Dusit Thani Maldives launches a renewed spa

Dusit Thani Maldives launches a renewed spa concept with a focus on slowing down to connect with ones self.

Guests have the chance to explore Thai healing philosophies as Devarana Spa becomes Devarana Wellness in Baa Atoll

A haven for guests seeking relaxation and rejuvenation, Devarana Spa at Dusit Thani Maldives pivots to a new focus in 2021. Rebranded as Devarana Wellness, the island sanctuary promises a holistic approach to wellbeing, designed for contemporary lifestyles.

In response to the increasingly health-conscious aspirations of its guests and with a deep commitment to their ongoing wellbeing, Devarana Wellness goes beyond a spa. It will offer an ancient solution to a modern problem via a deceleration methodology. With the fast pace of modern life causing unease, unrest, stress and anxiety, the chance to “pause” and slow-down are more necessary than ever. Inspired by the Thai-Sanskrit word for “a garden in heaven”, Devarana Wellness is Dusit’s wellness solution, which will draw on its ancient influences, employing traditional Thai healing wisdom and the spirit of Buddhist wellness principles, the approach and practice aim’s to restore Health and strengthen the balance in your lifestyle

Using knowledge passed down through generations alongside innovative concepts and wellbeing micro-moments, Devarana Wellness seeks to restore the internal balance of body and mind across the wellness modalities of Thai herbal medicine, traditional healing therapies, meditation, movement and nutrition. Guests are invited to take time to slow down, explore new experiences and enjoy the chance to prioritise their wellbeing.

“Wellness is not about a singular interaction or service,” said Mr Paul Hawco, Corporate Director of Wellness. “It is seamlessly integrated across our guest’s entire experience.” At Dusit Thani Maldives, guests begin their wellness journey the moment they arrive on the island. Devarana Wellness provides the inspiration, therapies and experiences to progress to a more profound sense of wellbeing, to restore balance and discover a new outlook in paradise.

Dusit Thani Maldives
P.O. Box 2188, Mudhdhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Republic of Maldives
Tel (+960) 660 8888 | Fax (+960) 660 9999
www.dusit.com

Oakwood Outlines Continued Expansion Plans in China

Oakwood  confirmed plans to open four new properties in China by December 2021 with more signings expected to be announced in the coming months. Since debuting in China over 20 years ago, Oakwood now manages eight distinctive properties with the imminent opening of Oakwood Premier Tonglu by May 2021 followed by three additional openings in Beijing, Foshan and Chongli, the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics. This expansion plan demonstrates Oakwood’s commitment and recognition of the importance of the China market, further emphasised through a strategic alliance with Country Garden Commercial and Culture Tourism Group, which will see the addition of 100 Oakwood Beluxs properties in China’s 50 cities with the highest gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030.

  • Oakwood Premier Tonglu in Hangzhou, is located in “LIT City”, Tonglu’s first cultural and creative complex for convenient access to retail, entertainment and dining experience. Its idyllic spot offers inspiring views of the city’s natural beauty of the scenic Fuchun River from 45 hotel rooms and 154 fully-equipped serviced apartments. Other facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, steak house, lobby lounge, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre as well as three multi-functional meeting rooms. The property is scheduled to open in May 2021.  
  • Oakwood Hotel & Apartments Daxing Beijing is strategically located in the rapidly developing Daxing district in Beijing. A mere 25-minutes’ drive from the Beijing Daxing International Airport, it is conveniently close to key business hubs, retail malls and only a two-minute walk to the subway. The property features 165 hotel rooms for short-term stays as well as studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments equipped with full kitchen facilities for long-term stays. Other facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, all-day dining restaurant and sophisticated meeting venues. It is expected to open in September 2021.
     
