February Hotel and Travel News

© Sunrise Kempinski Hotel

New hotels to book, seasonal packages, and more news of note to help you plan your travels this month.

Sunrise Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, officially opens this month after several months of gradual rollouts of the destination’s other facilities—including the Yanqui Hotel and an additional 12 boutique hotels, a conference center, five restaurants and bars, 14 spas, a private marina, and a nine-story pagoda, all situated on Yanqi Island. An architectural marvel, the round, lantern-shaped hotel houses nine restaurants and 306 guest rooms and suites across 21 floors. Located on the mainland near the foot of the Yan Mountains, the design maximizes the natural sunlight and views of the natural surrounds. From $205; 18, Hia, Yanshui Rd.; 86-10/6961-8888.

Luxury travel outfitter Cox & Kings announces a new collection of single-destination trips in Europe. The four-day/three-night Spotlight Journeys offer customizable itineraries cities like Vienna, Madrid, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Helsinki, and Venice. From $750 per person; 800-999-1758.

On the heels of their inaugural hotel opening in Chicago, Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Hotels announce plans for their second property, set to open in Nashville in 2016. Located at One Music Row, the property boasts 240 rooms and suites, 15 penthouse residential units, a rooftop deck and pool, the Commons Club bar, a live entertainment venue with an outside veranda, and a recording studio designed by veteran Michael Cronin.

The new Ritz Carlton, Bali opens in Sawangan, Nusa Dua, on 31 acres of beachfront and clifftop land (above). The property’s six restaurants and lounges, 14-treatment-room spa, and 313 rooms (including 34 clifftop and ocean-view villas) mix modern elegance with local Anyaman touches. Rooms, from $480; Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot  No. 3; 62-361/849-8988.

Salisbury, Connecticut’s The White Hart inn premieres their new restaurant this month, helmed by British chef Annie Wayte (formerly of Nicole’s and 202 in London). The 16-room property dates back to the 19th century and was recently revamped by its newest owners, Redbook editor-in-chief Meredith Rollins, author Malcolm Gladwell, art director Megan Wilson, and Wayte, among others. The restaurant’s menu will change daily, featuring seasonal dishes—like roasted hen-of-the-wood mushrooms with thyme and Cloumage cheese, or braised beef cheeks with celery root purée, kale, and gremolata—made with ingredients sourced from nearby farms. Rooms, from $250; 15 Under Mountain Rd.; 860-435-0030.

Cannes’ Hôtel Majestic Barrière announces their plans for their redesigned Presidential Suite this month. Revamped by architect Nathalie Ryan, the 1,076-square-foot space will take inspiration from the 1960s film Mélodie en Sous-sol and include cinema-inspired decor and details. The refurbishment is part of the ongoing renovation of all Lucien Barrière Hôtels et Casinos’ properties in France. 10 Blvd. de la Croisette; 33-4/92-98-77-00.

Luxury travel outfitter Abercrombie & Kent announces three brand new small-group river cruise itineraries for 2015 along the Ganges (16-day trip, from $8,595), Amazon (nine-day trip, from $6,295, pictured above), and Mekong (12-day trip, from $7,995). 800-554-7016.

New Manhattan helicopter service Gotham Air launches a mobile site to make booking individual seats on a Bell 407 to JFK International Airport easier. The service allows users to view, search, reserve, and pay for seats on existing flights, as well as to create a new flight for up to four persons. A mobile app offering similar services is currently in the works. From $100.

The St. Regis New York introduces the world’s first and only Bentley house car service. The 2015 fleet includes a silver Flying Spur by day and a black Mulsanne by night, to which hotel guests receive complimentary access within a 10-block radius of the hotel. 2 E. 55th St.; 212-753-4500.

Seabourn reveals the names of its two newest ships, the Seabourn Encore (launching in late 2016) and Seabourn Ovation (launching spring 2018). In addition to Seabourn mainstays—including multiple dining venues, The Spa at Seabourn, showrooms, a casino, lounges, outdoor deck areas, and the popular Seabourn Square—both 604-person ships will have an additional deck space, newly expanded public areas, and a modern look, designed by Adam D. Tihany.