St Regis Mumbai opens its doors to first guests
The St. Regis Mumbai has opened its doors, marking the entry of the St. Regis brand in India and south-Asia. With this debut, the ultra-luxury brand has tripled its global footprint over the past decade, reaching 34 hotels in the most coveted destinations around the world.
“The introduction of St. Regis to India marks a significant milestone for the brand’s expansion in south-Asia, and Mumbai displays a robust demand for high-end hospitality from affluent travellers from all around the globe,” said Jim Petrus, global brand leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.
“We are uniquely positioned to cater to the needs of a new generation of luxury travellers, offering a personalised experience informed by the brand’s legacy.”
The hotel’s design captures an urban refined style, complemented by warm tones and specially commissioned art work which lends an elegant and stylish touch to the guest rooms and public spaces.
Residing in India’s tallest hotel tower, The St. Regis Mumbai offers panoramic views of the bustling metropolis. The hotel includes 395 well-appointed guest rooms including 27 suites, and for extended stays, the property’s 39 residential suites feature a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchenette and the option of one or two bedrooms.
The St. Regis Mumbai houses nine elegant restaurants and nightlife destinations. The brand’s afternoon tea ritual comes to life in The Drawing Room at The Great Hall where, with the addition of local flavours and Indian estate teas, guests enjoy a distinct interpretation the classic afternoon pastime.
Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 20:17
Westin Hotels & Resorts makes its debut in Egypt
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the debut of the Westin brand in Egypt, with the opening of The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa. Owned by Cascades Hotel Company Soma Bay, the year-round resort is situated at the highest point of the Soma Bay peninsula in Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera and sits at the center of the 18-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player.
“As a coveted resort destination for global travelers, who are increasingly seeking wellness when they travel for leisure, the Red Sea Riviera is the perfect location to introduce the Westin brand in Egypt,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s natural surroundings and rich amenities coupled with Westin’s innovative brand programs are sure to leave guests feeling better than when they arrived.”
Located around 45 minutes from Hurghada Airport, the Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa offers 166 guestrooms and suites, with breathtaking views of the lush green fairways, the azure Red Sea and rich desert landscape. The resort grounds also offer guests an ideal place for relaxation and recreation: a rejuvenating swim in the outdoor pool and deck, an invigorating workout at the 24-hour Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio, or a leisurely walk at the adjacent beach. Guests also have access to the Cascades Spa & Thalasso, recognised as the best spa in Egypt and one of the region’s largest. Spanning 80,000 square feet, the spa features a saltwater lap pool as well as 65 treatment rooms that provide traditional massages and beauty treatments as well as the latest technology for aesthetic treatments and hydrotherapy.
The opening of The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa marks Starwood’s fifth hotel in the popular Red Sea Riviera and the 11th hotel in Egypt, solidifying the company’s presence in the market. In 2016, Starwood has plans to reopen the iconic Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino following an extensive renovation, introduce The Westin Cairo Golf Resort & Spa, Katameya Dunes and debut the St. Regis brand with the opening of The St. Regis Cairo.
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2015 14:21
St. Regis to debut on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah
Dubai developer Nakheel signed a management agreement with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. to operate a new St. Regis in Dubai. Set to open in 2018, The St. Regis Dubai - The Palm will be a part of Palm Tower, Nakheel’s 52-storey luxury mixed-use development and the centrepiece of Dubai’s world-famous, award-winning Palm Jumeirah Island.
St Regis Dubai - The Palm will offer 289 guest rooms, including 23 suites, occupying the first 18 floors of The Palm Tower, while the upper floors will comprise 504 luxury apartments. The hotel will feature two swimming pools, including one of the world’s highest infinity pools. Located on the 50th floor, some 210 metres above ground, the pool will border all four sides of the building, offering 360 degree panoramic views of Palm Jumeirah, Arabian Gulf and Dubai skyline.
The hotel will offer various dining experiences including a signature restaurant with sweeping city views located on the 51st level, a St. Regis Beach Club and an all-day restaurant, making it one of the most desirable addresses on The Palm. The hotel will also feature a public rooftop viewing deck on the 52nd floor. Located adjacent to the luxury Nakheel Mall and Al Ittihad Park, the hotel will also offer beach access to guests.
St. Regis made its debut in the Middle East in 2011 with The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi, rapidly growing its portfolio in the Middle East with The St. Regis Doha, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, and now, the newly opened St. Regis Dubai. The brand will enter Jordan with The St. Regis Amman in 2016 and in 2018 will open the brand’s first polo resort, The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort and Club.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 17:03
The new Le Meridien Bahrain City Centre unveiled
Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Majid Al Futtaim have unveiled the new Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre following an extensive transformation of all its guest rooms and public areas and the introduction of new concepts and outlets.
