Malaysia’s leading luxury resort, The Datai Langkawi, will embark on an extensive renovation from September 4th next year, signifying the most substantial enhancement project since its inception over 23 years ago. To ensure the resort retains its much loved ‘Datai DNA’, the management has appointed renowned interior designer Didier Lefort of DL2A, who, along with visionary Australian architect Kerry Hill, was responsible for the original designs in 1993.
Autograph Collection Hotels has revealed it will debut four properties in Asia next year. In 2017, the brand will open The Shanhaitian Resort Sanya in China, The Majestic Hotel and Hotel Stripes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and RYSE hotel in Seoul, South Korea. Autograph Collection Hotels is a curated collection of some of the finest independent hotels located in extraordinary destinations throughout the world.
Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld has announced the expansion of his global business with plans to build an international hospitality brand. The chain will be titled Karl Lagerfeld Hotels & Resorts and will follow in the footsteps of Armani hotels, which has led the way in fashion-led properties.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed up a second resort hotel on China’s only tropical island of Hainan, signing a management agreement with Hainan Golden Tide Tourism Development. The luxury development underlines the provincial government’s drive to enhance the destination for international visitors with prestigious new projects, balancing cultural heritage and preserving the island’s natural beauty.
Marriott International is set to open Xiangshui Bay Marriott Resort & Spa, a new beach resort under the flagship Marriott Hotels brand on Southern China’s tropical holiday island of Hainan. The property will add to Marriott Hotel’s growing portfolio of resorts in major leisure destinations around the world.
The portfolio of inspiring destinations that create the settings for Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is to expand to an exciting island location in Cambodia, a country steeped in history and re-emerging onto the world stage of exotic destinations. Six Senses Krabey Island is scheduled to premiere in 2017.
Maritim Hotels has confirmed plans to open two new hotels in China, in Hangzhou and Hefei. Well located in prosperous cities in eastern China, both properties will be expertly designed, stunning new-build hotels featuring a distinctive interior inspired by the local culture of the region.
Vietnam’s first ever integrated destination resort will be operated by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. In a strategic move that cements its presence in the fast-growing Asian hotel market, the Swiss hospitality firm has signed a management deal with Ngoi Sao Cua Duong Joint Stock Company for the high-profile Mövenpick Resort Phu Quoc.
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has been appointed by Waterfall Management Sole to manage Rosewood Luang Prabang in Laos, scheduled to open 2017 as a luxury escape. Within ten minutes’ drive from the historic city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, guests will be enveloped in an ethereal, idyllic setting as the resort is completely immersed within a virtually untouched natural environment.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of an agreement with Shanghai Huayu Real Estate to bring its ultra-luxury St. Regis brand to Shanghai. Scheduled for completion in early 2017, The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan will open its doors in one of the most exclusive, sought-after locations in the heart of the city’s central business district.
Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Centrepoint, is on track to double its presence in China with the acquisition of a serviced residence property in the burgeoning city of Dalian. Frasers paid a total of S$100.29 million for the property. The gateway city to Northeast China, Dalian is a major port and centre for trade, industry, business and tourism.
Asian hospitality provider ONYX Hospitality Group has announced two new management contracts to operate properties in China, culminating in seven new properties to be completed on the mainland by 2018 in addition to the existing 11 properties.Two properties are ideally and strategically located in Shanghai and Xiamen.