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Could There BE Any More Luxury Hotels Opening In The Near Future?

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May 20, 2013 at 9:31 AM | by | ()

The Westcliff Johannesburg

You guys, the hotel news keeps rolling in so fast we can barely keep up with it. In order to get us all up to speed, we’ll give you a brief rundown of some of the latest news & rumors for Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Rosewood and SBE that have us mighty intrigued.

Starting in South Africa, Business Traveller reported last week the venerable Westcliff Johannesburg will move from Orient-Express to Four Seasons, and based on our own investigation, that does look to be happening. If you’ve had Sunday brunch at the glorious La Belle Terrasse, spent time at the pool, and wandered its cobblestone streets and lush gardens, you know this place is easy to fall in love with. If indeed ‘substantial’ renovations will be part of the transition, things will only get that much better.

Surprising as it might be, late next year will be the first time Four Seasons will get in on the luxury hotel action in Dubai, with a 237-room resort at the northern end of Jumeirah Beach. More in the Middle East should follow in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Bahrain, Doha, Jeddah, and Kuwait. Like Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons is also planning on Kyoto and Casablanca, and if that wasn’t enough, we’re hearing about South America (with a number of hotels in Brazil) and various rumors elsewhere as well.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts

Meanwhile, we told you Park Hyatt would be adding a 300-room resort to the tiny island of St. Kitts last year, and now there’s a whole website with renderings and info to get you warmed up for investment opportunities with potential eligibility for citizenship of St. Kitts & Nevis. Over in Europe, Park Hyatt Mallorca will be a 142-room resort on the south east coast of the Spanish island, built as a traditional Mallorquin hilltop village – a first taste of the interiors can be found here. Both resorts won’t see guests before 2015, which is also the year we expect Bangkok to become a reality based on the early stages of construction (below) we saw a month ago.

Park Hyatt Bangkok

And that’s not all either. We know about hurricane victim New York, reservations are now open from August 1st for Park Hyatt Siem Reap (on our list of openings to get psyched about), there is Vienna (the first Hyatt in all of Austria), and Park Hyatt will be coming to – breathe in – Bermuda, China (times five), India (Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai), Los Cabos and Riviera Maya, Marrakech (Morocco), Além-Tejo (Portugal), Doha (Qatar), and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

Rosewood may be busy preparing its return to London for October this year, and just opened Abu Dhabi (incidentally in the same development as Four Seasons is being planned), but that hasn’t stopped them from announcing two new hotels in Indonesia: Rosewood Tanah Lot Bali and Rosewood Jakarta.

Rosewood Bali takes its name from the Tanah Lot temple nearby and will have 80 suites, 40 villas and 20 residences. Rosewood Jakarta will be part of a mixed-use complex in the central business district with 200 rooms and 160 residences. Both will take about four years to complete, with opening scheduled for 2017. Before then, we should see Beijing (late this year), Phuket (end of next year), Dubai, the Bahamas (2015), and perhaps, Paris.

We've long known that SBE, parent company to the SLS Hotels brand was working on a second property for their Redbury Hotel in Hollywood but it's not going to happen in NYC as we initially expected. Instead, the hotel will happen in Miami at 17th and Collins. Miami scenester Dee even snapped a pic of the forthcoming hotel. She also mentioned it's right across from The Raleigh, which is part-owned by the owner of the SLS South Beach. Confusing but still, #WeLike.

Have any more intel to share on one of these hotels? Know of a new hotel that we should be tracking? Tell us in the comments!

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter and @DeeTCL; Rendering: Park Hyatt]

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