Young Thais are drawn by the big city lifestyle
The Andaz Amsterdam Prisengracht opened 29 October in Amsterdam’s buzzy Jordaan district. Famed Dutch designer Marcel Wanders put his quirky stamp on the 122 rooms and public spaces, with nods to Delft blue and the Netherland’s national colour of orange, as well as highlighting the hotel’s extensive video art collection on screens in the hallways. A special television channel will air them in the rooms.
On 1 November, Laguna Lang Co, a new two-property luxury resort, opened on Vietnam’s Central Coast in Lang Co, north of Da Nang. The Banyan Tree Lang Co has 49 villas all with their own pools, 17 of which sit on Canh Duong beach with views of the South China Sea. The neighbouring Angsana Lang Co has 229 rooms and suites decorated with local materials and crafts.
The all-inclusive boutique Botanique Hotel and Spa opened 1 November in Campos do Jordão, a mountain town outside São Paulo in Brazil. With just 11 villas and six rooms in the main lodge, the intimate hillside resort bans cars from coming within 1km of the hotel (guests arrive via electric buggy). Guests can also enjoy the stupendous views of the lush river valley below while sipping coffee grown and roasted on site.
Another lodge opens in the wilderness, this time in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Originally built in 1889 as a private getaway, the Outlook Lodge opened 2 November near Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak National Forest. The six rooms are cleaned every other day and there is no in-house staff to intrude on guests’ privacy.
R Crusoe and Son, a luxury tour company, debuts their new Burma and the Road to Mandalay tour on 14 November. The 10-day tour, limited to 18 travellers, begins in Yangon and includes visits to Inle Lake and a boat trip on the Irrawaddy River to Mandalay, along with cooking lessons in a private home and a visit to the pagodas in Bagan.
The InterContinental London Westminster opens 30 November near New Scotland Yard and the Department of Justice with 256 rooms and suites in a Victorian-era former government building. The hotel will house a barbecue restaurant and a pub, as well as Emmeline, a cocktail bar named for Emmeline Pankhurst, a leader of the suffragette movement.