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Hyatt Place Kathmandu Celebrates Official Opening

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Hyatt Place Kathmandu Celebrates Official Opening - TRAVELINDEXKathmandu, Nepal, November 19,2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Place Kathmandu, the second Hyatt-branded hotel in Nepal, is officially open, expanding the Hyatt Place brand’s footprint globally in markets that matter 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 Everywhere and 24-hour food offerings. Ownership of the hotel includes Akshay Golyan, Executive Director and Shakti Golyan, Chairman of City Hotel Ltd.

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 multitasking traveler. Hyatt Place Kathmandu is located in the lively city of Kathmandu, set in a valley surrounded by the beautifully scenic Himalayan mountains. Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is steeped in rich history, long associated with ancient traditions and a vibrant culture. The hotel is only a short two-and-a-half-mile (four-kilometer) journey from the bustling city center and its attractions, which include many World Heritage sites like the remarkable ancient temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and the sacred Hindu temple in Pashupatinath. For those looking for some retail therapy, the hotel is close to several popular shopping centers including New Road, Thamel and Durbar Marg.

“As Kathmandu continues to be a sought-after spot for both business and leisure travelers, we are excited to add to the momentum of the thriving city by welcoming the first Hyatt Place to Nepal in this truly unique capital city, which is bursting with history and cultural traditions,” said General Manager Varun Talwar. “With our smartly designed social spaces and guestrooms with separate work and sleep areas, our multitasking guests can easily accomplish what they need to do while on the road.”

Hyatt Place Kathmandu offers:

  • 153 spacious guestrooms with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper
  • Breakfast Bar featuring an inviting selection of hot and cold items to suit all guests’ needs
  • Zing World of Flavors delivers good food, fast, combining local and worldly ingredients with bold tastes from South-East Asia with some Italian-Mediterranean options.
  • Zing Sky Bar & Lounge is an energetic poolside venue with breathtaking sunset views, offering curated cocktails and Nepal’s best brews
  • The Market serving freshly prepared meals anytime, day or night
  • The Bar featuring specialty coffees and premium beers, as well as wines and cocktails
  • Necessities program for forgotten items that guests can buy, borrow or enjoy for free
  • Free Wi-Fi Everywhere throughout hotel and guestrooms
  • Event Spaces offer approximately 5,382 square feet (500 square meters) of flexible, high-tech meeting/function space
  • Fitness Center featuring cardio equipment with LCD touchscreens

“Kathmandu is a vibrant city, filled with historic and artistic sites, friendly people, exciting neighborhoods, and an ever-expanding list of places to visit and experience,” said Akshay Golyan, Executive Director, City Hotel Ltd. “Our hotel is central to all of them and we are confident that the Hyatt Place Kathmandu will exceed guest expectations and provide them with everything they need while visiting our area.”

HYATT PLACE KATHMANDU LEADERSHIP

Hyatt Place Kathmandu is under the leadership of General Manager Varun Talwar and Head of Sales and Marketing Achint Rastogi. In his role, Talwar is directly responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the hotel, including overseeing the hotel’s 150 associates and ensuring guests encounter the thoughtful service for which the Hyatt Place brand is known. Rastogi is responsible for providing sales service and support to travelers and meeting planners frequenting the Kathmandu area.

Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind.

Explore new places and reward your spirit of adventure. World of Hyatt members can earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Hyatt Place Kathmandu between November 27th 2021 through February 16th, 2022.

Terms & Conditions
Offer valid for 500 Bonus Points for each qualifying night stayed by World of Hyatt members in good standing during a hotel’s offer period at participating hotels and resorts.  Offer valid at participating hotels and resorts for stays with a checkout date during each hotel’s offer period.  For each hotel’s offer period, visit worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus.  To be eligible for this offer you must be a World of Hyatt member in good standing at time of reservation and stay, stay at a participating hotel with a checkout date during that hotel’s offer period, provide your World of Hyatt mmbership number at time of check-in, and either pay an Eligible Rate or redeem a free night award.  An “Eligible Rate” and “Ineligible Rate” are defined in the World of Hyatt Terms and Conditions (located at worldofhyatt.com/terms).  Only one point bonus may be earned per member, per stay, regardless of the number of rooms booked.  Only the room occupied by the member will count toward this offer.  Two or more consecutive nights at the same hotel will be deemed one stay.  All points awarded under this offer are Bonus Points.  This offer is subject to the complete terms and conditions of the World of Hyatt program.  Please allow 3-4 weeks after travel is completed for World of Hyatt Bonus Points to be credited to your Account.   Qualifying nights will automatically be tracked when you provide your World of Hyatt membership number at check-in.  A limited number of rooms are allocated to this offer; reservations subject to availability. Offer not valid with groups, conventions, other promotional offers, tour packages or special rate programs. Promotional blackout periods may apply due to seasonal periods or special events, and normal arrival/departure restrictions apply. Hyatt reserves the right to alter or withdraw this offer at any time without notice.  The trademarks Hyatt®, World of Hyatt® and related marks are trademarks of Hyatt Corporation or its affiliates. © 2019 Hyatt Corporation. All rights reserved.

