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INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via opens

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INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via opens

The new 117-key hotel in Madrid is the result of the total renovation of the old TRYP Cibeles Hotel, which is situated in one of the liveliest districts in the capital, with an abundance of local art and culture that connects with the essence of the INNSIDE by Meliá brand…

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At number 34 on the Gran Via in Madrid, just a few metres from Malasaña, one of the most unconventional and dynamic districts in Madrid, the youngest of the Meliá Hotels International brands is preparing to arrive in the Spanish capital at the beginning of spring. Meliá Hotels International, which is Spain’s largest hotel group, has announced the opening of INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via.

The property in which the hotel be sheltered by is a historic building dating back to the 1920s, designed by Antonio Palacios Ramilo and renowned for its innovative nature. The building was inaugurated in 1923 as the Alfonso XIII hotel, and was always known as the Hotel Avenida. In recent years it was renamed the TR YP Cibeles hotel, and it will now be changing its name to Gran Via due to the fact that its façade is now part of the history of Madrid and one of its most popular streets.

INNSiDE By Meliá Madrid Gran Via will house 117 guestrooms, all of which will be designed to meet the needs of modern travellers and providing all of the brand’s key attributes, such as sustainable sheets, bathrobes and amenities with a low environmental impact, no single-use plastics, and strict compliance with the new Stay Safe with Meliá health and safety programme.

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In order to connect with the city itself, the hotel will also have different spaces with work by urban artists thanks to a partnership with the Madrid Street Art Project, an independent organisation which supports art and local urban artists by exhibiting their work to a larger audience, in addition to taking part in the Pinta Malasaña festival, a breakthrough event in the world of art and culture in Madrid.

In addition to a spectacular rooftop area, the hotel will have an open living lounge on its seventh floor, which will be a space for work or play in the order that every visitor decides. This space will host the reception, artistic spaces, the bar, restaurant and DJ area.

INNSiDE By Meliá Madrid Gran Via aims to become a fashion and dining icon for both locals and tourists in Madrid thanks to the Abica group and “A Ollo”, a dining space with a Galician flair and international influences, as well as an incredible rooftop bar, “Le Tavernier”, an oasis in which to enjoy cocktails and the sky over the centre of Madrid.

INNSiDE by Meliá Madrid Gran Via opens after a major renovation and rebranding, reinforcing the commitment of Meliá Hotels International to its youngest brand. The brand is expected to be the fastest-growing brand in the company’s portfolio over the coming years, prioritising sustainability and respect for the environment.

Meliá Hotels International has also used the hotel renovation to implement its new Stay Safe with Meliá health and safety programme certified by Bureau Veritas, which has been very well received during the pandemic and reinforced the trust of customers in the group’s hotels.

2021 is expected to be an exciting and important year for the INNSiDE by Meliá brand, as it plans to open new hotels in Amsterdam, Liverpool, Newcastle and Luxembourg, adding to the brand’s current portfolio of 33 hotels open in Spain, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the United States, Vietnam, China and Peru.

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ME Dubai re-emerges with award-winning architecture status

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ME Dubai re-emerges with award-winning architecture status

The striking ME Dubai, which is sheltered inside Zaha Hadid Archtiects’ latest award-winning building, has reopened its doors as hospitality in the Middle East enters into a cautious era… 

ME Dubai inside The Opus by Omniyat, which considered an architectural masterpiece and was a winner at The Brit List Awards 2020, has reopened its contemporary doors. Home to world- class cultural programming, innovative culinary experiences and breath-taking design by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the hotel is the latest addition to Dubai’s iconic skyline located in the heart of the Burj Khalifa district.

Known as the late Zaha Hadid’s legacy project, ME Dubai is the only hotel in the world to have both its interiors and exteriors designed by ZHA, and its futuristic architecture, characterised by curves, sharp angles and bold materials, epitomises Hadid’s unique design style.

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The hotel boasts 74 guestrooms and 19 suites, including the Passion Suite, Personality Suite, the Vibe Room and the ultra-luxurious ‘ME Suite’. All rooms are split into two themes: Midnight and Desert. Midnight rooms reflect the dynamic night skies of the Dubai skyline, whilst the Desert theme pays homage to the serene environment and soft hues of the UAE landscape.

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“The reopening of ME Dubai marks a historic moment for The Opus Building project; a true legacy project for the firm,” said Patrik Schumacher of Zaha Hadid Architects. “We’re also extremely proud to present the exclusive Zaha Hadid Exhibition within the hotel; a project that we’ve worked closely with the hotel team on to showcase some never-before seen work by the late Zaha Hadid.”

