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Hilton reveals its list of new hotels for 2022

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Hilton reveals its list of new hotels for 2022

As modern travellers update their wishlists and re-pack suitcases to make up for lost time, Hilton has made it easy to be inspired with its list of new hotels planned across Europe, the Middle East and Africa…

Hilton Bahrain outdoor lounge

With more than 75 new hotels planned across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in the coming year, Hilton is sharing its optimism and enticing us with their choices. It is starting to feel like it is time to start planning the next year’s jet-setting adventures. From Morocco to Mallorca, here is a taste of what is to come on the Hilton International agenda.

Hilton Bahrain – opening summer 2022

As listed in our focus on Hottest hotel openings 2022, Hilton Bahrain is slated to open in June 2022. Located along Al Fateh Highway, the 348-room hotel will feature studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, all with the brands trademark attention to comfort and luxury, as well as a stunning view of the sea from each unit’s balcony. With six distinct restaurants and lounges, nine meeting rooms and a luxurious spa, the hotel promises an exceptional guest experience.

Conrad Rabat Arzana – opening autumn 2022

swimming pool and terrace at Conrad Rabat Arzana

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Set to debut as Hilton’s first luxury hotel in Morocco, this hotel promises to offer spectacular ocean views from its elevated waterfront location, overlooking a tranquil lagoon and beach. Guests will be able to experience these breath-taking surroundings while enjoying locally inspired food and beverage at two unique restaurants. The hotel will also offer a fully appointed spa and salon as well as over 600 square meters of event space that includes a grand ballroom and four meeting rooms.

Iceland Parliament Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton – opening spring 2022 

The Iceland Parliament Hotel will be a complex of seven rebuilt and new buildings at the doorstep of the Icelandic parliament – Alþingi. Surrounded by three different squares, close to the cathedral, city hall, and the upcoming harbour area, the hotel will be in a key location within the city’s most high-profile zone, making it the perfect location to start your Icelandic explorations. The hotel will offer state-of-the-art meeting and conference facilities, an executive lounge, a fitness room, a spa area, café, bar and restaurant.

Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia – opening spring 2022

guestroom at Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia

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Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia will shelter 107 guestrooms, each featuring a private garden or terrace, with the majority offering panoramic views of the entire Chia lagoon. La Terrazza restaurant will feature outdoor seating and iconic views of Chia Laguna. Sa Mesa, meaning ‘the table’ in local Sardinian dialect, will be the hotel’s signature restaurant offering authentic Sardinian cuisine and an extensive selection of local wines from small local producers in an informal trattoria style setting. Bar Bollicine will serve as the hotel’s all-day bar and lounge, where guests can enjoy an extensive collection of champagnes and proseccos, as well as cocktails with a modern twist. The hotel’s Conrad Spa will also offer six treatment rooms, a spa bar, a yoga studio, and a state-of-the-art gym.

Lost Property St. Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton – opening spring 2022

Lost Property St Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton, will open this spring to offer stunning views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the City of London. Sheltering 145 guestrooms, designed by Rani Ahluwalia, the décor has been inspired by London’s lost stories in history. The six-storey hotel will offer a charming restaurant for guests and close access to some of London’s most visited tourist attractions.

Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah – opening spring 2022

beachfront and exterior of Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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Located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, this hotels’ beachfront location makes it a destination of choice for those looking for a relaxing getaway. After waking up to the sunrise reflecting over the serene waters of the Palm, guests can exercise on the mile-long promenade, take a dip on the property’s private beach, enjoy a treatment at the spacious eforea spa, or have a bite at the hotel’s wide range of restaurants, bars and lounges which will include international brands such as Trader Vic’s, Barfly by Buddha Bar, and Claw BBQ.

Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town – opening in early 2022

Situated in the Old Salata district, Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town will feature 221 modern guestrooms, an all-day dining restaurant, juice and snack bar, work zone and fitness centre. It will be conveniently located close to Doha attractions such as the corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar, and the famous Souk Waqif. It will also be in close proximity to the banking district and the Emiri Diwan Palace.

Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton – opening spring 2022

Swimming pool and terrace at Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

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Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton will be Hilton’s first location on the glamorous Greek island of Santorini. The 37-key hotel draws its inspiration from Santorini’s iconic blue and whitewashed architecture and incorporates the island’s rugged natural beauty with stone walls and organic wooden textures. Each room will boast private terraces and a hot tub or pool. Guests can choose from two restaurants and two bars for a relaxed meal or cocktail, with two of the outlets being located on the resort’s private beach. spoiled for choice with swimming pools, a spa, fitness facilities and loungers by the beach, guests can alternate between working up a sweat, getting pampered, soaking up the sun, and cooling off in the water.

Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak – opening spring 2022

Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak will become the first Motto property in the Netherlands, as well as being the first in Europe, when it opens this year. The hotel provides convenient access to some of the city’s top attractions, such as the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Old Harbour, Maritime Museum Rotterdam, and Cube Houses. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk from Rotterdam’s famous Markthal, where visitors can shop and explore nearly 100 indoor food stalls and restaurants.

Waldorf Astoria Kuwait – opening spring 2022

Cream, blue and gold decor in guestroom at Waldorf Astoria Kuwait

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The 200 luxury guestrooms at the new Waldorf Astoria Kuwait will be just feet away from world-class shopping and dining, thanks to its location in Avenues Mall — a destination with more than 1,100 shops and a movie theatre. The hotel will also be home to the award-winning Japanese restaurant concept ROKA and will feature an exclusive Club Lounge as well as an awe-inspiring 13,560 sq ft Waldorf Spa. Kuwait City Centre, historical and cultural sites, and the Grand Mosque of Kuwait are just a short 15-minute drive away.

Hotel Saski Krakow, Curio Collection by Hilton – opening summer 2022

Set in the centre of Krakow’s old town, adjacent to the historic Main Square, Hotel Saski Krakow is poised to be one of the city’s most celebrated hotels. The property will be ideal for both travellers of leisure and business, offering a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre, a restaurant and bar, as well as a business centre.

Hilton Mallorca Galatzo – opening summer 2022

natural tones and textures in the guestroom at the Hilton Mallorca Galatzo

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The 208-key Hilton Mallorca Galatzo will join Hilton’s growing pipeline of properties in Spain. Set over 54,000 square metres of perfectly presented gardens, Hilton Mallorca Galatzo will boast three swimming pools and two pool bars, ensuring guests are never far from a cool drink and a dip in the pool to complement the warm Balearic climate. With relaxation and rejuvenation in mind, the hotel will offer a sizeable wellness centre and two distinct dining experiences and is located less than a five-minute drive from the popular beaches of Paguera.

Hilton Rome Eur La Lama – opening autumn 2022

dark blue and green interior at Hilton Rome Eur La Lama_Lounge Bar

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Hilton Rome Eur La Lama is located in EUR business district, with direct access to La Nuvola Roma Convention Centre. The hotel will include 439 guestrooms, all within an architecturally distinctive structure known as “La Lama” (The Blade). Metro links are just a few streets away, and Euroma2 mall is within a 10-minute drive. The hotel features a rooftop restaurant and terrace, kids’ activities, and a library bar.

Hilton Cairo Nile Maadi – opening autumn 2022
Located in the upscale residential and diplomatic district of Maadi, once complete the hotel will bring 257 keys to Cairo, while also offering direct access to the Corniche El Nile and providing views of some of Egypt’s ancient heritage sites. It is expected to house a business centre, meeting rooms, a health club and spa, and a handful of F&B outlets. Hotel guests will be able to enjoy the spectacular views of the Nile River while sunbathing by the outdoor pool. Perfect for both leisure and business, Hilton Cairo Nile Maadi will feature a large health club and spa, an outdoor swimming pool, two restaurants, an executive lounge, as well as fully equipped meeting and event spaces.

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aerial view of twin island resort in the maldives

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to unveil grand relaunch

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to unveil grand relaunch

Following an expansive multi-million dollar renovation, the iconic Maldives twin-island resort, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, continues to deliver authentic barefoot luxury with reimagined spacious water villas, reinvigorated culinary venues and innovative guest experiences…

aerial view of twin island resort in the maldives

Following on from ongoing redesigns, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s extensive multi-year makeover continues, as the award-winning project turns the page to write its next chapter in its expansive multi-million dollar refurbishment. With plans to debut its grand relaunch in February 2022, the brand continues to elevate its signature hospitality with thoughtful experiences and refreshed interiors.

over water villa in the maldives with white parasol and outdoor furniture at conrad maldives rangali

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The unveiling of the revitalised space will resonate with the aspirations of a new era of luxury travellers, while providing the perfect setting for loyal guests to craft new memories. Proudly the first international resort brand to arrive in the Maldives and soon to complete 25 years in time for the grand relaunch in 2022, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was, and continues to be, a pioneer amongst Maldives’ 150 resorts. Renowned for delivering authentic barefoot luxury and leading the way as the ‘Island of Firsts’, the twin-island property is home to the world’s first undersea restaurant Ithaa, first underwater bedroom set within the two-level residence The Muraka, and first twin island resort experience in the Maldives, amongst others.

