Sheraton Continues to be a Pioneer as First International Hotel Brand to Enter Samoa
SYDNEY–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it has signed definitive management agreements to operate the Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows and Aggie Grey’s Lagoon, Beach Resort & Spa on the island of Upolu Samoa. The hotels will join the Starwood Hotels & Resorts group immediately, and will relaunch as the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, respectively, by mid-2014 following extensive renovations. The signings mark Starwood’s debut into the region, with Sheraton once again the first international hotel brand to enter the market.
Owned by the Grey family, who also have an association with Starwood on the Le Meridien Resort in Tahiti, the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort, will undergo multi-million dollar renovations to bring them up to Sheraton brand standards.
“We are delighted to announce this partnership and build on our already strong relationship with the Grey Family,” said Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Pacific. The Grey family has been an institution in Samoa providing superior service and amenities since the early 1900s.
Matthew Fry, Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Development, Starwood Asia Pacific, continued: “The signing of Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort further solidifies Starwood’s position as a market leader in the Pacific Region and we are proud to be the first international brand to offer accommodation in Samoa.”
Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows has been closed since December 2012 and will reopen in 2014 as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel after a complete redevelopment. One of the most famous hotels in the South Pacific, the iconic Aggie Grey’s Hotel & Bungalows was founded by Aggie Grey in 1933 and is steeped in rich history. The property has always been a popular choice among the elite, from best-selling authors to members of the glamorous Hollywood scene.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel will feature 198 guest rooms and suites, situated in a stunning waterfront location in the centre of Apia, Samoa’s largest commercial hub and capital. Located 45 minutes from the airport, the hotel will also offer over 17,000 square feet of meeting space making it an enticing option for business travellers.
The Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Resort is conveniently positioned five minutes from the airport, and will feature 140 guest rooms and suites all set on stunning lagoon beachfront on the west coast of Upolu. Each guest room will offer white sand beach and ocean views. The resort will have tennis courts and offer nearby golf facilities.
Both properties will offer Sheraton Fitness Programmed by Core Performance, LINK @ Sheraton experienced with Microsoft, a signature restaurant and bar, full service casino, and a large outdoor resort style fantasy pool and pool bar.
Fred Grey, current owner and Managing Director of the Aggie Grey’s Group said: “We are thrilled to announce these new signings with Starwood, a leading internationally recognized hotel company committed to providing excellent guest facilities, experiences and services across the globe.”
Mr. Grey continues, “We are thrilled to have a leading global hotel brand in Samoa and believe it will have a positive impact on the destination’s development. In partnership with Starwood, we will attract more visitors to Samoa by appealing to a wider audience with the iconic Sheraton brand.”
These latest signings for the upper upscale Sheraton brand, furthers the brand’s aggressive global expansion plan as it nears its 500th hotel milestone by 2016. Starwood also recently announced the signing of Sheraton Fiji Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island, which will join a robust list of 2014 hotel openings in the region, including Sheraton Melbourne Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane and Sheraton New Caledonia Deva Resort & Spa.
Today, Starwood operates 14 properties across the Pacific region, with nine hotels in Australia, including Sheraton on the Park; The Westin Sydney and The Westin Melbourne; Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa, Gold Coast and Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas Resort; in addition to three hotels in Fiji and two in New Caledonia. Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the Pacific manages properties under a range of brands including Westin, Sheraton, Le Meridien, and Four Points by Sheraton.
For more information on Starwood Hotels & Resorts please visit www.starwoodhotels.com
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Tigerair Australia will make Brisbane its third Australian base, with operations starting in March next year.
Two new Airbus A320 aircraft will be based in Brisbane, servicing three new routes – to and from Darwin, Cairns and Adelaide.
Tigerair has also launched a new route between Sydney and Adelaide.
Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp said: “Budget travel options at Brisbane have lagged behind other major airports.
“Historically, budget travel has accounted for only 19% of Brisbane’s overall airport capacity, against 33% and 26% respectively in Melbourne and Sydney.”
True to their word, Mr Walton and the entire staff have pulled out all the stops to ensure the iconic resort was fully operational and ready to greet the first contingent of international guests arriving on 01 December.
Paying tribute to the staff who he said had “toiled with huge passion and energy to make the on time reopening a reality”, Mr Walton said the “bang on target” achievement was the result of a real team effort from everyone involved..
“As our guests will see for themselves when they arrive, Treasure Island has never looked as good in its entire 41-year history,” he said.
“But all of our guests, both those first-timers and our wonderful returnees, can rest assured that cosmetic changes to one side, some things on Treasure Island never change.
