Luxury hotel company Jumeirah will
manage the Southlands project, a 300-room waterfront resort on 37
acres in Bermuda. The Jumeirah Southlands is scheduled to open in
mid-2008, with a variety of restaurants, bars, pools and retail
boutiques, plus an equestrian center and an executive conference
Sandals Resorts, celebrating its 25th anniversary, has unveiled a
number of new developments. Announcements include Swim-Up River
Suites at the Sandals Negril and Sandals Royal Caribbean, with a
river pool that abuts guest-room patios; circular Rondoval Suites
at Sandals Grande St. Lucian; a 180-room Mediterranean Village
coming in June to the Sandals Grande Antigua; and a new partnership
with Beringer Vineyards, bringing new wines to Sandals' 12
The 334-room Houston Sofitel Hotel is now the Crowne Plaza Houston
North Greenspoint. The property, which offers 15,000 square feet of
meeting space, will undergo a $12 million renovation.
The former James Hotel in Scottsdale,
Ariz., reopened Jan. 30 as the 194-room Mondrian Scottsdale
following a $5 million upgrade. The new look has a Garden of Eden
theme. The property offers 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Ground has been broken on the 283-room
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos, Texas.
When finished in October 2008, the property will offer 40,000
square feet of meeting space, including a 28,000-square-foot
ballroom. The complex is owned and managed by John Q. Hammons
Hotels & Resorts.
The developers of Wilderness Resort, a
large waterpark in Wisconsin, expect to break ground in April on a
236-room hotel in Sevierville, Tenn., that will be connected to the
Sevierville Events Center. The new property, to open in early
2008, will include a 20,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, a
restaurant, a coffee shop, a fitness center and several conference
rooms, in addition to the 100,000 square feet of exhibit and
function space at the Events Center. Also in the works is an
adjacent six-story condominium resort.
Outrigger Enterprises Group will manage a new luxury resort project
to be built on the island of Koror in the Republic of Palau, a
Pacific island nation. The $40 million Outrigger Palau Resort, Spa
and Hotel, tentatively set for completion in 2009, will offer 100
rooms, 10 over-water bungalows and 50 villas/condominiums. Plans
also call for several restaurants, retail shops and function
Marriott International is eliminating trans fats from the fried
foods prepared at its more than 2,300 hotels in the United States
and Canada, starting Feb. 15. According to Marriott officials, the
move is a culmination of an eight-year effort to remove trans fats
from the vast majority of food served at the hotels, which started
with the elimination of trans-fat oils from all of its breads,
salad dressings, and pancake and waffle mixes. Marriott estimates
it produces more than 6 million pounds of French fries annually.
Omni Hotels also is going trans-fat free at its 40 properties,
beginning March 1. Marriott and Omni join Loews Hotels, which also
has banned trans fats from its properties.
According to an article in the Asian Times, The Hongkong
and Shanghai Hotels Ltd. is considering expanding the Peninsula
chain of luxury properties to cities such as London and Paris.
Currently there are eight Peninsula hotels, four each in Asia and
the United States; several projects are in development in Shanghai