International hospitality from Iceland to Bosnia
A monthly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
The Park Hyatt Busan opened 27 February in South Korea near Busan’s Haeundae Beach. The curved shape of the 33-storey tower was designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to resemble an ocean wave. The hotel’s 269 rooms, many with sea views, were decorated by Super Potato, a Japanese design firm.
The extended-stay AKA Beverly Hills debuts on 6 March just blocks from Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive. The 88 one- and two-bedroom residences and townhouses have designer kitchens and elegant furnishings and can be booked for a minimum of 30 days. Residents can access Wolfgang Puck’s Spago restaurant through AKA’s lobby, and a concierge is on hand to book travel, tickets and dinner reservations.
On 15 March, the Radisson Blu Mall of America opens in Bloomington, Minnesota, the first hotel to be directly connected to the largest shopping mall in the United States. The 500-room hotel has two ballrooms and more than a dozen meeting rooms, as well as a shopping programme for guests that includes a personal shopper and access to speciality stores.
Also on 15 March, the Trident Hotel and Trident Castle opens in Port Antonio, Jamaica after extensive renovations. The oceanfront hotel has 13 villas with private plunge pools and the castle has eight rooms, a helipad and a private chapel. The cocktail menu at the hotel’s lounge and bar was created by bartenders at Angel’s Share, a tucked away Japanese bar in Manhattan’s East Village.
The Travel Yogi is running a retreat from 16 to 23 March in Ubud, scheduled to coincide with the Bali Spirit Festival. Led by teacher Gigi Yogini, the retreat includes massages, yoga workshops and festival tickets, as well as optional cooking classes and temple tours.
The historic El Encanto reopens 18 March in the hills above Santa Barbara, California, as an Orient-Express property. The 92 bungalows and suites are arranged around luxuriant gardens with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Ellie, the hotel’s cow, provides the milk to make cheese for guests, and an herb and vegetable garden supplies fresh produce for the restaurant.
Segera Retreat opens 23 March in Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau, part of the Segera wildlife sanctuary. The six thatched-roofed villas, decorated with works by African artists, have viewing platforms with vistas across the savannah, and the pool is surrounded by wooded decking and lush plants. Guests can take part in day or night game drives and guided walks, among many other activities.
The Herods Dead Sea hotel opens 26 March in Israel on the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on the planet. The rooms are decorated in marine blue and dun sand with crisp white linens and fixtures, and have views of the sea and the Edom Mountains.