Category Archives: Hotels

Ascott launches ‘Discover ASR’ Mobile App for enhanced guest experience

Ascott has launched its new ‘Discover ASR’ mobile app for members of its loyalty programme, Ascott Star Rewards (ASR). The new mobile app will unlock a world of conveniences for ASR members, providing greater value and flexibility to enhance their experience with Ascott. The ‘Discover ASR’ mobile app acts as a one-stop 24/7 digital concierge for ASR members, who can search for special deals and book their stay at about 200 participating properties in over 25 countries and more than 85 cities through the mobile app. This includes Ascott’s properties within the Middle East and Turkey: Ascott Park Place Dubai, Citadines Metro Central Dubai, AscottTahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al Salamah Jeddah, Spectrums Residence Jeddah, AscottRafalOlaya Riyadh, AscottCorniche Al Khobar, Somerset Panorama Muscat, Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain, Somerset West Bay Doha, and Somerset Maslak Istanbul. Kevin Goh, CapitaLand’s Chief Executive Officer for Lodging and Ascott’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “Across our multiple lodging brands, Ascott provides a home away from home for a wide demographic of guests with varying lengths of stay. With the mobile app, ASR members are empowered to shape their own stay experiences through a unified platform in a convenient and effective way.” From a global perspective, Goh further added, “Ascott’s adoption of technology has boosted our operational efficiencies and allowed us to deliver greater value to our business partners and customers. The use of unmanned service robots and self check-in kiosk with facial recognition have enabled us to minimise physical contact while continuing to provide seamless services to guests amid COVID-19.” Discussing further on the launch of the ASR app, Tan Bee Leng, Ascott’s Managing Director, Brand & Marketing, said, “Our members will get to …

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New attraction to open in Dubai at Palm West Beach

Ultimate sunset destination to launch this week with beachside dining and nightlife options, entertainment and water-sport activities for all visitors. Get set to ‘bring on the beach’ with an iconic new addition to the shores of Palm Jumeirah – Palm West Beach by Nakheel Malls, the retail arm of master developer Nakheel. Offering a range of premium licensed hotels and restaurants and sea view vistas, the destination promises to be the ultimate sunset spot in Dubai. Opening to the public later this week, Palm West Beach will be home to the ultimate UAE staycation the entire family can enjoy with all-day beachfront entertainment, water sports, and the best Dubai skyline views. The walkable waterfront destination comprises 1.6km of promenade and beachfront. Palm West Beach is pet friendly, and home to a stunning tree lined promenade, with 300 palm trees which will illuminate the walking and running trail in the evening. Bring on the beach at a true play and stay concept destination, where visitors can enjoy round the clock fun on morning runs, lazy beachfront breakfasts, cosying up with a favourite book, building sandcastles, and picture-perfect sunsets, at Palm West Beach. Visitors can choose from an array of water view restaurants including: the recently opened – Koko Bay, and the upcoming Jones The Grocer, Aprons and Hammers, Lucky Fish, Señor Pico, Orange Chameleon, among others. Palm West Beach will also include eight 5-star Hotels: Fairmont The Palm, Five Palm Jumeirah, SOHO Palm Jumeirah, Adagio Aparthotels, Byblos, Hilton Palm Jumeirah, and One Palm. Visitors to Palm West Beach can enjoy an action-packed selection of water sports including kayaking, VR diving, stand-up paddle boarding, electric hydrofoil surfing, sea bikes, Catamarans and more. …

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Grand Heights hotel apartments officially opens in Dubai

Grand Heights Hotel Apartments is open and ready to welcome guests seeking the convenience of modern hotel-apartment living. Grand Heights Hotel Apartments has officially opened in Dubai’s dynamic Barsha Heights district, making an exciting new addition to hotel-apartment living in the heart of the city. Ideally located close to Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road and major transport services, including the Dubai Metro, Grand Heights Hotel Apartments features 184 fully equipped studios and one-bedroom apartments. Each generously sized apartment boasts modern furnishings and amenities. A refrigerator, electric hotplate, microwave and washing machine can be found in the kitchen, while the living space offers flat screen TVs and a comfortable seating area, making the apartments ideal for guests who appreciate home conveniences. Managed by property developer, The First Group, Grand Heights Hotel Apartments is ideal for guests seeking affordable high-quality accommodation in a prime location. Guests will enjoy convenient access to Dubai’s major attractions and key business districts such as Media City and Internet City which are just minutes away. “Grand Heights Hotel Apartments is perfect for individuals that want to have all of the comforts of home in a prime, central location. Whether guests are planning a short trip to Dubai or are looking for a place to call home for the long term, they will enjoy unrivalled convenience and value with us. Recently, we have seen an increase in demand for fully serviced apartments, with individuals moving away from traditional yearly apartment leases and opting for the convenience of hotel apartment rentals that include all utilities as well as flexible payment options,” commented David Thomson, Vice President of TFG Hotel Management Company.

