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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.

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First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York’s History

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First Female General Manager in St. Regis New York's History - TRAVELINDEX - HOTELWORLDS.comNew York City, New York, United States, May 9, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The St. Regis New York is pleased to announce Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu as General Manager of the celebrated and historic flagship property. A respected leader in the luxury hospitality arena, Octavia has been a part of The St. Regis New York family for over seven years and brings to her new role a wealth of experience and expertise garnered from her time at the landmark hotel. As the milestone first female general manager in the hotel’s history, Octavia’s designation marks a momentous and exciting new chapter in the hotel’s illustrious history.

“I am thrilled and honored to be at the helm of one of the most glamourous and storied hotels in the world and look forward to leading The St. Regis New York as General Manager,” said Octavia Marginean-Tahiroglu. “The hotel has long served as the benchmark for luxury travel, and I look forward to guiding our dedicated team to carry on the hotel’s legacy as the best address in Manhattan.”

With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Octavia brings a wealth of knowledge to her new role at The St. Regis New York. Octavia is a longstanding member of The St. Regis New York family, having served as the Hotel Manager since 2015. As Hotel Manager, she worked to maximize profitability while exceeding guest expectations through the highest quality service, amenities, and attention to detail. In 2021, Octavia successfully led the hotel’s reopening, welcoming travelers from around the world back to the beloved property. Prior to joining the St. Regis New York, Octavia served as the General Manager of The Tribeca Grand Hotel and the Deputy General Manager of The Soho Grand Hotel. Octavia began her work with Marriott International in 2004 with The Westin New York at Times Square and first joined The St. Regis New York in 2006 as the Front Office Manager.

Octavia attended Hunter College in New York where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She is currently enrolled at Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College in the MBA Program.

The St. Regis New York, originally founded by John Jacob Astor over a century ago, is revered as one of the finest hotels in the world. The majestic Beaux-Arts exterior, elegant public spaces, exquisitely designed guest rooms, suites, and unparalleled, bespoke service have preserved its legendary status for more than 100 years. The hotel is also home to the famed King Cole Bar, the birthplace of the original Bloody Mary. Ideally located in the heart of Manhattan at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, The St. Regis New York is steps from the city’s finest shopping, restaurants, and museums.

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Accor Hotels to Launch First Mercure in Takayama

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Accor Hotels to Launch First Mercure in Takayama - - TRAVELINDEXTakayama, Japan, April 29, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Accor Hotels is set to welcome its first hotel in Takayama, Japan, with the signing of Mercure Hida Takayama. Inspired by the reinterpretation of Takayama’s traditional handicrafts, the hotel brings warmth and tranquil touches, enriched with modern hotel experiences allowing travellers to fully immerse in the destination. The hotel is set to open in December 2022.

Takayama is a city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. The famous Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are within convenient access by bus. Located in the heart of Takayama, the Sanmachi Historic District will transport travellers back to the Edo Period with its preserved wooden merchant houses and small museums. Local treats and original Sake breweries await to be discovered. The city is also famed for its biannual Takayama Festival, one of the most beautiful festivals to celebrate spring and fall.

Located in the heart of the city within a four-minute walk from Takayama JR Station, Mercure Hida Takayama offers 161 beautifully designed guestrooms and two dining experiences. The highlight facilities include the indoor and outdoor onsens on the top floor, which allow guests to unwind while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Takayama.

“Accor remains positive in Japan’s strong tourism potential and we are delighted to expand our network in the country to offer unique and authentic hotel experiences for local and international travellers. As one of the largest international operators in Japan, we are excited to be taking the Mercure brand into Takayama, a charming cultural destination. Mercure Hida Takayama will be a great showcase for a locally-inspired hotel, where the decorative design is rooted in authentic values. In partnership with Samty, we believe the hotel will become an exciting addition to the Japan hotel scene. Mercure Hida Takayama will offer travellers yet another breath-taking base to explore the beautiful experiences the city has to offer,” said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Accor Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea.

