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It’s partly housed in a 19th-century UNESCO-listed building that was once the British consulate. It sits on Shangani beach on the Indian Ocean. And it has an ocean-facing infinity pool.
Those are the stats for Park Hyatt Zanzibar, the brand’s first hotel on the island, which just opened. It’s taken over the historic Mambo Msiige mansion – a typical Zanzibari mansion set around a courtyard – and built another connecting building, the Zamani Residence.
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It’s nearly the weekend, there's lots of hotel news that is worthy of your attention, so here are a few snippets to keep you up to date on the latest from around the world.
Four Seasons Carmelo, Uruguay: we could almost do a weekly feature called the Four Seasons Chronicles, because the news about the Canadian group keeps coming in. Upping its hotels in South America with two new properties in Colombia just a few weeks ago, now it’s down one again by virtue of the departure of the resort in Carmelo, Uruguay by March 31 this year. By early March we should find out which brand will come in its place.
Shangri-La in Mauritius and Sri Lanka: having gotten the opening of its hotel at the Shard in London out of the way in 2014, this year Shangri-La Hotels will have islands on its mind. First, in Mauritius, the former Oberoi Le Touessrok will become Shangri-La Le Touessrok in September following a major renovation. On Sri Lanka, Shangri-La Hambantota Resort & Spa should open just before that, with a second property in capital Colombo to follow in 2017.
The view from the Park Hyatt Chicago. Brrr.
Chiberia has already raised its icy head in Chicago with wind chills in the negative double digits and tourists running for cover. But there’s no need to suffer the elements this winter in Chicago--simply find a luxe hotel in downtown to hunker down. With these full-service posh options, you won’t have to venture out, nor will you want to.
The James: Drag yourself downstairs, away from the modern, comfy room to experience dry-aged steaks at David Burke’s Primehouse, which also serves breakfast and lunch. Feeling reclusive? David Burkes can be delivered right to your door via room service. One item not to miss: the bacon stick with black pepper and maple syrup. And if you wake up at 3 a.m. craving more bacon? No problem, room service operates around the clock. The Asha Spa offers a menu of treatments specifically for men so they can pretty themselves up before reentering society. Get a nightcap at the JIMMY bar or check out the happy hour special from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday through Friday with $6 wines by the glass and $5 appetizers from David Burke’s.
On our recent Master List of Hotel Openings in 2015, we tried to pare down the list of hotel openings across China, instead choosing only to highlight truly special properties, like the Park Hyatt Sanya Bay which is expected to open on February 15.
As per usual, the hotel's website is showing computer generated room photos, such as the one you see above of a Park Twin room. But a tipster has pointed us to a flooring website that shows a model room photo. (Clearly, someone was testing out the beds just before this picture was snapped.)
Nevertheless, this Park Hyatt is set to be the most Park Hyatt-y of the bunch, meaning oozing with luxury.
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Much like Bali, the hotel openings keep coming for Marrakech, no matter how crowded it is already. A year after we looked at that long list of options, here are four big name hotels that will open in the next few years: Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, W Hotels, and Ritz-Carlton.
First up: the second attempt of Mandarin Oriental, which should arrive this year after missing a planned 2014 opening. Like Milan, the hotel now has a dedicated website, with a first few interior images. The hotel will have 54 villas, 7 suites, and 2 spa suites – all with their own pool. The seven suites have rooftop plunge pools and are part of the main hotel building, with the spa suites giving over 4,000 square feet and infinity lap pools.
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There are many reasons why we’d recommend a trip to Tanzania: the scenery, the wildlife, the outdoor showers, we could go on. And if a trip in your eyes is only complete if it includes some beach time, then the island of Zanzibar (technically an archipelago) is only a short flight away.
From early next year, you can stay at the new Park Hyatt Zanzibar, right on the beach in Stone Town, the historic centre of Zanzibar City. Above a rendering of the 67-room hotel, but you can spy a real-life snap on the hotel’s Facebook page.
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If you thought the ladies of Manhattan have the best kept nails around, you need to see the women of Paris – all those monochrome outfits wouldn’t half look boring if they weren’t accompanied by a flash of color in the talons area.
In fact, nails are so crucial to the French look that Park Hyatt Place Vendôme has just opened a nail suite, run by beauty brand Kure Bazaar. Suite 601 has been completely retooled as a salon, with a tongue-twister of a name: The Nail Suite By Kure Bazaar in Suite 601.
