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Where to Stay: new hotels from Waldorf Astoria, Sofitel, Rosewood and more

Rosewood Sanya (pictured above)

Location: Part of a 16-hectare integrated resort development in Haitang Bay, next to a large convention centre
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 246, including 45 with balcony plunge pools
Facilities: Five restaurants and lounges, a spa, fitness centre, indoor and outdoor yoga areas, a 110-metre swimming pool on the 13th floor, another outdoor pool and a kids’ club
Meeting space: 3,425m² of meeting space including a 1,500m² grand ballroom
They say: “The resort’s design incorporates wood, tribal totems and aquatic elements to create a serene and contemporary space, celebrating the beauty of nature and the serenity of the ocean”
We say: With the smallest rooms measuring 68m², an extensive array of luxury amenities and Rosewood’s Chinese expertise, we expect this to become one of the most sought-after resorts in Sanya
Opening: Already open

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter

Sofitel Guiyang Hunter

Location: In the centre of Guiyang, the capital of southwest China’s Guizhou province
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 274
Facilities: Three F&B outlets, including a 57th floor restaurant, a spa, fitness centre and indoor lap pool
Meeting space: Extensive, including two ballrooms and 11 meeting rooms
They say: “With the opening of Sofitel Guiyang Hunter, in addition to Pullman Guiyang and Novotel Guiyang, we have a solid presence of three operating properties in the city”
We say: As part of the tallest building in Guiyang, the new Sofitel should become a focal point for the city. Its MICE facilities are likely prove popular for local weddings
Opening: Already open

Mantra MacArthur Hotel

Mantra MacArthur Hotel, Canberra

Location: A former office tower in the Turner district of Australia’s capital city
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 176
Facilities: Restaurant and bar serving Mediterranean cuisine, gym, internet lounge
Meeting space: Unspecified
They say: “Not only will Mantra MacArthur Hotel be a major boost for the local economy from an international and domestic tourism perspective, but it also supports the local economy”
We say: Demand for accommodation in Canberra continues to rise, driven by an expanded airport and additional international flights. This hotel will help cater for these travellers
Opening: September 2017

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Waldorf Astoria Maldives

Location: Spanning three islands in the South Malé Atoll, 23km from Malé International Airport
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 130 villas
Facilities: Ten dining outlets, including nine specialty restaurants, plus a water sports centre, spa, gym and kids’ club
Meeting space: Wedding pavilion
They say: “Waldorf Astoria Maldives will set a new standard for Maldivian luxury, offering global travellers first-class accommodations in a unique and inspirational environment”
We say: Hilton’s ultra-luxury brand will have to go to extreme lengths to outshine the Maldives’ most luxurious resorts, but it will certainly try. We look monitoring the development of this resort
Opening: Q1 2019

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