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Saudi Crown Prince to Develop Kingdom’s Historical Palaces

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Saudi Crown Prince to Develop Kingdom’s Historical Palaces - - TRAVELINDEXRiyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund announced the launch of Boutique Group, a new hospitality brand that will manage and convert a collection of iconic historic and cultural palaces in Saudi Arabia into ultra-luxury boutique hotels, according to a statement. Boutique Group revives heritage by converting historic and cultural palaces into ultra-luxury boutique hotels.

The company will revive the vibrant heritage and culture of Saudi Arabia to create a new and unique hospitality experience, it added.

The first phase of the project will focus on the development of three historic palaces in cooperation with the private sector, including Al Hamra Palace that will offer 77 keys including 33 luxury palace suites and 44 luxury villas in Jeddah.

In 1971, King Faisal bin Abdulaziz directed to dedicate Al Hamra Palace as a hospitality palace for the most prominent international public figures from around the world.

Tuwaiq Palace will provide 96 keys including 40 luxury palace suites and 56 luxury villas. Whereas Red Palace will offer 71 keys including 46 luxury suites, and 25 luxury guest rooms. Both Tuwaiq and Red palace are located in Riyadh.

Tuwaiq Palace is an architectural masterpiece blending heritage with natural surroundings. Tuwaiq Palace is one of the most prominent historical and cultural landmarks in the city of Riyadh, built in 1980

The Red Palace is considered the first reinforced concrete building constructed in Riyadh city in 1944. Famous for its unique reddish color, The Red Palace was the first reinforced concrete building in Riyadh city.

Boutique Group will blend the Kingdom’s culture and heritage with modern amenities to provide an exclusive hospitality experience and a unique service to its guests, growing the Saudi ultra-luxury hospitality sector and contributing to the development of the local economy. The company will also offer many high-end experiences from dining to wellness to exclusive services for each guest.

Commenting on the new group, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of PIF, said in the statement, “The Crown Prince’s launch of the Boutique Group underlines PIF’s mandate to unlock the capabilities of promising sectors in Saudi Arabia that can help drive the diversification of the economy and contribute to non-oil GDP growth.”

“The group will enhance the Kingdom’s already unique tourism offerings, strengthening Saudi Arabia’s position as a leading regional and international tourism and cultural destination and contributing to Saudi Vision 2030,” he added.

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Nobu to Launch a Hotel and Restaurant on Santorini

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Nobu to Launch a Hotel and Restaurant on Santorini

Santorini, Greece, January 23, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Nobu Hospitality, the global lifestyle brand founded by Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, and Meir Teper, is delighted to announce its first hotel and restaurant in Greece – the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini, scheduled to open in spring 2022.

Situated on the island’s captivating northeast coast, the boutique hotel houses a signature Nobu Restaurant, full-service spa, fitness facility, dual-level infinity pool, and five luxurious pool villas, and offers panoramic views of both the Caldera and Aegean Sea from its unique clifftop location in Imerovigli. Just a 10-minute drive to the charming coastal town of Oia and 20 minutes from Santorini (Thira) International Airport, the hotel is well-positioned along the famed Oia-Fira hiking trail that runs between Oia and Fira, Santorini’s cosmopolitan capital.

Nobu Hospitality has entered a long-term management agreement with MonteRock International (MRI), a group with over 25 years of experience in a variety of core industries including hospitality, media, food & beverage, real estate, banking, and industrial technology.

Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive Officer Nobu Hospitality comments, “We are very excited to be coming to Santorini and to work with the local community on this exciting project. Santorini is one of the most highly regarded destinations in the world with its rare beauty, famed for its distinctive cuisine, whitewashed architecture set with a backdrop of steep cliffs, and dramatic sunsets lighting the sea and sky. We look forward to inviting locals and international travellers alike to experience the Nobu lifestyle in this special destination.”

Alfredo Longo, Chief Executive Officer MonteRock International comments, “We are really proud of the rock-solid collaboration we are having with Nobu brand throughout the years, and we are now more than delighted to expand together in the hospitality industry. In this incredible ‘canvas’ such as the Island of Santorini, the finest of what Nobu lifestyle and cuisine have to offer would be served in a ‘picture-perfect setting,’ catering to every need at the highest standards.”

Adding to Nobu Hospitality’s European portfolio, the launch of Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Santorini marks the 26th hotel around the world and tenth hotel in the European continent, with properties in Rome, San Sebastián, and Hamburg also in development.

