Futuristic hotel opens in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert

The Board of Directors of NEOM, the sustainable regional development taking shape in northwest Saudi Arabia, recently announced Epicon, its latest luxury coastal tourism destination, including a residential offering.

Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, Epicon aims to set a new standard of hospitality and architecture. Rising from NEOM’s desert landscape like a glistening mirage, the property will feature two striking towers, one 225 meters tall and one reaching 275 meters.

The towers will be home to an ultra-premium 41 key hotel and luxury residences that comprise of 14 suites and apartments. A short distance from the hotel is the Epicon resort, which blends tranquility with indulgence and features 120 rooms and 45 stunning residential beach villas.

A gateway to the future

Designed as a gateway to the future, Epicon provides an opportunity to escape the stresses of the everyday.

Whether relaxing at the beach club, visiting the spa for bespoke wellness treatments, exploring the surrounding nature, participating in one of the many watersports on offer, or dining at destination restaurants for an unforgettable culinary experience, Epicon has been conceived to meet the full array of guest and resident needs.

The guest experience

A highly attractive visitor destination and an optimum place to live and thrive, Epicon’s guests and residents can expect a truly immersive and life-affirming experience. The luxurious residences and beach villas aim to deliver new levels of livability through cutting-edge innovations, world-class services and first-class experiences, positioning the resort as a benchmark for iconic living.

Guests and residents of Epicon will enjoy unrestricted access to world-class facilities, complemented by views of one of the most desirable shorelines in NEOM. Amenities include a state-of-the-art gym, library, workspaces, pools and lounges.

Accor is opening more than 85 stunning hotels in 2024

Accor is opening the doors to an impressive collection of exciting new hospitality options across its spectrum of 40+ hospitality brands around the world.

Travellers of all ambitions, aesthetics, and demographics are sure to find a fascinating new place to visit in 2024.

With its global network and ‘multi-local’ ethos, Accor’s newest destinations are expected to become as popular with locals as they are with international jetsetters. The following is a glimpse into what Accor has in store for 2024.

Luxury hotels opening in 2024

Orient Express Grand Hotel de la Minerve

A heritage site in the heart of Rome, the hotel resides in the former Palazzo Fonseca, a sumptuous 17th century palace with a huge and majestic façade. Opening late 2024.

Raffles Jaipur

With just 50 suites, all with private pools, the majestic hotel features a sense of old world charm with secluded residences and elegant courtyards, linking into the sprawling estate shared with Fairmont Jaipur. Opening mid 2024.

Raffles Sentosa Resort & Spa

This property is an all-villa beachfront property on Sentosa Island, close to Singapore. Each of the 62 villas features a private pool with terrace, peace, and seclusion. Beyond the villas, guests will discover a bespoke bar, restaurants, spa and fitness centre, a multi-purpose celebration room, state-of-the-art meeting spaces, and a grand ballroom. Opening mid 2024.

Fairmont Golden Prague

Guests will love basking in the hotel’s modern spa with indoor and outdoor pools, noshing among its multiple restaurants and bars, and dancing the night away in the hotel’s grand ballroom. Opening late 2024.

Fairmont The Breakers, Long Beach

A revival of one of California’s best-known and beloved luxury hotels, the historic property will reopen after a significant restoration, creating 185 boutique rooms and suites; a rooftop pool and terrace; an open-air rooftop lounge with 360-degree views of the Pacific; a blissful two-story spa and more. Re-opening mid 2024.

Sofitel Shanghai North Bund

A stunning 25-story landmark hotel, featuring 300 opulent guest rooms and suites with outstanding views of the famous Shanghai skyline, Club Millésime, a Sofitel Spa and an ultramodern Sofitel fitness gym. Opening mid 2024.

Gigiri Gem Forest Hotel Nairobi – MGallery

This flagship hotel in Kenya is a sophisticated and comfortable haven, a multifaceted jewel, worthy of welcoming international dignitaries and UN ambassadors. MGallery layers in a hospitality experience that blends style with the substance of arts, culture and history, food and drinks that enliven the senses, and services that invoke a sense of wellbeing. Opening early 2024.

