Pan Pacific Hotels Group announced it will double its serviced suites portfolio in 2023 with openings in key gateway cities such as Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Nairobi. Its developments are under parent company UOL Group Limited. The Group’s latest wave of expansion will increase its global development portfolio by 50%, adding more than 4,000 keys by 2023. Parkroyal Suites Bangkoklaunched on November 15 with 194 keys while Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Kuala Lumpur will open on December 1 with 210 one or two bedroom suites. In early 2023 the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Nairobi and Parkroyal Serviced Suites Hanoi are expected to open their doors and then in July 2023 Pan Pacific will open Parkroyal Serviced Suites Jakarta.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced it will manage a new resort with branded residences in Phu Yen province, one of Vietnam’s coastal regions. The project is scheduled to open in 2026 and will be the group’s third property in Vietnam. The resort is being developed by Indochina Kajima, a joint venture between Indochina Capital in Vietnam and Kajima Development Pte in Singapore. Mandarin Oriental, Bai Nom will sit on an expansive 800 meter beach, surrounded by raised plateaus with views of the coastline and the ocean. There will be 72 suites and villas, including 25 Residences at Mandarin Oriental, spread out across the 29-hectare site. Guest accommodations will be located directly on the beach, dotted through the hills, and feature private terraces and pools. The branded residences will house three to five guestrooms with private gardens, pools and terraces. There will be three restaurants and bars, a Mandarin Oriental Spa sitting on the resort’s cliff top and the resort will offer guests a broad range of activities.
InterContinental Khao Yai Resort in Thailand has unveiled 19 Suites and Villas, housed within repurposed heritage railcars marking the final phase of its opening journey. A spa, French bistro, and cocktail bar, also situated in repurposed railcars sourced from across the country, also have been revealed. The train car suites tell the tale of Khao Yai during the era of King Rama V when the region was a gateway for railroad travel to the Northeast of Thailand and surrounding destinations like Sri Lanka, India, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Yangon, Luang Prabang, Saigon, Phnom Penh, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Songkhla, Sukhothai and Chanthaburi. Each of the suites are 47 square meters, elevated for a train-like experience. All rooms come with outdoor spaces, whether a balcony, terrace or private plunge pool. There are four 116 square meter Heritage Railcar One Bedroom Pool Villas and a 223 square meter Heritage Railcar Two Bedroom Pool Villa. In addition to the villas and suites there are two addition dining concepts and the Papillon Bar. The Spa at InterContinental Khao Yai Resort is set inside an upcycled heritage railcar. The resort opened earlier this year with 45 rooms in the main buildings, a Cross-Fit inspired fitness center and a series of exploratory guest adventures along with a farm to table dining concept and afternoon tea room.
On November 26, the Outrigger Koh Samui Beach Resort completed its opening by unveiling its final complement of 102 rooms. The finishing phase comprised elegant colonial-style rooms with balconies, including 32 inter-connecting pairs of rooms designed for families and small groups of friends. With the full opening, Outrigger Thailand now has a total of three resorts operational in the region: at Koh Samui, Khao Lak, and Phuket. The 146 key property on Lamai beach in the southeast of the island is 30 minutes from Samui International Airport.
Capella Hotels & Resorts said they plan on making their Australian debut in March 2023 with Capella Sydney. The eight-level hotel will transform the charming 1915 Department of Education building that sits in the center of Lotus, Bridge, and Yong Streets, restored by Capella owner Pontiac Land. The hotel will add 192 rooms and suites to the CBD. There will be three hospitality concepts occupying the ground floor along with six meeting and event spaces. Other amenities include the Auriga Spa with a 20 meter heated indoor pool, sauna and fitness center.
UK-based Dorchester Collection plans to open in what will soon be Japan’s highest building, currently under construction in Tokyo. This will be Dorchester’s first inroads into Asia when the hotel opens in 2028. They are partnering with developer Mitsubishi Estate. The hotel will open its doors within the 390-meter-high Torch Tower, to be built near Tokyo Station with construction expected to be completed in fiscal 2027. The hotel will occupy the fifty-third through fifty-eighth floors of the building. It is expected to include 110 guest rooms, restaurants and a pool. The hotel floor area is expected to total around 21,400 square meters.
Hyatt Hotels announced the opening of Hyatt Regency Trivandrum, the third Hyatt property in the state of Kerala and the sixteenth Hyatt Regency hotel in India. The 132-room property has the highest suite inventory in the city with three suite categories – Regency, Diplomatic and Presidential with the latter measuring 1900 square feet. The hotel features a range of dining experiences, one of the largest convention centers in the city and the Santata Spa.
M/S Shakambari Builders Pvt Ltd announced the signing of a franchise agreement with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts for the development of a new hotel in Ranchi, Jharkhand in India under the Ramada by Wyndham brand. The Ramada by Wyndham Ranchi Bariatu Road is expected to open in 2025. The hotel will have a modern façade and will feature 66 rooms, eclectic food and beverage offerings, club facilities, meetings and banquet spaces.
Leisure Hotels Group said they are looking to expand their footprint in the hostel space. They entered the branded hostel space under Bedzzz two years ago. They will look to scale the hostel vertical with its second property in Varanasi. Bedzzz was first set up in Rishikesh and is owned and managed by the company. The Varanasi property will function under a management contract. The properties have both rooms as well as hostel-style individual beds and lie in the budget to mid-market space. The company plans to expand the brand in locations that have backpackers such as religious locations as well as other leisure markets. Other than hostels, the group’s portfolio has business hotels, boutique resorts, bespoke villas and luxury camps with the company owning 65% of the assets. Leisure Hotels Group owns 22 properties in four states.
Noida International Airport has selected Roseate Hotels and Resorts to develop an airport hotel at the upcoming greenfield airport in Delhi-NCR. The hotel will be a new concept featuring intelligent technology like smartphone access and services designed to cater to the evolving demands and expectations of global leisure and business travelers. Roseate Hotels is owned and operated by Bird Group. The hotel will have over 220 well-appointed rooms and a suite of banquet, dining and wellness spaces, including a state-of-the-art fitness center. The hotel will be located close to the airport terminal and is considered a first step towards building NIA as a business and leisure center for the region.
Jin Jiang International Hotels intends to acquire the 65% of shares of WeHotel held by Jin Jiang Asset Management (45%), Jin Jiang Capital (10%) and Tibet Hony Capital (10%) by way of transfer by agreement. Total consideration will be Rmb850.2 million. The company’s shareholding will increase to 75% after the acquisition. The acquisition is expected to help the company further integrate the membership ecosystem, increase the proportion of direct sales channels and the revenue contribution of the central reservation system.