IHG plots luxury & lifestyle growth

IHG Hotels & Resorts is projected to debut more than 50 hotels in 24 countries in its Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio across the globe this year.

The IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio is made up of brands including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo and the recently launched Vignette Collection, the company’s first collection brand.

“Luxury, and what it means to consumers, continually changes and adapts,” said Tom Rowntree, VP, global marketing, luxury brands, IHG. “We’ve been intentional and strategic with the enhancements we’ve made to the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle collection in recent years, and our exciting pipeline of openings for 2022 demonstrates the strength and depth of the portfolio. Now more than ever, luxury consumers are eager to indulge in travel again, but in a more meaningful, purpose-driven way. Our Luxury & Lifestyle brands bring distinctive design and unforgettable service together with extraordinary experiences. The addition of these new hotels and resorts in key and emerging markets adds further choice for guests to experience inspiring and personalized stays that meet their travel desires in the moment.”

Six Senses
With an ethos rooted in reconnecting with oneself, others and the surrounding world, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas continues to reawaken the senses and offer travelers experiences that are out of the ordinary, according to the company. In 2022, Six Senses expects to unveil four resorts and spas.

Six Senses Rome, located on the Piazza di San Marcello, will welcome guests to the center of ancient Rome, blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon and the city’s luxury shopping streets. In Switzerland, Six Senses Crans-Montana will feature a resort and residential accommodations in one of the region’s most prominent ski areas. As the brand’s second property in the Maldives, the forthcoming Six Senses Kanuhura will encompass three white-sanded private islands on Lhaviyani Atoll. With desert surroundings, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea in Saudi Arabia will combine an architectural approach that pays homage to the Nabataean heritage with the brand’s trademark wellness and respect for centuries past.

Regent Hotels & Resorts
With plans to grow the brand to more than 40 hotels in key global gateway cities over the long term, Regent Hotels & Resorts is due to welcome two properties in 2022. In addition to the Regent Phu Quoc (pictured above), which will open with luxurious and exclusive private residences, this year will see the former InterContinental Hong Kong return to its roots—the hotel first opened its doors in 1980 as a Regent and will reopen this year as Regent Hong Kong following a complete makeover.

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
As the world’s first and largest international luxury hotel brand celebrates its 75th anniversary, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 10 properties anticipated to debut in 2022. Following openings in Barcelona and Azerbaijan in 2021, the brand will bring its service to Rome. InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace, opening on the Via Veneto, was designed in the early 1900s in the neo-renaissance style and was originally home to ambassadors staying in Rome. It will be restored to create a sense of discreet and modern luxury for worldly travelers and locals alike, according to the company.

Expanding its footprint in the Middle East, the brand will open two new resort properties in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In Australia, the former Hotel Continental, outside of Melbourne, will have a new lease on life when it opens as InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. The brand is also poised to land in Khao Yai in Thailand and Appi Kogen Resort in Japan, in addition to Hangzhou Liangzhou, Chongli and Zhengzhou in Greater China. In Peru, the 322-room InterContinental Lima Miraflores is set to welcome guests with a modern design, including 29 suites.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Since acquiring the Kimpton brand in 2015, IHG has been committed to its global expansion, establishing a presence in Europe, Asia and Greater China. Following the recent openings in Paris, Bangkok and New Orleans, the brand is due to open seven properties throughout 2022.

The Kimpton Margot Sydney will feature a range of innovative culinary experiences built on Kimpton’s legacy of locally loved restaurants. The 79-room Kimpton Aysla Mallorca will bring the brand’s distinctly laid-back approach to luxury to the island as a complement to Mallorca’s relaxed but chic styling and hospitality.

In Southeast Asia, the brand plans to unveil the Kimpton Naranta Bali resort in Indonesia in addition to the recently opened Kimpton Kitalay Samui, its first resort in the region, as well as a property in Suzhou, Greater China.

As Kimpton’s third boutique hotel in Georgia’s capital city, the Midtown Atlanta property will bring the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene to its innovative design, according to the company. Expected to debut at the close of 2022, Kimpton Roatan in the Caribbean will be a nature lover’s paradise offering convenient access to corals and the surrounding jungle canopy, the company reports.

Hotel Indigo
Hotel Indigo, IHG’s fast-growing boutique hotel brand, plans to settle into 26 neighborhoods over the upcoming year. The brand is slated to continue its rapid growth in The Americas, with openings expected in New Orleans; Omaha, NE; Vancouver, WA; St. Louis; The Galapagos; Lima, Peru; and Tulum and Baja, Mexico. Additionally, three hotels are planned to open in New York City.

Following new properties in Serbia and France last year, the brand is due to welcome four new hotels in Europe and the Middle East with Vienna; Batumi, Georgia; Baku, Azerbaijan; as well as Jabal Akhdar, Oman. Last year marked the debut of the brand in Australia with Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, and the forthcoming hotels in Brisbane City Centre and Melbourne.

Openings are also planned across destinations in Asia: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Karuizawa and Inuyama, Japan; Saigon; Bintan, Indonesia; Alishan, Taiwan; and Anji, Hangzhou Xianghu Lake and Xiamen Haicang, Greater China.

Vignette Collection
Following the Vignette Collection brand’s launch in August last year and the opening of its very first hotel, Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley, in December, the brand is poised to welcome more hotels to the Collection in 2022: Sindhorn Midtown in Bangkok, Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna, as well as Penina Resort & Golf and Dona Filipa Hotel, both on Portugal’s Algarve. Over the next 10 years, IHG anticipates Vignette Collection to attract more than 100 properties globally.