IHG Expands Its Punjab Portfolio with Exciting Dual Hotel Signing

IHG Expands Its Punjab Portfolio with Exciting Dual Hotel Signing

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Published on November 6, 2023

IHG® Hotels & Resorts, a global leader in the hotel industry, has made a significant move by joining forces with NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd. Together, they will bring two new outstanding hotels to the Chandigarh tri-city area. These hotels include the luxurious Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur and the ever-popular Holiday Inn & Suites Chandigarh Zirakpur.

Scheduled for a grand opening in January 2027, these hotels are poised to make a lasting impression in the region. By adding more than 350 keys to IHG's portfolio in Punjab, this dual signing will undoubtedly enhance the company's presence in the area.

Strategically located in Zirakpur, right next to National Highway 22, one of India's busiest highways, these hotels will attract travelers from various nearby cities and towns. Their accessibility and location make them perfect for both leisure and business travelers.

Once operational, both Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur and Holiday Inn & Suites Chandigarh Zirakpur will offer extensive meeting and banquet facilities, boasting approximately 100,000 square feet of meeting space. This makes them ideal for hosting weddings, conferences, and events, catering to the needs of Zirakpur, Chandigarh, Mohali, Panchkula, and Dera Bassi. Additionally, their proximity to Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttarakhand positions them as ideal stopovers for leisure travelers exploring the northern regions.

Sudeep Jain, Managing Director, South West Asia, IHG Hotels & Resorts, expressed his excitement about this expansion. “We are thrilled to expand our mainstream offering with another Holiday Inn hotel in Punjab in the vibrant locale of Zirakpur and to introduce Crowne Plaza Chandigarh Zirakpur, alongside our longstanding partners NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd. The hotels’ strategic location along the NH22 and their easy accessibility to popular leisure destinations like Shimla and Kasauli will undoubtedly prove to be a significant draw for travellers across segments, both leisure and business.”

NK Sharma, Managing Director at NK Sharma Hospitality Pvt Ltd, also shared his enthusiasm. “We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with IHG Hotels and Resorts through the expansion of Holiday Inn and Suites and to debut Crowne Plaza in Punjab. Building upon the success of Holiday Inn Chandigarh Panchkula, we have confidence that our partnership will prove to be fruitful, dedicated to providing top-quality hospitality to our guests. We look forward to harnessing the benefits of IHG’s global systems and robust loyalty programme to maximize our mutual success.”

This exciting development marks a significant expansion for IHG in the region, bringing more options and high-quality accommodations for travelers to Punjab.

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.

Destination by Hyatt to Make its South American Debut in Paracas, Peru with The Legend Paracas Resort

Destination by Hyatt to Make its South American Debut in Paracas, Peru with The Legend Paracas Resort

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 20, 2024

Hyatt Hotels Corporation and El Pardo Hospitality are thrilled to announce the addition of The Legend Paracas Resort to the Destination by Hyatt brand, making it the first of its kind in South America. Set to join the brand in June 2024, this coastal gem is currently undergoing enhancements to elevate the guest experience without disruption.

CEO of El Pardo Hospitality, Ricardo Bracale, expresses excitement about joining Hyatt's Independent Collection and delivering the promise of the Destination by Hyatt brand in the picturesque town of Paracas. The resort, nestled between the Paracas Natural Reserve and the Pacific Ocean, boasts 124 well-appointed suites with private balconies offering stunning ocean, garden, or pool views.


Designed to reflect the natural beauty and historical legacy of Paracas, the resort features rich woods and inviting fabrics, creating a deep sense of place. Guests can indulge in a range of curated experiences, from water sports like kitesurfing and kayaking to kid-friendly activities and programs.

The resort also offers a state-of-the-art spa, a fitness center, and an ocean-facing pool with a swim-up bar. Culinary delights await at the on-site restaurant and bar, where guests can savor locally inspired Peruvian cuisine and creative cocktails.


Cristiano Gonçalves, Hyatt's vice president of development for South America, looks forward to expanding the brand's presence in this new market. The Legend Paracas Resort promises not only luxury but also opportunities for cultural exploration and adventure.

