Luxury Hotels

A BRAND CAN HAVE MANY NAMES

IHG stands for InterContinental Hotels Group, sic, and as such it is not, as far as Girlahead knows, into planes, ships, tents or knit-your-own-sweater kits (OK, sound stupid but Olympic gold medallist Tom Daley has just launched knit-one-purl-one kids).

IHG is, however, constantly evolving its bed-centric family members. Six Senses, having successful launched its Israel resort with camels, announces expanssion in the region with a 60-key resort on Dubai’s Palm.  In China, IHG has an exciting double-partnership on Hawaii-like Hainan Island.  With China Duty Free Group, it is developing two luxury-lifestyle hotels, the 317-key Regent Sanya Haitang Bay and a 175-key Hotel Indigo Sanya Haitang Bay. Close to Sanya International Duty-Free Shopping Complex, they  are expected to open in 2026 and will help China’s 14th Five-Year Plan has laid out a blueprint to develop the Hainan province into an international hub for tourism and shopping. Both designed by Ole Scheeren, this “vertical oasis” – above – integrates hotel buildings with commercial premises. The main building, as you can see, is floating boxes with rippled curtain walls, whose sweeping facade hugs the coastline. No wonder Peng Hui, Chairman of China Tourism Group Duty Free Corporation Limited, says the pair will deliver an unparalleled stay experience from one of the world’s most legendary luxury brands.

Everyone is looking at China these days.  Speaking from Beijing, Kempinski‘s highly-admired COO Asia-Pacific Michael Henssler says highest spend among affluent Millennials is found in Shanghai, followed by Shenzhen, and, apart from his own Nuo brand, popular hotel groups with these with-it youngsters are naked Retreats and Urban Resorts. Expect these with-it consumers, too, to veer towards anything LVMH does, helping that Paris-based mega-portfolio to take 2022 sales up to an expected €61 billion, or 15% higher than 2019’s figures.  Interestingly, LVMH’s two hotel brands, Belmond and Le Cheval Blanc, are not in China. Yet. But Kempinski is, a-plenty. Hear Michael Henssler here: