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Taj Hotels Launches Third Hotel in United Arab Emirates

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Taj Hotels Launches Third Hotel in United Arab Emirates

The Palm, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 10, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Indian Hotels Company’s iconic brand, Taj, today announces the opening of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm in Dubai. Nestled between the Arabian Sea and the city skyline, the luxury beachfront resort is located in the heart of Palm Jumeirah. This is the third Taj branded hotel in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Commenting on the launch, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL, said, “This opening is in line with our strong focus to be present in global growth markets. With the addition of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, IHCL expands to strengthen its footprint in Dubai. We are honoured to partner with the Arenco Group to bring Taj’s signature hospitality to Palm Jumeirah, one of the world’s most exciting destinations.”

Reflecting the very best of Taj, the resort offers 325 elegantly styled rooms and suites, an array of culinary experiences and holistic wellness at the award winning Jiva spa; replete with a private beach and the longest pool in Palm Jumeirah. This island hideaway’s contemporary interiors by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) weaves in traditional craftsmanship and is influenced by its surroundings. Guests can embark on a sensorial culinary journey across the resort’s many dining options. Be it inspired Indian fine dining at Varq; a unique gastropub experience at the Roaring Rabbit; Arabesque atmosphere at Raia, the rooftop bar & lounge; Palm Kitchen, which brings alive the flavours of international fare; or The Coast, a beachside bistro offering coastal delicacies; there is something for everybody at the city’s all new dining destination.

Ranjit Phillipose, Area Director – Middle East and General Manager Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, said, “We are thrilled to welcome our guests to Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, the latest addition to Dubai’s vibrant lifestyle, dining and cityscape. This island oasis will allow guests to create memories of a lifetime as they immerse themselves in the sincere care and warmth that Taj is synonymous with.”

Jiva, the all-natural spa inspired by traditional Indian healing techniques, features treatments including Ayurveda, Indian therapies, yoga, meditation and more. The Popsicle Kids Club, with a dedicated shallow water pool and a playground, makes it the perfect getaway for families with children. Two expansive ballrooms and multiple meeting rooms are ideal for conferences, social events, and weddings.

With the addition of this hotel, IHCL has four Taj hotels in UAE including one under development.

To celebrate the opening of Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, guests can avail of an exclusive opening rate starting from AED 1200++ per room per night.

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About Taj
Established in 1903, Taj is The Indian Hotels Company Limited’s (IHCL) iconic brand for the world’s most discerning travellers seeking authentic experiences in luxury and has been rated as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand and India’s Strongest Hospitality Brand as per Brand Finance 2021. From world-renowned landmarks to modern business hotels, idyllic beach resorts to authentic Grand Palaces, each Taj hotel offers an unrivalled fusion of warm Indian hospitality, world-class service and modern luxury.

The unique portfolio comprises hotels across the globe including presence in India, North America, United Kingdom, Africa, Middle East, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Nepal.

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Accor Hotels Core Focus in India is Densification of Existing Brand Portfolio

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Accor Hotels Core Focus in India is Densification of Existing Brand Portfolio- TRAVELINDEXDelhi, India, March 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Despite the dynamic circumstances that the pandemic brought with it for the hospitality industry, Accor launched three of its much-awaited hotels in 2021, the luxurious Raffles Udaipur, Novotel Chandigarh Tribune Chowk and ibis Vikhroli Mumbai, in partnership with InterGlobe Hotels. This underlines Accor’s sustainable growth in the Indian market and its commitment to holistic development, involving its guests, owners, and partners. In India, Accor has a wide portfolio, with ten brands across the luxury, premium, upper midscale, midscale and economy segments, and each brand has been able to create a niche for itself, among the rich base and varied needs of the Indian market.

The Novotel and ibis brands from the Accor portfolio in India have an extremely high brand recall and a strong focus on the meetings and conventions market, as well as the weddings and socials market. The Novotel network, with 21 operational hotels, forms the largest network of mid-scale hotels in the country, with hotels in key cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Goa and Hyderabad. Over the next 24 months, Accor expects to add six new properties to the network, two of which will debut in leading two-tier markets within India – Novotel Bhubaneshwar Janpath Road and Novotel Jodhpur ITI Circle. Accor will also continue to expand its ibis and ibis Styles brand in partnership with InterGlobe Hotels by adding three more hotels in the next two years to the existing portfolio of 20 hotels.

“India is a diverse market with heterogenous guests, and our endeavour is to cater to our guests in all their varied personas and changing needs.”, said Mark Willis, CEO India, Middle East, Africa & Turkey. “Our Novotel and ibis brands are much preferred by guests given their value, price and ability to offer a consistent experience, with a seamless service. We will continue to expand our footprint in the upper mid-scale and economy segment in India with the Novotel and ibis brands, and also keep looking for the right partners as we expand our luxury brands after the successful response we received for Raffles Udaipur last year.”

Speaking on the occasion, Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Operations – India & South Asia, Accor said “We are excited to be entering new markets that promise vast business potential. With travelers’ confidence rebounding, and the Indian tourism sentiment demonstrating positive outcomes, staycations and workcations to both metropolitan and non-metropolitan cities are in demand. We are well positioned to address this demand and an addition of nine new hotels to our existing network would surely lead Accor to even higher levels of hospitality in the country.”

Accor currently has a focused yet differentiated brand portfolio with 54 hotels in India, and more than 10,000 keys. From a development perspective, Accor has been following a densification strategy, and enhancing expansion in key cities with multiple hotels across varying price points.

All Accor properties in India, across brands, have received the ALLSAFE global certification to ensure guests of their safety and wellbeing. The ALLSAFE programme is designed to reassure guests with an all-encompassing set of procedures responding to new consumer behaviours and expectations around a safe experience.

Accor’s comprehensive loyalty program ALL – Accor Live Limitless for all Accor hotels across the globe is a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to wide variety of rewards, services, and experiences. As per ALL’s current offer, guests get to save 25% on stays with a chance to win 1 million Reward points when they stay at any of Accor’s participating hotels & resorts across India and Sri Lanka.

Accor, a world-leading augmented hospitality group, has announced plans to densify its portfolio by adding nine new hotels across the mid-scale and economy categories to the existing portfolio of 54 hotels in India. Over the next two years, Accor will add more than 1,300 keys to its Novotel and ibis brands in the country.

About Accor
Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,200 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry’s most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor’s unmatched position in lifestyle hospitality – one of the fastest growing categories in the industry – is led by Ennismore, a creative hospitality company with a global portfolio of entrepreneurial and founder-built brands with purpose at their heart. Accor boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 260,000 team members worldwide. 68 million members benefit from the company’s comprehensive loyalty program – ALL – Accor Live Limitless – a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 – Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the Group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States.

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Developing the World’s First Luxury Energy-Positive Hotel

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Developing the World’s First Luxury Energy-Positive Hotel - TRAVELINDEXSvartisen Glacier, Norway, March 7, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / A luxury hotel at the base of Norway’s Svartisen glacier has bold ambitions to generate more energy than it consumes within five years of opening.

The base of the Svartisen glacier in the far north of Norway seems an unlikely spot for a luxury hotel and, even less so, a ground-breakingly innovative one that will use a dizzying array of technology and smart design to make it the first energy-positive hotel in the world.

Yet this is the plan that the architect and hotel developer, Ivaylo Lefterov, is describing: the Svart, a 94-room circular glass structure that will hover over the sparkling waters of the Holandsfjorden, providing a wellness and outdoors adventure hub in the Nordland wilderness.

“With hotels, you have such big consumption when it comes to energy and waste that you can really explore those particular elements… We want to showcase what can be done, to show that not just hotels but any building can be made energy-positive with the right approach,” says Lefterov.

Lefterov, who is Bulgarian by birth, Californian by upbringing and has spent a couple of decades developing hotels in Las Vegas, London and South Africa, was invited to become a consultant on the Svart four years ago. A few years before that, Jan-Gunnar Mathisen, the CEO of an Oslo-based tech company, MIRIS, took his teenage sons on holiday to the area near the site of the hotel and they all fell in love with the place. Shortly afterwards, back in Oslo, Mathisen was approached by a Nordland local who wanted to develop the site. A deal was struck and plans passed to build a hotel that would use the company’s technology to push the sustainability envelope.

