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SPM's new room category for NZ

SPM Tahiti has launched a new room category at Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa just for the NZ market.

Two duplex rooms within the Garden View block have been converted to a Garden Duplex Kitchenette room which has one king bed, one sofa bed plus a rollaway can be added for a second child. Each room will comfortably take two adults and two children under 15 years of age and has the added benefit of a kitchenette.

The new room category will be a natural combination for guests that have booked a studio or suite at Manava Suite Resort Tahiti.

‘It’s exciting to have this new room category available, especially for the NZ market only,’ says Alana Eli, NZ representative.

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Springhill Suites hotel opens in Anaheim

The new 172-suite Spring Hill Suites by Marriott in Anaheim is located across the road from Disney's California Adventure Park and next door to the Anaheim Convention Center.

Suitable for business and leisure travellers, every suite features two 42” TVs and a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker and cooking utensils, separate living/working and sleeping spaces and a bathroom strategically centered in the middle of the room. The hotel also features kid’s suites with bunk beds accommodating up to eight and corner suites with floor-to-ceiling windows. Complimentary wifi is available in the lobby and high-speed Internet access in every suite and all guests receive free a daily hot breakfast.

Other facilities include an outdoor rooftop swimming pool, with views of the Disneyland fireworks every evening; guest laundry; fitness centre; a small boardroom; a CVS Pharmacy and food and beverage outlets.

King suite

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Free junk

Three Marco Polo properties in Hong Kong have a 'stay and sail' deal for travel until 28 February, 2015. Stay in a Continental Club room at the Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel, Gateway Hotel or Prince Hotel (min two consecutive nights) and guests can sail aboard Hong Kong’s oldest handcrafted junk, Aqua Luna, for a 45-minute on cruise around Victoria Harbour for free.
Bookings must be made at least seven days. Visit for bookings. Conditions apply.

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First Hotel Jen opens in Brisbane

The first Hotel Jen has opened in Brisbane, with the transformation of the former Traders Hotel Brisbane into a refurbished 191 guest room hotel located on Roma Street in the heart of the CBD.

Greg Dogan, president and CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, says the opening of Hotel Jen in Brisbane, the first for the brand in the Australian market, is a significant milestone in the ongoing plans to launch Hotel Jens across the region.

'The next step in our overall strategy is to launch the Hotel Jen brand in nine key gateway cities across Asia Pacific by March 2015.'

Traders hotels in Penang, Manila, Maldives, Johor Bahru, Beijing and Shenyang will be rebranded from November 2014 to March 2015,

Hotel Jen Brisbane Phase One

In the initial opening phase one stage, guests enter the hotel via a ‘graffiti’ mural entrance, commissioned and designed by local Brisbane artists, before receiving a free welcome drink. Supported by cutting edge technology, guests to the hotel will receive free wifi throughout the property; mobile charging devices to keep connected and a smart phone app for easy check-in, and order services including food, beverages and spa treatments.

Home comforts include laundry wash and fold service at one price for unlimited items in the laundry bag; a PressReader app with free access to 2,500 publications, replacing the traditional morning paper; and free coffee and snack-box-to-go options after breakfast.

The hotel features a vending machine; an organic ‘SkyGarden’, growing over 20 vegetables and herbs, which the kitchen uses on a daily basis plus two bee hives; and a Hotel Jen ‘Coffee Cube’ - a repurposed shipping container situated outside the hotel.

The second phase, from January 2015, will include a Celebrity Cooking School; NEST Restaurant serving modern Asian cuisine, blended with local flavour and Hotel Jen Spa.

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Scenic Hotel Group secures Matavai

New Zealand’s largest Kiwi-owned and operated hotel chain, the Scenic Hotel Group, has continued its expansion into the South Pacific with the acquisition of the former Matavai Resort Niue on December 1, 2014.

The property will take on its new name of Scenic Matavai Resort Niue to become Scenic Hotel number 10 and the group’s 18th property overall.

Scenic Hotel Group managing director Brendan Taylor says the Matavai property’s stunning location, reputation and standard of presentation made it a natural addition to the Group’s South Pacific portfolio.

The 54-room complex incorporates 44 hotel rooms, 10 apartments and a three-bedroom villa that are all air conditioned and well appointed. Additional facilities include a restaurant bar and two  fresh water swimming pools.

This is the second property to join the South Pacific portfolio after the Group secured the Scenic Hotel Tonga, formerly the Royal International Hotel Tonga, in 2012.

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Refurbishment for StayWell SIN & DXB

StayWell Hospitality Group has unveiled plans for its A$3 million renovations to the Park Regis Singapore and Park Regis Dubai properties.

The Park Regis Singapore works are slated for completion in November and include the extension of ther food and beverage offering, relocation of the reception, a new conference facility accommodation up to 50 guests, upgrade of the gym and refresh of the rooftop bar. A

The Park Regis Dubai renovations will focus on the conference and event spaces, to allow for greater flexibility and options with intimate dinners through to cocktail parties.
Both properties will remain fully operational during the refurbishment and daytime working schedules and noise will be limited to 9:30am to 6:00pm daily.

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Royal Atlantis Resort to add Residences

The Royal Atlantis Resort in Dubai has revealed plans to expand its footprint with the addition of 250 luxury residences and retail outlets.

Rahul Sharma from Exotic Holidays was in Dubai recently and reports that the ambitious 46 storey development will be located next to the Atlantis Resort and feature ocean views and striking architecture combined with a new level of luxury and sophistication. 'The 800 room hotel will have some outstanding guest features including a Sky Pool 90m above the ground, private gardens, infinity pools, boutique shopping and spa, fitness and event centres,' advised Sharma.

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Reviewing the hotel plans in Dubai

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Kamu Lodge spruces up facilities

Three’s a crowd at the smallest and most sustainable bar in Laos at Kamu Lodge, near Luang Prabang. The 20-tent eco-lodge is one of the country’s first pioneers in low-impact travel and employs some 27 staff from a neighboring Kamu community, one of Laos’ ethnic hill-tribe minorities.

The bar is one of a number of improvements Kamu Lodge will debut in time for this year’s peak tourist season. The property has also re-floored the bathrooms in each of its solar-powered safari tents, and added a new restroom to its outdoor restaurant.

For every visitor it receives, Kamu Lodge donates US$1 to a village development fund. The money is spent once a year on a project chosen by the villagers, provincial authorities and lodge management. Past projects have included the renovation of the village’s primary school and the purchase of cattle for farming and breeding purposes.

New thatched-roof bar at Kamu Lodge

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