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 385 locations globally, Hyatt Place hotels offer freshly prepared food around the clock, efficient service and differentiated experiences for World of Hyatt members.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of September 30, 2021, Hyatt’s portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 69 countries across six continents, and the acquisition of Apple Leisure Group added 96 properties in 10 countries as of November 1, 2021. Hyatt’s offerings include the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brands, as well as resort and hotel brands under the AMR™ Collection, including Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Breathless® Resorts & Spas, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Alua® Hotels & Resorts, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Hyatt’s subsidiaries operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and the Trisept Solutions® travel technology platform.

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Acclaimed Landscape Firm Reveals Designs on Hyatt Regency Koh Samui

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Acclaimed Landscape Firm Reveals Designs on Hyatt Regency Koh Samui - TRAVELINDEXKoh Samui, Thailand, November 18, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / One of Thailand’s most revered landscape architects, Wannaporn Pui Phornprapha, has declared her work at the new Hyatt Regency Koh Samui as one of her most “special” achievements.

​Wannaporn, the managing director of Bangkok-based firm P Landscape (PLA), has steered numerous award-winning projects during her illustrious career. Under her lead, the landscape and design studio boasts a client portfolio that includes well-known developments including 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai and the Museum of Contemporary Art Bangkok.

Therefore, her ringing endorsement of the Hyatt Regency Koh Samui speaks volumes about her satisfaction at another job well done.

“Everything from the beginning was special,” she said. “The passion everyone poured into this project. I can’t say enough about how proud we are about Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.”

A collaboration between three of Thailand’s biggest hotel design names — Office of Bangkok Architecture, August Design and P Landscape — the 140-room property occupies eight acres of private coastline in the far northeast corner of the paradise island. The beauty of Koh Samui is legendary. And the resort’s appeal leverages the visual appeal of the coastal landscape, a forest of protected trees and the proximity of the ocean.

Indeed, Wannaporn says that the dazzling scenery at the property was the first thing that struck her when she was enlisted by resort owner Ithichai Poolvaraluck to be a member of his design dream team.

“Our vision for Hyatt Regency Koh Samui started to come together after the initial site visit by a PLA team led by our design director Sutisa Patanapanich,” she said. “It really is a joint effort between us, the architecture team, the interior team and Khun Ithichai to convey this beautiful scenery into a unique experience that blends seamlessly with the guests’ lifestyle.”

Deploying a design-forward philosophy, the property, which is located in North Chaweng — and is less than ten minutes from the island’s international airport— bills itself as a “vacation gallery” due to its array of visual highlights.

These include a showpiece lobby, the longest lobby arrival point in Koh Samui, where numerous skylights allow for natural illumination by the sun and the moon. Other standout features span plush accommodations that showcase terrific ocean views to one of the largest pool zones on the island, where a series of pools cascade down from the main pool on the upper deck of the resort.

The latter feature is a particular source of pride for Wannaporn who singles it out as one of her favourite aspects of the resort.

“We are especially excited about the pool area,” she said. “Each terrace accommodates diverse types of guests and lifestyles. The top layer serves families with a kid’s pool adjacent to the main pool. The bottom layer near the beach is more colourful and reflects the party vibe at Sesun (the resort’s beach bar).

“The swirling of dark and light colour tiles mimics the gleaming effects of the waves reflecting off sunlight and the gradual change in tones resonates with the ever-changing colour of the ocean throughout the day.”

Sympathy with the existing nature of Koh Samui is a cornerstone of the landscape design at Hyatt Regency Koh Samui. Indeed, the resort incorporates around 80 native Yang Na trees (Dipterocarpus alatus) that were once used by sailors and fishermen as navigational landmarks. Wannaporn believes that such harmony with its surroundings bodes well for the resort.

“It is crucial to acknowledge that landscape and nature are not static, they are seasonal, temporal and dynamic,” she said. “Preservation of local trees gives this project a unique aesthetic that endures. At PLA we believe there is nothing more sustainable than protecting the beauty that is meant to be there.”

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News

Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Reopening

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Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Reopening - TRAVELINDEXCan Tho, Vietnam, November 3, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX /  Azerai Can Tho in the Mekong Delta has appointed Nicolas Pillet as its new General Manager, as the resort announced plans to reopen on Nov. 12 following the easing of COVID-related restrictions in Vietnam. Azerai Can Tho Introduces New GM Nicolas Pillet Ahead of Nov. 12 Reopening.

Pillet, a French national, brings a strong culinary background to Azerai Can Tho, having studied cuisine as part of his hospitality education in Nantes. Pillet has worked with several internationally recognized brands in his career, including the Eastern & Oriental Express, where he was GM of Southeast Asia’s only luxury sleeper train, and most recently as the GM of Amanoi, the Aman property in Ninh Thuan, Vietnam.

“Nicolas is a hands-on general manager who works closely with his team to ensure that service is maintained at the highest possible standards. He enjoys exploring ways to integrate the local community into the resort by creating new experiences that exceed guests’ expectations,” said Henry Gray, the Executive Director of Azerai Resorts.

Set on a private islet that is accessible only by boat, Azerai Can Tho is located only three hours’ drive from Ho Chi Minh City. The resort is secluded but close to the city of Can Tho, and the campus is lush with greenery and mature banyan trees. The resort covers an area of more than eight hectares, with 60 rooms and five spacious pool villas that deliver residential-style accommodation offering privacy, comfort and extra-personal service for families and groups traveling together.

