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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:
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If you wake up in a tequila haze tomorrow wishing you could remember what you did during last night's Cinco De Mayo celebration, don't fret as there's a chance to relive Cinco de Mayo every day this month at the One & Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico.
The luxe resort is offering several incentives for guests visiting this month starting with over $550 in complimentary amenities when you book a minimum three-night stay. That includes $200 in resort credit, round-trip airport transfers, two $50 gift certificates for ESPA massages, two rounds of gold at the signature Jack Nicklaus golf course and the deal sweetener, complimentary margaritas at the Agua Bar from 5-7pm every day.
And if you book a fourth night, you will get a fifth night free. You must book by May 27th. Go here to do so. Rates start at $1,000 a night for a Beach Front Terrace Junior Suite with a king bed. Yes, we know that's one expensive margarita. But soo worth it.
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Yeah, we dig The Bachelor, but not because we're cool with one guy basking in the attention of a harem of women, all begging him to put a ring on it. No, we haz da luv because it’s unintentional travel eye-candy. The network thinks we're watching the cast, but really, we're peeping the background.
This season starring Bachelor Brad Womack is coming to an end and we love-love the location: South Africa. Last night's show andwe're toldthe March 14 finale has studly Brad and the last three ladies standing at two gorgeous properties—Lion Sands Private Game Reserve and the swank One & Only Cape Town.
Every Valentine's Day, we're inundated with crazy hotel packages that would require a Real Housewives-sized budget (and aren't all that inventive). So this week, we're taking a look at affordable, but fun deals that us regular folks would book.
You know what's romantic? Somewhere warm with no snow, like Los Cabos. If you're looking to plan a special Valentine's Day getaway with your honey, you might want to show you care by upping sticks to celeb favorite One&Only Palmilla.
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So unlike the series of deserted manmade islands off Dubai called "The World," the other set of manmade islands off Dubai"The Palm"is doing far, far better for itself. In fact, The Palm has progressed to the point that people actually live on it in their mansions, and it's had an Atlantis Hotel for two years already. Next up for The Palm? A One & Only Resort that should have opened a few days ago on 10-10-10.
The date was highly touted and we wondered if the 100-room, Andalucian and Moorish-inspired resort would make it. And you know what? We don't think so. There is no way to book a stay on their website, we tried Hotels.com all the way through January and nothing came back, and the "special offers" are deceivingly vague: