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  • News bites – 13 July 2020

    Park Hyatt set to open in Auckland in September

    Park Hyatt Auckland Views. Image by Park Hyatt Auckland/TravMedia

    The Park Hyatt will open on 15 September providing a new level of luxury in Auckland. Designed by Ali Reda from ar+d in Singapore who partnered with local firm Bossley Architects, the seven-storey hotel has been designed to reflect a Māori wharenui (house) – to be a place of gathering that brings families and communities together. A wharenui is fundamental to Māori life and stands as the beating heart of Māori culture. The exterior of the hotel centres on the notion of a Māori cloak around the building, creating a double skin offering warmth, privacy and beauty. ​

    Overlooking Waitemata Harbour, the hotel design evokes a haven of tranquillity which is just a short seaside stroll to the Auckland CBD. It features traditional Maori artworks with Totara Pouwhenua (carvings) that will line the entrances.

    Ranging from 47sqm rooms (almost double the size of comparable rooms in the city), to the 245sqm Presidential Suite, all 195 guestrooms will feature Māori accents, custom-designed tukutuku panels and rugs. The 23 suites will offer commanding views with the Presidential Suite positioned on the rooftop, featuring an internal garden and a large 125sqm terrace to entertain and soak up the spectacular panoramic views.

    Each bathroom offers a separate walk-in shower and deep-soaking bath with luxurious, plant-based, and cruelty-free bath products by cult New York perfumer Le Labo.

    Facilities include four dining experiences under the helm of local Executive Chef Brent Martin.

    Drawing from New Zealand’s rich and diverse landscapes and culinary innovation, the immersive dining experiences will include:

    • Onemata, the hotel’s signature restaurant,
    • The Pantry will offer something for everyone, from a quick grab and go for those on the move to a dine-in experience featuring a modern fresh menu in a relaxed environment.
    • The Living Room, the hotel’s all-day dining venue, will include a-la-carte breakfast and a unique afternoon tea experience with views on the water’s edge.
    • Captain’s Bar will concoct classic cocktails with a local twist, from an extensive list of fortified spirits and a menu of snacks and sharing platters.

    Event spaces cover over 9500 square metres including a roof top bar and a ceremonial garden.

    Banyan Tree opens Xcanatun by Angsana in Merida, Mexico

    Xcanatun by Angsana, Merida, Mexico. Image by Banyan Tree/TravMedia

    Banyan Tree has opened its third Mexican property on the outskirts of Merida. Merida is the capital of Yucatan and founded on the ancient Maya city of Tho. This city is classic in its beauty of narrow streets and shady plazas with horses and cars crossing the cobblestoned streets which are lined with century old mansions.

    Located 15 minutes from the centre of Merida, 10 minutes from the archaeological zone of Dzibilchaltun, and 20 minutes from the beaches of Puerto Progreso, Hacienda Xcanatun by Angsana promises to be a new historic-chic oasis in the region.

    The hotel is a contemporary interpretation of the legendary Yucatan (henequenera) Haciendas (large agricultural estates of the 18th century amidst henequen agave plants). The ruins of the original structure have been preserved ensuring pre-hispanic design which mingles with modern elements. There are 18 renovated suites designed by Mexican architectural firm Estudio 240.

    The flagship restaurant is set in the former Machine House of this eighteenth century Hacienda. Imposing twelve metre ceilings create an ambience of decadence which spills out onto a romantic terrace with views of the gardens. The cuisine is contemporary Yucatecan fused with French technique and local ingredients. Curated cooking classes and gastronomic activities provide guests with a greater sense of place.

    Focusing on aromatherapy and use of natural ingredients, the Spa by Angsana offers traditional Asian wellbeing treatments from the renowned Banyan Tree Spa Academy.

    Rooted in the Group’s sustainability ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People”, the property is a part of the Comisaria Meridana de Xcanatun. It will support projects dedicated to inclusion and community collaboration and preserve the natural flora and fauna with a garden for iguanas, coatimundis, herons and a diverse array of birds.

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