  • Oakwood Residence Foshan is strategically located in the new central business district, next to the picturesque Qiandenghu Lake within the Nanhai District. The new residential landmark comprises 386 elegantly appointed apartments. Its extensive facilities include an all-day dining restaurant, bar, residence lounge, recreation area, fitness centre, children’s play area and six meeting rooms. The property is scheduled to soft open in the fourth quarter of 2021. 
  • Oakwood Suites Chongli is a private retreat nestled in the State Villas with unobstructed views of rolling greens and scenic mountains. Commissioned for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, the resort is accessible from Beijing in under an hour via the high-speed railway. Enveloping the estate, guests will find serenity amidst sleek modernity and can select from a choice of 137 luxurious studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments. With easy access to myriad seasonal outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding in winter or hiking and trail running for the rest of the year, it also features facilities such as a restaurant with private dining room, residents’ executive lounge, lobby lounge, fitness centre, swimming pool as well as retail options such as a ski shop and sundry shop.

Chongli is the host city for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Oakwood Suites Chongli is scheduled to open by December 2021, ahead of the historic event.

During the 16th China Hotel Starlight Awards Ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the 2021 Asia Hotel and Travel Forum Annual Meeting in Shanghai on 31 March 2021, Oakwood was recognised as the “Best Serviced Apartment Operator” alongside a second accolade for Oakwood Beluxs as the “Best Serviced Apartment Brand” in China. Renowned as the “Oscars” of the hospitality industry, the China Hotel Starlight Awards is one of the most influential and authoritative recognition for outstanding contribution by hotel brands, teams and individuals.

Recognising the rise of a new generation of travellers with a desire for sustainable, smart and personalised sanctuaries, Oakwood Beluxs was created in August 2020 as part of a strategic alliance with Country Garden Commercial and Culture Tourism Group, to cater to the developing market segment in China. Reflecting the ethos of aspiring entrepreneurs and corporate executives, Oakwood Beluxs is a residential lifestyle choice that serves the emerging needs of young jetsetters with a global perspective of life, culture and identity. Within eight months of launch, Oakwood Beluxs received the remarkable recognition as “China’s Best Service Apartment Brand”.

With sustained expansion of Oakwood’s footprints in China and the pipeline development of 100 new properties slated to launch under Oakwood Beluxs in China, these prestigious accolades serve to further reinforce the strong foundation that has been set for further growth.

Moving forward, Oakwood will continue to expand its service boundaries, create and establish its signature lifestyle experiences across its properties globally.

Recharge In The Maldives

The picturesque archipelagic Maldives has reopened its border to tourists since July 2020 with elevated safety measures and increasing flight connectivity. Resorts across the island nation have reopened, welcoming guests back to the tropical sanctuary that is renowned for its exceptional marine life, sparkling white beaches, generous wellness experiences and innovative dining destinations. To encourage guests to rediscover this paradise, Accor has launched a generous offer, Recharge in the Maldives. Guests who book the offer will benefit from complimentary lunch and dinner in addition to breakfast, as well as an upgrade to the next available room category at the time of booking. The offer is available at four of Accor’s resorts in the Maldives – Raffles Maldives Meradhoo Resort, Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, and Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is a rare haven located far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making it easy to forget the world outside. The resort features two islands, offering pure nature on the mainland and true elegance on the overwater island, accessible by traditional Dhoni boat. Together, these private islands offer two distinct experiences, bound together by Raffles’ legendary service. A Marine Butler is on hand to personalise snorkelling tours to the resort’s two fascinating house reefs. Guests are encouraged to keep an eye out for Apollo, one of the 23 resident hawksbills, and green turtles that regularly swim by to say hello.

Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is surrounded by white sandy beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea. Another attractive draw is swimming in the resort’s 200-meter infinity pool – the longest in the Maldives. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi is the sole resort on this pristine atoll, and its untouched location has allowed marine life to flourish. The nine-kilometre house reef, directly accessible from the beach, is home to vibrant coral and a thriving ecosystem. A manta ray cleaning station offers guests a rare up close encounter to the majestic marine creatures. The resort also features the Maldives’ first and only coral regeneration project in an underwater art installation, the Coralarium, and is a home to the vast thriving marine life.