Azerai Can Tho was named one of the “Top 25 Resorts in Asia” (No. 13) in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards last month, becoming one of only six properties in Vietnam to make the popular “best-of” list. The awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry.

The resort has earned a growing reputation as one of southern Vietnam’s most unique wellness destinations. Earlier this year, it introduced monthly Pilates retreats in a new studio featuring the latest in allegro reformer equipment (six machines) in a sleekly designed, well-lit space with vaulted hardwood ceilings. It also hosts four- and six-day yoga retreats that include dynamic hatha yoga and status asanas sessions, a river cruise, healthy meals, spa treatments, live cooking sessions and more.

As one of the region’s most exciting culinary destinations, Azerai Can Tho launched a series of unique dining events last year featuring local and international chefs. The resort is home to two formal dining venues. The Cafe serves traditional Vietnamese and Western-style breakfasts; regional Vietnamese cuisine, sandwiches and salads for lunch; and tapas-style dinner with new and old world wines. The Grill offers imported meats and local seafood in a relaxed and informal setting.

ABOUT AZERAI
Azerai is a new story and brand of resorts offering guests simple elegance, refined design, and discreet and attentive service in places of unique beauty and cultural interest. The brand was formed by hotelier Adrian Zecha, and the name is derived from Zecha’s initials and the latter part of a Persian word caravanserai, which references the storied old inns of the Middle East.

Azerai Can Tho is a peaceful retreat set on a lush islet in the Mekong Delta. Azerai Ke Ga Bay marks the brand’s first beach resort. And Azerai La Residence, Hue is a historic city resort overlooking the Perfume River in Vietnam’s former imperial capital.

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Hyatt Plans Grand Hyatt at The Red Sea Development in Saudi Arabia

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Hyatt Plans Grand Hyatt at The Red Sea Development in Saudi ArabiaShaura Island, Red Sea, Saudi Arabia, October 29, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with The Red Sea Development Company for a 430-room Grand Hyatt hotel on Shaura Island, the hub of the ambitious Red Sea Project on Saudi Arabia’s west coast. The luxury resort hotel will represent the largest of 11 hotels set to open on the island and will occupy a prime position within this innovative tourist development. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be the second Grand Hyatt hotel in the Kingdom and the seventh Grand Hyatt hotel in the Middle East, marking an important milestone in Hyatt’s growth strategy in the region.

Slated to open as part of phase one of the Red Sea Project, the property will be designed to reflect the bold and vibrant luxury synonymous with the Grand Hyatt brand, featuring sophisticated design, materials and decor inspired by the iconic elements present in the destination. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will feature a striking architectural “coral bloom” design, a unique concept that resembles a bloom of coral in the sea from above, that will offer a sense of luxury that blends seamlessly with the natural environment. A tasteful mix of suites and large standard rooms will provide guests with a comfortable and upscale place from which to explore the area’s diverse ecosystem and endless attractions. World-class food and beverage venues and the wider amenities of the hub island, which will include a marina and an 18-hole championship golf course, will complete the luxury hotel experience within a breathtaking setting.

Located in close proximity to the soon to be developed Red Sea International Airport, Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be easily accessible from both international and regional markets. It is the only Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) location to enjoy mild temperatures year-round and is home to one of the world’s largest barrier reefs, coupled with an abundance of flora and fauna, juxtaposed with a dramatic and awe-inspiring landscape with dramatic mountain ranges dotted with dormant volcanoes, turquoise lagoons and white beaches.

“Grand Hyatt The Red Sea represents a key milestone within Hyatt’s strategy to expand its luxury resort offering in the Middle East”, said Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development for the Middle East and Africa. “It is an honor to be able to showcase the Grand Hyatt brand in one of the Kingdom’s most innovative tourism developments and become part of this historic moment. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea will be at the forefront of the project, helping shape the island’s unique identity and contribute to a destination that redefines the concept of sustainable luxury. The resort will be an extension of Hyatt’s expanding luxury brand offerings, enhancing the way we cater to today’s increasingly diverse travelers who are seeking captivating moments from what will be an iconic destination.”

The Red Sea Project is designed to set new standards in sustainability and expects to position Saudi Arabia firmly on the global tourism map. The luxury destination created around one of the world’s hidden natural treasures is committed to preserving and actively enhancing the natural environment which spans 10,800 square miles (28,000 square kilometers). It includes an archipelago of more than 90 untouched natural islands, as well as dormant volcanoes, desert, mountains, and cultural sites.

The destination is expected to be the first tourism project of its size to be powered solely by renewable energy, with avoided CO2 emissions to the atmosphere equivalent to at least half a million tons each year. Cars, helicopters, e-bikes, golf buggies, vans trucks, seaplanes and buses will all operate on hydrogen and electricity as part of a smart and sustainable mobility strategy. Sustainability and diversification represent an important facet of the government’s Vision 2030, to develop the region and attract international travelers.