Mercure, one of the world’s most expansive midscale brands, is locally inspired to reflect the distinct character and culture of each destination in which it resides, through design, dining and local experiences. Mercure believes that travel connects guests to the locality and people.

Accor currently operates 18 hotels across eight destinations in Japan. Mercure Hida Takayama will become the 7th Mercure hotel in Japan and will join a collection of over 810 Mercure addresses globally across 60 countries.

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Hyatt Place Kyoto Celebrates Official Opening

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Hyatt Place Kyoto Celebrates Official Opening - - TRAVELINDEXKyoto, Japan, April 4, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The 239-room Hyatt Place hotel opens in central Kyoto with convenient access to many attractions in Japan’s ancient capital. Hyatt Place Kyoto, the first Hyatt-branded select service hotel in Kyoto, is officially open, expanding Hyatt Place brand’s footprint globally in markets that matter the most to guests and World of Hyatt members. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food and beverage offerings.

Because Hyatt’s efforts are grounded in listening and fueled by care, Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy-to-navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Hyatt Place Kyoto is located in central Kyoto at the southwest corner of the Kyoto Imperial Palace and close to Nijo-jo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is directly connected to the Marutamachi station on the Karasuma subway line and is about 10 minutes from Kyoto station by subway or car. Hyatt Place Kyoto also provides business travelers with convenient subway access to the Kyoto International Conference Center, a major conference facility for international meetings and where the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997.

“As Japan’s international borders start to reopen, we are excited to welcome guests to the first Hyatt Place hotel in Kyoto,” said General Manager Takuma Yoshimura. “Our hotel’s central location makes it easy for our guests to travel around Kyoto, visit the city’s many cultural and traditional sites as well as attend business appointments. With our smartly designed social spaces and guestrooms with separate work, play and sleep areas, our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road.”

Hyatt Place Kyoto offers:

– 239 spacious guestrooms including three suites, with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
– The Kitchen featuring hot breakfast items, fresh fruit, steel-cut oatmeal, Greek yogurt, and more
– Lobby Bar serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night, and also featuring specialty coffees and premium beers as well as wines and champagne
– Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
– Free Wi-Fi throughout hotel and guestrooms
– Fitness Room featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens

About Hyatt Place
Hyatt Place hotels combine style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences to create an easy to navigate experience for today’s multi-tasking traveler. Guests can enjoy thoughtfully designed guestrooms featuring distinct zones for sleep, work and play, and free flowing social spaces that offer seamless transitions from work to relaxation. With more than 365 locations globally, Hyatt Place hotels offer freshly prepared food around the clock, efficient service and differentiated experiences for World of Hyatt members.

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Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager

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Villa Nai 3.3 Appoints Maksim Juričić as New General Manager - TRAVELINDEXDugi Otok, Croatia, March 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / The luxurious, five-star adult-only hotel, Villa Nai 3.3, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, opened in Summer 2021 on the Croatian island of Dugi Otok, is delighted to announce the appointment of its new General Manager, Maksim Juričić.

Maksim began his career in northern Italy’s finest resort destinations including Lake Garda and Madonna Di Campiglio. He then spent 11 years at the Park Hyatt Milano as a Concierge and Concierge Assistant Manager. In 2008 he became an esteemed member of Les Chefs d’Or and in 2012, he was given the honour of being named as ‘One of the Five Best Concierges in Milan’ by Where Magazine. Maksim continued to develop his knowledge and finesse his skills, in a five-star hotel collection in Ireland before returning to Croatia, from where he originated as a native of the Northern Istria region.

The recent appointment of Maksim as General Manager for Villa Nai 3.3. coincides with the re-opening of the property for the 2022 season. His exemplary customer service skills, combined with his excellent ability to co-ordinate and manage people, will be advantageous for the luxurious and unique property.