Thrill seekers and active relaxers will find everything they need at Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, where picture-postcard scenes abound. Noonu Atoll remains the least developed area, promising serene seclusion and abundant sea life, a wonderful playground for those who love exploring the underwater world and taking part in water sports. With the tropical island of Kuredhivaru as a blank canvas, the resort is a masterpiece that harmoniously blends inventive design, Maldivian heritage, and Mother Nature seamlessly. It features four dining experiences showcasing Mövenpick’s renowned culinary expertise. The daily Mövenpick Chocolate Hour serves up an array of complimentary treats for chocoholics and those with a sweet tooth.

Mercure Maldives Kooddoo Resort is the only beachfront property directly accessible via a domestic flight, with no additional speedboat transfer. It is a stylish and affordable retreat where guests can embrace Maldivian culture and traditions through the locally inspired villas. The Atoll is renowned for its rich and diverse marine life. The five-star PADI Dive and Water Sports Centre offers adventures to the best dive sites for pelagic encounters.

Whether exploring the dual island  experiences at the Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, discovering a thriving ecosystem at Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi, immersing in a heart-warming moment amidst the stunning vistas of Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, or escaping to a serene island that perfectly combines Maldivian tradition and stylish contemporary design at Mercure Maldives Kooddoo, guests can now book an adventure to remember with Accor’s Recharge in the Maldives offer at unbeatable rates and enjoy unrivalled value with complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner, room upgrades, and flexible cancellation.

The Recharge Maldives offer is valid for bookings from today until 30th April 2021 for stays until 30th September 2021. Accor Plus members are entitled to an additional 10% discount on accommodation.

For more information and reservations, please visit https://all.accor.com/promotions-offers/package-offers/owm013158-001-maldivesdestination.en.shtml

 

A New Hilton Hotel In Melbourne

Hilton, one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world, and international hotel owner and developer, M&L Hospitality, unveil the spectacular transformation of Melbourne’s heritage-listed Equity Chambers into Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street (Hilton Melbourne LQS). Located in the heart of the city, the elegant upscale hotel has been designed by leading Australian architecture studio Bates Smart and will open at midday on Monday, 22 March 2021.

Built in 1931, Melbourne’s Equity Chambers was renowned for its architectural style and Italian Romanesque and Gothic detailing. In its reimagining as Hilton Melbourne LQS, the building’s old world-charm has been respected and original features restored, whilst seamlessly connecting a modern six-level extension with a 16-level tower to the historic site.

M&L Hospitality, Hilton Little Queen St, Melbourne, Interior, Hotel

Within its historic walls, the old and new have been cleverly combined, with sandstone, European Oak and bronze materials, creating a traditional yet modern palette against the backdrop of grand high ceilings, marble stone finishes and upholstery in hues of navy, taupe and royal blue.

External and internal artworks commissioned by award-winning Melbourne street art collaborative Juddy Roller are curated in reference to the city’s thriving and internationally renowned graffiti-art scene. Significant works have been contributed by local artists Kitt Bennett and David Lee Pereira, including a large and colourful mural by Bennett on the external wall opposite the hotel’s Little Queen Street laneway entrance, which is splendidly reflected in the external bronze panels that frame the hotel’s elegant lobby.

The hotel’s guest rooms feature prints by Melbourne photographer Roger Arnall, specially commissioned to explore Melbourne architecture in his unique minimalist and ambiguous style. The pieces are part of the ‘Impressionist series’ and capture iconic Melbourne landmarks including the Royal Exhibition Centre, Flinders Street Train Station and Federation Square, in a softer style akin to the hand rendering of paintings and drawings.

Luci and The Douglas Club 

Entered from the bustling thoroughfare of Bourke Street, Hilton Melbourne LQS’s Luci restaurant and The Douglas Club cocktail bar carry their own entrance independent of the hotel’s laneway lobby, and are anticipated to be welcome new additions to Melbourne’s world-class dining and drinking scene.

At Luci, Executive Chef Sam Moore will take inspiration from the European migrants who travelled to Melbourne in the 1950s, with his classic modern Australian menu, accented with hints of Italian and European culinary traditions.

