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August 2018 3354

Try the new Book Butler at The Savoy

The Savoy in London, has launched a brand new Book Butler service, which also includes the introduction of the property’s first ever literary ambassador, Damien Barr.

The Book Butler service is available for guests staying in a suite from next month (September) and guests can call upon their butler to cater for all their literary requests or gain useful insights into the latest books available.

All guests staying in the hotel will also have access to a revamped mini library, which will be curated by Damien Barr, as the property’s literary ambassador. The library will contain all the latest reads alongside much-loved titles from book worm colleagues within the hotel. There will also be in-room libraries available for children.

These new developments mark the literary heritage of the property and will be an additional service to guests so they can curl up with a book during their stay at the property – escaping to whatever world unfolds from the pages.

The Book Butler service and the curated mini-library will be available from September 2018. Suites in September start from Dh4,487 ($1,225) per night (VAT included).


Millennium Madinah Airport opens doors

Millennium Hotels and Resorts have furthered their expansion into Saudi Arabia with the opening of Millennium Madinah Airport. Designed to provide pilgrims and visitors a luxurious accommodation in the city, the five-star property is located at Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport.

Situated at a 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Al Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Millennium Madinah Airport has also been designed for business  – with four distinguished meeting spaces hosting up to 75 guests.

Divided into categories such as Deluxe Room, Superior Room, Club Room and Executive Suite; the hotel features 227 rooms dressed in rich furnishings, warm colours and fitted with the latest amenities and technology.

The hotel’s dining options include the lobby, an all-day dining restaurant offering oriental and international menus and Executive Lounge, designed for guests wanting to linger over lunch or dinner in a stylish setting.


Desert Palm Dubai embraces Meliã

The region’s first polo resort, Desert Palm Dubai formally became Meliã Desert Palm Dubai on July 1 2018, and with that a new era begins for the 39-key destination resort.

Meliã Hotels International will bring their unique blend of service and hospitality, garnered over the last 60 years, and infuse the resort with a touch of Spanish flair. The rooms and suites have been upgraded and given a refresh to lift their overall look and feel with more to follow in the coming months.

The property’s new spa; Samāna Spa, has a core focus on organic wellness and clean beauty. The Spa has introduced a Tisserand Aromatherapy Bar, VitaJuwel Water Counter, intense seaweed treatments from the Irish-coast with VOYA and the continued partnership with the Hungarian organic facial specialists Eminence which completes the beauty line-up. Now guests at Samāna Spa can take more responsibility and have a healthy approach to their wellness regime.


Rotana opens three new global sales offices

Rotana has opened three new global sales offices in Paris, Milan and Amsterdam and plans to open more in the next two years, to help support its expansion plans and drive business from these key markets.

Declan Hurley, Rotana corporate vice-president - sales, declared: “The main responsibilities of these new offices will be to grow our client base, introduce our brands to new clients, promote, market, and sell our properties based outside of their physical location. Taking into consideration the huge potential of these markets, which have seen a growth of 16 per cent to our hotels across the Middle East, Rotana has appointed Aviareps as its GSA, owing to their experience, reputation, and presence across Europe. We are pleased with how our relationship has got off the ground and we have compiled a solid sales and marketing plan with a wide range of sales activities to roll out during the remainder of 2018 and throughout 2019.”

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