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The Set Collection Luxury Joins Global Hotel Alliance

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The Set Collection Luxury Joins Global Hotel Alliance - - TRAVELINDEXParis, France, May 20,2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The Set Collection, the new carefully curated luxury hotel collection, comprising some of the world’s most exceptional, likeminded, independent hotels worldwide will be joining Dubai based Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), operator of the multi-brand loyalty programme, GHA Discovery. The Set Collection’s founding member hotels will also become members of the alliance’s Ultratravel Collection, an exclusive selection of the programme’s most luxurious properties in iconic destinations worldwide, that deliver the finest service and guest experience.

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The Set Collection has been capturing the hearts and minds of guests since the Conservatorium debuted in Amsterdam in 2011. Two more iconic European properties – Café Royal in London and the Lutetia in Paris, as well as the Mamilla in Jerusalem complete the founding members of the group and those joining GHA.

Chris Hartley, GHA’s CEO, notes: “Despite the impact of the pandemic, we have seen significant growth for GHA, as independent brands see the value of our collaborative approach. Now, with The Set Collection’s world-class luxury properties, the GHA Discovery platform benefits in multiple ways. Our growing database of soon 20 million travellers now has access to new iconic properties in incredibly popular destinations. The hotels will reap the rewards of cross-brand activity now that we see encouraging travel recovery.”

Jean-Luc Naret, Executive Director of The Set Collection, adds: “We have been carefully building momentum with the launch of The Set Collection, and now the next logical step is for us to add a loyalty solution for our hotels which will help them compete and will make affiliation to The Set Collection even more attractive to luxury independent hotels. The Set Discovery, as it will be known, is the perfect way for us to recognise our guests for their loyalty utilising an already established and well-executed platform, which is both affordable for us to implement and rewarding for The Set Collection’s guests.”

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The Set Collection’s integration into GHA Discovery will embrace the loyalty programme’s recent reimagination meeting the needs of modern travellers. GHA Discovery is modelled around three member-centric concepts: the industry’s first digital rewards currency, Discovery Dollars (D$); Recognition, with multiple ways to earn elite status and benefits from the first stay; and Live Local, inviting members into the hotels even without a stay, through offers and experiences from pool access to spa days to dining and more. The programme connects 40 brands with more than 800 hotels spread across 100 countries.

First published at – Global Travel News

Plaza Premium Announces Opening of Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport

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Plaza Premium Announces Opening of Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport - TRAVELINDEXEdinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, May 20,2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Plaza Premium Group, the pioneer in global airport hospitality, is pleased to announce the opening of the new Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport – its first in Scotland. Typically considered the busiest airport in Scotland and the sixth busiest in the UK, the newest opening enables PPG to serve more than 14 million travellers through Edinburgh Airport.

The lounge presents an exciting new feature – the Group’s first gin bar in collaboration with Edinburgh Gin, an award-winning Premium Gin distilled in Edinburgh. Part of Ian Macleod Distillers’ family of brands, Edinburgh Gin pioneered the booming flavoured gin category in 2014 and has gained multiple leading awards for its wide range of naturally flavoured gins. Edinburgh Gin is now the number 1 selling Super Premium Gin in UK Travel Retail. The signature bar will have unique design features and accents of the Edinburgh Gin brand, to be revealed at a later date.

Spanning 670 sq. metres, the inaugural Plaza Premium Lounge in Edinburgh Airport caters to 165 pax and presents a fun space for all ages to spend the airport dwell time. The warm colours of the lounge’s interior and plush seating give travellers a cosy feeling upon entry. Subtle Scottish elements are woven into the interior design, from tartan upholstery to carefully selected local artwork referencing key Scottish landmarks and iconic imagery.

When in the lounge, travellers can choose from a variety of “zones”, then relax to enjoy stunning views of the runways and Edinburgh’s iconic surrounding countryside.

In addition to these features, the lounge caters to travellers with children in an “Interactive Area”. The family-friendly section provides shuffleboard, foosball and large screens showing live sports and entertainment. Iinteractive wall games and a small climbing wall will also keep children entertained and occupied during their wait for flights.

With sustainability in mind, furniture and materials have been sourced from local suppliers to minimize environmental impact. The lighting scheme is comprised of 100% LED lighting, and the lounge is installed with energy-efficient appliances.

“We are thrilled to have entered into this partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge, the world’s leading airport exec lounge operator,” says Ian Macleod Distillers’ Global Travel Retail Director, William Ovens. “Edinburgh Gin enjoys a leading role in the gin category in global travel retail and the Edinburgh Gin bar will become a stand-out showcase for the brand at its home city airport. This installation recognises Edinburgh Gin’s status in the world of gin and will become an iconic destination and major talking point in the months and years to come.”

“We know there is a pent-up demand for travel as people optimistically eye the beginning of the end of the pandemic. There is an overwhelming desire to reunite with family and friends, take that well-earned holiday, or reconnect with clients and we are confident that 2022 will be a key year in travel’s recovery” said Gail Taylor, Director of Retail and Property at Edinburgh Airport. “We want to be able to offer them the opportunity to get their trip off to the perfect start by relaxing in one of our lounges, which is why we are excited to be welcoming Plaza Premium Group to Edinburgh Airport – its first Scottish location,” he added.

“We are pleased to offer all these unique features to our travellers at our first Plaza Premium Lounge at Edinburgh Airport. Our latest offerings prove that we are constantly improving our products and services to cater to the different market needs whilst incorporating local touches to the experience. We are excited to be able to provide our award-winning, best-in-class signature hospitality in our third location in the UK and to introduce more travellers to the Plaza Premium Group. We look forward to expanding to more locations at major airports in Europe and in the UK in the months to follow,” shares Mr. Okan Kufeci, Regional General Manager, Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Plaza Premium Group.

The lounge is open daily to all travellers regardless of airline or class of travel, and without pre-booking. Travellers can enjoy Plaza Premium Lounge’s opening offer of 10% for walk-in and 20% discount with their Smart Traveller membership. All services are available for reservation on the Plaza Premium Lounge official website.

Recently awarded Skytrax “World’s Best Independent Airport Lounge” for the fifth consecutive year for, Plaza Premium Lounge’s expansion is a key component in the company’s global “Build Back Better” business transformation strategy.

First published at – Global Travel News

Food Ordery Partners with Thai Food Delivery Platform eatsHUB

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Food Ordery Partners with Thai Food Delivery Platform eatsHUB - - TRAVELINDEXBangkok, Thailand, May 16, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) together with Food Ordery Co., Ltd launch new digital platform eatsHUB to help small entrepreneurs and food venders through Thailand’s National Delivery Platform project. The platform aims to create the accessibility to food online services for all with lower costs, high benefits, and match with consumer’s lifestyle. The eatsHUB plans to reach user’s registration with more than 500,000 users, more than 5 million transactions and create the economy value more than 500 million baht in the first year. Now available for download both android and iOS operating system.

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Asst. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, President/CEO of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) stated that, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected in various way of life. In the other hand, the pandemic is another reason surge that push the adaption with digital technologies due to the social distancing norms and nationwide lockdowns.

People and organizations all over the world have had to adjust to new ways of work and life. There are main factors that drive the food delivery platform business continue growth in two years during the pandemic.

Currently, the food delivery platform business has strongly competitive because of the market is the large segment and it has many companies’ wants to increase the market share as the foreign company. Nonetheless, the operation cost for small entrepreneurs and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) which open the food restaurant that small business has a higher cost and less profit compared with the large-sized restaurant.

Some of small business has increase the food price burden on consumers, so the eatsHUB can help small entrepreneurs to access to the digital platform and reduce inequality. depa and Food Ordery join hands launche eatsHUB platform, is a Thai platform under the National Delivery Platform Project that aims to help small entrepreneurs, food riders and people who want to join with eatsHUB

“Our greatest strength, eatsHUB will charge the gross profit (GP) shares of about 8-10% collected from food vendors, lower than other online delivery platforms have cried foul about GP shares of about 30% collected from food vendors. It will benefit to food buyers too. Depa expects to have user’s registration with more than 500,000 users, use the app more than 5 million times and create the economy value more than 500 million baht in the first year and create the new food rider around 2,000 riders in the first year.” He said.

Mr. Thammanit Khamwangyang, Chief Executive Officer of Food Ordery Co.,LTD said that the projected success of eatsHUB provides its services covered four arears in Bangkok including Bangkhen, Chatuchak, Ladprao and Suan Luang. Also, it plans to expand the service cover all Bangkok and the perimeter an with in July 2022. He expects the eatsHUB will cover 18 provinces in the first year including Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchaburi, Surat Thani, Phuket, Songkhla, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Rayong, Nakhon Ratchasima, Khon Kaen, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Phanom. The company expects the food vendor will join with eatsHUB more than 20,000 food venders in the initial.

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He added, eatsHUB will create the new standard for the food vendors such as asking online food delivery platforms to lower GP rate to 8-10% compared the other food services. The food vender who joins with eatsHUB will receive their cash transfers in the next day without the minimum rate. The eatsHUB has several marketing promotions and the Big Data analysis. Nevertheless, eatsHUB is established through the collaboration project between the government and the private sector so it has a reliability and satisfy the customer needs. This platform also can sustain a food vendor quality to meet the high standard and fair prices.

First published at – Global Travel News

Marriott International Collaborates with Playa Hotels & Resorts to Bring The Luxury Collection Brand to Cap Cana

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Marriott International, Inc. and Playa Hotels & Resorts (NASDAQ: PLYA, Playa), a leading owner and operator of all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean, today announced an agreement between Francisco Martínez, the owner of Sanctuary Cap Cana, and Marriott International to debut Marriott’s first all-inclusive extension of The Luxury Collection brand in the Dominican Republic with Sanctuary Cap Cana, a Luxury Collection Adult All-Inclusive Resort. The new resort is expected to open in summer 2022 under The Luxury Collection brand.

Nestled in the heart of the Dominican Republic, the resort is located in Cap Cana, a private enclave in Punta Cana comprised of 30,000 acres of flawless beaches. Visitors will experience a wide variety of attractions, including the “Punta Espada” golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, a state-of-the-art marina with more than 150 slips accommodating yachts up to 150-feet, as well as an equestrian center featuring two world-class polo fields designed by Alejandro Batros.