The Red Sea Project is the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project and in order to deliver against our commitments, it is essential that we work with leading international brands like Hyatt. Grand Hyatt The Red Sea represents the largest hotel in Phase One and the centre piece of our hub island, Shaura”, said John Pagano, CEO at TRSDC. “I can’t think of a brand better placed to operate this unique property, given Hyatt’s global expertise and the enthusiasm demonstrated to engage with our sustainable and regenerative commitments. We look forward to welcoming guests to experience a new level of barefoot luxury tourism.”

The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company offering 20 premier brands. As of June 30, 2021, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 68 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top employees, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries operate, manage, franchise, own, lease, develop, license, or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®Miraval®Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™Hyatt Zilara™Thompson Hotels®Hyatt Centric®Caption by HyattJdV by Hyatt™Hyatt House®Hyatt Place®tommie™UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names, and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members.

About The Red Sea Development Company
The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC – www.theredsea.sa) is a closed joint-stock company wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. TRSDC was established to drive the development of The Red Sea Project, a luxury, regenerative tourism destination that will set new standards in sustainable development and position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

The project is being developed over 28,000 km2 of pristine lands and waters along Saudi Arabia’s west coast and includes a vast archipelago of more than 90 pristine islands. The destination also features sweeping desert dunes, mountain canyons, dormant volcanoes, and ancient cultural and heritage sites. It is designed to include hotels, residential properties, leisure, commercial and entertainment amenities, as well as supporting infrastructure that emphasizes renewable energy and water conservation and re-use, as well as a circular waste management system to achieve zero waste to landfill.

Activity for the first phase of development is well underway and is on track to be completed by the end of 2023. The project has surpassed significant milestones, with over 600 contracts signed to date, worth over SAR 17bn ($4.5bn).

The 100-hectare Landscape Nursery, which will provide more than 25 million plants for the destination, is now fully operational. There are more than 9,000 workers currently on-site and 80km of new roads are now complete, including the new airport road, to better connect the destination. The Construction Village, set to house 10,000 workers, is now open and development is progressing well at the Coastal Village, which will be home to around 14,000 people who will eventually work at the destination.

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Deutsche Hospitality and Porsche Design Group Launch Unique Hotel Concept

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Deutsche Hospitality and Porsche Design Group Launch Unique Hotel Concept - TRAVELINDEX - TOP25HOTELS.comBaden-Baden, Germany, October 21, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Deutsche Hospitality and the Porsche Design Group are joining forces to present the Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels brand, an innovative hotel concept in the Luxury Lifestyle Segment. Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels will bring together design, technology and lifestyle at the very highest level. The result will be a unique brand experience created from the design philosophy and values of the exclusive Porsche Design lifestyle brand. This will be combined with the excellence and experience of Steigenberger, which boasts a representative tradition stretching back for more than 90 years.

Investor interest in Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels is considerable. The first planning stage involves the establishment of up to 15 hotels in global metropolises such as London, Singapore, Dubai and Shanghai.

Design and quality are the top priority

“Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels creates a brand which marries the design philosophy and values of the exclusive Porsche Design brand with the hospitality and service quality of a Steigenberger hotel,” said Marcus Bernhardt, CEO of Steigenberger Hotels AG/Deutsche Hospitality. “Our joint goal is to establish a new hotel product for a global target group which seeks uniqueness and which has the highest aspirations regarding quality.”

“Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels will boast an unusual and exceptional spatial and lighting concept,” stated Dr. Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group. “Innovative rooms and suites will feature a singular design and interior which captures the spirit of the environment. Travellers in search of extraordinary experiences will be able to find Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels at some of the world’s most breath-taking locations.”

The hotels will offer at least 150 rooms, suites, and penthouses. They will also have a remarkable restaurant and bar concept, exclusive Meet&Greet Cubes, and a health and beauty facility and gym extending over a minimum area of 1,000 square metres.

Deutsche Hospitality already maintains a presence in the Luxury, Upscale, Midscale and Economy Segments via the existing brands. “We have set ourselves the objective of achieving significant worldwide growth by 2027,” Mr. Bernhardt continued. “For us, Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels constitutes an important step towards appealing to an attractive target group in the long term and towards meeting growing requirements for individuality, exclusivity, design and an inimitable hotel experience.”

The development of Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels is enabling Porsche Design to transfer its brand philosophy to exterior and interior architecture. This will allow design expertise to be made accessible to a broad section of the public via the vehicle of outstanding hotel projects. Jan Becker: “The brand perception factor is becoming increasingly important for customers. In hotels we convey the brand experience in a unique way, and this makes it possible to introduce additional differentiation to the market.”

About Steigenberger Porsche Design Hotels

In 1963, Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche came up with the 911, one of the most significant design objects in contemporary history. He went on to found the exclusive lifestyle brand Porsche Design in 1972 in pursuit of a vision to transport the company’s principles and the Porsche myth beyond the confines of the car. His philosophy and design language live on in all Porsche Design products right down to the present day. Albert Steigenberger opened the Europäischer Hof in Baden-Baden in 1930, a hotel which was to go on to become the founding myth of Steigenberger Hotels AG. 160 hotels now operate under the Steigenberger name across three continents. Deutsche Hospitality has formed part of the Huazhu Group since 2020. Huazhu is one of the largest hotel groups in the world. The company’s portfolio encompasses more than 7,000 hotels, and its H Rewards Bonus Programme currently boasts more than 174 million members.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

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Belmond Hotels Names Karl Bieberach as Head of Global Development

London, United Kingdom, October 11, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Belmond today announced the appointment of Karl Bieberach as Senior Vice President of Global Development. Set to begin his new role on 22nd March, 2021, he will be responsible for the global expansion of Belmond’s portfolio which spans hotels, trains, river barges and safaris. Prior to joining Belmond, he served as Chief Development Officer at Rosewood Hotel Group.

