Ayana Resort and Spa opens Rimba Jimbaran Bali. The resort is located on 19 acres (8 hectares) of Ayana's 190-acre (77-hectare) property, and includes 282 rooms and suites. Rimba, which is Indonesian for "forest," uses sustainable materials for its architecture and interior design. The property features an on-site greenhouse, herb garden, and fruit and vegetable garden with more than 1,500 trees. Source: HotelsMag
Baha Mar, a $3.5 billion luxury resort, is scheduled to open in December 2014 in Nassau in the Bahamas. The ambitious project is on a 1,000-acre property set along 3,000 feet of beach that will have four hotel brands in separate towers for a total of 2,200 rooms: the Baha Mar Casino & Hotel, Rosewood at Baha Mar, Mondrian at Baha Mar and Grand Hyatt at Baha Mar. There will also be a 100,000-square-foot casino; an ESPA-branded 30,000-square-foot spa; 32 restaurants, bars and clubs; a Jack Nicklaus golf course; 14 pools; a water park; and an art gallery with the largest collection of Bahamian art in the islands. Source: InTransit
Following the recent re-design by the Milanese atelier, Rebosio+Spagnulo, the newly refashioned Caffè Baglioni of the Carlton Hotel Baglioni in Milan is even more a hub of design, art and fashion than ever before. Handmade Italian craftsmanship has enhanced its design with Murano glass chandeliers and unique detailing, including the musical score taken from the work of Italian pianist and composer Daniele Lombardi beautifully displayed in copper yarn on the walls of the Caffè Baglioni. As part of the refashion, Caffè Baglioni is home to "Design Italian Excellence", Baglioni Hotels' second site-specific project curated by Vincenzo Basile of Basile Arteco. The exhibit is on display until spring 2014 and features 12 pieces of contemporary Italian art from Masters Ettore Sottsass, Enzo Mari, Ugo La Pietra and the young Italian Designer, Chiara Andreatti. Pressrelease.
Sheraton Brand Expands in Thailand. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. today announced its Sheraton brand has expanded its footprint in Thailand with the opening of Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas in Prachuap Khirikhan. Honor Business Company Limited, a Bangkok-based property development firm, owns the converted and rebranded 55-villa property and 240-room Sheraton Hua Hin Resort & Spa. Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas offers a prime beachfront location, approximately 22 kilometers south of Hua Hin. Pressrelease.