Briefs: Emirates Palace Hotel rebrands; Ritz-Carlton Maui completes transformation

EMIRATES PALACE HOTEL REBRANDS: Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi has joined the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group portfolio and has been rebranded as Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental, Abu Dhabi. The beachfront 390-room hotel features renovated rooms, 12 dining venues, a new spa and sports facilities and two swimming pools, along with 660 square meters of elevated living, dining and relaxation areas for members and suite guests. The enhanced rooms will include vegan rooms featuring plant-based in-room dining options and cruelty-free bath amenities. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, a member of the Jardine Matheson Group, currently operates 36 hotels and nine residences across 24 countries.   

RITZ-CARLTON MAUI COMPLETES TRANSFORMATION: The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii, has completed the final phase of its $100 million transformation and has unveiled a new category — The Fire Lanai Collection. The new collection comprises 33 rooms and suites with expanded lanais, a private fire pit and views of Kapalua’s landscape. The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua, consists of 470 newly reimagined rooms, including 107 residential suites, a spa, a fitness center, six dining venues and enhanced meeting space.   

PLACEMAKR’S NEW POP-UP HOTEL: Placemakr, the Washington-based tech-enabled flex-use hospitality and multifamily operator, has announced its latest pop-up hotel — WhyHotel by Placemakr, Columbia. Located in Marlow in downtown Columbia, Md., the hotel will open in March and will include 115 furnished units for daily, weekly or annual stays. The property can be booked throughout the year. Placemakr has partnered with The Howard Hughes Corp. to offer fully furnished, open-floor apartments with full kitchens and in-unit laundry. The hotel will feature a pool, co-working and conference spaces, a penthouse lounge, a fitness center and a terrace overlooking Color Burst Park.   

ARIZONA BILTMORE UNVEILS NEW WELLNESS OFFERINGS: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria resort, has announced its newest spa and wellness offerings, which include restored dining venues, enhanced luxury accommodations and the additions of a bar and on-property club. The refreshed spa now features a standalone salt chamber. Built-in 1929, the hotel has 701 rooms with Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architecture and design. In 2021, the property underwent a renovation that included new dining venues, seven pools and refreshed luxury cottages.