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    Goa is about to welcome a 17-key luxury hotel designed to shelter holistic wellbeing

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    Goa is about to welcome a 17-key luxury hotel designed to shelter holistic wellbeing

    Slated to open in early 2020, Kings Mansion, Goa will combine heritage, architecture, design, Ayurvedic philosophies, state-of-the-art medical aesthetics and a global approach to holistic wellbeing…

    Located in northern Goa, an area rich in tropical forests, historic Portuguese architecture, avenues of Banyan Trees, and vast, unpopulated sandy beaches, King’s Mansion will open early next year.

    Recognising that today, wellness refers to a holistic state of being, where one’s mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health are in balance, the defining experience of King’s Mansion will be one of mindfulness, transformation, recovery and wellbeing.

    Modern yet sympathetic architecture and interior design are key elements at the boutique hotel that not only honour Goa’s legacy and culture, but also serve as a welcoming nod to the growing international interest in India as an exciting and evolving luxury and wellness destination.

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    The Indian entrepreneur and Bollywood star, Sachiin Joshi, bought the property in 2017. He is also the Chairman of corporate company, Viiking Ventures, a multi-faceted business working across various industries including film production, fin-tech and charter aviation; Moss Wellness, a leading spa consultancy with experience developing international five-star brands including Aman resorts and Four Seasons. Responsible for the overall design is Indian film producer and interior designer Gauri Khan and Rajiv Parekh, founder of Red Architects, who is bringing a new energy to a modern day India with his past and future projects on the boards.

    The 17 luxury suites, which are set over 2,800m2, are being designed as private retreats. Each room will utilise the natural light with floor to ceiling windows, which will stretch out to views of private lush gardens. The large ensuite bathrooms will continue to balance a timeless and luxurious look and feel with the renderings showing a strong use of marble as well as statement matt-black fittings.

    Covered pavilions and thickets of Frangipani Trees create pockets of rest and shade in the landscaped gardens, which are set against 50 metres of unspoiled golden coastline and the Arabian Sea.

    Five dining and social areas offer guests the chance to explore India’s Ayurvedic culinary culture and international fusions. The hotel’s chefs will create daily menu plans for internal health and harmony, but with an understanding that food and satisfaction are not mutually exclusive. Continuing the theme, food will be cooked using fresh, locally sourced produce.

    At the heart of the wellbeing experience will be the spa, which will open as a hidden oasis within the property. With five luxury spa suites, a large hydrotherapy pool, and indoor and outdoor relaxation areas, guests will discover a safe space to surrender, gain awareness and achieve conscious rest and peace.

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    Designed to offer personalised, results-focused wellness programmes, the hotel will aim to further help travellers rejuvenate, reset and recover.

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    THE Park Hotels unveils THE Park Mumbai

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    THE Park Hotels unveils THE Park Mumbai

    India’s contemporary hotel group, THE Park, has opened the 60-key THE Park Mumbai, which is strategically located opposite Asia’s first Soho House…

    THE Park Hotels, pioneers of luxury boutique hotels in India, brings its renowned design vocabulary to the city of dreams, Mumbai, with the launch of its latest hotel. Situated on Juhu Tara Road, framing unmatched sea views, THE Park Mumbai is set to bring contemporary design, rejuvenating spaces, innovative dining and sensuous entertainment into this vibrant part of the city.

    Located opposite Asia’s first Soho House, close to sprawling Juhu Beach, the hotel is an uber-cool retreat in this urban hub. A striking charcoal facade by top architect Sanjay Puri is punctuated by burnt orange and fuschia windows that perfectly reflect the spectacular sunsets. The hotel’s eclectic exteriors are completed by stunning interiors designed by Singapore-based firm Ong & Ong.

    The 60-key design hotel has six categories of rooms; with spectacular views of either the Arabian Sea or city while some overlook the historic Juhu airfield. The rooms and studio suites have been designed with a monochromatic colour palette with world-class amenities.

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     Meishi, an elegant space off the lobby is an Asian inspired all day dining fusion restaurant – Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and a hint of Indian; using fresh and organic ingredients and currently open to resident guests.

    The Saffron Room, a 2500 sq. ft. banqueting space on the first floor is a perfect place for social events and corporate meetings. The hall has two different types of lighting to enhance and make events even more spectacular.

    Contemporary hotel room, framing the sea and palm trees

    Image credit: THE Park Hotels

    “We are excited to add the new striking address to our collection of hotels, said Speaking about the launch, Priya Paul, Chairperson of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels. “Mumbai is a city of interesting contrasts and THE Park Hotels will add to it by bringing immersive and Anything But Ordinary experiences. Our vision is to have a slice of THE Park in every city people travel to.”

