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Raffles Hotels & Resorts launches luxury sleep rituals

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Raffles Hotels & Resorts is raising the bar when it comes to rest with the launch of an intuitive and thoughtful wellbeing programme designed to help guests unwind, get a peaceful night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed.

The new Raffles Sleep Rituals service, introduced as part of the brand’s commitment to enhancing the comfort of its guests, will be piloted during the turndown service at four luxurious locations: Raffles Dubai, Raffles Makati, Raffles Seychelles and Raffles Europejski Warsaw.

The slumber-inducing rituals will provide guests with a luxurious eye pillow made from DreamSoft® linen, calming goodnight cards that encourage mindfulness and contentment before bedtime; as well as a five-minute sand timer, engraved with their personal details, to help them unwind before they drift off to sleep.

Raffles has also partnered with luxury skincare brand, Aromatherapy Associates, to create a Deep Relax oil that is unique to its Sleep Rituals experience. Made from a blend of vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile, ingredients that help calm the mind and restore regular sleep patterns, the oil is custom designed to promote sleep and alleviate the restlessness associated with jet lag.

Additional sleep-enhancing amenities will be available to guests staying in premium and deluxe rooms. Extra benefits will include a unique sleep kit and a menu of food items carefully selected to help guests mitigate the effects of travel, stress and jet leg, promoting their comfort and rest.

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The Sleep Rituals have been developed as part of Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ wellbeing strategy, which focuses on enabling guests to feel their emotional best during their stay. This global blueprint for guest wellness encompasses three core pillars including; Serenity: creative rituals throughout the guest journey; Design with Harmony: creating spaces with wellness in mind and incorporating elements of wellness design such as Feng Shui and Biophilia; and Pleasure: exploring the relationship between nutrition and wellbeing.
“Modern travellers are challenged with hectic schedules and time zone changes, which disrupts their sleep patterns and can impact their physical and mental wellbeing. Our new Sleep Rituals, part of the global wellness programme at Raffles, provide guests with an unmatched relaxation experience, supporting their emotional wellbeing throughout their stay,” explained Lindsay Madden-Nadeau, Global Well-Being Director, AccorHotels.

Continued Madden-Nadeau, “We are committed to providing innovative services that ensure our guests feel welcome and understood, valued and cared for at all times and our new sleep initiative is testament to that, offering what many crave most during their travels – the chance to rest and rejuvenate. Following a successful pilot, we will look into expanding this initiative in more hotels.”

Commenting on the importance of sleep, Aromatherapy Associates Sleep Well-being Ambassador, Dr. Neil Stanley, said: “With today’s busy lifestyles, getting enough sleep can be difficult, especially if your mind is racing when it is time to sleep. If you don’t get a full night’s rest, it can impact your physical, mental and emotional health. We need to re-evaluate how we view sleep and determine how many hours a night is needed – and then set aside the proper amount of time for it – which is what the Raffles Sleep Rituals initiative will help achieve for its guests.”

“The Raffles brand is defined by its commitment to enhancing the emotional wellbeing of its guests, based on the understanding that true luxury is not about what you do, but what you feel,” added Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Raffles Brand’s Strategic Relationships Global VP of the Raffles Brand. “Our new Raffles Sleep Rituals, which complement the relaxing and rejuvenating experiences offered at our world-famous spas, offer our discerning guests the luxury of rest, comfort, tranquillity and wellness and embrace our brand’s very essence by providing the thoughtful, personal and intuitive service for which we are renowned.”

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Marriott International Debuts JW Marriott Hotel in Qufu, Birthplace of Confucius

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JW Marriott announced the opening of the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu in Shandong province, China. Owned by Shandong Luneng, this is the first JW Marriott hotel in Shandong and the 16th in China. The new hotel is an architectural masterpiece that will showcase the brand’s philosophy of welcoming guests to this exciting destination with modern luxury and authentic, exceptional service.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is located in the old city. The brainchild of Kai Cui, the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the building is a masterpiece of design that celebrates Chinese architecture, while taking its ancient contexts into the 21st century. The hotel features 197 modern rooms and suites, comprising 188 individual guestrooms and 9 complex suites. All guestrooms, spanning from 45m² to 98m² with 3.2-meter-high ceilings, are tastefully appointed with elegant Chinese accents and are equipped with the latest in-room technology, walk-in closets, and modern amenities to ensure guests’ every comfort. The hotel’s distinctive exterior profile, with its elegant classical Chinese rooflines, blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Sixteen Chinese chimes at the front porch are a visual reminder of both the ancient percussion instrument, as well as the history of Chinese culture and music. The spectacular lobby features a stylized moon gate and a statue of Confucius under a graceful ginkgo tree, in commemoration of the lectures “The Great Teacher” gave.

