2017 Preview: Five of the best... openings around the world

2017 will see the launch of an array of interesting new options around the world for events and incentives, from Beijing to Tanzania, and here's five to watch out for.

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah
Viceroy Palm Jumeirah

Meliá Serengeti Lodge (Tanzania)

In another first for the group, Meliá Hotels International will open its first sustainable hotel, offering ‘off the grid’ living . 

The 50-room Meliá Serengeti Lodge, scheduled for a June opening, will be made from environmentally friendly materials, have photovoltaic panels to generate electricity and will 0turn rainwater into drinking water. 

Located on natural terraces on the slopes of Nyamuma a 45-minute drive from Seronera Airport in the Serengeti National Park, guests will be able to witness the annual migration of African wildlife including lions and zebras. Facilities will include an infinity pool, lounges and restaurants, and barbecue patios. 

Baglioni Resort Maldives (Maldives)

The Italian hospitality brand Baglioni Hotels is set to launch its first luxury Maldives resort in the summer, on the unspoilt island of Maagu in the Dhaalu Atoll, a 40-minute trip by seaplane from the capital, Malé. 

Providing 99 villas with a selection of jungle, beach or over-water options, including a 870sqm presidential water villa with three bedrooms and private pool with Jacuzzi, the resort will boast an onsite jungle spa. Guests can choose from three restaurants and the property will feature sand floors to allow for barefoot dining, while vegetables will be grown in the hotel’s garden. 

Activities available for group bookings include diving, snorkelling, watersports, cruises, BBQ fishing dinners and trips to the local village. 

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah (Dubai)

Also making a debut during 2017 is Viceroy, which will launch its first venture in Dubai - a 477-room beachfront hotel with views of the Arabian Gulf. 

At the base trunk of the Palm Jumeirah, the hotel will be 15 minutes from the city’s centre and close to attractions including the Dubai International Financial Center.

Meeting spaces will include a 627sqm main ballroom on the 14th floor catering for up to 400 people, a 150sqm pre-function area and three fully-equipped rooms. When delegates need to unwind, they can make use of a spa with 14 treatment rooms, an indoor gym, three outdoor swimming pools, on-site dining options, a pool bar, rooftop bar and nightclub.

Sheraton Saint-Hyacinthe Hotel (Canada)

This new hotel from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, owned by Beauward Shopping Centres, will connect to the 21,367sqm congress centre of Saint-Hyacinthe and Galeries Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec.

Slated to open by the end of 2017, facilities at the 205-room hotel, which will be spread over 16 floors, will include six meetings rooms, a club lounge, a swimming pool and a fitness centre. 

Saint-Hyacinthe, located in the Montérégie region of Canada near Montréal, offers a mix of town and country life. 

Hotel Jen Beijing (China)

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is planning to open its third Hotel Jen in mainland China in January with the new Hotel Jen Beijing.

Hotel Jen is situated in China World Trade Center, Beijing, near Guomao Subway Station and offering easy access to attractions such as the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Beihai Park.

Designed by Stickman Design, it will offer 450 rooms and suites. Instead of a traditional business centre, the hotel will have a co-working space, with a café and city views, 13 creative meetings spaces and a multi-function venue with space for 300 guests.


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