Category Archives: Destination

The May Fair Hotel, London, joins Radisson Collection


The May Fair Hotel has become the latest addition to Radisson Collection, the group’s compilation of premium lifestyle properties, offering a high end stay in one of London’s most desirable districts. The hotel quickly became a playground for London’s high society following a tour of inspection by King George V and Queen Mary in the Roaring 20s. Later it was owned by Hollywood impresarios, the Danziger brothers, when the hotel then took a larger-than-life legacy to new heights. Today, while its eminent spaces and glimmering Baccarat chandeliers remain, the hotel has transformed into a contemporary boutique getaway – known for its timeless elegance and charm. The announcement coincides with parties finalizing the documentation on a 10 year extension to the partnership agreement between Radisson Hotel Group and Edwardian Hotels London, who own and operate The May Fair Hotel and 11 Radisson Blu Edwardian properties, now taking Edwardian Hotels London’s Master Franchise through to 2063.

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Accor to open MGallery in Hong Kong by 2019 end

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Accor has announced The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery in Hong Kong. Situated next to Novotel Citygate in Tung Chung, The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery will be the brand’s first hotel in Hong Kong when it opens towards the end of 2019. As the first MGallery to open in a major city within Greater China, The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery has a unique story to tell. Its name references the silver mine resources in east Lantau, as well as the shimmer of water that surrounds the verdant island. Silver is used as a design element throughout the hotel as accents to underscore the refined luxury that the property encapsulates. The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery is part of Citygate’s mixed-use extension complex, and is conveniently situated above Tung Chung MTR station. Hong Kong International Airport and AsiaWorld-Expo are a short five-minute drive away, while Central can be easily reached within 30 minutes by train. Lantau Island’s best attractions, namely The Big Buddha, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, and Hong Kong Disneyland, are all within easy reach. The Silveri Hong Kong – MGallery offers 206 guestrooms and suites, with interior design by Hong Kong-based Cream. A number of guestrooms and suites offer outdoor terraces and jacuzzis whilst a selection of suites are outfitted with expansive terraces and plunge pools. Large windows offer views to the green hills of Lantau, while natural materials such as hardwood floors and stone bring the landscape indoors.

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Marriott opens second Four Points by Sheraton in Tanzania


Marriott International has announced the opening of its second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Tanzania, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel. The original New Africa Hotel was built as the official residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1896. It was used as a hospital during World War I before being converted into a hotel during the British Empire. Sitting at the heart of the central business district of the city, overlooking the Harbor the hotel has since emerged as a landmark and an integral part of the burgeoning city. With the renovation and the rebrand the hotel continues to retain its unique charm, while delivering on the brand’s promise to provide what matters most to today’s independent travellers.“Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel, is a great addition to our rapidly growing footprint in Africa and further consolidates the brands presence in Tanzania. We are confident that with its blend of stylish comfort and genuine service at a great value, the hotel will meet the rising demand for high-caliber lodging in this fast-growing market and soon emerge as a leading choice among business and leisure travelers,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

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Raffles opens new hotels in China and the Maldives


Raffles Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of two important new landmark hotels, Raffles Shenzhen and Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. Both hotels opened in early May and are now accepting reservations at Known as havens for royalty, film stars, writers and artists, many remarkable stories and cultural moments have taken place within the plush confines of Raffles hotels and resorts. “The Raffles collection now includes 14 properties across 12 countries, with a carefully curated list of distinguished addresses in leading markets around the world,” said Chris Cahill, Deputy CEO, Accor. “With a storied history spanning more than 130 years, Raffles is currently experiencing a renaissance, with a robust project pipeline that will see the portfolio add an additional 8-10 hotels over the next few years.” Raffles Shenzhen brings the height of luxury and bespoke service to the shining modern metropolis of Shenzhen. An extraordinary urban oasis discreetly perched on the top floors of a 72-storey tower in the prestigious One Shenzhen Bay complex, Raffles Shenzhen is the epitome of glamour and refinement. With 168 spacious guestrooms, as well as a selection of serviced residences, well-travelled guests will be enchanted by the exquisite dining venues, spectacular views of Shenzhen Bay and Hong Kong, and of course, the famous Raffles Butlers and the warm, graceful and personalized service for which they are known.

