Five Seasons in four months

10 Apr 2008 by Mark Caswell

Four Seasons Hotel FlorenceFour Seasons is to open five new hotels in the next four months, with properties in Mumbai, Istanbul, Mauritius, Bora Bora and Florence.

May signals the beginning of one of the busiest periods in the group’s history, with a 202-room new-build hotel opening in Mumbai’s emerging Worli district at the start of next month. Located in a 33-storey glass tower the Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai will feature a two-floor spa, two restaurants and the largest presidential suite in the city.

Just a month later Four Seasons will open its second property in Istanbul, located on the banks of the Bosphorus (close to Kempinski’s Ciragan Palace) within a 19th-century Ottoman palace. The Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus will feature 166 rooms and suites, a spa with Turkish bath, as well as indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools.

Four Seasons will also provide a boat shuttle between the new hotel and its other Istanbul property situated in the city’s Sultanahmet district. Istanbul is experiencing a boom in business and leisure travel at the moment, with W Hotels opening its first European property in the city (see online news April 3), and Turkish Airlines joining Star Alliance this month (see online news April 3).

July will then see three further properties opening in Florence, Mauritius and Bora Bora. The Four Seasons Hotel Florence (pictured) will be housed in the renovated buildings of the Palazzo Della Gheraradesca, Conventino and Church, with the oldest wing dating back to the late 1440s. Original frescos and sculptures have been restored, and the property will also feature a 3.5-hectare private garden.

The Mauritius and Bora Bora properties will both be resort hotels, with the former featuring 61 beachfront villas, a spa, PADI dive centre, and an Ernie Els-designed golf course. The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora will have 100 over-water bungalows, with views of the mountain and lagoon.

Busy times – closer to home it looks likely the Four Seasons Park Lane is gearing up for a major refurbishment (official details have yet to be released), and the Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf is also considering a soft refurbishment of rooms later this year.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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