News Recap for October 26, 2013

In hotel homes news this week: new condo hotels planned for Seattle and Shenzhen, two condo hotel residences in NYC with record asking prices, plus new Ritz-Carlton properties in Miami Beach, Tianjin and Pearl Island.

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No End to Summer in Sight at These Island Destinations

Now in the first few days of October, summer seems decidedly over.  It’s time to pack up warm weather wardrobes, and dust off your sweaters, coats and boots.  While winter is on its way in the Northern Hemisphere (or has already arrived in places like Park City, Utah), summer is just ramping up in other parts of the world.  If you are looking to extend your beach days, consider these resort locations where sunshine and sand are abundant and you can maintain your tan all year long.

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Manila Getting Grand Hyatt Hotel & Residence Project

Scheduled to open to residents in 2015, the Grand Hyatt Residences Manila will be the Philippine capital’s third for-sale branded residential project, joining Shangri-La and Raffles. The new project is located in Manila’s Fort Bonifacio Global City development, being developed through a joint venture of property developer Federal Land Inc. and Japanese financial services group ORIX Corporation. The third Grand Hyatt Residences in the works will join like properties in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Baha Mar in the Bahamas.

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Weekly News Recap for May 30, 2013

Raffles Resort & Estates on Praslin, Seychelles Opens its Doors

Former Las Vegas Sands Executive To Operate Baha Mar Casino & Hotel

Ritz-Carlton Residences Lake Tahoe Announces Summer Activities

Construction Moves Forward at Residences at The St. Regis Amman With Award of Construction Contract

New York’s Top Swimming Pools including Mandarin Oriental and Trump Soho

$8 Million Condo Listed at Four Seasons Private Residences San Francisco

“Sex and the City” Creator Darren Star Sells $13 million Home at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York

Chicago Luxury Market Heating Up, Trump Chicago 92% Sold,0,4751853.column

$4 million penthouse sold at the Tower Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

Penthouse Residence Revealed at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live

$100 million homes on the market include One57 and The Pierre in New York

Hotel & Condos Planned for Former Site of American Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan

Qatar Plans Man-Made Island to Accommodate 2022 FIFA Fans

Thompson Hotels Spinoff Brand to Be Called “Tommie”

New World Hospitality Rebrands as Flagship Rosewood Brand Weekly News Recap for May 16, 2013

Four Seasons Private Residences New York Downtown Gets Financing, To Open in 2016

Donald Trump Testifies in “Bait and Switch” Trial Relating to Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

9 out of 16 New Mandarin Oriental Hotels in Pipeline Include Residences

SOM Designing Singapore’s Tallest Tower, Complete with Luxury Hotel and Residences

Four Seasons Private Residences Miami Penthouse Sale Sets New Pricing Record Set for Brickell Area

$18 Million Listing Comes on the Market at the Plaza Hotel in New York

Club Med Considering Condo-Hotel Units at Bahamas Resort

London’s Booming Residential Market Spurring Large-Scale Projects

Rumored Ritz-Carlton Residences Miami Beach May Be Designed by Piero Lissoni

Montage Brand Expansion Discussed in Laguna Beach General Manager Interview

Qatar Increasing Fairmont-Raffles Stake

Armani Hotel Coming to London Weekly News Recap from May 3, 2013

Savills, Candy & Candy and Deutsche Bank Forecast 26% Rise in Super Luxury Property Sales in 2013

New York’s Twisted History in Hotel & Residential Zoning Laws

Raffles Opens Hotel, Residences in Makati, Manila

Banyan Tree Lang Co, Vietnam Opens

Numerous Celebrities Buying at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live

Behind the Financing of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Bangkok

Developer of Trump Ocean Club Panama Files for Bankruptcy

Lawsuit over Revenue Sharing at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago Goes to Trial,0,2766378.story

Luxury food retailer Dean & Deluca to open at Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach

Luxury Rental Available at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Buckhead

Conrad and LeMeridien top List of Five Rapidly-Expanding Hotel Brands

International Survey Concludes that Safety and Security Is the Deciding Factor When Booking a Hotel Weekly News Recap from April 11, 2013

$7 million Sale of Mandarin Oriental Boston Penthouse

$8 million Sale at Residences at the St. Regis Atlanta

Baseball star buys at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton LA Live,0,1845388.story

Fairmont to Open Hotel & Residences in Istanbul in 2016

Meritus to Manage and Brand New “Fun-tasy Island” Development in Riau Islands, Indonesia

Raffles Residences Makati Popular with Chinese Investors

16 Branded Residence Projects Launched in Philippines since 2008

The Leela has plans to add four new hotels and 2 branded residences by 2017

A Visit to City Center Las Vegas’ Aria

W Hotel & Residences Opens in Guangzhou, China

Ottawa Approves New Hotel & Condo Complex

Branded Residences Becoming Popular in India

Monaco’s Odeon Tower Penthouse Expected to Offer World’s Most Expensive Apartment

Ian Schrager May Be Working on New Waterfront Project in New York

IHG Plans new “Even” hotel brand

Marriott & Ian Schrager’s Edition Brand to Debut in India

Valentine’s Spa Special: Our Favorite Hotel-Residence Spas for Couples

In honor of Saint Valentine, this week is looking at the most romantic aspects of the world’s finest hotel-residential lifestyles. While the luxury spa market continues its exponential growth, today we are focused on two of our favorite spa options for couples.

For those looking for a spectacular retreat, the spa at the Raffles Praslin Seychelles is worth the trip. Just four hours from Dubai or a ten-hour direct flight from London, the Seychelles benefits from warm yet mild weather year-round making it the perfect holiday home destination. The on-premises spa was honored with a ranking on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Spa Hot List, and its romantic features surely contributed to this honor.

The largest spa in the Seychelles, Raffles Praslin offers a variety of couple’s massage and treatment options in their couple’s spa pavilion with steam shower, Japanese soaking tub, and private observation deck with tranquil sea views. The signature treatment utilizes locally-harvested pearl powder which has long-lasting rejuvenating effects which may well rekindle that romantic spark.

For the ultimate experience, the resort offers massages and spa treatments aboard its yacht. We envision a sunset cruise, on-board massage and moonlight swim as our ultimate Valentine’s date.

Those looking for a romantic in-town getaway will find paradise at the newly opened Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta. Residents of the oversized full- and half-floor homes can take the elevator to the hotel’s first-class spa. While the spa provides steam, sauna and an indoor vitality pool, the highlight is the couple’s suite, which includes two treatment tables, a private shower and an oversized soaking tub for two.

Couples spa treatments at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta range from two to four hours – highly tempting for residents living upstairs. For hotel guests, Mandarin Oriental is offering a “Be My Valentine” special that includes breakfast in bed, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and rose-pedal turn down with scented flowers and sweet chocolates. A fantastic getaway for the couple who can only spare a night, you can also call the Robert AM Stern-designed tower in the desirable Buckhead neighborhood home, with prices starting at US$1.9 million.

For those looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic five-star spa, consider making it a lifestyle with the purchase of a villa at Raffles Estates Praslin Seychelles or a residence at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta.