Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced that it expects the number of Hyatt hotels in Saudi Arabia to double, with five additional Hyatt branded hotels to open by 2023, adding approximately 1,300 rooms to the region. The expansion includes the anticipated opening of Grand Hyatt Al Khobar, marking the first Grand Hyatt branded hotel in the Kingdom, set to open in late 2019. The expected opening of Jabal Omar Hyatt Centric Makkah Hotel and Residences will mark the entry of the Hyatt Centric brand into the country. Additionally Hyatt Regency Jeddah Serafi Mall is slated for a 2021 opening and a dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House Riyadh/KAFD is slated for 2022.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest growing religious tourism markets in the world and one of Hyatt’s primary focus areas within the Middle East,” said Ludwig Bouldoukian, regional vice president of development, Middle East and North Africa for Hyatt. “Saudi Arabia continues to make significant strides in boosting tourism and infrastructure in a bid to diversify the economy. The ambitious expansion of Hyatt brands cement Hyatt’s brand presence, both amongst Gulf residents and the increasing number of international travelers visiting Saudi Arabia.”
Hyatt’s growth strategy is aligned with Saudi Arabia’s “Vision 2030,” which focuses on increasing tourism and the Kingdom’s economy. The anticipated new properties reinforce Hyatt’s ongoing commitment to developing its brand pipeline, with the current portfolio consisting of Park Hyatt Jeddah, Jabal Omar Hyatt Regency Makkah, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street.
“Hyatt has established a strong brand reputation in Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East by consistently delivering premium service,” said Kurt Straub, vice president of operations, Middle East, Africa and South West Asia for Hyatt. “By identifying the needs of local and international high-end travelers, we will continue this journey of excellence by offering memorable experiences, complemented by impeccable service standards.”
Hyatt’s growth in Saudi Arabia includes plans for the following hotel openings:
The first of its kind in Saudi Arabia, Grand Hyatt Al Khobar, slated to open in late 2019, will be situated within Al Rashid Mall in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Al Khobar is one of the largest cities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and, together with Dammam and Dhahran, form the ‘Triplet Cities,’ Saudi Arabia’s key economic and tourism hubs. Here, the Grand Hyatt brand will inspire guests to celebrate their life’s ambitions through its captivating appeal and welcoming service that creates moments of more.
Hyatt Regency Jeddah Serafi Mall, slated to open in fall 2021, is located in Jeddah’s Al Aziziyah neighborhood. The 19-story hotel will be well-equipped with more than 500 guestrooms and residences, a lobby lounge designed for productivity, two diverse dining options, a signature ballroom equipped with facilities synonymous with the Hyatt Regency brand, and wellness and fitness facilities. Attached to one of the largest retail malls in Jeddah, Serafi Mega Mall, the hotel will serve as a seamless venue for both leisure and business travelers.
Hyatt Place and Hyatt House
With the planned opening of dual-branded Hyatt Place and Hyatt House hotels in Riyadh, slated to open in fall 2022, the number of Hyatt Place and Hyatt House properties in Saudi Arabia will rise to four, adding to the recently opened Hyatt Place Riyadh Al Sulaimania and Hyatt House Jeddah Sari Street. As a dual-branded location, the hotels will facilitate the needs of high energy individuals looking to balance business with leisure, while the Hyatt House hotel will appeal to long-term residents, with its apartment style living, promoting continuity of work and lifestyle.
Jabal Omar Hyatt Centric Makkah Hotel and Residences, slated to open in late 2023, will mark the first hotel under the Hyatt Centric brand in Saudi Arabia and the third in the Middle East. The hotel will feature 196 guestrooms and suites, while the residences will include 200 branded units that will be available to the public. Both the hotel and residences will offer modern design collaborations with influential brands and local artists that are synonymous with the Hyatt Centric brand, known to connect guests to the heart of the action so they never miss a moment of adventure.
