Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island: Where Luxury Meets Environmental Stewardship

Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island: Where Luxury Meets Environmental Stewardship

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Published on February 5, 2024

Waldorf Astoria, a flagship brand of luxury hotels under Hilton, has broadened its horizons with the opening of the Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island, marking the brand's inaugural venture into the Seychelles archipelago. This addition to Hilton's portfolio in the Indian Ocean enhances the brand's presence in the region, offering guests an unparalleled luxury experience on the serene Platte Island.

Introducing Seafront Luxury

Nestled among the pristine beauty of the Seychelles, the resort features 50 seafront villas, each designed to offer guests a personal haven of luxury and tranquility. The villas, inspired by the natural elegance of the Seychellois heritage, offer panoramic sea views, ensuring an intimate experience with nature, complemented by the bespoke concierge services Waldorf Astoria is renowned for.

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Architectural Marvels and Culinary Delights

The resort's architectural and interior designs are a homage to the rich cultural tapestry of the Seychelles, with villas shaped like hawksbill turtle shells, showcasing fan-shaped designs and ascending pitched ceilings. The Waldorf Astoria’s iconic sundial clock at the resort draws inspiration from the Moulin Kopra, embodying a Creole melting pot.

Gastronomy at the Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island is an epicurean journey led by Executive Head Chef Jane-Therese Mulry. The resort boasts six restaurants and bars, each presenting unique dining experiences from Creole-Latin fusion dishes to exquisite Mediterranean cuisine, complemented by mixology classes and private barbecue sessions.

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Wellness and Adventure in Harmony with Nature

The resort's commitment to wellness is evident in its spa offerings, which utilize sustainable ingredients for a range of treatments, yoga, and guided meditation, all set against the backdrop of the Seychellois landscape. Additionally, a fitness center and an array of outdoor activities are available for guests seeking adventure.

The Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island is not just a luxury retreat but also a steward of the environment. With eco-conscious initiatives at its core, the resort employs a resident environment manager and marine biologist and operates a 2.5MW solar farm that powers 95% of its operations. The resort's dedication to preserving the local ecosystem is further demonstrated through partnerships with local non-profits and eco-awareness programs like coral planting.

A New Chapter in Seychelles Luxury Travel

The opening of Waldorf Astoria Seychelles Platte Island ushers in a new era of luxury travel in the Indian Ocean. By marrying the timeless elegance of the Waldorf Astoria with the natural beauty of the Seychelles, the resort promises an unforgettable escape for those seeking serenity, luxury, and a profound connection with nature.

As the Waldorf Astoria brand continues to expand its global footprint, the Seychelles Platte Island property stands as a testament to the brand's commitment to offering exceptional experiences, environmental stewardship, and culinary excellence.


Sarovar Hotels Launches Sarovar Portico Saharanpur on Ambala Highway

Sarovar Hotels Launches Sarovar Portico Saharanpur on Ambala Highway

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 18, 2024

Sarovar Hotels, in collaboration with SVS Hotel Ltd., has unveiled Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, the city's first branded hotel located on Ambala highway. This landmark opening marks a significant addition to Sarovar's expanding portfolio in Uttar Pradesh.

The hotel offers 97 elegantly appointed rooms across three categories – Deluxe Rooms, Executive Suites, and Suites, designed to cater to the discerning needs of travellers seeking comfort and luxury. The all-day dining restaurant, 'Flavours,' showcases a diverse selection of multi-cuisine delights, ensuring an exceptional gastronomic experience for guests.

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In addition to its luxurious accommodations and dining options, Sarovar Portico Saharanpur boasts the largest banqueting and conferencing facilities in Saharanpur, covering over 48,000 sq. ft. The venues include The Palm Court (Lawn), Grand Crystal, Garnet, and Opal, providing an elegant setting for weddings, conferences, and social gatherings of varying sizes.

Ajay K. Bakaya, Managing Director of Sarovar Hotels and Director of Louvre Hotels India, expressed enthusiasm about the launch: "We are delighted to introduce Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, offering discerning travellers an unparalleled hospitality experience. With our commitment to excellence and Saharanpur's rich cultural heritage, this property emerges as the top choice for both leisure and business travellers."

Subhash Chopra, Managing Director of SVS Hotels, emphasized the significance of the partnership: "Partnering with Sarovar Hotels marks a significant milestone for SVS Hotel. We are proud to present Sarovar Portico Saharanpur, a property that not only enhances the city's hospitality landscape but also sets new standards in hospitality."

For more information about Sarovar Portico Saharanpur and its facilities, visit www.sarovarhotels.com/saharanpur.


IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

IHCL Signs Its Fifth Ginger Hotel in Thane, Expanding Presence in MMR

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 17, 2024

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, today announced the signing of its fifth Ginger branded hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region of Thane, Maharashtra. This greenfield project embodies Ginger’s lean luxe design philosophy, offering guests the perfect blend of work and leisure in vibrant, contemporary spaces.

