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The Safest Hotel in The World’s Safest City

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Safety and security is vitally important when choosing a city to visit, or live and work in. The UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi has been repeatedly voted the safest city in the world. Combined with a rich culture, meaningful experiences, and everything the modern traveler requires, the “Land of the Gazelle” has grown to become one of the world’s most exciting destinations.

Director of Security Mourad Kader reinforces this prestigious reputation as a safe city through consistent dialogue with local authorities. “It requires continuous effort and dedication from the security team and all of our employees to ensure Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island is safe and secure for our guests. We are constantly collaborating with the capital’s local authorities to align with the most recent international safety regulations.”

This was reflected by the property’s recognition in 2018 from the Ministry of Interior as the safest hotel in Abu Dhabi. Kader was the only Director of Security to receive this distinguished honor in 11 years. “It was a huge moment of pride for us, as I know how much effort the team puts towards enhancing the guest experience and making them feel at home. From training employees on the latest fire safety or CPR standards, to planning for New Year’s Eve celebrations with the authorities of Al Maryah Island, everything is carefully considered to give our guests peace of mind.”

Four Seasons has a long-standing reputation for its ability to take the utmost care of VIPs and host globally recognized events. Kader says, “We are no stranger to working with the world’s top VIPs, ensuring every detail of their stay from arrival to departure is looked after, and they are able to switch off, relax, and enjoy their Abu Dhabi experience to the fullest.”

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Check-In From the Skies: Waldorf Astoria Arrives in Dubai’s Financial Centre

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Today, the highly anticipated Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) opens its doors, joining two other Waldorf Astoria properties in the UAE and reinforcing the brand as the pinnacle of luxury in the region. The 275-room hotel is a welcome addition to Dubai’s bustling financial district, bringing a slice of the French Riviera with its stylish rooftop bar and pool, a piece of New York City with acclaimed restaurant Bull & Bear and a timeless design that evokes the elegance of the 1960s.

Waldorf Astoria DIFC occupies the 18th to 55th floors of the Burj Daman, a complex featuring residences and office towers. Guests will enjoy a unique reception and check-in experience on the 18th floor, which is also home to the hotel’s dining and wellness facilities and acts as the true heartbeat of the hotel.  All 275 guest rooms, including 46 suites and 28 residential suites, offer breathtaking, unobstructed views of the downtown Dubai skyline, which can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows in each room. Guests can reach The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain within minutes during their stay in one of Dubai’s most vibrant districts.

“We are delighted to expand our luxury presence in the region with the opening of Waldorf Astoria DIFC which is located in an important economic hub within the region,” said Rudi Jagersbacher, President, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Hilton. “Earlier this year, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum approved the launch of DIFC 2.0 which will add 13 million square feet of space to the Centre. We are pleased to be part of this rapidly growing district and look forward to delivering unparalleled experiences to guests staying in DIFC.”

Inspired by the iconic architecture, lifestyle and mid-modern style of the 1960s, the hotel exudes a contemporary elegance and understated luxury. With its stylish furniture, multifunctional design peppered with marble, ebony, brass and bronze materials, the hotel boasts a sleek and contemporary look.

In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria DIFC is primed to be a best-in-class dining destination. All restaurants and bars are located on the 18th floor, a stunning location from which to view the city. 

Bull & Bear: Inspired by the original once located in the Waldorf Astoria New York, Bull & Bear is the hotel’s signature restaurant which offers a twist on the legendary eatery. Diners can enjoy imaginative cuisine in a stylish, relaxed setting.

St Trop: An oasis in the heart of the city, St. Trop serves up a slice of the French Riviera in DIFC. This stylish rooftop lounge ⁠— with its pool, whirlpool, timber decking and bright colours ⁠— is perfect for drinks and light bites from day to night. Truly an urban escape, St Trop brings laidback poolside chic to Dubai’s financial district.

Peacock Alley: Peacock Alley is an elegant lounge and bar ideal for both sophisticated gatherings and informal gatherings. The term “Peacock Alley” was coined to portray the daily promenade of people through the original colonnade connecting The Waldorf and The Astoria hotels in New York City. The iconic venue is present at all Waldorf Astoria hotels worldwide ⁠— and this historical part of New York heritage is now in DIFC. 

For those looking to unwind, the Waldorf Astoria Spa ⁠— with its floatation tank, hydrobath, hammam and Vichy shower ⁠— is a sanctuary of relaxation in the middle of the city. Secluded on the 18th floor, the spa offers four treatment suites and the hotel’s fitness centre offers state-of-the-art equipment and views of Dubai’s skyline from 18 floors up.

The hotel offers five elegant, innovative settings, including a unique library concept which houses an open kitchen. The hotel also features spacious meeting rooms, a grand ballroom with a pre-function area and a sophisticated boardroom that is perfect for corporate meetings. All spaces have a residential, personal feel, providing the ideal setting for every type of event.

