Avani Hotels & Resorts Prepares for its Grand Entry into Greater China

Avani Hotels & Resorts Prepares for its Grand Entry into Greater China

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Published on February 25, 2024

Minor Hotels, a global hotel owner, operator, and investor with a portfolio spanning over 540 hotels in 56 countries, alongside its joint venture partner in China, Funyard Minor JV Co., (China), is set to introduce Avani Hotels & Resorts to China. The debut features two new properties, Avani Huajian Xinyi Guangdong Resort and Avani + Xinyi Guangdong Resort, located in Guangdong Province's protected national forest area. Slated for opening in the first half of 2024, these resorts will be among the first international upscale hotel brands in Xinyi, marking a significant milestone for Minor Hotels and the hospitality landscape in the area.

Designed to blend leisure, culture, and ecotourism, Avani's properties will play a pivotal role in the development of a zone encompassing hotels, commercial blocks, and residential holiday villas. This initiative aims to offer guests an immersive cultural experience, deeply inspired by ancient Chinese traditions.

Avani Huajian Xinyi Guangdong Resort, nestled beside the River Huanghua in Shuanghe Village, will boast 86 spacious rooms and suites, an all-day dining restaurant specializing in Gaoliang cuisine, an AvaniFit gym, and Xinyi’s first infinity sky pool. Catering to families, the resort will feature themed kids' rooms, ensuring a perfect balance between relaxation and play.


In contrast, Avani+ Xinyi Guangdong Resort, surrounded by bamboo forests in Ma’an Village, will offer 96 modern rooms and suites, some equipped with private balconies and pools. Facilities include a contemporary all-day dining restaurant, a bar, an infinity pool, an AvaniFit gym, and an AvaniKids club, all designed to foster relaxation amidst nature.

Xinyi is emerging as a prime ecotourism destination, rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Attractions include alpine meadows, expansive bamboo forests, mountain lakes, hot springs, and award-winning ecotourism spots. The region also hosts the popular Fruit Festival, drawing over a million visitors annually to celebrate the locally grown Sanhua plum.

Dillip Rajakarier, Group CEO of Minor International and CEO of Minor Hotels, expressed enthusiasm about the brand's entry into China, emphasizing the commitment to creating culturally immersive experiences for guests. Eddy Tiftik, Vice President of Development & Operations, Minor Hotels, Greater China, highlighted the properties' integration with nature and their appeal to guests seeking a destination hotel.


Avani Hotels & Resorts continues to grow, with plans for further openings in Asia, Europe, the Seychelles, South, and Central America in 2024. Minor Hotels' expansion into Greater China with Avani signifies a strategic move to capture the preferences of modern travelers, offering them an unparalleled blend of luxury, comfort, and nature.

About Minor Hotels:

Minor Hotels is a leading international hotel owner, operator, and investor with over 540 properties worldwide. The company's diverse portfolio caters to various types of travelers, offering new passions and personal needs through brands like Anantara, Avani, Oaks, Tivoli, and others. With a vision of a more passionate and interconnected world, Minor Hotels continues to explore new possibilities in hospitality, expanding its brands and exploring strategic acquisitions in opportunistic markets.

Gale Miami Partners with Stayntouch for Elevated Guest Experience

Gale Miami Partners with Stayntouch for Elevated Guest Experience

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

Gale Miami Hotel and Residences, a distinguished 51-story luxury hybrid aparthotel in downtown Miami, is gearing up for its grand opening on May 1, 2024. To ensure seamless operations and deliver exceptional guest experiences, Gale Miami has joined forces with Stayntouch, a renowned provider of cloud-based hotel property management systems (PMS) and guest-centric technology.

Gale Miami blends the best of boutique hotel luxury with upscale apartment living, offering guests modern chic accommodations, upscale dining options, and a premium spa experience. With 688 rooms spread across 51 floors, Gale Miami promises a unique hospitality experience for visitors to downtown Miami.

Stayntouch's flexible cloud PMS, customizable booking engine, guest-friendly smart kiosks, and secure ID-scanning technology were selected by Gale Miami to streamline operations and enhance guest interactions. 

With Stayntouch, Gale Miami aims to achieve:

Seamless Booking and Check-in: Guests can expect a hassle-free booking process and streamlined check-in experience, minimizing staff involvement and maximizing efficiency.

Effortless Training: Stayntouch's intuitive PMS interface allows staff to become proficient in just two days, enabling them to focus on providing exceptional service to guests.

Simplified Integration: Gale Miami benefits from simplified integration with 22 third-party platforms, including leading accounting, spa, and housekeeping management solutions, ensuring a seamless operational workflow.

Kevin Waldstein, general manager of Gale Miami, said "We chose Stayntouch for its feature-rich cloud PMS to make property management effortless for our size and complexity and seamlessly accommodate our unique hybrid service model when we officially open in May. Additionally, Stayntouch's innovative features, such as mobile and kiosk check-in, will streamline guest arrivals, and the front desk staff is excited by its ease of operation and new level of efficiency. We are thrilled and eagerly anticipate a growing partnership with Stayntouch.”

