Avani Seminyak Resort is the brand’s first property in Indonesia
Avani has chosen Bali for its first foray into Indonesia, with 21 residence-style accommodations and 16 private pool villas located in the heart of Seminyak, a short stroll away from the area’s renowned boutiques, galleries and nightlife.
The décor in each villa and residence plays it cool with breezy, beachy tones, while a private kitchen and dining areas means you don’t have to eat out every night. Private pool villas are sized at 150 sqm, giving larger parties plenty of room to chill out and relax. The suite residences, meanwhile, feature open-air terraces and range from studios to roomy multi-bedroom units with pool access.
The F&B focus is very much Indonesian, with the resort utilising ingredients from Bali and the neighbouring islands. Pull up a stool and dig into Indonesian and international dishes at Groove restaurant and try your hand creating Bali’s traditional cuisine at the community cooking classes. Guests looking to keep fit can work up a sweat at the AvaniFit gym, or do some laps at the pool before relaxing in a pool-side cabana.
Avani Seminyak Bali will join the brand’s rapidly growing collection of 33 properties around the globe, including the recently opened FCC Angkor by Avani in Cambodia, Avani Central Busan Hotel in South Korea, Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort and Avani+ Mai Khao Phuket Suites & Villas. avanihotels.com
Love design-conscious spaces? Then consider new Venetian hotel Ca’ di Dio
If you’re looking for somewhere new to stay in Venice, the city’s only luxury hotel to debut this year is Ca’ di Dio, a design-conscious pad located in the city’s contemporary art & design district. Featuring 66 rooms including 57 suites layered over three floors, the hotel is housed in a former in a Venetian palace, parts of which date back to 1272. Renowned Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola has masterminded the design and the hotel is sympathetic to its environment with a soft palette recalling themes of water and reflections. Local artisanal upholstery and jewel-coloured Murano glass lamps illustrate the hotel’s commitment to local design.
Set around three courtyards, the hotel has the vibe of a Venetian house, and offers all-day al fresco dining at the Essentia restaurant. In need of some R&R? The Pura Spa & Wellness centre provides personalised treatments and houses a gym. Book one of the two Altana Suites for access to roof terrace for 360-degree views over the San Marco Basin while you enjoy aperitifs and dinner. v-retreats.com
Pullman Khao Lak Debuts in Phang Nga
Looking for a laid-back Thai getaway? Pullman Khao Lak has made its debut at Bang Muang Beach on the northern tip of pretty Phang Nga province in Khao Lak.
The 253-room resort takes its design influences from nearby Takua Pa old town and its Sino-Portuguese design. Boasting private balconies, spacious living areas and an open bathroom concept with rain showers, the resort offers 14 room categories, from the 44 sqm Deluxe Room to the 88 sqm Presidential Suite. Pullman Khao Lak also features a collection of two-bedroom pool villas if you’re travelling with friends or fam. Splash about in the resort’s 1,400 sqm freeform swimming pool and swing by the Rosalyn Spa for massages, beauty treatments and a steamy hamam bath experience. pullmankhaolakresort.com
Accor’s design-conscious brand Mondrian makes its London debut
Following a major overhaul by award-winning London interior design studio Goddard Littlefair, Mondrian Shoreditch has opened its doors this July. The 120-bedroom property, including 13 suites, will sit in the midst of East London’s creative and cultural hub and also offers a co-working space and rooftop pool.
The dining options look set to be a big draw, too, with renowned chef Dani García introducing Spanish kitchen BIBO. Serving tapas to guests on courtyard seats, the restaurant is Garcia’s first outpost in London. Other dining highlights include all-day café and cocktail bar Christina’s Shoreditch, which will only source products from local farmers, growers, community bakeries and brands with social impact. Guests will also have access to the exclusive Altitude Rooftop for breakfast. The space will otherwise be exclusively for members of the hotel’s private members club, The Curtain.
Don’t want to find a co-working space or café when you’re next in the big smoke? Then grab your laptop and check into co-working space The Design Studio, which will host panel discussions, live music and club nights showcasing local talent.
With six properties so far – Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Doha, Seoul and now London – Mondrian is on track to more than double its footprint by 2023, with upcoming openings in Bordeaux, Cannes and Australia’s Gold Coast. mondrianhotel.com
There’s a new hotel in Paris, and you should add it to your list of places to go once travel restrictions ease up. One of the most anticipated openings of the year, LVMH Hospitality’s 72-room Cheval Blanc Paris in situated in the La Samaritaine building overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower.
