Banyan Tree Group recently announced its first-ever expansion into Japan with five new properties across four concepts. The hospitality group’s partnership with Wealth Management Group saw Dhawa Yura and Garrya Nijo Castle launch in June, with two more properties slated to open now through 2026. Another partnership with Terraform Capital sees plans to build Cassia, a property in the ski resort of Niseko.
Dhawa Yura Kyoto opened June 17, located beside Sanjo Ohashi, a bridge that once served as the final station of the ancient Tokaido Road from Tokyo. The hotel features 138 rooms, with each room and public space showing the city’s history through interior design and artwork. Dhawa Yura Kyoto also includes 8lement Spa for guests to focus on their wellbeing.
June 17 also saw the launch of Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto, a property embracing a simplistic design and amenities to recharge and rejuvenate guests. With just 25 rooms, Garrya Nijo Castle Kyoto brings a boutique and intimate feel to the city. The lobby provides a meditative view of lush greenery, and the hotel’s restaurant, Singular, creates innovative French dishes. Guests can also enjoy the Wellbeing Room for yoga and restorative exercises.
Slated to open spring 2024, Banyan Tree Higashiyama Kyoto will sit on a hill overlooking Kyoto. The luxury hilltop urban resort will be the first and only hotel in Kyoto city to have a Noh stage, also known as a performance theater with a unique design concept to immerse the audience into the performance.
Cassia Hirafu, scheduled to open in 2025, will grace Niseko, the most popular ski resort destination in Japan. Set to lie just minutes from Hirafu ski slopes, Cassia Hirafu will have 50 keys for the resort, as well as 113 keys for residential accommodations, from one-bedroom spaces to villas available for sale.
Banyan Tree Ashinoko Hakone will open in 2026 adjacent to Lake Ashino. The property will lie in an area renowned for its hot spring, historical destination and views of Mount Fiji.
With the launch of Octantis in Antarctica last winter, Viking dipped a toe into the growing expedition cruising market and will jump in with both feet when its twin, Polaris, launches later in 2022. The pair bring the total number of Viking ships — river, ocean and expedition — to 97 cruising all seven continents.
When American travelers make plans to visit Portugal, Lisbon is usually their first stop.
The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, a Belmond Train, now features a new luxurious cabin accommodation. Eight new suites will grace the train in June 2023 to further elevate the train experience.
Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City comes to Utah this October, conveniently located adjacent to Salt Palace Convention Center. The new hotel features 60,000 square feet of meeting space, one of the largest hotel ballrooms and the most expansive outdoor rooftop event terraces in the city.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Summerlin, Las Vegas, recently announced plans to completely transform its dining space, entertainment offerings and gaming experiences with new additions. Currently underway, new concepts like the famed Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam and the new Greek restaurant Naxos Taverna will soon join the resort.
Frequent visitors to Wisconsin’s Door County would argue a visit would not be the same without enjoying at least one big basket of fried cheese curds. However, there’s far more to the peninsula’s food culture, especially with the influx of competition-class wine producers (particularly Door 44), artisan growers and specialty food producers.
From 24-Hour Butler Service to a Sky Pool: Boutique Luxury Awaits at Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences in Los Cabos
Set on a seaside bluff overlooking Land’s End in Cabo San Lucas, Vista Encantada Spa Resort & Residences is a Baja paradise specializing in serene vistas and impeccable hospitality, offering a Pacific coast lifestyle with authentic Mexican touches. Guests can now earn a fourth night free at the stunning resort, plus a $100 resort credit, when booking through March 20, for travel through June 15.
Italy’s Regina Isabella Resort recently expanded its thermal spa program to include treatment for those suffering from long COVID-19 or “post-COVID syndrome.” Sufferers of long COVID-19 display symptoms months after their initial recovery from the virus, with some of the most common symptoms including brain fog, headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and loss of taste and smell.