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The InterContinental Mendoza, Argentina Opens

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

InterContinental Hotels today expanded its presence in Argentina with the opening of the InterContinental Mendoza right in the heart of Argentina’s renowned wine country. The 15-story InterContinental Mendoza totals 180 guestrooms, inclusive of 24 suites.

The InterContinental Mendoza boasts 11 meeting rooms totaling 22,500 square feet, including a 12,000 square foot ballroom, and also has 18,000 square feet of pre-function space.  Its amenities include a full-service spa named Deyabu, swimming pool, gym and restaurant.

It is the 18th InterContinental Hotels & Resorts property in Latin America and the Caribbean, with three additional currently under construction.

The InterContinental Mendoza is located across the street from Mendoza Plaza, the city’s largest shopping center, ten minutes from downtown Mendoza and twenty minutes from the city’s international airport.  It is on the major thoroughfare (Acceso Este) which connects Mendoza with the nation’s capital, Buenos Aires.

The property is IHG’s second InterContinental in Argentina, joining with the venerable InterContinental Buenos Aires.  A third InterContinental is currently under construction in Argentina – the InterContinental Nordelta Buenos Aires, Residence & Spa, in the Nordelta area of Buenos Aires.

The region is the heart and soul of Argentina’s wine country, which was introduced by European settlers in the 19th century.  The wineries in Mendoza produce the world’s highest ranked Malbec wines.
The city is widely recognized as an adventure tourism center, offering a broad-array of year-round activities, including hiking, biking, fishing, and rafting. Mendoza attracts more than 700,000 tourists per year, making it one of the region’s fastest growing industries.

In 2008 National Geographic Traveler published its annual destination scorecard and Mendoza was widely acclaimed (number 10 out of 109 worldwide destinations) in a survey that took into consideration environmental and ecological quality; social and cultural integrity; condition of historic buildings and archaeological sites; aesthetic appeal; quality of tourism management; and outlook for the future.

“This property is another major milestone in our company’s long history in Latin America,” said Alvaro Diago, COO, IHG, Latin America and Caribbean.  “Mendoza is a spectacular destination, both for business and tourism, and we applaud the KLP Emprendimientos  S.A. team for constructing a truly spectacular property.”

Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates opens in Dubai

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Pullman is Accor’s upscale hotel brand and with the opening of Pullman Dubai brings the groups portfolio close to 150 hotels worldwide.

The hotel will cater to both the business and the leisure traveler with the finest facilities in a sleek and modern environment. Directly linked to the region’s premier shopping destination – The Mall of the Emirates and to Dubai’s transport link, the Metro, Pullman Dubai MoE is strategically located; it is only twenty minutes from the Dubai International Airport and even closer to business districts including TECOM and Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Laurent Chaudet, General Manger of the Pullman Dubai MoE. said, “I am delighted to welcome everyone to celebrate the official opening of Pullman Dubai MoE. The launch of Pullman hotel in Dubai, our first entry into the upscale market is an opportunity to cater to the unique demands of business and leisure travelers with its tailored approach of high quality services and facilities”

The Pullman Dubai MoE boasts 481 rooms and suites all equipped with modern luxurious amenities, expertly designed to provide functional spaces for both relaxation and work. The rooms and suites can cater to a single business traveller or to families enjoying a holiday in Dubai.

The four exceptional food and beverage outlets provide a diverse range of cuisines and ambiences that will guarantee an extraordinary culinary journey. The signature restaurant, Sanabel, specialises in cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean and provides an authentic all day dining experience with live cooking stations and al fresco seating. A fun and casual outlet reminiscent of the 1950′s, Soda Box is a stylish venue that serves a traditional diner menu including a decadent array of ice creams, cotton candies and pastries. Vantage, an elegant and demure cocktail lounge with unparalleled views of the city’s skyline is the perfect nightspot for sampling the many premium beverages on offer. As night falls, the roof top pool deck will be transformed into a plush majlis with alluring aromas of Moroccan teas and shisha – the perfect way to unwind.

