Beyond Asia: Germany; UAE; and France, Costa Rica

Ritz-Carlton, Berlin

Ritz-Carlton, Berlin completes renovations
The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin has completed its €40 million (US$44.8 million) renovation which encompassed its guestrooms and suites, conference, wellness, lobby and lounge areas.

New restaurant Pots offers “German classics with a modern twist” and features an open kitchen, while the terrace overlooking Henriette-Herz Park has been redesigned.

Other facilities include The Curtain Club with a stage for live music, Fragrances Bar with a cocktail menu inspired by perfumes, a revamped wellness space with two saunas, swimming pool and fitness centre, and eight meeting and events spaces including a 910m2 divisible ballroom.

Six Senses plants flags in France and Costa Rica
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas will open new properties in France’s UNESCO-listed Loire Valley, and Costa Rica’s Papagayo Peninsula.

The resort in France will be situated within the Les Bordes Estate, a 560ha site in the Sologne forest, home to Les Bordes Golf Club. The development will incorporate equestrian and tennis centres, an organic farm, an art gallery, a petting farm, a swimming lake with beach, watersports, and biking and walking trails. Although the golf club’s two 18-hole courses are private, hotel guests will have access to a new Gil Hanse-designed par three course and a new golf practice facility.

Six Senses Loire Valley will boast 88 guest suites and villas and a range of on-site amenities that will serve incentive groups well – a meeting and conference centre, outdoor event facilities such as walled gardens and lawns, an all-day restaurant and lounge bar, and a speciality restaurant. Six Senses Loire Valley is expected to open in May 2022.

Over in Central America, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has teamed up with US-based The Canyon Group to develop its first resort in the subcontinent.

Six Senses Papagayo will be part of the 930ha Papagayo Peninsula, a mixed-use luxury development. Conceptualised by London-based architect John Heah, the property will comprise 41 pool villas, alongside 31 residences that will be available for sale.

The highlight of the resort will be Six Senses wellness programming along with a spa and fitness centre. There will also be an organic farm located in the property including fruit, vegetable and herb gardens.

Emaar opens Vida Emirates Hills hotel
Emaar Hospitality Group has unveiled the upscale, 160-key Vida Emirates Hills hotel in Dubai, the UAE.

Amenities and facilities include complimentary bicycles and electric scooters that guests can use to explore the neighbourhood, three F&B options, a fitness centre, a swimming pool, as well as 10 meeting rooms.

Corporate events favouring a friendly golf tournament on the side have two options: Emirates Golf Club, a par 72, 7,301-yard layout, designed by architect Karl Litten, and the 265-acre Address Montgomerie championship golf course, designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with Desmond Muirhead.

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