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Vietnam – Park Hyatt Saigon will be undergoing a luxury upgrade of all facilities and guestrooms in 2014 to epitomise the French colonial residential feel and boost the hotel’s positioning in Saigon.

Malaysian interior designer EDC is set to create a French-inspired ambience blended with modern conveniences and Vietnamese touches.

The 244-room hotel is expected to close from February 17 to April 2, and reopen on April 3. Restorative works to public areas will be ongoing until November, with intermittent noise expected from 9 to 5 daily.

Park Hyatt Saigon includes a pillar-less ballroom with a drive-in vehicular access, two restaurants serving Italian, and Vietnamese seafood and Western steak respectively.

W: http://saigon.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Rooms of charm

China – Fairmont Peace Hotel Shanghai has bolstered its collection of event spaces with the launch of two private dining rooms on the roof terrace and two function rooms at the mezzanine level. The roof terrace now offers a 25-sqm Scotland Room that is reminiscent of a traditional English gentleman’s club, featuring a high ceiling, dark wood panelling, rich upholstery and plush leather chairs. It also sees the addition of a new England Room, measuring 35 sqm. Completing the extension of the roof terrace is the Nine Heaven Hall (pictured), once used for private parties of the hotel’s British founder Victor Sassoon and now restored to its 1920s splendour.

On the mezzanine level, the Chun Shen Room and adjacent Thames Room add to the varied venue choices for event bookers, complete with advanced audio-visual technology and high-speed wireless. Measuring 215 sqm, the Chun Shen Room designed with wood panelling and original cast-iron windows can hold up to 100 guests in a banquet setting or 160 theatre-style. The 110-sqm Thames Room will be suitable for smaller groups of up to 50 banquet-style, offering views of the historic Dian Chi Road and Huangpu River.

W: http://www.fairmont.com/peace-hotel-shanghai/

Turn to Kota Kinabalu

Malaysia – Sabah will be home to Hilton Worldwide’s ninth Malaysian property in 2015. Under an agreement signed between Hilton Worldwide and Pekah Hotels Sdn. Bhd., the 12-storey Hilton Kota Kinabalu will be located in the central business district of Kota Kinabalu, along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, boasting 313 guestrooms including 17 suites.
Hilton Kota Kinabalu will offer a total of 3500 sqm of events space, including a 1000-sqm ballroom. It will also contain an eight-storey car park, an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty rooftop restaurant adjacent to a pool, a lounge bar, business centre, health club, and spa.

Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of Sabah, acts as the main industrial and commercial centre for the state. Served by Kota Kinabalu International Airport, it welcomed 2.9 million passengers in 2012. It is home to Malaysa’s first World Heritage Site, Kinabalu National Park (pictured), where Mount Kinabalu is located.

W: http://www.hilton.com

Endless options

Malaysia – Strategically located in the bustling Golden Triangle and proximity to the Bukit Bintang monorail, PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur is conveniently connected to myriad shopping, dining and entertainment options in the city.

The hotel offers a collection of well-appointed guestrooms with an array of superior and deluxe rooms, Orchid Club executive rooms, suites, Premier Suites, Family Suites and a Royal Suite. Well- equipped with modern indulgences for maximum comfort of travellers, guestrooms such as Orchid Club room can enjoy exclusive privileges such as access to the Orchid Club Lounge. Private business meetings can be conducted in the Orchid Club Lounge, which is at the Orchid Club guests’ disposal.

There are two ballrooms and 12 different-sized meeting rooms, perfect for large conferences, special events or small private meetings. Accompanied by latest audio-visual technology, wireless Internet, and natural light in many function rooms as well as pre-function spaces, the team of dedicated event and banquet associates are poised to ensure success for any event, including custom-themed events.
Dining options include authentic Sichuan flavours at Si Chuan Dou Hua and International cuisines at Chatz Brasserie. A holistic experience awaits with the integration of therapy, wellness and aesthetics at St. Gregory spa.

W: http://www.parkroyalhotels.com/kualalumpur

Heavenly well-being

INDONESIA – The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has launched the island’s first Heavenly Spa, as part of a multi-million dollar revitalisation programme. Located in the resort’s new wing, the spa offers a nurturing menu combining traditional spa services and ancient healing practices with a unique holistic approach to wellness.

The spa features 16 contemporary treatment rooms, a luxury hair spa, extensive water treatment facilities including his and her thermal hydro pools, Himalayan salt-saunas and steam rooms to aid all spa therapies.

Various luxury programmes are also in development, with the resort set to invite visiting masters in a special series of wellness events planned throughout 2014. Heavenly Spa by Westin is open to hotel guests as well as walk-ins, offering street access and parking.

W: http://www.westinnusaduabali.com/en/heavenly-spa

Shantou marks milestone

CHINA – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has opened its 100th hotel in Asia Pacific with Sheraton Shantou Hotel. Already a brand established in China’s major cities, the new property is part of Sheraton’s plan to extend its footprint in second and third-tiered cities. Shantou, a prefecture-level city on the eastern coast of Guangdong province, is a strategic seaport and one of China’s Five Special Economic Zones.

Sheraton Shantou Hotel features 306 guestrooms and 24 suites equipped with the brand’s signature amenities. It comprises 1800 sqm of versatile and state-of-the-art function space, three distinctive dining venues, a gym, outdoor swimming pool, and Shine Spa. It also offers the Link@SheratonSM experienced with Microsoft in the lobby, a relaxed space with complimentary wireless broadband.

Located in the Central Business District, Sheraton Shantou Hotel is in proximity to government offices and the convention and exhibition centre. It is 40 kilometres from Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport, which is served by flights to major cities in China, and to Singapore and Bangkok.

W: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/

New luxury

INDIA – Ritz-Carlton has opened its first hotel in India with a property located in the heart of downtown Bangalore, best known as the Silicon Valley of India and also The Garden City.

The 277-room Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore located on Residency Road embraces tradition with the Jaali (lattice screen) design from the Mughal era and prominent architectural features including pointed archways and ample white marble reminiscent of the Taj Mahal. Complementing the intricate design is 1280 pieces of contemporary art from prominent artists, making it home to the largest collection inside a hotel.

Meeting spaces available include a 600-sqm ballroom, one permanent boardroom and three function rooms with natural light. The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore boasts seven dining venues run by Michelin Star chef Anupam Banerjee, the city’s highest rooftop bar and sky lounge, the first managed Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA in Bangalore, an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

W: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Bangalore/

Whole New World

CHINA – One of Beijing’s fastest growing commercial districts, Chongwenmen, recently welcomed the opening of its first five-star hotel. New World Beijing Hotel is a 309-room hotel situated close to attractions such as the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Wangfujing shopping district.

Event planners can expect meeting spaces comprising a 1542-sqm ballroom and six function rooms, accompanied by both Chinese and Western dining options, a spa, health club, and indoor swimming pool.

Catering to guests looking for exclusive accommodation, the hotel has Residence Club floors where guests can enjoy a range of added privileges including access to the private Living Room for complimentary buffet breakfast, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, and refreshments throughout the day.

W: http://www.beijing.newworldhotels.com/