    Mr. Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels, added:, “We are happy to launch THE Park Mumbai today. It is our first managed hotel under THE Park Hotels portfolio. Mumbai is India’s key metropolitan cities and a business hub, and we are delighted to expand our footprint here. The hotel is not only targeted at the business travellers looking for a perfectly calm and rejuvenating experience, but this area is also for media, entertainment and other industries.”

    Opening soon is a dramatic whisky bar with a cosy alfresco patio. as well as the addition of more rooms, a Presidential Suite, a spectacular poolside bar on the rooftop, a gym and a spa.

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    The Indian Hotels Company Limited expands presence in Goa

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    The Indian Hotels Company Limited has recently signed two new hotels in Goa…

    South Asia’s largest hospitality company, the Indian Hotels Company Limited, has signed a management contract for two hotels in Goa, adding 506 rooms to its pipeline. The company will take over the management of the legendary 207 key Cidade de Goa which will form a part of the new SeleQtions portfolio – a named collection of hotels and resorts with a distinct character. An additional 299 rooms which are under construction, will be added to the same complex under the Taj brand scheduled to open by the end of this year.

    Commenting on the signing of this agreement, Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IHCL said “IHCL has a special relationship with the state of Goa since 1974 when Taj Fort Aguada Resort & Spa, India’s first beach resort opened its doors and firmly established Goa on the global map. Iconic properties like Cidade de Goa under a management contract with Fomento Resorts and Hotels Ltd., promoted by the illustrious Timblo family will further strengthen IHCL’s position as the most iconic and profitable hospitality company.”

    Both the hotels will be located at the same site at Vainguinim beach in the vicinity of Dona Paula in Goa. Cidade de Goa, designed by Charles Correa with its distinctive old-world charm, often known as one of Goa’s best kept secrets will be the first hotel to join IHCL’s SeleQtion’s portfolio as of April 2019. The Taj branded 299 room hotel will have a contemporary design with floor to ceiling glass windows offering superb sea views. The hotel will boast of extensive conferencing facilities with the largest convention hall in Goa, measuring approximately 1200 square meters. It will have several dining options including an all-day diner, speciality restaurants and bars. It is slated to open in early 2020.

    Commenting on the partnership, Mrs. Anju Timblo, Managing Director, Fomento Resorts and Hotels Ltd. said, “We are very excited with our partnership with IHCL, with its highly recognized portfolio of brands. With this association, Cidade de Goa and the new development will achieve its full potential and pave the way for a successful and mutually beneficial collaboration for many years to come. Together with IHCL, we look forward to promoting the ‘Goan-ness’ of Goa.”

    Goa is home to six existing IHCL branded hotels with another three under development, offering something unique for every traveller.

    ITC Hotels opens first coastal resort

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    ITC Hotels has officially opened its first coastal property in serene southern Goa, ITC Grand Goa, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

    Renowned for its impressive portfolio of city hotels, ITC Hotels has relaunched ITC Grand Goa, which was formerly operating as Park Hyatt Goa, introducing its range of restaurants, indulgent Kaya Kalp spa brand to the popular destination of Goa.

    Located on the Arossim beach in Cansaulim, South Goa, the resort with village-style architecture and design touchpoints is inspired by the region’s Indo-Portuguese heritage, in line with ITC’s ethos to inject a sense of place and destination into each hotel. Full of light and subtle texture, combined with traditional local touches and rich woods, the 252 guestrooms and suites feature sumptuous open-plan marble baths with spa inspired sunken tubs, as well as private outdoor balconies or patios. Select suites feature private outdoor rain showers and secluded secret gardens, while the expansive Presidential Suite promises breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, with a private lap pool, marble bath and private outdoor spa tub with whirlpool.

    “The opening of ITC Grand Goa marks a significant milestone in The Luxury Collection’s long-standing relationship with ITC, as our thirteenth property in India and our first beach resort in South Asia,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Best known for its alluring beaches, ​Goa offers a diverse blend of Indian and Portuguese culture, architecture, and cuisine and we are thrilled to unlock this unique destination for global explorers, as only The Luxury Collection can.” ​

    ITC is globally reputed for its wide range and high level of cuisine and restaurants at each property, and ITC Grand Goa is no exception, offering six dining experiences that bring the colour and flavor of the destination to life.

