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Radisson Hotel Group opens first bold Radisson RED hotel in Southeast Europe
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Radisson Hotel Group opens first bold Radisson RED hotel in Southeast Europe
Radisson RED Belgrade has opened its doors as a new upscale lifestyle hotel, marking the debut of the vibrant Radisson RED brand in Southeast Europe. Located on Takovska Street near the House of the National Assembly, Radisson RED Belgrade offers a unique blend of tradition and contemporary style, following a complete renovation and rebranding of the existing hotel building.   Old Town charm meets contemporary comfort at the new Radisson RED Belgrade, located in the buzzing heart of the “White City”. The opening of Radisson RED Belgrade marks the debut of the Group’s first bold and cutting edge upscale Radisson RED property, perfect for travelers looking for a playful twist on the conventional.     Following an extensive refurbishment and rebranding of the existing hotel building, Radisson RED Belgrade features 88 accommodation units, including three apartments. The contemporary, yet timeless and stylish interiors are infused with strong art and design features, perfectly aligned with Radisson RED’s signature creative and bold aesthetic. Artistic and industrial design lines seamlessly blend modern and traditional elements and promote an overall urban social atmosphere. Upon arrival at the entrance of the hotel, guests will find a red “Fićo” Zastava 750 car produced in the former Yugoslavian automobile factory in Kragujevac, a creative symbol of the fusion between past and present in Radisson RED’s trademark style.    The hotel’s social and hyper-connected hospitality focus extends to the property’s communal areas, which include a modern restaurant, bar, and a sleek rooftop bar with views across the city. Coworking spaces and meeting rooms make Radisson RED Belgrade an ideal place for business meetings or combination of business with leisure travel. The hotel’s creative open living spaces with design details such as a feature fireplace and a billiards table provide the perfect setting to gather with friends and organize events. The seventh floor features a spacious fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and stunning views of the city.    The latest technology and digital innovations ensure that guests enjoy a seamless guest experience, from the easy use of the hotel’s self-check-in terminals and the hotel’s app to access the rooms, to control of any of the room features, to orders of food and drinks.    “We are immensely proud to open Radisson RED Belgrade as the brand’s first cutting-edge upscale Radisson RED property in Southeast Europe. We believe Radisson RED Belgrade will become a favorite destination among guests seeking a combination of comfort, style, bold design, and top-notch service. This hotel marks another key step forward in our mission to provide outstanding experiences to guests in our properties located in multiple cities and countries”, says Reli Slonim, President of the Management Board of Arena Hospitality Group, the operator of Radisson RED Belgrade.    Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Known for its Balkan flair, Belgrade boasts a fascinating mix of Byzantine architecture, art nouveau gems, and brutalist buildings. The city has become a popular destination for those looking for a lively, exciting, and cool European center for nightlife and culture, including theaters, museums, monuments, and opera houses which celebrate the city’s rich cultural heritage. One of the city’s most significant landmarks is the Belgrade Fortress at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. The fort is a testament to the city’s strategic importance during the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Serbian and Austrian empires, and is now the site of several museums as well as the vast Kalemegdan park. Sunbathers, sports enthusiasts, and partygoers like to flock to the rivers for boat tours as well as the popular floating nightclubs. 
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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants are making a debut in Italy
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Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants are making a debut in Italy
IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today announced the signing of its first Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants property in Italy. Joining IHG’s fast-growing luxury & lifestyle portfolio, now the second largest in the world, the Kimpton property in Sicily will open in the second half of 2025 and represents a management agreement with partner Società Turistica Alberghiera Taorminese. The Kimpton signing in Sicily follows six luxury and lifestyle openings and signings by IHG in 2023, demonstrating IHG’s investment and focus on this key market. This included the first urban expression of Six Senses opened in Rome, together with InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace and Hotel Indigo Florence. Two further Hotel Indigo properties are due to open in Turin and Trieste over the coming years, as well as IHG’s first Vignette Collection property, Hotel Alexandra, in Rome in 2025. Nestled in the hill-top town of Taormina on the island’s east coast, the hotel will harness its heritage whilst embracing Kimpton’s ethos for superlative style, addictive irreverence and design led experiences that are ridiculously personal. The 59-boutique bedroom hotel is expected to feature destination dining that will appeal to hotel guests and locals alike. The breakfast room and bar terrace will also offer panoramic views, spanning from Calabria to the Bay of Isolabella. Kimpton definition of wellness extends beyond the obvious to permeate the guest experience, from the community-building effects of Evening Social Hour to the healthy options available in the minibar. Continuing this ethos, the Kimpton in Sicily will feature an outdoor Mediterranean garden, 20-metre swimming pool, and a tennis court. (Mrs) Willemijn Geels, VP Development, Europe, IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “Italy has long been known for its reputation of luxury travel, breath taking coastal locations, and vibrant communities – and our growth strategy in the country has been designed to complement this. Following a surge of activity in 2023, which saw us more than double our luxury and lifestyle offerings in this market, we’re now excited to be partnering with Società Turistica Alberghiera Taorminese to further expand our presence in Italy with this boutique lifestyle property on the picturesque island of Sicily. This expansion underscores the demand, and trust, from our owners to embed IHG's luxury and lifestyle portfolio in one of Europe's most coveted leisure destinations. We look forward to delivering exceptional experiences to our guests and helping them create unforgettable memories once we open our doors in the second half of 2025." Founded in 1981 by visionary hotelier, Bill Kimpton, Kimpton was a pioneer of the boutique hotel and restaurant philosophy now considered commonplace in hospitality. IHG acquired the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants brand in 2018 and has since spearheaded its expansion into Europe and beyond. The Kimpton property in Sicily joins Kimpton’s worldwide portfolio of properties including Kimpton Vividora Barcelona, Kimpton St Honoré Paris, and Kimpton Fitzroy London. Raffaele Ranucci, Owner, Società Turistica Alberghiera Taorminese, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with IHG Hotels & Resorts to bring the first Kimpton branded hotel to Italy, in Sicily. This new and exciting chapter means we will welcome visitors to this one-of-a-kind destination once we open our doors in 2025, and provide guests with the unparalleled service, amenities, and experiences the Kimpton brand is known for.” Each Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant is designed to open the door to heartfelt human connections through unexpected, ridiculously personal touches that create a meaningful and unscripted guest experience. Merging a culture of heartfelt hospitality and unique, design-forward hotels for all, every Kimpton property is designed from scratch to create genuine experiences where locals and visitors seamlessly mingle. The Kimpton in Sicily is to be no exception and will introduce the brand ethos to Italy. The Kimpton in Sicily will be IHG Hotels & Resorts’ 30th hotel in Italy and joins a portfolio of eight Kimpton hotels across the UK and continental Europe, part of Kimpton’s global portfolio of 78 hotels across 12 countries, representing 13,721-bedrooms. In the coming years a further 54 hotels will join the Kimpton brand, seeing it surpass it’s 100 hotels milestone and reach 20 countries by 2025. Photo credits: IHG Hotels & Resorts
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The Nautilus Maldives Launches Authentic Cultural Explorations
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The Nautilus Maldives Launches Authentic Cultural Explorations
When envisioning the Maldives, one often conjures images of pristine white sands and luxurious resorts. However, beyond the typical tourist attractions lies a realm of adventure, cultural immersion, and natural wonders waiting to be explored. The Nautilus Maldives, an ultra-luxury private island hideaway, is crafting extraordinary journeys in the captivating Baa Atoll, inviting its guests to embrace escapism through immersive cultural experiences. Inspired by The Nautilus’s brand hallmarks of the Art of Bohemia and Free Spirited Adventures, guests are encouraged to step outside their comfort zones and indulge in transformative experiences. Through encounters with local personalities, guests gain an insight into island life, delving into cultural roots, traditions, nature, language, cuisine, and more. The Nautilus prides itself on tailoring bespoke experiences to suit the unique preferences of its guests—whether adventurers, culture enthusiasts, or families seeking more than a beachside retreat. Guests embark on one of The Nautilus’s luxurious yachts, exploring treasured spots of the Atoll and creating unforgettable memories that will linger in their hearts long after their journey ends. Discover the roots at the Kendhoo Nestled in the northwest of the Baa Atoll, Kendhoo carries a rich tapestry of experiences weaving together history and culture. Once a vital hub along ancient maritime routes, Kendhoo’s vibrant cultural landscape