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Exclusive resort with 77 private villas - St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

New luxury hotels demanded worldwide – More and more hing-end properties in the pipeline – More than 5,000 news hotels around the globe

Hamburg, Germany – 15 July 2015
The hotel construction is flourishing worldwide – more than 5,000 new top hotels arise. Especially the aggressive expansions by international leading hotel companies and the significantly changed quality requirements of the target and style groups pressurise establish hotels in important hotel markets. Worldwide the number of new building hotels is increasing annually. Only in July 143 new top hotels will open their doors. This data has been revealed by tophotelprojects.com, the worldwide leading provider for global b2b hotel data. Especially in the luxury segment the market pressure in growing enormously. Recently Mandarin Oriental, one of the best hotel groups in the world, announced the opening of a second high-end-hotel with 241 rooms in China’s capital Beijing.

Exclusive resort with 77 private villas - St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

Exclusive resort with 77 private villas – St. Regis Vommuli resort will be opened in 2016 on Maldives

Also the US-company Marriott International relies on new luxury hotels: in Macau the first “only suites” property by the Ritz-Carlton brand opened end of May. With the inauguration of a JW Marriott Hotel (228 rooms) in Zhejiang Anji at the Yangtze River delta the number of high-end-properties by this brand was raised up to eleven. Also in Washington D.C. another JW Marriott Hotel (750 rooms) recently opened its doors. Another highlight by the JW Marriot brand is a resort (266 rooms) in Venice.

With its legendary hotel brand Ritz-Carlton Marriott is also expanding: in Cairo the famous 431-room property will re-open. In Budapest another Ritz-Carlton with 192 rooms is arising in prime location close to the St. Stephan Cathedral; opening is scheduled for early-2016 and in Jeddah a 224-room Ritz-Carlton will open its doors also this summer.

Also Starwood is promoting its top hotel brands: 2016 a St. Regis resort (77 private villas) will open on the Maldives (Vommuli Island). Further St. Regis hotels recently opened in Moscow, Mumbai and in Dubai. The former Conrad Hotel in Chicago (Hilton group) will re-open as an exquisite Luxury Collection hotel. The first Luxury Collection hotel by Starwood itself is arising in Kyoto, Japan.

Top 10 hotel chains with their expansions
Peninsula Hotels: 1 new building project in London
Mandarin Oriental Hotels: 14 new building projects i. a. in Beijing, Maldives, Milano, Istanbul, Dubai, Moscow and Marrakech
One&Only Hotels: 5 new building projects i. a. in Jeddah, Bahrain und Sanya
Ritz Carlton: 34 new building projects i. a. in Muscat, Marrakech, Nanjing, Chongqing, Hainan, Macau and Mumbai
Aman Resorts: 8 new building projects i. a. . in Shanghai and Libreville
St. Regis: 19 new building projects i. a. in Istanbul, Napa Valley, Jakarta, Nanjing, Dubai and Cairo
Oberoi Hotels: 3 new building projects in Casablanca and Marrakech
Four Seasons Hotels: 34 new building projects i. a. in Agadir, Bangalore, Bahrain, Boston, Goa, Kuwait City, New Delhi and Kuala-Lumpur
Shangri-La Hotels: 17 new building projects i. a. in Colombo, Hangzhou, Nanchang and Shaoxing

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts opens first resort in China – It’s playtime for all ages at Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa on Hainan Island

Hainan, China – 24 October 2014 – Guests of all ages checking into the newest resort in Haitang Bay – Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort and Spa, Hainan – will discover a paradise dedicated to play.  The 340-room resort, which opens today, is set on 45 acres and offers the most recreational activities and facilities in Haitang Bay, including its own Adventure Zone and Kids’ Water Park (opening in November 2014).

Shangri-La Sanya Resort & Spa Hainan China

Shangri-La Sanya Resort & Spa Hainan China

Shangri-La’s first resort to open in mainland China boasts 300 metres of pristine beachfront and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and hills. It is tailor made to suit travellers of all ages, and offers options for families travelling with multiple generations as well as groups looking for a scenic and stimulating setting for a wedding, meeting or incentive event.

