Hot Hotel Openings

written by | Posted on April 3rd, 2013

La Plage Casadelmar in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica.

La Plage Casadelmar in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica.

We’ve got the scoop on the latest hotels popping up on the scene, from chic spots in Corsica to beach villas in Malaysia.

Set on a sandy beach in Corsica’s Porto-Vecchio, Design Hotels’ La Plage Casadelmar will have its grand opening this month. The 15-room property features a heated pool; a beach grill with Mediterranean food; a lounge bar; massage upon request; and outdoor activities upon request, such as horseback riding, sailing, scuba diving and hiking. The property’s design draws upon the nature of the island using old stone, volcanic rock, resin, glass and 300-year-old oak.

Rates start at $389 per night. For more information, visit designhotels.com/la_plage_casadelmar.

NYLO New York City

NYLO New York City.

New York City’s Upper West Side will get a new addition this summer with NYLO Hotels’ fifth property, NYLO New York City, replacing the current On The Avenue Hotel. The 285-room property will stay open during renovations and officially launch as a NYLO property this summer. Rooms will be outfitted in grays, blues and other neutral colors with some offering balconies with views of the city skyline, Central Park and the Hudson River. In addition, the hotel will showcase hundreds of original artwork from local artists and feature updated guestrooms and suites, as well as a new lobby and bar.

“This is NYLO’s second conversion property, and our first in New York City,” says Michael Mueller, CEO of NYLO Hotels. “This property is a diamond in the rough: it has historic charm and unique character that reflect its surroundings, larger-than-average guestrooms, plenty of natural light and outdoor space, great restaurant venues and the opportunity to add a destination lobby bar.”

The hotel’s design combined the brand’s aesthetic of an “urban, industrial style” with touches of New York City. NYLO will also feature three restaurants: Serafina Upper West Side, Geisha Table and Red Farm.

Rates start at $169 per night in low season and $249 per night in high season. For more information, visit nylohotels.com.

The Datai

The Datai in Malaysia.

In Malaysia, The Datai debuted 14 new beach villas near the Andaman Sea, adding to its current 54 guestrooms, 40 villas and 16 suites. The 1- and 2-bedroom villas feature an enclosed, secluded garden with a rain shower and pool, offering guests plenty of privacy.

In addition to the new villas, the 18-hole championship Ernie Els-designed Datai Bay Golf Course will re-open in November. The Datai also offers guests two pools; a spa set in the rainforest; and restaurants featuring Thai, Malaysian, Indian and Western cuisine.

Rates for a 1-bedroom beach villa start at $3,083.88 and include complimentary in-room WiFi. For more information, visit dataihotels.com.

Waldorf Astoria Panama

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is launching onto the Latin America scene with its opening of the 248-room Waldorf Astoria Panama in the Calle Uruguay section.

“Waldorf Astoria is known throughout the world as representing the best in luxury and hospitality, and we are proud to bring this unparalleled service and quality to Panama with the first ever Waldorf Astoria hotel in Latin America,” says Danny Hughes, sr. v.p., Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America, Hilton Worldwide.

Rooms will feature amenities such as flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms and walk-in rain showers, and the hotel will feature four restaurants and bars. Dining options include lobby bar Peacock Alley; sushi bar and lounge Ginger; Bungalow Terrace & Pool Bar; and BRIO Brasserie, which offers French and American cuisine. The hotel will also feature the 2,000-sq.-ft. Waldorf Astoria Spa with five treatment rooms, including a couples’ room.

Rates start at $169 per night. For more information, call (800) WALDORF or visit waldorfastoriapanama.com.

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