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New Park Manor
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New Park Manor
Luxury Family Hotels welcomes back guests to a newly renovated New Park Manor Hotel.
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Marriott India marks World Environment Day with this innovative initiative
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Marriott India marks World Environment Day with this innovative initiative
On World Environment Day 2024, Marriott India unveils a unique initiative titled “Two Trees per Room: Embracing Nature’s Bloom”. The hotel is excited to introduce this innovative programme aimed at promoting the importance of biodiversity conservation. Launched on World Environment Day, June 5, 2024, “Two Trees per Room” underscores Marriott’s dedication to creating a greener and more sustainable future. In line with this year’s theme, the initiative seeks to not only raise awareness but also take tangible steps towards restoring and preserving our natural environment. Marriott India With a robust portfolio of 150 hotels, each property will pledge to plant two trees for every room based on its total room inventory. By partnering with reputable reforestation organizations, Marriott India aims to ensure that the trees are planted in areas where they can have the greatest impact on restoring ecosystems, combating climate change, and supporting local communities. “We believe that sustainability should be at the forefront of hospitality, and “Two Trees per Room” is a testament to our dedication to environmental responsibility,” says Sanjay Gupta, Chairman of the Marriott India Business Council. “Through this initiative, we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the preservation of our planet for generations to come." Marriott Executive Apartments Navi Mumbai was honored to collaborate with the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary by organizing a dedicated cleanup drive and planting 258 saplings. This effort reflects the hotel’s deep-seated commitment to preserving the sanctuary’s ecosystem and natural habitat for migrating birds. Through such initiatives, the group actively contributes to sustainability endeavors and environmental conservation, ensuring a brighter future for our planet.
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Corinthia Hotels launches new lifestyle brand, Verdi Hotels
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Corinthia Hotels launches new lifestyle brand, Verdi Hotels
First announced in 2022, Verdi Hotels is a lifestyle brand of Corinthia Hotels. The modern lifestyle brand is aimed at offering an upscale hotel experience. Endeavouring to combine quality, technology, and sustainable touch points to build consciously and for the long term, Verdi Hotels will be rolling out initial launches across Europe, Middle East & North Africa in 2024 & 2025. The creation of Verdi Hotels is being led by Paul Pisani and Jonathon Liu. With backgrounds in marketing and developing hotel brands, Pisani and Liu will oversee the creation of the Verdi Hotels brand, working and operating independently within Corinthia Hotel Group. The first locations for Verdi Hotels will include Verdi Gzira Waterfront, Malta, and Verdi St George’s Bay Marina, Malta. Paul Pisani, President, Verdi Hotels said of the news: “Our vision is to redefine hospitality through our localised offering, providing unmatched experiences in leading destinations. People are at the core of everything we do, and our aim is to strengthen connections built through travel and stays.” Jonathon Liu, Chief Commercial Officer, Verdi Hotels: “With the introduction of Verdi in Malta and Budapest, we’re delighted to be building our new concept for guests, delivering authentic experiences that are tied to the local culture & community. The Verdi Hotels brand brings something new and purposeful, providing travellers something that matters to them – a positive impact through connection and local experiences.” Corinthia Hotels will operate the Verdi Hotels under a third party management agreement. In Malta and in Budapest, Corinthia Hotels already features several hotels under the Corinthia Hotels brand.
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Global Wellness Day 2024 Reached New Heights
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Global Wellness Day 2024 Reached New Heights
Celebrated by an estimate of 1 billion people around the world in its thirteenth year, Global Wellness Day reconnected people with nature to live a healthier and happier life in body, mind and soul.
