Four Seasons offering tailored exercise activities during Ramadan

Four Seasons Dubai

Muslim travellers observing Ramadan over the coming month will be able to take part in a selection of exercise programmes at 15 Four Seasons properties that have been specifically tailored to those travelling during the holy month of fasting.

Throughout Ramadan, Four Seasons hotels across the Middle East and North Africa, Istanbul and Jakarta will be offering wellness activities including yoga, jogging, stretching and walking led by a resident fitness expert.

All have been adjusted to take into account local climates and appropriate levels activity during fasting. A number of the activities also take in the local sights, such as a “beachside strollers” option on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai or jogging along the Nile in Cairo.

For travellers in Asia-Pacific, Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta will be offering an aquaerobics class in the hotel pool every Saturday at 4:30pm. Guests can book through the hotel spa.

Ramadan will begin on May 27 or 28 depending on whether the moon is sighted on the eve of the 27th.

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Ten new and upcoming Kuala Lumpur hotels

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia city skyline.

Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur

Opening its doors on December 1, 2016, the Hotel Cosmo Kuala Lumpur is one of the latest midscale additions to Kuala Lumpur’s hotel scene. Its 347 rooms range from family-style and studio suites to regular guestrooms, and its location near the Masjid Jamek Interchange Station – two stops from KL Sentral – make it convenient for business travellers entering the city via the KLIA Express. The Leboh Ampang-district hotel is also located close to a number of the city’s banking institutions and Central Market.

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Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur

Along with The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, YTL Hotels’ Hotel Stripes Kuala Lumpur is among the first properties in Southeast Asia to join the Autograph Collection – a group of more than 110 independent hotels worldwide. Opened in February 2017, the Hotel Stripes is situated in the business hub on Jalan Kamunting, an area replete with 1940s shop houses and once known as the Asian Heritage Row, and features 184 bespoke guestrooms and suites.

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Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade

The Mercure brand debuted in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month with the opening of the Mercure Kuala Lumpur Shaw Parade hotel. Located in the city’s Bukit Bintang district, the 213-room property features a number of distinctly local touches – a common theme among Mercure hotels – including Peranakan motifs in its all-day Chorak Restaurant. The hotel also has a lobby lounge, rooftop pool bar and adjacent fitness centre, and three meeting and events spaces.

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Element Kuala Lumpur

The Element Hotels brand will be making its Southeast Asia debut when the Element Kuala Lumpur opens on April 9, 2017 in the 275-metre Ilham Baru Tower. Nearly half of the guestrooms in the property will be suites (120 out of a total 252 rooms), with small kitchenettes being a key feature of many of the eco-themed hotel’s accommodations. A variety of recreational services and amenities are also planned to be available in this green vein, including bicycle rental and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Four Seasons Kuala Lumpur

Four Seasons’ new 209-room property in the Malaysian capital is scheduled for an early 2018 opening and will make up part of a 65-storey mixed-use tower that will offer a total of 242 Four Seasons-branded residences and 27 serviced apartments. A five-floor 27,900-sqm luxury shopping complex known as the Four Seasons Place Kuala Lumpur will also occupy the tower.

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CitizenM Kuala Lumpur

Set to open in the second quarter of 2018, Artyzen Hospitality Group’s third CitizenM hotel in Asia will be its smallest in the region with 198 rooms – upcoming properties in Taipei and Shanghai will have 267 and 303 rooms, respectively. Announced last week, the Bukit Bintang district CitizenM Kuala Lumpur has been confirmed to feature a 24-hour CanteenM eatery, though other facilities have yet to be announced.

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So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and Residences, and Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accorhotels’ new So Sofitel offering in the Malaysian capital actually comprises two properties – the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel and the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Residences. Both are scheduled to open their doors in 2020 and, like many of the city’s new hotels, are situated a short distance from the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The hotel will offer 207 guestrooms while the serviced residences will include 590 units. Each features a spa, fitness centre and event spaces, among other facilities, while guests at the residences will be able to make use of the rooftop sky garden foyer for barbecues.

In addition to these properties, Accorhotels is also set to open its Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara on June 1, 2017, located about one hour from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Larger than the So Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Hotel, the Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara will include some 312 rooms.