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The adults-only 325-room resort underwent a renovation in 2019 and includes five a la carte restaurants, six bars, five pools, and Sanctuary Town, the resort’s own nightlife destination. Owned by Francisco Martínez, Sanctuary Cap Cana is expected to become the first Playa managed resort under a Marriott International brand.

“We are thrilled to bring our first The Luxury Collection all-inclusive brand extension to the Dominican Republic and we are grateful to the Martínez family for developing such a unique resort,” said Laurent de Kousemaeker, Chief Development Officer, Caribbean and Latin America, Marriott International. “We are also excited for the opportunity to work with Playa Hotels & Resorts, a very reputable all-inclusive operator.”

“In our first joint venture with Marriott International, Sanctuary Cap Cana is the perfect choice for the level of style and sophistication that has made Marriott’s The Luxury Collection resorts the standard-bearer for unique, one-of-a-kind vacations,” said Fernando Mulet, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Playa Hotels & Resorts. “I would like to personally thank Mr. Martinez for his continuous trust in Playa and commitment to the success of this magnificent property.”

Marriott International entered the segment in 2019, leveraging seven of its world-renowned brands, and currently offers a portfolio of 28 all-inclusive properties,. The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts brand features 123 hotels globally in 41 countries and territories.

About Marriott International
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of approximately 8,000 properties under 30 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly-awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection® is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble of more than 120 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 40 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V.
Playa Hotels & Resorts N.V. (NASDAQ: PLYA, “Playa”) is a leading owner, operator and developer of all-inclusive resorts in prime beachfront locations in popular vacation destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Playa owns and/or manages a total portfolio consisting of 22 resorts (8,366 rooms) located in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Playa leverages years of all-inclusive resort operating expertise and relationships with globally recognized hospitality brands to provide a best in class experience and exceptional value to its guests, while building a direct relationship to improve customer acquisition cost and drive repeat business. Playa owns and manages 15 resorts (6,004 rooms) located throughout Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. Playa also owns two resorts in the Dominican Republic that are managed by a third party and manages five resorts on behalf of third-party owners. For more information, please visit

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Marriott International

Samantha Hardy
Playa Hotels & Resorts

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First published at – Global Travel News

MAKING A SPLASH: New Royalton readies in Riviera Maya

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Sunwing reports that its newest Royalton Luxury Resorts property, Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, is slated to open Dec. 20. The new all-inclusive Riviera Maya resort will feature an expansive on-site water park.

More than 1,000 modern suites will feature a host of in-room amenities including Royalton’s signature DreamBed with high-thread-count sheets, rain shower, 24-hour room service, in-suite Jacuzzi in select room categories, and a well-stocked mini-bar.

Outside, on-site water amenities and activities include four pools, a variety of beach and water sports and one of the Caribbean’s largest on-site water parks, featuring 14 large water slides, two lazy rivers, a kids’ pool and splash pad, to which guests have unlimited access.
Entertainment facilities are designed with both families and friend groups in mind. In addition to the brand’s Sports Event Guarantee, where the big game is always on, there is daily entertainment and nightly shows, two theatres, laser tag, bowling, a trampoline park, supervised programming for kids and teens and complimentary resort-wide Wi-Fi.

Guests can enjoy The Royal Spa or a private beachfront cabana ($); or keep trim at the on-site fitness centre with the Royalton Fit program.

The resort offers 12 restaurants, nine bars along with unlimited reservation-free dining, all set among picturesque views of the Caribbean Sea.

For a more elevated experience, Sunwing customers can upgrade their booking and stay in the resort’s exclusive Diamond Club section where they’ll receive dedicated butler services, a private oceanview lounge with premium drinks and canapés and an exclusive beach area, among other upscale amenities in designated suites.

“For 11 years and counting, Sunwing’s resort division has continued to expand its portfolio and meet our customers in some of the most beloved sun destinations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America,” says Samantha Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer at Sunwing. “We’re thrilled for Sunwing customers to experience the new Royalton Splash Riviera Cancun, the first Royalton Splash in Mexico, and enjoy its luxury offerings and larger-than-life amenities, just in time for the 2022-23 holiday season.”




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First published at – Global Travel News

SAii Laguna Phuket Launches New Meetings and Events Centre

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SAii Laguna Phuket Launches New Meetings and Events Centre - - TRAVELINDEXPhuket, Thailand, May 13, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / SAii Laguna Phuket, the free-spirited lifestyle resort on Phuket’s stunning sunset coast, is now set to become one of the island’s most impressive venues for corporate and social events, including weddings, following the grand opening of its brand-new Meetings & Events Centre.

Newly constructed in 2021, this standalone MICE destination comprises 1,900 square metres of flexible, fully-connected function space, including the 350-guest Similan Ballroom, with its six-metre-high ceilings, plus nine well-equipped breakout rooms, a spacious foyer area and a VIP room. Each of these state-of-the-art venues will feature the latest audio-visual technology, so every event will make a lasting impression.

