Many worldwide destinations also have been busy opening and renovating properties, including the following places in Australia, Mexico and the Caribbean.
QT Melbourne, a boutique hotel in Australia, has been luring visitors ever since it opened last year. It features creative dining options, including Pascale Bar & Grill, a chic bistro. The property has 188 suites and can accommodate 80 cocktail-style in its Barclay and Paramount rooms, up to 50 at Rooftop at QT and a maximum of 185 in the entire rooftop area.
Located adjacent to Darling Harbour in Sydney’s Central Business District, Hyatt Regency Sydney offers 892 guest rooms and 39,826 sq. ft. of meeting space, including two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms. The big news at the property is the opening of Zephyr, a rooftop bar that features stunning harbor and city views, as well as a crafted menu of innovative cocktails. The glamorous space can accommodate up to 200 people for a cocktail function.
The Howard Smith Wharves in Brisbane, Australia, are being redeveloped to create a unique destination that is ideal for business events. Situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, the area—which will open in 2018—will include a five-star, 164-room Art Series hotel and 12,917 sq. ft. of exhibition space.
Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, had a soft opening for its first hotel, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, in April. It will provide 1,800 guest rooms, and is the largest of three hotels planned for the $4.2 billion integrated development, which will eventually offer 2,300 guest rooms.
A central feature of the resort complex is Baha Mar Convention, Art and Entertainment Center, a 200,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor convention facility that connects directly to Baha Mar’s casino.
Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa, which was unveiled in February, is an adults-only resort that features 150 suites, cutting-edge tech and the only rooftop pool in Jamaica. It’s connected by skybridge to its sister property, St. James Montego Bay, which provides more than 8,058 sq. ft. of meeting space.
The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, is closed until December for a comprehensive, multimillion-dollar restoration that will include a complete redesign of the resort’s 79 guest rooms and three restaurants, and overall enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping. The property offers 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya (pictured above), a new adults-only, all-inclusive hotel in Mexico, debuted earlier this year. It features 448 guest rooms that offer predominantly ocean views, with semi-private swim-up pools on all ground-floor rooms.
The 16,000 sq. ft. of meeting space includes an 11,600-square-foot ballroom, two breakout rooms and outdoor options.
After a soft opening in November, Grand Velas Los Cabos in Mexico was officially unveiled the following month. The $150 million, all-inclusive beachfront property features 306 suites, a 16,370-square-foot convention center and a 19,375-square-foot spa.