is shaped by centuries of influences from Indian, Arab, and Southeast Asian merchants, as well colonial conquests. Guests can wander its streets, indulging in local culinary treats with distinct flavours, and exploring landmarks like the 800-year old house marking the place of prayers of Abdul Barakaath Yoosuf al Barbary, a renowned Islamic scholar. Weave your memories of the Maldives into art at Kihaadhoo On the beautiful island of Kihaadhoo, guests can immerse themselves in the therapeutic art of coconut leaf weaving, a cherished tradition passed down through generations. Through hands-on experiences with the island’s residents, guests can learn to create baskets, hats, and decorative pieces, fostering a sense of cultural identity and belonging. Traditional lacquer masters at Thulhaadhoo Venturing to the southern tip of Baa Atoll, guests discover Thulhaadhoo island, renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship in traditional lacquerware. Here, artisans share their secrets of this ancient art of decorating items with vibrant colours and intricate designs inspired by the Maldives’ marine life and lush tropics, which has been passed down through generations. Guests can even try their hand at creating these unique art pieces, serving as precious souvenir of their tropical getaway. Exploration of the Deep Blue Waters of Dhonfanu At Dhonfanu, one of Baa Atoll’s premier diving spots, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life awaits beneath azure waters. In season, there’s also a high chance for guests to encounter graceful manta rays and majestic whale sharks, igniting the senses with excitement and awe. Delve into Poetic Ambiance of Dharavandhoo Guests can make a stop at Dharavandhoo island, which boasts a rich tradition of Maldivian poetry, where locals celebrate history and folklore through the art of storytelling, expressing emotions, beliefs, and aspirations in the most poetic ways. These enchanting verses, inspired by the islands’ natural beauty, love, nature, and daily island life, transport listeners to a world where ocean rhythms intertwine poetic imagery. Photo credits: The Nautilus Maldives
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Destination Deluxe Awards are open for nominations
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Destination Deluxe Awards are open for nominations
The Destination Deluxe Awards honour leaders and pioneers in wellness and travel.The prestigious Awards celebrate the hotels, spas, treatments, skincare and wellness brands that drive the remarkable luxury standard of these industries. Quality, transparency and originality are fundamental criteria of the Destination Deluxe Awards, as they recognize and praise the change-makers of today who go beyond set boundaries and innovate in their respective fields.The Destination Deluxe Awards span 25 categories. Based on the nomination entries, a Finalist Shortlist will be created for 22 categories, which will be evaluated by a group of 21 judges, who are well-respected industry experts. The public can also vote on the Finalist Shortlist via 3 People’s Choice categories.The Awards are extremely accessible, as all hotels, resorts, retreats, spas, and skincare companies are eligible for nomination. It is free to submit a nomination. There is no extra fee applied when winning an award. Companies can nominate in one or more categories. Nominations for hotel, retreat, spa, treatments and skincare brands are accepted until May 17 at the link.
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Turning the Tide Together: ELE|NA and OCEANR+ Unite for Ocean Conservancy and Wellness Innovation
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Turning the Tide Together: ELE|NA and OCEANR+ Unite for Ocean Conservancy and Wellness Innovation
ELE|NA, a leader in wellness, is proud to announce a groundbreaking commitment to ocean conservancy through its strategic partnership with OCEANR+, a brand dedicated to ocean conservation. This collaboration unites ELE|NA's focus on wellness with OCEANR+'s innovative approach to sustainable apparel, emphasizing a shared dedication to tackling environmental challenges and enhancing the wellness experience. Plastic Pollution: A Global Challenge Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, with an estimated 13 million tonnes entering our oceans annually. To combat this crisis, ELE|NA and OCEANR+ are joining forces, leveraging OCEANR+'s expertise in transforming post-consumer plastic waste into high-quality, eco-friendly clothing and products. This partnership underscores both brands' commitment to sustainable practices and responsible business operations. Key highlights of this partnership include: Recycled Fabrics Impact: Together, we have prevented a significant number of plastic bottles from polluting our ecosystem by choosing recycled polyester. Shared Sustainability Objectives: OCEANR+'s pillars of sustainability—focusing on people, product, and planet—resonate with ELE|NA's ethos of responsible and mindful business practices. "A Kilo for the Planet" Initiative: In collaboration with NGO Enaleia, OCEANR+ funds the removal of 30,000KG of ocean plastic annually, engaging with fishing communities across the Mediterranean and Indian oceans. Introducing Sustainable Wellness Apparel ELE|NA is delighted to unveil an exclusive range of sustainable wear, including rash guards and caps, thoughtfully designed for the unique climatic conditions of the Maldives. This eco-friendly attire not only respects the environment but also elevates the wellness experience for ELE|NA's guests. ELE|NA's wellness practitioners are now adorned in OCEANR+ apparel while delivering the OCEANFLOW treatment—a therapeutic amalgamation of global healing traditions such as Watsu, Water Dance, Ayurveda, and more. OCEANFLOW is designed to foster healing and rejuvenation for the mind, body, and soul. OCEANFLOW: A Revolutionary Healing Experience OCEANFLOW is effective in addressing various health conditions, reducing stress, improving mobility, alleviating discomfort from arthritis and rheumatism, easing back pain, relieving headaches and migraines, aiding insomnia management, supporting post-operative rehabilitation, assisting accident recovery, addressing trauma, helping overcome aquaphobia, and providing care for expectant mothers. This partnership between ELE|NA and OCEANR+ marks a significant milestone in combining sustainable luxury with holistic wellness, setting a new standard in environmental stewardship and health.
