Nine of the best... hotel openings outside Europe in 2016

Whether you're looking for a rooftop or infinity pool, ballroom or luxury spa, 2016 saw the launch of some eye-catching hotels further afield.

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The Westin Doha (Qatar)
The beginning of the year saw Westin Hotels & Resorts open its debut hotel in Qatar, a 365-room property in Doha’s Salwa Road minutes aware from the central business district and a 20-minute drive from Hamad International Airport. 

Featuring the largest pillar-free ballroom in Doha, with more than 6,000sqm of function space, the hotel also boasts a spa with nine treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, a gym and a man-made wave pool.

Six restaurants and bars offer a choice of global or local cuisine, with guests able to enjoy year-round ‘al-fresco’ dining in the indoor winter garden in the hotel’s atrium. The rooms, suites and villas include a 347sqm presidential suite.

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island (United Arab Emirates)
The Presidential Suite at this five-star waterfront hotel features separate living and dining rooms and a pantry, while the 267sqm Royal Suite has two-storey windows to make the most of the 200-room property’s views of the water and city skyline.

Other facilities at the 34-storey hotel include two ballrooms, the largest of which is 495sqm, five function rooms to accommodate events for up to 530 delegates, catering services, 24-hour business assistance and three restaurants and three lounge bars.

For those in search of relaxation, leisure facilities include two fitness centres and a spa with hydro pool, sauna, hammam, ice fountain, showers and heated lounge chairs with waterfront views. Enjoy panoramic skyline and water views from the rooftop pool.

Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre (United Arab Emirates)
Another noteworthy Four Seasons opening in 2016 was that of its 106-room hotel in the Dubai International Financial Centre, home to global corporations, art galleries, shops, nightclubs and more than 40 restaurants and bars. 

The eight-storey hotel has created a flexible space off the lower lobby where guests can host business meetings or set up a workstation, and it offers business services and complimentary wi-fi.

The Firebird Diner serves "American fare with a gourmet global twist", while other features of the hotel include the Luna Sky Bar, a 24-hour fitness centre, a spa, and a rooftop juice and snack bar and swimming pool.   


The William Vale (United States)
Boasting New York’s longest hotel swimming pool, the William Vale brought 183 rooms - and a range of events spaces - to the city’s stylish Williamsburg neighbourhood in Brooklyn when it opened in late summer. 

Features of the property include a garden area, 24-hour room service, a fitness centre and complimentary wi-fi. 

Staff can arrange on-site activities for guests including rooftop yoga, opera performances, indie movie screenings, painting classes with local artists and group meditation.

The Moose Hotel & Suites (Canada)
The first new hotel to open in Banff National Park in nine years makes a good base for outdoor activities including skiing and hiking in Banff, Canada’s highest town. 

The four-star incentives property from the Banff Lodging Company, which is decorated with hand-painted moose characters produced by Jason Carter, one of Alberta’s Aboriginal visual artists, features 174 rooms, a spa with 10 treatment rooms and all-day dining at the Pacini Italian restaurant.  

InterContinental Real Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
InterContinental Hotels Group’s November opening in the Caribbean is likely to prove attractive to those who like their weather slightly warmer.

The 227-room hotel offers nearly 9,000 sqft of meeting space, spread across eight rooms and for up to 750 guests, and two bars and three concept restaurants. Guests can unwind in the on-site spa or make use of two saunas, two steam baths and infinity pool with city views.

Luxury suites include 16 junior suites and one 2,300 sq ft presidential suite enjoying views of the Caribbean Sea. 


St Regis Langkawi (Malaysia)
The first all-suite resort on the Malaysian archipelago known as the Jewel of Kedah opened its doors in April, offering 85 luxury bedrooms for C&I groups including 20 pool suites with cabanas and patio suites. 

Guests at Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ debut property in Malaysia also benefit from a 800sqm spa, fitness centre and outdoor pool, not to mention a choice of six bars and restaurants. These include the L’Orangerie signature restaurant, the Asian-inspired Kayuputi specialty restaurant and two bars specialising in wines, whiskies, cocktails and champagne.

The hotel’s largest events space, the Astor Ballroom, seats up to 300 delegates in a theatre-style layout, while a further five meeting rooms can accommodate groups of six to 200 people. 

Conrad Manila (Philippines)
In June, Conrad Hotels & Resorts opened its first hotel in the Philippines, in the country’s capital of Manila, providing four contemporary event halls and two ballrooms, spanning more than 4,000sqm.

The 347-room property is at the front of the Mall of Asia complex in the Bay City development and the adjacent 16,000-seat indoor Mall of Asia Arena is available for use by larger groups. 

Guests can spend downtime in the hotel’s infinity pool, 24-hour fitness centre, Conrad spa and six restaurants. 

M Social Singapore (Singapore)
Another first in 2016 saw Millennium Hotels & Resorts' new M Social brand launch its first hotel in Singapore in June. 

The 293-room Philippe Starck-designed property on the Singapore River overlooking Robertson Quay is part of an integrated development including the UP@Robertson Quay luxury apartment project. 

Facilities include a rooftop pool, bar and Beast & Butterflies restaurant with an open kitchen, large communal tables and striking artwork. High-tech features include self check-in facilities and a complimentary in-room smartphone amenity with unlimited data and calls.



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Five of the best...London hotel openings in 2016 

Five of the best...UK hotel openings outside of London


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