Dusit Thani Maldives

Discover the wonder, merriment and magic of the festive season at Dusit Thani Maldives

The resort’s activity-filled Christmas and New Year’s programme returns bigger and better than ever.

usit Thani Maldives resort is promising an extremely merry experience for guests this festive season with a special programme of exquisite feasts, wine tastings, Champagne receptions, pool parties, live music events, and even hand-delivered presents from Santa.
With a seasonal ‘Fairytale Night’ theme, the resort will also immerse guests in a dreamlike world of twinkling lights and enchanting décor to deliver magical experiences throughout.

Highlights of the programme include performances by DJ Goli, who is known throughout the region for his eclectic electronic beats; complimentary Zumba and Samba classes with professional dancer Rebecca Aroca, live performances of classic and modern hits by talented Music Duo Vlad & Anastasia; and special themed dinner nights at the resort’s award-winning restaurants.

On Christmas Day, the resort’s Baan Sanook Kids Club will be a hive of activity, with arts and crafts activities, cookie and cupcake-making workshops, fun sports, dancing sessions, Christmas tree decorating, carol singing, gift-giving from Santa, and more special surprises.

On New Year’s Eve, Dusit Thani Maldives will host ‘Once Upon a Time’ – an elegant night of wining, dining and live entertainment, including a headlining performance by Maria Eroyan and Royal Drive Band, whose lead singer, Maria, is best known for singing her way to the semifinals of famous TV shows such as ‘The Voice’ and ‘Live Sound’ in Russia.

When the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks will begin, signaling the end of the year, the arrival of 2020, and the beginning of an after-party at the resort’s Market Beach, where DJs, live music, glow sticks and a vibrant atmosphere await.

Located just 35 minutes by seaplane from capital city Malé, and 10 minutes by speedboat from Dharavandhoo Domestic Airport in Baa Atoll, Dusit Thani Maldives comprises 94 villas and residences, along with three restaurants, two bars, and Dusit’s signature Devarana Spa. The resort is surrounded by a rich house reef, white sandy beaches and a turquoise lagoon. A well-equipped Kids Club adds to the resort’s family-friendly appeal.

GRAND HYATT HEFEI OPENS IN ANHUI PROVINCE, CHINA

Grand Hyatt Hefei in Anhui Province, China. Located within the fast-developing central business district of Hefei Zhengwu District, the brand new hotel is designed to welcome guests with theatrical skyline views and elevated luxury experiences through small details and magnificent moments.

 

Grand Hyatt Hefei sits atop a 55-story skyscraper, the China Resources Building, which also houses the MixC high-end shopping mall, offering guests unobstructed 360-degree views of the city. Inspired by a glamorous vision evoked in the ancient Chinese poem Land of Peach Blossom, the hotel creates an exciting atmosphere, evoking the romance of travel by offering a contemporary space in the sky infused with ancient Chinese culture. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Hefei South High Speed Railway Station, allowing for guests to have easy access to the city’s major attractions and business districts.

Elevated Guestrooms

The hotel features 347 contemporary guestrooms and spacious suites from the 43rd floor to the 55th floor, including 24 suites and a President suite. Within each guestroom, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the city skyline and the romantic Swan Lake. The rooms incorporate subtle local Hui culture detailing, ranging from the artwork to the lantern-style table lamps. Guests can enjoy all the comforts of home and more, including 4K LED TVs, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and Washlet automatic toilets. Suites and club room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides an elegantly designed space with personal services and culinary highlights throughout the day.

Captivating Dining

The hotel invites guests to discover excellent dining experiences inside Grand Hyatt Hefei with its four restaurants and a lounge. Located on the 41st floor, Chinese restaurant Jun House showcases authentic local delicacies from Anhui. The Peking duck from the traditional wood-fired duck oven is a signature highlight. The restaurant features 11 private dining rooms seating up to 20 guests and offers exclusive butler service. For a more relaxed environment, The Lounge is Hefei’s highest destination for a stylish afternoon tea with city views and all-day refreshments, while Grand Café serves international buffets from an open kitchen framed by sixteen feet (five meters) high windows. Sugar Pavilion is a modern social space offering freshly baked patisserie selections, plus detox juices and refreshing drinks.

 

Inspiring Spaces for Meetings and Events

With several flexible meeting and event rooms spanning 26,910 square feet (2,500 square meters), meetings, events, and weddings of all sizes are elevated to the extraordinary at Grand Hyatt Hefei. The welcoming meeting space comprises of five multifunctional event rooms with natural daylight, plus residential-style breakout areas. Grand Hyatt Hefei’s talented event planners and catering teams are ready to assist with every bespoke occasion.

