In Brief

Vida Marina & Yacht Club in Dubai opens soon

Vida Hotels and Resorts’ latest project, Vida Dubai Marina & Yacht Club has been confirmed to open in Q4 of 2022 in Dubai.

The waterfront property consisting of 158-hotel rooms and residences is set to bring excitement to one of Dubai’s most iconic and sought-after locations while maintaining the neighbourhood, friendly and relaxed vibe that Vida Hotels & Resorts is renowned for, said a statement.

Whether looking for a family-friendly getaway, a place to create and converse or stunning restaurants to dine on exceptional food, Vida Dubai Marina & Yacht Club offers guests a wide array of creative spaces and world-class amenities to cater for all.

Guests can gaze over the spectacular view of Dubai Marina’s harbour, take a dip in the refreshing pool, work out in the state-of-the-art gym, dine in at exciting venues and experience the best of the city’s experiences in the neighbourhood. When the sun goes down, the hotel truly wakes up with its epic nightlife, the statement said.

RIU Hotels & Resorts to debut in London

RIU Hotels & Resorts will open its first hotel in the United Kingdom, the Riu Plaza London Victoria, in the spring of 2023.

Located in one of London’s premium neighbourhoods, the building has been refurbished and turned into a 4-star hotel. Its location, at 1 Neathouse Place, right next to Victoria Station, Westminster Cathedral and Buckingham Palace, is one of its best attributes.

The United Kingdom is a very important market for RIU, as it represents a large proportion of its clientele into Spain and the Caribbean, and where the chain has spent some time seeking the ideal opportunity to expand the city hotel brand. 

The building of the new Riu Plaza hotel was originally constructed in the 1960s and it was fully renovated in 1997. The structure and the best aspects of the building have been kept, and the interior has been completely transformed, with attention to design and comfort as well as the latest developments in energy efficiency and sustainable operations.


Malaysia, Sarawak win PATA gold 

The Malaysian tourism industry once again gained international recognition at this year’s PATA Gold Awards organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Malaysia won three out of 23 Gold Award categories presented, namely the Travel Photograph, Travel Video, and Culture.

Tourism Malaysia bagged the Travel Photograph Gold Award through its mesmerising photo entry of a man flying a wau, Malaysia’s traditional kite by the coast of Terengganu.

Sarawak Tourism Board, on the other hand, deservingly landed two Gold Awards from the Travel Video and Culture categories. Its promotional video titled “A Journey Awaits” by Faithworks Studios won the Travel Video Gold Award, which invites travellers to Sarawak through its portrayal of the state’s enchanting beauty, culture, heritage, and natural wonders.

The virtual experience of the 2021 Rainforest World Music Festival organised by Sarawak Tourism Board also won the Culture Gold Award, a creative twist that allowed music lovers to enjoy the festival from the comfort of their homes during the pandemic.


GOCO Spa unveiled at Steigenberger Hotel Doha

Steigenberger Hotel Doha has launched GOCO Spa Doha. situated on the rooftop level of the property, GOCO Spa Doha promises to take guests on a luxurious journey into tranquillity, well-being, and self-discovery.

GOCO Spa Doha’s offerings are reflective of the brand’s overall vision to blend tradition with modern innovation. Guests will be treated to a plethora of holistic treatments and results-orientated therapies. Alluring experiences include female beauty and male grooming services, hydrotherapy and thermal offerings, signature hammam and scrub experiences, and curated well-being journeys – all elevated through bespoke contemporary design and well-thought-out spaces that offer luxurious opportunities for privacy and social interaction.

Guests can look forward to results-orientated international product brands such as Gentlemen’s Tonic, QMS Medicosmetics, Margaret Dabbs London and Maison D’Asa.