Category Archives: Spirit & Wine

Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel to open on March 1, 2019

Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will be opening on March 1, 2019. Whether you are organising a business or social event, the event professionals at the Sheraton Bodh Gaya Hotel will ensure a memorable success. Ballrooms and meeting rooms can accommodate up to 400 people and feature beautiful yet cosy surroundings, state-of-the-art technology, and superb catering service. The hotel will have 200 rooms.

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Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara opens with 312 rooms

The doors to one of Kuala Lumpur’s most anticipated hotels opened this month with the unveiling of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia. Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the luxurious 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall. Designed by Wilson Associates, the hotel’s interior blends local heritage with a sophisticated feature wall depicting the country’s Wau Bulan otherwise known as the moon kite with French art vivre through an Eiffel Tower artwork. Stunning art-pieces and sculptures were specially created for the hotel paying homage to the rich Malaysian and French heritage and culture. Ranging from 43 to 105 square metres, the guestrooms feature the signature bedding concept by MyBed™, wifi and a selection of premium in-room amenities by Lanvin and Hermès. Guests staying in suites will have access to the Club Millésime executive lounge, which offers spectacular views of the city’s skyline and provides exclusive services including complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening cocktails and more. Home to five restaurants and bars, the signature all-day dining restaurant Kwee Zeen serves Pan-Asian cuisine while the Chinese restaurant Wan Chun Ting, which translates as Ten Thousand Springs pavilion, offers authentic Cantonese and Imperial cuisine with intricate fabrics, fine embroidery and gold damask velvet. Boasting four private dining rooms with plush furnishings, the restaurant features a sophisticated blend of east meets west décor with elements of Chinese-inspired silhouettes and traditional art pieces. Enjoy a selection of French wines and afternoon tea at Le Bar or relish authentic French cuisine at the casual French Riviera-inspired restaurant, …

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Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort opens

AccorHotels announced its first luxury destination in the Maldives— Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort. Set on the private island of Meradhoo, the resort will be repositioned following further enhancements in late 2018, and join the iconic collection of Raffles hotels and resorts. Dhevanafushi Maldives Luxury Resort, Managed by AccorHotels presently boasts 21 island villas and 16 ocean villas with private pools, three restaurants, a scenic cocktail bar and an array of facilities and activities to relax, rejuvenate and reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. These include an award winning luxury spa, over-the-water fitness centre, yoga programmes, water sports, private dining options, 24-hour butler and private chef service, along with snorkelling and diving at its finest – the resort’s PADI-certified dive centre offers adventures through the wonders of some of most breath-taking coral reefs in the world. “We are thrilled to announce our very first luxury resort in the Maldives at a time when the region is enjoying excellent growth, especially with travellers from Asia Pacific. AccorHotels is bringing to the resort our expertise in delivering unparalleled luxury experiences renowned in our Raffles, Fairmont and Sofitel brands, along with the benefits of our award-wining global loyalty programme, Le Club AccorHotels.” says Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia. Vincent Yeo, Chief Executive Officer of CDL Hospitality Trusts, adds: “With active asset management being one of the key pillars of our management strategy, we believe the appointment of AccorHotels for the resort will allow us to optimise its asset potential and redefine this resort at the very top end of the luxury resort sector in the Maldives, following the re-positioning exercise in 2018.” Catering to discerning individual travellers, …

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Marriott consolidates in Japan with the opening of five Marriott Hotels

Marriott International and Mori Trust Group has announced the grand opening of five distinct Marriott Hotels across Japan, broadening the spectrum on the country’s scenic destinations. International and local travellers alike will be invited to explore the diverse beauty Japan has to offer, with collectively more than 800 rooms available for their journeys.“We are pleased to partner with the Mori Trust Group on expanding our flagship brand, Marriott Hotels, across Japan,” said Craig S. Smith, President & Managing Director, Marriott International Asia Pacific. “At Marriott International, we currently have 40 hotels open in Japan and 10 in the pipeline. Japan remains one of the top travel destinations in the world and we want to welcome a new generation of globetrotters to discover unique corners of the country, which will spark new ways of thinking about Japan as a destination.” Whether guests are seeking refuge from the big cities by embarking on an eco-tour into the mountains, or taking a dip in the healing hot springs, distinctive cultural influences can be uncovered in each of the deluxe resorts. Authentic regional cuisines can be savored at the hotels’ onsite restaurants, all named The Grill & Dining G Restaurant. The five hotels are gateways to exploring Japan’s stunning scenic beauty, from the lake area surrounding Mount Fuji to the white sandy beaches, temples, bamboo groves and modern art further afield.Set amidst a rich natural environment, the Karuizawa Marriott Hotel is located only 70 minutes away from central Tokyo. Spread across four wings, the 142 rooms are designed in a modern style fused with Japanese elements. Suites suitable for families are available as well as premium rooms featuring forest views and private hot springs. …

