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Renaissance Hotels Debuts in Mexico

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Renaissance Hotels today announced the opening of Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina, the brand’s first hotel to open in Mexico. The anticipated resort anchors the new marina in Puerto Cancún and connects travellers to both the local spirit of the neighbourhood and the destination’s pristine beaches, just minutes away. Through its surprising design, entertaining evening bar rituals and engaging Navigator, the 180-room lifestyle resort is poised to anchor Puerto Cancún – home to a professional golf course designed by Tom Weiskopf, residential areas, a shopping centre with restaurants, movie theatres, and the largest marina in the area.

“We have been on a journey to evolve our hotels’ design to reflect what the Renaissance brand offers today: a sense of clever theatricality and an open invitation to experience something a little unexpected during our guests’ travels,” said George Fleck, Vice President of Global Brand Marketing & Management, Renaissance Hotels.  “We are  thrilled to celebrate Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina and its spontaneous high-low design that embraces the DNA of the locale and gives guests a new sense of the destination.”

Led by Estudio Lemus Arquitectos in conjunction with Idea Asociados, the hotel’s design takes a decidedly distinct approach to Mayan mythology, inspired by the journey a soul takes after death through the cenotes to reach the mystical underworld of Xibalbá.  Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina thrives from stark contrasts created through materiality, different textures and a dynamic color palette – a showcase of the brand’s refined design strategy, which reflects what the Renaissance brand offers today: a sense of clever theatricality and an open invitation to experience something a little different both inside and out of the hotel.

Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina encourages travellers to discover the hidden gems that gives its neighborhoods soul through its whimsical design.  Upon arrival, guests are greeted with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea anchored by a deconstructed wooden sculpture representing the sacred Mayan tree (ceiba). Metal wire sculptures resembling mollusks contrast the natural, wood stones and polished ceramics throughout the lobby.   From underground art created by local urban artists to an engaging pool table and reading nook in the public spaces, the hotel’s interior design reframes the historic fabric of the destination with a modern energy – extending from the lobby to the guest rooms. The hotel boasts 180 guestrooms, including 11 suites, all with ocean, marina or golf course views – inspiring a sense of spontaneous discovery at every turn.

“Just as the Mayan underworld is a universe worth discovering, Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina is a space full of stories waiting to be told,” said Karina Zuñiga, General Manager.  “Stories that will awake the explorer within us, when we allow ourselves to be inspired by the unexpected.”

Music as a means to stir the soul is a theme carried through the hotel’s social spaces, artwork and atmosphere. Zek Bar sits center stage with a designed-DJ table beckoning travellers through the lobby and to the terrace. Savour the very best of local cuisine at Káajal Restaurant or linger for a coffee at Nüup Deli Café.  For a taste of Baja Califonia visit Merotoro and enjoy a simple yet sophisticated menu curated by Chef Jaír Téllez. Business meetings turn into ultimate moments of inspiration, whether gathering in one of the meeting rooms, the more intimate boardroom, or hosting a magnificent event on the terrace overlooking the ocean.

Distinctly local, personalized service is brought to life through the hotel’s engaging Navigators, the Renaissance brand’s ambassadors who connect travelers to the locale and help guests discover the neighborhood’s handpicked local discoveries, including discovering Isla Mujeres or scuba diving at the Underwater museum with a private tour from the hotel’s marina; enjoying a relaxed yet energetic atmosphere with Chef Jaír Téllez, just steps away from the hotel or finding Chef Tiago Aceituno’s home and experiencing his farm-to-table cuisine at Mostaza.

Conveniently located 10 minutes from the city and 25 minutes from Cancun International Airport, the new Renaissance Cancún Resort & Marina is located in Puerto Cancún, an exclusive and gated community at the beginning of the hotel zone, and only steps away from the beach.  Opening rates begin at $250 per night.

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Hyatt Place Dubai / Wasl District Now Open

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today the official opening of Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District, marking the third property under Hyatt’s select service brand portoflio in the United Arab Emirates. The hotel joins Hyatt Place Dubai/Al Rigga and Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square in increasing the number of contemporary yet affordable hospitality offerings in the city. The opening of the property brings Hyatt hotels in the UAE to 10 properties.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in the provision of stylish, comfortable and seamless experiences for guests, accommodating guests’ needs through purposeful service and an overall uncomplicated stay. Located in the heart of Deira in Old Dubai, the property places guests in close proximity to key landmarks such as the heritage and diving village, the Creek, the famed spice and gold souks as well as numerous retail, dining and entertainment outlets. Furthermore, connectivity is yet another strong suit offered by the location, as Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District is close to key metro, dhow cruise and taxi stations.

“We look forward to hosting guests both local and international alike as we introduce them to the modern comforts of a Hyatt Place property,” shares Fathi Khogaly, cluster general manager. “The hotel will provide travellers with a unique stay through the design, amenities and warm hospitality offered by the entire team.”

