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This New Club Med Resort in the French Alps is Looking Pretty Swish

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  Site Where: Club Med Val Thorens, 73440 Saint Martin De Belleville, France
November 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been fun looking for symbolism in the design of Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. So does anyone other than us see sunglasses in the mirrored artwork on the wall?

Club Med, the original fun-in-the-sun, all-inclusive resort brand that may have peaked in the 90s, is now going to new heights with its latest destination in the French Alps, Club Med Val Thorens Sensations, opening for the winter season on December 14th.

This is an uber-stylish, high-end resort, literally, as Club Med claims to offer the highest snow elevation in Europe, if not the world. Advanced skiers take note while we take a look around a design fashion statement that we can all look good in, particularly off the slopes.

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Here's Why You May Want to Factor In a Bahrain Trip Next Year

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  Site Where: Manama, Bahrain
November 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

Bahrain: top of your travel list? No, us neither. But here’s something that’s rocketing it swiftly upwards: news of the new Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, due to open early next year.

The hotel will be in Manama, the capital. But that’s massively underselling it – actually, the hotel will sit on its own, 12-acre, manmade private island, with terraces, pools and gardens landscaped around the 68-story hotel. Oh, and did we mention it’s modeled on the grand ocean liners of the 1930s? They promise “art deco accents and a calming color palette” throughout. Those floor-to-ceiling windows and that carpet are certainly soothing us right now. As is the fact that it’s 75 degrees there right this second.

Once you’ve made it onto the island (via water taxi, boat or private causeway), there will be 216 rooms and 57 suites, all with panoramic views of either the skyline or the Arabian Gulf, as well as a bi-level “sky bridge” with restaurants and event space. Bahraini artwork will be scattered throughout the hotel.

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The Tulse Hill Hotel, Your Unlikely New London Location, Is Open

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  Site Where: 150 Norwood Road, London, United Kingdom, SE24 9AY
November 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last month we told you about the Tulse Hill Hotel, an unlikely-but-nice new opening in a deep residential part of South London. Tulse Hill as the next London hotel boom area? Probably not, but the Tulse Hill Hotel is now open, and it’s looking great.

The hotel launched last week with a party for locals (sweet!). The focus so far has been on the bar and restaurant side of it – partly because partiers were given free food and cocktails on the night, and partly because locals don’t need hotel rooms. But although the hotel is keeping its cards very close to its chest regarding the rooms (pet peeve: hotels that open sans photos), we spied this pic on its Facebook page. What do you reckon? It looks pretty small, and dark, but we like the curtains, the big, heritage-style window (which seems double glazed – YES) and the understated vibe looks like it could have potential. Reserving judgment till some daytime pics come through.

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Hotel Indigo Brings Its Pretty Guestrooms to Bangkok

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  Site Where: 81 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand, 10330
November 26, 2014 at 8:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

If we think about it for a second, we’re surprised Hotel Indigo hasn’t opened in Bangkok sooner than it will do, just over two months from now: its funky vibe, eclectic design, and often very pretty guestrooms seem like a natural fit for the Thai capital.

From what we can tell, the hotel was originally planned to arrive several years ago, so perhaps the thinking over at Indigo was similar to ours, but February 1, 2015 it will be in the end. At least that’s the date from which you can currently make a reservation at the 192-room hotel on Wireless Road, across Lumpini Park from Sofitel So. Our first impression, based on the rendering above and some photos below, is certainly favourable, with hardwood floors, window seats, stylish furniture, and an overall look that has a hint of Indigo Shanghai to it.

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To Infinity (Er, China) And Beyond: Toy Story Hotel Coming To Shanghai in 2015

Where: Shanghai, China
November 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

Millennials have dominated the hotel scene for at least a year, now. Will the trend burn out soon? Who knows? But in the meantime, one lot of savvy hoteliers is going for the next generation – enter the Toy Story Hotel, due to open in Shanghai next year.