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International guests booking over 5 nights at Atlantis to receive resort credit

Atlantis, The Palm announced that it will be offering all its global guests who stay five nights or more the opportunity to claim back the cost of their respective countries’ departure PCR test from now until 30th April, 2021.With many travellers still required to conduct a PCR test before arriving into the UAE, Atlantis, The Palm is giving back the full cost of the tests for two guests per room staying five nights or more to spend as in-resort credit. This means that for a PCR test that costs up to US$190 (AED 700) each, two guests will receive the full amount of the test back to spend on anything in-resort including food and beverage, spa or marine and waterpark experiences. Speaking about this latest development, Timothy Kelly, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Atlantis Dubai, said, “We are continuously evolving to meet the needs of our customers during this challenging time. We would like to continue to make the travels of our international guests easier by giving back the cost of their home country’s departure PCR test to spend on a range of amazing in-resort activities and experiences. We hope this will continue to reduce any travel inconveniences and encourage more guests from across the globe to visit Dubai’s premier entertainment destination.” Kelly added, “We look forward to our guests relishing every moment of their time spent at Atlantis, The Palm as we strive to implement innovative ways to welcome them in a socially responsible way. To further ensure this, Atlantis, The Palm has been granted the internationally certified safeguard label by Bureau Veritas as well as issued the safety seal of approval by the Dubai government – the …

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Marriott Bonvoy offer week of wonders to their members

Marriott Bonvoy is kicking off a Week of Wonders from October 8 – 15, 2020. The celebration is aimed at bringing members joy and happiness by encouraging travel and providing an opportunity to experience the pleasures of travel in their own homes. Each day this week will feature a different Wonder with themes such as inspiration, comfort, discovery, rejuvenation and delight. These Wonders will include great travel offers globally at renowned brands that are part of the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio including The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, W Hotels and Autograph Collection.  “We are all yearning for the time when we can freely travel again and explore the world,” said David Flueck, Senior Vice President, Global Loyalty, Marriott International. “With Week of Wonders, we are bringing our best offers, content and experiences across the entire Marriott Bonvoy portfolio to inspire travellers to dream of travel or recreate their favourite travel experiences at home.”

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Aleph Hospitality enters the Middle East market

Aleph Hospitality announced its entry in to the Middle East market with the signing of its first hotel in Dubai.The 386-room five-star hotel, located on Sheikh Zayed Road adjacent to the museum of the future and minutes away from the Dubai World Trade Centre, is set to open in the second quarter of 2021 and will be internationally branded. The property has a full floor of meeting rooms as well as two restaurants, a pool and spa facilities. Commenting on the news, Bani Haddad, Founder and Managing Director of Aleph Hospitality, said, “We are very excited about the signing of the management agreement for our first hotel in the UAE and look forward to announcing the brand soon. After considerable success growing rapidly in Africa, we are now adding the Middle East to our focus. The strong demand we’re witnessing – even during the Covid-19 global pandemic – has proven that our model and the services we provide are the right solution for hotel owners and international brands alike.” “Given the current growth and our healthy pipeline, we are confident of achieving and very likely exceeding our target of 35 hotels by 2025,” added Haddad.

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Retaining staff during the pandemic, Wyndham hotels Ajman enjoy 70% occupancy