The centre’s inspiring indoor areas will be complemented by three ocean-facing outdoor spaces, including an elegant poolside lawn and the beautiful beach. Together, these fantastic facilities will enable SAii Laguna Phuket to host a wide range of occasions, from important business meetings and major corporate conferences to grand gala dinners, glittering award ceremonies, key product launches and more.

For brides and grooms, SAii Laguna Phuket also provides a spectacular setting for destination weddings. With a choice of different themes and set-up options, from traditional Thai and classical Chinese ceremonies to Western-style white weddings and lavish Indian celebrations, the resort’s highly experienced team of wedding planners will take care of every detail to create magical moments and make memories that last a lifetime.

Whatever the occasion, customers will be promised professional support services, creative catering from the talented culinary team at SAii Laguna Phuket, a curated collection of local partners and suppliers, and a wide range of packages to suit all budgets. Under SAii Resorts’ deep commitment to sustainability, guests can rest assured that their event will be environmentally sensitive, with no single-use plastics.

At SAii Laguna Phuket, every event host, business delegate, bride, groom or wedding guest will able to stay in style with a choice of bright and inviting rooms and suites, and welcomed with warm and genuine Thai hospitality. Surrounded by tranquil lagoons on Phuket’s west coast, overlooking Bangtao Beach, the resort allows its clientele, or “InSAiiders”, to cool off in sparkling swimming pools, enjoy water sports on the lagoons, play tennis, squash, archery and more. There is also a kids’ club, fitness centre, club lounge and diverse restaurants and bars including SAii’s unique brand concepts, Mr. Tomyam and Miss Olive Oyl.

“I am delighted to unveil our new Meetings & Events Centre. SAii Laguna Phuket is already one of the most popular resorts for leisure travellers, due to our extensive recreational amenities and activities. The launch of a dedicated hub for MICE and weddings will enable us to expand our customer base and host exceptional corporate events, social gatherings and dream wedding and engagement ceremonies. This outstanding new facility will also play an important role in helping Phuket’s tourism industry to rebound strongly from the global pandemic,” said Bart Callens, Cluster General Manager of SAii Laguna Phuket and SAii Phi Phi Island Village.

About S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited
S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited, the hospitality arm of Singha Estate Public Company Limited, is a fast-growing, Thai-inspired company with an extensive international portfolio and world-class standards. Specialising in the management and investment of high-quality hotels and resorts in desirable destinations across the globe, S Hotels & Resorts has created a collection of its own distinctive lifestyle brands, whilst also partnering with the hospitality industry’s leading names. The company aims to set new standards for leisure and lifestyle through diversified business platforms and to enhance value for all its stakeholders based upon a philosophy of sustainable development and delivering benefits to local communities.

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AC Hotels by Marriott® Unveils First Hotel in Australia with the Opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank

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AC Hotels by Marriott®, the design-led lifestyle brand part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary brands, announces its brand debut in Australia with the opening of AC Hotel by Marriott Melbourne Southbank. Located in one of Melbourne’s premier events, arts and entertainment precincts, the new hotel features 205 thoughtfully designed guest rooms and suites, signature dining, and an infinity pool and cocktail bar with sweeping views of the city skyline. AC Melbourne Southbank has been expertly refined and crafted to deliver an elegant yet unobtrusive experience, right in the cultural capital of Australia.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the arrival of the AC Hotels brand in Australia with the opening of AC Melbourne Southbank,” said Jeff Tomczek, Vice President and Global Brand Leader of AC Hotels. “Melbourne is the cultural and design capital of Australia, allowing for a seamless fit with AC Hotels, known for its purposeful design and obsession with detail. With Australia’s border reopening, we look forward to welcoming travellers with a distinctive experience that has been edited to offer only the best of what guests truly need.”

Nestled in the prestigious inner-city enclave of Melbourne’s Southbank, with the Central Business District and South Wharf precinct – Australia’s largest urban renewal project – on its doorstep, AC Melbourne Southbank brings together the very best of Melbourne, housed in one sculptural landmark address. With close proximity to public transport, South Melbourne Market, Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf shops and eateries, the Arts precinct, and other first-class amenities, the hotel offers sweeping city views with everything guests need for a memorable stay.

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AC Lounge in AC Melbourne Southbank
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Designed by DKO Architecture in collaboration with Capital Alliance, AC Melbourne Southbank has created a bold architectural presence within the Fishermans Bend skyline. The design approach to every space is optimal comfort and utility through modern décor with open layouts offering functional beauty without distraction. The elegantly framed geometric glass façade will be activated by LED lighting at night acting as a beacon for visitors and residents alike. A sculptural canopy creates an iconic entry to the hotel and the design-led guestrooms contained within.

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AC Melbourne Southbank Deluxe King Room

The 205 thoughtfully designed guestrooms and suites offer sweeping views of the city skyline and the Yarra River. From sleek desks, open closets, and integrated bathrooms to easily accessible outlets for mindful work and play, AC guestrooms are free of clutter and maximise a sense of openness. The subtle layering of materiality with modern classic finishes such as natural stone tiling, warm textured timber, metal details, soft layers of drapery and brass accents all create a sense of functional calm. The mood reflects the industrial warehouse scenes of South Melbourne while echoing the Spanish roots of the AC brand.

