A bi-weekly round-up of new hotels and hideaways, treks and tours.
Just in time for sun-seeking holiday travellers, the Hyatt
Place Waikiki Beach opened on 8 December in Honolulu. Currently made up
of the 191-room Pali Tower, an additional 253 rooms will come online in the
spring when the Diamond Tower opens. There is a third-floor pool and large pool
deck, and Waikiki Beach is only two blocks from the hotel. It’s close to other
family-friendly spots in the city, like the Honolulu Zoo and the Diamond Head
On 1 December, Angsana Laguna Phuket
opened after a $30 million renovation on Bang Tao Bay in southern Thailand.
Formerly a Sheraton resort, it now has 409 rooms and suites, and an Angsana Spa
with 12 treatment rooms and a special rain mist facility. Kids have access to
two rescued baby elephants, Lucky and Joey, who live in the Laguna Phuket
Half a world and a different climate away, the TRYP
Quebec Hotel Pur also opened on 1 December in Quebec City. TRYP is
Wyndham’s “city centre” brand and the tower hotel is in the historic Saint Roch
district near the Old City walls. The rooms have city views and are done up in
urban chic: gray stripes, white furniture and orange accents.
In another snowy climate, the InterContinental
Moscow Tverskaya opened on 5 December on the city’s most expensive
shopping street. That touch of luxe is carried throughout the hotel’s public
areas, the 184 rooms and the three penthouse suites named for famous Russian
ballet dancers. Chekhonte restaurant serves Russian cuisine with a twist in a
non-traditional setting and the hotel expects an Elemis Spa to open in early 2012.
A new boat launches 16 December to sail the waters
around Indonesia. From December until March 2012, Tiger Blue, a 34m long Phinisi Schooner will be plying the waves
around Cenderawasih Bay in northwest Papua. The yacht was hand-built by Bugis
craftsmen in South Sulawesi and has four cabins that sleep 10 adults (13 with
kids). There is a 10-man crew that includes a chef and the irrepressibly-named
skipper and dive master, Wouter van den Houter.