Christmas at Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

By Shereen Shabnam My favourite place in Switzerland, the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof Zermatt, dominated by the Matterhorn is a rare place where everything works in synergy and GCC travellers can enjoy memorable winter stays including a generous breakfast buffet during the festive season at this majestic property. My favourite memory from my visit is the transfer to and from the Zermatterhof and Zermatt station in a horse-drawn carriage or electric bus on the day of your arrival and departure. Guests can enjoy a generous breakfast buffet, mineral water and soft drinks from the minibar, Ronnefeldt-Tea, Nespresso coffee machine with capsules, … Continue reading Christmas at Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

Masters of Luxury Hospitality

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 … Continue reading Masters of Luxury Hospitality

Life is Magnifique at Sofitel

World Class Hotels & French Elegance Sofitel is the only French luxury hotel brand with a presence on five continents with 120 addresses, in almost 40 countries (more than 30 000 rooms). Sofitel offers contemporary hotels and resorts adapted to today’s more demanding and more versatile consumers who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. I enjoyed my one night stay at Sofitel Dubai so much that I wanted to try another Sofitel to see if all their properties are really as magnifique as my first experience Whether situated in the heart of a major city like Paris, London, New … Continue reading Life is Magnifique at Sofitel

Transforming Modern Indian Hospitality

Amruda Nair, Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer AIANA Hotels and Resorts L.L.C Recently I ventured into a trendy Cafe at Al Serkal Avenue to meet with the young and charismatic Amruda Nair, the Joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of AIANA Hotels & Resorts. AIANA Hotels & Resorts is a global hotel management company with an Indian service ethos aiming to be a leading operator of hotels, resorts and serviced apartments in the Middle East, Indian Sub-Continent and South East Asia. It is a hospitality brand of upper upscale hotels that offers fresh and relevant product design, facilities … Continue reading Transforming Modern Indian Hospitality

Enjoy Istanbul during a stopover

With more and more travellers flying with Turkish Airlines these day, Istanbul is often a stopover but instead of staying at the airport, I suggest taking some time out to enjoy this vibrant city where the East meets the West and every street corner is a delight to the senses. If Turkey is your destination, then you are in for a treat. From mouth-watering delicacies, historic monuments and traditional bazaars, Istanbul has something to offer to travellers of all ages. I go to Istanbul regularly, often a few times a year and often start my excursion from the historic Sultanahmet … Continue reading Enjoy Istanbul during a stopover

‘Fragrant Nature’

Fragrant Nature, the creator of premium lifestyle hospitality experiences in Kerala recently showcased three exceptional hotels and resorts in Kerala at the Arabian Travel Market. The award-winning hospitality operator has also strengthened its new ‘Kerala Golden Trio’ package, especially for visitors from the GCC region, promising them three authentic lifestyle experiences just in time for summer. Fragrant Nature has three resorts in Kerala in Fort Kochi, Munnar and Kollam. Each resort has a unique architecture and an unmatched choice of lifestyle amenities. Fragrant Nature Backwater Resort & Ayurveda Spa in Paravur, Kollam, stands out for its location by the pristine … Continue reading ‘Fragrant Nature’

Hyatt Centric: Expansion Plans of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

During the ATM I met with Mr. Eric Brun, Senior Vice President – Brand and Commercial Strategy and Mr. Christian Pertl, Regional Vice President Sales Operations – Middle East & Africa together with other key members of the Hyatt team. The Hyatt team spoke about the debut of the Hyatt Centric brand to the GCC region, with the first Hyatt Centric hotel slated to open later this year on The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, U.A.E.. This opening will be followed by Hyatt Centric West Bay Doha in Qatar in 2018. Eric Brun mentioned that bringing Hyatt Centric to the G.C.C. is … Continue reading Hyatt Centric: Expansion Plans of Hyatt Hotels Corporation

Impeccable Hospitality – The Langham, London

Creating exceptional guest experiences since it opened as Europe’s first grand hotel in 1865, The Langham, London continues to enhance its offerings more than 150 years later. Despite visiting London for years, I finally visited the property last year for an afternoon tea and it is indeed a hotel that gives you the best of history, luxury and a regal vibe that leaves one with a sense of gratification. The exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites are classically styled and evokes a warm residential feel with renowned service that bears the hallmarks of the hotel’s rich heritage that spans three … Continue reading Impeccable Hospitality – The Langham, London

Incredible Iguazu: A stay at Mercure Iguazu

A few months ago, we ventured to Argentina to get up, close and personal with the famed Iguazu Falls and while there were some great hotels closer to the natural attractions, I spent my nights in Mercure Iguazu surrounded by nature. The hotel is located in the middle of a natural reserve and built with natural wood and stone that blends in with nature and offers guests a warm ambience. The best part of my stay was a relaxing massage at the spa and relaxation time by the infinity pool surrounded by a forest after a long day at the … Continue reading Incredible Iguazu: A stay at Mercure Iguazu