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October 27, 2014

New Luxury Hotels for VIP Events

Looking for a top-tier hotel for a board-of-directors meeting? Here are three upcoming properties worth considering, as well as one that's already here.

Gansevoort to Debut in Dominican Republic
Gansevoort Hotel Group is set to open the Gansevoort Playa Imbert on December 15 on the Dominican Republic’s north coast. The resort has 48 suites comprised of one- and two-bedroom lofts, three-bedroom apartments with private plunge pools and large terraces, and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses. Each penthouse has a private rooftop Jacuzzi. Nice Touches: Floor-to-ceiling windows show off the seascapes throughout the resort and each suite has a kitchen. A three-tiered cascading infinity pool overlooks a crescent-shaped beach. 

A second, adults-only pool opens in spring 2015. Other planned amenities include a fitness center, a day spa with a Hammam-style sauna and a meditation and yoga garden. The resort is 15 minutes from Puerto Plata Airport.

Bahia Principe to Make Aruba Debut in 2016
Aruba is set to get a new luxury property for larger events. When it opens in the summer of 2016, the Luxury Bahia Principe Baby Beach Don Pablo Collection will have 950 rooms, the majority of which will be Junior Suites. Offerings will include a leisure complex, a theater, a casino, several restaurants, a gym, a spa and sports courts. The plans also include specialized spaces and services for specific segments such as weddings, groups, corporate incentive trips and families. The new resort will be located on the Seroe Colorado coast in the southern town of San Nicolas. 

60 Thompson Rebrands
Following a multi-million dollar renovation, Manhattan hotel 60 Thompson has rebranded as SIXTY SoHo. The vibe could be best described as “modern elegance that's all a tad vintage.” All 97 rooms now have planked timber floors, leather furnishings, and specially commissioned art. Ten suites have French balconies overlooking SoHo. The three SIXTY Suites have separate living rooms and the duplex SIXTY Loft has a large private roof deck with views over Manhattan. Small groups can meet in the hotel's restaurant, Sessanta when it opens in 2015, or the bi-level SIXTY Loft (set to open next month) or the rooftop space Above SIXTY SoHo. Contact [email protected] for requests. 

Morgans into Istanbul
Morgans Hotel Group is set to open 10 Karaköy in Istanbul on November 15. Part of the Originals collection, 10 Karaköy will join the likes of the Sanderson in London, the Shore Club in South Beach, and Morgans and the Royalton in New York.

The hotel is located on the European side of the Bosphorus, just a few minutes from both historic Sultanahmet and Beyoğlu. It has 71 guest rooms, including Loft Terrace Suites and a Penthouse with a private terrace.  All rooms have free Wi-Fi, walk-in showers and MALIN+GOETZ bath amenities. Morgans plans to open a Mondrian hotel in Istanbul next year, along with a Delano in the seaside resort town of Çeşme.           
Gansevoort Playa Imbert opens in December with 48 suites and a collection of four-bedroom penthouses.

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