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Meliá Koh Samui Celebrates Christmas with Merry Events

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Meliá Koh Samui Celebrates Christmas with Merry Events - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, December 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / With the season to be jolly approaching, beachfront resort Meliá Koh Samui will host an array of festivities including a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, exquisite dining experiences, a visit from Santa Claus, fireworks and more.

After kicking off the festive program with the tree lighting ceremony amid a choir performance on 17 December 2021, the resort overlooking secluded Choeng Mon beach will stage a four-course Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas Day buffet brunch and New Year’s Eve gala dinner and after party.

On December 24, executive chef Azizskandar Awang, who has won a string of coveted awards during his 21-year career including the prestigious Chef Hotelier of the Year award at the Hotelier Awards Asia, will serve a Western-themed four-course dinner with optional paired wines. Staged at the Power Lounge from 7pm – 10pm, the dinner is priced at THB 1,600++ (USD 47++) per person and totals THB 3,000++ (USD 89++) per person with paired wines.

To mark Christmas Day on December 25, the resort will stage a delectable buffet brunch brimming with all sorts of indulgent options at a series of stations to a backdrop of live entertainment. The ‘Raw Bar’ will offer poached rock lobsters, imported French ‘Fine de Claire’ oysters, Koh Samui blue swimmer crabs and poached tiger prawns.

The brunch’s ‘Carving Station’ will feature honey-glazed Christmas ham, whole roast turkey, Australian grass-fed beef rib eye steak, Italian pork porchetta and Australian leg of lamb with garlic and rosemary. In addition to Japanese and Spanish stations, the feast will include a traditional Christmas platter and trimmings, Massimiliano charcuterie board and cheese collection. Yule Log cakes, mince pies, Mazapán de Toledo, Italian panettone, Christmas pudding with brandy cream, and croquembouche are among the desserts.

Santa Claus will give the children gifts and wish them a Merry Christmas at the brunch, to be held from noon until 4pm at The Breeza Beach Restaurant & Bar. The brunch starts from THB 2,400++ (USD 71++) per person and is THB 1,200++ (USD 36++) per child aged 5 to 12.

On the final day of 2021, December 31, the resort will host a gala dinner buffet under the stars at the beach, on the sun deck and around the infinity pool from 7.30pm – 10.30pm with live entertainment and fire dancing show. The buffet’s selection of Mediterranean and local Thai cuisine will include a ‘Spanish Corner’ offering paella and tapas and ‘Charcoal Grill Station’ with tiger prawns, fish of the day in banana leaf, grilled rock lobster and grilled local squid. In addition to the Raw Bar’s fresh seafood and an ‘Artisan Pasta Station’, other highlights include a whole roast pig, Beher Jamón Ibérico ‘Pata Negra’, Australian lamb shoulder and baked salmon. The gala dinner starts from THB 2,990++ (USD 89++) per person and is THB 1,495++ (USD 44++) per child.

Afterwards, guests will descend on the beach to ring in the new year with live music, a DJ spinning tunes and a riot of colour as fireworks light up the skies.

To contact Meliá Koh Samui or to make a reservation, please call +66 (0) 77 938 899

The four-course Christmas Eve dinner is THB 1,600++ (USD 47++) per person, and totals THB 3,000++ (USD 89++) with paired wines. The Christmas Day buffet brunch starts from THB 2,400++ (USD 71++) per person, and is THB 1,200++ (USD 36++) per child aged 5 to 12. The New Year’s Eve gala dinner starts from THB 2,990++ (USD 89++) per person and is THB 1,495++ (USD 44++) per child. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and applicable taxes.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá HotelsInternational company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About AWC
Asset World Corporation (AWC) is Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, a member of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s most prominent conglomerates. AWC’s core focus of real estate development and management projects encompass two business groups: Hospitality helping Thailand become the top destination for sustainable tourism with hotels in key locations in Bangkok and popular destinations throughout Thailand serviced by management teams from internationally acclaimed hotel groups such as Marriott, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton; Retail and Commercial Buildings (covering retail, and wholesale facilities with mixed-use properties and office buildings) providing well-balanced and unique offerings a best-in-class customer experience that meet business and modern lifestyles with high-quality and innovative real estate development projects overseen by a qualified and experienced management team to build long-term value for stakeholders.