“We are thrilled to bring our JW Marriott brand to the historic city of Qufu,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott for Marriott International. “The new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is a haven of luxury within the timeless history of the city, famed as the birthplace of revered Chinese philosopher Confucius, with a rich landscape of historic palaces and temples. The design of this hotel, its distinctive decor and mindful, intuitive service are all part of The JW Treatment, our promise to enhance and elevate our guest’s experience when visiting this amazing destination.”

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu offers a diverse range of artfully selected and locally inspired dishes and beverages to appeal to all guests’ palates. At the hotel’s signature restaurant Residence, guests can experience the time-honored cuisine of the region, including Cantonese dishes and the traditional Kongfu cuisine which focuses on culinary refinement, also known as “Dishes of the Confucian Mansion”, complemented by traditional Shandong dishes. JW Kitchen is a smart casual outlet featuring an open kitchen, serving local and international cuisines, healthy juices and the chefs’ daily recommendations in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. The Lounge is an intimate and idyllic place to linger and enjoy views of Six Arts Atrium. Guests can savor JW Wine Ambassador services as well as the exquisite afternoon tea. In the lobby, the Tea Library is a beautiful space reminiscent of a traditional teahouse with wooden shelves displaying tea sets and books while guests can experience local tea culture guided by an expert tea master.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is an extraordinary venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions with its multipurpose function spaces. The Grand Ballroom has an impressive nine-meter-high ceiling and 800m2 of space, which can be divided into two separate banquet halls featuring a variety of customizable layouts. The function spaces feature 70m2 HD LED screens and state-of-the-art sound equipment. For smaller events, the hotel also has a 200m2 Function Room, which can be divided into three independent multifunctional halls. All events at the JW Marriott Hotel Qufu enjoy the support of the JW Event Concierge service for quick responses to requirements and to provide organizers with expert, intuitive solutions.

For guests who wish to maintain their wellness routines during their visit, the 24-hour Fitness Center is a natural sunlight-filled space with advanced cardio and strength training equipment. A luxurious indoor heated swimming pool with natural sunlight allows guests to enjoy swimming for exercise and leisure during any season of the year.

”JW Marriott, with its distinctive JW Treatment brand philosophy, continues to grow strongly here in China, resonating with consumers who seek exceptional quality and thoughtfully crafted service,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director, Greater China, Marriott International. “We look forward to welcoming guests to the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu. From sightseeing and sampling the traditional cuisines of Qufu, to organizing a memorable event or a simple romantic getaway – JW Marriott Hotel Qufu will delight the most discerning of world travelers who come to this beautiful ancient city.”

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Autograph Collection Hotels Welcomes Ireland’s National Treasure, The Shelbourne

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Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 170 independent hotels around the world, has announced the addition of The Shelbourne, the enduringly iconic hotel that’s been at the heart of Dublin society since 1824.

Proudly overlooking Dublin’s grandest square, St. Stephen’s Green, The Shelbourne is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s most celebrated landmarks: Trinity College, parliament building Dáil Éireann, and the National Gallery.

Recently renovated by Guy Oliver of design firm Oliver Laws, the timelessly elegant interiors honour the illustrious history of Dublin’s Grand Dame. For the past two generations, royalty, statesmen, artists, writers and legends of stage and screen have made The Shelbourne their home away from home, from Princess Grace of Monaco, to John F. Kennedy, Michael Collins and Eamon De Valera, all of whom have suites with enviable views of the green named after them.

JP Kavanagh, General Manager of The Shelbourne said: “The Shelbourne has played a pivotal role in Irish society for nearly two centuries. Autograph Collection Hotels’ independent spirit is the perfect fit for the hotel’s next chapter, honouring the unique personality of this timeless Dublin landmark and its countless iconic stories.”