Equally as impressive is the hotel’s wellness offering. Guests can take advantage of ME Dubai’s state-of-the- art gym, spanning 7,000 square feet and home to the region’s best fitness equipment and facilities, including the Middle East’s first ultramodern Technogym Biocircuit. Those keen to work up a sweat can then cool down with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s pool terrace. Wellness gurus can indulge at the hotel’s world- class spa, offering guests the ultimate refuge for relaxation and a variety of luxurious spa treatments for individuals or couples to unwind.

With properties located in cultural capitals around the world, ME by Meliá creates a unique link to the communities in which it operates. ME Dubai’s Culture Collective cultural programme acts as a platform for contemporary Middle Eastern culture, connecting music, art, design, fashion and gastronomy in curated events that bring the creative scene of the city into the hotel, tapping into the latest trends whilst shaping the local cultural landscape. Guests can look forward to insider advice on the best places to experience the most diverse cultural happenings in the vibrant city of Dubai.

Since you’re here, why not read about The Morpheus (another ZHA groundbreaking project)…

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Meliá confirms 1Q19 opening fifth Paradisus property in Mexico

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Inspired by Mexican design with nearly 500 rooms.

Spain-based Meliá Hotels International has confirmed the launch of Paradisus Playa Mujeres in Q1 2019, becoming Mexico’s fifth Paradisus branded property.

Located off the coast of Cancun, Paradisus Playa Mujeres is situated on the seafront within close proximity of Isla Mujeres, with bars, restaurants and shops, as well as a golf course designed by Australian professional legend Greg Norman.

Meliá says the property has been inspired by Mexican design and architecture and will offer 498 rooms, each providing views of tropical gardens and beaches. All guest rooms will be contemporary in terms of features, providing a mini-bar, LCD TV, high speed internet connection and private balcony.

Amenities will include Royal Service (adults-only) with private butlers and a Family Concierge. In addition, Paradisus Playa Mujeres will have four swimming pools, six bars and seven restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines.

Celebrating the region’s cultural heritage, Paradisus Playa Mujeres will feature a sculpture in the lobby curated by local artists, a garden wall and mirrored water feature, as well as retail space. Upon arrival to the hotel, guests will be invited to the Welcome Lounge, where they will be able to enjoy drinks next to an outdoor waterfall.

The resort will also feature a motor lobby, arcade room, covered theatre, outdoor plaza for shows, coffee bar, juice bar, kids club, changing rooms, four business centre stations, and a convention centre/ballroom with a capacity for up to 1,500 people. It will offer video mapping technology and a state-of-the-art audiovisual system.

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INNSIDE Hamburg brings chic urban lifestyle to Germany

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INNSIDE by Meliá, the urban lifestyle hotel brand by Meliá Hotels international group, has announced the latest addition to its growing portfolio of global properties with the opening of INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen.

INNSIDE by Meliá hotels are known for their strategic city locations and INNSIDE Hamburg Haffen is testimony to this with a prime position in the Hammerbrook district.

Near the Hafencity quarter and with a dedicated pier on the Mittelkanal channel, the hotel is a short walk from the city center and the world renowned Speicherstadt district, making it the perfect choice for pleasure seekers as well as modern work trippers, who want to achieve more than just business when they travel, intent getting to know the cities they visit like a local.

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INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen’s staff are all sharp city insiders, able to provide any visitor with local tips as to how to get the most out of their city stay, with advice on everything from where to go for a traditional Hamburgian dinner, to the best park for an evening run.

In keeping with the young, fresh and innovative design that characterises the INNSIDE by Meliá brand, the hotel offers 207 stylish rooms and suites across six levels.

Their sleek design is dominated by monochrome white, black and silver colouring, creating interesting accents due to subtle, indirect lighting that also complements the luxurious wooden texture of the floors. All rooms and lifestyle suites boast king or queen-size beds, individually adjustable air conditioning, a 40-inch LED television set, a free soft drink minibar, free Wi-Fi, desks including a media hub and high-speed Internet access, as well as open-plan bathrooms with a rain shower.

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“At INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen, the spacious and impressive lobby with an integrated bar and restaurant is divided by various pieces of furniture into stylishly multifunctional, shared spaces where guests can work in a relaxed atmosphere, eat in company, or simply relax on the comfortable furniture. We call this the Open Living Lounge, specifically designed to facilitate networking and socialising alike.” says Kai Lamlé, Managing Director Germany of Meliá Hotels International, explaining the trend behind these co-working and communal areas.