AWC succeeded in listing the company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in the real estate and construction industry under the property development category on October 10, 2019. AWC’s market capitalization was the highest in the history of the SET (According to Bloomberg Database). AWC recognizes the importance of operating with a focus on sustainability – incorporating the needs of stakeholders, the environment, society, and contributing to ongoing improvements in Thailand’s economy with a purpose of building a better future.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Archipelago Selects Sabre to Support Aggressive Global Growth Plans

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Archipelago Selects Sabre to Support Aggressive Global Growth Plans - HOTELWORLDSJakarta, Indonesia, December 2, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider that powers the global travel industry, today announced a new, long-term strategic relationship with Archipelago International to enable the fast-growing operator to extensively grow geographic reach as it focuses on ongoing global expansion plans.

With this agreement, Archipelago Hotel Group’s inventory will be available to hundreds of thousands of travel agents globally across all major Global Distribution Systems (GDSs) through Sabre Hospitality Solutions’ innovative SynXis platform. The deal will also enable Archipelago, Indonesia’s largest hotel chain, to reach out to major corporations and consortia travel agencies, thereby improving access to lucrative corporate and leisure travel markets.

“As one of the fastest growing hotel groups in the world, it is imperative to us that we have the right technology partner with far-reaching, robust and reliable solutions to support us in our ambitious growth strategy so we can reach travellers across all segments and geographic markets, while focusing on our overarching aim of exceeding guest expectations across all of our hotels,” said John Flood, President & CEO, Archipelago International.

Archipelago is the largest privately owned and independent hotel operator in Southeast Asia, with more than $4bn assets under management globally, comprising 150+ properties across 60+ destinations and 10 brands from budget to luxury, including its best-known ASTON brand. Already the market leader in Bali, where international travel has now re-opened for certain destinations, Archipelago is also continuing to expand further afield, including making investments in the Middle East and Caribbean with more destinations to follow.

“Sabre certainly hasn’t hit the pause button during the pandemic. And, Archipelago has also been very proactive during these challenging times by continuing to focus on global expansion plans as well as, of course, ensuring it has the right technology at its fingertips to capture recovery,” said Frank Trampert, Global Managing Director, Sabre Hospitality Solutions. “We’re delighted Archipelago has selected Sabre to open up a new world of distribution for the group at this key time for its own brands and the wider travel industry.”

About Sabre Corporation
Sabre Corporation is a leading software and technology company that powers the global travel industry, serving a wide range of travel companies including airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and other suppliers. The company provides retailing, distribution and fulfilment solutions that help its customers operate more efficiently, drive revenue and offer personalized traveller experiences. Through its leading travel marketplace, Sabre connects travel suppliers with buyers from around the globe. Sabre’s technology platform manages more than $260B worth of global travel spend annually. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world.

About Archipelago International
Southeast Asia’s largest privately owned and independent hotel management group, operating over 150 hotels with a further 50+ under development across Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Trusted hotels with a long track record and 20,000 rooms in more than 60 destinations with brands including ASTON, Collection by ASTON, The Alana, Huxley, Kamuela, Harper, Quest, NEO, favehotels, and Nordic.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Meliá Chiang Mai Launches Opening Offer as Thailand Reopens

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Chiang Mai, Thailand, December 1, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / As Thailand rolls out the welcome mat to international tourists, Meliá Chiang Mai is celebrating this long-awaited threshold by offering a 50 percent discount on accommodation from when the urban hotel opens its doors for business in February next year.

Thailand has permitted quarantine-free travel to the Kingdom from November 1 this year for fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countries deemed low risk under its ‘Test and Go’ program.

As part of its special opening promotion, Meliá Chiang Mai is offering 50 percent off room rates, starting at THB 2,500 nett (USD 75) per night for a lead-in Meliá Room. The offer is available to book from now until 31 December 2021 for stays from February until 31 December 2022. Bookings on melia.com also come with a 20 percent discount on food and drinks.

Towering over the Ping River in the heart of Chiang Mai, Meliá Chiang Mai is near a broad spectrum of tourist attractions, markets, and Buddhist temples and located six kilometres from Chiang Mai International Airport. With a design that pays tribute to Chiang Mai’s charming history and culture with a contemporary flair, the hotel comprises a 22-floor tower fronted by an adjoining seven-floor podium building and is home to 260 contemporary rooms and suites.