The Shelbourne offers several distinctive food and beverage options to suit every occasion. The Horseshoe Bar which has played host to notable meetings over the years from politicians and journalists to visiting dignitaries and local personalities. The Lord Mayor’s Lounge, Ireland’s most iconic drawing room, offering Afternoon Tea overlooking St. Stephen’s Green. The Saddle Room Restaurant, a timeless dining room with a relaxed atmosphere, old-school Irish service and a menu full of classic favourites. 1824 Bar, The Shelbourne’s newest addition – a snug, and sophisticated hide away with a hand-picked list of whiskey.

The Shelbourne has ten historic meeting rooms spanning over 10,000 square feet, many of which have their own unique character, style and stories, hosting an array of events from intimate private dining to impressive business conferences.

On joining Autograph Collection Hotels, The Shelbourne will introduce a signature offering called Independent Spirit that pays homage to Irish Whiskey. Celebrating the rebirth of Irish Whiskey in 1824 when The Shelbourne opened its doors, the spirit will be featured in crafted experiences including an after-dinner whiskey trolley in The Saddle Room Restaurant and ‘Whiskey Sommeliers’ in The Horseshoe Bar.

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Hyatt and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ Expand Relationship to More Than 200 Hotels

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Mykonos Riviera Hotel and Spa, an SLH property, now part of the World of Hyatt alliance

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) today announced the ongoing expansion of Hyatt’s and SLH’s existing loyalty alliance, celebrating a milestone of over 200 participating SLH hotels around the world for World of Hyatt members to earn and redeem  points and enjoy on-property benefits. This latest expansion has quadrupled the number of participating SLH properties since the alliance launched in November 2018, and its expansion is expected to continue throughout 2019.

“We encourage World of Hyatt members to explore these luxurious destinations around the globe, from Croatia to New Zealand,” said Amy Weinberg, senior vice president, World of Hyatt. “The rapid growth of this strategic loyalty alliance is a testament to our commitment to delivering unique experiences wherever our members travel and continuing to extend the genuine care they have come to expect from Hyatt to more locations around the world.”

World of Hyatt members now have access to more than 200 of SLH’s luxury boutique hotels that offer new locations across growth markets for Hyatt, including Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand, Portugal, St. Vincent and The Grenadines and Turks and Caicos and more.

Through this exclusive relationship, World of Hyatt members can explore sought-after destinations like Monkey Island Estate, an 18th century estate turned boutique retreat on a private island on the Thames, Berkshire; Ovolo The Valley Brisbane, a boutique oasis located in the center of Fortitude Valley, Brisbane’s ultra-hip entertainment district; Mykonos Riviera Hotel and Spa, a sun-drenched luxury resort tucked against the rocky backdrop of centuries-old Aegean cliffs; Enso Ango Fuya II, an artful Kyoto escape set across five Zen-inspired buildings; and Hotel Nantipa, a Costa Rican paradise retreat immersed in the surf culture of Santa Teresa. 

“This alliance has proven to be a perfect match. We are seeing a positive impact on reservations for our hotels from World of Hyatt members,” said Jean-François Ferret, chief executive officer, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™. “Exposure to more than 16 million World of Hyatt members has not only helped increase reservations, but also allows us to expand our brand awareness while providing more luxury boutique hotels options for World of Hyatt members to choose from on their travel journey.”

Since the World of Hyatt and SLH alliance launched in November 2018, the countries members have most visited include Italy, the UK, France, China and Greece. World of Hyatt members can take advantage of the following loyalty benefits when booking a participating SLH hotel through a Hyatt channel:

Earning and Redemption

World of Hyatt members earn five Base Points per $1 USD spent on eligible room revenue

World of Hyatt members will receive their standard tier Bonus Points on eligible room revenue spend (10% Discoverist, 20% Explorist, 30% Globalist)

Qualifying nights at participating SLH hotels will count toward earning World of Hyatt elite-tier status

World of Hyatt members can redeem points to use for free night awards on SLH hotel reservations; each participating SLH property has been categorized into Hyatt’s existing hotel award chart.

Member Benefits

Participating SLH properties will provide the following on-property benefits to all World of Hyatt members, regardless of status:

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Daily complimentary continental breakfast for two guests

Room upgrade (one category at check-in if available)

Early check-in (noon, based upon availability at check-in)

Late check-out (2:00pm, based upon availability at check-in)

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