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The Luxury Collection Opens Its First Hotel in the English Countryside

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The Langley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire

The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International Inc., today announced the opening of The Langley, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Buckinghamshire.  Located just outside of London in the heart of Buckinghamshire’s vast Langley Park, The Langley offers 41 sumptuous bedrooms throughout two buildings- the grand and historic former hunting lodge of the third Duke of Marlborough and the adjacent Grade II-listed 18th century Brew House. Following an extensive six-year, multi-million pound renovation, the property opened today as a hotel for the very first time.

“Buckinghamshire is a picturesque county full of rolling green hills and stunning gardens, grand castles, and quaint towns with rich history.” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Langley is yet another stunning example of The Luxury Collection’s commitment to restoring historic icons across the globe, and our guests will deeply connect with our first hotel in this remarkable destination respite just outside the buzzing city of London.”

Built between 1756 and 1760, the main Langley Park House is a grand Palladian mansion situated within iconic Lancelot‘Capability’ Brown-designed gardens. The refurbishment has allowed the historic, original features of the building to shine through, reflecting the spectacular natural setting of Langley Park alongside the refined elegance and grandeur of its distinctive British heritage. The mansion house is home to The Langley’s most opulent accommodations, including the vast and exclusive Duke of Marlborough Suite. The three-bedroom suite is set around a unique octagonal central room, with unparalleled views of the park and its lake. The second floor of the main house offers quirky and cosy rooms with beautiful views through historic round windows.

The Brew House provides refined and comfortable residential rooms and suites, reflecting the building’s storied history. Located adjacent to the Main House, the Brew House has acted as a stable, clock tower and brewery over the centuries. Guests today can see the historic spaces where previous owners concocted their local beers, sensitively restored and showcased as part of the building design.

“The restoration of The Langley has been an incredible process involving large teams of experts painstakingly regenerating this magnificent historic building to its former glory,” said Khalid Affara, developer of the hotel. “The whole estate is steeped in such rich history and heritage, so we are thrilled to finally open the doors to a truly unique property that successfully celebrates The Langley’s past whilst offering contemporary luxury and design alongside outstanding dining and cutting-edge spa and gym facilities.”

An Idyllic Countryside Retreat
The Langley Spa is a 1,600 square metre wellness hub, offering advanced and results-driven treatments in partnership with Sisley. The spa combines striking design elements with world-class facilities, including a private VIP suite, vitality pools, hammams, juniper-wood sauna with pink Himalayan salt walls, amethyst steam room and 16-metre marble-lined indoor swimming pool. There are also a number of relaxation spaces – including one designated for women– plus a dedicated manicure and pedicure studio, hair salon, and Spa Lounge, which serves delicious and nourishing dishes, spa snacks and vibrant cold-pressed juices. The wellness experience continues in nature, with a beautiful outdoor swimming pool beside the banks of Langley Lake.

Boasting world-class training systems and equipment, the gym has been developed in partnership with renowned fitness guru Matt Roberts, offering bespoke one-on-one personal training using custom-made equipment and utilising the estate’s extensive grounds. Further specialist offerings include comprehensive health diagnostics offering 3D-printed figurines to illustrate bodily progression in unparalleled detail.

Epicurean Experiences
Destination restaurant Cedar offers fresh, indigenous flavours and delightful dishes, using seasonal and locally-sourced ingredients. Dishes are cooked simply, designed for sharing in a relaxed, bright and informal dining atmosphere. The neighbouring Drawing Room offers indulgent afternoon teas and light bites, whilst Churchill Bar serves complex and delicious cocktails plus a vast collection of cigars and cognacs. An extensive wrap-around terrace allows for al fresco dining with panoramic lake views.

The spectacular Winter Garden, added to the main house in 1894, has been restored to offer a unique space for weddings and events, with private terrace area and breath-taking views of the estate and lake beyond. Six further venues create a total of 3,336 square feet of meetings and events spaces, with capacities ranging from six to 120.

The Langley offers a wide array of facilities and activities for guests to enjoy. Outdoor enthusiasts can borrow wellington boots and set out to explore the wider estate. Clay pigeon shooting, horseback riding, croquet and more are just a few of the country pursuits available.  For those who prefer the great indoors, the main house offers a private film screening room for up to six guests, a guest kitchen for cooking classes and a vast array of spa journeys to while away the hours.

