New hotels: Roku Kyoto, Sunway Hotel Big Box, and more

Roku Kyoto, Japan
Hilton’s LXR Hotels & Resorts marked its debut in Asia-Pacific with the opening of Roku Kyoto, which also represents Hilton’s inaugural property in Kyoto, Japan. Situated beneath the Takagamine mountains in northern Kyoto, the 114-key Roku Kyoto is nestled within the 11.57ha Shozan Resort Kyoto, a luxury enclave home to Japanese gardens, historic architecture and authentic tea houses. The expansive Roku Suite offers views of the mountains along the Tenjin River, while the Takagamine mountains can be observed from the Peak Suite. The Garden Deluxe rooms each feature a private onsen with a garden, while the Poolside Deluxe rooms are conveniently located closest to the Roku Spa and provide direct access to the outdoor onsen thermal pool from the room’s private terrace. The hotel also features a 24-hour fitness room. Named after the Tenjin River, the French restaurant Tenjin serves French-style dishes made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. At the bar, guests can sip on signature cocktails made with local ingredients or enjoy a seasonal afternoon tea.

Sunway Hotel Big Box, Malaysia
Sunway Hospitality has launched the Sunway Hotel Big Box, the first Sunway hotel in southern Malaysia. The 284-room hotel is located in Sunway City Iskandar Puteri, a 728ha integrated township in Nusajaya, Johor with residential, hospitality, retail, educational and medical elements.

Opening in phases starting from October 1, Sunway Hotel Big Box is easily accessible via Senai International Airport, Puteri Harbour International Ferry Terminal, and the Coastal Highway Southern Link (CHSL) from Singapore, which is just 5km away.

Guests can choose from five categories of accommodation – Deluxe Room, Deluxe Plus Room, Family Suite, Executive Suite and Premier Suite – all of which come with complimentary Wi-Fi, smart flat-screen IPTV – Internet Protocol TVs, mini fridges, coffee and tea making facilities and sofa beds in select categories. During the soft-opening phase, guests will be able to book the 32m2 Deluxe King or Twin Rooms, which can host up to two adults and two children; or the 57m2 Family Suites, which feature a separate living space, two bathrooms, a bedroom with a super king or twin beds, a sofa bed, capsule coffee machine and microwave.

Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool and children’s pool, 24-hour fitness centre, and the Pool Bar. The Pendas Café serves local and international cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a 24-hour in-room dining menu. For corporate travellers and event planners, the hotel features three flexible meeting rooms that can accommodate between 20 and 300 people, with a 3m LED video wall and mobile 86-inch interactive touch screen Smart Panel. The Sunway Hotel Big Box is connected via a bridge to the Sunway Big Box Retail Park offering a variety of leisure activities, shopping and restaurant outlets.

Grand Mercure Khao Lak Bangsak, Thailand
Located on a stretch of Thailand’s Andaman Coast in the province of Phang Nga, the Grand Mercure Khao Lak Bangsak offers travellers a unique and tranquil beach getaway experience. Taking inspiration from the traditional riverside villages of Thailand, a canal flows throughout the resort connecting guestrooms and shared areas. Each of the 195 guestrooms and suites at the property feature private terraces, with a wide variety of room configurations available.

All-day dining restaurant Patio features a range of Asian and international dishes, while beachfront restaurant Green Mango offers authentic Southern Thai cuisine using recipes passed on through the generations. Guests can also unwind at the Soak Pool Bar while sampling a variety of beverages and light snacks. Hotel facilities include three swimming pools, a kids’ corner, 24-hour gym, and spa. The resort is also equipped with a business corner offering computers, printing and other business services. Meetings, private parties and corporate events can be catered for at the resort’s 260m2 meeting room, which can accommodate up to 100 guests.

Hotel Gracery Taipei, Taiwan
Tokyo-headquartered Fujita Kanko Inc. has opened Hotel Gracery Taipei in the capital city of Taiwan, representing the company’s second Hotel Gracery property outside Japan after Hotel Gracery Seoul. Situated in the centre of Taipei, a minute’s walk from MRT’s Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, the hotel offers 248 guestrooms with layouts starting at 25m2. All rooms boast Japanese-style bathrooms with separate toilets. One distinctive feature presented at the hotel is its various concept rooms themed after Japanese and Taiwanese brands like Tokyu Hands, Katsuya and Niseko.

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