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No rest for the wicked though, as things are continuing on in the Bahamas – more specifically, renovations at One&Only Ocean Club (perhaps you recall certain scenes from the movie Casino Royale being set here). Target for the renovations is the Hartford Wing of the resort, where rooms will get new furniture, while being expanded by 110 sq ft so that each includes a terrace or balcony.
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We’ve just talked about Thompson Hotels heading to Cabo (June 13 will see the opening of The Cape), but six weeks before that, One&Only Palmilla will come back, finally reopening on April 20 after recovering from the impact of Hurricane Odile.
Here is part of the statement from the hotel’s website:
The entire One&Only Palmilla team is looking forward to welcoming our guests back to the resort as of 20 April 2015. Hurricane Odile significantly impacted One&Only Palmilla and the entire area of Los Cabos. Our team is working hard to bring back our beloved resort and to delivering a true One&Only experience.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for all of the supportive thoughts and generous contributions from friends, past guests, colleagues and business partners following Hurricane Odile's devastating impact. Through everyone's generosity we raised just over $216,000 including contributions from Kerzner International and other Kerzner-managed resorts. Funds have now been distributed to help One&Only Team Members rebuild their homes and their lives.
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Having just added Hayman Island and Wolgan Valley in Australia, One&Only Resorts is going to triple its presence in Mexico, adding to its current One&Only Palmilla resort in Los Cabos with two properties near Puerto Vallarta.
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Truthfully, we don’t know if it would be possible to make One&Only Reethi Rah any more luxurious, being the all-villa tropical-island getaway (and celeb-magnet) that it is.
The resort is trying nonetheless, introducing a new accommodation category that removes the understandably fundamental dilemma between wanting your own private pool, which confines you to staying on land, and wanting to see the Indian Ocean right underneath you, which means no pool.
The solution? Overwater pool villas, because of course.
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Howdy folks! There is so much hotel news flying around this week, we just don't have enough time to focus on all of it. Seriously, did all you hotelie people save it up for Labor Day Weekend? Sheesh. Anyways, here's a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest. More news will obviously be forthcoming.
Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort is Coming Soon: Get ready, Parrotheads! A beach resort inspired by singer Jimmy Buffett will open on the beach in Hollywood, Fla. in 2015. It will have 349 rooms, 17 stories, a Margaritaville Landshark Bar & Grill, a License to Chill rooftop bar, the Lone Palm Bar and a 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar. There will also be a 15,000-sq.ft. St. Somewhere Spa and an "authentic 'no worries' tropical vibe" present throughout.
The Diplomat Becomes a Curio Hotel: The Westin Diplomat in Fort Lauderdale, a massive convention center hotel, is doing away with the white green tea scent in its lobby as it rebrands from a Westin to a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton. The hotel was recently acquired by the Thayer Lodging Group who will make the change to Hilton in October. The property will also undergo a $100 million enhancement. The new name will officially be The Diplomat Resort & Spa.
Waldorf Astoria Naples Will Be No More: TripAdvisor reviewers were mumbling about the changes that are coming to this luxury hotel in Naples, Fla. Apparently, the hotel was recently sold and is now undergoing renovations and will go back to its former name of The Naples Grande Beach Resort. Which is perhaps best since most reviewers complained the property was not up to Waldorf standards. Renovations are expected to be done in January 2015. The name change could come at the same time too.
Auberge To Launch New Brand in Napa, After St. Regis Drops Out: Uh-oh. This is not good. A luxury resort in Napa, Calif. has not even opened yet and already it has switched management hands. The 117-room resort on Stanley Ranch has gone from a St. Regis to an Auberge Resort. It will open, possibly in 2017, as a "VieVage" resort which is a new brand from Auberg, that will be less expensive, more casual and more family-friendly than other Auberges. Here's more on VieVage. We'll be thinking good thoughts.
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As promised back in January, Hayman Island – the northernmost of Australia’s Whitsunday Islands – reopened last week fresh off of $80 million dollars’ worth of revamp, officially becoming “One&Only Hayman Island” in the process.
A lot has changed, as you would expect for that kind of cash, from updated rooms to a new spa and restaurants, but the basics are still there: a remote private island, a yacht transfer (or seaplane or helicopter, if you prefer) away from Hamilton Island, and the expanse of the Great Barrier Reef around you.
