Whether your group is enjoying a reward, a retreat or a conference, new hotels and resorts—including two legendary debuts—will make the stay more special with top-tier facilities and amenities.
Portland Puts on the Ritz
When it opens on Tuesday, Oct. 31, the highly anticipated 35-story, 251-room luxury Ritz-Carlton, Portland will be the first Ritz-Carlton property in the Pacific Northwest. Centrally located in downtown Portland and offering panoramic views of the Rose City, the new urban oasis features a signature restaurant and bar, health and wellness facilities, and more than 17,000 sf of event and meeting space.
Wellness and pampering live on the 19th floor, where Cloudbreak on Nineteen is home to the Hidden Mountain Lake Infinity Pool with panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains; the Ritz-Carlton Spa offering five treatment rooms and a range of menu selections; and a 4,000 sf state-of-the-art fitness facility and yoga studio.
The dedicated events floor, Ascending Mount Hood, offers more than 17,000 sf of meeting and event space. The natural light-filled spaces, which are designed to reflect Mt. Hood’s striking beauty, are easily customizable and can accommodate intimate gatherings to large galas, weddings, and corporate events
The signature restaurant Bellpine will showcase the region’s diverse culinary traditions and world-class wine selections featuring exceptional Oregon wineries and spirits crafted by the region’s master distillers. ritzcarlton.com/portland.
Rosewood Munich—A New Hotel Standard for Luxury
Within the heart of Munich’s historic old town, something new was a recent cause for celebration—the opening of the Rosewood Munich on Oct. 20, 2023, the first Rosewood property in Germany.
Spanning two iconic buildings, the elegant property is housed within the former Bavarian State Bank headquarters and the adjacent Palais Neuhaus-Preysing, originally an aristocratic residence. Historic elements from a bygone era remain, including graceful staircases, vaulted ceilings and preserved frescoes. Steps away from Marienplatz, the central square in the city’s center, Rosewood Munich was designed to capture the essence of Bavarian culture, offering a charming and immersive journey through the city’s Baroque period while fostering a renewed appreciation and perspective for its contemporary culture and sense of community.
Featuring 73 spacious guestrooms and 59 suites, including five exclusive houses—the property’s signature suites—the interiors seamlessly integrate modern design.
Culinary offerings encompass an enticing lobby lounge, full-service brasserie, the Wintergarten, the exterior Palaishof and a lively bar. For those seeking the ultimate wellness experience, the hotel is home to Germany’s first Asaya Spa, featuring six treatment rooms along with an indoor pool and a well-equipped fitness area.
Boasting their own magnificent entrance, historically preserved event rooms located in the Palais Neuhaus Preysing feature six event spaces, including a 2,519 sf grand ballroom, a historic junior ballroom, and four flexible meeting and breakout rooms. Both ballrooms offer adjacent outdoor space. rosewoodhotels.com/en/munich
The Somerset on Grace Bay Unveils Refresh in Time for 2023/2024 Season
The Somerset on Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos, has officially reopened for the 2023/2024 season, unveiling an exciting refresh and programming just in time to meet the continued rise in ‘bonding’ and friend-focused ‘friendcation’ travel.
Located on one of the world’s top-rated beaches, the resort’s reimagined spaces and new programming cater to groups looking to strengthen bonds through unique shared experiences. With gracious hospitality, comfortable newly updated accommodations, a perfect beachfront locale, and fun immersive activities for all ages and interests, The Somerset on Grace Bay is answering the needs of these travelers in exciting new ways.
As bond-strengthening and friendcations continue to be a popular travel trend, the Somerset on Grace Bay has rolled out new offerings and amenities to cater to these group getaways, including a package offering 25 percent off room bookings when guests stay five nights or more, inclusive of daily breakfast and complimentary WiFi, plus free yoga and pilates classes. The offer is valid through Dec. 1, 2023.
In addition to the new programming, the resort itself has undergone a refresh, with brightly updated and modern new color palates to reflect the surroundings of Grace Bay. Many of the 53 luxury accommodations have undergone upgrades or total refurbishments, including installation of top-of-the-line kitchen equipment to truly create a ‘home away from home’ experience. The Somerset has also upgraded each unit’s minibar to reflect and embrace the Turks & Caicos lifestyle, inclusive of sun prep: sunscreen and sun recovery, soothing aloe, Liquid IV drink enhancements and ice rollers. thesomerset.com/destination
First Health Resort in Spain to Break Ground in 2024
Asset manager AltamarCAM and Inbest-GPF, a Spanish real estate investment group, have reached a partnership agreement with Lanserhof Group, a leader in innovative medicine and health resorts, to open a new Lanserhof health resort in Spain.
Specializing in preventive medicine, longevity, and wellness, Lanserhof is a leading operator of health resorts and currently operates health resorts located in Lans (Austria), Tegernsee and Sylt (Germany), as well as day-resorts in London and Hamburg. Pioneering innovative medicine, health regeneration and prevention for over 35 years, the Lanserhof Concept is the result of years of research and development, combining traditional naturopathy with the latest medical advancements.
The new Lanserhof health resort will be located near Marbella, within the renowned Finca Cortesin resort, ranked the Best Resort Hotel in Spain, which is centred around an award-winning hotel and a golf course. The new 260,000 sq ft resort will include 70 rooms and top-notch facilities as well as medical equipment and services.
Following the recent signing of the transaction in Madrid, and upon completion of the licensing phase, construction is set to start in mid-2024 and the doors to Spain’s first Lanserhof are expected to open in 2026. lanserhof.com/en/