Remodelled by architect Edouard François, the listed building’s interior was reimagined by star architect Peter Marino in the style of a Parisian residence. Marino commissioned and curated artworks and furniture throughout its nine floors. Among the highlights are artist Vik Muniz’s works of the Eiffel tower, photography by Nicholas Ruel and David Drebin and Thierry Dreyfus’s elevator installation.
The maison’s four restaurants include Plénitude, which will be overseen by three- Michelin starred chef Arnaud Donckele, and Italian fashion favourite Langosteria.
The Dior Spa has six treatment rooms including the astrology-themed Bonne Etoile, with a bespoke ceiling featuring constellations. Taking its design cues from Parisian apartments, the spa includes a fireplace and bookcases alongside a 30m swimming pool and a Rossano Ferretti hair salon. chevalblanc.com
SIZING UP IN SINGAPORE
Hilton to debut flagship hotel in the Lion City.
Ready to revisit Singapore at the beginning of next year? Hilton is set to launch its largest hotel in Asia Pacific with the opening of the 1,080-room Hilton Singapore Orchard in January 2022.
The hotel will debut in the heart of Singapore’s downtown Orchard Road and represent Hilton’s flagship presence in the country following an extensive refurbishment. A conversion from the current Mandarin Orchard Singapore, Hilton Singapore Orchard is owned by OUE Commercial REIT and will be managed by Hilton.
Set across two towers, Hilton Singapore Orchard will be one of the largest hotels in Singapore. Amenities include two 24-hour fitness centres, an outdoor pool, an executive lounge and direct connection to a luxury shopping mall.
Hilton Singapore Orchard will feature five curated dining concepts including the award-winning Chatterbox, and two Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten, serving Japanese-influenced Szechuan cuisine by chef Chen Kentaro. The hotel will also house an all-day dining offering, specialty restaurant and lobby lounge/bar. hiltonsingaporeorchard.com
Hyatt Regency Koh Samui debuts in North Chaweng.
Hyatt Regency recently debuted a trio of properties in Asia: Hyatt Regency Tokyo Bay, Hyatt Regency Guangzhou Zengcheng and Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.
Located in buzzing North Chaweng, the latter property features 140 guestrooms and is surrounded by more than 600 protected Yang Na and coconut trees, with direct access to a semi-private beach. Photography lovers will adore snapping the resort’s Gallery of Eight, a series of photogenic spots dotted around the resort including its terraced swimming pools and the Wellness Courtyard, where a dramatic staircase leads guests down to the Wellness Center.
There are four restaurants and bars at Hyatt Regency Koh Samui, including Sesun Grill & Beach Bar and Kube for a Thai take on afternoon tea. The family-friendly resort features freeform pools cascading to the beach. Choose from the lap pool, plunge pool, family pool with whirlpool, party pool with a fountain and kids’ pool with a slide. Over at Camp Hyatt, young guests can enjoy supervised play and activities including arts and crafts and movie nights. hyatt.com
Six Senses opens in Ibiza.
Fancy an upscale stay in the Balearics for your European Summer jaunt in 2022? Then check into Six Senses Ibiza, which is situated in secluded Xarraca Bay on the island’s northern tip.
The property features 116 guest rooms and suites, including one-of-a-kind cave suites built into the cliffs. There are also a handful of Village Residences ideal for large groups or longer-term stays.Chef Eyal Shani intends to revitalise Ibiza’s energy for plantbased dining, harnessing the island’s natural abundance of ingredients, including avocados, watermelons, oranges, lemons and Ibiza rock salt. A 50-seat chef’s table sits in the shade of 100-year-old olive trees and provides a perfect spot to gaze out at the open kitchen. The Rose Bar, meanwhile, comprises a fitness area, rooftop yoga platform, outdoor boxing ring and steam room if you can drag yourself away from the gorgeous beach.
Want to reawaken your sense of wellbeing? Six Senses Ibiza offers multi-day immersions during the Autumn months. The first of the recurring YogaFlow and BodyFlow immersions will take place between 20-26 October. For guests short on time, the resort offers mini immersions that run to just 90 minutes.