Hot hotel openings of 2015

You don t need an intrepid disposition and a brain bursting with survival tactics to call yourself an explorer just-opened hotels offer every chance to discover something new. You won t be unearthing an unusual species of starfish or making fire out of thin air, but at these chic hotels that have recently opened their doors, you could be discovering Greece s newest interior design trends or supporting a not-for-profit pop-up while it fleetingly resides in Amsterdam (even Bear Grylls would be jealous). We look back on the most blissful new hotels of 2015 all featured on Secret Escapes over the last year.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Racconto Boutique Design Hotel, Parga, Greece1

Racconto Boutique Design Hotel epitomises soulful minimalism, all thanks to the efforts of renowned interior designer Panos Petridis. The palette here is decidedly simple white with comfort and style proven through soft lighting, plush fabrics and luxury amenities. Uninterrupted calm is the order of the day throughout the entire hotel whether in the 11 guest rooms, by the tempting outdoor pool, or in the dedicated meditation area set amidst fragrant olive trees ensuring that this pint-size addition to Parga s boutique hotel scene packs a big punch.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Treehouse Hotel, Port Lympne Reserve, Kent2

Set within Port Lympne Reserve s 100 acres of parkland, the Treehouse Hotel commands an impressive panorama from its lofty location above the rhino enclosure, and the view stretches across Kent s grassy plains all the way to the Channel beyond. Opened in 2015, these accommodations are the latest addition to the reserve s safari-stay options and their most luxurious, with elegant interiors designed by Tara Bernerd and upscale amenities. The best bit? It s all in support of the Aspinall Foundation a conservation organisation that breeds endangered species and reintroduces them into the wild.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Savoy Grand Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco3

This gleaming, five-star gem occupies a particularly prime spot in Marrakech s Hivernage quarter, affording it enviable views over the nearby Atlas Mountains. Grand by name and grand by nature, the expansive complex is home to a huge free-form outdoor pool, spacious guest rooms, three restaurants, four bars and a seriously serene spa, with two indoor pools, saunas and hammams, which are all low-lit to perfection. You ll find buckets of traditional Moroccan charm throughout, thoughtfully fused with contemporary conveniences.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

The Good Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands4

The Good Hotel Amsterdam is a not-for-profit hotel, reinvesting into education to encourage future entrepreneurs. This intriguing organisation is popping up for one year only in its home town of Amsterdam, before moving the concept to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil later in 2016. The interior design here is effortlessly bold, with Dutch designs by Lensvelt and Moooi working alongside both the bespoke and the everyday for a relaxed yet on-point aesthetic. When it comes to food, Good are just as pedantic, offering seasonal and local produce over breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Hotel Le Taos, Tignes du Lac, French Alps5

Opened earlier in 2015, you can forget the cosy log cabin vibe with this French Alps hotel, which takes the warming world of New Mexico as inspiration for its interior design. Rich wools, luxe woods and a calming colour palette of neutral hues make the grade here, and work harmoniously with the mid-century-style furniture and feather-print feature walls. The on-site spa provides ample excuse to unwind, with an indoor pool and fairtrade, organic products incorporated into the treatments. The restaurant is an equally as stylish and eco-concious, with considerately sourced beef in the spotlight.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greek Islands6

Soft-launched just this month, this set of suites combine stylish elegance with a rustic vibe, creating sophisticated interiors that are in tune with their natural surrounds. There are four outdoor pools here, as well as a spa which boasts its own, indoor heated pool. Set on the hillside in the postcard-perfect village of Oia, the hotel overlooks the Aegean Sea, making it an excellent spot to experience those world-renowned Santorini sunsets. The blissful suites come complete with their own private verandas, which boast a Jacuzzi and sunbeds.

Hot Hotel Openings Of 2015

Furnas Boutique Hotel, Azores, Portugal7

Azores is an experience in itself, with natural hot springs, tranquil lagoons and tumbling waterfalls peppering the island, and both whale-watching and swimming with wild dolphins counted amongst its many attractions. Furnas Boutique Hotel opened in March 2015 and makes the most of its healing surroundings, with a sleek spa that boasts both indoor and outdoor thermal pools of earth-warmed spring water. The restaurant puts nature at its core too, with local vegetables and herbs gracing the menu, as well as wood oven-baked bread and hearty-but-healthy recipes.

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  1. ^ Racconto Boutique Design Hotel, Parga, Greece (www.racconto-hotel.com)
  2. ^ Treehouse Hotel, Port Lympne Reserve, Kent (www.aspinallfoundation.org)
  3. ^ Savoy Grand Hotel, Marrakech, Morocco (www.savoylegrandhotel.com)
  4. ^ The Good Hotel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (www.goodhotelamsterdam.com)
  5. ^ Hotel Le Taos, Tignes du Lac, French Alps (www.hotel-le-taos.com)
  6. ^ Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini, Greek Islands (www.santomaris.gr)
  7. ^ Furnas Boutique Hotel, Azores, Portugal (www.furnasboutiquehotel.com)
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IHG expands Sydney CBD presence with signing of Crowne Plaza

IHG Expands Sydney CBD Presence With Signing Of Crowne Plaza

20 November, 2015

IHG expands Sydney CBD presence with signing of Crowne Plaza

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG1), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has signed a management agreement with Beijing-based development company, Ausbao Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of BCDH Group, for a new 160-room Crowne Plaza hotel in Sydney s CBD. Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour is in a key location in close proximity to the new Sydney International Convention Centre and key business and leisure redevelopments in the Darling Quarter and the Barangaroo south precinct. The new hotel will feature a range of business and meetings facilities including five meeting rooms and a 24-hour business centre. Guests can enjoy food and beverage at the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant and unwind at the bar. To keep energised during their stay the fully equipped fitness centre and outdoor pool provide the ideal places to relax.

