Pullman Launches First Bali Hotel

The Pullman has announced that its first Bali hotel opened
today (24 February 2011) opening an initial 140 out of 353 with the remaining
expected to be opened over the next few months.

The Pullman Bali is located between Legian Beach and
Kuta Bali’s two entertainment and shopping districts.

The Pullman Bali services and rooms feature:

  • Traditional Bali Spa and Massage facilities
  • Pullman’s famous bedding
  • iPod dock
  • LCD flat screen TVs
  • WiFi hotspot
  • Broadband internet connection

The Pullman Bali Pool

Pullman Bali Room



The full media release from Pullman can be read below:


Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana has this week launched as the only five
star, resort style hotel, linking the prime entertainment and shopping areas of
Kuta and Legian.

Pullman today announced its entry into the Indonesian market with
Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana opening the doors to guests for its first 140 of
353 rooms on February 24, 2011. The balance will open over the next few months.

It is strategically located opposite the white sands of Legian Beach,
and within easy access to many of the area’s retail, dining and entertainment
options. Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana offers numerous guest rooms overlooking
both Kuta and Legian beaches, or lush courtyard gardens and pool views.

The design of Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is inspired by the frangipani
flower which is native to the island, invoking a sense of urban living with
exotic accents and a design-form that will have guests wanting to explore all
corners of the hotel’s confines and resort’s facilities.

the meaning of hospitality

its iconic message of ‘Check in – Chill out’, this full service resort style
hotel offers 353 well appointed rooms and suites, restaurants and bars, premium
conference spaces, full fitness facilities and the latest mobile technologies
enabling guests to stay connected.

accommodation is designed with attention to detail, from the deluxe Pullman
bedding, iPod dock, LCD flat screen, WiFi hotspot and broadband internet
connection, right through to a personal yoga mat in every room. The guest rooms
at the Pullman Hotel are a genuine oasis of comfort, with connectivity, where
travelers can relax and recharge their batteries. 

Relaxation at Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana will open its spa in late February 2011 and
offers traditional spa services including Balinese massage, Tjakra art
movement, warm stone massage, purifying Swedish massage, reflexology, and foot
massage. Starting on April 1st, 2011, the spa services will be extended to a
wellbeing concept, where – among other innovative offer based on bio energy –
there will be a vitality pool and hydrothermal therapies, and non-invasive
holistic treatments.

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana has both a garden swimming pool with a
spacious sun deck as well as a roof top infinity pool, and sun deck, providing
an ideal spot to take in breath-taking sunsets.

Philippe Battle, General Manager, Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana comments
on the hotel. “We are delighted to be opening the Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana
and bringing a new generation of hotel for visitors to Bali.  The Pullman
Bali Legian Nirwana like hotels of the brand around the world, is designed with
today’s modern traveler in mind with smart use of technologies, reinvented
services that focus on indulgent yet efficient stays, and facilities that will
appeal to leisure travelers from all parts of the globe as well as events
participants and their organisers. 

and contemporary dining at its finest

within, for a privileged moment in “Deli @ Pullman”, where the guests will be
embraced by the charm of a paradise smile, a dedicated instant – from the heart
of a spiritual influence. It is a distinguished Brasserie style restaurant,
offering a delightful “a la carte” menu, reflecting French culinary heritage,
inspiration from centuries of fine cuisine made for today’s delivery. Hotel
guests can also enjoy a large selection of fine wines, antipasti and tapas at
IP, the trendy roof top bar.

Impeccable facilities for meetings and events

The hotel offers a perfect setting for high impact, medium sized,
meetings and events. The hotel has facilities to cater for up to 350 guests in
facilities and services specifically designed for incentive and retreat style meetings.
The complimentary ‘Chill-out’ space is designed cleverly for such opportunities
– to relax and socialise before, after, or during events. A dedicated Pullman
Event Manager is ready to handle every detail with creativity and precision,
while the IT Solutions Manager is on hand to deliver all the multimedia and
technology requirements needed.

