Luxury safari lodges in Africa, pop-up wooden chalet rooftop restaurants and new hotel openings are just a few of the latest happenings on the hotel scene. Here are five new hotel additions:
Singita has debuted a new property, Singita Castleton, in South Africa’s Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Once the family home of Singita founder Luke Bailes’ grandfather, the lodge now features high-end amenities in the main house and six separate cottages.
Set on the 45,000-acre private reserve, the African farmhouse-style lodge features a pool, wine cellar, gym, tennis court and spa treatment room. Guests can also spot animals from communal spaces, which overlook a watering hole.
Rates start at $7,200 per night for the first eight guests, including a private vehicle for game drives, a private guide, a chef and a house staff. For more information, visit singita.com.
2. Las Vegas
In early-2014, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace will add the 10,300-sq.-ft. Nobu Villa overlooking the center of the Las Vegas Strip.
The villa will feature a 4,700-sq.-ft. outdoor terrace with views of the 550-ft.-tall High Roller Ferris wheel, also opening next year at The LINQ. Nobu Villa will be used for special events and parties at the Nobu Hotel.
For more information, visit nobucaesarspalace.com.
In the 10th arrondissement of Paris near the St. Martin Canal and Opera House, Hotel MADEMOISELLE has joined the hotel landscape.
The 53-room hotel features six floors with six triple rooms and seven quadruple rooms. Guests can find an intimate but contemporary-style hotel offering a library, patio, wine bar and 24-hour wellness center. Stepping inside the rooms, guests will be met with quirky decor such as a white plaster deer head, sewing table-style desk and cages with birds.
Rates start at $412 for a single and $825 for a suite. For more information, visit hotel-mademoiselle-paris.com.
Opening Nov. 1, The Westin Sanya Haitang Bay Resort in China will be Westin’s first beach resort hotel in Hainan Island.
“The Westin brand has enjoyed tremendous success in China, and we will continue on this growth trajectory, bringing our innovative programming and signature design to dynamic destinations, ensuring that all guests leave feeling better than when they first arrived at our hotels,” says general manager Raetus Balzer.
The 448-room hotel will feature mountain and ocean views; five pools and 10 jacuzzis; a WestinWORKOUT gym; a Heavenly Spa by Westin; the all-day restaurant Seasonal Tastes; Chinese restaurant Five Senses; and Mai, which will offer Japanese, sushi and habachi-style cuisine.
Rates start at $292 per night for the Renewal Room package, which features a $164 food and beverage resort credit, double points for SPG members and daily breakfast for two. For more information, visit westin.com/sanyahaitangbay.
Mandarin Oriental, Munich’s pop-up rooftop chalet restaurant, The Alm, will reopen this winter from Nov. 1 through Jan. 31, 2014.
The wooden chalet will serve local Bavarian cuisine, offering guests views of the Alps, the city and the Frauenkirche church. Guests can enjoy a 3-course menu for $81 pp, featuring dishes such as Vienna organic chicken and schnapps. Keeping with the theme, servers at the restaurant will be dressed in Lederhosen and traditional Bavarian Dirndl.
The Mandarin Oriental, Munich features 48 refurbished guestrooms and 25 suites, as well as a rooftop pool, located in the center of the old town. Rooms feature views of the city or Hofbrauhaus beer gardens, while suites offer outdoor terraces. Additional dining facilities include the Michelin-starred Restaurant Mark’s; BistroMO; the Mandarin Bar; the alfresco China Moon Roof Terrace; and the Rum Club.
Rates start at $859 per night. For more information, visit mandarinoriental.com/munich.