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Luxury Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya Opens on Yucatan Peninsula

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Luxury Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya Opens on Yucatan Peninsula

Tulum, Mexico, January 23, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Hilton announces the opening of the highly anticipated oceanfront Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, marking the brand’s debut in the Mexican Caribbean. Located eight miles north of Tulum, in a secluded bay surrounded by a tropical forest and pristine Caribbean waters, the 349-room resort offers a retreat for guests seeking a transformative getaway, with curated signature restaurants, destination spa, oceanfront pools and access to Tulum’s celebrated sights and attractions.

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“We are thrilled to make Hilton’s debut in Tulum – one of Mexico’s premier destinations – with this fabulous luxury hotel,” said Danny Hughes, executive vice president and president, Americas, Hilton. “The Caribbean and Latin America has long been a priority market for Hilton with Mexico leading the way – it’s our 5th largest presence globally by number of hotels with Tulum as a central part of our growth strategy.”

“Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya represents so much of what we strive for in our ever-expanding brand portfolio – bold and locally-inspired design, innovative culinary offerings and fulfilling, meaningful experiences for our guests,” said Matt Schuyler, chief brand officer, Hilton. “With a record-setting year of openings ahead for the brand, it’s a pleasure to start 2022 with such an exemplary addition to Conrad’s resort offerings and to Hilton’s luxury category at large.”

Bold Design

In the heart of the world’s most exquisite natural wonders, from jungles and beaches to hidden cenotes and colorful flora and fauna, Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya is designed to give guests a deep connection with Tulum’s distinctive landscape. Upon entering the lobby, guests pass through ornate wooden doors, engraved by local artisans, and are immediately greeted by sweeping ocean views and an immersive art installation, a nod to ancient Mayan architecture and Tulum’s surroundings.

The nature-inspired theme continues throughout the hotel’s thoughtfully designed guest rooms, incorporating organic elements such as stone, wood and metal. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic ocean views, guest rooms are designed with calming tones and elegant furnishings, each with their own private balcony and relaxation tub or plunge pools on the ground floor rooms. Guests seeking additional space can enjoy a suite complete with a spacious living room and adjacent dining area for up to eight people, as well as a spa-inspired master bathroom complete with a soaking tub and rainfall shower.

Exquisite Dining

A destination unto itself, Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya’s diverse dining options include five restaurants as well as six bars and lounges featuring globally inspired cuisine, casual poolside fare and world-class catering for meetings and events. Venues include energizing bar experiences serving up generous wine lists, regional spirits and refreshing tropical cocktails, and elevated dining experiences offering flavors of the world with innovative and local twists. A sample of the dining offerings at the hotel includes:

– Autor: The resort’s most sophisticated dining experience is an ode to its chef or ‘author’ where guests experience a personalized culinary journey curated by Chef Jersaí Miranda.
– Maratea: Features distinct cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean Basin from southern Spain to North Africa, Greece and Turkey.
– Ukai: A sushi bar dedicated to the traditional Japanese fishing method, brought to life as a contemporary sushi counter committed to sustainable fishing.
– Kengai: A Teppanyaki restaurant that merges classic Japanese and Southeast Asian techniques with local ingredients and styles, whose name is inspired by the Jacaranda tree, brought to Mexico by Japanese immigrants in the 20th century.
– Chaak Bar: Named after the Mayan rain god and inspired by the cenotes where the Mayans would connect with him, Chaak Bar offers guests a place to seek shelter and recharge.
– Cafetal: This upscale café and market are inspired by the traditional Tianguis, an economic and social gathering center in Mexican culture serving locally sourced coffee, snacks and all-day essentials.

Transformative Experiences

Allowing travelers to discover new facets of well-being and self-fulfillment, the guest experience at Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya is characterized by a deep connection with the natural environment and to honor Tulum’s cultural traditions. Whether floating, snorkeling or kayaking in the crystal-clear bay waters or lounging in an oceanfront cabana by one of the five pools, guests can fully immerse themselves in this mystical paradise.

Nestled within lush mangroves, Conrad Spa Tulum is a destination purposefully designed as a wellness refuge. Guests enjoy a wide range of services inspired by the legends of the Mayan gods and traditional Mexican herbalism in individual treatment rooms or “casitas.” Spa offerings include an extensive menu of body rituals, a sensory Water Ritual including an outdoor pool and thermal facilities and the Mayan Manteada, an ancient massage technique in which shawls are tied around the waist to relax and realign the body. For guests looking for an enlightened sense of well-being and tranquility, the property has an in-house Shaman to perform ancient rituals like the purifying gratitude and sacred cenote ceremonies.

Sustainable Beauty + Wildlife

The resort is dedicated to safeguarding Tulum’s landscape and its resources. From an environmental education curriculum to multiple rescue and relocation programs for its mangroves, wildlife, and coastal forest, conservation is ingrained in the DNA of Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya. The hotel emphasizes meticulous preservation and sustainability through its sea turtle protection program as well as an innovative waste management system and water quality monitoring projects. The sea turtle protection program reduces the impact of the hotel’s activities during the turtles’ nesting season and guarantees the conservation of the protected species.

Inspired Gatherings

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya offers the destination’s first and largest separate event center featuring 55,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. The convention center’s modern yet elegant décor features large windows giving way to breathtaking views. The 9,000 square foot outdoor terrace is perfect for al fresco dining, and additional event spaces include a Main Ballroom, Junior Ballroom and three meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 2,500 people.

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya is the latest addition to Hilton’s portfolio of iconic luxury hotels in premier global destinations. This year, Conrad Hotels & Resorts will significantly expand its footprint in key urban and resort destinations including Los Angeles, Nashville, Sardinia and Rabat, Morocco.

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya offers guests the confidence of Hilton CleanStay and participates in Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, exclusive member discounts, free standard Wi-Fi, and access to the Hilton Honors mobile app.

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Spanning five continents with 40 properties, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has created a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation and curated art to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the globally connected traveler. Conrad is a place where guests can experience service and style on their own terms — all while connecting with local and global culture. Experience a positive stay at Conrad Hotels & Resorts by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits.

About Hilton
Hilton is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 6,700 properties and more than 1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on the 2021 World’s Best Workplaces list, and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. In 2020, Hilton CleanStay was introduced, bringing an industry-defining standard of cleanliness to hotels worldwide. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 123 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy.

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Cross Hotels and Resorts Launched Cross Collection

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Cross Hotels and Resorts Launched Cross Collection - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, January 20, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Striding into the new year, Cross Hotels & Resorts, Asia-Pacific’s leading creator of inspired hospitality solutions, is pleased to announce it has reached a major milestone with the launch of Cross Collection, a blend of stylish resorts and city hotels in first-tier tourist and business destinations. An amalgamation of unique properties throughout Asia Pacific, Cross Collection is a hospitality network for all.

The freshly inked deals mark the beginning of a new chapter for Cross Hotels & Resorts as it continues to add to its impressive portfolio of boutique properties with Haven’t Met Bangkok Silom and Itz Time Hua Hin Pool Villa. Haven’t Met Bangkok By Cross Collection is located in the central business district and offers 72 contemporary guest rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and access to the Skytrain via Chong NonSi BTS Station, which makes it a compelling choice for the new generation of travellers who seek excitement, convenience and value for money.

Meanwhile, Itz Time Hua Hin Pool Villa By Cross Collection is a stunning residential-style resort in the coastal town of Hua Hin that features 16 three-bedroom Pool Villas ranging in size from 279–440sqm, making them the perfect choice for private weekday staycations or weekend family getaways. Appealing to Cross Hotels & Resorts’ aficionados of young, independent travellers and ideal for corporate events, the resort offers the ultimate escape in exceptionally appointed villas.

Commenting on the thrilling developments, Harry Thaliwal, CEO of Cross Hotels & Resorts, said: “Cross Collection is our white-label branding solution for independent hotels and I’m proud to welcome Sincere Capital Land Co., Ltd to our family. It’s our entrepreneurial approach that allows us to push traditional hospitality boundaries and offer partners very workable solutions that elevate their businesses to a higher level. We give owners the opportunity to belong to a strong, international brand with a global distribution network that’s continually growing. I’m confident the future is going to be a bright one for our partners, so watch this space!”

Building on Cross Hotels & Resorts’ Uniquely Yours approach, the new properties share the same corporate vision of providing guests with unforgettable experiences through their passion for hospitality. This hunger to go the extra mile is fundamental to the success of Cross Hotels & Resorts as the company is relentlessly committed to excellence.

“We have complete trust and confidence in Cross Hotels & Resorts, in its brands and in the global distribution, which is backed by Flight Centre Travel Group. We are honoured to become part of Cross Collection as we have our own story to tell and we want to bring it to life. With Cross Collection we can be us,” said Chayaphon Hunrungroj, Owner of Sincere Capital Land Co., Ltd.

