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The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon, Myanmar, to open soon with 219 rooms

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Currently in the final phase of restoration, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon is scheduled to open its doors to guests in spring 2018. Located on The Strand, in the heritage district of Myanmar’s largest city and opposite the new riverside cruise terminal, this outstanding five-star deluxe hotel will define luxury in the city of Yangon. Built in 1927 as the New Law Courts, The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon was created by architect Thomas Oliphant Foster and built by Doorman Long UK, the builders of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, as the first multi-level steel structure in the Far East. With its imposing columns standing three floors high, the Heritage hotel seems to stretch endlessly along the Strand. Over the last five years the building has been carefully restored from the inside out to preserve the spirit and grandeur of its past. This fine work has been done in partnership with the Yangon Heritage Trust, founded in 2012 by Dr. Thant Myint U, the eminent Burmese writer and historian. The building is the first property to receive Conservation Management Plan approval from the Yangon Heritage Trust focusing on local artistry and specialist skills by carefully undertaking the transformation into Myanmar’s finest luxury hotel. The Heritage Hotel Kempinski Yangon will offer 219 spacious rooms and suites with crafted décor and high ceilings. The dining experience will be truly gastronomic: it will feature a modern Cantonese restaurant as well as the Brasserie serving breakfast, lunch and dinner under a skylight. As breakfasts at Kempinski hotels fully reflect the European heritage infused by local customs, guests may expect a sumptuous experience ranging from best bircher muesli, baked bread and pastries right from the oven, freshly …

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Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez to re-open as Hotel Martinez- The Unbound Collection by Hyatt

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that Cannes’ historic Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez is set to re-open in spring 2018 as Hotel Martinez and will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, a global collection of unique and independent stay experiences. Hotel Martinez will be the second hotel in Europe to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, which launched in 2016. It will join Hotel du Louvre in Paris, which opened in 2016 and four additional properties globally: The Confidante Miami Beach; The Driskill in Austin, TX; The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix, AZ; and Carmelo Resort & Spa in Uruguay. Whether it is a captivating past, an exclusive location, famous architecture and design or an award-winning dining experience, each property in the collection maintains a distinct character and the freedom to be unique, while still providing guests with Hyatt’s World of Hyatt loyalty program, robust operational and marketing resources and trusted, quality brand. Rich in culture and historical relevance, the Hotel Martinez building has a colorful past. It previously served as a home to English aristocrats and, in 1929, luxury hotelier Emmanuel Martinez opened it as the largest hotel in the French Riviera. Hotel Martinez has become a landmark in the French Riviera and has hosted some of the world’s most distinguished guests, which deliver on the brand’s promise of creating story-worthy and shareable experiences for the modern traveler. “Hotel Martinez will be a great addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt due to its distinct characteristics and personality. The hotel is iconic and its history is truly incredible – all of which is an ideal brand fit,” said Alessandro Cresta, general manager, Hotel Martinez. “The renovation …

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Sterling Holiday Resorts launches new brand identity

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Sterling Holiday Resorts has launched its new brand identity in line with its new service philosophy of delivering experiences and discoveries. Ramesh Ramanathan, Managing Director, Sterling Holiday Resorts Limited, shared that with the new branding, they are looking to become the leading holiday brand in India. “Today, we are not just opening a new chapter for Sterling but one in the Indian holiday market. We have been working on developing our new service philosophy and brand standards over the last few years and are now ready to make our customers ‘holiday differently’.” He added, “At Sterling, we are look forward to being a part of this new India that is looking to have newer experiences and take away a little bit of what they see and feel when they holiday. Over the past few years, we have invested in the revamp of existing resorts and launch of new ones. Our focus will be on delivery and service for all kinds of holidayers. In the process, we would also be contributing to local economies, creating jobs and taking the brand abroad to places where Indians holiday,” Ramanathan added.