    The Kaya Kalp The Royal Spa is set in the lush beachfront gardens has 16 exquisitely designed spa and treatment rooms where guests can enjoy traditional Indian therapies.

    Within the grounds, the resort’s swimming pool is a multi-level oasis set among lush gardens, making it the perfect spot to soak up the sun and take in the views of the Arabian sea.

    “After establishing our brand’s presence in the popular Golden Triangle circuit, New Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, the opening of ITC Grand Goa fortifies ITC Hotels’ leisure portfolio in this globally sought-after beach destination,” said Dipak Haksar, Chief Executive, ITC Hotels & WelcomHotels. “This resort embodies our commitment to showcase the diversity of India through unique and enriching experiences that bring to life both the culture and ethos of the destination. ITC Grand Goa further reinforces ITC Hotels’ exclusive partnership with The Luxury Collection brand in India.”

     The opening of ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa brings ITC’s luxury portfolio to thirteen hotels across ten cities in India. Set amidst 45 acres of lush landscaped gardens and coconut palms, with the pristine Arossim beach just steps from the hotel, ITC Grand Goa Resort & Spa has all the ingredients to cater to the growing wellness trend that is sweeping the globe one hotel opening at a time.

    Mateus Boutique Goa

    Mateus Boutique Hotel in Goa converted

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    A heritage-listed Portuguese mansion built in 1879 has recently been renovated into a high-end boutique hotel in Panjim, located in the centre of Goa.

    Jonathan Fernandes, a New York based architect and internationally renowned interior designer Isla Van Damme (aka Loulou), wove their magic into the building’s interiors to transform the property from its dilapidated state to its former glory, and what is now Mateus Boutique Hotel.

    The Mateus Boutique hotel has nine elegantly appointed rooms. Each room is uniquely designed in keeping with an old Portuguese feel with Loulou exploiting the intrinsic beauty of the little nooks, niches and lofts that are scattered throughout the mansion. Jonathan and Loulou have kept the old-world elegance and mixed it with a splash of new and modern amenities to create a luxurious home away from home.

    The mansion looks majestic from the outside with framed arched windows, ornate balconies and stucco mouldings. The inside is breathtaking with high ceilings, little niches that add character and the flooring is a combination of the old Portuguese tiles and the original timber flooring.

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    Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru

    Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru opens in India’s ‘Garden City’

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    Radisson Blu Atria Bengaluru has opened in the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state, Bengaluru, also known as, “The Garden City”.

    The newly opened hotel is set to introduce the brand’s internationally renowned, Yes, I Can! service philosophy with sophisticated design and premier accommodation.

    Designed with the modern traveller in mind, the hotel features 167 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with modern amenities.

    Standing out as one of Bengaluru’s premier event facilities, the hotel has over 1,250-square-metres of flexible room configurations with its six meeting spaces and two boardrooms, capable of accommodating large wedding receptions or intimate team meetings complemented with state-of-the-art presentation and audiovisual tools. Other facilities available at the hotel include the Business Class Lounge, business center, swimming pool, spa and fully-equipped fitness centre.

    Andaz Delhi

    Andaz Delhi marks brand’s entrance into India

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    Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced the opening of Andaz Delhi, marking the Andaz brand’s first hotel in India and 16th worldwide.

    Represented in world-class cities like London, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, Hyatt’s luxury lifestyle brand celebrates local culture and the unique spirit of neighbourhoods, and is now set to make its mark in India’s vibrant capital with the opening of Andaz Delhi in Aerocity. Similar to the brand’s other hotels, Andaz Delhi offers inspiring experiences through the neighbourhood’s rich history and culture, helping guests get to know their surroundings more intimately and leave feeling like a local.

    “Andaz derives its name from the Hindi word for ‘personal style,’ and each location offers guests a fresh and stimulating hotel experience that fuels creativity and inspires them to engage in their own personal sense of luxury and style,” said Kurt Straub, Vice President of Operations, India, Hyatt. “The opening of Andaz Delhi marks a significant milestone for the brand.”

    Andaz Delhi

    DESIGN
    Designed to capture the spirit of Delhi by renowned architect Bauer Latoza Studio from Chicago, and interior designer Virgile and Partners from London, the hotel integrates traditional Indian elements, colours and flavours into a modern design inspired by the unique craftsmanship of India. Andaz Delhi has opened with a partial inventory of its residential-style 401 guestrooms, including 45 suites. The hotel will also offer 129 serviced apartments, expected to open later this year.