Lifestyle hotels opening in 2024

The following hotels will open under Accor’s lifestyle hotel portfolio:

25hours Hotel The Oddbird, Jakarta

At a place where the city is overtaken by Indonesia’s jungle, its distinctive design is an urban sanctuary full of contrasts, collisions, and a total of 345 rooms, including hotel and serviced residences. Opening early 2024.

Hyde London City

Set in a Grade II listed heritage property, the design of the seven-story, 111-room hotel pays homage to the building’s storied past. Progressive cultural programming informed by collaborations with some of the city’s most exciting chefs, creatives, and musicians will ensure that Hyde London City brings an entirely new perspective to this historic corner of the capital. Opening early 2024.

Hyde Perth

The first Hyde hotel to open in Australia, the property will offer 120 bohemian chic rooms, innovative dining concepts that present a global table of flavours, and a playful beach club. Opening late 2024.

JO&JOE Budapest

JO&JOE will have 390 beds in a variety of dorm-style shared rooms and bathrooms and private rooms with ensuite, with a lively restaurant, bar, rooftop, courtyard garden, and meeting spaces. Central social areas will draw guests in for engaging and immersive experiences like rentable pop-ups, exhibitions, events and DJ nights. Opening late 2024.

Mama Shelter Dubai Business Bay

Mama Shelter Dubai will be a highly alluring gem in the desert. Mosaic steps, colourful walls and eccentric hanging decorations brighten up every corner of this hotel, with 197 rooms and 204 apartment residences. Opening late 2024.

SLS Barcelona

The first destination for the brand in Europe, and the only five-star hotel in the city to feature a terrace off every one of the 471 guestrooms. Opening mid 2024.

The Hoxton, Vienna

Located in a 1950’s building, the hotel has 196 bedrooms, a spacious lobby and coffee bar, a restaurant and terrace, rooftop bar and pool and a basement speakeasy. Opening early 2024.

Rixos Obhur Jeddah

The resort will feature a private beach and 247 guest units, including 174 rooms and 73 villas with private pools, a Club Privé lounge, a fine-dining restaurant, a lounge bar, and two speciality beach restaurants. Opening late 2024.

Premium and economy hotels opening in 2024

The following Premium hotels from Accor will debut in 2024:

  • Pullman Taizhou Xianju
  • Mövenpick Wroclaw, Poland
  • Mövenpick Hotel Jakarta City Centre
  • Swissôtel Marianske Lazne Resort & Spa, Czech Republic

The following Economy hotels will open from Accor in 2024:

  • Hotel & Spa Fort Saint Laurent Lyon, France – Handwritten Collection
  • Handwritten Collection (Paris, France, name TBD)
  • Novotel Nara, Japan
  • Novotel Valencia, Spain
  • Novotel Tbilisi Center, Georgia
  • Novotel & ibis Styles Hamburg HafenCity
  • Mercure Portile de Fier Riviera, Romania
  • TRIBE Düsseldorf, Germany
  • TRIBE Milano Malpensa
  • ibis Styles Resort Maragogi

Additional key hotel openings for 2024

LUXURY

  • Fairmont La Hacienda, Costa Del Sol, Spain
  • Sofitel Cotonou Benin Marina, Benin
  • Sofitel Riyadh
  • Baron Amédée Armand Hotel & Spa, Marseille
    MGallery, France
  • Hotel Sosei Sapporo – MGallery, Japan
  • Sanssouci Karpacz Hotel & Spa – MGallery, Poland
  • Domaine du Liziec Vannes – MGallery, France
  • Hotel Szczecin – MGallery, Poland
  • Hotel Chengdu – MGallery, China
  • Hotel Shenzhen Dalang – MGallery, China
  • Hotel Nanjing Tian’an Changjiang 100 – MGallery, China
  • Hotel Wuxi Dangkou Ancient Town – MGallery, China

ENNISMORE – LIFESTYLE

  • 25hours Hotel Paper Island, Copenhagen
  • Hyde Bodrum, Turkey
  • JO&JOE Hangzhou Wulinmen, China
  • JO&JOE Shaoguan, China
  • JO&JOE Lanzhou, China
  • Mama Shelter Nice
  • The Hoxton, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Rixos Golden Horn Istanbul, Turkey

