VENUE UPDATES

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.


Mercure launches Goa Devaaya Retreat

AccorHotels today announced the launch of the Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat, an exquisite property dedicated to traditional healing. Situated on the Divar island on Goa’s arterial Mandovi river, the property offers visitors authentic Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Yoga treatments with international hospitality standards.

Ayurvedic physicians prescribe personalised treatment programmes for each guest after a detailed consultation. These holistic healing programmes performed by expert therapists, constitute specific daily routines, regulated nutritious diet, and wellness activities. Treatments include Abhyanga, Panchkarma, Svedan, AntarSnehan, Virechan, Basti, Shirodhara, Pizhichil, Navrakizhi and Nasya. The property also offers tailor-made corporate yoga programmes for professionals, managers, executives and technicians through its programme titled ‘self-management of excessive tension.’

The retreat’s dedicated Naturopathy centre also has a team that has been trained in holistic care and offers treatments like acupuncture, hydrotherapy, mud therapy, colon hydrotherapy, spinal spray, hip bath, arm & foot bath, sauna bath, enema and a range of, therapeutic, Swedish, deep tissue and lymphatic drainage massages.

Situated on a peaceful island with distinctive Goan architecture, the property offers 28 therapy rooms (modern/rustic), a large yoga pavilion, river facing venues, hydrotherapy rooms, mud bath areas, physiotherapy rooms, fitness centre, swimming pool, jogging track and an array of diet centres serving pure vegetarian and customised Ayurvedic diets. Programmes are guided by a set of skilled doctors, vaidyas and therapists who map personalised treatment plans, based on each resident’s condition. Plans begin with a recommended three-day stay, seven-day stay, and a possibility of extension based on consultation with physicians.

The retreat offers a range of healthy dining options. Manos offers sattvic food and beverages with a scenic view overlooking the Mandovi river while Jetty restaurant provides healthy snacks and juices, along with poolside restaurants Malar and Amboi. Smoke and alcohol-free environment at Mercure Goa Devaaya Retreat makes it the perfect venue for rejuvenating and healing from the stress of modern urban life.


Raffles Maldives Meradhoo ready for opening

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo, the 38-villa resort, is opening in the exclusive Gaafu Alifu Atoll next month. This is AccorHotels’ fourth property in the Maldives and is the first under the Raffles brand and will be the perfect venue for small incentive groups.

Raffles Maldives Meradhoo is located at the southern end of the Maldives archipelago, near the equator on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The resort is accessible by domestic flight, 55 minutes from Male International Airport followed by 15-minute speedboat ride from Kaadedhdhoo Airport.

Home to Beach Villas, Beach Residences and the Raffles Royal Residence, which opens in the second half of 2019, the luxurious property features a private pool, generous living spaces and lavish marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub and outdoor shower. A secluded collection of over water villas and residences lies adjacent to one of the vibrant house reefs which can be reached by a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat.

In each of the terraces, guests can view the marine life below through the glass flooring panels.  Two magnificent reefs provide a thriving habitat for the marine life including baby sharks, turtles and a myriad of tropical fish. F&B consists of a range of rich gastronomic delights served at the Thari all-day diner, Yuzu. There is a Peruvian and Japanese fusion restaurant and The Firepit where guests can enjoy various flame-grilled chef speciality dishes under the stars. A selection of tapas and freshly-prepared sashimi with original cocktail concoctions, inspired by the national drinks of South America and Japan, can be experienced at the overwater Yapa Sunset Bar or a list of the world’s most prestigious champagnes and wines at the popular Long Bar.

Set over the water, the Raffles Spa offers a private escape, with first class manicure and pedicure concept from Margaret Dabbs London.


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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