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Daily news, Jobs, Training & TenDers www.spaopportunities.com LaTour opens resort in Mexico


US-based management group LaTour Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of the Celeste Beach Residences, Resort and Spa in the southern Mexican loca- tion of Huatulco. Te property is the first to


Te hotel’s design will make it a Bangkok landmark


Central Embassy project in Bangkok to include luxury spa


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that one of its affiliates has signed a man- agement agreement for Tailand’s landmark Park Hyatt Bangkok, which is due to open in 2014. The deal has been signed for Central Embassy – a wholly-owned mixed- use scheme owned by the Central Group of Companies – and will see the hotel located in the heart of the city. Park Hyatt Bangkok will be housed in an


iconic building and is one of 18 Park Hyatt hotels in the development stage around the world - the first to be built in Tailand. Facilities at the 222-bedroom hotel


will comprise a spa, a fitness room and a swimming pool. However, further details relating to the resort’s spa element are yet to be confirmed. Hyatt’s head of real estate Stephen


Haggerty said: “Te ‘twisted coil’ exterior design of this hotel will become a stand-out in Bangkok’s skyline.”


UK art gallery to be converted in to day spa


A new spa including seven treatment rooms and relaxation areas is to open in Suffolk, UK, aſter proposals to convert an existing art gallery were given the go ahead by the local authority. Lavenham’s Wildlife Art Gallery is linked


to the historic Swan Hotel building and is to be transformed into the 528sq m (1,732sq ſt) spa, with the gallery to move to another site. Te scheme also incorporates two two-sto- rey extensions to the listed property. Te spa will also include a crystal steam


room, heated loungers, changing areas and an ice fountain. Roger Balmer Design drew up the plans on behalf of applicant Torpeness and Aldeburgh Hotels, which has been given the green light by Babergh District Council.


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carry the LaTour Signature Group private label, which is reserved for five-star loca- tions and is designed to highlight LaTour’s signature luxury experience. International architectural


Te resort will boast a spa with swimming pool and treatment rooms


firm HKS were behind the design of the resort, which boasts two- and three-bedroom residences and 21 luxury con- dominiums in seven buildings. Te spa is still under development and its


exact facilities are yet to be finalised, with facil- ities also to include a wellness centre; a fitness and yoga centre; and a beachfront pool.


Sean Zimmerman, founding partner of


LaTour’s marketing partner SIA Living, said: “Tis resort and private residence club was designed to carry the LaTour Signature brand and benefits immensely from the exclusive experience of veteran hotelier Tom LaTour.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=8K2n5


Mövenpick announces 11 new developments


Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, the Switzerland-based hospi- tality group, has announced that it will develop 11 new resorts across nine countries as part of its continuing inter- national growth strategy. The latest developments


take the company’s total num- ber of operating and planned sites to 100, with new loca- tions to be unveiled in France, Egypt, China and Indonesia among others. One of the first properties


to open will be a Mövenpick- branded hotel in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, which is being taken over by the operator from April this year. Later this year, Mövenpick will unveil a 26-villa, boutique-style resort in Samoeng, Tailand, and from January 2013, a 282-bedroom hotel in Paris, France, will be run by the group. The Paris hotel currently carries the


Mövenpick has identified North Africa as a key growth market


Courtyard by Marriott brand and boasts a fit- ness centre; a secluded garden; and the 58 Bar and Lounge. It will be renovated before reopen- ing. Other projects lined up for 2013 include a 380-bedroom Movenpick Resort and Spa, Sanya, China, and the refurbishment and open- ing of a low-rise hotel in Tozeur, Tunisia. A 255-bedroom hotel on Djerba island, Tunisia will be revamped and opened by


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Mövenpick next year and the Mövenpick Resort and Spa, Jimbaran will open in Indonesia in 2014. Te new schemes also fea- ture the reopening of a 380-bedroom hotel in Marrakesh, Morocco (2014) and a Hirsch/ Bedner and Associates-designed property in Chifeng, China (2015). A new 250-bedroom resort on Pantai Pandak


Beach, Malaysia, is due to open in 2015, and a 280-bedroom resort at Cox’s Bazar will mark Mövenpick’s first move into Bangladesh. Mövenpick president Jean Gabriel Peres said:


“We’ve always believed in growth, but at a sus- tainable pace. We’ve carefully consolidated our global developments to maintain a balanced portfolio distribution.”


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