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Personalized water bottles at Four Seasons Baku

Wouldn't you be surprised if you saw a complimentary water bottle in your hotel room with your name and picture printed on it?  Personalization to an extreme degree? Or perhaps a little eerie?

“Discovering this little novelty in the room upon arrival makes them smile enjoying the welcoming environment,” according to Mr. Sam Ioannidis General Manager of Four Seasons Baku, Azerbaijan, who implemented this tradition. According to Mr Ioannidis, “Many of them liked the whole concept so much, they order and take extra bottles with them as a souvenir from the Land of Fire.”

Where do they get the picture of the guest? Facebook, LinkedIn? According to Ms Aynur Mamedova, Director of Public Relations, “We are using different resources to search for the photos and so far we are getting very positive feedback from the guests.”

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:07

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Sunset at Movenpick Koh Samui

If you want to see a glorius sunset head off to the newest Movenpick Hotel and Resort that opened on December 6 2014 in Koh Samui, Thailand. The resort overlooks several tropical islands in the Gulf of Thailand and is located on the northwest coast of Koh Samui.


When you are in Thailand you have to enjoy the gastronomic delights of the country and the hotel's Terrace restaurant offers an open-air beachfront experience - while you dine on fresh seafood you can watch a spectacular sunset across the Gulf of Thailnd.

A wide range of treatments and ancient Thai healing therapies are offered at Chaba, the resort’s herbal wellness retreat. Along with kayaking and snorkeling in the stunning Angthong National Marine Park, guests can hike in the surrounding forest, shop at local fishing villages and visit Thai temples.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 December 2014 23:40

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New Four Seasons opens in Dubai

Dubai now has another luxury destination. The Four Seasons Hotel has just opened in Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The resort's 237 rooms and suites open to large balconies some of which can accommodate a dining table for those who wish to dine with the stars or see the glittering Dubai skyline.


Simon Casson, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Dubai, has this to say about the new resort, “For those already familiar with Dubai’s sky-piercing architecture and over-the-top opulence, prepare to be surprised. Our Resort is an intimately scaled, luxurious enclave of comfort and style, in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic cities.”

This is the 16th Four Seasons in the MENA region and the fourth in the GCC.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 09:13

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Dubai icon Burj al Arab wins another award

Dubai's iconic Burj al Arab is one of several hotels that are part of the Jumeirah Group which keep winning awards. The latest accolade was won by Burj al Arab when readers of Conde Nast Traveler annointed it as the Best Hotel in the Middle East & North Africa.


The Jumeirah Emirates Towers ranked No.7 while the Jumeirah Beach Hotel was ranked No.8 in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards 2014.


Not everyone knows that the Burj al Arab will be celebrating 15 years of its existence in December 2014. And we all thought this 7-star luxury hotel has been around forever!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 03:05

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Fancy a Ritz-Carlton wedding?

Weddings are generally extravagant events. You know you are going overboard and spending irrationally. But it's a wedding. A grand experience is what is required! And The Ritz-Carlton hotels in the GCC are keen to make sure that your extravagant moment happens at their ballroom.

If you are planning to invite 1,000 guests to your wedding, you can consider The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal. Several "destination weddings" of couples from the GCC and India take place there. And their Bridal Suite is worth gushing over.

But the Ritz-Carlton in Dubai or the picturesque Ritz-Carton Al Bustan Palace by the sea in Muscat or even the ones in Riyadh and Doha and Bahrain can all offer grand, memorable experiences to the lucky couple and their guests. Money, of course, is necesary but the experience will be priceless.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:10

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W Doha launches keyless smartphone entry for guests

W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first luxury lifestyle hotel in Qatar, announced the launch of their mobile, keyless room entry. The first of its kind in the Middle East.

The SPG Keyless is part of a global Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®) initiative, which made its official debut this week in 10 hotels in markets including Beijing, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles and Doha.   

The mobile, keyless entry system will allow guests to use their smartphone as the key to their rooms. SPG Keyless is a ground-breaking turning point in the traditional hotel experience, redefining the age-old way guests arrive and check-in to their rooms. SPG Keyless – powered by the SPG app – enables guests to bypass the front desk (where available), go directly to their room and unlock their room doors with their mobile phone.

To develop SPG Keyless, Starwood tapped the world’s largest lock manufacturer, Assa Abloy, to create an all-new, Bluetooth-enabled lock as well as keyless software, which are designed to securely recognize and connect with a guest’s mobile device.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2014 14:13

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