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St Regis opens “curated mansion” in Hong Kong

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St Regis opens “curated mansion” in Hong Kong

Renowned interior designer André Fu completes his latest project, St Regis Hong Kong, located in the vibrant district of Wan Chai…

An ode to the cultural diversity and timeless elegance of Hong Kong, The St. Regis Hong Kong has opened and is described as a curated mansion which has been realised through the masterful lens of designer, André Fu.

Design elements throughout the hotel seamlessly combine classic luxury with modern sophistication, incorporating signature details which pay homage to Hong Kong’s rich culture and heritage.

“Hong Kong has always been one of the most attractive destinations for global luxury travelers, and the St. Regis brand is synonymous with timeless luxury and impeccable standards of hospitality,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director, Greater China, Marriott International. “We are very glad to add The St. Regis Hong Kong to Marriott International’s strong luxury portfolio in the market. The St. Regis Hong Kong represents the very best of the St. Regis brand, with its distinctive design, exquisite fine dining and truly exceptional service.”

Designed for business travellers and culture seekers alike, the 27-storey property boasts 129 appointed guestrooms and suites featuring warm and inviting touches throughout. A residentially-inspired retreat in the heart of Wan Chai, guestrooms at The St. Regis Hong Kong feature wood flooring and accents infused with understated Asian sensibility, deep soaking bathtubs and expansive windows with sweeping views of the harbour and city. The hotel is also home to a heated swimming pool and poolside bar, as well as a health club with a spa treatment room and other luxury amenities.

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The St. Regis Hong Kong also introduces two exceptional dining concepts to the region with L’Envol and Rùn, each spearheaded by award-winning chefs. At L’Envol, guests can indulge in French Haute cuisine created by chef Olivier Elzer who has accrued a remarkable 18 Michelin stars throughout his career to date. The hotel’s signature Cantonese restaurant, Rùn, is led by renowned chef and winner of the Silver Award in the 2012 Best of the Best Culinary Awards, Hung Chi-Kwong. Famed for his contemporary interpretations of Cantonese cuisine, Chi-Kwong’s restaurant will serve innovative takes on traditional Cantonese fare.

The Drawing Room is an all-day eatery with views of the Terrace. Meanwhile, the St. Regis Bar is a contemporary bar for after-hours digestifs.

The St. Regis Hong Kong is also an all-encompassing events destination with approximately 12,000 sq. ft. of event space across five venues. The sophisticated Astor Ballroom, with its cathedral high ceiling design, is perfectly suited for grand-scale events; while the Rockefeller Room is a versatile space for corporate meetings or more intimate affairs.

The hotel’s opening follows Marriott’s plans to open more than 30 luxury properties this year.

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Rosewood Hotels arrives in Hong Kong

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A new global icon for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is established at the most distinguished address in its home city of Hong Kong…

Rosewood Hong Kong has opened as a magnificent new ultra-luxury property in the heart of the Victoria Dockside district on the shores of Victoria Harbour. Situated on one of Hong Kong’s most significant waterfront locations in Tsim Sha Tsui – Kowloon’s dynamic, culturally compelling heart – the property is set to become a grand icon for the city, celebrating the area’s role as Hong Kong’s new creative and cultural epicentre.

The opening of Rosewood Hong Kong is a defining milestone for the group, solidifying its stature as one of the world’s most dynamic hotel brands and a leader in global style.  This showpiece of the brand’s highest aspirations epitomises Rosewood’s essence and represents the complete manifestation of a differentiated and modern expression of ultra-luxury hospitality.

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From the brand’s inception 40 years ago as a fine private home that opened its doors to guests, each Rosewood hotel continues to be guided by A Sense of Place® philosophy and the concept of the hotel as a living canvas celebrating artistry in all its forms.  This spirit reaches its zenith at Rosewood Hong Kong.  Guests can experience the first urban outpost of the brand’s pioneering wellness concept; gastronomic innovation showcasing locally grown and artisanal ingredients; masterworks by the world’s most highly acclaimed artists; and supremely stylish, residentially natured gathering and living spaces – all within a masterfully designed and meticulously curated journey in architecturally bold environs commanding the harbour.