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Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Intercontinental Hotel Group’s (IHG) Crowne Plaza Kuala Lumpur City Centre is currently scheduled for a 2021 opening with a specific focus on business travellers. This is evident in the hotel’s central business district location on Jalan Yap Kwan Seng road, walking distance from the Kuala Lumpur City Centre and Petronas Twin Towers, and its business centre and seven meeting spaces. A total of 338 rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, numerous specialty restaurants and a Sky Bar round will be available, along with leisure facilities such as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

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Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Center

Announced back in October 2016, the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur City Centre will stand about 800 metres from the Petronas Twin Towers when it opens in 2022, marking the brand’s debut in Malaysia. While the upscale lifestyle hotel brand focuses particularly on design, art and fashion, its business facilities are also a key component and the Radisson Red Kuala Lumpur will offer 166 rooms across 27 floors along with meetings and events spaces with views of the twin towers. A rooftop swimming pool and gym will also be included.

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Marco Polo’s elite members get new Four Seasons benefits

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

A new partnership between Cathay Pacific’s Marco Polo Club loyalty programme and Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong will see elite members benefit from a new range of year-round privileges at the Central district property.

Diamond and Gold Marco Polo Club members who book a stay through the hotel’s call centre, website or by email will now receive a complimentary room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out, along with complimentary breakfast. A personalised curbside check-in is also offered to Diamond and Gold members, while Diamond members can make use of the hotel’s complimentary airport escort service when arriving in Hong Kong. Four Seasons staff will also greet members upon disembarkation from flights and will offer guidance through immigration and luggage assistance.

Benefits are also extended to dining and spa privileges, which Diamond and Gold Marco Polo Club members can enjoy without needing to book a stay at the hotel. Members are guaranteed reservations at the hotel’s two-Michelin-starred French restaurant Caprice, along with receiving a complimentary glass of champagne – an offering also available for members dining at the property’s three-Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Lung King Heen.

Meanwhile, a signature Marco Polo Club cocktail – which includes Absolut Mandarin, St Germain, lychee, lemon and grapefruit bitters – will be offered complimentary to elite members when ordering food at the Pool Terrace, Blue Bar or The Lounge.

Additionally, Marco Polo members now get a 10 per cent discount on all spa, and manicure and pedicure treatments at The Spa – again, along with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Speaking about the partnership, Cathay Pacific’s general manager marketing, Julian Lyden, said: “We are always looking at ways to enhance our Marco Polo Club members’ benefits by joining forces with globally renowned brands, so we are naturally delighted to welcome Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, a property synonymous with luxury and prestige, as our newest partner.”

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Four Seasons opens rebranded hotel in Hoi An

Four Seasons The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam

The Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam opened its doors this week, following a rebrand and renovation of the former The Nam Hai hotel, formerly managed by the GHM group.

Now officially under the Four Seasons brand, the Hoi An property has undergone notable upgrades, including a renovation of the hotel and existing villas as well as the addition of eight new family villas.

A number of new features have also been added to the property, including a new F&B offering, Beach Bar, which offers Vietnamese bar snacks and Asian tapas, along with Central Coast-inspired cocktails using homegrown ingredients. The resort’s beach and watersports programmes have also been enhanced, while a new kids club has been developed.

Other additions include The Heart of the Earth Spa, which received a new name and concept, and a new Vietnamese cooking school, The Nam Hai Cooking Academy.

General manager Anthony Gill, who previously managed the property under The Nam Hai name, said: “It’s an exciting day as we welcome our first Four Seasons guests, and reintroduce ourselves to those who have known and loved this beautiful resort for years. We’ve taken the best of everything The Nam Hai has to offer and made it even better.”

Gill added that new experiences will be unveiled in the New Year, including new cultural and heritage activities.

The new Vietnam hotel comes following the announcement earlier this month that Four Seasons will be opening a new Kuala Lumpur property in early 2018.

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Four Seasons unveils fourth island property in the Maldives

Four Seasons Maldives, Voavah

Four Seasons Maldives

Four Seasons Private Island opens in Voavah, “the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway” in the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives.

The atoll is made up of 75 islands spread across 1,200km and has the world’s largest population of manta rays and a riche coral reef system.