Cross Hotels & Resorts current portfolio includes more than 23 hotels under five distinct brands – Cross, Cross Vibe, Away, Lumen and Cross Collection – across Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

About Cross Hotels & Resorts
Cross Hotels & Resorts is an international hotel management company wholly owned by the ASX listed Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG). FCTG is one of the world’s largest and progressive travel companies, incorporating diverse worldwide distribution, in destination travel experiences such as transport and touring as well as hotel management solutions. Cross Hotels & Resorts also delivers owner services all the way from the very early sourcing and planning stages of a development, through technical services during build, to pre-opening services and finally professional ongoing hotel management.

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New Grecian Escape One&Only Aesthesis to Open in 2022

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New Grecian Escape One&Only Aesthesis to Open in 2022 - - TRAVELINDEXAthens, Greece, January 19, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Discover a paradise of Athenian elegance drenched in nostalgic mid-century glamour. Situated in 21-hectares of exclusive beachfront estate in Southern Athens, One&Only Aesthesis will be the new Grecian escape. Wrapped in ancient mythology in the heart of the Athenian Riviera, where lavender lands meet sapphire waters and our collection of rooms, suites and villas embody the timeless glamour of the Aegean.

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Slated to open in late 2022, the One&Only Aesthesis gives travelers the best of both worlds: it’s located a short distance from bustling Athens and iconic sites such as the Acropolis while offering the relaxation and tranquility of a beachfront getaway.

Located on a sprawling coastal area in Southern Athens, just kilometers from the thriving city streets. Discover the natural thermal springs of Lake Vouliagmeni and the endless cove beaches bathed in ancient mythological landmarks. Transcend time in the eye of Greece, and allow your senses to come alive.

One&Only Aesthesis will offer 127 private rooms, breathtaking suites, and private villas designed to frame the enamoring natural beauty of the Grecian coastline. The architecture pays homage to mid-century design with high ceilings, woven leather, muted tones, and accent patterns that embody the inherent beauty of cosmopolitan Riviera.

Drenched in natural beauty, One&Only Aesthesis celebrates the ancient wonders of Athens. Lapped by secret waves, cloaked in flourishing greenery and just moments away from the vibrant metropolis of Athens, feel as if you are in your own private island, in the eye of Greece.

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About One&Only
At home in the world’s most inspiring locations, hand-picked for exceptional beauty and unique cultural charm, One&Only Beach Resorts, Nature Resorts, Urban Resorts and Private Homes are havens of outstanding style and service that place you in the heart of every fascinating environment. From incredible, authentic cuisine, to unique tailored excursions, and spectacular spaces to simply be; unforgettable moments begin at One&Only. Hand-picked for exceptional natural beauty and cultural charm, be transported by our collection of exclusive resorts, located in unspoilt, breathtaking destinations across the globe.

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Inside the Opulent Penthouse at Newly Opened Bvlgari Hotel Paris

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Inside the Opulent Penthouse at Newly Opened Bvlgari Hotel Paris - - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, January 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Nested on Avenue George V, at the heart of the golden triangle, the Bvlgari Hotel Paris combines Bvlgari’s timeless glamour and heritage with a contemporary design and furniture by world-renowned Italian architects Antonio Citterio & Patricia Viel.

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The crown jewel in this exceptional setting is the Bulgari Penthouse, where an extraordinary rooftop garden landscaped with Mediterranean plants and fruit trees offers a panoramic view of the French capital’s famous monuments. Blown glass light installations, wooden panels and floor-to-ceiling windows have been used cleverly to make the penthouse much more than just a hotel accommodation. The penthouse suite (with a price tag that starts at €35,000/more than $39,000) spans two floors with its own private roof garden. Views of the Eiffel Tower are included.

Its soaring dining room is layered with antique Altai carpet and lit by a sparkling glass and gold chandelier. It has two kitchens, its own bar, a very large bedroom that looks onto the Eiffel Tower, a bathroom entirely clad in bookmatched Arabescato marble, an adjoining private fitness room, a hammam, a pantry, a living room and dressing room.

Alongside the Bvlgari Penthouse, the latest Parisian gem comprises 76 luxurious residences infused with an instant Italian flair and breathtaking 360° views all over Paris. It is home to Il Ristorante – Niko Romito and an oversized Spa featuring a 25m pool.