A relaxing haven awaits guests at the Pullman Dubai MoE; a luxurious rooftop spa, Sanctuary creates the perfect oasis of calm. Lose yourself in the range of facilities including spa rooms, steam rooms, fitness centre and an invigorating menu of treatments all offering complete pampering and rejuvenation.

New Luxury Hotel in Suzhou opens – Pan Pacific Suzhou

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Luxury Hotel Pan Pacific SuzhouThe landmark 484-room property features traditional Suzhou gardens and ancient Chinese aesthetics fused with modern comforts and luxury. Prior to its opening, Pan Pacific Suzhou is undergoing refurbishments to deliver the level of personalised experience synonymous with the Pan Pacific brand.

At Pan Pacific Suzhou, guests can expect an enhanced overall experience in line with the Pan Pacific standard of luxury, starting from the booking process through to their arrival and stay at the hotel.

Guests can now make their bookings via the Pan Pacific website panpacific.com, online channels, as well as Pan Pacific’s toll-free voice reservation centres globally. Their guest preference information will also be captured in Pan Pacific’s proprietry reservations and distribution platform PANTHER to allow the hotel to better meet their needs.

ENHANCED GUEST EXPERIENCE AND FACILITIES

  • On arrival, guests can look forward to the following enhancements and services specific to the Pan Pacific brand such as:
    Pacific Club: The hotel will feature Pan Pacific’s exclusive, premier executive club, the Pacific Club, at the hotel’s new Towers Wing. Pacific Club guests will enjoy an unrivalled level of personalised attention and luxury, with butler service and access
    to the enhanced Pacific Lounge serving complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails.
    Additionally, guests will have access to business amenities, including fully-equipped meeting rooms and comprehensive business services. The brand new Towers Wing, unveiled in February 2009, features 99 deluxe rooms and suites.
  • Restaurants and Bars: Guests can dine at Pan Pacific’s award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Hai Tien Lo.  A new Italian restaurant Avanti Italian Kitchen – with an award-winning chef at its helm – also serves up time-honoured classics with a modern twist.
  • Meetings and Events: A fully-equipped business centre provides professional services and facilities for business travellers while the Grand Ballroom, renovated with state-of-the-art A/V facilities and due for completion by March 2010, is ideal for banquet dinners, weddings, private parties or corporate events.

“The rebranding and opening of Pan Pacific Suzhou will heighten the profile of the Pan Pacific brand and that of Pan Pacific Hotels Group in China,” said Mr A. Patrick Imbardelli, President and CEO of Pan Pacific Hotels Group.  “We look forward to it joining its sister hotel Pan Pacific Xiamen in bringing the Pan Pacific experience to more guests in China when it opens in January next year.”

Emotive body of sculpture addresses South East Asia’s tragic legacy of landmines

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

FRAGMENTS EXHIBITION IN AID OF
‘CAMBODIA SELF HELP DEMINING’
COMES TO HÔTEL DE LA PAIX

From 23 September – 3 November 2010, the pioneering Arts Lounge at Siem Reap’s renowned Hôtel de la Paix will host the Asia debut of Fragments, an evocative collection of sculptural works by renowned artist Blake. Inspired by landmine survivors, the exhibition will raise vital funds for mine clearance and survivor support in Cambodia – where up to six million landmines are thought to have been laid during three decades of civil war. With Indochina one of the most heavily mined regions in the world, the exhibition at Hôtel de la Paix’s Arts Lounge brings Fragments to its spiritual home for the first time, adding an unprecedented geographical context and direct relevance to the works.

Each of the 15 powerful bronze works is named after a type of landmine, and the collection is an emphatic denial of the glorification of war and commentary on the tragically destructive nature of man. 30 per cent of sales prices will be donated to the Siem Reap-based NGO Cambodian Self Help Demining, founded by former child soldier Aki Ra, and will be used to help some of the 40,000 people in Cambodia thought to have lost limbs to landmines. Last year 243 people in Cambodia were killed or injured by explosive remnants of war (ERW), with around one third being children.

Says Blake, “This body of art speaks of a tragic nature in man and of our history, built upon the continuing cycle of wars. My sculpture has given me a voice that has led me to create an exhibition for the benefit of landmine clearance, and to raise awareness of the issue and mobilise action to support this cause. The Fragments exhibition provides a mechanism for the public, corporations and individuals to support the arts and to make a tangible contribution towards the solution of the problems caused by landmines and unexploded weapons.”

