Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced the official opening of Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, the first Andaz branded hotel in Germany. Joining Andaz hotels in top destinations around the world, including New York, London, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi, Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor is the third Andaz branded hotel in Europe. The luxury lifestyle brand celebrates local culture, fully immersing guests in destinations through distinctive experiences that appeal to each of their senses. True to the brand, the hotel offers guests an unscripted Bavarian-inspired experience, allowing guests to feel like locals from the moment they arrive. The hotel is located in the Schwabing district, the cultural hub of the city and home to theaters, restaurants, and the renowned Englischer Garten.
“Schwabinger Tor is a vibrant and bustling area in Munich known for its culture and diversity,” said Mattheos Georgiou, general manager for Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor. “The hotel is a place for inquisitive travelers, guests, and neighbors with interest in the area’s urban design, street art, and social responsibility. Munich is known as one of the most livable cities in the world, and the hotel will offer guests an immersive experience in the Bavarian capital.”
Locally Inspired Design
Just as Munich combines new and old traditions, the interior design of Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor weaves in the heart and soul of the city. Guests can take in a video installation by artist Yves Petzner in the lobby. Stone and herringbone oak floors, luminous diamond patterned ceilings, copper accents, and leather sofas all come together to emphasize the design style of Munich.
In a nod to the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest park located steps from the hotel, the meeting space area features a nature-inspired wall composed of vertically hanging plants. Additionally, the Andaz Lounge offers an authentic Bavarian feel, furnished with a “golden pretzel” – a seat made from a cast bronze alloy and produced by a local Munich art foundry.
The hotel features 277 spacious, loft-inspired suites and guestrooms that deliver breathtaking views of the city and the Alps. Every room has been thoughtfully designed with contemporary interpretations of Bavarian traditions. Locally inspired snacks and drinks fill the mini-bar in each room. In a unique collaboration with Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor, bath amenities in each guestroom were produced by La Bottega and Saskia Diez, an internationally renowned Munich jewelry designer. Custom-designed sofas, reminiscent of vintage car seats, provide a comfortable and luxurious setting.
Dining with a Sense of Place
The Lonely Broccoli celebrates the unique flavors of Bavaria by serving quality meat and using (almost) all parts of the animal. The menu offers a selection of prime cuts, grilled and slow-roasted meats, accompanied by local and seasonal produce. The open kitchen in the middle of the restaurant is accompanied by two long chef’s tables offering front row seats to the culinary activities.
M’Uniqo, the dramatic rooftop bar, one of the highest in town, is the perfect place to socialize over botanical-infused cocktails, listen to live music, and take in a stunning, panoramic view of the city and the Alps.
Designed to stimulate the senses, Bicicletta, the hotel’s coffee bar, infuses aromas its artisan coffee and also offers fresh juices. Guests can enjoy their favorite beverage while sitting on unique bar stools shaped like bicycle seats. For a casual bite, guests can stop by Café M throughout the day for its deli menu.
With carefully selected, regionally inspired products and healing treatments – massages, body rituals, facials and aromatherapy – every guest will leave The Andaz Spa, one of the city’s largest spas, feeling truly connected to the heart and soul of Munich. A spiral staircase connects the spa to the 55 foot (17 meter) swimming pool, along with an elevator that takes guests directly to the pool deck, where, on a clear day, guests can see as far as the Alps. Gym-goers can take advantage of the fully equipped, state-of-the-art, 24-hour gym.
Meetings and Events
Measuring more than 21,530 square feet (2,000 square meters), Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor is the perfect location for creative gatherings. Guests can choose from seven inspiring studios for meetings and events, two private kitchens, a 2,150 square foot (200 square meter) exhibition space, and a 5,380 square foot (500 square meter) ballroom with a diamond-shaped folding ceiling and countless programmable lighting options.
The studio spaces offer guests a creative and relaxed environment to work alone or host informal meetings. Situated across two floors and complete with comfortable sofas and playful elements, guests also have access to large flat-screen TVs and glass whiteboards.
Each gathering space reflects the neighborhood, such as the green wall with hanging plants in the welcome area that’s inspired by the Englischer Garten.
Opposite the studios on both floors is a private kitchen seating 12 at a wooden table set under the playful, suspended lamps. Here, guests can enjoy the action of live cooking at every event.
Aloft Hotels Debuts in Shanghai
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.
The Luxury Collection Debuts in Cyprus With Parklane, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel And Residences In Istanbul
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a second luxury hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The project, which also features branded residences, is scheduled to open in 2022.
The new development comprises three standalone towers and is located in the exclusive Etiler residential area, close to the city’s central business district. One of the towers will house Mandarin Oriental Etiler, Istanbul with 158 guestrooms and suites and 16 serviced apartments. The remaining two towers will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. UNStudio from Amsterdam has been appointed as the master planner and architect.
The hotel will have three restaurants and bars, and a selection of adaptable meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces, ideal for hosting both business and leisure events. There will also be a spa and fitness centre, offering the Group’s award-winning signature wellness programmes as well as locally inspired treatments. The hotel will have both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool.
The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will feature some of the most exclusive homes in the city, providing owners with extensive private gardens and impressive views of the Bosphorus. Owners will also enjoy Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service and direct access to the hotel’s facilities. In addition, there will be a full suite of bespoke resident facilities, including two outdoor swimming pools with city skyline views, a fitness centre and six beauty treatment rooms.
The owners and developers of the project are Astaș Holding A.Ş and Yapi & Yapi. This is the Group’s third venture in Turkey with Astaș Holding A.Ş who is the owner of the Group’s two other Turkish properties – the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum and Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul which is scheduled to open in 2020.
“We are delighted to be announcing a second Mandarin Oriental property in Istanbul, together with an exciting luxury residential project. We look forward to extending further the Group’s presence in one of the world’s most historic and vibrant cities,” said James Riley, Group Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental. “Operating two complementary hotels in a single city is something that the Group has already done successfully in Hong Kong and will soon do in London. We believe there is room for more than just one Mandarin Oriental hotel in certain select destinations around the world.” he added.
“Having strengthened our successful collaboration with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Bodrum, and through the upcoming opening of Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul it is our intention to establish this second Istanbul property, uniquely located in the prestigious district of Etiler, as one of the world’s most impressive addresses. The project is slated to cater to a discerning clientele who enjoy this legendary city so rich in history and culture, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia,” said Astaș Holding A.Ş, and Yapi & Yapi’s Board of Directors.
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