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Andaz Hotels & Resorts and The Society of Scent Make Hotel Stays More Memorable

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Listen to the sounds of wildlife from your seat in the lounge at Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo

While global in scale, Andaz hotels and resorts weave the sights, sounds, scents, tastes and textures of the surroundings into each property for an experience that truly immerses guests in the eclectic culture of each destination. Today, the brand announced a new collaboration with The Society of Scent, an olfactory collective which includes a proprietary fragrance creation laboratory led by Jean Claude Delville. Delville, who first began studying perfumery at age 17, has developed fragrances with several major designers including Givenchy, Marc Jacobs, Joe Malone and Vera Wang.  Through this collaboration, the sense of scent will be brought to life at all Andaz properties worldwide in highly immersive and unexpected ways.

Together, the Andaz brand and The Society of Scent will create a series of individual scents based on elements of each property and locale that are most resonant. The Society of Scent is visiting Andaz hotels to experience firsthand what makes each property truly distinctive. While immersing in the culture and guest experience, the collective is meeting with local purveyors and partners and the greatest influencers on the guest experience, Andaz hotel colleagues – from chefs and spa directors, to general managers and resident experts. Based on their findings, the Andaz brand and The Society of Scent will develop a custom scent for each individual property along with a unique “scent story” and related experiences and/or amenities throughout 2019.

Feel the texture of Japanese fabrics adorning the reception area of Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

“Scent is one of the most powerful senses because of its connection to memory. This link is what we seek to capitalize on for Andaz hotels,” said Heather Geisler, vice president, global brands, Hyatt. “Our collaboration with The Society of Scent is aimed at not only creating scents that convey the unique guest experience at each hotel, but more importantly, to continue to evoke memories of the experience through scent long after the guest departs.”

“The Society of Scent was built by and for a community of fragrance enthusiasts,” said Jean Claude Delville. “We know that scent can be a powerful way to communicate the unique story of each locale, and these custom scents will be developed with that in mind. We are truly excited to work with the Andaz brand on capturing the culture of each hotel’s surroundings into a scent experience.”

Distinctively Local, in Every Sense

Since the brand’s inception, Andaz hotels and resorts have been distinctively local. Every Andaz hotel takes its cue from the neighborhood and delivers on the senses in a truly unique way.

  • SIGHT celebrates each destination’s visual surroundings through interior furnishings, mood lighting and décor authentic to the area.
  • SOUND highlights the aural environment including carefully curated music selections, local accents and dialects, urban clamor and unadulterated nature.
  • TASTE takes you through a culinary adventure through the many diverse flavors seen in the property’s restaurant menus and surprising beverage/cocktail selections.
  • TOUCH provides a tactile engagement with the textures of Andaz hotel architecture, furnishings, linens and unexpected elements of serveware.
  • SCENT offers a one-of-a-kind olfactory mood combining a hotel’s fresh air, aromas of food, relaxing candles or the familiar smell of coffee.
  • And for the Andaz brand, COMMUNITY is important and deemed the brand’s “sixth sense.” Andaz hotels and resorts give special attention to how they engage with and care for surrounding communities and beyond, through the (ANDAZ)RED collaboration to support (RED)’s fight to end AIDS.

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A Dozen Interesting Facts About Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru

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1. Located in North Bengaluru, the city’s growth corridor, Four Seasons Hotel Bengaluru can be reached in less than 30 minutes from Kempegowda International Airport.

2. The Embassy ONE estate comprises triple skyscrapers—Pinnacle Tower, comprising premium grade office spaces and retail, South Tower which houses the hotel building flanked on the other side by the North Tower, comprising private residences.

3. Set amid 5.6 acres (243,936 square feet) of landscaped gardens and water features, the hotel is a unique combination of modern urban architecture dotted with calming parksand gardens. All the restaurants have an adjoining al fresco area.

4. The resort-like vibes can best be felt in the heart of the estate comprising a 100 feet (30 metre), heated outdoor pool, the meditative Butterfly Garden and the Ribbon Lawn.

5. Alongside the pool and located behind a soothing waterfall is Infuse Spa, which gives one an illusory feel of time travel under water, with its fluid, recurring arches and cool cream and aqua design aesthetics.

6. The hotel design is modern and sleek, designed by internationally acclaimed firm Yabu Pushelberg marked by a dominant recurrence of straight lines and geometric patterns, with the 21st Floor making a complete departure with its unmistakable flair and style. Designed by LW Design, this floor is unlike the rest of the hotel and houses 2 remarkable dining outlets: Copitas, the destination bar and Far & East, the Asian Brasserie.

7. The event spaces are modern, have a separate entrance and are all located on the same floor with an adjoining Terrace that makes for a great al fresco event area.

8. The art in the hotel is multilayered with a play of textures from wood, ceramics, canvas, iron to bronze. All works are by a collection of 25 contemporary Indian artists who have seen recent acclaim in the last few years.

9. There is a custom built, expansive grill in the restaurant CUR8, which is powered by charcoal and is perhaps one of the largest in the country.

10. The Lobby Lounge & Terrace has some special tea blends curated specially for the hotel. Among them are Rose tea, Apple Cinnamon Duet, Wild Berry Tales which is a green tea with berry undertones, Orange Blossom with a sweet vanilla and citrus note, Summer Times redolent of ripe mangoes and the Chocolate Mint tea that one can replace dessert with.

