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IHG to Welcome over 50 Hotels to Luxury and Lifestyle Portfolio
Denham, United Kingdom, February 3, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / IHG Hotels & Resorts has a rich and long-standing heritage in the world of luxury hospitality, which at more than 400 hotels and 100,000 rooms is one of the largest in the industry*. Its Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio is projected to debut over 50 hotels in 24 countries this year in incredible, inspiring destinations from Rome to Riyadh and Melbourne to Mallorca.
The IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio is a collection of storied brands, including Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent Hotels & Resorts, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo and the recently launched Vignette Collection, IHG’s first collection brand. Inspired by the tastes and desires of the luxury traveller, IHG continues to evolve its Luxury & Lifestyle offering with a focus on welcoming guests with exceptional design, bespoke service delivered with intention and meaningful, transformative experiences, all while thoughtfully expanding its portfolio.
“Luxury, and what it means to consumers, continually changes and adapts. We’ve been intentional and strategic with the enhancements we’ve made to the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle collection in recent years, and our exciting pipeline of openings for 2022 demonstrates the strength and depth of the portfolio. Now more than ever, luxury consumers are eager to indulge in travel again, but in a more meaningful, purpose-driven way. Our Luxury & Lifestyle brands bring distinctive design and unforgettable service together with extraordinary experiences. The addition of these new hotels and resorts in key and emerging markets adds further choice for guests to experience inspiring and personalised stays that meet their travel desires in the moment,” said Tom Rowntree, Vice President Global Marketing for Luxury Brands.
Six Senses invites guests to experience something out of the ordinary
With an ethos rooted in reconnecting with oneself, others and the surrounding world, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas continues to reawaken the senses and offer travellers experiences that are out of the ordinary. In 2022, Six Senses expects to unveil four resorts and spas designed with the diverse and responsible creativity that has become a brand hallmark. Six Senses Rome, located on the quiet and quaint Piazza di San Marcello, will welcome guests to the center of ancient Rome, blocks away from the Fontana di Trevi, the Pantheon and the city’s famed luxury shopping streets. In Switzerland, Six Senses Crans-Montana will feature a resort and residential accommodations in one of the region’s most prominent ski areas just two hours by rail or road from Geneva. As the brand’s second property in the Maldives, the forthcoming Six Senses Kanuhura will encompass three white-sanded private islands on the private island hideaway of Lhaviyani Atoll. With majestic desert surroundings, Six Senses Southern Dunes, The Red Sea in Saudi Arabia will combine an architectural approach that pays homage to the Nabataean heritage with the brand’s trademark wellness and respect for centuries past.
Regent Hotels & Resorts redefines the luxury experience
When Regent Hotels & Resorts was founded in 1970, it marked the beginning of modern upper luxury. The Regent brand has returned to redefine luxury once more through its legacy of innovation, extraordinary views, landmark destinations and exceptional service. With plans to grow the brand to more than 40 hotels in key global gateway cities over the long term, Regent is due to welcome two prestigious properties in some of the world’s most breathtaking destinations in 2022. In addition to the much-anticipated Regent Phu Quoc, which will open with luxurious and exclusive private residences, this year will see the former InterContinental Hong Kong return to its iconic roots – the hotel first opened its doors in 1980 as a Regent and will re-open this year as Regent Hong Kong following a complete and spectacular makeover.
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to open new doors
As the world’s first and largest international luxury hotel brand celebrates its 75th Anniversary, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts continues to pioneer travel in emerging and iconic destinations with 10 properties anticipated to debut in 2022. Following openings in Barcelona and Azerbaijan in 2021, the brand will bring its world-class service to Rome, one of the most visited cities in the world. InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace, opening on the iconic Via Veneto, was designed in the early 1900s in the neo-renaissance style and was originally home to ambassadors staying in Rome. It will be beautifully restored to create a sense of discreet and modern luxury for worldly travellers and locals alike. Expanding its footprint in the Middle East, the brand will open two new resort properties in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. In Australia, the former Hotel Continental, just outside of Melbourne, will have a new, luxurious lease on life when it opens as InterContinental Sorrento Mornington Peninsula. True to its heritage of pioneering emerging destinations, the brand is also poised to land in Khao Yai in Thailand, and Appi Kogen Resort in Japan, in addition to Hangzhou Liangzhou, Chongli and Zhengzhou in Greater China. In Peru, the 322-room InterContinental Lima Miraflores is set to welcome guests with a modern design, including 29 opulent suites.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants strengthens its international presence
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is celebrated for having pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels that foster genuine human connections. Since acquiring the Kimpton brand in 2015, IHG has been committed to its global expansion, establishing a presence in Europe, Asia and Greater China. Following the recent openings in Paris, Bangkok and New Orleans, the brand is due to open seven properties throughout 2022. The highly anticipated Kimpton Margot Sydney will feature a range of innovative culinary experiences built on Kimpton’s legacy of locally loved restaurants. The 79-room Kimpton Aysla Mallorca will bring the brand’s distinctly laid-back approach to luxury to the island as a perfect complement to Mallorca’s relaxed but chic styling and hospitality. In Southeast Asia, the brand plans to unveil the Kimpton Naranta Bali resort in Indonesia in addition to the recently opened Kimpton Kitalay Samui, its first resort in the region, as well as a property in Suzhou, Greater China. As Kimpton’s third boutique hotel in Georgia’s capital city, the Midtown Atlanta property will bring the city’s vibrant arts and culture scene to its innovative design. Expected to debut at the close of 2022, Kimpton Roatan in the Caribbean will be a nature lover’s paradise offering convenient access to spectacular corals and the surrounding jungle canopy.
Hotel Indigo carries on its global growth trajectory
Hotel Indigo, IHG’s fast growing boutique hotel brand, plans to settle into 26 neighbourhoods over the upcoming year, stirring curiosity and inspiring discovery of the local experience. The brand is slated to continue its rapid growth in The Americas, with openings expected in New Orleans, Omaha, Vancouver in Washington, St. Louis, The Galapagos, Lima, Tulum and Baja. Additionally, three hotels are planned to open in New York City. Following new properties in Serbia and France last year, Hotel Indigo is due to welcome four new hotels in Europe and the Middle East with Vienna, Batumi in Georgia, Baku in Azerbaijan as well as Jabal Akhdar in Oman. Last year marked the debut of the brand in Australia with Hotel Indigo Adelaide Markets, and the forthcoming hotels in Brisbane City Centre and Melbourne will capture the spirit and energy of their neighbourhoods, creating a unique guest experience. Openings are also planned across exciting destinations in Asia – Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Karuizawa and Inuyama in Japan, Saigon in Vietnam, Bintan in Indonesia, Alishan in Taiwan, Greater China, and Anji, Hangzhou Xianghu Lake and Xiamen Haicang in Greater China.
Vignette Collection builds momentum following launch
Vignette Collection, the newest addition to the IHG Luxury & Lifestyle portfolio, is a family of one-of-a-kind hotels in sought-after urban and resort locations where guests can indulge a growing passion for stays that are authentic, experiential and considered. Following the brand’s launch in August last year and the opening of its very first hotel, Hotel X Brisbane Fortitude Valley, in December, Vignette Collection is poised to welcome more hotels to the Collection in 2022 – Sindhorn Midtown in Bangkok, Grand Hotel Wien in Vienna, Austria as well as Penina Resort & Golf and Dona Filipa Hotel, both on Portugal’s Algarve. Over the next 10 years, IHG anticipates Vignette Collection to attract more than 100 properties globally.