AC Melbourne Southbank features a range of collaborative spaces including the brand’s signature AC Lounge, a modern co-working space for creative gatherings by day and a buzzing social hub offering European-style tapas by night. The signature AC Gin Tonic experience is available throughout all dining and bar venues at the hotel. The speciality cocktail is served in a custom glass by sculptural glass artist Adam Walmon and has been scientifically developed to heighten the taste, aroma and palate experience for the drinker.

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AC Melbourne Southbank Triana Bar

Sorolla provides the perfect place for breakfast to start the day, with a dining experience that includes an open kitchen to capture the chefs in action. Triana Bar exudes a ‘wow’ factor showcasing stunning views and a long, iconic freestanding bar where guests can mix and mingle with each other. The space offers simplicity and sophistication in the subtle finishes of warm timber, natural stone, bronze accents and softer grey materials. Bar de Buceo, the pool bar, also offers guests a relaxed area to enjoy drinks and light, alfresco style dining, making it the perfect place to unwind.

The hotel offers a range of leisure facilities, including an outdoor, infinity-edge swimming pool spanning the width of the building, a 24-hour fitness centre, and meeting and event space designed to host groups of varying sizes.

The hotel houses 576 square metres of flexible meeting space, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing abundant natural light, along with an outdoor covered terrace room and pool bar. The outdoor terrace beside the infinity pool can serve as a pre-function space accommodating up to 200 guests in cocktail format or broken down into smaller spaces for breakouts and more intimate meetings, social gatherings and weddings.

“I am truly delighted to open the first AC Hotel in Australia,” commented Harry Singh, General Manager of AC by Marriott Melbourne Southbank. “Working in collaboration with DKO, we have brought to life the core elements of the AC design philosophy – every detail of the experience is meticulously over-thought to create a seamless stay, right in the heart of the city known as the design capital of Australia.”

Owned by Capital Alliance, a Melbourne-based diversified mixed-use real estate developer and investment company, the hotel marks Marriott International’s ninth hotel in Melbourne and the third new hotel to open in the Victorian capital over the last 12 months.

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About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 30 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit

About AC Hotels by Marriott®
AC Hotels includes over 195 hotels in more than 27 countries and territories. At AC Hotels, every moment has been designed, refined, crafted, and considered to create a seamless guest experience. Each AC Hotel features purposefully designed signature spaces that strike the perfect balance of form and function. Most notably, the AC Lounge® invites guests and locals alike to collaborate during the day, or to enjoy signature cocktails and tapas in the evening. The AC Kitchen offers a European-inspired breakfast each morning. All AC guest rooms and public spaces evoke a particular sophistication, featuring sleek furnishings, curated artwork, and intuitive technology. The brand is dedicated to the details that matter most to guests during their travels with a mission to deliver The Perfectly Precise Hotel™ experience. For more information, visit and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. AC Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments, and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

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Under the Radar Openings in Southeast Asia

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Under the Radar Openings in Southeast Asia - TRAVELINDEXPhnom Penh, Cambodia, May 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / It’s an obvious understatement that the pandemic has wreaked devastation on Southeast Asia’s vital tourism sector. For the past two or so years, big-ticket destinations have been starved of international visitors. Visitors, in turn, have been denied the region’s uniquely vibrant blend of high octane dining and nightlife, and paradise beaches and landscapes. But all has not been quiet. Indeed, the region has welcomed a spate of notable resort openings. With travel now opening up again, here are a few cherishable new addresses.

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh

Key to Phnom Penh’s future success is the presence of world-class lodging options such as Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh. Opened into a world battened down by the pandemic in January 2021, it is among the most exciting additions to the hospitality scene in recent times. With 247 guestrooms including 43 residential-style suites, the property is the largest internationally branded hotel in the city. Located in the heart of Phnom Penh’s cultural and business district of Doun Penh, the hotel is a 30-minute drive from the airport and is within a short walking distance to the Royal Palace, National Museum, and the riverside. Conceived by award-winning Singapore-based SCDA Architects and leading Thailand-based PIA Interior, the contemporary-meets-colonial interiors of the hotel reflect Cambodia’s unique history, seamlessly blending Khmer architectural accents, French colonial influences, and specially-commissioned artworks by contemporary Cambodian artist, FONKi. As guests pull into the hotel’s driveway, they are greeted with a welcoming centerpiece: a beautiful French heritage building flanked by sweet-smelling frangipani trees. The Colonial House is home to The Attic, an old-world speakeasy-style bar tucked into the eaves of the building. Additional F&B standouts include Metropole Underground, an art-deco themed space that is Phnom Penh’s first subterranean venue, and FiveFive Rooftop Restaurant & Bar, where guests can feast on creative cuisine and soak up breathtaking views of the Royal Palace, the Mekong River, and the city skyline. Other hotel highlights include a 22-meter outdoor infinity pool surrounded by lush greenery and the hotel’s Jivapita spa, which offers a range of pampering treatments often inspired by Khmer wellness traditions.