High above the intersection of the Avenue George V and Rue Pierre Charron, the majestic terrace is set against the backdrop of Paris timeless rooftops. Oaks, magnolias and philadelphus sit next to redcurrant bushes, apple trees and pear trees, giving the space the feel of Provence in the center of Paris Golden Triangle.

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About the Bvlgari Hotel Paris
Elegantly located Avenue George V, Bvlgari Hotel Paris is the latest jewel on the Golden Triangle of the City of Lights. This neighborhood, undoubtedly the most exclusive in Paris, is formed by Avenue George V, the Champs-Elysees and Avenue Montaigne. With the Bvlgari Hotel Paris at his heart, surrounded by luxury fashion houses and the city’s iconic cultural sites it attracts the world’s most glamorous crowds. The hotel, its vibrant bar and lounge, the elegant Il Ristorante – Niko Romito and its opulent Spa represent a unique playground for emotions.

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Luxury All-Suite Resort in Bali Converts to InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort

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Luxury All-Suite Resort in Bali Converts to InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort

Bali, Indonesia, January 14, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / IHG Hotels & Resorts and existing partner, PT Pancaran Kreasi Adiprima, are excited to expand the world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, to Bali Indonesia. The 120-key all-suite and villa resort InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort will be a rebrand of the hotel formerly known as Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali, and will relaunch with a fresh identity and ready to welcome guests who want to live the InterContinental Life.

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The beachfront resort is located on Sanur Beach which is known for its long stretch of sandy beach with shallow waters and boasts 26 villas, each with a private pool, as well as 94 suites. It is located next to Holiday Inn Bali Sanur which opened in August 2021.

Serena Lim, Vice President, Development, South East Asia and Korea said: “It’s fantastic to extend our partnership with the team at PT Pancaran Kreasi Adiprima and bring a second hotel into the IHG estate located on Sanur Beach.

“This signing fits in with our strategic focus to expand our luxury and lifestyle portfolio across Indonesia which continues to grow with existing brands as well as the debut of new brands including Kimpton and Regent in both city and resort locations.

“InterContinental Bali Sanur Resort will be a great addition to our Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio with its stunning beachfront location, expansive grounds, and the range of luxury suite and villa accommodation choices.

“Around the world we are seeing where people can travel, they are travelling and leisure demand has been the main segment driving the recovery making it a wonderful time to be expanding our brand presence in one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.”

Pre-pandemic, Sanur Beach was growing in popularity with increasing supply of hotels, restaurants and bars and travellers looking to enjoy the laid-back nature of Bali while being easily accessible from the airport and the city.

Dato Sri Tahir, Chairman of Mayapada Group said: “Indonesia, including Bali, has started to open up to international travellers and I’m confident that we will see both domestic and international tourism rebound quickly.

“Reopening the resort now will help to support Bali’s tourism recovery as the island looks forward to the traditional peak demand period as well as hosting the G20 in October 2022. As a business we always look to give back to the community and with the rebrand to InterContinental we will be able to welcome back hotel colleagues and provide enhanced training and career opportunities with the backing of IHG’s global systems and processes.”

“I’m truly excited that our hotel will rebrand to the world’s largest luxury brand and look forward to seeing travellers enjoy the resort’s distinctive style and ambience in the stunning location of Sanur.”

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has become synonymous with bold exploration, travel and cultural discovery, having pioneered luxury travel in emerging and well-loved destinations for the past 75 years. This year, as the brand toasts its diamond anniversary, it invites guests to celebrate the joy of travel and rediscover InterContinental hotels and resorts around the world.

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Today, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has 205 hotels and over 70 set to open in the coming years, as the vision of bringing luxury travel to emerging and established destinations continues. In Indonesia, travellers can experience the InterContinental Life at InterContinental Bali Resort on Jimbaran Bay, InterContinental Jakarta Pondok Indah and InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar.

IHG Hotels & Resorts currently operates 25 hotels in Indonesia across a range of brands including Six Senses, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express. Twelve hotels are currently in the pipeline.

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Best Western Launches First Hotel in Kyoto, The Hotel Kyoto Palace

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Best Western Launches First Hotel in Kyoto, The Hotel Kyoto Palace

Kyoto, Japan, January 14, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Best Western Hotels and Resorts has reached two important milestones in Japan with the launch of The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western, which marks the group’s first hotel in Kyoto, the country’s former imperial capital and charming heritage city, and the inaugural BW Signature Collection® by Best Western branded property in Japan.

