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The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort brand’s first toe in Maldives water

Westin Hotels & Resorts has opened the brand’s first hotel in the Republic of Maldives with The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. It is nestled on a beautiful coral island in the Baa Atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, in close proximity to landmarks such as the Hanifaru Bay, which is known for the largest gathering of manta rays globally.

Led by award-winning Milan-based architects PEIA Associati, the resort’s design takes inspiration from the ocean with an outline in the shape of a fish, a distinctive reflection of the beauty of surrounding marine life while the arrival jetty is structured to resemble clamshells and the ocean’s waves.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 over water. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create the perfect natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region.

The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort presents three unique dining experiences. The Pearl is the resort’s specialty restaurant and is ideal for indulging in exquisite Japanese cuisine with exceptional ocean views. The restaurant offers a refined Japanese menu with a focus on seafood and fresh local ingredients. The all-day dining experience at Island Kitchen stays true to the Westin brand’s Eat Well brand pillar through a balanced menu combining Chinese, Indian and Maldivian fare. At Hawker, guests can sample authentic Asian street food with a live kitchen in a casual bustling atmosphere. Adjacent to the Library and overlooking the azure blue Indian Ocean, Sunset Bar is a relaxed lounge serving tapas and imaginative cocktails.

The idyllic resort also features Westin’s signature branded spa concept, the Heavenly Spa by Westin™ with the latest in beauty treatments, including a spacious treatment suite for two with a Jacuzzi and panoramic ocean views. Guests can stay active with the 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio sprawled across two levels that features weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment that faces personal flat-screen televisions and outdoor pool and a recreation ground with tennis, volleyball, basketball options. The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort is also well-equipped to play host to distinguished ceremonies with its multifunctional event spaces.

The stunning experience of the underwater world can be explored while snorkelling, diving, fishing and parasailing. Additional on-site facilities of the resort include a PADI dive centre and a boutique store.


Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Whitefield opens

Marriott International has announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Whitefield, nestled in one of Bengaluru’s largest business hubs and located within close proximity to several corporate parks.

The hotel’s 104 guestrooms provide plush bedding, including other amenities like a 43-inch LED TV. The property also offers complimentary high-speed WI-FI access and a 24-hour fully equipped fitness centre. Kava Kitchen & Bar, the signature all-day dining restaurant, offers buffet and a la carte options serving international cuisine along with local Karnatakan delicacies and comfort food. The bar provides a selection of premium liquor, fine wines, cocktails and mocktails and The Market is a 24/7 convenience store with a wide variety of grab-and-go food options.

Fairfield by Marriott Bengaluru Whitefield also features 1,860 sq ft of dedicated meeting space including meeting rooms with natural light, a pre-function area and column-free spaces, ideal for conferences, weddings and social gatherings of all sizes.

Situated approximately 40 kms from the Kempegowda International Airport, the hotel is close to numerous attractions including the HAL Aerospace Museum, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, National Gallery of Modern Art and Bannerghatta National Park. The hotel also has easy access to shopping arcades such as Phoenix Market City, VR Mall and Inorbit Mall and other entertainment sites.


VITS launches Upper Thane in Kalyan

VITS Luxury Hotels has launched VITS Upper Thane, a luxury corporate hotel located in the fastest growing city of Kalyan, near Bhiwandi, on the outskirts of Mumbai. Located a 35-minute drive away from the Thane Railway Station, VITS Upper Thane is now the best business hotel in the area.

All the guest rooms are fully air conditioned with Wi-Fi internet access, LED TV, tea & coffee maker, wardrobe, laundry service and safety lockers. It offers a specialty restaurant with culinary choices, 24-hour room service, travel desk, conference rooms and banquet halls. Leaf Spa offers a variety of treatments. VITS Upper Thane offers a venue to host events, conferences and business meetings.

Multi-cuisine F&B offers are available at Kamat Restaurant at VITS Upper Thane for the vegan food connoisseur. The all-day open restaurant presents a breakfast buffet and sumptuous dining experiences. Other F & B outlets includes Sky Dhaba – a rooftop lounge providing multi-cuisine food and serves liquor as well while Malwan Spice – another multi cuisine restaurant serves authentic cuisines from across India and some international cuisines like Continental, Oriental and Middle Eastern – along with full service bar serving premium wines, liquors and spirits.

