Last year, Robertson Lodges opened its fourth luxury property, the Kauri Cove villa in northern New Zealand. More openings are coming, according to Julian Robertson Jr., the brand's billionaire owner.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is ready to pick up its development pace. "While I don't want to see the group grow exponentially, I would like to move from a position from the one-a-year [expansion] we've been doing for the last 20 years to something more akin to three to four properties a year," said Group Chief Executive James Riley.
Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas has completed a more than $30 million renovation that covered all 226 guest rooms. Andrew Davidson, the property's general manager, uses his iPhone to track guest surveys and keep on top of hotel operations.
The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo unveiled reimagined dining options this spring, such as Azure 45 and La Boutique. "While many hotels in Tokyo work hard to provide a sense of relief from the frenetic pace of life in the world's biggest metropolis, the Ritz employs a distinguishably effortless approach," writes reviewer Brad Japhe.
The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real is on track to open by year's end in the Dominican Republic. The property will feature 288 guest rooms and a spa by Natura Bisse.
Google is planning to focus its diversity efforts on hiring more black and Hispanic women, who are typically underrepresented in Silicon Valley. The company employed 544 black women and 945 Hispanic women and Latinas in the US in 2017.
Children staying with their parents at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic will soon be able to enjoy the Kidz Bop Experience. It includes such themed activities as karaoke, dancing and album cover design in spaces like the Pop Star Lounge, Creation Station and Listening Studio loft.
Veteran chef Howard Ko is embracing the challenge of running the new, cutting-edge restaurant in the Loews Regency San Francisco. "With my prior experience and my background and the direction that they wanted to go, since it is a luxury hotel, I thought everything was in the right place at the right time," Ko said of his post at The Bear & Monarch.
The Spa at Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel featured bourbon-infused treatments for National Bourbon Day this month. The Bourbon Bubbler scrub features brown sugar and bourbon.