The new hotels & resort of 2012
Bulgari Hotel, London
Following the same lines as the original Bulgari hotel in Milan, the 78-room London hotel which will be run by Ritz-Carlton is scheduled to open in April on the site of the former Normandie Hotel in Knightsbridge, overlooking Knightsbridge Green.
The Bulgari luxury hotel will feature 85 rooms and will also offer a restaurant, bar and spa. The Bulgari Hotel also includes six luxury apartments, a lounge, bar, a spirit room, a ballroom, private members club, business centre and meeting rooms – including a 50-seat screening room. The Bulgari Hotel joins a growing number of designer brands expanding into lifestyle hotels – Versace, Ferragamo, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani, Moschino and Missoni to name a few.
Park Hyatt Chennai India – Opening Early 2012
Located next to Chennai’s most prestigious address, Raj Bhavan, the Governor’s residence, the hotel will offer stunning views of Guindy National Park. Proximity to the Central Business District, the Airport and the new developments of OMR, Sri Perumbudur and Guindy Industrial Estate make this an ideal location for the business traveller.
A floating oasis, the Spa at Park Hyatt Chennai will feature a rooftop pool with dramatic views of the Guindy National Park and the natural forest reserve..
Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto – opening August 2012
The 202-room Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto is being built in a new 65-storey tower on University Avenue at Adelaide Street, due to open in August 2012. Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, will occupy the first 17 floors of this development, which incorporates thehistoric “Bishops Block”- one of the oldest remaining buildings in Toronto.
One of the newest luxury hotels in Toronto, it will be Shangri-La‘s second property in Canada following the debut of the Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in January, 2009 by the same development team.
In addition to the hotel property, luxury condominium residences will be located on the upper levels of the tower. The hotel will consist of 153 well-appointed guest rooms with a minimum size of 46 sqm / 500 sqft, featuring oversized bathrooms which will average 13 sqm / 150 sqft in size. There will be 49 suites offering approximately 65 sqm / 700 sqft to 185 sqm / 2,000 sqft of living and entertaining space, all located to offer the best views of the city.
Thompson Belgraves, London
Located in London’s chic Belgravia neighborhood, the Belgraves is the first European property for Thompson Hotels, which opened its first hotel in New York, 60 Thompson, about 10 years ago.
The Belgraves hotel has 85 rooms and suites and bathrooms stocked with products from the luxury British line Penhaligon.
W Hotel Paris
Paris Opéra area is home to the city’s newest insider escape, W Paris – Opéra opened February 14, 2012.
Located in the Opéra area of Paris, in an elegant 1870s Haussmann era building, W Paris – Opéra is situated between Paris’ most famous department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps with the exclusive boutiques of the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré nearby. If shopping is not enough, the landmark Garnier Opéra house, world class restaurants and museums are just a stroll away.
Discover the Spark at W Paris – Opéra in one of W Hotel’s 91 guestrooms and suites and delight in stylish accents, custom made furnishings and the signature W bed with plush pillow-top mattress and 350-thread count sheets and W’s
Whatever/Whenever service. Mix and mingle over cocktails with Paris insiders at the W Lounge or at Arola, the signature restaurant headed up by Sergi Arola, the two-starred Michelin Executive Chef.
SLS Hotel, South Beach, Miami
The SLS Hotel at South Beach —formerly known as the SLS Miami Hotel—has certainly had its share of setbacks in its bid to emerge as Miami Beach’s most prestigious oceanfront destination, however the hotel now appears to be well on its way to a Spring 2012 opening.
SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills features The Bazaar and Tres restaurants by José Andrés, Ciel Spa, Altitude Pool and transcendent event and meeting spaces.
Palais Namaskar, Marrakech
Palais Namaskar is Oetker Collection’s second hotel outside Europe, following the announcement to open Le Bristol Abu Dhabi in 2013. The luxury hotel is located between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills in Marrakech and is a 30-minute drive from Marrakech International Airport.
“Palais Namaskar is a statement of your lifestyle and a vision for luxury. My inspiration behind Palais Namaskar was to conceptualize a magical place, both to live in and share with people who want something unique to disconnect from the world and be very exclusive. I am proud to say that Palais Namaskar offers each of the above attributes,” said Philippe Soulier, developer and owner of Palais Namaskar.
Some of the unique luxury facets of Palais Namaskar is that it offers guests its own private jet service, which takes them from Casablanca Airport to the hotels in just 30 minutes. The private jet can be utilized for transfers to other
Oetker Collection properties, with interiors reflecting the iconic look, feel and design of Palais Namaskar. The hotel also offers limousine transfers to guests from various parts of Morocco.
The Oetker Collection currently includes Hotel Le Bristol Paris; Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc Cap d’Antibes; Château Saint-Martin & Spa. Palais Namaskar is also a member of the esteemed Leading Hotels of the World.
The Yamu, Phuket – scheduled for September 2012.
An astonishing hotel and villas, designed by famed resort architect Jean-Michel Gathy, with unique interiors by the remarkable Philippe Starck.
