Masters of Luxury Hospitality

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The landmark Al Habtoor City, a fully integrated urban resort development on the banks of the upcoming Dubai Water Canal, located on Sheikh Zayed Road, is minutes away from main attractions such as Burj Khalifa, beach side attractions and The Dubai Mall.

The Hotel Collection at Al Habtoor City will be The St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City providing guests with unique lifestyle experiences and diverse culinary venues to choose from.

The St. Regis Dubai

The already opened St. Regis Dubai offers extravagant luxury and exclusivity. The spectacular hotel has a good mix of French inspired Beaux-Art architecture harmoniously blended with contemporary modern interiors.

The ambience of the hotel epitomisesa high-end luxury experience from the moment you drive up to the hotel. Welcomed by impeccably dressed doormen, resident St. Regis butlers are on hand to meet all your needs and ensure you have a regal stay.

Stunning features and murals in the magnificent lobby area enhances the ambience of the reception area and a grand staircase impresses further, adorned with a chandelier made from handcut crystals. The 234 luxury guestrooms, including 52 suites in the hotel, offer a bright, airy ambience with immaculate decor that highlights glittery chandeliers and signature beds.

Guests looking for a bigger room can avail themselves of the 913sqm, two storey Royal suite with three bedrooms that is located in the central dome of the building with a plunge pool, vast living room with an elegant dining room, study, lounge area and a spacious majlis.

Another attraction is the hotel’s custom-designed one-bedroom Bentley Suite that is inspired by the bespoke craftsmanship of the Bentley Mulsanne. It truly is an ultimate expression of luxury with leather finishes, colours, patterns and wood veneers that combine the refined glamour of Bentley with the sophistication of the St. Regis brand.

The hotel’s eight exceptional culinary venues will please all palates with various options such as American classics at J&G Steakhouse to modern French cuisine at the Brasserie Quartier. Experience the best afternoon teas in Sidra or relax at the open-air cafe Le Patio with friends and family.

Dubai visitors and residents can enjoy the first Iridium Spa in the city featuring an six treatment rooms including hammam rooms for men and women, exclusive product range of Swiss Perfection, and providing special touches such as allowing you to program your own sounds from birdsongs to tropical rain during your treatment.

What makes the hotel stand out further is the fleet of Bentleys to chauffeur guests, an added luxury that is not the usual norm.

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W Dubai – Al Habtoor City has a 30thfloor lobby instead of a ground level one where guests can check into one of 356 luxury guest rooms and suites to relax and indulge amid modern décor, technology and chilled out ambience. The 32-floor hotel is a perfect blend of art, design, fashion, music and cuisine.

Feast on gastronomic treats in one of many dining venues, and mix and mingle around innovative cocktails. Dine at Namu, the hotel’s signature restaurant or tryLevel Seven, which serves Mediterranean cuisine in a casual environment. Or just enjoy the WET pool deck while sampling delightfully fun snacks and bites and refreshing drinks.

For a casual night out, venture to the W Lounge, which offers drinks prepared by seasoned mixologists in a stylish lobby salon boasting the best views in town.

The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City

Strategically located above the new heart of Dubai, this 41-storey hotel tower boasts spectacular views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai .With 1,004 rooms including 142 suites, this upmarket hotel is a haven for visitors who love retail therapy, new cuisine and like to explore nearby areas.

Guests can choose from seven restaurants to dine in, each offering seasonal dishes, gastro-pub fare, Italian classics as well as healthy grab-and-go options. Post indulging, you can always feel better with a visit to the WORKOUT Fitness Studio featuring state-of-art gym equipment and personal trainers for a more exclusive experience.

Or unwind in the Heavenly Spa by Westin and get pampered to your hearts content. This family friendly hotel has the added convenience of the Kids Club that gives parents a break, and children plenty of distractions.

Each of the three luxury hotels will offer unparalleled exclusive hospitality services in the Al Habtoor City and we are looking forward to exploring each one of the properties in the Habtoor City Hotel Collection.

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Exquisite Athenian Riviera – Grand Resort Lagonissi

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Helios Hotels and Resorts have devoted more than three decades to refining the perfect blend of elegance, personal service and exclusivity in their properties, with the gorgeous natural beauty of the Greek landscape as their constant inspiration. The exquisite Grand Resort Lagonissi is one of their most beautiful properties for holidays that offer sun, sea and sand with exceptional service and a wide range of rest and relaxation venues and activities.

