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Hot hotel openings: Okinawa’s new beach-front paradise and more

In this week’s list of hot hotel openings, we’re seeing enviable properties — from the picturesque island of Okinawa to the bustling fashion district of Milan.

Halekulani Okinawa

Halekulani Okinawa, situated on the main island of Okinawa, Japan, has officially opened its doors, revealing an elegant 360-room hotel that fuses luxury with the island’s natural energy.

Inspired by its sister property, Halekulani Waikiki on Oahu, Halekulani Okinawa offers a beach-front paradise set amidst lush Okinawan greenery, where guests can experience the rich culture and heritage of the region.

“The perfect orchestration of top-level hospitality”

Jun Yoshie, general manager of Halekulani Okinawa, said: “At Halekulani Okinawa, we have captured the perfect orchestration of top-level hospitality, including flawless experiences, personalised interactions and a sense of welcome that is authentic and distinctive.

“Our guests will bask in this awe-inspiring environment, which serves as a portal to the best of Okinawa within a one-of-a-kind luxury resort. We look forward to incorporating the culture, resources and philosophy of Okinawa into a magnificent experience for our guests.”

Hotel Effie Sandestin

Sandestin Investments, LLC has announced the name of its family-owned hotel in Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, set to debut in early summer of 2020.

Hotel Effie Sandestin features 250 guest rooms with multiple room types, a three-meal restaurant, craft cocktail lobby bar, and in-room dining all curated by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson. It also boasts a luxury spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre, the only rooftop pool on Florida’s Emerald Coast and 20,000 square feet of meeting space including a grand ballroom.

Named after owner Tom Becnel’s grandmother, Hotel Effie exemplifies all the charm and personality of its namesake. Best described as the ultimate hostess, Hotel Effie creates a personalised experience that surrounds each guest with a welcoming environment and authentic style of service that defines genuine southern hospitality.

Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte

IHG’s boutique hotel brand, Hotel Indigo, has opened its third hotel in Italy in the bustling city of Milan. Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte, is centrally located close to the notable fashion district – the perfect location for those looking to explore one of the world’s fashion capitals.

Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte takes inspiration from the surrounding neighbourhood, mixing elements from 1950’s Italian vintage fashion with contemporary cues intrinsically weaved into one seamless interior design theme of fashion through the ages.

Milan is the birthplace of some of the world’s most recognised high-end fashion designers including Prada, Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. Fashion has played a huge part in Milanese culture for the best part of three centuries, ever since the city’s first fashion houses set up shop here in the 18th century.

Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

On the uppermost floors of what is now possibly the city’s tallest building and the 10th highest in the United States, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center is now open.

“This exceptional new property represents the very best of Four Seasons. From architecture to design, artistry and innovation, culinary mastery and wellness expertise, we have worked closely with our visionary partners at Comcast and Liberty Property Trust to assemble an all-star team of virtuosos who are elevating Four Seasons service, quality and artistry to new heights,” said Christian Clerc, president, worldwide hotel operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

At Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, located between the building’s 48th and 60th storeys, every one of 180 rooms and 39 suites boast unobstructed floor-to-ceiling views of the city and beyond.

Guests are welcomed upon entry to their guest room by musician, record producer and visual artist Brian Eno’s soundscapes, created exclusively for the hotel. Additional thoughtful touches include “at-one’s-fingertips” technology and bath products by Guerlain.

We’re rounding up the latest hotel openings every Friday — click here to see the full list. 

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