TTG Asia's weekly roundup of new hotel openings and announcements.
Homm Bliss Southbeach Patong, Thailand
Banyan Tree Group has unveiled its latest concept, Homm, with Phuket serving as the brand’s first-ever location. Sitting on the southern end of Patong Bay, the 71-key beachfront property has 39 rooms that boast sea-facing private balconies or terraces, or ground-floor plunge pools. There are two outdoor pools on-site, and culinary offerings include quick bites and grab n’ go snacks, like HOMM’s signature breakfast buns from Seagulls on Southbeach, or all-day dining at Rice Bowl, best known for authentic Thai cuisine.
Oakwood Premier Melbourne, Australia
A debut for the Oakwood Premier brand in Australasia, this new-build soars 140 metres and 40 storeys with views of the CBD and the Yarra River, South Melbourne, Albert Park and Port Phillip Bay.
There are a total of 132 hotel rooms and 260 serviced apartments with fully-equipped kitchens for both extended and short-stay guests. In addition to the all-day dining restaurant Fifth, other amenities include a Sky Bar, fitness centre, three meeting rooms, two multipurpose event venues, co-working space, games centre fitted with modern entertainment for those looking to play snooker or video games.
Mandarin Oriental, Shenzhen, China
The hotel is located on the upper floors of a new 79-storey building in Futian business district. Each of the 178 luxurious rooms and suites – among the largest in the city – provide vistas of the cityscape, greenery of Lotus Hill Park, Bijia Mountain Park and Shenzhen Bay. The Mandarin Club, located on the 78th floor, provides a private lounge experience. Amenities include eight F&B options, The Mandarin Club lounge, a fitness centre, and indoor swimming pool.
Event planners will be able to organise functions at The Cube, an independent meeting space offering 1,500m2 of event space. They also have the option of booking The Gallery on the 77th floor, which is the highest banquet space in the city.
OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka, Japan
This newly-opened property under Hoshino Resorts is located in Akasaka, less than a five-minute walk from the Akasaka-Mitsuke Station and Akasaka-Station on the Tokyo Metro Lines. There are 140 rooms across several categories, and guests exploring the city will be able to avail the Go-Kinjo Map, an original map of the Akasaka neighbourhood with recommendations by staff members.
Although the property does not have a restaurant, OMO3 Tokyo Akasaka has collaborated with nearby restaurants such as Ueshima Coffee Shop to provide a scrambled egg sandwich with sea bream to guests in the morning, and the Yona Yona Beer Works Akasaka for a free welcome beer and special small bites.