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In Brief
October 2018 3998

Occidental IMPZ Dubai opens

OCCIDENTAL IMPZ Dubai Conference & Events Centre, the first Occidental hotel in the Middle East managed by Spanish leading hospitality company Barceló Hotel Group has opened in International Media Production Zone (IMPZ) offering a total of 239 rooms across two towers.

The brand-new property has a variety of restaurants and bars as well as extensive Mice facilities. The hotel will serve as a meeting and conference hub for the upcoming EXPO 2020. The specially curated conference and events centre boasts four meeting rooms and an expansive ballroom. There is also a multifunctional space on the ground floor, which can be readily used to create bespoke hospitality corners and events. Furthermore, the hotel also accommodates a dedicated library and workspace for business minds and entrepreneurs, both travellers and residents alike.

Occidental IMPZ Dubai will be home to an expansive rooftop pool bar with 360-degree city views and a vibrant tapas and sports bar located on the ground floor.

Barceló Hotel Group now operates three hotels in the region and is set to open Dubai property Barceló Al Jadaf in June 2019.


Mandarin Oriental comes to Lake Como

MANDARIN Oriental Hotel Group has taken over management of CastaDiva Resort & Spa, a resort on Lake Como, Italy. The property will be rebranded as Mandarin Oriental, Lake Como in spring 2019 following a refurbishment of its facilities. This will be Mandarin Oriental’s first resort in western Europe and will complement the Group’s Milan hotel.

Located on the shores of Lake Como, and surrounded by lush botanic parkland, the resort is a landmark of historic importance, comprising 76 spacious rooms and suites housed in nine villas, dating from the 19th Century. Two of the villas will be bookable in their entirety giving guests their own private retreat. Almost all accommodation has lake views that can be enjoyed from either a balcony or terrace. The resort features four restaurants and bars, including a lakeside terrace for al fresco dining, a large spa with an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor floating pool on the lake. There is also a variety of social and meeting facilities in the resort’s grounds.


Crowne Plaza Muscat reopens

GULF HOTEL (Oman) Company Limited has announced the reopening of Crowne Plaza Muscat.

The fast-tracked renovation was part of the hotel’s commitment to enhance guest experiences and much of the hotel facilities. An elegant seaside resort in Oman’s thriving capital, Crowne Plaza Muscat now includes a completely remodelled lobby, lounge, porte cochère and arrival area. Guests can also now relax at the newly built double deck infinity pool or enjoy a meal overlooking the sea in the suspended restaurant, the Edge. The all-day dining restaurant and pool bar have also been revamped.


Anantara’s private jet project takes off

ANANTARA Hotels launches the Anantara Private Jet Experience; an incredible voyage of discovery around the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Guests can now seamlessly combine luxurious stays at Anantara properties with the ease and convenience of private jet transportation. Signature hotels, Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas and Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, have been intrinsically linked for the first time, offering a marvellous way to discover the hidden treasure of this breath-taking corner of the world.

Elevating the Anantara concept of luxury travel to new heights with a partnership with MJets, the bespoke aviation airline, discerning travellers can now curate the ultimate tour of the Indian Ocean. Embarking in the fabled city of Bangkok, known for its vibrant street life and elaborate shrines, guests can soar between the luscious jungle and coconut fringed shores of Sri Lanka to the myriad blue tones of the spectacular Maldives.

Larger groups are easily accommodated in the Gulfstream V, with a three-zone cabin environment for working, dining, entertaining and resting, the GV is the natural choice for ultimate luxury travel. Amenities including shower facilities, fully reclining beds, state of the art entertainment systems and two flight attendants, are sure to deliver guests in a state of blissful relaxation.

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