“And the warmth of our welcome in true ‘Bula’ spirit, the levels of service and the tranquillity our guests always find when visiting this piece of paradise remain the very hallmark of a Treasure Island experience.”
Island to Hold Annual Races January 17 – 19, 2014
Hamilton, Bermuda – December 5, 2013 – From January 17-19 Bermuda (www.gotobermuda.com) will become the epicenter of the running world as it welcomes competitors from all over the world for its highly-anticipated Marathon Weekend. Mild weather and an average January high temperature of 70 degrees make the island an ideal race location. Participants in the Marathon festivities can also enjoy Bermuda’s rich history and British charm throughout the weekend by experiencing the island’s many renowned cuisine and abundant cultural offerings.
Bermuda will host four races, offering runners of all skill levels the chance to challenge themselves on the courses. More information about each race is below:
· Bermuda Triangle Challenge / Half Challenge – Friday – Sunday
Participants will test themselves to endure running three races in three days, completing the KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile, the HSBC 10K and either the HSBC Bermuda Marathon or Half Marathon. Those who complete this challenge will receive a finisher’s medal for all three races, a Bermuda Triangle Challenge medal, a commemorative t-shirt as well as bragging rights for surviving the challenge.
· KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile – Friday, January 17, 2014
The Invitational Mile, held at night, starts off the race weekend and allows visitors to experience the islands’ evening splendor. Bermuda Triangle Challenge participants take to the course first, with 10-heats of invited runners who have competed at the mile trails following suit.
· HSBC Bermuda 10K & 10K Walk – Saturday, January 18, 2014
Beginning and ending inside the National Sports Centre, Bermuda’s premier athletic complex, participants test themselves to complete this 6.2 mile course. While there is no age limit to walk, runners of this race must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate.
· HSBC Bermuda Half Marathon – Sunday, January 19, 2014
Beginning at 8:00 a.m. this 13.1 mile course takes runners on a scenic journey through both the south and north coasts of the island. The course begins and ends outside of the HSBC Bermuda headquarters on historic Front St. in Hamilton, the island’s capital city.
· HSBC Bermuda Marathon – Sunday, January 19, 2014
Runners in this event will share the street with those taking part in the Half Mile. Participants in this race will complete two laps of the course, allowing them twice the opportunity to witness Bermuda’s natural beauty. Runners in both the Marathon and Half Marathon must be at least 16 years old to participate.
Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. PST on December 31, 2013 and will not be accepted on the day of the event. All race participants will receive confirmation of entry via email on Monday, January 6, 2014. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Proceeds from the Bermuda Marathon will help to support the Junior Athletics Program.
Bermuda Marathon Weekend is organized by the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA), National Governing Body for Track & Field, Cross Country and Race Walking. The association seeks to continually promote and develop amateur athletic programs on the island.
Just under two hours from East Coast gateway cities, Bermuda stretches for 21 miles along turquoise waters and is surrounded by a 200-square-mile coral reef plateau. The destination’s accommodations range from luxury resorts to intimate guest cottages and family-run inns, all incorporating the sophistication and hospitality unique to the Bermuda experience. The island includes more than 150 restaurants to fit any traveler’s budget, from simple and inexpensive to elegant and special dining. Bermuda’s diverse activities offer an array of vacation options all year round, including more wreck dives and more golf per square mile than anywhere else in the world, renowned deep sea fishing, luxurious spas and smooth pink beaches.
The Art Series Hotel Group has acquitted a property in Spring Hill, Brisbane, to create its seventh Art Series Hotel.
The $155 million development will be the group’s largest hotel and residential project outside of Victoria.
The group plans to expand the brand around Australia over the next 18 months.
Keeping with the Art Series Hotel concept, the Brisbane hotel (due to open December 2015) will be named after a famous Australian artist with artwork to be displayed throughout the hotel.
The hotel will include a 70-metre long swimming pool, open-air cinema, volleyball court and golf driving range.
The Cullen hotel was the first Art Series Hotel to open in 2009, followed by The Olsen and The Blackman in 2010. The Watson is set to open in Adelaide in July 2014.
Last week the Art Series Hotel Group announced plans to open two Art Series Studios within the next 13 months.
The first will open in Bendigo in May 2014 followed by a second in Parkville, Melbourne.
The Studios will reflect an artist’s studio with communal spaces. Rooms will be filled with original artwork and prints, art books, art utensils and a dedicated art channel.