“We are thrilled to bring Waldorf Astoria to DIFC and offer True Waldorf Service in such a thriving and dynamic location within the city,” said Dino Michael, Global Head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “From Bangkok to Amsterdam, Waldorf Astoria properties are set in landmark locations all over the world, and Waldorf Astoria DIFC is a remarkable addition to our growing portfolio in the Middle East and beyond.”

Waldorf Astoria DIFC joins two award-winning Waldorf Astoria properties in the UAE ⁠— Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah and Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah ⁠— and is the brand’s first city-based hotel in the country. Like all Waldorf Astoria properties in the world, Waldorf Astoria DIFC offers True Waldorf Service: graceful, anticipatory service from the moment a guest books through checkout. 

Waldorf Astoria DIFC is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app. Book direct at Hilton.com, through the Hilton Honors app or through other official Hilton channels for more perks and a price match guarantee.

To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 5000 Points per night, with a minimum stay of three nights ⁠— for bookings through 30 December 2019, when booking directly with Hilton.

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Enjoy 5 Wonderful Attractions Just Steps Away from Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires

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Floralis Genérica: Designed to flower during the day and close at night, like most real flowers, Floralis Genérica is a piece of art composed of aluminium and stainless steel created by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. It is located in the United Nations Park, just a 10 minute walk from Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, in the neighboirhood of Recoleta. Given its location, it is a nice plan to take a walk through the square and then enjoy lunch or dinner in the exclusive restaurants around it.

Recoleta Cemetery: The Recoleta Cemetery is an outdoor work of art. It houses some 4,780 vaults of which more than 90 are national historical monuments, belonging to the main figures in Argentine history, such as Eva Perón. It is the most visited cemetery in the city, its entrance is free and free one-hour guided tours are offered in Spanish only every day.

Avenida Alvear shops: Alvear is the most luxurious avenue in the city, only five blocks away from Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, and it extends for seven blocks, starting from the Plazoleta Carlos Pellegrini to the Plaza Alvear. It stands out for its architecture filled with French-style palaces, and for its luxury boutiques of the most prestigious haute couture designers.

Museum of Fine Arts: The Museum of Fine Arts is located in the Recoleta neighbourhood, surrounded by important sites of interest. It is home of more than 12,000 paintings, an artistic library with more than 150,000 volumes and it has a larger auditorium. The permanent collection of the museum feature paintings of the most prominent Argentine and international painters and sculptors such as Picasso, Goya, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rubens, Cézanne, El Greco and Rodin. Undoubtedly it is an important stop during your visit to Buenos Aires.

Teatro Colón: Considered one of the most important theatres in the world, the Teatro Colón is a must-see attraction in the city of Buenos Aires. Built more than 100 years ago, it has been restored by the government of the city of Buenos Aires in 2008. In it, the most important directors, singers and dancers in history performed, such as Igor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, Rudolf Nureyev, Julio Bocca and Maximiliano Guerra.

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The Barbie Room Arrives at Hilton Cartagena

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photo: Cristian Mercado

Barbie® continues with incredible surprises to celebrate her 60th birthday. Girls of all ages, moms and fans of the most famous doll in the world can participate in the most incredible experience of the Barbie® room in Hilton Cartagena. Starting this month, the exclusive Barbie® room will be available to fulfill the dreams of a lot of little ones.

The Barbie® room is full of details and exclusive elements to spend an unforgettable experience. Mattel and Hilton will come together to create a room that takes up the concept of “glamping,” a current trend in the world.

“Glamping is the fusion of the words glamour and camping. The glamorous camping is a growing global phenomenon that combines the experience of camping with luxury and the conditions of the best hotels,” said Vinod Agarwal, general manager, Hilton Cartagena. “Barbie® loves to travel, enjoy nature and take care of the environment without forget the comforts and attractions of the most sophisticated accommodations.”

Barbie® will be present in every detail. Upon entering, guests can take amazing pictures in the iconic doll box, climb small pink stairs to check-in and discover the exclusive pink menu in the hotel restaurant. In addition, on the occasion of its 60th anniversary, she will share with visitors a little of her history through images and pieces of collection.

The room, which will be available until March 2020, took approximately 20 weeks from its conceptualization, design and production. “The presence of Barbie® can be felt in every corner. The elements of decoration, bedding, toys, dolls and activities are intended to continue inspiring girls to be what they want to be and to fulfill their greatest desires,” shared Vinod Agarwal during the opening event.

Both the guests of the room and the girls who visit the hotel can enjoy spaces with unbeatable touches of Barbie®, they will have the opportunity to enjoy incredible thematic experiences in the different seasons of the year and explore the multiple services offered by the hotel. When registering the lodging to the Glamping Room of Barbie®, the girls will receive a special welcome kit.

Hilton Cartagena is one of the most emblematic of the country which is located on the peninsula of El Laguito. This beach hotel is bordered by the Caribbean Sea on three sides, so it offers an unparalleled view and a peaceful atmosphere. It has a privileged location facing the sea, just ten minutes by car from the old walled city and the convention center of Cartagena de Indias.

The fee to experience the Barbie room will have a rate from $183 USD.

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