In Brief


Beirut’s Grande Dame re-opens

Overlooking the Beirut Marina and the Mediterranean Sea, InterContinental Phoenicia Beirut is known as “La Grande Dame” of the Lebanese capital’s hospitality scene.

The hotel, which has played host to guests as diverse as silver screen legends Brigitte Bardot and Marlon Brando, to today’s top musicians including David Guetta and Alicia Keys, was forced to close its doors following the explosion of August 4th, 2020.  For two years it has been unable to welcome guests, who had previously enjoyed its wide-ranging facilities, just steps away from the city’s seafront Corniche.

The reopening of the hotel on October 3 is a crucial milestone in the renaissance of the Lebanese tourism industry – an emblem of luxury hospitality in the capital. 


Anantara debuts in the Netherlands

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brings its renowned experiential luxury to the Netherlands with Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam. Located in the city centre and with more than 155 years of history, the much-loved property is in the final stage of an extensive renovation as part of its transition to the luxury Anantara brand and now offers new contemporary guest rooms and suites, a brand-new Anantara Spa and fitness facilities, and a charming interior garden.

Anantara Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky Amsterdam is located overlooking Dam Square and facing the Royal Palace, in a leafy square that is the beating heart of Amsterdam’s social scene.

Magnificent building dates back to 1856, the year that a Polish tailor, Adolph Wilhelm Krasnapolsky, first opened a coffee house on the site. As the café grew in popularity, he added rooms for rent and later built it into a modern hotel. Today, the property celebrates its history proudly with black and white images from the past exhibited throughout, and the celebrated bar, The Tailor, paying tribute to the original craftsmanship of Mr. Krasnapolsky.


Four Points by Sheraton to make Oman debut

Mustafa Sultan Enterprises signed an agreement with Marriott International to debut the first Four Points by Sheraton in Oman, scheduled to open in early 2024. Operated by Valor Hospitality Partners, a third-party hotel management and development company, Four Points by Sheraton Muscat will offer a centralized location for both business and leisure travellers in Qurum.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce our first franchise collaboration with Marriott International in the Middle East as we expand our full-service hotel management services in the region. We are honoured to have Mustafa Sultan Enterprises, a trusted and established owner, for our first property in Oman,” said Julien Bergue, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Valor Hospitality Middle East & CIS. “We are working closely with the ownership and Marriott International on the full renovation plan,” Bergue continued.

Four Points by Sheraton Muscat is anticipated to reflect the brand’s promise of ‘travel reinvented’, providing everything that matters most to today’s travellers seeking balance on the road, including timeless style and comfort with genuine service.


 Peninsula Hotels launches wellness platform

The Peninsula Hotels, whose properties around the world have epitomised luxurious elegance for almost a century, will debut an extensive collection of new wellness resources for its guests in early 2022, inviting them to experience “Life Lived Best.”

The brand-wide initiative will provide guests at all Peninsula properties with unprecedented opportunities to pursue their fitness, mindfulness, and nutritional goals – and to access those opportunities whenever they wish through a dedicated Wellness Portal and 24-hour Wellness Concierge service.

The new programming offers Peninsula guests a holistic experience of wellness, one that can – if they wish – enhance their bodily, mind, and nutritional well-being. Though many of the offerings, including activities, classes, and menu options, will be available at every property in the Peninsula portfolio, others reflect the distinctive traditions of their destination cities, and are created in partnership with local residents.