The chic and modern lobby, which no longer includes a classic reception desk, but a digital check-in/check-out machine, a merchandising corner and a communal table, leads guests to the “Werft” bar and restaurant area with its large waterfront deck overlooking the Mittelkanal channel.

INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen provides more than 230 square meters of conference space to accommodate modern business needs. This includes two bright, fully air-conditioned event rooms which are flexibly combinable and equipped with state-of-the-art media technology.

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INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen, once again underlines INNSIDE by Meliá’s commitment to Germany, which, after Spain, is the second-largest European market of the Meliá Hotels International (MHI) group. Meliá Hotels International (MHI) owns the INNSIDE by Meliá brand, 14 of their 27 German hotels are INNSIDE hotels. INNSIDE by Meliá is one of Meliá Hotels International’s fastest growing brands, with key new openings in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East allowing guests to maximise their leisure time during business trips wherever they are in the world.

Kai Lamlé, Managing Director Germany of Meliá Hotels International comments: “We’ve been looking for a suitable location for a long time in Hamburg, and still see a lot of market potential here – also for other brands run by our company.” The INNSIDE by Meliá brand was originally developed in Germany and has been part of Meliá Hotels International since 2007. It is one of Meliá’s most successful and strongest expanding city hotel brands on a global level.

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under its brands

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under its brands

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Meliá Hotels International announced during the International Tourism Fair in Cuba that it will extend its presence in the centre of the island with the addition of 8 hotels, while also assisting in promoting multi-destination vacations.

The agreement between Meliá Hotels International and the Cuban hotel groups, Gran Caribe, Cubanacan and Islazul, aims to promote organized multi-destination vacations that already include several towns and cities on the island, while at the same time adding new destinations, one of the objectives of a Cuban tourism strategy which seeks to enhance the visibility of a number of cities and regions with huge potential for quality tourism.

In the city of Cienfuegos, Meliá will manage the 56-room San Carlos Hotel and the 49-room Union Hotel, both located in the historic centre of Cienfuegos, declared a World Heritage Site in 2005. The company will also manage the Jagua Hotel in the same city, operating 173 rooms under the INNSIDE by Meliá brand, Meliá’s most avant-garde urban brand, and one of its most highly-rated brands worldwide.

Meliá to boost tourism in Cuba by adding 8 hotels under itsIn Trinidad, the company will renovate and manage the 279-room Ancon Hotel under the innovative and youthful Sol House brand, as well as a new 102-room hotel to be built at the end of the Ancon Peninsula and operated under the Meliá brand.

Lastly, in Camagüey, the firm will begin to work with the Islazul hotel group to manage three hotels, two of them in the historic centre of the city: the 72-room Gran Hotel and the 58-room Hotel Colón. INNSIDE by Meliá will also be the brand applied to the 142-room Hotel Camagüey after an investment in renovation.

In 2015, the firm celebrated the 25th anniversary of its operations in Cuba, and continues to announce that it maintains the same enthusiasm as ever for continuing to increase its quality and service in a destination it has always described as “privileged”. The company will assume responsibility for the hotels on November 1 of this year, starting a transitional process in their management which will be completed by January 1, 2018.

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Gran Melia Nacional Rio officially launches March 2017

Gran Melia Nacional Rio officially launches March 2017

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Meliá Hotels International has launched its first luxury hotel from the Gran Meliá brand in Brazil with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March 2017.

Located in Rio de Janeiro’s most exclusive area, São Conrado, Gran Meliá Nacional Rio is one of the most anticipated hotel openings in South America.

Originally built in 1972 by the world renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer, the famous ‘Hotel Nacional’ has reopened after more than a decade of being left abandoned, as the Gran Meliá brand’s flagship property. Following extensive renovations, the property has been restored to its former glory, maintaining the hotel’s original features, with the modern Spanish flare of the Gran Meliá brand.

Meliá Hotels International has launched its first luxury hotel from the Gran Meliá brand in Brazil with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March 2017
Recognised as a national heritage site, Gran Meliá Nacional Rio houses some of Brazil’s most treasured modern art. The entrance of the hotel features the incredible “Painel de Carybé” created by Hector Bernabó (aka Carybé), a painter, sculptor, historian and journalist. The artwork includes 270 individually sculpted concrete slabs depicting classic carioca characters. Burle Marx’s gardens are also a stunning legacy belonging to the hotel and feature 46 species of native Brazilian plants and classic paving stones, known as “calçado”, which have been imported from Portugal.