PREMIUM, MIDSCALE & ECONOMY

  • Pullman Kolašin Breza, Montenegro
  • Pullman Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Pullman Manila at Primex Towner, The Philippines
  • Pullman Hai Phong Grand Hotel, Vietnam
  • Pullman Guizhou Renhuai Chuangmeng, China
  • Swissôtel Corniche Park Towers, Doha, Qatar
  • Swissôtel Living & Residences Antalya, Turkey
  • Mövenpick Living İstanbul Saklıvadi, Turkey
  • Mövenpick Mondello Palace, Italy
  • Grand Mercure Wuxi Huishan, China
  • Grand Mercure Changzhou Luoxi, China
  • Peppers Gladstone, Australia
  • Square Lodge Hotel La Roche-sur-Yon – Handwritten Collection, France
  • Novotel Hamburg Central Station, Germany
  • Novotel Bomonti, Turkey
  • Novotel Phnom Penh BKK 1, Cambodia
  • Novotel Sihanoukville Holiday Resort, Cambodia
  • Novotel Goa Panjim, India
  • Novotel New Delhi City Centre, India
  • Novotel Riyadh Sahafa, Saudi Arabia
  • Novotel & Adagio Rouen, France
  • Novotel & ibis Styles Melbourne Airport, Australia
  • Novotel Recife Marina, Brazil
  • Novotel Living Chengdu Tianfu, China
  • Novotel Nanjing Airport, China
  • Mercure Bangkok Surawong, Thailand
  • Mercure Chandigarh, India
  • Mercure Lucknow Ekana Sportz City, India
  • Adagio Chengdu Jiantou, China
  • Adagio Abidjan Marcory, Ivory Coast
  • TRIBE Clichy, France
  • TRIBE Pantin, France
  • TRIBE Riga, Latvia
  • TRIBE Auckland Fort Street, New Zealand
  • ibis Styles Manila Araneta City, The Philippines
  • ibis Styles Villejuif, France
  • ibis Styles Serpong BSD City, Indonesia

Hyatt Hotels is adding 35 luxury hotels for 2025

Hyatt Hotels has plans to open 35 luxury hotels and resorts globally through 2025 across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Miraval, Alila, Andaz, Thompson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brands, as well as Inclusive Collection brands Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts and Dreams Resorts & Spas.

Hyatt has doubled the number of luxury rooms, tripled the number of resort rooms, and quadrupled the number of lifestyle rooms in only five years.

With 70 per cent of its rooms categorized as luxury and upper upscale, the Hyatt portfolio has grown to meet increased demands for luxury and resort accommodations while upholding consistent, top-tier quality, personalized experiences, and bespoke service.

Keeping up with tourist demand

Travel and tourism are expected to increase by approximately 12 per cent of global GDP by 2033 according to a recent World Travel & Tourism Council report.

In turn, Hyatt’s luxury portfolio is expanding to meet that demand in new international markets.

This includes the debut of Park Hyatt hotels in the U.K., Mexico, and Malaysia; the Thompson Hotel brand’s expansion in Europe with the first properties in Austria and Italy; the Andaz brand’s growth in the Americas with its first hotel in the Caribbean; The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand’s first properties in the Nordics and India; as well as Hyatt luxury growth in the trending destination of Portugal, with the planned openings of Andaz Lisbon and Dreams Madeira Resort, Spa & Marina.

Hyatt hotels coming 2025

The following luxury Hyatt properties will open through 2025:

Timeless Collection 

Timeless Collection hotels deliver the comforts of a home away from home with a consistently elevated experience, with exciting openings including:

  • Park Hyatt
    • Park Hyatt Marrakech (early 2024)
    • Park Hyatt London River Thames (mid 2024)
    • Park Hyatt Los Cabos at Cabo del Sol (2024)
    • Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (mid 2024)
    • Park Hyatt Changsha (2024)
    • Park Hyatt Johannesburg (2025)
    • Park Hyatt Cancun (2025)
    • Park Hyatt Phu Quoc (2025)
    • Park Hyatt Taipei (2025)
    • Grand Hyatt
    • Grand Hyatt Kunming (2024)
    • Grand Hyatt Mexico City Santa Fe (2025)
    • Grand Hyatt Cancun Beach Resort (2025)
    • Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences (2025)
    • Grand Hyatt The Red Sea (2025)