French manicures, normal manicures, pedicures and “luxurious nail rituals are on the menu”, at this, Kure Bazaar’s first nail salon. And if you’re into all things eco, you’ll love that Kure Bazaar nail varnish is 85% natural ingredients. No, not naturally occurring paint and oils – ingredients like wood pulp, cotton, wheat, corn and, um, potatoes.
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We took you all around the Park Hyatt New York a few weeks ago but in honor of the luxury hotel's official opening day, we're spotlighting 5 tech touches in the guest rooms that we thought you'd like. Rooms for tonight are holding steady at $725 for a Park Deluxe King.
CLEARLY MARKED BEDSIDE BUTTONS. Turning on and off the lights with the press of a button can actually be accomplished here. (Shout-out to the extra outlets!)
NEWEST NESPRESSO MODEL. Even the pods are different!
INTELITY iPAD MINIS. Each guest will have one of these on the nightstand to use during their stay. (The iPads were not installed yet during our visit so, just imagine.)
GADGET HOOK-UP. A power/gadget hook-up strip is installed at each desk.
TOTO TOILETS. Yes, this matters.
Check out all the photos of a Studio Suite below!
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Last week, we gave you the most pertinent 411 on the Park Hyatt New York, opening on August 19. But there's so much more to the hotel than the "gracious glamour" of the Yabu Pushelberg-designed guest rooms.
Like the Spa Nalai which features views of Central Park from its treatment rooms and views of the Hudson river from its reception area.
Or the heated sand quartz bed where signature massages are performed.
You might also enjoy doing laps in the pool where music from Carnegie Hall is blasted through underwater speakers.
And if you're like us, upon entering the Park Hyatt Ballroom where walls are finished with white onyx, and there is LED surround lighting, you might just yell out, OH MY GOD, because it is actually quite amazing. The photo doesn't do it justice. Here's hoping you get invited to a wedding, or a really ritzy bar mitzvah, there someday.
The rest of the hotel--the entrance, the lobby lounge, reception area, and The Back Room at One57 restaurant--was still getting some finishing touches during our stay but we'll be sure to show you those images as we get them. If you want to see it all for yourself in person, room rates start at around $800 on opening night. Massages at the spa are slightly cheaper at $225 for 60 minutes.
Because it's Friday and because you're probably already halfway out the office, we're going to keep this sneak peek short and sweet. Well, as short as we can for one of the most important luxury hotel openings of the year.
Below are pictures of the Park Hyatt New York, opening on August 19, on 57th street between 7th and 8th avenues across from Carnegie Hall. Here's what you need to know:
· The global flagship Park Hyatt hotel occupies floors 1-25 of a 90 story building. (The floors above the hotel are extremely ritzy residential units.)
· There will be no front desk check-in. A personal attendant will greet guests at the entrance and whisk them up to the second floor lounge to do the check-in process, via a tablet.
· Yabu Pushelberg did the interiors which they have described as "gracious glamour" and that description could not be more spot-on. The rooms are modern but soft, metropolitan but relaxing, and strong but inviting. There are also several design elements that YP created exclusively for the Park Hyatt New York, like the leather trunk that doubles as a safe and slipper stash. We'll explore more of these next week.
We thought it looked fabulous from the renderings and pre-opening video, and now the crowd-sourced verdict on the Park Hyatt Vienna is in….
And it is, apparently, indeed fabulous.
A friend who visited (not stayed) last week tells us that the rooms are lovely and the public areas are stunning. A review in Forbes mentions real gold tiles in the swimming pool and the winning fact that all standard rooms have sitting areas, effectively turning them into junior suites. The Telegraph calls the service “polished”, the bathrooms “lavish” and the beds “heavenly”. Vivienne Westwood has already had a fashion show there (pics on the hotel’s Facebook); she brought along Poppy Delevingne (sister of Cara), who made local headlines by showing off the window seats to full effect (above).
Over on TripAdvisor, the 21 reviews all mark it as “excellent”, and though we’re not convinced by all of them (Vienna is known for having “dull” hotels? Really?), the photos are pretty phenomenal – remember that giant wall of onyx in the bar? The spa treatment rooms get that too.
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Even more surprising perhaps? By the time the film crews zoomed up to the 41st floor lobby and 52nd floor New York Bar & Grill, the Park Hyatt had already been around for nearly a decade too, which means this month the hotel is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, you can sample the “Timeless Passion” cocktail (above) while taking in the consistently awesome views from the hotel. There are a number of events over the next few months at the various restaurants and bars, and while nothing is confirmed yet, we think there might be some more news on a refresh of the rooms in the works.