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Six Senses' Debut Resort in the Caribbean: Six Senses La Sagesse, Opening April 2024
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Six Senses' Debut Resort in the Caribbean: Six Senses La Sagesse, Opening April 2024
Enjoying a pride-of-place setting between the ocean and a protected cove on the southern part of Grenada, Six Senses La Sagesse invites guests to put their feet up and worries down and embark on a journey of discovery, rejuvenation, and celebration. From waterfall meditation to artisan rum and chocolate making, there is much to uncover on this Caribbean gem known for its spices and relaxed lifestyle. Blending into island life Designed to reflect Caribbean village vibes, surrounded by nature, and bursting with bold colors and scents, the resort maintains a connection to Grenada’s “Spice Island” heritage. There are 56 pool suites, which combine eco-credentials and comfort using natural, renewable, and repurposed materials. The organic and contemporary interiors feature open-plan bedrooms, each with an outdoor terrace leading to a private plunge pool for a cooling dip.In addition, there are 15 villas enjoying prime hillside or beachfront settings, ranging between one, two, and four bedrooms, all with generously sized bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. The five larger four-bedroom retreats are located on a Bluff, offering a 270-degree view of one of the most coveted locations in the Caribbean. With expansive landscaped gardens, they are a world apart yet still closely connected to all the resort's amenities, including the restaurants, water sports, and spa. Food inspired by the Caribbean and South America and served with passion Sourced with care, authentic dishes from the land and sea are exotic, fresh, and fruity. The signature restaurant, SeaFire, is where creativity, experimentation, and emotion unite. With a Raw Bar and wood fire grill, the communal plates are designed for sharing. At Callaloo, the all-day-dining restaurant, guests enjoy farm-to-table dining with the chef’s interpretation of classic comfort food. The poolside Panquai Breeze Bar serves up Churrasco, the South American tradition of cooking meat on long skewers over a fire, paired with a selection of Grenadian rums and tropical cocktails. The ideal refresh is at the Scoop café, where complimentary shaved ice or freshly churned ice cream offer a naughty but nutritious daily treat. Reset and rejuvenate at Six Senses Spa Six Senses Spa is uniquely placed overlooking the lagoon. Set over two floors, the upper floor has a state-of-the-art gym and a yoga pavilion, with unrivaled views of the colorful landscape to let the mind wander during a workout. The 180-square-meter fitness facilities include a studio for spin, cycling, yoga, and aerial yoga, and a separate entrance for 24-hour access for early birds and night owls.The lower floor houses the single treatment rooms and Hammam, along with two suites for couples, each with a private relaxation space and one with an Alchemy Bar. Caribbean influences and traditions are brought into the rejuvenating spa journey, with a blend of indigenous spices known and loved by Grenadians since the 1850s and now reinterpreted within the unique spa menu to combine with high-tech and high-touch therapies and pioneering wellness programs, including sleep-tracking, biohacking, and a range of three- to seven-night personalized programs. Outside, there is a communal wet area with a panoramic sauna, hot pool, cold plunge pool, and Kneipp therapy pool. Embracing nature’s gifts The resort’s commitment to sustainability guides all its actions – from how the land is used to grow herbs in Grenada’s fertile volcanic soil and Eat With Six Senses dining ethos to how it manages its energy and waste, conserves water, and supports community-driven projects. The resort is also planting 3,000 trees and bushes and new mangroves along the lagoon, which is a lively habitat for many species of birds, fish, and other animals. Taking the slow road to discover Grenada’s plentiful charms With a reputation for its open-armed, warmhearted welcome, the laid-back pace of life on the island is infectious. The Experience Center offers a unique itinerary to explore the island at leisure, starting at the capital, Saint George’s, which boasts one of the prettiest waterfronts in the Caribbean. This buzzing horseshoe-shaped harbor lined with bobbing boats features an enchanting Time Travel Tunnel with educational plaques detailing Grenada’s history. Grand Etang National Park is a rainforest full of life, including the island’s adored national bird, the Grenada Dove, as well as the Mona monkey, the mongoose, and the nine-banded armadillo. It is also a hiker’s heaven, from a 15-minute stroll to a more demanding, guided climb up to Mount Qua Qua, or to the mysterious ‘bottomless’ Lake Grand Etang, which fills the crater of an extinct volcano. Abundant forest trails and volcanic hillsides are an explorer’s paradise just waiting to be discovered by foot or e-bike