“My philosophy is to offer genuine and authentic hospitality without compromising on quality, coincides with the focus of the strong team already in place at Villa Nai 3.3. As a team, I hope that we continue to meet the requirements of our guests through our bespoke and tailor-made service. We will continue to create unique experiences at Villa Nai 3.3. Dugi Otok is a secluded gem of splendid isolation, and the Dalmatian region is an area of immense beauty. It is an ultra-luxurious destination. I was incredibly impressed by Villa Nai 3.3, as well as the overall property, estate, and vision of the owners and look forward to the beginning of the 2022 season as General Manager.” Enthuses Maksim Juričić.

“We are thrilled to have Maksim Juričić as our new General Manager. His forward-thinking approach for Villa Nai 3.3 and passion for the Dalmatian region are admirable. We aim to centre Villa Nai 3.3 as a hub for the Kornati archipelago in 2022 and are in the process of creating bespoke itineraries for our guests to have a more interactive experience with the olive harvest during October. Maksim has been hugely involved in this and I am looking forward to seeing the great work he will do at Villa Nai 3.3.” Delights Goran Morović, Owner of Villa Nai 3.3.

About Villa Nai 3.3
Villa Nai 3.3 opened in Summer 2021 and was designed by renowned Croatian architect Nikola Bašic who drew inspiration from luxurious yachts to create a truly unique concept hotel, which blends seamlessly into the outstanding natural beauty of Croatia’s historic Dugi Otok Island. The exclusive hotel has just eight deluxe rooms and suites for the ultimate comfort and private experience. Villa Nai 3.3 is situated amongst 500-year-old olive groves from which they source the olives used in their multi-award-winning olive oil 3.3. The “liquid gold” is used as a basis in their soothing spa products and treatments and in each of the delectable dishes at their 3.3 Restaurant and Grotta 11000 Restaurant which contain the very best of local produce from surrounding farms, orchards, and waters. Equidistant between Venice and Dubrovnik, guests can expect an experiential, culinary, and wellness journey at Villa Nai 3.3.

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Six Senses Fiji Reopens April 1 with Bula Welcome

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Six Senses Fiji Reopens April 1 with Bula Welcome - TRAVELINDEX

Malolo Island, Fiji, March 17, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / Hosts Look Forward to Providing Trademark “Bula” Warm Welcome. Hosts at Six Senses Fiji, many returning to their previous roles, are ready to welcome guests back to their little corner of paradise from April 1. Their familiar friendly faces will serve as the perfect antidote to months of lockdowns and travel bans as new arrivals step off the speedboat.

Picture-perfect Backdrop for Every Smile
Located on Malolo Island, the largest of the Mamanuca Islands, Six Senses Fiji is surrounded by gently shelving crystal-clear waters accessed from a palm-fringed white sand beach. The re-opening is timely, with the Easter holidays and short breaks on the horizon, as well as prime conditions for surfing and diving starting from April onwards. With pent-up demand at a premium, the resort has been humbled by the reaction and interest to its opening. It is already full for the entire first month and operating on a waitlist-only basis.

Multi-bedroom Residences for Celebrating Special Moments
The past two years have forced many families and groups of friends to miss out on celebrating milestone birthdays, weddings, births, and graduations. The residences, which feature between three and five bedrooms, are designed to bring everyone together. They include a fully equipped kitchen, private living area, expansive private pool, and outdoor seating and entertaining space. Those looking for a self-sufficient vacation will enjoy in-villa dining and sundowners, personal yoga, and eight hours of complimentary babysitting per day. Those seeking the convenience of the resort amenities can choose from the three restaurants, gourmet deli, cooking school, and a host of activities that can be arranged by the dedicated Guest Experience Maker.

Turquoise Playground for Water Babies
From beginners to pros, the resort offers watersports for all skill sets. Paddleboarding, kayaking, and swimming are unlimited (as long as guests return in good time for cocktail hour). Beginners’ surf lessons take place within the safety of the private bay or nearby Swimming Pools wave, and expert surfers can head out to the world-famous Cloudbreak just a 20-minute boat journey away. For those seeking a serene nature immersion, the resort has spent extensive time working on coral replantation. This dedication has paid off, resulting in a beautiful snorkeling experience right off the Six Senses Fiji beach. Fiji is also revered the world over for some of the best dive sites. Introductory sessions can be carried out in the guest’s private pool and there are options to complete the PADI or SSI dive courses at a plethora of sites rich with colorful corals, clownfish, lionfish, reef sharks, and more, all within a 10-minute boat ride.