It all sounds very straightforward and full of Scandinavian pragmatism – yes, the hotel is a large, attention-seeking structure in an extraordinarily beautiful, national park setting but planners balanced the benefits that it would bring to the local economy against the possible visual disruption. But when Lefterov became involved, he felt that MIRIS was missing a trick, that the green initiatives were not green enough, that they could potentially border on greenwashing and that the hotel could be so much more than Mathisen realised. The company parted ways with its original architecture practice and hired a new firm that, with Lefterov, is overseeing the way the hotel will operate as a sustainable destination.

Surprisingly, for a building that plans to be energy-positive within five years of opening, there doesn’t seem to be any never-before-seen technology. “We’re connecting the dots from all these different things that already exist,” says Lefterov. This takes the form of producing enough solar energy during the long Arctic summer days to offset energy consumption during the dark Arctic winters; of micro-managing every watt of wasted energy so that it can be captured and reused; using the neighbourhood farm and the fjord for much of its food production (mussels will be farmed along the hotel’s stilts, for example) with plans for 80% of food to come from a 50-mile radius; and extremely enthusiastic composting.

The Svart hotel will be a 10-hour train journey or 11-hour drive north from Trondheim, the nearest city – which, if nothing else, gives one a new appreciation of the size of Norway – but Lefterov claims that simply staying there will offset any carbon derived from his guests’ journeys.

It all sounds wonderful but currently there is nothing to measure his claims against as ground has not been broken on the project. The hotel was originally slated to open this summer but COVID-19 got in the way and it has now been delayed until late 2023. The structure will largely be built from prefabricated modules which are in factories, ready to go, spring thaw and Norwegian lockdown permitting.

The project will cost in the region of €100m and Lefterov anticipates a room rate of between €750 and €1,500 – “not that high compared to London,” he says.

He promises that the Svart will cast off the hemp and bare wood aesthetic that we have come to associate with the green movement. “When you talk about eco [and Scandinavian], people think of IKEA and that very simplistic look but we will have luxury at a totally different level. Incredible luxury, 100% sustainable but very simple, very elegant, very warm.” To that end, he has engaged designers Space Copenhagen – specialists in understated and enticing.

Perhaps the reason that Lefterov is so keen to get this blend of luxury and sustainability just right is because there is a strong streak of the environmental evangelist in him. He doesn’t just want guests to enjoy their stay, he wants them to learn from the Svart and adopt aspects of it in their own homes and businesses.

He mentions more than once that the intention is to lead the Svart’s clients by example and make them see that sustainability doesn’t need to come with a hair shirt. “And what better way than when you go on holiday, not by being bored by lectures and so forth, but through a real, engaging experience?”

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

Anji County, Zhejiang Province, China, February 28, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara’s world renowned luxury is coming to China’s Anji County in northwestern Zhejiang Province. A popular escape for nature lovers and hailed as an eco-tourism destination, Anji County is located three-hours’ drive from Shanghai and less than an hour’s drive from Zhejiang’s capital of Hangzhou.

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Known for its cooler climate, clean air and breathtaking scenery, Anji has been designated as an ecology-friendly city where the residents have established a thriving eco-friendly agricultural and tourism sector showcasing pollution-free green products, such as white tea, alpine vegetables, and flowers. Anji is also home to one of the largest natural bamboo forests in the world with over 60,000 hectares of bamboo groves containing over 40 different species.

Emerald mountains and tea plantations form the backdrop of the new Anantara Anji which is located on 165 acres of land. In addition to 162 guest rooms with sizes ranging from 53-216 sqm, the property will feature state of the art meeting facilities, an outdoor swimming pool with bar, four international restaurants including Chinese and international cuisine, a full fitness centre and a children’s activity zone.

Complementing the area’s natural surroundings, an Anantara Spa with full healing and wellness facilities and a Zen pavilion will be available to help replenish guests’ health and wellbeing.  Sustainable programs such as tree planting activities for the whole family, which will be organically integrated with the resort’s facilities will also be on offer creating an ideal place for multi-generational travel experiences.

Anantara’s culture-minded guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of indigenous experiences nearby including ancient temples and the residence of Wu Changshuo, a prominent painter, calligrapher and seal artist during the late Qing Period adjacent to the resort. Guests can also do day trips to the area’s famous bamboo forests, stream rafting sites or harvest tea in nearby plantations.

The resort’s unique architecture is designed by internationally renowned architect, Meng Fanhao of Line+ Studio which has been recognised for its creative and innovative designs. Construction will commence in March 2022 and is due to be completed by the end of 2024.

