IHCL's Third Hotel in Ayodhya: SeleQtions Ayodhya

IHCL's Third Hotel in Ayodhya: SeleQtions Ayodhya

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Published on January 27, 2024

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), renowned for its blend of traditional Indian hospitality and world-class service, is all set to open its third hotel in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. This exciting new venture will operate under the IHCL SeleQtions brand, adding a touch of luxury to the spiritual city.

A Stone's Throw from Ayodhya's Key Attractions

Strategically located, this 150-key hotel sprawls across 1.3 acres and is conveniently close to the upcoming Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport and Ayodhya's famous tourist spots. It's not just about the location, though. The hotel promises a host of amenities to cater to every need of its guests.

The new IHCL SeleQtions hotel in Ayodhya is not just a place to stay; it's a destination in itself. With multiple dining options, guests can savour a variety of flavours. Those looking to unwind can enjoy the spa, swimming pool, and fitness centre. And for those grand events or crucial business meetings, over 10,000 sq. ft of banqueting space awaits.


Puneet Chhatwal: Visionary Behind IHCL's Expansion

Puneet Chhatwal, IHCL’s Managing Director & CEO, shared his vision for the project, "Ayodhya is transforming into a world-class pilgrimage destination, and our new hotel is a testament to IHCL's commitment to developing cultural circuits." He highlights that this new addition is aligned with the company’s strategy to mark its presence in spiritual hotspots.

The Ram Mandir Effect

The inauguration of the Ram Mandir is not just a cultural milestone; it's a catalyst for tourism in Ayodhya. Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) have recorded a 70% increase in bookings, signalling a surge in interest towards this historic city. Prices for hotels and flights are seeing a notable rise, a testament to Ayodhya's growing allure as a tourist destination.

IHCL’s portfolio in Ayodhya will now feature three distinct brands – SeleQtions, Vivanta, and Ginger, each catering to different segments of travellers. The group, home to the iconic Taj brand, continues to strengthen its position as a leader in India's hospitality sector.

A Blend of Spirituality and Splendor

Ayodhya, resting on the banks of River Saryu, is not just a city; it's a chapter in India's rich cultural and spiritual tapestry. With IHCL's growing presence, the city is poised to offer an even more enriching experience to visitors from around the globe.

Enchanting Escapes: Let Your Romance Unfold at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

Enchanting Escapes: Let Your Romance Unfold at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 11, 2024

OZEN LIFE MAADHOO stands as a beacon of luxury and tranquility in the serene embrace of the South Malé Atoll, Maldives. This exquisite private island, part of the prestigious THE OZEN COLLECTION, offers an idyllic escape, immersing guests in a world of indulgence and breathtaking beauty.

Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves against your overwater villa, the sun casting a golden glow over the turquoise lagoon. With remarkable beachfront and overwater villas designed for privacy and comfort, guests can claim their slice of paradise. The Earth Villas feature open-air bathrooms and outdoor bathtubs with direct beach access. For an elevated experience, the Wind Villas offer panoramic views and overwater hammocks.


The OZEN LIFE MAADHOO’s tailored holiday plan, INDULGENCETM, ensures all bar and dining expenses, plus some excursions, are covered in a single fixed price. Guests can enjoy gourmet cuisine, premium champagnes, wines, and spirits, and exclusive dining experiences. Signature restaurants cater to every palate, including M6m underwater restaurant and LONU with reimagined traditional Maldivian recipes.

The island offers a wealth of activities, from snorkelling and exploring vibrant coral reefs to rejuvenating treatments at the ELE | NA Elements of Nature spa. The water sports centre provides kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, and diving options. Each moment is designed to create lasting memories, from sunset cruises to private beach dinners under moonlit waves.


OZEN LIFE MAADHOO is a sanctuary for relaxation and enchantment. With stunning natural beauty, luxurious accommodations, and exceptional service, it promises an unparalleled getaway. Whether celebrating a honeymoon, anniversary, or reconnecting with your partner, OZEN LIFE MAADHOO offers the perfect setting for love to flourish. Embrace the magic of the Maldives and create memories that will last a lifetime on this enchanting private island in the breathtaking Indian Ocean.

Book your stay at OZEN LIFE MAADHOO and let your romance unfold in the heart of the Maldives.

Stotrak Hotels Launches “Sangam by Stotrak” in Mussoorie

Stotrak Hotels Launches “Sangam by Stotrak” in Mussoorie

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on July 11, 2024

Stotrak Hotels, known for their experiential properties in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan, has announced the opening of its newest hotel, Sangam by Stotrak, in the heart of Mussoorie, Uttarakhand. This marks the chain’s fourth hotel in Mussoorie and its twelfth overall.

Sangam by Stotrak is strategically located near Jhula Ghar on the iconic Mall Road, offering guests stunning valley views from their rooms. This new hotel aims to provide travelers with both comfort and convenience, making it an ideal destination in one of India's most beloved hill stations.

