A Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech
Whilst luxury openings may have slowed in the past two months, if recent announcements by Starwood and JW Marriott are anything to go by, it won’t be long until the pace picks up again. Starwood have long been established in the Chinese market, with more than 70 existing hotels within their portfolio and over 90 in the pipeline, resulting in one hotel opening every two weeks in the region, for the rest of 2011.
China is now the brand’s second biggest market to the US, with India set to become the third most important by 2015, as they set a target of 100 operational hotels in India and prepare to introduce the ‘St. Regis’ brand to the market.
Similarly at Marriott, the group’s luxury brand, JW Marriott, announced intentions to open 12 new properties by year-end 2012, in India, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Peru, UAE, Vietnam, Maldives and South Korea. Further to these openings, another 13 luxury properties are planned for completion by year-end 2015, increasing the total JW Marriott global portfolio to 77 properties in 29 countries.
Across 40 acres of sunlit Moorish gardens, the Four Seasons Hotel Marrakech incorporates a resort and spa within an elegant Moroccan medina, across from the Menara Gardens. The hotel has 140 rooms and suites, five restaurants, two swimming pools, an extensive spa and beautiful Moorish gardens.
The latest of several Asian firms to enter the French luxury hospitality market, Hotel Mandarin Oriental will open its first Paris branch on June 28, on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The hotel features 99 luxurious rooms and 39 suites and two restaurants, one bar and one cake shop under the direction of two Michelin starred chef, Thierry Marx.
Re-opening after over €60 million worth of renovation, Hotel de l’Europe will launch with 111 guest rooms, including 42 palatial suites. Part of the re-launch includes the new Dutch Masters Wing , opened in March 2010, an all-suite annex of 23 uniquely appointed, spacious loft-like quarters each with a different yet exacting replica painting from the nearby Rijksmuseum National Gallery.
Opening on the Bodum peninsula of Turkey, Hilton inaugurated the Bodrum Turkbuku Resort & Spa in Paradise Bay. The 433-room luxury resort features five restaurants and five bars, alongside six pools, including a mini aqua-park for kids with water slides, a sunbathing deck, water sports centre and extensive spa.
The first New Delhi luxury hotel to be built from the ground up in many years, Leela Place comprises 11 levels, 260 rooms and some of the city’s largest guest rooms, beginning at 550 square feet in size. Rooms include Murano chandeliers from Italy, hand-woven carpets from Turkey, Bose iPod docks; Sony high definition LCD TVs with Blu-Ray compatibility; mirror television sets and spa mood lighting in the bathrooms. A $5 million collection of traditional and contemporary Indian art offsets a collection 18 spacious suites and the six-room Maharajah Suite, which includes its own private elevator, gym and spa room and use of a chauffeured Rolls-Royce Phantom.