan King Land Co. Ltd. for the dual-branded property

Cachet Group to open dual-branded property in Wuhan

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Cachet Hotel Group has announced the signing of a management agreement with real estate developer Wuhan King Land Co. Ltd. for the dual-branded Cachet Hotel Apartments and URBN Boutique Hotel in Wuhan, China.

Set in the economic, cultural and transportation hub of Central China, the dual-branded property will include 196 rooms, multiple restaurants, and social gathering spaces. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2018 and marks CHG’s first dual-branded project in Wuhan.

Designed by world-renowned American architectural firm RTKL, Cachet Hotel Apartments Wuhan and URBN Boutique Hotel Wuhan are situated in a visionary mixed used development known as Ace-Mega.

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Occupying the top 18 floors of the property, Cachet Hotel Apartments Wuhan will boast 160 thoughtfully-designed, fully-furnished serviced apartments ranging from studios to two-bedroom suites, each featuring generous square-footage, a well-equipped kitchen, modern work space, stylish living area and complete home entertainment system.

An extensive suite of facilities and services are available to help busy executives, leisure travelers and families make the most of their stay. These include meeting spaces, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet throughout the property, a 24-hour fully-equipped gym, C-Lounge with cocktail hours, wine bar, board games and more. It also provides 24-hour reception, concierge, security, laundry and dry cleaning services.

Conrad Xiamen

Conrad Hotels unveils smart luxury with opening of Conrad Xiamen

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Conrad Hotels & Resorts smart luxury hotel brand, today announced the opening of Conrad Xiamen, on the southwestern coast of Xiamen Island.

Owned by Shimao Group and managed by Hilton, Conrad Xiamen is the first Conrad hotel in Fujian province, the sixth in China among a portfolio that includes Conrad Hong Kong, Conrad Sanya Haitang Bay, Conrad Dalian, Conrad Macao, and Conrad Beijing, and joins the larger Hilton portfolio of over 70 hotels in China.

Conrad Xiamen occupies the 37th to 54th floors of the iconic 300-metre tall Shimao Straits Tower, in the heart of Siming’s Central Business District. Designed to be a shopping, leisure, and business hub, Shimao Straits Tower is a striking sea-facing landmark with a sail-shaped design boasting expansive views of the famous Gulangyu Island.

Conrad Xiamen has 241 guest rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer breathtaking views. Averaging 60 square meters, the rooms have walk-in wardrobes, large flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and wired Internet access, Nespresso machines, hydrotherapy rain showers and 400-thread count luxury bed linens. Alternatively, guests can opt for suites and executive rooms with exclusive access to the Executive Lounge on the 54th floor.

Overlooking the city from the 37th floor is a 24-hour Health Club with a full range of cardio and strength training equipment, as well as personal trainers. The heated 25-meter indoor pool offers sea views and guests can also unwind in the Jacuzzi or enjoy personalized treatments at Conrad Spa, which uses only the purest natural products.

With over 2,000-square-meters of flexible meeting space and state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, Conrad Xiamen is also an ideal venue for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings. There are eight multifunction meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 210 people and a pillar-less, 760-square meter ballroom that is connected to a sea-facing 380-square-metre foyer.

Jean-Michel Gathy

Project Spotlight: Jean-Michel Gathy and One&Only

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Jean-Michel Gathy, the pioneering Principal Designer at Denniston Architects, is continuing to bring his awe-inspiring design and architectural innovations to One&Only Resorts with some exciting developments in the pipeline for 2017 and beyond.

Jean-Michel Gathy, the world-renowned architect has been tasked to design the first One&Only resort in China, One&Only Sanya, and also their inaugural resort in Europe, One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, as well as enhancing and developing his iconic design of One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives.

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Scheduled to open in 2017 on the island of Hainan, One&Only Sanya will command enviable views of azure waters from over 380 metres of private coastline and over 11 hectares of coconut palms set amidst dramatic water gardens throughout the resort. The vision of the resort will reflect the local culture of the region bringing a sense of destination both indoors and out, enhanced by his inspired contemporary twists and ideal for the traveller seeking ultimate luxury. Red will be a prominent colour throughout the resort, in homage to the Chinese sentiment for the colour, with playful touches such as a red lacquered piano. The interior design throughout the resort will be lively and animated with an evident art deco theme in the bar and Chinese restaurant.

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The resort will feature 190 luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas, to be situated either within the main Manor House or Mansions, as well as a varied collection of restaurants, bars and private dining spaces. “My role is to serve the market and I have considered this in all aspects of the design of One&Only Sanya,” Jean-Michel Gathy commented.

