Aditya Birla Group Diversifies Hospitality Portfolio with Four Iconic Brands

Aditya Birla Group Diversifies Hospitality Portfolio with Four Iconic Brands

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Published on August 4, 2023

Aditya Birla Group's hospitality arm, Aditya Birla New Age Hospitality (ABNAH), acquires a 100% stake in four restaurant brands - Hakkasan, Yauatcha, Nara Thai, and CinCin. The brands cater to the mid-market to premium segments, with Hakkasan offering Michelin-starred Cantonese food, Yauatcha as an award-winning teahouse, Nara Thai capturing authentic Thai cuisine, and CinCin reflecting the Italian "La Dolce Vita" lifestyle.

ABNAH aims to deliver exceptional culinary experiences and broaden the reach of these brands across India. The acquisition adds seven new restaurants to its portfolio, and the group plans to capitalize on the growing demand for premium casual dining experiences in the country.

The deal involves the acquisition of KA Hospitality Private Limited (KAH), the company that owns CinCin and holds franchise rights to the other three global restaurant brands. Kishor Bajaj, the founder of KA Hospitality, introduced Hakkasan and Yauatcha to Mumbai, demonstrating foresight for Michelin-grade dining in India.

ABNAH's expansion strategy aligns with the evolving preferences of Indian consumers seeking high-quality dining experiences. The group aims to redefine the culinary landscape in India and off


IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

IHCL Debuts Ginger Hotel in Nagpur, Expands Presence in Maharashtra

By Nishang Narayan

Published on May 29, 2024

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), a leader in the Indian hospitality sector, has expanded its footprint with the opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road. This new establishment reflects IHCL’s strategic initiative to strengthen its presence in India's emerging metropolises and key commercial centers.

Located strategically close to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Airport, Ginger Nagpur Airport Road enjoys proximity to major transport links, including a new metro line servicing the airport. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development that also houses one of the city’s premier shopping malls, placing guests at the nexus of commerce and leisure.

Deepika Rao, Executive Vice President– New Businesses and Hotel Openings at IHCL, stated, "The opening of Ginger Nagpur Airport Road is a pivotal development in our strategic vision to tap into emerging commercial hubs across India. Nagpur’s growing importance as a business and political epicenter makes it an ideal location for our latest Ginger property."

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The 86-key hotel boasts a design philosophy that combines luxury with practicality, catering to both business and leisure travelers. Facilities include 'Qmin', a signature all-day diner offering a mix of global and local cuisines, a swimming pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a meeting room for business events.

With this new addition, IHCL now operates 34 hotels in Maharashtra, including 11 under development, spanning its Taj, Vivanta, SeleQtions, and Ginger brands. This expansion not only enhances IHCL's service offerings in the state but also reinforces its commitment to growth and excellence in the hospitality industry.

For more information about Ginger Nagpur Airport Road and to make reservations, please visit IHCL Hotels.


The Fern Hotels & Resorts Expands in Western India with Three New Properties

The Fern Hotels & Resorts Expands in Western India with Three New Properties

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

The Fern Hotels & Resorts, a prominent player in eco-friendly hospitality in India, is proud to announce the opening of three new hotels in Western India. This expansion includes The Fern Residency in Gandhinagar, The Fern Wisteria Resort in Dhari, Gujarat, and The Fern Residency in Bhiwandi-Pimplas, Maharashtra. With this addition, The Fern now operates 27 properties in Gujarat and 28 in Maharashtra, further solidifying its leadership in these key markets and showcasing its dedication to exceptional guest experiences.

Suhail Kannampilly, Managing Director of The Fern Hotels & Resorts, shared his excitement about the group’s ongoing growth. “We are thrilled to introduce three new hotels to our guests. Each property embodies our dedication to providing unparalleled service, comfortable accommodations, top-notch facilities and unforgettable experiences. In line with The Fern Hotels & Resorts’ philosophy of sustainability and community engagement, the new properties are committed to implementing eco-friendly practices and supporting local initiatives in their respective regions.”

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The Fern Residency, Gandhinagar

Situated near Sargasan Cross Road, The Fern Residency in Gandhinagar offers 75 modern rooms and suites. The hotel features a fully-equipped gym, the multi-cuisine restaurant Amara, and extensive banquet and meeting facilities. With three distinct meeting spaces—Utsav I, Utsav II, and Utsav Hall—the hotel caters to both social and corporate events. Its strategic location, just 8.4 km from Gandhinagar Railway Station and 17.6 km from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport, makes it ideal for business and leisure travelers.