    GUESTROOMS
    Each guestroom at Andaz Delhi features a unique curated piece of art that celebrates a reason to “fall in love with Delhi.” The collection is skilfully integrated into a book displayed in each room called “401 Reasons to Fall in Love with Delhi,” written by well-known travel writer Fiona Caulfield. While there is much to love about Delhi, navigating its myriad twists and turns can be a challenge, therefore the book has been designed to highlight twelve different categories for those to discover areas of specific interests, including: Delhi’s Building Heritage, Taste of Delhi, Creative Delhi, Delhi Celebrates, Cultural Delhi, Sporting Delhi, Delhi Shops, New Delhi Architecture, Delhi Devotion, Delhi on the Move, Natural Delhi and Iconic Delhi.

    Deutsche Hospitality moving into the Indian hotel market

    Deutsche Hospitality signs contract for first hotel in India

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    Zephyr – the MBD Steigenberger Hotel and Apartments in Bengaluru to open in the year 2020

    Deutsche Hospitality is adding a further country to its hospitality portfolio. As announced in June 2016, the German company is approaching the Indian hotel market together with its Indian Joint Venture partner MBD Group. From the year 2020 on, the Zephyr – MBD Steigenberger Hotel and Apartments will be open. Bengaluru is the third most populous city in India and is also called the “Silicon Valley of India” because of the growing importance of its IT industry.

    Aimed at redefining luxury at Bengaluru, Zephyr is the pioneering mixed-use development entailing Luxury Hotel and Luxury Serviced Apartments by MBD Steigenberger. Located in the business suburb of Whitefield, The Zephyr – MBD Steigenberger Hotel and Apartments will encompass a five-star property with 178 rooms and suites and 123 Luxury Serviced Apartments.

    Deutsche Hospitality moving into the Indian hotel market

    Interpreting luxury in the true sense of the word, Zephyr is designed by the world–famous architects Steelman Partners who specialise in the planning, building design, interior design and consultancy of high-end hospitality, resorts, leisure and entertainment projects. It’s Interiors are by Studio Papiri International, renowned for their unique, one of a kind design. Studio Papiri owes its success not only to its artistic and technical preparation, but also to the deep knowledge of the highest level lifestyle of super-luxury hotels.

    MBD Group, India’s largest education and leading hospitality company and Deutsche Hospitality, the largest German chain of hotels and resorts, have announced a joint venture in the year 2016. There are plans to manage and franchise hotels under the brand “MBD Steigenberger” on the Indian Territory. For the next 15 years, the plan is to open 20 hotels.

    Summertime Villas in Goa, India

    Summertime – luxury villa in Goa – wins World Boutique Hotel award

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    Summertime, a luxury holiday villa in Goa, is thrilled to announce that it has won the award for Best Romantic Boutique Hotel 2016, from World Boutique Hotel Awards (WBH) in London; this highly prestigious international award was presented in London earlier this month.

    Hans Tuinman, a Dutchman who together with his Indian wife Sucheta built this spectacular villa, said: “It is very rewarding to be recognised in this way after just one year of operation as a very special place to stay, as a place that has character, an intimate feel and most importantly, a place that offers guests a unique experience.”

    He adds “All this is especially humbling as we are not professionally-trained hoteliers or architects, and Summertime is simply our personal idea of the perfect holiday home: relaxing from the moment you enter the gates, but also sumptuously comfortable.”

    Summertime is a luxury holiday rental villa in Goa. Secluded, yet very easy to get to from the popular Calangute and Candolim beaches, Summertime perches on a hilltop overlooking paddy fields and a lush tropical garden. Summertime is a rare villa which enjoys two acres of private gardens, shared with birds, butterflies and tranquility which is fast disappearing even from Goa. There is a large infinity pool which overlooks the gardens and the valley, a waterfall and a koi pond.

    Inside, a double-height living-dining area is filled with light and breeze. The three generous master suites – identical in size but charming and individual in character – have large dressing areas, palatial bathrooms and choicest of furniture sourced from travels to Bali and places in India. Fully staffed with a cook, gardeners and security, Summertime is the perfect place for a family or a group of friends to relax and recharge their batteries. Though Summertime has been designed to give six guests a private, serene experience, the views it commands and its abundance of delightful nooks are what make this villa such a perfectly romantic getaway as well.

    Summertime’s owners also run the Solita, a classic luxury yacht available for exclusive charter. A completely different way of exploring Goa, the Solita will take you out to sea to spot dolphins and down Goa’s secret backwaters and past quaint villages – an experience from a more elegant time.

