For planners seeking to impress attendees with international elegance, here’s a look at some recent notable news in the world of
Promising Parisian Pair
Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
recently expanded its worldwide portfolio and
European options with the addition of two luxu-ry-level hotels in the City of Light—the popular
meetings-focused Hotel du Collectionneur Arc
de Triomphe, Paris and the elegant boutique
hotel Les Jardins du Marais, Paris.
The Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe, Paris also is just a short walk to the
renowned Avenue des Champs Elysees and
features 478 luxurious guest rooms and suites,
and 18,300 square feet of meeting space, able
to host events for up to 650 attendees. A tribute
to the elegance of the 1920s, the property
is highlighted by Art Deco decor, a majestic
staircase, lush gardens and exquisite sculptures. Event spaces include an Andalusian-style
garden and patio. The hotel also features the
upscale Le Saffron Restaurant, The Mosaic
Spa, The Purple Bar and a business center.
The Four-Star Les Jardins du Marais, Paris,
meanwhile, is constructed around private
Mediterranean-style gardens and offers 263
guest rooms and suites and more than 10,000
square feet of event space comprised of 11
meeting rooms, which can accommo-
date up to 450 guests. The
hotel offers an additional
16,000 square feet of
alfresco event space
in its large garden.
Featuring a chic
lobby with marble
floors and a glass
roof, the hotel
also has the La
Table des Jardins
restaurant, a spa,
fitness center, bar
and business center.
Dynamic Dubai Development
Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab "sail-shaped" hotel,
often referred to as the most luxurious hotel on
the planet, is bringing an expansive outdoor
luxury leisure concept, called "North Deck," to
the market this spring.
The North Deck—actually shipped in from
Finland—is due to open to guests in the second
quarter of 2016 and will offer more than 100,000
square feet of space fanning out 100 meters
into the Arabian Gulf. Guests and attendees can
enjoy 32 cabanas, 400 sun loungers, a large
freshwater pool and one saltwater pool, plus a
restaurant and bar.
The hotel’s 202 luxury suites range from about
1,800 square feet to around 8,400 square feet,
with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each, and
the property also boasts six restaurants and substantial conference and banqueting venues.
Hilton Makes Dali Debut
Hilton Worldwide opened the Hilton Dali Resort
& Spa in February, marking its debut in Dali and
64th property in China. The eye-catching new
property is halfway up Cangshan Mountain, facing
Erhai Lake, and offers 375 lush guest rooms, each
with a private balcony offering panoramic views.
With a range of flexible meeting spaces, as well
as courtyards and open areas, Hilton Dali Resort
& Spa is aiming to be a popular venue for events
such as product launches, car shows, business
meetings and other events. The main Cangshan
Ballroom spans nearly 12,000 square feet, and
other spaces include a 3,225-square-foot junior
ballrooms as well as 12 other multifunction meeting rooms, all of them equipped with high-speed
Wi-Fi and the latest audiovisual technology.
Other pluses include three innovative restaurants, two bars, a spacious round-the-clock
fitness center and even a rooftop mini-golf course.
Tempting Thailand Rebrand
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of
world’s leading hotel companies, rebranded the
Sheraton Pattaya Resort, a luxury resort nestled
in the Phratamnak Hills south of Pattaya Bay, to
InterContinental Pattaya Resort; it begins operating under the IHG flag this month.
The 156-room beachfront resort, located just
a five-minute walk from the Pattaya Exhibition
and Convention Center, will offer a selection of
premium rooms and villas in an exotic locale.
The property offers three lagoon swimming
pools, a fitness center and a robust spa, and in
coming months will also debut a Club InterContinental lounge and Planet Trekkers, a dedicated
space for young guests, as part of the new offerings to reposition the property to an InterContinental Resort. Guest rooms will be renovated,
including the creation of Club InterContinental
rooms on a dedicated floor.
Marriott International is teaming with Ian Schrager
and KKH Property Investors to open a new property in Barcelona, Spain, in 2017. The Barcelona
EDITION, a “luxury-lifestyle” brand, aims to extend individualized and unique hotel experiences.
The 100-room hotel will be set in Barcelona’s
Ciutat Vella district, close to the Cathedral of
Barcelona and neighboring the famed Santa Caterina Market. The project will creatively transform
an existing office building into a modern luxury
hotel, and the space will include three eclectic
restaurant experiences, along with a vibrant lobby
space, club and rooftop bar area.
Future EDIITION hotels are planned for Sanya,
China (2016), Bangkok (2017), Abu Dhabi
(2017), Shanghai (2017), Times Square (2018),
West Hollywood (2018), Reykjavik, Iceland
(2018), Bali, Indonesia (2018) and Dubai (2019).
HILTON DALI RESORT & SPA, CHINA
HILTON DALI RESORT & SPA, CHINA
LES JARDINS DU MARAIS, PARIS
A New World of Luxury
HOTEL DU COLLECTIONNEUR ARC DE TRIOMPHE, PARIS
Five international doings for planners to ponder
BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI, U.A.E.