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10 Reasons to Visit Four Seasons Costa Rica This Summer

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The Pacific coast of Costa Rica is at its most beautiful each summer. Temperatures are pleasant, the landscapes explode into a vibrant green, and the ocean waters transform into a clear, warm, brilliant turquoise. This is when water activities and wildlife spotting opportunities – on land and sea – are at their peak. It is also when you’ll find some of the best rates of the year atFour Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. To celebrate their favorite season, our concierge team has put together 10 reasons to visit this summer, including “only now” activities and promotions:

1. Epic Eco-Adventures: Join our in-house adventure outfitter, the Papagayo Explorers Club, for the chance to connect, learn and share in the natural beauty of Peninsula Papagayo, our 567-hectare (1,400-acre) nature preserve. Right on our doorstep, choose from activities by land or sea, on solo treks or family outings. Summer experiences include wilderness hikes, nature walks, mountain biking, water biking, outrigger canoeing, free diving and more.

2. The Most Incredible Whale Watching: There are whale sightings all year round in Costa Rica, but whale watching is at its best from late July to November when the Southern Hemisphere humpback whales arrive at Peninsula Papagayo. After migrating to mate, they return here to give birth in the warm, tropical waters. Usually in pods of about twelve, the whales spend plenty of time above the surface – hopping, fin slapping, breaching and fluke flipping.

3. The Best Time for Surfing: With clean, world-class waves, the Gulf of Papagayo is truly an unrivalled surfing destination. Summer brings increased swells and larger, faster waves – with water temperatures averaging 30°C (86°F). What’s more, these sandy shores are less crowded than other popular surfing locations in Australia and Hawaii. Plan a custom lesson with our resort partner, Tropicsurf, the world leader in the art of luxury surfing.

4. The Peak of Turtle Nesting Season: Let us escort you to Ostional Beach for the annual arribada – the arrival of olive ridley sea turtles. Turtle nesting occurs year round but hits a peak during summer. On a dark night, about a week before the new moon, hundreds of thousands of olive ridley sea turtles come to shore to lay their eggs. The hatchlings surface at night within 45 to 54 days. Watch in wonder as these baby sea turtles clamber toward the sea. Four Seasons can arrange all kinds of turtle experiences with an expert naturalist as your guide.

5. Sensational Sport Fishing: Costa Rica is now one of the hottest fishing spots in the entire world. Book a boat from Four Seasons and journey into stunning seascapes to catch species you won’t find anywhere else. Starting in June, billfish and yellow tuna are in abundance, while sailfish and marlin continue through September and October.

6. Fun Family Fishing Competition: On July 6, 2019, join the fun on a family-friendly, one-day deep-sea fishing competition, just off our shores. The Peninsula Pagagayo Classic is a modified IGFA hook-and-pass team fishing contest, including gamefish and billfish divisions. We donate 15% of all fees to The Billfish Foundation, dedicated to conserving and enhancing billfish populations around the world.

7. Summer Camp for Teens: Your kids can discover Costa Rica’s natural wonders first hand. At Camp Jaguar, young people ages 12 to 16 participate in fun-filled explorations in search of adventure, self-discovery, and connection to the natural world. Guided by expert staff from the Papagayo Explorers Club, the program features cultural and recreational activities, geared to all interests and skill levels. Join for one day or multiple days.

8. Connections with the Local Community: Volunteering creates a more authentic and rewarding travel experience. At Four Seasons, we’ll help you get involved in supporting local schools. With Creciendo Juntos (“Growing Together”), volunteer opportunities include leading a yoga class for kids, painting a school, or even bringing a backpack from home filled with school supplies. High school students who take part will be awarded a community service certificate.

9. Summer Specials at the Spa: Experience our recently renovated Spa, where serenely beautiful interiors are enhanced by sunshine and views of the sea. Take advantage of our summer promotion – especially for the madrugador (“early riser”) – with specials running from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Save up to USD 50.00 on custom massages and Biologique Recherche facials. Continue the relaxation in our hot and cold whirlpools, saunas and steam rooms.

10. Great Deals on Dining: Discover our five all-new restaurants and lounges – all with summer specials to provide extra value. Choose from meal combos on all menus, along with a delicious Wine of the Month. There’s a Happy Hour at the pool and beaches from 3:00 to 4:00 pm daily, and at Añejo from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Two days each week, visit the Four Seasons Food Truck, serving great local food at great prices.

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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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