 

Wellbeing

Grand Hyatt Hefei is home to a 24-hour fitness center, located on the 38th floor and equipped with high-tech cardio and strength equipment to cater to all guests’ training routines while traveling. Guests can also take a dip in the highest indoor swimming pool in town, which boasts a spectacular city skyline view.

 

Special Offer

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Grand Hyatt Hefei from Dec. 19, 2019 to Feb. 10, 2020 as part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required, and members can earn on top of other offers.

 

HYATT REGENCY HENGQIN OPENS IN GREATER BAY AREA OF SOUTHERN CHINA

The new hotel brings Hyatt’s premium level of service and accommodation to Hengqin for the first time

 

With 493 rooms, six dining outlets, and 40,440 square feet (3,757 square meters) of event space, the hotel is designed for business and leisure guests alike seeking a seamless, intuitive experience in the city.

 

Situated in the heart of the dynamic and fast-growing Greater Bay Area of southern China, Hyatt Regency Hengqin is part of the vibrant Novotown complex, which features an impressive array of attractions including Lionsgate Entertainment World, National Geographic Explorer and more. The hotel is also within easy reach of the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macau Bridge, offering convenient access for guests traveling throughout the region.

 

“We are thrilled to announce the opening of Hyatt Regency Hengqin,” said William Yuen, general manager of Hyatt Regency Hengqin. “As a new, international branded hotel in Hengqin, Zhuhai, we are excited to offer superior comfort and excellent service at a convenient location.”

 

Guestrooms

Hyatt Regency Hengqin has a total of 493 guestrooms, including 55 suites, ranging from 430 to 2,583 square feet (40 to 240 square meters). Subtle design touches include soft warm timber blinds, giving an overall feeling of natural comfort. Regency Club guests enjoy exclusive access to our club lounge offering a range of complimentary amenities including concierge service, private check-in and check-out, delicious bites served daily, and a dedicated meeting room.

Drinking and Dining

Boasting six restaurants and bars, the hotel offers a wide range of global cuisine. Market Café is a self-service, market-style restaurant where diners can watch their food being prepared by expert chefs at live cooking stations. La Cucina is an extension of Market Café, bringing the delicious flavors of Italy to Hengqin, with a variety of popular European dishes. The Lounge provides a relaxed atmosphere to decompress and features a vast selection of specialty teas, coffees, cocktails and snacks.

 

In early spring of 2020, the hotel will open three additional food & beverage outlets. Xiang Yue Chinese restaurant will specialize in the delicate flavors of Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant will feature an open kitchen, reminiscent of a hawker-style eatery, allowing diners to watch chefs prepare dishes to order. With a series of fish tanks showcased throughout the dining space, the menu highlights fresh seafood and top-quality ingredients. Pool Pavilion will be a relaxing, al fresco dining venue delivering sumptuous barbecue and craft cocktails. The 180° rooftop bar, will be located on the 23rd floor, offering with a 180° outdoor landscape and stunning views. Here, visitors can enjoy the charm of Hengqin under the stars with wine, cigars and music.

 

Meetings & Events

Whether hosting a wedding, product launch, large-scale conference, or an intimate meeting, event planners will find their every need catered for at Hyatt Regency Hengqin. The hotel boasts a total of 40,440 square feet (3,757 square meters) of event space, including the 17,437 square foot (1,620 square meter) Regency Ballroom, which features an outdoor garden, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural lighting, and can accommodate up to 1,300 guests. The Regency Salon, a premium event venue with 10,258 square feet (953 square meters) of space, offers two open kitchen display areas. Three additional multipurpose rooms provide an ideal space for small groups and meetings.

 

Wellbeing Amenities

Guests can reenergize in the modern 24-hour fitness center featuring a wide variety of state-of-the-art workout equipment in a bright and airy space. In addition, there is a 1,076 square foot (100 square meter) members’ lounge, as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.

 

Flo Spa is set to launch in early spring of 2020. There will be six separate treatment rooms, with services design around the use of water. Top of the line spa facilities paired with organic products will allow guests to fully enjoy physical and mental relaxation.

 

Camp Hyatt, set to open in early spring of 2020

Children are invited to discover Camp Hyatt – an interactive play world of creative discovery zones that will include spaces for learning, creating, socializing and, most importantly, having fun.

 

Special Offer

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt members can earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Hyatt Regency Hengqin, from December 31 to March 31, 2020, as part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel offer for members.

 

Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at worldofhyatt.com/newhotelbonus. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

CELEBRATE A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS


WITH FESTIVE DINING AND SEASONAL TREATS AT THE MURRAY, HONG KONG

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel, invites guests to celebrate the holiday season with a range of lavish festive dining offerings and an exclusive getaway package perfect for creating precious yuletide memories at the award-winning property.

Celebrate the holidays in style with “Catch the Season” package. Available for booking until 31 January 2020, guests staying between 2 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 will be entitled to the following benefits:

  • DISCOVERY Loyalty members can enjoy 20% off the Best Available Rate inclusive of daily breakfast for two;
  • Non-DISCOVERY Loyalty members can enjoy 10% off the Best Available Rate inclusive of daily breakfast for two.

Popinjays, the hotel’s iconic rooftop restaurant and bar, is the perfect destination for sophisticated celebrations elevated with sweeping views of the city. This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, treat your loved ones to a lavish six-course Christmas dinner featuring European classics with a modern touch such as Scallop Carpaccio and Aquitaine Caviar, Foie Gras à la Ficelle, Irish King Langoustine with Perigord Black Truffles and Grand Veneur Wild Venison. Priced at HKD 1,288 for adults and HKD 588 for children, the festive menu affords diners a luxurious finale to the year. Guests looking to inject some holiday spirit into their afternoon can visit Popinjays for the flamboyant Festive Afternoon Tea which will be available from 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020 and priced at HKD 728 for two persons.

Those who prefer daytime dining can join in the Christmas Day Brunch, where the little ones can look forward to visits from Santa Claus and a joyous live chorus of Christmas carols. Available in two seatings at HKD 988 per adult and HKD 494 per child, the champagne and seafood buffet array include a bountiful Plateau de Fruits De Mer, live carving stations offering roasted turkey and barbecued meats, and a wide range of cold and hot selections guaranteed to elicit smiles from every guest.

Ring in the new year with an evening of opulence at Popinjays’ New Year’s Eve Shake Your Tail Feathers Countdown Party featuring a line-up of live DJ performances by opening DJ Yukiko, celebrity DJ Tom Price and closing DJ Patrice. The party will also unveil an expertly crafted cocktail that will be available at Popinjays in 2020. For an entrance fee of HKD 488, guests can access the Popinjays party and receive a complimentary glass of house pour to ring in the new year. Tickets with bottomless alcoholic beverage packages – free-flow house pours from 9.30 pm to 3 am and champagne from 11.30 pm to 12.30am – are also available; early bird tickets are priced at HKD 1,288 (available until 15 Dec), regular tickets are priced at HKD 1,488 and table packages for 4 persons are available from HKD 7,888.

Impart some festive flair to your holiday dining with The Tai Pan’s modern bistro menu, anchored by seasonal organic and artisanal produce, which will also be extended to the Garden Lounge. Seasonal highlights include Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Maine Lobster Consommé and Grilled Prime Beef Tenderloin. Guests can select from a premium 5-course dinner on Christmas Eve at HKD 1,088 per adult and HKD 544 per child, a deluxe 5-course Christmas Day dinner at HKD 988 per adult and HKD 494 per child and a splendid 6-course Gala Dinner at HKD 1,088 for adults and HKD 544 for children on New Year’s Eve. Besides featuring artisanal premium ingredients like Patagonian 51 Toothfish and Mayura Farms Wagyu Beef, the New Year’s Eve Gala dinner also provides guests with an HKD 1,888 option which grants them access to Popinjays’ countdown party.

Every weekend from 7 to 22 December, merrymakers can get into the holiday spirit with The Murray Brunch at The Tai Pan and Garden Lounge. Priced at HKD 698 per adult and HKD 298 per child, the sumptuous spread of composed salads, smoked seafood, charcuterie, Peking duck and mains made to order. The daytime festivities will culminate in a special Christmas Day brunch with two seatings, priced at HKD 798 per adult and HKD 399 per child and a New Year’s Day brunch at HKD 698 per adult and 349 per child. The family-friendly semi-buffet brunch comes complete with a gingerbread decorating station, ornament making station, live Christmas carols and visits from Santa Claus.

For festive gatherings of a more leisurely nature, Garden Lounge is serving its signature Christmas Afternoon Tea from 1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. Priced at HKD 688 for 2 guests, the picturesque Afternoon Tea set includes enticing sweet and savoury bites as well as a dessert trolley filled with a tempting selection of Christmas treats that can also be enjoyed on the al fresco and pet-friendly terrace. The pet favorite Paws For Tea will return for a festive edition on 14 and 15 December.  Patrons and their pets can enjoy a festive-themed afternoon tea with customised dog scones and doggy treats for their furry friends at HKD 449 per person.

