Briefs: IHG grows luxury portfolio in Rome; Pivot adds two boutique hotels on Jersey Shore

IHG ADDS TWO IN ROME: IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced two luxury hotels in Rome — InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace and Six Senses Rome. Six Senses Rome opened on March 16 and is the brand’s first property in Italy. The 96-room hotel was designed by architect Patricia Urquiola and offers a selection of 12 types of rooms, including three individually-designed signature suites. Located on the legendary Via Veneto, InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace will open this May. The building, originally built in 1900 and designed by Italian architect Carlo Busiri Vici to host ambassadors staying in Rome, served as the American Embassy Library in 1946. The hotel features 160 rooms and luxury suites and dining venues.

The Bungalow in Pier Village in Long Beach, N.J.

PIVOT ADDS TWO BOUTIQUE HOTELS ON JERSEY SHORE: Kushner Companies has selected Pivot, the operating division of Davidson Hospitality Group, to operate two boutique hotels on the Jersey Shore. Located in Pier Village in Long Beach, N.J., Pivot has added the Wave Resort and The Bungalow in Pier Village in Long Beach, N.J., to its portfolio. The 67-key Wave Resort includes an oceanfront pool deck, spa and fitness center, three dining outlets and 7,000 square feet of event space. The Bungalow has 24 rooms and fully equipped suites with kitchenettes, as well as an art gallery, a 1,000-square-foot event space and a cocktail lounge. Pier Village is a mixed-use beachfront Victorian-inspired community comprising over 30 restaurants, shops and services.

THE MANCHESTER TO OPEN IN SPRING: The Manchester hotel is set to open this spring in the historic Distillery District in Lexington, Ky. The hotel has 125 rooms, a bespoke bottle shop, a lobby bar and lounge, a 140-seat restaurant and a rooftop bat and lounge and was built on the former campus grounds of Central Kentucky’s first registered bourbon distillery by hoteliers Nik Feldman and Hank Morris.

CRYSTAL LAGOONS, A’AMAL GROUP PARTNER IN SAUDI ARABIA: Crystal Lagoons has entered Saudi Arabia with a new mega deal to develop real estate, hospitality and Public Access Lagoons, also called PAL projects. The plan comprises multiple luxury complexes in coastal and inland cities like Riyadh, Jeddah, Medina, Khobar and Dammam. Founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, the multinational company has partnered with A’amal Group for the project. The PAL developments will have lagoons surrounded by beaches for swimming and water sports accessible to the general public for a fee. The complexes will have commercial areas, restaurants, hotels, amphitheaters, concert venues and terraces. Crystal Lagoons has entered more than 15 new markets for its PAL projects and closed business deals in countries like Japan, Australia, India, Palestine and Israel.

MANTIS COLLECTION HOTEL IN MADAGASCAR: Accor has announced plans to open Mantis Soanambo Hotel & Spa on Nosy Boraha (Ile Sainte-Marie) in Madagascar. The 48-room oceanfront hotel will reopen this May under the Mantis flag. This will be the third Accor hotel under the same owner in Antananarivo. Mantis Soanambo Hotel & Spa will feature two swimming pools with ocean views, a restaurant and bar. The Mantis Collection brand by Accor is known for its conservation-led hospitality and efforts to preserve its surrounding communities, environment and wildlife.