“The site is the former Holt’s Wharf, dating back to 1910.”

Rosewood’s opening in Hong Kong marks the evolution of another meaningful historic legacy.  The site is the former Holt’s Wharf, dating back to 1910, which subsequently became New World Centre, a lifestyle magnet for the city in the 1980s, which holds a unique place in the hearts and minds of local residents as a place of discovery and wonderment.  New World Centre – a proud expression of Hong Kong’s evolution – was the creation of Dr. Cheng Yu-tung and Dr. Henry Cheng, the grandfather and father (respectively) of Rosewood Hotel Group Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Cheng.

“With Hong Kong evolving from a business and financial centre to become a true global cultural capital, I wanted to create an iconic property that not only showcases the city’s rich history but also reflects its bright future,” says Cheng. “New World Centre was conceived as my grandfather’s ultimate gift to Hong Kong, a celebration of its progress, vibrancy and spirit.  I hope that Rosewood Hong Kong enhances this legacy and helps fulfill his and my father’s vision for the city that they loved. Rosewood Hong Kong sets bold new benchmarks for design, guest experience, cuisine, and culture. Our ambition is to create a new world standard for ultra-luxury hospitality and a focal point of the vibrant Hong Kong lifestyle, reflecting its incredible dynamism, style and diversity.” 

The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed, 65-storey exterior pays homage to the city’s impressive verticality.  Renowned hospitality designer who designed the London property Tony Chi of New York studio tonychi has created an immersive experience for a new age of elevated residential hotel living. An homage to Rosewood’s origins as an aristocratic manor, Chi has conceived the entire hotel as a “vertical estate” which incorporates significant green spaces and outdoor areas throughout.

“More than 80 per cent of Rosewood Hong Kong’s rooms boast standout harbour vistas.”

Masterful and important art throughout the property includes works by internationally acclaimed artists Henry MooreDamien Hirst and Bharti Kerr, as well as China’s Wang Keping and homegrown Hong Kong artist Wilson Shieh. Significant works are juxtaposed with an eclectic, whimsical approach to decorative arts throughout the hotel.

More than 80 per cent of Rosewood Hong Kong’s rooms boast standout harbour vistas, with the remainder featuring verdant Kowloon Peak views overlooking the fabled Lion Rock and scenic mountains. Generous “salons” on each guestroom floor from the 24th level up feature carefully selected objets that reflects Hong Kong’s richly layered past.

“For me, Rosewood Hong Kong is the majestic ‘estate on the harbour’ that pays reverent homage to the great founding family that built and operates it, and also the legacy of its surrounding community,” says designer Tony Chi. “Having designed Rosewood London — an elegant mansion in a royal city — and being in the process of refreshing The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in New York, an iconic residence in Manhattan’s Upper East Side; there’s a remarkably rich and overarching sense of continuity and a sense of place that binds all these properties together.”

Generous space and residential luxury are the hallmarks of Rosewood’s 322 light-filled guestrooms, which start at 53 square metres and include the Grand Harbourview Rooms, boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. Elevated homely comforts include curated interior details, considered amenities, generous marble bathrooms with a freestanding soaking bath, separate, freestanding vanities and twin showers, as well as spacious walk-in closets.

Rosewood Hong Kong is home to the highest number of suites of any Hong Kong luxury hotel and also some of the largest.  The 91 suites, starting from 92 square metres, offer carefully curated stays, bespoke services, and inspired interiors. Suite guests enjoy exclusive services including access to Rosewood’s Manor Club executive lounge, personal butler service, monogrammed pillow cases and robes, and personalised amenities from arrival to departure. On each floor, the 123-square-metre Grand Harbour Corner Suites offer glittering panoramic harbour views from every vantage point.

Rosewood Hotels Cafe

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In addition, Rosewood Hong Kong features 18 of the most outstanding signature suites in the metropolis, each with its own unique character. The crowning jewel amongst them, the 1,000-square-metre Harbour House boasts spectacular views from private sky terraces on the 57th level and unique décor and design. Enhancing the lavish interiors, a garden oasis features harbour view sun decks and private lap pools.  Located on the same floor, the Harbour House and Garden House can be combined, offering an entirely private five-bedroom retreat complete with state-of-the-art private gym.

