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New and Noted: Club lounge, café and spa

19 Oct 2008
A new Executive Club Lounge at the Sheraton on the Park Sydney is one of many features to have emerged from the recent A$500,000 (US$344,000) refurbishment. Occupying the 21st floor, it offers views of Hyde Park and the city’s Middle Harbour, quiet alcoves for meetings, library, Wi-Fi internet connection, data ports throughout and the latest PCs. Guests staying on the executive floor enjoy perks such as pressing of two items daily and the use of a a private boardroom for up to eight people equipped with a 42-inch plasma TV and necessary AV tools. Meals provided start with breakfast, continuing throughout the day with free flow of coffee and tea and onto cocktails and tapas in the evening. On weekend, high tea is available. Bistro on the Mile is Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hongkong’s latest café reincarnation. The 186-seat restaurant lays out a buffet for lunch or dinner featuring a global menu of Chinese, Indian, Thai, Japanese and Continental fare freshly prepared at live-action cooking stations. It’s open daily from 0600 to 0100. On weekends, there is an afternoon tea buffet. At the ITC Mughal Agra, a 99,000sq ft spa, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa is the latest addition to the hotel. Featuring a close synthesis between indoor and outer spaces, the eight-suite facility reflects Mughal architecture and landscaping (as also embodied by the nearby Taj Mahal mausoleum) seen in the use of water channels, fountains, outdoor rain showers, open air courtyards and lush foliage. Therapies also draw inspiration from the spiritual and medicinal legacies of the Mughal Dynasty such as a legacy of fruit, which is offered in the Pomegranate Aromasoul Massage. This is said to detoxify, revitalise and elevate the senses. India’s trademark ayurvedic treatments as well as popular therapies from across the world are also available. For more details, go to www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton, www.holiday-inn.com, www.itcwelcomgroup.in.

Margie T Logarta

 
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