Who is this company thinking of the kids? It’s Disney, natch – the hotel will form part of the Shanghai Disney Resort (Disney’s sixth on the globe). This is Toy Story full immersion: the exterior will be done up to resemble the clouds-n-sky wallpaper of Andy’s bedroom, and there will be a gigantic Pixar ball at the porte cochere.

Toy Story Hotel will have 800 rooms, and, according to Disney, will “immerse guests in a world inspired by the toys from the Disney Pixar series of Toy Story animated films”. Which could be a little creepy.

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Vibe Hotels in Australia is Grooving a Little Differently Now

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  Site Where: 32-24 Murchison Street, Marysville, Victoria, Australia, 3779
November 21, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

Australian hotel brand, Vibe Hotels, is tackling two things at once--expansion and rebranding--when they open their newest property next year, near the Yarra Ranges National Park, outside of Melbourne.

The new Vibe design is a far departure from the lime green and purple color scheme sported at other properties. Those dated hues are being traded for a more sophisticated and modern blue, which is more reflective of the local surroundings.

Tucked away near the Yarra Ranges National Park, this property will be a sub-alpine retreat that features local artwork and locally sourced seasonal produce in its new signature restaurant Radius Bar & Grill. Vibe's riverside location will also make for a perfect escape from the city, thanks to its jumping-off point at the state's pristine wilderness areas. Each of the 101 rooms will feature free WFi, modern design and even, local treats in the mini bar.

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Belgrade's Newest Hotel Has a Great Location, a Terrible Name and a Worrying Number of Sexy Ladies

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  Site Where: Venizelosova 31, Belgrade, Serbia, 11000
November 21, 2014 at 4:08 AM | by | Comment (1)

Karisma. Allure. Caramel. Try to put your discomfort to one side – there’s a nice-looking hotel behind the worst name imaginable.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which run properties in Latin America and the Caribbean, has a small boutique arm called “Allure Hotels, by Karisma” – previously limited to two hotels in Colombia. And that’s the story behind the heinously named Allure Caramel by Karisma, which has opened in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. It’s the first Europe hotel for the brand.

The hotel is a redevelopment of the Hotel Admiral Club Belgrade, built in 1927 by a well known local, Mayor Vlada Ilic. It’s a stunning, standalone villa in Dorcol, the historic quarter of Belgrade. Think a sweeping entrance route behind a posh lawn, a stately lobby and frilly Corinthian columns and heavy drapes inside – basically, it’s like being in Newport RI, but in Serbia.

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Best of British! Premier Inn Is Expanding to Singapore

Where: Beach Road, Singapore, Singapore
November 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Imagine this, with a Singapore map on the wall

Normally when we’re writing about Premier Inn, we’re thinking of it as a cuddly, budget UK brand, doing things like topping satisfaction lists and trying to appeal to millennials.

But it turns out we’ve underestimated Premier Inn. They’re not just UK and Ireland anymore. They’ve gone global.

In Singapore the other week, we stumbled on this story about Premier Inn’s plans to open its first hotel in Singapore. How exciting! Except now we realize there are already Premier Inns in India and the Arabian Gulf. You guys!

Anyway, Premier Inn Singapore Beach Road will have 300 rooms with rates at the SGD $160-190 rate ($127-152), which is good-to-standard for the more budget end of the market (although Singapore has lots of beautiful budget hotels, which it’ll have to compete with). It’s currently being built on Beach Road, near Arab Street, and is gunning for an mid 2016 opening. There will be a pool, fitness center and meeting rooms, too.

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You Can Now Book a Room at The 1 Hotel South Beach for March 1

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  Site Where: 2399 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139
November 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM | by | Comment (1)

The former Roney Plaza/Gansevoort South/The Perry Hotel in Miami is almost finished with its $100 million renovation to turn into the naturally glam 1 Hotel South Beach, but you can reserve a room today for stays starting on March 1.