Extended stays will be catered to by 186 exclusive Rosewood Residences, set to launch this Spring.  Uniquely designed for longer-term stays, the Rosewood Residences will offer a separate private entrance and dedicated club facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and private fitness centre, along with a host of special services and amenities for guests.

 

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Designer André Fu explores ‘modern reflections’ concept in four new projects

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AFSO explores designer concept ‘modern reflections’ in four new projects around the globe…

Following the recent completion of the Pavilion Suites at the Berkeley London, designer André Fu continues the notion of ‘’Modern Reflections’ with four key openings which will be unveiled later this year.

AFSO is an internationally acclaimed design studio in Hong Kong, founded by the architect André Fu.

With an extensive portfolio of projects throughout Asia and Europe, the studio has been pivotal in revolutionsing the concept of modern luxury with a series of projects that reflect Fu’s signature artistic perspective and timeless sensibility.

“We are living in an increasingly digitalised world with constant social media distractions, unlike the generations before us,” explains Fu. It is important to be able to step back and have timeto reflect on our personal upbringing and heritage. This echoes my strong belief that we need to learn from the past in order to foster creativity. To me, true luxury is in the experience and not just the aesthetics.”

His latest projects reflect just that.

The spa at Chateau La Coste, Provence

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Situated halfway between the historic town of Aix en Provence, home of Cezanne, and the famous Luberon Nature Park, Villa La Coste is set in the midst of the Provencal landscape, in the heart of the biodynamic vineyard Château La Coste, an international destination for art, architecture and natural beauty.

Inspired by the spirit of the vineyard and breath-taking artistic vision of the chateau, Fu designed key destinations within the hotel, including the restaurant Salon, the Bar and the Library. This summer sees the opening of the much anticipated spa.

To create the spa, Andre used rustic Cipria marble, brushed silver oak and plastering finished in the local Provencal manner, layered with Fu’s signature style of contemporary, elegant luxury. Conceived as an emotional journey, guests are transported into a distinctly rustic yet contemporary world.

Ribbon Dance Chair for Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades

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For Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades exhibition during Salone del Mobile, Andre Fu presented Ribbon Dance, a two-person “conversation” chair which is a graceful echo of the movements of traditional Asian ribbon dances. The pair of seats are balanced between the elegant curves of the wooden arms which are covered in Louis Vuitton leather while the fluid shape of the chair evokes ideas of infinity. Ribbon Dance was first shown in Hong Kong in March this year, in a stunning exhibition space designed by Fu, which featured other Objets Nomades. Created in 2012, the Objets Nomades collection keeps alive Louis Vuitton’s long tradition of beautifully crafted travel objects.

Hotel Vic, Hong Kong

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Hong Kong’s waterfront and stunning harbour have always served a key inspiration for many of Fu’s creations.

Following his timeless design for Upperhouse hotel that ushered in a new era of hospitality, and the Kerry Hotel that follows an urban resort concept, Fu has created two signature restaurants at the Hotel VIC, offering a duo of dining experiences on the city’s distinctive harbour front.

Inspired to capture the spirit of an authentic farmhouse, the Farmhouse is an all-day international dining venue, located atop the podium to offer delicious buffets and international cuisine. The dining room features a dramatic open kitchen, while a lush outdoor garden creates a very special backdrop for al fresco dining.

Adjoining the restaurant is The Farmhouse Deli, a 4m high delicatessen decked in interlocking walnut and highlighted with a grid of brass fins to evoke an urban vibe. A bespoke island communal glass table and a range of lounge seating have also been introduced to embrace a co-working environment.

The Waldorf Astoria, Bangkok

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Set within the modern Magnolias Ratchadamri Development in the upscale Phatum Wan district, the Waldorf Astoria’s contemporary interior has been designed by Fu, evoking the Waldorf’s rich Art Nouveau heritage, but overlaid with his own contemporary design ethos, presenting extravagant ceiling heights, traditional Thai elements, bronze accents and other inspired touches.