Located just three hours south of Lima, Paracas is a haven for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike. Guests can embark on boat tours to the Ballestas Islands or explore the diverse landscapes of Paracas National Reserve.


The Legend Paracas Resort marks the second Hyatt hotel in Peru and the 15th in South America. With the addition of this stunning property, the Destination by Hyatt portfolio continues to grow, offering travelers unique experiences in one-of-a-kind destinations.

For those eager to experience the warmth of Paracas and earn rewards through the World of Hyatt program, mark your calendars for June 2024. Join us as we embark on a journey to discover the charm and beauty of this enchanting coastal destination.

Avongrove Tea Gardens by Atmosphere Core in Darjeeling

Avongrove Tea Gardens by Atmosphere Core in Darjeeling

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 20, 2024

Atmosphere Core has unveiled its latest venture: the Avongrove Tea Gardens resort in the picturesque Darjeeling hills of West Bengal, India. Set to welcome guests in Q3-2026, this stunning property marks a milestone as Atmosphere Core’s tenth resort, reaffirming its status as a leader in luxury hospitality.

Nestled within the lush expanse of the Avongrove Tea Estate, the resort sprawls across six acres of pristine landscape, offering guests an enchanting retreat amidst the Himalayan slopes. With a panoramic 360-degree view of the sprawling tea garden, the resort seamlessly integrates architecturally sympathetic villas into the natural terrain, providing an unparalleled sense of seclusion and tranquility.

Guests can anticipate a truly indulgent experience with 70 suites and villas meticulously designed to exude luxury and comfort. Whether unwinding in the serene ambiance of their accommodation or embarking on a culinary journey, guests will be delighted by the array of offerings at their disposal.

An all-day diner invites guests with alfresco-style service, while a specialty restaurant tantalizes the taste buds with its gastronomic delights. For those seeking a more refined ambiance, the classic library bar offers an intimate setting to savor handcrafted cocktails amidst a backdrop of literary treasures.

Situated at an altitude surpassing 5000 feet, Avongrove Tea Gardens provides an idyllic setting for rejuvenation and relaxation. Guests can immerse themselves in a holistic wellness experience at the nature-inspired tranquil spa and wellness center, curated by Atmosphere Core's award-winning spa brand, ‘ELE|NA’. From invigorating massages to bespoke wellness rituals, every aspect is designed to restore balance and harmony to mind, body, and soul.

Beyond its allure as a leisure destination, Avongrove Tea Gardens presents an ideal venue for hosting meetings, private celebrations, and weddings. With a 3,000 sq. ft indoor event space complemented by a selection of outdoor venues, the resort offers a captivating backdrop for creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Renowned as the ‘Queen of the Hills,’ Darjeeling captivates visitors with its timeless beauty and rich cultural heritage. From awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest peak, to the vibrant tapestry of Nepali, Tibetan, and Bengali influences, the town promises a tapestry of experiences waiting to be discovered.

Mr. Souvagya Mohapatra, Managing Director of Atmosphere Core – India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, & Bhutan, said “The emerald slopes of the Darjeeling Hills, known as the ‘Queen of the Hills’, have always captivated travellers with their timeless beauty. I am happy to present Avongrove Tea Gardens By Atmosphere, our second project in North Bengal, which is expected to become a highly sought-after travel destination. The project is located in the region’s promising Darjeeling district.”

Partners Mr. Jitendra Kumar Mahto and Mrs. Rinku Kumari Mahto of JPR Bhumi Developers echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the significance of their collaboration with Atmosphere Core. With a shared vision for excellence, they are poised to elevate Avongrove Tea Estate into a world-class resort, promising guests a superlative experience that transcends expectations.

As the unveiling of Avongrove Tea Gardens by Atmosphere Core draws near, anticipation mounts for an experience that promises to redefine luxury hospitality in the heart of Darjeeling, West Bengal. Whether seeking a serene escape amidst nature’s embrace or embarking on a culinary odyssey, guests are invited to immerse themselves in a world of unparalleled luxury and indulgence.

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