Mr. Bieberach brings 25 years of experience to Belmond following a successful career in a variety of senior roles at well-renowned hospitality brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott International and HVS International. Having worked extensively in almost all corners of the world, he has evaluated or transacted nearly 500 deals globally.

Roeland Vos, President & Chief Executive Officer of Belmond said of the appointment: “Already at the forefront of luxury, Belmond has a renewed and ambitious strategy that will position us as the leading provider of incomparable genuine travel experiences. Part of this strategy is our commitment to finding unique assets in remarkable locations that will further expand our collection of one-of-a-kind offerings to today’s discerning travellers.

Karl has an excellent track record and proven ability to grow well-respected hospitality brands. With his wealth of industry knowledge and expertise, he will play an instrumental role in strategically growing the company’s footprint through property acquisitions and new management agreements.”

Mr. Bieberach’s background includes hotel and residential development, acquisitions, feasibility and investment analysis. He speaks English, Spanish and French fluently and is passionate about food, art and travel.

Mr. Bieberach said: “It is a great pleasure to join Belmond, a pioneer in the world of luxury travel. As a brand that sees its role as a custodian of timeless heritage, I will continue to be guided by this philosophy, selectively expanding the footprint where not only can we offer authentic experiences but also play a role in celebrating the legendary art of travel. I am excited about the opportunities that await especially in this momentous time in the history of travel.”

Belmond, now part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH, steps proudly forward into its next phase of evolution. Alongside its strategic expansion, the company also continues to invest in its sensitive restoration plans including the introduction of new Grand Suites aboard the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express and the renovation of Splendido Mare, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino which will reopen its doors in April 2021.

About Belmond
Belmond has been a pioneer of luxury travel for over 45 years, building a passion for authentic escapes into a portfolio of one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the world’s most inspiring destinations.

Since the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Cipriani in Venice in 1976, Belmond has continued to perpetuate the legendary art of travel, taking discerning global travellers on breathtaking journeys. Its portfolio extends across 24 countries with 46 remarkable properties that include the illustrious Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train, remote beach retreats like Cap Juluca in Anguilla, Italian hideaways such as Splendido in Portofino, or unrivalled gateways to world natural wonders such as Hotel das Cataratas inside Brazil’s Iguazu National Park. From trains to river barges, safari lodges to hotels, each unique property offers an incomparable experience with its own story to tell. The essence of the Belmond brand is built upon its heritage, craftsmanship and genuine, authentic service. Belmond sees its role as custodians of timeless heritage, dedicated to preserving its assets through sensitive ongoing restoration plans. Belmond is part of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Hyatt Opens Taoxichuan Hotel in China

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Hyatt Opens Taoxichuan Hotel in China - TRAVELINDEXTaoxichuan, China, October 6, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Taoxichuan Hotel, a truly one-of-a-kind addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. The 196-room hotel has been developed as part of the landmark Taoxichuan cultural and creative quarter in the heart of downtown Jingdezhen, offering a distinctive, sophisticated experience for the many talented artists and guests visiting the “porcelain capitol” of China.

A vibrant city in China’s southern Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen is infused with the spirit of innovation and creativity, as residents of the city have been producing fine porcelains spanning many centuries and imperial dynasties. The city’s population is comprised of more than 30,000 artists, one of the highest concentrations of artistic talent in China. Taoxichuan Hotel warmly welcomes these creative individuals, bridging history with a new era of ceramic craftsmanship expressed through the contemporary design inspired by the ceramic culture of Jingdezhen.

Conveniently located within a five-minute walk from Ceramic Art Avenue Taoxichuan, guests can discover the city’s centuries-old heritage alongside a new generation of present-day ceramics in an energizing mix of museums, galleries, markets and shops. The hotel’s superb location is also surrounded by many scenic spots and is a convenient 25-minute drive from the Northern High Railway Station and Luojia Airport, which provide direct connection to other key cities in the region.

“We are delighted to expand The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand in China with Taoxichuan Hotel, a modern retreat that pays tribute to the city’s heritage and craftsmanship in a thought-provoking, contemporary style,” said Stephen Ho, president of growth and operations for Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We look forward to welcoming guests and immerse them in story-worthy experiences within one of China’s most culturally inspiring destinations.”

Rooms and suites

Occupying three interconnected buildings and designed by Britain’s acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, Taoxichuan Hotel houses 196 spacious guestrooms, including seven suites, where guests can enjoy an atmosphere of calm amid a palette of warm colors and earthy textures of wood, leather, canvas and ceramic tiles. Terracotta elements connect guests to the earth and cobalt blue accents, which are also inspired by traditional porcelain designs are found throughout each guestroom. Additionally, all guestrooms are furnished with modern comforts, luxurious amenities and artisanal elements crafted from ceramic, while private balconies provide the ideal spot to take in the city views.

