INTERNATIONAL REPORT—Hotel openings abroad include a new hotel in Denmark repurposed from the century-old Danish Post and Telegraph office and others, while Mandarin Oriental has set 2023 for the debut of a mixed-use project in Vienna.
The 390-room Villa Copenhagen has opened in the heart of Denmark’s capital city. It is housed in the century-old Danish Post and Telegraph office, adjacent to Tivoli Gardens, and features new interiors designed by London-based Universal Design Studio that match the 1912 Neo-Baroque architecture.
The property features a number of outdoor and interior spaces, including The Courtyard, designed by Shamballa Jewels; the Old Boardroom, which serves as a private event space for intimate gatherings and dinners; and 24,757-sq.-ft. of flexible meeting and event spaces for smaller gatherings or large events of up to 1,200 attendees.
The hotel also offers a year-round rooftop pool and bar; a 24-hour fitness center with sauna; and a hidden garden growing organic herbs, spices, vegetables and honey. The five F&B outlets include Public and Rug Bakery.
Hacienda Xcanatun by Angsana
Banyan Tree Group has launched its third property in Mexico, Hacienda Xcanatun, which will be operated by its upscale brand, Angsana. The hotel presents a contemporary interpretation of the legendary Yucatan (henequenera) Haciendas (large agricultural estates of the 18th century amid henequen agave plant), according to the company.
The hotel offers 18 renovated suites designed by Mexican architectural firm Estudio 240, as well as the flagship restaurant, Casa de Piedra; several event spaces; and the Spa by Angsana.
Hotel Nikko Hai Phong
Hotel Nikko Hai Phong in Hai Phong, Vietnam, operated by Nikko Hotels International, one of three hotel groups belonging to Okura Nikko Hotels, will open on Aug. 1. The hotel will offer 250 rooms with views of the Lach Tray River or the cityscape of Hai Phong.
Technology offerings in the guestrooms will include flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi and internet connections, as well as media hubs, USB chargers and desks with multiple plug sockets. Bathrooms will offer Japanese-style “washlet” water closets and separate shower booths. Guests staying in Club or Suite rooms will be granted complimentary access to the Club Lounge.
The property will include two restaurants and a lounge; four main multifunctional banquet rooms; a business center; a 24-hour kiosk offering drinks and snacks; an outdoor swimming pool; a fitness center gym; and a Japanese-style bath.
Raffles Bali, Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ 15th hotel offering 32 private pool villas, has opened. Each villa offers views of the Indian Ocean and the Jimbaran Bay, and include indoor and outdoor showers, yoga mats, bespoke beach accessories and a soaking tub.
F&B offerings include The Secret Cave, illuminated with flickering torches and candles; the Purnama Honeymoon Bale, built on the rocks at the edge of the resort’s oceanfront; and the Writers Bar and adjoining Library.
The Raffles Spa offers two treatment rooms, a hill-view terrace and The Sanctuary, a hillside treatment suite.
Mandarin Oriental, Vienna
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group will manage a luxury hotel and branded residences in Vienna, Austria, that is scheduled to open in late 2023. Mandarin Oriental, Vienna will be housed in a heritage building that originally served as the city’s commercial law court from 1912 to 2003.
The conversion of the property is already underway, and the restoration will preserve many of the building’s original design elements. On completion, the hotel will offer 151 guestrooms and suites surrounding a courtyard in the center of the property, incorporating a restaurant, bar and outdoor garden. The property will also house a Spa at Mandarin Oriental featuring a series of treatment rooms, a swimming pool and a fitness center. A range of adaptable banquet and meeting spaces will also be available.
The project is owned by Brisen Group, headquartered in Geneva and operating in the European real estate investment and wealth management sectors. London-based designers Goddard Littlefair have been appointed to create the hotel and residences’ interiors.