Not surprisingly for a luxury hotel in season in Miami Beach, the rooms are ridiculously expensive, with a king room going for $665 a night. Want a balcony with your room? That will be $712 a night. Prefer an ocean view? That will be $855 a night.

But we have to admit, these are some seriously good-looking rooms. Gone is the high-sheen of The Gansevoort and in its place is a eco-luxe look with reclaimed wood on the walls, natural poured concrete in the floors, overstuffed pillow on the couches, and peekaboo bathrooms. Don't forget, Chef Tom Colicchio is opening his restaurant downstairs while upstairs is a pool deck with similarly eco-luxe style cabanas and seating.

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What is The Washington Park Hotel in Miami All About? We're About to Find Out

November 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM | by | Comment (1)

Up in New York, it's been sort of a hotel marketing trend to present the hotel as a mysterious, manly-named place with as few details as possible, like Paul. Down in Miami, the same sort of awareness/unawareness ploy is going on with Washington Park Hotel. except this time, the hotel is looks like a lady.

The Washington Park Hotel is set to open in early 2015 at 11th and Washington Avenues. Judging from its website, the hotel looks like a pretty place to hang out. (Indeed, there's a picture of two lady surfers.) But other than its pretty and feminine style, including a floral entwined logo, there's not much we know about the hotel. At least not on its website.

Like any good millennial hotel, the WPH does have aFacebook page but there's not much else there either, except for a mention about their upcoming curated cocktails, which is pretty par for the course in Miami. However, there is a sexy side to the hotel. Like, literally, a sexy side as the hotel shares the space withis on the same block as The World Erotic Art Museum as well as a propaganda museum.

More details on the hotel, such as how many rooms, photos, amenities, services, etc, should be coming soon. But you know they already had us at "erotic art museum."

[Screengrab from WashingtonParkHotel.com]

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Picky About Mattresses? Here's Your New London Hotel

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  Site Where: Great West Road, Brentford, London, United Kingdom, TW8 0BW
November 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember when we told you about the Urban Villa Edinburgh, that’s currently under planning? Turns out that’s not the only one of its kind on the scene: Urban Villa London will kick off the brand when it opens in January.

According to the website, owned by the NOHO Hotel Group, it’ll be a place “where boutique hospitality collides with the comforts of luxurious residential living”. This means an all-suite property (100 suites in total) located in Brentford, halfway between Chiswick and Heathrow Airport. Suites – or “villas”, as they call them, will be “design-led”, with some, the Winter Garden Villas, enjoying views of Kew Gardens.

There’s very little info on the website, but it promises to combine “Manhattan style with thoughtful British modern luxury”. Each room will have a living room, kitchen and winter garden, as well as the bedroom. There will also be a gym, inroom spa treatments, and a concierge service. Our favorite part: you can pre-order a harder or softer mattress at the time of booking. Take it from someone currently struggling with the spinal after-effects of a month on SE Asian mattresses – this is the best idea in the world.

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Introducing Ikos Resorts, All Inclusive Hotels You Won't Hate

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  Site Where: Halkidiki, Greece
November 14, 2014 at 8:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ikos Oceania

Does the phrase “all inclusive” make you come out in hives? Do you shudder at the idea of ugly wristbands? Does your stomach heave when imagining a “five star buffet” three times a day?

Us too. But it’s always good to challenge one’s demons and confront one’s prejudices, so we’re intrigued by the idea of Ikos Resorts, a new upmarket all-inclusive group – or “Infinite Lifestyle”, as they call it.

Ikos is kicking off in Greece, with two beachside properties opening in Halkidiki next year: the Ikos Oceania in March, and the Ikos Olivia in May. They promise to “redefine the all-inclusive experience”, keeping the good side of all-inclusive (no extra bills to pay) and jettisoning the bad part (everything else). So instead of grubby buffets and poolside rubdowns, you’ll get Michelin-starred chefs overseeing four a la carte restaurants per property. No need for rainbow-colored cocktails, either – there will even be sommeliers!

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