Meliá Chiang Mai’s host of facilities include signature restaurant Mai Restaurant & Bar and an executive lounge with panoramic views of Chiang Mai, both on the 21st floor. Mai the Sky Bar, a 360-degree rooftop bar on the 22nd floor, features two bars connected by a glass bridge. Meliá’s YHI Spa with seven treatment rooms, a fully-equipped fitness centre, swimming pool and a poolside bar named Tien Pool Bar, ballroom and four additional meeting spaces are also among facilities for business and leisure travellers alike.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International:
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About Asset World Corporation
Asset World Corporation (AWC) is Thailand’s leading integrated lifestyle real estate group, a member of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s most prominent conglomerates. AWC’s core focus of real estate development and management projects encompass two business groups: Hospitality helping Thailand become the top destination for sustainable tourism with hotels in key locations in Bangkok and popular destinations throughout Thailand serviced by management teams from internationally acclaimed hotel groups such as Marriott, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Okura, Banyan Tree, Hilton, and Sheraton; Retail and Commercial Buildings (covering retail, and wholesale facilities with mixed-use properties and office buildings) providing well-balanced and unique offerings a best-in-class customer experience that meet business and modern lifestyles with high-quality and innovative real estate development projects overseen by a qualified and experienced management team to build long-term value for stakeholders.

AWC succeeded in listing the company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) in the real estate and construction industry under the property development category on October 10, 2019. AWC’s market capitalization was the highest in the history of the SET (According to Bloomberg Database). AWC recognizes the importance of operating with a focus on sustainability – incorporating the needs of stakeholders, the environment, society, and contributing to ongoing improvements in Thailand’s economy with a purpose of building a better future.

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

S Hotels and Resorts Celebrates Ground-Breaking of SO/ Maldives

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S Hotels and Resorts Celebrates Ground-Breaking of SO/ Maldives - TRAVELINDEXMale, Maldives, November 30, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Created in partnership with Accor and Wai Eco World Developer, this exclusive 80-villa beach resort will become the third property at Crossroads Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s first and only multi-island integrated lifestyle and leisure complex. S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited, the flagship hospitality arm of Thailand’s Singha Estate PCL, has celebrated the official launch of SO/ Maldives, with a ground-breaking ceremony for this vibrant new beachfront resort on the third island of Crossroads Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s first fully-integrated leisure and lifestyle destination.

This important milestone was marked with an event attended by senior representatives from S Hotels & Resorts. Set to be opened in 2023, this exciting new project is being created by S Hotels & Resorts, Wai Eco World Developer (WEWD), the leading business and real estate conglomerate in Myanmar, in partnership with Accor, whose luxurious and rebellious SO/ Hotels & Resorts brand will be introduced to the Maldives for the very first time.

SO/ Maldives will offer a unique collection of beachfront and over-water villas crafted by renowned designers, as well as an audacious array of dining and entertainment offerings. Nestled on its own island overlooking the azure Emboodhoo Lagoon, the resort is set to become a hotspot for adventurous and free-spirited socialisers who can easily jet in from regional centres for a weekend or longer, thanks to its convenient location close to Malé’s Velana International Airport.

The private island of SO/ Maldives will become a playground for those seeking unconventional yet stylish spaces to eat, drink, work or kick back and relax. The speciality restaurant will serve up Levantine cuisine exuding the aromatic fragrances and flavours of an Arabian night, with panoramic views across the ocean from its location above the arrival pavilion. Over at the poolside, guests will discover an art deco-inspired beach club with serious Miami South Beach vibes and an innovative plant-based menu. The vivid colour scheme is set to make it one of the coolest places to hang out in the archipelago, and is sure to impress those attending the brand’s pool parties – a popular event at SO/ addresses across the world.

The resort has ousted the traditional all-day buffet concept and will introduce a central cooking suite with various culinary theatre concepts. A chef’s table will be discreetly tucked away for those seeking an exclusive dining experience, while outdoor areas will be blessed with warm and fresh Maldivian air. The pan-Asian design will feature neutral terracotta palettes, elevated with accents of polished brass and rattan. Unforgettable events can be brought to life at the oceanfront wedding venue and meeting spaces.

The globe-trotting guests at SO/ Maldives will also be able to take advantage of the world-class facilities at Crossroads Maldives. The Marina @ Crossroads is an 800-metre beach walk lined with cool cafés, refined restaurants, a chilled-out beach club, upmarket boutiques, a spa, the Marine Discovery Centre and a 30-berth yacht marina. Just 15 minutes by speedboat from the international airport, this breath-taking integrated resort has redefined tourism and hospitality in the Maldives since it launched in 2019.

“This is a momentous day as we officially launch SO/ Maldives, the latest jewel in the Maldivian tourism crown. With SO/ Hotels & Resorts, Accor has created one of the hotel industry’s most expressive and individual luxury brands, catering to style-conscious travellers in some of the world’s most sought-after destinations. This makes it a great fit for Crossroads Maldives, our game-changing multi-island leisure complex. SO/ Maldives will complement our two other five-star resorts and further raise the standard of hospitality in this idyllic archipelago,” said Dirk De Cuyper, Chief Executive Officer, S Hotels & Resorts.

