The Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire opened on 1 January after an extensive rebranding
and renovation in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast’s largest city. Located in the Le
Plateau business district, the hotel was built in 1963, and the 250 rooms and
suites combine African art with French accents. The Bar du Lac lobby bar has
views of the Ebrié Lagoon.
1 January, The Caledonian in Edinburgh debuted its new Guerlain Spa after a £24 million refurbishment. The spa has six treatment
rooms, a sizeable indoor swimming pool, steam room and sauna. The aestheticians
are trained in Guerlain’s Paris-based institute and provide face and body
therapies, as well as half- and full-day treatments.
York, The Tuscany opened 18 December near Grand Central Terminal. The 124 rooms and
lofts are decorated with damask carpets and oak and leather panels, while the bathrooms
have glass tile walls and Molton Brown amenities.
south, the Hotel Indigo New Orleans Garden District opened 27 December on the city’s St Charles
Avenue and eponymous streetcar line, just south of the French Quarter and
central business district. The 132 bright and cheery rooms have colourful
murals above the beds, hardwood floors and decorative touches of orange and
December, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Putian opened in Putian, China, the first
international hotel brand in this city of three million in Fujian Province. The
337-room hotel is in the government and business district, near the city’s high-speed
rail link, and has three restaurants, a spa and fitness centre.
Buccaneer Beach House will open on 4 January at The
on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands with a combination of one- and two-room
villas and cottages. Guests will have access to all of the resort’s attractions
and services, including the three beaches, two pools, tennis courts and all
place once every 12 years, the Maha Kumbh
Mela Festival begins
on 27January and runs through 25 February in Allahabad, India. One of the most
important dates in the Hindu religious calendar, the festival attracts millions
of participants from India and around the world, who bathe in the confluence of
the Ganges and Yamuna and mythical Saraswati Rivers to cleanse their sins. In
2001, more than 70 million pilgrims took part.