Business Traveller rounds up new, upcoming and renovated hotels from brands including Sofitel, Four Seasons and Marriott.
The Retreat Palm Dubai, MGallery UAE
The Retreat Palm Dubai – MGallery by Sofitel, to give the hotel its full name, is the first MGallery property in the Middle East. Described as “…the first 360-degree holistic wellbeing resort in the Middle East”, it may explain why the lobby looks like a modern hospital. It is located on the East Crescent of The Palm Jumeirah and the 255 room (and suite) property has four dining venues, with food and drink made from organic local products, as well as a spa and a fitness centre and gym. The hotel also contains two modern conference rooms, with complimentary wifi access.
Tarcin Forest Resort & SPA, MGallery, Sarajevo, Bosnia
Another MGallery has opened in Bosnia, one described as “…your dream home, where French art de recevoir and well-being experience meet to nurture your senses.” Despite the “Forest” title, it has a convenient location, being only a 20-minute-drive of Sarajevo’s centre and Sarajevo International airport. The 55 rooms and nine luxury villas with large bay windows and balconies, all feature free wifi and eco-friendly amenities. There is also a restaurant, a hotel cafe, an executive VIP lounge, luxury spa and a modern fitness centre available for guests. The two meeting rooms are equipped with high-speed internet with copy/print service available. The largest room has the capacity for up to 120 guests.
Four Seasons Hotel Tunis, Tunisia
The new Four Seasons is in the Gammarth neighbourhood, a 20-minute drive to Les Berges du Lac, and 30 minutes both from the CBD of Tunis City and the Medina. There are 168 rooms, the smallest of which start at 55m2, and 35 suites (203 in total), most of which have Mediterranean views and have terraces or balconies. Contemporary Arabesque architecture and design details including mashrabiya latticework screens reflect local UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are three restaurants, two lounges serving afternoon tea and cocktails, and a 24-hour business centre
Voronezh Marriott Hotel, Russia
Situated in the centre of Voronezh, this new hotel has 221 rooms with high-speed internet access, as well as mobile check-in and check out. Dining options include a steakhouse and a Mediterranean restaurant. The M Club Lounge is available for guests in executive rooms and suites with meals throughout the day. There are 12 event rooms, with the largest able to accommodate up to 600 people.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Thailand
The first Waldorf hotel in Southeast Asia is scheduled to open in Bangkok’s central business district at the end of January 2018. Starting at 50 sqm, all 171 rooms are equipped LCD TVs and free wifi. Four dining destinations provide guests options from French cuisine to Thai fusion, while two rooftop bars contain views of downtown Bangkok. The hotel also provides an array of versatile spaces for events and meetings with creative catering service available. The biggest conference room has a capacity for up to 390 guests.
W Hotel, Osaka, Japan
W Hotel is slated to open its first-ever W in Japan in 2021. The new hotel building will sit amid Osaka’s city centre and is just an-hour-drive from Kansai International Airport. There will be 337 guestrooms, including 35 suites and three presidential suites. It also will feature multiple dining and craft cocktails, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a spa. The 400-square-metre Great Room and three meeting rooms will be equipped with ultra-modern event facilities, meeting guests’ need for meetings or social gatherings.
Presented by City of Dreams, the new hotel is planned to open in summer 2018 in central Cotai, a five-minutes-drive from the Macau International airport. The 39-floors flagship hotel will have approximately 780 guestrooms, including three luxurious villas with private pools. Facilities include restaurants serving international cuisines, a sky pool and a casino.