Boundless Collection

Boundless Collection hotels that will make their debut and deliver best-in-class offerings and compelling experiences designed to excite and inspire, include:

  • Miraval
    • Miraval, The Red Sea (2025)
  • Alila
    • Alila Shanghai (late 2024)
    • Alila Dalit Bay (2025)
    • Alila Dongao Island (2025)
  • Andaz
    • Andaz Doha (mid 2024)
    • Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht (renovation unveiling mid 2024)
    • Andaz Miami Beach (late 2024)
    • Andaz Turks & Caicos at Grace Bay (2025)
    • Andaz Lisbon (2025)
    • Andaz Bangkok (2025)
  • Thompson Hotels
    • Thompson Houston (2024)
    • Thompson Palm Springs (2024)
    • Thompson South Beach (2024)
    • Thompson Vienna (early 2025)
    • Thompson Rome (early 2025)
    • Thompson Monterrey (2025)
    • Thompson Shanghai (2025)

Independent Collection

Independent Collection hotels are all unique – from storied properties and vibrant neighborhood locales to immersive retreats. New openings include:

  • The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
    • Hotel Toranomon Hills (2023)
    • Grand Hansa Hotel (2024)
    • Noor-Us-Sabah Palace (2025)

Inclusive Collection

Inclusive Collection, part of World of Hyatt, resorts deliver immersive, elevated experiences where everything is seamlessly included, with expected new resorts including:

  • Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts
    • Zoëtry Halkidiki (mid 2024)
  • Dreams Resorts & Spas
    • Dreams Estrella Del Mar Mazatlan (mid 2024)
    • Dreams Madeira Resort, Spa & Marina (mid 2024)

For information on Hyatt’s existing brand portfolio, please visit www.hyatt.com.

Experience a winter wonderland at these Fairmont properties

With the seasons changing and temperatures dropping, it’s time for travellers to prepare their winter itineraries.

From soaking in hot springs in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, to snowshoeing along awe-inspiring frozen lakes in Mont Tremblant, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offers a variety of winter activities for every vacationer to enjoy. 

Fairmont Le Château Montebello (Montebello)

Fairmont Le Château Montebello’s log cabin comes alive for the winter season, offering the best après-ski ambiance.

With 300 acres of surrounding woodland to discover, guests can enjoy the snowy great outdoors and unwind afterward with one of the property’s many spa offerings, including a lyophilized therapeutic sea water bath that is ideal for soothing muscle pain. 

Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu (La Malbaie)

Discover the charm of Charlevoix with the resort’s Winter Fun package, offering a curated blend of luxury accommodation and thrilling adventures, from guided snowmobile and dog sledding excursions to a culinary tour of Charlevoix.

With 10 per cent off the daily room rate and $100 credit on unique activities, guests can create their own perfect winter vacation. Wind down or opt out of the winter activities with a Hot Pebble Massage or Valmont Facial Treatment offered at the property’s Moment Spa.

Fairmont Tremblant (Mont-Tremblant)

Fairmont Tremblant is the only hotel in the area offering a complete ski-in, ski-out experience, which guests can enjoy by booking one of the property’s ski packages.

This year, the revitalized outdoor pool terrace will emerge as a modern wellness oasis for hotel guests to enjoy, known for its enviable location adjacent to the slopes with a privileged view of the pedestrian village.

Set to open days before the start of the ski season, the new outdoor pool terrace will expand upon the hotel’s current wellness offerings.

Fairmont Château Whistler (Whistler)

For a true local’s perspective on Whistler’s most sought-after activities, Fairmont Château Whistler offers outings led by the resort’s Whistler Experience Guides.

Guests can enjoy an array of excursions this winter, including aquafit, pilates, two daily yoga classes (pre-ski energizer and après-ski recovery), workshops focused on mobility and ski-specific exercises, and guided outdoor experiences in nature.

Visitors can unwind in the eucalyptus steam rooms, outdoor barrel saunas, indoor dry sauna, outdoor pools and hot tubs.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Jasper)

Known for its spectacular views, crowd-free runs and laid-back atmosphere, Marmot Basin in Jasper National Parkboasts the highest base elevation of all Canadian ski areas.