Refreshing culinary experiences

Guests can enjoy complex flavors showcasing authentic local and regional Chinese cuisines at the hotel’s Cobalt Restaurant. Featuring modern interior design rooted in Jingdezhen’s classic cobalt blue and white porcelain, the restaurant is conceived as an extension of an adjacent outdoor garden, providing a lively picnic-in-the-park dining experience. For special occasions, Cobalt Restaurant also offers four private dining rooms with butler service. For guests seeking a quiet space to unwind or socialize, Emerald Lounge serves light bites, afternoon tea and an extensive selection of fine teas, wines and cocktails.

Space to re-energize

After a day of work or exploring, guests can recharge with a swim in the hotel’s heated indoor pool or with a workout in the 24-hour fitness center, fully equipped for a complete exercise regime.

Versatile event venues

Taoxichuan Hotel offers a captivating environment for gathering with 14,638 square feet (1,360 square meters) of flexible meeting and event space equipped with the latest technology. A high-ceilinged, pillar-free ballroom provides an exceptional venue for wedding celebrations, exhibitions and cocktail parties. Five meeting rooms in a variety of sizes provide an inspiring environment for board meetings, training and seminars, complemented by all-inclusive meeting packages and Hyatt’s attentive service.

Story-worthy discoveries

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the creative atmosphere and local culture of Jingdezhen in unique experiences offered at Taoxichuan Hotel. This includes courses on Song Dynasty tea art by using locally designed China tea sets. Guests can also get a first-hand experience of ceramic-making, taught by renowned local craftsmen. Personalized and distinct for each guest, the Taoxichuan Hotel concierge team can also offer additional signature journeys that allow guests to forge their own unique tales throughout Jingdezhen.

“We are excited to welcome guests to Taoxichuan Hotel, where they can be exposed to the rich cultural experiences and the creative energy of the city,” said Howard Li, general manager, Taoxichuan Hotel. “Our urban retreat offers a sanctuary of comfort and sophistication inspired by the city’s history, culture and art, and is the perfect starting point for guests to embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery.”

Guided by its purpose of care, Hyatt’s multi-layered Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment further enhances its operational guidance and resources around colleague and guest safety and peace of mind.

The Unbound Collection by Hyatt
More than a compilation of independent, one-of-a-kind hotels, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is a thoughtful curation of stories worth collecting. Whether it’s a modern marvel, a historic gem or a revitalizing retreat, each property provides thought-provoking environments and experiences that inspire for guests seeking elevated yet unscripted service when they travel.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company offering 20 premier brands. As of June 30, 2021, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,000 hotel and all-inclusive properties in 68 countries across six continents. The Company’s purpose to care for people so they can be their best informs its business decisions and growth strategy and is intended to attract and retain top employees, build relationships with guests and create value for shareholders. The Company’s subsidiaries operate, manage, franchise, own, lease, develop, license, or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences, and vacation ownership properties, including under the Park Hyatt®, Miraval®, Grand Hyatt®, Alila®, Andaz®, The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Ziva™, Hyatt Zilara™, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, Caption by Hyatt, JdV by Hyatt™, Hyatt House®, Hyatt Place®, tommie™, UrCove, and Hyatt Residence Club® brand names, and operates the World of Hyatt® loyalty program that provides distinct benefits and exclusive experiences to its valued members.

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Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort Reopens with Wellness Wellbeing Program

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Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort Reopens with Wellness Wellbeing Program

Blue Bay Marine Park, Mauritius, September 25, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / The beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius offers the perfect antidote to lockdown-weary travelers and is reopening to vaccinated travelers for quarantine free travel on October 1st. With exquisite natural scenery, miles of jaw dropping coastline and unrivalled experiences, the island is the destination of choice for discerning guests seeking a combination of luxurious adventure and holistic wellness. One of the newest properties on the island, Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is welcoming back guests with the introduction of daily activities focused on wellness and active wellbeing and the launch of its brand-new pool villas.

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Upon reopening, the Resort will become a choice destination for those looking for an active and relaxing holiday with a daily schedule of multiple immersive activities. Guests can enjoy activities such as nearby guided forest walks, local cultural tours, snorkeling in the Blue Bay marine park, plus a selection of wellness therapies ranging from yoga, meditation, tai chi and stretching to de-stress and unwind in pure natural surroundings amplified by nature.

For those looking for a tailormade programme also incorporating spa, the new three, five and seven-day packages offer a series of therapeutic experiences making use of the award-winning spa and fitness facilities at Anantara Iko Mauritius and connecting guests to the rugged scenery of the locale. The full seven day ‘Back to Basics’ package includes a wide selection of personalised experiences for guests to pick from and can also be adapted for shorter stays.

A haven of modern tranquillity, the Anantara Spa forms a pivotal role in the wellness retreats of any length stay and guests are invited to surrender to the expert hands of highly experienced therapists to pamper and wind down. Indulgent treatments include Shirodhara Massage and Avant-garde musicotherapy to counter balance the effects of regular exercise on tired limbs. The 90-minute Anantara Signature Massage combines indigenous ingredients such as locally sourced salt scrubs and essential oils infused with flora and fauna native to the island. A schedule of spa therapies is included within each of the programmes.