For Fu, The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok exemplifies his concept of ‘modern reflections’, stating “it is very much a reflection of my personal memories of visiting the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York as a child and my vision to translate the essence of the experience into the context of modern Bangkok today”.

Fu has also created three unique dining venues, including The Front Room, providing a menu of Nordic/Thai cuisine, the hotel’s signature Peacock Alley lounge and the Brasserie. A four-tiered tower dedicated to banquet facilities has also been introduced.

Meanwhile, the guestrooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, hand tufted rugs covering hardwood floors, and Thai-inspired details.

Perrotin Shanghai 

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Fu has a long-standing collaboration with renowned gallerist Emmaneul Perrotin for his artspaces.

Following the success of Fu’s collaboration with Perrotin for two key spaces in Hong Kong and Tokyo, AFSO has been commissioned to create the new gallery for Perrotin in Shanghai due to unveil late 2018.

Located in the heart of Shanghai’s Bund quarter, this will be the 18th gallery space that its owner Emmanuel Perrotin has opened worldwide in 28 years, Perrotin Shanghai will occupy the top floor of a historic three-storey brick building (27 Huqiu Road) known as “Amber Building”. Built in 1937, it is a former warehouse used by the Central Bank of China during the Republican period. From 1886 to 1943 Huqiu Road was named “Museum Road”. It continues till this day to have a prominent place in Shanghai’s art landscape with its close proximity to the city’s major museums and auction houses including Rockbund Art Museum, Fosun Foundation and Christie’s.

The 1,200 square meter gallery space will include a mezzanine and several exhibition rooms. In keeping with the building’s modernist elegance.

Main image credit: Pavilion Suites at the Berkeley London

The Murray Hotel, Hong Kong, opens contemporary interiors in a 1970s building

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Located in between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, The Murray Hotel opens and its interiors “breathe new life into the classic Hong Kong building,” says Luke Fox, senior executive partner and head of studio…

Recalling the tradition of grand hotels, The Murray Hotel has opened in Hong Kong in a 1970s period building. Award-winning design firm Foster and Partners has been responsible for the restoration and renewal of the emblematic building – including its interiors, creating a unique destination for Hong Kong.

“With the Murray Building, we have been able to reconnect an important civic landmark with the city,” says Luke Fox, senior executive partner and head of studio, Foster + Partners. “This project draws on key areas of our expertise in urbanism, architecture and interiors, and our design breathes new life into this classica Hong Kong building by creating a unique hotel and leisure destination for international visitors and locals to enjoy.”

Defined by its distinctive three-storey arches and unique recessed windows, the original structure was designed by British modernist architect Ron Phillips in 1969, and is seen as an early pioneer in sustainable and energy efficient design. Led by Colin Ward in Hong Kong and Armstrong Yakubu in London, Partners at Foster + Partners, the new design retains elements of tradition and adapts to the needs of sophisticated contemporary living and discerning global travellers.

With the primary focus being to enhance the relationship of the building with the surrounding landscape, “the ground plane is much more important than the height of the building,” adds Ward. “The design therefore, opens up the base of the building, which creates new connections between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens.

Modest in height compared to its city neighbours, The Murray is surrounded by much taller buildings and is overlooked by many from quite a distance, which presented its first potential challenge for the design studio. “The roof, being lower than the other buildings, forms a ‘fifth elevation’, with many people looking down to the site from the surrounding areas,” explains Ward. “With this is mind, we designed the roof terrace as a continuation of the green landscape, hence it becomes the centre of attraction.”

Creating a dialogue between old and new, Foster and Partners have managed to preserve the building’s original charm, which is first evident upon arrival. “Revealing a real sense of arrival, a private forecourt with the historic cotton tree at its centre forms the hotel drop-off and entrance, from here the visitors walk through the majestic arches rising three stories from the ground level into the hotel lobby, explains Ward. “An elegant staircase connects to the Garden Level encompassing a beautiful lounge and restaurant.”