Yogita N Goyal, Co-Founder of Stotrak Hotels, expressed her excitement about the launch, saying, “With “Sangam by Stotrak” we now offer an inventory of over 85 rooms in this Queen of Hill station. All our Hotels here provide guests with the perfect blend of luxury, comfort, and accessibility, ensuring a memorable stay in Mussoorie.”


The hotel features 10 beautifully appointed valley view rooms, each equipped with modern amenities to ensure a pleasant stay. Its central location provides easy access to key attractions such as the historic CJM Hampton Court School, the ropeway to Gunn Hill Point, the local Tibetan market, and the Martyrs Memorial. Guests can also enjoy a multi-cuisine dining experience with panoramic valley views at the all-day cafe, Cafe de Curliees.

Manish Goyal, Founder of Stotrak Hotels, added, “With Sangam by Stotrak, not only are we expanding our footprint in Mussoorie we are also enhancing our portfolio of properties that offer exceptional and diverse experiences to our guests. This hotel is a testament to our dedication to creating unforgettable memories for our visitors.”

Stotrak Hotels’ portfolio includes prestigious properties such as Sukoon – A Wellness Resort in Dakpathar, Spice Hotel in Selaqui in Dehradun, Kenilworth in Mussoorie, Nangal Resort in the heart of Shekhawati, and The Earth Resort & Spa at Ranthambore.

For more information, please visit stotrakhospitality.com.

Cygnett Hotels & Resorts Introduces Leadership Development Program for Hospitality Leaders

Cygnett Hotels & Resorts Introduces Leadership Development Program for Hospitality Leaders

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 3, 2024

In a significant move to enhance leadership in the hospitality industry, Cygnett Hotels & Resorts has unveiled its Comprehensive Cygnett Leadership Development Program (CLDP). This initiative aims to train both current and emerging leaders in the hospitality sector, marking a pivotal step in the company's ongoing commitment to nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and ensuring sustained growth.

The CLDP is an extensive nine-month training program, meticulously divided into three phases. It focuses on developing leaders who can adapt to the fast-changing market, improve guest satisfaction, and manage diverse teams effectively. Addressing the existing gap in skilled leadership within the hotel industry, this program is set to enhance operational efficiency, drive management innovation, and uphold competitive service standards.

"We recognize the importance of nurturing and empowering future leaders at Cygnett Hotels & Resorts. Today's competitive market requires a pipeline of visionary leaders who can help build and secure an edge over the rest. CLDP provides insight into real-life examples so hospitality leaders understand how the right mindset, attitude, and communication directly impact team performance," said Mr. Sarbendra Sarkar, Founder & Chairman of Cygnett Hotels & Resorts.

The program's holistic design includes a structured framework covering people skills, leadership abilities, digitalization, strategic management of key hotel departments, HR management, finance for non-accountants, marketing, auditing, and cultural transformation. It offers a blend of reference materials, daily operational tasks, virtual sessions, assignments, and one-to-one interactions with industry experts. Aligning with international standards, the program culminates in an internationally recognized certification.


"The leadership development program offers an exceptional opportunity for our team members to develop advanced leadership skills, rethink strategies, and adapt to ensure the organization remains at the forefront of progress. This comprehensive program will empower our key leaders to foresee future trends and unlock new avenues for business growth," added Mr. Sachin Gaur, Associate Director of Learning & Development and Quality Assurance at Cygnett Hotels & Resorts.

CLDP is part of the broader Cygnett Learning Academy, which provides a variety of training programs, from job-specific sessions to brand immersion and soft skills development, catering to both internal and external participants. This academy has been instrumental in helping the company's team develop and acquire new skills throughout their careers.


Cygnett Group, established in 2014, is a dynamic hospitality company focused on providing quality comfort, excellent service, and value for money. Aspiring to be the leading brand in the midscale hospitality segment in India, Cygnett Hotels operates a diverse portfolio of economy, midscale, and upscale properties. With 18 operational hotels and over 1,000 keys, and plans for 7 more openings this year, the company continues to expand rapidly.

Cygnett Hotels is known for its technological advancements, ensuring a great return on investment for its owners and a superior experience for guests. The brand offers Franchise Plus and Management models to support hotel partners. Recently, Cygnett introduced two new brands: Cygnett Villas, for branded holiday villas, and Cozzet Cygnett Collections, to support standalone hotels with comprehensive sales, marketing, and revenue support.

Looking ahead, Cygnett aims to add over 7,500 keys by 2026, creating employment for more than 12,000 individuals and setting new benchmarks with "Cygnetture Experiences." The group plans to open over 100 hotels across 75+ cities in South Asia within the next five years, offering diverse brands for hotels, resorts, retreats, residences, and villas.

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