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Anantara Anji will join Anantara Guiyang Resort in Guizhou Province and Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort in Yunnan Province as the brand’s third property in China connecting guests to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations

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Best Western Hotels and GOCO Create Holistic Wellness Experience in Vietnam

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Best Western Hotels and GOCO Create Holistic Wellness Experience in Vietnam

Ho Tram, Vietnam, February 26, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts continues to raise the bar for hospitality in Vietnam by unveiling plans for a spectacular new spa and wellness experience at the brand-new beachfront Charm Resort Ho Tram, in collaboration with GOCO Hospitality who will be creating, operating and branding the spa and wellness center within the Resort.

Currently under construction on Vietnam’s stunning southeast coast, just 110km from Ho Chi Minh City, Charm Resort Ho Tram will introduce two new Best Western branded properties to this dynamic destination, comprising over 1,000 keys. Charm Resort Ho Tram, BW Signature Collection® by Best Western will feature 470 spacious and stylish rooms and suites, while Charm Resort Ho Tram, BW Premier Collection® by Best Western will offer 458 upscale rooms and suites plus 90 luxurious villas.

Now, it can be revealed that guests at these two hotels will be able to enjoy exclusive wellness experiences curated by the internationally renowned wellness company, GOCO Hospitality. The new spa and wellness center will be managed by GOCO and led by a dedicated team of health professionals, blending international standards with authentic local elements. Guests will be offered a wide range of natural therapies complemented with advanced technology within this oasis of lush, landscaped gardens and waterways, just steps from the soft sandy beach and cerulean sea.

“Wellness has become a key component of the hotel and resort industry, especially in Asia, and we are delighted to work with GOCO Hospitality and Charm Group on this impressive new project. This soothing sanctuary will become one of the key selling points at Charm Resort Ho Tram, BW Premier Collection by Best Western and Charm Resort Ho Tram, BW Signature Collection by Best Western. We look forward to working with our esteemed partners as this new project comes to life, and introducing our guests to an exciting new era of wellness in Vietnam,” said Erwann Mahe, Managing Director, International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

Respected as a global leader in the wellness hospitality sector, GOCO Hospitality works with many of the world’s leading hotel operators and owners, creating some of the most unique wellness destinations globally, from spas to wellness centers and large-scale wellness communities. The company’s portfolio comprises of over 400 projects valued at more than US $4.5bn across 42 countries.

We are looking forward to working closely with Charm Group and Best Western Hotels to create a spa and wellness destination at this beachfront community which will add a unique offering within the fast-growing hospitality landscape in Vietnam. GOCO aims to bring to life a modern lifestyle focused concept, offering results-driven wellness solutions, perfectly aligned to the needs of multi-generational guests and complemented by the stunning location and innovative design language.”, said Ingo Schweder, CEO of GOCO Hospitality.

This marks another important step in Best Western’s growth strategy in Vietnam. With two properties now operating and 17 more in the pipeline, covering some of the country’s most desirable destinations, the group is targeting a total of 19 branded hotels and resorts by the end of 2024.

About Best Western Hotels ad Resorts
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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Savor the Beauty of Spring Blossom in Japan with Best Western Hotels

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Savor the Beauty of Spring Blossom in Japan with Best Western Hotels - TRAVELINDEXOkinawa, Japan, February 22, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts is inviting its experience-seeking guests to watch Japan’s spectacular sakura season with its new “Japan’s Spring Blossom Sale”. Under this enticing offer, travelers from all over the world can enjoy a generous 20% discount at hotels and resorts in many of the most popular destinations all across the “Land of the Rising Sun”.

Simply book from 23 February until 31 March 2022, for stays taken any time until 31 May 2022, and enjoy an instant 15% discount on the hotel’s Best Rate. Best Western Rewards® members are entitled to an additional 5% off. Whether guests want to discover Japan’s thrilling cities, captivating culture, magnificent mountains or its beautiful beaches, Best Western has the perfect hotel for every spring vacation in Japan.

Tokyo’s exhilarating urban attractions, from the iconic Shibuya Crossing to the exquisite Imperial Palace Gardens, can be enjoyed at Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akasaka and Best Western Hotel Fino Shin-Yokohama. Alternatively, foodies can treat their taste buds in Osaka, Japan’s culinary capital, where Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto, Best Western Plus Hotel Fino Osaka Kitahama and SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Shin-Osaka create great options for visitors to this exciting city.

