Anantara's New Jewel: Mina Al Arab Resort Brings Sustainable Luxury to Ras Al Khaimah

Anantara's New Jewel: Mina Al Arab Resort Brings Sustainable Luxury to Ras Al Khaimah

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Published on August 16, 2023

Bringing the essence of eco-luxury to Ras Al Khaimah, Minor Hotels is thrilled to share the latest update on its upcoming luxury resort. The Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort is set to open later this year, offering a unique blend of natural beauty and sustainable luxury. Nestled along the Arabian Gulf coastline on Mina Al Arab Island, this resort is poised to redefine the concept of hospitality in the UAE.

Situated amidst 1.5 kilometers of mangroves and lagoons in a natural reserve, the resort boasts a stunning backdrop of the Hajar mountains. Just a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, it offers convenient access for travelers.

Designed to seamlessly harmonize with the surroundings, the resort features 174 guest rooms, suites, and villas, including the emirate's first overwater villas. Sustainability takes center stage, with eco-friendly materials like sustainable wood and recycled fabrics being used for furniture and fittings. Notably, the resort incorporates various sustainable initiatives such as greywater waste recycling, thermodynamics, and solar panels.

The new Anantara Mina Al Arab also prioritizes guest comfort and experience. Each accommodation option provides sweeping views of the lagoon, sea, or landscapes, and some include private pools. The overwater villas offer a truly exceptional experience, complete with private beach cabanas and a la carte services.

For wellness enthusiasts, the resort features the impressive Anantara Spa, offering signature spa journeys inspired by Arabian and Turkish culture. Fitness facilities, padel tennis courts, and water sports cater to those seeking an active holiday. Dining options range from Southeast Asian flavors at Mekong to grilled seafood at Beach House, ensuring a delightful culinary journey.

The resort's commitment to sustainability extends to preserving the local environment, which is rich in wildlife and natural beauty. With its strategic location near Dubai and versatile event spaces, Anantara Mina Al Arab is set to become a sought-after venue for meetings, weddings, and intimate celebrations.

Amir Golbarg, Senior Vice President of Minor Hotels Middle East and Africa, expressed excitement about offering guests an unforgettable escape in this magnificent emirate. The CEO of RAK Properties, Sameh Muhtadi, emphasized the resort's alignment with the vision of Mina Al Arab's essence and its commitment to enhancing the island's offerings while respecting its natural beauty.

As the resort's completion approaches, anticipation is building for the launch of Anantara Mina Al Arab Ras Al Khaimah Resort, where sustainability, luxury, and the embrace of nature will combine to create an extraordinary destination for travelers.


IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

IHG Expands Vignette Collection with 12 Unique Hotels Globally in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts is on an ambitious path to enhance its luxury and lifestyle segment, the Vignette Collection, with the opening of 12 diverse properties worldwide in 2024. This move follows the recent launch of The Halyard Liverpool, the first Vignette Collection hotel in the UK, setting the stage for the brand's global expansion.

The Vignette Collection is renowned for its carefully chosen properties, each offering distinct experiences that reflect their unique locations—from bustling city centres to serene beachfronts. The upcoming year promises exciting additions, including the Shanghai Snow World Hotel, part of the world's largest indoor ski park, and Verno House in Budapest, which offers views over Liberty Square.

Each hotel in the Vignette Collection is committed to sustainability and social responsibility, aligning with IHG’s “Journey to Tomorrow” initiative. The properties actively engage in "A Means For Good" programs, collaborating with local organisations to impact positively on society.

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Furthermore, these hotels provide guests with memorable experiences that connect them deeply with local culture. For instance, Convent Square Lisbon offers a traditional Portuguese tea ceremony, while Yours Truly DC in Washington, D.C., invites guests to select music from the hotel’s vinyl collection to personalise their stay.

Tom Rowntree, IHG's Vice President of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, commented on the expansion, stating, "Vignette Collection's growth highlights our focus on integrating one-of-a-kind hotels into our portfolio, each with a unique story but united under IHG's commitment to excellence and sustainability."

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Scheduled openings include Arabella Beach Hotel in Kuwait and Velero Doha in Qatar in spring 2024, followed by summer and autumn debuts in Hungary and China, respectively. The year will cap off with the opening of Rumah Luwih Bali in Indonesia and Dinso Resort & Villas Koh Chang in Thailand.

This expansion not only strengthens IHG’s global presence but also enhances the brand’s appeal to travellers seeking authenticity and luxury in their accommodations.


Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

Hilton Set to Expand Its Canadian Hotel Operations by 50%

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 15, 2024

Hilton, a global leader in the hotel industry, is set to significantly boost its footprint in Canada. With 180 hotels already serving guests and 90 more slated for development, the company is poised to increase its Canadian operations by 50% over the next five years.

Jeff Cury, Hilton's Senior Director of Development in Canada, highlighted the company's strategy, saying, "Our goal is to extend our reach to every province, enhancing the travel experience with both our established and upcoming brands." In 2023 alone, Hilton inked deals for 20 new locations, signalling robust growth and a strong commitment to the Canadian market.

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The expansion plan includes the introduction of the Spark by Hilton and Motto by Hilton brands to the Canadian market by 2024. Hilton's development is not just in numbers but also in diversity, with a tripling of its lifestyle category hotels in key cities like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Niagara Falls by 2028.

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Hilton's growth is largely fueled by its focused-service brands, which constitute over 60% of its new projects in Canada. This segment saw the addition of five new hotels in 2023. Additionally, the extended-stay category continues to thrive, led by the Home2 Suites by Hilton brand. This sector currently includes over 30 operational properties and 20 more in development, showing significant owner interest and market momentum.

This ambitious expansion underscores Hilton's commitment to offering a variety of lodging options for both business and leisure travellers in sought-after destinations across Canada.


IHG Expands Karnataka Portfolio with Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra

IHG Expands Karnataka Portfolio with Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 14, 2024

IHG Hotels & Resorts continues to expand its presence in Karnataka with the opening of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra. Strategically located along the national highway with easy access to major corporate hubs, the hotel aims to cater to business and leisure travellers alike.

Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra is the only international branded hotel in the vicinity, positioned to attract increased footfalls from corporate segments. With top companies such as Infosys, TCS, Wipro, and more located within a 7 km radius, the hotel offers convenience and accessibility to business travellers.

Designed to deliver memorable experiences, the hotel boasts warm and welcoming service, contemporary design, and a commitment to responsible tourism. Equipped with the IHG Green Engage System, an online platform for measuring and managing environmental impact, Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra prioritises sustainability in its operations.

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Featuring 135 modern and spacious rooms, the hotel offers amenities such as workstation flatscreen TVs, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, and all-day dining options at Express Café & Bar. With a Grab & Go option, guests can enjoy convenience and flexibility during their stay.

Vinod Muthusubramanian, General Manager of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra, expressed excitement about the hotel's opening, stating, "Our unveiling marks a significant milestone in catering to this dynamic community. The introduction of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra at a sought-after location would be greatly beneficial and attract travellers from varied segments – business and leisure."

IHG currently operates 45 hotels across five brands in India, with a strong pipeline of 45 hotels due to open in the next 3-5 years. The addition of Holiday Inn Express Bengaluru Bommasandra further solidifies IHG's commitment to providing exceptional hospitality experiences across the country.

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