Heavenly cuisine, a gorgeous spa, a hundred metres of pool, a state-of-the-art recording studio, library, wine room with
underground cave, a chocolate room…
Philippe Starck of YOO by Starck and Jean-Michel Gathy, well known for his work with Aman resorts, have created a villa development that includes elegant private residences with private access to world class spa, restaurant and hotel services provided by GHM, the hotel management company operated by Aman resorts’ founder, Adrian Zecha.
Niyama Maldives Resort – Due to open late February 2012
Located in the South Western Atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA is a 40 minute seaplane flight from Male and is situated over two idyllic islands, Embudhufushi and Olhuveli.
“We have dedicated a lot of time to the creation of NIYAMA and have been extremely fortunate to be able to develop these two beautiful islands using Per AQUUM’s visionary and iconic design philosophy. We wanted to create a luxury contemporary and vibrant resort for the stylish aspirational traveller. NIYAMA will incorporate traditional Maldivian elegance in a naturally modern aesthetic,” said Neil Palmer CEO of Per AQUUM.
The luxury resort will also bring another world first to the Maldives with the opening of its underwater music club.
Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Castello will become an intimate five-star boutique hotel with impeccable suites, a spa and much more.
Hotel Castello di Casole is a luxurious five-star hotel in Tuscany, and the centerpiece of a remarkable and historic
4,200-acre estate. Commanding the highest point on the property, parts of this restored castle have graced the estate for centuries dating back to the 10th century. Since 2005, Timbers Resorts has lovingly transformed these ruins into a boutique hotel in the grand European tradition, with impeccable suites, world-class services and amenities, experiences of home and magical views of the Tuscan countryside.
Monastero Santa Rosa, The Amalfi Coast
Monastero Santa Rosa – Opening May 2012. Originally a 17th century monastery, Monastero Santa Rosa has been
affectionately and respectfully restored by its American owner into an exclusive boutique hotel and luxury spa.
The new hotel houses 20 sumptuous rooms and suites overlooking Conca dei Marini and the Bay of Salerno.
Located between Positano and Amalfi, a coastline already boasting the most beautiful vistas in the world, Monastero Santa Rosa sets a new standard for breathtaking panoramas seducing patrons with its heavenly allure for generations to come.
Palacio Nazarenas, Cuzco, Peru
Early summer 2012 sees the opening of a new Orient Express hotel in Cuzco (Peru) that will take hospitality in the city to a higher realm. Palacio Nazarenas is an historic former convent that has long been an oasis of tranquility between the grandeur of Plaza de Armas and young, lively San Blas. Its new incarnation will see contemporary style added to its urban retreat atmosphere.
Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto
The Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto was opened on January 31st, 2012. This brand new Trump hotel towers over downtown Toronto’s financial district, and it delivers a superior level of contemporary convenience. From two floors of meeting and event facilities to two levels devoted to its luxury spa and wellness facility, the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto certainly exceeds the luxury standard. Staying true to the Trump reputation for excellence, this hotel has been designed to provide guests with incredible city and Lake Ontario views, and each of the 261 rooms and suites has been modernly designed in a cosmopolitan style.
JW Marriott – 12 New Hotels by 2012
Marriott International’s luxury hotel brand, JW Marriott, plans to open 12 new properties by year-end 2012, bringing the total global portfolio to 64 hotels and resorts in 27 countries.
Opening in 2011 are properties in India (Bangalore and Chandigarh), Turkey (Ankara), and Azerbaijan (Baku). Opening in 2012 are properties in Maldives (Gaakoshibee), Peru (Cusco), UAE (Dubai Marquis), India (Gurgaon, Chennai, and New Delhi International Airport), Vietnam (Hanoi), and South Korea (Seoul Dongdaemun Plaza).
Sheraton Macao Hotel
Sheraton Macao Hotel is the largest hotel on the Cotai Strip, and Starwood’s largest hotel globally. The twin towers encompass seven restaurants and lounges, over 5,000 square meters of meeting space, two health clubs, a spa, and three outdoor swimming pools.
The Ampersand Hotel London
Built in 1888, The Ampersand Hotel is one of London’s original Victorian boutique hotels and due to open its doors in time for the London 2012 Olympics. Located on Harrington Road, this new 110 bedroom destination is just seconds away from South Kensington tube station. The hotel will also offer west Londoners and guests a patisserie, vaulted restaurant and Bellini bar.
Conrad New York
The Conrad New York, located in Lower Manhattan and overlooking the Hudson River, provides contemporary spaces in the lobby atrium, oversized suites and a seasonal rooftop bar. Adjacent to Hudson River Park, the New York City luxury hotel features 463 rooms starting at 430 sq. ft., more than 30,000 sq. ft. of adaptable meeting space.
Fairmont 2012 new hotels
Fairmont Jaipur in India, Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv in Ukraine, and Fairmont Baku in Azerbaijan.
In total, the luxury brand has five hotel projects, representing more than 1,300 guestrooms, slated to open next year.