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New Luxury Resorts Being Built In The Caribbean

You won’t be able to stay there this spring, but a bunch of new resorts are being built in the Caribbean and are set to debut in the next couple of years.

Some new resorts to look out for:

On St. Kitts in the eastern Caribbean, the luxuryKittitian Hill resort is building an initial phase of 110 one- and two-bedroom cottages, 69 luxury villas, an 18-hole Ian Woosnam golf course, beach club, pool, restaurants and other amenities at a cost topping $200 million. The first phase should open in November 2012, managed by Sedona Resorts.

A second phase to start immediately after will include a spa, spa cottages and other amenities.

For more information about Kittitian Hill, call 869-466-1712 or visit kittitianhill.com.

On the Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba, The Ritz-Carlton luxury resort chain plans a 320-room oceanfront resort with several restaurants, a spa, two swimming pools and a 24-hour casino. The Ritz-Carlton Aruba resort is projected to open in late 2012.

For information about the Ritz-Carlton, visit ritzcarlton.com.

On the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Marriott International plans to debut its JW Marriott brand on Coco Beach, about 20 miles east of San Juan’s main airport as part of a larger 1,000-acre planned development.

The JW Marriott Coco Beach Resort & Spa will feature 371 rooms, a casino, restaurants, spa and fitness center, an outdoor pool, facilities for water sports, access to a championship golf course and a children”s club. Costs for the project are estimated to top $250 million, developers have said.

For more information on Marriott and the Coco Beach Resort, visit marriott.com

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W Hotels Set To Unveil Six Newly Designed Hotels In 2011

W Taipei (February 14, 2011) – GA Design International has created a “nature electrified” design concept that fuses the rural surroundings of Taipei with the vibrant, high voltage core of the city. W Hotels Designer of the Future winner Zigelbaum + Coelho has also been commissioned to create an interactive chandelier for the hotel.

W London – Leicester Square (February 14, 2011) – Debuting as the 40th W Hotel globally, W London has been designed by renowned London architects Jestico + Whiles and Dutch interior design agency, Concrete. Veiled in translucent glass that will change color according to the time of day or happenings in the city or hotel, the 10-story hotel is sure to become the epicenter of entertainment. Interiors are based on the “dual personality” of the Englishman – buttoned-up by day and uninhibited and free-spirited by night.

W St. Petersburg (March 2011) – With architecture by Grigoriev + Partners and interior design by Milan-based Antonio Citterio and Partners, W St. Petersburg will be located in a historic building near the lavish Winter Palace, a new place to experience the white of night. Inspired by the jewel-tones and layers of a Fabergé Egg, the “hidden gem” design of the hotel will reveal surprises throughout the guest experience.

W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak (March 2011) – For its latest Retreat experience, W Hotels has partnered with SCDA Design International and AB Concepts Hong Kong. An island marked by worship and celebration, the design of W Bali was inspired by the more than 20,000 temples that populate the Island – each with private inner courtyards and public outer courtyards that constantly “conceal and reveal,” introducing a new scene unseen.

W Paris – Opéra (December 2011) – Located steps from the world-famous Opéra Garnier, W Paris – Opéra has been designed by Rockwell Group Europe (“RGe”) and inspired by both the energy of New York City – W’s birthplace – and Paris as the “City of Light.” Sure to light up the refined district, W Paris will melt the somber traditions of the 1870s Haussman-era building in which it will be housed with a “spark” of modern radiance.

W Guangzhou (December 2011) – With architecture by Hong Kong-based Rocco Design and interiors by renowned Yabu Pushelberg, the design of W Guangzhou, located in the city’s buzzing Zhujiang district, has been inspired by the region’s ancient Kesi Tapestries. Throughout the hotel, guests will find themes around unraveling, mesh work and emerging patterns.

Former Hospital Transformed Into Hotel

After a $21 million renovation, a former psychiatric and rail-yard hospital has been transformed into a posh downtown hotel.

During an economic downturn, developers hope that the Hotel Parq Central can give an economic boost to the East Downtown District.

The hotel is in a historic building. The structure once housed the old Santa Fe Rail Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Memorial Hospital was a psychiatric hospital for children.

There are several rumors about ghosts roaming the halls, but developers said nothing unusual has been reported in the remodeled space.

Restaurants, shops, hair salons and housing developments are popping up around the East Downtown District.

The remodeling created 200 jobs, and the hotel currently employs 52 people. The hotel hopes to be an anchor for the community by encouraging nearby development.

The Hotel Parq Central has been open for about five weeks, but the official grand opening will be held this weekend.

$400 Million JW Marriott Slated To Open In Chicago On November 11

On November 11 the new JW Marriott hotel at 208 S. La Salle is scheduled to open and it promises to bring North Michigan Avenue panache to the work-aday canyons of the Loop.

Hotel markets are notoriously cyclical, and this business will open as demand for lodging is improving, but not too rapidly. At 610 rooms, the JW Marriott will be Chicago’s largest new hotel since the Hyatt at McCormick Place opened in 1998, so it will pose a challenge to the marketplace. If the economy bogs down again in 2011, such a large new player will force other hotels to trim their rates.

Rates will start at $300 plus a night.

InterCon opens in Times Square

InterContinental Hotels Group today began checking guests into the 607-room InterContinental New York Times Square. Rising 36 stories above the iconic New York skyline, the property is the largest new-build hotel to open in Manhattan since 2002. The hotel’s Grand Opening Ceremonies will be held on July 29.

Located on 44th Street just west of Times Square, the hotel is in the heart of the Broadway Theatre district, a short stroll from Fifth Avenue shopping and world-class museums, making it an ideal location from which to explore the city. Featuring panoramic views of Manhattan from virtually every guestroom, the new InterContinental New York Times Square delivers an insider’s view of the city by providing a contemporary and vibrant yet intimate experience.

Wrapped with floor-to-ceiling windows, the InterContinental New York Times Square’s guestrooms average 350 square feet in size and include an oversized, spa-inspired bathroom complete with walk-in rain showers. The hotel boasts 25 Panoramic Avenue Suites with stunning views of the city that allow guests to sightsee without moving their feet. Additionally, the hotel’s three-bedroom, 2,700-square foot bi-level Penthouse Suite showcases dramatic panoramic views of Times Square, Broadway, the New York City skyline and the Hudson River.  

As one of the closest hotels to Javits Convention Center, the property boasts 10 meeting rooms totaling 10,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, inclusive of a 4,000-square foot ballroom. Additionally, there are 25 flexible suites available that can be utilized as event space.