The Douglas Club will celebrate the energy and glamour of the golden age of travel through its contemporary take on a classic cocktail bar. The drinks menu will bring together classic, modern and infamous cocktails, with food, music and art, to make The Douglas Club a new hotspot for Melbourne.

Hotel facilities and amenities

To complement the 244 stylish guest rooms and suites and food and beverage outlets, Hilton Melbourne LQS will offer a large balcony event space with city skyline views featuring a mural by Kitt Bennett; seven meeting and event spaces that range in size from 24 to 143 square meters equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and the latest audio-visual technology; and a fully equipped gym.

Highlights of local collaborations: 

  • Specialty coffee supplied by Dukes Coffee Roasters
  • Premium hotel bath amenities by locally created Hunter Lab
  • Handmade artisan chocolate by Atypic Chocolate

Located on the corner of Bourke Street and Little Queen Street the hotel is in the heart of Melbourne’s vibrant art, theatre and dining precincts, and on the doorstep of the city’s key business districts with easy access to public transport.

“As we put the finishing touches on Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street in preparation for opening, we are confident it will be a beautiful addition to the city skyline. Both leisure and business guests alike will be able to experience the best of Melbourne’s shopping, dining and cultural experiences when they stay with us.” said Adrian Teh, general manager Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street and DoubleTree by Hilton Melbourne – Flinders Street.

Best available (BAR) room rates at Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street will be:

  • King Guest Room from $300
  • King Superior Room from $315
  • King Deluxe Room from $330
  • King Premier Room from $350

(Executive Rooms and Suites pricing to be announced.)

Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street is located at 18 Little Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000. For reservations, visit Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street at melbournelittlequeenstreet.hilton.com or call +61 (0)3 9116 8888.

THE LANGHAM, HONG KONG LAUNCHES A GLIMPSE OF LONDON

With its rich and prestige British heritage of the brand since 1865, The Langham, Hong Kong presents “A Glimpse of London”, the first-ever and groundbreakingexperience to local staycation in 2021 – get on board The Langham flight with the pink boarding pass to London, take Instagrammable photos from the two very elegantly decorated British theme rooms, and enjoy the best of the best British cuisines.

A Glimpse of London

When travelling has become one of the most essential ways to retreat from the busy metropolitan life, embarking on a trip to London is a dream comes true especially during the times where all of us have to stay at home. The Langham, Hong Kong redefines borderless travel with the newest staycation experience by letting guests submerge into a seamless London trip with ease – check in to the iconic stylishly appointed guestroom with a tailor-made pink boarding pass, take millions of selfies for Instagram at two designated British theme rooms namely “A Trip to London Parks” and “Pink Afternoon Tea Room”, and delight in the decadentauthentic British menu at our fine restaurant.

Priced from HK$1,148* for a one-night stay at Superior Courtyard View Room (complimentary upgrade to Deluxe room), complimentary breakfast buffet for two and a 30-minute self-service photo session for two at the two British theme rooms; enjoy an extra HK$800 dining credit with rates begin at HK$1,648*.

A Trip to London Parks

Inspired by different famous parks in London, this meticulously decorated room in British style allows guests to soak in the tranquillity of natural parks in London, take a respite from the hustle of the never-stopping city, and be surrounded by grassy meadows and wooded expanses with a glance at the incredible landmarks and skyline in London.

Pink Afternoon Tea Room

Afternoon tea is not only always recognised as the British national pride, but also an opportunity to indulge and share with friends and family. This femininely decorated room showcases several Instagrammable spots in pastel colours for British tea lovers, which is a perfect place for guests to shine “pink” in the social media world.

Keep Calm and Eat On

Traditional British dishes will be available to make the London experience fulfilling and delicate. As The Langham hotels are known for serving the best afternoon tea experience since The Langham, London first served it in 1865, and was since fondly known as the birthplace of experiencing the tradition of British afternoon tea at a hotel, we continue to present this indulgence to guests as well as other British must-try including Fish N Chips, Shepherd’s Pie of Lamb, Banger and Mash, Baked Seafood Pie, Traditional British Breakfast and etc. at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurants.

