Hospitality update: Rezidor to open Radisson Blu in Cannes

By Donna Tunney

The Rezidor Hotel Group is poised to open the Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel & Thalasso in Cannes, France, this month. The 134-room hotel is the former 1835 White Palm Hotel. Situated in the old quarter of Le Suquet and overlooking the harbor, the property is within walking distance of Palais des Festivals et Congres, where the annual Cannes Film Festival is held.

The hotel underwent an extensive renovation in 2009. It will offer six meetings rooms, three restaurants and a rooftop bar. Facilities include the Les Thermes Marins de Cannes spa, a 8,850-square-foot facility featuring 46 treatment rooms, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sauna, Roman bath and whirlpools.

In addition to Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Residor operates Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It also operates the Hotel Missoni brand.

In other luxury news:

• Luxury hotel industry veterans Alberto Remirez, Nicolas Dominguez and Federico Carstens teamed up to form Hamak, a hotel group in Mexico that will focus on the creation and operation of eco-conscious hotels. Three properties are being developed with planned openings in 2011. Ikal Cancun, a luxury all-inclusive, will open in October. It will feature seven restaurants and bars; three pools; a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art spa and fitness center; and interior designs by David Rockwell. Chable, a destination spa resort in Merida, is slated to open in November 2011. And, located near Tiburon Island along the Sea of Cortes, Hamak's third project, Itaai, will feature 25 luxury tents that promise "glamorous camping in the great outdoors." Hamak's website is www.hamakhotels.com.  

• Stowe Mountain Resort, in Stowe, Vt., has opened for the 2010-2011 winter season. Additions set to debut next week include the South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge, the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, the KidSpa and more meetings space. The South Wing of Stowe Mountain Lodge will feature a new type of guestroom: the Alpine View room, which has panoramic views of Mount Mansfield. The KidSpa will offer services such as manicures and pedicures and temporary tattoos. Resort rates and details are at www.stowemountainlodge.com.

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