IHG Elevates Hospitality Experience in Saudi Arabia with voco & Suites Jeddah

IHG Elevates Hospitality Experience in Saudi Arabia with voco & Suites Jeddah

By Author

Published on January 15, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts, a global hospitality leader, recently signed a management agreement with Rusd Group to introduce voco & Suites Jeddah, a new hotel venture slated to open its doors in September 2024. This move reflects IHG’s commitment to expanding its footprint in Saudi Arabia, enhancing its premium portfolio.

voco, renowned as a distinctive lifestyle brand, ensures a premium guest experience, merging the warmth of individuality with the quality and assurance of a globally respected brand. Its success is evident in the MENA region, with multiple signings and openings across key markets.

Strategically located overlooking the Red Sea and in close proximity to Jeddah Downtown, voco & Suites Jeddah stands out as an ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers. Just a 5-minute drive from the Corniche promenade and the Red Sea Mall, and a short distance from the Royal Court, it caters to government officials and high-end guests.

Situated on Jeddah Beach Road, the 110-key voco & Suites Jeddah will feature uniquely designed rooms, including suites, with thoughtful amenities. Culinary delights await guests with three distinctive dining options – all-day dining, a specialty restaurant, and a cozy coffee shop. The hotel also provides four venues for meetings and events, a fitness center, and a swimming pool, ensuring a well-rounded and enjoyable stay.

Strategic Expansion Plans

Haitham Mattar, Managing Director India, Middle East & Africa, IHG Hotels & Resorts, highlighted the significance of this venture, stating, “Jeddah is an up-and-coming modern commercial hub that has long served as a gateway for pilgrimages. Recognizing the potential of its hospitality sector, we are set to bring voco & Suites Jeddah, representing a significant milestone for IHG Hotels & Resorts.”

Dr. Saleh Malaikah, Chairman of Rusd Group, expressed confidence in the success of voco & Suites Jeddah, emphasizing IHG’s expertise in hospitality and the strength of the brand.

With 40 hotels already operating in Saudi Arabia across various brands, IHG's development pipeline includes an additional 36 hotels within the next three to five years. The opening of the new Saudi headquarters in Riyadh further underscores IHG's commitment to the dynamic Kingdom. As voco & Suites Jeddah joins the portfolio, IHG continues to redefine the hospitality landscape in the region.


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.”

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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.

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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

By Author

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.

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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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