    Both the Solita and Summertime can transport you into a novel world, into the Goa you dream about, one filled with balmy sea breezes, soothing greenery, gently lapping water and birdsong.

    Radisson Blu Karjat

    Radisson Blu opens first resort and spa in Karjat, India

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    Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat, located in the sub district of Raigad, is now open. Situated in the natural surroundings of verdant greenery and awe-inspiring landscapes of the nearby hills, Karjat is a popular weekend destination for regional tourism and international travellers.

    The 102-room, new build, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat is a convenient two-hour drive from Mumbai and Pune. The resort offers 360-degree views of the stunning Sahyadri Mountains which is nestled along on the banks of the Ulhas River.

    Speaking on the hotel’s opening, Raj Rana, chief executive officer, South Asia, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group said: “We are excited to partner with Mr. Chakraborty to launch this upper upscale resort. This resort’s opening reinforces our commitment to enhance the brand’s portfolio and further expand our presence in resort destinations throughout India. With its unparalleled resort experience and commitment to excellence, we are confident Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat will be a shining success.”

    The hotel’s award-winning design by Chapman Taylor predominantly features Eastern themes with nods to Thai and Balinese architecture, while retaining an internal narrative that celebrates Indian design, culture and spirit.

    Radisson Blu Karjat

    Designed to welcome the savvy, modern traveler, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat offers well-appointed rooms and suites, with modern amenities. 24-hour room service, high speed, complimentary Wi-Fi, a complimentary tea and coffee maker in each room, and a fully-stocked minibar all ensure a comfortable stay. Additionally, each room is fully fitted with a digital in-room safe, a digital clock with a docking station, Internet television, a hair dryer, independent shower cubicles and balconies with loungers.

    A multitude of dining options includes the Riverside Poolside Bar, which allows guests to dine under the stars, a luxury that most city-dwellers are unaccustomed to. The venue offers an extensive selection of grills and barbecues, accompanied by customized cocktails. The Blu Lounge is a cozy yet sophisticated bar where guests can unwind over an extraordinary array of international and domestic wines, spirits and cocktails, accompanied by a curated selection of small bites. An outdoor deck area encourages guests to enjoy being surrounded by the resort’s multiple water bodies, in a laid-back yet elegant setting. The Palms is the resort’s all-day dining restaurant, featuring some of the most popular dishes seen on menus both in India and around the globe. Guests can sample the executive chef’s culinary innovations while admiring the pool view and surrounding greenery.

    Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat is designed to be the ideal choice for banqueting events of all types. Guests looking to host weddings at the property will have two outdoor sections, the Party Greens and Grand Lawn, to choose from. Spanning a vast 18,000 square feet, the areas allow guests the flexibility and space to create the perfect event of their choosing, fully supported by the hotel’s expert team of event professionals. Modern audio-visual equipment with drop-down screens and seamless Wi-Fi coverage, elegant décor with rich wood finishing, gold-leaf accents, carefully-curated artworks, mood lighting, and an expansive array of personalized menu options all ensure a memorable, on-property experience, be it for business or pleasure.

    The resort’s owner, Suhasish Chakraborty, said, “Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Karjat offers a beautiful balance between modern design and enveloping natural beauty. It is a first-of-its-kind luxury offering in an upcoming destination, complete with great connectivity, service excellence and quality standards befitting of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. We are excited to introduce this property to a range of discerning guests.”

    With this newest addition, there are now 29 Radisson Blu hotels in India under Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s portfolio.

    Photos: Chapman Taylor

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    Park Hotels - Zone Raipur

    The Park Hotels launches fourth ‘Zone by the Park’ property in Raipur

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    The Park Hotels, pioneers of luxury boutique hotels in India, are delighted to announce the launch of yet another four-star ‘Zone by The Park’ hotel in Raipur.

    Zone by The Park Raipur, a 72 room hotel, is strategically located at VIP Junction which is minutes away from Central Business District of Raipur and Swami Vivekanada Airport. Zone Raipur will offer great food and beverage options to its guests. It is home to the city’s largest banquet space of 13,000 sq. ft. making it ideal for weddings, conferences, events and meetings. The hotel will also have three excellent restaurants and city’s first night club, Z Disc.

    Bazaar, the signature restaurant inspired by multi-hued charismatic native markets is located just off the lobby area. Interactive service and live cooking stations, such as Pizzeria and the Wokerie will give guests an immersive experience. Urban Spice Box, the exclusive Indian grill and kebab restaurant at the terrace and Playa by Zone, the rooftop pool framed by scenic views will be opened in the second phase.

