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Marriott International Debuts JW Marriott Hotel in Qufu, Birthplace of Confucius

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JW Marriott announced the opening of the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu in Shandong province, China. Owned by Shandong Luneng, this is the first JW Marriott hotel in Shandong and the 16th in China. The new hotel is an architectural masterpiece that will showcase the brand’s philosophy of welcoming guests to this exciting destination with modern luxury and authentic, exceptional service.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is located in the old city. The brainchild of Kai Cui, the academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the building is a masterpiece of design that celebrates Chinese architecture, while taking its ancient contexts into the 21st century. The hotel features 197 modern rooms and suites, comprising 188 individual guestrooms and 9 complex suites. All guestrooms, spanning from 45m² to 98m² with 3.2-meter-high ceilings, are tastefully appointed with elegant Chinese accents and are equipped with the latest in-room technology, walk-in closets, and modern amenities to ensure guests’ every comfort. The hotel’s distinctive exterior profile, with its elegant classical Chinese rooflines, blends seamlessly with its surroundings. Sixteen Chinese chimes at the front porch are a visual reminder of both the ancient percussion instrument, as well as the history of Chinese culture and music. The spectacular lobby features a stylized moon gate and a statue of Confucius under a graceful ginkgo tree, in commemoration of the lectures “The Great Teacher” gave.

“We are thrilled to bring our JW Marriott brand to the historic city of Qufu,” said Mitzi Gaskins, Vice President & Global Brand Leader, JW Marriott for Marriott International. “The new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is a haven of luxury within the timeless history of the city, famed as the birthplace of revered Chinese philosopher Confucius, with a rich landscape of historic palaces and temples. The design of this hotel, its distinctive decor and mindful, intuitive service are all part of The JW Treatment, our promise to enhance and elevate our guest’s experience when visiting this amazing destination.”

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu offers a diverse range of artfully selected and locally inspired dishes and beverages to appeal to all guests’ palates. At the hotel’s signature restaurant Residence, guests can experience the time-honored cuisine of the region, including Cantonese dishes and the traditional Kongfu cuisine which focuses on culinary refinement, also known as “Dishes of the Confucian Mansion”, complemented by traditional Shandong dishes. JW Kitchen is a smart casual outlet featuring an open kitchen, serving local and international cuisines, healthy juices and the chefs’ daily recommendations in a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere. The Lounge is an intimate and idyllic place to linger and enjoy views of Six Arts Atrium. Guests can savor JW Wine Ambassador services as well as the exquisite afternoon tea. In the lobby, the Tea Library is a beautiful space reminiscent of a traditional teahouse with wooden shelves displaying tea sets and books while guests can experience local tea culture guided by an expert tea master.

JW Marriott Hotel Qufu is an extraordinary venue for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions with its multipurpose function spaces. The Grand Ballroom has an impressive nine-meter-high ceiling and 800m2 of space, which can be divided into two separate banquet halls featuring a variety of customizable layouts. The function spaces feature 70m2 HD LED screens and state-of-the-art sound equipment. For smaller events, the hotel also has a 200m2 Function Room, which can be divided into three independent multifunctional halls. All events at the JW Marriott Hotel Qufu enjoy the support of the JW Event Concierge service for quick responses to requirements and to provide organizers with expert, intuitive solutions.

For guests who wish to maintain their wellness routines during their visit, the 24-hour Fitness Center is a natural sunlight-filled space with advanced cardio and strength training equipment. A luxurious indoor heated swimming pool with natural sunlight allows guests to enjoy swimming for exercise and leisure during any season of the year.

”JW Marriott, with its distinctive JW Treatment brand philosophy, continues to grow strongly here in China, resonating with consumers who seek exceptional quality and thoughtfully crafted service,” said Henry Lee, Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director, Greater China, Marriott International. “We look forward to welcoming guests to the new JW Marriott Hotel Qufu. From sightseeing and sampling the traditional cuisines of Qufu, to organizing a memorable event or a simple romantic getaway – JW Marriott Hotel Qufu will delight the most discerning of world travelers who come to this beautiful ancient city.”

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A Splendid Summer in Atlantis, The Palm

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It’s no secret that June in Dubai means temperatures are a little higher than usual. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of every single minute of your dream holiday at Atlantis, The Palm.

From making a splash with our action-packed watersports offering to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime journey with the beautiful residents of Dolphin Bay, there’s a whole host of brilliant things to do and unique ways to cool off.
Here are a few of our top tips to make the most of the summer, beat the heat and create everlasting memories.

Underwater Yoga at The Lost Chambers Aquarium
Limber up for a yoga session like no other. Guests can practice their best Warrior Pose against a beautiful backdrop of more than 65,000 marine animals in our spectacular Lost Chambers Aquarium. Whether you’re a yoga guru or a complete beginner, you can join in the fun and improve your strength, flexibility, and balance with the help of an expert teacher.

Underwater Fun with Our Beautiful Dolphins
Dolphins are some of the world’s most charming and awe-inspiring creatures and here at Atlantis, you can see for yourself exactly why. If you book our new Dolphin Snorkel experience, it will be love at first sight as you don your snorkel gear and swim with the friendly residents of Dolphin Bay. You’ll have a unique perspective of the sheer beauty of these incredible mammals playing, interacting and having fun together. Furthermore, our brainy team of marine experts is present to tell you all you need to know about the charming dolphins.