As part of its domestic expansion plans VITS Hotels will unveil new properties in Mumbai (Colaba), Porbunder and Mangalore shortly.


AccorHotels launches dual brand Novotel & Ibis Styles in Bangkok

AccorHotels has announced the launch of Novotel ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 in the heart of the buzzing downtown area of Sukhumvit in Bangkok next month (October).

The hotels are located in the city’s Central Business District, surrounded by cosmopolitan restaurants, colourful entertainment options, shopping malls and cultural attractions. Nana and Ploenchit BTS Skytrain stations are just a five-minute walk away with the close proximity to the expressway providing easy access to Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang international airports.

The longest road in Thailand with many adjoining ‘sois’ (sub-streets), Sukhumvit is renowned for its glitzy shopping malls, dining and nightlife. AccorHotels is launching their second dual-hotel brand concept in Bangkok in partnership with The Erawan Group. The two-in-one hotel concept offers guests with a choice between the established Novotel – a world’s leading midscale brand – and ibis Styles, a successful and favourite brand within the ibis family for the budget-conscious travellers. Featuring Thai interiors, Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 offers 185 Deluxe and Grand Deluxe rooms that feature a unique wall art, a 49” Smart TV, a connectivity panel and a range of amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. All guest rooms are furnished with the new eco-designed LIVE N DREAM bedding concept made from 100% recycled bottles for a restful night’s sleep.

The newly built 133-room ibis Styles Bangkok Sukhumvit 4 features double and twin bedding, a 42” TV, a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities with breakfast and WI-FI.

 

 


Fairfield by Marriott Pune Kharadi opens

Marriott International has announced the opening of Fairfield by Marriott Pune Kharadi, a property with modern design, convenient amenities and warm hospitality within one of India’s fastest growing cities. Situated in close proximity to business hubs like EON, World Trade Centre and Magarpatta city and with easy access to shopping arcades such as Phoenix Mall, Seasons Mall and Amanora Mall, the hotel is in the IT hub of Pune, Kharadi, a leading destination for businesses. This is the first Fairfield by Marriott property in Pune and the 12th for the brand in India.

Featuring 109 rooms, the hotel’s contemporary design offers in-room amenities, plush bedding, a 43-inch LED TV and premium bath products. The property also offers complimentary high speed WI-FI access and a 24 hour fully equipped fitness centre. MICE facilities include 950 square feet of dedicated indoor meeting space and 1,700 square feet of outdoor venue space as well as meeting rooms with natural light, a pre-function area and column-free spaces ideal for conferences, weddings and located about seven kilometres from Pune International Airport.

 


One&Only Nyungwe House Resort to open in Rwanda

The One&Only Nyungwe House resort, on the edge of the Nyungwe rainforest, in the dramatic mountainous landscape of Rwanda’s southwest, will start welcoming guests on 1st October 2018. Set within a working tea plantation, alongside one of the largest and best-preserved montane rainforests in Africa, One&Only Nyungwe House promises a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by jungle views, guests will be able to trek with chimpanzees, or discover the endangered Mangabey monkeys. Conservation and support for local communities is of the utmost importance at One&Only Nyungwe House. Experiences include the opportunity for guests to participate in Umuganda – a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to environmental protection.


Marriott  opens Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort

Marriott International has announced the opening of Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa, in Chennai, southern India.

Located along the scenic East Coast Road of Chennai, overlooking the Bay of Bengal, the property is spread over 10 acres of land that includes landscaped gardens along miles of virgin beach. Deriving inspiration from the 4S‘s – sun, sand, sea and Southern India, the architecture and design in the resort represents the waves, sands and vast greenery.

The show stopper is a stunning copper installation of water buffaloes in the lobby, which are symbolic to the city of Chennai. The lobby is designed to replicate the famous South Indian Catamaran, which is also very symbolic to the city and the lives of the natives.