The seven-bedroom private island-resort is the fourth property by Four Seasons in the region.

The hospitality brand has one resort each on the Maldivian islands of Kuda Huraa, Landaa Giraavaru and Male’ Atoll.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah stretches across five acres. Its seven bedrooms are built on the beach or over the lagoon on sturdy stilts.

The island has a two-storey beach house, a PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, pools, a spa, a white powder beach, vibrant reef, and extreme water sports.

The beach house features an open-air living room, dining room, pool deck, library, kitchen, gym, and a loft lounge.

Ocean of Consciousness Spa holds yoga and meditation classes in addition to relaxing treatments.

A 19-metre yacht (capacity for 22 people) is available on hire for cruising around the islands.

A 30-minute feyy from Voavah is Hanifaru Bay, a manta feeding ground. The marine biodiversity surrounding Voavah also include large mangroves, great frigatebird, sea turtles, and hawksbill turtles.

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Four Seasons Private Island opens in Voavah, “the world’s first exclusive-use UNESCO hideaway” in the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve in the Maldives.

The atoll is made up of 75 islands spread across 1,200km and has the world’s largest population of manta rays and a riche coral reef system.

The seven-bedroom private island-resort is the fourth property by Four Seasons in the region.

The hospitality brand has one resort each on the Maldivian islands of Kuda Huraa, Landaa Giraavaru and Male’ Atoll.

Four Seasons Private Island Maldives at Voavah stretches across five acres. Its seven bedrooms are built on the beach or over the lagoon on sturdy stilts.

The island has a two-storey beach house, a PADI 5-Star Dive Centre, pools, a spa, a white powder beach, vibrant reef, and extreme water sports.

The beach house features an open-air living room, dining room, pool deck, library, kitchen, gym, and a loft lounge.

Ocean of Consciousness Spa holds yoga and meditation classes in addition to relaxing treatments.

A 19-metre yacht (capacity for 22 people) is available on hire for cruising around the islands.

A 30-minute feyy from Voavah is Hanifaru Bay, a manta feeding ground. The marine biodiversity surrounding Voavah also include large mangroves, great frigatebird, sea turtles, and hawksbill turtles.

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Four Seasons to open Kuwait property in 2017

Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya

Four Seasons will open its first property in Kuwait early next year, housed within the mixed use Burj Alshaya development.

The 284-room hotel will feature indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities, a fitness centre and yoga studio, and events space accommodating up to 2,000 people, including two ballrooms.

The property will also offer five food and beverage outlets, including a rooftop Pan-Asian restaurant, and an open kitchen Italian eatery.

The Four Seasons Hotel Kuwait at Burj Alshaya will be located in downtown Kuwait City, within the 22-storey Eastern Tower of the Burj Alshaya development – the 43-storey Western Tower will become the corporate headquarters for the Alshaya group.

Commenting on the opening J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts said:

“Kuwait City is one of the most important commercial centres in the Gulf States, attracting regional and international business travellers, and a natural choice for Four Seasons as we continue to extend our presence across the Middle East.

“We are excited to partner with Alshaya and mark our entry into Kuwait as part of the Burj Alshaya complex, a stunning addition to the Kuwait City skyline that will transform luxury hospitality in this city.”

Four Seasons recently opened its first Abu Dhabi property on Al Maryah Island.

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Four Seasons opens New York Downtown hotel

Four Seasons Downtown skyline

Four Seasons opens New York Downtown hotel

Four Season’s 99th location opened yesterday in Lower Manhattan.

 

The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown has opened in Tribeca.

The five-star property is Four Season’s 99th location, and opened on September 20.

The hotel has 189 rooms and suites and 159 private residences.

It is within walking distance of Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and the Oculus, and less than an hour from New York’s major airports.

Entry-level Deluxe rooms start at $649/£498 per night, and include either one king or two double beds, city views, a seating area and desk and a full marble bathroom with a shower and soaking tub, for a total of 40 m².

Premier rooms start at $749/£574 a night. The interior is slightly larger at 42 m², including the same bed and bath features as the deluxe room and similar views of the city.

Grand Premier rooms offer one king bed only, but include a larger living area and a dining table, with the same bath features as above. At 46 m², they are the largest of the standard rooms and guarantee good views of the city from their vantage point on floors 20-24, but are also the most expensive at $899/£689 per night.