In a simply glorious setting on a private peninsula, dotted with private sandy coves, in Attica on the Athenian Riviera, the impressive Grand Resort Lagonissi offers a high level of service, a wealth of facilities and an exquisite choice of award winning restaurants.

The Helios Hotels and Resorts Group has rightfully won the title of one of the most important hotel chains, not only in Greece but also internationally, as it boasts hotels of unique aesthetics and luxury, distinguished by the top quality they offer both in terms of accommodation and service.

Among their portfolio is the Grand Resort Lagonissi, which stands on a verdant peninsula, just a few miles from Athens and a few minutes from the International Airport. The resort, which is a member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’, combines luxurious ambience and exceptional service in a true sun and sea world.

The Grand Resort Lagonissi represents the consummate in luxury in terms of location, design, facilities and service. The highest level of pampering, relaxation, leisure and recreation are values offered to the discerning visitor who wants covert this experience. The resort is located on the south side of the Athens area, amid lush greenery.

The resort provides endless choices of luxurious accommodations in standard rooms and suites, the private Mediterranean bungalows and in the lavish villas and suites, which have their own private swimming pools. All bedrooms offer access to sandy beaches and boast a steam bath and a Jacuzzi bathtub.

A range of restaurants and bars situated on the waterfront serve an imaginative selection of local and international  cuisine in a breath-taking natural setting. The dining facilities suit every occasion and palate, from buffets to a la carte specialty restaurants serving a range of world cuisines, each with its own style and ambience. Most of the resort’s restaurants hold Five Star Diamond Awards from the American Academy of Hospitality Science.

Recreational facilities include a host of land and water based sports, outdoor pool, a children’s club, open air cinema, plus a state of the art spa where highly skilled therapists offer rejuvenating holistic treatments for mind, body and soul. The state-of-the-art Thala Spa Chenot Spa offers holistic rejuvenation in a tranquil setting. Guests may also benefit from the special balanced-diet menus.

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The water sports activities on the magnificent Mediterranean Searange from sailing and windsurfing, to waterskiing and scuba diving. Rental of yachts and Lear jets is available on request for guests keen to enjoy the clear blue seas on their own. Private sandy coves surround the hotel for those who want a day alone on the beach.

The Grand Resort Lagonissi is an ideal choice for leisure visitors and business travelers, providing a vast choice of lodging and conference facilities. It offers its guests an exclusive private ambience and an atmosphere that makes you feel truly at home without making any compromises in the style or quality of its services.

Located around a 30-minute from Athens City Centre, the Grand Resort Lagonissi certainly sets a benchmark in first-class service and facilities for business and leisure trips. It’s unique peninsula location, in south Athens, offers a peaceful Mediterranean setting and easy access to cultural attractions.

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Haven of Tranquility: Shangri-La Dubai

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My favourite venue for rest and relaxation, Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai has a new look and feel after its extensive renovation across its public areas including the Lobby Lounge and Dunes Café. The renovation programme has revealed a beautiful and modern, yet classical design and marks a new chapter in the evolution of Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai.

With the aim to create a contemporary haven of elegance that blends modern Arabia with Shangri-La’s legendary hospitality in the heart of Dubai, the hotel’s Lobby Lounge has been extended, whilst Dunes Café has been designed as a more private dining space set aside from the lobby by pods which shield the area discreetly from the hustle and bustle. Steel and gold chandeliers are suspended from the lobby ceilings, whilst a welcoming and open guest arrival lounge provides a warm and uplifting first impression for guests.

The best features from the renovation is the stunning ‘wave’ chandelier designed by bespoke chandelier designers, Lasvit, hangs in the entrance of the hotel and the spectacular chandelier that hangs in the two-storey staircase connecting the lobby and dining outlets.

In the lobby itself, plentiful flashes of gold and ruby red detailing reflect the jewels of traditional Arabian souks. In addition, 4,212 hand-cut, blue, tiger’s eye stone tiles have been pieced together to form the entry walls to the six lobby elevators. The stone is also featured on the tables in the Lobby Lounge. Tiger’s Eye is a semi-precious stone believed to hold soothing qualities and has been introduced to bring a further sense of calm to the surroundings.

The hotel’s impressive, atrium-style lobby area has been designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) the world’s leading hospitality interior design firm. The new layout across the renovated areas of the hotel has been planned in a manner, which enables guests to effortlessly mix work with pleasure. Host a business meeting in the new stylish Lobby Lounge, meet friends for drinks, enjoy Asian High Tea or watch the world go by while having a specialist tea or coffee.