5 Reasons To Go Offline at Four Seasons Resorts in Bali
Free WiFi is expected at five-star hotels nowadays, and as such it’s a standard inclusion for guests of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay and Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan. But the paradox of the internet and social media can be a very anti-social holiday where our phones never leave our sides. Here, we present five exclusive Four Seasons experiences that will inspire you to be in the moment. Ranging from water blessings to high-flying yoga and surf tours, you’ll be disconnecting from the internet and reconnecting to each other and the wonderful world around you.
Can You Keep A Secret? This exclusive temple tour is not on anyone’s bucket list. We ask guests to help us keep it that way, by resisting the urge to post the temple on social media. If you agree, our guide will take you on a scenic three-hour tour from Four Seasons Sayan in an open-air vintage VW through nearby yet untouched rice farming villages. Visit historic sites include a secluded water temple where you are welcome to bathe, or simply to enjoy the serene and undiscovered atmosphere far from selfie sticks.
Learn to surf in the sheltered confines of Jimbaran Bay or take a boat trip to explore Bali’s world-class breaks with Tropicsurf’s coaches and guides. On-site at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, the Tropicsurf philosophy is based on small groups (maximum four people) and avoiding the crowds to take your surfing to the next level, faster. For the ultimate adventure, take Asia’s only heli-surfing tour to ride uncrowded waves in pristine conditions off the east coast of Java.
Bali is home to thousands of beautiful Hindu temples. We invite you to go beyond the most famous landmarks and explore hidden gems like the Goa Gong 9th century cave temple. Open to visitors by appointment only, this natural archaeological site is nearby Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Our resort priest Ajik Ngurah will be your guide to explore the cave’s shrines and stalactites, and can also arrange a melukat water purification ritual. Not something you want to be holding your phone for!
Discover the beauty of the Ayung – Bali’s longest river and part of the ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed subak irrigation system. Our guided Four Seasons Private Rafting Adventure takes you through easy rapids flanked by virgin jungle, rice terraces and majestic gorges. Hop out of your raft and let yourself float down a quiet and calm stretch of the river, gazing up into the canopy overhead. Make a riverside landing directly at Four Seasons Sayan, where we’ll be waiting to welcome you back home.
Experience the intimacy of Trust Yoga, the newest addition to the inspiring wellness program at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Head to the ocean-front yoga pavilion and partner up with your soul mate, a friend or relative. Take turns being guide and flier, with postures that both require and build trust, strengthening your bond to each other and extending your practice. Our yoga instructor will lead each couple through this joyful 75-minute class, adapting postures to suit all levels. A fun way to connect emotionally and physically to someone special in your life, and a reminder that the best connections are human connections.
’Tis the Season: Best Holiday Offers to Fuel Your Festive Spirit
Hilton has curated a selection of delicious, family-friendly and unique ways to create memorable experiences during the magical festive season. Whether it’s playing a game of curling with mulled wine on the waterfront of Danube or indulging in a festive afternoon tea in the tallest building in Manchester, Hilton has something for everyone to get you into the holiday spirit.
Tucked between the Palace of Versailles and the Grand Trianon, Waldorf Astoria Versailles is welcoming the jolly season alongside a new sweet delicacy – The Christmas Turkey. Created by the hotel’s talented pastry chef Eddie Benghanem, the dessert features a charming Turkey Chef preparing a festive dessert while sitting on an indulgent cooking pot made from chocolate. The dessert serves 6 – 8 portions and is available for takeaway when pre-booked from 84 euros.
Set in the heart of the Manchester metropolis, Hilton Manchester Deansgate invites guests to indulge in a festive afternoon tea at the Cloud 23 bar. Known as the highest bar in the city, Cloud 23 offers unrivalled floor-to-ceiling views over the Manchester city centre skyline. The afternoon tea will include unique festive cocktails alongside festive flavoured teas, sandwiches and cakes. Afternoon tea is priced at £55 per person.