Or for a blissful beach break, Best Western Okinawa Kouki Beach and Best Western Okinawa Onna Beach boast stunning seafront locations in Japan’s tropical island paradise, allowing guests to splash, swim and snorkel in the clear turquoise water or simply stroll along the soft sand.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Best Western Hotels & Resorts headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, is a privately held hotel brand within the BWH Hotel Group® global network. With 18 brands and approximately 4,700 hotels in over 100 countries and territories worldwide*, BWH Hotel Group suits the needs of developers and guests in every market. Brands include Best Western®, Best Western Plus®, Best Western Premier®, Executive Residency by Best Western®, Vīb®, GLō®, Aiden®, Sadie®, BW Premier Collection® and BW Signature Collection®. Through acquisition, WorldHotelsTM Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay Studio® franchises**.

* Numbers are approximate, may fluctuate, and include hotels currently in the development pipeline.
**All Best Western, WorldHotels and SureStay branded hotels are independently owned and operated.

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Kempinski Hotels to Manage Prestigious Luxury Hotel in Riyadh

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Kempinski Hotels to Manage Prestigious Luxury Hotel in Riyadh - - TRAVELINDEXRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, February 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Kempinski Hotels portfolio is steadily growing in the Middle East: With the signing of a management agreement for a prestigious luxury hotel in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, another milestone in the expansion of the international hotel group has been set. The upcoming five-star Kempinski Al Qeshan Hotel is being built in a prime location in the heart of the Al Olaya business district on the famous King Fahad Road, which is home to banks, elegant restaurants and fine boutiques.

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The hotel with 150 elegant rooms and suites as well as ten serviced apartments are planned to be built and opened in approximately four years. With this luxury hotel, the owner is not only focusing on technical and structural sustainability but also has included a full green façade in his plans. While one complete floor of the 35-storey building is reserved for an exclusive ladies’ spa and one for a men’s spa, guests can indulge in culinary delights in two high-class restaurants or admire the skyline of the metropolis from the rooftop lounge and terrace with a pool of the luxury hotel.

“With Sheikh Abdul Kareem Abdullah Al Qeshan, an extremely successful businessman in the cementitious and construction industry, we have found an ideal partner who, like us, places the highest demands on quality and relies on a prime location,” says Bernold Schroeder, Chief Executive Officer Kempinski Group and Chairman of the Board Kempinski AG. “The country’s financial capital signifies an important step in our growth plans in the Kingdom. Following other projects in our development pipeline in Al Madinah, Makkah and Yanbu, as well as our already successfully operating Kempinski Hotel Al Othman in Al Khobar, we look forward to welcoming guests to the capital of Saudi Arabia in the future. We foresee an increasing demand for business travel as well as a growing appetite for leisure retreats in 5-star hotels, all aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, which is to attract 100 million annual visitors by 2030.”

And Sheikh Abdul Kareem Abdullah Al Qeshan commented: “Thanks to unlimited support from our Kingdom to businessmen, Al Queshan successfully continues to invest in the Eastern region of our country. In expanding and diversifying my investments by building a five-star luxury hotel, I am keeping the pace of the Kingdom’s renaissance and its Vision 2030 led by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The signing of this agreement with Kempinski Hotels, one of the leading luxury hospitality brands around the globe, marked a special day in the history of our company. We are looking forward to building this thirty-five floors luxury hotel under the name of Kempinski Al Qeshan Riyadh as one of the most important tourist landmarks and assuring the finest architectural and technical specifications in the most important location on King Fahd Road. Besides providing high-end hotel services to visitors to Riyadh, we will be also contributing to creating many jobs for our ambitious youth.”

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Located on a desert plateau, the city of Riyadh is a place where old-world charm meets modernity and visions of the future: Alongside fortresses steeped in history, palaces, museums and colourful souks visitors will find skyscrapers in the thriving financial district, the country’s best universities, state-of-the-art shopping centres as well as a growing arts and culture scene. As the economic, administrative and cultural centre, Riyadh is the most populous city in Saudi Arabia with 7.5 million inhabitants.