Located on the ground floor, Dunes Café is convenient and perfectly placed for casual dining with friends or business associates. The live open kitchen, featuring numerous culinary styles, is a showcase for the best of international cuisine.

The signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotels worldwide, Shang Palace, has launched their latest, unbeatable offer at Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. Every night from Tuesday through Sunday, guests can dine and wine at the award-winning venue and select up to four options from the a la carte menu for a set price of AED 218 per person. To compliment the offer, guests will also receive 50% off of the exquisite wine selection.

Renowned for its Yum Cha, acclaimed Beijing Duck and extensive list of fragrant teas, Shang Palace offers a wide selection of mouth-watering Cantonese and provincial delicacies, complemented by authentic Chinese hospitality. Shang Palace’s unique fusion of a mystical Far Eastern ambiance and the finest cuisine ensures a truly memorable dining experience.

The latest spa offer allows us to escape from our day to day life and find a moment of inner peace by experiencing a new late night treatment in the serenity and calm of CHI, The Spa, which is now open until midnight.

Whether you are a busy traveler, an exhausted businesswomen or a busy mother, this is the way to reclaim some ‘me time’. The spa seamlessly blends the Far East Asian roots of the hotel with Arabian inspiration from local culture for a truly unique experience.

Book a Drift Away body massage, perfect after a long day at work or travelling. The relaxing head-to-toe massage, formulated with a dreamy blend of essential oils is guaranteed to have you drift away. This 60 or 90 minute treatment is complete with a face and scalp massage to smooth frazzled nerves, relaxing the muscles and the mind. With this purchase, guests can also enjoy full access to Health Club and Spa facilities, and receive a complimentary home sleep kit for lasting benefits.

The Shangri-La Dubai remains my favourite place for tranquility and for catching up with friends and family.

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Blending Heritage With Modernity – The Widder Hotel Zurich

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Strategically located in the historic district of the financial metropolis Zurich, the Five-Star Widder Hotel, is a glamorous location for social events and important conferences. Through its unique art collection and architecture, the Widder Hotel is also a meeting place for creative people who appreciate the exceptional personal ambience of this individually designed hotel.

The Widder Hotel is in the heart of Zurich’s old city and known for its exceptional architecture: The nine private residences from the middle Ages have been meticulously restored and renovated into one modern luxury hotel. Discerning leisure and business travelers always note that the Widder Hotel is a member of Swiss Deluxe Hotels, White Line Hotels, and the Leading Hotels of the World. Since 2010, Mr. Jan E. Brucker as the manager of the hotel took on the honorary position of President of Swiss Deluxe Hotels (SDH).

The association was founded in 1934 and includes 39 of the best, independently managed Five Star Hotels in Switzerland. Many of the historical traces, that distinguish the Widder Hotel, are found in the guestrooms. The visitor will need to come several times to experience all architectural and artistic features of the hotel. Each guestroom has its individual layout, structure and color scheme and shines with a distinct design and furnishing.

According to Mr. Brucker, the Widder Hotel attaches great importance to real values. It does not mean to be trendy, but rather stands for the true values of the arts, history and heritage and in fact the main attraction of the Widder is the preserved historical, complemented by permanent values.

The nine meticulously restored historical residences in which the Widder Hotel unfolds are unique, as each house is underlined by a subtle guide of orientation with the colour of each house also applied to the inside gangways and corridors. Moreover each house features its own wood species and stone.

Each one of the 34 guest rooms and 15 suites, the banqueting room, meeting rooms, restaurant and bar are individually styled The fusion of historical architecture and innovative modern design creates a relaxed ambience with real character. It’s the perfect setting for an unforgettable stay, private party or exclusive business event.

The hotel has been built, acquired, occupied, changed and decorated by descendants of noble families, guild masters, artisans and merchants. And their life took place in little parlours and offices just the same as in opulent salons. The room decors of these late Middle Age houses with rich murals and stucco is an expression of the owners’ social class, who made their wealth and fortune through trade and commerce. The “Rennweg”, where the main entrance of the Widder Hotel is located, was Zurich’s most prestigious street from the 17th to the 19th century.

Every room is furnished with a sophisticated lighting system by the Austrian Zumtobel Group and has two telephone lines as well as fax- and WLAN-connections. The audio system is by Bang & Olufsen. Satellite TV, a personal safe and a cooling/heating system as well as mini bar and Nespresso coffee maker are also standard facilities in each room.

Guests occupying a suite have an iPad available free of charge during their stay. Each suite is equipped with an Apple Docking-station, allowing further options for use such as playing music or listening to audio books.

