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AVANI Hotels partners with Al Fahim for Dubai property

AVANI Hotels & Resorts announced a new addition to its growing pipeline with the signing of AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences currently being developed in Dubai by ALFAHIM.

Scheduled to open in 2020, the 48-storey new-build property will be the third AVANI in Dubai and will represent the launch of AVANI residences in the region. The new AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences will offer a total of 527 keys, comprising 263 AVANI Residences and 264 AVANI Serviced Apartments. The Residences will be a mix of one, two, three and four bedrooms.

Ownership at AVANI Hotel Suites & Branded Residences would grant an exclusive residential access with attentive service details and modern amenities, in addition to hotel facilities.

Launched by Minor Hotels in 2011, AVANI Hotels & Resorts is an upscale, contemporary brand appealing to millennial minded travellers who appreciate quality and value. AVANI currently has 23 properties in operation in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the UAE, Portugal, with the brand launching most recently in Australia, New Zealand and Laos.

Lasting Impressions

Burj Khalifa with ‘Mission 828’

At the Top, Burj Khalifa unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) experience that simulates the real-feel of scaling all Burj Khalifa’s 160 habitable floors as well as take a hard-knuckle climb to the top of the spire – the highest point of the global icon. Mission 828, the new VR attraction, gives visitors the unprecedented opportunity to have the virtual experience of scaling to the pinnacle of the tower before taking a parachute-jump right down to The Dubai Fountain. It has been carefully simulated to take users on a four-minute journey that will give them a feel of what it is like to ascend and descend the tower in the most adventurous fashion. Mission 828 can be experienced through six VR pods at Level 125 and another at Level 124.

Eco-vehicles at Six Senses Zighy Bay

Six Senses Zighy Bay has purchased its own fleet of seven of Nissan’s Pathfinder SV 4WD Hybrid vehicles, which will transport guests to the resort and take them for out-of-the-ordinary experiences in the surrounding region. The hybrid vehicles will also be used to take guests to Sense on the Edge, the resort’s fine dining experience on the mountaintop high above Zighy Bay. For adventure enthusiasts, the cars will be used for excursions to Dibba town and the resort’s own farm and to the marina to enjoy a cruise from the Dhahab yacht. The vehicles can also be used to transport guests to paragliding from the mountain-top or for off-roading trips to the Sabatyn plateau.

A Personal Shopping Experience

Four Seasons Hotels Dubai has partnered exclusively with Bloomingdale’s and Harvey Nichols-Dubai to provide guests staying in the range of suites with a personal shopping experience across Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Guests can enjoy luxury transfers to their preferred mall (Dubai Mall or Mall of Emirates), a dedicated personal shopper and a choice of the following experiences – Best of Bloomingdale’s (Dubai Mall) which includes a dedicated personal shopping consultant who will meet and greet at the VIP entrance of Bloomingdale’s and escort the guest to a private fitting room showcasing a pre-selected assortment of the latest fashion items, a choice of a manicure, pedicure or blow dry at the store’s Aveda salon, a makeover from a professional makeup artist are just a few from the list. High Style at Harvey Nichols-Dubai (Mall of the Emirates) offers guests customizing purchases at the Personalization Bar; embroider, emboss, or engrave a name, monogram or another personal expression and post-shopping afternoon tea for two at the Emporio Armani Caffé among the many other options. The Stay and Shop experience is exclusively available to suite bookers only.

River Travel with Mekong Kingdoms Luxury Cruises

Minor Hotels is launching a selection of river cruises offering bespoke itineraries. Mekong Kingdoms cruises offers guests a fleet of five vessels with first-class services from gourmet meals to plush cabins, curated experiences both aboard and ashore. Travellers can join Mekong Kingdoms’ flagship ‘Bohème’, a 42-metre, 13 cabin luxury barge at Luang Prabang or Chiang Khong located near Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. The journey from Chiang Rai/Chiang Khong to Luang Prabang is two nights as it heads downstream. The upstream cruise takes three nights. Itineraries include guided jungle treks, a visit to the Pak Ou caves – with its limestone karst formations, these two caves have been gifted thousands of Buddha images, left by pilgrims over centuries. Guests can learn traditional weaving at Ban Baw and further discover rural Laos by mountain biking in the stunning village of Ban Houy Phalam.

Additional facilities include a range of diversions on-board such as sunrise yoga, Buddhist meditation, sunset cocktails, cooking demonstrations, jewellery making classes, fishing for giant catfish among the many others. For more privacy, there is ‘Gypsy’ an ultra-exclusive two-cabin cruiser perfect for one or more nights along the Mekong for up to four passengers, For shorter day trips in complete privacy, ‘Nomad’ provides couples with exclusivity for sunset cruises in Luang Prabang. ‘Play’ is a floating lounge ideal of private events or family adventure; suitable for up to 15 passengers with sundeck, private room, and a sound system. ‘Monsoon’ is a scheduled touring shuttle to the Pak Ou caves with canapés, coffee, tea and soft drinks. Mekong Kingdoms cruises joins Minor Hotels’ existing fleet of Manohra Dining Cruises in Bangkok and Anantara Overnight Cruises that sail from Bangkok to Ayutthaya.


Minor Hotels forays into Lebanon

Minor Hotels will debut its Oaks brand in Lebanon later this year. The group signed a management agreement with Allied Investment Group to operate Oaks Beirut.

Scheduled to launch in mid-2018, the 110-key hotel will be located in Sodeco, a commercial area of Beirut. Previously operating as Hotel de Ville Beirut, the hotel is currently closed for a full refurbishment and will re-launch as Oaks.

Bringing Oaks’ smart simplicity to Lebanon, the property will feature a selection of guest rooms and suites, with facilities including an all-day dining restaurant, a Lounge Bar & café, a rooftop pool, and bar, plus conference facilities.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts growing portfolio currently comprises 56 properties across five countries – Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, India and the United Arab Emirates, with more than 6,000 guest rooms under its management.

Minor Hotels currently operates two Oaks properties in the UAE – the 165-room Oaks Liwa Heights in Dubai and the 54-room Oaks Liwa Executive Suites in Abu Dhabi. In total across the Middle East region, Minor Hotels operates 13 properties across four of its brands – Anantara, AVANI, Tivoli and Oaks – and has a further strong pipeline in the region across these four brands.

Basma Group, ARADA partner with Minor Hotels

Basma Group and ARADA have inked a management agreement with Minor Hotels to launch the Anantara Sharjah Resort. Scheduled to open in mid-2020, the Anantara Sharjah Resort will offer 233-keys across a range of accommodation options including Deluxe Rooms and Luxury Suites.

Facilities will include multiple dining options with a specialty restaurant, a male and female spa and wellness centre, a kids’ club, a swimming pool and a ballroom able to accommodate up to 540 guests for a banquet.

The Emirate recorded a 17% rise in tourist numbers in 2016, compared to 2016, according to statistics released in April by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).

The Anantara Sharjah Resort is co-owned by Basma Group and ARADA, with the latter playing a developer management role in the delivery of the property.

Minor Hotels currently operates 13 properties in the Middle East across four of its brands – Anantara, AVANI, Tivoli and Oaks – and has a further strong pipeline in the region across these four brands. In total, the company currently operates 39 properties in 12 countries around the world.