Hyatt to grow luxury and lifestyle brands across Asia Pacific; three brands debut in China

25 January, 2022

Hyatt Hotels has confirmed its Destination by Hyatt brand will makes its debut in Asia Pacific with two properties in Mainland China. The debut of the brand, a diverse collection of independent hotels, resorts and residences, will be complemented by a further increase in the presence of Hyatt's luxury and lifestyle brands and the introduction of the Caption by Hyatt and Thompson Hotels brands to the region.

Destination by Hyatt debuts in China's Sichuan Province

The Destination by Hyatt brand which features a diverse collection of independent hotels that embody the true spirit of their location and crafted to be a place of discovery, connecting guests to people and place through immersive experiences, authentic design and genuine service, will arrive in China among the scenic mountains of Qingchengshan in Sichuan Province.

Expected to transition into the Destination by Hyatt portfolio in 2022, the 231-room Grand Resort Qingchengshan is situated in the vicinity of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mount Qingcheng, being one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China with over 2000 years of history, and the Dujiangyan hydro-engineering project built during the Qin Dynasty. Blessed with spectacular scenery, the area is a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers, located less than two hours outside Chengdu and conveniently accessible by road and high-speed rail.

This hotel will be located at the edge of Mount Qingcheng, less than a 10-minute drive from the entrance to Qingchengshan-Dujiangyan National Park. The hotel will immerse guests in tranquil mountain views from most rooms, and will feature a signature spa with hot spring and traditional Chinese medicine-focused treatments, accompanied by the sound of a waterfall and fresh mountain air.

Second Destination by Hyatt property in international business district of Dalian

The new Destination by Hyatt hotel will be located along the beachfront within the Xiaoyao Bay International Business District of Dalian, a vibrant port city and major tourist destination in Liaoning Province. Expected to open in 2026, the hotel will be owned and developed by Dalian Kaiyueda Resort Hotel Development Co as part of a mixed-use development that will feature residential, retail, wellbeing, and international medical facilities.

Hyatt says the owner has vision to build "a unique hotel with independent branding to truly reflect the strong locational characteristics and differentiated approach to service". One unique feature of the hotel is its access to an "ocean spring," a natural source of freshwater from the ocean floor which is sought after for its therapeutic benefits.

Caption by Hyatt planned for Shanghai's Zhongshan Park

The first Caption by Hyatt hotel in Asia Pacific is expected to open in 2022 in Shanghai's Zhongshan Park business district. Featuring self-activated experiences, shared social space, all-day dining and sustainable operations, the hotel aims to forge a real bond among hotel guests and the local community.

Caption by Hyatt hotels combine the design and comfort of a lifestyle hotel with the flexibility and self-service of a premium hotel. Hyatt says the brand doesn't just offer "a place, but truly of it, fully embracing the life and culture of the local community and creating space for meaningful connections".

Thompson Hotels to bring culture-savvy experience to Shanghai

Hyatt markets its Thompson Hotels brand as offering "a dynamic home base for like-minded, culture-savvy travellers, and a meeting place of diverse cultures, traditional or fashionable, sophisticated or casual, popular or niche, alike".

The first Thompson Hotels property in Asia Pacific will make its debut in 2023 at the Expo Park by Huangpu River in Pudong District, Shanghai, where it will offer a sophisticated hotel option for leisure travellers and trade show attendees.

China market remains 'strategic focus for Hyatt'

"China has always been a strategic focus for Hyatt," according to Stephen Ho, president - growth and operations, Asia Pacific for Hyatt Hotels, with its growing middle class and continued upgrade in consumption. "The tourism economy in the Greater China region continues to grow with new opportunities and vitality," according to the executive who predicts it will play "an important role" in the recovery of the entire Asia Pacific hotel industry.

Hyatt Centric, Alila and Andaz brands grow in China and across Asia Pacific

Hyatt Centric, the full-service lifestyle hotel brand, will also grow its presence across China, according to Hyatt with hotels under this brand planned to open in Ningbo, Xi'an, Xiamen and Shanghai. The Alila brand will also grow in China with the opening of the Alila Taihu in Suzhou, China and across wider Asia Pacific with the Alila Dalit Bay Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

Meanwhile, the Andaz brand will further expand its presence in Greater China with the expected upcoming openings of Andaz Hexi Nanjing and Andaz Macau. The Andaz brand is also slated to debut in the Thai capital in 2023 with the opening of Andaz One Bangkok, which will be developed as part of One Bangkok, a dynamic fully integrated district in the heart of the city that is set to become a new global landmark destination.