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An all-inclusive resort is coming to Haiti, the first since Club Med Haiti Haiti closed its doors nearly 20 years ago. Ironically, the new all-inclusive, Royal Club Decameron Indigo, is on the old Club Med property, which is currently operating as the Club Indigo Resort. Colombia-based hotel and resort chain Decameron Group has taken over management and is rebranding the resort with expectations it will open in December.
The property is on Haiti’s Cote des Arcadins, and is about one hour from the airport and Port au Prince. The 390-room property includes two adult pools and two children’s pools, a buffet restaurant, two a la carte restaurants, five bars and a spa.
We haven’t found official photos on what renovations will occur between now and December, but the beach is breathtaking which is certainly a good start.
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Radisson Red, Carlson Rezidor’s electrifying new lifestyle brand, has big expansion plans, even though we’re still waiting for the first one to open.
Since the first signing in China last October (Radisson Red Shenyang Hunan, due to open in 2016,) Rad Red is also seeking a noticeable presence – guess that goes without saying - in India (a market as hot as the color red), the Americas, Europe and Middle East. Word is out that late next year we'll see the brand’s debut in South Africa, with the opening of Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront.
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But now it's time to start planning a sweltering summer break in Miami, because reservations are now open for July 6.
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It feels like we’ve already waited too long for the 24-hour stays, possible calligraphy classes and six full stars of the Patina Singapore, but the wait is nearly over – because they’ve now set August 1 as the opening date.
At least, that’s what they say on the Leading Hotels of the World website (there’s still no info on Patina Hotels’ own site). But should you try to book, you’ll find reservations are only open from September 1. Perhaps they’re hoping to open up the August rooms nearer the time. Perhaps they’re playing it safe. Or perhaps they enjoy making us wait longer.
Either way, there’s a nice surprise – a really nice surprise – with the rates.
The quirky Danish-themed village of Solvang, California was made extremely popular by the movie, "Sideways" but visitors have long come to the town because of its proximity from Los Angeles (about two hours away) to the wineries of Santa Ynez valley. Oh and let's not forget Solvang's excellent Danish pastries, especially the aebelskievers.
The hotel scene in the town is mostly small independent spots that are often wine-inspired, like the Wine Valley Inn and the more upscale Hotel Corque or old world Danish-themed like the King Frederik Inn or the Viking Motel. (There's also a neighboring casino/resort, Chumash.) But the newcomer on the scene, The Landsby is paying homage to the town's Danish roots in a more contemproary way.
Opening on April 23, The Landsby is a 41-room boutique hotel that's been completely renovated from its old days as a "The Petersen Village Inn." (Landsby actually means "village in Danish.) The guestrooms at the hotel are bright and happy with a residential feel but most importantly, the decor is more in line with what you'd find in Denmark today, not 500 years ago.
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That was crazy fast.
Rooms are available to book for April 26 for $229 a night. That's for a 300-sq.ft. king room with modern minimalist decor in warm colors (Notice the "floating" cabinet.) The room rate includes complimentary in-room coffee and WiFi. Other top amenities include the Hyatt Grand beds, a 40" TV, iPod docking station and windows that open.
Downstairs the hotel will have a restaurant from Chef Roland Liccioni called Cochon Volant Bakery, Brasserie and Bar, which as the name reveals is an all-day spot serving "gourmet cheeses, fresh baked goods, fruits, organic juices, to-go foods and wines imported from France." The hotel's lobby also features a interesting "statement" piece behind the front desk from local South Loop artist Francine Turk.
In short, the place looks very cosmopolitan and chic, almost like Park Hyatt-lite.
But that's not all on the Hyatt Centric front.
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Few things are more exciting than a swanky new hotel in Thailand, but one thing that definitely is is a swanky new all-suite hotel in Thailand. Thai service + Thai food + lots of room to enjoy it = bliss.
The Akyra Manor Chiang Mai (the latest to join the SLH group, was due to open May 1, but has now been pushed back to July 1. You’ll just have to wait 8 weeks longer for its resort-in-a-city style to be unleashed.
What is resort-in-a-city style? Well, it’s in the middle of Chiang Mai, on the trendy Nimmanhaemin Soi, AKA Coffee Street; and yet each suite is centered round its own private “courtyard” (actually a balcony), complete with hot tub. Yes, your own private outdoor space with hot tub in the city center.
The banking theme runs through the hotel (as well as the Gotham City theme, thesexy Downton theme and the “sexiest hotel in Europe” theme), according to Mancunian Matters, with moneybags on the laundry bags, walls embossed with typewriters and “gold ingot toiletry stands” – for real.
Discreet English manners. A shoe-polishing service. Fine afternoon teas. Not the kind of thing we expect from Dubai.
February 2016 is the day that the world will change its axis and the DUKES Dubai will open on the “trunk” of the Palm Jumeirah. It’ll be a five star property with attached “residences”, or villas, in Dukes Oceana which are already up for sale from today.
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W giveth, W taketh away...
Opening date will be Monday, September 21, with a “Cozy Exchange” room (from 22 sq m / 237 sq ft) setting you back a clean €450 ($478) a night. Prepaying shaves just €10 ($12) off a night, which doesn’t really seem worth it for the flexibility you sacrifice. The “Exchange” reference we presume means the room is located in the 1903 Telephone Exchange building, as opposed to the former bank just across the street (go here for exterior shots of both).
From Cozy, the order is up to Wonderful and then Fabulous rooms, with Cool Corner, Studio, and Marvelous Suites before you get to Wow and Extreme Wow Suites – which we saw those renderings of. The Extreme Wow Suite gives 112 sq m (1,206 sq ft) of space and runs at €2,162 ($2,292) a night.
Actual photography of the rooms and suites is still to come, but we’re kind of surprised to read the intro text on the homepage of the hotel refer to the ability to “recharge with our W signature bed and a peek-a-boo shower”. Is that becoming an actual industry term now?
As we told you before, the building originally opened as a bath house – Marcel Proust’s favorite, no less. In the 1970s, a newbie designer called Philippe Starck turned it into a nightclub, and it swiftly became the place to party in Paris. Then, it fell into disrepair, occasionally hosting artist residences. And now, it’s a hotel. Or, rather, hotel, restaurant and club, according to Paris Match. (Starck’s famous black-and-white checkered club flooring is now part of the restaurant.)
The hotel scene in Dubai has long been synonymous with the top global hotel brands with the likes of IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Carlson Rezidor and Hyatt firmly cementing their place across the city. With new regulations promoting mid-market hotel development, the mega hotel groups have been bringing in a variety of their brands ranging from the budget category to luxury.
However, while the "Big 7" continue to grow their footprint in the city, many developers are now looking beyond these hotel groups to either creating their own hotel brands or bringing in new, fresh brands. In other cities, these brands are considered "boutique" or "lifestyle" but in Dubai, they will be done in a very big way, with way more than 100 rooms. One such hotel is even aiming for 1,200 rooms.
Read on about this big small brands making their Dubai debut...