Speaking with TTME at a recent interview, Ravi Santiago, Cluster General Manager for the three properties in Ajman; Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Ajman, Ramada by Wyndham Beach Hotel Ajman, and Wyndham Garden Ajman Corniche and Group Financial Controller for R Hotels stated, “We are blessed to enjoy 70% occupancy during the month of September, once the lockdown was lifted, we started implementing simple promotions that included some very attractive packages for the guests. This soon grew in number and we kept on ensuring that the guests had something more every time they would book with us. One of the key drivers of success was the staff that contributed every step of the way. We believed that a motivated staff is the way forward in the hospitality industry as it is service oriented, hence today we are very lucky to enjoy this success mainly due to the proactive initiatives by the owners and management. In fact, now we are hiring new staff for the properties in Ajman.” Once the lockdown was lifted, slowly the domestic tourists started their staycations, at first they started off with simple promotions to lure more domestic tourists in to the properties, soon, the hotels located in Ajman started receiving more guests which made them enjoy a really steady occupancy rate. When the first wave of the pandemic hit the industry, everyone was caught off guard, however, some were proactive in their approach to dealing with the hitherto known issue at hand hence, re-strategised a plan that would have a long term benefit overall that would ensure sustainability and smooth operations for a period yet to be known. The owners and the management team at …

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Rixos Sharm El Sheikh welcomes guests

Rixos Sharm El Sheikh re-opens its doors today with its transformation as the new adult refinement in Egypt for guests in search of a fun-packed array of activities, sweet respite, and relaxation. Guests can wallow in a perfect accommodation across elegantly decorated rooms and suites with an overlooking magnificence brought by the desert meeting the pristine waters of the Red Sea. The luxurious property offers scenery of garden setting and water appreciation of pool, Side Sea, or full sea landscapes. Start your memorable day with an energising jog, morning yoga, Pilates, or open-air gym. There’s more as you can engage in Sports Fests of Yoga, Zumba, Beach Volley, or Tennis, thrilling Kite surf and Scuba diving. Bed down and loosen up with rejuvenating spa treatments, massages, and baths to relieve bodily stress. Erkan Yildrim, Managing Director of Rixos Egypt said, “Going beyond the award received from Tripadvisor as the Number 1 Best All-Inclusive Hotel in Egypt and the Middle East, we aim to provide adult guests the well-deserved relaxation and enjoyment, a lineup of round-the-clock activities, and a momentary sweet escape away from work and pa-rental duties.”

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Al Jaddaf Rotana set for November 2020 opening with 318 Rooms

Rotana revealed its newest five-star luxury property, Al Jaddaf Rotana, is on target to launch by November 2020. Despite the current challenging environment the world is facing, Rotana continues to strive forward with a firm development pipeline, and plans for Al Jaddaf Rotana will move ahead as scheduled. The hotel marks the group’s 35th property within the UAE. Guy Hutchinson, President and CEO of Rotana said, “It is with great pride that we announce Al Jaddaf Rotana will open its doors this November. Under Rotana’s strong leadership and its unwavering vision for the future, albeit one of the toughest years the global hospitality industry has ever faced, we remain dedicated to our expansion plans and commitment to continue offering guests comfortable and high quality spaces. Al Jaddaf Rotana, a property in the heart of Dubai, will truly encapsulate the Rotana way of living.” Haytham Omar, the newly appointed General Manager at Al Jaddaf Rotana says, “Our vision is to ensure each and every guest receives an exceptional combination of comfort and culture during their stay in Dubai. Our team’s passion, dedication and enthusiasm has enabled us to introduce a new hotel during what is truly a unique time for all, and we look forward to our impending opening, creating unique experiences for our guests.”

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Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai receives ‘Stay Safe’ Hotel Certification from StaySafe Hospitality

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has received another Stay Safe Certification audited by the StaySafe Hospitality. StaySafe provides a fresh approach to how hotels manage their risks. Developed and managed by hospitality professionals, the tools, audits and standards are all generated with a goal to continually improve the risk standards in the hospitality sector. Simon Moore, General Manager of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, said, “We are delighted to be recognised again by our trusted partner like StaySafe Hospitality. This achievement reflects the tremendous hard work and dedication that our team members have been putting in to meet always the high-quality standards of cleanliness, fire safety, food safety and security expectations of our guests. The comprehensive result enables us to benchmark and compare our procedures against the industry best practices as well as work on areas of improvement.” Moore further added, “Our guests safety and well-being is and always our utmost priority. Having a positive health and safety culture throughout the hotel helps to create a comfortable environment and we would like our guests to feel safe during their stay with us.” The Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai features 341 spacious rooms & suites, distinctive choice of restaurants and bars, meetings and event spaces such as magnificent Al Garhoud ballroom and outdoor garden area perfect for any type of large events and 7 meeting rooms with high-end meeting facilities for corporate meetings and conferences. The hotel also offers a range of leisure options including a superb large outdoor swimming pool, spa, saloon and fully-equipped fitness centre.

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