Perfect for gifting, The Murray Hamper is priced at HKD 2,888 and filled with luxurious treats, including a bottle of Niccolo Signature Prosecco, Cinco Jotas 5J Hand-Carved Ibérico Bellota Pata Negra Ham, Loison Italian festive panettone and many more delectable delights. For hassle-free family gatherings and elegant Christmas parties, guests can order The Murray Free-Range Organic Turkey which comes with a chestnut-sage stuffing, buttermilk-whipped potatoes, roasted winter vegetables, giblet gravy and spiced cranberry sauce. Available at HKD 1,988, the California-raised boutique bird can feed between eight to ten persons.

Personalised Murray Gift Certificates for wellness, dining and accommodation experiences are also available. Gift a natural radiance in time for the holidays or a post-festive skin remedy with personalized treatments at Wellness at The Murray using products from Dr. Barbara Sturm, Grown Alchemist and Kerstin Florian.

For more information on the festive dining offerings, please refer to The Murray’s festive brochure (https://bit.ly/2KiXYsX ), email festive.themurray@niccolohotels.com or call +852 3141 8810. For hotel room package reservations and enquiries, please email reservations.themurray@niccolohotels.com, contact +852 3141 8888 or visit niccolohotels.com

Panglao Island, the Philippines’ Beautiful Beachfront Paradise

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Introduces International Hospitality to Panglao Island, the Philippines’ Beautiful Beachfront Paradise

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has expanded its presence in the Philippines with the launch of a brand new beachfront resort in Panglao, the idyllic island in the central province of Bohol.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao opened its doors on November 15, 2019, becoming the first internationally-branded resort in this enchanting destination. This landmark development will provide a significant boost to Panglao’s tourism industry, helping the island attract a new generation of visitors to its stunning shores.

Commanding a prime position in Panglao’s main tourism area, this striking, design-led hotel overlooks the powder-soft sands and crystal clear seas of Alona Beach, just a short distance from many shops and local attractions. Bohol-Panglao International Airport is also less than ten minutes’ drive away, offering regular flights to and from major domestic hubs like Manila, Clark and Cebu City.

Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao features 80 bright and stylish rooms with balconies overlooking the pool, gardens or sea. Some rooms even lead directly into the resort’s freeform outdoor swimming pool, and a selection of sea-facing suites even feature private balconies with Jacuzzis.

Guests can spend endless days soaking up the exotic ambiance, either by the pool or on the beach, which is nestled in front of the resort. The pool bar is a great place to enjoy cool refreshments and light snacks during the day, and there is also a seaside garden, a children’s playground and fitness center, creating a variety of ways to unwind. As the sun sets, guests can head to the Tereza Rooftop Deck for a cocktail or enjoy a memorable evening meal at the rooftop restaurant.

Finally, event planners can take advantage of extensive function facilities, including three meeting rooms, a business center and outdoor spaces for poolside dinners, team-building sessions and dream weddings.

“We are delighted to welcome all domestic and international guests to Panglao, a hidden gem which is now starting to emerge on the world stage. With its perfect location, contemporary design and modern facilities, supported by Best Western’s renowned service standards, Best Western Plus The IvyWall Resort-Panglao will elevate the quality of visitor accommodation to new levels of excellence,” said Olivier Berrivin, Managing Director of International Operations – Asia, Best Western Hotels & Resorts.

“We look forward to introducing many more domestic and overseas guests to this delightful destination; Panglao’s tourism industry has a very bright future and we look forward to being an integral part of it for many years to come,” Olivier added.

The Arrival of Camp Sarika by Amangiri

Aman Announces The Arrival of Camp Sarika by Amangiri

A serene encampment encircled by the raw wilderness of the Utah desert

Amangiri has drawn travellers to Utah’s starkly beautiful landscape of deep canyons and vermillion rock formations for a decade. To herald its special anniversary, the resort will soon reveal Camp Sarika by Amangiri – 10 tented-pavilions with individual private plunge pools on a luxury encampment surrounded by 600 acres of raw wilderness in the heart of the desert, close to Amangiri.

Opening in April 2020, Camp Sarika will perfectly reflect the Amangiri experience, offering its own main pavilion and restaurant, two spa suites, one main swimming pool and a Jacuzzi set in unparalleled proximity to nature. Formed for escapism, adventure, solitude and privacy, the camp is located a 30-minute hike or five-minute drive from Amangiri, and while guests at the camp enjoy full access to the resort’s facilities whenever they desire, everything they need will be conveniently located at Camp Sarika.

