Nine new and upcoming hotels in Asia-Pacific

13 Sep 2017 by Craig Bright
The St. Regis Astana


The St. Regis Astana

Kazakhstan’s capital city got its first St. Regis property earlier this month, also marking the brand’s entry into the country. The opening comes on the heels of another Marriott debut in Astana back in June when it opened the Ritz-Carlton Astana. The St. Regis is located within the city’s Central Park, close to foreign embassies and Independence Square, and features a unique courtyard design inspired by traditional yurt tents. Some 120 guestrooms are offered, including 23 suites with private Juliette terraces, while F&B offerings comprise a bar and two restaurants, The Grill and La Riviere, the latter having relocated from its previous home in the city to the hotel.

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter Imperial Suite room

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter

Arguably having one of the most intriguing names of any Sofitel property in the world, the new Sofitel Guiyang Hunter in China’s southwest Guizhou province is directly linked to the Hunter City Shopping Mall. The hotel is also Guiyang’s tallest, standing at 298 metres, and is situated within the city’s central business district within walking distance from Nanming River, Jiaxiu Pavilion and the Wenchang Pavilion. Some 274 guestrooms and suites are offered, each featuring Lanvin bathroom amenities and the brand’s signature Sofitel Mybed bedding concept.

Niccolo Chongqing - N2 Grand Riverview Room

Niccolo Chongqing

Until the opening of the Niccolo Chongqing earlier this month, Wharf Hotels’ nascent Niccolo Hotels brand had just one open hotel to its name, the Niccolo Chengdu. However, this sister brand to Marco Polo Hotels is quickly growing its footprint, with the recent opening of the Niccolo Chongqing this month and the upcoming The Murray, Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel at the end of this year. The brand’s second property, the Niccolo Chongqing, is located on the top 10 floors of the Chongqing IFS sky tower with a total of 252 rooms and suites. Along with sweeping views of the city’s mountains and rivers, the hotel also offers dining, events and wellness facilities.


Sofitel Singapore City Centre

The first of five new Asia-Pacific properties that Accorhotels is opening within the next two months, the Sofitel Singapore City Centre was until recently set to open its doors in September. This has now been pushed back a month to October (though a specific opening date hasn’t been confirmed by Accorhotels). The opening of the new Sofitel will, however, be notable as being Accorhotels’ 800th hotel in Asia-Pacific, soon to be followed by a new 782-room combined Novotel and Mercure complex in the city.

Seoul Dragon City

Seoul Dragon City

Speaking of combined complexes, Accorhotels is also opening its four-hotel “lifestyle hotel-plex”, Seoul Dragon City, on October 1, comprising a Novotel, Ibis Styles and the first Grand Mercure and Novotel Suites in South Korea. Offering a total of more than 1,700 rooms, 11 F&B outlets, 17 meeting rooms and two grand ballrooms, the property will also have a four-storey Sky Bridge connecting two of the three towers that will feature its own lounge bar with an indoor miniature swimming pool.

Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc

The last quarter of 2017 is also set to see the opening of Carlson Rezidor’s second resort in Vietnam, the Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc. Located approximately 27 kilometres from Phu Quoc International Airport, the hotel will offer a total of 533 rooms and suites when it opens, along with an all-day dining and bar venue, a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, spa and a VIP lounge. Perhaps the property’s most notable feature, however, is the Casino Phu Quoc, the first in Vietnam to permit domestic entry. The resort is part of a wider development that also features a convention centre, safari park, theatre, water park, retail and dining and a 27-hole golf course.

Ascott Sudirman Jakarta and The Stature Jakarta

Ascott Sudirman Jakarta

The Ascott Limited is making big moves in Asia-Pacific, with seven new properties in mainland China by 2019 and recently adding 11,000 units to its Australasia portfolio. Now the serviced apartment group is turning its focus on Indonesia, with the announcement of a new 192-unit, the Ascott Sudirman Jakarta, adding to the group’s existing developments in the city, notably The Stature Jakarta integrated development, which is on track to open in 2020. The Ascott Sudirman Jakarta will precede The Stature, opening in 2018.

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Hilton will be opening its first new-build property in the Maldives in the first quarter of 2019 in the form of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives. What’s particularly interesting with the property is that it spans a total of three islands in the South Male Atoll, about 20 minutes from the capital Male and 23 kilometres from Velana International Airport. About 130 rooms will be available in what will be the brand’s 11th hotel that is open or under development in Asia-Pacific, as will a total of 10 dining options.

Grand Hyatt Jeju

Jeju may be a surprising destination for the world’s second-largest Grand Hyatt to open its doors, however that is precisely what Hyatt Hotels Corporation is planning with a massive 1,600-room hotel now set to open in the heart of Jeju City. The Grand Hyatt Jeju will also feature 11 F&B outlets, about 1,200 sqm of events space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness centre and two spas – one Korean and one Western. While an opening date for the property has yet to be announced by Hyatt, what is known is that the hotel will form part of the two-building Dream Tower Integrated Resort that will also have a retail podium.

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