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Sol Beach House at Meliá Fuerteventura opens


The newly opened Sol Beach House at Meliá Fuerteventura has a lagoon front location and overlooks the idyllic Sotaveneto Beach on the Costa Calma. The hotel is backed by the dunes of Jandia’s natural park. Providing the perfect base for water sports fans and sunseekers alike, the hotel features suites and terraces, which open onto the beach and an infinity pool. Guests have access to a full gym, massage cabins and an outdoor Zen area, which offers a wide range of holistic treatments.
 

Hotel Indigo opens in Durham


Hotel Indigo Durham, an IHG hotel, has opened in the centre of Durham. A stone’s throw from the city’s cathedral and castle – which together make up the city’s famous UNESCO World Heritage Site – the hotel is also within easy walking distance from Durham train station. Occupying the Grade II-listed ‘Old Shire Hall’, the building was once a university building itself and acted as its administrative headquarters; it was office to the university’s Vice-Chancellor until 2012. The hotel features 83 bedrooms. The Hotel Indigo brand is set to increase its footprint in 2018 with upcoming openings also including Hotel Indigo London – 1 Leicester Square, Hotel Indigo London – Aldgate, Hotel Indigo Milan – Corso Monforte and Hotel Indigo Stratford-upon-Avon.
 

Burleigh Court set for £3m rolling refurb


In April, Imago Venues will start the first phase of a multi-million pound refurbishment of the 186 bedrooms in Burleigh Court, the portfolio’s flagship four star hotel and conference centre in Loughborough. Using feedback and data gathered from clients on their experiences in pilot bedrooms, the refurbishment will see all 186 rooms modernised with new décor, furniture, furnishings and updated shower rooms. The refurbishment will take place in several phases, allowing the hotel and significant numbers of bedrooms to remain open and capable of servicing the needs of guests throughout the process.
 

Hardwick Hall completes refurbishment


Hardwick Hall Hotel at Sedgefield, County Durham, part of Ramside Estates, has been given a facelift, which includes a revamped bar and lounge area. At the same time, the hotel’s Boyne Suite, which can take up to 120 guests, has benefited from a new carpet, curtains and complete redecoration.
The four star hotel, which is in the picturesque setting of Hardwick County Park, has 50 bedrooms and offers a range of dining options. It also has a number of suites and meeting rooms and erects large marquees at various points throughout the year, which can hold up to 1500 people. The hotel plays host to some of the biggest events on the North East calendar, including the annual Lobster Ball, the Oyster Festival and Hardwick Live – a two day musical festival which attracts thousands of attendees.
 

Rooftop pool for Copenhagen's Nimb Hotel


The Nimb Hotel in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens will have a further extension with the addition of a brand new roof terrace (complete with rooftop pool and bar), a sports club (equipped with the latest high-tech equipment), and new treatment rooms. The extension will be completed by the end of summer 2018, this will add to the completion of the 21 new suites in the newly built Tivoli Corner – resulting in a new 2,000 sqm wing to the hotel. The new suites include a private balcony that faces Tivoli Gardens. As well as Nimb Hotel, Tivoli Corner houses several restaurants and the Tivoli Food Hall.
 

Royal College of Physicians offers Catchbox


The Royal College of Physicians is now offering event professionals the chance to use a Catchbox, the world’s first throwable microphone. The RCP has two Catchbox devices, an alternative to the traditional hand held microphone, for use at events held at the venue. Catchbox is the world’s first soft, wireless microphone that delegates can throw and catch to kick-start a discussion. Natacha Allen, head of sales & marketing at the RCP, said: “Despite celebrating our 500th birthday this year we are certainly not looking backwards. The Royal College of Physicians already offers state of the art audio-visual services, but the Catchbox allows us to really integrate technology with the audience experience to deliver even richer and deeper engagement.”
 

Warren House reveals new look London Room


Warren House in Surrey has revealed its new-look London Room following a £300,000 renovation. A two month renovation has seen the room in the Grade II-listed Victorian country house refurbished to better cater for conferences and private events. The London Room, which can host up to 100 guests for a reception, has been redesigned, air conditioning has been fitted and brand new equipment and flooring have been installed. General manager Miguel Abellan van Kan said: “The London Room needed to be updated to keep in theme with the rest of the house by giving it a 21st-century look whilst maintaining its rich history. It’s now bright and airy with a lot more lighting and natural daylight. This refurbishment means the room is now multi-purpose.”
 

Royal Horticultural Halls unveils Asian list


The Royal Horticultural Halls has launched its inaugural Asian catering supplier list. Lorraine Thorne, venue sales manager, said “Our new list ensures that we can deliver a variety of authentic Asian dishes for every style of event from exhibitions and conferences to weddings and parties.” Raj Somaiya, MD of Payal Events, which features on the list, said: “We are proud to be working with the Royal Horticultural Halls’ amazing spaces for large events, it’s such a rarity in central London. We look forward to holding some incredible events with our traditional and fusion menus.”
 

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