Celebrating 120 Years of The Taj Mahal Palace: A Legacy of Timeless Hospitality

Celebrating 120 Years of The Taj Mahal Palace: A Legacy of Timeless Hospitality

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Published on December 17, 2023

In the heart of Mumbai, The Taj Mahal Palace stands tall and proud, marking its 120th year as a symbol of legendary hospitality. Established in 1903 by Jamsetji Tata, the iconic Taj brand has not only shaped India's hospitality landscape but has also become a global icon of luxury and service.

Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and CEO of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), said “Founded by Jamsetji Tata in 1903 and nurtured by the visionary leaders of the Tata Group, Taj, continues to be a legendary symbol of timeless hospitality. From pioneering landmark tourism destinations of Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala, Andamans and North-East to opening doors to India’s living grand Palaces, Taj, rated as India’s Strongest Brand 2023 by Brand Finance, is an icon that is both loved and sought after.”

Ritesh Sharma, General Manager of The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, said, “Over more than a century, The Taj’, as it is fondly called, has woven itself into the cultural fabric of Mumbai. Its regal architecture, world-class amenities, and unwavering commitment to service has created an indelible mark in the hearts of our esteemed guests. We remain committed to offering the quintessential Taj service with genuine warmth, and care in the years ahead.”

Commencing a series of celebratory events, a Light & Sound Show on December 16th and a Black-Tie Charity Ball on December 17th will showcase the hotel's bygone era. Aligning with the TATA legacy, these events will raise funds for IHCL's CSR initiatives and Taj Public Service Welfare Trust.

As Taj Mahal Palace embraces 120 years, it remains an enduring symbol of India's rich history, seamlessly blending tradition with modernity. Through its unwavering commitment to service, it continues to leave an indelible mark on the hearts of guests, embodying the essence of quintessential Taj hospitality.


Lemon Tree Hotels Unveils New Property at Urban Square Mall, Udaipur

Lemon Tree Hotels Unveils New Property at Urban Square Mall, Udaipur

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 18, 2024

Bhumika Group's Urban Square Mall, Udaipur's most prominent retail and entertainment destination, announces the grand opening of Lemon Tree Hotel, branded as Keys Lite by Lemon Tree.

Located within the prestigious Urban Square Mall, Keys Lite by Lemon Tree - Urban Square offers 68 fully-serviced apartments designed to provide a harmonious blend of comfort and sophistication. Situated on the 7th and 8th floors, these spacious 350 sq. ft. apartments offer breathtaking views of Udaipur's scenic landscapes combined with the convenience of a world-class shopping destination at your doorstep.

Bhumika Group's partnership with Lemon Tree signifies a significant milestone and strengthens its commitment to delivering exceptional experiences in Rajasthan.

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"This is indeed a big day for Udaipur and Urban Square Mall. Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is not only India's major tourist destination but also a prominent business hub. The opening of Keys Lite by Lemon Tree at Urban Square will deliver exceptional hospitality experiences and reinforce our position as a leading real estate developer in the state," says Uddhav Poddar, Managing Director of Bhumika Group.

The franchise agreement for the rebranded property is valid for 15 years. Urban Square Mall is strategically located in the upscale Gaurav Path area of Sukher and spans 10 lakh square feet. It is a dynamic retail destination offering diverse shopping, dining, and entertainment options.

About Bhumika Group:

Bhumika Group is a leading real estate developer in Rajasthan, known for its commitment to quality and innovation in every project. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, and hospitality developments, Bhumika Group is dedicated to creating exceptional spaces that enrich lives and communities.


Kimpton Revives Iconic Coco Palms Resort in Hawaii

Kimpton Revives Iconic Coco Palms Resort in Hawaii

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on June 17, 2024

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is set to bring its first luxury and lifestyle destination to Hawaii through the historically sensitive restoration of Kauai’s iconic Coco Palms Resort. Slated to open in 2026, Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort, aims to offer an exceptional retreat for travelers and the Kaua‘i community, combining cultural authenticity with modern amenities.

Situated in the picturesque Wailua Valley, Coco Palms holds a storied past as a glamorous retreat for Hollywood stars like Elvis Presley and Rita Hayworth. The resort, now owned by Reef Capital Partners and operated by Highgate, will be rejuvenated under the guidance of Native Hawaiian advisors, ensuring a culturally rich and authentic experience for guests.

The renovated resort will feature 350 accommodations spread across three low-rise hotel buildings and cottages. Guests will have access to a 15-acre coconut grove, ideal for activities ranging from meditation to movie nights and wedding ceremonies. The resort will also boast three outdoor pools, an onsite spa, and unique dining options including a rooftop bar, pool bar, and a restored shoreline restaurant.