Delectable dining is the pièce de résistance of any five-star retreat, and Anantara Iko Mauritius delivers all this, whilst showcasing the eclectic mix of cuisines from the island’s cauldron of cultures. Foodies will be satiated with daily wellness smoothies and a wide variety of healthy breakfast options on offer at the all-day dining Horizon, whilst vegans and fitness enthusiasts will delight at Bon Manzer offering innovative clean eating; for luxurious dining experiences, Sea.Fire.Salt offers signature seafood and grill with divine Indian ocean views with a feet in the sand option.

The luxury five-star resort is also delighted to soon unveil its Two- and Four-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villas, which are set within tropical gardens and combine modernity with indigenous design in homage to the serene surroundings of the southeast coast of Mauritius.

The new Anantara Pool Villas offer the luxury of flexibility, with in-villa check in and private entrances – guests simply choose between soaking up the sun on the spacious deck, taking a dip in their private pool, or just relaxing ensconced in privacy and luxury. With 270 sqm of space, the Two-Bedroom Pool Villa has all the comfort and amenities required to provide a perfect balance of togetherness and alone time. Generously sized at 395 sqm, the Four-Bedroom Pool Villa is perfect for a multi-generational family holiday allowing loved ones to reunite in absolute comfort while retaining a true sense of tranquillity and escapism.

Nestled in luscious and secluded surroundings, the Anantara Pool Villas are exquisitely designed with a continuation of the resort’s laid back luxe colour scheme and textiles. Inspired by the pristine white sands and accented with pops of tropical colour reflecting the sparkling shades of the Indian Ocean, golden beaches, amber sunsets, green sugar cane fields and rare corals. Indigenous materials honour the warmth and detail of local Mauritian architecture and craftmanship. Spaciously designed, each villa features a comfortable living space with a smart TV, a fully-equipped kitchenette and an alfresco dining area for feasts prepared by a private chef.

A tailor-made experience awaits with a personal butler on hand to cater to guests’ every need, from organising a private breakfast on a desert island or making restaurant reservations, to arranging cultural tours in the nearby cultural and historic town of Mahebourg together with in-room spa treatments.

Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas has something for everyone – foodies, history buffs, nature lovers, and adventurers. Book a Two-Bedroom Anantara Pool Villa with special rates from USD 692 per night on a bed and breakfast basis, bookable by the end of October 2021, and experience sophisticated luxury, exclusive privacy and ultimate relaxation under the tropical sun of Mauritius. Wellness packages start from USD 475 for the perfect combination of discovery and relaxation.

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About Anantara Hotels & Resorts
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning properties located in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mozambique, Tunisia, Zambia, UAE, Qatar, Oman, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

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Hyatt Regency Cairo West Officially Opens

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Hyatt Regency Cairo West Officially Opens - TRAVELINDEXCairo, Egypt, September 20, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Cairo West. The 250-room hotel marks Hyatt’s return to Cairo and strengthens its growing brand footprint in North Africa. As part of the Hyatt Regency brand, the hotel is designed with productivity in mind to deliver seamless experiences and an energizing hub for both business and leisure travelers alike.

Hyatt Regency Cairo West is conveniently located within the well-established Pyramid Heights Business Park. Its closeness to business hubs, mega malls, and some of Egypt’s top tourist attractions such as the Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum make it a premier destination for meetings, events, and travelers.

“We are proud to be opening our doors today and we look forward to welcoming guests to our contemporary spaces and versatile venues,” said Tarek El Masry, general manager at Hyatt Regency Cairo West. “Hyatt Regency Cairo West is situated on a high hill that overlooks the city and the Great Pyramids of Giza, providing the perfect setting for business meetings, relaxing stays and everything in between.”

Contemporary Guestrooms

Featuring 250 contemporary guestrooms that include 26 suites, for the first time in Cairo, Hyatt Regency Cairo West introduces Spa Rooms that offer in-room massage and amenities such as an in-room hot tub, a sauna and a massage table. The interior of each room is inspired by Egyptian culture with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Pyramids of Giza or the hotel’s beautiful pool and gardens. Equipped with the latest technology and amenities, every room has smart mirrors and sensor LED lighting controls. Guests can also book a Regency Club room and upgrade their stay by gaining exclusive access to the Regency Club Lounge. At the Regency Club Lounge, guests can enjoy daily complimentary breakfast, all-day refreshments and evening cocktails and canapés.

Sophisticated Dining

The new ultra-modern city hotel, Hyatt Regency Cairo West, also boasts a first-class dining experience. The eight dining outlets offer everything from locally inspired dishes to flavors from countries afar. For those seeking a unique culinary experience, Barranco invites guests and locals to a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian high-end cuisine, serving timeless and contemporary regional dishes to upbeat lounge music. Park Food Hall, serves traditional European food-market specialties. The Market offers fresh and balanced meals 24 hours a day, as well as refreshing beverages on the go. Hyatt Regency Cairo West is the first hotel in Egypt to feature a Starbucks, serving guests their favorite specialty coffees, teas, snacks, and more. At the two swimming pools the Pool Bar serves quick snacks and refreshing drinks. Meanwhile, The Lounge Bar is the perfect destination for small gatherings, business meetings, or relaxing pre-dinner drinks. The Plaza and Shisha Bar is an outdoor area that serves Egyptian Oriental dinner in a serene atmosphere that overlooks the city. Served fresh on the spot, Hive Bar is located by the gym, making Poké bowls, protein shakes, and nourishing pre/post-workout smoothies. City Lounge is a contemporary rooftop lounge on the 5th floor that has the highest view of the shimmering city; it is a casual bar that offers finger food, snacks, cocktails, and entertainment.

