TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.
The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah, Maldives
The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah has opened its doors in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, adjacent to The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi, another property under the Cenizaro group. The all-inclusive property has 173 beach, lagoon and water villas sprawled across a 2km-long island, with each villa boasting its own private pool, indoor and outdoor showers, and king-size bed. Facilities include a Spa by Clarins, dive centre, kids’ club and fitness centre.
Guests also have access to six restaurants and six bars across both resorts, as well as non-motorised sports such as kayaking and windsurfing. Between the two resorts also lies a sandy castaway island – accessible by ladder – where guests can sit on their own private sunbeds. Exclusively for guests at Dhigurah, a second castaway island is a 10-minute speedboat ride away and is complimentary to guests, with food and drinks at an additional cost. A personalised service, guests are provided with a phone and can arrange to be dropped and collected when they choose.
Taj Rishikesh Resort & Spa, Uttarakhand, India
The iconic Taj brand now has planted its flag 30km from Rishikesh, a city in India’s northern state of Uttarakhand. Spread over five hectares of terraced gardens on the banks of the river Ganges with the Himalayas as a backdrop, the resort offers 79 keys ranging from Deluxe rooms to villas. Guests have several eateries to choose from: an all-day diner, a speciality restaurant offering cuisine inspired from the Himalayan belt, and an open-air pizza bar. Other amenities include a yoga pavilion and the 1,850m2 Jiva Spa.
JW Marriott Hotel Qufu, China
Located in the old city of Qufu – better known as the birthplace of Chinese philosopher Confucius – is the first JW Marriott hotel in Shandong Province. The hotel features 197 keys, comprising 188 individual guestrooms and nine complex suites. There are six categories of rooms, spanning from the 45m2 Deluxe to the 98m2 Executive Suites with 3.2-meter-high ceilings.
Aside from the four F&B options, recreational facilities include a 24-hour fitness centre, spa and indoor heated swimming pool. Event planners may avail the property’s seven multipurpose function spaces, such as the 800m2 Grand Ballroom with a 9m-high ceiling or the 200m2 Function Room.
Best Western Prime Square Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Best Western has opened its first midscale boutique hotel in Chiang Mai. Located in the centre of the city, there are just 48 rooms ranging from the 24m2 Superior Rooms to the 36m2 Deluxe Rooms, with the larger rooms featuring bathtubs. Aside from the all-day Prime restaurant, facilities on the grounds include a fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool, and a small meeting room for up to eight people.