Design hotel to open in Cardiff

Central Cardiff will benefit from the opening of the new Hotel Indigo when it opens this summer. The new 122-room hotel will feature a steakhouse bar and grill on its rooftop from Marco Pierre White, as well as cleverly decorated interiors throughout. Each of the guest rooms will be designed to highlight three recurring themes - made in Wales, industry and music – celebrating the heritage synonymous with the local area and beyond. The property is located within close proximity of Cardiff’s business district and with easy access to major attractions such as Cardiff Castle and the Millennium Stadium. The property is managed by Redefine|BDL Hotels. Chief business development officer for RBH, Andrew Robb, said: "This is an exciting addition for RBH and the first Hotel Indigo to join our portfolio. We are delighted to be working with IHG on the project, which we hope will both strengthen links with the group and be the first property of many to join RBH."

Renovations finish in US conference hotel

An 'energising, modern vibe' has been added to meetings and events at Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles, after completing a renovation project. The Chantilly hotel, near Dulles International Airport, has transformed two-thirds of its 5,600 sqm of its function space after starting work in 2016. “We've enhanced almost everything — from the art on our walls to the lighting overhead. The sleek new design is matched with progressive technology to produce spaces that spark creativity,” says Scott McClinton, general manager, Westfields Marriott. The hotel has updated its main lobby, which leads to a distinctive lower and upper rotunda, three sizeable ballrooms, a second-floor promenade, and the West Lobby with doors that open onto a picturesque Sunset terrace. Two new small-group rooms with glass walls are situated near the ballrooms, providing ideal spots to collaborate, conduct an interview, make a quick call or prep for a speech. Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles has 336 guest rooms.

Luxury hotel puts Al Zorah on the map

Al Zorah has been officially put on the map as the UAE's newest destination says the Oberoi Group, as it opens the The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah. Situated 25 minutes from Dubai International airport, Al Zorah is a unique destination in the UAE, having been planned by Solidere International in a joint venture with the Government of Ajman. Located within 1 million sqm of rich ecological wetland, Al Zorah is home to almost sixty species of birds and marine life. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah offers a sophisticated design set within mangrove forests spread along white sandy beaches, lagoons and lush mangroves. The Oberoi Beach Resort has been designed by Italian architect Piero Lissoni and the resort’s luxury accommodation includes rooms, suites and villas with private terraces and swimming pools. P.R.S. Oberoi, executive chairman of The Oberoi Group, said: "We are pleased to present The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, which offers the highest standards of luxury and hospitality. A number of Oberoi Hotels have been recognised as amongst the best in the world. I am confident that The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah with its unique location, aesthetic design and a committed young team will offer distinctive Oberoi service to travellers from around the world."

Major spa to open in North England hotel

A multimillion pound luxury spa will open at country hotel Ye Olde Bell late spring 2017. The new spa will offer a number of experiences including a custom- made ‘snowstorm’ experience, the only one of its kind in the UK, Sabbia Med Sunlight therapy, steambath, salt cascade room, mud Rasul, Swiss pine sauna, and indoor-to-outdoor hydropool. Located in the rural village of Barnby Moor on the corners of the three counties of Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, and Lincolnshire, but with easy access just off the A1 and a direct train service to London, the modern and elegant spa will feature six treatment rooms, two of which are double, a hair boutique and express salon. Spa director Sadie Ardron-Levack said: "We are all thrilled about this new venture for Ye Olde Bell and when we open aspire to being recognised as one of the leading spas within the UK."

Meeting benefits after £3.5m refurbishment

Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport has unveiled a new look following a £3.5 million investment, including a complete refurbishment of its meeting and event spaces. The hotel, which avoids the flight path despite its close proximity to East Midlands Airport, has installed tripled glazed windows to block out any background noise and ensure a peaceful stay. All 164 bedrooms have been fully refurbished with fresh interiors, modern artwork and offer spa toiletries and complimentary WiFi. Each room now boasts a DREAM bed by Jurys Inn, finished with bespoke feather and down duvets and soft pillows. The meeting spaces, which offer natural daylight, have been refurbished with modern interiors and state-of-the-art technology, including complimentary high speed WiFi, LCD projectors, white screens, adaptable furniture and adjustable air conditioning. The largest room, The Southwell Suite, can seat up to 250 delegates theatre style and 160 cabaret style while the Donington Suite can accommodate up to 120 guests. The hotel’s other rooms offer flexible layouts for meetings, seminars and presentations and can accommodate between 15-70 guests. General manager David Livingstone said: "It has taken months of hard work and significant investment but I am delighted with the transformation. Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport is the perfect venue for a meeting, training workshop or conference, offering excellent facilities, free parking, quiet and comfortable bedrooms and easy access to the airport."