Meliá Hotels International has launched its first luxury hotel from the Gran Meliá brand in Brazil with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March 2017
Roberto Burle Marx was a Brazilian landscape architect whose designs of parks and gardens made him world famous. He is accredited with having introduced modernist landscape architecture to Brazil.Renowned Brazilian interior designer, Débora Aguiar has also designed all of the communal areas of the hotel, including the VIP floor and the rooftop.

Meliá Hotels International has launched its first luxury hotel from the Gran Meliá brand in Brazil with the official opening of Gran Meliá Nacional Rio in March 2017
Located in the South Zone of the city, Gran Meliá Nacional Rio boasts 413 rooms, from 33 to 300m², including one presidential suites and 66 executive suites. The circular design and glass façade of the property means that guests can enjoy panoramic floor to ceiling views of Rio de Janeiro from both their room or suite and the communal areas.

Construction Begins on Magaluf Shopping Mall & Melia Hotels International's Newest Hotel

Construction begins on Melia Hotels International’s newest hotel

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Melia Hotels International, Calviá City Hall and the Balearic Government has begun construction of a new hotel and shopping mall in Magaluf, Mallorca, which marks the next phase in the repositioning of the destination.

Leading Spanish Hotel Group, MHI is supporting the venture by investing the largest private investment of €45 million (£37.8 million) and will oversee the creation of a new central social hub. It will further contribute towards the area’s international positioning and enhance the profitability and sustainability of Magaluf’s tourism industry.

Set for completion in 2018, the complex will include a modern hotel, underground parking space for 200 cars and more than 5,000m² of retail, food & beverage outlets and terraces, which will be located parallel to Magaluf’s beachfront. It will offer professionals and families holidaying in Magaluf and wider Mallorca, as well as residents, the opportunity to enjoy a variety of new quality international high-street retailers and F&B outlets to encourage visitors to spend longer in the destination.

Following a public-private sector cooperation agreement, the Calvia Beach regeneration project was launched in 2012. As part of the initiative, Melia Hotels International has renovated all hotels in the area, totalling more than 3,500 rooms, through the introduction of new brands and experiences. MHI’s achievements have received international recognition, as well as generating the best results for Magaluf in the Company’s history.

MHI’s new four-star hotel will be the only new-build property to be added to the Company’s Magaluf portfolio. Situated next to Magaluf’s promenade, the hotel will provide state-of-the-art facilities, more than 270 rooms, rooftop and upper terrace hanging pools with views over the Mediterranean, plus a restaurant at street level open to both guests, tourists and locals.

The Calvia Beach project is a strategic scheme for the Company as the conversion of its hotels have allowed MHI to improve business results, as well as having a positive impact on the image of the destination, the revival of visitor facilities and the creation of new jobs. The hotel launch is expected to create 200 jobs and will boost local consumption of existing or new leisure amenities.

Meliá Bangkok will be the company's first city-centre hotel...

Meliá Hotels signs first property in Bangkok – Meliá Bangkok

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The recent signing of Meliá Bangkok marks Meliá Hotels International entry into the Bangkok hotel industry in 2022. Meliá Bangkok is the company’s second property in Thailand, following the signing of Sol Beach House Koh Samui in 2015, and will be Meliá Hotels & Resorts first city-centre hotel.

Meliá Bangkok will be managed under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand. The new-build, upscale ‘bleisure’ hotel will strengthen the brand’s portfolio of global urban resorts and will boast 315 luxurious guestrooms, exceptional F&B outlets, spa amenities, a fitness center and meeting facilities. The hotel’s site will also be home to retail and office space.

Meliá Hotels & Resorts, the most international brand of the MHI, has 126 properties worldwide and more than 30 years of presence in Asia. The announcement of Meliá Bangkok reaffirms of the group’s commitment to the region, which is highly valued by travellers worldwide and characterised by the personalised experiences provided through the Passion for Service culture.

In 2016, Meliá Hotels International celebrated its 60th Anniversary. MHI has outlined the Group’s vision to double the Asian hotel portfolio by 2020 and the signing of Meliá Bangkok brings MHI’s presence in the Asian market to 13 operating hotels with a further 22 properties in the pipeline.

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Meliá Hotels plans for transformation for Paradisus Los Cabos

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Meliá Hotels International has announced that it will transform Meliá Cabo Real into Paradisus Los Cabos. Set to open 23 December 2016, this will be Mexico’s fourth Paradisus branded property.

Located only 25 minutes from San Jose del Cabo International Airport, on the largest swimmable beach in the Cabo corridor, Paradisus Los Cabos will be set on 14.5 acres surrounded by a private golf course (Cabo Real Golf Course) and picturesque mountains.

