VENUE UPDATES

Pride opens Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot

Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot has opened as the 15th property of The Pride Group of Hotels. The resort is conveniently located on Rataiya Road, Ishwariya, Rajkot, in the industrially thriving state of Gujarat. It is well connected by rail, road and air to all major cities and offers a venue for leisure and business travellers, conventions and events. The city of Rajkot has seen a steady growth in travellers from India and across the world.

In a serene location surrounded by lush greenery, Pride Resort and Convention Centre Rajkot offers 99 spacious rooms including 31 deluxe rooms, 31 executive rooms, 31 premium rooms and six suite rooms. The facilities include a speciality restaurant with global culinary choices, 24-hours room service, fully equipped business centre, banquet and conference halls, a travel desk, four lavish green party lawns and dedicated parking areas.


The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa opens in Goa

The Fern Hotels & Resorts has opened The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa, Verna Plateau-Goa – taking the tally to 57 hotels managed by the company. The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa is a 60-room hotel offering contemporary accommodations, a finely-designed, multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, state-of-art banquet halls, a swimming pool and poolside lawns.

The hotel offers four different categories of rooms – Winter Green, Winter Green Premium, Fern Club and Hazel Suite. Guest room facilities include LED TV, digital safe, complimentary bottled drinking water, tea and coffee and eco-friendly lighting. The hotel also offers a restaurant, ‘The Bougainvillea’, offering a wide range of Indian, Asian, Goan and International cuisines and alcoholic beverages.

Kesarval Gardens, which originally were the pioneers in open-air weddings in Goa, will however continue to be an independently-run wedding venue. Anybody can now book the Kesarval Gardens and have a choice of bringing in their own caterers or The Fern Kesarval Hotel & Spa will provide their personalised catering services for the wedding function.


Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa debuts new north Indian property

South Asia’s largest hospitality company, the Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), has opened the Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa in the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.

The Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa is set on 13 acres of terraced gardens on the bank of the river Ganges, in the shadow of the Himalayan Mountains. The resort’s soft opening welcomes guests to try 25 of its rooms and café, the hard opening is set for November 2019.

The resort will be an ideal destination for weddings and conferences with indoor and outdoor banqueting spaces. The spa facilities and activity packages on offer such as white-river rafting and rock climbing will also cater to those booking incentive trips.


The Taj Theog Resort & Spa opens in Shimla

The Taj Theog Resort & Spa, Shimla, a hilltop resort, has opened on a ridge 75 minutes from Shimla town, beyond the pine-scented Kufri and before Narkanda.

The Taj Theog is spread over five undulating acres of forest. All of the 99 rooms afford panoramic views of the green and the snow-capped Himalayas beyond. With ample use of slate and wood, the décor is warm and cozy as you’d expect from a mountain resort. The dining options at the Taj Theog include Tragopan, an all-day diner that offers local pahari cuisine in addition to global cuisines; Peony, an oriental restaurant offers Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines and Theog Junction, dubbed as an imaginative tribute to the classic narrow-gauge toy train that chugs from Kalka to Shimla. Taj Theog also has the signature Jiva Spa and a temperature-controlled pool.


Marriott opens Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark

Marriott International has opened Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark, expanding the brand into Kerala. The addition of this property strengthens the Four Points brand presence in India to 12 hotels across key gateway cities and upcoming destinations across the country.

Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark features 5,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space, ideal for conferences. In addition, the hotel also features a 24-hour gym, a spa and an infinity pool.

Nestled in one of Kochi’s largest IT hubs, and located within close proximity to several corporate parks, Four Points by Sheraton Kochi Infopark is also accessible to nearby attractions as well for those spending a leisure holiday in Kochi.

The property offer 218 guestrooms including 23 suites as well as dining options that include The Eatery, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with an international spread, local specialties and a dessert selection. All Spice is a casual destination to indulge in coastal delicacies from Maharashtra, Goa, Karwar and Kerala. Deli is the Grab and Go – pastry and confectionery shop, along with Caper, the high-energy lounge bar.

Situated approximately 27 kms from the Kochi International Airport, the hotel is close to numerous attractions including the Fort Kochi, Jew Town, Kerala Kathakali Centre, Hill Palace Museum, and Mattancherry Palace.


InterContinental opens in Dhaka, Bangladesh

InterContinental Hotels Group has re-launched in the Bangladeshi market with its latest opening in the capital, the InterContinental Dhaka, Bangladesh. The hotel offers 226 guest rooms including 25 suites and facilities such as a club lounge, temperature-controlled swimming pool overlooking Ramna Park, a steam room, sauna and spa. Dining options include five F&B outlets that offer a variety of cuisines – an all-day dining restaurant, a speciality restaurant, lobby cafe and pool bar. For meetings, the property offers more than 1,950 sq m of space across two ballrooms and seven meeting rooms, all equipped with the latest audio-visual technology. The hotel is situated close to the central business district as well as the university, hospitals and major shopping malls


Four Seasons Hotel Singapore completes update

The Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has completed its year-long room renewal programme of its 225 guestrooms including four suites.