A team of preservationists, archaeologists, architects and designers, through the years were involved in the reformation of this historical building ensemble. During the 18 months of archaeological excavation the scientists even found relics from the Roman Ages, among them a fire place as well as cooking utensils and domestic ceramics. In the Widder Hotel all of the ancient and antique is genuine, all new elements are state-of-the-art.

In the raised upper floor of the Steinhaus there is the light and airy breakfast room with its retractable glass ceiling. The library is located on the ground floor of the Steinhaus. The antiques and works by renowned artists, in particular from contemporary times, lend the hotel its own distinctive character. Robert Rauschenberg has designed and created a picture especially for the stairway in the Penthouse Suite.

A wealth of paintings, sculptures and artworks adorn the lobby, restaurants, conference facilities and all guest rooms from famous artists such as Augusto Giacometti, Serge Poliakoff, Max Bill, Andy Warhol.

The Widder Garden is Zurich’s most loved open-air-hideaway when the weather is good for alfresco dining. Located in the heart of the historic district, enjoy a light lunch or cappuccino-break after shopping and sightseeing, to an afterwork dinner in the evening in one of the hotel’s restaurants serving world-class cuisine.

The Widder Hotel lies in the heart of the Augustiner quarter, which offers all benefits of a central location within the historic section of the town and offers Maserati limousine transfers to and from the airport.

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Futuristic Hospitality: Building World Class Hotels

Known for its exemplary service, and unique properties, Habtoor Hospitality, the Middle East’s longest established hospitality group, encompasses the rapidly expanding hotel and entertainments offering. Part of The Al Habtoor Group, the division takes great pride in the fact that whilst its foundations lie in the UAE, Habtoor Hospitality competes on a global scale.

The Group’s growing portfolio includes the flagship Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection, two Metropolitan Hotels, with a third, The Metropolitan Sheikh Zayed Road, opening in 2016, the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, along with international properties in Beirut, Budapest and the USA.

Al Habtoor Group’s new mega-project, Al Habtoor City, situated in the heart of the city on Sheikh Zayed Road, will play host to some of the division’s most exciting new developments. Under the management of Starwood, 2015 will see the opening of Dubai’s first St. Regis hotel closely followed bythe Westin, Al Habtoor City, as well as the W Hotel brand’s debut in the UAE.

In addition to over 1,600 rooms, including the regions first Bentley Suite, the five star hotel complex will offer a huge array of restaurants and entertainment outlets. The heartbeat of which will be a spectacular, multi-billion dirham, purpose built entertainment theatre with a production from Franco Dragone.

The Al Habtoor Group, Franco Dragone Entertainment and Paris-based designer Jean Rabasse have teamed up to offer the only permanent water-based theatre production between Las Vegas and Macau. The impressive circular theatre auditorium will be 30 meters high and have a capacity of 1,400 unique seats, giving the whole audience a first class view of what promises to be a World class show.

With three additional luxury residential towers featuring 11 exquisite penthouses, this mega development on the banks of the soon to be completed Dubai Water Canal, will be the World’s largest residential and hospitality destination of its kind.

According to Al Habtoor Group Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor, “Al Habtoor City will incorporate more than 3,000 hotel and residential units on one plot. Our project will prove that Dubai is the only place in the world to invest. Al Habtoor City is truly a breathtaking project. It will help boost the economy, provide thousands of jobs and will set a benchmark for future projects of its kind.”

Al Habtoor City’s location rises on thesite where The Metropolitan Hotel once stood. The new boutique 4-star hotel in a new location on Sheikh Zayed Road will comprise indoor and al fresco cafes, an all-day dining restaurant, the renewed Don Corleone Italian Restaurant and English pub, red Lion. Other facilities will include a ballroom, five meeting rooms, rooftop swimming pool and a gymnasium.

The Group’s Chairman, Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor mentions, “We started out in the hotel business in 1979 with the metropolitan Hotel, so it is fitting as we celebrate our 45th anniversary that we should revive an established brand that is so much part of our heritage. I feel sure that the new Metropolitan will enjoy the same success as the original one and become embedded in the hearts of Dubai’s residents and visitors alike.”

The most recently announced project from the Al Habtoor Groupwillsee its Hospitality arm operating in a truly unique setting. The St. Regis Dubai Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club will be a state-of-the-art polo and equestrian community, located in Dubailand. This one-billion dirham development will include an Andalusian-style luxury St. Regis hotel managed by Starwood. In addition there will be a state-ofthe- art polo academy with four polo fields, show jumping and dressage arenas, and a riding school with 500 stables.

 

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