Maia Resort Quy Nhon

Understanding that the journey to any traveler’s heart often requires a detour through the stomach, the Fusion Group opened Maia Resort Quy Nhon as a gastronomically-driven, 94-villa resort in a relatively untrodden destination along Vietnam’s southern coast. Although the property had a soft launch in late 2020, they only just celebrated a grand opening in December 2021, with the opening of the final villas. The latest ‘Maia’ brand expands on Fusion’s original wellness focus by bringing in another important factor in a trip away – food. Maia guests have the choice of dinner or lunch, in addition to the complimentary breakfast; or an indulgent spa therapy, as part of the nightly rate. The property features an expansive pool and fitness center stocked with the latest international standard equipment. Maia has two restaurants, the casual all-day dining restaurant Vị and the intimate ad hoc, along with an open-air pool bar. The 94 villas range in size from one and three bedroom villas, most with private plunge pools and gardens, and interiors that follow an earthy color palette, with pops of various ocean hues throughout. The link to the earth continues throughout the property with the use of reclaimed elements such as preserved driftwood, copper, and rattan making up the core materials used for the overall design. The property is located in Quy Nhon, an area that has been under the radar of most travelers to Vietnam, despite being just an hour’s flight from the country’s commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City. Rooms start at USD 185 net per night, inclusive of half board or one spa treatment per adult per room.

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao

Meliá Phuket Mai Khao, a wellness-inspired resort that fronts Phuket’s longest stretch of sand with a chilled-out beach club and private pool villas, opened on Thailand’s largest island in December 2021. A 15-minute drive to Phuket International Airport and near an array of attractions including Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation and Sirinat National Park, the resort is the second five-star property launched in Thailand under Spanish hotel group Meliá Hotels International. Situated on secluded Mai Khao beach, commanding eight acres of Phuket’s northwestern coastline on the Andaman Sea, the 30-suite and 70-villa resort’s design melds traditional and contemporary Thai aesthetics with a smattering of Mediterranean accents and uses a neutral palette of colours to complement Mai Khao’s sandy shoreline. All of the suites and villas feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers and outdoor terraces to take advantage of Phuket’s tropical climate. The 78sqm suites are complemented by cabanas, and the 85sqm one-bedroom villas have private plunge pools. Fifteen wellness villas each feature an open-air Vitamin C shower, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, aromatic salts for the outdoor bathtub, a fit ball and yoga mat. The resort’s diverse dining landscape comprises four outlets and adds a dash of Mediterranean flavor to Phuket’s culinary scene. Privately tucked away behind the lobby and Elyxr Café, Meliá’s signature YHI Spa is 300sqm and home to five treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments.

Azerai Ke Ga Bay

Azerai Ke Ga Bay, an elegant and secluded oceanfront retreat in southeastern Vietnam, launched as the third property in Azerai Resorts’ growing portfolio just as calendars were flipping into 2021. The 46-key resort, a combination of suites and private-pool suites, is located 180 kilometers east of Saigon on a sweeping five-kilometer white sand beach overlooking the East Sea. Framed to the north by Hon Ba Island, with its historic 1899-built colonial French lighthouse, and to the south by soaring sand dunes, the property cultivates one of the most naturally splendid oceanfront settings in the country. The guest suites at Azerai Ke Ga Bay evoke a contemporary aesthetic defined by elegance and minimalist design, with 10 units boasting either plunge pools or larger private pools. The resort’s four swimming pools include an oceanfront pool with sunbeds positioned on terraces, a free-form pool set back from the beach and surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and two square pools set within mirrored courts, flanked by guest rooms. The Azerai Spa fronts the ocean with 10 private treatment rooms (six single and four double rooms), along with modern hydrotherapy facilities, individual or shared relaxation lounges and daybeds, a beauty studio, a Jacuzzi, and a gym including the latest cardiovascular and strength-training equipment. The Terrace, The Dining Room and The Living Room provide a variety of dining and lounging options, including indoor and outdoor settings with views of the beach and relaxed poolfront tables for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The culinary team crafts an array of local delicacies, with a focus on plentiful offerings from the sea. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort, and follows Azerai La Residence, Hue, a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital, and Azerai Can Tho, a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta.

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Alma Resort’s New Venue Pays Tribute to Vietnam’s Vibrant Sidewalk Culture

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Alma Resort's New Venue Pays Tribute to Vietnam's Vibrant Sidewalk Culture - TRAVELINDEXCam Ranh, Vietnam, May 12, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / In Vietnam the sidewalk is used for much more than walking. The curb comes to life with coffee and street food vendors, barbers, exercise groups, mobile masseuses, shoe shiners, street performers and then some.

To pay homage to the quintessential Vietnamese pastime of spending hours sipping brews on the pavement with friends, 30-hectare beachfront resort Alma, a Preferred Hotels & Resorts member, has launched Cam Ranh’s most hip and happening venue, Chill’s Snack & Bar.

Open from 5pm-10pm daily, the street-style venue is anchored by two American-style food trucks to a backdrop of the resort’s vast Alma Amphitheater. Plenty of plastic tables and chairs are assembled on and alongside the tarmac of one of the resort’s onsite service roads. Twilight lights strung between palm trees create a warm ambiance as the afternoon morphs into the evening.