Activities are spread out across two designated areas (Oasis and Sands) with five activity centres. In addition to the Water Park and Adventure Zone, the resort features two free-form pools; jogging and bike trails; a beach football field; sand volleyball court; water games; a state of the art gym with an outdoor deck for activities such as Tai Chi and yoga, and additional recreational activities that are complimentary for guests.

Inspired by island paradises from around the globe, the resort’s design features elements found in nature and the tropics. The open-air lobby is decorated in neutral tones with ceiling fans, stone and wood carvings, floral patterns and tropical plants adding texture and warmth.

Guestrooms are located in the seven-storey Ocean, Coral and Palm wings and also take their design cues from nature, with hardwood floors, closet handles carved to look like seashells and gold-leaf seashell artwork. Every king-bedded room has a pull-out sofa bed. And family amenities include robes and slippers for kids.

Restaurants include Kon Tiki, whose menu plays homage to Sanya’s nickname as the “Hawaii of China”. Kon Tiki offers flavours from the South Pacific and draws inspiration from Polynesian culture. Interactive live fire dance performances, grass skirt dancing and a drum show keep the atmosphere lively and match the menu, which features items such as Banana Ducky Pizza – a smoked duck breast with mashed banana in tangy tamarind sauce.

The all-day dining restaurant, Chuyi Wutai, presents authentic Chinese home-style cuisine along with international fare across six open theatre-style kitchens. The 366 seat restaurant has its own kid’s corner with a buffet designed specifically for children.

Signature dishes at Chuyi Wutai include Hainanese Chicken Rice as well as local dishes such as Dongshan Lamb and wok-fried Wuzhijiao Pork.

At S.E.A. restaurant diners can enjoy the ocean breeze as they hand-select the freshest local seafood. Using the freshest ingredients, S.E.A.’s chefs present authentic Southeast Asian favourites, including Tom Yum Goong Soup and Singaporean Chilli Crab with Fried buns.

Refreshing drinks and cocktails and snacks can be enjoyed in the Lobby Lounge, Pool Bar or open-air Dragonfly Bar.

For destination weddings, meetings and events, the resort offers a 1,500-square-metre ballroom and 10 breakout function spaces. Events can also be set up along the 300 metres of beach, on “the lawn” or in the landscaped garden.

Opening later this year will be the resort’s CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La and eight two-story villas.

Shangri-La Introducing Hotel Jen – Unveiling a revolutionary ‘virtual-persona’ hotel hospitality concept

Singapore – 26 August 2014 – Fresh, friendly and fuss-free. That’s the genre of Hotel Jen, the new brand revealed today by Hong Kong-based Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd. Catering to a new ‘Jeneration’ of independently minded business and leisure travellers, the brand will launch quickly with ten Hotel Jens opening in major cities in Asia Pacific by March 2015.

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore - Pool with panorama view

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore – Pool with panorama view

Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, opening in Singapore on 15 September, is the first hotel in a major initiative that will see the transformation of Shangri-La’s Traders Hotels. The rebrand will bring an intuitive service attitude and relaxed, friendly style to the diverse collection of existing and new mid-range hotels situated in the best locations in Asia Pacific.

The Hotel Jen brand is inspired by the virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier who loves life, travel and the adventure of discovering new places. Hotel Jen takes care of guests with efficiency and care, while also giving them informed access to the best a particular destination has to offer.

“The Hotel Jen experience delivers what matters most to guests with a millennial mind set. They appreciate important things done well; demand quality, comfort and value, together with honest, authentic service; and want privacy and efficiency without unnecessary fuss or intrusion,” said Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

“The Traders brand has had a 25-year history of success in generating solid business, carving out a niche amidst a highly competitive industry and building a loyal base of customers.