Guests can explore the mountain with one of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge’s ski packages and decompress after a long day with one of the resort’s Après Ski Stretch Classes (included in the property’s daily activities) or the Skier Sole Renewal treatment ($199 CAD), a revitalizing experience for skiers who want to enjoy the active lifestyle all over again the next day.

Fairmont Banff Springs (Banff)

Guests at Fairmont Banff Springs can enjoy the abundance of pristine powder and diverse terrain suitable for skiers of all levels. With short lift lines and exceptional hospitality, the skiing experience in Banff is second to none.

This winter, the Banff Ski & Stay Offer lets travellers stay five nights or more and save 30% on accommodation plus daily breakfast included.

Fairmont Château Lake Louise (Lake Louise)

With 20 per cent savings on accommodation, complimentary breakfast, and discounts on ski equipment rentals, the Ski More, Save More Package makes Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise the ultimate winter getaway destination. Available to book now for stays through April 30, 2024.

There’s a Margaritaville opening in Honduras

 Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts have plans to open Margaritaville Island Reserve Resort Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras.

The newest all-inclusive resort under the Island Reserve Inclusive Collection will complement Karisma and Margaritaville’s footprint in Mexico, Belize, and the Dominican Republic, joining Margaritaville Island Reserve Resort Cap Cana, Margaritaville Island Reserve Resort Riviera Cancun, Margaritaville Island Reserve Resort Riviera Maya, and Margaritaville Beach Resort Ambergris Caye, Belize. 

About the collection

The Margaritaville Island Reserve Inclusive Collection by Karisma debuted as Margaritaville’s first collection of all-inclusive luxury properties.

These five-star resorts combine Karisma Hotels & Resorts’ renowned service and incredible food and beverage with Margaritaville’s authentic sense of fun and escapism, signature food and beverage concepts, and iconic design elements.

Margaritaville and Karisma Hotels & Resorts will partner with development group Island Shipping, S. de R.L. to bring this all-inclusive resort to life. The new build, slated for completion in 2025, will include 164 rooms, live outdoor music venues, a world-class spa, and branded dining concepts, including LandShark Brewery, JWB Steakhouse, The Beach House, and 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar.

About the destination

Nestled in the crystalline waters of the Caribbean, Roatan, a gem among Honduras’ Bay Islands, is rapidly gaining recognition as an enchanting and relatively undiscovered destination.

Renowned for its vibrant coral reefs, Roatan’s underwater wonders attract divers and snorkelers seeking a pristine marine paradise. The island’s lush landscapes and untapped beaches further enhance its appeal, providing a serene backdrop for those seeking relaxation.

With a tropical climate and a growing reputation for diverse flora and fauna, Roatan invites travellers to embark on an off-the-beaten-path adventure, promising a perfect blend of excitement and tranquility in this emerging Caribbean paradise.

Four Seasons Private Residences to open in Istanbul

Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul is a new project featuring 82 homes comprised of penthouses, a sky loft, garden suites and apartment residences that will welcome residents in 2024.

Located at the meeting point of the Ulus, Etiler and Levent neighbourhoods, Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul will be located next to the city’s best upscale shopping districts, renowned culinary destinations and dynamic entertainment options.

About Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul

The new Private Residences will feature a modern, yet classic design. Spread across four blocks, Four Seasons Private Residences Istanbul will offer an array of floor plans, each complete with premium finishes, open concept living spaces, and intelligent building design.

Along with elevated and elegant design throughout, the residences will also feature electric vehicle charging stations, 24-hour surveillance, noise-cancelling technology and insulation, under-floor heating and environmentally friendly VRF air conditioning.

Onsite amenities exclusive to Four Seasons residents will include a kids play room and young adults room; indoor swimming pool with an outdoor garden deck; multi-purpose room perfect for meetings, events and entertaining; and a private cinema.

Wellness amenities will provide residents with rest, relaxation and rejuvenation, including a sauna and steam room, spa facilities for private treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, private yoga and Pilates room, and golf simulator suite.

Four Seasons is opening a second luxury hotel in China

The bustling downtown core of Hangzhou, China, will soon welcome a Four Seasons hotel as part of the highly anticipated Hangzhou Centre mixed-use development project.

