In Brief

Rosewood Amaala

Regenerative escape at Rosewood Amaala

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in luxury travel and lifestyle experiences, has been selected by Red Sea Global, a responsible multi-project developer, to manage Rosewood Amaala in one of the world’s most pristine environments, the Red Sea Region of Saudi Arabia.

An area considered to be at the centre of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, the Red Sea is situated along the country’s west coast and is home to some of the most diverse and delicate natural environments. Rosewood Amaala will be part of Red Sea Global’s Amaala destination, an integrated wellness haven.

Rosewood Amaala will be surrounded by the world’s fourth-largest reef and the scenic Hijazi mountains. Red Sea Global is aiming to not only protect the environment, but to also enhance the natural ecosystems actively through regeneration and destination development. Rosewood Amaala will focus on the well-being of its guests, the community, and the native flora and fauna – all while recognising the integral connections between the three.


JW Marriott debuts in Spain

JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, unveils its first property in Spain with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Madrid. Located in the cultural charm of the Canalejas zone, next to the iconic, dynamic, and bustling Puerta del Sol, the luxurious new hotel sits in the heart of the city, moments away from prestigious art institutions and theatres.

“With each new opening, JW Marriott brings a legacy of luxury hospitality combined with the brand’s foundation of holistic well-being,” said Candice D Cruz, Vice President, Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “JW Marriott Hotel Madrid captures the essence of the city and encourages guests to disconnect from stress and distractions so that they can focus on reconnecting with what matters most to them.”

The new 139-guestroom hotel offers guests an inspiring urban retreat in the centre of the Spanish capital.


The Ritz-Carlton debuts in Melbourne

The Ritz-Carlton, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 exceptional hotel brands, announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne, debuting an oasis of elevated luxury in the heart of the metropolis. Soaring 80 stories above the city, the new hotel brings the brand’s legendary service and contemporary aesthetic to Australia’s arts and epicurean capital.

“We are thrilled to bring The Ritz-Carlton brand to Melbourne, and to open our second hotel in Australia,” said Tina Edmundson, President, Luxury at Marriott International. “With its destination-driven design inspired by the city’s past and present, combined with the finest amenities, exciting culinary offerings and highly personalized service, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne exemplifies our commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences and creating meaningful memories in inspiring cities, the world over.”

Set on the western side of Melbourne’s central business district, The Ritz-Carlton, Melbourne celebrates the country’s ancient stories and vibrant cultures, filtered through a distinctly Melbourne lens.


The Set Collection enters Mexico

The Set Collection announces that one of Mexico’s most lauded hotels, Hotel Esencia, is joining the Set Collection as its first member hotel in the Americas.

Hotel Esencia is a majestic 50-acre estate at the midpoint between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in Mexico.  Originally built as a private hideaway for the Italian duchess, on the most beautiful beach of the Mayan Riviera, the mansion later became a hotel. A new chapter began in 2014 with the arrival of a new owner, Hollywood producer and entrepreneur Kevin Wendle.

The estate’s provenance as a place of leisure for nobility is the guiding inspiration for its modern reimagining – this is a place where baby sea turtles emerge on the sandy beach below, while paintings by Picasso and Eduardo Santiere hang inside. The Main House is the hotel’s centrepiece, around which footpaths lead to just 47 white-painted suites and 4 villas overlooking the Caribbean, where guests enjoy both stunning design and complete privacy.