The Fern Wisteria Resort, Dhari

Located in the serene surroundings of Gujarat’s Ambardi Safari Park in Amreli District, The Fern Wisteria Resort in Dhari offers a tranquil retreat with 30 well-appointed cottages and villas. Guests can enjoy facilities such as a gym, the vegetarian specialty restaurant Orchard, the open-air Wisteria Café, and spaces for indoor and outdoor games. The resort is also equipped for large gatherings, with the 1034 sq. ft. Den and the expansive 28,000 sq. ft. Sherbagh. Despite its peaceful setting, the resort is easily accessible, being only 6 km from Dhari Railway Station and 170 km from Rajkot International Airport.

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The Fern Residency, Bhiwandi-Pimplas

The Fern Residency in Bhiwandi-Pimplas, located north-east of Thane, offers 79 rooms and suites. As a significant trade hub connecting Mumbai and North-West Maharashtra, Bhiwandi is a strategic location for business travelers. The hotel boasts a range of facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, the multi-cuisine restaurant Flavors, a pool-side café, and a rooftop Restobar. For events, the hotel provides the 268 sq. ft. Board Room, Grand I and Grand II Banquet Halls, each 2500 sq. ft., and an 8000 sq. ft. lawn, perfect for weddings and corporate events. Conveniently, the hotel is only 3.9 km from Bhiwandi Railway Station and 34 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

Each property integrates eco-friendly practices, ensuring that guests can enjoy luxury and comfort with a minimal environmental footprint.


Anantara Hotels & Resorts to Bring Modern Luxury to Bali’s Seseh Beach

Anantara Hotels & Resorts to Bring Modern Luxury to Bali’s Seseh Beach

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on May 29, 2024

Minor Hotels has announced an exciting new addition to its portfolio: the Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort, set to open in 2027. This new development will mark the first luxury beachfront resort on Bali’s Seseh Beach and will be the third Anantara property on the island.

Located on the black volcanic sands of Seseh Beach, the resort will be just a short drive from popular destinations like Canggu and Seminyak and an hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport. The resort's striking design, created by renowned British architect John Dawes, is inspired by the mystical Barong of Bali, a dragon-like guardian, and blends strength, grace, and fantasy.

The Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort will feature 216 rooms, including suites ranging from 52 to 120 square meters, offering guests a serene oceanfront retreat. The Cocoon Residences, which will be available for purchase, combine modern elegance with natural elements, providing stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

The resort, developed by the Taryan Group, will offer a range of luxurious amenities. Guests can enjoy world-class surfing on Seseh Beach, rejuvenate at the Anantara Spa, and find inner peace in dedicated yoga and meditation studios. The resort will also feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, an on-site surf school, and three swimming pools. Dining options will include an all-day dining restaurant, a specialty Japanese restaurant, and a poolside bar.

Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels and Group CEO of Minor International, expressed his excitement about the project: “Global travellers cannot get enough of Bali as arrivals grow well past pre-pandemic levels. Today’s travellers continue to look for new ways to appreciate Bali’s rich heritage and the island’s diverse experiences. We look forward to partnering with Taryan Group to show travellers why Seseh Beach is Bali’s next hotspot by offering guests unforgettable experiences on the island.”

Artur Mkhitaryan, founder and owner of Taryan Group, added: "We are honored to partner with Minor Hotels to bring Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Resort and Anantara Dragon Seseh Bali Residences to Seseh Beach. The combination of the distinctive architecture and design of our Cocoon Residences, enhanced by Anantara’s signature hospitality, will provide guests and owners with extraordinary experiences that celebrate Bali’s natural beauty and culture."

Currently, Minor Hotels operates two properties in Bali: the Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort and Avani Seminyak Bali Resort. The hotel group will expand its presence on the island with the Anantara Ubud Bali Resort, opening in September 2024. This new resort will bring Anantara’s authentic luxury to Bali’s interior with 66 suites and pool villas, and 15 branded residences nestled amid tropical jungle and rice fields.

Anantara Hotels & Resorts is known for its ability to blend luxury with local culture, and the new resort at Seseh Beach is set to become another jewel in their crown, offering unparalleled experiences and adding to the rich tapestry of Bali’s hospitality scene.

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