A Royal Arrival: The St. Regis Riyadh Marks Marriott's 500th Luxury Hotel Worldwide

A Royal Arrival: The St. Regis Riyadh Marks Marriott's 500th Luxury Hotel Worldwide

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Published on November 15, 2023

In a glittering addition to Saudi Arabia's hospitality scene, The St. Regis Riyadh has opened its doors, becoming the 500th luxury property in Marriott International's global portfolio. Nestled in the prestigious Via Riyadh development, this boutique luxury hotel is a testament to modern design, bespoke service, and avant-garde architecture.

Situated at the entrance of the Diplomatic Quarter and surrounded by designer boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants, and a luxury cinema, The St. Regis Riyadh stands as the sole hotel within the Via Riyadh enclave. With its proximity to embassies and the central business district, the hotel offers a perfect blend of exclusivity and convenience.

The architectural marvel of the hotel, cast from ancient Tuwaiq mountain stone, reflects the essence of Salmani architecture, celebrating local design while exuding modernity. Guests are greeted by a grand curved staircase and a crystal chandelier in the lobby, offering a glimpse into the country's storied past and its vibrant future. Artwork curated by Kristina Zanic adorns the walls and guestrooms, seamlessly blending tradition with contemporary minimalism.

The St. Regis Riyadh, the first boutique-style luxury hotel in the capital, boasts 83 guestrooms, including 21 suites and a magnificent two-bedroom Royal Suite. Each room, designed with metallic hues of gold and copper, alongside beige and blues, reflects a sophisticated St. Regis style infused with locally inspired touches. The legendary St. Regis Butler Service ensures a personalized experience for each guest.

Dining at The St. Regis Riyadh is a culinary journey. The Drawing Room, an elegant lounge, serves coffee and artisan pastries, while Jackie, inspired by Jackie Kennedy Onassis' love of the Mediterranean, offers American Greek cuisine in a familial setting. Stella Sky, the rooftop venue, transitions from a day of poolside relaxation to a night of live entertainment, sheesha, and Saudi-spiced sushi and sashimi.

For those seeking relaxation, The St. Regis Spa is an oasis of calm, featuring domed ceilings reminiscent of Italian architectural structures. With signature treatments and luxurious amenities, it provides a rejuvenating escape. The hotel also features a rooftop pool with panoramic views, a fully equipped gym, and a versatile ballroom for grand events.

“The opening of The St. Regis Riyadh ushers in a new benchmark of luxury in Saudi Arabia offering guests a modern viewpoint on bespoke service, sophisticated dining and avant-garde design set within a new, iconic landmark in the capital,” said Jenni Benzaquen, SVP and Global Brand Leader, The Ritz-Carlton and St. Regis. 

As Saudi Arabia's dynamic landscape continues to evolve, The St. Regis Riyadh stands as a beacon of luxury, blending tradition with innovation, and offering guests an exceptional experience that reflects both the destination's history and the St. Regis brand's legacy.

Atmosphere Core Introduces Raaya to Expand Maldives Portfolio

Atmosphere Core Introduces Raaya to Expand Maldives Portfolio

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 28, 2024

Atmosphere Core, a renowned international hospitality company, is set to broaden its presence in South Asia with the addition of Kudakurathu island in Raa Atoll, Maldives, to its management portfolio. The island, soon to be rebranded as 'RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE,' is scheduled to open its doors on July 4, 2024, marking the third Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts property in the Maldives and the ninth globally.

Since its inception in December 2013, Atmosphere Core has been synonymous with exceptional service, innovative culinary concepts, and groundbreaking experiences, establishing its properties as premier choices in the Maldivian hospitality sector.

Salil Panigrahi, Managing Director of Atmosphere Core, expressed excitement about the expansion, stating, “By adding ‘RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE’ to our growing Maldives portfolio, we aim to further enhance our brand position of ‘…A New Experience Awaits’. Our goal is to provide guests with curated experiences through our signature RAAYA™ Holiday Plan, ensuring unparalleled service at every touchpoint.”