Meliá Hotels International has announced that it will transform Meliá Cabo Real into Paradisus Los Cabos

The resort will feature 350 guestrooms including 98 Royal Service Suites with butler service, 30 Family Concierge Suites, and 28 Ocean View Swim-up Suites. Amenities will include signature adult-only Royal Service, with a private butler service, a Family Concierge that offers a tailored experience for families, plus four swimming pools, three bars and six restaurants serving a variety of international cuisines.

“We are thrilled to bring Paradisus by Meliá to such a thriving travel destination in Mexico,” said Alvaro Tejeda, Regional VP The Americas, Meliá Hotels International. “The brand has enjoyed significant success in the Dominican Republic and Mexico, and we are confident that our new Cabo property will be well-received.”

Meliá Hotels International has announced that it will transform Meliá Cabo Real into Paradisus Los Cabos

Rounding up the impressive facilities and offerings, the resort will feature a signature wine cellar, 24-hour room service, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Additionally, there will be Paradisus by Meliá signature YHI Spa with a comprehensive menu of treatments, relaxation areas, a ludic pool plus a fitness centre for personal training and wellness activities.

“We are delighted to add Cabo to our roster of Paradisus Resorts,” said Tony Cortizas, VP of Global Brand Strategy at Meliá Hotels International. “We are growing in Mexico and around the world and this is an exciting moment for the Paradisus brand and Meliá Hotels International overall.”

Meliá Hotels International has announced that it will transform Meliá Cabo Real into Paradisus Los Cabos

Paradisus by Meliá are elegantly designed with attention to every detail in mind. Spectacular architecture, world-class cuisine, and premium service achieve the goal of allowing guests to experience ultimate relaxation in a stress-free and upscale environment, with the luxury of never having to reach for a wallet. All properties reflect their surrounding environments and are set amid lush tropical gardens, chic restaurants, lavish suites, award-winning spas, pristine beaches and oversized, stylish swimming pools.

Meliá Yangon - Myanmar

Meliá Hotels opens Meliá Yangon – Myanmar

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Meliá Hotels International has announced the opening of Meliá Yangon, the first hotel operated by the company in Myanmar.

Situated on Kaba Aye Pagoda Road, only 15 minutes drive to the city centre and 10 minutes drive from the iconic Shwedagon Pagoda. Yangon’s largest and newest shopping mall, Myanmar Plaza, is directly connected to the hotel.

The hotel overlooks the scenic beauty of the Inya Lake, and provides 430 spacious, modern and inviting rooms starting from 48 square metres, all furnished with state-of-the-art amenities.

Meliá Yangon - Myanmar

Guests on The Level, the Meliá’s signature executive floor, enjoy a personalised service with exquisite privileges, such as exclusive access to The Level Lounge, on the top floor with stunning 360 degrees views of the city and Inya Lake.

Meliá Yangon boasts three high-end restaurants. The Market, an all-day dining restaurant in an authentic open market setting, offers local delicacies, Asian favourites and western classics, perfect for business meals as well as casual dinings with family and friends. The Lantern delights with the best that Vietnam has to offer: reinterpreted classics to reflect modern fine dining for eclectic palate. The art deco touch meets Vietnamese ambience, letting guests also enjoy an intimate atmosphere in its private rooms. In just a few weeks, Olea restaurant will open its doors and invite guests to a journey in the Mediterranean: an exquisite and modern culinary restaurant of pure European cuisine with an exotic twist.

Meliá Yangon - Myanmar

At the end of the year, Meliá Yangon will introduce a luxurious and elegant Hollywood golden age atmosphere in the trendy Garbo Bar, named after the famous actress Greta Garbo. Enjoyable moments in a casual and glamorous ambient to unwind with top shelf liquors and delectable morsels in afterwork hours. More than 2,000m2 of convention area with various sizes of ballrooms and function rooms equipped with the latest technology will hold any type of events, from small meeting to state level conference, including banquets and weddings.

Its facilities will also include an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and a soon-to-open 1,800m2 world class YHI spa will offer treatments such as hydro-massage, Vichy and jet showers, jacuzzi and sauna.

Meliá Makassar

Meliá Makassar – a new hotel for Meliá Hotels in Indonesia

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Meliá Hotels has announced the opening of the Meliá Makassar, a new hotel in Indonesia, which becomes the sixth hotel operated by the company in the country, with another 10 hotels in the process of opening in the pipeline.

Makassar is the capital of South Sulawesi province and the largest city on the island of Sulawesi, with a population of one-and-a-half million people and the dominant commercial centre and transportation hub in eastern Indonesia. The hotel is ideally located just 25 minutes from Sultan Hassanuddin international airport and just a 5-minute walk from the main shopping and business areas.

