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.
The St. Regis Hong Kong is resolved to set a new benchmark in luxury hospitality for the next generation of St. Regis hotels globally. This landmark opening in Hong Kong is scheduled for April 2019 and it will reflect of vision of St. Regis through the eyes of world-famous interior designer, André Fu. The property is located in the Wan Chai district, one of Hong Kong's busiest commercial districts, and it blends architectural creativity, cultural diversity and timeless elegance.
Singapore Airlines and wellness brand COMO Shambhala (which forms part of the COMO Group) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a wide-ranging partnership aimed at enhancing the customer experience for travellers. This partnership will see the award-winning wellness cuisine to be introduced on selected Singapore Airlines flights in the second half of this year.
In view of prioritising simplicity, inclusivity, value, immediacy and access for guests, Millennium Hotels and Resorts implemented a brand new single-tier loyalty membership with the refreshed My Millennium Guest Reward Programme. This newly-revamped programme aims to simplify the way members earn and burn points with stay enhancements or lifestyle rewards by allowing them to choose the benefits which are most important to them.
The premier bar and lounge at the luxurious Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 1864, has just launched its initial series of craft beers. Created in collaboration with local brew house, Trouble Brewing, the Crocodile Sunset Summer Ale, Banana Sunday Session IPA and Tropicana Botanical Pilsner have drawn inspiration from works by artist-in-residence Arianna Caroli which complements the hotel’s botanical theme.
The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has recently re-opened their flagship restaurant, One-Ninety. The newly-transformed and revamp space now features a botanical-inspired ambience as well as wholesome Provençal cuisine enlivened by an Asian twist. The latest dining destination along Singapore's most famous shopping strip has design elements that is prevalent in its refurbished rooms and suites (check out my review of the Four Seasons Executive Suite!).
One of the leading international hospitality group, SBE, has just announced the launch of a brand new luxury hotel brand at the Berlin Hospitality Conference. In partnership with Accor, The House of Originals will be a luxury collection of SBE properties that feature a bold spirit that challenges and inspires. SBE is thrilled to launch this new hotel brand collection which will include the Sanderson and St. Martins Lane in London, 10 Karakoy in Istanbul, and the Shore Club in Miami Beach.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas will be entering the luxury hospitality sector on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius with the opening of the brand-new Anantara Mauritius Resort which is scheduled to open in Q4 of 2019. This luxury property will be located near Blue Bay Marine Park and it will be a part of an integrated coastal development, just 15 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
In view of its latest acquisitions and the changing dynamic landscape of customer loyalty, AccorHotels will be replacing its existing Le Club AccorHotels loyalty program with ALL (Accor Live Limitless) by the end of the year. The new lifestyle loyalty program will be developed into a fully integrated global platform that integrates rewards, services, and experiences across the entire ecosystem to bring value to members.
Following the completion of a major 3-month renovation project, Pullman Danang Beach Resort has just unveiled newly-refurbished guest rooms and suites. With a new bright and elegant design, the new decor of the guest rooms creates a greater sense of space with a relaxed ambiance. There is also a brand new two-bedroom Family Suite room type that caters to larger groups of travellers.
IHG has just announced its plans to acquire Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas (which currently manages 16 hotels and resorts) for $300 Million in cash. There are 18 management contracts signed into its pipeline, and more than 50 further deals under active discussion. With properties in locations such as the Maldives, the Seychelles, Yao Noi in Thailand, Zighy Bay in Oman, and Portugal’s Douro Valley, the addition of Six Senses’ award-winning estate and high-quality development pipeline will further round out IHG’s position in the luxury segment.