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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 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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Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Takes Luxury to New Heights

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Dedicated to providing guests with the best travel experience through innovation and improvements to continually set the highest standards in luxury travel and hospitality, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is excited to announce a multi-million dollar enhancement project that began in late 2018 and continues this year.

The project will see the award-winning Hotel consistently classed by travellers and media experts as one of Sydney’s most luxurious hotels take 517 of its guest rooms through a remodelling with a design that evokes tomorrow’s Sydney and enriches the guests’ overall experience while at the property.  Guest arrival experience will also be elevated with refreshed public spaces, inclusive of guest floor corridors.

“Being the brand’s largest property globally, the planned remodeling of Four Seasons Hotel Sydney is a commitment to the organisation’s investment in Asia-Pacific, and more specifically, Australia,” says Bahram Sepahi, Regional Vice President and General Manager.

The new look rooms are very fitting for a luxury Sydney hotel of this calibre and capture the essence of Sydney itself. The rooms have been designed to be uplifting and also have a local feel about them. Each room will be uncluttered and contemporary, ideally suited to the needs of the modern traveller, leisure guest and business person alike.

The layout of each room will allow guests to make optimum use of the stunning views that take in the city, Sydney Opera House and the unmistakable Harbour Bridge.  Features of the beautifully designed new rooms include up-to-date technology such as large flat screen televisions to help guests relax and be entertained in privacy and complete comfort.

With the project commencing back in October 2018, a scheduled completion has been set for late 2019.  The remodelling proect will not affect the day-to-day operations of the Hotel. It will be business as usual as Four Seasons Hotel Sydney continues to welcome guests and focus on what it does best – providing exceptional and personal service.

All public facilities such as Mode Kitchen & Bar, award-winning Grain bar, spa, pool and Lounge 32 will continue to be available for use during this time.

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