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Hilton Debuts in China’s Hainan Island

Alan Woinski
June 6th, 2023 at 7:35 AM EDT

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  • Hilton, InterContinental, Melia, Wyndham, Accor, Hyatt, and Marriott are among the hotel chains expanding their presence in various cities across Asia-Pacific.
  • New hotel openings and renovations are bringing luxury accommodations and unique experiences to destinations like Hainan Island, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and more.
  • From all-women managed hotels to rooftop pools and innovative dining options, these developments cater to the diverse needs of travelers seeking comfort, convenience, and memorable stays.

Hilton announced the opening of The Mermoon Resort Hainan Tufu Bay, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. This marks the entry of Hilton’s lifestyle brand into the vacation destination of Hainan Island, China’s southernmost point. The resort is owned by China Energy Construction Group Co. Ltd and is managed by Hilton. The hotel includes 116 guest rooms and suites all designed to immerse guests in the fishing village theme. Each room features a private balcony that offers views of Fufu Bay or the South China Sea. The hotel includes five restaurants and bars, 614 square meters of flexible event space with four banquet and meeting venues that can be combined, and a 1,000 square meter outdoor lawn. The outdoor pool is designed in the shape of a mermaid’s tail. The hotel offers mermaid costumers, allowing guests to transform into Tufu Bay mermaids. There is also a children’s club and dedicated outdoor swimming pool.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has officially reopened the InterContinental Bangkok, described as the city’s most iconic five star luxury hotel located in the heart of Bangkok, following a multi-million dollar renovation and spectacular makeover. The hotel is located in Bangkok’s Central Business District, directly adjacent to the BTS Chidlom Skytrain, walking distance to the capital’s main lifestyle shopping locations. The hotel underwent a recent multi-million dollar renovation and the hotel has re-emerged as a modern grand hotel designed for contemporary living. The hotel re-emerges with 381 all-new luxury guestrooms, including Club InterContinental rooms and a range of suites. The lobby’s centerpiece is a chandelier inspired by the Phuang Malai garland. Unique dining experiences include SoCal, Espresso, Fireplace Grill and Bar and Summer Palace while guests have access to a wide range of facilities and on-site amenities including a reimagined rooftop pool called Oasis; the Spa InterContinental; Infinity Fitness and a variety of 19 function rooms, meeting and event spaces.

Melia Hotels International announced Thailand will open the doors of its first INNSiDE hotel this July. INNSiDE by Melia Bangkok Sukhumvit will be in Bangkok’s lively On Nut neighborhood and will have 208 rooms, a tapas bar on the thirty-third floor, all-day dining restaurant on the thirty-first floor and a rooftop pool. Guests can choose from eight room accommodation categories and there will be a 24-hour gym, concierge services and a two story infinity pool and rooftop pool bar on the thirty-fourth floor.

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts will launch a soft opening of its first namesake hotel brand in Singapore next month. The flagship 591 key hotel will be named the Peninsula Excelsior Singapore, a Wyndham Hotel, located in the Civil District. Following the completion of a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the official launch of Wyndham Singapore will include a grand opening in 2024. The hotel features a range of facilities including two swimming pools, fitness center, sauna, executive lounge for club floor guests and four multi-functional rooms. The hotel boasts a view of both the Marina Bay and Singapore River as well as the tranquil greenery of Fort Canning Hill. The hotel is a stone’s throw away from major shopping malls such as Funan Mall, Raffles City, Suntec City and more.

Accor has opened its eighth ibis Styles hotel in Japan with the opening of ibis Styles Tokyo Ginza East. The hotel has 135 rooms blending traditional and contemporary elements. The restaurant ‘Anzu’ is located on the first floor lobby and becomes a contemporary lounge each afternoon and evening for members of Accor’s lifestyle program ALL – Accor Live Limitless. The hotel also features indoor and open-air baths on the rooftop, the only hotel in Ginza to offer such facilities. There is also an outdoor terrace on the top floor.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced a Hyatt affiliate has entered into management and related agreements with LFG Property Pty Ltd for a Caption by Hyatt hotel in Sydney, Australia. Slated for completion in early 2025, the development will mark the debut of the Caption by Hyatt brand in the country. The hotel will be centrally located in Haymarket at the southern end of the Sydney Central Business District. Construction has begun on the purpose-built 174 room hotel. The hotel will include Talk Shop – the Caption by Hyatt brand’s food and beverage concept, a welcome area and all-day lounge that serves as a workspace, coffee shop, eatery, grab-and-go artisanal market and cocktail bar.

Sam Arnaout is hoping to exit the Melbourne hotel market, putting a portfolio of three ibis hotels up for sale. The founder and owner of Iris Capital is trying to sell the 250 room ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments near Queen Victoria Market, the 103-room ibis Budget Fawkner in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and the 71 room ibis Budget Dandenong in the city’s south-east. He is hoping for a A$130 million-plus payday.

Australia’s The Star Entertainment said its Queen’s Wharf Brisbane project has been pushed back to April 2024, yet another setback in a year of tremendous difficulties for this company. Star Entertainment blamed pressures on the supply chain, the same that other major infrastructure projects across Australia have encountered. The project was recently expected to open in the second half of this year. Star said several areas of the Integrated Resort have been completed including numerous dining, entertainment and gaming areas on Levels 5 and 6 of the resort. The third and final Sky Deck bridge section was moved into place on Friday, June 2 which will allow the Sky Deck lift and connection to take place in the coming weeks. The completed Sky Deck will connect all four towers of the Queen’s Wharf development. The IR is being developed by Destination Brisbane Consortium, a joint venture with Star owning a 50% stake and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises and Far East Consortium holding the remaining 50%. The overall project cost is estimated at US$2.37 billion of which the IR was supposed to originally cost US$1.71 billion but that budget has been upped to US$1.91 billion.

Boulevard Holdings has purchased a piece of land in the tropical island of Siargao in Surigao Del Norte, Philippines that they will develop into a new resort property. BHI is the parent company of Fridays Holdings, Inc which owns Fridays Boracay and Fridays Puerto Galera. The 5,216 square meter property had been wrecked by supertyphoon Odette which hit in December 2021. BHI plans to open a modest 20 to 40 key Fridays property as soon as possible with a low budget cost of P50 million to P120 million.

Marriott’s Westin Hotels & Resorts has unveiled The Westin Hyderabad Hitec City, its second Westin property to launch in Hyderabad. This has the distinctive identity of being an all-women managed hotel, the first of its kind in the city. The 168-key hotel in Hitec City, 32 km from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, offers an array of wellness experiences and will operate solely on green energy sourced from renewable resources. The hotel offers four dining options including a rooftop poolside Bar & Grill. The hotel includes 3,300 square feet of banquet space and more.

Alan Woinski
June 6th, 2023 at 7:35 AM EDT

Companies: Accor, Caption by Hyatt, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, ibis Budget, ibis Styles, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Innside by Melia, InterContinental, Marriott International, Melia Hotels International, Star Entertainment, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

Locations: Bangkok, Hainan, Hyderabad, Melbourne, Philippines, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo

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