Hotel Happenings: Property Updates – Week of July 22

Book Universal’s newest resort now; AMResort announces three new resorts; and Sandals Montego Bay gets face lift. Here are this week’s property updates.

Universal Orlando Resort announced booking is open for its newest resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which is scheduled to open next year. The resort is a 1,000-room Caribbean-themed hideaway with a tropical lagoon and a towering waterfall.

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AMResorts continues to expand with three new properties announced this week. Set to open in 2016, Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa is AMResort’s fourth Breathless resort and will be a newly built resort with 150 guestrooms. It will complement its neighbors, Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay, and the family-friendly Sunscape Montego Bay, which is scheduled to open this December.

AMResorts also announced Breathless Playa del Carmen Resort & Spa and Dreams Villas Playa del Carmen, both new builds and slated to open in 2017. These resorts will be situated in the Grand Coral development of Playa del Carmen. Breathless Playa del Carmen will offer 500 guestrooms while Dreams Villas will supply 150 luxury villas and 50 junior suites.

Travel Weekly reports that Sandals Resorts will overall its flagship resort, Sandals Montego Bay. The Beachfront Village rooms and suites will receive total renovations and debut in mid-December.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts opened Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, a 355-room resort in Palm Beach, Aruba. Less than 10 miles from Oranjestad, the resort offers an expansive pool complex, kids club, and an on-site casino.

Travel Weekly reports Hilton plans to open its first Conrad Hotels & Resorts in San Luis Potosi in central Mexico in mid-2016. It will located near the UNESCO World Heritage Site Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Hyatt Place Melbourne, located in the Essendon Fields development, just six miles from the Central Business District. Hyatt also welcomed Hyatt Regency Wuhan Optics Valley (China), which completed its rebranded this week.

Marriott International celebrated winning multiple J.D. Power 2015 awards. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was named the #1 luxury brand for the seventh year and received the highest ranking achieved to-date by any luxury brand. JW Marriott brand based third overall in the luxury brands division.

Marriott announced the opening of Zhuzhou Marriott, the first Marriott-branded hotel in the Hunan Province.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide introduced Four Points to Indonesia with the opening of Four Points Bali, Kuta, near the famous Kuta Beach. This is the seventh Starwood property on Bali.

The Grand Mansion, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Nanjing welcomed guests in the Jiangsu province of China. The hotel is the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in China and is near Oriental Metropolitan Museum on Jiankang Palace.

Westin Austin Downtown opened its doors this week, a 19-story hotel with modern touches and art geared toward Austin’s music history. It also boasts the city’s tallest hotel rooftop pool and bar for 180-degree views.

YOTEL will introduce its brand to Boston’s Innovation District with a new 326-cabin hotel near Boston Harbor. Boston will be YOTEL’s fifth U.S. property and is scheduled to open in 2017.

InterContinental Hotel Groups welcomed the Hotel Indigo – York to its portfolio and hosts the famous Yorkshire Meatball Co. restaurant with unique dishes to delight travelers.

IHG opened a new-build Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chihuahua Juventud, near Copper Canyon, Basaseachic National Park, and the Archaeological Complex of Paquime.

Holiday Inn – Natal opened this week in the largest city of the State of Rio Grande do Norte with 216 rooms. It’s located in the Lagoa Nova district near Rio Grande do Norte Federal University and Universidade Potiguar.

Travel Weekly reports that the GoldenEye resort in Orcabessa, Jamaica will welcome 26 new Beach Huts by the end of 2015. The resort now has 19 beach and lagoon villas, including the Fleming Villa where Ian Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond novels.

Atlantis The Palm Dubai will be adding the Royal Atlantis Dubai, a new resort with 800 guestrooms and 231 residences. It is expected to open in December 2017 and will “look like a series of glass boxes stacked upon each other,” according to Travel Pulse. The hotel will also feature a Sky Pool, private gardens, private infinity pools, and celebrity chef offerings (such as a restaurant by Gordon Ramsey).



Last Week’s Highlights

Hilton Worldwide announced the reopening of Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. The resort closed last year due to the devastation of Hurricane Odile but welcomed new visitors after phase one of its multi-million renovation was completed.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide opened The Westin San Jose, a historic 171-room hotel that underwent an extensive renovation of guestrooms, corridors, lobby, and public space. The hotel offers authentic Italian dining at II Fornaio and is located steps from San Jose McEnergy Convention Center and San Jose State University.

Starwood will introduce its iconic W brand in Costa Rica with the W Costa Rica—Reserva Conchal. The beachside property will feature 151 guestrooms, be located near the award-winning Robert Trent Jones II golf course, and is slated to debut in 2019.


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