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Four Seasons Hotel Milano Introduces Kids to Art

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If Milan is famous for fashion and design, it is also a great city to initiate the youngest ones into art and culture, on the occasion of a fun family break.

Four Seasons Hotel Milano is launching an exclusive collaboration with the Pinacoteca di Brera, an iconic museum in Milan, housing more than 400 works of art from the 14th to the 20th century by master painters such as Piero della Francesca, Raphael and Caravaggio.  As part of the Hotel’s Family Package, guests will enjoy an in-room customised welcome kit containing an art colouring book, tickets for the museum and a sketchbook with pencils, and will be able to join a private guided tour upon request (bookable in advance).

Thanks to this exclusive collaboration between Four Seasons Hotel Milano and the Pinacoteca di Brera, children can enjoy an initiation to the greatest Italian masters in a fun way, by testing their artistic skills as they try to reproduce the paintings of the most important artists displayed at the museum.

“We are thrilled by this exclusive collaboration with the Pinacoteca di Brera, a city landmark, to introduce kids to art,” explains Mauro Governato, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Milano. “This new experience will be an opportunity for families to discover another facet of our city, the cultural one, and indulge into some of our best kept secrets.”

The tour of the Pinacoteca di Brera provides a great journey through history and culture, explained in a language that is understandable for children, letting them discover the beauty and charm of the great artists in the museum’s collection.

With a perfect location in the heart of the bustling Fashion District, Four Seasons Hotel Milano offers instant access to the city’s landmark sites including the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. When the sun’s out, Milan’s wonderful green spaces make the city a great spot to spend family quality time. In the Parco Sempione, a visit of the Sforza Castle built in 1368 is a must-do with children who will enjoy its prehistoric artefacts, Egyptian relics, impressive moat, and special kid’s area.

The Hotel’s resourceful Concierge team is always close at hand – to make reservations for a family dinner, offer suggestions of activities to do around the city or help arrange a babysitter.  From enjoying delicious ice creams – a must-do in Milan – to relaxing in the Hotel’s inner garden or enjoying a swim at the Spa, Four Seasons Hotel Milano has all the assets to ensure a memorable family vacation.

In season, the Sunday Brunch and its famous Chocolate Room, a tempting space created entirely of chocolate, is another reason to visit.

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Hyatt Expands Presence in Turkey with Plans for Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Orjin Konaklama Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş. for the first Hyatt branded hotel in Izmir, Turkey. Expected to open in 2021, the 161-room hotel marks the seventh Hyatt branded property in Turkey and the brand’s entry into Izmir, the country’s third largest and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean.

Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be part of a new major development, Istinye Park Izmir, slated to become a local landmark comprising of a high-end shopping mall and an impressive 860,000 square foot (80,000 square meter) park. Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the airport, the hotel will be in close proximity to the metro, tram and bus stations, providing direct access to downtown Izmir.

“Turkey continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and we have long sought to expand our brand footprint outside of Istanbul,” said Takuya Aoyama, vice president development, Hyatt. “We are very pleased to be working with Orjin Group who has an excellent track record of developing and operating premium real estate in the country.”

The property, which will overlook the Gulf of Izmir, will be designed with business and leisure travelers in mind, offering seamless and personalized experiences for any occasion. Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will feature a restaurant and bar, as well as a spa and a fitness center. Additionally, with more than 21,500 square feet (2,000 square meter) of flexible event space, the hotel will also offer a premium venue for corporate meetings and social gatherings alike.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Hyatt as it expands its brand presence in Turkey,” said Zafer Kursun, chairman of Orjin Group. “Hyatt Regency is a globally recognized brand and our extensive knowledge of the Turkish market and the city of Izmir will allow us to develop a premium property.”

Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be joining Hyatt’s growing portfolio across Turkey, alongside Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas, Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy, Grand Hyatt Istanbul, Nish Palas Istanbul, Hyatt Centric Levent Istanbul and Hyatt House Gebze.

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Discover Ateshgah Historical Architectural Reserve with Four Seasons Hotel Baku

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The capital of Azerbaijan, beautiful Baku is known for its ancient and rich culture. It’s the city where centuries-long history is combined with modern landmarks.

Baku is often called the City of Fire and throughout its history there have been some mysteries that helped to shape its reputation as such. One of these mysteries is located in only 30 kilometres from the city centre and called Ateshgah Historical Architectural Reserve.

Ateshgah, also known all over the world as the “Fire Temple of Baku” is an authentic Azerbaijani exotic. This place is magical to some people because of its unique natural phenomenon – an eternal flame. The temple in its current state was created within the 17th-18th centuries and designed by the Baku-based Hindu community.

It is a pentagonal structure, with a serrated outer wall and an entrance portal. Built in local architectural traditions, Ateshgah combines the features of ancient altars of fire. In the middle of the courtyard rises the quadrangular rotunda of the main altar temple. “Balakhana” – a traditional Absheron guest room – is located right above the entrance.

But it is worth mentioning that the history of the Temple is even longer as it used to be the holy place of Zoroastrians – fire worshippers. They attached mysterious significance to unquenchable fire and went there to worship the shrine.

The Concierge team of Four Seasons Hotel Baku will gladly assist each guest who would like to learn more about the Fire Temple.

Plan an unforgettable trip to Baku with special offers from Four Seasons Hotel Baku and enjoy Atashgah and many other exciting and historic attractions of Baku.

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Radisson Hotel Group expands further in Riyadh

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Radisson Hotel Group is proud to announce the signing of Radisson Riyadh Airport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As one of the fastest growing companies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the newest addition brings the group’s portfolio to over 45 hotels, resorts and serviced apartments in operation and under development, accelerating Radisson Hotel Group’s expansion across the country.

Riyadh is the largest city and capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. King Khalid International Aiport is about 35 kilometers to the north of Riyadh city and home to Radisson’s newest hotel. As the economic and commercial capital of Saudi Arabia, the total number of passengers departing and arriving at King Khalid International Airport exceeded 26 million passengers in 2019. Located within close proximity, the hotel will be conveniently accessible from the airport and the city center can be reached via Riyadh’s new metro system, making it an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers.

Elie Younes, Executive Vice President & Chief Development Officer, Radisson Hotel Group, said: “Saudi Arabia is one of the 8 key focus countries in EMEA. We align our plans along those of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 which aims to significantly increase the contribution of tourism to the country’s economy. We thank our partners for their trust and look forward to opening the hotel later this year and to an exciting and rewarding journey.”

Al Qussie International said: “We are delighted to partner with Radisson Hotel Group on this project and to be able to contribute to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.  We’re looking forward to successfully cooperating with Radisson Hotel Group and introducing the Scandinavian-inspired Radisson brand to Riyadh.”

Due to open in Q4 2020, the Radisson Riyadh Airport will perfectly complement Radisson Hotel Group’s array of city and leisure hotels across Riyadh. The hotel will consist of 471 keys across various room types including serviced apartments and villas to be able to cater to guests that require larger units or long stay units. The property will feature an all-day dining restaurant and two specialty restaurants. Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and various leisure facilities including separated ladies and men fitness studio, indoor pool and a spa. To further enhance the offerings within the property, the hotel will incorporate a conference space spanning 2,600 sqm of fully equipped, state-of-the-art meeting and events facilities, making it an ideal location for local and international business and leisure communities.

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