Nestled in the city’s central Nakagyo Ward, which is home to many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed temples, shrines and museums, as well as multiple shops and restaurants, The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western is an outstanding addition to this enchanting city. Its low-rise architectural style and wooden façade perfectly blend into the historical cityscape, while the locally-inspired interiors exude the essence of a traditional Japanese home.

In line with the independent spirit of the BW Signature Collection by Best Western brand, every aspect of this boutique hotel, from the lobby to the 57 guestrooms and suites, has been carefully considered to create an authentic ambiance that reflects the unique personality of its locale. The result is a guest experience that is deeply meaningful, memorable and highly distinctive.

Recommended room types at The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western include:

Premier Theatre Room: A cocoon of Japanese contemporary comfort, these rooms immerse guests in a cozy atmosphere of soothing earthy tones and wooden décor. The room is well-appointed with a comfortable living area and equipped with a sofa and 42-inch flatscreen TV, letting guests sit back, watch a movie and sink into complete relaxation.

Premier Triplet Room: Reflecting the traditional aesthetic of a Japanese “ryokan” inn, this is the ideal option for families and friends traveling together. The spacious living area features a double and single bed to accommodate up to three adults or two adults and a child, complemented by a full range of amenities to make every stay even more comfortable.

In addition to the modern in-room facilities, which include an IDD telephone, a minibar, complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities, all guests staying at The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western can enjoy signature amenities from the Cherry Blossom Collection. Crafted by Kyonoyuki, a Kyoto-born organic cosmetics brand, these exclusive amenities are presented in an elegant fabric drawstring purse with a classical Japanese floral pattern.

The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western also features a chic bar for daytime refreshments and cool evening drinks, a restaurant specializing in delicious Japanese and international cuisine, and a spa with separate areas for men and women – the perfect place to unwind with soothing treatments after a long day exploring the historical sites of Kyoto.

To celebrate its official opening, The Hotel Kyoto Palace, BW Signature Collection by Best Western is offering special rates for travelers in all room types. Best Western Rewards® members will also enjoy an additional discount with rates starting from just USD 235 per room per night.

About Best Western Hotels and Resorts
Best Western Hotels and 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, WorldHotels® Luxury, WorldHotels Elite, WorldHotels Distinctive and WorldHotels Crafted collections are also offered. Completing the portfolio is SureStay®, SureStay Plus®, SureStay Collection® and SureStay StudioSM 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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Sofitel Dubai Downtown Appoints Aline Ibrahim as Director of Marketing

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown Appoints Aline Ibrahim as Director of Marketing - TRAVELINDEXDubai, UAE, January 13, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / A passionate hotelier with a penchant for effective communication, Aline spearheads Sofitel Dubai Downtown’s Marketing department. Her responsibilities include driving all brand exposure activities, conceptualising and leading promotions, and serving as a trusted brand advisor.

Joining Pullman Hotel & Residences in 2018 as the Senior Manager of Marketing, Digital & PR Communications; Aline progressed to her role as Marketing & Communications Manager at Sofitel Dubai Downtown in 2020.

Prior to joining Accor, Aline lent her talents to prestigious organisations in the UAE and Lebanon. Her trilingual capabilities (English, Arabic, and French) paired with her diverse skills make her perfectly suited to her new role.

Committed to ongoing self-development, Aline has pursued a range of professional courses including Situational Selling, Leadership, Brand Dimensions Management, Visual Merchandising, and Photography. Commenting on her new role, Aline shares, “I’m delighted to progress to this exciting new role. I’m passionate about hospitality and consistently delivering an excellent guest experience. I’m honoured to have launched hotels, and grown them, during my career. And I look forward to taking Sofitel Dubai Downtown’s communications to greater heights in my new role”.

About Accor
Accor is a world-leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,000 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 luxury and premium brands, midscale and economy offerings, unique lifestyle concepts, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more.

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Luxury Rosewood Hotel São Paulo Opened

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Luxury Rosewood Hotel São Paulo Opened

São Paulo, Brazil, January 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Encapsulating the city’s storied past and innovative future, the landmark new hotel marks a São Paulo renaissance. Rosewood São Paulo officially opened its doors, heralding Rosewood Hotels & Resorts entrance into South America as a new global icon for the ultra-luxury brand. Centrally located in the heart of the vibrant city near the lively Avenida Paulista, Rosewood São Paulo is a metropolitan oasis set within the historical enclave of Cidade Matarazzo, a complex of elegantly preserved buildings from the early 20th century that have been carefully transformed into private residences, high-end stores and entertainment venues. Anchoring the 30,000 square-meter mixed-used lifestyle hub, Rosewood São Paulo occupies the historic former hospital, Matarazzo Maternity, as well as a striking new vertical garden tower. The transformation of the heritage buildings is rooted in sustainability and makes Cidade Matarazzo Brazil’s largest upcycling project, with a focus on celebrating and protecting the country’s cultural heritage and natural environment.