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Scheduled to open in 2018, the resort will be located at the entrance to Boka Bay, boasting stunning views over the Adriatic Sea and will offer approximately 120 luxurious guest rooms, suites and villas over 58 acres, a prestigious residential component, a world class Marina, dining and retail options, as well as an exclusive spa in partnership with Henri Chenot. Gathy and the team from Denniston International Architects are responsible for the architecture and interiors, as well as the design of the exterior spaces surrounding the resort. Jean-Michel was tasked with keeping three words in mind – luxury, space and privacy to ensure ultimate luxury is provided to guests. The country’s rich history will be reflected throughout the resort by highlighting the natural juxtaposition of elements from snow-capped mountains to undiscovered lakes and pristine coastlines.

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One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, set on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll, Jean-Michel Gathy was tasked with having Reethi Rah live up to its namesake, ‘Beautiful Island’ in Dhivehi in 2005. Gathy and his team are responsible for the resort’s enhancements that are currently taking place, and ensuring the changes are in line with One&Only’s over-riding philosophies. Jean-Michel Gathy will once again bring his iconic design skills to the resort, as the enhancements include soft renovations to the resort’s villas and facilities.

Jean-Michel Gathy, the pioneering Principal Designer at Denniston Architects, is continuing to bring his awe-inspiring design to One&Only

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Parisian Macao

Sands China announces $13 billion Parisian Macao resort investment

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Sands China has announced that its elegant French-themed property, The Parisian Macao, will open its doors on 13 September, 2016.

The launch of the newest addition to the Sands China Ltd portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip marks yet another major milestone in the company’s efforts to support Macao’s development as a world centre of tourism and leisure. The Parisian Macao brings Sands China’s total Macao investment to more than US $13 billion (MOP 104 billion) to date.

Inspired by the magic and wonder of the famed City of Light, The Parisian Macao prominently features a half-scale authentic recreation of the Eiffel Tower. The property’s full array of integrated resort facilities includes 3,000 guestrooms and suites, convention and meeting space, international restaurants, spa, kids’ club, health club, pool deck with themed water park, 1,200-seat theatre, among other amenities. Its retail mall, Shoppes at Parisian, will offer the latest in fashion and couture in a setting reminiscent of the streets of Paris, with an eclectic mix of street artists and entertainers heightening the authentic experience.

Set to become a skyline-redefining landmark on the Cotai Strip, The Parisian Macao fulfils the original vision ofSheldon G. Adelson, chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd.

“Our goal to create a large-scale leisure and business destination in Macao, which started with the opening of The Venetian Macao nearly 10 years ago, will be fully realized when The Parisian opens its doors in a matter of weeks,” Adelson said. “It’s unlikely another tourism development with the size and scope of the Cotai Strip will ever be achieved again. I am grateful for the hard work and determination of the countless people involved in this amazing development and the unwavering support of the people and government of Macao. Together, we have truly made history.”

Sands China President Dr. Wilfred Wong said: “The Parisian Macao is a property that will help cement Macao’sposition as one of the region’s must-see business and leisure destinations. With the launch of The Parisian Macao, Sands China remains committed to providing unforgettable experiences for our many guests and visitors – from around the world and from right here in Macao. We thank the Macao government for their continued support of our company, and our team members for their dedication and professionalism which bring our properties to life, day in and day out.”

Luxury Hotel Changsha

Luxury Collection Hotels to debut in Changsha, China

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced it will open The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, an elegant and iconic property that will rise high above the Xiangjiang River. The graceful landmark, designed by Callison RTKL and offering 310 spacious guest rooms — including 6 suites and an expansive 270-square-meter Presidential Suite – is scheduled to open September 2016.

“The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha will offer an urban oasis of modern luxury where guests can enjoy serene river views, captivating culture and prime access to the city’s multilayered history,” explained Eddie Tang, general manager.

Tao Yuanming’s famous poem “Journey to the Immortal of Peach Garden” is the inspiration for the hotel’s design. The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha takes guests on a journey from a lost paradise to a quiet urban oasis, capturing elements of Changsha’s glorious past, present and future.

All rooms and suites will offer breathtaking views of the city, the Meixi Lake and the stunning Meixi Lake International Cultural and Arts Center, a masterpiece by renowned architect Zaha Hadid.