11. The hotel is pet friendly. We welcome furry friends and family to stay, provided he or she is well within 15 kilograms (33 pounds) in size.

12. The Collection has a selection of more than 60 world whiskies and whiskey inspired cocktails.

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Hyatt Regency Brand to Enter the Portuguese Market with Hyatt Regency Lisbon

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise and related agreements with Realtejo – Hotelaria e Turismo, S.A., owned subsidiary of United Investments Portugal and Fibeira, to develop the first Hyatt branded hotel in Portugal: Hyatt Regency Lisbon. Expected to open in late 2020, the hotel will feature 200  hotel rooms and apartments and will be located between Rua Guerra Junqueiro and Avenida da Índia, a stunning waterfront location facing Tejo River.

The foray into Lisbon, Portugal’s coastal capital city, is an important milestone for Hyatt, signifying its growing brand presence in increasingly competitive markets across the continent. The number of tourists visiting Portugal has increased for eight consecutive years, with 12.8 million travelers visiting in 2018 alone.

The hotel will be situated just a five-minute drive from Lisbon’s historic city center and within easy reach of many major attractions, including the two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery. These nearby sites, along with its prime location across from Lisbon’s conference center and convenient access to the airport, will make the Hyatt Regency brand a natural fit with its appeal to both business and leisure travelers seeking a seamless experience.

“We are delighted by the announcement of plans for the first Hyatt hotel in Portugal as Lisbon is one of Europe’s leading cities in overnight stays and has quickly established itself as a prime destination not only for leisure travelers, but also for larger conventions and events.” said Nuno Galvão-Pinto, regional vice president development at Hyatt. “We look forward to working with United Investments Portugal on this exciting project in Lisbon. This is an important step for Hyatt as we look to expand our brand presence throughout Portugal.”

Hyatt Regency Lisbon will offer a wide range of intuitive facilities, including a luxurious spa, a swimming pool, a rooftop terrace bar with views over the river, as well as a beautiful courtyard and garden.

Carlos Leal, general manager of United Investments Portugal commented, “We are thrilled to be working with Hyatt on our first development in Lisbon in a premier riverside location in one of the world’s leading cities. With its warm climate, culture, history, gastronomy and beaches, Lisbon truly has it all.

The Hyatt Regency brand offers a stress-free environment for leisure and business travelers alike to enjoy a productive and energized experience. Guests can enjoy signature services and amenities, including notable food and beverage, flexible spaces to work, collaborate or relax, and expansive technology-enabled facilities for meetings and events, along with expert planners who adhere to every detail.

Hyatt Regency Lisbon will mark continued growth for the brand in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée and soon-to-open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid.

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Historic, Storyful, New: Iconic Caribe Hilton Is Officially Open

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Caribe Hilton, admired as one of Puerto Rico’s most beloved resorts, retakes center stage, officially debuting a more than $150 million restoration following a 15-month closure. A gem of the Caribbean since 1949, the highly anticipated opening marks a major milestone as the storied property celebrates its 70th birthday, and as Hilton marks its 100th anniversary.

Plunged into the limelight as a hotspot for celebrities, politicians and royalty since its mid- century opening, Caribe Hilton earned its place at the forefront of tourism in the Caribbean, instantly embodying the jet-set glamour of the era during its early days and remaining a social institution for decades to follow. Just in time for summer, the beachfront resort’s top-to-bottom makeover pays homage to years of cherished history and oceanside allure, complemented by modern accommodations and amenities at an arm’s reach from Old San Juan’s pulsating, colorful center.

“Caribe Hilton was our first hotel to open outside the continental U.S. and the birthplace of the piña colada, and for that reason, has always been an incredibly important hotel for Hilton. It is with great pride that we say ‘welcome back’ or ‘bienvenidos’ to this emblematic property,” said Danny Hughes, Executive Vice President and President, Americas, Hilton. “We are extremely proud of our new product and the resilient Team Members who worked to redevelop a resort worthy of its history. We can’t wait to welcome guests and members of the community back to the hotel.”

Caribe Hilton, which has been meticulously restored by owner Park Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: PK), delivers contemporary guest room and suite renovations; reimagined F&B concepts (sweet history was made here in 1954 when Ramon “Monchito” Marrero created the Piña Colada at the former Beachcomber Bar); fitness center; spa; tennis center (in collaboration with Puerto Rican Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig); and landscaping redesigns, paired with an incredible 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

Boasting touches inspired by “the island of enchantment,” Caribe Hilton’s reinvigorated look is deeply influenced by the vibrant culture, lively colors and rich history of San Juan, as well as the warmth and charm of the locals who call it home. 

“The reopening of Caribe Hilton is one more symbol that Puerto Rico is back in business,” said Pablo Torres, General Manager, Caribe Hilton. “The sun is shining, there’s energy and rhythm on the island, and once again our famous piña coladas are flowing. We’re welcoming our return guests back home, as well as introducing new ones to the enduring Caribe Hilton experience and legacy.”

To celebrate the opening, for a limited time, guests can extend their stay in paradise an additional night with “One Night on Us” — a complimentary 3rd night free. Travel must be booked by June 30 for travel between May 15 and December 20, 2019.

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