on a personalized tour. The island is also widely renowned as the Shipwreck Capital of the Caribbean, sprinkled with numerous sunken ships, colorful marine reefs, and the world’s only underwater sculpture park.History buffs can time travel back to 1785 at the River Antoine Estate, the oldest rum distillery on the island, to taste, bottle, and label their own rum to serve as a reminder of these golden shores. The Grow With Six Senses activities, Children’s Play Lounge, and Teen’s Lounge keep kids busy with arts, crafts, and sporting fun, so parents can enjoy some me-time too. Six Senses La Sagesse is 35 minutes by car from Grenada’s Maurice Bishop International Airport, which is served by year-round flights from North America, Canada, and Europe. Photo credits: Six Senses
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South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2024 Opens for Nominations
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South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) 2024 Opens for Nominations
South Asia's premier tourism and hospitality recognition, the South Asian Travel Awards (SATA), is thrilled to announce the commencement of nominations for the 2024 edition. Since its inception in 2016, SATA has been a beacon, acknowledging excellence in the region's travel and tourism industry. This annual event honors outstanding organizations and individuals across a diverse range of categories. Revamped Categories and Expanded OpportunitiesSATA 2024 introduces revamped categories, providing properties and brands with expanded opportunities to showcase their prowess. Alongside the existing recognition, the awards now feature the Visitors Choice Awards and Special Recognition Awards. Endorsement by International and Government Agencies•Association of Professionals in Tourism (APT),•Association of Tourism Trade Organizations, India (ATTOI),•Association of Travel Agents (ATA),•Colombo Chamber of Commerce (CCC),•Confederation of Accredited Tour Operators (CATO),•Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL),•Hotel and Restaurant Association of Bhutan (HRAB),•Kerala Hotel General Manager Club (KHGMC),•National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM),•Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO),•Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation (MMPRC),•Nepal Tourism Board (NTB),•Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO),•The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL),•Hotel Association Nepal (HAN),•Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA),•The Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) A Platform for Networking and TrendsMore than just an awards ceremony, SATA serves as a platform to showcase the latest trends and developments in South Asia's travel and tourism industry. It offers networking opportunities for industry professionals to share ideas and insights. Nominations Open Until April 10, 2024Properties aspiring for recognition can now submit their nominations online at www.southasiantravelawards.com until April 10, 2024. SATA 2024 continues its tradition of promoting excellence and innovation in the travel and tourism industry. As one of the most prestigious awards in South Asia, it not only recognizes the achievements of the winners but also contributes significantly to the growth and success of the sector in the region. The South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates the best in the travel and tourism industry in South Asia. The awards ceremony recognizes the achievements of hotels, airlines, destinations, and other organizations that contribute to the growth and success of the travel and tourism industry in the region. The SATA is one of the most prestigious awards in the travel and tourism industry in South Asia, with winners being selected by a panel of experts and industry professionals. The awards are given in a variety of categories, including Best Domestic Destination, Best International Destination, Best Adventure Destination, and Best Emerging Destination. In recent years, the SATA has become increasingly competitive, with more and more organizations vying for coveted awards. The ceremony is attended by top industry professionals and travel enthusiasts, making it a major event in the South Asian travel and tourism calendar. SOUTH ASIAN TRAVEL AWARDSThe South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) has been recognizing the best of South Asia’s hospitality and travel industry since 2016. The prestigious annual event honors stellar organizations and individuals in a wide array of categories. For more information, please contact:E: secretariat@satravelawards.com T: +960 798 0088
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Hilton Partners with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ To Dramatically Expand Global Luxury Portfolio
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Hilton Partners with Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ To Dramatically Expand Global Luxury Portfolio
