Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The Park Hyatt Sydney reopens on 13 February after a full renovation, from the foundation to the roof, using local materials such as sandstone and the native wood Spotted Gum. The hotel, in the city’s Rocks district, is located on the harbourfront, and many of the rooms and suites have floor-to-ceiling glass panes with views of the Sydney Opera House. The Dining Room, the hotel’s restaurant, serves bio-dynamic, Australian cuisine.
On a smaller scale, the boutique hotel Palihotel Melrose Avenue opened 1 February in West Hollywood with 32 rooms done up in a rustic, whimsical style and minibars stuffed with Dean & Deluca goodies. The Palikitchen will open at the end of the month, a casual cafe and coffee bar.
Also opened on 1 February is the Aloft San Jose, the brand’s first property in Costa Rica. Located in Escazu, outside the capital of San Jose, the hotel’s colourful rooms have Bliss beauty products and guests can partake in standard Aloft features such as free wi-fi and a 24-hour pantry.
In New York, TRYP New York City Times Square South opened on 7 February as the brand’s first US location. Room categories range from “fitness” (stocked with a work-out machine and gear) to “family” (with bunkbeds and Wiis for the kids). There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel.
The Bay Hotel Singapore opens 15 February, close to the beaches of Sentosa Island and the green flanks of Mount Faber, with a large outdoor pool and 333 rooms decorated in luxe textures and neutral tones. Propeller, the rooftop restaurant and lounge, has stellar city views from the eleventh floor.