Deriving its name from the Sanskrit word for “open space” and “sky”, Camp Sarika will be set on more than 55 acres, overlooking iconic flat-topped mesa rock formations. Surrounded by five national parks; each offering unique and diverse scenery, numerous national monuments and the Navajo Nation Reservation the camp will enable a back-to-nature, wilderness experience for guests who will enjoy the utmost comfort alongside mesmerising, otherworldly landscapes and intriguing remnants of Native American culture at every turn.

A 30-minute drive from the nearest town of Page, Camp Sarika will encourage a private and peaceful connection to its dramatic surroundings, its remote location imbuing a sense of community and exclusivity in a nod to Aman’s trademark appreciation of a destination. The camp’s 10 beautifully appointed tented pavilions will be complemented by a Selldorf Architects-designed common pavilion, housing restaurant and lounge areas, as well as two spa suites, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Claiming unobstructed views of the mesas or facing west to catch the sunset every evening, the tented pavilions will feature either one or two bedrooms, as well as a living area, dining area, a wet and dry bar, a private oversized terrace with a fire pit and an individual heated plunge pool. The five one-bedroom tented pavilions will each occupy 175 square metres, while the five two-bedroom tented pavilions will cover 262 square metres. Designed by Luxury Frontiers, the tented pavilions will mimic the spaciousness and clean lines of the suites at Amangiri, where natural materials reflect the light-transforming, undulating surface of the desert outside, but will evoke a luxury camp feel. The interiors will include decorative canvas walls and ceilings and wooden fittings, as opposed to Amangiri’s furnishings, which comprise blackened steel and stone.

Open throughout the day, the restaurant at the camp will be situated in the main pavilion, with both indoor and outdoor seating offering breathtaking views. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and afternoon tea in between, the restaurant will offer a menu that will change daily, incorporating the freshest local produce and also catering to vegetarians and vegans. Paying homage to the wilderness setting, the open kitchen will feature a rotisserie grill, with dishes served on cedar and slate carving boards. Reserved for residents of the camp during the day, the restaurant will also be open to resort guests for dinner (with advance booking).

Camp Sarika will allow guests to reap the benefits of connecting with nature – increased mindfulness, reduced stress levels and a clearer headspace – with every convenience and luxury at hand. Two spa suites will offer an extensive menu of spa therapies inspired by traditional Navajo wellness practices, while yoga and guided meditation will be offered al fresco, allowing guests to reground themselves within the astounding natural beauty of the Utah desert.

Serving as an idyllic escape and a springboard for exploration of the area, the camp will offer desert and mountain hiking with its own trail system, morning and afternoon Wellness experiences indoors and out, canyoneering, its own Via Ferrata route and horseback riding, as well as many other adventure activities. The camp will also enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, with storytelling and star gazing around the fire every evening.

The intimacy exclusive to Camp Sarika, with inspired facilities and unbounded access to Utah’s vast expanses of magical scenery at its doorstep, makes the camp the ideal destination for larger groups or families desiring a private insight into the destination or a very special place for an important celebration.

A scenic 5-minute drive from Camp Sarika, Amangiri is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Built around a magnificent swimming pool that embraces a dramatic stone escarpment, the resort’s Main Pavilion houses the Dining Room, the Living Room, a library, gallery, private dining room and cellar. Beyond lies the Desert Lounge, an open-air living room ideal for sundowners or star gazing. Two accommodation wings lead from the pavilion into the desert, housing 34 suites in total – many with private swimming pools and roof terraces.

A destination unto itself, the Aman Spa at Amangiri covers 2,322 square metres and provides a serene setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Key features are the Water Pavilion, which offers hydrotherapy treatments; the Floatation Pavilion; the Watsu Pool; five walnut-lined treatment rooms and two outdoor treatment terraces with panoramic desert views. There is also a finishing salon, a yoga pavilion and a comprehensive gym.

Since its launch in 2009, Amangiri has won multiple awards for its remarkable design, intuitive service and luxurious proximity to nature. Camp Sarika will add a new dimension to this extraordinary all-season destination, providing another setting in which to embrace the pristine and astonishing beauty of the American Southwest.

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HYATT PLANS FOR ANDAZ MACAU

Expected to open in the first half of 2021 as part of an award-winning, integrated resort destination, the new hotel will be the first Andaz-branded property in Macau, China

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into an agreement with  Galaxy Entertainment Group to develop a new Andaz property in Macau, China. The hotel, expected to open in the first half of 2021 as part of the ever-expanding Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, will mark the entry of the Andaz brand into Macau.

 

Andaz Macau will comprise over 700 rooms and suites, an Andaz Lounge, a bar and restaurant, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an indoor pool. The hotel is directly connected to Galaxy International Convention Center and 16,000-seat Galaxy Arena with a dedicated private lounge catering to large Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Exhibitions (MICE) groups. The hotel is also part of the Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct, providing guests easy access to 11.8 million square feet (1.1 million square meters) of unique entertainment, shopping with over 200 world renowned luxury brands, leisure attractions and more than 120 dining options.

