Hotel News: Exciting Openings and Special Offers
With many of us ready to pack our bags and start travelling again, we’ve rounded up exciting hotel news from around the world to spark inspiration. From Chinatown in Singapore and Ostuni in Puglia to India’s Udaipur and Scandinavia’s Lapland, here are some fantastic hotel news, with some offering great special offers for the upcoming months…
Newly opened Raffles Udaipur
Newly opened Raffles Udaipur, a flagship hotel in the Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio and the revered brand’s first location in India, offers a fresh perspective on the city of Udaipur and region of Rajasthan, from a 21-acre private island set in the middle of the serene Udai Sagar Lake.
The hotel itself is an architectural marvel of 101 luxurious rooms, suites and signature suites that elegantly interweave western cultural references with Rajasthan’s royal heritage and elements of Mughal architecture. Guestrooms have uninterrupted lake views, private gardens, balconies, plunge pools and an east-west design aesthetic with murals, handcrafted furniture and other crafts by local artisans.
The Raffles Spa, a space full of natural light with an embroidered canopy to encourage a sense of nurturing, offers a private escape, with authentic treatments and personalised programmes that prioritise both emotional and physical well-being. The fitness centre is well-equipped for an invigorating work-out and the swimming pool invites guests to take a languorous dip, while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
Punch Room, at The Barcelona EDITION re-opens this October
The speakeasy-inspired bar concept, Punch Room, at The Barcelona EDITION is re-opening this October. Adapted seamlessly to suit the Barcelona zeitgeist, guests are drawn into the intimate drinking den via a beautiful spiral staircase, inspired by the comfort of English country manor house libraries and London’s nineteenth-century private clubs.
Capturing the five traditional ingredients of punch: spirits from Europe and the colonies, spices and citrus from Africa and the east, teas from China and India, sugar from the Indies, the menu takes inspiration from the region of Catalonia. The intimate lounge highlights local spirits and ingredients with its curated cocktail menu offering modern and traditional specialty punches, served individually or in vintage silver bowls to share.TThe bar’s ethos places heavy emphasis on the social aspect of sharing and discussion with punch bowls, including the EDITION Punch concocted with jasmine tea and a subtle hint of wood from the oak moss, available for 1, 2 or 25 people at the same time at €12.50 per person.to a soundtrack of throwback, vintage jazz, funk and soul through the ages; the Punch Room offers visitors and hotel guests alike a space to relax and unwind.
Immune Boosting Spa Treatments at Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa, Puglia
Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa located in Puglia’s Ostuni features private wellness areas and an intimate spa located in the hotel’s ancient water chamber that offers immune system enhancing and body resetting treatments.
Nestled seven meters underground, the palace’s former water chamber was transformed into an elegant bijou spa, home to a hydromassage basin, a steam bath, a spa shower with chromotherapy, a treatment room for two and a relaxing lounge clad in Himalayan salt walls. The unique spa offers includes a two-and-a-half-hour immune system enhancing Salt Ritual treatment. This begins with a Turkish Bath to eliminate toxins and stimulate cell renewal, followed by a Himalayan salt scrub and spa shower, ending with a deeply relaxing body massage to relieve tired joints and regenerate the skin. Guests can indulge in a range of luxurious treatments to sooth and revitalise the body and mind at the spa. From the Aromatherapy Rebalancing Massage to help aid sleep and stress, to the Shirodara Massage derived from the ancient Indian Ayurveda medicine.
The Spa is exclusively for use of hotel guests. 60-minute spa treatments start from €80. View the full spa menu here. Nightly rates at Paragon 700 start from €300 based on two people sharing a room on a bed and breakfast basis. www.paragon700.com
New Luxury Lapland ‘Igloos’
Visitors to Lapland can now experience the wonder of the Northern Lights from the comfort of new luxurious igloo-style glass-roofed cabins. The new glass igloo cabins are included in an immersive new six-day Stars of Scandinavia experience created by specialist Scandinavian travel company Off the Map Travel.
Launched for international visitors for the first time this winter season, the new Wau House Igloo all face north to get the best possible view of the Northern Lights. Set over two floors, the luxury accommodation sleeps up to four guests including a master bedroom enclosed in a bespoke rooftop glass igloo.
Guests can lie back on their comfortable queen-sized bed with low level red lighting to enable guests’ eyes to adjust to the night sky – creating the perfect environment to enjoy the Northern Lights.
During the day, guests will experience the culture and wilderness of the region including husky sledding, a fatbike tour, and snowmobile adventure to the border point of Norway, Finland and Sweden, meet reindeer and learn about Sami culture.
The six-day, five-night Stars of Scandinavia itinerary costs from £1795 per person, on a mixed board basis, based on two travelling, not including flights.
Crillon Le Brave Launches Wild Picnics, Wine Tasting and Truffle Hunting
This Autumn, Maisons Pariente’s Hotel Crillon le Brave is delighted to offer an incredible selection of unforgettable experiences deep in the heart of Provence. From bespoke rural wild picnics full of Provencal delicacies to truffle hunting in the neighbouring areas to expectational wine tastings and tours, Hotel Crillon Le Brave provides guests with the ultimate culinary escape this Autumn.
Guests will experience a Provencal picnic of fairytales in the idyllic settings of the region’s lavender fields and countryside. With the hotel ideally located by renowned neighbouring vineyards such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, wine enthusiasts have a number of unique opportunities to sample the region’s finest wine. From November onwards, foodie fans have the chance to go behind the scenes of one of the world’s most secretive businesses’ and take a tour of a Provencal truffle plantation.
Nightly rates at Crillon Le Brave start from 350 Euros on a bed & breakfast basis. For reservations and information visit www.crillonlebrave.com email reservations@crillonlebrave.
Soneva Kiri’s Seven Days, Seven Beaches Package
Soneva Kiri has unveiled its latest one-of-a-kind experience. Seven Days, Seven Beaches invites guests to explore some of Thailand’s most breath-taking beaches on the island of Koh Kood, the country’s fourth largest but least populated island, and nearby Koh Rang, a National Marine Park.
Priced at USD 200 per adult per day and USD 75 per child (5-12 years old) per day, the Seven Days, Seven Beaches experience includes a gourmet lunch with selected beverages and complimentary non-motorised water sports. A shorter, Three Days, Three Beaches experience is also available, priced at USD 500 per person. Each voyage is for a minimum of two guests and a maximum of eight – additional guests can arrive via speedboat once the fishing boat has anchored.
For more information about Soneva, visit www.soneva.com
Ann Siang House, Singapore offers special long-stay rates
The iconic Ann Siang House, part of The Unlimited Collection by Oakwood, officially re-opens this month with long-stay accommodation for flexible living. Consisting of 19 rooms and studio apartments housed in a conserved 1920s heritage building, the restored landmark fuses local history with modern design.
Located in one of Singapore’s most culturally-rich precincts, Chinatown, and minutes away from the Central Business District, Ann Siang House is designed to meet the needs of locals and expatriates looking for flexible co-living accommodation in a vibrant neighbourhood that presents endless opportunities for both work and play. Each of the property’s fashionably re-imagined rooms and studio apartments is fully-furnished with the comforts of home, eclectic artwork pieces and smart features that enable an all-inclusive lifestyle.