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at Hangzhou Centre will offer a luxury hospitality experience inspired by the timeless elegance of the city’s natural landscape. Characterized by Hangzhou’s islands, historic temples, expansive parkland, freshwater lakes and rolling hills, the hotel will provide a peaceful contrast to the city’s busy downtown district. The 150,000 square metre (1.6M square foot) complex consists of two 130 metre (426 feet) towers and 8,500 square metres (91,493 square feet) of vibrant outdoor green space throughout.

About Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou

The new hotel features 214 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites with river and West Lake views ranging from 54 to 300 square metres (581 to 3,229 square feet).

Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at Hangzhou Centre will feature an array of restaurant, lounge and event spaces. With panoramic city views, the culinary offerings will include a signature Chinese restaurant with five private dining rooms; a glamorous rooftop bar with gardens to enjoy whiskey and artfully crafted beverages; a garden tea pavilion for serene afternoon refreshments and an all-day dining outlet featuring a globally inspired menu with an interactive hot pot experience with live stations for seafood, butchery and snacks.

our Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at Hangzhou Centre will be joining the existing Four Seasons Hotel Hangzhou at West Lake as well as a growing collection of properties throughout China including the upcoming Four Seasons Hotel Dalian, Four Seasons Hotel Suzhou and Four Seasons Hotel Xi’an.

Here’s how you can rent a private villa from Four Seasons

 Four Seasons is expanding its Private Retreats collection of luxury villa and residence rentals with highly anticipated openings in Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol, Caye Chapel in Belize, Tropicalia in the Dominican Republic, New Cairo Capital at Madinaty, and Cartagena, Colombia.

Offering tailored stays in world-class homes expertly crafted by renowned architects and designers, Four Seasons Private Retreats offer the very best of living, hosting, and vacationing for every lifestyle.

Feel at home

Four Seasons Private Retreats offer ultimate privacy with access to world-class hotel amenities and facilities and personalized around-the-clock service. From pre-arrival to departure, guests are guaranteed a seamless journey across all touchpoints, from the customized booking process to access to the Four Seasons mobile app and chat service, Kids For All Seasons programming designed for families with children, and a carefully curated stay itinerary by a dedicated concierge team.

Wherever the destination, thoughtfully designed spaces boast quality facilities designed for comfort, entertainment, and peace of mind, ranging from private pools with spectacular views and modern fully equipped kitchens to expansive living rooms and dining areas.

Four Seasons Private Retreats cater to individual needs in any season – whether it’s to rest and recharge, explore food and beverage and wellness offerings, or simply chase the sun.

Four Seasons Resort Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
 

Coming soon

A highly anticipated opening, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol, is a luxury villa experience set within a vibrant riviera-style village in Mexico, featuring two to five-Bedroom ocean view villas and residences.

Other Four Seasons Private Retreats luxury villa and residence rentals set to debut in exciting new destinations include:

  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Caye Chapel, Belize
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Dominican Republic at Tropicalia
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Residences New Cairo Capital at Madinaty
  • Four Seasons Hotel and Residences Cartagena

For more information, visit four seasons.com

This massive hotel in Barbados is set on a former castle

Wyndham Grand, the hotel brand known for its upscale accommodations and approachable designs, is now taking reservations for its newest resort, the inviting 422-room all-inclusive Wyndham Grand Barbados, Sam Lord’s Castle Resort & Spa.

The secluded, ocean-front hotel marks Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ entrance into Barbados and will begin welcoming its first guests beginning October 12 with select amenities, followed by a formal Grand Opening in early 2024.

Nestled on the Southeastern side of the island of Barbados, just 15 minutes from the Grantley International Airport, the hotel is located on the former site of Sam Lord’s Castle, which was once renowned for pirates during the 19th century.

The all-new construction, all-inclusive resort offers 422 guest rooms, including 37 suites with sophisticated architecture and sustainable designs, along with large ocean views and lanai-style private balconies to allow guests to bask in the joy of indoor and outdoor living.

Contemporary cuisine

At peak operation, guests can enjoy contemporary culinary experiences in the resort’s more than 10 dining venues, which cater to a variety of tastes. Culinary highlights include the Mediterranean Marketplace featuring flavors from North Africa, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain, pop-up food trucks, poolside dining and more.