Keeping up with a fitness plan is hard enough when we're at home in our normal day-to-day routine, but it becomes a real challenge to fit in some training while jaunting all over the world. But thanks (we think?) to One & Only's newest initiative to bring high-end health to their guests, there should be no excuse for skipping the sweat session.
One & Only have planned to open their first European property tucked away in the Montenegro resort town of Kumbor and while most guests will be breathless by the beauty of the surrounding mountains and water of Tivat Bay, the hotel is hoping that visitors will also breathing hard in their luxury fitness center. That's because One & Only Portonovi has partnered with world-renowned wellness brand, Chenot, to bring the pinnacle in fitness to the posh resort digs.
Once the 110-room resort opens in 2016, guests will be able to retreat to a wellness and vitality center that will blend the spa with the gym and give guests the illusion that are relaxing when they are actually huffing and puffing. The center will feature treatments from Espace Vitalité Chenot to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul.
Between the fresh sea air and the nearly 54,000 square foot wellness spa, we might find it easy to stick to our own program while traveling, but we might need to fit our sessions in around some boating from the private marina, Mediterranean culture and any one of the restaurants in the sea-side resort.
[Photo: One & Only Portonovi Facebook]
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Hayman Island, a dot on the map in the Coral Sea off Australia’s Queensland coast, has headed into the final stretch of its journey to become a One&Only Resort: complete closure until July 1st this year.
Once the hotel appears at the other end as One&Only Hayman Island, pretty much nothing will be as it was before. We’re talking dramatic room reconfigurations and top-to-bottom renovation, and the addition of private residences both on the undeveloped eastern tip of the island and beach-side next to the luxury yacht marina.
The Hayman Wing (previously called the Lagoon Wing) is already complete, with new interiors like you see above, but we expect the DVF suite to have stayed the same. Various room types and views are available, including interconnecting rooms for families.
Hot on the heels of St. Regis Bahia Beach inspired wedding dresses, along comes another opportunity to wear your favorite luxury resort.
To celebrate its 10th anniversary, resort chain One&Only Resorts have just launched 10 for 10, a capsule collection created in collaboration with ten fashion designers. Each of the 10 designers have created a signature item inspired by the brand, from high heel sandals by Charlotte Olympia ($1,095), a kimono by Talitha ($840), a Melissa Odabash hat ($135) and tailored shorts by Orlebar Brown ($275).
Last Saturday, there was a fire in paradise at the One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas. Ten of the resort's 104 have been shut down due to damage by the fire. (Those rooms were located in the Crescent Wing.)
The cause of the fire, according to hotel officials, is said to be under “investigation” but a local news source, Tribune 242, says the answer is very simple: an eyewitness told the publication the hotel’s “Big Bang” fireworks show is the culprit.
Apparently, every so often, the resort has a major fireworks extravaganza and that night the $16,000 display caused wooden shingles on a roof to catch fire. It was ablaze for about 25 minutes before staff noticed and attempted to extinguish it. Authorities eventually arrived at the hotel around 11:30 pm and took just minutes to put out the remaining flames.
See the online video of the fire, after the jump.
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There's tons of hotel news flying around this week and we don't have time to give each and every story the love and attention it may deserve, so here is a quick rundown to get you up to speed on the latest.
Four Seasons goes to Seoul: the Canadian group just announced it will be adding a 317-room Four Seasons hotel in the Sejongro area of South Korea’s capital, due to open in May 2015 in a brand new 25-story building
One&Only goes Down Under: we had heard the rumor before, but it’s official now. Australia’s Hayman Island will be managed by One&Only, with a full re-launch in April next year. The resort, in the Whitsunday Islands near the Great Barrier Reef, will undergo extensive renovations. Private residences will be added as well
This morning, the One&Only Sanya on the Hainan island of China was announced. The 180-room and villa hotel will sit amidst 40-acres of coconut palms and rosewood trees, offering views of Tufu Bay, a part of the South China Sea.
Material used to build the luxury resorts will showcase the natural elements of Hainan while the hotel plans to "weave pieces of the island's historical tapestry" throughout the hotel's decor by using original furnishings, fabric and art made by descendants of the area's local tribes. Here's a little more on what to expect from One&Only Sanya: