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London Luxury Hotel the Savoy to reopen on 10-10-10

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel, will reopen its doors on Sunday, October 10, 2010 as one of London’s luxury hotels.  One of this year’s most eagerly anticipated openings, The Savoy has been undergoing the most ambitious restoration in British history.

The hotel closed in December 2007 for a restoration that encompasses the entire building from the iconic entrance and the American Bar to Savoy Grill and the 268 guestrooms and suites.

“We are very excited to reopen The Savoy”, comments Kiaran MacDonald, General Manager.  “It is fair to say that this project has not been without its challenges, but we are looking forward to unveiling the results of nearly three years of hard work and dedication.  We are very aware of the place that The Savoy holds in many people’s affections and we firmly believe that the hotel will exceed people’s expectations and reclaim its position as one of the world’s great hotels.”

The new interiors have been designed by world-renowned designer, Pierre Yves Rochon who has won acclaim for his work on other landmark hotels.  His plans have been realized by the general contractors, Chorus Group and architects, Reardon Smith.  Chorus have overseen a team of over 1000 craftsmen and women, artists and artisans who have worked tirelessly to create interiors that are in the spirit of the hotel’s two main design aesthetics, Edwardian and Art Deco.

“This has been a once in a lifetime project to work on,” says Tony Dowle, Director of Chorus’ parent company, Byrne Group.  “Everyone who has worked with us at The Savoy has taken great pride in restoring such an iconic property.  Their dedication and commitment has produced a hotel of uncompromising quality and we hope that the hotel’s guests will continue to enjoy our work for years to come.” 

The Savoy’s reopening will reveal a number of notable highlights including the complete remodel of the legendary River Restaurant, the addition of a luxurious new two bedroom Royal Suite and the re-launch of 38 River Suites and Guestrooms with stunning views over the River Thames.

New to the hotel will be The Beaufort Bar, a glamorous art deco bar that will offer champagne, cocktails and cabaret and Savoy Tea, a bijou teashop selling Savoy tea, accessories and fresh patisserie.  Within the Thames Foyer, the re-introduction of a stunning winter garden gazebo beneath an ornate glass dome will provide the perfect ambience for afternoon tea.  In addition, the Savoy Grill will return again under the operation of Gordon Ramsay Holdings with Chef Patron, Stuart Gillies and Head Chef, Andy Cook.  For those who wish to continue their fitness regime on the road, there will be a contemporary, glass enclosed fitness gallery and rooftop swimming pool – one of the few in the city.
 
Room rates at The Savoy will start from around GBP 350 per room per night and reservations will open on 10th August 2010.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Opens in Southern California

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

A true California retreat, designed in the Spanish colonial style, Park Hyatt Aviara is set off by palm trees, expansive gardens, rolling hills, and views of the Pacific Coast. First opened in 1997, the resort spans 205 acres set on the northern shore of the Batiquitos Lagoon, which is one of California’s most precious, untouched wetlands with more than 130 species of birds and 24 varieties of flowering plants.

“We are thrilled to be managing one of California’s most beautiful resorts,” said Chuck Floyd, chief operating officer, North America, Hyatt Hotels Corporation. “Park Hyatt Aviara Resort will be a wonderful addition to our luxury Park Hyatt portfolio and Hyatt Resort properties worldwide.”

Four restaurants, ranging from a poolside café, an airy bistro, a contemporary steakhouse, and an elegant dining room serving a regional Italian menu offer guests exceptional cuisine. All guestrooms are beautifully appointed and feature a marble bathroom with a commodious bathtub. Of the 329 rooms, 44 are suites and all rooms have a private balcony or a landscaped terrace.

The resort is perfectly situated for active and leisurely retreats, as well as social mingling. A signature spa is 15,000 square feet and includes 20 treatment rooms and fitness center. A year-round destination for golf and tennis, the resort boasts an 18-hole championship golf course ranked as one of the top courses on the West Coast. The course, designed by Arnold Palmer, features exceptional practice facilities and a two-story Spanish colonial clubhouse. Club-fitting and instruction are offered at the acclaimed Kip Puterbaugh Aviara Golf Academy and TaylorMade Performance Lab. The six tennis courts, managed by Peter Burwash International, include two clay courts and four hard courts. There are 78,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space.

“The resort’s outstanding natural beauty is a rare find, and the property comes with many traditions that are already beloved,” said Mark Stiebeling, general manager, Park Hyatt Aviara. “We are excited to bring these strengths into the next era, with this opening at the beginning of the summer season.”

Park Hyatt Aviara also features a Beach Butler who provides complimentary transportation to the beach (a 10-minute trip) and all the necessary amenities: chairs, beach umbrella, towels and blankets. The Beach Butler can also recommend locations and contacts for kayaking, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing and other aquatic activities, and bring along ingredients for a morning coffee or afternoon picnic. For those guests choosing to remain on property, an arcade game room features traditional billiards, foosball, ping pong tables, video games, air hockey and more. An expansive recreation center features open space for sports activities including sand volleyball, lawn bowling, horseshoes, croquet and half-court basketball.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Spa joins the culturally authentic collection of Hyatt Resorts worldwide where instinctive architecture blends seamlessly with nature, where locally grown ingredients enhance traditional spa treatments and where gourmet regional cuisine excites the palate. From romantic getaways to family vacations, the exceptional service and world-class amenities at Hyatt Resorts offer something for everyone. There are 46 Hyatt Resorts worldwide offering signature programs such as Camp Hyatt, Hyatt Pure spas, as well as cultural and sporting activities. Recent Hyatt Resorts openings include Park Hyatt Jeddah Marina, Club and Spa in Saudi Arabia, Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa in South Africa, Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, Fla., and Hyatt Regency Curacao Golf Resort, Spa and Mariana in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort joins a growing portfolio of luxurious Park Hyatt properties around the world, including Park Hyatt Tokyo, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme, and Palacio Duhau- Park Hyatt Buenos Aires, and three other Park Hyatt properties in Beaver Creek, Colo., Washington D.C. and Chicago. Park Hyatt hotels and resorts are known for their rich local culture, elegant sense of design, and outstanding culinary programs. Many properties showcase their own collection of blue-chip contemporary art.

Let sleeping dogs lie – with a chocoloate on their pillow!

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The luxury hotel Jumeirah Essex House in New York is extending the luxuries of house keeping to our four legged friends. If your pooch enjoys pampering as much as you… the Jumeirah Essex House is a where you’re both welcome.

Jumeirah Essex House has partnered with doggie designer to the stars, Amy Kizer of the highly-acclaimed Wagwear New York City boutique, to create luxurious five-star canine amenities for the hotel.   Through this partnership and the hotel’s Canine Turndown Program, guests and their fine furry friends can indulge in the lap of luxury together.

Jumeirah Essex House in- room amenities are “A Dog’s Delight” and offered seven days a week, 365 day a year!  They include:

  • A sumptuous Wagwear dog bed or Wagwear “Tee Pee Hound Lounge” – a miniature pop-up tent with fleece-lined bed – for the dog’s slumbering needs during the stay;
  • Delectable homemade dog treats created by the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef;
  • Essential Wagwear food and water bowls accompanied by a matching placemat;
  • An exclusive gift bag complete with a plush Jumeirah Essex House logoed fleece blanket (monogramming is available upon request);
  • Stylish and colorful nylon Wagwear collars and leashes will be on loan for guests who may have forgotten theirs, or who just want their pup to have a new, chic look while they’re visiting the world’s fashion capital 

With Central Park on the hotel’s doorstep, four-legged pooches can play and stay in style.   Specialized doggie hospitality attendants will treat Rover and Fido to freshly-drawn water throughout the day and lay out their beautiful fleece blanket on the doggy bed should they desire a much deserved nap beside their owner after an exciting day of exploring New York City. Furthermore, the well-versed concierges at the hotel can share all of the insider information travelers need to know when bringing their pooch to the Big Apple such as the most divine trails through the city’s best parks, New York City leash laws, nearby pet sitting facilities and 24-hour veterinarians. They can even recommend dog walkers for hire and pet boutiques who deliver to the hotel.

THE ROMANOS, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT, DEBUTS IN COSTA NAVARINO, GREECE

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Starwood Hotels and Resorts announces the opening of The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort in Costa Navarino, Greece. Located amidst lush olive groves in the Messinia region on Greece’s southwest Peloponnese coast, the sumptuous Romanos Resort is the first hotel to open in the new luxury destination of Costa Navarino. The Romanos will be part of a 130-hectare, mixed-use beachfront development called Navarino Dunes, the first of four major developments in Costa Navarino. Navarino Dunes will include the first signature golf course in Greece designed by Bernhard Langer in cooperation with European Golf Design, a 4,000 square metre spa, various restaurants, lounge areas, retail and entertainment options offering families, global travellers and meeting and incentive groups alike, escape and indulgence on the magnificent Mediterranean coast.

The Romanos joins The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, a glittering ensemble of more than 70 of the finest hotels and resorts across the globe. The award-winning hotels that make up The Luxury Collection include Hotel Danieli, Venice; Grande Bretagne, Athens; Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Spain; The Laguna Resort, Nusa Dua, Bali; Patios de Cafayate, Argentina; SLS at Beverly Hills; and The Phoenician, Scottsdale.

“The Luxury Collection is a portal to the world’s most enriching and desirable destinations, where nothing less than an exceptional level of service, perfect location and indigenous personal offerings will do,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection and St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. “The Romanos adds yet another jewel to The Luxury Collection’s Greek portfolio for global explorers to enjoy.”

Set in stunning landscaped gardens with an array of indigenous trees and plants, The Romanos features 321 luxurious rooms and suites, including 121 with individual infinity pools. Almost all rooms offer spacious furnished terraces with beautiful views of the Mediterranean. Guests staying in the suites will enjoy access to the resort’s Butler Service.

For the ultimate in opulence, the resort’s 660 square metre beachfront Royal Villa Koroni features a private infinity pool, a secluded barbeque area, a spa treatment suite with steam room, private fitness facilities and an elevator. Guests of the Royal Villa Koroni will also benefit from a 24-hour dedicated Butler Service.

The Romanos Resort offers an array of culinary delights, including a destination restaurant featuring ethnic and indigenous cuisine based on local organic ingredients, a Greek restaurant complete with a well-stocked wine cellar, extensive lounge areas and a lobby bar. The resort will also have outdoor areas for grilling offering a serene, romantic and casual mood for outdoor dining.

Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East (EAME) comments: “We are delighted to have partnered with TEMES S.A. to create a new luxury destination at Costa Navarino. Our long-standing partnership, combined with the strength of The Luxury Collection brand, will put Costa Navarino on the map as the Mediterranean’s newest destination for global explorers.  The opening of this magnificent resort also further underlines Starwood’s market leading position in the region, operating a total of nine luxury hotels and resorts in Greece.”

Costa Navarino has put a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility. All of the properties being developed in the destination must meet strict environmental standards in order to protect the idyllic landscape for future generations. In addition, Costa Navarino boasts two pioneering environmental developments, the Navarino Environmental Observatory, which will be dedicated to the study of climate change and its impact on the natural environment in the Mediterranean region and the Navarino Natura Hall (opening in 2011), a nature-focused interactive exhibition centre developed to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Achilles Constantakopoulos, Managing Director of TEMES said:

“Costa Navarino is an environmentally sustainable destination, developed in harmony with the natural surroundings as well as the local history, culture and traditions. The resort offers travellers high-end amenities coupled with authentic experiences in one of the most breathtaking seaside landscapes in the Mediterranean. We strongly believe that Costa Navarino will set a new quality standard for Greek tourism.”

Navarino Dunes will also be home to Greece’s first signature golf course, “The Dunes Course”, designed by former US Masters Champion and Ryder Cup captain, Bernhard Langer in association with European Golf Design. Managed by Troon Golf, this 18-hole championship golf course will have a fully-equipped 3,500 square metre clubhouse. Troon will also manage a second golf course, called “The Bay Course”, designed by the award-winning international golf course architectural firm, Robert Trent Jones II. The Bay Course is set to be completed later this year and will be available for play from spring 2011.

