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Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts Is On Summer Holiday

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Paris-born Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts today introduced Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien – a global programme that brings the playful glamour of European summers to life at its more than 100 hotels around the world. Inspired by the brand’s French heritage and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, the global series of events invites guests to sip, sway and savour the journey of travel through all senses.

Beginning this month, Le Méridien hotels will feature a dedicated Petit Plates menu offering light and local fare alongside rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme.  The brand will also bring a modern twist to the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon – ubiquitous throughout the Mediterranean in summer months – inviting guests to lounge a little longer, with an exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.

“No matter where you are from or where you are traveling, the idea of summer connotes a sense of slowing down and savouring the good life – a mentality that we celebrate at our hotels year-round,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts.  “With a hint of whimsy and a nostalgic nod to the glamour of the French Riviera in the 1960s, this programme aims to inspire travellers to explore the world in style, the same way that we’re inspired when visiting destinations like Mauritius and Melbourne.”

Embodying the idea that the sun never sets on the jet set, Le Méridien will chase the sun continuing Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée  programme around the globe, from Dubai and Bangkok.  Soirées will occur nightly, weekly or at celebratory moments throughout the summer months in both northern and southern hemispheres, in destinations as diverse as Split and Seoul, Nice and New Orleans. Here are just a few on the horizon:

– Just on the heels of the extravagant French tradition Monaco Grand Prix, which draws celebrities and socials to celebrate the start of summer, Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée will debut at Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monte Carlo this week with music performances by Nouvelle Vague and DJ Inès Mélia, a custom built rosé bar and beachside bites.

– Recently renovated Le Méridien Ra will roll out its signature Gelato truck to launch the programme for its global guests this week as well. The hotel famously celebrates summer anchored by its buzzy beach club on one of Catalonia’s matchless beaches where guests can enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, Sparkling Cocktails and live music well into the evening – all beginning on Summer Solstice with dinner on the beach and fireworks that will illuminate the San Salvador Beach.

– Beginning on Bastille Day with a celebratory sparkling soirée, Le Méridien Denver Downtown will offer aperitivo hour featuring Italian Aperol Spritz Punch and French 75 Punch in the hotel’s restaurant: Corinne Honest Food and Drink as well as on the patio (everyday, 4pm – 10pm); backgammon and rosé in The Lobbyist bar (Sunday) and vintage summer cinema on Mondays with light bites, cocktails, music and projected films inspired by the late 1960s,

– Le Méridien Versailles in Montreal will create an aperitif moment to transition from day to night, offering live music, rosé cocktails, gelato and a backgammon tournament each Thursday – transforming their signature Hub and outside terrace into a mid-century Mediterranean oasis, complete with Palm trees, orange blossoms, beach umbrellas and vintage throws. In addition, the hotel has partnered with Priority Bicycles to offer guests a fly-by-view of the charming city in the summer.

Le Méridien & Atelier Doré Celebrate L’Art de Vivre
Le Méridien has tapped Garance Doré – celebrated writer, creative director and founder of Atelier Doré – to continue evolving the brand’s summer programming.  As creative consultant for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée, she will lend her editorial eye to guide how the sentiment of summer will come to life for Le Méridien guests around the globe.  Doré, who embodies an effortless French style and sensibility similar to Le Méridien brand, first moved to Paris from her native Corsica and now also calls Los Angeles home. Sharing Le Méridien’s view that the sun never sets on the jet-set, Doré will introduce a new video franchise — The Art of Life — a “how-to” series about savoring the good life, told through her unique lens.

To visualize the intangible allure of summer, the brand also created a contemporary yet classic visual identity for Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée by Le Méridien programme developed by creative agency The Gathery, which will be featured in hotels, on the brand’s website, on social media and more. The graphic design treatment  exudes a warm sophistication  and  bright  simplicity that stays  true  to  the brand’s  distinctly  European  spirit  anchored by  mid-century modernism.  Inspired by the iconic beach club culture of the 1960s, signature elements include chic straw sunbathing hats and backgammon patterns punctuated by yellow and white stripes.

For more information about Au Soleil: a Summer Soirée programme by Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, please visit www.lemeridien.com/ausoleil and follow along on social media with #LMAuSoleil.

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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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