NEW YORK -- A number of hotel companies that do business in Asia
have announced plans for new properties throughout the region. The
following is a sampling of what's happening:
• Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts rebranded the Regent
properties in Thailand -- the Regent Bangkok and Regent Chiang Mai
-- with the Four Seasons moniker.
The properties were renamed the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Four Seasons has managed each of
the hotels for more than 10 years.
The 356-room Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is in the midst of a
multimillion-dollar upgrade, with close to $5 million spent during
the last two years on new meetings space and a New York-style
steakhouse. Plans call for a renovation of the hotel's rooms.
Four Seasons said it will expand in Asia with the opening of the
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia next summer and a new
hotel in Hong Kong in 2005.
• Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, a joint venture by the
Rome-based jeweler Bulgari and the Luxury Group of Marriott
International, said it will open its second hotel on the Indonesian
island of Bali in mid-2005.
The resort will consist of 58 villas, most of them one-bedroom
units with plunge pools and living rooms, as well as a spa, two
restaurants and a Bulgari store.
The resort will be built atop cliffs on the southern tip of the
Jimbaran Peninsula. It will be owned and developed by MRA Group
& Partners, an Indonesian firm that owns the franchise for
Bulgari stores in the country.
Marriott's Luxury Group will manage the resort, while Bulgari
will license its brand.
Bulgari and Marriott last year announced a plan to create seven
five-star, Bulgari-branded hotels over six years. The joint
venture's first hotel is scheduled to open in Milan, Italy, early
• Starwood Hotels & Resorts said it will manage a new,
299-room hotel in Singapore under its St. Regis brand.
The St. Regis Singapore is scheduled to open in 2007 on a
180,000-square-foot site in the heart of Singapore's uptown Orchard
Road shopping and entertainment district. The hotel will be part of
a mixed-use complex that will include apartments.
The St. Regis Singapore will be Starwood's third St. Regis
property in Asia and will continue the brand's tradition of having
personal butlers assigned to each guest room. The hotel will
feature 15,000 square feet of meetings space, four restaurants and
a spa and fitness center.
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