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InterContinental London - The O2 opens in UK


InterContinental Hotels Group has celebrated the opening of InterContinental London - The O2 on the Greenwich Peninsula, London’s rejuvenated historic, entertainment and financial gateway.


The stunning 453-room InterContinental London - The O2 will bring a new level of glamour to cosmopolitan guests seeking to enjoy the allure of global etiquette, timeless experiences, and the city’s local heritage.


Alongside its five destination-inspired food and beverage outlets including The Peninsula Restaurant and rooftop sky bar, Eighteen, the hotel boasts a world-class health spa and sumptuous accommodation - including 59 suites - and the most breath-taking views over London.


Adjacent to the world-renowned O2 Arena and just 400 metres from North Greenwich underground station and North Greenwich Pier, the hotel offers regular access into central London in as little as 15 minutes. 


The hotel is close to famous attractions within historic Royal Greenwich including The Cutty Sark and Greenwich Observatory, and the Maritime Museum.


InterContinental London – The O2 will operate under a franchise agreement with Meridian Hotel Operations and will be managed by a division of the Arora Group. It is the second London property in the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts portfolio of 30 prestigious European hotel destinations.


The opening of InterContinental London - The O2 joins the recently opened InterContinental Estoril in Portugal and InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel in France.


Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 21:19

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DoubleTree by Hilton opens new hotel in London


DoubleTree by Hilton has announced the opening of its newest property in London, the 260-room DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel.  Located in the heart of London's up-and-coming financial hub, the hotel is owned and managed by Shiva Hotels.


"We are excited to welcome this beautiful hotel to the brand's growing portfolio of more than 25 properties across the U.K." said Dianna Vaughan, senior vice president and global head, DoubleTree by Hilton. "DoubleTree by Hilton London ExCel offers guests the welcoming comforts and hospitality that travelers can expect from DoubleTree by Hilton, starting with the presentation of a warm, chocolate chip cookie at check-in, a symbol of the 'little things' that make a stay with us so memorable.


Featuring 31 deluxe rooms and 35 suites, the hotel offers stunning views of London's  Royal Victoria Dock and is conveniently located near Canary Wharf, London ExCel, The O2, London City Airport and the Emirates Air Line Cable Car, making it a great choice for business and leisure travellers alike.


To make your bookings, please visit the official DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London ExCel website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 January 2016 13:53

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Park Inn by Radisson opens in Brazil


Park Inn by Radisson is opening the Park Inn by Radisson in Taguatinga, Brazil.


“This hotel is a welcome addition to our portfolio as we continue to explore strategic growth opportunities across Latin America with our partner Atlantica Hotels International,” said Jeffrey Freund, senior vice president, Midscale Brands, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.“Park Inn by Radisson hotels can be found all around the world, in capital cities and economic hubs, often close to city centers, airports and railway stations.”


The hotel offers 155 guest rooms with access to free high-speed Internet, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Guests also enjoy the on-site restaurant, Acará Gastronomia e Eventos, featuring a locally inspired menu of Brazilian cuisine. The hotel is located in close proximity to the center of Brasilla, the Brasilia International Airport and the popular Taquatinga shopping district.


“We are extremely pleased to begin welcoming guests to the Park Inn by Radisson Taguatinga,” said the hotel’s manager, Kelly Lucena. “We are certain that our Adding Colour To LifeSM guest service, coupled with the hotel’s location near the Brasilla city center, will be enjoyed by business and leisure guests alike.”


Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 14:52

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Starwood expands footprint in Thailand


Starwood Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Grand Bay Hotel, to unveil the Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort. Slated to open in January 2019 on Thailand’s largest island, the hotel will support the brand’s Sheraton 2020 goal of adding 150 hotels in the next five years.


“We look forward to partnering with Grand Bay Hotel Co., Ltd. to expand Starwood’s robust footprint in Thailand,” said Rajit Sukumaran, Senior Vice President for Acquisitions and Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “With its idyllic beaches and lush rainforests, Phuket draws an unwavering number of inbound and domestic travelers, making it a strategic market for Sheraton and further driving formidable growth for Starwood in Asia Pacific.”