In the guestrooms, the strong geometry of the building’s shell frames stunning views of the city skyline. “The interiors are open and transparent, with carefully considered proportions, and infused with materials, furniture and art that evoke an inherent sense of elegance and beauty,” says architect and partner of Foster and Partners Armstrong Yakubu. “The concept was to showcase the inherent beauty of the materials – there are no applied finishes such as paint; all the materials are expressed honestly and come together to redefine luxury. We have used a luxurious palette of materials throughout that conveys a sense of exclusivity and elegance.”

Evoking a contemporary look and feel, the bathrooms highlight simple and elegant features. Warm metals in the tap fittings marry up with large mirrors and white- and black-marbled surfaces.

 

St Regis brand heads to Hong Kong

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The St. Regis brand is set to make its way to Hong Kong in 2019 thanks to a new collaboration with China Resources Property.

Located in Wan Chai, the new St. Regis Hong Kong will be within walking distance to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, as well as Victoria Harbour.

“Hong Kong is a bustling center of commerce with an incredible mix of glamour, culture, history and tradition. This vibrancy makes it an ideal destination for St. Regis,” said Lisa Holladay, VP and global brand leader for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.

“With its excellent location, impeccable service, and refined elegance, we look forward to offering guests an exquisite experience in one of the world’s most exciting cities.”

Inside the interiors have been designed by Hong Kong-based designer André Fu and will boast 129 guest suites, signature Chinese and French restaurants, a heated pool and 320-seat banquet hall.

Frankie Y.F. Bao, MD of China Resources Property, added: “We are proud to be bringing this iconic brand to Hong Kong. All St. Regis Hotels & Resorts represent the ultimate in timeless, tasteful luxury, which the discerning and sophisticated traveller appreciates.

“We are also happy to note that the presence of the outstanding new St Regis in Wan Chai district will add a new level of prestige and appeal to this vibrant quarter of our city.”

There are currently more than 40 St. Regis branded hotels open worldwide, with nine properties in the Greater China region.

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.

www.hongkong.intercontinental.com/en

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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.

Pentahotels launches global brand refresh

Pentahotels launches global brand refresh

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Pentahotels, the neighbourhood lifestyle hotel group, has revealed its new brand message – “We don’t do normal” – introducing a fresh vision within the traditional hospitality industry, as the brand gears up for ambitious expansion plans in new premium destinations worldwide.

Expansion will begin with its second pentahotel in Hong Kong opening this week and the brand’s first hotel in Russia, in Moscow, opening next year. Pentahotels’ global brand refresh underlines the brand’s competitive advantages designed to meet the changing demands from a new generation of urban nomads. This refresh reinforces the existing brand philsophy that “Penta is not a hotel. Penta is a state of mind.”

Pentahotels launches global brand refresh
From the roll-out of new “penta PlayerPads” which feature private gamer gadgets in selected suites, to its pioneering “check in at the bar” concept, pentahotels reinforces the “We Don’t Do Normal” persona by staying innovative, approachable and constantly pushing the boundaries. As part of this brand refresh, the group will roll out a holistic brand communications campaign, focusing on digital channels including an updated web presence, a vibrant brand video, social media activations, guerrilla marketing campaigns, fresh collateral for guests, clients and investors, and a new CRM system to strengthen pentahotels’ customer engagement capabilities.


Expansion Kicks-Off in Hong Kong

The brand is also set for substantial growth with several openings scheduled for 2017, and many other developments in the pipeline. Pentahotel Hong Kong, Tuen Mun, which opened its doors this week, joins sister pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon and is the first international brand hotel to set anchor in the up-and-coming Tuen Mun area of the New Territories in Hong Kong. The former industrial highrise building has been completely renovated into a trendy 298-room hotel sporting the signature “penta” style throughout, with a contemporary rustic decor that seamlessly blends with whimsical local cultural references. Pentahotel Hong Kong, Tuen Mun promises modern technology features and uncomplicated service for stylish, independent-minded business and leisure travelers. The result is a mix of fun with functionality, comfort with creativity, and style with simplicity.