Priya Rajamani, VP of implementation and support for Stayntouch, said, "We're excited to announce our partnership with Gale Miami Hotel and Residences and extend a warm welcome to them into the Stayntouch family. Our cloud PMS and comprehensive technology suite are designed with flexibility and richness in mind, making them particularly well-suited for properties with diverse offerings and robust operations, aiming for a seamless guest experience. We're confident that our technology will not only enhance Gale Miami's guest experience and streamline their operations but also align with their goal of providing a dynamic hospitality experience for visitors to downtown Miami."

To celebrate its grand opening, Gale Miami is offering an exclusive room rate discount of up to 25% and savings of up to $200, including waived destination fees, a welcome gift, and complimentary early check-in and late checkout options. Guests can avail of this special offer by using promo code GRANDPRO during booking.

Rediscover Antwerp's Rich Heritage at Botanic Sanctuary

Rediscover Antwerp's Rich Heritage at Botanic Sanctuary

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 21, 2024

Nestled within Antwerp's botanical gardens lies a hidden gem: Botanic Sanctuary, a former 13th-century monastery transformed into a luxurious 108-room hotel. Spearheaded by Eric De Vocht and Maryse Odeurs, the restoration project, spanning eight years, honors the site's rich heritage while infusing it with modern sophistication.

The architects meticulously integrated original elements like wooden beams and brickwork with contemporary touches, creating a seamless blend of past and present. Former monastery spaces, including kitchens and a 19th-century pharmacy, have been repurposed into elegant dining areas and a modern apothecary, respectively. Each room and suite exudes individuality, adorned with warm colors, antique furnishings, and local artwork.


Botanic Sanctuary boasts four Michelin-starred restaurants, showcasing Antwerp's culinary prowess. Hertog Jan, led by Chef Gert De Mangeleer, offers an immersive dining experience with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. Fine Fleur and Het Gebaar serve up innovative dishes, while Henry's Bar caters to cosmopolitan tastes. The exclusive whisky club, The Unprecedented, offers rare single malts in a historic cellar setting.

Spanning 1,000 square meters across three floors, the hotel's spa offers rejuvenating treatments inspired by herbal healing traditions. Guests can unwind in a Finnish sauna, steam bath, or the glass-enclosed 18-meter pool, surrounded by lush botanicals.


Beyond the hotel's walls, Antwerp beckons with its blend of old-world charm and modern vibrancy. From its cobblestone streets to Renaissance architecture, the city offers a myriad of experiences, including culinary delights, art galleries, and historic landmarks.

Botanic Sanctuary Antwerp stands as a testament to Antwerp's allure, offering a harmonious fusion of history, luxury, and natural beauty. Whether indulging in gourmet dining, pampering at the spa, or exploring the city's treasures, guests are sure to discover the essence of Antwerp's captivating spirit.

Leisure Hotels Group to Open New Boutique Resort in Kasauli by 2026

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 20, 2024

Leisure Hotels Group (LHG), a leader in experiential luxury resorts in North India, has announced a collaboration with Nature’s Heaven Group to establish a boutique resort in the picturesque hill station of Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh. This project marks LHG's fifth property in the region, underlining its commitment to expanding its hospitality footprint in the state.

Set to debut in early 2026, the resort will be nestled within a sprawling four-acre estate in the serene Solan district, known for its breathtaking views of the Kasauli Hills and lush valleys. The property will feature over 30 aesthetically designed rooms and furnished cottages, catering to the sophisticated tastes of modern travelers seeking tranquility and luxury.


Vibhas Prasad, Director of Leisure Hotels Group, expressed enthusiasm about the new venture, stating, "This partnership with Nature’s Heaven Group enables us to offer a high-end boutique resort experience in Kasauli, further enhancing our portfolio in Himachal Pradesh. Our focus will be on providing regional cuisines, curated hyperlocal experiences, and exceptional services to surpass the expectations of our guests."

Amit and Shikhaa Verma, partners at Nature’s Heaven Group, shared their vision for the project, emphasizing the dual benefit of lifestyle enhancement and investment opportunity it offers to discerning individuals. "We aim to create luxurious living spaces that are not only appealing but also practical, without the maintenance hassles typically associated with hillside properties," they added.


The resort’s strategic location ensures easy access via air, rail, and road, being just 1.5 hours away from Chandigarh Airport. Surrounded by towering pine trees and scenic nature trails, the resort is positioned as an ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

With a track record of providing distinguished hospitality experiences at 28 scenic locations across Uttarakhand, Leisure Hotels Group continues to commit to its mission of delivering traditional, award-winning services that delight customers. The upcoming Kasauli resort is set to be a noteworthy addition to their portfolio, promising an unforgettable retreat in the charming hills of Himachal Pradesh.

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