This four-star hotel provides 135 newly-built rooms equipped with a full range of facilities and the latest technology. Some of the rooms also include “The Level” service, which raises the quality of a hotel stay to the highest levels of demand. The Meliá Makassar has been designed to meet the most exquisite international standards, and its magnificent facilities also house several meeting rooms, a pool, spa and restaurants. Also of note is The Society rooftop bar which is quickly expected to become a landmark venue in the city.

Meliá Makassar

Bernardo Cabot, Vice President Asia Pacific for Meliá Hotels International, highlighted the hotel’s potential to become the ideal choice for business and leisure travellers to the capital of South Sulawesi, “thanks to its excellent location and Meliá’s experience in the management of “bleisure” hotels (business + leisure), the Melia Makassar is destined to become a benchmark for modern hospitality in the city. ”

The hotel is operated under the Meliá Hotels & Resorts brand, one of the company’s most historic brands and guardian of the values that best represent the company. In the words of Cabot, “the Meliá Makassar hotel brings our brand standards to the city and the market is sure to acknowledge the efforts made by both the hotel owners and Meliá Hotels International in our ongoing commitment to Indonesia”.

Indonesia is the country in which the company started its international expansion in 1985. The opening of the Meliá Bali hotel that year was the starting point for a globalisation strategy which now sees the company installed in more than 40 countries worldwide, with a special focus on Asia Pacific, where it currently manages 33 hotels either already in operation or scheduled to open in the future.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques opens in Madrid

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The 5-star Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques in the historical and artistic heart of Madrid has opened its doors.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is located in the renovated building that was previously the well-known Hotel Ambassador, on the former site of two important buildings: the convent of Santo Domingo and the palace of the Dukes of Granada de Ega y Villahermosa.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques
Among the collection of Leading Hotels of the World, Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques is based on the legacy of works by Diego Velázquez. A total of nine reproductions inspire each of the suites and public spaces. Art has become the essence of this majestic building, in which the modern exists harmoniously with original 19th century features, such as the Isabelline facade, the spectacular central wrought-iron and wooden staircase and the cloister with its glass dome, which is now the hotel lobby. Another major attraction is its Historical Garden, perfect for discovering the avant-garde range of cuisine.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques
Stylish and sophisticated, the 180 rooms boast the latest technology, as well as a Nespresso coffee machine, a mini-bar and a wide range of Clarins beauty products.

Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques
Meliá Hotels International is committed to the luxury segment within the Gran Meliá brand with its two new openings of Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques and Gran Meliá de Mar in Spain and the forthcoming addition of Gran Meliá Nacional Río de Janeiro in Brazil. All of these feature its characteristic RedGlove Service; “the combination of the tradition of the white glove and the elegance of the red carpet with the intrinsically Spanish passion that inspires everything we do”.

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Meliá Hotels expands portfolio to 16 hotels with Indonesian property

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Leading Spanish hotel group aims to double footprint in the region with addition of 30 hotels over the next three years.

Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of Meliá Pekanbaru, marking the entry of the Spanish hotel group to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The new agreement underscores Meliá’s rapid growth and momentum in Indonesia, where the group now has 16 hotels in operation and in the pipeline.

Reinforcing Meliá’s position as a pioneer in urban leisure tourism, the new 160-room hotel will count with 5* facilities including a fitness centre & spa, swimming pool, several F&B outlets, sky garden, rooftop wedding chapel, extensive meeting rooms and a 700 m2 ballroom.

Bernardo Cabot, Regional Vice President Asia Pacific, Meliá Hotels International, has emphasised the company’s commitment to the market: “The opening of the hotel adds vibrant appeal to the Riau capital with the familiar warmth of world-class hospitality. This newest partnership is further testament to our commitment to Indonesia, where, together with our hotel owners, we will ensure sustained growth and long-term profitability.”

Meliá Pekanbaru will rise 29 storeys above the city of Pekanbaru and is housed in the tallest tower in Sumatra Island overlooking the Siak River. Strategically located in the city connected to several international oil companies, the city is a major gateway and stopover for travellers going farther inland to other regions, such as Padang and Jambi.

After over 30 years in the region and with extensive hotel management expertise, Meliá is now one of the one of the best-positioned hotel operators to help lead the growth of Indonesia as a major power in world tourism.

In 2016 the hotel group celebrates its 60th Anniversary and maintains its robust momentum in Asia, aiming to double its portfolio in the region with the addition of 30 hotels in the next three years. The leading Spanish hotel has 33 hotels in the region, with six of them due to open this year.

