Friday Round Up: Luxury Hotel Updates

Luxury Travel Advisor is rounding up some of the luxury travel news you may have missed this week. From the Four Seasons Bangkok to new residence towers in Hawaii, a lot of fun hotel buzz was announced. Don’t miss out -- read these important property announcements now.

Four Seasons Bangkok

Four Seasons Builds in Bangkok

Thailand-based international real estate developer Country Group Development (CGD) and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have announced plans for a luxury hotel and residential project situated along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. The development, designed to offer a waterfront experience, will be home to the new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, and Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.

The hotel will include more than 300 rooms and suites, as well as world-class amenities and dining. The Private Residences will consist of more than 350 all-corner luxury units in a 73-story tower offering views of the Bangkok city skyline.

Insider Video About Rosewood Mayakoba's New Culinary Program

Recently Luxury Travel Advisor got a chance to speak with Daniel Scott, managing director of the Rosewood Mayakoba, in our New York offices about the property's new culinary and wellness offerings. We’ve got a video interview here.

The property is fresh off the debut of La Ceiba, a new Mayan garden and kitchen that opened in September of last year. La Ceiba offers Mayan cooking classes in which guests have a chance to pick fruits and vegetables from the restaurant's garden, which ties in with La Ceiba's cuisine -- a heavy emphasis on local fish cooked over zapote wood, served with local fruits and vegetables.

Good to know: La Ceiba has a popular family-style dinner that runs three times per week and offers a chance for guests to get to know the property team. Booking in advance is recommended.

Four Season Bogota

Four Seasons Will Open in Bogota This Year

Four Seasons Hotel Bogota (formerly known as Hotel Charleston Bogota) will open in late 2015, and will be the sister property of Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota, also opening in late 2015.

The design team includes: Milena Vargas, architect; Lauren Rotette, designer; and Saul Sasson, restaurant designer.

The property will have 64 guestrooms, more than half of which are suites, including the 1,200-square-foot Penthouse Suite on the eighth floor. All accommodations will have the new, fully-customizable Four Seasons Bed amid a décor that evokes space, with custom-tinted wooden floors, hand-knotted carpets and original artwork.

For dining, the property will have a Japanese-style robata grill concept restaurant with seating for 220 planned, including covered outdoor spaces both behind the hotel and onto a street-side terrace, and a bar area. A second venue will have both outdoor and indoor seating that spills into the lobby area.

Second Tower at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach Breaks Ground

Real estate development firm Irongate has broken ground on the second tower of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, and launched the final phase of sales at the luxury residential community.

The development is approaching 90 percent sold since it hit the market in the summer of 2013. The final phase is now selling and includes a collection of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences priced from $949,800 to $3.5 million as well as a handful of one-of-a-kind-penthouse estates priced from $6.75 to $25 million. Available residences range in size from 500- to 5,100-square-feet.

Ritz-Carlton Set to Manage Hotel in Turks & Caicos

Turks & Caicos is getting a big new luxury hotel. According to the Caribbean Journal, the government has signed a development agreement with Desarrollos Hotel Group to build a $224 million hotel, to be managed by Ritz-Carlton

The project will be located in the Grace Bay area of Providenciales. The property will have 124 guestrooms, penthouses and residences. 

“This European Plan style hotel development provides a welcome diversification to the TCI tourism sector as it is more of a traditional hotel, rather than the previously prevalent condominium model in the TCI,” Turks & Caicos Premier Dr Rufus Ewing told the Caribbean Journal. “At the same time, it further develops the luxury tourism offering in this destination with the addition of such an important luxury brand in Ritz Carlton.”