In between nursing our chocolate hangovers from the Easter break, Travel Weekly staff took a minute out of their kombucha and green-tea detox to get you up to scratch with the latest hotel news.
Waldorf Astoria soon to open Maldives resort
Hilton’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, will soon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll with the highly-anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi.
Set to debut on 1 July, the all-villa resort spans across three private islands, providing secluded enclaves and a tranquil escape for discerning travellers complete with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi will offer a sophisticated and serene retreat just 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.
An escape or families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave.
Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower.
Complementary to the brand’s legacy of culinary excellence and innovation, the resort will feature 11 world-class dining venues.
Akaryn Hotel Group expands into the international market with launch of boutique resorts in Indonesia and Vietnam
Akaryn Hotel Group, Thailand’s home-grown luxury boutique hotel specialist, is preparing to spreads its wings and move into international markets for the first time, with the launch of its pioneering hospitality brands in Indonesia and Vietnam.
In the coming months, two of the group’s much-loved hotel concepts will make their international debuts. Aleenta, the original barefoot luxury brand that first launched in Thailand in 2004, will be introduced to Bali, Indonesia’s “Island of the Gods”, and akyra, the trend-setting boutique brand, will arrive in Hoi An, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed port town in central Vietnam.
Aleenta Retreat Bali will be a spiritual sanctuary in the island’s mountainous north, an hour’s drive from Ubud. Designed in a classical low-rise Balinese style, this serene wellness retreat will feel a million miles away from the busy tourist resorts in the island’s south.
Also opening its doors in 2019 will be akyra Hoi An, a unique waterfront resort nestled midway between Hoi An’s historic town centre and golden China Beach. Located on the banks of the Thu Bon estuary, this low-rise boutique retreat will be accessible either by car or by boat and many of the 110 stylish rooms and pool villas will sit on the water’s edge.
Fraser Residence Orchard opens in the heart of Singapore
Frasers Hospitality, a member of Frasers Property Group, has officially opened the doors of Fraser Residence Orchard, Singapore, designed to accommodate the needs of both business and leisure travellers.
Its central location offers easy access to key commercial buildings, underground train systems, world-class medical facilities, as well as shopping malls along Singapore’s most renowned shopping street.
Fraser Residence Orchard, Singapore will be a new addition to Frasers Hospitality’s existing portfolio of properties, bringing its total operating property count in Singapore to five.
The fully-furnished Gold-Standard serviced residences provide a wide selection of apartments ranging from studio deluxe apartments ideal for executives travelling for business, to sleek and modern one-, two- or four-bedroom apartments that can comfortably accommodate long-staying families.
Every apartment features contemporary interior design complemented by coveted art pieces, ultra-luxe furniture, and modern conveniences essential for living in a dynamic city. Residents can also enjoy a comprehensive range of lifestyle facilities including outdoor pools, aqua gym, jacuzzi, steam rooms, and a fully-equipped gymnasium, or unwind at the sky garden.
In addition to the luxurious apartment offerings and its accompanying suite of amenities, residents will enjoy great accessibility and convenience, being a mere five-minute walk to the Orchard MRT station which sits on the train line towards the city-state’s business district.
Attractions like Gardens by the Bay, ArtScience Museum, Chinatown, Clarke Quay, Singapore Botanic Gardens—a UNESCO world heritage site—and the Singapore Flyer can be easily accessed via the Orchard MRT station, enabling guests to immerse themselves in the city’s colourful culture with ease.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti welcomes Virtuoso guests to a mountain paradise with exclusive benefits
Luxury travellers seeking year-round activities in breathtaking surroundings will find Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti, a superior resort in northern Italy opening August 1, the perfect playground. Only clients of Virtuoso® travel advisors will enjoy valuable complimentary benefits at this newest gem in Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts’ Preview Program:
- Upgrade upon arrival, if available
- 50-minute massage for two
- Dinner for two (excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities)
- Buffet breakfast daily for two; and
- Early check-in and late checkout, if available.
Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti is set in the stunning Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the charms of nature can be explored year-round. In winter, glaciers and snow-capped peaks are ideal for skiers of all levels as the resort lies in the Madonna di Campiglio ski region.
It offers 93 miles of slopes, four snowboard parks and a single ski pass for the entire area, the largest in Italy’s northern province of Trentino. In summer the mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls provide the perfect setting for hiking, biking and horseback riding. As well, two nine-hole golf courses are located just a few minutes from the resort.