“The decision to introduce a third Hyatt Place property stems from its seamless integration into the city’s contemporary appeal, prioritizing consistent development,” said Kurt Straub, vice president of operations, Middle East, Africa and South West Asia, Hyatt. “We’re seeing an increased guest demand for our select service portfolio and as such are meeting these demands across the UAE and KSA. We plan to continue to expand our brand presence across the Middle East, as part of our pipeline of development for the region.”

Hyatt Place Dubai/Wasl District offers:

202 stylish guestrooms, including 10 suites, with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper

Free Wi-Fi  and remote printing available throughout the rooms and suites

Gallery Kitchen Breakfast serving a selection of classic breakfast items, fresh fruits, local and regional specialties

Gallery Café offering healthy options of multi-cuisine specialities for lunch and dinner, as well as an array of dining options for families

24/7 Gallery Market featuring a range of convenient and delicious “grab ‘n go” options to curb hunger pangs any time of the day

Coffee to Beverages Bar providing guests with the ideal space to socialize with friends and other guests, over a freshly prepared beverage. The venue also offers light bites and a range specialty coffees

Meeting spaces amassing over 300 square meters, designed for clients hosting stylish and flexible small-scale business meetings, conferences or celebrating special occasions. Guests can also opt to incorporate caterings and hosts, easing the planning. Those looking for alternative spaces can make use of the outdoor venue for a break-out sessions and dinners.

24-Hour Gym offering state of the art equipment

Rooftop temperature-conrolled swimming pool

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Aloft Hotels Debuts in Shanghai

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Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s innovation incubator brand for global travelers, today opens the brand new 191-room Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Hotel, bringing high-tech, modern style and a vibrant new social scene to Shanghai as the first Aloft hotel in the city.

Owned by Shanghai Tech University Hotel Management Limited, Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel is the first international hotel located in the central area of Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park Pudong. Ideally situated within a prime hub for innovation and technology businesses,  the hotel is also located within a short drive from the New International Expo Center and Shanghai Disney Resort among other attractions.

The hotel embodies the brand’s different by design philosophy which is noted for its open, social spaces that connect next generation travelers. It has 191 modern and stylish guestrooms featuring high ceilings and is equipped with keyless mobile check-in system which enables guests to utilize their mobile phones as room keys. The design-forward guestrooms, flexible for both work and play, feature the latest technology and the brand’s signature offerings, such as the ultra-comfortable plush bed, walk-in shower, custom amenities by Bliss® Spa, fast & free WiFi and 43” LCD TV.

Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel is also home to a variety of dining and social spaces. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Nook, serves all-day dining ranging from breakfast buffet to a la carte dishes for lunch and dinner. The restaurant can accommodate 100 guests, and also has three private dining rooms. Re:fuel by AloftSM serves up Aloft’s signature 24/7 grab-and-go options ranging from light meals, snacks for every craving, healthy selections, beverages and more. The WXYZ® Bar is a vibrant bar offering signature cocktails and light bites, which doubles as a live music venue as well for the brand’s iconic Live at Aloft Hotels programs. During the day, the W XYZ Bar transforms into a social space where guests and locals can hang out or catch up on work. Guests can also enjoy a good workout at the well-equipped 24/7 Re:chargeSM fitness center.

“We’re excited to debut the Aloft Hotels brand in Shanghai, bringing the next generation of travelers to an up-and-coming tech and innovation hub in the city. The new Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel will become Shanghai’s newest social hub, where creative self-expressers can meet and mingle in a casual, friendly environment over cocktails at the W XYZ bar,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “What’s more, travelers and locals alike will be able to see emerging local bands at the Live at Aloft evenings held regularly at the hotel.”

Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel also features seven on-site Tactic meeting rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art AV equipment and fast & free Wi-Fi. The 890-square-meter function spaces are ideal for staging events of various scales and formats.

“Our entire team is proud to be part of the first Aloft hotel in Shanghai and the first international hotel in Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park Pudong. Our hotel will definitely allow value-conscious travelers in pursuit of a smart travel experience to stay connected, network, and relax in style,” said Andy Shen, General Manager of Aloft Shanghai Zhangjiang Haike Hotel.

The hotel is conveniently located 25 kilometers away from Shanghai Pudong International Airport and close to nearby attractions, within a short walking distance from Chamtime Square, Greenland Being Fun Plaza and ZhongKe Road Station of Metro 13.

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The Luxury Collection Debuts in Cyprus With Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

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The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the opening of Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol. Owned and operated by Parklane Hotels Limited, the property marks Marriott International’s entry into Cyprus – and the first international luxury branded resort in the country. Parklane joins an ensemble of over 100 Luxury Collection hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories, offering world travellers indigenous and intimate, local experiences.

“We are excited to put Cyprus on the map for our Global Explorers as our newest property in the region,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “With a deep-rooted history that today can still be experienced by visiting iconic landmarks such as the medieval Limassol Castle, paired with modern architecture and cultural happenings, the vibrant coastal city of Limassol is one of the most up and coming destinations in the world today.”

