Category Archives: Destination

Raffles welcomes 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 “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 personalised service for which they are known. On the remote southern tip of the Maldives archipelago, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is as removed from the rhythm of everyday life as can be. Surrounded by crystalline Indian Ocean waters and unspoiled reefs, the resort is a rare haven of 21 island beach villas and 16 ocean overwater villas. Guests take a domestic flight and are transported by speed boat to the pristine and private oasis of Meradhoo, where they receive the gentle and intuitive attentions of the legendary Raffles Butlers, along with an exclusive Marine …

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46th Ginger hotel opens in Dwarka, Gujarat, with 98 rooms

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Ginger has opened a new hotel in Dwarka, Gujarat, which would take the count of the brand to 7 in the state. Deepika Rao, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ginger said, “This is a proud moment for Ginger. The hotel complements Ginger’s growth strategy of building presence in key religious destinations in India.” Located off the Porbander – Dwarka (NH 51) highway, Ginger Dwarka houses 98 beautiful, well-appointed rooms in superior and suite category; Makhan, an all-day diner which has an option of alfresco seating; a meeting room; a banqueting lawn and a fitness centre offering a truly seamless stay experience to its guests. The hotel is just five minutes from the famous Dwarkadeesh temple and the Dwarka Beach.

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Sarovar signs a new hotel in Ahmedabad, to open in August

Sarovar Portico, Ahmedabad-Kalupur Station signing pictures (1)

Sarovar Hotels and Resorts has signed a new hotel in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. This will be Sarovar’s second hotel after Rivera Sarovar Portico in Ahmedabad. Besides this, the brand has presence in Bhavnagar, Gandhidham and Rajkot. This will be Sarovar’s fifth hotel in Gujarat. Sarovar Portico, Kalupur station is located minutes away from the Ahmedabad railway terminus and fifteen minutes away from the Airport. The hotel is located in one of the most iconic trading hubs of the city, Kapasia Bazaar and gives easy access to the commercial and industrial hub. Slated to fly as Sarovar Portico, Ahmedabad-Kalupur Station in August 2019, the hotel will offer enhanced guest experience, including 24-hours room service, international cuisine, valet laundry, conference hall and travel desk. Commenting on the development, Anil Madhok, Executive Chairman, Sarovar Hotels & Resorts, said “We are delighted to expand our presence into western India. The hotel is located in the historic Kalupur district, the ancient trading hub of Ahmedabad. We foresee increased travel to Gujarat and Ahmedabad and look forward to welcoming patrons to our new hotel there.”

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TWA Hotel, JFK’s only on-airport hotel opens with 512 soundproof guestrooms


TWA Hotel, JFK’s only on-airport hotel opens with 512 soundproof guestrooms. The hotel features world’s biggest hotel gym: a 10,000-square-foot fitness center operated by The Wright Fit, The Paris Café by Jean-Georges, a 200-seat restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from an open kitchen in collaboration with Tastes on the Fly. The hotel also features Departures Hall grab-and-go dining operated by Fooda, including restaurants such as Antico Noè, Empanada Republic, Fresh&Co, The Halal Guys and Playa Bowls, 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom and A Phaidon + Herman Miller Reading Room, where guests are invited to relax on midcentury modern furniture by Herman Miller while browsing Phaidon books.

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200-room Hyatt Regency Lisbon to open in late 2020


Hyatt Hotels has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise and related agreements with Realtejo – Hotelaria e Turismo, owned subsidiary of United Investments Portugal and Fibeira, to develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal: Hyatt Regency Lisbon. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 200 hotel rooms and apartments and will be located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River. The foray into Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital city, is an important milestone for Hyatt, signifying its growing brand presence in increasingly competitive markets across the continent. The number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone. The hotel will be situated just a five-minute drive from Lisbon’s historic city center and within easy reach of many major attractions, including the two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery. These nearby sites, along with its prime location across from Lisbon’s conference center and convenient access to the airport, will make the Hyatt Regency brand a natural fit with its appeal to both business and leisure travelers seeking a seamless experience.

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Aloft Dublin City opens with 202 rooms


Marriott International has announced the opening of the design-led Aloft Dublin City, the first Aloft hotel to open in Ireland. The brand’s signature W XYZ bar anchors the social scene on the seventh floor with panoramic views of the city – from mountains to famous hotspots including the Guinness Storehouse and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Each of the 202 spacious guestrooms and suites feature Aloft’s ultra-comfortable plush beds, complete with headboards designed by local Dublin Artist, Sketchy; custom amenities by Bliss Spa; fast & free Wi-Fi; and 49-inch televisions linked to a Plug & Play connectivity panel. Guests and locals can grab a drink at the W XYZ® bar and enjoy Live at Aloft, the brand’s music programme that showcases intimate, acoustic performances and backstage moments with some of the hottest emerging artists. For those looking to replenish or chill out, the Re:mix SM lounge boasts a loft-like vibe with flowing open areas and grab-and-go food options at Re:fuel by Aloft SM , the 24/7 pantry.

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Lords’ new property, opening in September, to have biggest swimming pool in India

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Lords Hotels & Resorts has significant expansion plans for the Indian market for 2019. Adding to this,  PR Bansal, COO, Lords Hotels and Resorts says, “Lords Hotels and Resorts is now preparing to open a world-class club in Rajkot by September 15, 2019. It will be a 40-room property and ‘the best club of India’ called Aarya Lords Club & Resorts. It will have the largest swimming pool in India – of 500 metres – with gandolas. It is owned by a first-generation hotelier who is a renowned architect from Gujarat called Ishwar Gehi.”      

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IHCL and GIC create Rs 4000 crore platform to acquire hotel assets


The Indian Hotels Company has announced a strategic partnership with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC for an investment platform to the tune of Rs 4000 crores or USD 600 million over a period of three years. This Platform will be used to acquire fully operational hotels in the luxury, upper upscale and upscale segments in India. This platform will look at potential hotel assets primarily located in key lodging markets in India. The mandate is to acquire fully operational hotels which will also include distressed or underperforming hotels that can be turned around banking on IHCL’s experience and capabilities. Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said, “We are delighted to partner with GIC, one of the most reputable global investors. This collaboration is in line with Aspiration 2022 and our vision to scale up, create greater enterprise value and make IHCL South Asia’s most iconic and profitable hospitality company. Through this Platform, we expect to acquire strategic and marquee assets that need new ownership, branding and positioning.” Key highlights of the Platform for IHCL are: • IHCL will be able to pursue acquisitions in an asset light format, with the equity contribution from IHCL at 30% and the balance 70% contributed by GIC. • Each acquisition is intended to be in a separate SPV with its own funding. • The hotels acquired will be managed by IHCL under its various brands and complement the company’s current growth aspirations via Management Contracts.

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THE Park opens a 60-room property in Mumbai

THE Park Mumbai 3

THE Park Hotels has announced the opening of its new hotel located at Juhu Tara Road, THE Park Mumbai. The 60-room property will offer six categories of rooms; with views of either the Arabian Sea or the city while some overlook the historic Juhu airfield. The rooms and studio suites have been designed with a monochromatic colour palette with world-class amenities. The room rates start from INR 17,000 onwards.

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