Pentahotel Moscow – Arbat Opens in 2018
Pentahotels has also finalised definitive agreements with Capital Group, one of Russia’s most respected property developers, to open pentahotels’ first Russia hotel in Moscow in time for 2018 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in the city. Pentahotel Moscow – Arbat, will be situated within one of the four famous “Book Houses” located on Novy Arbat, around one mile from the Red Square. Featuring 228 guestrooms, the hotel will feature pentahotels’ trademark offerings, including pentalounge, European-led design elements, as well as meeting space and a gym. With lifestyle features including billiards tables, digital entertainments and other non-standard services, pentahotels will bring an entirely new energy to the area, welcoming tourists and Muscovites to a stylish, comfortable and modern reflection of Moscow’s dynamic environment.

Moscow view of the Novy Arbat and houses Books

Moscow view of the Novy Arbat and houses Books

“Penta’s global journey has just begun,” says Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group, pentahotels’ parent company. “Pentahotels has developed a strong operational structure and highly successful, cost-efficient financial system. Today, we are excited to share our revolutionary vision and renewed brand values. We are and want to be seen as bold, different, everything but normal. With its first entry in Bangkok and Moscow, and a second hotel opening in Hong Kong, pentahotels is ready to advance its plan to extend its footprint in gateway markets worldwide.”

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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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Andaz Singapore

André Fu, AFSO continue ascent in Singapore, Hong Kong

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After the successful launch of the Kerry Hotel on Hong Kong’s waterfront, acclaimed Hong Kong-based designer and architect André Fu sees a contemporary art gallery in Tokyo completed for Galerie Perrotin, the spa at the now iconic Villa La Coste open and the VIP lounge at Pacific Place finished.

With Andaz Singapore set to open in autumn this year and the prominent Cantonese restaurant Guo Fu Lou, at the Murray Hotel, Hong Kong, launching towards years end, André Fu and AFSO continue their illustrious ascent.

Conceived as a contemporary lifestyle destination that embraces Singapore’s local urban spirit, André Fu has sought to captivate the eclectic shop-house experience at the Andaz Singapore, which will open this autumn. Working within the framework of the modernist Duo development by Ole Scheeren, Fu has conjured a layered journey of relaxed luxury.

André FuAs guests explores the hotel, a strong sense of discovery prevails, much akin to the distinct neighbourhood experience at the nearby Bugis and Kampong Glam area – an experience that is quintessential to Singapore itself.

Scheduled to open late 2017, Guo Fu Lou, at the Murray Hotel, Hong Kong, is a prominent Cantonese restaurant featuring sensuous interiors reinforced by Fu’s rigorous pursuit of new Asian sensitivities. Designed to inspire and indulge, the restaurant will be elegant and chic with authentically inspired design.

Made up of a 90-seat restaurant, with numerous private dining rooms, Guo Fu Lou is crowned with a sprawling outdoor terrace, a unique feature among Chinese restaurants in the region.

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.

Camlux Hotel, Hong Kong

“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.

Camlux

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.

Silka Tsuen Wan

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.

Silka Tsuen Wan

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 - Hong Kong

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.

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.”

SKYE rooftop bar, Park Lane Hong Kong

Park Lane Hong Kong to open SKYE rooftop bar

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The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel announces the opening of its 8,000-sq-ft hotly-anticipated destination rooftop bar – SKYE bar and restaurant.

A communal space for today’s global nomads, SKYE’s modern design adds to the wow factor of the Hotel, whose HK$300 million makeover saw the complete revamp of the roof space, dazzling the crowd with a modern look helmed by Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP). The resulting sleek look boasts an element of comfort, enhanced by the creative works of German street artist, KEF.

SKYE rooftop bar, Park Lane Hong Kong

Seating 165 people, SKYE includes the main dining room, three private rooms and the temperature-controlled outdoor terrace dominated with an illuminating oblong bar with views of Victoria Harbour and Victoria Park.

SKYE rooftop bar, Park Lane Hong Kong

The Park Lane Hong Kong, has unveiled a HK$300 million (£29 million) makeover, rebranding itself as ‘The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel’ since January 2015. Located in the heart of Causeway Bay, The Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel offers well-appointed rooms with views of the city landscape, Victoria Park and Harbour.

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.”