The Luxury Collection Hotel, Changsha, is the first luxury international brand in the city, and will present one-of-a-kind experiences through the Luxury Collection’s Golden Thread Concierge Services. A hallmark of the brand, the bespoke offering unlocks the cultural, historic and natural treasures of the region, including experiences such as a visit the all-female embroiderers who create exquisite Hunan Embroidery; pottery glazing in the Tungguan Kiln or participation as a player in the Hunan Huaju Drama.

In the beautiful setting, guests will enjoy a relaxing suite of guest amenities that include a 25-metre heated indoor swimming pool, a 1,100-square-meter spa with 14 treatment rooms, four distinctive restaurants ranging from casual to elegant to entertaining, 2,700 square meters of flexible event space on the third level overlooking Meixi Lake including the 1,090-square-meter Jin Mao Grand Ballroom, meeting and board rooms.

Hainan Ritz-Carlton

Ritz-Carlton lines up second resort in Hainan, China

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The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed up a second resort hotel on China’s only tropical island of Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development.

Commanding a prized east coast location near the city of Wanning, the private ocean-front setting of The Ritz-Carlton resort with its two crescents of white sandy beach, will also include the debut of the first Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in China. The challenging 18-hole course will be designed by golf legend, Jack Nicklaus.

The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay is scheduled to open in 2017 offering 244 generous guestrooms and suites in addition to 14 private villas. Five dining options include a Chinese restaurant, pool bar and grill, all-day dining restaurant and lobby lounge. Weddings and meetings will be hosted in lavish settings amid the 800sqm Grand Ballroom and the 1,600sqm of meeting and event venue space. A luxury spa, fitness center, recreation pavilion and multiple swimming pools are among the resort’s private facilities. Completing the ocean view development will be residences, entertainment and luxury retail stores.

The Hainan government has highlighted Wanning as a new tourism hub by completing infrastructure projects such as a new nearby airport, a high speed railway and new roads to improve accessibility.

It has placed emphasis on showcasing the island’s rich cultural heritage and wealth of natural landmarks. The Ritz-Carlton, Nanyan Bay is surrounded by the famed Dongshan Ridge which is known as the First Mountain of Hainan with the oldest Buddhist temples in the province.

The location is also close to several natural hotsprings and nature trails leading into the ancient tropical rainforests with 4,600 kinds of flora and fauna and the home to one of the three important local ethnic tribes – the Miao people. Wanning prefecture is also home to the largest surf club in Asia and the home of international caliber surfing competitions.

Hilton Wuhan Riverside

Hilton opens second hotel in Wuhan, China

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Hilton’s Wuhan Riverside, which opened earlier this week, has 338 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites that feature panoramic views of the city and the Yangtze River.

All guest rooms have the signature Serenity® Bed and are equipped with modern amenities including a 42-inch TV and Wi-Fi. Guests who select executive rooms will also enjoy exclusive access to the Executive Lounge, which offers complimentary breakfast, refreshments and evening cocktails.

Guests can also enjoy the fitness centre for a workout or take a relaxing dip in the heated indoor pool.

With 10 flexible meeting rooms, a 1,188-square meter pillar-less Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests, the latest audio-visual equipment and an expert events team, Hilton Wuhan Riverside is the ideal venue for business functions and social gatherings.

“Following the success of Hilton Wuhan Optics Valley that was opened in 2013, we are excited to expand our brand presence in the city. Hilton Wuhan Riverside joins more than 570 Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties worldwide and is positioned to capture the growing market of this key tourism and convention destination,” said Sean Wooden, vice president, brand management, APAC, Hilton Worldwide.

Peninsula Beijing

Sneak Peek: Newly refurbished Peninsula Hotel, Beijing

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The newly unveiled renovation of The Peninsula Beijing marks the latest chapter in The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels’ (HSH) long tradition of hospitality excellence in China.

With a front row seat in the capital city, HSH’s hotels have witnessed the remarkable transition of China into an economic superpower. Located in central Beijing, just a short walk from Tiananmen Square and the city’s historic cultural venues, The Peninsula Beijing has welcomed the world to Beijing and Beijing to the world for more than a quarter of a century, arguably the most exciting period in the nation’s 5,000-year history.

The history of the Middle Kingdom is one of astounding beauty; of scenic landscapes, remarkable architecture, exquisite art and unique cultural traditions. This spectacular and diverse land is the inspiration behind the reinvention of The Peninsula Beijing. Some of China’s finest artisans were commissioned to restyle the hotel using timeless luxury materials that provide guests with an authentic sense of China as a destination.