*All prices are subject to 10% service charge

The Langham, Hong Kong welcomes reservations from now until 31 March 2021 and are available for stays between 18 January and 31 March 2021. Package details: https://bit.ly/3oxygTs

Award-Winning Designer Steve Leung Reveals The St. Regis Bar, Macao

A Visual Journey Infused with British Detailing and Modernist Sensibilities

Echoing the hotel’s rich lineage, The St. Regis Bar located on the second floor of The St. Regis Macao features lavish and indulgent interiors by Steve Leung. The design pays homage to the timeless elegance of British heritage and cleverly weaves in signature British elements and much-loved nostalgic details into the design, curating an understated ambiance that captures the unfading charisma of a past time.

Greeted by a wine room housing a vast selection of international wines, a striking black and white marble floor leads visitors to the main area infused with dimmed light to illuminate the sturdy beauty of oak wood panels arranged throughout the space. The central ceiling inspired by a cultural icon – The Big Ben Tower has reimagined the magnificent structure using beautifully carved wooden patterns and exudes a sense of majesty.

Venturing inside the bar, a predominant dark olive shade mirrors the color palette of Westminster Palace imbuing the velvety sofas and leather benches with a composed touch. Steve maximizes the use of open space and created a rich variety of zones and intimate seating areas: Beneath the main ceiling a robust wooden table pairs with custom-made chairs featuring metal details defining the communal area of the lounge zone; on the lateral side, the turbine-shaped ceiling lighting delineates secluded corners for gatherings to ensure utmost privacy.

As every St. Regis hotel has a specially commissioned mural in the bar, The St. Regis Bar, Macao is identified by a vivid painting depicting lively scenarios of Macao’s traditional Chino-Portuguese legacy, in sharp contrast with the intense green hue of the marble counter carved in neoclassical patterns.  A classical half tail piano sets the focal point of the retro stage area where guests are invited to enjoy drinks to the accompaniment of rhythmic jazz improvisations. Interplaying the balance of colors and textures, the decanter rooms conceived as the most secluded areas are adorned with aegan blue velvets, tan leathers and rich oak veneered panels.

The St. Regis Bar, Macao takes bountiful inspiration from the heritage of the St. Regis brand and a British essence which illustrates the city’s story with a series of cutting edge touches to create a quintessentially stylish venue enhanced with sophisticated refreshments and live entertainment.

 

Dusit International opens luxury wellness resort

Shushan Ecological Village, Suzhou

Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu provides

holistic healing in the utmost of comfort with a luxurious wellness

centre and an exclusive hot springs experience.

 

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has continued its expansion in China with the recent opening of the highly anticipated Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu – the 10th Dusit-branded property in China.

 

Located in Shushan Ecological Village, an area of natural beauty in Suzhou city’s Huqiu District, only 30 minutes by car from Suzhou high-speed train station, the resort uniquely combines southern Chinese culture with Thai-inspired gracious hospitality. The results are a distinctive holiday experience delivering the utmost in comfort, convenience, and holistic wellness.

 

Comprising 175 rooms and signature villas designed to reflect local art and culture amidst Shushan’s scenic surrounds, the resort is situated at the side of a peaceful lake and tranquil gardens. Private balconies provide sweeping views of the idyllic landscape, which is famed for its three natural treasures including Cui Guan Pear, Yun Quan Tea, and Waxberry.

 

The peaceful and impressive location serves as the ideal setting for the property’s distinctive focus on wellness for the mind, body and spirit. From the luxurious hot springs experience, offering both aromatic and therapeutic pools, to the deluxe Thai-inspired Devarana Spa, and two restaurants serving customised wellness cuisine – including Southern Chinese favourites, popular Thai dishes, and international fare – every element of the resort has been carefully crafted to promote the well-being of its guests.

