Following W Brisbane which is slated to open in 2018, W Melbourne is coming one of Australia's most exciting cities - Melbourne. Developed in partnership with Daisho Development Melbourne Pty Ltd and Cbus Property, W Melbourne will be located in the heart of the city’s trendy shopping and entertainment district at 447 Collins Street. Now part of Marriott International, the W Melborune will be housed within a AUD 1 billion mixed-use luxury development Collins Arch where the hotel is expected to fuse the brand’s signature Whatever/Whenever® service and innovative programming with Melbourne’s hip and historic setting.
Offering 294 spacious guestrooms, including 40 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the brand’s take on the traditional Presidential Suite), W Melbourne will be designed by award-winning SHoP Architects from New York, global design practice Woods Bagot and interior design specialists Hachem. The hotel will feature a vibrant bar and restaurant, an AWAY spa, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility, and WET indoor heated swimming pool.
W Melbourne will shake up the city’s hospitality scene with its future forward design, signature amenities and full calendar of W Happenings, showcasing what’s new and next in fashion, music and design. Guests can expect the brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever service philosophy that promises whatever guests want, whenever they want it. W Melbourne will also cater to those looking for an extraordinary location for their next event or meeting, featuring nearly 13,000 square feet of ultra-modern conference, ballroom and meeting space.
Collins Arch, a mixed-use development comprised of two towers which house a vibrant mix of premium office, retail and commercial space, are linked at the top by a residential bridge. Guests can access W Melbourne from multiple entry points across William Street, Market Street and Collins Street, with the Living Room (the brand’s take on the staid hotel lobby) and port cochère located on Flinders Lane.
Hopping on a taxi and using a ride-hailing app in Singapore is not difficult but I sometimes prefer a proper limousine arrangement (especially when traveling to and from the airport) since they are a lot more comfortable and predictable. My OCBC VOYAGE Card is great since it gives me up to two free rides each month by spending S$3,000 (one free ride) or S$6,000 (two free rides) per calendar month. While this is typically enough for me, I sometimes make two or three trips a month and therefore, I turn to the next best alternative (or so I thought), Wolero One.
The first ever Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts property in Indonesia is set to make its first debut in the city of Jakarta. Slated to open in mid-2019, the Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue will be located in a mixed-used lifestyle mall complex. The hotel will feature 412 spacious guest rooms, six dining outlets, an executive lounge, the Pürovel Spa & Sport facility as well as the city’s largest event space of 3,044 square meters that can accommodate up to 3000 guests in its ballroom.
Now that the MO BAR is officially open, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is bringing back the popular afternoon tea experience with a bi-monthly seasonal menu with views of Singapore. The MO BAR is a relaxing space that is awash in natural daylight during the day and the antique gold geometric patterns inspired by Polynesian tattoos on the ceiling and façade greet guests upon entering.
San Francisco-based luxury boutique brand, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has just opened the first property in the UK in London’s Bloomsbury neighbourhood. The Kimpton Fitzroy London combines late-Victorian heritage with a quirky, modern vibe. The existing glamour of the building, paired with Kimpton’s signature heartfelt service, brings a new hotel offering to London that delivers exclusivity for everyone.
The Hyatt Regency Hangzhou is expected to be re-branded to Grand Hyatt Hangzhou on 18 December 2018. Following 18 months of intensive renovations, the hotel will become the first Grand Hyatt hotel in the Zhejiang Province and the 15th in Greater China. The property will feature 388 redesigned guestrooms and suites that will range from 34sqm to 240sqm and it will create an inviting space for guests and locals to indulge in.
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.