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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.

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