New hotels: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, Hoshinoya Guguan and more

TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, Maldives
The first Raffles-branded property in the island nation has opened on Gaafu Alifu Atoll with 21 villas, with 17 more opening later this year. Living options range from the 220m2 Beach Villas and 230m2 Overwater Villas to the Raffles Royal Residence – opening in 4Q2019 to featur e its own private pool and a marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower.

Amenities include a fitness centre that offers activities such as yoga sessions alongside water sports activities, Raffles Spa, two bars, an all day-dining restaurant and The Firepit speciality restaurant.

Hoshinoya Guguan, Taiwan
The second overseas outpost of Japan-headquartered Hoshinoya brand is a luxury hot spring resort located in Taichung’s suburbs at the foot of the Taiwan Central Mountain Range. The 50-key property offers several room categories, ranging from the 72m2 Shui for couples up to the 216m2 Sen for seven travellers, with all rooms boasting a semi-open-air bath and floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities on-site include more indoor and outdoor hot spring baths (separated by gender), spa, swimming pool, restaurant and conference room.

There is also a 1,300m-long promenade complete with an observation deck behind Hoshinoya Guguan, where guests can take a walk along and admire Guguan’s scenery during the four seasons. Reservations are now open, and the property will start welcoming guests from June 30.

Radisson Hangzhou Qianjiang, China
The upscale Radisson Hangzhou Qianjiang – the first in Hangzhou – has opened with 186 guestrooms and suites, ranging from the 34m2 Superior Rooms to the 106m2 Executive Suite. F&B options on-site include the Sky Pavilion, a speciality Chinese restaurant; all-day restaurant Shang Café; and a Lobby Lounge. Guests also have access to a heated indoor pool, as well as a fitness centre.

Event planners may avail several flexible function spaces, ranging from the Grand Ballroom which can host up to 740 guests for large-scale conferences, as well as a divisible Qianjiang Room for seminars with up to 120 delegates. There is also a smaller meeting room and VIP room.

Hayman Island by InterContinental, Australia
Located on a 400ha private island in the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, the luxury resort is nearing completion of its multimillion-dollar refurbishment. It will have 166 keys spread across three wings, with room categories ranging from poolside rooms to the newly-built Beach House complete with three suites and private pools.

Facilities will include five dining experiences, a spa with 13 treatment rooms, kids club, fitness centre, and wedding chapel. For corporate events, there is a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces that can house meetings for 10 to 300 delegates. Reservations are now open, and the property will start welcoming guests from July 1.

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