St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi
Luxury transport is fast becoming an expectation of guests staying in the world’s finest hotels. Most recently, Dorchester Collection’s contemporary Mayfair hotel, 45 Park Lane, joined forces with Rolls-Royce to offer guests of the Penthouse Suite a spin in the luxury car manufacturer’s newest model, the Wraith.
Though luxury hotel brands seeking to further differentiate from competitors are increasingly shifting gaze from the road to the skies. In New York, The Setai Fifth Avenue‘s Hamptons by Helicopter Package transports guests to East Hampton after a night in Manhattan, for a day of restaurants and shopping, to return to a nightcap of champagne at Bar on Fifth.
Langham Place Fifth Avenue have partnered with private aviation company Magellan Jets, to allow its weekday business travellers to stay for the weekend and choose from one of Magellan’s summertime destinations for a day trip by private jet.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, in cooperation with HHtravel, and Private Jet Journeys, have announced the launch of the “Shangri-La Private Jet Journey” programme, providing a personalised, high-quality luxury travel experience to China’s high-end leisure travellers.
The first flight of the series is set for the Maldives during Golden Week in October 2013, with plans to introduce the program to Europe, the Americas and Australasia for travellers staying at Shangri-La’s global luxury hotels. With the increase in private aviation from China, Russia and the Middle East, one can only expect partnerships and programs of this type to continue.
The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg has opened following significant restorations, with 151 guestrooms and 26 suites swathed in turquoise and gold. Neo-classic mahogany, hazelnut, and cherry furnishings have been gilded with black lacquer and chinoiserie motifs in velvet and silk fabrics and marble, granite, and gilt mirrors.
Hyatt Hotels has unveiled its first Hyatt-branded hotel in Northeast China with the opening of Grand Hyatt Shenyang, in the capital of Liaoning Province. Occupying a newly built 29-story tower, Grand Hyatt Shenyang’s public areas and 353 guestrooms were designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, blending elements and motifs from ancient Shenyang with the spirit of a thriving 21st century city.
Kempinski has opened the first international five-star hotel in the city of Taiyuan, China, featuring 363 rooms and suites. Each room is equipped with a coffee machine, wooden floors, rainforest showers and bathtubs. The Executive Suites and Diplomatic Suites offer a separate living room and a sitting area, in addition to extra-large furnishings and bath amenities designed by French designer Blaise Mautin.
Kempinski Hotels has also opened the Nikol’skaya Kempinski Moscow its second property in the Russian capital, following six years of reconstruction and renovations. The 157 Deluxe and Superior rooms are decorated in pale brown and muted beige tones, with many still boasting their original high ceilings. Fine fabrics, gilded oak, marble and crystal all combine to echo the Belle Époque era.
Palacio del Inka, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Cusco, Peru, has reopened after an extensive two-year reinvigoration by Caparra Entelman & Asociados, in collaboration with local artisans, craftsmen and the community. has been redesigned for a new generation of luxury travellers. Owned by Libertador Hotels Resorts & Spas, the hotel features 203 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 17 suites.
The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, has unveiled the largest hotel suite in the United Arab Emirates, spanning 2100sqm with four bedrooms. Realised by Enigma Design, the living room features a Steinway grand piano alongside a 12-seater dining room. Three individual bedrooms, a private study, a mini-cinema, and a game room outfitted with a billiard table are also housed on the upper floor of the suite.
Villa Monticello has opened in Accra’s Airport Residential Area in Ghana, the brainchild of three Ghanaian entrepreneurs. The boutique hotel features fourteen individually themed suites, as well as painted murals from up-and-coming Ghanaian artists, and marble from South Africa, which lines the base of the glass panelled wall fountain in the entranceway.
Hilton Worldwide’s Waldorf Astoria has opened its first hotel in the UAE, with the unveiling of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah. Offering sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, the 346-room hotel has been designed to mirror the classic features of an Arabian palace. The property also features an 18-hole championship golf course, a stunning 350-metre private beach and two temperature-controlled outdoor pools.
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