 

Andaz, meaning ‘personal style’ in Hindi, encapsulates the brand’s passion to connect with its guests and to experience the world through their eyes, and it also speaks to the uniqueness of the brand’s properties. From New York to London to Shanghai, and most recently to Seoul, Andaz hotels and resorts are known to stimulate the senses through distinctively local and authentic experiences. Rather than merely visit a destination, guests are invited to truly engage and connect with the surrounding locale and culture.

 

“We are honored to launch the Andaz brand in Macau in our first collaboration with Galaxy Entertainment Group as part of the group’s ever-expanding integrated resorts precinct in the city,” said Mr. David Udell, Group President, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “Global in scale while local in perspective, the Andaz brand is on track to double its footprint in Asia Pacific with a strong pipeline across Greater China, in destinations such as Macau and Taipei, as well as Chengdu, Sanya, Shenzhen and Xiamen.”

 

“Today’s luxury traveler is increasingly seeking out unique experiences and the opportunity to become truly immersed in a destination’s culture. We are delighted to meet this need with the addition of Andaz Macau to our Galaxy Integrated Resorts precinct,” said Mr. Francis Lui, Vice-Chairman of Galaxy Entertainment Group. “Macau has many stories to tell and is rich in history and culture. With Andaz Macau, we will work closely with Hyatt to create experiences that truly showcase what is special about this destination, while further contributing to the strength of Macau’s tourism and MICE industries.”

 

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

 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s Sustainable Christmas

The luxury resort announces its eco-friendly activities for the holiday season, along with plans to go plastic-free in 2020

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, the pioneering resort nestled in the South Ari Atoll invites guests on an eco-journey this festive season, bringing the resort’s robust sustainability and community outreach programme to the forefront of its holiday celebrations. On 26th December, Conrad Maldives will present its very first Maldivian Artisanal Market, hosting local artists and designers who share the resort’s commitment to support the local culture. Participating brands will include MAJOIE Maldives – a first in natural and sustainable luxury skincare, offering products handmade by Maldivian women, to empower and support them within their local communities, using a combination of natural, organic, wild crafted, cruelty free and sustainably harvested ingredients, with the main ingredient being the King Coconut – uniquely indigenous to the Maldives. Conrad Maldives’ festive market will also welcome Island Bazaar, a lifestyle brand offering homeware, apparel and jewellery – including ocean-friendly metal straws, and the creations of Maldivian artist Eagan Badeeu, whose Manta Ray-inspired artwork is displayed in some of the resort’s premium water villas.

Throughout the festive season, the resort’s guests can enjoy a wide range of exclusive experiences. These include special menus at an array of restaurants, such as dining with celebrity chef Jereme Leung at Ufaa restaurant, serving culinary creations designed for the holiday season and a winter wonderland market with games, food stalls and a visit from Santa Claus himself, ensuring fun for all.

Conrad Maldives’ green festivities will also include a Christmas tree competition between the resort’s working departments to create the most beautiful and sustainable Christmas tree, using recycled materials such as water bottles, plastic containers, etc. Between 18th and 23rd December, guests will be able to vote for their favourite, mainly based on sustainability and creativity. A winner will be announced at a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for the 24th, with celebrations including carols and cocktails over the magical setting of the Indian Ocean.

2019 has seen Conrad Maldives taking a step further with its commitment to sustainability, as the resort pledged to eliminate the use of plastic on property by January 2020. Earlier this year, Conrad Maldives collaborated with eco-artist John K. Melvin, which resulted in the creation of art installation EvoGyre – resembling a jellyfish, it was assembled using nearly 5,500 locally sourced single-use plastic bottles held together by coir rope, steel cable and illuminated by LED lighting. Guests can admire it at Rangali Bar.

To cap off the festive celebrations, the resort is delighted to announce that by December 2019, the resort will introduce five new room types including the Two-Bedroom Deluxe Beach Villa, Grand Water Villa with Pool, Grand Water Villa, Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa with Pool and Two-Bedroom Grand Water Villa, encouraging all travelers – groups, families and couples alike – to find the villa best suited to fit their every need and desire.

Rates at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island start from US$790 in Beach Villa, B&B, double occ. For more information and for reservations, please visithttp://www.conradmaldives.com  

 

THE PARK HYATT KYOTO

The 70-room luxury guesthouse in Japan’s ancient capital offers a journey of discovery through refined cultural and culinary experiences

 

The opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto. Set in the heart of this noble city with centuries of history and heritage, Park Hyatt Kyoto unfolds a journey of discovery with enriching, sophisticated and rare experiences.