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Aloft Hotels Makes a Splash in Bali with the Opening of Aloft Bali Seminyak

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Aloft Hotels, Marriott International’s hotel brand for music enthusiasts and tech-savvy travelers, announces the opening of Aloft Bali Seminyak. Located in the heart of vibrant Seminyak, the brand-new, urban-inspired hotel features interactive social spaces and modern style, along with a fresh new social scene to Bali as the first Aloft hotel to open on the island.

“We are excited to be unveiling the Aloft Hotels brand in Bali,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand & Marketing, Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “The new Aloft Bali Seminyak is set to own the stage as the hottest gathering hub for travelers visiting the well-known social scene of Seminyak. From its bold design to its live music programming, locals and guests alike can experience the next generation of hotels that will enhance their stay while vacationing on island paradise.”

Aloft Bali Seminyak embodies the brand’s new tech-forward, future-proofed design philosophy with a lively, industrial-inspired aesthetic intermixed with distinct local touches that complement the free-flowing open spaces. The hotel is home to 80 modern and stylish guest rooms designed with the brand’s signature artful and innovative loft layout in mind, featuring airy nine-foot-ceilings, Aloft’s ultra-comfortable beds and contemporary décor with Balinese accents. In addition, the hotel features eight guest rooms with direct access to a lap pool, complete with stunning views of a tropical hanging garden. Each guest room is completed with fast and free Wi-Fi, 55-inch smart TV, Bluetooth speakers, and a refreshment station, while the modern bathrooms come with a walk-in rainfall shower.

The hotel features a variety of dining and social spaces including its main attraction: The Kahuna rooftop restaurant, which serves up a fusion of eclectic fare with a playful twist on international and local cuisine complemented by mesmerizing sea views as a backdrop. Re:fuel by AloftSM offers the brand’s signature 24/7 grab-and-go options ranging from light meals, snacks, healthy bites, beverages, and more.

The open and expressive lobby is adjacent to Re:mixSM lounge that provides locals and travellers a space to mix and mingle. The brand’s signature W XYZ® bar offers signature cocktails and light bites for guests to enjoy over live music as part of the brand’s iconic Live At Aloft Hotels music series which offers emerging local artists a platform to showcase their musical talent.

For guests looking to stay fit while travelling, the hotel has a 24/7 Re:chargeSM fitness centre with state-of-the-art equipment. Guests can also take in views of the sea from the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool, Splash, that features live music and DJ’s spinning until late.

Business travellers can make use of the two multi-functional, tech-forward meeting spaces equipped with fast and free Wi-Fi, which can also be transformed into an intimate event venue accommodating up to 66 people.

“We are thrilled to open the first Aloft hotel in Bali and to welcome the next generation of travellers to Indonesia’s most famous island destination,” said Kristanti Tannady, General Manager, Aloft Bali Seminyak. “Aloft Bali Seminyak offers a fresh hospitality experience, which brings a contrast between contemporary and traditional designs as well as a blend of both lively and serene lifestyles for guests.

Conveniently located within walking distance to the beach, Aloft Bali Seminyak is nestled in the middle of Bali’s prominent neighborhoods: Seminyak, Petitenget, and Canggu. This provides guests with quick and easy access to a variety of popular attractions, activities, and endless entertainment and dining options – from the surfers’ paradise Echo Beach to stretches of shopping boutiques and trendy hang out spots including Potato Head Club, Finns Beach Club, Tropical Beach Club, La Fa Vela, Motel Mexicola, and much more.

Aloft currently operates 176 lifestyle hotels globally. There are 132 Aloft hotels in the signed pipeline expected to open in North America, Caribbean & Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific.

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Debuts In Monterrey, Mexico

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Westin Hotels & Resorts is continuing its commitment of bringing unmatched wellness offerings to Mexico with the opening of The Westin Monterrey Valle, the brand’s first hotel in Monterrey, and its 8th property in Mexico. Acquired by Fibra Inn and operated by Grupo Hotelero Prisma, the new Westin Monterrey Valle is located in the heart of the city´s famous San Pedro Garza Garcia neighborhood – one of the most prestigious areas in Monterrey.

Embracing the brand’s core pillars of Eat Well, Sleep Well and Move Well, the new Westin Monterrey Valle offers business and leisure travelers’ unmatched, signature wellness experiences that incorporate local influences across the culinary, spa, and design elements.

