Travel news: Rocco Forte debuts in Saudi Arabia, Four Seasons takes over Vietnam hotel, and more

Plus: Design Hotels expands worldwide, More from Mexico with US openings, Principal launches in Manchester, and spend National Day at Ritz-Carlton.

Assila Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Courtesy Rocco Forte Hotels
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Rocco Forte debuts in Saudi Arabia

Rocco Forte Hotels has opened a property in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Assila Hotel is a two-tower structure with 147 rooms, 63 suites and 94 serviced residential suites, aimed at business and leisure guests. Rooms cost from Dh1,500 per night, including taxes. For more information, visit

Four Seasons takes over Vietnam hotel

The Nam Hai hotel in Hoi An, previously under the management of GHM, has been taken over by the Four Seasons group, becoming its first property in Vietnam. Four Seasons bookings are available from December 20; one-bedroom villas cost from Dh3,500 per night, including taxes and breakfast. For more information, visit

Design Hotels expands worldwide

Seven properties have joined the Berlin-based group Design Hotels. The German company now has 300 properties in 50 countries. The new hotels have been partly chosen for their food offerings, and are located in Pienza in Italy; the Portuguese capital Lisbon; San Miguel de Allende in Mexico; Ascona in Switzerland (boasting a two-Michelin-star restaurant); São Miguel in the Azores; Palma in Majorca; and Taipei, Taiwan. For more information, visit

More from Mexico with US openings

The trendy Mexican hotel company Grupo Habita has opened two new properties in the United States. After the Hotel Americano in New York, the company's second and third hotels are The Robey and The Hollander, both in Chicago. The Robey has 69 rooms in an art deco skyscraper, while The Hollander has just 20 rooms and offers a facility for guests to share their social-media profiles with other guests. For more information, visit

Principal launches in Manchester

New hotel brand Principal, which is funded by Starwood Capital Group and offers city centre accommodation in landmark buildings, has launched in the United Kingdom with the takeover of The Palace Hotel, a grand 19th-century structure in Manchester with a large clock tower. Other hotels will open in cities including York and Edinburgh. Rooms at The Principal Manchester cost from Dh500 per night. For more information, visit​

Spend National Day at Ritz-Carlton

Splash out this National Day holiday and book Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal’s National Day Royal package. The offer for two guests, which costs from Dh45,000 per night to celebrate 45 years (Dh54,015 including taxes), includes accommodation in the royal suite, pick-up and drop-off from within the UAE in a limousine, exclusive afternoon tea in Alba coffee lounge and a 45-minute massage, plus a romantic room set-up that includes 45 roses. Also included is personal butler services and Club Lounge access. The offer is available from December 1 to 3. For more information or to make a reservation, email