ALHI adds two West U.S. hotels

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has recently expanded its worldwide portfolio and West U.S. options with the addition of two hotels in California. ALHI’s membership portfolio now includes the AAA Four-Diamond Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, ALHI’s first member hotel in Monterey; and the elegant 400-room InterContinental San Diego, planned to open this Autumn on the waterfront in downtown San Diego. Portola Hotel & Spa features over 60,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and nearly 60,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking scenic Monterey Bay. The newly renovated Monterey Conference Centre is adjacent to Portola, making the venue the largest event space of its kind on California’s Central Coast. InterContinental San Diego has 35,000 square feet of meeting space and 7,000 square feet of outdoor space. Meeting options will include the 12,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom and the 4,480-square-foot Bayview Ballroom.The hotel is just 6 blocks from San Diego Convention Centre and just 2 miles from San Diego International Airport.

LSO St Luke’s celebrates its 15th birthday

LSO St Luke’s, the Grade I listed venue located on London’s Old Street is commemorating its 15th birthday with a month long celebration of music and events.As part of the festivities, LSO St Luke’s will be offering 15% off venue hire during the month of March, as well as hosting a series of concerts, workshops and musical showcases. Located in the cultural mile of Old Street between silicon roundabout and the city, the venue has provided cultural activities to the community for over a decade.
Clients hosted over the years have included industry giants from the BBC and The Guardian, to ASOS and TED as well as several charitable causes, including Save the Rhinos and VISA.

Hotel Indigo opens in the Netherlands

InterContinental Hotels Group has opened its first Hotel Indigo in The Netherlands, Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde. The new 63-room boutique hotel is located in the centre of The Hague and is just steps away from the Royal Palace, home of the Dutch royal family. Housed in the former Dutch National Bank building, the hotel is situated on The Hague’s most prestigious shopping avenue.

New Forest Activities launches new Adventure Challenge

New Forest Activities, the outdoor activity specialists in Beaulieu has launched a new program for the corporate and groups market, from their base in Beaulieu and sites throughout the New Forest. Session types with New Forest Activities include bushcraft, treasure hunts, cycling, escorted tours and paddles to the pub in sturdy 3 seater Canadian canoes or kayaks, raft building, woodland laser battle, low and high ropes courses, archery and cycling.New for 2018 is The Great New Forest Challenge which can be a one or two-day event. It includes a team of instructors to lead you through an 8km forest walk, navigating on foot through deer sanctuaries, oakwood forests and open terrain, picnic buffet lunch stop, 25km cycle ride through the National Park and 12km canoe paddle along the stunning Beaulieu River. Min 8 delegates.

Kohler Waters Spa opens at Old Course Hotel

Kohler Waters Spa at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews has reopened following an extensive multi-million refurbishment. Opening up to the public for the first time as the only Kohler Waters Spa outside the USA, it offers a luxury spa retreat in the heart of Scotland with a focus on hydrotherapy and organic treatments. The renovation has seen the addition of a new 20m lap pool as part of the large health and fitness centre.There is also a steam room, a Finnish sauna and a rooftop garden with hot tub.The extension and refurbishment of the existing space has created a total of 25,000 sq. ft., featuring 13 treatment rooms including two couple’s rooms, as well as two wet treatment rooms offering Kohler bathing experiences.

Danang Sun Peninsula updates facilities

The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula’s conference centre, The Summit, has undergone a major face-lift for 2018.
Set at the highest point of the resort property, the Summit conference centre has a brand-new reception hall of 500sqm which has been built alongside an array of meeting and function rooms and a VIP lounge with adjoining terraces with spectacular views of the landscape, mountains and sea surrounding the resort.

The Science Museum announces 'Illuminate'

The Science Museum in South Kensington has revealed the name behind its brand new multi-functional events venue. Named Illuminate, the space will open in January 2019. Illuminate is situated on levels four and five of the Science Museum and will be available for both daytime and evening hire for capacities of up to 400 for dinners and conferences and 450 for receptions. One of the unique features of the new space will be a panoramic window on level five offering stunning views of the City.

Melia launches sustainable Serengeti Lodge

Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Meliá Hotels International’s first sustainability focused hotel has just opened in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, on the western border of Lake Victoria. The property is positioned on the natural terraces of the southern slopes of Nyamuma, offering views of the Mbalageti River valley. Approximately 45 per cent of the energy to power the lodge is generated by solar panels, the laundry service is on-site to minimise traffic, while a plastic crusher has been installed to decrease the volume of waste transported from the property. The property also features a pool, fitness centre, TV room and spa, as well as three restaurants and two bars.

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