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Sneak Preview: Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur Reveals Unrivalled Restaurants and Lounges Ahead of Mid-2018 Opening

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Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, the all-new ultra-luxurious hotel set to debut mid-2018, reveals six distinct food and beverage offerings, welcoming residents and travellers alike to enjoy a new era of dining in Kuala Lumpur.  Located in the exclusive Golden Triangle neighbourhood next to the iconic Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the Hotel introduces a collection of extraordinary culinary experiences, redefining the city’s epicurean scene and cementing Four Seasons as the new gastronomic hub.

Led by Executive Chef Junious Dickerson, Four Seasons will host four restaurants and two lounges, including a bespoke patisserie shop, each well-appointed to take advantage of the Hotel’s idyllic location in the heart of the city and design-worthy ambiance.  Complementing Kuala Lumpur’s vibrant multi-cultural culinary scene, Four Seasons will bring its renowned global flair to the destination by way of the menus – ranging from traditional Cantonese to a mix of international flavours including western, pan-Asian and Arabic favourites, along with stylish cocktails fashioned by acclaimed mixologists.

Dickerson, a 30-year veteran chef with half of his career centred in Southeast Asia, is celebrated for creating extraordinary gastronomic experiences through artisanal cuisine that touches the heart and soul.  In shaping the restaurant concepts and menus with the food and beverage team, Dickerson notes, “Each restaurant and lounge thoughtfully reflects the authenticity, imagination and innovation that is synonymous with Four Seasons, with special attention influenced by the thriving art scene in Kuala Lumpur.”  Dickerson adds, “Malaysia has some of the finest ingredients and unique traditions – and equally as impressive is the incredible amount of local farmers and purveyors, all of which have influenced our menus and will be integral in delivering outstanding culinary experiences.”

As part of Dickerson’s arsenal in creating the most coveted new dining scene in Kuala Lumpur, he has recruited two extraordinary experts in the food and beverage community – acclaimed Chinese Chef Jimmy Wong, specialising in traditional Cantonese cuisine, and award-winning bartender Ashish Sharma.  “Chef Jimmy and Ashish both bring an incredible vision, meticulous attention to detail, and undeniable talent to their craft – and our guests will have the unique opportunity to witness their respective showmanship and savour their artisanal creations,” noted Chef Junious Dickerson.

Preview: Dining and Drinking at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Yun House – Destined to become Kuala Lumpur’s premier Chinese restaurant for lunch, dinner and drinks, Yun House celebrates time-honoured Cantonese cuisine with a modern attitude.  Award-winning chef Jimmy Wong is at the helm of the restaurant and brings his unwavering commitment to quality and expertise to Yun House, while also infusing artful presentations to complement the restaurant’s modern and stylish atmosphere.  Paying homage to the past, Yun House is a remix of traditional ingredients and age-old recipes, impeccably prepared and presented in a reimagined contemporary setting.

As with its namesake, yun meaning “park” in Cantonese, the restaurant boasts dramatic views of KLCC park.  Blending sophisticated, modern interior design with a timeless elegance, Yun House offers an alluring ambiance to gather with family and friends over lunch or dinner.  Yun House’s design is anchored by the richness of pewter and akin to spaces of the contemporary art world to inspire, perpetuate and cultivate thoughtful exchanges while dining.

Bar Trigona – In this stylish new cocktail bar, discover where creative cocktails collide with the most coveted masters of their craft.  Bar Trigona, named after Malaysia’s native trigona bee – which produces some of the world’s most sought-after wild honey – boasts hand-crafted cocktails, curated spirits, wines and beers, and light food pairings, all anchored by Four Seasons hospitality.  Inspired by Malaysia’s rich and diverse flora, celebrated head bartender Ashish Sharma has developed a captivating menu with an emphasis on local and sustainable ingredients.  Sip, savour and enjoy classic cocktails with a reimagined twist, while taking in breathtaking skyline views from this coveted new venue.

The Lounge at Four Seasons – Paying homage to Malaysia’s traditional open-air dwellings, The Lounge transports guests to an enchanting setting – bringing the outdoors in, with an elegant, yet relaxed ambiance.  In true Four Seasons fashion, The Lounge is the heart of the Hotel – a sophisticated setting, yet accessible and inviting.  It’s an idyllic venue to savour a leisurely breakfast, light lunch, or delicious dinner.  Feast on classic fare, such as burgers and steak frites to club sandwiches and caesar salads, along with a collection of Malaysian favourites incorporating the same bold flavours, but with a contemporary presentation.  The Lounge is an idyllic gathering place to indulge in the customary enjoyment of afternoon tea, accompanied by a curated selection of classic tea sandwiches and decadent pastries, reflective of the seasons and sourced using the finest ingredients.