“However, we are looking to the future and – based on extensive consumer research and insight into the way our target market lives and travels, including talking and listening to our customers – we are recognising and responding to the global travel trends and particular needs of this new generation traveller. This will keep us relevant and competitive for the next 20 years to come,” Dogan added.

Stress-free ease and simplicity will be reflected in the overall Hotel Jen stay experience through the informal and friendly check-in, stay, check-out and on-going contact. A sense of belonging will be reflected through a brand persona concept that positions guests as ‘friends of Jen’, with a caring and respectful service standard communicated by staff in an enthusiastic, helpful and engaging way.

The Hotel Jen ‘informed and friendly’ service style will also guide guests to the best of where they are, through local restaurant recommendations, under-the-radar sights and unusual boutiques. The Hotel Jen team will be a guest’s own personal local lifestyle guide.

Technology will also be key to catering to the highly social, young-at-heart traveller. Free WiFi everywhere, all the time, and convenient mobile charging stations throughout the hotels are few of the many features. Guest comfort and safety are an absolute priority and there will be no compromise on existing, high-quality standards.  

Hotel Jen’s restaurants will focus on fresh local products, ensuring that the food is genuine and authentic in every way. Free coffee/snack-box-to-go after breakfast and grab-and-go kiosks will be available.

“We are excited to be launching and engaging this new brand so rapidly. We definitely want to retain our existing customer base, who have been extremely loyal to us, but we also recognise that their needs have changed. Today’s guests want more flexibility, as busy non-traditional work hours tend to blend the boundaries between business and leisure,” said Lothar Nessmann, chief operations officer of the Hotel Jen brand.

“With the rebranding of Traders Hotels to Hotel Jen, we will broaden our range of guests and attract more travellers looking for distinctive experiences of local interest and character, as well as appeal to families and groups who want a more independent, yet friendly and personable stay experience,” added Nessmann.

In the first phase of the Hotel Jen roll-out, the Traders hotels in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Penang, Johor Bahru, Manila, Maldives, Beijing and Shenyang will be rebranded to Hotel Jen from September 2014 to March 2015. Future Hotel Jen development projects are under discussion in key gateway cities in South East Asia.    

Hotel Jen is a diverse collection of hotels in the best locations across Asia Pacific, with a unique brand of style and service delivery designed to appeal to a ‘New Jeneration’ of travellers. The brand is the brainchild of virtual persona Jen, a professional hotelier and all-time lover of life, travel and discovery. To guests, Hotel Jen delivers quality, comfort, convenience and value with a twist. Jen cares about what really matters to guests – the important things done well; comfortable rooms and honest authentic service; respect, privacy and efficiency served without fuss or intrusion; cultural insights; interesting experiences; and fast, free WiFi everywhere, always.

Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin opens

Tianjin, China – 11 August 2014 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened its 85th hotel in China’s largest northern port city. The 302-room Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin sits on the bank of the Haihe River in the new Hedong District, overlooking Tianjin’s signature architecture dating from the 19th century.

Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin

Shangri-La Hotel Tianjin

Home to nearly 300 Fortune 500 companies, Tianjin is a bustling business destination. The city is just 30 minutes by high speed rail from Beijing and has become a centre for light industry and financial activities. On weekends, the city’s historic architecture, winding river and enticing food scene draw families and leisure travellers seeking a relaxing getaway.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin caters to both business and leisure guests with an unmatched range of facilities and a convenient location five minutes from the city’s central business district (which lies just over Baoding Bridge) and 10 minutes from the Tianjin Railway Station.

Spacious rooms range from one of the largest deluxe rooms in the city, the 48-square-metre Deluxe River View Room, to the 240-square-metre Shangri-La Suite.  In addition to its guestrooms, the hotel offers 39 serviced apartments. All guestrooms overlook the Haihe River, and the executive Horizon Club Lounge on Level 32 offers panoramic views of the city. Shangri-La’s complimentary Wi-Fi service is available throughout the hotel.