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Holiday Inn returns to Kyoto as IHG Hotels & Resorts and AXA IM Alts sign an agreement to open hotel in Kyoto Gojo by early 2025
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Holiday Inn returns to Kyoto as IHG Hotels & Resorts and AXA IM Alts sign an agreement to open hotel in Kyoto Gojo by early 2025
IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG) today announced that it has signed a management agreement with AXA IM Alts to open Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo by early 2025. The opening heralds the return to the brand’s roots in Japan, with the first Holiday Inn opening more than 50 years ago in 1973. As Holiday Inn returns to Kyoto, it will be Japan’s eleventh hotel under the Holiday Inn brand family and IHG’s third hotel in the city, alongside ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and the recently opened Six Senses Kyoto. The 183-guest room hotel will undergo a comprehensive refurbishment before rebranding as Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo. Following its reopening, the hotel will feature dining and leisure amenities, including a lobby lounge & café bar, upmarket restaurant, multiple banquet rooms, traditional Japanese daiyokujo baths and gym. In addition to adding a new open-lobby lounge & café bar and state-of-the-art gym and comprehensive refurbishment of all guest rooms, the renovation works will prioritise improving the energy efficiency of the building, including the installation of energy saving showers, guest room management systems and new facilities. The hotel’s energy conservation will be assessed to obtain BELS certification. Well-located between Kyoto’s main station and numerous cultural heritage sites and traditional restaurants in downtown Kyoto, the hotel is ideally positioned for visitors arriving via the Shinkansen bullet train. Kyoto’s tourism market has displayed a robust recovery following Japan's reopening of its borders post pandemic, with visitor numbers now surpassing 2019 levels. Once open, the hotel will further strengthen its efforts to attract guests from Japan and abroad through the power of the world’s best known hotel brand, along with IHG’s global enterprise systems and award-winning loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, with more than 130 million members worldwide. Abhijay Sandilya, Managing Director of Japan & Micronesia IHG Hotels & Resorts and CEO of IHG-ANA Hotels Group Japan G.K., said, "We are very pleased to announce our agreement with AXA IM Alts to open Holiday Inn Kyoto Gojo by early 2025, marking the return of the brand to its roots in Kyoto where it was first launched back in 1973. The historical, cultural and beautiful Kyoto is one of the world’s favourite destinations, so we are confident that Holiday Inn, as the world’s largest hotel brand family, along with IHG’s other Kyoto hotels, ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto and Six Senses Kyoto, will provide a place for everyone to stay when visiting this unique and wonderful city. We look forward to building on this long-standing partnership with AXA IM Alts and hope to develop even more great hotels throughout Japan in the years to come." Laurent Jacquemin, Head of Asia-Pacific at AXA IM Alts, commented: “The fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic provided a compelling entry point for new acquisitions in certain pockets of the hospitality sector. The sector’s favorable structural drivers, including an increase in domestic and international tourism, underpin this highly attractive investment. We have long track record of successfully executing value-add projects as we look to reposition this sizeable, well-located hotel in a market characterized by a scarcity of foreign-brand hotels.Japan is a key global market for AXA IM Alts, and one where we will look to pursue our deployment in 2024, targeting those sectors benefitting from supportive technological, urbanisation and demographic trends.” IHG continues to embed its position as one of Japan’s leading international hotel companies, which currently has 59 open and pipeline hotels across the country and is experiencing its biggest period of growth on record in Japan.
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Waldorf Astoria Cancun and Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal Unite for an Exquisite and Exclusive Culinary Series Marking the Launch of the Waldorf Astoria Culinary Passport
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Waldorf Astoria Cancun and Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal Unite for an Exquisite and Exclusive Culinary Series Marking the Launch of the Waldorf Astoria Culinary Passport
Featuring a takeover at Malpeque and a cooking demonstration at Chaya, guests will enjoy unique offerings by Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet and Director of Bars and Agave Expert David Hernandez CANCUN, Mexico – This June, Waldorf Astoria Cancun will launch a partnership with Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal at the resort’s signature restaurant Malpeque. Joining forces on June 7th and 8th, the luxurious Cancun resort will welcome Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet and Director of Bars and Agave Expert David Hernandez from Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal to offer an exclusive food and beverage tasting experience open to guests and locals who find themselves at the resort.   As the resort's signature dining venue, Malpeque honors the splendor of the sea and the intensity of fire, featuring an abundant raw bar. This summer, Malpeque will host the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal TRAVESÍA pop-up, led by Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet. Guests can embark on a journey through the distinct regions of Mexico with a tasting menu all surrounding the beloved taco. Rooted in native cooking techniques to spotlight the flavors and ingredients of the country, guests can indulge in delights like Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Shrimp Empanadas, Scallop and Snail Tostadas, among other exquisite dishes.  