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Sofitel debuts in Foshan, China, with 325 rooms

Sofitel announces the opening of Sofitel Foshan in the historical city of Guangdong province, China. Located in China Leading Furniture City – Lecong in Shunde – Sofitel Foshan connects to the 200,000 square-metre Louvre International Exhibition Centre, a destination hub for design aficionados. Sofitel Foshan is the brand’s first property to debut in Foshan and the 23rd property in the Greater China network. “It gives us great opportunity to partner with Guangdong Louvre Furnishings Group on the development of Sofitel Foshan,” said Michel Molliet, Chief Operating Officer, AccorHotels Greater China. “With a long history of fine ceramic production, Foshan has morphed into a furniture and accessories hub in recent years. The city’s enriched culture blends perfectly with the design and architecture of Sofitel’s DNA. Sofitel is AccorHotels’ authentic luxury brand that aims to create magnificent moments for travellers seeking an indulgent experience.” Featuring a stunning interior design by CCD (Cheng Chung Design (HK)), Sofitel Foshan seamlessly blends the unique Chinese and French design furnishing and décor to showcase the best of Lingnan rich culture with iconic French monuments and art. At 236 metres, the 62-storey Sofitel Foshan is the tallest hotel in the city with a 360 degree view of the city. Boasting 325 modern guest rooms with four themes including modern, post-modern, neo-Chinese, and Classic French, the hotel features an in-house furniture gallery display on the 9th and 10th floor that offer unique art pieces and designer furniture. Architectural fittings, furnishings and décor are environmentally friendly designed and constructed in line with AccorHotels’ Planet 21 initiative that aims to offer travellers a unique sustainable hospitality experience. Bespoke furniture pieces are also available for purchase at Sofitel Foshan. “Sofitel Foshan …

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Choice Hotels to develop new Cambria Hotel in Austin, Texas

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, has signed an agreement with Cloud Nine Hospitality, LLC, to develop a new Cambria hotel in Austin, Texas. The four-story, 134-room Cambria property will be located at the corner of E. Ben White Blvd. and E. Riverside Dr. Expected to open in 2019, the Cambria Hotel Austin Airport is near Austin Bergstrom International and just minutes from downtown. Often referred to as “Silicon Hills,” Austin includes many high-tech company operations, including 3M, Apple, Google, Facebook, Dell and Silicon Laboratories. The city also hosts the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival each year, a conglomerate of film, interactive media, music and conferences. Additional nearby attractions include the Circuit of the Americas raceway and the Austin360 Amphitheater. The area is also home to the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas State Capitol. “Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and an ideal market for the Cambria brand. As part of our aggressive growth strategy, we’ve been targeting both state capital and large university markets, and Austin benefits from being both. We like the stability, higher RevPAR, and consistent room night demand these markets typically deliver. In addition to the state capital and The University of Texas, Austin boasts a booming tech sector, thriving music scene, and several annual events which make it a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel’s close proximity to both the airport and downtown, combined with great amenities, makes the Cambria hotel perfectly suited for the modern traveler,” said Mark Shalala, vice president, development, upscale brands at Choice Hotels. “The Cambria Hotel Austin Airport is an …

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Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena, Chad, opens with 175 rooms

Radisson Blu, the iconic hotel brand driven by innovation and design, is proud to announce the opening of its first hotel in N’Djamena, Chad. This latest addition brings Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s African presence to 42 hotels with more than 16,200 rooms in operation and under development. Located on the shore of the Chari River, the Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena is situated in the southern part of the capital, just 10 minutes from the city center and 15 minutes from Hassan Djamous International Airport. “We are delighted to expand our upper-upscale presence in Africa with the opening of a new Radisson Blu in a new country, Chad, Africa’s fifth largest,” said Mark Willis, Senior Area Vice President, Middle East, Turkey and Africa, The Rezidor Hotel Group. “Since 2010, the country has signaled significant growth and development ambition, and we are delighted to be part of Chad’s continued progress, especially in travel and tourism.” All 175 guest rooms of the Radisson Blu Hotel, N’Djamena offer a warm ambiance, contemporary design and free, high-speed WiFi. There’s a selection of rooms styles to suit every traveler, from Standard, Superior and Business Rooms. More spacious accommodation offer includes a range of Junior and Executive Suites with separate living and dining areas with picturesque views of the courtyard and mesmerizing Chari River. La Promenade restaurant delivers a delicious menu all day with a variety of hearty buffets and an à la carte choices. A great choice of cocktails and fresh drinks, plus snacks and sweet delights can always be ordered at Le Chari Lounge Lobby Bar. Guests can bask in the infinite views from the sixth floor at Le Panorama Restaurant & Bar, which offers …

