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Andaz Brand Debuts (ANDAZ) RED Suite in London

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(ANDAZ)RED Suite at Andaz London Liverpool Street

The Andaz brand announced today its latest collaboration with (RED) – the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver – the launch of a custom suite at Andaz London Liverpool Street personally designed by Sir Terence Conran, founder of acclaimed architecture and interior design firm, Conran and Partners. The (ANDAZ)RED Suite is available to book beginning June 22, 2018, with a portion of each booking going directly to support (RED)’s fight to end AIDS. Development of the 900 square foot suite (80 square meters) follows a larger renovation of the hotel’s 267 guestrooms in 2017, completed by the team at Conran and Partners.

“Bringing in the local neighborhood and culture to the guest experience through design and experiences is what the Andaz brand is all about,” said Heather Geisler, vice president, global brands and field marketing for Hyatt. “Launching the (ANDAZ)RED Suite in London not only celebrates our continued collaboration with (RED) but also gives us an opportunity to bring to life the city’s rich art history and storied culture through Sir Terence Conran’s inspired design.”

“We’re thrilled to offer the (ANDAZ)RED Suite—one we see as an experience all its own,” said Andaz London Liverpool Street General Manager, Otto Steenbeek. “It’s been an honor working with Sir Terence Conran to create this expertly curated space reflecting the spirit of East London, while giving our guests an opportunity to benefit the lives of others through their travels.”

(ANDAZ)RED Suite at Andaz London Liverpool Street

The Andaz brand launched 11 years ago with Andaz London Liverpool Street. Leveraging the hotel’s largest suite, the design includes custom-made cabinets, bedside and dressing tables, Eames and Karusselli lounge chairs (Sir Terence’s favorite seating) and a replica of the coffee table Sir Terence designed for his own home.

“The Great Eastern Hotel, as this hotel was once known, was my first big hotel project, so it has been a dream for me to be involved with the building once again,” said Sir Terence Conran. “I am proud to have collaborated with the Andaz brand and (RED) on a suite design that will give guests a great deal of pleasure while doing a great deal of good in the world. Through carefully curated and commissioned artwork and photography by local artists, we injected the vibrant and creative vibe of East London into the suite and mixed in contemporary hotel design with a domestic feel.”

The room layout was adjusted to create a living and dining area as well as a separate bedroom, while introducing finishes and furniture to distinctly set it apart from both other hotel experiences in the area and the recently redesigned Andaz rooms. The suite’s bathroom includes black Dornbracht brassware and basins by Laufen. It also houses a double vanity unit in marble, a freestanding Laufen bath and heated floors. The room design also references (RED) with one of the Karuselli chairs upholstered in red leather, a bright magenta sofa, and red glass bedside lamps.

“After the success of our first (ANDAZ)RED Suite designed by Jonathan Adler at Andaz West Hollywood, we were excited to bring this experience to international travelers and show them that staying at a hotel can now be both personally rewarding and a powerful force in changing people’s lives,” said Deb Dugan, (RED)’s CEO. “Collaborating with the Andaz brand once again felt like a natural next step in our approach of engaging and giving back to local communities worldwide.”

The suite will also feature portraits by British portrait and fashion photographer Rankin. Each portrait tells the story of how (RED) funds were put to work on the ground, showcasing mothers and children in Africa who have thrived because of the (RED) funds from partners like the Andaz brand.

A special cabinet designed by Sir Terence contains a selection of (RED) products available for purchase ranging from $19-$315 (£14-£300). With each purchase, guests will provide an additional donation to (RED). The selection currently includes: (BEATS)RED Beats Pill+, (ALESSI)RED Anna G Corkscrew, (S’WELL)RED bottle, (LE CREUSET)RED Salt and Pepper Mill, and a (VESPA)RED helmet and mug.

As part of the first collaboration of its kind between a hotel brand and (RED), this suite is the latest in a series of activations since 2017, including the first-ever (ANDAZ)RED Suite at Andaz West Hollywood designed by Jonathan Adler; (ANDAZ)RED Cabanas at five Andaz properties worldwide; and a breakfast promotion at Andaz properties in North America to raise funds for (RED)’s fight.

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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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