Akash Arora gives us the lowdown on the latest hotel openings.
JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa
Perched on the southern tip of Mexico’s longest peninsula, Los Cabos is where the harsh, heat-cracked landscape of the Baja California Desert descends into the cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. JW Marriott’s new property, on the site of this confluence, is an unabashed celebration of the terrain, with each of the hotel’s 299 rooms and suites offering unobstructed water views. There are five outdoor swimming pools, a fully equipped fitness centre and spa, plus a range of dining options – from the poolside Nak Grill & Bar to Cafe des Artistes, which serves Mexican fare with a French twist.
Primus Hotel Sydney
With its three-storey-high ceiling, the first thing that hits you as you walk into the vast lobby of the five-star Primus Hotel, in Sydney’s CBD, is the sense of space. The Art Deco structure (built in 1939 to house the offices of the Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board) has been faithfully restored by the Woods Bagot design firm – but not without some modern flourishes, such as the six-storey hotel’s rooftop area. Although surrounded by high-rises, it’s a spectacular spot to soak up some sun, enjoy a swim and grab a drink. Expansiveness continues in the guestrooms, too. We checked in to the Executive King Room, which has a sitting area at one end, a work desk and chair at the other, plus a spacious ensuite with a bathtub large enough for two.
Hotel Stage, Hong Kong
Clean lines, simple furnishings and a soothing palette of neutrals give the rooms at Hotel Stage a sophisticated touch. Located in the historic heart of Hong Kong’s Kowloon, this boutique property has an Italian restaurant (Kitchen Savvy), a number of function and meeting spaces, and 97 rooms and suites – many with views of the city. But the real draw is Muse with Us, a subterranean den comprising a library, art gallery and wine bar. It’s a great place to escape the city’s manic pace and enjoy some downtime with a drink in hand.