“The Westin Monterrey Valle will set a new standard of hospitality in Monterrey by transforming the way travelers experience wellbeing in one of Mexico’s most important cities”, said Beat Meier, General Manager of The Westin Monterrey Valle. “We are extremely excited to offer our signature wellness programs that will help our guests eat, sleep, move, feel, work and play well while they stay at our wonderful hotel”.

The new Monterrey hotel features 174 beautifully designed rooms and suites, all equipped with Westin’s world-renowned Heavenly® Bed, which is uniquely designed to revitalize the body and mind for a night of restorative sleep.

Guests looking to stay fit while traveling can make use of the 24- hour Westin WORKOUT® fitness center that is complete with state-of-the-art fitness equipment including TRX and BOSU functional training equipment. The hotel also features a semi-Olympic outdoor swimming pool on its rooftop, offering the perfect complement to any workout. The hotel offers its signature Gear Lending program, providing New Balance® shoes and athletic wear for guests who like to pack light.

Guests looking to relax and recharge can visit the hotel’s Heavenly Spa by WestinTM and choose from the latest in beauty treatments. The tranquil spa facility offers holistic massages, sage rollers, body wraps, and signature exfoliating treatments, plus an infinity pool and steam room.

The Westin Monterrey Valle offers guests opportunities to indulge in the brand’s Eat Well offerings – as seen at both signature restaurants. Boasting American bistro food and distinct European influences, The Brooklyn, New York Brasserie presents a healthy, balanced menu and an unmatched dining experience with fantastic views of San Pedro Garza García. In keeping with Westin’s local-sourcing promise, the hotel’s second restaurant, the Deck11 Rooftop, offers refined regional flavors, trendy mixology, and traditional Mexican street food.

With more than 4,300 square feet of event space, guests and visitors will be able to host weddings, social events, conferences or corporate meetings in any of the hotel’s modern venues and meeting areas. With wellness in mind, these spaces are fully equipped and designed to enhance productivity offering natural light and spectacular mountain views.

Located in Punto Valle, a residential and commercial haven in the heart of Monterrey’s most prestigious neighborhood, San Pedro Garza García, The Westin Monterrey Valle will allow guests to refresh and unwind amid unforgettable views of the city. With its central location, the property allows ideal proximity to popular cultural attractions, such as Macroplaza, Museum of Contemporary Art, Fundidora Park, Pabellon M, Arena Monterrey, Cintermex, Showcenter and the Santa Lucia Riverwalk, García Caves and Cola de Caballo Waterfall.

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Hyatt Expands Presence in Turkey with Plans for Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park

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Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced today that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Orjin Konaklama Yönetim Hizmetleri A.Ş. for the first Hyatt branded hotel in Izmir, Turkey. Expected to open in 2021, the 161-room hotel marks the seventh Hyatt branded property in Turkey and the brand’s entry into Izmir, the country’s third largest and one of the oldest cities in the Mediterranean.

Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be part of a new major development, Istinye Park Izmir, slated to become a local landmark comprising of a high-end shopping mall and an impressive 860,000 square foot (80,000 square meter) park. Located 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the airport, the hotel will be in close proximity to the metro, tram and bus stations, providing direct access to downtown Izmir.

“Turkey continues to be one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and we have long sought to expand our brand footprint outside of Istanbul,” said Takuya Aoyama, vice president development, Hyatt. “We are very pleased to be working with Orjin Group who has an excellent track record of developing and operating premium real estate in the country.”

The property, which will overlook the Gulf of Izmir, will be designed with business and leisure travelers in mind, offering seamless and personalized experiences for any occasion. Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will feature a restaurant and bar, as well as a spa and a fitness center. Additionally, with more than 21,500 square feet (2,000 square meter) of flexible event space, the hotel will also offer a premium venue for corporate meetings and social gatherings alike.

“We are thrilled to be working alongside Hyatt as it expands its brand presence in Turkey,” said Zafer Kursun, chairman of Orjin Group. “Hyatt Regency is a globally recognized brand and our extensive knowledge of the Turkish market and the city of Izmir will allow us to develop a premium property.”

Hyatt Regency Izmir Istinye Park will be joining Hyatt’s growing portfolio across Turkey, alongside Park Hyatt Istanbul – Macka Palas, Hyatt Regency Istanbul Atakoy, Grand Hyatt Istanbul, Nish Palas Istanbul, Hyatt Centric Levent Istanbul and Hyatt House Gebze.

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