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Spearheaded by entrepreneur Alexandre Allard, recognized for his involvement in the renaissance of the House of Balmain, and designed by leading international figures including the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel and artistic director Philippe Starck, Rosewood São Paulo is a love letter to Brazil, with a majority of the design materials both locally sourced and inspired by the country’s diverse culture. The new hotel is also home to a groundbreaking collection of 450 site-specific artworks, all created in partnership with local artists whose work draws from the multiplicity of the Brazilian experience.

Featuring 160 guestrooms and suites along with 100 Private Rosewood Suites available for purchase, the hotel’s luxurious accommodations are spread across the restored Matarazzo Maternity and the vertical garden tower. Rosewood São Paulo has instilled new life into Matarazzo Maternity, which holds great symbolic significance and sentimental meaning to the city as more than 500,000 Brazilians were born there. As both an emblem of the city’s rich history and a beacon guiding its future, Cidade Matarazzo holds a central place in the hearts of many generations of Paulistanos.

Rosewood São Paulo’s grounds also encompass the Chapel of Santa Luzia, another historic building that has been carefully restored to retain its ornate architecture from 1922. Throughout the renovation, the chapel’s original foundation revealed pieces of a rich and intricately adorned building that has been carefully refurbished and incorporated into the revived structure. The rebirth of Chapel of Santa Luzia comes timed to its 100-year anniversary as it reopens to a new era where it will continue to be used for weddings and other celebrations of life.

“It has been a true honor to help bring such a unique hotel project to life in one of the world’s most dynamic cities,” said Managing Director, Edouard Grosmangin. “The team behind Rosewood São Paulo has spent a decade on this project to ensure it honors and celebrates the heritage of the city while breathing new life into the destination. In doing so we’ve created a hotel that is a true love letter to the city, the nation, and its people. We look forward to welcoming the world to experience São Paulo’s dynamic offerings firsthand and provide the place from which a cultural journey can begin and end.”

Art, Architecture & Design

In line with Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place® philosophy, wherein the distinctive ethos of the destination is woven into the identity of the hotel, Rosewood São Paulo’s design was inspired by its deep Brazilian roots. Under the artistic direction of Starck, 57 Brazilian artists and artisans came together to produce a permanent collection of art featuring over 450 works. Treating the property like a once-in-a-lifetime art project, the team commissioned artists representing Brazil’s wide range of artist expression, from street art to indigenous art, to create site-specific works for virtually every space in the property. The artists were given just one guideline: creativity that respects the past yet points to the future. The result is that the hotel is in effect Brazil’s next great contemporary art museum, one that celebrates the natural beauty, rich history, and diverse culture of its homeland.

Throughout the property, art tells different stories of life in Brazil across various mediums including sculpture, paintings, tile work, drawings, textiles and rugs. The entirety of the collection will be cataloged and detailed in a book available for guests and visitors both in rooms and public spaces. This book will tell the in-depth and nuanced narrative behind each project and highlight how each piece fits each into the larger tapestry of Brazil’s creative scene.

Standout works include hand-painted titles inspired by different flora and fauna of Brazil, created by Brazilian contemporary artist Sandra Cinto, that line the entire rooftop pool and bar area; a powerful graffiti-inspired painting encapsulating one of the maternity building’s corridors created by São Paulo’s own beloved street artist Caligrapixo, whose work focuses on capturing urban life in the dynamic city; and the work of up-and-coming artist Virgilio Neto, who created a series of original drawings on the rooftop foyer depicting imagined stories of the life of the beloved historical figure Count Matarazzo. Within the Chapel, Vik Muniz, one of Brazil’s most internationally acclaimed artists, created new glass rosettes inspired by Santa Luzia to replace the original stained glass that was discovered during the restoration of the building. In addition to the stunning beauty of the hotel’s design as a whole, there are nuances and intricate details throughout its design and art that aim to tell specific stories and honor both the heritage buildings and country at large.

