Bisate Lodge, Ruhengeri, Rwanda

This Wilderness Safaris lodge is Rwanda’s most beautifully designed, luxury retreat, set in 42 hectares of land and with stunning views of Mount Bisoke. 9 / 10  Location Just outside the Volcanoes National Park in north Rwanda, the lodge is a 20-minute drive to the park headquarters – the starting point for gorilla treks. The capital city of Kigali (nearest airport) is 105km (65 miles) drive;...

Le Grand Hotel Molière in Pézenas, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

“In the centre of one of Languedoc’s most charming small towns, Le Grand Hotel Molière is a real find. Named for France’s greatest playwright (who hung out in Pézenas for a few years) it combines discreet bourgeois charm with modern facilities.” 8 / 10  Location The hotel is on the town’s main street, within easy strolling distance of the historic centre and, for those...

Kimpton Hotel Born, Denver, USA

Denver may always be best-known as a homestead for champions of the outdoors, but its ever-enduring creative community has been raising its profile of late. Case in point is the Kimpton Group’s newest opening, Hotel Born, located in the midst of Union Station in the city’s iconic transit hub. Here, efforts to harness wilderness and warmth are evident, as guestrooms are crafted with a holistically...

InterContinental is bringing two new hotel brands to Asia

    U.K.-based InterContinental Hotels Group announced it is planning to bring two new hotel brands to China and Asia Pacific Luxury boutique chain Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants will open in Bali, Indonesia and the Chinese cities of Shanghai and Sanya Even Hotels, which will focus on wellness, is set to launch in China InterContinental to launch new brands in China and APAC U.K.-based InterContinental...

Mandarin Oriental to debut in South America

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to get its first toehold in South America, with a management contract for an existing hotel in Santiago, Chile. The group will ultimately rebrand the existing 310-room Hyatt in the city, but will rename it as Hotel Santiago for now. Located in the city’s commerce and leisure district of Las Condes, Mandarin will take over the hotel from August, and an extensive guestroom...

Meraas Announces Four New Hotel Brands

Meraas has announced the launch of four new hotel brands called EVADO, RE VERA, VIVUS, and MQ as part of its objective to establish the company as a world-class hotel operator. The hotels also aim to widen the hospitality offering in Dubai and present guests visiting the emirate, for business or leisure, a plethora of novel experiences. Meraas established its hotel operating arm in December 2015 to...

A Manchester hotel is being built entirely from shipping containers which arrived fully-furnished complete with en-suites

A city centre hotel is being built from fully-furnished shipping containers brought over from China. The containers come with en suites and are being slotted together to create the new hotel in Manchester. The 220-bedroom Holiday Inn Express claims to be the first ‘molecular’ hotel in the North West of England. The modules come with interior fittings, full height windows, wallpaper, carpets,...

SLOVENIA: Where reality meets fairy tale

Slovenian ski resorts blend the best of regional culture with superb views and authentic food at a price that can’t be beat in neighbouring Austria and Italy A light snow fell as I stood waiting for my instructor outside the ski rental shop. Skiers came to a stop outside the chalet, laughing easily as they placed their skis on the rack outside. All around I could hear lively Italian voices and one...

Lords Hotels & Resorts plans to launch 49 properties by 2020

Lords Hotels and Resorts, the mid-market hotel chain in India, aims to make the most of the promising mid-market segment. The chain recently expanded its portfolio with a property launch in Agra – Hotel PL Palace. Despite the economic slowdown in the last couple of years, the occupancy numbers of the chain have been showing signs of recovery since January 2016. “We have witnessed a spurt in our...

First Hyatt Hotel to Be Built in Croatia

The investment is worth 100 million euros. In the spring of 2019, Dogus Croatia and Hyatt Hotels Corporation plan to open Hyatt Regency Zadar Maraska, the first hotel under the Hyatt brand in Croatia. In addition to the hotel, Dogus Group will build 115 luxury residences and a commercial area with exclusive shops, restaurants and cafe bars. The investment in hotel, residences and supporting facilities...