The hotel features 125 guest rooms, with amenities and services including a premium sleep experience. The food and beverage outlets consist of two distinctive restaurants and a lounge bar. ‘Reef’ – the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant – features a selection of freshly prepared local and international cuisines while ‘Pelican Deck’ is an open air grill and barbecue restaurant, specializing in “nose-to-tail” eating, prepared with a European and Mediterranean twist. ‘Pintail Lounge’ is the in-house lounge bar that holds an old-world charm with its rustic setting and deep, plush seating, serving an exclusive range of premium spirits, single malts and fine wines.

The Sheraton Grand Chennai Resort & Spa, with its prized beach front location, is spread across a massive 10 acres of land and offers a range of layouts flexible enough to accommodate events of all sizes, from small social gatherings to extravagant weddings and corporate meetings.

 


Jaipur’s first JW Marriott opens in the pink city

Marriott International has announced the opening of the JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa, marking the debut of the brand in Jaipur, India’s fabled ‘Pink City’. Nestled among the green hills of the ancient Aravalli Range in the state of Rajasthan, the 200-room, five-star JW Marriott Jaipur Resort & Spa features the region’s rich tapestry of history, heritage and culture.

The JW Marriott Jaipur is inspired by the regal palaces of Rajasthan featuring grand arches, fountains, intricate ‘Jaali’ metalwork, delicate inlays and hand-painted patterns in a classical blue-and-white palette. The resort features 200 luxurious guest rooms, villas and suites, including Royal Terrace Rooms, Royal Courtyard Rooms and Royal Pool Villas with private plunge pools, as well as two-bedroom Palace and Presidential Suites.

Dining options are Mohan Mahal, the hotel’s intimate fine dining restaurant, offering exquisite Rajasthani cuisine and Mughali ‘Thali’ menus. Sukh Mahal is an all-day dining restaurant serving international cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating. Hawa Mahal is a rooftop restaurant offering an unforgettable al fresco dining experience accompanied by live music. Guests can enjoy coffee or cocktails along with a wide selection of hors d’ oeuvres at Jharokha, the hotel’s bar and lounge, or select from a menu of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to pair with light bites at Preet Mahal.

The resort has indoor and outdoor banqueting venues of over 52,000 square feet, featuring multi-functional event spaces equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, including a 11,000 square feet pillarless ballroom.

The hotel offers a ‘Spa la Carte’ menu, with personalised consultations and treatments designed around natural local produce. The hotel has an all-weather outdoor pool as well as a fully-equipped fitness centre. The resort also features a range of enriching activities such as yoga and meditation sessions, visits to nearby villages for a first-hand experience of traditional Rajasthani life, special excursions to the nearby ‘Haathi Gaon’ to spend a day with elephants and curated culinary experiences to discover the secrets of spices in Indian cuisine.


Sheraton Grand Bengaluru marks Marriott’s Indian century

Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center is the 100th hotel of the hospitality major Marriott International in India. Their 360 rooms across eight categories includes 39 suites, equipped with high speed internet access and a 48-inch LED flat-screen television, among other amenities. The Shine Spa for Sheraton offers five treatment rooms and recreational facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness centre. F&B options are spread over five outlets including the poolside bar, a grill and a barbecue restaurant. The Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 2000 guests, is a part of the 6072 square metres of event space comprising 12 meeting rooms in the property complimenting the adjoining convention centre.


Sheraton Grand Bengaluru marks Marriott’s century in India

Sheraton Grand Bengaluru Whitefield Hotel & Convention Center is the 100th hotel of the hospitality major Marriott International in India. Their 360 rooms across eight categories includes 39 suites, equipped with high speed internet access and a 48-inch LED flat-screen television, among other amenities. The Shine Spa for Sheraton offers five treatment rooms and recreational facilities include a swimming pool and a fitness centre. F&B options are spread over five outlets including the poolside bar, a grill and a barbecue restaurant. The Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 2000 guests, is a part of the 6072 square metres of event space comprising 12 meeting rooms in the property complimenting the adjoining convention centre.