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The Nile Ritz-Carlton Will Open Late Summer, Kempinski Joins In

Where: Cairo, Egypt
May 26, 2015 at 12:25 PM | by | Comments (0)

It’s nearly a year ago that we last looked at a rendering of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, along with the not completely unexpected news that its opening would be moved back to 2015. That’s a solid six years after it was reflagged and began its extensive renovation, with now finally a formal announcement of a “late summer” arrival and an actual exterior photo.

The hotel will have 331 rooms, “reminiscent of the timeless style of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe whilst being anchored in the flavours and traditions of Egypt”. We don’t have any visuals to go with that yet, but we’ll hazard a guess in saying it will be fairly traditional. Outside, there is an Olympic-sized pool with private cabanas, and the spa has a terrace for sunset yoga sessions overlooking the river. Restaurants will serve everything from Arabian to Continental and Italian food. The hotel’s website is still surprisingly spare, and reservations aren’t open yet, so more is to come.

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Rezzies are Open for Ritz-Carlton's Newest Reserve, Mandapa in Bali

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  Site Where: Jalan Kedewatan, Banjar Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
May 22, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bali continues to be a hot destination not just for adventurous travelers, but also luxury hotels.

Last week we learned that Langham Hotels will be opening their first Langham Place resort on a clifftop in Ungasan-Uluwatu area. Today, Ritz-Carlton Hotels has announced that their equally impressive Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, the third in the brand's ultra-exclusive collection, will open in September of this year in Ubud.

Indeed, reservations are live on the hotel's website, starting at around $670 a night for a Reserve Suite, one of the largest entry-level suites in Ubud at around 1,000-sq.ft., with views of the rain forest and rice paddies. But this is just the starting room category for Mandapa. Accommodations also include one, two and three-bedroom villas, most with private pools. (There are 35 suites and 25 private pool villas in total.)

Here's what else is expected at the Mandapa:

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Now Mandarin Oriental DC Wants You to Take a Selfie

May 22, 2015 at 8:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

At first we thought they were funny, but now we’re slowly realizing life wasn’t worth experiencing without them. We’re talking about selfie sticks of course, and now it looks like Mandarin Oriental is all about them once again.

This time it’s Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, as this summer they’re all about the new See Your Selfie in DC offer. It goes without saying that this is much, much better than a free continental breakfast, as this package gets you access to an exclusive Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC selfie stick!

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Inside The Guestrooms at The New York Edition

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  Site Where: 5 Madison Avenue [map], New York, NY, United States, 10010
May 18, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (3)

We've shown you all around the newly opened New York Edition hotel, as well as upstairs and downstairs. Now it's time to look at the guest rooms. (And look you should since the Edition's website is still waiting on room photos.)

True to the Edition design formula, the rooms feature neutral-colored furniture and fabrics, save for the dark oak wood paneled foyers and the towering dark walnut headboards. And yes, there is a fur blanket on the bed here.

All rooms also have white oak desks and giant windows to look out of. But not all rooms have scalloped ceilings and not all rooms have views of the Empire State Building. Allow us to tell you which ones do. After all, Edition is an expensive stay so let's be sure you get your money's worth.

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No One Does Brunch Like the Fullerton Bay's Annual Belle Epoque Brunch

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  Site Where: 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore, 049326
May 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Landing Point, where it all begins

Las Vegas, stand down. Your obscene panoply of buffets is nothing in comparison to just one buffet in Singapore: the annual Belle Époque Odyssey Brunch at the Fullerton Bay Hotel.

The Fullerton Bay is already one of the more sprawling hotels in Singapore – low of rise but long of spread. Afternoon tea in the Landing Point lounge/hallway is already hugely popular, but the Belle Époque takes things several steps further, with a 60-meter brunch buffet spread all the way across the Landing Point, the waterfront terraces, three “floating event pods” usually reserved for meeting spaces, and restaurant La Brasserie and its outside deck.

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Waldorf Astoria Wants In On Bangkok Too

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  Site Where: Radjadamri Boulevard, Bangkok, Thailand
May 14, 2015 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

We will get you a recap of everything that’s happening in Bangkok soon – there is that much going on – but before we do, we’ll make a quick stop and pay attention to what Waldorf Astoria is cooking up in the Thai capital. Why? It will be part of a 60-story tower right on Radjadamri Road, literally next door to where Four Seasons moved out and among a range of other hotels (you can spot them in the rendering after the jump), and there will be the above sky pool on floor 17 overlooking the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and the city, at the switching point between hotel and residences.