Curate – Inspired by the world’s best theatres, Curate takes centre stage with its innovative all-day dining buffet that offers a full sensory experience like no other.  The modern space serves up cutting edge, yet accessible cuisine – featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner, in a stylish show kitchen ambiance for all to admire.  The international buffet menu is infused with an assortment of local and seasonal sustainable ingredients.  Designed to indulge epicurean curiosities, Curate cultivates interactive and playful dialogue between the guests and the performers – the chefs.  Witness the showmanship – from hand-pulled noodles and rumali roti, to handmade pizzas tossed steps away from the table. The all-day dining menu showcases an international buffet infused with local and seasonal sustainable ingredients.   The sleek interior design, enveloped in delicate metallic finishes and glamourous details, echoes that of a theatrical stage for the chefs to create classic cuisine with a twist.

Pool Bar & Grill – An idyllic gathering place, the Pool Bar & Grill offers resort-style dining in the heart of the city.  The open-air style restaurant is located alongside the pool on the Hotel’s stylish rooftop, overlooking famed Kuala Lumpur City Centre Park. Led by Chef Moustafa Elsaady, who hails from Egypt, experience authentic and flavourful Middle Eastern inspired cuisine by day in the beautiful al fresco setting. In the evenings, the resort-style space transforms to a modern shisha lounge and grill, featuring a flavourful shisha menu, savoury cuisine and matched by breathtaking city views from the stylish rooftop setting.

Decadent by Four Seasons– This contemporary café and shop is dedicated to satisfying sweet indulgences with the finest, handcrafted artisanal confections.  As with its namesake, Decadent offers an extravagant, yet equally playful and hedonistic menu of edible art featuring modern twists on old classics.  Here, the confections are displayed like a whimsical jewel box, featuring everything from made-to-order gelato to artisanal chocolates, seasonal tarts, desserts, baked goods, pastries and delicate cakes.   Equally as dreamy, Decadent features an assortment of artisanal, hand-roasted coffee ranging from nitro coffee to class espresso, well suited for the connoisseur.

Helmed by a team of master chefs, the fanciful atmosphere, combined with the delicious assortment, showcases Four Seasons commitment to artisanal quality and craftsmanship.  Inspired by Europe’s leading chocolatiers, Decadent features a live chocolate tempering station with custom made brittles that include classic, new and Malaysian inspired ingredients.  Similarly, the gelateria offers made-to-order ice cream and sherbet, using the finest quality of seasonal fruit puree and natural flavours from Malaysia and beyond.  Sublime cakes are also among Decadent’s specialties, featuring custom works of art for gifts and special occasions.

Discover where traditional meets innovation, and discover an explosive new era of dining at Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur.

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Grand Hyatt Athens Opens in Greek Capital

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the opening of Grand Hyatt Athens, marking the first Hyatt hotel in the Greek capital and the first Grand Hyatt branded hotel in Greece. The luxury property is located on Syngrou Avenue next to the Onassis Cultural Centre and combines dramatic architecture with innovative design, easily accessible to historic sites and best-in-class restaurants.

The vibrant city of Athens offers countless activities for all types of visitors. At the same time, it is also known as the historic capital of Europe – an ancient city with rich culture, iconic sites and attractions.

“Athens is fast becoming the destination of choice where ancient history sits alongside modern coffee shops and rooftop bars,” said Nikos Trikourakis, general manager of Grand Hyatt Athens. “Our hotel will offer guests who seek first-class hospitality unforgettable experiences and a luxurious place to stay.”

Celebrating iconic Greek culture, the 309-room hotel incorporates curated art reminiscent of ancient Athens. Alongside original pieces from the Museum of Cycladic Art, the hotel also showcases a glamorous lobby with an extraordinary art installation called The Coin, which is made from replicated, ancient Athenian coins representing the Greek economic supremacy in the fifth century BC. The property’s rooftop also offers the spectacular Penthouse Restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool with impressive views of the Acropolis.

Grand Hyatt is situated within walking distance of the beautiful old town of Plaka and the infamous Acropolis site, while golf courses, the passenger port terminal of Piraeus and the golden beaches of the Athens southern suburbs are just a short car ride away.

