The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai: A Symphony of Laidback Luxury

The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai: A Symphony of Laidback Luxury

By Author

Published on January 6, 2024

The Caribbean coastline welcomes its first EDITION property as The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai emerges within a 620-acre nature reserve in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. This luxurious resort redefines relaxation, blending the distinctive hospitality of EDITION with the rich culture of the region.

Nestled in the Kanai luxury resort community, the property seamlessly integrates with its natural surroundings, featuring mangroves, lagoons, and two miles of pristine white-sand beachfront. Designed by hotelier Ian Schrager in collaboration with Marriott International, The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai embodies a new standard of laidback extravagance.

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The resort thoughtfully rises amid mangroves and tropical flora, embracing the Mayan concept of the universe, reflecting a harmonious blend of the heavens, the earth, and the magical realm below. As guests approach, a timber-covered structure emerges, appearing to rise from the forest, creating a seamless connection with the environment.

Three main buildings converge in the architectural equivalent of a cenote, a natural sinkhole believed by the Mayans to connect to the underworld. The undulating walls mimic the seismic ripple from an ancient asteroid, providing guests with a journey of discovery and wonder at every turn.

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The property boasts 182 guestrooms, including 30 suites, offering stunning views of the ocean or mangroves. Each room features a four-poster bed, bespoke lighting, and a curved sofa, creating a serene oasis. The Sky Rooftop Villa, the largest hotel penthouse in North America, showcases unmatched ocean views, an outdoor infinity pool, and expansive entertainment space.

The resort’s culinary experiences are curated by award-winning chefs Francisco “Paco” Ruano and Tomás Bermúdez. KI’IS, the signature restaurant, offers a modern Mexican dining experience inspired by regional flavors. SO’OL, the beach club restaurant, focuses on seafood with Mediterranean influence. Kitchen at EDITION presents an all-day dining experience, and the Pool Bar offers a health-conscious menu.

The Spa, echoing cenote-inspired architecture, features hydrotherapy pools, a Turkish hammam, and six indoor-outdoor treatment rooms. The resort’s commitment to sustainability is evident, with less than 10% of the 620-acre reserve developed.

For business events, The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai offers a Ballroom nestled amidst mangroves, accommodating up to 450 guests. Additionally, three smaller studios cater to private board meetings.

The Riviera Maya EDITION at Kanai is a symphony of laidback luxury, where nature, culture, and personalized hospitality converge in a breathtaking coastal haven. The establishment is now open in preview.


Extendam Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla

Extendam Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

Extendam, a prominent player in the hospitality sector, has made waves with its recent acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla Hotel from Aliseda Inmobiliaria, a subsidiary of Blackstone. This strategic move adds another gem to Extendam's portfolio, marking its seventh operation in Spain.

Strategically located in Seville's bustling Torneo Empresarial business district, the 4-star hotel boasts 140 keys, a restaurant, fitness center, and meeting rooms, making it an ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers. Notably, the hotel underwent a refurbishment of its common areas in 2023, ensuring a contemporary and inviting ambiance for guests.

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Partnering with Continuum Hospitality Group for operations, Extendam is poised to offer exceptional services and experiences to patrons of the Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla. With its prime location adjacent to a bus and metro station, proximity to San Pablo airport and Santa Justa train station, and easy access to Seville's attractions, the hotel caters to a diverse clientele.

Jean-Marc Palhon, President of Extendam, expressed optimism about the investment, citing Seville's robust tourism sector and favorable market conditions. He highlighted Seville's status as the fourth most visited city in Spain, emphasizing its resilience to seasonality and potential for revenue growth.

Continuum Hospitality Group's expertise in the Spanish market further solidifies Extendam's confidence in this venture. The partnership underscores Extendam's commitment to delivering excellence while adhering to stringent ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) standards set by both Extendam and the Hilton brand.

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In line with Hilton's sustainability initiatives, the hotel management will prioritize environmental conservation, particularly in addressing water scarcity and reducing energy consumption.

The transaction received support from BPCE and CBRE, further underscoring the collaborative efforts behind this successful endeavor.

Extendam's acquisition of the Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla Hotel reflects its strategic vision and commitment to enhancing the hospitality landscape in Spain. With a focus on quality, sustainability, and guest satisfaction, Extendam and its partners are set to elevate the guest experience while driving value for stakeholders in the vibrant city of Seville.


Saudi Arabia Announces Plans for Oxagon, the World’s Largest Floating Structure in Neom

Saudi Arabia Announces Plans for Oxagon, the World’s Largest Floating Structure in Neom

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 17, 2024

Saudi Arabia is set to redefine industrial and economic development with its ambitious project, Oxagon, touted to be the world's largest floating structure. Part of the expansive Neom development in the northeastern region of the Kingdom, Oxagon is strategically positioned on the Red Sea, near the bustling shipping lanes of the Suez Canal.

Designed with a unique octagonal shape, Oxagon will combine onshore and offshore developments with a significant portion extending into the Red Sea. The city is planned to serve as both a port and a logistics hub, enhancing Neom's role as a centre powered by renewable energy within Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative. This initiative aims to diversify the nation’s economy and reduce its dependence on oil.

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One of the project’s striking features will be the division between the land-connected base and its massive floating counterpart, which is claimed to be the largest of its kind globally. The floating section is expected to feature innovative water-filled squares and small canals, a state-of-the-art cruise terminal, and an oceanographic research centre.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman emphasised that Oxagon will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification in Neom and across the Kingdom. He noted, "Oxagon will contribute to redefining the global approach to industrial development in the future, focusing on environmental protection while simultaneously creating job opportunities and stimulating economic growth."

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The project also aims to enhance Saudi Arabia's role in regional and global trade, positioning Neom as a new key player in international trade flows. This development is part of the broader Neom project, which includes various other futuristic initiatives like The Line, a 170-kilometre-long city designed to house nine million people with minimal environmental impact.

As Oxagon takes shape, it stands as a testament to Saudi Arabia's forward-thinking approach to blending advanced technology with sustainable urban planning. However, the Neom project continues to face scrutiny over sustainability practices and the impacts on local communities, highlighting the challenges of undertaking such transformative developments.


Experience the Essence of Ethiopian Coffee with Luckin Coffee's Gesha Series

Experience the Essence of Ethiopian Coffee with Luckin Coffee's Gesha Series

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 11, 2024

Luckin Coffee, the renowned Chinese coffeehouse chain, has unveiled its newest addition to the menu: the SEO Black Cup Gesha series. This exclusive lineup features single-origin espresso (SOE) beverages crafted from Gesha beans sourced from Bench Maji, Ethiopia.

Handpicked by Luckin Coffee's global bean-hunting team, these beans are cultivated at elevations ranging from 1,909m to 2,609m, resulting in a distinct flavor profile that coffee aficionados are sure to appreciate.

The Gesha series offers a variety of options including Americano, Flat White, Latte, and Dirty. Each cup is priced at $4.50 and is available in limited quantities, ensuring a premium coffee experience.

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For those eager to try out this new series, Luckin Coffee is offering a special promotion for new app users, allowing them to purchase their first Luckin Black Cup for just $0.99.

Crafted under the guidance of the World Barista Championship team, the Gesha series exemplifies the essence of single-origin espresso, showcasing the unique flavors influenced by the region's climate, soil, and altitude.

In addition to the Gesha series, Luckin Coffee has introduced other premium offerings such as the Hambella line and the SOE Yirgacheffe collection, with plans to launch the Sumatra Gayo range in the near future.

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