The hotel is fully integrated within Tianjin Kerry Centre and is the only five-star international hotel in the city connected to a shopping mall, River View Place, which houses multiple dining and entertainment venues and the largest of Shangri-La and Kerry’s Adventure Zones for kids. The 1,700-square-metre Adventure Zone is slated to open in 2015 with adrenalin-pumping slides, interactive games, play modules, party rooms, activity centres for crafts and games and more.

The hotel plays to its location on the river with floor-to-ceiling windows in the Lobby Lounge showcasing the view. The Haihe River is echoed in design elements as well. The grand lobby chandelier is designed to mimic sunlight reflecting on water, while the flow of the river is mirrored in the carpet motif of water lilies on a cerulean blue waterway. The Lobby Lounge is separated from the main lobby by dividers inlaid with muted gold flowers cascading from the trees to echo wind-blown leaves and flowers falling into the river.

Paris-based artist Chen Jiang Hong returned to his home city of Tianjin to paint the stunning 4.5- by 2.5-metre mural commissioned for Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s Lobby Lounge. Other works by Chen are featured in Shangri-La Hotel, Paris and Pudong Shangri-La, East Shanghai.

Within the hotel, there are extensive recreational and dining offerings. The Health Club offers a 24-hour gym, indoor swimming pool, two outdoor tennis courts, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, plus Shangri-La’s CHI, The Spa.

Shangri-La’s signature Shang Palace restaurant serves local specialties and authentic Cantonese cuisine. The interior marries traditional and contemporary furnishings. Over 70 paintings by local artists adorn the corridors and walls, and copper pillars and wooden panels separate the main dining hall to create intimate sections for privacy and exclusivity. The restaurant also offers 12 private dining rooms for gatherings or business meetings.

Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s all-day dining restaurant, Café Yun, features six theatre kitchens laid out in a marketplace-style, creating the perfect combination of the sights and smells of cooking with a laidback mood further enhanced by nature-inspired design elements. A private dining room is on offer for small celebrations with friends and family while an outdoor patio is also available during the warmer months.

For conferences of up to 1,800 people, Shangri-La Hotel, Tianjin’s 1,965-square-metre, pillar-less Grand Ballroom is the newest and largest meeting destination in the city. The Grand Ballroom is papered with hand-painted floral wallpaper to create the feeling of being in a garden pavilion. A range of indoor and outdoor venues are also available for smaller meetings or intimate social gatherings.

Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London Will Open To Guests 6 May 2014

London – February 6th, 2014 – Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts announced Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London will open 6 May 2014.  Located on the historic South Bank of the River Thames in the 306-metre-high, glass-clad Shard, the hotel will be the Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group’s third in Europe, following debuts in Paris in 2010 and Istanbul in 2013.

As the tallest hotel in Western Europe and the first high-rise hotel in London, the Shangri-La occupies levels 34 to 52 of the 72-storey Shard.  Its contemporary interior design complements Renzo Piano’s masterful architecture and the breathtaking views – unmatched by any other hotel in London – unfold in all directions revealing iconic landmarks such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.

“Our continued expansion in Europe reflects the growth opportunities for the brand and portfolio,” said Shangri-La President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Dogan.  “The Shard is a landmark synonymous with London and we hope to encourage visitors to our hotel, and the surrounding area.  We are truly excited to be an integral part of the ongoing development of the South Bank community and the borough of Southwark.”

Every detail of the hotel environment has been taken into consideration – from the extensive collection of original artworks on display to the spectacular grand staircase sweeping across double length floor-to-ceiling windows, linking levels 34 and 35 within the hotel’s sky lobby.

Guests will be escorted in a high-speed elevator from the hotel’s dedicated entrance on St. Thomas Street to the sky lobby on level 35.  Subtle Asian touches in the lobby and lobby lounge will reflect Shangri-La’s heritage, while modern and classic art with pieces from a mix of acclaimed Asian and British artists are showcased throughout public areas.