The hotel will be managed by Kokari Limited and has been developed by the international real estate investment companies Henderson Park and Hines. It will be the second Hyatt property in Greece, joining Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki.

Accommodations

Designed with bold and vibrant features, the hotel has 309 beautifully decorated guestrooms, 38 of which are suites, including the Presidential Suite, Royal Suite and four Grand Executive Suites with terraces. The rooms feature spectacular views of either the Acropolis, the cityscape or the inner landscaped garden, and offer a spacious and luxurious stay. Additionally, suite and club room guests have exclusive access to the Grand Club Lounge, which provides lavish surroundings, personal concierge services and culinary highlights throughout the day.

Dining

The impressive rooftop restaurant is set on the hotel’s top floor overlooking the brightly lit Acropolis neighborhood of Athens through transparent glass surfaces and offers guests the extraordinary experience of fresh, seasonally-inspired Mediterranean cuisine. For a more relaxed environment, guests can also dine in the Aphrodite lobby lounge & bar, a modern and comfortable lounge-style restaurant offering patisserie selections, salads and deluxe sandwiches.

Wellbeing and Fitness

Grand Hyatt Athens has a stunning rooftop outdoor swimming pool with breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. The wellness center features four private treatment rooms, an indoor heated swimming pool, relaxation lounges, a sauna and a Turkish bath, known as a Hammam (to open in early 2019) – offering a destination of serene luxury and relaxation.

Meetings and Events

Grand Hyatt Athens offers the perfect venue for every type of event with almost 21,500 square feet of flexible event space and seven flexible multi-functional meeting spaces accommodating up to 1,000 guests. Conference facilities are equipped with the latest audio-visual technology paired with dedicated personal assistance at all times to ensure that events and meetings run smoothly.

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Ultimate Eid Getaway at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh

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This Eid escape the ordinary to the clear blue skies, turquoise waters and golden sands at Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, a haven of tranquillity in the heart of lush gardens and among authentic architectural style.

Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh is the ideal choice for a perfect Eid escape or summer getaway this season. Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they like, from an adventurous dive in the marine life that thrives just beyond the Resort’s shoreline to a friendly tennis match on the Resort courts or simply relaxing on a beautiful beach with an amazing location by the Red Sea, or enjoying ancient-inspired spa treatments.

The Resort is second to none when contemplating an unforgettable retreat with family or loved ones. For this special occasion, the culinary team has prepared their finest creations across the Resort’s various dining venues, offering different themed nights from the best of Italian cuisine at Il Frantoio restaurant to oriental specialities at Arabesque restaurant, Reef Grill‘s Land and Sea Market, Waha’s specialities by the pool, in addition to live entertainment and creative cocktails at Nafoura Lounge. It is going to be difficult to make just one choice this Eid!

Younger guests are invited on August 23, 2018 to a fun-filled Eid family party.  The Kids for all Seasons Club has prepared themed activities for children throughout Eid celebrations including hand puppets, fun beach games, Red Sea shells collection, water polo, movie nights, swimming races, Eid card making and much more entertainment during the day.

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Mandarin Oriental To Manage Luxury Resort On Lake Como, Italy

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced today that it has taken over management of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, an existing resort on Lake Como, Italy. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of facilities. This will be Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in western Europe and will complement the Group’s Milan hotel.

Located on the shores of Lake Como, and surrounded by lush botanic parkland, the resort is a landmark of historic importance, comprising 76 spacious rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th Century. Two of the villas will be bookable in their entirety giving guests their own private retreat. Almost all accommodation has lake views that can be enjoyed from either a balcony or terrace. The resort features four restaurants and bars, including a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, a large spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the lake. There is also a variety of social and meeting facilities in the resort’s grounds.

“We are delighted to be extending the Mandarin Oriental brand to the shores of Lake Como which has long been a destination of choice for luxury travellers. We look forward to bringing the Group’s exemplary service to the resort and to working with our partners to create one of Italy’s most exclusive properties,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Lake Como has been a popular travel destination for centuries, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful resort areas in northern Italy. The lake is surrounded by villas, gardens and villages and offers visitors a wealth of scenic views, hiking trails, boating and other water activities. It is easily accessed from Milan Malpensa airport.

CastaDiva Resort & Spa was acquired in 2017 by funds managed by Attestor Capital LLP.

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