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Hotel Wrap: Conrad New York Midtown debuts, Six Senses’ Galapagos resort project + MORE!

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Conrad New York Midtown debuts in the heart of Manhattan

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Image credit: Conrad New York Midtown

Hilton’s global luxury hotel brand, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, has announced the grand opening of the 54-floor, 562-suite Conrad New York Midtown – the brand’s second New York City property at the former site of The London NYC.

Following a complete hotel renovation, guest suites more closely resemble a metropolitan apartment than a traditional NYC hotel room. Design elements, programming and curation of the hotel are innately residential, inviting guests to experience what it would feel like to live in Manhattan.

Six Senses announces first Galapagos resort

View from the project site at Six Senses Galapagos
View from the project site at Six Senses Galapagos

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced that in 2021 it will open the first resort in the Galapagos Islands.

Six Senses Galapagos will be located in Cerro Verde on the north eastern coast of San Cristobal Island, the quietest of the main islands, which the hotel company says is blessed with “a relaxed, tranquil vibe”.

Sustainability will be at the core, influencing everything from ongoing community engagement and conservation efforts to the local, repurposed materials used in the development. Six Senses will be working with Orgal Group on this extraordinary project in such a special and environmentally sensitive place, staying true to their joint purpose of ecosystem restoration, scientific research of marine species and low-impact tourism.

The resort will be just a 35-minute drive from the San Cristobal airport at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and is slated to open in 2021.

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo to help introduce Japan’s Noh culture to the world

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Image credit: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH) will host a special event and exhibition of the Japanese traditional performing art called “Noh” from September 27 to November 27, 2019.

This exhibition is held in cooperation with The National Noh Theatre and marks the fourth time that this event will be held. This year’s exhibition is based upon the “Tale of the Heike” historical epic poetry that portrays the battle between the Heike and the Minamoto clans for control of Japan and the rise and fall of the Taira Family (Heike).

“Nohgaku” ( the term used to describe both Noh and Kyougen) is a traditional form of Japanese theatre and dance that has been performed for over 600 years since the Muromachi Period (1336 to 1573), as reported by KPH.

Onyx signs three hotels in Eastern Thailand with Ratanakorn Asset

Pictured (From L to R): From left: Khun Jugkarut Ruangratanakorn and Khun Niti Ruangratanakorn of Ratanakorn Asset, and Douglas Martell and M. L. Suravut Thongthaem of ONYX Hospitality Group.
Pictured (From L to R): Khun Jugkarut Ruangratanakorn and Khun Niti Ruangratanakorn of Ratanakorn Asset; Douglas Martell and M. L. Suravut Thongthaem of ONYX Hospitality Group.

ONYX Hospitality Group has signed a management agreement with Thai real estate company Ratanakorn Asset for three new hotels in Eastern Thailand.

The hotels will represent all three of ONYX Hospitality Group’s core brands – Amari, Shama and OZO – adding 773 rooms and suites to the company’s expanding pan-regional portfolio.

The planned new-build hotels include the 400-key Amari Jomtien Pattaya, 250-key Shama Wongamat Pattaya and 123-key OZO Pratumnak Pattaya.

Nesuto Auckland Stadium set for NZ$12.5 million make-over

 Nesuto Stadium Render Room 2

Nesuto Auckland Stadium’s multi-million-dollar renovations are underway, which are set to increase inventory by almost 50 per cent by January 2020.

The property upgrade will transform 72 two-bedroom apartments into 144 hotel rooms, and will bring the total number of keys at Nesuto Stadium Apartment Hotel Auckland to 244.

The total value of the upgrade, which is currently underway and executed in partnership with owner Mulpha, is in excess of NZ$12.5 million ($11.6 million). The project, managed by Cequent and built by Waide Construction, will be finished by January 2020.

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok accepts reservations ahead of 2020 open

Image: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Image: Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

With its grand opening just a few months away, the all-new urban resort of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is now accepting reservations for arrivals beginning 1 February 2020.

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will offer 299 guest rooms including suites with garden terraces and an extraordinary, two-storey Presidential Suite; an urban spa with a focus on mind, body and soul; two infinity pools overlooking the river; thoughtful amenities for families including a fully-supervised complimentary kids club; a private boat dock; extensive event spaces highlighted by a waterfront ballroom and terrace; and world class culinary offerings.

Soneva Fushi to welcome New York Times bestselling author Peter Frankopan

 1989_Soneva Fushi Resort Experiences - Private Sandbank Dinner

Soneva Fushi in the Maldives is set to host New York Times bestselling author Peter Frankopan this December.

A British historian and Professor of Global History at Oxford University, Frankopan is best known for his intricate knowledge on the histories of the Middle East, Central Asia and China, as well as his book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.

Frankopan will be hosting a series of talks and intimate dinners for eager guests during his stay at Soneva Fushi from the 14–23 December. His comes as part of Soneva Fushi founder Sonu Shivdasani’s ongoing commitment to inspiring and educating guests at Soneva resorts.

Outrigger introduces new unit choice option

Outrigger guests can now handpick apartment-style accommodations at select Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger, thanks to a new and improved Unit Choice option.

Guests planning a vacation through Outrigger’s new Unit Choice Collection can browse online to select a wide range of condominium options uniquely decorated to fit the needs of their stay.

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort multi-million-dollar refurbishment nears completion

 

Image: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Image: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort reception

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort is poised to unveil a contemporary new look this summer with its multi-million-dollar refurbishment on schedule to conclude in December.

Novotel’s guest rooms, public areas, bars, restaurant and conference rooms have all undergone a transformation to better reflect the four- and five-star hotel’s position as one of the premier business and leisure destinations in the city.

Crystalbrook Collection officially welcomes Byron at Byron

 Byron at Byron

Byron at Byron has officially joined Crystalbrook Collection’s expanding portfolio of five-star east-coast hotels.

The much-loved resort will now trade as Byron at Byron, a Crystalbrook Collection Resort.  The resort’s new owners will meet with 200 local businesses early this month as a sign of their intent to continue using local suppliers and sourcing 80 per cent of products within three hours of Byron Bay.

Featured image: Conrad New York Midtown


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