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The $123 million (£98.4 million) renovation of The Peninsula Beijing was conceived in 2013 by celebrated Hong Kong designer, and long-term Peninsula collaborator, Henry Leung of CAP Atelier.

Chinese artistic expression extends across every floor the hotel, including the restyled guestrooms and suites. Designer Henry Leung has adopted a contemporary take on Chinese culture and heritage as the design concept for the new rooms and suites, ranging from the classical shapes and motifs of the furniture to the Chinese calligraphy painting-inspired fish mosaic in the bathrooms.

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With guest comfort and convenience being at the centre of the reconstruction, the hotel’s original 530 rooms and suites have been reduced and reimagined to just 230 suite-style rooms, each offering a separate bedroom, living room, bathroom and dressing room. With standard room at an average of 65 square metres, the standard rooms are now the largest in Beijing, and among the most spacious in China. They are also the most personalised guestrooms in the world, with proprietary in-room technology delivering 11 languages at the touch of a fingertip, and paperless hotel and city information and services just a click away. Each room has its own self-contained ample dressing area with a valet box and nail dryer, while guests also have the added benefit of complimentary VOIP calls and WiFi.

The Peninsula Beijing takes suites to the next level of space and freedom. A collection of 61 suites offers inspired design and technological innovations to become the most sought-after guest accommodations in Beijing. In fact, suites comprise 25 percent of the hotel inventory – the highest percentage in The Peninsula group, and among the highest percentage for a luxury hotel in Beijing. The hotel’s stunning theme suites include The Peninsula Suite – styled after a Chinese aristocrat’s home – and 17 reimagined Beijing Suites, while the Loft collection of duplex rooms offers a chic and sophisticated twist on urban living.

Exquisite artisanship is a highlight of each room. Using Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable mahogany and high-gloss finishes, the exclusively commissioned furniture was hand-finished by Italian company Cassina, a century-old Italian design house whose contribution to the glamour of travel includes custom-creating furnishings for luxury cruise ships. Family guests can relax together with bespoke in-room amenities and baby products provided through an exclusive partnership with Norwegian baby brand Stokke, adding comfort and convenience for babies, toddlers and parents in a home away from home.

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Investing in hotel designs that stand the test of time is a key philosophy of The Peninsula Hotels. With this vision in mind, The Peninsula Beijing Lobby has been crafted to mirror Beijing’s modern transformation. The existing area has been reconfigured to create a grand three-storey Lobby, which is a Peninsula signature in its 10 hotels around the world.

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A deep-rooted respect for the rich imperial history of Beijing, and the symbolisms imbued in its finest palaces and mansions, provides a refined sense of the destination for all guests. Luxurious materials such as bronze, onyx (jade), white marble and rosewood (zi tan wood), which ornamented the ancient structures of Beijing in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, such as The Great Wall, The Forbidden City and The Summer Palace, are used on every floor of the hotel. Carefully selected for their enduring qualities and their intrinsic beauty, these elements create an ageless sense of grandeur, elegance and timelessness.

The Imperial hexagon is a recurring theme. The 160,000 hexagonal motifs are partially inspired by a tortoise shell, which represents longevity in Chinese culture, and the peony flower, denoting prosperity and honour. The six pillars in The Lobby, which add formality and substance to the palatial space, are carved from white marble (han bai yu), which was used in the palaces of The Forbidden City. The floral emblems on the pillars are hand-carved in a hexagonal pattern. The hexagon is also visible in the bronze work on the main staircase, in the upper areas of The Lobby and in the open spaces surrounding the function rooms.

The Lobby features 3,500 individually chosen pieces of Palissandro marble, which is highly valued by designers. Every piece features subtly different vein colours, ranging from cream to cool grey, set to elegant perfection with a natural gold glitter. Using a complex specialised process, each piece was handpicked to create a “book mark” effect. The clean white onyx and cool grey floor contribute an ambience of lightness and rejuvenation to grand The Lobby.

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Using China’s finest artisans to showcase some traditional arts erected in a contemporary fashion as a showcase of Chinese artisans and celebration of the long tradition of refinement and sophistication.

Chinese inspirations are extended through to all parts of hotel and included in the guestrooms with subtle references throughout. Goldfish are considered lucky in Chinese mythology. During the Qing Dynasty – China’s last dynasty – the Na family inspired Chinese high society with its sizable mansion and beautiful Imperial-style garden, located in Wangfujing (Goldfish Lane) directly opposite to where The Peninsula Beijing now stands. In a tribute to this exceptional location, the goldfish, which represents abundance and prosperity in Chinese culture, is prominently featured in carvings and mosaic artwork in the hotel’s guestrooms and suites.