A Focus on Sustainability

Rosewood São Paulo is committed to preserving Brazil’s natural environment with sustainability as one of the development’s guiding principles. Cidade Matarazzo is one of greenest developments in Brazil and the country’s largest upcycling project, with the project constructed of 100% locally sourced and upcycled materials. Sustainable features executed in the property’s design include a biodiversity program that repopulates the indigenous flora and fauna from the Mata Atlantica rainforest, including 250 trees up to 14 metres in height placed vertically on the Mata Atlantica Tower.

The property has committed to use 100% renewable energy within a year, including on-site solar panels and renewable-sourced energy. Creating a positive impact on the local community and environment is key to Rosewood São Paulo’s values and goals, and the building has been carefully planned to lessen the footprint wherever possible. The hotel is free of single-use plastics, and utilizes an in-house water filtration system to produce glass bottled water for guest consumption.

São Paulo’s Newest Dining Destination

Part of a larger culinary renaissance for the destination, Rosewood São Paulo brings six new dining venues to one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Designed for a variety of different occasions, the hotel’s food and beverage offerings present a resounding and memorable combination of world-class gastronomic experiences served in immersive and unique spaces. The elegant Le Jardin extends from the lobby to the beautiful gardens and is a cozy space bathed in natural light, serving modern cuisine 24 hours a day and providing the perfect setting for a casual lunch or enchanting dinner. Blaise, inspired by French-Swiss novelist Blaise Cendrars, is a more casual brasserie space serving a delicious mix of French cuisine influenced by elements of Brazilian gastronomy. The restaurant’s design highlights the imagination of the novelist who was himself enamored with Brazil and showcases the work of Brazilian artists including hand-designed ceramic tiles by Fernando de La Rocque. As a nod to its location in Matarazzo Maternity, the hand-painted tiles are designed to resemble classical Portuguese tiles but if observed closer, hidden in the composition of the tiles is an image of a woman giving birth. Blaise’s wooden walls are embedded with green stones, each made of glass created through a meticulous technique of polishing Brazilian volcanic stones that is done by the same machines used to cut diamonds. The third restaurant, Taraz, highlights South American cuisine and its share-style menu has been designed by acclaimed Chef Felipe Bronze to showcase the art of wood-fired cooking. The restaurant is located in front of the property’s collection of centenary olive trees and has been decorated by local artists and designers in a more traditional and rustic style, and through its name gives homage to the beloved Brazilian historical figure Count Matarazzo.

Additional outlets include Rabo di Galo, a jazz bar featuring bespoke libations and classic Brazilian bar snacks alongside live music. The overall design of the bar was inspired by the classic jazz clubs of the 1930s, featuring leather furniture, dark woods and indirect lighting to create an intimate atmosphere. Artist Rodrigo de Azevedo Saad, locally known as Cabelo, spent a total of 68 hours hand drawling on the ceiling of Rabo di Galo, which portrays a certain schizophrenic art resulting in the magical and primitive universe of patterns that repeat themselves. Inspired by the natural beauty of the crystal-clear pools in Brazil’s Bonito municipality, The Emerald Garden Pool & Bar is a restaurant set amidst beautiful tropical greenery offering family-friendly fare. The interior of the pool emulates the emerald shades of the natural pools found in Brazil’s Bonito region and is made of small pieces of tile in 40 different shades of green and blue, creating a unique gradient effect inspired by the colors of the rivers located in Bonito. The restaurant’s coasters and menus were designed by the Brazilian artist and illustrator Walmor Correa, famous for his sketches of imaginary creatures. The pool area is also home to Belavista Rooftop Pool & Bar, an exclusive adults-only space with panoramic views of the city. The entire roof and pool area features wood that is all from Tora Brasil and that has been certified by Brazil’s Forest Stewardship Council as part of the property’s commitment to sustainable development.

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World- Class Amenities

In concert with the unparalleled art and design and exceptional food and beverage experiences found at Rosewood São Paulo, extensive amenities include two pools, a cinema, a music studio, ample event space and an Asaya, Rosewood’s integrative wellbeing concept. Slated to open in 2022, Asaya at Rosewood São Paulo will bring the destination a unique wellness concept that delivers innovative and integrative solutions for personal transformation while encouraging positive growth and self-discovery for a fulfilling life. The opening of Asaya at Rosewood São Paulo will mark the first outpost of Rosewood’s forward-thinking wellbeing concept in the western hemisphere. The hotel will roll out further facilities and amenities over the course of its first year, complemented by a robust schedule of ever-changing programming.

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