 

Park Hyatt Kyoto is located in one of the city’s best-preserved historic districts, Higashiyama hills. The region, known as the birthplace of traditions such as the Japanese tea ceremony, the Ikebana flower arrangement and Japanese Zen gardens, will offer a rich foundation for the hotel. Park Hyatt Kyoto embodies the quintessential Japanese guesthouse, offering a serene Higashiyama hillside retreat for discerning global travelers and local residents. The hotel is next to Kodai-ji temple and within walking distance to many of Kyoto’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Kiyomizu-dera temple, and offers sweeping views of the city and Yasaka Pagoda. Park Hyatt Kyoto is located less than one mile (1.5 kilometers) from the Kyoto train station, which connects travelers to Tokyo in just over two hours via the Nozomi Shinkansen bullet train.

“We are delighted to celebrate the opening of Park Hyatt Kyoto, the second Park Hyatt hotel in Japan in 25 years, and to offer guests a refined home-away-from-home in this remarkable city,” said David Udell, group president, Asia Pacific, Hyatt. “We are grateful to the hotel’s owners, Kyoyamato and Takenaka Corporation, for their trust, support and deep understanding of luxury hospitality. Park Hyatt Kyoto is a celebration of Japanese harmony and tranquility and we look forward to seeing guests immerse themselves in the city’s inspiring heritage and culture.”

 

Located within the same grounds as Park Hyatt Kyoto, guests can find a historic garden with steps leading to Kyoyamato, a traditional ryotei and culinary institution which opened in 1877 and serves authentic, seasonally inspired Kaiseki cuisine. Kyoyamato, one of the hotel’s owners, is a seven-generation, family-run business and consists of several historic buildings including “Soyotei,” a teahouse from the Edo era with a private room where feudal warlords once secretly met. Its storied gardens and traditional houses complement the hotel’s modern interpretation of classical Japanese architecture and intimate hospitality.

 

“We are excited to introduce the Park Hyatt brand of personal and exceptional hospitality in a special place like Kyoto and look forward to unlocking the unique character of Japan’s ancient capital of high arts and craft,” said Mark de Leeuwerk, general manager, Park Hyatt Kyoto. “It has been a privilege for us to work closely with our neighbors in Higashiyama as well as the artisans and craftsmen of this beautiful city.”

 

Concept and Design

Park Hyatt Kyoto is a modern interpretation of Japanese hospitality steeped in culture and place, immersing guests in nature. Jointly developed by Takenaka Corporation – one of the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in Japan, and Tony Chi and Associates, an award-winning interior design firm – the hotel’s design and construction incorporates traditional Japanese design, architecture and artisanal craftsmanship. Several historic buildings including an Edo-era teahouse, as well as the Japanese garden that is central to the site, have been preserved and carefully restored.

 

Guestrooms

The low-rise hotel features 70 guest rooms, including nine suites, offering calm and respite from the bustle of Higashiyama’s neighboring streets. The elegantly designed rooms and suites highlight local craftsmanship and materials such as fragrant tamo wood, original artwork and Zen garden views.

 

Drinking and Dining 

Park Hyatt Kyoto offers guests and visitors four distinct culinary venues:

Kyoto Bistro is a casual, street-side café featuring international and Japanese comfort food prepared with locally sourced and organic ingredients in a lively, open kitchen. All dishes are served on handmade earthenware exclusively created for the hotel by Asahiyaki, a local pottery master with a heritage of over 400 years in Uji, a city south of Kyoto.

 

Bathed in natural light during the day and the lingering scent of Tamo wood from the open fireplace, The Living Room welcomes guests to start their day with an authentic Japanese breakfast expertly prepared by Kyoyamato or an afternoon enjoying tea and light snacks.

 

Yasaka’s team of skilled chefs demonstrate their elevated cooking skills on the Japanese “teppan,” or “steel plate,” which guests can enjoy alongside the breathtaking views of Kyoto’s famous Yasaka Pagoda.

 

After the stimulating teppanyaki action at Yasaka, guests can head next door to Kohaku, where a fine collection of rare and craft spirits, including artisanal whiskey, sake, and gin made in Kyoto, awaits. The intimate bar exudes a warm, classic atmosphere with its dark woods and leather textures.

 

Events and Wedding

Park Hyatt Kyoto is positioned to be the city’s premier location for unique, timeless, and crafted experiences inspired by the tradition and majesty surrounding the hotel and the city. Alongside views of a Tsuboniwa Japanese garden, the elegant ballroom offers 2,153 square feet (200 square meters) of event space and multi-functional meeting facilities, a show kitchen, foyer and the latest audio-visual system.

