The first hotel in Italy to be managed by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will open in Milan in 2010 on Via Monte di Pieta. The location is close to major tourist sites and the shopping areas that bring tourists from all over the world. It is also convenient to business centers, the fashion industry, and cultural attractions. [Read more…]
The Dominican Republic’s Ocean Bavaro Spa and Beach Resort in Punta Cana will be renamed the Barcelo Dominican Beach Resort following its purchase by Playa Hotels & Resorts, S.L. The all-inclusive resort joins two other properties in the Dominican Republic owned by the company. The acquisition of the Sunscape Casa del Mar Resort, located near Casa de Campo, was recently announced. The Breezes Punta Cana Resort, Spa and Casino, now called the Barcelo Punta Cana Resort, was acquired last year.
Bruce Wardinski, Chairman & CEO of Playa Hotels & Resorts, S.L., said, “Under the Barcelo brand we will enhance guest services and raise the quality of food and beverage to be comparable with Barcelo’s legendary all- inclusive programs. In addition, we are planning improvements to the physical condition of the resort, including a series of guestroom renovations.” [Read more…]
The 325-room five-star Millennium Sukhumvit Bangkok, which will open this October on Asoke Road (Sukhumvit Soi 21), is offering introductory rates for November and December. The special nightly rate per room starts at 4,199 Thai baht (plus taxes and fees), approximately US $140 or Singapore $216. In honor of the opening, the Millennium Resort Patong Phuket has a special introductory rate starting at 4,100Thai baht (plus taxes and fees), or approximately US $136 or Singapore $210 per room per night during October. [Read more…]
A Hong Kong tradition marked the opening of The Peninsula Tokyo on September 1st. A lion dance reflected the Hong Kong origins of the hotel, which is the eighth to bear the name of the original icon. The dance is intended to bring good fortune to the new enterprise.
The hotel is the first freestanding luxury hotel in Tokyo in more than ten years, as other luxury properties have been incorporated into office or mixed use complexes. The 24-story building, with 267 guest rooms plus 47 suites, is located opposite the Imperial Palace at the entrance of the Ginza and Maruonuchi districts, giving the rooms views of the Imperial Palace, Hibiya, and the city. The design reflects the architect’s view of the hotel as a traditional Japanese lantern. Earth tones, marble, wood, lacquer, and stone continue the Japanese theme. [Read more…]
Banyan Tree will launch the first all-pool villa resort and residence property in Mauritius when sales of residential units begin in October, according to a recently announced management contract. Completion of the integrated luxury property is scheduled for 2010. [Read more…]