“It gives us great pleasure to join hands with S Hotels & Resorts and Accor as we break ground on such a prestigious project. Crossroads Maldives is one of the most significant developments in the history of the country – and the entire Indian Ocean region – so we are honoured to have been tasked with the wonderful transformation of its third island. SO/ Maldives will attract trend-setters from all around the world and I look forward to bringing this remarkable resort to life in the coming months,” added Zaw Win Maung, Managing Director, WEWD.

Chadi Farhat, Brand Chief Operating Officer at Ennismore said: “We are delighted to see development kick-off for the audacious SO/ Maldives, a resort which will be the place to see and be seen for travellers that live vibrant lives and are seeking something truly avant-garde on their journeys around the world. We look forward to seeing this high-energy resort come to life and working alongside S Hotels & Resorts and WEWD.”

SO/ Maldives will become the third accommodation option at Crossroads Maldives, joining SAii Lagoon Maldives and Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, both of which were recently named as the “Best Luxury Beachfront Resorts” in the Maldives at the Luxury Lifestyle Awards 2021.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel with Old-World Glamour

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Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel with Old-World Glamour - TRAVELINDEXBudapest, Hungary, November 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Hotels welcomes the Anantara New York Palace Budapest Hotel to the brand’s growing European portfolio. Located in the heart of the Hungarian capital, Anantara New York Palace is an architectural ode to Europe’s Belle Epoque era and showcases old-world glamour and contemporary luxury.

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Discover the city’s most Instagrammable spots in an old convertible VW Samba, cruise along the Danube on a cosy traditional boat or mingle at one of the most beautiful cafés in the world, the New York Café, host to the city’s poets and artists for over a century and the perfect spot to enjoy a 24-carat-gold coffee and cake.

A glamorous new lobby, stylish guest rooms and the addition of the White Salon, a glitzy new restaurant serving quintessential Hungarian cuisine, will all be revealed in Spring 2022 upon completion of a renovation. A new Anantara Spa will also be launched next year, with treatments touching on the healing philosophies of Anantara’s Thai roots and with elements inspired by the thermal bath heritage of Budapest.

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First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Accor Introduces New Portfolio of Unique Luxury Hotels

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Accor Introduces New Portfolio of Unique Luxury Hotels - TOP25HOTELS.com - TRAVELINDEXGuiyang, China, November 26, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Guiyang Art Center Hotel, Emblems Collection, in the heart of China’s Guizhou province, will be the brand’s first hotel. Accor, a world leading hospitality group featuring one of the industry’s most diverse and fully integrated hospitality ecosystems, is delighted to introduce Emblems Collection, a unique global portfolio of boutique hotels and luxurious resorts. Emblems Collection is launching with a magnificent flagship hotel – Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection in China’s Guizhou province, slated to open in December 2022. The luxury brand is expected to grow to 60 properties around the world by 2030.

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“Emblems Collection adds a fresh and exciting new dimension to Accor’s luxury offerings. A key focus of our growth and development strategy is to add aggressively across our strongest lines and leading business accelerators, which includes luxury as well as collection brands, while ensuring all 40+ brands in our global network continue to grow, evolve and flourish,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, Accor. “The hotels we will feature in Emblems Collection are those sought out by travelers who appreciate high-end, boutique-style experiences, as well as by hoteliers who cherish the independent brands they’ve built while desiring the benefits that come with a global partner.”

With the creation of Emblems Collection, Accor is broadening its footprint in the collection brands space and will look to replicate the success it has achieved with another of the Group’s brands – MGallery Hotel Collection, a storied portfolio that now counts more than 100 boutique hotels worldwide. With a similar free-spirited approach, yet focused on the luxury segment, Emblems Collection will feature unique hotels that are ‘emblematic’ of their designers, demographics or destinations. Appealing to the stylish and the smart set, signature elements of the brand’s hotels will include luxurious surroundings, Instagram-worthy pools, and vibrant public spaces. Hotels and resorts joining the Emblems Collection will fall into three categories:

Emblems Collection Heritage – hotels that are landmarks of a destination – the buildings that contribute to the character of a city, place or nation; properties that celebrate the hallmarks of history and classic cultural traditions.

Emblems Collection Retreat – resort properties along blissful beaches, bucolic countrysides or nestled in the mountains, offering sumptuous spa and wellness experiences with holistic care and enrichment through rituals, serenity and wellbeing.

