The Ritz Hotel, Cape Town has been undergoing an extensive R120 million makeover, spearheaded by Shimmy Luxury Collection. Benchmarked against the most exclusive collections in the world, SLC is set to shake up the hospitality landscape in South Africa.
Iberostar Hotels & Resorts is continuing with its ambitious expansion plan by opening another hotel in North Africa this April. The Iberostar Club Palmeraie Marrakech will be a fully renovated four-star hotel that has been redesigned in keeping with the brand’s quality standards.
Located in Nigeria’s commercial centre and city known for its music, fashion, cuisine, art and nightlife, the Renaissance Lagos Ikeja will offer world-class amenities, modern aesthetic, sophisticated service and unique programming that reflect the brand’s signature approach to feed the curiosity, fuel the imagination and excite the senses of its guests.
The Oberoi Group plans to open its first Moroccan outpost in 2017 and expand its Oberoi Spa and wellness experiences within a luxury destination retreat. Located just 20 minutes from the city centre, The Oberoi Marrakech, Morocco will be situated within 25 acres of citrus orchards and olive groves, offering a peaceful sanctuary from the bustle of the Medina and spectacular views of the Atlas Mountains.
Marriott International has further expanded in Algeria with the opening of its seventh hotel in the country, Sheraton Annaba. The company already operates six hotels in Algeria including Constantine Marriott Hotel, Renaissance Tlemcen Hotel, Sheraton Club des Pins, Sheraton Oran, Le Meridien Oran and Four Points by Sheraton Oran amounting to 1,580 rooms.
May 2017 will see the official launch of Pinnon Safari Lodge, an independently owned and managed safari lodge located in the Kafue National Park, Zambia. Situated on the banks of the Kafue River and surrounded by the most stunning variety of birds and wildlife, Pinnon Lodges offers an authentically wild safari experience.
Marriott International has opened the doors of its first Marriott Hotel in Rwanda, bringing the signature brand’s welcoming service and world-class amenities to sub-Saharan Africa for the first time in its nearly 90-year history. “Rwanda is going through an economic transformation and we are proud to be a part of it,” said Marriott International president Arne Sorenson.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts is adding another hotel to its East African portfolio. The newest addition is BW Premier Collection - The Alba, located in Nairobi, Kenya. Centrally located, with easy access to businesses, offices, banks, shopping and tourist attractions, it is the ideal place to stay in Nairobi for either business or pleasure.
Hilton Worldwide has marked this year’s African Hotel Investment Forum with the announcement of new properties and extensions in three African countries. It continues the company’s commitment to expansion across the continent as it seeks to double its footprint from its existing 39 hotels to more than 80 hotels in the next three to five years.
African hospitality company BON Hotels has added another property to its growing portfolio. BON Hotel Addis Ababa, situated in Ethiopia, is under construction and will open its doors to the public in the first quarter of 2017. Located just ten minutes from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport and the city centre, BON Hotel Addis Ababa will be an exciting option for the corporate, leisure and conference traveller.
Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge, situated next to Rwanda’s renowned Volcanoes National Park, is on track to open for guests in June 2017. Comprising just six forest villas, Bisate Lodge will offer a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and a holistic exploration of this beautiful region.
Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts will open Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay on September 1st, the first Banyan Tree property on the Mediterranean coast, and the first all-pool villa resort in Morocco. Located on the northeast coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, the resort is a 20 minute drive from the charming city of Tetouan, and international visitors can arrive via Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier.