INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Brands are expanding in Asia, with properties offering added amenities and sustainability efforts.
Raffles Singapore to Reopen With New Amenities
Raffles Singapore will reopen in mid-2019. Raffles will continue to offer all-suite accommodations with an expanded suite count of 115. This includes the introduction of new suite categories, amenities and technology.
There will be a variety of social spaces and lifestyle experiences including a refreshed Raffles Boutique, previously the gift shop, that will house a History Gallery to reflect the heritage of Raffles Singapore. The Arcade will also be home to new retail concepts and a new Raffles Spa.
Dining experiences include Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse’s first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept, BBR by Alain Ducasse. Anne-Sophie Pic, with three Michelin stars, makes her debut in Asia with her La Dame de Pic at Raffles Singapore concept. Returning dining experiences include the Singapore Sling at Long Bar, North Indian cuisine at Tiffin Room and Raffles Afternoon Tea.
Rosewood Sets Sights on Expansion
Rosewood Hotel Group has plans to open four properties in Asia:
Rosewood Shanghai, China (2024): Rosewood Shanghai, owned by Hopson Commercial Property Management Company, will be in the Jing’an district and the centerpiece of the Hopson One Suhewan development that will include offices, residences, luxury retail and spaces for art and culture. The hotel will have 220 rooms and 83 luxury Rosewood Residences (serviced apartments).
Rosewood Shenzhen, China (2022): Rosewood was appointed to manage this landmark property by China Resources Land Limited (CR Land), the flagship subsidiary of China Resources Group. Rosewood Shenzhen will be part of a new mixed-use development project offering prime office and luxury retail spaces, as well as the hotel and serviced apartments. Rosewood Shenzhen will have 300 guestrooms and 50 Rosewood Residences, situated in the Pearl River Delta megapolis.
Rosewood Hermana Mayor, Philippines (2023): Rosewood Hermana Mayor, Philippines will be a luxury resort and the brand’s first entry in the Philippines, located on a private island close to the mainland. AquaTerra Hotels and Resorts Development Corporation appointed Rosewood to manage the property. Rosewood Hermana Mayor will have 128 villa accommodations and additional Rosewoood Residences for private ownership.
New World Jaipur Resort, India (2023): New World Jaipur Resort, India, will be the brand and group’s first step into the Indian subcontinent. Owned by Keemaya Resorts and Spas, New World Jaipur Resort will be the first all-villa luxury resort in the city, with 181 villas and leisure and event facilities.
Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel Opens With Families at the Forefront
Marriott Hotels, Lai Sun Group and Ocean Park Hong Kong soft opened the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel. Located at Ocean Park Hong Kong, it’s the first-ever city resort hotel with 471 rooms.
The hotel offers meeting and event space, a lagoon and children’s pools, a spa, fitness center and four restaurant and bars. There’s also M Passport, the pilot program that encourages younger visitors to participate in various resort activities with educational and fun themes, such as seashell art, scavenger hunts and dinners. Completion of each activity is linked to rewards and treats that’s tracked using a specially designed passport.
With Sustainability in Focus, Alila to Debut in Cambodia
Alila Villas Koh Russey will open this November on the Cambodian Riviera. The hotel resides on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago and marks Alila’s first resort in Cambodia.
The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort kept sustainability in mind with work by architect ChiohHui Goh of Singaporean firm Studiogoto. The work has been endorsed by EarthCheck, with most of the island’s natural foliage preserved. There are also villa systems that automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave, a fishing exclusion zone around the resort to preserve the marine environment and a nursery which aims to protect more than 20 species of trees indigenous to the island.
In addition to these efforts, there will be two specialty restaurants, Spa Alila, an infinity pool and fitness center.