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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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A Vision of Sustainable Middle Eastern Design at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

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Discover a vision of modern Middle Eastern Design at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island. Developed in conjunction with Mubadala and the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, estidama (the Arabic word for sustainability) was viewed as a key priority—based upon the vision of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan—in order to create responsible development in the UAE’s capital by the year 2030.

Situated on Al Maryah Island, the city’s new business and lifestyle destination, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, gives you a connection to the city and its culture through its central location, as well as its spectacular design.

Director of Engineering George Chapides stresses that intelligent architectural design can also reflect the culture of the place it is in:

“Four Seasons strives to achieve unique interiors that reflect the local context and market, and in harmony with the architecture of the building. Our striking façade is firmly rooted in traditional Islamic and Middle Eastern architecture. The window lattices found on the building are not only inspired by textiles found in the UAE’s souks but they are also firmly rooted in cultural design elements that have a functional purpose.”

The use of the mashrabiya adorning the building is based on an ancient architectural technique in the region. This design principle has been adapted in the modern context on notable Abu Dhabi developments such as the Al Bahr Towers and Masdar City. This element serves three purposes:

It shields the building from the sun’s intense rays. During the summer season, temperatures within the region can reach in excess of 44 Celsius (110 Fahrenheit), which greatly increases energy consumption to cool the building, which features floor-to-ceiling windows throughout.

It cools the spaces behind them, creating natural ventilation while reducing the sun’s radiation.

It beautifies the spaces around them through the diffusion of light. This architectural element is most prominent in our stunning lobby in the morning hours. This makes going to a big business meeting in the surrounding Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) or even simply enjoying a coffee in Al Meylas an utter joy.

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Hyatt Announces the First Hyatt-Branded Hotel in Malta

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Bay Street Holdings Limited to develop the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Malta. Located on the scenic coastal destination of St. Julian’s, the 153-room resort is expected to open in 2021 as the ideal destination for every occasion – from seamless business meetings to memorable family vacations.

“We are thrilled to announce plans for the first Hyatt-branded property in Malta, a country rich in historic architecture and now quickly becoming one of the most sought after destinations for business and leisure travel,” said Guido Frederich, Hyatt’s regional vice president development, Europe. “This is a great opportunity to build on the current Hyatt Regency brand presence in Southern Europe, and we look forward to working with the highly experienced developers, Bay Street Holdings, to open a new, exclusive hotel in the area.”

Gaining popularity among leisure guests and high-end business travelers, Malta’s tourist numbers having doubled since 2010. Increasingly, visitors are choosing to stay at the coastal destination of St. Julian’s due to its proximity to shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Hyatt Regency Malta will be located only a short walk from the beach and marina, and less than 20 minutes from Malta’s international airport and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valletta. Furthermore, the hotel will offer flexible event spaces and a five-story underground car park, providing a stress-free environment for corporate events, social gatherings and weddings.

“We are delighted to be working with Hyatt to bring a new resort offer to St. Julian’s – one of Malta’s most in-demand destinations,” said Albert Galea, chief executive officer, Bay Street Holdings Limited. “At Hyatt Regency Malta, guests will enjoy the seamless, intuitive experiences the brand is well recognized for.”

Through empathetic service that anticipates guests’ needs, the Hyatt Regency brand designs experiences to ensure productivity and peace of mind while traveling. Hotel guests will enjoy a full range of services and amenities, including notable culinary experiences, flexible spaces to work, collaborate or relax, and tools to stay connected and energized for meetings and events.

Hyatt Regency Malta will add to the growing Hyatt Regency brand portfolio in Europe, joining Hyatt Regency Nice Palais de la Méditerranée, soon to open Hyatt Regency Barcelona Fira and Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, and recently announced Hyatt Regency Lisbon.

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Marriott International Opens Second Four Points by Sheraton in Tanzania

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Marriott International, Inc. announced the opening of its second Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Tanzania, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel. The original New Africa Hotel was built as the official residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1896. It was used as a hospital during World War I before being converted into a hotel during the British Empire. Sitting at the heart of the central business district of the city, overlooking the Harbor the hotel has since emerged as a landmark and an integral part of the burgeoning city. With the renovation and the rebrand the hotel continues to retain its unique charm, while delivering on the brand’s promise to provide what matters most to today’s independent travelers.

“Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel, is a great addition to our rapidly growing footprint in Africa and further consolidates the brands presence in Tanzania. We are confident that with its blend of stylish comfort and genuine service at a great value, the hotel will meet the rising demand for high-caliber lodging in this fast-growing market and soon emerge as a leading choice among business and leisure travelers,” said Alex Kyriakidis, President and Managing Director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International.

Designed for the modern traveler with an emphasis on approachable design, the 174 room Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel, features spacious and contemporary rooms including suites. It also offers an all-day dining, a coffee shop and a lounge-bar where guests can experience the brand’s signature Best Brews™ program and watch their favorite sports matches. The hotel also features The Spice Route, a signature restaurant overlooking the Harbor showcasing Pan Asian fine dining.

Other facilities include an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center. With 1000 square feet of indoor meeting and banquet space spread across 12 flexible meeting rooms, the hotel is an ideal venue for gatherings of any size including elaborate social events and weddings.

The hotel offers the brand’s defining touches, including the Four Comfort Bed, complimentary bottled water in all rooms, fast and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and an energizing breakfast with freshly brewed coffee that helps guests start the day right.

“Our vision is to offer an uncomplicated travel experience for both business and leisure. Perfectly situated in the heart of the city, the hotel is at the epicenter, steeped in history and surrounded by local attractions,” said Siddharth Chaudhry General Manager, Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam, New Africa Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming our guests with the brand’s signature warm and uncomplicated yet comfortable service.”

Four Points has proven to be a global hit with its distinctive identity and ability to meet the increasing demands of the modern, everyday traveler. The brand is experiencing incredible growth momentum having surpassed the 250th hotel milestone globally. Over the past two years in East Africa alone, the brand has opened Four Points by Sheraton Hurlingham, Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport and Four Points by Sheraton Arusha with Four Points by Sheraton Dar es Salaam becoming the fourth property to open in the region.

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