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Adventure Awaits in Dominica, the Caribbean’s Nature Island

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Adventure Awaits in Dominica, the Caribbean’s Nature Island - TRAVELINDEXRoseau, Dominica, February 18, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica, a five-star resort nestled within one of Dominica’s pristine national parks and lush ecosystems, is the ideal base from which to explore the natural beauty of this stunning, untouched Caribbean Island. The world’s second-largest hot spring, Boiling Lake, is a must-see natural attraction, and the island’s thriving coral reefs are bucket-list-worthy for avid divers and snorkellers. Home to three national parks, two forest reserves and 365 rivers, the island offers endless opportunities for exploration and adventure.

Now it is even easier to reach the island with the recent launch of American Airlines’ nonstop flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Douglas-Charles International Airport (DOM). Flights operates three times weekly and serve as the only nonstop link from the United States to Dominica.

“With the new direct airlift from Miami, paired with our special Discover Dominica offer, we invite guests to get out and explore all that this incredible destination has to offer,” said Resort Manager Pascale Selwan. “Our resort provides the best of both worlds: an idyllic location within Cabrits National Park, combined with unparalleled five-star service and luxurious resort amenities.”

The resort’s concierge can arrange guided group and private tours to some of the island’s most famous natural attractions such as Trafalgar Falls, Titou Gorge and the hot spring Ti Kwen Glo Cho. This impressive cave is home to a hidden waterfall and even served as a film location for the second ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film. After a day of exploring, guests can return to the resort for some well-deserved relaxation, unwinding in the full-service Kempinski The Spa, dining on international cuisine and cooling off in one of four refreshing swimming pools.

The Discover Dominica package includes:
– Luxurious accommodations
– Daily buffet breakfast at Cabrits Market
– Day trip to Titou Gorge, including 45 minutes at Ti Kwen Glo Cho Natural Spa
Rates start from 466 USD per night. This offer is available for stays of three nights or longer, is subject to availability and is valid until 31 December, 2022, with free cancellation up to seven days prior to arrival.

About Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica
Situated in Douglas Bay on the northwest side of the island, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica provides a breath-taking panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea as well as easy access to explore the island’s countless waterfalls, natural hot springs and 365 rivers, one for each day of the year. All 151 rooms, suites, duplexes and one Presidential Villa are luxuriously appointed. Resort features include two distinctive restaurants for local and international cuisine, including farm-to-table and sea-to-table dining, and a bar; an 18,000 sq. ft spa; four pools; six beach cabanas; modern fitness facilities; two tennis courts; a children’s club and on-site water sports. More than 8,000 sq. ft of events space, including three meeting rooms, a boardroom and an outdoor amphitheatre provide options for executive retreats, weddings and celebrations.

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Mandarin Oriental Signs Multi-Islands Resort in Maldives

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Mandarin Oriental Signs Multi-Islands Resort in Maldives

South Male Atoll, Maldives, February 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a new resort on a private island in The Maldives that is scheduled to open in 2025. The resort is currently under development on a pristine Indian Ocean site and will stretch across three private islands on Bolidhuffaru Reef in South Male Atoll, accessed by an easy 20-minute speedboat ride from Male’s Velana international airport.

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Surrounded by white sand beaches and the vibrant coral reefs for which The Maldives is renowned, the resort will provide a picturesque backdrop from which to enjoy a variety of activities including wellness experiences and watersports.

The accommodation comprises 120 stand-alone villas, made up of 56 overwater villas and 64 beachfront villas, including 10 branded Residences at Mandarin Oriental. Ranging in size from 200 to 1,000 square metres, the villas will be some of the largest in the market, each providing exclusivity and seclusion, with private pools and sweeping ocean views. The Group is working with a number of international consultants to ensure sustainability best practises are followed in all stages of the development.

Six dining outlets, including three speciality restaurants and a sunset bar, will ensure that guests have a varied choice of venues during their stay. In addition, creative indoor and outdoor event space will provide unique locations for meetings, social gatherings and weddings.

Spacious wellness facilities will be located in the resort’s tropical gardens, and will include 12 treatment suites, vitality pools, sauna and steam rooms as well as a beauty salon. Mandarin Oriental’s expert team of wellness practitioners will offer tailored experiences and the Group’s signature treatments.

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Additional leisure activities will include a watersports and dive centre, tennis courts, a kids and teens club, a swimming pool and numerous private coves and beaches to explore.

The 34-hectare site is being developed by DAMAC Properties, part of Dubai-based DAMAC Group, one of the world’s foremost luxury real estate developers.

