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Macdonald Hotels Opens Windsor Hotel

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The hotel near Windsor Castle is on the site of the old Caley’s department store. The shop had a long heritage within the Windsor community, serving the Royal Family from 1813 and it is a site local residents know well.

The Macdonald Windsor Hotel offers 120 luxury bedrooms in the heart of the historic town. The Royal Borough is home to some of the most well known attractions and the Macdonald Windsor Hotel offers the perfect base to experience them from. Guests can relax in Savill Gardens, situated within Windsor Great Park, soak up the heritage of Eton College with its historic buildings, or enjoy a relaxing boat trip or romantic horse drawn carriage through the park.

The hotel near Windsor Castle is on the site of the old Caley’s department store. The shop had a long heritage within the Windsor community, serving the Royal Family from 1813 and it is a site local residents know well.

As well as being is a key tourist location, the Macdonald Windsor Hotel is also a convenient business location with easy access to London, the M4 corridor, a large number of FTSE100 companies and a transport link via Heathrow airport

The luxury hotel in Windsor also offers facilities to cater for large conferences and events of up to 150 delegates in the main meeting room which is supported by a second meeting room for up to 70 delegates. Smaller board meetings will be hosted in two executive boardrooms for 25 delegates each, and an additional two syndicate rooms for 10 will be available to book for breakaway sessions.

Beverley Molmans has been appointed the first manager of Macdonald Windsor Hotel and, with more than 12 years’ experience of working at Macdonald Hotels, Beverley is eagerly anticipating the grand opening and welcoming guests from across the globe. He said: “To be appointed manager of Macdonald’s newest flagship hotel is a tremendous and exciting opportunity – I can’t for the hotel to open and welcoming our first guests.”

First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts operates over 40 hotels across the UK and 10 resorts throughout the UK and Spain, including family hotels in Windsor, ideal for weekend breaks in Windsor Macdonald Hotels employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 4,500 hotel rooms. Its focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and five star hotels, with each offering its own character and individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range of specially selected wines. As testament to the excellent level of service the Group provides, it has on numerous occasions won several prestigious accolades, most notably the AA Hotel Group of the Year 2007-08 and the National Customer Service Awards for Leisure and Tourism.

Sheraton Seattle Earns Four Green Leaf Rating from Audubon International

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Seattle’s Largest Hotel Becomes Washington’s First Eco-Rated Lodging Facility

The Sheraton Seattle, the Northwest’s largest hotel, is pleased to announce it received an eco-rating of four Green Leafs by Audubon International in 2010, making it the first eco-rated lodging facility in Washington. The rating demonstrates the hotel’s environmental commitment through a corporate environmental ethic and innovative programs designed to involve staff, guests and vendors.

“We are proud of the Sheraton Seattle’s commitment to environmental excellence and we continuously strive to improve upon our existing efforts to go green,” said Matthieu Van Der Peet, general manager of the Sheraton Seattle. “The Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program allows us to identify the success of those green efforts and to communicate the results to our guests.”

The Sheraton Seattle has a long-standing environmental ethic.  In 2008, the Sheraton Seattle renewed its commitment to the environment with a comprehensive Green Strategy that focused on building three major areas:  infrastructure and physical enhancements, guest participation and associate awareness and involvement.   In addition to numerous initiatives for water conservation, energy efficiency and waste management, the Sheraton Seattle has excelled at reaching out to and educating hotel guests, staff and vendors to further enhance not only a corporate environmental ethic, but an environmental message that everyone can take home.

“As one of only a handful of lodging facilities to achieve four leafs, the staff and management of the Sheraton Seattle should feel proud of what they have accomplished,” said Kevin Fletcher, Ph.D., executive director of Audubon International.  “We look forward to working with them to continue to improve and find new ways to become more sustainable.”

Bareboat sailing in Grenada with The Moorings

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

A year-round destination, The Moorings will offer bareboat (sail-it-yourself) charters and all-inclusive crewed yacht vacations with diverse itinerary options to explore the Eastern Caribbean.

