January saw the opening of the Hotel Nikol’skaya Kempinski in Moscow. Set in a complex of historical buildings the hotel has 211 rooms and three restaurants, as well as three meeting rooms and a boardroom.
The 13-storey Amari Doha in Qatar opened in February, complete with 120 rooms, spas, saunas and a Turkish bath, as well as four meeting rooms and the option of tailor-made menus, which include ‘brain food’.
Sofitel Montevideo Casino Carrasco and Spa opened in Uruguay in March. As well as 116 modern rooms, a spa and three meeting rooms, the largest of which seats 224, the hotel also has a large casino for post-dinner entertainments, including a VIP area for high-end players.
Vivanta by Taj opened on the outskirts of Delhi in India with 189 rooms and a Presidential Suite. It also has a banqueting hall for up to 600 people and three restaurants, as well as a spa. The hotel is just 15 minutes drive from Delhi’s international airport.
Xenia, in London, opened a 99-room boutique hotel on Cromwell Road in May, near to famous visitor attractions such as the Natural History Museum. The hotel has two bars, a restaurant serving healthy Italian food and a herb garden, as well as a function room for up to 70 people.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa opened in Kuwait in June. The beachfront hotel, near Kuwait City’s business district, has more than 400 rooms, including 12 villas, and six restaurants.
Following a two-year renovation, art-deco-styled Prince de Galles hotel reopened in Paris. The hotel, which first opened in 1928, has 115 rooms, a meeting room for 70 guests and a signature restaurant.
The St Regis Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, has more than 280 rooms and 40 suites, including the world’s highest suspended Presidential Suite, which has its own private entrance, spa and movie theatre.
The Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, has 69 rooms and space for a meeting of up to 200 people. Guests can also hold meetings in traditional tents inside the hotel’s extensive grounds.
W Verbier, in Switzerland, has opened its first alpine retreat, located just steps away from the ski slopes. Its 123 contemporary-styled rooms feature a fireplace and private balcony and there are three event spaces in the hotel.