Emblems Collection Signature – design-led hotels that embody an aesthetic universe, an ode to the style and signature of the designers or original residents who contributed to the hotel’s unique legacy.

Designed for independent hoteliers
The Emblems Collection brand is designed with the needs of independent and boutique hotel owners in mind. For those seeking to upgrade their property’s luxury status and give their global profile a boost, the hotel brand standards of the collection are flexible, light, and easy to attain, with opportunities to sign franchise agreements – the only Accor luxury brand to offer this option. The new brand will encourage its hotels to retain their unique identities, which is important to hoteliers who have invested in creating a certain style for their hotel and/or market. Moreover, Emblems Collection provides direct ROI and the opportunity to maximize revenue with immediate access to the power of Accor’s sales, distribution and loyalty platform.

“For owners and developers who have created unique luxury hotels, or are looking to develop a new upmarket offering, we offer a collection brand that can boost their property’s status and profile with limited investment in marketing and branding, along with an easy transition process,” said Agnes Roquefort, Chief Development Officer, Accor. “With Emblems Collection, a hotelier can optimize their costs and operations right away by leveraging Accor’s powerful global distribution and supply networks, while expanding their audience reach from the moment they join. We look forward to working collaboratively with more hoteliers and development partners to bring more hotels around the world to this outstanding collection.”

First Stop: China
Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection is the inaugural flagship of the new hotel portfolio, residing in the city’s famous Guiyang Art Centre. Originally built as an opulent private residence, this crown jewel of the capital city attracts visitors with its lush landscaping, sprawling grounds, and serene wellness ambience.

Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection
The city of Guiyang is well-known for its lovely warm climate, being centrally located in the province of Guizhou, and enjoys an enviable location along the north bank of the Nanming River. Often referred to as the ‘capital of summer resorts in China’, Guiyang is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, a leading tourism hotspot, and a popular destination for luxury travelers, both domestically and from afar.

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“As one of the most important hospitality markets in the world, China is the perfect location for Accor to launch our newest luxury brand, and we are honored to work with our trusted partner, HLC Group on this landmark project. HLC is a respected business leader in Guizhou province and recognized as one of China’s top private enterprises; we are delighted to partner with them to bring our shared vision of the new Emblems Collection hotel in Guiyang to life,” said Gary Rosen, CEO, Greater China, Accor. “This grand and enigmatic property has long captured the attention of residents and visitors to Guiyang. Emblems Collection will bring a fresh, modern expression of luxury living to this iconic landmark, setting the high standards of hospitality and style that we expect for this brand as it expands to other markets worldwide.”

With 64 extraordinary suites and two magnificent ballrooms, guests will love the new Emblems Collection hotel, with its exciting mix of atmosphere, grandeur, style and innovation. Whether enjoying the serenity of the swimming pool, spa and fitness area, or the social buzz of one of the sophisticated hotel’s stylish bars, lounges and restaurants, the Guiyang Art Centre Hotel, Emblems Collection is certain to become one of the most popular hotels of the capital city of Guizhou province.

With a plan to grow the collection to 60 properties by 2030, Accor is actively seeking new properties to be part of Emblems Collection in targeted destinations across the globe. Paris and Prague are two key cities where luxury heritage hotels might be candidates for Emblems Collection Heritage or Emblems Collection Signature. Other target cities for potential growth include London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Marrakech, Cairo, Amman, Doha, Moscow, Bangkok, Seoul, Sydney, Montréal, New York, Havana, Cartagena, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, and Santiago, among others. For the Emblems Collection Retreat, short-listed destinations include Tuscany, Mykonos, Bodrum, Algarve, Bali, Australia’s Gold Coast and Mexico’s Riviera Maya.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM

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Meliá Phuket Mai Khao Announces Magdalena Martorell as GM - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, November 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Magdalena Martorell, a seasoned professional with two decades of hospitality experience in Europe and Asia has taken charge of the new Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a 30-suite and 70-villa resort due to open in December.

The Spanish-born general manager comes to Meliá Phuket Mai Khao after successfully opening Meliá Shanghai Parkside in China and SOL by Meliá Phu Quoc in Vietnam.

Martorell has worked with Meliá Hotels International for the entirety of her hospitality career, beginning 20 years ago when she was selected to join the leading Spanish hotel group’s internal development program.

She steadily rose through the ranks, working as the operations manager at Tryp Rey Pelayo at Gijón in the north of Spain before becoming the resident manager at Meliá Barcelona. She then became the general manager at Tryp Barcelona Aeropuerto before moving to Asia in 2012 to be the hotel manager at Meliá Bali & The Garden Villas.