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AccorHotels to open first beachside resort in Dubai

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AccorHotels has signed a management agreement with leading Dubai-based master developer Nakheel for the expansion of AccorHotels’ globally-renowned luxury brand, Raffles Hotels & Resorts. The agreement, recognised by Nakheel Chairman Ali Rashid Lootah and Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels at a signing ceremony at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes (France) will lead to the opening of PALM360, a spectacular two tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah comprising of the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. Set to open in 2021, PALM 360 will be the first beachside resort for Raffles in Dubai and the tallest structure on Palm Jumeirah. At almost 260 meters high, PALM360 will offer unobstructed views of Palm Jumeirah, the spectacular Arabian Gulf coastline and Dubai skyline. Its centrepiece will be a 155 metre long sky pool, connecting the towers 170 metres above the ground, from where guests can also enjoy these stunning, uninterrupted views from a unique vantage point. The hotel component will offer 125 hotel rooms and suites, whilst the 359 branded residences – including 16 branded penthouses that will each have their own private infinity pool, gym and cinema – will be available for purchase. Residence owners will be able to enjoy Raffles’ legendary services, including concierge, private transportation and in-residence dining. They will also enjoy global VVIP status through an exclusive Ownership Benefits Program. The hotel and residential complex will feature a host of high end dining outlets, including two rooftop restaurants commanding sweeping views and a waterside restaurant in a spectacular poolside and beachside setting. A speciality restaurant will provide a venue for lavish culinary presentations throughout the day and a specially-designed …

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Hilton Denver City Center opens with 613 rooms

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Hilton Denver City Center opens with 613-room hotel, which towers 20-stories high and features newly renovated public spaces, guest rooms and dining venues following the completion of a $27 million multi-phased renovation. The ribbon cutting ceremony was attended by CEO of Visit Denver, Richard Scharf, and Councilman Albus Brooks as well as Tim Benolken, Hilton’s senior vice president of operations for North America. “We are excited to strengthen our presence in one of the most scenic and fastest growing cities in the country,” said David C. Marr, senior vice president and global head, full service brands, Hilton. “With its stunning mountain and city views, modernly appointed spaces and location in the heart of Denver, Hilton Denver City Center is the perfect addition to Hilton’s flagship brand.” Towering above the Mile High City, Hilton Denver City Center offers breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and city skyline and is conveniently located near main downtown attractions including the Colorado Convention Center, 16th Street Mall, Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field and Denver Art Museum. The hotel has 581 guest rooms and 32 suites, and expansive, flexible events space ideal for conferences, weddings and receptions. “We have created a hotel with distinctive personalized service that will offer an unmatched experience in this flourishing market,” said James L. Francis, president and chief executive officer of Chesapeake Lodging Trust. “It is exciting to present Hilton Denver City Center, which represents our strong collaboration with the globally recognized Hilton brand.” The hotel is owned by Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP) (the “Trust”) of Arlington, VA. Chesapeake Lodging Trust is a self-advised lodging real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on investments primarily in upper-upscale hotels in major business and …

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Park Inn by Radisson opens in Ataşehir, Istanbul, with 127 rooms

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Park Inn by Radisson has announced the opening of Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Ataşehir. The new 127 room hotel is the sixth Park Inn by Radisson hotel to open in Turkey. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group now has a portfolio of 24 hotels and over 4,600 rooms in operation or under development in Turkey. “We are delighted to open Park Inn by Radisson, Istanbul Ataşehir, our latest addition to the colorful Park Inn by Radisson brand. We continue to grow our portfolio in Istanbul, where Radisson Blu – our upper upscale hotel brand – is the leader in its segment. Park Inn by Radisson brand is designed for the mid-market segment travelers looking for an international hotel experience at great value.” said Tim Cordon, Area Senior Vice President, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Park Inn by Radisson, Istanbul Ataşehir is located in one of Istanbul’s new suburban districts, on the Asian side. The hotel is located close to both the city center and Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. The Ataturk International Airport is only 26 kilometers away. As a modern district of Istanbul, Ataşehir has a mix of residential and commercial buildings. The hotel is situated close to the future site of the Istanbul International Financial Center (IIFC), which is set to become a major international financial hub housing the country’s financial governing bodies, major banks and other related businesses. The hotel also offers proximity to popular shopping malls and the Ülker Sport Arena that hosts regular social events. The hotel has a range of room types for guests and all designed with the fresh and colorful brand design. All rooms have modern facilities including individual …

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Roomers Munich opens with 281 rooms

