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January 2020 5169

Barceló Hotel Group awarded for management

BARCELÓ Hotel Group was awarded Best Hotel Management Company 2019 at the World Travel Awards, which recognises excellence in the tourism sector.

Jaime Buxó, chief business development officer at Barceló Hotel Group, said: “Winning this award is an international milestone, which recognises the enormous work that we are doing to standardise our processes and offer an excellent management service worldwide.”

“The hard work has already paid off; 56 per cent of our hotels are incorporated under the management regime and this formula has allowed us to sign agreements this year to enter seven new destinations. Hungary, Tunisia and Dubai landed in 2019; and hotels will open in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Poland and Slovenia between 2021 and 2022."

Jaime Buxó continued: "This success has largely been due to the recognised ability of Barceló Hotel Group to sign agreements based on the needs of our local partners. It is something that differentiates us and positions us as a European hotel company with greater flexibility and ability to adapt to the particular needs of each hotel project."


Mandarin Oriental to manage Emirates Palace

MANDARIN Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract to manage, and ultimately brand, the iconic Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The group will take over management of the property from January 1, 2020. It will be Mandarin Oriental’s second hotel in the UAE following the opening of Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai in early 2019.

The hotel will be rebranded as a Mandarin Oriental property, following a phased renovation over two years, during which time the hotel will remain open. The work will encompass significant upgrades to guestrooms and recreational amenities, as well as new food and beverage facilities.

The Emirates Palace hotel sits on a 1.3-kilometre private beachfront, featuring 394 guestrooms and suites, 12 restaurants and bars, 40 meeting rooms, a concert grade auditorium and a ballroom that can accommodate up to 2,500 people. Leisure facilities include a marina, two swimming pools, a spa and two fitness centres.


Radisson Blu in Al Ain completes renovation

LAST month, Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain revealed a new lobby, inspired by the resort's legacy, at the heart of the property with stylish warm interiors in azure and olive hues. Palm Court Café reopens as well with a new menu offering an array of refreshments and pastries for guests and visitors to enjoy as they gather, connect and simply savour the moment in the new lobby.

Abu Dhabi National Hotels, owner of the property, has previously announced a comprehensive renovation of Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Ain designed to reaffirm this historic hotel’s position as a leading luxury resort in Al Ain. The renovation took place over the summer period and included all the rooms, suites and chalets, together with the lobby and restaurants.


JA's Seychelles gem gets recognised

JA Enchanted Island Resort has been awarded ‘World's Leading Private Island Resort 2019’ at the 2019 World Travel Awards ceremony in Muscat. 

The ultra-luxurious hideaway consists of 10 exclusive villas on a private island in the Seychelles. Its unique location sits within a designated National Marine Park in the Seychelles -the Saint Anne Marine Park. Described as ‘a paradise for intimate vacations’, the five-star resort has won regional awards before but claimed the ‘World's Leading Private Island Resort’ this year due to outstanding customer feedback across multiple channels and review sites. The property has a 92 per cent guest satisfaction rate, largely due to the bespoke attention to detail and personalised service the focused team offer to guests. 

The resort facilities have all taken shape around the island’s natural landscape and walkways weave through large rock formations and natural scenery. Each of the ten villas has its own private pool, a private garden with private dining gazebo for intimate in-villa dining experiences and direct access to the pristine beach where the serene ambience is unparalleled. 

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