New hotels: Voco Gold Coast, Alila Bangsar and more

The latest hotel openings and announcements made this week.

Voco Gold Coast, Australia
InterContinental Hotels Group has opened its first voco hotel, just five months after the upscale brand was launched. Standing in the heart of the Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, the property offers 389 rooms, alongside a gym, two swimming pools, L’Aqua Day Spa and 800m2 of meeting space. There are also three F&B venues as well – Waves, Clifford’s Grill & Lounge and Social House – all designed to emphasise the property’s social element.

Other unique features that this voco property boasts include onsite beehives that produce honey for various uses in the hotel, as well as an initiative with Gold Coast City Council to ensure all kitchen waste is recycled.

Alila Bangsar, Malaysia
Alila’s first property in the country has recently opened, occupying the 35th to 40th floors of The Establishment, a mixed-use development in Kuala Lumpur’s Bangsar district. The urban retreat offers 143 rooms and suites across six categories, where each dwelling boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as mod cons such as an LED TV, minibar and kettle.

F&B options include the pool bar, French semi fine-dining restaurant Entier on level 41, Pacific Standard cocktail lounge, rooftop bar Lido and all-day diner Botanica + Co. Other amenities include four meeting rooms, a pool on level 40 and a gym.

Lloyd’s Inn Bali, Indonesia
The Lloyd’s Inn brand, first founded in Singapore, has expanded to the Island of the Gods with its latest opening. The boutique hotel offers 101 rooms and seven room types ranging from 21m2 to 67m2. Facilities on-site include a lap pool, dipping pool, sun decks, spa, yoga lounge and garden. There are also two F&B options on-site: The Garden Café & Bar, which offers Indonesian fusion food; and the bar, which serves floral- and garden-themed drinks.

Grand Mercure Foshan Country Garden, China
The first international hotel in Jinshazhou, an island metropolis administered jointly by Guangzhou and Foshan, offers 219 guestrooms and suites. The hotel’s interior design reflects the locale’s culture that was inspired by the historic thousand-year-old Shabei Village located at the foot of Xunfeng Mountain.

Recreational facilities includes an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre, a lobby lounge, and an all-day dining restaurant and bar with a private dining room. As well, the hotel offers more than 700m2 of event space across a ballroom and five multifunctional rooms.

Agora Kanazawa, Japan
Agora Hospitalities will soon have a property in Kanazawa’s – the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture on Japan’s Honshu Island. The hotel offers a total of 200 rooms in twin, double and triple configurations, complete with free Wi-Fi, across 12 storeys. Amenities on-site include a lounge, hot spring, spa, gym, laundry facilities and a restaurant. Reservations are now open; the property is slated to open in autumn 2019.

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