The hotel’s 202 guestrooms and suites will open from levels 36 to 50 and are amongst the largest in London.  Because of The Shard’s spiral shape, each of the spacious guestrooms and suites, which range from 30 to 188 square metres, is individual in layout and design.  All feature floor-to-ceiling windows and unrivalled views across the city, marble-clad bathrooms with heated floors, separate bathtubs, Acqua di Parma amenities and mirrors with integrated television screens.  Over a third of these bathrooms have city views.

Deluxe, Premier and Grand Premier guestrooms and suites offer northerly views towards the City and London’s most famous landmarks.  Superior guestrooms and suites feature far-reaching vistas over the vibrant areas of the south and towards the historic counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 

Some of the most stunning views are from the hotel’s three signature suites that will be unveiled in September.  All signature suites overlook St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and down river towards the O2 Arena.  The jewel in the crown is the Shangri-La Suite, situated on level 39, providing 180-degree views of London.  From the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben to the Tower of London, the view encompasses the River Thames with the Canary Wharf, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Maritime Greenwich dotted along the meandering waterway.

The hotel will feature three wining and dining venues.  GŎNG, London’s highest bar on level 52, takes its name from ‘dougong’ – an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar’s interior.  TĪNG, derived from the Chinese word for a living room, is the signature restaurant and lounge on level 35 and LÁNG – the Chinese word for ‘pathway’ – is an artisan deli on the ground floor.  Level 52 will also be home to a 24-hour gym and London’s highest infinity pool, and along with GŎNG, level 52 will duly open from 1 July.

Three river-facing event spaces on level 34 offer stunning views and state-of-the-art conferencing technology along with catering services.  The largest of the venues, Ren, accommodates up to 140 guests; the other two, Yi and Li, can hold up to 10 and 35 guests, respectively.  The grand staircase connecting levels 34 and 35, with its vista of St. Paul’s Cathedral and beyond, will be a picture-perfect location for wedding photography.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors in May after a number of years of planning and preparation,” said Darren Gearing, executive vice president and hotel general manager of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London.  “The hotel’s inspiring views will connect emotionally with guests, while our service hallmarks will position the hotel at the forefront of the world’s finest hotels.”

The hotel will be open for advance rooms, events, restaurant and lounge bookings from 17 March, with opening room rates starting at £450 per room per night, including VAT. 

New top hotel for London’s city – Peninsula Hotel in the pipeline – 51 new hotels under construction

Hamburg, 08th August 2013 – The hotel market in London is booming. 51 new first class and luxury hotels will open within the next years, TOPHOTELPROJECTS (www.tophotelprojects.com), worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data, announces. One of the most outstanding hotel construction projects in the city is the construction of the Peninsula Hotel.

At the Admiralty Arch in London an Armani Hotel should arise

At the Admiralty Arch in London an Armani Hotel should arise

The location is ideal: In the Buckingham Palace’s garden with view over the Hyde Park a mixed-use project on a 6,100 square meter size plot should be developed. This includes The Peninsula London, the first hotel of Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels (HSH) in England. The project will be promoted conjointly with the international real estate development group Grosvenor.

“London is one of the most important financial centers of the world and an international key location for business tourism,” says Clement KM Kwok, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of HSH. He also said “This project is in harmony with our long-term strategy and our desire to further expansion in Europe”. Details of the hotel construction project will be imparted after obtaining regulatory.

The next hotel opening in London is set for October in the new skyscraper „The Shard“ –a Shangri-La Hotel with 202 rooms and a panoramic terrace.

A new landmark hotel in London is the planned Armani Hotel at the Admiralty Arch. The opening of the fashion design luxury hotel presumably is late 2015. It will be the third Armani Hotel worldwide besides Dubai (Burj Khalifa) and Milano. The refurbishment of the 100-year-old historical building will cost about 100 million British Pounds. The hotel designer Rafael Serrano, who also has co-created the Bulgari Hotel London, is in debate. Further details about this hotel projects are not yet known.

