Sugar Beach resort, Mauritius
Sugar Beach resort on Mauritius has reopened following a £12.9m renovation. The four-month refurbishment has upgraded the hotel from a four- to a five-star property. Among the new facilities on offer at the coastal property is the Aura Spa, which has the largest hammam on Mauritius and offers traditional massage and beauty treatments. There are also a number of new eateries at the resort, including Tides beach restaurant, which serves up fresh seafood, and the more informal Mon Plaisir bar, which was inspired by French pavement cafes with gardens.
Thistle Glasgow – Scotland
Thistle Glasgow has completed a £1.2m makeover of its Grand Ballroom. The space, which Thistle claims is Scotland's largest ballroom, has been fitted with new carpets and ornate hanging lights, and its polished wood dancefloor has been restored. The room can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The Robert Burns Suite has also been refurbished.
Mandarin Oriental - Boston
This Boylston Street property opened in October in the fashionable Back Bay area and offers 136 rooms and 12 suites, with meeting space including the flexible 390m2 Oriental Ballroom, which can hold up to 600 for a reception. Diners can choose between Asana, a Asian fusion restaurant and M Bar & Lounge. A 1,200m2 spa includes a hydrotherapy suite.
Holiday Inn Birmingham - Bromsgrove, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
The Bromsgrove hotel in Worcestershire has rebranded as Holiday Inn Birmingham - Bromsgrove. Pederson Hotels continues to own and operate the property under licence from the Intercontinental Hotels Group. It has invested £3.5m in the hotel, adding 110 air-conditioned rooms, five meeting rooms and a fitness suite. It is spending a further £1.2m on a new reception and lobby, as well as a bar and restaurant, which are due for completion early next year. The hotel has also bolstered its CSR offering by adopting a new environmental policy.
Moonlit Atoll - Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Maldives
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has entered into a joint venture with Full Moon to rebrand its resort as Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa. The renamed resort will open on 1 December. Its 156 rooms have undergone an extensive refurbishment, and among its leisure facilities are seven restaurants and bars, including the Drifters Club, Full Moon restaurant and Sand Coast Cafe, plus a spa. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, the resort offers a wide range of watersports, which add to its incentive appeal. The property is situated on a private island, Furana Fushi, in the North Male Atoll. Male International Airport is a 20-minute boat cruise away.
In the pipeline
Tulip Residences Saida
Golden Tulip Hospitality Group will manage Tulip Resides Saida in Morocco. The property is due to open in October 2009.
Web www.golden tulip.com
Le Meridien Qingdao
Scheduled to open in 2011, this property will have 330 rooms and span about 2,694m2. It will be located in the city's central business district.
Park Inn Southend-on-sea
The Rezidor Hotel Group is set to open this 137-room venue in in 2009. It will have 350m2 of conference facilities and will overlook the Thames.
Movenpick Hotel Al Raha Beach Abu Dhabi
Movenpick will manage this 300-room resort, which is due to open in 2012. It is based in the urban Al Seef area.
Web www.moeven pick-hotels.com
Hyatt Regency Toronto
The Hyatt Regency Toronto will open in downtown Toronto in January 2009 following a major renovation. The 394-room hotel will have 2,787m2 of meeting space.
Jumeirah Glasgow Hotel
This hotel is set to open in 2011 and will be a five-star, 160-room property. Its facilities will include a ballroom for up to 630 guests.
Intercontinental Beijing City Centre
InterContinental Hotels Group will manage this 330-room hotel, scheduled to open in 2012, in the central business district of Beijing.