INTERNATIONAL REPORT—International hoteliers are saying, “It’s time for a makeover.” The following are properties with recent revamps.
Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok
The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has reopened The Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, following an extensive renovation.
Formerly known as Plaza Athenee Bangkok, the newly restored Athenee Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Bangkok, stands on the grounds of the Kandhavas Palace, former royal residence of Princess Valaya Alongkorn. An homage to its regal lineage, the hotel’s opulent redesign is a modern take on traditional Thai design elements with a distinctly European flair, according to the company.
“The debut of our second hotel in Bangkok marks an important milestone for The Luxury Collection as it showcases our commitment to expanding our global portfolio and growing our footprint in Thailand,” said Mitzi Gaskins, global brand leader, The Luxury Collection & JW Marriott. “The restoration and reopening of The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok is another addition to The Luxury Collection’s portfolio of historic renovated properties around the world.”
Overseen by interior design firms Vekhin Interior and Bangkok Dec-Con PLC, The Luxury Collection’s multimillion-dollar renovation of The Athenee Hotel sought to bring to life Bangkok’s roots.
In addition to the refurbishment of common spaces and all 374 guestrooms, the hotel’s makeover includes a newly redesigned city-lagoon-style swimming pool area. The outdoor pool area was merged with an indoor function space inspired by the style of Kandhavas Palace. There are also several F&B options, from the Smooth Curry restaurant to The Glaz bar.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya in Mexico has debuted its beachfront presidential suite, which spans 4,575 sq. ft. across two floors. The suite, which includes an expansive ground-floor living and dining area along with a full kitchen and private balcony with a whirlpool, is situated directly on the Caribbean beachfront.
A private terrace overlooks the turquoise waters complete with a private pool, separate outdoor dining area and hammock. The suite features two spacious bedrooms with Hyatt Grand Beds, one on the ground floor and one on the second floor, each offering walk-in closets, balconies and private whirlpools. There is also natural light coming through floor-to-ceiling windows and local artisan art and decor reflective of Mayan culture and local Mexican artisans. It sleeps four with the option to accommodate larger parties with a connected double bed room.
Tortuga Bay at Puntacana Resort & Club
Tortuga Bay at Puntacana Resort & Club, the only hotel designed by Oscar de la Renta, is now open in the Dominican Republic following a four-month renovation. Designer Markham Roberts carried forth de la Renta’s vision of luxurious tropical living, according to the company.
Among the enhancements include upgraded technology for a seamless experience, an evolved Bamboo restaurant, redesigned dining room and outdoor space. In addition, there is new custom furniture layered with Oscar de la Renta Home fabrics throughout the property.
The Tortuga Bay Villas underwent a subtle but significant transformation, adding white walls and white wood shutters, with Oscar de la Renta Home fabrics for the pillows.