Specifically designed to nurture emerging artistic talent, The Peninsula Beijing’s Art Residency programme is the first of its kind in a luxury hotel in China. The programme is hosted in conjunction with MoCA Beijing, and enables aspiring artists to live and work for three months in the heart of Beijing, the epicentre of China’s contemporary arts scene. Each resident artist can take advantage of a purpose-built studio and guestroom on the 14th floor, and the artworks created during their stay will be exhibited in a new gallery on the third floor. Guests can visit the studio to see the artist at work, and exclusive art dinners and themed events will be held.

The hotel will also showcase Beijing’s flourishing arts scene through The Peninsula Academy’s exclusive art tour experiences, or jade appreciation class for guests. The new “Keys to the City” programme, which offers the best tables at exclusive restaurants and front-row seats at the opera, also organises out-of-hours guest visits to the most exclusive art galleries, and a special afternoon tea experience in an art gallery.

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Club Med Sanya

Studio MHNA designs new Club Med Sanya resort in China

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In an exceptional location on Hainan Island in south-east China, the Club Med Sanya resort celebrates nature to its fullest, set on a stunning beach and amongst lush vegetation.

Designed by Parisian interior design agency Studio MHNA, the project combines sophistication with tropical playfulness. The entire project was designed to be bespoke for Club Med, with everything manufactured and produced locally by local craftsmen.

Emphasising comfort, innovation and luxury, the studio uses rich materials and vibrant colours to create an inspiring ambience. The inauguration of the resort marks the second property designed by Studio MHNA in China.

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Sheraton Grand, Hangzhou, China

Sheraton Grand hotel to open in Hangzhou, China

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Sheraton Hotels has opened a property under its Grand branding in Hangzhou, China. The hotel is the first new-build property to join the brand’s premier tier of hotels.

Sheraton Grand is one of many initiatives currently underway for Sheraton 2020, a comprehensive plan designed to solidify Sheraton as a leading global hotel brand of choice, everywhere.

Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang offers 301 exquisitely styled and lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites that are only steps away from the renowned West Lake and Xiang Lake.

With expansive space to host a variety of events, meeting planners can choose from 11 function rooms, all equipped with independent audio visual facilities, Internet access and multi-functional wireless conference system, as well as a 740 square meters pillar-less Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 guests.

“With a rise in corporate and leisure travel, we are strategically positioned in the core of Binjiang district, offering vast views of the picturesque Qiangtang River,” said John Sheng, General Manager of Sheraton Grand Hangzhou Binjiang Hotel. “We are looking forward to creating memorable experiences and effortless travel as the hotel powers through the Hangzhou hospitality industry scene.”

Accor Hotels in Nanchang, China

AccorHotels announces triple opening in Nanchang, China

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AccorHotels has announce the opening of three new hotels under the Pullman, Novotel and Mercure branding with Wanda Group in Nanchang, as a key development of the Nanchang Wanda Cultural Tourism City.

Pullman, Novotel and Mercure Nanchang Wanda will form part of the biggest hotel cluster featuring 1,388 guest rooms, 4 restaurants, 3 bars and 1,310 square metres of banquet and meeting space including an 800-square-metre pillar-less ballroom in addition to wellness facilities. The three properties combined will offer the largest guest room inventory under the AcccorHotels Greater China portfolio.

“The opening of three hotels in a single day symbolises AccorHotels’ continuous growth and development in the Greater China region,” says Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels Greater China. “This is our first and biggest hotel project in Central China,” he added.

– Pullman Nanchang Wanda has 403 guest rooms including 16 suites. The rooms feature a garden and lake view with distinctive signature touches under the Pullman brand.

– Novotel Nanchang Wanda offers all the brand’s customary multi-service facilities geared to the needs of business and leisure travellers. The 481 spacious, modular guest rooms include eight suites and a family suite.

– Mercure Nanchang Wanda features 504 modern-style guest-rooms. Like all Mercure hotels, this mid-scale property combines the strength of an international network with a strong quality commitment and a distinctive local heritage.

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InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental launches franchise model aimed at Chinese market

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the launch of a new franchise model specifically aimed at the Chinese market.

