Hotels and resorts across continents are set to deliver new improvements and service offerings for their guests
Experience a new way of luxury travel aboard The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, a unique foray by the hotel operator into the cruise industry. The first of its three lavish cruising yachts is scheduled to take to sea in 2019 and will come with all the works of a hotel, including 149 suites, each with its own private balcony, a restaurant, the brand’s signature spa and a Panorama Lounge and wine bar for onboard entertainment. The small-capacity vessels can accommodate up to 298 passengers and itineraries will look at unique locations not typically accessible to large ships, including in the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Reservations open in May 2018.
After a multi-million-dollar refurbishment, Mantra Southbank reopens with a new look inspired by its location in Melbourne’s vibrant arts and entertainment district. Its 118 one- and two-bedroom apartments have been rejuvenated, with custom-designed wallpapers featuring some of the city’s most iconic locations, a monochromatic colour scheme enhanced with dashes of colour, stylish soft furnishings and plush new mattresses and beddings. Accommodation comes complete with kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as TV and internet access.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London recently unveiled the first phase of its renovation works with the reopening of the Knightsbridge-facing guest rooms and suites, their designs inspired by the building’s Edwardian heritage and the historic park nearby. The bright and contemporary guest rooms include Art-Deco inspired features, such as hand-gilded mirror artworks, while bathrooms are fashioned from Volakas marble. Suites sport their own elegant hallway entrance, separate walk-in closet and living area furnished with velvet upholstery and a gold bespoke acorn chandelier. To complete the pampering experience, indulge in Miller Harris and Jo Hansford bath products, which are available in every bathroom.
Discerning travellers to the Big Apple will find a modern but cosy oasis at Cachet Boutique New York, the first by the brand in the United States. Its 107 design-focused rooms come with luxurious beds and the latest technology, from keyless check-in to high-speed Internet. Make use of facilities that include an outdoor wellness area called the Wet Lawn, which has its own Jacuzzi, or raise a toast on the Great Lawn, the hotel’s wine terrace with mesmerising fire pits and an amazing view of the stars. Alternatively, dine at the signature restaurant which promotes a farm-to-table concept.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, marks the legendary luxury hotel brand's debut in Switzerland. Formerly known as Hotel de la Paix, Geneva, the 152-year-old hotel has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, extensive re-design and refurbishment. Positioned on the shore of Lake Geneva, with exceptional views of the city's famous Jet d'Eau and Mont Blanc as a timeless backdrop, Hotel de la Paix has defined luxury in Geneva since its inception in 1865. It has also stood at the crossroads of history, inspiring many memorable gatherings including the International Congress of Peace, and has welcomed high-profile guests from across the globe, such as the Monaco Royal Family and notable American actor Orson Welles.