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Rumors have been swirling for quite some time about where the second Planet Hollywood hotel would land (Las Vegas being the first, of course.) First, it was said that China, Panama, and Qatar were the front runners. Then, over two years later, we wondered if Orlando could make sense. This week, the announcement was officially made, and it looks like we have a Cinderella on our hands: Goa, India, has pulled off the upset.
Utorda Beach will be the exact location of the new beachfront Planet Hollywood, which is scheduled to open by the end of this year. To be managed by Wyndham, it will feature 115 rooms, 15 luxury tents, spa, and multiple swimming pools. Aside from general leisure travelers, the target market of the hotel will be yoga retreats along with the Indian weddings market.
The property is being built with low-rise architecture in traditional Goan style, with emphasis on detailed sculptures and sprawling landscapes. In terms of the latter, there will be 10 acres of tropical gardens and coconut orchards.
We thought we'd covered it all when it came to the Swiss˘tels brand. Apparently not. Somehow the snuck in and added another hotel to their ever increasing portfolio and will be opening a resort hotel in the popular Indian coastal state of Goa this spring.
Unlike the business-centric aura that the brand is known for, The Swiss˘tel Goa is definitely aimed at the leisure set, with its location and layout. The town of Calangute is a popular year-round vacation spot in North Goa, just a one hour flight away from Mumbai and Bangalore and two hours from Delhi.
Instead of a regular tower, the 135 guestrooms and suites will be spread out among eight three-level buildings which will be set in a tropical garden filled with lily ponds and a courtyard pool. The lobby and rooms will also be designed using colorful works by the Indian artist Krishna Mehta. This reminds us of the lively patterns seen in the Swissotel Dresden property, which also broke away from the mold (just a bit) and gave some pizzaz to the Swiss˘tel name.