VENUE UPDATES

Phuket’s new Splash Beach Resort offers biggest event space

Splash Beach Resort, Mai Khao, Phuket, has opened with a large integrated conferencing facility. Located just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport with 615 luxury rooms, suites, apartments, residences, penthouses and pool villas, eight restaurants and bars, integrated water park, spa and gym, Splash Beach Resort, Mai Khao, Phuket is an important venue for any type of events. It is Phuket’s largest pillarless event space with seating for 1,000 people, offering five integrated meeting rooms with flexible partitions and multiple break-out rooms. It also offers numerous outdoor event spaces on the beachfront, poolside or on one of the lawns. It augments Phuket’s MICE offering as the largest venue for meetings while accommodating large groups within the venue complex.


Latest Novotel offering Le Jardin a game-changer for foodies

Le Jardin, the latest offering from Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences, is the first Novotel hotel by AccorHotels to usher a change in the culinary gastronomy of Indian meeting, events and banqueting. The Parisian rooftop terrace launch showcased the possibility of over 20 live fusion cuisine counters, a game changer in the banqueting industry.

The open terrace banquet with a majestic bottle garden and a grand spiral stairway is spread across 18,000 square feet and can easily accommodate more than 1000 guests. On arrival, guests are happy to immerse themselves in three different ‘stories’ of food, beverage and entertainment.

Novotel Kolkata Hotel & Residences is Eastern India’s largest 5-star hotel with an inventory of 340 rooms. It boasts of 11 modern meeting rooms that can accommodate groups ranging from 2 to 600 guests.


Hyatt Regency Bangkok holds ‘soft’ opening

The Hyatt Regency Bangkok has had a soft opening and will celebrate a grand opening in January 2019. The hotel will offer an array of function and meetings spaces totaling 1,359 sqm, with natural lighting and the latest AV technology featuring in all meeting rooms. The biggest space is on the fifth floor, where a pillarless ballroom has been designed to accommodate up to 1,000 guests. The room can also be divided into four separate venues. The hotel is well connected to many other parts of the city, with a direct sky bridge to the Nana BTS station, making the area a crossroads between the inner and outer sections of Bangkok. The indoor and outdoor spaces of the hotel include a U-shaped bar and an all-day dining concept, including a multi-purpose venue and tapas bar on the 29th floor.

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Radisson opens first doors in Jodhpur

Radisson has opened its doors to the magnificent city of Jodhpur. The hotel is the first Radisson to open in the city.

Strategically located in the centre of Jodhpur, the hotel is positioned to be a preferred hotel in the upscale segment and the first choice among leisure and business travellers. The hotel is situated two kilometres from the airport and four kilometres from the railway station. It is situated within a radius of five kilometres from international tourist attractions like Ummaid Palace, Birkha Bawri Step Well, Merangarh Fort, Ghanta Ghar and Mandore Garden.

Spread over around 70,000 square feet, the hotel’s architecture is reminiscent of Rajasthan’s erstwhile culture and style. The hotel’s heritage-inspired 96 rooms come with modern amenities across superior, business class, studio suites, single bedroom suite, two bedroom duplex suites and presidential suite categories. Business class rooms include a separate living room and deluxe suites feature bathtub, powder room, microwave and TV in the separate living room. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness centre with modern equipment and a spa service with two treatment rooms.

Radisson Jodhpur offers a wide selection of dining options including Ekatra, a multicuisine all-day dining restaurant serving delicacies from around the globe; Abhiras, a rooftop Indian specialty restaurant with modern potpourri of cuisines strewn across India; J Bar, an exclusive terrace grill and bar featuring unique bar-be-que innovations paired with international and IMFL liquor blends and 1459, the confectioneries and pastry shop at the lobby level.

Radisson Jodhpur boasts over 30,000 square feet of total meeting space comprising three banquet halls. Equipped with high-speed, wireless internet and audio-visual support, the meeting space is ideal for corporate conferences and meetings. The banquet facilities at the hotel also feature a lawn spread over an area of approximately 14,000 square feet for outdoor events.


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.