The Raffles Europejski Warsaw is slated to open in early 2018 to welcome a new chapter in an extraordinary history which spans 160 years. Located on the Royal Route and neighbouring the cobbled streets of the Old Town with its own high-end retail space, the Raffles Europejski Warsaw will be home to 106 elegant suites with bespoke furniture, oak floors, a corner library and a carefully curated Polish art by Anda Rottenberg and Barbara Piwowarska.
Built by Enrico Marconi in 1857 it quickly became enshrined in history, its glamorous New Year’s Eve ball parties, immortalized in the Polish 19th century classic, “The Doll” by Bolesław Prus. In the 1880’s, Polish artists such as Józef Chełmoński and Stanisław Witkiewicz had their studios there and the hotel resonated with fin-de-siècle glamour; its patisserie a well-known haunt of writers and poets. In the 20th century it witnessed Poland regaining its independence, the centenary of which is marked next year, before the devastation of World War II and the decades of communism that followed.
The 106 elegant guest rooms and suites will be the largest in the city yet, with the Raffles Suite a magnificent 293 sq. meters. Interior design comes courtesy of Warsaw-based internationally acclaimed WWAA Architecture practice together with National Opera House stage designer Boris Kudlička and APA Wojciechowski team. WWAA’s previous projects include the Polish Pavilion for Expo in Shanghai and they are known for an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on storytelling, a perfect match for Raffles Europejski Warsaw which is a grand story, rich with detailed narrative waiting to be unveiled.
Well-known for her luxury cruises along the Amazon and Mekong Rivers, Aqua Expeditions will be unveiling new vessels and announcing new routes towards the end of November 2018. The recently-announced global expansion is made possible by a USD 28 million capital injection by US-based private equity company, Bison Capital.
After weeks of speculation, Singapore Airlines has just officially announced Seattle as the fourth city US city to be served non-stop from Singapore - this is also the fifth US city in the airlines' route network. The non-stop Singapore to Seattle flights are due to be launched on 03 September 2019 and it will be initially operated three times a week before increasing to four times a week in October 2019.
The SO Sofitel Hua Hin has just unveiled a brand new wing with new state-of-the-art leisure facilities and room types for both business and leisure travellers. The new wing features One-bedroom SO Pool Villas as well as SO Family Suites (complete with bunk beds) that family traveling with children can look forward to. Additionally, guests staying in the hotel can also look forward to a new Signature Pool (16m x 60m) that consists of a water playground with a Wibit adventure course running down the middle of the pool.
There are no lack of luxury hotels in Singapore but 2018 has been a fairly unexciting year where luxury hotels are concerned - The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore finally opened this year after a hiatus that lasted years and the Six Senses Duxton is probably the only other hotel worth mentioning this year. Yesterday, the Marina View white site has been made available for application under the GLS and it is set to yield 540 hotel rooms.
The Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel is Hong Kong’s first ever city resort to ever open - the brand-new 471-room property is located at Ocean Park Hong Kong and it is just minutes away from the city, making it the perfect destination for both leisure and business travellers. Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel is also committed to several sustainable initiatives which include energy-saving components to keep the building cooler in summer. In addition, rainwater collection areas and vertical planting systems are found throughout the hotel.
Hilton has just announced the launch of a brand new affordable lifestyle brand - Motto by Hilton. The new brand is designed to empower guests by giving them the freedom to create their own experiences in the world’s most sought-after cities. As Hilton approaches its 100th anniversary, it continues to pioneer the hospitality landscape with a new brand to address the needs and desires of the evolving global traveler.
The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts will be expanding the brand’s portfolio with the management of The Fullerton Hotel Sydney from 18 October 2019. Currently The Westin Sydney, the iconic property located on 1 Martin Place will be re-branded into The Fullerton Hotel Sydney and it will become the group’s first foray outside of Singapore.
In conjunction with The Ritz-Carlton’s Stellar Dining Series, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore will be presenting a series of gastronomic events from 01 November 2018 to 04 November 2018 - the whole journey begins in Singapore and it will continue through to Osaka, Hong Kong and Beijing from 01 November 2018 to 01 December 2018.
A brand new Hilton property has just opened in Taipei and it marks the brand’s return to the Taiwan market after 15 years. Located in New Taipei City, the 31-story Hilton Taipei Sinban offers 400 upscale rooms and it positions itself as an optimal choice for business travel and gatherings with extensive meeting facilities and convenient connections to traffic hubs.
Chef Ku at Golden Peony (Conrad Centennial Singapore) has just unveiled a brand new selection of dim sum items for both weekday lunches as well as weekend brunches. The new array of dim sum is created to showcase both traditional Cantonese as well as local flavours. Family dining with children will also be delighted to find a handful of specially-created items for the restaurant’s younger guests.