In April 2014, Starwood Hotels signed an agreement with Majid Al Futtaim to launch its Westin and Le Méridien brands in Bahrain. The debut of the two hotel brands in July 2014 added a significant value towards empowering hospitality industry in Bahrain and attracting visitors from around the world to its capital, Manama.
Following the renovation, Le Méridien Bahrain City Centre’s 260 modern guest rooms and suites now feature the signature Le Méridien Bed, a spacious work area and functional technology with modern design elements.
The hotel has also introduced Longitude 50, a reinterpreted lobby café concept by the brand. The name is derived from the destination’s unique coordinates. Longitude 50 features within the hotels Le Méridien Hub, the brand’s innovative reinterpretation of the traditional hotel lobby into an experiential space for creative and curious minded guests to converse, socialise and exchange. New compelling Arrival Art has also been installed, including a luxurious map of the world made up of hundreds of pearls and an outstanding 2.5 tonne steel dhow, both homage to the island’s heritage. Guests can also find curated art at Baharat restaurant, in partnership with locally renowned art gallery, Al Bareh.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 16:56
Marriott merges with Starwood, making world’s largest hotel company
Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide have announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will create the world’s largest hotel company.
The transaction combines Starwood’s leading lifestyle brands and international footprint with Marriott’s strong presence in the luxury and select-service tiers, as well as the convention and resort segment, creating a more comprehensive portfolio.
The merged company will offer broader choice for guests, greater opportunities for associates and should unlock additional value for Marriott and Starwood shareholders.
Combined, the companies operate or franchise more than 5,500 hotels with 1.1 million rooms worldwide.
The combined company’s pro forma fee revenue for the 12 months ended September 30th, 2015 totals over $2.7 billion.
Under the terms of the agreement, at closing, Starwood shareholders will receive 0.92 shares of Marriott International Class A common stock and $2.00 in cash for each share of Starwood common stock.
Total consideration to be paid by Marriott totals $12.2 billion consisting of $11.9 billion of Marriott International stock, based on the 20-day volume weighted average price of Marriott stock ending on November 13th, 2015, and $340 million of cash, based on approximately 170 million fully diluted Starwood shares outstanding at September 30th, 2015.
Arne Sorenson, president, Marriott International, said: “The driving force behind this transaction is growth. This is an opportunity to create value by combining the distribution and strengths of Marriott and Starwood, enhancing our competitiveness in a quickly evolving marketplace. This greater scale should offer a wider choice of brands to consumers, improve economics to owners and franchisees, increase unit growth and enhance long-term value to shareholders. We expect to benefit from the best talent from both companies as we position ourselves for the future.”
One-time transaction costs for the merger are expected to total approximately $100 to $150 million. Transition costs are expected to be incurred over the next two years.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 15:00
Four Seasons opens latest property in Casablanca, Morocco
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, a new oceanside hotel in Morocco’s largest city, is now celebrating its grand opening with its first guests.
The 186-room Hotel cascades down toward the Atlantic, providing a luxurious retreat inspired by ocean waves and kissed by cool breezes. Most guest rooms and suites have balconies to take in the fresh sea air, and the hotel’s signature restaurant and lobby lounge face the ocean.
“With the city centre and financial district just 10 minutes away, it’s hard to imagine that this breezy, resort-like Hotel is in the middle of such a busy urban metropolis,” says General Manager Olivier Thomas, who leads a team of 325 carefully-selected staff who are excited to welcome the Hotel’s first guests. “For business travellers, it’s the perfect home base in the city, and for those on holiday, it’s truly the best of both worlds.”
Located in the Anfa neighbourhood of Casablanca, the city’s most upscale residential district, the hotel’s restaurants create a lively atmosphere for gatherings with friends, family and colleagues.
Executive chef Thierry Papillier’s culinary roots are showcased in Bleu, a contemporary French brasserie featuring a unique elliptical open kitchen and terrace seating that allows guests to listen to the sea as they savour its bounty.
Families and those escaping for a getaway weekend will love the resort-like feel of Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, and business travellers will welcome a few moments of relaxation in the Spa or by the pool.
Le Spa incorporates Moroccan influences with contrasting colours, patterns and textures. Traditional-style perforated lanterns cast a gentle glow on gold design accents inspired by the country’s famous Argan oil.
With excellent air access, Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is an ideal stopover on the way to Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, and the two combined create a fantastic opportunity to experience the very best of Morocco in Four Seasons style.
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 November 2015 16:44
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