Global Growth Continues Apace

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hoteliers and developers across the globe are keeping busy with new property openings. Here are a few to know.

In St. James, Barbados, Elegant Hotels Group opened Treasure Beach, its seventh property on the island, following a $10.5 million renovation.

The adults-only beachfront property consists of 35 renovated, one-bedroom suites set in tropical gardens and offer private balconies with garden, pool or ocean views, vaulted ceilings and private plunge pools.

Treasure Beach showcases artwork by local and global artists and its restaurant, Tapestry, offers globally inspired dining and an open-kitchen concept.

The Group’s other hotels include The House, Colony Club and Tamarind, as well as three all-inclusives: Crystal Cove, Turtle Beach and Waves Hotel & Spa.

Last March, the company also signed a marketing agreement with The Landings Resort & Spa in St. Lucia and Hodges Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua has joined the collection and is slated to open in July.

From Sand to Snow

The Waldhotel has opened in Switzerland and features a medical center and its own spa within the Bürgenstock Hotels & Resort Lake Lucerne.

Officially known as the Waldhotel Health & Medical Excellence, the property was built with natural stone and wood from its surroundings, integrating it into the Alpine landscape. Designed by architect Matteo Thun and surrounded on three sides by oak, spruce, pine and larch trees, the “forest hotel” features 160 rooms and suites; a 45,208-sq.-ft. medical facility; a 13,993-sq.-ft. spa; three swimming pools; Verbena restaurant; an educational kitchen; a library; two private dining rooms; a 1,722-sq.-ft. conference room; a boardroom; and a garden featuring 30 different herbs.

The hotel’s wellness center—an officially accredited hospital—has a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, therapists and nursing specialists, and diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services are complemented by a range of preventative programs.

Hyatt Centric Opens First Hotel in France

The Hyatt Centric La Rosière has opened, a first for the brand in France and the first Hyatt ski resort in Europe. The 69-room hotel is operated by Sophos Hotels, led by CEO Fernand Donnet, under a franchise agreement.

The hotel is within a skiing destination in the Tarentaise Valley, which is known for its landscape and proximity to Courchevel, Val d’Isère and Les Arcs.

The hotel features 12 family suites with underfloor heating, an Italian restaurant, a French brasserie, a bistro bar, a lounge and a spa.