At its debut in December, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao will unveil a host of facilities including Mediterranean-inspired accommodations, four dining outlets, a five-treatment-room spa, three swimming pools, a fully-equipped fitness center, kids’ club, ballroom and two multi-function rooms. Of the 70 villas with private plunge pools, 15 “wellness villas” feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, fit ball, yoga mat and more.

“Magdalena has grown with our hotel group to become an exceptional general manager and her rich experience and vast knowledge of our brand place her in excellent stead to launch Meliá Phuket Mai Khao,” said Ignacio MartinArea Managing Director South East Asia of Meliá Hotels International.

“As Thailand reopens to the world and embarks on a new chapter, my team and I are excited about Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s debut and what it brings to this beautiful island, including a prime focus on our guests’ inner wellbeing amid a restorative atmosphere and terrific Asian and Mediterranean gastronomy,” Martorell added.

About Meliá Hotels & Resorts
Meliá Hotels & Resorts is the best-known international brand in the portfolio of the Meliá Hotels International company; it has more than 100 city and resort hotels in the main leisure and business destinations of Europe, Asia, Africa and America. The brand offers exemplary meetings and events facilities in all important business cities as well as in exotic locations, catering to the ever-expanding conference and incentive travel market. As part of its innovation philosophy and new positioning, Meliá Hotels & Resorts has reinvented itself to cater to every aspect of the guests’ wellbeing. Unique experiences are created for guests and are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. For a balanced lifestyle, Meliá Hotels & Resorts instinctively understands the guests’ needs and lifestyle expectations, which is an integral part of its redefined identity.

About Meliá Hotels International
Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 380 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, under the brands Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Group is one of the leading companies in resort hotels worldwide, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). It also has ranked seventh in the Wall Street Journal’s list of the 100 most sustainably managed companies in the world (and the leading travel company) and is the only Spanish travel company included in the list of “Europe’s Climate Leaders 2021” by Financial Times. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking).

About Phuket Villa Group
Founded in 1989 in Phuket (Thailand), Phuket Villa Corporation, together with its affiliates, has constructed over 7,000 houses and condominium units all over Phuket and Bangkok. As one of the first developers in Phuket to include a wide range of lifestyle facilities within its developments, such as tennis courts and swimming pools, the Group offers detached homes, townhouses and commercial buildings, catering to the growing local real estate market. In addition, the Group also has two hotels under its banner, offering more than 300 rooms to tourists and business travellers, mirroring Phuket’s steady growth as a premier tourist destination of Thailand. Over the years, Phuket Villa Corporation continues to re-invent itself to cater to an increasingly diverse customer base in a more competitive landscape.

 

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Luxury Hotels in Vietnam Offer Exclusive Day Passes

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Azerai La Residence, Hue – In Vietnam’s former imperial capital, Azerai La Residence, Hue is offering all-inclusive day passes featuring complimentary use of a Superior Standard Room from 8am until 9pm, along with access to the hotel’s world-class facilities and beautiful gardens. The saltwater swimming pool overlooks the fabled Perfume River and beyond to some of Hue’s most popular historic sites, including the citadel and the iconic Hue flagpole. Day passes also include access to the hotel’s luxury sauna and steam bath, and the modern fitness center featuring the latest in cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. Other benefits include an exclusive six-course set lunch menu at Le Parfum restaurant, a luxury high tea service, and a 25 percent discount on all spa, food, and beverage services. Day passes for two people are priced at VND 1,950,000 Net. The additional cost for an overnight stay is VND 1,000,000. Azerai operates in accordance with the most current guidelines from local government and health authorities.

