Resort Renovations and Openings

Whoever said “it’s a small world” may have been on to something, but judging by the way properties keep springing up, the world had better start making room.

Three big names in hospitality—Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, and Fairmont—are continuing to grow, and it doesn’t look like they’ll be slowing down any time soon.

Not an opening but a renovation, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa is celebrating a recently completed $13 million enhancement project, which leaves the resort with renewed common areas, an upgraded pool deck, an entirely new Regency Club lounge and two exciting destination restaurants, Japengo and Shor American Seafood Grill.

To mark the occasion, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki is offering a Waikiki WOW deal with rates starting at $212 per night with a minimum 3-night stay, which includes accommodations, a one category room upgrade and a 20 percent discount on dinner and non-alcoholic beverages at either Japengo or Shor. The promotion is bookable through March 15 for travel through March 31. For more information, call (808) 923-1234 or visit

In France, 39 new suites have been unveiled at the Mandarin Oriental, Paris, each designed in Parisian haute-couture style with Oriental influences throughout. On the seventh and eighth floors of the hotel are seven duplex suites, which feature private terraces with views of the city. The top floor suites and the Royal Orientale Suite can be connected through adjoining doors, forming the largest suite in the city at almost 10,674 sq. ft.

To experience the east-meets-west blend, guests can take advantage of the Suite Temptations package, which offers daily American breakfast for two, a spa credit of $134 and complimentary Internet access, as well as a complimentary fourth night with paid 3-night accommodations. Standard rates vary by room selection and season. For more information, visit

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, meanwhile, has been working hard with no less than five projects in the works, all slated to open next year. Totaling more than 1,300 guestrooms, the five locations will be in India, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, the Philippines and the UAE.

Headlining the extensive opening plans with openings in March 2012 are the Fairmont Jaipur in India and the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv in Ukraine.

Marking the company’s first property in the country, the Fairmont Jaipur will offer 199 guestrooms, nine 1- and 2-bedroom villas and a Presidential Suite. All rooms will include oversized bathrooms, 40-inch flat-panel TVs and Bose sound systems. The resort will also feature culinary options including a full service restaurant offering regional specialties, a lobby lounge, cigar room, rooftop bar, and the Willow Stream Spa.

As the newest addition to the historic Ukraine city of Kyiv, the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv will feature architecture similar to the old-world design of a stately palace or grand manor home. Kyiv is one of the oldest cities in Eastern Europe and is a destination for architectural landmarks. With a central location on the Dnipro River in the heart of the trendy Podil district, guests at the Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv will find the setting to be right for any visit. Onsite will be a champagne bar, cigar lounge and the Fairmont Spa with six treatment rooms and a full beauty salon.

“International growth is a key focus at Fairmont and I fully expect 2012 to be a busy year for us,” says Jennifer Fox, president of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts.

For more information on Fairmont Hotels & Resort openings, visit