Celebrating Barbados’local offerings, the resort also features a specialty “farm to fork” experience with locally sourced ingredients from nearby farmers, fisherman and purveyors.

Wellness and relaxation

For guests seeking to unwind, the hotel will feature a 13,000 square foot spa with a pool area and relaxation deck, along with a state-of-the-art fitness center and a sunrise yoga center. Other on-site amenities include lagoon-style swimming pools, a kids center, butler service, tennis and pickleball courses.

The resort also offers 15,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 1,100 guests, top-of-the-line technology and purposefully built landscapes perfect for staging weddings and special events. Guests are encouraged to contact the hotel directly for the latest on available amenities.

Adults-only paradise opens in the heart of Tulum’s jungle

Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club, part of World of Hyatt, is now open.

The 300-suite and private villa adults-only resort’s opening marks the expansion of the Inclusive Collection’s presence in Mexico to 44 total resorts and the twelfth Secrets Resort & Spa branded property in the country.

Perfectly situated in the heart of downtown Tulum, just minutes from the beach within the luxury Aldea Zama Complex, Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club pays homage to the surroundings. Minutes away from the property is Secrets Tulum Beach Club, providing a lively atmosphere and pristine beaches, while the nearby city of Tulum fuels exploration to the ancient Mayan sites.

The resort, which also features a beachfront villa at the Secrets Tulum Beach Club, was designed by award winning architect Michael Edmond. With cenote-style architecture, circular buildings and peaceful courtyards, guests are surrounded by serene and modern environment in a romantic setting, with décor elements of water, wood, and endemic lush vegetation.

Luxurious accommodations

Majestic views of the exotic landscape, pools and jungle-inspired areas await guests at Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club, with 300 elegant suites appointed with contemporary organic material with endemic wood elements for the ultimate sanctuary.

Unique bathrooms are featured in each suite, with rock elements and round spa-like soaking tubs on the terraces, while swim out suites offer a secluded, luxurious experience. Upgraded amenities and mini-bar service provide an extra level of luxury, and a private furnished balcony or terrace allows guests to fully immerse themselves in the rich vegetation and natural surroundings of the resort.

For guests looking for an elevated level of luxury, Preferred Club suites offer all standard amenities and services as well as additional amenities and services such as suites in premium locations, a private lounge, privileged location and amenities, upgraded mini-bar service, exclusive rooftop plunge pool and beach style swimming pool, upgraded bathroom amenities, complimentary access to the hydrotherapy circuit once per stay, and more.

Located at Secrets Tulum Beach Club is an extraordinary five-bedroom private villa, which offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. With a capacity of 10 guests, this beachfront villa is decorated with an earthy, barefoot luxury style, featuring Chukum, a tree native to Tulum, finishes, stone and marble touches, and a private elevator. Guests are pampered in luxury with a private chef and 24-hour concierge services, lounge areas, private living space, a private plunge pool, and a rooftop replete with wet bar for relaxation with stunning views of the sunset.

Culinary offerings

Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club offers eight dining options, including three à la carte gourmet restaurants, all without reservations required. Serving regional favorites from around the world, dishes are appointed in a fresh interpretation, featuring Mediterranean, Asian, and multiple international cuisines.

For a more secluded experience, 24-hour dining offers the opportunity to dine from their suite. Special menu options, such as gluten-free and vegetarian, are also available for guests to enjoy.

Culinary adventures await guests at the resort, including gourmet cooking classes, tequila tastings and themed dining nights, while the Chef’s Table tour of the kitchen and appetizers, wine tasting, and romantic dinners are available for an additional cost.

Alongside the eight dining options, four bars and lounges are available for guests to enjoy including a rooftop bar, music lounge and sports bar serving top-shelf spirits and premium domestic and international beverages.

Beach Club

Located in the heart of Tulum’s picturesque Hotel Zone, Secrets Tulum Resort & Beach Club offers the Secrets Tulum Beach Club just minutes from the main resort. Guests will enjoy a lively atmosphere by the ocean, with two eateries and a bar with magnificent ocean views, allowing guests to savor tropical drinks or grab a bite to eat while relaxing in a Bali bed overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

The Secrets Tulum Beach Club offers private spa cabins and shower rooms, allowing guests to unwind for the day with ease.

For more information, visit hyattinclusivecollection.com