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Where to Stay: New hotels in China, Thailand, Hawaii and Florida

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The new hotel marks Hyatt's debut in Xiamen
The new hotel marks Hyatt’s debut in Xiamen

Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan

Location: Part of an upscale complex in the centre of the city, in southeast China’s Fujian province
Grade: Upper-upscale
Keys: 301
Facilities: International and Chinese restaurants, noodle bar, lounge, outdoor swimming pool, 24-hour gym
Meeting space: 2,500m² of space including a ballroom, eight function rooms and wedding facilities
They say: “Hyatt Regency Xiamen Wuyuanwan will become an exciting destination in the city and will make great contributions to the island’s growing financial services and tourism industry”
We say: Fast-growing Asian market should be ideal for the Hyatt Regency brand, which seems to specialise in achieving first-mover status
Opening: Already open

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach
Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach

Location: New-build twin tower development on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 343, plus 100 two- and three-bedroom vacation rental units
Facilities: Several F&B outlets, including Asian restaurant and grill, seafront pool, spa, 24-hour fitness centre
Meeting space: More than 2,000m² of event space including a large, 800-pax ballroom
They say: “With Wyndham Grand’s unique and understated approach to luxury travel, we’re meeting that demand and offering an exceptional resort environment which can’t be matched in this market”
We say: Clearwater Beach is becoming increasingly popular with both the leisure and MICE markets; the introduction of Wyndham’s top brand should cater for this growing demand and attract more convention groups
Opening: Already open

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U Jomtien will overlook the Gulf of Thailand
U Jomtien will overlook the Gulf of Thailand

U Jomtien

Location: Jomtien Beach, a few minutes down the coast from Pattaya – the popular Thai resort town
Grade: Upscale
Keys: 63
Facilities: Seafront swimming pool, restaurant, terrace bar, library, gym, garden area
Meeting space: Unspecified
They say: “As the tourism demand in Jomtien is growing stronger we are confident that this desirable destination can easily absorb a property such as U Jomtien”
We say: Seafront location plus U Hotels’ brand offerings, such as 24-hour room rental and breakfast served “anytime, anywhere”, should make this a popular retreat for tourists seeking a quieter alternative to downtown Pattaya
Opening: Early 2018

Mandarin Oriental Honolulu
Mandarin Oriental Honolulu

Mandarin Oriental Honolulu

Location: In the Hawaiian city’s Ala Moana district, close to Waikiki and Ala Moana beaches
Grade: Luxury
Keys: 125
Facilities: Restaurant, lounge, spa with eight treatment rooms, fitness centre, outdoor swimming pool
Meeting space: “Extensive banqueting and meeting spaces”. Hotel also located adjacent to the Hawaii Convention Center
They say: “Mandarin Oriental Honolulu will be the anchor of Mana’olana Place, a 36-storey mixed-use tower with gardens and public plazas”
We say: Mandarin Oriental’s style of Asian-influenced luxury should fit well into the Hawaiian market, which has always been popular among Asian travellers
Opening: Early 2020

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