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118-room Holiday Inn Piura opens in Peru

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InterContinental Hotels Group has announced the opening of the newly-built 118-room Holiday Inn Piura hotel located in the coastal city of Piura, Peru. The Holiday Inn Piura hotel is the company’s first brand to open in Piura, which is the business hub of Peru’s northern region. Gerardo Murray, Regional Vice President Marketing, Commercial and Revenue Strategy, Mexico, Latin America and Caribbean, IHG, said: “We are proud to continue IHG’s growth in Peru with the opening of Holiday Inn Piura. We are excited to bring business and leisure travelers a welcoming stay they can count on while exploring new destinations within this magnificent country.” Located in the heart of the city’s historic center, the Holiday Inn Piura hotel is just steps from the Plaza del Sol shopping mall and 11 minutes from Capitán FAP Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport (PIU). The seven-story hotel boasts an on-site business center with three meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 137 guests. Additional features include an outdoor pool, a restaurant and bar, and a complimentary 24-hour fitness center.

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Marriott to open 13 luxury hotels in Asia Pacific this year


Marriott International has announced strong growth of its Asia Pacific luxury portfolio with 13 new luxury properties projected to open in 2019, offering a wide range of transformative experiences designed to capture the modern luxury traveller. Marriott International’s current portfolio of 130 luxury hotels across ten countries and territories in Asia Pacific is poised to grow in 2019 with new openings from JW Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and The Luxury Collection. Additionally, Marriott International’s unified loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy, will offer more guests unique experiences in coveted destinations across the region. “Asia Pacific’s luxury travel industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world, driven by markets like China and India. On top of this, global luxury travelers today are seeking more than just the opportunity to indulge, they want experiences that deliver personal meaning and significance,” said Peggy Fang Roe, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific, Marriott International. “In response, Marriott International continues to grow its footprint and experiential offerings in Asia Pacific, providing highly contextualized and carefully curated experiences, allowing luxury travelers to explore their passions and grow on a personal level,” Fang Roe continued.

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Choose Mövenpick Hotel Colombo for a memorable wedding

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With a capacity of 160, the banquet venue at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo is intimate, yet grand. The food options are stellar and includes a delightful offering ranging from Sri Lankan cuisine to Indian food, crafted by a dedicated Indian Chef as well as a Western option, all just right for foodie couples. Indians love their rooftop bars, so why not elevate your love story and take it up 24 storeys high? The Mövenpick Hotel Colombo’s Vistas rooftop bar provides unbeatable panoramic views of the glistening Indian Ocean and bustling Colombo city. An impressive location, Vistas is a venue offering the kind of scenes that would be the envy of rooftop bars across the island. No backdrop is required as Vistas allows for stunning views in all directions making it the perfect spot to watch the sunset as the large red orb dips below the ocean waves. Gaze across the lights and landmarks that define the city at night and feel on top of the world and explore Colombo from an entirely new perspective with your loved ones. With its seemingly endless pool and beautiful views, this seriously photogenic venue offers a range of wedding packages from cocktail receptions to buffets. Be on top of the world, literally, and celebrate your love story at the Mövenpick Hotel Colombo.

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Grand Hyatt Gurgaon to open in Q4


Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that 21 new luxury hotels and resorts are planned to open in Asia Pacific by the end of 2020. This expansion is comprised of seven Park Hyatt branded properties, six hotels each under the Grand Hyatt and Andaz brands and two Alila branded resorts, boosting Hyatt’s luxury portfolio in the region by more than 25%. Additionally, the Grand Hyatt brand continues its steady growth momentum with new openings in emerging cities in China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Planned openings in 2019 are- • Andaz Dubai The Palm in the United Arab Emirates • Andaz Gangnam Seoul in South Korea • Grand Hyatt Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia • Grand Hyatt Gurgaon in India • Grand Hyatt Hefei in China • Park Hyatt Auckland in New Zealand • Park Hyatt Doha in Qatar • Park Hyatt Jakarta in Indonesia • Park Hyatt Kyoto in Japan • Park Hyatt Shenzhen in China

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Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra, opens with 239 rooms


The Indian Hotels Company has introduced the Taj brand in Agra with the opening of Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra. The hotel is spread over 4.5 acres is located within walking distance from the Taj Mahal. The 239 spacious rooms are elegantly designed in a contemporary style. The hotel offers multiple dining options such as Palato, the all-day diner, Daawat-e-Nawaab, the Indian specialty restaurant and two lounges – Liquid Lounge and Tea Lounge. The pièce de résistance is Infini – The Sky Lounge, a rooftop bar with stunning views of the Taj Mahal. Guests can enjoy a swim in the infinity pool which also overlooks the Taj Mahal. Rohit Khosla, Executive Vice President – Operations, North and West India, IHCL, said “We are excited to bring the Taj brand to the historic city of Agra. Agra is renowned world over for being one of the most culturally rich cities. Taj Hotel & Convention Centre, Agra offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal promises to be a great draw for both, domestic as well as international travellers.” This luxury hotel in Agra is an ideal destination for large conferences and destination weddings. It offers 40,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor banqueting space including a 14,000 sq. ft. pillar-less hall which is one of the largest in North India.

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