Where We’re Off to Next

By Peter Schlesinger · June 20, 2017

Where We’re Off to Next

By Peter Schlesinger · June 20, 2017


Looking to expand your horizons in 2017? We are too. This year, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts is opening the doors to eight new properties on three continents, from high-energy urban hubs to tropical beach resorts. Here, we explore four of the newcomers, and uncover a Sense of Place for each of these fascinating destinations.

 

MEXICO

This spring, Rosewood Puebla welcomed its first guests to the historic center of one of Mexico’s most colorful cities. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, about two hours east of Mexico City, is a living architecture museum, with more than 5,000 colonial palaces, churches, monasteries and other buildings showcasing a rich blend of Baroque and Renaissance styles. Near the Zócalo, the city’s main plaza and cultural heart, Rosewood Puebla’s design draws from local tradition, such as intricately patterned talavera ceramics made using centuries-old techniques. The hotel’s 78 guest rooms occupy a collection of several buildings surrounding a central courtyard. On the roof, an open-air bar and pool deck offers magical views across the city.

PARIS

On July 5th, the legendary Hôtel de Crillon in Paris will reopen its doors as a Rosewood Hotel. In 1758, King Louis XV commissioned twin Neoclassical palaces on what would become the Place de la Concorde—the pièce de résistance of 18th-century architecture. One of the buildings became the Hôtel Crillon in 1909, and remained one of the city’s beloved gathering places until it closed for renovations in 2013. Now it’s poised to take its place once again among the city’s most iconic landmarks, many of them close at hand. The Champs-Élysées begins directly out the front door, while across the street are the Tuileries Gardens, with its Orangerie and Jeu de Paume museums. Also close at hand: masterpieces of art at  the Louvre Museum, and masterpieces of fashion along the Rue St.-Honoré. After sightseeing, guests will be able to unwind with a riverside picnic along the Seine—Eiffel Tower views assured.

CAMBODIA

In the summer, Rosewood Phnom Penh will mark Rosewood’s first foray into Southeast Asia. From the top floors of the vibrant capital’s newest skyscraper, guests at the 175-room hotel will have panoramic vistas over the city’s red rooftops. The capital’s beautiful and fascinating historic sites are all nearby, including the ornate Royal Palace, a fine example of Khmer architecture with French influences (the extraordinary Silver Pagoda, part of the palace complex, is not to be missed.) Also close at hand are the National Museum, the Choeung Ek memorial to the victims of the Khmer Rouge, and the Central Market, a domed Art Deco masterpiece constructed in the 1930s.  

THAILAND

Also opening early summer, Rosewood Phuket will stretch across Emerald Bay, a secluded harbor on the Andaman Sea, south of the bustling resort town. Guests will be able to relax on tree-lined Tri Trang Beach, as gentle waves lap the white sand. The resort will debut Rosewood’s new Asaya wellness program, which fuses locally inspired techniques with traditional healing treatments. When they’re not lounging at the beach or spa, future visitors can explore the lush island of Phuket, hiking in tropical parks, boating and snorkeling in the Andaman Sea, and sampling traditional Thai recipes in world-class restaurants.

 

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Written By: Peter Schlesinger

4.1.17

Locations: Paris, Phnom Penh, Phuket, Puebla

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