What to buy now New hotels: The St. Regis Qingdao; dusitD2 Hua Hin; Holiday Inn Werribee By TTG Asia / Posted on 5 August, 2021 14:41 TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements. The St. Regis Qingdao, China The St. Regis Qingdao, China Strategically located within the landmark Haitian Center in the heart of historic Qingdao, the 233-key The St. Regis Qingdao is the first Marriott International luxury brand to open in China’s north-eastern Shandong. Occupying the 58th to 78th floors of the 369-meter-tall Haitian Center, the hotel treats guests to panoramic vistas of the Yellow Sea and picturesque coastal scenes. Drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich heritage, renowned Singapore-based interior design firm, LTW Designworks, subtly infused local Qingdao influences with St. Regis’ avant-garde aesthetic. This includes a crystal chandelier inspired by a legendary dress of golden thorns that Caroline Astor, mother of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV and doyenne of New York high society in the Gilded Age, wore to one of her famed Midnight Suppers. A brilliantly-lit grand staircase offers the perfect venue for the celebrated St. Regis tradition of sabering a bottle of champagne to mark the transition from day to night. The backdrop of the grand staircase is a 74m-high atrium art wall that reflects the delicate traces left on the beach by the ebb and flow of the Yellow Sea. Facilities within the hotel include The Drawing Room where afternoon teas are served, Yan Ting Cantonese restaurant, all-day dining Social, The Carvery steakhouse, and The St. Regis Bar. There are also more than 2,000m2 of events space on offer. dusitD2 Hua Hin, Thailand Dusit International has launched dusitD2 Hua Hin, an upscale pet-friendly retreat that is designed with families and groups in mind. Alongside 152 contemporary guestrooms and suites ranging in size from 30m2 to 92m2, including selected rooms equipped with pet-friendly amenities for up to two pets, the bright and airy property offers a wide range of facilities for work, rest and play. Dining facilities include all-day dining restaurant Cafe Soi; Som Bar, a vibrant rooftop bar inspired by Hollywood party pads; and Dusit Gourmet bakery and coffee shop. Alongside a rooftop infinity pool, a large garden, and a fully equipped gym, the hotel also offers an extensive kids club that comprises a children’s swimming pool, a play area with a sandbox and a treehouse, and a wide range of activities for children aged three to 15. Guests seeking to stay on top of work during their travels will find plenty of quiet, thoughtfully designed corners to focus on their important tasks. There is also a selection of function rooms. Holiday Inn Werribee, Australia Opened on July 30, Holiday Inn Werribee in Melbourne features 150 contemporary and modern rooms, an open lobby, onsite bar and restaurant and versatile meeting spaces. Encompassing the top four floors of 22 Synnot Street, Werribee, the hotel offers striking, unparalleled views over Werribee and towards Melbourne’s city skyline. The Open Lobby concept is new to the Holiday Inn brand within Australasia. The Open Lobby is built on the understanding of how people use space at home to give guests the most flexibility, to eat, relax, work, or socialise in one space. Designed with the needs of the modern traveller in mind, public spaces feature a contemporary lounge area and an e-Bar for those who need to catch up on the day’s news or work, while still being part of the social vibe of that space. F&B service is offered at Rosana Bistro & Bar, which serves up modern Australian cuisine with a menu full of fresh local produce, sourced from within the Werribee region. The hotel offers easy access to attractions such as the Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee Mansion, Victorian State Rose Garden, and the National Equestrian Centre. It is also located within easy walking distance of the burgeoning foodie hub of Watton Street and is a short drive away from Werribee Mercy Hospital.