'Stress free' incentives in Tel Aviv

The InterContinential David Tel Aviv has launched incentive packages that show off the history and modern energy of the Mediterranean city. The Israeli hotel, located in Neve Tzedek, says the tours will combine architecture, history, fine wines and fashion, and have been designed for a wide audience. InterContinental David Tel Aviv’s General Manager David Cohen said: "Appeal to every physical sense with a trip to Tel Aviv. Whether you are savouring the fine Israeli wines, touching the luxurious silks in fashion boutiques, or being stimulated by the city’s vibrancy, you will have an unforgettable experience. Through this incentives program, we strive to capture that excitement for visiting groups to enjoy in a stress-free manner.”

Malmaison unveils new look

A massive refurbishment has been carried out at Malmaison Leeds. The hotel, in a converted Victorian office block in the city's Swinegate area, has upgraded its bar, brasserie and reception area. Guests will now enjoy a wider selection of cocktails in an inspiring setting of low hanging bulbs, exposed brick, natural wood finishes and rich leather banquette seating. A marble lobby area and two new lounges greet guests as they enter, while a dark and edgy look has been created throughout the rooms. The Leeds refurbishment is part of a wider multi-million pound investment in the Yorkshire region made by Malmaison Hotel du Vin Group, with upgrades in the pipeline for properties in York and Harrogate.

Have a cracker of a conference

The Old Swan & Minster Mill in Oxfordshire has released some last-minute company packages this festive season. The venue's Christmas Cracker conference package includes accommodation in a luxury bedroom, along with meeting room, working lunch, Village Treasure hunt, three-course gastro dinner, WiFi and a Personality of the Year prize certificate. With a history spanning almost 600 years, the Old Swan & Minster Mill is a quintessentially English location. The venue is ideal for end of year conferences and Christmas parties - Christmas trees and log fires decorate the property, and there is plentiful mulled wine to help delegates warm up.

Pop-up complements art-centric hotel

Hong Kong's trailblazing design hotel, J Plus Hotel by YOO, has unveiled its latest collaboration with Irish urban-contemporary artist Fin DAC. The exhibition, The Nadeshiko, is a pop-up exhibition that shines a spotlight on 10 of his most iconic street art pieces. The imagery of The Nadeshiko is a culmination of a three-year phase of the artist's life. The work hints at the notions of ordinary women depicted as superheroes and celebrates the rise of urban-contemporary art, which complements J Plus Hotel by YOO's design elements.

Santini opens private dining space

World-renowned Belgravia family restaurant Santini has opened a new Milanese designed Butterfly Bar and private dining room. Santini, a restaurant famed for being Frank Sinatra's choice when visiting London, is co-run by Gino Santin and his daughter Laura Santtini. The refurbished private dining room is available for working lunches, boardroom-style meetings, presentations and private functions. It can cater up to 30 seated or 60 standing. The new Butterfly Bar is Venetian inspired, and is perfect for those looking for a light bite or drink during the day, in true European bar style. Guests can also enjoy the all year round al fresco dining and cigar terrace with heaters and cosy blankets - perfect for those chilly winter nights.

New Madrid hotel will be a work of art

Meliá Hotels International has started work on a €19 million (£13m) revitalisation of the iconic Ambassador Hotel in Madrid. The renamed five-star Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques will open in the Spanish capital in early 2016, and will honour the work of renowned artist Velazquez, whose art will heavily influence guestrooms and public areas. Once open, the Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques will offer 180 rooms and suites, plus 10 meeting rooms, all with natural daylight. In addition, the hotel is also set to feature an Asian-style wellness area, the Thai Room, and upscale dining options including a gourmet restaurant, wine cellar and signature cocktail bar.

Sleep amongst wildlife

Bristol Zoo has launched a new luxury accommodation offering guests the opportunity to sleep and dine amongst the wildlife, after everyone else goes home. The zoo's new luxury, secluded accommodation, The Lodge, reflects its surrounds with colourful interiors and pictures of animals. Guests will be served an al fresco breakfast with a view of the zoo's gorillas, as well as enjoying a four-course dining experience on a private balcony overlooking the zoo, with a private chef. The Lodge can accommodate up to four adults.

A new level of prestige

A multi-million pound interior refurbishment to create "stunning" new interiors will take place at Fairmont St Andrews. The venues says the planned £10m upgrades, starting in January 2016, will further elevate its prestigious facilities. One element will be the installation of a bespoke lighting sculpture by renowned designer George Singer in the atrium area. The work will be carried out in phases so as not to interrupt normal business at the hotel. John Keating, Fairmont St Andrews general manager said: "We are committed to ensuring the hotel remains one of the most prestigious resort properties in Europe and therefore are continuing to invest to ensure our bedrooms and facilities exceed guest expectations."

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