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Aman Goes To Oman, Regent To Montenegro, and Other Hotel News

November 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

The Regent Montenegro

There’s tons of hotel news flying around at the moment, so we have another roundup of news bites for you today to get you up to speed on the latest from Oman to Cambodia and China to Argentina.

Starting with the Arab sultanate of Oman, its newspaper Muscat Daily (Muscat is the capital) reports that the country will have the first Aman Resort in the Middle East, in the remote coastal town of Shuwaimiya. The developer of the eco-resort has confirmed Aman Resorts will open, with the hotel group so far taking a confirm-nor-deny approach. Whether or not it will be the first in the Middle East remains to be seen, based on what we hear about an opening in Jordan.

Over in Montenegro, Regent Hotels is opening a mixed hotel & residence property in the Porto Montenegro development in Tivat summer next year. Overlooking the water and super-yacht marina, the hotel has just 34 rooms and 54 one to four bedroom residences in a resort designed in the style of an Italianate palazzo (the area was ruled by the Venetians for four centuries). There will be indoor and outdoor pools, a Regent Spa, and various food & beverage outlets.

Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Hotels continues apace with its announcements of new hotels: this time, it is the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. Check out that rendering above, which shows the hotel as it occupies the top 14 floors of 39-story Vattanac Capital Tower One, in the middle of the city’s central business district. There will be 148 rooms and suites, 27 residences, the usual range of luxury facilities, and of course the bar on a cantilevered terrace. Opening is scheduled for 2015.

We spoke about Grace Hotels in August when the small group took over the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington (CT) and White Barn Inn in Kennebunk (ME). Expansion into South America is now a fact with the opening of Grace Cafayete in northern Argentina, a few hours’ drive away from the city Salta.

Waldorf Astoria Beijing

Meanwhile, Waldorf Astoria is giving its Shanghai property some local company by opening in the Chinese capital of Beijing in April next year. The hotel will have 176 rooms in the eastern Wangfujing district. Looking at the description, we’re intrigued by the Hutong accommodations, which look to be inspired by traditional Chinese housing. Both Amsterdam and Jerusalem have been pushed into 2014 as well, with the former opening in March and the latter in May. That will make for three openings in three months, so we’re waiting for the group to pull that off.

[Photos & Renderings: Regent Hotels, Rosewood Hotels, Waldorf Astoria Hotels]

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