Open-air lounge at Cheval Blanc Randheli
Hotel development, especially on the luxury end of the scale, continues apace in Asia. Here are a few recent, and some imminent, openings to keep on your radar.
In Tibet, the 289-room Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa has begun taking reservations for its April 17 opening and beyond. Guests will arrive at the hotel through a grand entrance gate, which opens into a plaza inspired by Tibetan architecture. Inside, guests will find the hotel's Horizon Club lounge, as well as an oxygen lounge to help guests acclimate to the high altitude. Here guests can enjoy reflexology treatments while overlooking the gardens. For dining, Shambala will be a tapas bar and lounge serving authentic Tibetan cuisine. The all-day dining restaurant, Altitude, will serve international faire. Shang Palace, a Shangri-La signature restaurant, will serve Cantonese and Sichuan specialties.
Hot on the heels of The Chedi Andermatt, The Chedi Club Jimbaran in Bali is on track to open in the third quarter of 2014. Thirty-four butler-serviced pool villas will be available, along with a U-shaped swimming pool, dining, cigar lounge, spa and health club.
The JW Marriott Hanoi recently opened next to the National Convention Center in the city’s new central business district. The hotel has 450 guest rooms (including 56 suites), a spa, 17 meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and restaurant options ranging from international cuisine at the French Grill to Cantonese specialties at The Chinese Palace. After openings in Bengaluru and New Delhi, this is the third JW Marriott brand hotel to debut in Asia within the last four months.
On Noonu Atoll in the Maldives, the LVMH Group’s Cheval Blanc Randheli also began welcoming guests late last year. Private seaplanes from Malé will transport passengers in 40 minutes to the island resort, where dedicated ambassadors will be on hand to customize guest experiences with dinner cruises, yoga sessions on the beach, and private scuba diving excursions. The 45 villas, set amid lush gardens, have private pools.
NUO Hotel Beijing, the flagship hotel for the NUO Hotels group, recently completed its topping-off ceremony for the 28-story building, and is on track to open by 2015. Luxury amenities will include exclusive limousine, private jet and yacht travel services.
2015 will also see Rosewood Hotels & Resorts managing a property in Cambodia’s capital city. Rosewood Phnom Penh will be housed in the top 14 floors of a new skyscraper, Vattanac Capital Tower One, rising more than 600 feet high. From this sky-high perch, guests can enjoy impressive views over the city and the Mekong River. There will be three restaurants, lobby lounge and sky bar, meeting rooms, a fitness center, and a spa with five treatment rooms.