Mövenpick signs first hotel in Maldives

April 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage its first resort in the Maldives.

The planned 105-unit resort, Mӧvenpick Resort & Spa Kuredhivaru Maldives, will be situated on the remote Kuredhivaru Island in Noonu Atoll in the northern part of the Maldives. It is scheduled to open during the second quarter of 2018.

The contemporary tropical resort will have 33 beach villas and 72 over water villas. Read more

Best Western dives into Manado

April 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Indonesia, News

BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its first property in Manado, the scuba diving and snorkelling destination on the northern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

The new Best Western The Lagoon Hotel opened its doors 1 April. The hotel overlooks the Bay of Manado and island of Manado Tua.

It is also close to Manado’s main commercial and entertainment areas and a 45-minute drive from the city’s Sam Ratulangi International Airport. Read more

Sun Resorts takes a shine to Maldives luxury

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

LHAVIYANI ATOLL, MALDIVES, 12 April 2017: Sun Resorts owned and managed, Kanuhura Maldives, has undergone a USD42 million  overhaul that includes the purchase of Masleggihura island.

Consisting of three islands in the northern quadrant of the Lhaviyani Atoll the original property opened almost two decades ago.

A reimagining of the resort positions it for the latest trending, travellers identified as Gypset; part gypsy in their drive for freedom and  jetset, reflected in their wealth and craving for luxury living. Read more

Centara inks Maldives contract

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 7 April 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts signed   a new hotel management agreement for its fourth beach resort under the Centara umbrella in the Maldives – Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives.

The signing ceremony took place between Centara Hotels & Resorts and Muthaafushi Orient Investments Limited, and Well Land Investment PVT LTD.

Under the agreement, Centara Hotels & Resorts will manage and operate Centara Grand Muthaafushi Resort & Spa Maldives, a new five-star resort in the Southwest portion of Baa Atoll. Read more

Cyclone ravages north Australia

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

AYR, AUSTRALIA, 29 March 2017: Towns were cut off and without power in northern Australia Wednesday after being pummelled by a powerful cyclone that washed battered yachts ashore and ripped roofs off houses in scenes compared to “a war zone”.

The category four storm slammed into the coast of Queensland state between Bowen and Airlie Beach on Tuesday afternoon, packing destructive winds and devastating some of the region’s tourist hotspots.

It has since been downgraded to a tropical low but the Bureau of Meteorology still warned of damaging wind gusts with “intense” rain. Read more

Minor expands in UAE

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 28 March 2017: Minor Hotels has signed a management agreement for a new AVANI property in the United Arab Emirates – AVANI Al Marjan Island Ras Al Khaimah Resort.

Al Marjan is a collection of four man-made islands in Ras Al Khaimah, a 30-minute drive from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and a 50-minute transfer from Dubai International Airport.

Under development, projects on Al Marjan will include hotels, villas and residential units, in addition to marinas, retail and recreational facilities. Read more

India’s ski resort thinks big

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

GULMARG, INDIA, 27 March 2017: It’s an area better known as a hotbed of insurgency but Indian Kashmir’s only ski resort -– a favourite among aficionados for its silky snows — is now trying to attract international-level competition to its slopes.

Nestled in the mountain range that encircles the Indian-controlled Kashmir Valley, Gulmarg is a stone’s throw from the highly-militarised unofficial border with Pakistan.

Since the sub-continent’s partition in 1947, Kashmir has been divided between the two nuclear-armed rivals who both lay claim to the picturesque Himalayan region in its entirety. Read more

Outrigger wedding deal

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

PHUKET, 21 February 2017: Four nights’ accommodation for the bride and groom and an anniversary stay are part of a new wedding ceremony and reception package at Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort.

The Dream Wedding Package includes an international or Asian buffet dinner, three-hour beverage service, including house wine and local spirits, three-tier wedding cake and venue hire.

Priced at THB200,000* (USD5,700/EUR5,392/UKP4,580) for 50 guests, the Dream Wedding Package also offers a choice of a Thai or western ceremony on the beach or in a tropical garden setting overlooking the pool, a personal wedding coordinator, a master of ceremonies, resort marriage certificate, flower arrangements and corsage and bouquets for up to six guests. Read more

Myanmar mulls more beach resorts

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

RAKHINE STATE, 16 February 2017: Myanmar’s Rakhine state government has issued a proposal to the union government to open seven new beach resorts in Gwa Township and two in Thandwe Township.

Irrawaddy News quoted the regional minister for finance, revenue and economics, U Kyaw Aye Thein, saying the seven locations in Gwa township have potential to become attractive beach resorts that would appeal to international visitors.

“The state government is awaiting approval from the union government to identify and approve hotel zones on the Gwa coastline.” Read more

YTL hotels backs sporting event

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 15 February 2017: The Chapman’s Challenge 2017 – a biathlon run sponsored by Pangkor Laut Resort, returns for its second year, with its race day on 13 May.

The sporting event marks the 72th anniversary of Colonel Spencer Chapman’s escape from the island that was under the control of the Japanese military during World War II.

The Chapman’s Challenge, crafted to commemorate the British commando’s adventure on the island, is an annual race comprising of a 6.2 km run around the private island’s roadways and through a rainforest and concludes with a 1 km swim in Emerald Bay before concluding at the resort’s Chapman’s Bar. Read more

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