Alma
Alma Resort is offering day passes affording locals and expats access to its infinity swimming pools, 6000 square meter water park and stretch of Long Beach as well as food and beverage vouchers. Priced at 650,000 VND (USD 28.40) and 750,000 (USD 32.80), the 30-hectare resort’s family day passes for two adults and two children aged under 12 years feature a food and beverage voucher of 350,000 VND (USD 15.30) and 550,000 VND (USD 24) respectively for use at all of the resort’s dining outlets including Alma Food Court with an array of eateries. The family pass also includes complimentary access to Splash Water Park, home to water slides, a lazy river, wave pool and kid’s pool, as well as to the resort’s cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools, kid’s club, and the beach. Breakfast day passes priced at 280,000 VND (USD 12.25) per adult and 140,000 (USD 6.12) per child include buffet breakfast at Alma Garden and access to Alma’s infinity pools and kid’s club. Meanwhile, access to Splash Water Park costs 160,000 VND per adult (USD 7) and 100,000 VND (USD 4.38) per child. Alma has a host of stringent health and safety measures in place to combat COVID-19. For further information, call (+84) 258 399 1666.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi offers day passes allowing guests in Hanoi access to a Premium room for the day, along with Wifi connectivity and access to the hotel’s swimming pool in the garden courtyard and luxury SoFIT by Sofitel gym. The fitness center offers a range of Life Fitness bikes, Lifestride advanced cardiovascular equipment, elliptical bikes, step machines and more. (Please note that some services may be temporarily suspended due to occasional social distancing restrictions imposed by the government.) Premium rooms are located in the contemporary Opera Wing and feature neo-classical interior décor, flatscreen televisions, premium bathroom amenities and a choice of queen or twin-size bedding. Day passes are priced at USD $80++/room/day (Accor Plus members receive 10% off) and include room usage for up to six hours. Day passes can be used between 8am and 8pm. The offer includes a credit of $65 net per booking to spend at hotel restaurants and bars or room service. Higher room categories are also available with normal supplemental charges. For more information call +84 24 3826 6919.

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Meliá Hotels to Open New Luxury Resort on Lombok

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Meliá Hotels to Open New Luxury Resort on Lombok - TRAVELINDEX - VISITBALI.orgLombok, Indonesia, November 24, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Meliá Hotels International, a world leader in premium resort hotels, looks to bring a touch of Spanish luxury to Indonesia with the opening of Gran Meliá Lombok in 2024. Already one of the hotel group’s most sought-after destinations, the new opening will mark the first Gran Meliá property on the paradise island of Lombok and its second in Indonesia.

Gran Meliá Lombok will be situated at the beautiful Torok Bay in the south of the island, surrounded by green hills and a beach with crystal-clear waters. The perfect destination to disconnect and enjoy a relaxed approach to life.

The hotel will boast 22 luxury beachside villas and another 105 villas on the mountainside, all with private infinity pools and stunning ocean views. Careful attention will be paid to the architectural design, utilising natural elements that represent the essence of the destination. The hotel will blend seamlessly with its natural environment, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in paradise.  An abundance of large windows will allow in plentiful natural light and help the property merge with its surroundings, while the elegant furniture and warm tones convey a sense of pure luxury.

Lombok is an island to the east of Bali with a pristine natural environment and has become increasingly popular as a travel destination throughout the past decade. Its immense rice fields, rugged landscape and the famous Mount Rinjani volcano form part of the natural attractions of the island, which is surrounded by endless beaches and turquoise waters ideal for surfers.

The entire hotel has been designed as an authentic sanctuary for wellbeing. From the beachside YHI Spa offering relaxing rituals and treatments to the well-equipped fitness centre, Gran Meliá Lombok provides guests with everything they need to maintain their wellness routine. The hotel will also offer a kids club to keep children entertained and an extensive programme of activities designed for the whole family.

In keeping with the Gran Meliá brand, the hotel will feature world-class dining options that combine the best local ingredients and techniques to offer guests authentic Indonesian dining experiences. The spacious lounge with scenic panoramic ocean views will provide the perfect setting for couples planning an exotic destination wedding.

Gran Meliá Lombok will become the second Gran Meliá brand hotel in Indonesia after Gran Meliá Jakarta, a flagship urban oasis nestled in the Golden Triangle of the central business district of Kuningan, in Jakarta. The hotel boasts an iconic architecture inspired by Spanish heritage with renovated modern decoration, offering the finest dining experience, such as the awarded gastronomic offerings of Chef Tomoaki at Yoshi Izakaya Japanese restaurant.

Gran Meliá is a luxury hotel brand operated by Meliá Hotels International consisting of an exceptional collection of premium-quality hotels in the world’s most desirable destinations, defined by their extraordinary architecture, refined elegance, friendly and attentive service, signature cuisine, and exceptional experiences to help guests discover and enjoy the destination.

“Our commitment to Indonesia, where we opened our first international hotel more than 35 years ago, is stronger than ever and we are extremely happy to sign this new agreement, an outstanding property that will become a destination resort in itself in Lombok and will further increase the prosperity of the entire community” said Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International.

Gran Meliá Lombok is owned by Invest Islands, an award-winning property development company based in Lombok, and will become Meliá Hotels International’s 12th hotel in Indonesia, eight of them currently in operation and another four (including Gran Meliá Lombok) pending opening. Before the pandemic, the country received more than 16 million international tourists in 2019, with Lombok airport being the ninth-ranked airport in terms of visitor arrivals.