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Four Seasons Hotels with Experiential Tented Resort in Punta Mita

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Four Seasons Hotels with Experiential Tented Resort in Punta Mita - TRAVELINDEXPunta Mita, Mexico, February 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s leading luxury hospitality companies, announces plans for an innovative resort concept focusing on highly customizable itineraries led by personal guides, sustainable design and programming inspired by the nature and history of Mexico. The new luxury tented resort will be an expansion of the existing Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in an untouched enclave within the Resort community.

Located along the Pacific shores of the Riviera Nayarit, the Resort will offer programming that enhances guest wellbeing and connects them with the beauty and traditions of the destination.

Set to open in late 2022, Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico will offer a collection of 15 luxury tents nestled in the lush forests of the Riviera Nayarit with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Inspired by the idea of naturaleza viva, or “live naturally,” the Resort is deeply integrated into its natural surroundings, inviting guests to connect with the land, sea, fellow guests, and most importantly, themselves.

“The Naviva Resort will be an exceptional retreat for those seeking highly individualized service, curated wellness experiences and artful culinary offerings that reflect the culture and character of Mexico,” says Bart Carnahan, President, Global Business Development and Portfolio Management, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “This is an ambitious and innovative new project for our brand, with every detail focused on the wellbeing of the guests, the sustainability of the design and the celebration of the destination.”

The Naviva Resort Experience

Ahead of arrival, guests will be matched with a personal guide to create a bespoke itinerary based on their specific needs and desires, choosing from a range of experiences or simply relaxing in their beautiful surroundings. The Resort guides have been selected for their care, intuition and discernment, along with their knowledge of the destination. The guides will assist in creating custom itineraries and personalizing experiences, while also providing the space and freedom for guests to unwind and explore on their own.

Guests will be immersed in the natural design from the moment of arrival, meeting their guides on a cocoon-inspired bamboo bridge overlooking a 30-foot (9 metre) ravine. The design aesthetic continues with butterfly-inspired guest tents perched on hillsides, each with private pools and expansive decks, and many with outdoor gardens.

The onsite programming has been thoughtfully curated with the support of local experts and has been designed to allow for heightened personalization – such as one-on-one interactions with the Resort executive chef; personal training sessions in the outdoor gym experience; private dinners with sweeping ocean views and bespoke menus; or exploring Mexico’s hidden wine and spirits scene. Guides offer intuitive partnership and knowledge to help guests truly understand and connect with their experiences.

The Naviva Resort is perfect for solo travellers, couples or those travelling with close friends and loved ones. With most offerings included as part of the stay, and digital disconnection highly encouraged, guests will be able to fully relax, rejuvenate, explore and get the most out of their journey.

About Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort
The property will celebrate its natural surroundings through an organic aesthetic and design, with sustainable elements including solar panels, efficient water systems and natural drainage, electric vehicles, upcycled artwork and locally sourced products, materials, produce and ingredients.

Luxury Frontiers, international experts in the design of innovative and experiential resorts, has been selected to help bring the Naviva Resort to life and create a sustainable, low-impact sanctuary. The design of the property will allow for seamless movement between indoor and outdoor living, ultimately creating an environment that is ideal for an immersive and transformational journey.

The Resort will feature an expansive pool inspired by the enveloping jungle, access to a secluded beach, spa pods that offer customizable treatments featuring products made from local ingredients, a cliffside yoga pavilion and an outdoor gym. In addition, supported by knowledgeable guides, guests will be able to experience the restorative power of an onsite temazcal.

The onsite restaurant, Copal, will be a farm-to-table open-air Mexican grill house overlooking the seascapes of Punta Mita, and will serve fresh homegrown produce and bountiful sea catches on a rotating seasonal menu. With the open kitchen as the epicentre of the space, guests will be able to witness traditional cooking techniques at work.

In addition to onsite programming and experiences, guests will have full access to Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, including the restaurant and bar offerings, additional spa and fitness facilities, and beach and pool access.

Naviva, A Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, Mexico will be located less than an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta International Airport, where daily inbound and outbound international flights are available. The Naviva Resort will be an expansion of Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and joins Four Seasons growing collection of properties in Mexico, which include Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas and the upcoming Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Cabo San Lucas at Cabo Del Sol.

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First published at – Global Travel News