Top 10 hotel groups on growth course

TOPHOTELPROJECTS: St. Regis is building 17 new luxury hotels – 34 construction projects by Four Seasons

Hamburg, Germany – 19 June 2013 – The ten best hotel groups of the world further expands their hegemonies. Starwood Hotels and Resorts are planning 17 new properties for its top hotel brand St. Regis and Four Seasons is currently developing 34 new hotels and resorts worldwide. This data has been revealed by a current study of TOPHOTELPROJECTS (www.tophotelprojects.com), the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data.

Mandarin Oriental Moscow – opening is scheduled for summer 2014

Mandarin Oriental Moscow – opening is scheduled for summer 2014

The top 10 hotel groups and their current hotel projects
(Source: international hotel critic Heinz Horrmann / tophotelprojects.com)
1. Peninsula – currently no hotel projects
2. Mandarin Oriental – 7 hotel projects, among others in Beijing, Bodrum, Doha, Milano, Chengdu, Moscow
3. One & Only – 2 projects: Kumbor, Sanya
4. Ritz Carlton – 7 projects: Barra da Tijuca, Les Salines, Bangalore, Los Cabos/Quivira, Reserve Vinh Hoi Bay, Saigon, Palm Hills
5. Aman Resorts – 5 projects, among other in Libreville, Loango National Park, Perth
6. St. Regis – 17 projects, among other in Dubai, Amman, Buenos Aires, Kuala Lumpur, Bermuda, Changsha, Chengdu, Cairo, Nanjing
7. Oberoi Hotels – 6 projects, among others in Doha, Marrakech, Dubai
8. Orient Express Hotels – currently no hotel projects
9. Four Seasons – 34 projects, among others in Abu Dhabi, Bangalore, New York City, Casablanca, Vienna, Moscow, Johannesburg, Dubai, Sharm El Sheikh
10. Shangri La – 2 projects: Yingkou, Shenyang Kerry Center

Mandarin Oriental, according to the internationally recognised hotel critic Heinz Horrmann, number two of the world’s best hotel groups, currently prepares the opening of a 237 room luxury hotel in a prime location in the heart of Moscow for mid-2014. Therefore a historic manor house from the 18th century, which had been used as a luxury hotel at the beginning of the last century, will be lavishly rebuilt. Developer is the Unicor Managament Company. The properties location at the “Tverskaya Street”, only five minutes walking distance to the Red Square, is ideal.

Four Seasons Shenzhen – opening will be in September 2013

Four Seasons Shenzhen – opening will be in September 2013

Four Seasons prepares it market entry in Vienna: in spring 2015 a former courthouse will open as a luxury hotel with 165 rooms. After the opening of the Kempinski Hotel Palais Hansen this spring, this will be the next top hotel in the international congress destination. Four Seasons is due to open a hotel in Shenzhen in South China: early September the eighth property of the chain will open in the Middle Kingdom – a 26-storey high tower with 266 rooms.

Heinz Horrmann

Heinz Horrmann

About Heinz Horrmann
Mr. Heinz Horrmann – born in 1943 near the Rhine river – is for more than 35 years well-known as journalist and author of books not only in Germany. He published 33 books about hotels and resorts, travel destinations and gourmet topics. Since over 25 years he publishes background articles and columns in the leading German newspapers ‘Welt’, ‘Welt am Sonntag’ and ‘Berliner Morgenpost’. Mr. Horrmann is the first and – since today – the exclusive awarded ‘Best Hotel Author worldwide’ with the the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2001). He has been decorated with one of the highest medals of Germany, the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande’. In 2005 he became the honour of the well-known Brillat Savarin Stiftung, an important foundation for the hotel and restaurant industry in Germany. On CNN Mr. Horrmann has been announced as the ‘most esteemed hotel and censor worldwide’. For the Leading Hotels of the World, Inc. in the past and until today for the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences Mr. Horrmann executes service tests in the top hotels and resorts worldwide.