Hyatt looks at global luxury expansion

Pictured: rendering of Alila Dalit Bay villa in Malaysia.
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has outlined its strong development pipeline of more than 35 planned luxury hotels and resorts globally through 2025.

The additions will be across the Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Miraval, Alila, Andaz, Thompson Hotels, and The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brands, as well as Inclusive Collection lines, Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts and Dreams Resorts & Spas.

National debuts

While maintaining its asset-light approach, Hyatt has doubled the number of luxury rooms, tripled the number of resort rooms, and quadrupled the number of lifestyle rooms in only five years. With 70% of its rooms categorised as luxury and upper upscale, the Hyatt portfolio has grown to meet increased demands for luxury and resort accommodations.

The group’s luxury footprint is expanding to meet that demand in new international markets. This includes the debut of Park Hyatt hotels in the UK, Mexico, and Malaysia; the Thompson Hotel brand’s expansion in Europe with the first properties in Austria and Italy; the Andaz brand’s growth in the Americas with its first hotel in the Caribbean; The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand’s first property in India; as well as Hyatt luxury growth in the trending destination of Portugal, with the planned openings of Andaz Lisbon and Dreams Madeira Resort, Spa & Marina.

Wellbeing demand

Hyatt is meeting travellers’ demand for more holistic wellbeing offerings by developing specialised and immersive spas in 2024 site additions such as Park Hyatt Los Cabos at Cabo del Sol, Mexico and Park Hyatt Marrakech in Morocco that will act as wellness destinations.

More options will be available through the recently launched Wellbeing Collective, a collection of 30+ Hyatt properties around the globe that offer tailored wellbeing experiences to meet the specific needs of meetings and events travellers, with plans to expand in 2024.

Timeless additions

Hyatt’s Timeless Collection hotels deliver the comforts of a home away from home with an elevated experience. Within this, openings for the Park Hyatt brand include: Park Hyatt Marrakech (early 2024); Park Hyatt London River Thames (mid 2024); Park Hyatt Los Cabos at Cabo del Sol (2024); Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (mid 2024); Park Hyatt Changsha (2024); Park Hyatt Johannesburg (2025); Park Hyatt Cancun (2025); Park Hyatt Phu Quoc (2025); and Park Hyatt Taipei (2025).

And for the Grand Hyatt line, additions will encompass: Grand Hyatt Kunming (2024); Grand Hyatt Mexico City Santa Fe (2025); Grand Hyatt Cancun Beach Resort (2025); Grand Hyatt Grand Cayman Hotel & Residences (2025); and Grand Hyatt The Red Sea (2025).

Boundless boost

Boundless Collection hotels that will make their debut and are designed to deliver compelling experiences include Miraval, The Red Sea (2025), for the Miraval brand. Alila additions will encompass: Alila Shanghai (late 2024); Alila Dalit Bay (2025); and Alila Dongao Island (2025).

Andaz arrivals will include: Andaz Doha (mid 2024); Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht (renovation unveiling mid 2024); Andaz Miami Beach (late 2024); Andaz Turks & Caicos at Grace Bay (2025); Andaz Lisbon (2025); and Andaz Bangkok (2025).

Properties heading into the Thompson Hotels portfolio encompass: Thompson Houston (2024); Thompson Palm Springs (2024); Thompson South Beach (2024); Thompson Vienna (early 2025); Thompson Rome (early 2025); Thompson Monterrey (2025); and Thompson Shanghai (2025).

Independent and inclusive

The group’s Independent Collection hotels are all unique – from storied properties and neighbourhood locales to immersive retreats. New openings include: Hotel Toranomon Hills (2023) and Noor-Us-Sabah Palace (2025) within The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

Inclusive Collection, part of World of Hyatt, resorts deliver immersive, elevated experiences where everything is included, with expected new resorts comprising: Zoëtry Halkidiki (mid 2024) for Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts; and Dreams Estrella Del Mar Mazatlan (mid 2024) and Dreams Madeira Resort, Spa & Marina (mid 2024) for Dreams Resorts & Spas.

Purposeful growth

Mark Vondrasek, chief commercial officer, Hyatt, said: “The upcoming addition of these new hotels and resorts across our global luxury portfolio in sought-after destinations where travellers want to go most reinforces our leadership in this space.

“Our continued, purposeful growth in the year ahead will follow an insight-led approach, focused on listening to our guests, customers and World of Hyatt members and their evolving travel needs such as a growing desire for immersive and distinct experiences that prioritise wellbeing.”

Leisure destination focus

Heidi Kunkel, senior vice president commercial services, EAME, added: “Hyatt’s luxury growth strategy is purposefully ambitious and in the coming years, we will continue to grow with intent through a focus on key leisure destinations, and top-tier brands’ ability to personalise experiences for each guest, member and client, through care.

“We value our relationship with travel advisors and look to work together on finding new ways to advance care for them and their clients through the transformative growth of our luxury offerings and evolving World of Hyatt benefits.”