Recreation and Wellness

Hyatt Regency Cairo West is ideal for guests seeking a peaceful and productive stay. The hotel boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center and cardio equipment as well as a year-round outdoor heated swimming pool to swim laps and relax. At the Raa Spa guests can enjoy the sauna or steam room, a relaxing treatment in one of the seven treatment rooms, as well as take a dip into the whirlpool.

Stress-Free Meetings & Events

Hyatt Regency Cairo West offers the latest 360° projection technology in high definition at the Grand Ballroom that can accommodate up to 500 guests in 4,606 square feet (428 square meters) of banquet space. With Hyatt’s expansive technology-enabled facilities for meetings and events, a professional team is always one step ahead, anticipating every detail of a guest’s stay. Multifunctional meeting rooms and event spaces provide a total of 8,900 square feet. Hyatt Regency Cairo West boasts one of Cairo’s largest five-star outdoor venues ­– The Arena. Featuring a view of the Giza Pyramids and with a capacity that accommodates up to 3,000 guests it is the perfect location for big-sized social events and weddings.

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Rediscover the Beauty of Oman at Al Jabal Al Akhdar

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Rediscover the Beauty of Oman at Al Jabal Al Akhdar

Al Jabal Al Akhdar, Oman, September 15, 2021 / TRAVELINDEX / Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas look forward to welcoming international travellers back to the luxurious comfort of Oman. Following the recent announcements of the Sultanate of Oman’s Supreme Committee for dealing with Covid-19 and Civil Aviation Authority, passengers who arrive in the country no longer need to quarantine if they have proof of full vaccination and can provide a negative test result for Covid-19 taken before they travel. All travellers must register on the Tarassud + platform before travelling and upload the relevant documents, including a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival, for flights lasting less than eight hours; or a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours before arrival, for flights of eight hours or more.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a Nominee at the World’s Best Luxury Hotels and Prestigious Hotel Awards, go to Top25Hotels.com

Dramatic Vistas from North to South

Anantara Resorts in Oman extend an invitation to new and returning guests to immerse themselves in the many treasures that the country offers. From the awe-inspiring canyons of Al Jabal Al Akhdar to rich cultural experiences across the country, travellers will find many diversions to rouse their curiosity. Delve into this intriguing destination while experiencing the heartfelt hospitality that Anantara is famous for. Coupled with the fantastic news that border restrictions have eased, both Anantara properties in Oman are pleased to offer guests great savings on longer stays to enjoy more of the many spoils of this country.

Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara – A Blend of Beach and Lagoon Luxury

Retreat to the lush Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara for a stay that promises refreshment and relaxation. Every room offers a soothing view, whether it’s the tranquil gardens, the turquoise of the ocean or the languid lagoon. Save between 25% – 40% on our luxurious accommodation with breakfast when you stay four nights or more. Enjoy sunset walks on the white sands of our private beach, or explore the coastal fortresses steeped in history. Lazy days can be spent by the infinity pool, while pure pampering awaits with exotic rituals at Anantara Spa. Every meal is infused with local flair and our kind staff will make your stay in Salalah one that you will never forget.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort – A Majestic Mountain Paradise

Escape to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort to experience supreme hospitality at one of the highest resorts on earth. Book for three nights or longer and save between 20% – 30% on canyon rooms with breathtaking views or villas with verdant gardens and pools. Get your adrenalin pumping with cliff edge sports or wander down into ancient villages to learn more about the culture. Whether you fancy a cookery class mastering the intricacies of Omani cuisine, or practicing your asanas on the mountaintop, there’s an activity to engage you on your holiday. Spa journeys using local rosewater and pomegranate will sooth you gently, while dining at our restaurants is an indulgent pleasure.

Every member of the team at both resorts is dedicated to delivering elevated service and luxury for every guest and a warm welcome awaits. Simply ensure you have all the correct documentation to upload to the Tarrasud+ platform and embark on your long-awaited holiday. Treat yourself to an unforgettable journey in an enchanting destination.

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar is a Nominee at the World’s Best Luxury Hotels and Prestigious Hotel Awards, go to Top25Hotels.com

About Anantara Hotels & Resorts
Anantara is a luxury hospitality brand for modern travellers, connecting them to genuine places, people and stories through personal experiences, and providing heartfelt hospitality in the world’s most exciting destinations. The collection of distinct, thoughtfully designed luxury hotels and resorts provides a window through which to journey into invigorating new territory, curating personal travel experiences.

From cosmopolitan cities to desert sands to lush islands, Anantara connects travellers to the indigenous, grounds them in authentic luxury, and hosts them with passionate expertise. The portfolio currently boasts over 40 stunning properties located in Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Tunisia, Portugal and Spain, with a pipeline of future properties across Asia, the Indian Ocean, Middle East and Africa.

First published at TravelCommunication.net

First published at TravelNewsHub.com – Global Travel News