Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel, Bangkok
This four-star property located at Rachaprarop is situated above the Watergate Pavillion shopping complex, is the fourth hotel to be opened in Bangkok by Centara Hotels & Resorts.
The new hotel and shopping complex are located inside a newly-constructed, 20-storey building, with the hotel taking up a total of 10 floors and featuring 281 guestrooms.
Facilities will include an all-day restaurant with a total of 160 seats indoors and outdoors, a rooftop restaurant with 64 seats, and a rooftop bar with 76 seats. There will be a Cense by Spa Cenvaree with five treatment rooms and a 56sqm fitness center.
Two meeting rooms, each 90 sqm, will be available for events.
JW Marriott Hotel Dhaka, India
Marriott International is set to operate the 700-room JW Marriott Hotel Dhaka, part of a mixed-use development that will include retail and office components, with construction of the hotel already under way.
The JW Marriott Dhaka will be located in an emerging location in the middle of the city and will feature three restaurants, two bars, a spa with eight treatment rooms, and 2,280sqm meeting space.
Hilton Worldwide expands in Australia
Hilton Worldwide is planning to take over the management of four hotels in Australia, introducing the Doubletree by Hilton brand into the destination.
Hilton Darwin, Doubletree by Hilton Darwin, Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin and Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs, will operate under Hilton Worldwide management from May 1, 2013.
Kempinski Ambience Delhi, India
Kempinski has opened a 480-room hotel and spa in Delhi, India – which the Dalai Lama blessed and inaugurated by lighting the ceremonial lamp on 25 December 2012.
The hotel features a sky bridge and "India’s largest pillar-less ballroom" that can accommodate up to 6,000 guests. Amongst the dining options are four specialty restaurants including Café Knosh (all-day dining restaurant), Dilli 32 (an Indian specialty restaurant), Mei Kun (an Asian restaurant) and Casaluna (an Italian restaurant).
In addition, the hotel has a glass-enclosed bar, the Cherry Bar, two business centres and recreational facilities including the spa with hammam and an ice fountain.
Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa, China
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has opened its second property in China – Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa in Yunnan Province.
The 103-key resortis located in the midst of this national scenic resort destination, an hour’s drive from Jinghong International Airport.
The destination is also home to one of the largest tropical gardens in the world.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is spread over an impressive 900 hectares, with 35 different garden habitats featuring a total of over 10,000 species of tropical plants. Inspiration by nature at large includes gazing in wonder upon a nine hundred year old banyan tree, as well as spotting China’s last few Asian elephants in Wild Elephant Valley.
Business and events facilities include a large function room for up to 100 people which is dividable to cater for two smaller events, an additional two meeting rooms and a boardroom.