Accessible via a 45-minute seaplane flight from Velana International Airport, 'RAAYA BY ATMOSPHERE' is a sanctuary nestled amidst lush greenery, with 88 percent of its expanse dedicated to nature. The resort boasts 167 beach and ocean villas, six diverse dining options, and an array of recreational activities, including water sports, diving, and a kids club, offering guests a memorable escape enriched by the vibrant local culture.

Mr. Ranjit Batra, President, Hospitality of Kudakurathu Island Resort Pvt. Ltd., shared his enthusiasm, stating, “Kudakurathu is a captivating island that combines the untouched beauty of the Maldives with innovative design, creating a distinctive destination.”

With this expansion, Atmosphere Core continues its commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences and creating unforgettable memories for guests in the Maldives and beyond.

Experience the Ultimate IPL Extravaganza at The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai

Experience the Ultimate IPL Extravaganza at The Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on March 23, 2024

The Eloquent Elephant at Taj Dubai is all set to host an exclusive Indian Premier League (IPL) extravaganza from March 22 to April 14, 2024.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the excitement of cricket as The Eloquent Elephant transforms into the ultimate IPL hub. Whether you're a die-hard cricket fan or just looking for a vibrant atmosphere to enjoy with friends and family, this event promises an unforgettable experience.

Attendees can look forward to thrilling matches, delicious bites, and refreshing beverages. Plus, there's an exciting opportunity to predict the man of the match in every game and win amazing prizes.


Here are the irresistible offers awaiting you:

  • Dive into the IPL action with a minimum spend of AED 150 for league matches and AED 250 for the finals, fully redeemable against the exquisite a la carte menu.

  • Indulge in three signature bar nibbles for just AED 99, perfect for snacking while enjoying the cricket action.

  • Experience the ultimate IPL experience with three hours of free-flowing house spirits, house grapes, bottled hops, and nibbles for AED 250.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enjoy thrilling cricket matches alongside delectable treats at The Eloquent Elephant. Join us for an unparalleled IPL adventure!

AHEAD Awards 2024: Celebrating Excellence in Hospitality Design

AHEAD Awards 2024: Celebrating Excellence in Hospitality Design

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Published on January 27, 2024

AHEAD, the prestigious awards recognizing excellence in hospitality experience and design, is now accepting global entries for the year 2024. The awards, organized by the team behind Sleeper, Supper, and Starboard magazines, honor outstanding hotels and the creative minds shaping them. To encourage participation, there is a limited-time 20% discount on entry fees available until March 1.

The independent panel of experts, consisting of architects, designers, owners, operators, developers, and industry commentators, will evaluate projects based on exceptional design, functionality, client and guest satisfaction, and commercial viability.

Winners will be revealed at regional ceremonies throughout 2024, with categories spanning from Guestroom and Event Spaces to Hotel Conversion and the prestigious Hotel of the Year.


Eligible projects include hotels, resorts, lodges, cabins, and tented camps that opened within specific date ranges for each region:

Asia: January 2023 – April 2024

Americas: January 2023 – April 2024

MEA (Middle East and Africa): January 2023 – June 2024

Europe: January 2023 – July 2024

Entry fees are categorized as follows:

Early (£220) – applies before March 1, 2024

Standard (£275)

Late (£330) – applies in the final two weeks

To explore entry guidelines, regional deadlines, and kickstart your entry process, visit AHEAD Awards Platform.

About AHEAD Awards:

AHEAD stands as the preeminent global awards program recognizing excellence in hospitality experience and design. Hosted annually in Singapore, New York, Dubai, and London, these awards celebrate the most exceptional projects and the talented teams behind them.

Organized by the team responsible for the industry-leading publication Sleeper, AHEAD serves as a benchmark for design excellence worldwide, with a distinguished panel of 60+ industry leaders, including architects, interior designers, and developers.

The awards are categorized regionally into Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Europe. Spanning diverse categories such as Hotel Newbuild, Hotel Renovation, Guestrooms, Bar, and Restaurant, each regional panel seeks projects that exemplify outstanding design, functionality, and commercial viability.

Entries for the AHEAD 2024 series are now open. For more information and to enter, download the entry guidelines here. Stay updated on the latest announcements, including deadline reminders and ticket releases, by signing up for the mailing list.

Save the date for AHEAD Asia, scheduled at Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay on September 25, 2024. Join our mailing list for timely updates.

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