 

To ensure guests can get the most out of the experience, Dusit Thani Wellness Resort Suzhou, Jiangsu offers a range of wellness retreat packages that combine luxurious accommodation with fitness routines, nutritious meals, hot springs bath, massage treatments, Chinese five-tone therapy, and other wellness-focused activities. Personalised retreats can last between two-to-14 days, depending on the preferences and aims of each guest.

 

To celebrate its opening, the resort is now offering the ‘Dusit Experience’ package starting from only USD 210 per night. Specially created to provide a truly relaxing getaway, the package includes accommodation in a Deluxe Lake View Room, daily breakfast for two, complimentary in-room refreshments, and a host of other benefits. A hot springs experience for two persons is available for an additional CNY 200. Offer ends 31 December 2020.

 

Full details about the resort are available on its official website.

AMAN LE MELEZIN REOPENS FOR THE WINTER SEASON

Located directly on the Bellecôte piste and offering unimpeded access to over 600 kilometres of pristine ski slopes and cross-country tracks, Aman Le Mélézin is an iconic Alpine retreat in Courchevel 1850. Designed to refresh and reenergise amid snow-dusted pine forests and crisp blue skies, the hotel is a refined sanctuary inspired by the timeless serenity of the surrounding mountains.

Open from December to April, Aman Le Mélézin is poised to welcome guests for the new season, adapted in practice and taking all appropriate steps in line with current guidelines, but unchanged in spirit. The hotel is dedicated to ensuring its guests get the most out of the winter months. Aided by a team of experienced Ski Butlers who transport ski equipment from the heated racks in the state-of-the-art ski room to the piste, skiing at the hotel is performed with effortless ease. With only a short distance to the main ski area, guests of all ages are able to enjoy private or group lessons with Aman Le Mélézin’s expert instructors or by joining Courchevel’s revered ski school. For those desiring access to the mountain’s most isolated and tranquil spots, the hotel team delight in directing guests to remote backcountry terrain, devoid of crowds.

This winter, Aman Le Mélézin has introduced an exclusive First Tracks experience, which takes guests to the highest point within the valley (2,740m above sea level), where views of Mont Blanc and La Grande Casse await. Supervised by an experienced ski instructor, guests can embark on a breathtaking solo glide down ‘La Combe de la Saulire’ a legendary ski run where fresh snow is sheltered year-round from strong winds, enabling an unspoiled descent down the mountainside. On return to Aman Le Mélézin, a sumptuous breakfast will be prepared to re-energise.

Aman Le Mélézin also offers plenty of other ways to experience the fairytale snowscape it inhabits – both active and more sedentary – as well as cultural, culinary and wellness pursuits both indoors and out. For those looking for outdoor alternatives to skiing or snowboarding, the hotel team can arrange self-piloted dog sledding at Méribel, half- or full-day guided snowshoeing or trekking expeditions into rarely visited areas with expert guides, as well as tobogganing through the surrounding forest, day and night sledging and ice-skating. For an aerial view of the region, guests can now enjoy several new scenic helicopter tours over Les Trois Vallées, the Haute Tarentaise Mountain Range or around Mont Blanc. Alternatively, a glide in a hot-air balloon at sunrise offers panoramic views of the snow-carpeted surrounds.

ROSEWOOD AMSTERDAM TO OPEN IN 2023

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® to open first property in the Netherlands and
eleventh property in Europe as latest demonstration of global expansion

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® has been appointed by CTF Amsterdam B.V. to manage Rosewood Amsterdam, which will open in 2023 as the ultra-luxury hospitality group’s eleventh property in Europe and first in the Netherlands. Housed in the former Palace of Justice, a building of great architectural, historical and social significance that overlooks the Prinsengracht (the Prince’s Canal), one of the city’s most beautiful waterways, in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Amsterdam Canal District.  The hotel will be ideally situated near many of Amsterdam’s finest attractions including the museum district, the high-end shopping district on P.C. Hoofstraat and the hip De Pijp neighborhood. With its central location and befitting design carefully conceived to offer an inviting and amiable atmosphere, the property is poised to serve as an unparalleled gathering place for visiting guests and the local community alike.