Arora Group takes on key Gatwick hotel

Gatwick Airport's largest hotel, London Hilton Gatwick, has been acquired by The Arora Group on an occupational lease. Under the arrangement, the 821-room hotel will still be managed by Hilton, which will continue to oversee the day to day management of the hotel. The hotel frequently hosts large conferences throughout the year, and has 21 meeting rooms. The purchase reflects the group’s strategy to focus on larger assets with greater revenue potential, and to partner with major international brands. With an established expertise in UK airport regions this property also complements Arora’s existing presence at the airport, which includes the Sofitel Hotel at Gatwick’s North terminal and Arora Gatwick Crawley. The group now oversees 6,364 hotel bedrooms across the 16 hotels in the UK, of which 3,217 bedrooms across eight hotels are operated by Arora Hotels and 1,050 bedrooms across three hotels are under construction (Crowne Plaza Terminal 4 Heathrow; Holiday Inn Express Terminal 4 Heathrow; and the Terminal 2 Hotel, Heathrow). This announcement follows Arora Group’s announcements earlier this month, regarding the acquisition of ‘The Office’ development in Crawley and the completion of a smart multi-storey car park in Heathrow. Surinder Arora, founder and chairman of the Arora Group, said: "Securing the largest hotel in the area is a hugely exciting achievement for the Arora Group, further augmenting our substantial diverse portfolio in this major UK business hub as part of the Group’s long term strategy. Hilton Gatwick presents a fantastic opportunity to partner once more with a major international brand, building on our existing relationship as a landlord for a number of Hilton-operated hotels."

Nobu Hotel to launch in Spain

Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa and Nobu Hospitality have revealed plans to launch the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella at the five-star resort in southern Spain. The Nobu Restaurant Marbella, the first Nobu to open in Spain, will launch in May 2017 and the opening of Nobu Hotel Marbella will follow in spring 2018 at the luxurious Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa on the ‘Golden Mile’. The restaurant will sit at the heart of Marbella’s dining scene, joining Puente Romano’s gastronomic offering of ten individual restaurants including the two-Michelin star ‘Dani Garcia’. The new restaurant will introduce Nobu’s world-renowned cuisine to the resort’s discerning guests. Launching in spring 2018, the new Nobu Hotel Marbella will be distinguished by its bespoke Nobu guestroom design and sensual touches across the elegant rooms. Trevor Horwell, chief executive of Nobu Hospitality, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to announce the Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Marbella, and are delighted to partner with the owners of Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa to help bring a new vision for their destination to life. Nobu Hotel Marbella will drive an experience balancing fun and luxury to create an enthralling destination in-keeping with the interests and needs of our global Nobu customer." The launch of the new hotel at the Marbella property will also see Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa entirely transformed into an all-suites resort. The 184 recently refurbished suites set across 27 Andalusian villas will offer access to the resort’s famous amenities and Six Senses Spa, as well as the new Nobu experience.

Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa set for 2018

The Malta Marriott Hotel and Spa is to launch in 2018 following a rebrand of the current Le Méridien property. Originally built on the grounds of a 19th century Maltese villa, the property offers both the tranquillity of Balluta Bay and the proximity of St Julian’s lively atmosphere. While Le Méridien is already classified as a five-star hotel, the redevelopment will see the hotel upgraded and refurbished with additional executive suites as well as the possibility of two additional floors. The hotel currently has 276 rooms and suites, 14 board rooms, and 168 sqm of meeting space with a meeting capacity of up to 650 guests. The existing property will close for refurbishment at the end of 2017.

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