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) and Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) today announced an exclusive strategic partnership that will welcome Hilton guests to hundreds of independently minded luxury hotels in the most sought-after destinations around the world. The partnership will dramatically expand the luxury experiences offered by Hilton as unique SLH properties join the unparalleled hotels of the growing Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and LXR Hotels & Resorts brands. Through this exclusive partnership, which will ramp up in the months ahead, all of Hilton’s customers, including the more than 180 million members of Hilton Honors, will soon be able to dream, book and earn and redeem Points for stays at participating properties in the SLH community of 560 luxury boutique hotels spanning 90 countries. These locations are highly complementary to Hilton’s vast network of hotels and will give guests access to additional luxury accommodations in hundreds of new destinations.  “Hilton guests are among the most sophisticated travelers in the world, and we are always looking for amazing new experiences to share with them,” said Chris Silcock, president, Global Brands and Commercial Services, Hilton. “This relationship with Small Luxury Hotels of the World will grant Hilton customers and Hilton Honors members access to a community of high-end boutique hotels in exciting new luxury travel destinations, giving them more ways to dream, book, and earn and redeem points with Hilton.” Participating SLH hotels will be bookable on all Hilton channels, giving the hotels exposure to a broad audience while allowing them to retain the independent spirit that makes each property unique. “We’re thrilled to begin this win-win relationship with Hilton as it brings exciting possibilities for both brands,” said Shaun Leleu, chairman, Small Luxury Hotels of the World. “Hilton customers, including Hilton Honors members, gain access to our unrivalled collection of exceptional boutique hotels, while our properties enjoy amplified reach to a loyal and discerning audience. It's a game changer for independently owned hotels on a global scale.” More details of this new relationship will be announced soon.  Hilton continues to offer customers the right stay for every travel occasion through an unmatched portfolio of industry-leading brands plus exclusive partnerships that create more experiences for guests to dream about. The partnership with Small Luxury Hotels of the World adds to the company’s dramatic growth trajectory and reflects its focus on accelerating offerings for customers in the hottest, fastest-growing segments and markets of the industry. 
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Pullman opens its first UAE resort in Ras Al Khaimah
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Pullman opens its first UAE resort in Ras Al Khaimah
Accor Group’s Pullman has opened its first UAE resort within the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. The Marjan Island Resort and Spa has now been rebranded to the Pullman Resort Al Marjan Island. Pullman Resort Al Marjan Island welcomed its first guests on 5 February, following a refurbishment of its 300 rooms and suites. Additional upgrades are expected to continue throughout the year, with refreshed dining concepts set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024 and a room renovation programme in early 2025. At present, the resort houses five dining outlets offering a variety of cuisines including Arabic, Asian, Lebanese, and Italian, among others. The property has a swimming pool and wellness amenities and a variety of retail outlets. The resort is located a 45- minute drive from Dubai International Airport and a 40-minute drive from Sharjah International Airport. As for its sustainability efforts, the resort features a Silver Earth Check Certification. Paul Stevens, chief operating officer for the Premium, Midscale and Economy Division, Middle East, Africa and Türkiye at Accor, said, “Our partnership with RAK Hospitality underscores Accor’s pivotal role in fostering the expansion and advancement of RAK’s tourism landscape and hospitality sector and our dedication to introducing exciting brands to the emirate.” Donald Bremner, chief operating officer of RAK Hospitality Holding, added, “Our decision to embrace Pullman Resort Al Marjan Island reflects our commitment to driving Ras Al Khaimah into a new era. This step acknowledges the emerging opportunities as this emirate establishes itself as a globally recognised recreational destination.” Recently, the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) said that 2023 was best year for its tourism ever, with the emirate welcoming a record 1.22 million overnight arrivals. That figure is an 8 per cent increase over 2022 numbers and follows a significant 24 per cent year-on-year growth in international visitors. Photo credits: Accor
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Forbes Travel Guide Reveals 2024 Star Awards
