New & Upcoming Hotels in Asia, Middle East & Africa

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The Four Seasons hotel Seoul will open in 2015 in the city’s business district.

The Four Seasons hotel Seoul will open in 2015 in the city’s business district.


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Luxury hotel pipelines in Asia, the Middle East and Africa are some of the busiest in the world. Here are a few properties to watch. 


Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is constructing the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, slated to debut in May 2015, which will be located in the city’s Central Business District. And Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will bring a new hotel to Chongqing, the world’s second most populous city, in 2015. The 361-room hotel will sit on the Yangtze River and will be part of a mixed-use development with residences and retail. The rooftop bar will have cabanas, a VIP terrace lounge, a two-floor waterfall and outdoor fireplaces.

Middle East & Africa

The Palazzo Versace Dubai opens in the second half of 2014 rather than the fourth quarter of this year as originally planned.

South Africa’s The Westcliff will be rebranded as the new Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff Johannesburg in 2014. The hotel closed back in June for renovations, and will have an expanded terrace and brand-new spa upon reopening next year, when it becomes the luxury brand’s first hotel in the country.

And for a touch of mystery, a new five-star hotel on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island is due to open in 2015. Details (such as a brand…or even a name) are scarce, but we hear the development will include a sand-bottom swimming pool. That sounds ideal to us.

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