Waldorf Astoria Cancun - Chaya In addition to the takeover, Waldorf Astoria Cancun invited Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet to lead a cooking demonstration at restaurant Chaya on the same weekend. Chaya is the resort’s all-day brasserie, offering a relaxed, comfortable, and revitalizing menu that showcases the beauty of hyper-seasonal ingredients, unique products, and small-scale producers. The demonstration will be called Baja Shells Cooking Class and will showcase dishes such as Grilled Clams, Chocolata Clams and Garlic Butter, Reyna Clam & Miso with Yuzu Butter, and Oysters with Kimchi and Machaca.  Complementing these extraordinary culinary events, the resort is introducing the Waldorf Astoria Cancun Culinary Passport. This convenient passport allows guests to receive a special collectible stamp of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal whenever they travel to Waldorf Astoria Cancun throughout the year, ensuring a seamless and rewarding culinary journey.   Waldorf Astoria Cancun - Lobby "We are thrilled to welcome Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet and Director of Bars and Agave Expert David Hernandez from Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal for this unique culinary collaboration," said Jimena Fernández, marketing director, Waldorf Astoria Cancun. "This event exemplifies our commitment to providing unparalleled dining experiences, and we look forward to offering our guests an unforgettable gastronomic journey."  Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet has been part of the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal team since 2016. He oversees all culinary operations for El Farallon, Don Manuel’s, The Beach Club, Crudo, weddings and social events (including cooking classes), poolside dining, and the resort’s in-room dining program. David Hernandez, director of bars and agave expert, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, has been with the resort since 2021 and has a seasoned professional background with over two decades of experience in the luxury hospitality industry, specializing in the art of mixology.   "I am delighted to be part of the Waldorf Astoria Culinary Passport and bring the flavors of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal’s cuisine to Malpeque in Cancun. This collaboration is an incredible opportunity to share our passion for gastronomy and create memorable experiences together," said Executive Chef Gustavo Pinet, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal.  Waldorf Astoria Cancun - Aerial Opened in 2022, Waldorf Astoria Cancun is a 173-room luxury resort set among the verdant mangroves of the Yucatan Peninsula, offering panoramic ocean views, world-class dining, and destination-worthy wellness offerings. The opening of Waldorf Astoria Cancun marked the 200th hotel in the Caribbean and Latin America for Hilton, as well as the first Waldorf Astoria hotel in the Mexican Caribbean and second in the country. With menus crafted by consummate connoisseurs, guests can indulge and imbibe in various dining options across five food and beverage venues. From the chic Peacock Alley Lounge to signature restaurant Malpeque, Waldorf Astoria Cancun has refined dining experiences spanning light fare to expertly prepared regional and global dishes that showcase premier local ingredients.       
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Radisson Individuals marks its debut in the Sardinia
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Radisson Individuals marks its debut in the Sardinia
Radisson Hotel Group is delighted to announce its debut in Sardinia with the opening of Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals. Situated in the picturesque Chia region of Southern Sardinia, less than an hour from Cagliari, the resort is set to transform premium travel in the area with its blend of natural beauty and sophisticated elegance.  Nestled in lush greenery, Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals offers breathtaking views of the Bay of Chia and the iconic Saracen Tower. The new resort features a collection of six modern residences arranged around the central building, blending seamlessly with the breathtaking landscape. The spacious accommodations epitomize comfort and sophistication, with each room and suite thoughtfully designed to maximize views of the Bay and the Tower of Chia. A mere five-minute stroll through a picturesque, wooded path leads guests to Su Portu, a secluded bay with golden sands, rocky cliffs and lush landscape. This private beach, stretching approximately 250 meters and offers a serene and majestic setting with the historical Tower of Chia as a stunning backdrop.  Veridia Resort Sardinia At the heart of Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals is a culinary haven where guests can savor regional dishes while taking in stunning views of the pool. The diverse dining options range from Alima, the main restaurant which marries traditional flavors with Mediterranean modernity, to La Gardiana, a charming Grill Restaurant offering al fresco dining under the stars, and Tanura, a bistro that serves light, health-conscious lunches throughout the day. Exclusive beach service allows guests to relax on cushioned loungers while select menu items delivered directly to their beach loungers. Guests can also visit the bar for expertly mixed aperitifs and cocktails accompanied by relaxing music. Those looking to unwind even further can enjoy the expansive 800 sqm infinity pool, two tennis courts, and an array of activities and excursions, including boat trips and tours of local historical landmarks.  Yilmaz Yildirimlar, Area Senior Vice President, Central & Eastern Europe, Russia, and Turkey at Radisson Hotel Group, says: “We are thrilled to expand our portfolio in Italy, a crucial market to us, by establishing our presence in Sardinia. Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals is the ideal hotel to debut our Radisson Individuals brand in Italy as it embodies the spirit of the brand, offering unique and personalized experiences to our guests in a unique location. The addition of this delightful resort not only elevates our portfolio but also enriches the region.”  Veridia Resort Sardinia Gilles Toffoletto, General Manager of Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals says, "Veridia Resort Sardinia, a member of Radisson Individuals is not just a destination; it's an experience. With our stunning location, unparalleled facilities, and renowned Sardinian hospitality, we are thrilled to offer guests an unforgettable getaway." 