Chill’s menu features a selection of popular street beverages such as Vietnamese coffees, fresh fruit juices, milk teas including bubble milk teas, iced teas and soft drinks. The venue’s signature coffees are coconut coffee and coffee with fresh milk and tapioca pearls. In addition to Saigon, Tiger and Heineken beers, Chill’s also serves cocktails such as ‘Amphitheater Sunset’ with tequila, orange, grenadine, crème de cassis and lime.

The likes of seafood pizza, fruit, fried fish balls, shrimp salad, meat sandwiches, cheese sticks, lemongrass chicken feet, and popcorn are written up on Chill’s menu board daily.

Entertainment ranges from nightly movies screened under the stars at the amphitheater to live music by performers such as the resort’s resident singer Engie to fire twirlers and flair tenders. Competitions such as high walking competitions are staged for national and global holidays as well as other special occasions.

Alma’s managing director Herbert Laubichler-Pichler said the resort’s temporary eight-month closure, due to a flare-up of COVID-19 in Vietnam before Alma’s reopening on January 15, “was a prime opportunity for our team to get creative, spawning the concept for Chill’s as a street-style venue that welcomes locals and tourists alike”.

“Everyone who has been to Vietnam knows that everyone is welcome to join the community on the pavement; it is part and parcel of experiencing Vietnam’s culture and its culinary delights famous the world over,” said Laubichler-Pichler.

“We are the only resort in our location that doesn’t have a wall around us. I genuinely believe Chill’s is an open house; like on Vietnam’s ubiquitous sidewalks, everyone is welcome to chill out here and relish life’s simple pleasures.”

For more information, or to make a booking, visit, call +84 258 399 1666

About Alma
Situated on Vietnam’s emerging Cam Ranh peninsula fronting Long Beach, Alma resort commands some 30 hectares of inspiring ground. Emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the bold and spacious integrated resort offers 580 oversized suites and pavilions that all afford sweeping vistas of the ocean, including contemporary three bedroom oceanfront pavilions each totalling 224sqm with a living room, four bathrooms and a private pool. Alma features a broad spectrum of restaurants helmed by top chefs, a food court with an array of local and international cuisine, as well as a sports bar, pool bar and beach bar. Other highlights include 12 swimming pools cascading down to the beach, a waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, 70-seat cinema, convention centre, amphitheater, art gallery, science museum, gymnasium and yoga room, 18-hole mini golf course, a youth centre with virtual reality games, a kid’s club, water sports centre and even an ‘Alma Mart’ mini supermarket.


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JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea Opens Along Turkey’s Beautiful Waterfront Oasis

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JW Marriott Istanbul Marmara Sea
JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea
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JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announces the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea. Surrounded by the tranquil Sea of Marmara, the new luxury hotel offers guests a transformative and elevated stay to nourish the mind, body and spirit within Istanbul’s serene Atakoy district.

“JW Marriott combines a legacy of extraordinary hospitality with a refreshing commitment to mindfulness and wellbeing that resonates so deeply with today’s global traveler,” said Bruce Rohr, Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott. “JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea embodies this holistic approach to the guest experience from its JW Garden where organic herbs are harvested for use by the culinary team, to its robust fitness and wellness classes and introspective, intentional design. We know these principles will be the perfect complement to this breathtaking location.”

Inspiring Design
Styled by London-based firm KCA International, the hotel’s aesthetic draws inspiration from Turkey’s vibrant textures and marries them with the JW Marriott brand’s serene sensibility. The lobby has a unique flying carpet art installation that pays homage to traditional Turkish crafts with a contemporary twist. Signature bespoke lighting by the artist Khuan Chew found throughout the hotel showcases a modern interpretation of Turkish culture. From tranquillity pools in the lobby to tucked-away garden spaces, opportunity awaits around every corner for guests to escape in a moment of calm reflection.

“With breathtaking views and exhilarating activities for travel enthusiasts, JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea is ideal for guests seeking to enjoy meaningful moments as they explore this historic destination,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President – Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “As with all JW Marriott hotels, mindfulness and connection to place are thoughtfully woven into the hotel’s nature-focused design, as well as through the hotel’s holistic programming and wellness offerings.”

The hotel’s 204 guest rooms and suites are thoughtfully situated within 17 floors and are as spacious as they are sumptuous. Most offer balconies facing the Marmara Sea and Istanbul skyline, and all feature marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs, rain shower heads, flat-screen TVs, and separate working and living areas. Smart lighting lulls guests to sleep at night or gently wakes them in the morning. The hotel’s suites offer expansive, contemporary living rooms and dedicated kitchen areas. The Signature and Presidential suites boast terrace jacuzzies and BOSE® music systems in the living room. The Presidential suite also features a private gym and an additional indoor jacuzzi with awe-inspiring views of the Marmara Sea. All executive room guests, as well as Marriott Bonvoy® Platinum, Titanium and Ambassador Elite members, can enjoy access to the exclusive Executive Lounge which offers complimentary breakfast in the morning and a selection of cocktails, snacks and desserts throughout the day.

