ILTM Cannes continues to be the place where news is “hitting the ground running” whenever it comes to the launching of new luxury properties, or any other number of “elite travel news” briefs… Here are just some…

Tempting Places Launches 2016-17 Guide and Announces “Le Marianne”

temptingplacesIn exclusivity at ILTM Cannes, TemptingPlaces has introduced the first guide featuring their entire collection. Readers can enter the intimate world of more than 140 outstanding boutique hotels across 34 countries.

The guide is all about story telling hotels that stand out from traditional ones. The 145 pages, listed by regions of the world, are a gateway to a dream world of stunning properties, portraits of visionary owners, hotel descriptions and exclusive TemptingPlaces privileges that can be enjoyed by members of the group’s TravelersClub.

Meet Marianne…

marianneLocated in the rue Paul Baudry, named for the artist to whom we owe the foyer of the Opéra Garnier, Le Marianne is minutes away from the Champs Elysées – the most beautiful avenue in the world – the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Avenue Montaigne. It is thus an ideal location for those seeking to discover high-end Parisian shopping and French “art de vivre.”

Nested in rue Paul Baudry, set back slightly from the hustle and bustle of the Champs-Elysees, yet a stone’s throw from there, the Hotel Le Marianne mirrors the city where it is located :  at the same time steeped in history and resolutely modern.

Interestingly, while Marianne is the symbol of France, it is also the first name of the owner’s wife.


Laurence Onfroy – CEO & founder – TemptingPlaces (left) and Anna Rollema – Manager – Le Marianne (right)

The hotel’s location in the 8th arrondissement and its vicinity to the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré offers the business traveller immediate access to the business world: many companies and large law firms, both French and Anglo-Saxon, are headquartered in the area.

The interior design of this stately Haussmannian residence is the work of Charles Zana and reflects his talent in creating living spaces where one feels truly at home.  Chairs are designed by Fornasetti; the collection of photographs of beloved Paris; a library of selected French literature; and the magnificent chandelier in gilded brass, designed by the artist Johana Grawunder.

Baglioni Resort Maldives – Paradise with Italian Grace – set to open Summer 2017

baglioni-resort-maldives_masterplanLocated on the island of Maagau, in the Dhaalu Atoll, Baglioni Resort Maldives will be an exclusive resort of 96 villas surrounded by turquoise water, velvet white sand and the tropical nature of one of the most spectacular Maldivian islands, allowing guests to experience a bespoke stay in the heart of the Indian Ocean with the unique Italian hospitality of Baglioni Hotels.

Designed to minimise the environmental impact, with sustainable materials and measures for the maximum sustainability and efficiency, it will be the perfect destination for an unforgettable stay between sport and relax, all enriched by a prestigious Italian and International gastronomic offer for the most exclusive clientele.

Announcing Belmond Andean Explorer – South America’s First Luxury Sleeper Train

Belmond’s eighth luxury train, Belmond Andean Explorer, is expected to launch in May 2017 and will traverse the Peruvian Andes, one of the highest rail routes on earth, on one- and two-night journeys. Passing through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, Belmond Andean Explorer is designed to connect guests with the abundant nature from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa. Interior designs, by Inge Moore of The Gallery HBA, are inspired by the texture of Peru’s hand-woven fabrics and the soft tones of Alpaca wool blended with Andean slate greys to create a sense of calm.

 Canyon Ranch Goes Global

canyon-ranch-ageanAs a founding voice in the world of holistic wellness, Canyon Ranch has spent nearly 40 years helping its guests achieve wellbeing. Now, the life-enhancement brand is going global itself. First-ever international destination, Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort at Kaplankaya is now open, on a spectacular peninsula of the sun-kissed Aegean coast. The initial phase of the Canyon Ranch development includes a strikingly modern resort and luxury real estate offerings. The property integrates the signature wellness and lifestyle programming that has earned Canyon Ranch a famously loyal clientele worldwide.

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi to Receive Bold New Look – Dramatic focal points meet vibrant injections of colour in the UNESCO Geopark

A daring transformation of the UNESCO hideaway of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is underway by renowned designer, Bill Bensley. Where previously the resort blended into its mile-long beach and surrounding rainforests, the new design places it centre stage – at a new level of contemporary luxury and indulgence.

Additional layers of drama include: a striking cobalt-blue colour scheme; bespoke Bensley-commissioned artworks; dramatically refurbished accommodations; new-look restaurants, including a Sushi/Ceviche bar and relocated Malaysian restaurant; restyled pools and communal areas; and a new three-bedroom, three-pool Sultan Villa. The seamless cross-property upgrades are scheduled for completion by late summer 2017.

Jumiera Vittaveli Launches Royal Residence

DCIM100MEDIADJI_0049.JPGJumeirah Vittaveli’s latest launch, the Royal Residence, is scheduled to open in March 2017. Designed for the family or group of friends looking for the ultimate beach front retreat, this stunning four villa residence will boast 5 bedrooms and will extend across 3,500 square meters. A totally private beach, two pools, the villa’s own jetty, chef, butler and your very own golf buggy chauffeur. With Kelly Hoppen bathtub, to an open air Teppanyaki-style restaurant and a wine cellar featuring fine wines valued at more than $100,000, the Royal Residence may be booked at a starting rate of $14,000 per night.