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Autograph Collection Hotels opens third property in Madrid with 71 rooms

Autograph Collection Hotels welcomes its third distinctly independent property in Madrid with the opening of Hotel Círculo Gran Vía. The magnificent neo-classical building is the former home of the Merchants and Industrialist’s Circle and has been transformed into a boutique, adults-only hotel and casino following a multi-million euro renovation. Offering 71 stylish rooms and suites, Hotel Círculo Gran Vía joins an ever-evolving ensemble of more than 110 Autograph Collection Hotels around the world that are independent, one-of-a-kind and share the brand’s values of vision, design and craft. “We are delighted to bring new life to this iconic building in the heart of Madrid,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe, Marriott International. “With its grand architecture and carefully curated design that nods to the building’s rich history, Hotel Círculo Gran Vía, Autograph Collection evokes the spirit and heritage of this captivating city and embodies our Exactly Like Nothing Else brand philisophy perfectly.” Hotel Círculo Gran Vía is located on the world-famous Gran Vía, a lively street lined with magnificent buildings and delightfully quirky Art Nouveau and Art Deco facades. Built in the 1920s, the building was a meeting place for intellectuals of the famous Bilis Club, a literary society “without rules, directive board or address.” The property’s history prevails throughout with classical features showcasing the grandeur of the time. The hotel’s design aesthetic is inspired by the building’s historic role as a gentleman’s club. Muted colours, textured fabrics and aged wood are artfully combined to balance the majestic with the contemporary. A photographic art exhibition entitled “Memories of Gran Via” composed of 175 historic pictures is displayed throughout the guestrooms and public areas offering a fascinating perspective on …

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Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina, Italy joins The Luxury Collection

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced that Cristallo, a historic hotel located in the renowned Italian town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, will join The Luxury Collection, the world’s premier portfolio of upscale destinations, this June. Owned and managed by the Gualandi family, Cristallo, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, marks the brand’s first hotel in Cortina, and first ski resort worldwide. Located in Northeastern Italy and nestled within the spectacular Dolomites mountain range, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the dual-season property will reopen after a redesign of the hotel’s rooms and suites, as well as the hotel’s lobby. A second phase of renovation will be complete by December when the property will celebrate its first ski season as part of The Luxury Collection. With this reopening, The Luxury Collection expands to eight hotels in Italy, reinforcing the brand’s commitment to growing its European portfolio. “The iconic Cristallo Resort is a perfect fit for The Luxury Collection, as it is truly a hotel that defines its destination,” said Mitzi Gaskin, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection & JW Marriott. “Italy is a key market for our brand, and this hotel marks our eighth location in the country, while also celebrating a key global milestone – The Luxury Collection’s first ski resort in the world!” Boasting majestic views across Cortina and the monumental Dolomites, the hotel’s 74 guestrooms, including 20 suites and two Presidential suites, have been distinctively furnished to complement the property’s Italian heritage. Pale wood panels are offset by intricate wild flower detailing and delicate cornicing, full of local character. Each room has been well-appointed with the signature Luxury Collection bed, en-suite Carrara marble bathroom with heated floors, and …

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Pullman unveils its first hotel in Japan

Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is being developed as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-used complex and will open for the fall of 2018. Featuring 143 rooms, the contemporary designed hotel successfully connects the international style of Pullman with a delicate touch of Japanese art and culture. This business and leisure hotel includes meeting facilities and unique dining concepts. The hotel is directly connected to the JR Tamachi Station east exit and a three-minute walk from the Toei Subway Mita Line. From the hotel to the Haneda International Airport is about 30 mins by public transport and just one stop from JR Shinagawa station to Osaka and Kyoto via bullet train. “Japan keeps attracting more and more international travelers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, AccorHotels. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.” Pullman Hotels & Resorts, AccorHotels’ new generation of upscale hotels, is a cosmopolitan brand that offers hyper-connected travelers a seamless experience that combines contemporary design and energizing culinary concepts. “The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travelers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene. The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travelers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure,” said Eric D’Ignazio, Vice President Japan, AccorHotels. In Japan …

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