Adventure seekers have plenty to enjoy with the resort offering a mountain biking, nordic walking, hiking and racquet sports, as well as many water-related sports and recreational activities. Indoor activities available include Ten Pin bowling, squash and basketball as well as extensive areas for meditation and workout classes. For a truly authentic experience, guests are encouraged to discover the beauty and culture of Messinia and engage in traditional activities ranging from fishing to the art of olive-oil and wine-making.

For those looking for rest and relaxation, Navarino Dune’s 4,000 square metre “Anazoe” Spa, features a brand new concept in wellness which combines ancient Greek medicine and philosophy with modern scientific treatments and utilises the area’s unique natural products and revitalising ingredients. Treatments include kinisiotherapy, floating pools, an extensive range of light therapies, ice-grotto rooms, herbal saunas and unique Oleotherapy® treatments originating at Nestor’s Palace, dating back to Homeric times. Guests of the resort will have access to a Health and Fitness Centre with a heated indoor pool, indoor Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness facilities, as well as the resort’s spectacular outdoor pool complex.

The ideal venue for meetings and events, The Romanos will offer access to the multi-functional and highly versatile conference centre, “The House of Events”. This dedicated space extends over more than 5,000 square metres and can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. The ultra-modern meeting and event space includes a grand ballroom, 11 meeting rooms, a large exhibition area as well as 3 atriums with a spacious adjacent outdoor event space. The resort is easily accessible for international travellers, located about 50 kilometres from Kalamata International Airport and within driving distance of Athens and the port of Patras.

Starwood Hotels & Resorts currently operates eight luxury hotels and resorts in Greece under the company’s Luxury Collection, Westin and Sheraton brands. These include the Arion Resort & Spa, Astir Palace, the Hotel Grande Bretagne and The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort in Athens, Mystique and Vedema Resorts in Santorini, Blue Palace Resort & Spa on the island of Crete, the newly opened Sheraton Resort in Rhodes and Santa Marina Resort & Villas in Mykonos.

WITNESS THE RENAISSANCE OF CAMBODIAN STONE CARVING AT HÔTEL DE LA PAIX

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Guests staying at Siem Reap’s renowned Hôtel de la Paix this summer will have a unique opportunity to see the dawn of an exciting new phase in the long history of Cambodian stone sculpture, as the hotel’s innovative gallery cocktail bar, the Arts Lounge, hosts an exhibition by the Contemporary Stone Carving Project in conjunction with Phnom Penh’s Royal University of Fine Arts.

From 8 June – 8 August 2010 Hôtel de la Paix will showcase works by graduates and students from RUFA which draw on the legacy of the ancient Angkor Empire, channelling that tradition of awe-inspiring monumental stonework into a new and unprecedented contemporary era reflecting modern day Cambodia. The exhibition addresses issues facing today’s Cambodians, from freedom of speech to sexuality and the role of women in society, as well as referencing and celebrating Khmer culture and heritage.
 
Initiated by British artist Sasha Constable, a former artist in residence and design consultant for the World Monument Fund, the Contemporary Stone Carving Project aims to revive and carry the tradition of Cambodian stone carving into the modern era. Made possible with the support of Friends of Khmer Culture and the Royal University of Fine Arts, the exhibition will see sale proceeds split between the artists; the funding of equipment and materials for the sculpture department at RUFA; and supporting the Krousar Selapak workshop set up by Constable and graduates of RUFA in November 2008.
 
Located in the centre of Siem Reap, close to the cultural and historic heart of Cambodia, every aspect of style and service at Hôtel de la Paix is informed by Khmer culture, from seasonally inspired local cuisine at signature restaurant Meric, to Spa Indochine’s traditional treatments using local herbs and flowers. Committed to nurturing the burgeoning Cambodian art scene, the Arts Lounge is the cultural and social heart beat of the hotel, offering an ever-changing exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the rich heritage of Khmer culture and offering a living laboratory for its creative future.
 
Kuoni (tel: 01306 747 008; www.kuoni.co.uk) offers seven nights at Hôtel de la Paix from £1,561 per person, including deluxe room accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, return flights departing from London Heathrow with THAI Airways, including airport lounge access on departure from the UK; and private return hotel transfers in Siem Reap. This price is based on two sharing and is valid for travel throughout July 2010.
 
For further information visit www.hoteldelapaixangkor.com or call tel: +855 63 966 000.