“We are delighted to announce the next chapter of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and look forward to taking guests through the evolution of this special resort with the launch of newly designed water villas, refreshed restaurants, new experiences, brand new Teens Club and various other exciting additions,” said Carla Puverel, General Manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “As the ‘Island of Firsts’ we pride ourselves on remaining innovative and offering a level of personalised service unique to our resort. The extensive renovations which began in 2019 demonstrates our commitment to investing in our guest experience which continues to build on our legacy.”

wooden deck and white parasols overlooking the pool and the sea at conrad maldives

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Marking the final chapter in this extensive multi-year renovation, 2022 will see significant enhancements across the resort, including the refreshment of 50 of the Overwater Villas. Dedicated to couples and honeymooners, the water villas in Rangali Island will be transformed into luxurious havens of comfort and style. All villas will be fully revitalised to include stylish new interiors, combining integrated indoor-outdoor living spaces with an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean and direct access to a private sun deck. From spacious Sunrise and Sunset Water Villas measuring 86 square metres, to the ultimate overwater haven Two Bedroom Rangali Ocean Pavilion with Pool measuring 451 square metres, this adult only island caters to the evolving needs of every traveller.

Attention has also been paid to elevating the dining experiences of the guests, with makeovers for three of the bars and restaurants. The renovation of the popular all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring live cooking stations, gives the concept of a culinary world tour a fresh perspective from breakfast through to creative evening cocktails. Guests can choose to dine indoor amidst the interactive show kitchens and powder sand floor, or experience the outdoor dining under the swaying palm trees and gentle breeze from this beachfront restaurant.

The Rangali Bar remains the chilled-out social hub of the resort, and its recently completed renovation showcases contemporary interiors, warm furniture tones and a communal sand-floored bar overlooking the lagoon, and is the perfect place to get together over lunch, dinner or cocktails. The Vilu Restaurant, another long-time favourite for loyal guests with its open-air design and location on the edge of the lagoon, will also be refurbished to offer guests a newly enhanced space.

Key to this stage of the refurbishment, are the expanded and refreshed facilities for guests across all generations. The introduction of a brand new Teens Club on Rangali-Finolhu Island, the livelier family centric island, will offer engaging experiences for energetic adolescents and is set to be an added attraction to families traveling with this age group. There are also plans to enhance the existing kids club, Majaa Explorer’s Hub, that will welcome young travellers with a brand new space located next to the new teens club. Both occupying an expansive complex offering exciting new activities.

 Divers and ocean lovers of all ages will enjoy an refurbished Dive Centre, relocated on the water’s edge to enhance guest experience and giving guests easier access to diving lessons and excursions. There will also be a brand new and fully equipped gym available at the adults only Rangali island. A great addition to complement the gym on the main island, offering couples and honeymooners their private work out space. A revamped Overwater Spa, on site to invigorate the body, mind and soul, has been designed to cater to all demands, from soulful meditation to absolute therapeutic pampering.

“Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the key resorts in our luxury portfolio across Asia Pacific and a shining example of how we bring to life truly inspired experiences across Conrad Hotels & Resorts,” said Nils-Arne Schroeder, global brand head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and vice president, Luxury & Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia-Pacific. “The amount of investment, time and effort put into enhancing every part of the guest experience alone signifies a commitment by the team to deliver even more authentic and purposeful hospitality to travellers from all around the world. We look forward with anticipation to the completion of the refurbishment and I am confident the resort will be top of mind for luxury travellers seeking to embark on a meaningful journey to create new travel memories in one of the most iconic destinations in the world when it unveils in 2022.”

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s next chapter brings elevated guests experiences through the enhanced brand new spaces, along with the refurbished existing facilities. Inspired itineraries offer unique experiences to guests like swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, turtle safari, sunset dolphin cruises and coral planting in the house reef with the marine biologist. These extensive renovations, thoughtful experiences and upgraded culinary offering will bring Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to the top of its game, ensuring it continues to offer authentic barefoot luxury across its twin islands that guests have long enjoyed since the resort landed in the shores of the Maldives.

