Five Renovations with Relaxation in Mind

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotels and resorts around the globe are sprucing up their offerings with renovations designed to lure today’s traveler with a tranquil haven. Here’s a look at five of them:

Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel

Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel, has unveiled extensive property enhancements to mark its eighth anniversary in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The updates retain the heritage of Terranea’s distinct aesthetic, featuring a blend of classic Spanish Colonial style with the casual vibe of Coastal California.

Since its opening, Terranea has invested approximately $40 million into the resort for property-wide enhancements, from upgraded guestroom amenities to major projects including the addition of a fourth resort pool, a new poolside eatery, and a complete redesign of its hallmark casual dining venue, catalina kitchen.

This year, California-based interior design firm, BAMO, reimagined the hotel’s guestrooms and suites with aesthetic upgrades that reflect the Mediterranean style of the resort, including new decor and furnishings closely attuned to guests’ preferences. Other elements include round marble tables, as well as new mattresses and bed linens.

Premium and standard guestrooms feature wood and mirrored-millwork paneling to provide a backdrop for a new Spanish Colonial-style raised-panel dresser and modern table. Contemporary local artwork, exclusive to the room category, complements both rooms’ designs. Enhancements in the Shearwater Suites and Vanderlip Suite include warm wood tones accentuated with coastal tones and a refined palette.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Located on the tip of Shelter Island in San Diego, the Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort, has unveiled its newest luxury suites, outdoor terrace event space, and a revitalized pool area featuring a pool bar.

Conceptualized by interior design firm Degen & Degen, the new Coastal Revival suites will highlight the resort’s natural, oceanic surroundings with modern wood furnishings, including a double-sided fireplace. The guestrooms have warm hues of rustic wood beams paired with bold watercolor artwork, while the bathrooms will showcase hints of patterned, Spanish-inspired accent tiles.

The Endless Summer suites will evoke a lasting sense of warm summer days showcasing bright teal hues matching the surrounding Kona Kai Marina, according to the firm. The guestrooms are outfitted with double-sided fireplaces and vibrant pops of orange and red.

El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel

The Barceló Hotel Group has invested $40 million into the renovation of luxury hotel El Embajador, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Property-wide enhancements include upgraded suites with views of the Caribbean, ranging from 440 sq. ft. in the smaller rooms to more than 5,000 sq. ft. in the presidential suite. There’s a new wellness and spa facility with a private pool, gym and four treatment rooms.

In addition, the hotel has added more than 10,000 sq. ft. of ballrooms, including the Protocolo and Diplomatic event rooms, as well as the signature venue Embassy Garden.

Hotel Saranac 

Reviving the pine-scented luxury of an Adirondacks mainstay, the Hotel Saranac will reopen late-2017 after a $30 million restoration. Located in Saranac Lake, NY, the property’s ballroom, public spaces and landmark exterior have been burnished to a new glow.

Originally designed by Adirondacks architects Scopes and Feustmann, Hotel Saranac opened in 1927 and is now part of the Curio Collection by Hilton. Owner Roedel Companies engaged Korn Design to guide the overall vision and create a brand strategy for the relaunch of the hotel. Governor of New York State Andrew Cuomo also played an instrumental role in bringing the hotel to life, awarding a $5-million redevelopment grant to Hotel Saranac.

Borgo Santo Pietro

Boutique hotel and estate Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany, Italy, has unveiled two pool house suites, each outfitted with its own exclusive pool, and two private garden suites.

Designed as two separate suites that can be connected internally via the garden to form a single complex, La Casa dei Fiori Bianchi has its own expansive terrace and private saltwater pool with a Jacuzzi and cascade for a touch of hydrotherapy massage.

Housed in green hues, the Dina Ferri garden suite immerses the guest in the Tuscan landscape, with a pastoral scene painted by hand and private gardens on two sides that envelop the suite in total privacy and silence, according to the company.

In the Dea Feronia suite, Fortuny silks and a bespoke carved fireplace in creamy stone reflects the light and luster of this spring-toned and feminine space, according to the hotel.