    Zone Raipur - Park Hotels

    Speaking at the launch, Vijay Dewan, Managing Director, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd. said, “Raipur is an emerging city that is enthusiastic about having a trendy lifestyle. There is a tremendous demand for exciting and glamorous options to indulge in and thus it open avenues for brands like ours. Zone Raipur will fill in that gap. This is our fourth property and we are planning to expand its footprint in South, North and West India.

    “The hotel is designed to meet the requirements of the price-conscious, design-conscious urban traveller. Most of Raipur’s major attractions are just a short distance away. It is set to lead a social shift in hospitality; Taking hospitality to a whole new level making the hotel a social hotspot,” he added.

    W Goa opens in September

    W Goa to open in September

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    The new W Goa opens this September – it marks W Hotels’ first property in India and is located in the tropical paradise of North Goa’s coast, with secluded beaches, pristine sands and coconut palms, lined with dramatic red cliffs and scenic views.

    W Goa is spread over 25 acres overlooking Vagator beach in North Goa. Once home to the hippies, this laid back beach has evolved into one of the most exciting and vibrant destinations within Goa.

    W Goa is opening in September
    From trendy cafes serving a host of international and local flavours, to fashionable boutiques and eclectic music clubs, to the historic treasures of Old Goa, Hindu temples, flea markets and local fishermen landing their daily catch, there is an aura of creativity and cultural mix.

    With a private coastal setting and breathtaking views of the sea and the Chapora Fort, W Goa will offer 160 rooms and villas. Dining options include the Pan Asian restaurant, Spice Traders with sumptuous sea views and the all-day dining, The Kitchen Table which will serve modern interpretations of local and international flavours. The bar along the WET Deck is ideal for sipping cocktails or healthy smoothies.

    W Goa is opening in September
    The Rock Pool, a unique venue carved out of the rocky mountain, is the ideal place to savour the Goa sunsets. The FIT gym and Spa by Clarins will ensure guests are feeling refuelled and ready for a calendar of W Happenings showcasing what’s new and next in fashion, music and design.

    W Goa is opening in September
    Guests will also experience the brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever® service that delivers whatever they want, whenever they want it.

    Luxury Hotels Group

    Luxury Hotels Group planning 200 properties in India for 2016

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    UK-based hospitality developers Luxury Hotels Group plan to open 200 hotels in India during 2016.

    The group currently has 150 properties ranging from 3-star to 5-star under its umbrella across the country.

    Cities that will include a property are Chandigarh, Amritsar and Delhi/NCR in the north; Pune, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Indore and Bhopal in the west; Cochin and locations in Kerala in the south and in the east it will be Kolkata and north-eastern states.

    Managing director Rahul Arora said: “”We plan to add 200 more hotels as our members across India during the current fiscal year. These will be mainly smaller chains based out of India and independent hotels. Our focus is on the marketing, branding, strategy and revenue management for member hotels.”

    When asked about the company’s business model, Arora added: “We either work as a fixed retainer or take a percentage of the revenues we generate.”

    India accounts for around 30 per cent of the group’s revenues and membership, Arora said.

    Conrad Hotels - Pune, India

    Conrad Hotels debuts in India with Pune property

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    Conrad Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in India with the opening of Conrad Pune. Located in the heart of the central business district, the hotel is managed by Hilton Worldwide and owned by Palm Grove Beach Hotels.

    The new property is located near Koregaon Park, the city’s commercial, residential and entertainment districts. It is accessible to the city’s IT and business hubs as well as the airport.

    “The introduction of the Conrad brand in India marks a significant milestone for the brand’s expansion in South Asia, and Pune enjoys a robust demand for high-end hospitality from affluent travelers from around the globe,” said Amit Midha, general manager, Conrad Pune. The hotel includes 310 guestrooms, starting at 450-sq-ft, including 20 suites, featuring up-to-date in-room technology and five-fixture marble bathrooms with walk-in rain showers and soak tubs.

    The dining options at the hotel include three restaurants, a bar, a poolside cafe, delicatessen and a lobby lounge. According to the company, the hotel features a dedicated rejuvenation floor with the city’s first outdoor temperature-controlled pool, a kids’ pool, whirlpool, a 24-hour fitness center, a full-service Conrad Spa and a salon. The 20,000-sq-ft of meeting and event space at the hotel features a grand ballroom, meeting rooms, seven boardrooms, indoor automotive lift and state-of-the-art audio visual technology.