Continuing a cherished tradition, Coco Palms will host evening torch-lighting ceremonies, adding to the resort’s cultural appeal. Kimpton’s signature services, such as the Kickstart morning coffee and tea service, nightly Kimpton Social, the “Forgot It? We’ve Got It!” program, in-room yoga mats, and pet-friendly policies, will further enhance the guest experience.

Leanne Harwood, SVP and Managing Director for Luxury & Lifestyle Americas at IHG Hotels & Resorts, expressed excitement about the new venture. “We are incredibly excited to establish our luxury and lifestyle presence in Hawaii with Coco Palms, A Kimpton Resort. Hawaii beckons travelers seeking both relaxation and discovery, and this wholly reimagined resort will welcome not only visitors, but also the local community, with unique, culturally respectful experiences all within an inspiring boutique luxury setting. We’re pleased to partner with Reef Capital Partners, who is committed to being responsible stewards of this historic landmark.”

The resort’s restoration goes beyond hospitality. A cultural center and museum will honor Kaua‘i’s heritage, featuring exhibits, lectures, and activities that educate visitors and locals about the area’s native culture and rich history. This initiative highlights the commitment to preserving the historical and cultural integrity of the land, which was left neglected after Hurricane Iniki struck in 1992.

Jon Day, CFO at Reef Capital Partners, emphasized the significance of the project. “It’s a true privilege to bring the first Kimpton resort to Hawai‘i. IHG shares our belief that the history and culture of this site, especially the pre-contact history, is what distinguishes Coco Palms from other properties and makes it such a magical place. They’re just as committed as we are to preserving its legacy and sharing it with the world. I can think of no better brand to fulfill this vision.”

Kaua‘i, known as the “Garden Isle,” offers natural beauty with its expansive rainforests and deep valleys. The Wailua River, adjacent to Coco Palms, provides scenic kayaking opportunities and leads to the serene Fern Grotto, a natural lava rock cavern. The area also offers hiking trails, helicopter tours, water sports, and is conveniently located just five miles from Lihue Airport.

Upon reopening, Coco Palms will serve as Kimpton’s west coast flagship in the Americas and join the brand’s global portfolio of boutique resorts, which includes locations in the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Mexico, Spain, and Thailand.

For more information about Kimpton, visit IHG.com or download the IHG One Rewards mobile app.


Dad Day Out: Celebrate Father’s Day with Culinary Delights & Relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

Dad Day Out: Celebrate Father’s Day with Culinary Delights & Relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

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Published on June 16, 2024

This Father’s Day, The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore has curated a special set of experiences to honor the amazing fathers in our lives. On June 17, 2024, starting at 12:30 pm, treat your dad to an exclusive Father’s Day Brunch at The Market, the hotel's award-winning global dining outlet. This brunch will feature a diverse array of Western, Indian, and Asian culinary delights in a warm, inviting atmosphere.

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To complement the culinary experience, The Ritz-Carlton Spa offers a rejuvenating escape with a 30% discount on Men’s Spa Experiences from June 1st to June 30th. The luxurious 17,000 sq. ft. spa features ten experience rooms and a variety of treatments, including the signature "Jaali Embrace," blending ancient healing techniques with modern luxury.

For dads who love learning new skills, The Ritz-Carlton is hosting special Father’s Day Week activities from June 10th to 16th. These include a Gourmet Masterclass followed by an Omakase experience at The Market or a Mixology Masterclass with canapés at IZU, each accompanied by a complimentary glass of Champagne.

Additionally, The Ritz-Carlton offers the "Elite Father's Ensemble" hamper, featuring a bottle of wine, cufflinks and tie, a flower bouquet, and luxurious items like Brawny Bear Spread and the Forest Essentials Kit. Other hampers tailored to various tastes are also available, ensuring every dad finds something he loves.

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Event Details:

  • Father’s Day Brunch: June 17, 2024, starting at INR 3399+ taxes
  • Men’s Spa Services Discount: 30% off from June 1 to June 30, 2024
  • Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore
  • Occasion: Father’s Day Celebration

About The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore

The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore is a luxury hotel in the heart of Bangalore, featuring 277 rooms and suites, and seven award-winning restaurants and bars. It is the perfect destination for relaxation and indulgence in luxury. For more information, visit The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore. Connect with us on Facebook (@ritzcarltonbangalore) and Instagram (@ritzcarlton.bangalore).

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and includes nearly 8,700 properties across 30 leading brands in 139 countries. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts worldwide. For more details, visit Marriott International and follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@MarriottIntl).

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