Thrills And Spills with Thrilling Watersports
If you like nothing more than taking to the open waters, then Atlantis is the perfect place for you. We have a huge range of exciting watersport activities for you to choose from, including kayaking, banana boats, and paddle boarding. There’s also a variety of amazing activity packages, such as lessons in sailing, windsurfing, and waterskiing. The only challenge will be finding the time to try them all before you leave.

Relax and Unwind at Shuiqi Spa
For many of us, holidays are a time to switch off from the outside world and leave the stresses and strains behind. Luckily, Atlantis has plenty of great ways for you to do just that, including a range of gorgeous treatments at the superb ShuiQi Spa. Let the expert staff melt your troubles away with pampering treatments such as the Zerobody floating experience, an invigorating Salt Scrub or a 60-minute ESPA Deep Muscle Massage, among others.
Go on, you’ve earned it.

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Hampton by Hilton Opens Its Doors in Utrecht

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Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station opens its doors to guests. The hotel is the latest addition to the growing Hampton by Hilton portfolio, the global value hotel brand known for its commitment to providing thoughtful service, one of Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) 17 market-leading brands.

The 193-room property is within the heart of Utrecht, allowing guests to explore all the city has to offer, including Hoog Catharijne Shopping Mall, the original Miffy Museum, the Dom Tower of Utrecht and the famous canals of Utrecht.

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station offers a complimentary breakfast to every guest, while rooms are fully equipped with comfortable bedding, a workstation, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, tea & coffee facilities and free Wi-Fi, along with fitness facilities.

Matthias Bloemhard, Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station general manager, comments: “We are very excited to open this hotel in the heart of the Netherlands. The location is just great with direct access to both the city center and the biggest public transport hub of the country. The team and I are looking forward to bringing Hamptonality to the great city of Utrecht!”

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station 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

Hampton by Hilton Utrecht Central Station is located at Boven Catharijne Poort 4, in the Hoog Catharijne Shopping Mall. The property is owned and managed by FS NL Holdings BV.

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10 Reasons to Visit Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza This Summer

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As the sun gets brighter and the nights get longer, summer in Cairo is the ultimate opportunity to wake up every day to marvel views of the legendary Nile and magical Cairo’s skyline. Being the heartbeat of the Nile, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza makes for the perfect starting point to experience what Cairo has to offer this summer.

From centuries-old museums and galleries to music festivals and exhilarating concerts, summertime in Cairo is as exciting as diverse with Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza Concierge team sharing the favourite things to do this summer in the vibrant city.

Attend the Citadel Music Festival

Salah El Din Citadel dominates Cairo’s skyline and was the nerve centre of Egypt for almost 700 years. In August, the Citadel will turn into an arts and culture centre during its annual two-week music festival. Organized by Cairo Opera House, the festival hosts various art performances by local and international artists in a unique experience with a breath taking backdrop of the 12th-century Citadel.

Soak Up the Sun with a Cooling Dip

One of the best things about Cairo is the long morning hours. Take advantage and escape the heat into one of three rooftop swimming pools at Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza. Lounge with a refreshing drink in hand; and let the cooling breeze that follows blow away any stressful thoughts.

Travel Back in Time with Cairo’s Most Fascinating Palaces

When summer weather strikes, take activities indoors while exploring Cairo’s lavish palaces. From the masterpieces at Princess Aisha Fahmy Palace and the luxurious Manial Palace that tells the story of botanical eloquence and architectural grandeur, to Amir Taz Palace, Abdeen Palace and many more tell great stories of Cairo’s modern history.

Embrace the Warm Weather at the Spa

A hot summer day in Cairo is just the perfect time to set the mood for well-being at Four Seasons Spa – an oasis of peace in the summer heat with treatments designed to prep and prime guests to soak up that warm summer sun while reviving some of the pharaohs’ beauty secrets.

Spend an Afternoon with the Pharaohs

Home to the world’s most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, the 107 hall Egyptian Museum features an incredible 160,000 objects on display with artefacts spanning 5,000 years of the pharaonic era. To beat summer heat, the museum opens during late afternoon every Sunday and Thursday.

Get Lost in Cairo’s 1000-Year Old Market; Khan El Khalili

Few places in Cairo can match the energy of Khan El Khalili market, especially in the evenings when the entire area is lit up with colourful lanterns. Chef Concierge Dalia Khalil recommends experiencing the essence of old Cairo and visiting the legendary 240-year old El Feshawy café.

Cheer the Africa Cup of Nations – Egypt 2019

Be part of the continent’s biggest football competition, as Egypt is hosting the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations from June 21 to July 19, 2019. The Concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza are the go-to for booking tickets and information. For those eager to catch their favourite match on the big screen, the Hotel will turn Upper Deck Lounge into a fan-zone with panoramic pool views.

Have a Sunset Picnic in a Felucca, a Traditional Wooden Sailing Boat

A felluca is a traditional wooden sailing boat used by the pharaohs throughout history, and is definitely a must-do while in Cairo. The boat will carry guests on a smooth sail across the Nile, while sipping oriental tea with mint and watching as some of Cairo’s remarkable landmarks become the backdrop. Such an experience with huge astonishment is just steps away from Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza.

Go Skiing

Skiing does not have to stop just because it is summer in Cairo. Egypt’s first snow park Ski Egypt is just the perfect fun destination for all ages. The park offers snow-filled winter wonderland all year round, from skiing, slope snowboarding to sledging and sliding.

Extend Cairo Adventures with Complimentary 4th Night    

It is the time to experience a vibrant summer getaway in the beating heart of Cairo over the marvel views of the Nile at Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. To extend a stay in Cairo longer, the Hotel offers the Stay Longer – Fourth Night Free package to explore the vibrant city of Cairo.

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