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A pearl on the Black Sea joins Radisson Collection

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Radisson Hotel Group announced that one of its flagship hotels – the Radisson Blu Paradise Resort and Spa, Sochi in Russia – has embarked upon a new chapter as part of Radisson Collection. A contemporary beachfront resort and spa framed by a mountainous backdrop, the rebranded property has now joined the collection of Radisson Hotel Group’s most exceptional hotels.

Launched for Russia’s 2014 Winter Olympics, the Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi rapidly gained a reputation as a sophisticated holiday hotspot and an iconic venue for corporate events. In just five short years, the resort has already garnered more than 30 international and local awards – celebrating everything from its service excellence and stand-out guest experiences to its exceptional food and design.

Michel Stalport, Area Senior Vice President Eastern Europe, Russia & Turkey for Radisson Hotel Group, commented: “Widely considered to be one of the best resorts in Russia’s Southern Federal District, this hotel is an elegant addition to this select portfolio. We’re delighted to now offer our guests two Radisson Collection hotels in Russia, this one in Sochi and the other in Moscow.”

From the Olympics to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, Sochi has played host to an impressive list of world-class sporting events. And – from day one – the Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi has been at the heart of the action. Located within walking distance of Sochi Park, guests have a wealth of attractions right on their doorstep. Sporting fans can explore the Olympic Stadium, the Ice Dome, Skating Palace, Curling Center and take in the roar of the Autodrom. Alternatively, guests can absorb the thrills of Russia’s original theme park or simply relax on the Black Sea’s wide stretches of beach.

Featuring 508 elegantly appointed guest rooms and six exclusive villas, the resort has been especially designed to reflect a locality that naturally favors retreat and recreation. Replete with five bars, three restaurants and one of Russia’s largest spa and wellness facilities, the resort is truly a complete leisure destination.

For those looking to maximize the convalescent effects of sea air and mountain vistas, the 2,500sqm Spa SIBO is a destination in its own right. Boasting a state-of-the-art thermal zone, guests have access to a large indoor pool and five steam rooms – all offering unique treatment techniques. In fact, the expansive facilities and treatments menu are so highly regarded that Spa SIBO has been recognized as a market leader in an array of international and local awards.

The Radisson Collection Paradise Resort & Spa, Sochi also offers guests extensive culinary options. The Filini Italian restaurant and the Umami Asian grill offer the opportunity to sample fine dining from a variety of international cuisines, while the Sunsets buffet restaurant is perfect for those in search of local specialties.

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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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Mandarin Oriental Announces New Hotel And Residences In Istanbul

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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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Luxury meets Elevated Glamour for Events at Beverly Wilshire

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Beverly Hills, home of fashion, luxury, and red carpet events. And Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel certainly has its own share of the action by hosting over 153,000 guests at events every year. From weddings to bar mitzvahs and galas, the trusted nine person team has over 115 years of experience. Read through some of the many ways they can “wow” guests at your next event:

The dedicated Catering team can transform any space. Take for instance during awards-season when they transformed the Rodeo Alleyway into a marvelous Red Carpet entrance,  perfect for celebrities and royalty alike!

The recently $1 Million renovated Grand Ballroom boasts a beautiful room complete with new mirrors and lighting, as well as a new stage curtain and chandeliers, reminiscent of the Hollywood Regency style.

Only Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel features two rooftop terraces, overlooking the Hollywood Hills from the Royal Suite or the legendary Drive from the Rodeo Terrace.

38,351 sq ft is the total event space amongst our 13 function spaces; 14,300 of that makes up our Grand Ballroom which happens to be one of the largest in the city, holding up to 880 people.

The recently renovated Le Grand Trianon was once transformed into an ice skating rink.

Lined with lush greenery, the Rodeo Terrace is the most requested space for weddings, providing breathtaking views of Rodeo Drive to create lasting memories and magical “I Do’s”. 

Explore the legendary glamour of Beverly Hills at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel and ignite the imagination with matchless event options.

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