HONOLULU, OAHU, HAWAII – The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa will soft open on January 15, 2014, and reservations are now being taken online at the resort’s new website www.outriggermauritius.com.
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts purchased the 181-key beachfront resort in May 2013 and an extensive refurbishment of the entire property is nearing completion.
All suites and rooms of this absolute beachfront resort have a sea view, with a number having direct access to the white sand beach and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Entry-level rooms are a generous 63 square meters (678 square feet).
“I believe the new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa at Bel Ombre will quickly establish itself as an iconic and very innovative resort in Mauritius,” said General Manager, Frederic Chretien.
On January 15, a variety of services and features will open, including the majority of guest rooms, the relaxed beachfront Edgewater restaurant, the trendy Bar Bleu, and most other public spaces.
“Our suites, rooms and food and beverage options are unique for Mauritius,” said Chretien. “I believe the opening of the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa will herald an exciting new era of hospitality in the Mauritius tourism scene.”
The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa sits on the southern tip of the Republic of Mauritius located 2,000 kms (approximately 1,243 miles) off the southeast coast of Africa and 1,100 kms (approximately 683 miles) from the east coast of Madagascar.
The island of Mauritius enjoys direct air access from a multitude of international cities, including Perth, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Paris, London, Dubai, Johannesburg and numerous cities in Africa.
The new Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is a 45-minute drive from the international airport (MRU) and a similar distance from the capital of Port Louis. The resort is surrounded on three sides by the nature reserve of Bel Ombre.
To celebrate the soft opening, the Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa is offering special opening rates in various room categories such as the Deluxe and Family Rooms (pictured). The special rates start from EUR149 (US$202) for a Deluxe Sea View inclusive of breakfast for two. The rates are available for stays between January 15 and 15 February 2014. (The website contains special rates for other room types and value-added promotions for the soft opening period.)
For bookings visit www.outriggermauritius.com or email email@example.com
For further information contact Mr. Frederick de Marcy Chelin, Director of Sales and Marketing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org . Tel: +230 6235000; Mobile: +230 4994275; Skype: frederick.de.marcy.chelin.
Hotel News: Ritz-Carlton to Open Reserve in Bali
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company will open the company’s third overall Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Bali, it was announced at the International Luxury Travel Market in Cannes.
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The property will be located in Ubud along the Ayung River (pictured above). It is scheduled to open in 2015 and will feature 60 villas and suites.
The company’s other two Reserve properties are in Phulay Bay, Thailand, and Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. The company also launched a Web site for the Reserve product.
Ritz-Carlton also announced the launch of the Ritz-Carlton Kids program in conjunction with Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society that centers on sustainability themes.
Ed French, the company’s chief marketing officer, noted that the company’s business is evenly split between business and leisure travelers.
“A sizeable portion of the leisure business comes from people traveling with families,” he said.
Ritz-Carlton will open its 85th property with the debut of the 114-room Ritz-Carlton Herzliya outside Tel Aviv on Dec. 17.
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, last night announced, subject to regulatory approval, it will launch flights to Paris-Orly as part of a significant expansion to its international schedule.
Plans for an optimised regional network include the introduction of several new routes in 2014.
From February 2014, Air Seychelles will operate two return services per week between Seychelles and Paris-Orly via Abu Dhabi with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured with 18 flat-bed Business Class seats and 236 Economy seats.
The new Paris-Orly services complement Etihad Airways’ existing double-daily services to Paris-Charles De Gaulle, giving travellers between the French capital and Abu Dhabi a choice of more flights per week, and new convenient connections to key destinations in the Etihad Airways network such as Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Chengdu, as well as the cities across the Middle East.
Joel Morgan, Seychelles’ Minister for Home Affairs & Transport and Board Chairman, said: “I am delighted to see Air Seychelles return to France, Seychelles’ top market. Travellers boarding the flight in Paris-Orly will once again enjoy a seamless Air Seychelles operated flight and experience our unique and famous Creole warmth on their entire journey to Mahé.
“Our Abu Dhabi service schedule offers one of the fastest routes for travel between Seychelles and major European destinations, and has built a solid position in this important historical market. With our new service, we will be able to provide a fresh option for overseas visitors to travel to Seychelles on our flights, and we expect further significant growth from Europe.”
Currently, the iconic island carrier codeshares on 14 flights per week to Paris-Charles De Gaulle with equity partner Etihad Airways, offering a daily service between the archipelago and the French capital. The new flights will increase the connections to 18 per week.
The airline also unveiled a new regional network plan, subject to approvals, which will see significant expansion of its operations in the Indian Ocean in Q4 2014, following the delivery of an Airbus A319.