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Meliá Hotels International announces new hotels in Africa, Indian Ocean and Central Asia

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Meliá Hotels International has announced the signing of three new hotels during the Arab Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) last week in Dubai…

• Gran Meliá Maldives, Indian Ocean – it will offer a mixture of luxurious private villa and guestroom living within one of the best fishing and diving destinations in the Maldives
• Meliá Serengeti Lodge, Tanzania, Africa – The first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel by MHI, the hotel will offer ‘off the grid’ living and the perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and zebras
• Meliá Almaty, Kazakhstan, Central Asia – the first hotel to be signed by Meliá Hotels International in Kazakhstan – a wealthy country located in the heart of Eurasia (countries situated within the borders of Europe and Asia) – it will bring to life a new city hotel concept for corporate travellers and congresses

Gran Meliá Maldives
Scheduled to launch October 2017 and set amongst virgin coral reef, the Gran Meliá hotel will offer 95 private villas, including 100 rooms, as well as three restaurants, a bar and café, spa, leisure centre and several retail shops. The hotel will also be able to arrange and host exclusive private events and romantic dinners on a smaller nearby island. 66 per cent of Maldivian visitors are honeymooners or guests who wish to enjoy an idyllic beach holiday with exceptional diving.

Meliá Serengeti Lodge (Tanzania)
Meliá Serengeti Lodge, scheduled to open in June 2017, will be Meliá Hotels International first state-of-the-art sustainable hotel, located on the natural terraces on the southern slopes of Nyamuma, with spectacular views over the peaceful valley of the Mbalageti River. To be located 700 meters below the peak of Nyamuma, the hotel will offer a perfect viewpoint for the annual migration of one million blue wildebeest, lions, leopards and 250,000 zebras which pass through the valley every year in search of rains and cooler pastures.

Meliá Serengeti Lodge will sit on three natural terraces that descend from an elevated plateau, with the lodge located on the middle terrace and the hotel’s architectural design will adopt the gentle curves of the land, creating an intimate link with the vegetation and rocky outcrops. The location’s natural surroundings have inspired the design of this unique hotel, as the suites will offer a unique and privileged African experience in a secure and luxurious environment.

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Meliá Serengeti Lodge will boasts 50 rooms consisting of 25 ‘Meliá Forest’ rooms, 23 ‘Meliá Hills’ rooms and two ‘Serengeti Suites’. The lounges and restaurants will overlook sunny terraces around an infinity pool with pool bar, barbecue patios, with stone and foliage strategically planted and designed to ensure a cool and attractive environment.

Meliá Almaty (Kazakhstan)
Meliá Almaty is the first hotel to be signed by Meliá Hotels International in Kazakhstan. The hotel will be situated amongst the mountains of Tien Shan, Altay, and Ulytau, a winter sports paradise. Kazakhstan is blessed with vast natural resources of oil, gas and mines; as well as traditional cultural attractions that illuminate the relationship between the Kazakh people and nomadic tribes, influenced by the Russian occupation in the 18th century. In 2013, the country received five million visitors and this is expected to grow to eight million by 2024.

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Meliá Hotels International will launch a hotel specialising in corporate travel and congresses in Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan until 1997, as it is the largest city in the country, which aims to become one of the top 30 economies in the world by 2050.

Meliá Almaty will open in 2018, providing 250 rooms, including 50 Suites and Junior Suites. The hotel will boast cutting-edge architectural design through a steel and glass structure that will also home a restaurant, bar, lounge, spa and fitness centre, as well as meeting rooms.

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ME Cabo reopens after $16 million renovation

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ME Cabo has officially reopened following an extensive $16 million renovation. All of the hotel’s rooms, suites and public spaces have been revamped to elevate the overall guest experience and cement its place as one of the destination’s most popular resorts. Architects, Patricia Rios and Leonardo Díaz Borioli, have worked alongside renowned interior designer Alejandra Contreras to completely transform the property.

The resort features 162 guest rooms, including 62 ME+ Suites, which combine Mexican culture and design with modern resort amenities to create a luxurious beachfront experience. ME Cabo offers exclusive custom-designed furniture and décor pieces handcrafted by Mexican masons, carpenters and craftsmen, and new custom-designed wallpaper. The Lobby and Rose Bar are decorated with brightly coloured fabrics, while contrasting shades of grey and white provide an elegant and soothing vibe in the guestrooms, as well as a re-tiled pool deck and new beach club.