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Park Hyatt Will (Hopefully) Class It Up on Mallorca Next Year

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  Site Where: Mallorca, Spain
May 12, 2015 at 10:25 AM | by | Comment (1)

Mallorca had a somewhat tough summer last year, but as we said back then, writing it off completely would be doing the island a disservice. Reliably classy Park Hyatt has had the Balearic Island on its radar for a while now, and early next year should finally see the completion of Park Hyatt Mallorca, part of the Cap Vermell estate in the Canyamel valley.

While the hotel isn’t listed yet on the group’s website (we never understand why some make it onto these “future developments” lists and others don’t), a little bit of searching on the internet turns up a few renderings of the 142-room resort. Above an impression from the interior architect, which seems suitably understated – thought just a rendering, the pieces of art leaning against the far wall look rather beautiful.

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St. Regis Takes Over From Kempinski at Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow

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  Site Where: 12 Nikolskaya, Moscow, Russian Federation
May 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comment (1)

We’ve mostly had our eye on St. Regis over in Istanbul (opened at the end of March), but here they are with another addition: St. Regis Hotel Nikolskaya in Moscow.

The first St. Regis in Russia, its arrival has come a little suddenly, which is easily explained by its previous life as a Kempinski hotel. Dating back to 1870, when it was built as the home of Count Orlov-Davydov, the hotel now has 210 rooms and suites with “belle époque interiors”, which includes the Royal Suite above. It’s… a lot. We’re not so sure about the grey/green and cognac leather combo, but mostly the sofa on the left hurts our eyes a little – not the only questionable sofa, it turns out.

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Mandarin Oriental Also Renovates New York and Prague, Will Expand Munich

May 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s not just in Bangkok that Mandarin Oriental is busy with renovations and residences, the group is doing a variation on that theme in New York, Prague, and Munich as well.

On Manhattan, Mandarin Oriental New York will be launching 42 refreshed one- and two-bedroom suites inside its Columbus Circle hotel this summer. The inspiration behind the design? Three “unique themes and color palettes – New York Sunrise, New York Dusk and New York Nights”. Each of those aligns to a particular type of suite, with views of the Hudson River or Central Park. Above is the Premier Central Park View Suite, which has killer twilight views.

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How's This for a Potential Paris Pool with a Killer View?

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  Site Where: La Défense, Paris, France
May 6, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

Could this be the hotel pool?

It may be time to rename the City of Light the City That Never Sleeps… When It Comes To Hotels. Paris is on fire at the moment, and the latest project to get on the road is the Seine-side Hermitage Plaza, in the La Défense area (Europe’s largest purpose built business district, according to Wikipedia).

There are more superlatives for the project itself – twin glass towers, the tallest multi-purpose building “ever erected in Western Europe” according to the people behind it. To put that into perspective, at 320m high, it’s almost the same height as the Eiffel Tower (they’ve deliberately made it a little shorter, so as not to outshine Monsieur Gustave). And although it’s not especially central, the height means you’ll get sweeping views of the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, too.

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Once Again, Everyone Who's Anyone Was at The Mark Hotel Before The Met Gala

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  Site Where: Madison Ave at 77th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10075
May 5, 2015 at 8:52 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's a step and repeat of sorts for The Mark Hotel. Once again, the luxury Upper East Side hotel served as the departure point for several glamorous celebrities heading out to the annual Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night. Leading the stylish pack was, as usual Anna Wintour, who was joined by hotelier André Balazs, designer Michael Kors, actors Emily Blunt, Kate Hudson, and Adrien Brody, rapper Common, and a slew of models from Jourdan Dunn to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kendall Jenner.

Here are just a few shots of the fashion elite exiting the hotel.

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A ‘NUO’ Luxury Hotel Brand is Coming to Beijing This Year

May 5, 2015 at 8:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here’s a new hotel brand to watch, NUO Hotels that is, a "made in China" luxe brand scheduled to debut in the capital this year.

NUO Hotel Beijing, the flagship of as many as 15 NUO Hotels targeted over 15 years, will offer 5-star “residential style luxury,” seriously sustainable design, and masterful contemporary interiors inspired by the culturally rich Ming Dynasty. Aka, green and gorgeous.

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