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Brand new spa at The Daffodil in Grasmere


Lake District hotel The Daffodil has completed a refurbishment of its spa, which will open to guests from Monday 5 September. The Germaine De Capuccini spa features a thermal pool, sauna, steam room, tepidarium and a Middle-Eastern inspired mud rasul treatment. The four-star Grasmere hotel also boasts 78 rooms and suites, a lake view restaurant and two lake view conference rooms, with day delegate rates starting from £37 per person. The hotel building dates from 1855 and stands opposite William Wordsworth’s former residence Dove Cottage. It was rebuilt in 2012 and renamed The Daffodil after Wordsworth’s most famous poem.
 

Marriott debuts in Rotterdam


Extensive renovations have taken place ahead of the opening of the Rotterdam Marriott, the debut of the Marriott Hotels brand in the Dutch city. The hotel has been rebranded from the former Manhattan Hotel Rotterdam after undergoing significant interior work, including an “upgraded look” to its 230 rooms and suites and a new lobby. Facilities include all day dining Pillars Bar and Restaurant, a fitness centre, executive lounge, business centre, and nearly 600 sqm of meetings space. Marriott International currently operates seven properties in The Netherlands, across Rotterdam, The Hague, Breda and Amsterdam.
 

Beach gem to open in Anguilla


A contemporary oasis in the Caribbean is set to open this November, with the debut of The Reef by Cuisinart. The resort is made up of 80 suites and is situated on the island of Anguilla, in Merrywing Bay. As part of the experience, guests will have access to CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, including preferred rates and tee times, and access to the Venues Spa. The hotel's restaurants outlets will feature menus that offer locally sourced items and ingredients from the Hydroponic Farm. Dining options include Breezes, a beachfront restaurant and bar that will give off relaxed Caribbean experience. Stephane Zaharia, vice president and general manager of both The Reef and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, said: "The Reef represents Anguilla’s newest luxury destination and the newest hotel addition to the CuisinArt family. The property, replete with exciting ensuite amenities and distinctive features, will truly epitomise a chic beachside resort with an urban flair."
 

Cheltenham hotel earmarked for £125k upgrade


Extensive upgrades will begin on the Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham this month, bringing it up to date with the hotel group's Next Generation design. The Cheltenham property, managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels, will undergo a £125,000 renovation project, with all 40 bedrooms receiving improvements. Daniel Sharpe, general manager of Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham, said: “The revamp of our guest rooms will offer today’s smart travellers the ultimate stay, providing all of those at-home luxuries they’re accustomed to, and surpassing both their leisure and business needs. It’s an incredibly exciting time for the hotel as the investment and modernisation elevates our venue and its already high standards to the forefront of the hotel industry. We look forward to welcoming future customers to the hotel and we are in no doubt that they will enjoy their experience.”
 

Fine dining with a view at SKYE


The Park Lane Hong Kong will open a roof bar and restaurant next month as part of a HK$300 million (£30m) makeover. The new restaurant, SKYE, offers breath-taking views of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour from it's position in the 27th floor of the hotel, and will serve contemporary French cuisine led by head chef Lee Adams. The 745 sqm restaurant can hold up to 180 people and includes three private dining rooms and a large deck. An in-house DJ will be performing every night while a German street artist, KEF, adds an element of fun with textual art pieces. Luc Bollen, general manager of the hotel, said: "The concept behind SKYE is about bringing Hong Kong’s global nomads together at a relaxing design setting.The food and cocktail culture at SKYE underpins the sharing culture of today’s millennials. Chef Adams and his team aim to curate SKYE’s menu to present an interesting mix of flavours and textures, creating a dining experience stimulating all senses."
 

Marriott opens second hotel in Belarus


Marriott International has doubled it's presence in Belarus with the opening of Minsk Marriott Hotel. The 217-room hotel is located in the same proximity as a 3,000-capacity sports arena as well as cafes, bars, a wellness centre, tennis centre and a cinema. Meetings and events can take place in the hotel's 940 sqm of meeting space, including eight conference rooms and the Falcon Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 600 people and includes chandeliers with more than 800,000 crystal beads. Matthew Carroll, vice president, Marriott Hotels, said: "We want our guests to experience forward-thinking, aesthetically pleasing spaces that help foster their inventive nature. Marriott Hotels has consistently pushed the boundaries of innovation in travel to create experiences that inspire and push our guests’ creativity."
 

World's most isolated resort finishes refurb


One of the most remote properties in the world, White Desert Camp in Antarctica, has finished a complete refurbishment to celebrate it's 10th anniversary. The resort, which has welcomed guests such as Prince Harry and Bear Grylls, has added luxury elements such as fur throws and decorated its sleeping pods with things such as wooden skis and bamboo headboards as part of the refresh. The lodge's lounge and dining room have also been transformed, not least with the replacement of a long wooden table with a circular table with fur-covered chairs. The work didn't come cheaply, with all pieces arriving on a cargo plane costing €15 (£13) per kilogram. "Many of the simple elements, such as getting water for the construction work, involved drilling through a 2-meter-thick ice lake,” said co-founder Robyn Woodhead.
 

Two-floor event space launched in Shoreditch


Searcys and M By Montcalm have unveiled a brand new event space available for exclusive and private hire in Central London. Urban Coterie Events offers both the 16th and 17th floors of the M By Montcalm in Shoreditch for specialised private and corporate events, giving panoramic views across London. The 16th floor is described as a relaxed lounge environment whilst the 17th floor is "bright, sleek and feels like you’re dining in the sky". The venue is suitable for press conferences, product launches, breakfast meetings, drinks receptions and meetings in an unusual environment. It accommodates up to 100 for sit down lunch or dinner or 230 standing. Valdone MacDonald, sales and marketing manager at Searcys at M By Montcalm, said: "Urban Coterie events offers a flexible and stunning events space for bookers and buyers looking for something special in the city. From product launches to drinks receptions, both floors offer something very different but also remain flexible enough to meet the demands and wishes of the client. We work with clients to create bespoke packages based on their exact requirements, adding that personal Searcys touch to the client partnership. Urban Coterie Events offers something very different and already we have experienced high interest in the use of both floors."
 

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