TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.
Borneo Eagle Resort, Malaysia
Situated on the island of Pulau Tiga 2.5 hours away by land and sea from Sabah’s capital of Kota Kinabalu stands the 13-villa Borneo Eagle Resort. There are three villa types, all facing the sea and come with their own courtyards. They are furnished with mod cons such as a 55-inch flatscreen TVs and Bose home theatre systems. A Personal Service Ambassador is also assigned to each villa.
Facilities onsite include the Eagles Nest restaurant with a farm-to-table concept, the Landing Bar, fitness centre, 900m2 infinity pool, a multipurpose room that can hold up to eight seated pax, a rooftop area for small events, as well as a Sand Bar by the pool. Outdoor activities include trekking opportunities in the nearby jungle to volcanic mud mounts, while waters around the island are good for diving, snorkelling and kayaking.
Meliá Koh Samui, Thailand
Meliá Hotels International’s first opening in Thailand is a nautical-themed beachfront resort on Koh Samui’s Choeng Mon Beach. The property features 159 rooms and 41 suites, alongside facilities such as two outdoor swimming pools, two restaurants, an executive lounge, beach club, spa, fitness centre, kids’ club and mini water park. There is also the Gallery, a not-for-profit social enterprise of art and design gift shop.
Meanwhile, event planners may avail the seven indoor multifunctional spaces, ballroom that can accommodate up to 200 guests, as well as an outdoor poolside and beachfront function space that can host dinner for 500 guests. This opening is the start of a strategic roll-out of the Meliá brand in Thailand with at least two more to come online in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Novotel Melbourne Central and ibis Melbourne Central, Melbourne
This dual-branded new-build houses 483 keys within a 35-storey tower on Little Lonsdale Street.
Occupying levels 20-35, Novotel Melbourne Central’s 213 rooms and suites start from 20m2 in size. All rooms are fitted with rainshowers, as well as 55-inch Google Chromecast televisions. Novotel guests will also have access to its InBalance gym, and 24-hour guest services and a concierge desk.
Located on levels 4 to 18, ibis Melbourne Central features 270 premium economy guest rooms averaging 18m2, and are fitted with rainshowers and 49-inch Google Chromecast televisions. Other amenities include three flexible meeting spaces that can cater for up to 50 guests, as well as three restaurants and bars on-site.
Pullman Rotorua, New Zealand
New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty region has received its first international five-star hotel in the form of the Pullman Rotorua. The new-build offers 130 rooms across five categories, some of which offer panoramic views of the city and lake area. Facilities on-site include the Barrel & Co Bar and Grill, an executive lounge, bar, gym, as well as four event spaces.
Courtyard by Marriott Suwon, South Korea
The first Courtyard by Marriott in Suwon has opened as part of the new MICE Complex within Suwon Gwanggyo New Town. The property offers 288 rooms, starting from the lead-in 28m2 Premiers to the 84m2 Lake Park Suite. Meeting amenities include the 70-seater Executive Lounge featuring views of Gwanggyo Lake Park, the Lake Park Ballroom which can take up to 300 pax theatre-style, as well as three multipurpose boardrooms for 16 pax each theatre-style. There is also a fitness centre, laundry room, and two F&B options.