Main image credit: Conrad Hotels & Resorts / Yashrib Ahmed

Coridor leading to underwater guestroom

Designing the world’s first luxury underwater hotel

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As Hotel Designs puts ‘hotel concepts’ in the spotlight, editor Hamish Kilburn dives in to understand what it takes to design the world’s first underwater hotel…

The race to designing the first underwater hotel has been more like a marathon than it has a sprint. There have been false starts, claims of cheating along the way and training plans that in reality have been non-starters. But now, for the first time ever – and proudly entering the history books – Conrad Maldives – led by a talented handful of architects, engineers and interior designers – is about to open the world’s first underwater accommodation in a hotel.

Many believe this race was won by Dubai a few years ago, when it launched its version of the underwater suite at the Atlantis The Palm. But, like many greats in the world of sport that were caught out for cheating and seriously bending the rules, the hotel also fell short of the title. What the hotel claimed to be the ‘Underwater Suite’ in 2008 was actually just a floor-to-ceiling view into a very large – and equally impressive – aquarium. Dubai’s ‘go big or go home’ attitude was in full swing, and plans and renders for more underwater experiences were launched.

The residence at Conrad Maldives’ The Muraka comprises an above-sea residence and an underwater level, which is completely immersed in the ocean

Aerial shot of the hotel

Meanwhile, over in the Maldives, plans and concepts were becoming a reality much faster. 13 years in the making, and USD 15 million later, The Muraka – which translates to ‘coral’ in native Dhivehi – in Conrad Maldives is now on track to open a unique, luxurious two-level residence. The residence comprises an above-sea residence and an underwater level, which is completely immersed in the ocean. This offers guests an unobstructed 180-degree panoramic view of the marine life in natural surroundings.

Mike Murphy the engineer of The Muraka Residence at Conrad Maldives had the job in making sure the equations add up. “Site conditions are paramount,” he says when explaining what factors must be taken into account when designing the ambitious accommodation. “This includes tidal range, water depths, protection from storms, storm wave heights, wind loads, type of soil for driving piles, access for big crane ship rick of tsunami etc. This dictates freeboard heights, the depth of undersea unit below the sea level, height of stairwell, piling design and everything else.”

Render of underwater bathroom

Elements that would not cross your mind, such as working out if the client needs to install a wheelchair lift, would impact on the final volume of the underwater unit. “The greater the volume, then the more water displaced, which means more buoyant uplift, which means more weight to hold the unit down so that it doesn’t float,” Murphy adds.

The bathroom is mind-blowing, even if I do say so myself

Elsewhere in the project, but in constant communication with the engineers and interior designers, Ahmed Saleem, the director of Crown Company Pvt;. Ltd was the lead architect on the The Muraka Residence. “Like all architects, I was also trying to come up with a unique Maldivian image,” he said.

The bedroom is an acrylic tunnel that makes guests feel completely submerged under the waves

Once all the issues with privacy, safeguarding and supplying air to the underwater areas was addressed, Saleem and his team got to work in designing the underwater room to great a full underwater-living environment. “The bathroom is mind-blowing, even if I do say so myself,” he adds. “I have designed it so that the ocean is the constant view, with the ocean above your head and the sense of being surrounded by water.”

Render of Underwater guestroom

The interiors were led by Japanese architect Yuji Yamazaki. What makes the room design unique is the varying uses of acrylic that has been incorporated into one unit. The bedroom is an acrylic tunnel that makes guests feel completely submerged under the waves. The acrylic that forms the living room is curved vertical glass, which allows guests to further marvel at the marine wildlife outside the sea-wrapping pod.

The main challenge for this project, aside from the obvious being that architects, designers and engineers do not have gills, was the sheer scale of it, and the logistical nightmare of transporting it from Singapore, where it was built, to the Maldives. “The room is the maximum weight (600 tonnes) that can be lifted by the ship’s crane and that can moor close to the reef,” explained Murphy. “Finding the right ship [to transport the parts] with crane capacity to be able to do the job.”

The result of years of planning and construction is an out-of-this-world hotel experience that literally takes hotel concepts to new depths. The underwater level features in the property includes one king bedroom, a living area, a bathroom and an impressive spiral staircase.

This very special part of the hotel, which will settle on the seabed for years to come, will be open to guests from November of this year.

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.