Originally constructed in 1665 and later expanded in 1836 by Dutch architect Jan de Greef, the Palace of Justice was Amsterdam’s main courthouse for over 175 years and one of the finest examples of de Greef’s classic, multi-cultural style influenced by his travels to Paris and Rome. Working closely with the Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie (BMA) and The City of Amsterdam to preserve the rich heritage and quintessential character of this iconic building, Netherlands-based architectural firm Kentie & Partners has been selected to spearhead the property’s evolution into an ultra-luxury hotel. Leading the property’s interior design is acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Boon, of Amsterdam-based Studio Piet Boon. Known for his ability to balance functionality, aesthetics and individuality Boon will honor the property’s original elements and distinctive Dutch identity while incorporating a contemporary sense of style that captures the energetic and exciting Amsterdam of today’s times.

Amsterdam-based Studio Concrete has been appointed to design the hotel’s main restaurant, which will become a fresh and vibrant interior in the heart of the building, flanked by two courtyards with outdoor seating.  London-based interior design firm Sagrada, led by David D’Almada, has been appointed to design an intimate bar in rich colors and high-end finishes, with stunning views overlooking the canal.

Rosewood Amsterdam will offer 134 guestrooms and suites, with many boasting spectacular views across the two adjoining canals, quiet internal courtyards and iconic townhouse rooftops.  Amenities will include three restaurants, one of which will be an Indian restaurant, and bars; Sense, A Rosewood Spa offering ayurvedic treatments; a state-of-the-art wellness and fitness center; and an indoor swimming pool.  In addition, multiple event spaces and meeting rooms, including a 3,000 square-foot ballroom, will offer advanced audio and visual services and natural daylight. Decorative details throughout the hotel’s public spaces will pay homage to the signature spirit of both the building and city while creating a selection of differentiated yet unified spaces through subtle albeit impactful means, such as contrasting color schemes that seamlessly separate one setting from another. Notably, the lobby lounge will feature a library adorned with beautiful legal books doubling as art pieces, photographs and artifacts, as well as comfortable and stylish seating, to create an enticing enclave that will invite visitors to linger and laze. The library will also host an Indian Business Club which will stimulate high-level business and networking in an exclusive setting. All public spaces will overlook the three distinct, internal landscaped courtyards of the building, imagined by renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudoff. Internationally renowned for his work on the High Line and The Battery, both celebrated New York City attractions, Piet Oudoff will use his extraordinary expertise to artfully varnish the property with lush gardens and outdoor communal spaces.

As the latest demonstration of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ thoughtful growth strategy, Rosewood Amsterdam joins three existing European properties – Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood London and Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. Additional European locations with Rosewood developments in the pipeline include Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Munich, Porto Cervo, Vienna and Venice.

To learn more about Rosewood Amsterdam, please visit www.rosewoodhotels.com/amsterdam.

Marriott International Hotels in the Maldives

Will Re-Open Its Doors to Travelers with Curated Experiences from 1 October 2020

Marriott International resorts in the Maldives are poised to welcome guests again following the country’s announcement to reopen borders for international travel. The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, W Maldives, Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, and JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa are set to re-open from 1 October 2020, while The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort will welcome guests starting 1 November 2020.

The Maldives’ signature ‘one-island-one-resort’ concept allows guests to maintain social distancing while enjoying a truly safe and secluded holiday. From a romantic tropical escape where lush jungle meets peaceful lagoon at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort; unforgettable snorkeling adventures at W Maldives; an all-inclusive family getaway at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa; discovering the magical underwater world with JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa; ringing in the new year with a rejuvenating wellness escape at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort, Marriott International resorts in Maldives are set to offer travelers an unrivalled escape to paradise.

