Hilton’s New Yala Resort in Sri Lanka: A Nature-Focused Oasis

Hilton’s New Yala Resort in Sri Lanka: A Nature-Focused Oasis

By Author

Published on October 18, 2023

Hilton, the renowned global hospitality leader, has recently unveiled its newest gem, the Hilton Yala Resort. Situated on the fringes of Sri Lanka’s famed Yala National Park, this property marks Hilton’s third flagship establishment in the country. Set amidst lush greenery and offering breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean, this resort is an ideal escape for travelers yearning for adventure and relaxation.

The resort’s design is a tribute to the wonders of Yala’s natural beauty. It features 42 elegantly designed rooms, suites, and villas adorned with contemporary interiors in soothing neutral tones. Safari chic accents and local artworks provide a subtle touch of the locale’s essence. Expansive windows invite guests to connect with the resort's natural surroundings, which teem with diverse flora and fauna. Ground-floor rooms boast private pools ranging from eight to 16 square meters, while those on the upper level offer private hot tubs, creating a tranquil space for relaxation.

Hilton Yala Resort takes its guests beyond its borders, offering an elevated and eco-conscious safari experience led by locally trained rangers. These wildlife experts tailor personalized, twice-daily game drives within Yala National Park. Each safari is not only an opportunity to witness the local wildlife but also a chance to participate in educational sessions that foster a deeper sense of awareness and appreciation for the environment.

The protection of Yala’s biodiversity and environmental sustainability is a cornerstone of Hilton Yala Resort's mission. Hilton collaborates with local partners to safeguard habitats and biodiversity. An onsite animal research program has been initiated, supported by the Hilton Global Foundation. It equips rangers with cutting-edge wildlife information, technology, and tools such as solar-powered weather sensors and night vision binoculars to monitor wildlife around the resort, aiding in their protection.

Hilton Yala Resort is dedicated to contributing to both conservation and the economic well-being of the local communities. The resort actively promotes responsible tourism, and Hilton is playing a pivotal role in conserving the region ethically. In collaboration with the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS), Hilton Yala Resort is partnering on wildlife research and exploring projects to protect wildlife across the Yala area and expand the use of locally grown produce. Moreover, they are excited to develop community education programs.

As part of Hilton’s commitment to destination stewardship and career advancement, they have established a ranger academy program in Sri Lanka. This program aims to increase the pool of qualified rangers and provide meaningful employment and conservation opportunities for the local community. Conducted by a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa-certified trainer, graduates may have the opportunity to work at Hilton Yala Resort.

Hilton Yala Resort offers three exceptional restaurants, each highlighting head chef Jerome Tissera's contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine, predominantly sourced from local ingredients. Guests can savor the flavors of Asia at Dhira, explore Western cuisine at Sandali, or enjoy cocktails and breathtaking views at Vanya. For a truly unique dining experience, venture into the wild for Lanthaaruma, an exclusive dining experience set amidst the lush jungle and the Indian Ocean's lapping waves, featuring a fully customized menu and sommelier-selected wines.

At the heart of the resort lies an outdoor pool that seamlessly blends with its  natural surroundings. The resort also boasts a fully equipped gym and a state-of-the-art spa, providing rejuvenating treatments in a beautifully designed space.

Hilton Yala Resort is part of Hilton Honors, the acclaimed guest loyalty program for Hilton's 22 hotel brands. To celebrate the resort's opening, Hilton Honors members will receive 10,000 bonus points for a minimum three-night stay booked directly with Hilton before December 1, 2023.

Hilton’s Yala Resort is a nature-focused sanctuary that combines adventure and relaxation, offering guests a unique connection with the remarkable Yala National Park and its surroundings while emphasizing environmental conservation and community involvement. Enjoy an unforgettable experience in the heart of Sri Lanka's natural wonders.


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

By Author

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).


IHCL’s Taj Brand Tops Global Hotel Rankings in 2024

IHCL’s Taj Brand Tops Global Hotel Rankings in 2024

By Nishang Narayan

Published on June 16, 2024

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, proudly announced that its iconic brand, Taj, has been named the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand for 2024 by Brand Finance. The prestigious ‘Hotels 50 2024’ annual report by the world's leading brand valuation consultancy recognizes the most valuable and strongest hotel brands globally.

Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of IHCL, expressed his delight, stating, "We are honored for Taj to be recognized as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand again, especially in its milestone 120th year. Achieving this recognition for four years, with three times as the number one in the world, testifies to the brand’s century-old legacy of pioneering destinations, setting global benchmarks, and showcasing Indian hospitality to the world. This achievement underscores the trust and affection of our guests and the steadfast dedication and commitment of our colleagues in delivering warm and sincere service, a true hallmark of Taj.”

Chhatwal added, “Having demonstrated accelerated and responsible growth, Taj will remain at the forefront of furthering a sustainable and inclusive future for the hospitality industry.”

According to Brand Finance’s Hotel 50 2024 report, “With a 45% increase in brand value to USD 545 million, Taj has become the world’s strongest hotel brand. Its improved Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 92.9 out of 100 earned it an AAA+ rating, the highest brand strength rating awarded by Brand Finance.

Taj also stands as the world’s second-fastest-growing brand, underscored by supercharged revenue growth and an increase in brand strength. Taj’s BSI score climbed more than three points and performed exceptionally well across various brand strength metrics, such as familiarity, consideration, recommendation, and reputation.”

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The report highlights the brand’s strong sustainability focus delivered under IHCL’s ESG+ framework of Paathya, outlining short and long-term goals for 2030 anchored to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About The Indian Hotels Company Limited

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service. These include Taj – the iconic brand for the most discerning travelers and ranked as World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2024 and India’s Strongest Brand 2023 by Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionizing the lean luxe segment.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Jamsetji Tata, the company opened its first hotel – The Taj Mahal Palace, in Bombay in 1903. IHCL has a portfolio of 322 hotels, including 99 under development globally across four continents, 13 countries, and in over 130 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization and is primarily listed on the BSE and NSE.

For more information, click here to access the full report by Brand Finance.

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