For further information visit www.hoteldelapaixangkor.com or call tel: +855 63 966 000. For further information on the artist visit www.blake-fragments.com or call tel: +1 30 62 92 96 48.

Underwater Love at the heart of Diva Maldives

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Inspired by the heart-stopping marine landscape of the azure archipelago, Diva Maldives has upped the romantic ante with four brand new dream wedding experiences, including an exhilarating underwater wedding blessing ceremony. Land-lubber lovers wishing to celebrate their union can also choose from imaginatively-designed packages including a new honeymoon experience.

The warm waters of the Indian Ocean provide an unforgettable setting for Diva’s spellbinding Underwater Wedding Ceremony. As their nuptials are blessed, witnessed by an aquamarine seascape of vibrant corals and kaleidoscopic of exotic marine life, couples experience a deep connection to their extraordinary wedding venue. The couple’s magical moments will be captured by an underwater photographer, before they return to the shore to toast their future happiness with chilled bubbly and canapés.

Couples choosing the resort’s Castaway Wedding meanwhile will be whisked away aboard a traditional Dhoni to say their vows on a deserted islet, against the unbroken backdrop of the spectacular Indian Ocean sunset. For the Island Dream Wedding, a secluded stretch of Diva’s pristine white sands is transformed into a ‘love garden’, garlanded with tropical flowers and complete with a love garden hammock for two. From their hammock, the bride and groom can chill out with Coconut Lover cocktails and enjoy a private performance of traditional Bodu Beru drumming and dancing.

The timeless Maldivian Diva package gives the bride and groom the unique opportunity to experience elements of traditional Maldivian wedding rituals, including saying ‘I do’ in Dhivehi, the local language, and wearing customary Maldivian dress during the tropical island ceremony. To wish their beloved a future of happiness and prosperity, couples are invited to seal their “prayers to the ocean” in a coconut shell before releasing them into the endless crystal waters.  

Each non-religious blessing is marked with a palm tree planting ceremony and traditional Bodu Beru dancing, and after a sunset cruise on a traditional Maldivian Dhoni, the couple’s first night begins with an exclusive romantic dinner under the stars in their favourite corner of the island. A heavenly aromatherapy bath, decorated with Maldivian flowers, awaits when they return to their villa.

The first day of the rest of their lives begins with a special in-villa breakfast, and a blissful ‘Romantic Discovery’ couples’ massage at Infinity Spa follows.

Honeymooners are greeted with warm Maldivian smiles and Champagne as soon as they step foot on the island of untouched beauty. As part of the new honeymoon package, newlyweds are treated to a signature Adam & Eve massage, facial and floral bath spa package during the day and a romantic dinner with butler service on the beach before they sail off into the sunset.

For the full details on all wedding and honeymoon packages, please visit:
http://naiade.com/en/hotels/maldives/diva_maldives/wedding_honeymoon.aspx

September is a great month for viewing the Nortern Lights

Saturday, September 4th, 2010

Once more, it is the time of year for optimal viewing of the natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, is a natural phenomenon that creates swirling streams of brilliant greens, blues, purples, reds and oranges in the night sky that can be seen from varying points throughout the Northern Hemisphere. In particular, areas in Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia can offer clear views of the natural phenomenon on a fairly regular basis throughout the last quarter of the year.

And from September 15 through the end of the year, curious travelers will be able to book Reykjavik’s Northern Lights Experience vacation package for a first-hand experience of the Northern Lights from Reykjavik, Iceland. Reykjavik’s Northern Lights Experience features three nights’ lodging and the guided Northern Lights Mystery tour. Along the tour, you will take from the cityscape of Reykjavik into the surrounding wilderness as your knowledgeable guide helps you to track and experience the Northern Lights for a time that not only offers unprecedented views of our world, but also provides the thrill of the chase. Whether hoping to unlock the scientific reasoning behind the Northern Lights or simply wanting an awe-inspiring experience, this is truly an unforgettable vacation experience.

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