Boasting a private beachfront and hillside location with unobstructed views of the sparkling Andaman Sea, the 200-room resort will feature all of the Sheraton brand’s signature offerings, ranging from a premium sleep experience and rejuvenating bath amenities to a grandiose lobby area and bar serving the brand’s new bar menu PairedSM, comprised of small plates served alongside local craft beer and premium wine. On-site facilities will include three distinctive dining venues, 1,326 square meters of meeting and event space, a luxurious spa, fully-equipped fitness center and picturesque outdoor swimming pool.


Sheraton Phuket Grand Bay Resort is located in northeast Phuket in the Grand Bay area, home to the Ao Po Grand Marina. The hotel is an approximate 25-minute drive from Phuket International Airport and an hour’s drive to Patong, the hub of entertainment on the island.


Last Updated on Sunday, 27 December 2015 18:00

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Fairmont expands into Morocco with La Marina Rabat-Salé


Luxury hotel brand Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Abu Dhabi-based private real estate investment company Eagle Hills, have announced the development of a new luxury hotel in Morocco, Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé. The 200-room hotel, set to open in 2019, will be located in La Marina Morocco, a coastal mixed-use development located between Rabat and the ancient city of Salé.


“We are extremely excited to be entering a destination as beautiful and culturally rich as Morocco, and more specifically the diplomatic and business hub that is the country’s capital,” said Jennifer Fox, president, FRHI International and Fairmont Brand. With its remarkable architecture, historic sites and emerging culinary scene, it’s a hidden travel gem that captures the spirit of the country unlike any other in Morocco.”


Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé will be set in a prime location on the Bouregreg river-mouth which opens onto the marina, river and ocean. Close to key heritage sites in Rabat such as Kasbat Oudayas and Tour Hassan as well as being close to the Hassan district, the project offers uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean from the north and Bouregreg River and The Mausoleum of Mohammed V from the south.


The hotel will have 200 rooms and approximately 90 Fairmont private residences, soon to be available for purchase. Vast meeting spaces and a range of restaurants including an all-day dining concept, lobby lounge, specialty restaurant and pool bar and grill which will boost the city’s already immense choice of culinary options.


For relaxation Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé will include a Fairmont Spa and fitness facilities.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 December 2015 16:55

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Anantara to bring its authentic luxury to Sri Lanka


In a uniquely secluded beachfront location along Sri Lanka’s southern coast, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort will blend the private exclusivity of a secret paradise beach with easy access to an abundance of natural wonders and cultural gems when it opens in later this month.


The allure of the resort is matched by convenient travel; Cinnamon Air offers a daily 30-minute sea-plane flight from Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport to Dickwella, a ten minute drive from the resort. Other transport options include chartering a private flight, helicopter transfers or making use of the resort’s luxury Hybrid SUV transfer service, a three and a half hour drive.


On arrival, guests will find themselves ensconced in a luxury resort of enchanting Sri Lankan design, set amidst a 21-acre coconut plantation that opens onto a golden sweep of beach and the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean. 152 guest rooms and villas of indigenous luxury will boast hand woven custom-made Sri Lankan furnishings and contemporary amenities, al fresco spaces to relax with stunning ocean views, interconnecting options for families and friends, and accommodation for differently abled guests. In addition, 32 spacious one- and two-bedroom villas entice guests to spend lazy days dipping into their private plunge pool, sunbathing on comfy loungers and dining under the shade and the stars. Inside guests will be able to enjoy a separate living space and deluxe amenities such as a Bose sound system, while the two bedroom villas also feature an indoor dining room and pantry.


Six restaurant and lounge venues will showcase vibrant island cuisine and delightful colonial customs Journeys, the all-day international dining restaurant serves world classics and Sri Lankan, Middle Eastern and Asian specialties with pool and ocean views. For lunch and dinner, Sri Lankan inspired Teppanyaki dining is available at the Verele beach restaurant. After local fishermen have handed over their best fresh catches, the Il Mare chefs create delicious seafood and freshly made pasta dishes, the passions of the Italian coastline are savoured at this cliff-side restaurant. 


The resort is an ideal base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s southern attractions including Wewurukannala Vihara temple, the amazing rock temples of Mulkirigala and the Madunagala hot springs.  The resort is also close to wildlife reserves and only 30-minutes from Rekawa, a turtle conservation project.

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2015 17:55

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