Five Beach Resorts Revamp

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—From sea-inspired redesigns to hurricane restoration projects, beach properties are updating across the globe.

Hotel Takes Cues from the Sea in Newport Beach, CA 

The Duke Hotel has been transformed into the Renaissance Newport Beach. Level 3 Design Group (L3DG) recently completed the FF&E purchasing for the 444 guestrooms, banquet space, lobby, restaurant and other public spaces throughout the property.

Located near the John Wayne Airport, the 10-story hotel is full of amenities, including valet parking, a rooftop swimming pool, an outdoor patio meeting space, 24-hour fitness center, basketball and tennis courts and WiFi.

“We’ve added a lot of interesting, contemporary elements that are atypical for a business hotel,” said Michelle Wilson, project manager of L3DG. “The property has natural woods and sea colors, which, combined with our enhancements, gives it a beautifully fresh, comfortable vibe that speaks to the area. Our supplier partners worked seamlessly with a very assertive timeline and budget to realize the vision of our client. It was a real treat to work on this property.”

Resort Completes First Stage of Update in Fort Lauderdale, FL

DiamondRock Hospitality Company has completed the first phase of the multimillion-dollar project at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, which included transforming the property’s 432 guestrooms and suites, updating common areas and adding a restaurant, Lona Cocina Tequileria.

The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort will soon begin the revamp of its 40,000 sq. ft. of flexible indoor and outdoor event space. The property has several ballroom options, with 10,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space overlooking the beach and Intracoastal.

Dubai Hotel to Reopen 

Jumeirah Group has revealed that Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Hotel is to reopen this month following a five-month transformation program.

The new Jumeirah Beach Hotel returns with a more contemporary ambiance, new dining experiences and redesigned rooms and suites. The hotel has updated its atrium as well and expanded its swim up pool bar.

Dominica Resort Restores

Secret Bay, a Caribbean eco-­luxury boutique hotel and Dominica’s only five­-star resort, is being restored.

One year ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall on Dominica, the “Nature Island,” and Secret Bay ownership has been working to restore and enhance resort. The hotel will welcome back guests on Nov. 1 with updated villas, one new villa and a host of new amenities including updated villas, an on-site restaurant and a wellness center.

St. Barth Hotel Adds Amenities 

Sereno Hotels will reopen Le Sereno St. Barth in late November. Following damage from the passing of Hurricane Irma in September 2017, the property is being rebuilt, including more than half the rooms and all of the public spaces, while maintaining the style of Le Sereno. The original team that created Le Sereno has been reassembled to undertake a complete rebuild, while keeping the essence of the hotel intact.

The new Le Sereno will have more and larger rooms with new design, a new spa and fitness center, redesigned restaurant and bar, new beach restaurant extension and a new on-site retail boutique.