The Moorings announces the opening of their new base at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina in St. George’s, Grenada for vacations beginning October 1, 2010.  The fleet will consist of 35′ to 51′ custom-built catamarans and monohulls from world-class yacht builders Robertson & Caine and Beneteau.

Sail The Eastern Caribbean with The Moorings Grenada
Situated in the Windward Islands’ southernmost region, this Grenada base grants immediate access to the breathtaking cruising grounds of Grenada and the Grenadines. Cheryl Powell, The Moorings Chief Operating Officer, remarked, “This new base is a shining example of our dedication to scouting out the world’s best cruising grounds, shore-side surroundings and welcoming cultures for our guests’ enjoyment. Grenada reflects this perfect balance.” Around Grenada, countless islands and anchorages, sandy beaches and historic sites await. Tours of rum distilleries, spice plantations, waterfalls and national parks pose a rare treat.

The Moorings will also offer one-way charters to Grenada from their St. Lucia or Canouan bases, creating the opportunity to explore the Tobago Cays, Mayreau, Mustique, Bequia, St. Vincent and St. Lucia along the way.

Grenada is easily accessible via direct and indirect flights from the US, Canada and United Kingdom to Maurice Bishop International Airport, the closest international airport to sail the Grenadines and only five miles from Port Louis.

The Camper & Nicholsons full-service marina offers guests state-of-the-art amenities including a swimming pool, bar and restaurant, and a range of duty-free shopping. The marina also forms part of the planned Peter de Savary Port Louis development which will include hotels, restaurants, shopping and luxury villas. The marina is a few minutes ride from the center of St George’s, the island’s capital.

James Beaver, Operations Director of Camper & Nicholsons Marinas, said, “I have no doubt that Grenada will become a favorite destination for The Moorings’ charter customers. The sailing is outstanding, the shoreside welcome is second to none, and Port Louis Marina is the ideal base from which to explore the region.”

Award-winning Fleet
The fleet will include the Moorings 4600, flagship of the catamaran fleet and luxuriously appointed yacht with air-conditioning, generator, large color chart plotter, raised helm station and 4-cabin accommodation plan with en-suite baths. This model may be chartered as a bareboat or crewed yacht. The Moorings 4700, Moorings 4300, and Moorings 4000 will be available as well.

Monohulls will also be offered, including the Moorings 51.5, which boasts state-of-the-art sail systems, aft-led sail controls, dual helm stations and navigation electronics suite. On-board comfort is enhanced by a 5-cabin/5-head accommodation plan, spacious fore-and-aft galley, generator and air-conditioning. Other monohulls will include the Moorings 44.3, Moorings 403 and Moorings 352.

Taj Mahal Palace re-opens and welcomes guests once again

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

When we open the heritage wing and do whatever it takes to get back its old glory; we will send a stronger message a message that strongly resonates among all of us that we can be hurt, but we cannot be knocked down

Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman, Taj Hotels

As the country brings in Indias 64th Independence Day, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace re-opens its doors to the magnificently restored Palace wing in Mumbai.

Mr. Ratan Tatas promise made to the world in 2008 has been a compelling force and a testament to the Taj Groups commitment to resurrecting Indias original luxury hotel. And as promised the hotel will continue to benchmark the best in hospitality and service.

Speaking at a preview press conference, Mr. Raymond Bickson, Managing Director, Indian Hotels Company Limited, said, Today, we have fulfilled our promise of rebuilding the Taj to its former glory. The Taj Mahal has always reinvented itself and its storied past which makes it the icon that it is. The palace wing has been lovingly and painstakingly restored, and we will now offer our guests an even more customized experience. It is a befitting tribute to the spirit and resilience that is The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai; and the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the hotel. As India celebrates its 64th year of independence, we warmly welcome our guests, old and new to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

An extensive restoration by internationally acclaimed designers, Lissoni Associati, Milan, BAMO San Francisco, DesignWilkes, Malaysia and James Park Associates, Singapore was carried out. The Palace accommodations that is, the Taj Club rooms, Luxury Grande rooms, themed Grand Luxury Suites are graciously appointed spaces filled with precious art, redolent with luxury and state-of-the-art technology befitting the architectural magnificence of the building making it an unforgettable experience that encapsulates a slice of history, legend & romance.

The Palace Lounge will be a private retreat; exclusively for residents of the Palace wing, for a cup of perfectly brewed tea or coffee; an evening cocktail or after hour chocolate and cognac. Guests can look forward to an indulgent customized bath experience, in the most luxuriously appointed bathrooms. High end technology and interactive multimedia systems at the touch of a button ensure that guests experiences are wired for efficiency and comfort. Taj Club rooms and suites come with chauffeur-driven luxurious Jaguar transfers.

Even when the hotel was closed, renowned world leaders and prominent dignitaries continued to stay with us at the Tower wing of the hotel. With the reopening of the Palace wing, we look forward to receiving once again all those who have supported us and considered The Taj Mahal Palace as a home away from home. Through the last couple of years, the hotel has also been the quintessential venue for landmark events and celebrations. The restaurants and eateries which have been renovated, including Sea Lounge, Golden Dragon and the Taj Ballroom (design by LTW) and the Harbour Bar and Wasabi by Morimoto (design by the Rockwell Group) are accompanied by inspired cuisine from our team of acclaimed chefs.

The entire staff of the hotel shared a special moment with the Chairman Mr. Ratan Tata and the Vice Chairman, Mr. R K Krishnakumar and our Managing Director MR. Raymond Bickson.

The 15th of August is a day that India made her tryst with destiny. Echoing the same sentiments, the staff and management of The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai, make their tryst with destiny and have pledged to reinvent the magic that made the Taj the institution it is.

The staff and management of The Taj Mahal Palace, joined hands with the Dabbawalas in a spirit of celebration and as a token of giving back to the city to share a meal with the less privileged in certain identified institutions… Dabbawalas are intrinsic to the city of Mumbai, and are indeed the nerve center and lifeline of the city, ensuring that in rain, hail, snow or storm no one goes hungry. With their help, we will be able to share our happiness with our little friends.

On December 16, 1903, the Taj opened its doors to its first 17 guests. Over the years, the hotel has played perfect host to Maharajas and Princes, presidents & legends, performers and world figures offering them the ultimate in luxury, fine dining and impeccable service. It was all made possible by the love and support that all our guests wished upon us. A wish that finally finds freedom as the Taj welcomes you once more.


Westin Siray Bay marks hotel chains debut in Thailand

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The first Westin resort in ThailandThe Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket opened its doors and welcomed its very first guests.

The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket offers weary travelers a sensory rich environment to relax and rejuvenate on stunning Siray Island on the east coast of Phuket. The entire resort overlooks picturesque Siray Bay and boasts a secluded beach and beautiful ocean views from every vantage point. A bridge connects Siray Island to Phuket Island and is an 8 minute drive from charming Phuket town, 45 minute drive from Phuket International Airport and a short boat ride from world renowned islands such as Phi Phi, James Bond, Similan and Maya Islands famous for their pristine beaches and abundant marine life. Located close by are Phuket’s major sights, shopping malls, entertainment and world class attractions.

“We are extremely proud to open the first Westin resort in Thailand and offer signature services and facilities combined with warm Thai hospitality to renew and recharge guests. Our goal is to provide an exclusive ocean side sanctuary so our guests that stay with us depart feeling better than when they arrived.” says Greg Findlay, General Manager of The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket.

The resort will offer 261 stylishly appointed guest rooms, suites and villas decorated with modern décor and stylish furnishings with a soothing feel. All rooms enjoy breathtaking ocean views and are lavishly appointed with open outdoor balconies to relax, Westin Heavenly Bed®, Heavenly Bath®, rain showers, flat screen LCD televisions, state of the art audio visual entertainment jacks, iPod docking stations, high speed broadband and wireless internet access throughout the resort. Select guestrooms, suites and villas feature their own private plunge pools and even rooftop relaxation areas overlooking Siray Bay.