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ME Cabo’s culturally traditional artwork was curated to complement the modern re-design of the hotel. The property showcases unique paintings and sculptures by celebrated Mexican artist Yuri Zatarain, which are displayed in guestrooms and public spaces, as well as contemporary images by Portland, Oregon-based photographer Kineo.

Alvaro Tejeda, Regional Vice President of The Americas at Meliá Hotels International said: “The unveiling of ME Cabo’s highly anticipated property renovations is a thrilling time for our brand and this property. Guests will be welcomed by a new level of luxury and entertainment that is sure to facilitate memorable ME experiences for even the most discerning travellers.”

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ME Miami opening in April

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ME by Meliá is set to launch its first luxury lifestyle hotel in the United States in vibrant Downtown Miami in April 2016.

ME Miami will be located in the epicentre of the city’s cultural hotspots, such as Pérez Art Museum, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center and the highly anticipated Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, which will open in summer 2016. It will also be within close proximity to the thriving Miami Design District, Midtown and the Arts & Entertainment community.

The luxury lifestyle hotel will boast 129 rooms across 14 floors, including three ME+ suites, many of which feature their own private balcony with views overlooking Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami. Situated on the 11th floor, the signature Suite ME will offer guests tropical floor-to-ceiling vistas, as well as a private bar. Additionally, a luxurious Personality Suite and Style Suite will be located on the 14th floor.

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ME Miami’s interiors will be a fusion of contemporary and innovative design with cream and grey hues, accompanied by bursts of gold and silver to reflect the city’s energy and vibrant personality. Upcoming global fashion photographer, Alberto Van Stokkum, has been commissioned by the brand to create a bespoke collection of artworks exclusively for ME Miami that will be showcased throughout the hotel.

ME by Meliá hotels are renowned for their breathtaking rooftop spaces, with the brand’s flagship hotel ME London and ME Milan Il Duca featuring rooftop bars with impressive, panoramic skyline views. Located on the 14th floor terrace, ME Miami will feature two swimming pools; a main pool and infinity pool. It will also offer a bar and lounge area, surrounded by sunbeds and cabanas, so that guests can take in the views of Miami’s skyline, whilst relaxing to laidback beats from the hottest DJs.

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ME Miami is a key addition to Meliá Hotels International’s expanding hotel portfolio and the company, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, already has a strong presence in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The opening of ME Miami follows closely in the footsteps of ME Milan Il Duca, which opened in May 2015; ME Mallorca and ME Ibiza launched in 2014; and the flagship hotel, ME London, opened in 2013 and ME Madrid, the first ME by Meliá hotel, launched in 2006. The brand will continue to expand with openings in key markets including ME Caracas in 2016, ME Barcelona in 2017 and ME Dubai, which has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is set to launch in 2018

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Melia International announces surprise move into Iranian market

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Meliá Hotels International has made the surprising announcement that it is to enter into the Iranian market with the Gran Melia Ghoo Hotel.

Developed by Iranian businessmen and investor, Ahad Azim Zadeh, the hotel will be situated in the largest mixed residential, commercial and hotel complex to be developed in Iran – currently being built in Salman Shahr, a popular holiday destination on the Caspian Sea.

Referred to as the “Ghoo Middle East Diamond”, this new development is set to be a year-round business and holiday destination, featuring two residential towers, a sports centre, parking and a retail mall – all within an area of 180,000 square metres. The Gran Meliá Ghoo Hotel itself will occupy a 130-metre high tower, with 319 deluxe rooms of different types, including a Presidential Suite measuring more than 500-square-metres

“We have always been pioneers in the development of new markets in the travel and tourism industry, so it is a fantastic challenge for us to be involved in a project which is so important for the future of the industry in this country, in a historic moment for the international relations within the area,” says Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International. “We firmly believe in Iran’s tourism potential and I am also very proud to have earned the trust of our partners in the management of this hotel, a further demonstration that we are a significant international player for the most prestigious hotel projects anywhere in the world,” he added.

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Melia opening first ME, Innside properties in USA

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Melia Hotels International is opening its first ME and Innside-branded properties in the US in March.

The ME Miami will debut on March 3. The hotel, on the site of the old Casa Moderna on Miami’s Biscayne Boulevard, will have 129 rooms and more than 5,000 square feet of food and beverage space. Melia has three ME properties in Spain, two in Mexico and one each in Italy and the UK.

Additionally, Melia will debut its Innside brand the following week (March 7) in New York’s NoMad neighbourhood. The Innside New York NoMad, a newbuild property on West 27th Street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue, will contain 313 rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and complimentary minibars. Melia has 11 Innside properties in Germany, three in Spain and one in the UK.

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