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- 8 Feb 2013

The Latest Hotels: Mandarin Oriental, Luxury Collection & W Hotels


Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui

Mantis Collection opens White Desert ecological camp in Antarctica, as the first new hotel for over 100 years in opens in Switzerland’s Gstaad


White Desert, Antarctica

Mantis Collection has debuted in Antarctica, the world’s most southern continent, with a five-star ecological camp comprised of seven individual pods. Six of the seven pods are luxury en-suite bedrooms, each 6.1m in diameter, including beds, a wash area, toilet and writing desk. There is also a separate shower tent with a full shower and toilet facilities.

Source: Luxury Travel Magazine


W Hotel, Bangkok

Starwood’s W Hotel brand has opened in Bangkok’s commercial district, in the city’s prestigious Embassy Row. The 407 room property features the signature W bed, state-of-the-art entertainment systems, world class restaurant, bar, and the brand’s Whatever/Whenever® service.

Source: Hospitality Design


Waldorf Astoria, Berlin

Hilton Worldwide has launched its luxury Waldorf Astoria brand in Germany, with the opening of the 232-room Waldorf Astoria Berlin. Located within the new 118-metre high Zoofenster skyscraper in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, the art-deco inspired hotel features Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire alongside the New York style Lang Bar.

Source: Business Traveller


The Alpina, Gstaad

Nestled into five acres and crafted from local materials (stone from the Alps and repurposed wood from nearby centuries-old farmhouses), The Alpina Gstaad is the first new hotel for over 100 years in one of Switzerland’s most glamorous destinations. The $337 million-dollar showpiece includes the hotel, private apartments and three chalets. (Image: Reto Guntli)

Source: Forbes


Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has opened in China’s third largest city, Guangzhou. The 233 room, 30 suite property boasts a signature spa, steam rooms, saunas, vitality pools and experience showers. Guests can choose between five food and beverage offerings, one of which is the Mandarin Cake Shop, serving sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

Source: Mandarin Oriental


Fairmont the Palm, Dubai

IFA Hotels and Resorts has launched Fairmont the Palm, the only operational resort located on the trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. The $330m five-star beach front hotel features 460 metres of beachfront, 381 guestrooms and seven food and beverage outlets.



Vana Belle, Koh Samui

Starwood Hotels has opened Vana Belle, a Luxury Collection Resort, on Thailand’s Koh Samui. The Luxury Collection brand’s third hotel in Thailand features 80 Pool Suites and Pool Villas, with expansive outdoor spaces, breath-taking views and the utmost privacy, enveloped in lush foliage and tucked away in the white sand cove of Chaweng Noi Beach.

Source: Starwood


Boutique & Design Hotel, Le Clervaux

JOI-Design was recently commissioned to transform the Hotel Central in Clervaux, Luxembourg, into Le Clervaux Boutique & Design Hotel. The 22 suite property features a private dining space as well as public restaurant, where the design firm have conceived three distinct styles for the suites.

Source: JOI-Design


Kempinski, Masai Mara

Kempinski Hotels has opened its all-inclusive Olare Mara Kempinski, Masai Mara Tented Camp. The company’s first property in Kenya accommodates a total of maximum 24 guests at any one time, with tents furnished in the classic style of the grand African safaris with four poster or twin beds, outdoor and indoor showers and a teak deck spread over 80sqm.

Source: Luxury Travel Insider


The Wellesley, London

The Wellesley, a new 36 room luxury townhouse hotel, has opened in London’s Knightsbridge, featuring a Cigar Lounge & Terrace with the UK’s largest bespoke humidor. Contemporary & classic style combining the building’s 1920s art deco design with stylish modern additions, such as the Crystal Bar with a Whisky & Cognac wall.

Source: Riva PR


Hilton, Zhongshan

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has opened in the Pearl River Delta, with the Hilton Zhongshan Downtown, owned by The Lihe Group. The hotel features 459 guest rooms including 34 suites; a variety of restaurants and bars, two ballrooms, as well as state-of-the-art meeting facilities and a recreation centre.

Source: MICE Biz

For more in the series of The Latest Hotels, please see our most recent editions as follows:

- The Latest Hotels: St. Regis, Ritz Carlton & Aman Resorts
- The Latest Hotels: Westin, Banyan Tree & Shangri-La
- The Latest Hotels: Delano, Four Seasons & Kempinski


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