 

Wellness 

A tranquil heaven, The Spa at Park Hyatt Kyoto, has a treatment suite for two with a private bath house including Japanese-style bathtubs, as well as dry and mist saunas. The signature treatment features an original signature oil developed by Kotoshina, a Kyoto-based organic skincare brand using locally harvested green tea. The spa and adjacent wellness center are open only to guests staying at the hotel.

 

Special Offer

To provide World of Hyatt members even more ways to be rewarded, World of Hyatt is offering members the opportunity to earn 500 Bonus Points for qualifying nights at Park Hyatt Kyoto from October 30, 2019 to January 31, 2020 part of World of Hyatt’s new hotel member offer. Additional participating hotels and their offer stay periods can be found at https://world.hyatt.com/content/gp/en/offers/new-hotels.html. No registration is required and members can earn on top of other offers.

HOSPITALITY DISRUPTOR GENERATOR ACQUIRES FREEHAND HOTELS

 

IN ITS QUEST TO DOMINATE THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY IN U.S. MARKET

London-based Queensgate Investments finalizes $400 million purchase of Freehand Hotels from a seller consortium including The Yucaipa Companies and Sydell Group, drastically expanding Generator’s millennial-friendly portfolio to 18 properties in top cities across North America and Europe

Generator, whose design-driven affordable luxury has disrupted the hospitality industry across Europe since 2011, will now operate all four Freehand Hotels and their respective food and beverage outlets after purchasing the brand for $400 million this week. The acquisition led by London-based firm Queensgate Investments, which owns Generator, merges the original upscale hostel trailblazers and reaffirms Generator as a global pioneer in the hospitality industry. With Generator’s storied success in Europe and Freehand’s expertise in the U.S. market, this new merger marks a momentous milestone in the brand’s history and future.

Following the brand’s acquisition transition, Generator will operate a total of 18 properties Worldwide, including Freehand’s New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami hotels. The Company’s original portfolio, including Generator Miami and the upcoming Generator Washington, D.C., will not undergo any operational or branding changes, but with four Freehand properties functioning in parallel, the acquisition will present valuable opportunities to strengthen Generator’s presence in North America and leverage Freehand’s experience, expertise, and market knowledge. Similarly, while Generator has no plans to make any immediate changes to Freehand’s operations, the company will look to implement successful practices that have made Generator an incredibly strong performer in the industry.

Both Generator and Freehand have been able to capitalize on the sensibilities of the travelling millennial by promoting local authenticity, innovative food and beverage offerings, and social interaction, capturing the essence of the hospitality industry’s experience economy.

“One of Generator’s key principles is to constantly provide the best and most innovative experience to the modern traveler, wherever they go. With Freehand’s strong brand identity and overwhelmingly positive reputation in the U.S., the addition of their hotels to the Generator portfolio is a natural fit for us. Not only is this acquisition of great strategic importance to our Company, it will also allow both brands to reach new audiences and serve guests in new and unique ways,” said Alastair Thomann, Chief Executive Officer of Generator.

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In 2018, London-based Generator made a splash in the U.S. hospitality scene with the launch of its inaugural North American property in Florida’s bustling Miami Beach. Since its inception in Europe in 2011, Generator has grown into an award-winning brand, earning popularity with design-driven properties in major European hubs such as Amsterdam, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin, and Paris. With its adrenalizing blend of high design, affordable price points, and magnetic social environments, the brand quickly established itself as the “cool kid” of affordable accommodations in Europe.

In 2012, New York-based Freehand Hotels opened its first property in Miami to similar fanfare from North American travelers for its unprecedented design-led shared accommodation, affordability, and inventive cocktail programming at the Broken Shaker. In subsequent years, the brand matured with the openings of three more hotels in Los Angeles, Chicago, and most recently, New York. Reminiscent of Generator’s legacy in Europe, the brand is known for its exceptional ability to combine the social culture of a hostel with private rooms and suites, award-winning food and beverage, and a community-driven atmosphere.

Next in Generator’s strategic plan to expand its North American presence is the upcoming Washington, D.C. property, opening in 2020. Situated in the heart of the city between Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, Generator Washington, D.C. will boast the brand’s signature elements: ultra-comfortable private rooms and luxury suites, brilliantly designed shared accommodations, trendy F&B outlets and interactive programming, all at affordable price points in one of the hippest neighborhoods in the nation’s capital.

For more information on Generator and Freehand Hotels, please visit www.StayGenerator.com and www.FreehandHotels.com.