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Novotel opens its 500th hotel worldwide in Seoul Dongdaemun

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Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun is the first Novotel Hotels & Residences located in the heart of Seoul’s shopping district

Featuring 523 rooms that boast the latest state-of the-art digital facilities and design by Novotel, the hotel is located within close proximity to major historical sites including Heunginjimun, one of the “Eight Gates of Seoul” dating back to the 14th century.

“The opening of Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences heralds an era of new beginnings for the Novotel brand with the property’s first mixed-use flagship development that combines a hotel and residences. Seoul is the heart of the national design scene and competes on the world stage as a technological powerhouse – this stunning newly built property combines these two strengths and transposes them onto experiential stays for leisure, business, and family travellers,” said Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia.

Novotel has always been about providing a comfortable living experience for guests, and at Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun, ease and convenience are enhanced with the use digital technologies including a mobile concierge and a smart phone which guests can use freely during their stay. The phone is pre-loaded with hotel information, maps, as well as call and message functions when they are out exploring the city. Back at the hotel, guests can scan QR codes assigned to each individual guest room and enjoy remote access to room controls and amenity service requests with the iStay app that can be downloaded to their own phone. A smart kiosk provides guests with useful hotel information including facilities, latest F&B and room promotions and a media wall that showcases a sketch of the Dongdaemun district. The hotel also offers an electric car recharging station.

Designed with “space within a space” concept, natural Korean flamed finished granite stone is featured throughout its floorings and walls that combine the use of natural timber to capture the unique contrast of textures and colours. Iconic Heunginjimun leaves motif are found throughout the hotel, guest rooms and bathroom doors.

Featuring 331 rooms, Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemum boasts double, twin, or triple bed configurations. Designed for long-term stays, the 192 residences offer unique studios and 1-bedroom suites that feature high-speed wireless internet, 55” full HD television and one-touch temperature control. Through the GIGA Genie voice and touch system provided in the executive, premier, deluxe rooms, premier and Dongdaemun suites, guest will be able to control the room temperature and have access to various amenity services and music streaming through a voice-recognition speaker.

Reflecting South Korea’s global influences is Food Exchange, an all-day dining restaurant that serves a wide variety of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Western food while located at the social hub of the hotel, the Gourmet Bar features a range of French-inspired cocktails and beverages for an evening wind-down. The Social 21 rooftop bar offers the perfect spot to enjoy an evening sunset overlooking the city skylines.

The naturally lit indoor swimming pool on the 20th floor offers guest total tranquillity and relaxation for quick morning or evening swim while the fitness centre provides state-of-the-art exercise equipment for a total workout.  Catering specifically to families traveling with young children, the hotel’s Kids Corner is equipped with a variety of toys and books for young guests to enjoy.

Business travellers can enjoy a host of club privileges including breakfast from 6:30am to 10:00am and afternoon tea offerings available from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with daily happy hour from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the hotel’s Executive Lounge.

For events, weddings and corporate retreats, the Grand Ballroom can host up to 280 guests while the meeting room and board room can accommodate up to 20 guests for small workshops and business meetings.

“Seoul really is the soul of South Korea and for this hotel we were inspired by the Korean culture of simplicity.  Located near major attractions such as Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Dongdaemun Fashion Street, and the Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station on lines 2, 4 and 5 of the Seoul underground, guests staying at the property can look forward to enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. We are delighted to be welcoming our first guests with the opening of Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences, our first mixed-use development,” said Mini (Minsook) Cho, General Manager of Novotel Ambassador Seoul Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences.

There are currently 500 Novotel hotels in 58 countries worldwide and Asia Pacific accounts for more than 143 properties with 3 5,879 rooms. AccorHotels currently has a portfolio of 23 hotels and 6,551 rooms in South Korea including eight Novotel hotels.

Enjoy a Standard, Superior Room or Studio, Deluxe Residence night stay at Novotel Ambassador Dongdaemun Hotels & Residences from KRW 190,000 for stays from now to 30 September 2018. The package includes a KRW 50,000 dining voucher, free access to fitness centre, indoor and outdoor pools and lucky draw scratch card for a chance to win attractive prizes including dining discount vouchers and complimentary one night’s stay at Novotel Hotels, Suites & Resorts worldwide.

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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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