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Spot the stars at Grand Velas Riviera Maya


Visitors at Grand Velas Riviera Maya will be starry-eyed after the hotel launched a stargazing series with an astronomer from Astronomic Society of Quintana Roo. Guests will be guided through the Riviera Maya's stars and planets, linking to Mexico's Mayan forefathers, in the interactive sessions at the resort. Set on the Yucatan Peninsula and surrounded by 206 acres of jungle and mangroves, the all-inclusive resort is an ideal location for star gazing, which was very important in Meso-American culture. State of the art telescopes will be provided, allowing guests to see constellations including Orion, the planet Venus and the detail of the moon. The lead astronomer will also unravel Mayan mythology and help guests take pictures of all they discover on their journey through the skies.
 

New-look Bistro at Hotel du Vin Brighton


Hotel du Vin Brighton has finished a refurbishment project on its Bistro, with a new look described as elegant and informal with a modern twist. The restaurant's design stays true to its classic French roots, using marble topped tables to compliment a new, teal bench that runs through the centre. A new flavours menu has also been introduced, offering plates of fresh, seasonal ingredients. The refurbishment comes 15 years after Hotel du Vin Brighton’s debut, and follows investment into the hotel's outdoor terrace, bar and guest rooms. Nick Halliday, chief operating officer of Hotel du Vin, added: "We look forward to welcoming guests into our new Bistro and showcasing the fantastic food we have on offer. Whilst Brighton is fast paced and always changing, it has always been recognised as a great dining destination. We are confident that the new experience we are offering guests will ensure that Hotel du Vin remains the cornerstone of what the city has to offer those who love great food and drink in a stylish setting."
 

New sundowners spot in Birmingham


Corporate groups in Birmingham can make the most of the long summer evenings on the new 70-capacity Corona Bar terrace. AB InBev, parent company of the Mexican beer brand Corona has opened the new terrace at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The terrace is available for exclusive use for cocktail receptions, team building options or as a breakout area for meetings in the adjacent Terrace Room – one of 33 meeting rooms at the hotel, which is on the NEC campus. Serving twists on the Corona beer theme, the terrace will also offer regular barbecues.
 

New-look MARITIM Hotel Stuttgart unveiled


A 12-month renovation project has finished at MARITIM Hotel Stuttgart, which has seen all 555 bedrooms and suites, as well as all bathrooms, kitchens and meeting spaces upgraded. The hotel, part of Germany's largest privately owned hotel group, says the investment has brought it to exceptional standards. Flat screen TVs have been introduced into the rooms, while the bathrooms have been fitted with the latest in bathroom technology and finished with dark brown granite. The lobby has striking new chandeliers while the rotisserie and Reuchlin restaurants have also been updated. Director of international sales at MARITIM Hotels, Mark Spivey, commented: "The refurbishment programme at the MARITIM Hotel Stuttgart was extensive with the whole hotel elegantly enhanced and modernised. The results are outstanding. As Germany’s largest privately owned hotel operator it is important that we retain our leading position within the global hotel industry and as such, MARITIM Hotels has invested significantly in its property in Stuttgart so that it is set apart from its competitors in the city and meets the aspirational needs of its German and international guests."
 

Vast villas unveiled in Morocco


Some of the largest resort villas in Morocco, each with a garden and private pool, will be offered when Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay opens in September. The 92-villa resort is located on the northeast coast of Morocco in Tamouda Bay, a 20 minute drive from the city of Tetouan. As well as private pools, many of the villas will offer direct access to the beach. The Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay will be the group's first property on the Mediterranean coast and features classic Moroccan-style architecture and décor. It also offers a Destination Dining experience, allowing guests to choose from a relaxed dinner by the beach or a Moroccan feast under a traditional tent. With four restaurants and 24-hour in-villa dining, guests can also enjoy savoury Moroccan delicacies, Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes and international favourites.
 

Alton Towers offers world-first VR ride


The world's first rollercoaster dedicated to virtual reality (VR) is now available for exclusive corporate hire. Alton Towers' Galactica is available for free with all events in November 2016 when a minimum of 100 bedrooms are booked, if the event organiser quotes November Galactica when booking. The ride uses a technology called Vector VR; a new motion-synchronisation system for VR, which gives users an immersive experience. The technology exaggerates movements so passengers feel everything more acutely, while the rollercoaster is said to travel faster than space. Gill Riley, marketing director at Alton Towers Resort, said: "Galactica uses ground-breaking technology to give riders a breathtaking and completely unique rollercoaster experience. Tim Peake captured the imagination of millions of Brits last year when he set off on his mission to the International Space Station – and now our visitors can become virtual astronauts too!"
 

Mini-golf team building launched at Treetop


Wales’ only indoor mini-golf attraction, Treetop Adventure Golf, is celebrating its first birthday with the launch of a new corporate package. The venue is inviting groups of 40-60 people for its new Jungle Invitational package, where they will receive a mini-golf induction before competing against one another in the 18-hole course. Delegates will receive a selection of nibbles on arrival and a Pizza Express buffet, including a choice of pizzas, dough balls, salads and antipasti that will be served after the first round of mini-golf. A complimentary drink from the Clubhouse bar and café will also be offered. The mini-golf challenge will take them through misty swamps and rainforests of the Tropical Trail and putt through Chief Slumber’s hut on the Ancient Explorer course as part of a bespoke competition. The winning team of the tournament will receive a trophy presentation to celebrate their victory and each winning player will be given a VIP playing pass.
 

Travelodge makes it five in Bristol


UK budget hotel brand Travelodge has opened its fifth hotel in Bristol and its 533rd in the UK. Bristol Filton Travelodge, a 90-room hotel with Bar Café, is the result of a £7.5 million investment. It has been carefully designed to give visitors a quality night's sleep, having worked with a chromotherapy expert to introduce a sleep inducing colour palette to the room’s décor. Each room's feature wall has been painted blue, in line with research that shows people relate the colour blue with hours of darkness and relaxation. Jonus Yang, hotel manager at Bristol Filton Travelodge, said: "We are delighted to open our fifth hotel in Bristol. The local economy is growing at pace and there is an increasing need for good quality accommodation at a great value price from visiting business and leisure travellers."
 

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