All refurbished rooms and suites now boast large floor-to-ceiling windows, providing sweeping views of the city and allowing plenty of natural light. In addition, the design of the four suites – the Royal Suite, Governor Suite, Ambassador Suite and the Presidential Suite – takes a leaf from Singapore’s history.

The Royal Suite on the 18th floor is inspired by the nearby Singapore Botanic Gardens, while the 19th floor Ambassador Suite is as colourful and rich as the Peranakan (Straits Chinese) culture it takes after. Aside from F&B venues such as the one Michelin star Jiang-Nan Chun, other amenities include the Four Seasons Spa, rooftop pool on the 20th floor, four tennis courts and a fitness centre.

For meetings and conferences, Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has over 1,500 sq m of meeting space, all of which underwent a refurbishment in 2016. This includes the two penthouse function rooms on the 20th floor with individual patios, as well as the pillarless 491 sq m ballroom.


Vivanta Kathmandu opens with views of the Himalayas

Vivanta Kathmandu has opened in the heart of Kathmandu Valley, located in the vibrant Patan district of Kathmandu, just eight kms from Tribhuvan International Airport. The hotel offers the business and leisure traveller 110 rooms and suites, buzzing restaurants, a live-wire bar, a spa, fitness centre and infinity heated pool. The hotel also provides a rooftop pool and Koko Bar to enjoy the finest views of Kathmandu over sundowners and hors d’oeuvres. There is a view of the Himalayas in the distance through the glass walls of the state-of-the-art fitness centre. The hotel offers Saturday brunches at the pan-Asian restaurant Akari as well as local Newari dishes at Mynt – the all-day diner. Irrespective of the purpose of the trip, for business meetings, family vacation or gearing up for a trek to Everest Base, the hotel’s city tours and day trips offers a comprehensive experience of the Kathmandu valley area.


A place to connect with nature

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has opened Himalayas Lake View – a collection of Nepal’s first luxury tented Eco Villas, eight hideaways overlooking Phewa Lake and perfect for exclusive incentive groups.

It is the boutique hotel brand’s second property in the region alongside the award-winning The Pavilions Himalayas.   Accessed via paddle boat across the majestic Phewa Lake and a short hike along a curving mountain trail, the eight new tented villas are surrounded by cascading rice fields and the Annapurna Himalayas. Jeep Safari transfers are also available on request. The unique open design of the villas provides unobscured views of the breathtaking landscape, allowing guests to connect with nature without sacrificing luxury and comfort. Mountain botanicals and a natural spring pool form the basis of a uniquely Himalayan wellness experience while Nepalese and international cuisine is crafted using produce cultivated at The Pavilions Himalayas’ own organic farm.  Together the hotel and farm offer employment to the local Pokhara community, establishing the brand’s commitment to true sustainability, community outreach and low impact operating practices.

Each villa has been created using natural, local materials and features floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable wraparound glass doors, handcrafted furniture and al fresco rain showers.  Embodying the laidback charm of Pokhara, the eight tented villas capture the essence of a back-to-nature experience in a truly majestic setting, without forgoing the contemporary comforts.

Activities include trekking the mountains, meditating, kayaking on the lake or joining guided walks led by a local naturalist.  In between times, the clubhouse offers refreshments and local treats, while a team of therapists deliver rejuvenating wellness experiences combining foraged botanicals and traditional healing techniques.

Farm-to-table dining using ingredients from The Pavilions Himalayas’ organic community farm showcases traditional Nepalese cuisine and international dishes, while lakeside barbecues complete the camping experience.


Opening of ibis Kolkata Rajarhat

AccorHotels, in partnership with InterGlobe Hotels, has announced the launch of their economy brand in Kolkata with the opening of ibis Kolkata Rajarhat. Ibis Kolkata Rajarhat will set the standard for some of the future ibis hotels in India, with new features including a sleeker and more colourful facade that breaks away from the traditional standardised monochrome exterior and more colourful rooms with wider windows and better beds.

Ibis Kolkata Rajarhat offers 189 rooms, taking the ibis brand to 19 hotels across 13 cities with over 3,000 rooms. Kolkata as a destination has seen a large influx of travellers for business and leisure. Strategically placed near the airport, IT parks and multiple malls, ibis Kolkata Rajarhat will cater to the emerging IT and ITES hub. It is also close to tourist attractions such as the Wax Museum, Rabindra Tirtha and Nazrul Tirtha cultural centres, Eco Park and several jogging trails.

The hotel features a 2,457 sq. ft pillarless meeting space which can further be divided to three smaller rooms with capacity for up to 250 guests, one of the largest event/banquet spaces for an ibis. The hotel is situated near the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, the 5000-capacity venue in Kolkata.

The hotel will also feature a revamped food offering at Spice It, serving home-style international comfort food and regional cuisines. As with all ibis hotels, it will serve India’s longest-running breakfast, starting from 4 am until noon. Fitness enthusiasts can use the well-equipped cardio centre, which is open round the clock.