"The signing of our fifth Ginger hotel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) in Thane aligns with IHCL’s strategic vision of expanding its presence in key urban centres in India. Thane with its rapid development has emerged as a residential and commercial hub in Maharashtra. We are delighted to collaborate with Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited for this new hotel." - Suma Venkatesh, Executive Vice President – Real Estate & Development, IHCL

The 200-key Ginger Thane is located in the heart of the business district in close proximity to retail centres. The hotel features Qmin, the signature all-day diner presenting a delightful array of global and local favorites along with a bar. Additionally, it will offer modern amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness centre along with over 2000 sq. ft banquet hall and well-equipped meeting rooms.

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“We are delighted to join forces with IHCL for this new project. We look forward to bringing the vibrant brand of Ginger to a new address in Thane.” - Rahul Jagdale & Rohit Jagdale, Directors, Jagdale Infrastructure Private Limited

Thane in MMR is home to numerous IT parks, businesses, and shopping centres, making it a significant destination for both business and leisure travellers.

With the addition of this hotel, IHCL will have 35 hotels including 12 under development in Maharashtra.

About The Owner

Jagdale Group, headed by Mr. Rahul Jagdale and Mr. Rohit Jagdale, has been in the real estate business since 1985 and has developed more than 1.5 million sq. ft. of residential and commercial spaces in MMR.

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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 travellers and ranked as World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2024 and India’s Strongest Brand 2024 as per Brand Finance; SeleQtions, a named collection of hotels; Vivanta, sophisticated upscale hotels; and Ginger, which is revolutionising 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 326 hotels including 102 under development globally across 4 continents, 13 countries and in over 130 locations. The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) is India’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization. It is listed on the BSE and NSE.


Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

Small Luxury Hotels Of The World Expands In India With A Strategic Brand Partnership With The MRS Group Of Hotels

By Nishang Narayan

Published on July 16, 2024

Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) proudly announces its expansion into the vibrant Indian subcontinent through a strategic partnership with The MRS Group of Hotels. This collaboration signifies the entrance of an independent hotel group in India, renowned for its bespoke collection of boutique hotels, into the distinguished ranks of SLH, elevating their status as pioneers of contemporary Indian hospitality on the international scene.

The MRS Group of Hotels, dedicated to sharing a deep appreciation for diverse landscapes, cultures, and stories with the global traveller, currently encompasses award-winning brands such as Suryagarh in Jaisalmer, Narendra Bhawan in Bikaner, and Mary Budden Estate in Binsar. Each hotel serves as a gateway to India’s rich, diverse, and extraordinary heritage, offering thoughtfully designed experiences that authentically reflect the character of their locations. This partnership allows The MRS Group of Hotels to leverage SLH’s expansive global distribution network and marketing capabilities, showcasing their unique offerings to an international audience seeking exceptional and memorable experiences.

“We are incredibly proud to be the first independent hotel chain in India to partner with SLH, a brand synonymous with luxury and exceptional hospitality. This alliance not only highlights our dedication to reimagining hospitality in India but also amplifies our mission to offer travellers thoughtfully designed experiences that are rooted in our rich heritage and distinctive service. We are excited to embark on this journey with SLH, aiming to enhance our global presence and enrich the travel adventures of our guests,” said Karan Singh Vaid, President of The MRS Group of Hotels.

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“We are thrilled to re-establish the SLH brand in India with a distinguished brand partner like The MRS Group of Hotels. Their brand philosophy aligns perfectly with our conscious travel journey towards sustainability and conservation. We are looking forward to sharing their bespoke experiences through our storytelling channels and global distribution networks,” remarked Mark Wong, Senior Vice President Asia Pacific of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

This strategic partnership represents a significant step forward for both The MRS Group of Hotels and the Indian hospitality sector. By bringing together the unique attributes and distinctive service of The MRS Group of Hotels with the global reach and esteemed reputation of SLH, this collaboration opens new avenues for unparalleled hospitality experiences, redefining bespoke luxury travel.

The union with SLH includes the integration of the following hotels in SLH’s carefully selected collection:

  • Suryagarh Jaisalmer

  • Narendra Bhawan Bikaner

  • Mary Budden Estate Binsar (soon to be live on SLH channels)

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The MRS Group of Hotels benefits from SLH’s exclusive partnership with Hilton. From today, Hilton Honors members, the award-winning guest loyalty program, can earn and redeem Points for SLH stays and enjoy exclusive benefits, including free WiFi and a guaranteed member discount. Gold and Diamond members will enjoy space-available room upgrades and continental breakfast for up to two guests.

This alliance between The MRS Group of Hotels and SLH is set to enrich the SLH portfolio while offering guests an exclusive gateway to the heart of India’s luxurious hospitality and its storied legacy.

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