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Autograph Collection Hotels has announced its fourth hotel in Germany with the opening of Roomers Munich. “With its unparalleled location, immersive design and bespoke dining experiences , Roomers Munich perfectly embodies the exactly like nothing else ethos of the brand,” said Brian Povinelli, Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader, Autograph Collection Hotels. “We are thrilled to welcome it to our growing global portfolio of 125 distinctive hotels around the world.” Created by the visionary Gekko Group with an avant-garde approach to the hotel’s interiors led by Amsterdam design company, concrete, Roomers Munich opens with 281 thoughtfully designed guestrooms and suites. The hotel’s restaurant, IZAKAYA Asian Kitchen & Bar, and its bars, Roomers Bar and Hidden Room, are destined to become fixtures of the city’s nightlife scene. IZAKAYA is part of the Amsterdam-based THE ENTOURAGE GROUP, co-founded and headed by Yossi Eliyahoo and managed by Stephanie Pearson. After recent openings in Hamburg and Ibiza this year, the Munich outpost is the fourth IZAKAYA restaurant. The unique shared-dining concept offers modern Japanese cuisine with South American influences – flawlessly prepared by Executive Chef Hariprasad Shetty and his team. Time-honoured techniques blend with innovative signatures, creating a sophisticated menu of unconventional dishes. As in all IZAKAYA venues, the traditional Robata grill will be at the heart of the restaurant, giving centre stage to the chefs creating dishes like Temari Sushi, Kombujime, Corn Tempura, slow cooked Short Ribs and some Rabata specialities. Floating over the big communal table is a recurring element within IZAKAYA: an intricate fish mobile made of natural beech wood. The 360° black stained bar with onyx marble top offers a spot to sip selected wines, first-class cocktails, and an …

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W Mumbai to open on December 1, 2019, with 325 rooms

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W Mumbai will be opening on December 1, 2019, with 325 rooms and 8 meeting spaces. Fully wired rooms with virtually limitless technology and audiovisual amenities this hotel will have everything in contemporary sense and if work isn’t working for you, take a break with Recess(SM). All the while, the expert event planners are on hand to ensure an original occasion. Whether it’s work or play, you will be taken care of.

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Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa in Kiel gets an extension until 2036

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Steigenberger Hotels AG has made early arrangements to secure a long-term extension to the agreement for the Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa in Kiel. This means that the hotel will form part of the Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts portfolio until at least 2036. An extensive renovation programme has also been agreed with the building’s owner Internos Global Investors. Renovation works will bring the hotel up to the enhanced standards that now apply following the further development of Steigenberger Hotels and Resorts. The Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa in Kiel has belonged to the Steigenberger portfolio since 1991. Its proximity to the Kiel Fjord creates an attractive destination for leisure and business travellers alike. Jürgen von Massow, Vice President of Steigenberger Business Hotels, added, “The Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa in Kiel has been part of our portfolio for almost three decades. We are therefore particularly pleased that the agreement will be extended for a further period of almost 20 years and that the hotel will soon feature a resplendent new look.” Jochen Schaefer-Suren, Partner and Head of Hotels and Leisure Division of Internos Global Investors, explains: “Internos acquired the Steigenberger Hotel Conti Hansa in Kiel for its first Internos Hotel Real Estate fund I at the end of 2016 with the strategy to invest in this hotel to increase its value and support our tenant, the Steigenberger Hotels AG.”

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One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius, reopens after multimillion dollar transformation

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The legendary One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius sets new standards of ultra-luxury as it reopens, following a multimillion dollar transformation. One&Only has introduced the all new Club One, the exciting new hub for all thingsactive. Long hailed as the legendary iconic luxury retreat in Mauritius, One&Only Le Saint Géran will retain what guests have always loved – a sense of exclusive seclusion on its own private peninsula with a beachfront and calm lagoon unlike any other resort on the island. Set amidst lush tropical gardens of the iconic luxury retreat, Club One features a state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor fitness centre with dedicated space for group fitness favourites and world-class sporting grounds. The main fitness area, fully equipped with Technogym® Unity 3.0, Skillmill™ Connect, Kinesis Stations, Omnia 3, and Flexability™; the Fitness Centre has everything required for effective cardio, weight and resistance training. Two brand-new studios will be home to group classes including Yoga, Zumba, TRX®, Kick Boxing, HIIT, and group cycle. The outdoor fitness area will feature My Equilibria, a first in the Indian Ocean, introducing a new and innovative approach to working out in the fresh sea air that improves strength, balance and endurance by only using body weight. Highly-skilled personal trainers will help guests build a personalised, goal-oriented journey that can easily be integrated into daily life. They will also be at hand for Assisted Stretching, Core Stability, as well as Boxing, one of the most effective forms of exercise, combining cardio with resistance, coordination, and even stress relief.Guests of all ages can also become a more confident and skilled swimmer with an expert one-to-one session that will focus on improving stroke technique, learning new strokes and …

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