While Invest Islands is a real estate investment company at heart, it shares Meliá Hotels International’s commitment to sustainability. Based in Lombok and with offices in Bali and Hong Kong, it explores ecological solutions, whether that is through the use of native materials and local craftsmen or through its organic farm or plastic recycling centre. Its eponymous Invest Islands Foundation works tirelessly to improve education and healthcare, protect the environment, and empower local women.

“Gran Meliá Lombok is a huge milestone for Invest Islands,” said Jack Brown, who co-founded the company with business partner Kevin Deisser in 2015. “We are extremely proud to be working with a world leader in hotel operations and one of the key parallels we have with the Meliá brand is a focus on low carbon developments. Gran Melia Lombok has a very low density of building and a lot of natural green space.

“Hopefully this is the start of a great relationship that can continue for many years to come and we look forward to bringing Spanish luxury to Lombok, while respecting the natural environment. We’d also like to thank our investment clients from around the world that have trusted us to add value to the land we are developing.”

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The Michelin Guide Presents New Hotel Selection on Website and Apps

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The Michelin Guide Presents New Hotel Selection on Website and Apps - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, November 23, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The Michelin Guide’s hotel selection, created by Tablet Hotels experts and its community of travellers – puts the quest for excellence, the enhancement of uniqueness, the promotion of local know-how and the art of living at the same pace as its selection of restaurants. The continuously updated selection, now available in digital format, can be viewed, booked and shared on the Michelin Guide website and apps.

For more than a century, the Michelin Guide has accompanied gourmands and travellers by sharing its best restaurant recommendations as well as convenient places to stay around the world.

In the Michelin Guide’s restaurant selections, the establishments promoted are not just invitations to enjoy a meal, they are also true destinations. Today, the Michelin Guide sets a new standard for a selection of hotels.

The hotels recommended on the Michelin Guide’s digital platforms are selected with the same high standards as the restaurants, to fulfil the same promise: to strive for excellence, promote uniqueness, and highlight local know-how and the art of living. If Michelin Guide hotels and restaurants selections are bounded by the same exact values, the way they are made is different.

Where restaurants are selected by the renowned anonymous Michelin Guide inspectors, the hotel selection is carried out by the passionate team at Tablet Hotels – the Michelin Guide’s hotel experts since 2018 – and by its community of travellers. By listing hotels that inspire discovery or adventure, the Michelin Guide’s historical commitment to offer only memorable experiences is upheld.

“By making our hotel selection even more rigorous and focusing only on the strongest, most unique and most memorable experiences, the Michelin Guide aims to bring the know-how and expertise of its teams to travellers and gourmets around the world. In doing so, and by offering new digital services to our users, we are pursuing a clear ambition: to become the benchmark for high-level hotel and restaurant recommendations,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of Michelin Guides.

A hotel selection made with travellers that presents new features

The Michelin Guide’s collaborative hotel selection invites all verified guests who booked a stay through Tablet to assist with validation of the selection by sharing their feedback. Any hotel with a less than satisfactory rating will be evaluated for removal, ensuring that the Michelin Guide’s recommendations are always worthy of its users’ trust.

The Michelin Guide’s digital hotel selection allows travellers to benefit from the best online booking platform developed by Tablet. The trusted selection of extraordinary hotels — places that stand out for their style, service, and personality — is the first step in planning for a memorable experience, regardless of price. From checking availability to booking a room and getting away from it all, thanks to a seamless, sophisticated booking experience and industry-leading service and support, discerning adventurers are offered a new approach to the art of travel that is so dear to the Michelin Guide.

« For over 20 years, Tablet has been the go-to resource for finding and booking the world’s most extraordinary hotels online. Today, as the hotel experts at the Michelin Guide, we are committed to the same ambition as the Guide’s restaurant selection: showing travellers only places that are worth their time — place that will contribute something meaningful to their journey. And, like we do for restaurateurs, we are pleased that our selection will shine a light on the talent, expertise and personality of passionate hoteliers who help make the world’s great destinations so eternally attractive”, adds Lucy Lieberman, CEO of Tablet Hotels

The Michelin Guide is fully aware of the impact of the health crisis on the travel, gastronomy, and lifestyle sectors. Through its selection of hotels and restaurants, the Guide is committed to actively promoting the industry and meeting the expectations of travellers and gourmets who are more eager than ever to enjoy authentic culinary experiences and unforgettable getaways.

The Michelin Guide and Tablet Hotels are following in the footsteps of the TOP25Hotels.com and TOP25Restaurants.com by Travelindex, presenting a curated list of the world’s best luxury boutique hotels.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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