New hotels: Raffles Udaipur, Mercure Ambassador Jeju, and more

Raffles Udaipur, India
Raffles Udaipur, India’s first Raffles hotel, has opened in the city of Udaipur and region of Rajasthan. Perched on a 18.5ha private island set in the middle of the Udai Sagar lake, the property boasts panoramic views of the surrounding hills, lake and a 400-year-old temple. Guests can get to the resort via a 20-minute drive from the airport, followed by a boat ride.

The hotel is home to 101 rooms, suites and signature suites; with each boasting lake views, private gardens, balconies, and plunge pools. F&B options include Sawai Kitchen, an Indian speciality restaurant; farm-to-table concept Harvest, set to open in October; and Raffles Patisserie offering breads, French desserts, pastries, and more. Culinary enthusiasts can also enjoy a co-cooking experience at Rasoi, the cookery school.

There are also two bars, including the Long Bar which serves the signature Udaipur Sling – the Singapore classic remade with fresh produce from the island and home-made syrups. Leisure amenities include a spa, fitness centre, and swimming pool. The Grand Ballroom of 836m2, including pre-function area, multiple outdoor gathering areas and an on-site temple, stands ready to host special events and celebrations.

Mercure Ambassador Jeju, South Korea
Mercure Ambassador Jeju has opened as the first Accor Ambassador property in Jeju Island and marks the eighth city of Accor Ambassador’s expansion across the country. Surrounded by Gotjawal, Jeju’s unique forest created on a lava region, Mercure Ambassador Jeju overlooks the Hallasan and Sanbangsan mountain views and features a 18-hole golf course. The resort offers 71 guestrooms, an all-day-dining restaurant, meeting space, fitness centre, outdoor driving ranges, and an infinity swimming pool along with a pool bar and cabanas.

Hyatt Regency Guangzhou Zengcheng, China
Centrally located in the Zengcheng National Economic and Technological Development Zone of east Guangzhou, the Hyatt Regency Guangzhou Zengcheng offers 408 guestrooms, including 21 suites; in addition to 96 serviced apartments. All guestrooms offer smart technology, including a 65-inch LED TV with international satellite channels and JBL Bluetooth stereo speaker, while all serviced apartments are equipped with a kitchenette and washer-dryer.

F&B venues include the signature Chinese restaurant Xiang Yue; and the Market Café offering breakfast and dinner, plus an all-day a la carte menu. For a family dining experience, the hotel features two private dining rooms and a children’s play area. Meanwhile, The Lounge serves social afternoon teas and a selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails from the central bar.

The hotel offers 2,929m2 of event space, including the 850m2 Regency Ballroom featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light, and a foyer suitable for large exhibitions. There are also eight multifunction rooms, and a 451m2 outdoor event garden. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated pool, a children’s pool and playground, and a 24-hour fitness centre.

Crystalbrook Vincent, Australia
Crystalbrook Collection has unveiled Crystalbrook Vincent in the heart of Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves, following the group’s acquisition of the property. Set beneath the iconic Story Bridge, Crystalbrook Vincent, formerly known as The Fantauzzo, is Crystalbrook Collection’s seventh property to open in three years. The hotel will retain its partnership with namesake Vincent Fantauzzo, with more than 500 pieces of the acclaimed Australian painter’s artworks featuring throughout the six-story hotel. Crystalbrook Vincent is home to 166 rooms, Fiume rooftop bar, Polpetta restaurant, a rooftop pool, and a 24-hour fitness centre.

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