Sustainable Living and Dining
All residences, villas, and facilities are designed to be 100 percent solar-powered by the largest microgrid in Fiji to use Tesla batteries. Many ingredients for the three restaurants – Tovolea, Rara, and Teitei – as well as the deli, ice creamery, Alchemy Bar, and spa, are grown fresh in the resort’s gardens, which are thriving or sourced from local farmers and fishing communities. The hens at Cluckingham Palace are match-fit to ramp up egg production, and the beehives, Mushroom Hut, and Water Bottling Plant are also in full working order. Guests walking along the winding boardwalk through the trees might catch a glimpse of one of the friendly Fijian Crested Iguanas in their natural habitat.

Pioneering Wellness
Set in lush jungle, Six Senses Spa Fiji is a contemporary take on a traditional Fijian village with a layered approach to wellness and treatments that go beyond the ordinary. The extensive signature menu includes best-loved treatments such as the Fijian Bobo Massage using warm poultices of herbs picked from the spa garden to increase circulation and ease muscle tension. For guests wishing to take a deeper inner focus, one-, three-, five- and seven-night wellness programs focus on specific issues such as brain health, immunity, yoga, sleep, and fitness. Ayurvedic treatments are also available, overseen by Spa Director Deepak.

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

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Anantara Hotels Expands its Luxury Portfolio in China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Alma Resort Welcomes Son Hoang Le as Director of Sales

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Cam Ranh, Vietnam, February 21, 2022 / TRAVELINDEX / A talented hospitality professional with more than 16 years of experience in sales, marketing, events and operations at some of Vietnam’s most acclaimed hotels has been named Alma’s director of sales.

Vietnamese national Son Hoang Le’s appointment to the 30-hectare family resort, with 196 pavilions and 384 suites overlooking Long Beach on Vietnam’s Cam Ranh peninsula, comes after he worked at the Caravelle Saigon as the director of room sales.

Before that, he was the director of sales and marketing at Diamond Bay Vung Tau Resort & Spa and the director of sales at Hotel Majestic Saigon.

Son embarked on his hospitality career in early 2005 as a bellman at the Caravelle Saigon, where he spent the next 10 years also working as a receptionist, night supervisor and banquet sales executive, learning about various facets of the hotel business.

He moved to the Hotel Nikko Saigon to become a corporate sales executive, before progressing to the Pullman Hanoi where he became a sales manager and then an acting senior sales manager.

Son holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Linguistics and Literature at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities and also studied electronics at Cao Thang College. Both institutions are based in Ho Chi Minh City.

Describing him as “an excellent negotiator and strategic thinker”, Alma’s managing director Herbert-Laubichler Pichler said Son’s background in operations enriched his leadership abilities among the hotel’s management ranks and, coupled with his rich sales and marketing experience, placed him in great stead to spearhead the resort’s ambitious sales efforts for 2022.

Bold, spacious and emblematic of Vietnam’s maturation as a destination, the independently owned and operated Alma features 14 food and beverage outlets and a cascade of 12 beachfront swimming pools. Other drawing cards include a science museum, 6000 square metre waterpark, 13-treatment room spa, art gallery, cinema, convention centre, amphitheatre, youth centre with virtual reality games, kid’s club, water sports centre, gymnasium and yoga room and an 18-hole putting green.

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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Kempinski Hotels to Manage Prestigious Luxury Hotel in Riyadh

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

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

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

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

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

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Mandarin Oriental Signs Multi-Islands Resort in Maldives

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Mandarin Oriental Signs Multi-Islands Resort in Maldives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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