Those looking to warm up near Hyde Park’s magical Winter Wonderland will be in luck, with the hotel offering a bespoke Winter Wonderland afternoon tea. Clementine and chocolate reindeer macaroons alongside blueberry jelly and chestnut cream meringues will ensure every guest has indulged in the festive delicacies. Afternoon tea is priced from £32 per person with an option to add a glass of champagne.
Celebrate the holiday season with the whole family in the heart of Croatia’s charming capital Zagreb. Hilton Garden Inn Zagreb has prepared joyful surprises for the children, alongside a “Children’s Corner” games station with various creative workshops available. Parents can happily relax at the hotel’s restaurant and bar with a 20% discount. Confirmed Connecting Rooms for four guests with breakfast included start from 138 euros per night.
Those looking for a delicious adventure are invited to The Able Butcher restaurant to experience the best of theatre and dining in an immersive culinary journey from “Le Petit Chef”. The event features cutting-edge 3D visual technology and digital mapping paired with themed music and props. With lobster on the menu and Santa Claus as a host, every guest, big and small, will feel the festive joy. The event is hosted during lunch on December 24 and all day on December 25. Prices start from £89.
This merry season guests are invited to experience the Christmas Alpine Dream Chalet in the heart of Geneva. Set at the entrance to Hilton Geneva, the chalet will keep everyone warm by serving exquisite hot chocolates alongside mulled wine. Children are also invited to join festive cookie decoration masterclasses alongside the hotel’s pastry team. The Chalet is open throughout December.
For an unforgettable New Year’s Eve celebration, guests are invited to experience Le Nord at The Rooftop, an event dedicated to ringing the new year in style alongside an array of delicacies and free-flowing drinks. Unrivalled views over Trafalgar Square paired with luxurious rooms make it the ideal spot to indulge in celebrations in the heart of London.
Resting by the Danube waterfront, Hilton Vienna Danube Waterfront invites guests to team up and celebrate the cheery season with a game of curling. With unlimited mulled wine and punch complemented by roasted chestnuts, everyone will enjoy some festive entertainment. Prices per person start from 15 euros.
Set in the heart of the Victorian spa town, the hotel offers to join the New Year’s Eve “Prohibition” black-tie gala dinner. Paying homage to the roaring ’20s, the event will feature flapper dresses, champagne towers and firework displays. Guests will be treated to a five-course dinner alongside a live swing and party band, DJ and disco fireworks during the night. A surprise balloon drop with a champagne toast during midnight will be the crown jewel of the whole evening. Prices start from £120 per person.
10 Facts About the Legendary Beverly Wilshire
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a history-rich property built in 1928, when Beverly Hills was still undiscovered by Hollywood’s in-crowd. Take a step back in time with us as we share fun facts on the evolution of the iconic Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel:
Built on the site of the Beverly Auto Speedway, Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel provided residents with an opportunity for picnics and Model T Ford races on Sunday afternoons.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel has been made guest appearances in movies such as Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Clueless, Sex and the City: The Movie and Valentine’s Day, but gained worldwide recognition as the setting of the movie Pretty Woman.
The Mediterranean-style pool is modeled after Sophia Loren’s private villa pool in Italy.
Famous stars such as Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty and Steve McQueen have all lived in the Hotel, which continues to receive fan mail for the actors, even decades after they have moved out.
Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel is a salute to its construction and renovation teams over the years. It has withstood major earthquakes in 1933, 1971 and 1994 and was designated an air raid shelter during World War II.
The Concierge team has a combined total of more than 175 years of experience among them, and six Les Clefs d’Or members.
Opened in June 2006, CUT is Wolfgang Puck’s first steak restaurant, and was designed by the famed architect Richard Meier (of the Getty Museum).
The Spa spans more than 8,000 square feet (745 square metres), with nine treatment rooms (seven with in-room showers), and was the first Spa on the west coast to feature luxury skincare line, 111SKIN.
There are more than 800 employees working at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel.
Located on the private, key-accessed 14th floor of the Beverly Wing, the Penthouse Suite is the largest guest room space in the city at 5,000 square feet (465 square metres). And 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.
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