by Sarah J.F. Braley& Michael C. Lowe | September 10, 2014
Plans are going forward to bring new W Hotels to Australia and Thailand. The brand will be returning to Australia with the W Brisbane, which will open in 2018. Previously, a W Hotel debuted in Sydney in 2005, but that property has since been reflagged by Taj Hotels as the Blue Sydney. The 305-room W Brisbane will be at the western end of the central business district, overlooking the Brisbane River. The property will offer an all-day restaurant, the Pool Bar and the W Lounge; more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space; a spa; a FIT workout facility, and the WET indoor pool. The new property for Thailand's Phuket also will open in 2018. The W Retreat Phuket–Phang Nga Bay will offer a restaurant and bar, nearly 1,300 square feet of meeting pace, a spa with six treatment rooms, and 79 stand-alone villas with private outdoor areas and plunge pools.