On October 17, Amanjena in Marrakech reopens following a three-month upgrade that includes the addition of a two-bedroom suite, two extra restaurants and tea and shisha lounges; 17 new residences, available for private purchase, are also in the pipeline
• DoubleTree by Hilton has branded a second property in Chile; located in Calama in the Atacama Desert, the 148-room hotel has commenced a property-wide upgrade due for completion by mid-2016; all rooms have a balcony with city views.
• Starwood’s rapidly expanding Aloft “tech-forward incubator” brand (think keyless smartphone room access, with 3D food printing under development) has debuted in the Texan city of College Station following recent openings in Manhattan, Stuttgart and Munich; the goahead brand is also heading to Sydney, Perth and Adelaide
• Hong Kong’s soaring Ritz Carlton has opened a ritzy caviar bar to join the hotel’s suite of stellar high-rise eateries
• Guests of Anantara’s two Bangkok hotels can avail themselves of a new “in-room” smartphone loaded with travel information, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and offering unlimited local and international calls to 10 destinations.