Capella to Open New Hotel in Ubud, Bali 

Nestled between Ubud’s rainforest, rice paddy fields and the sacred Wos River, Capella Ubud brings the wonders and myths of Bali’s exotic past to life.

capella-ubudInspired by the early European explorers from the late 1800s, celebrated architect Bill Bensley conceptualised this tented camp retreat as a tribute to their spirit of adventure.

Capella Ubud’s 22 ultra-luxury tents will allow discerning guests to enjoy the essence of Bali in in the charm of a pristine setting.

Sensitivity to Ubud’s densely forested terrain is our top priority. No tree was cut in the construction of Capella Ubud so that the resort remains a hidden sanctuary from near and afar. It will capture the imagination of those who aspire to a truly unique experience.

Oetker Collection looks forward to two major launches in 2017

During Spring 2017, the hotly anticipated Palácio Tangará will open its doors in São Paulo. Located in the beautiful Burle Marx Park and with gardens designed by Roberto Burle Marx, the hotel will offer 141 spacious guestrooms including 55 suites, interior design by leading Brazilian designer William Simonato and Patricia Anastassiadis, and dining by acclaimed Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

In March 2017, The Lanesborough Club & Spa will launch as one of London’s most exclusive and vibrant private members fitness and health clubs, with the aim of providing a lifestyle club for the modern Londoner and a 360° approach to wellbeing.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts


Rosewood Hong Kong exterior

In 2017, Rosewood’s portfolio will grow with new openings scheduled including Rosewood Puebla (Mexico), Rosewood Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Rosewood Phuket (Thailand), Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel (Paris, France) and Rosewood Luang Prabang (Laos) in addition to the reopening of Rosewood Little Dix Bay (Virgin Gorda).

Rosewood will also open the ultra-luxury brand’s first Hong Kong property in 2018 in a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Center on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Rosewood Hong Kong will occupy 27 floors of a multi-use tower whose distinct form and glowing crown is destined to become an instantly recognisable landmark on the famous skyline.

New openings and latest news from the portfolio

Rosewood Phnom Penh

Rosewood Phnom Penh is scheduled to open in early 2017, to redefine hospitality experience in the Cambodian capital. The ultra-luxury hotel is located on the top 14 floors of Vattanac Capital Tower at the central business district with unobstructed view of the city and the fabled Mekong River from its position within the tallest building in Phnom Penh. The hotel will feature 175 rooms and suites, five restaurants and lounges including a sky bar on a cantilevered terrace, Sense Spa, a 24-hour gym, indoor swimming pool, meeting facilities which include The Pavilion residential-style meeting and function space.

Rosewood Phuket 

Scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2017, Rosewood Phuket is nestled along a 600-meter secluded beachfront at exquisite Emerald Bay and is the first Southeast Asia resort for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.  Featuring 71 pavilions and villas, the resort offers a celebration of the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy, taking inspiration from the natural landscape, diverse cultures and unique sensibilities of this distinctive southern island.  An array of culinary journeys envisioned through four distinct outlets complement a wellness centre with range of contemporary programs and alternative therapies, fitness centre, wedding pavilion, explorer club and beachside infinity pool.

Rosewood Puebla

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open in early 2017 in the UNESCO World Heritage Site as Rosewood’s fourth property in Mexico.  The hotel will be located in one of the city’s most historic neighbourhoods near the main square, the Zocalo, which is Puebla’s cultural, religious and political centre. It will be housed in a collection of buildings from different time periods surrounding an intimate courtyard. The hotel will offer 78 guestrooms and suites, a restaurant with outdoor courtyard seating, the Lavaderos de Almoloya bar and a Sense® spa. A rooftop bar and swimming pool will offer stunning views over the neighbouring Templo de San Francisco.

Rosewood Sand Hill

Rosewood Sand Hill in Silicon Valley has partnered with celebrity event planner Colin Cowie to open an Event Studio – a showroom created to customize events of any kind with hundreds of event elements for planners to choose from. Each napkin or floral arrangement is locally sourced by Colin himself from Northern California, and Colin and his team are at the ready to provide tips on how to nail your next event from A-Z. Additionally, Madera, the hotel’s restaurant, has received a Michelin one-star designation, a distinguished honor for Rosewood Sand Hill, Executive Chef Peter Rudolph and the restaurant’s culinary team.

Rosewood Washington, D.C.

Rosewood Washington, D.C. has announced details of its 2017 Inauguration Package.  The 5-night package will include in-room champagne and nightly gifts curated through partnerships with Smythson, The Bespoke Company, Keith Lipert and Spagnvola Chocolate.  Additionally, the hotel will host a pop-up boutique in partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue in its Library Lounge featuring last-minute gowns and menswear, ideal for the Inauguration balls and festivities.  Available between January 17th and 23rd, the starting rate for Rosewood Washington, D.C.’s exclusive Inauguration package is $1,395 per night..

 Rosewood Sanya

Rosewood Sanya, the first resort under the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts brand in China, will open in May 2017, as an exclusive sanctuary at Haitang Bay on Hainan Island, popularly known as “China’s Hawaii.”It will be part of an integrated resort set within 16 hectares of landscaped gardens, which will surround the International Finance Forum Convention Center, Sanya’s largest convention facility.  The hotel will have 246 guestrooms with a minimum size of 55 square meters, and all of them will face the ocean; 45 will include balcony plunge pools. The five restaurants and lounges will feature a variety of local and international cuisines.  Nearly 2,900 square meters of meeting space include a ballroom, two meeting rooms and The Pavilion, a Rosewood signature residential-style meeting and function space.