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Four Seasons Rancho Encantado Santa Fe Launches All New Summer Experiences

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Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, a spectacular all-season destination offering luxury, discovery and adventure in the Land Of Enchantment, offers a number of enriching summer activities to enjoy in the magical surrounds of northern New Mexico.  In addition to ongoing adventure programing such as horseback riding through Ghost Ranch, guided hikes through the Sangre de Christo foothills and hot air ballooning over the high desert, the Resort will also offer guests brand new poolside options, and a series of workshops, demonstrations, and classes as part of their Artist in Residence program, and an exclusive new wedding offering in partnership with popular fashion brand Stone Cold Fox.

In the lead up to the summer months, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado has developed a series of summer experiences for guests to enjoy while staying at the Resort.

Artist in Residence Program

The ongoing Artist in Residence program supports local artists and artisans, showcasing works created onsite, available for purchase, while also engaging guests with a series of workshops, live demonstrations and lectures.  As part of the program, the Resort has partnered with the International Folk Art Market to host their VIP Key Speaker Fred de Sam Lazaro and two of their artists from Cambodia and Mali.

Chantha Nguon – Chantha Nguon from Cambodia started her social enterprise organisation Stung Tren Women’s Development Centre in 2002 in collaboration with Partner in Progress in a small house with two traditional wooden weaving looms and a big dream.  The project focuses on teaching and mentoring local women in the art of ikat silk weaving while developing life skills that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.  The Mekong Blue silk products that she and her organisation produce are now regarded as some of the finest silk products in Cambodia.  Nguon is recognised as a UNESCO Award of Excellence Winner.  Nguon will be staying at the Resort July 6-8, 2018 and will be hosting a special workshop and demonstration for guests to learn about the craft of silk weaving on Saturday July 7, 2018.

Mohamed El Maouloud Ag Hamid – Mohamed El Maouloud Ag Hamid is founder of the northern Mali artist collective Timidwa, which was founded with the mission of bringing people together, united in common creative goals.  He is part of a 150-strong group of artisans from different ethnicities and professions and specialises in the art of traditional north west African silversmithing.  Creating intricate and richly detailed jewelry in the traditional Tuareg style, El Maouloud Ag Hamid has created a network of artisans that has maintained and progressed the traditions of his people, while developing a network of artisans that support each other socially and creatively.  El Maouloud Ag Hamid will be staying at the Resort July 20-22, 2018, and will be showcasing his craft in a workshop on Saturday July 21, 2018.

Poolside Dreaming

Now open for the season, Rancho Encantado’s pool offers guests a new collection of poolside amenities as well as a refreshed poolside menu.  Guests can lounge by the pool while attentive pool staff offer services such as sunglass cleaning and Aquafina misting while serving smoothie shots, and tasting bites.  The new poolside menu combines tempting cocktails, best enjoyed in the heat of the summer sun, with Asian-inspired light bites including fresh Thai salads, mahi mahi lettuce wraps and freshly made poke bowls.

  • The pool is open daily from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Opera Lovers’ Package

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Santa Fe Opera has long been a focal point for the arts in Santa Fe, providing an arena to showcase some of the countries most talented musicians, directors and opera singers.  Every summer, opera lovers from around the world gather in Santa Fe to enjoy outstanding productions from one of America’s premier opera companies.  The Opera Lovers Package invites guests to make Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado their home base, enjoying all the property has to offer, while also soaking up the delights of the season’s opera program.  Guests who book their stay at least 30 days in advance can enjoy 15 percent off their room rate, a three-course pre-opera dinner for two at the Resort’s signature Terra restaurant, round trip transportation to the Santa Fe Opera, and a USD 50 Resort credit for stays of three or more nights.

The Opera Lovers’ Package is offered at a starting rate of USD 499.  The package is available to book from now until 30 days prior to the last performance of the season.  Reservations for the Opera Lovers’ Package are available by contacting Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado at 1 800 819 5053, or booking online.

Father’s Day Grill

The Resort’s signature Terra Restaurant will be hosting an exclusive Father’s Day BBQ presented by Chef Kai Autenrieth, on Sunday, June 17, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Guests can indulge in an elaborate buffet featuring show-stopping dishes from Terra, action stations and sumptuous desserts, served alongside a curated whiskey tasting.

  • USD 50 per adult, includes whiskey tasting; USD 20 per child

First Fridays

Rancho Encantado’s curated retail boutique – The Trading Post – will be hosting a new monthly artist and artisan takeovers as part of its First Fridays event series.  Guests can interact with the artists themselves and learn about their process while enjoying complimentary wine and light bites, while they browse and shop.  The series will occur on the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at The Trading Post.

Santa Fe Stone Cold Fox Bride

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado recently announced its partnership with popular fashion brand Stone Cold Fox.  The partnership enables the Resort to expand its wedding offerings and allows brides-to-be the option to include a Stone Cold Fox Bride custom wedding gown and/or Stone Cold Fox Bride vintage lace and silk robes for the bridal party in their package when booking a wedding at the Resort.

Inspired by their recent trip to Santa Fe where Stone Cold Fox founders Cydney Morris and Dallas Wand stayed at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, Stone Cold Fox and Rancho Encantado have teamed up to assist brides booking their wedding at the Resort to look their very best.  Whether its elegant robes for the bride and her maids or a Santa Fe-inspired bridal gown, the team at Stone Cold Fox Bride will outfit bridal parties from head to toe.  Stone Cold Fox specialises in vintage-inspired pieces with a modern twist.

With a wonderful range of adventures, activities and experiences all housed within the beautiful surrounds of Santa Fe, there are now even more reasons to book a summer getaway at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado.

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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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