A 15-minute drive east from Limassol – the storied city on the southern coast of Cyprus – Parklane is situated on 100,000 square metres of lush, landscaped gardens and boasts a 300-metre pristine sandy beach. Upon arrival, the resort welcomes guests via a picturesque lane that snakes through a verdant grove of locally grown olive, citrus and palm trees. Each of its 274 guestrooms and suites, designed by Harrods Interiors, presents bright, open-plan living with a fresh and contemporary finesse, many featuring terraces with commanding views of the Mediterranean Sea and the rolling Troodos mountains beyond. The 52 suites, some set over two storeys with sleek architectural flair, entice with teak-decked private pools.

For guests seeking privacy and tranquillity, the resort boasts an adults-only wing comprising of 16 Lifestyle Suites and a swimming pool. Each suite celebrates expansive views of the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, with some also featuring private pools.

“From our recent opening in the storied city of Yerevan to a debut in the historic country of Cyprus, The Luxury Collection continues to offer a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable locations,” said Jenni Benzaquen, Vice President, Luxury Brands – Europe, Marriott International. “We are thrilled to welcome our newest Luxury Collection hotel in Europe and our first hotel in Cyprus, offering an extraordinary opportunity for our guests to discover this vividly beautiful island, crystal blue waters and unique cultural offerings.”

Locally Inspired Cuisine

Culinary enthusiasts will be enthralled by the variety of cuisine offered at the resort, from fine dining to light poolside bites. Fresh fish and local seafood from the surrounding region are at the heart of the innovative menus, which are full of native flair. Guests can enjoy Cypriot grill dishes made using a traditional wood-burning oven and barbecue pit as well as cocktails or local wines at Dafne, Italian fare served al fresco at Il Teatro, Mediterranean seafood served in unique settings arranged as small islands floating in a pool at Islands and can indulge in a casually elegant evening at The Grill.

Parklane will also offer special immersive experiences for guests to discover the rich food and wine culture of Cyprus with its series of Epicurean Journeys. Designed and spearheaded by the hotel’s Head Sommelier, the weekly wine tasting will celebrate of the diverse flavors of the region and showcase wine as an integral part of the traditional Cypriot diet. Under the expert direction of the hotel’s culinary professionals, the island’s sacred coffee ritual will be showcased to guests who can prepare their own authentic coffee in a traditional copper pot cooked slowly in sand.

Immersive Experiences

One of the hotel’s hallmark experiences for guests seeking a restful retreat is the 3,000 square metre Kalloni Spa. This luxurious space takes its cues from the sea, from its two outdoor and two indoor seawater pools to its relaxing and revitalising Thalassotherapy menu. These cutting-edge treatments draw on seawater and the marine environment for their many benefits to health and well-being. The spa is also collaborating with a number of brands such as VOYA, which focuses on organic, seaweed-based beauty products and treatments, and Biologique Recherche for its clinical and raw ingredient treatments.

Additional spa features include a barbershop where treatments are tailored using Gentlemen’s Tonic products, a Carol Joy hair salon, and a state-of-the-art Parkfit gym that will boast Excite Engaging Cardio, Selection Pro and Connected Strength equipment.

For junior explorers, the spirit of adventure is very much alive at Parklane, where a pirate ship with water jets and slides, and a two-storey princess castle crown the enviable 3,000 square metre Park Kidz. A dedicated restaurant and mini football pitch will keep young guests entertained when not splashing in the pool or playing games at beach. Aspiring footballers can also enroll at the seasonal Parklane Football Escapes academy, which offers an exceptionally rare opportunity to train with former international football stars during school holidays. Weeklong courses will be available for children aged between five and fifteen to train for up to two hours a day, in complete personalized kit, under the guidance of UEFA licensed coaches and English Premier League football stars including Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora.

Additionally, the resort is also home to three tennis courts, three outdoor and one indoor swimming pools and a PADI diving centre, with horse riding and golf courses close by.

Inspiring Meetings

Parklane’s corporate offering has undergone a multi-million-euro investment, elevating the resort’s credentials as a highly desirable destination for meetings and events throughout the year, as well as a leading venue for Cyprus. Ultra-modern facilities include seven meeting rooms that can be converted into 11 professional conference spaces. The 800 square metre Diamond Ballroom, complete with a built-in stage, can hold up to 600 people, be split into two sections and tailored to meet the requirements of any large event.

Treasured Destination 

Parklane’s Luxury Collection Concierge team will invite guests to explore Cyprus and its most famous destinations with a bespoke tour from the hotel’s Head Concierge. The island boasts several deeply historical sites, such as the Ancient Amathus Archaeological Site, just 11 kilometres east of Limassol and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which dates back to 1100 BC. The Head Concierge will share stories and secrets from ancient times that have shaped and enriched the history of the island.

A visit to the spectacular treasured Lefkara Village, located at the foot of the Troodos Mountains, will tell the story of Leonardo da Vinci’s visit in 1841. Leonardo himself was so impressed by the skills of the embroiderers, he is said to have bought one as a gift for Cathedral in Milan where it featured in his celebrated painting, The Last Supper.

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