The new model, called Franchise Plus, provides owners with all of the benefits of operating a franchise model, but with additional benefits and features from IHG’s managed model

This announcement comes as IHG signs its first Franchise Plus agreement with Shanghai Yaqi Business Hotel, for a 260-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in the Hongqiao area of Shanghai. It also reflects the local dynamics of the China market, which has seen a rapid rise of the middle class in recent years, leading to significant demand for mid-scale hotels in Tier 1, 2, 3 and 4 cities.

Kenneth Macpherson, Chief Executive Officer of IHG in Greater China commented: “IHG has over 30 years’ experience of operating in China and working closely with our hotel owners to deliver on our promise to create Great Hotels, Guest Love. We are also an innovative business with a deep understanding of our guests and their needs. The launch of Franchise Plus for our Holiday Inn Express brand is an important milestone for our business and for the accommodation landscape in China. With IHG’s world-leading expertise in franchising and our more than three decades of operational excellence and knowledge of the Chinese market, we are confident that the new model will be an engine of growth for IHG and our business partners in the coming years.”

Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel

Marriott announces latest property in China – Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott

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Marriott International has announced the opening of its newest property in China – the Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel.

The hotel has 351 elegant and spacious rooms featuring gorgeous views of the city skyline. Each room is equipped with the state-of-the-art facilities and amenities ranging from high-speed internet, luxurious bedding with down comforters and cotton-rich linens to spacious marble bathrooms and 48” flat-panel TV.

Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel offers a total of 2,400 square meters of meeting space with an elegant pillar-less 1,000 square meters Grand Ballroom, the largest ballroom in town, as well as 14 meeting rooms that can be scaled for various functions and sizes.

“Local demand for Marriott Hotel’s brand is surging, driven by the region’s robust economic growth and rapid infrastructure development, and our hotel is well poised to serve increasingly refined hospitality needs in Taizhou,” said Mr. Mark Chan, General Manager of Zhejiang Taizhou Marriott Hotel.

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport

Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport celebrate official opening

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Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport and Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport opened this week in southern China’s Guangdong province. The opening of Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport marks the first Hyatt House hotel and the first combined Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in the Asia Pacific region. Find out more about the properties below…

Hyatt Place Shenzhen Airport offers:
• 167 spacious guestrooms and suites with separate spaces to sleep, work and relax, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
• Free Wi-Fi everywhere
• Meetings Places with more than 3,200 square feet (300 square meters) of flexible and multi-functioning spaces equipped with the latest audio-visual technology and supported by the hotel’s expert Gallery Host team. Ranging from 650 square feet (61 square meters) to 750 square feet (70 square meters), the five meeting rooms are perfect for business gatherings, interviews and training events
• 24-hour gym featuring cardio equipment with LCD touch screens and free ear buds

Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport offers:
• 112 Suites, ranging from spacious studios to one-bedroom Kitchen Suites with fully-equipped kitchens. Each Kitchen Suite features a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and other small appliances and utensils, as well as a separate living space, bedroom and work area with a flat screen high definition television
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and guestrooms
• Gathering Rooms with more than 1,900 square feet (180 square meters) of flexible meeting spaces, Hyatt House Shenzhen Airport features three Gathering Rooms ranging from 645 square feet (60 square meters) to 688 square feet (64 square meters that can accommodate up to 50 people in a variety of meeting formats. With all-inclusive packages available, each meeting room comes fully serviced with extensive menu options, comprehensive event planning support and audio-visual equipment
• A 24-hour Workout Room to keep fitness routines going

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Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley

‘Vertical forest’ resort to be built in China by Cachet group

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With sustainability being the key issue it is today, it’s fantastic to see projects like the Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley in the pipeline. Cachet’s first resort development in Asia and located in the relatively unvisited Guizhou Province, the project is set to open in October 2016.

Designed by world-class Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri with Chinese artist Simon Ma – one of China’s most well-known and acclaimed artists as Art Director – the resort complex will feature a 182-room Cachet Resort Hotel and a 71-room URBN hotel. The lifestyle destination will also offer two restaurants and lounges. These will include a signature all-day dining venue and a specialty restaurant that will offer distinct culinary experiences for both guests and locals alike. Recreation facilities on property are set to include a swimming pool, spa and fully equipped fitness centre.

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As can be seen from the images, balconies all around the building will be planted with dozens of trees to create a ‘vertical forest’, hiding much of the concrete exterior. There will also be green roofs and forests in the surrounding area.

Boeri has worked on similar projects, and he is perhaps best known for mixing nature with architecture as he did with the Vertical Forest skyscrapers in Milan.