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Forbes Travel Guide Reveals 2024 Star Awards
Forbes Travel Guide ("FTG")—the only independent, global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants, spas and ocean cruises—today unveiled its 2024 Star Awards. See the full list of honorees on ForbesTravelGuide.com. The hotel ratings expanded into new destinations, including Baku, Azerbaijan; Curacao; Iceland; Sardinia, Italy; Kenya; Algarve and Madeira, Portugal; Rwanda; Koh Samui, Thailand; Rabat, Morocco; Makkah, Saudi Arabia; and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Conrad Algarve The 66th annual list spans more than 2,000 properties worldwide. It features 340 Five-Star, 600 Four-Star and 503 Recommended hotels; 78 Five-Star, 121 Four-Star and 59 Recommended restaurants; 126 Five-Star and 201 Four-Star spas; and seven Four-Star and five Recommended cruise ships. Here are some highlights from the 2024 winners: Dubai gained five new Five-Star hotels (Address Beach Resort; Armani Hotel Dubai; Atlantis, The Royal; The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai; and The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm), the most of any market. The city totals 12 Five-Star hotels. Beyond Dubai, the Middle East saw additional new top-rated winners in Doha (Four Seasons Hotel Doha and Raffles Doha) and Kuwait (Waldorf Astoria Kuwait), making it the region with the most new Five-Star awards. Montage Hotels & Resorts becomes the world's only all-Five-Star hotel brand after Montage Big Sky in Southwestern Montana earns a Five-Star accolade. Luxurious adventure travel is on the rise. Rwanda debuts on the list with two Five-Star winners (One&Only Gorilla's Nest and One&Only Nyungwe House), and Kenya makes its first appearance featuring animal-centric experiences at Nairobi's Four-Star Giraffe Manor and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club. For the second consecutive year, Macau remains the city with the most Five-Star hotels (22), with the addition of Paiza Lofts at The Parisian Macao. Nimb Hotel Copenhagen Three hotels earned their exclusive triple Five-Star status, representing properties that receive top awards for their hotel, restaurant and spa. Salamander Middleburg in Virginia horse country achieved the trifecta with Harrimans Grill and Salamander Spa. Rosewood Miramar Beach in Montecito, California, won the Five-Star honors along with its Sense, A Rosewood Spa at Miramar Beach and Caruso's restaurant. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman captured the Caribbean's first triple Five-Star title with Blue by Eric Ripert restaurant and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Grand Cayman. There are only 15 triple Five-Star winners in the world. Travel is thriving in smaller metro areas like Nashville (with Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Conrad Nashville and JW Marriott Nashville), Charleston (Forbes Travel Guide Recommended boutique hotel The Charleston Place) and New Orleans (Four-Star properties Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, New Orleans).   Five-Star restaurants appear for the first time in Grand Cayman (Blue by Eric Ripert) and Tokyo (Nouvelle Epoque). Restaurant ratings also debuted in Dubai (Four-Star winners Armani/Ristorante Dubai and Stay by Yannick Alléno at One&Only The Palm) and Los Cabos (Four-Star Cocina de Autor at Grand Velas Los Cabos). "Travel was highly anticipated to have a strong year and the new winners on our 2024 list reflect the increased efforts properties are making to deliver elevated guest experiences," said Amanda Frasier, President of Ratings for Forbes Travel Guide. "This year's list demonstrates the evolving focus the discerning traveler has on well-being and the desire for authentic destination-centric itineraries. We congratulate all the 2024 Star Award winners for their significant achievements." Hero image: Address Sky View
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Accor awarded ‘A’ rating by CDP for its environmental leadership and actions on climate change
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Accor awarded ‘A’ rating by CDP for its environmental leadership and actions on climate change
For the first time, Accor joins the ‘A-list’ of global environmental non-profit CDP, as part of the leading companies regarding transparency, management of environment risks and demonstrating the rigor and ambition with which the climate issue is addressed in the company's business model. Accor is one of the 141 European companies that achieved an ‘A’ on climate change out of over 21,000 companies scored. Moreover, Accor has once again demonstrated its leadership on the climate issue by being the only company, among the leading hospitality companies, to be recognized with an ‘A’. This recognition rewards the work carried out as part of the Accor Group's sustainability strategy, that places People & Nature at its heart, infusing three strategic pillars: (i) to transform sustainably our operations and hotels to enhance guests experience, (ii) to accelerate the transition to a sustainable food model by offering differentiating culinary experiences to our guests, and finally (iii) to participate in making tangible, at sector level, a new way of traveling. As part of this strategy, Accor is committed to contributing to carbon neutrality by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement and validated by SBTi. The Group has also undertaken to reduce its carbon emissions by -46% on scope 1&2 and -28% on scope 3 by 2030. To achieve these commitments, Accor is working closely with its owners and plays an active role within the Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the Hospitality Alliance for Responsible Procurement to set new standards for the industry. Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO of Accor – “Accor is paving the way to transform the hospitality industry into a sector that contributes to the environment and the society. As demonstrated in 2023, the climate change consequences are real, which requires exploring new ways of managing hotels. Thanks to the strong dedication of Accor teams across the world, the group proves that it has the adequate strategy, method, governance, and rigor to pursue its efforts, to support and provide solutions to our owners in their decarbonization journey and accelerate the deployment of our strategy, in coalition with our stakeholders.”Fully aligned with the Taskforce for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, CDP holds the largest environmental database in the world, and its scores are widely used to drive investment and procurement decisions towards a sustainable and resilient economy and contribute to global carbon neutrality. In 2023, over 740 financial institutions with over US$136 trillion in assets requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. A record-breaking 23,000 companies responded. A detailed and independent methodology is used by CDP to assess these companies, allocating a score of A to D- based on the comprehensiveness of disclosure, awareness and management of environmental risks and demonstration of best practices associated with environmental leadership, such as setting ambitious and meaningful targets. Those that don’t disclose or provide insufficient information are scored an F. Sherry Madera, CEO of CDP, said: “Congratulations to all the companies on CDP’s A List, and those companies that started or accelerated their journey towards environmental transparency in 2023 – we saw a 24% increase of disclosures last year and that trajectory is to be applauded. It is only by laying the groundwork of disclosure that companies can show they are serious about the vital part they play in securing a net-zero, nature-positive future.” The full list of companies that made this year’s CDP A List is available here: https://www.cdp.net/en/companies/companies-scores Photo credits: Accor
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Hyatt announces Ronil Goa - the first JdV by Hyatt hotel in India and Southwest Asia
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Hyatt announces Ronil Goa - the first JdV by Hyatt hotel in India and Southwest Asia
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has recently unveiled Ronil Goa, a new addition to the JdV by Hyatt brand, situated in the vibrant state of Goa, India. Positioned on the renowned Calangute Baga Road, this boutique resort boasts over 35 years of legacy and stands as the first five-star hotel in this bustling locale. With its Indo-Portuguese inspired architecture, Ronil Goa promises to deliver classic Goan hospitality through immersive experiences, including vibrant entertainment, rejuvenating spa treatments, and distinctive culinary offerings. Sunjae Sharma, Managing Director of Hyatt in India and Southwest Asia, expresses excitement over the brand’s expansion into the leisure market, emphasizing the alignment of Ronil Goa with the JdV by Hyatt ethos of celebrating life’s moments. Gaurav Khaunte, Managing Director of Ronil Hotels and Resorts, echoes this sentiment, anticipating a fruitful partnership with Hyatt as they embark on this new journey together. The resort offers 135 chic rooms with private balconies, two swimming pools that are the heart of the resort, and a host of memorable experiences. Inspired by the texture of shells, fluted wall panels are consistent across the resort, especially the guest rooms. Spacious open wardrobes, complimentary mini-bar, signature Cedar Sandalwood bath amenities, comfortable beds and locally loved tea and coffee brands, ensure our guests feel at home. Beyond luxurious accommodations and dining, Ronil Goa provides ample event spaces for gatherings and a plethora of onsite experiences designed to immerse guests in a leisurely state of mind. From poolside relaxation to vibrant entertainment and personalized local insights, the resort aims to create an environment where guests can fully embrace the present moment and indulge in the essence of Goan hospitality. hyatt.com Photo credits: Hyatt
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