New Hotels to Know for Shopping, Romance and More

Marrakech, Morocco
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Marrakech, Kuwait, Phuket all have one thing in common – these are the destinations that the hotel market is noticing. We’ve got the latest news on hotel openings, updates and upcoming hotels out of these far out cities, and why you should book them.

Marrakech for Romantics:

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech has just opened, and we are happy to set the scene for you. Imagine walking along the resort, with almost 50 acres of landscaped gardens, all the while inhaling the fragrance of 100,000 roses. Yeah, we think it sounds pretty romantic, too. Guests will also get some of those roses all to themselves in the secluded gardens that are a part of the 54 private villas, which come with swimming pools and hot tubs. Sweet.

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Insider tip: Want a view of the gardens? We suggest one of the seven suites with a rooftop plunge pool and 360-degree views of the landscape.

Kuwait for Shopping and Business:


Kuwait is set to get a new luxury hotel in 2020: The Grand Hyatt Kuwait is scheduled to open that year as part of the 360 MALL, a luxury shopping destination, which we hear will be a destination in its own right.  

Seven miles from downtown on 6th Ring road, the hotel will be close to various embassies, government ministries and the Kuwait International Airport. On property will be four eateries, as well as meeting and event facilities aimed at catering to government and business travelers.

Phuket for the Spa Savvy Type:

Sri Panwa

In 2016 Sri Panwa in Phuket, Thailand, is set to debut a big revamp to its Cool Spa.

The redesigned spa will be moving to a secluded location in the estate's New Collection (opening in January 2016), set within private tropical water gardens in a rainforest setting. Built to resemble a traditional Chino-Portuguese residence, the new spa will have eight private treatment rooms, each with its own Jacuzzi.

Treatments will showcase Sri Panwa's Thai product line, which spotlights seasonal ingredients, including mango, papaya, rambutan, coconut and tamarind, sourced from both the local market and the resort's kitchen garden.

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