Highlights of the plan include:
The launch of regional services to Antananarivo, Reunion and Mumbai
An increase in services to Abu Dhabi from seven to eleven per week, offering a double daily service with equity partner Etihad Airways
A network designed to maximise connectivity through the Seychelles, with two way connectivity throughout the region with Mumbai and Abu Dhabi and beyond.
The new regional schedule will see Air Seychelles operate three return flights per week to Mauritius and Mumbai, two return flights per week to Antananarivo and Reunion, and 11 return flights per week to Abu Dhabi.
The airline will also offer three return flights per week to Hong Kong, three return flights per week to Johannesburg, and two flights per week to Paris-Orly.
Altogether, the airline will see its weekly international services nearly double from 16 to 29 flights per week.
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, said: “The new schedule will see Air Seychelles spread its regional footprint and build a solid position that will establish us as the carrier of choice in the Indian Ocean. It also greatly increases options for travel to and from the Indian Ocean, and with our new flights to Paris-Orly, we will also enjoy network feed provided by our convenient schedule times over Abu Dhabi, contributing to the bottom line.”
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa – Monemvasia, Greece – Celebrates A Farm-to-Table Christmas and New Year’s EveDecember 6, 2013 on 11:05 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Greece | Comments Off
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa celebrates A Laconian Christmas and New Year’s Eve with local aromas and flavors in mystic Monemvasia
Featuring Greek truffles, sweet Malvasia wine and a sophisticated Yuletide menu
MONEMVASIA, Laconia (December 3, 2013) – Inspired by the aromatic seasonal produce cultivated in the southeastern Peloponnese countryside, Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is warming up for a festive Christmas and New Year’s celebration with unique local flavors. The lovingly-restored Byzantine-era rural mansion, comprised of 35 unique rooms and suites, is tucked away in the folds of a lush hillside in Greece’s Laconia prefecture, with striking views of the medieval castle-town of Monemvasia and the Aegean Sea.
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa – epitomizing luxury agritourism – welcomes guests this holiday season with a handcarafted in-house distilled pomace brandy, in Greek named tsipouro, which is flavored with local thyme-scented honey, cinnamon, clove and citrus essences. The chef de cuisine has created a special holiday menu for Kinsterna Restaurant inspired by the 15-acre estate itself which features private vineyards, timeless olive groves, imposing eucalyptuses and lofty cypresses. Fresh seafood and meat sourced from local farmers will be served with winter vegetables plucked from Kinsterna’s own gardens, accompanied by hand-kneaded olive bread and Laconia’s own flatbread, known as propira, that is baked in a wood-fired oven.
Dishes include a veloute soup of yellow pumpkin from the Kinsterna gardens, goat cheese-filled ravioli flavored with Greek truffle, and a veal carré served with a potato confit in fresh butter, cream of red cabbage in a sweet Malvasia wine sauce. For a sweet Yuletide finale, a bûche de Noël with local chestnut spoon sweet and vanilla ice cream awaits.
Kinsterna not only presses its own olive oil, which guests can take home upon their departure, but produces a rich boutique red wine from the proprietor’s private vineyards, where the ancient Malvasia grape variety is carefully nurtured. Guests can enjoy a glass of the house red while sitting next to the Byzantine cistern, from which Kinsterna takes its name, and cozy outdoor fireplaces while enjoying magnificent views of Monemvasia town. In addition, the hotel’s impressive spa offers a menu of indulgent facial and body treatments performed by skilled therapists using locally sourced ingredients. This destination is perfect for couples seeking romance or a culinary discovery over the holidays and is ideally suited to families and groups wishing to celebrate in style.
Kinsterna Christmas & New Year’s Eve package includes:
- Two nights’ accommodation
- One additional complimentary night
- Traditional Greek daily breakfast
- Celebratory Christmas or New Year’s Eve dinner for two (excluding drinks)
- Festive Brunch Buffet for two (excluding drinks)
*Guests who book a suite also receive a complimentary 45-minute relaxation ritual for two persons at Kinsterna Spa that includes use of the hammam, jacuzzi, razul and water paradise cabins.
Package rates start at 480 euros for a classic double room for two persons. The offer is valid for a limited number of rooms, during the Christmas 2013 – New Year’s Eve 2014 period, and includes all of the above services for two persons (excluding drinks) and all legal taxes. Offers cannot be combined. Special rates are available for any additional nights booked.
For further information and to make a reservation, please visit www.kinsternahotel.gr
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