Distinct Culinary Experiences
JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea provides a myriad of culinary options, giving guests and residents the chance to create meaningful connections over memorable dining experiences. Open all day, Ceres serves Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and fusion dishes, with a seafood reflective of the hotel’s waterfront front location. From lavish Sunday brunches to fun activities for keeping younger guests entertained, the family-friendly destination also features a brick oven centerpiece for baking fresh breads and delectable pizzas. The outdoor terrace offers live cooking stations and open kitchens.

Guests can take in scenic views of the Marmara Sea while enjoying afternoon tea and refreshing cocktails alongside sweet and savoury bites at The Pearl. The Vitola Lounge offers a chic ambiance, cigars, light dishes and curated cocktails, while Spa Lounge provides the perfect daytime escape. This relaxing eatery showcases airy tones and warm sunshine is complemented by a plethora of lush greenery and offers a menu of fresh juices and healthy snacks. Sail Bar is set around the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool offering delicious appetizers and cocktails accompanied by live music and the Mediterranean breeze. Following the success of his restaurants in Las Vegas, Paris, Dubai and London, celebrated Michelin-Starred Chef Akira Back will introduce his innovative Japanese cuisine to Turkey this June at JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea.

The hotel presents a farm-to-table program anchored by JW Garden, a bespoke organic and herb botanic garden, featuring tomatoes, mint, parsley, rocket, rosemary, olives, local greens and more. This freshly grown produce is used throughout the hotel’s dining venues.

A Haven for Holistic Wellbeing
Every aspect of JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea is designed with guests’ wellbeing in mind. Serene Spaces for quiet reflection are hidden among natural surroundings designed to promote thoughtful, meditative experiences, as these secluded locations encourage guests to ground themselves and savour the moment.

Those looking for a unique atmosphere to nourish the body and mind can indulge in a range of signature treatments in the elegantly designed La Vallée SPA, a flagship location for the prestigious Swiss beauty line in Turkey. The serene oasis invites visitors to experience eight treatment rooms, an exclusive VIP treatment room, private jacuzzi and wellbeing packages. The hotel also features indoor and outdoor infinity pools, a children’s pool and contemporary Turkish hammams.

The hotel’s state-of-the-art La Vallee Fitness and Wellness Center features Technogym equipment, while programming includes yoga sessions, breathwork training and a variety of fitness classes including spinning on the outdoor terrace. Guests of all ages will enjoy family friendly experiences such as sailing classes, luxury excursions and walking tours.

Ideal Destination for Events and Celebrations
With its spectacular location and magnificent sea views, the hotel provides a spectacular setting to host any corporate occasion, lavish wedding or social functions. Certified event planners are on hand to assist with event execution, with over 23,000 square-feet of event space, eight meeting rooms, high-end visual facilities, 600-person ballroom with an external entrance and bridal room and a 24-hour business center. Catering options for events are plentiful, ranging from light refreshments to full banquet menus.

Weddings at JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea will include the elegant ballroom with a picturesque backdrop of the Marmara Sea – the only ballroom in Istanbul with sun terrace access, a bridal suite connected to the main venue and the option of having a menu created by acclaimed chef Akira Back.

Explore the City’s Sights
JW Marriott Hotel Istanbul Marmara Sea sits in the charming and tranquil Atakoy district, just a short drive to the enthralling metropolis of Istanbul. The hotel is ideally located near the wondrous sights of the city including Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palace, Galata Port, Dolmabahce Palace, Taksim Square and Istanbul Aquarium.

Guests can enjoy retail therapy without having to leave the grounds as the complex is home to 11 high-end boutiques including a bespoke tailor Milimetrik, an antique emporium, Vakko and a designer jewellery store. Endless shopping experiences are also available nearby at A Plus, Galleria and Carousel.

The hotel is a 45-minute drive from Istanbul International Airport, and is also close to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, which offers access to private jets.

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Georgie Noble
Consumer PR, EMEA
Marriott International

About JW Marriott
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. JW Marriott is a tribute to the founder of Marriott International, J. Willard “J.W.” Marriott, who prioritized his own well-being so that he could take better care of others. Inspired by his approach to life and rooted in holistic well-being, JW Marriott properties offer a haven designed to allow guests to focus on feeling whole – present in mind, nourished in body, and revitalized in spirit – through programs and offerings that encourage them to come together and experience every moment to the fullest. Today there are more than 100 JW Marriott hotels in more than 35 countries and territories worldwide that cater to sophisticated, mindful travelers who come seeking experiences that help them be fully present, foster meaningful connections Marriott online, and on Instagram and Facebook. JW Marriott is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Marriott Bonvoy®
Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio offers renowned hospitality in the most memorable destinations in the world, with 30 brands that are tailored to every type of journey. From The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis to W Hotels and more, Marriott Bonvoy has more luxury offerings than any other travel program. Members can earn points for stays at hotels and resorts, including all-inclusive resorts and premium home rentals, and through everyday purchases with co-branded credit cards. Members can redeem their points for experiences including future stays, Marriott Bonvoy Moments, or through partners for luxurious products from Marriott Bonvoy Boutiques. To enroll for free or for more information about Marriott Bonvoy, visit

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