Matthew Tripolone, Head of Development, Australasia, IHG said: With the strategic expansion of the Crowne Plaza brand into the Sydney CBD we looked to work with partners who understand our brand, and we re delighted to be working with Ausbao due to their track record of success with hospitality and mixed-use projects.

Sydney s CBD is undergoing some exciting redevelopment and the location and proposition of the new Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour will make it a leading choice for both business and leisure guests. The hotel will form part of an exciting mixed use development in a strategically important growth corridor within the Sydney CBD.”

Jason Gao, Managing Director, Ausbao Pty Ltd said: Sydney as a meetings and tourism destination continues to show positive growth, and new developments within the city will help support this. It is a great time to be developing an internationally-branded hotel with IHG in the upscale space, especially as Crowne Plaza is globally recognised as a leading business hotel brand and we are confident this is what the location needs. We are pleased to be working with IHG and look forward to welcoming guests to Crowne Plaza Sydney Darling Harbour when it opens in 2019. Crowne Plaza is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the world with nearly 400 hotels in more than 65 countries worldwide, including 70 hotels across the Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region.

IHG has 25 hotels open across three brands in Australia including: InterContinental 2, Crowne Plaza 3 and Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn 4 with a further six properties due to open in the next three to five years. There are currently 400 Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts across the globe, with a further 84 hotels in the development pipeline.

Notes to Editors:
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)5 LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs) is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts6, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants7, HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts8, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts9, Hotel Indigo 10, EVEN Hotels11, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts12, Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express 13, Staybridge Suites 14 and Candlewood Suites 15. IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 4,900 hotels and 727,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries, with more than 1,300 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG Rewards Club16, the world s first and largest hotel loyalty programme with more than 90 million members worldwide.

InterContinental Hotels Group PLC17 is the Group s holding company and is incorporated in Great Britain and registered in England and Wales. More than 350,000 people work across IHG s hotels and corporate offices globally.

Visit www.ihg.com18 for hotel information and reservations and www.ihgrewardsclub.com19 for more on IHG Rewards Club.

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  1. ^ IHG (www.ihgplc.com)
  2. ^ InterContinental (www.ihg.com)
  3. ^ Crowne Plaza (www.ihg.com)
  4. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn (www.ihg.com)
  5. ^ IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) (www.ihgplc.com)
  6. ^ InterContinental Hotels & Resorts (www.intercontinental.com)
  7. ^ Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants (www.kimptonhotels.com)
  8. ^ HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts (cn.ihg.com)
  9. ^ Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  10. ^ Hotel Indigo (www.ihg.com)
  11. ^ EVEN Hotels (www.ihg.com)
  12. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts (www.ihg.com)
  13. ^ Discount Holidays © Holiday Inn Express (www.ihg.com)
  14. ^ Staybridge Suites (www.ihg.com)
  15. ^ Candlewood Suites (www.ihg.com)
  16. ^ IHG Rewards Club (www.ihg.com)
  17. ^ InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (www.ihgplc.com)
  18. ^ www.ihg.com (www.ihg.com)
  19. ^ www.ihgrewardsclub.com (www.ihg.com)
  20. ^ www.ihg.com/media (www.ihg.com)
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Chris Froome explains delay in publishing physiological testing results

Having been inundated with questions as to why it’s taken so long to publish the results of his physiological testing, Chris Froome took to Twitter to explain

Chris Froome Explains Delay In Publishing Physiological Testing Results

Chris Froome finishes Stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France in 5th place and retains his overall lead. After announcing that the results and analysis1 of his physiological testing will be published in Esquire magazine on December 3, Chris Froome2 came under criticism for the delay in releasing the information. Having undergone testing at GlaxoSmithKline s Human Performance Laboratory3 between the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espa a, onlookers have been confused as to why it it has taken five months to release the data.

In a heated discussion with the BBC s Matt Slater on Twitter, Froome s wife Michelle stated that they wanted the results to appear in a magazine with a set publication date. The Sky rider, though, took to Twitter himself on Monday in an attempt to clear up the delays, stating that the delays are down to discussions about the scientific methodologies and analysis used, due to the fact that the results will also be published in academic journals in the future.

To address a few of the questions I ve been receiving over the last couple of days: pic.twitter.com/EFCoZ2Vs6q4

Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) November 9, 20155

>>> Froome: I got over doping criticism because I have nothing to hide6

Froome undertook the testing after his Tour de France performances came under scrutiny7 during this year s race, with a video of his 2013 ascent of Mont Ventoux and reportedly leaked power data was revealed. The rider insists the tests were not carried out to prove that he s not doping, but to find out what makes him the athlete that he is.


  1. ^ announcing that the results and analysis (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ undergone testing at GlaxoSmithKline s Human Performance Laboratory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ pic.twitter.com/EFCoZ2Vs6q (t.co)
  5. ^ November 9, 2015 (twitter.com)
  6. ^ >>> Froome: I got over doping criticism because I have nothing to hide (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France performances came under scrutiny (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)