Sunday, April 5, 2020

People & Places

Four of golf’s biggest names took to the 15th fairway at Royal Greens Golf & Country Club in Saudi Arabia to compete in a unique challenge with a Super Bowl twist. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed tried their hand at hitting field goals – with golf balls.

Accor has signed a management agreement with Port Ghalib Resort Company, a subsidiary of the privately owned conglomerate MAK Group, for a Mövenpick resort in the fast-growing Egyptian city of Marsa Alam. Strategically located next to Marsa Alam International Airport, the 350-key Mövenpick Port Ghalib will be the centrepiece of the city’s $2 billion Port Ghalib mixed-used waterfront development on the Red Sea’s western shore.

Forbes Travel Guide has awarded Paris-based Hotel Lutetia and its spa, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre, a five-star rating each. After four years of renovation, Lutetia has reopened as the only Palace hotel on Paris’ iconic Left Bank. Located in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Lutetia has 184 modern rooms featuring 49 suites and 8 individually designed signature suites.

Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC) has signed an agreement with Marriott International, to bring Courtyard by Marriott brand to Sharjah. Expected to open in 2023, Courtyard by Marriott Sharjah will be conveniently located near the Sharjah Airport, in close proximity to the convention centre and will endorse JRCC’s vision to expand into the hotel industry.

On the back of market research that shows how travellers prioritise and value time, both generationally and across regions, Four Seasons has launched a global collection of curated experiences that require no more than one day, one hour or even one minute. For instance, guests of Four Seasons Baku in Azerbaijan may enjoy fresh-baked local tandir bread (pictured here) from the hotel’s clay oven or at a café in the historic Old City in a minute. Guests can indulge in tea, lavish cakes and savoury delights served on hand-painted Herend porcelain in Budapest, Hungary in an hour. Guests can hop on a helicopter for a culinary expedition in France for a day.

The Mleiha Archaeological Centre offers a Camping Experience package that includes an overnight stay at a desert campsite. Beginning with a visit to the Mleiha Archaeological Museum where visitors can marvel over spectacular ancient relics dating as early back as the Stone Ages, the package includes a barbecue dinner, guided stargazing and bonfire before retiring to customised tents. An early morning drive to catch the desert sunrise will be followed by a trekking experience on the sands finally culminating with breakfast at the camp.

After a successful European pilot in 2019, Fairmont has expanded its partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival on a global level, bringing emerging Jazz artist Bobby Bazini (pictured here) to the Middle East and North Africa region. Bazini performed a musical roadshow starting at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, followed by Fairmont The Palm, Dubai and closing out in Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech, Morocco from February 25 to 29.

The Retreat Palm Dubai MGallery by Sofitel celebrated the inauguration of Bait Al Nakhla restaurant. The outlet offers an extensive array of traditional Arabian dishes, ranging from cold mezze to hot appetizers, dishes inspired by the Arabian Peninsula, such as slow-grilled camel meat and grilled chicken, all served with traditionally cooked rice, salads and sauces.

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