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ELE|NA Spa Celebrates World Environment Day with Gold and Silver Awards for Sustainable Spa Operations
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ELE|NA Spa Celebrates World Environment Day with Gold and Silver Awards for Sustainable Spa Operations
ELE|NA Spa is proud to announce its prestigious recognition by the Sustainable Wellness Organization, receiving the Gold Award for Sustainable Spa Operations at OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, OBLU NATURE Helengeli By Sentido, OBLU SELECT Sangeli, and VARU By Atmosphere, along with the Silver Award for OBLU SELECT Lobigili and OBLU XPERIENCE Ailafushi. This announcement comes on World Environment Day, a significant occasion spearheaded by the UN Environment Programme, one of Sustainable Wellness Partners. This year's theme, "Ecosystem Restoration" underscores the critical importance of environmental stewardship and sustainability, values that align perfectly with our ongoing initiatives. Heidi Grimwood, Vice President of ELE|NA Spa, commented on the accolade: “This Gold Award is a testament to the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of our teaь members across all properties. Each of our spas has appointed a Sustainable Ambassador who is constantly bringing new projects to life every month, ensuring that our sustainability efforts are continuously evolving and making a real impact. This recognition highlights our commitment to creating an eco-friendly and sustainable environment for our guests and staff alike.” OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, OBLU NATURE The Role of ELE|NA Spa in Promoting Sustainability ELE|NA Spa's recognition with the Gold and Silver Awards is a reflection of its comprehensive approach to sustainability. Each spa under the ELE|NA Spa brand has а dedicated Sustainable Ambassador responsible for introducing and overseeing new eco-friendly projects on a monthly basis. These initiatives include reducing waste, conserving water, and utilizing sustainable products and energy sources. The Sustainable Ambassadors also conduct sustainable workshops for guests, teaching them how to make sustainable snacks, home essentials, and skincare products. These workshops provide valuable knowledge and practical skills, empowering guests to incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives. By engaging guests in these hands-on activities, ELE|NA Spa extends its commitment to sustainability beyond its operational practices, fostering a culture of environmental responsibility among its clientele. The efforts of ELE|NA Spa are not only limited to operational practices but also extend to educating guests and staff about the importance of sustainability. This dual approach ensures that everyone involved with ELE|NA Spa is part of the journey towards a greener future. OZEN RESERVE BOLIFUSHI, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO, OBLU NATURE Commitment to a Greener Future Heidi Grimwood highlighted the significant role that each team member plays in achieving these sustainability goals. The collaborative effort of staff, guests, and the broader community is essential in driving the positive changes needed to protect the environment. By continuously evolving their practices and setting new sustainability benchmarks, ELE|NA Spa is leading the way in the wellness industry. The recognition from the Sustainable Wellness Organization on World Environment Day serves as a powerful reminder of the impact that dedicated sustainability efforts can have. ELE|NA Spa remains committed to fostering a culture of environmental responsibility, ensuring that their operations contribute positively to the planet's health and well-being.
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