“Working hand-in-hand with the local authorities, we are delighted to announce the reopening of our five iconic resorts in the Maldives. The island-paradise remains as a beloved and inspired destination for many, and with the reopening of our resorts, we look forward to bringing those dreams to life as travel gradually resumes.” said Rivero Delgado, Area Vice President, Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, at Marriott International. “The wellbeing of our guests is of paramount importance and we have the highest standards of cleanliness as well as hygiene protocols in place to ensure peace of mind for first-time and returning travelers to the islands,”

Live Exquisite at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort

Nestled between verdant rainforest and white-sandy beaches on a private island, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort brings guests on the art of indulgence in its peaceful, eco-conscious setting. Created to re-ignite romance with a memorable escape for two, wake up to alluring views of the Indian Ocean at the finest address in The Maldives with welcome amenities and complimentary bottle of champagne, along with a $100 food and beverage credit per room per day and complimentary one-time access to Blue Hole Hydrotherapy Pool Experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.stregismaldives.com

Fuel Your Lust for Life at W Maldives

Bold and unscripted, W Maldives is a luxury 5-star wonderland of white-sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breath-taking reefs. Stay in style with the Fly and Dine Package to enjoy daily buffet breakfast at KITCHEN® and three-course dinners for two, along with a complimentary return shared seaplane transfer from Male Airport as well as 24/7 access to FUEL SPOTs offering unlimited fruit, water, ice, and towels. For unforgettable snorkeling adventures, the hotel also offers complimentary non-motorized activities and usage of snorkeling gear. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.wmaldives.com

Tropical Sanctuary at JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa

Edging the azure waters of Shaviyani Atoll, the resort is a sanctuary of scenic luxury. Discover the warm and inviting hospitality at the JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa and explore the wonders of the Indian Ocean with the guidance of the resort’s experienced PADI team. The Let’s Get Wet Package includes daily buffet breakfast and complimentary use of non-motorized water sports equipment, along with a 15-minute Sea Bob experience, a 45-minute Snorkel lesson, and a Discover Scuba Diving experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.jwmarriottmaldives.com 

A Picnic in Paradise at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa

Surrounded by a shimmering turquoise lagoon, pristine white sandy beaches, and swaying palms, the 5-star star family resort sets the stage for unforgettable family vacations. With the Exploring Paradise Package, families can make the most out of their four-night stay with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at selected outlets, and enjoy a sandbank picnic with barbecue lunch, a Family Spa Day with a 50-minute couple spa treatment and kids’ friendly activity, coral planting, dolphin cruise, round-trip transfer by speed boat to/from Velana International Airport, and 24-hour Villa Host service for a personalized experience. To find out more and for reservations, visit www.sheratonmaldives.com

Wholesome Wellness at The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort

Beautifully situated on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in Baa Atoll, the stunning overwater resort is an incomparable setting for any visit to the Maldives. Ring in the new year with a rejuvenating wellness escape and reboot for a healthier lifestyle in paradise. The Countdown to 2021 Package is inclusive of daily breakfast and dinner at selected restaurants (including Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve and Festive Brunch on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day), a complimentary 60-min couples spa treatment per stay, daily one-hour wellness sessions, access to Westin Family Kids Club and WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio. To find out more and for advanced reservations, visit www.westin-maldives.com.

Marriott Bonvoy members who book direct (www.marriott.com) or via the Marriott Bonvoy app (https://mobile-app.marriott.com/en-us) before 31 December 2020 can enjoy up to 20% discount on rooms and suites for stays through 30 June 2021.

As part of Marriott International’s portfolio in the Maldives, all five resorts have ensured that the highest standards of certified cleanliness, health, and safety are in place and in compliance with the global and local authorities. These enhanced cleaning practices and guidelines were created by the Marriott Global Cleanliness Council (https://clean.marriott.com/), implemented to focus on developing global hospitality cleanliness standards to minimize risk and enhance safety for both guests and associates. Specific areas of focus include additions to its already rigorous cleaning protocols. In guest rooms, all surfaces are to be thoroughly cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectants and are equipped with disinfecting wipes for guests’ personal use. To help alleviate the risk of transmission through person-to-person contact, the hotels and resorts will be using signages in lobbies to remind guests to maintain social distancing protocols and will remove or re-arrange furniture to allow more space for distancing.