Rosewood Open Hong Kong as Part of Plan to Double the Portfolio

Main Photo: The Rosewood Hong Kong

Date: March 2019

Location: Victoria Dockside, Hong Kong

Name: The Rosewood Hong Kong

No. of Keys: 322 and 91 suites

Owner: The site was the former Holt’s Wharf and New World Centre, which was developed in the 1980s by Cheng Yu-tung and Henry Cheng, who are Sonia Cheng’s grandfather and father, respectively.

Rosewood Hong Kong opened this month as the first Rosewood property in Hong Kong.

Radha Arora, Rosewood’s President called the company’s latest opening “a monumental moment in Rosewood’s 40-year history” and “the fullest and most complete expression of our CEO Sonia Cheng’s vision for the brand.”

The 65-story hotel, with guestrooms and suites, is in the city’s new Victoria Dockside mixed-use district.

Arora said the hotel, which opened this month, was “designed to reflect the modernity and dynamism of Hong Kong,” with eight food-and-beverage concepts, 3,200 square meters of event space and Rosewood’s wellness outpost, Asaya.

Hong Kong is the latest in a line of openings and deals signed for the company. In the last year, Rosewood announced projects on Hawaii’s Big Island; in Venice; Shenzhen; China; Shanghai; the Philippines; Myanmar; Houston; and Half Moon Bay, Antigua.

Properties opened in Phnom Penh; and Luang Prabang, Laos, in 2018; and so far this year Hong Kong and Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California, have opened.

“In developing our growth plans, we look to new, undiscovered destinations that are shifting the epi-center of culture and ‘cool’ around the world,” Arora said. Rosewood Puebla (which opened in 2017 outside of Mexico City) “and Luang Prabang are great examples.

While Mexico City has seen a resurgence in popularity recently, very few luxury travelers were aware of the incredible colonial city located just 75 miles east until Rosewood helped put this special destination on the map. Similarly, in South East Asia, Luang Prabang (and Yangon as well) is amongst the last of relatively undiscovered but culturally rich and fascinating destinations in the region.”

Arora said Rosewood’s focus is not just on growth but on continuously evolving. He referred to renovations in the works at classic Rosewood properties the Rosewood Washington, D.C.; The Carlyle in New York City; and the brand’s first property, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas.

In 2017, “we continued our global expansion with four new openings – re-introducing the iconic Hôtel de Crillon in Paris under the Rosewood flag following a four-year landmark renovation, opening Rosewood Puebla and Rosewood Sanya, and debuting Rosewood Phuket as our first resort in Southeast Asia—to establish a true global footprint and increase our network by 25%.”

This year, in addition to the Hong Kong opening, he said the company continues its “firsts” around the world—Rosewood Miramar Beach is the first of the brand in Southern California. The company also opens Rosewood Bangkok later this month, and Rosewood Yangon (Myanmar) and Rosewood Guangzhou later this year.


THPT Comment: “It will certainly be a busy year,” he said. A bit of an under-statement!

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