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Dorchester to open in Dubai by 2020

OMNIYAT Group revealed that Dorchester Collection’s first property in the Middle East, comprising 39 exclusive signature apartments, will be ready for launch by the end of 2020. Foster and Partners and Gilles and Boissier are part of the development team. Dorchester Collection will also manage One at Palm Jumeirah, Omniyat’s ultra-luxurious residential tower. The brand’s debut in the UAE will add to the company’s portfolio of world-famous hotels in locations including London, Rome, Beverly Hills and Paris.


Fraser Suites now open in Muscat

FRASER Suites Muscat, hosting 120 luxury serviced apartments and complete rooftop pool and spa amenities has opened for business. The apartments comprise studios and various bedroom configurations equipped with renowned brands such as L’OCCITANE and Nespresso, together with all-around city views. Boasting modern décor throughout the facility alongside a touch of Omani hospitality, Fraser Suites Muscat has several features that make this a one of kind property in the Sultanate. The Fraser Suites Muscat Ballroom has a capacity for more than 800 people and is perfect for planning a wedding, the launch of a special product, a general business meeting, or any major occasion.

The 1,500 sq m of space can be used as the main hall or partitioned into four separate conference rooms as required.


Hyatt Place opens in Dubai’s Wasl district

HYATT Place Dubai/Wasl District, the third property under Hyatt’s select service brand portfolio in the United Arab Emirates is now open. The property features 202 stylish guestrooms, including 10 suites, with separate spaces to sleep, work and play, as well as a Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper, free wi-fi and remote printing, 24/7 Gallery Market featuring a range of convenient and delicious “grab ‘n go” options to curb hunger pangs any time of the day and a 300-sq-m meeting space for clients hosting stylish and flexible small-scale business meetings, conferences or celebrating special occasions.


COMO Castello Del Nero opens in Tuscany

COMO Hotels and Resorts, the family-owned hotel group, has opened COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, a 740-acre, historic estate in the world-famous Chianti wine region of Italy. The Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena are both within a 30-minute drive. At the property’s heart stands a 12th Century castle featuring 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer, Paola Navone.

Working with Navone, COMO Hotels and Resorts have softly adjusted the spa and culinary offerings to create a serene, contemporary retreat that makes you feel at home, with precise service, therapeutic wellness experiences, and exceptional, carefully sourced food.

While the Castello’s historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, Navone has introduced a lighter, more modern ‘COMO’ aesthetic, without losing any of the deeply authentic historic texture.

The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant is located in the original stables of the castle in the winter, transferring to the garden terrace in summer. All menus are overseen by Executive Chef, Giovanni Luca Di Pirro.

The property boasts of tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool as well as a COMO Shambhala Retreat which offers complimentary morning yoga, and therapeutic massages.


St. Regis Hong Kong opens

MARRIOTT International opened its 7,000th property – the St. Regis Hong Kong. The stunning, 27-storey luxury hotel, which features butler service, and multiple restaurants, is emblematic of Marriott’s global expansion strategy.

The milestone follows Marriott’s announcement in March that it expects to add more than 1,700 additional hotels by the end of 2021, including about 320 hotels in Asia Pacific. According to STR data, Marriott’s overall open hotels and signed pipeline at the end of 2018 totalled a combined 1.69 million rooms, which exceeds that of its next competitor by 36 per cent.

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