Executive suites and Hudson suites afford 67 m² and 84 m² of space respectively. Both feature separate sitting rooms and bedrooms, one king sized bed plus one rollaway or crib, a marble bathroom with a shower and separate soaking tub, an iPad to access hotel services, and a 140cm Ultra HD Smart TV. Hudson suites also include a dining table for 4, separate guest bathroom plus an in-mirror TV in the master bathroom. Nightly rates start at $1199/£919 for the Executive suite and $1399/£1073 for the Hudson suite.

Four specialty Gotham suites are also offered, two of which have a private terrace. At 67 m², Gotham suites include one marble bathroom with separate shower and soaking tub, a bedroom with one king bed and a separate living room, for a fee starting at $1649/£1264 per night, or $1749/£1341 per night for suites with a terrace.

The Royal suite engulfs half of the 24th floor at 223 m², and includes six separate rooms: a living room, a dining room for up to 10 guests, an office, a media room, a bedroom with one king bed and marble bathroom with a soaking tub, steam shower and heated floor tiles and towel racks.

One floor below, the Tribeca Suite includes a living room, dining room for six, bedroom with one king bed, and marble bathroom with soaking tub and steam shower, for a total of 113 m². Both unique specialty suites can only be booked by phone.

The hotel’s Greenwich Ballroom accommodates up to 175 guests for events or meetings, and two additional meeting rooms are available for smaller functions.

CUT, Wolfgang Puck’s first restaurant in Manhattan, is located within the hotel. Open 7am-2am, the restaurant seats 86 in the main dining room, 32 at the bar, and 31 in a private dining room. It specializes in steak, but serves a variety of cuisine. Reservations are recommended.

Amenities include a fitness centre and full-service spa, a heated swimming pool and valet parking. Basic Wi-Fi is complimentary, but

 

 

Entry-level rates are now available on the hotel’s website, including a free third night.

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Four Seasons Sydney to renovate Executive Club

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney - rendering of new Executive Club

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney has announced that it will be renovating its executive club, which will see the level 32 venue be completely re-designed into a residential-style lounge.

Renovation works will take place from September 25, with the lounge reopening on December 1. During this time, the executive club will be closed. Guests staying at the hotel’s Club accommodations will be afforded additional privileges in place of lounge access.

Four Seasons has tapped Australian interior designer Miriam Fanning of Mim Design to reinvent the space with a design that is inspired by the hotel’s history and harbour-side location.

The new lounge will feature an extended private entrance, new furnishings and bay window seating that overlook the harbour and city. In addition, the space will sport a blue and grey colour palette that is inspired by the Sydney Harbour and Sydney Opera House, as well as home-away-from-home features such as velvet armchairs, contemporary art pieces and a solid stone-topped table in the meeting room.

Complementing the new design will be a new Australian F&B concept featuring locally-sourced seasonal product and an open bar stocking spirits as well as a selection of local wines.

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney’s general manager, Rudolf van Dijk said: “The transformation of our level 32 Executive Club into a stunning residential-style retreat will give our guests further opportunity to indulge, relax and enhance their stay in style.”

“Demand for our Club experience continues to rise from both business and leisure travellers, and our reinvented luxury lounge will ensure we’re best placed to continue delivering memorable experiences, personalised service and exclusive privileges that our hotel is renowned for.”

For more information, visit fourseasons.com

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Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá to open in April

The Four Seasons Hotel Bogotá is set to open on April 1, 2016 and is now accepting bookings.

The remodelled 64-room building, previously known as Hotel Charleston, will be the brand’s second hotel in the Colombian capital, joining the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá.

Bogota custom made bed

Luis Argote, general manager of the property, said “Our two Four Seasons hotels in Bogotá complement each other, and both are unlike any other Four Seasons in the world.”

The hotel features two restaurants, custom-made beds, (pictured above) and an open gathering area in the lobby with drink facilities.

Bogota lounge

The news follows confirmation that Four Seasons is debranding its London Canary Wharf property from the end of April (see news, January 14).

The group currently operates 96 properties around the world, with more than 60 projects under development.

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