Guillouet, Vice President for Accor in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, said,
“Tourism in Indonesia and in Bali in particular, is enjoying a period of
extraordinary demand, driven by strong growth from the domestic market as well
as short haul destinations in Asia Pacific.  This strong demand factor
when combined with opportunities in the affordable five star segment in the
central tourist areas, made a compelling reason to launch the Pullman brand
first in Bali. Accor is the largest international operator of hotels in
Indonesia and now has comprehensive brand presence on the island of Bali with
hotels covering all segments, and with six hotels operating.”

Bali has continued to become a primary destination for foreign and
domestic tourists. Data from Statistics of Bali Province (BPS Bali) revealed
that the number of foreign tourists coming to Bali during January to December
2010 has reached around 2,600,000 foreign visitors, increasing by around 8
percent compared to the same period in 2009.  Meanwhile, an estimated 3
million domestic tourists came to Bali in 2009 (data from Bali Tourism
Authority, 2010). The increase shows that the Balinese tourism sector
development has an impact on hotel establishment in the province of Bali. To
accommodate visitors – business travellers and tourists – developments of
hotels are continuously taking place.

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is located only 20 minutes from the Ngurah
Rai airport. It is set in a natural, green, tranquil and tropical oasis across
from the Legian beach-front and close to the heart-beat of Bali’s shopping and
night life areas. Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana room rates start from USD116++
per night.

Accor Announce Opening of ibis Mumbai Airport

Accor and Interglobe
hotels has today announced the opening of ibis Mumbai Airport, which is focused
at the business and leisure traveller.


The hotel offers comfortable, well-designed, fully
equipped guest rooms with en suite modular bathrooms, contemporary fit-out
including flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and broadband internet access to suit the needs
of business travellers. 24 hour a day services, quality well priced food and
beverage including 8-hours non-stop breakfast concept starting from 4 am,
unique in the economy hotel industry with competitive, consistent and simple
accommodation rates are the key highlights of ibis Mumbai Airport.


The full media release
from Accor can be read below:


Accor and Interglobe Hotels announce the opening of
ibis Mumbai Airport

Debut of the international economy
hotel brand in Mumbai, marks a significant development for ibis Hotels in India


Mumbai, 16 February 2011 – Accor, the fastest growing
international hotel operator in India, reaffirmed its commitment and confidence
in the growing Indian tourism sector by announcing the debut of the ibis hotel
brand in Mumbai with the launch of ibis Mumbai Airport. Strategically
located at the Domestic Terminal and less than 3kms from Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport, ibis Mumbai Airport, will welcome guests from
today onwards
. This is the third ibis to open in India and the first for
Mumbai and follows hotels in Gurgaon and Pune.


Mr. Nitin Bhatia has been appointed as the General
Manager to spearhead the operations of the hotel. Mr. Bhatia has over a decade
of experience in the hospitality industry and was most recently the General
Manager of Ibis Cardiff City Centre, UK.


Uttam Davé, President & CEO of InterGlobe
“We are pleased with the growth of the
ibis network in India, where committed developments have kept pace with our
expectations and where we have 17 ibis hotels committed to development.
Following the opening of this strategic ibis at Mumbai Domestic Airport, we
will add an additional five ibis in 2011 taking the network to network to eight
hotels by year.”
The hotel is located in the vicinity of the Mumbai Airport
and features 146 guest rooms. ibis Mumbai Airport is the only international
economy hotel at the airport and will re-define the hospitality space in the
financial capital of India by providing quality, value accommodation to


Speaking about the hotel’s opening, Jean-Michel Casse, Senior Vice-President –
Accor India
, said
“We are particularly delighted with the
opening of an ibis hotel within the Mumbai Airport Precinct. The ibis Mumbai
Airport like all ibis hotels in India will provide guests with the reassurance
of one of the world’s largest and most respected economy hotel brands. Quality
and consistent accommodation at affordable pricing and guaranteed with a “15
minute satisfaction contract” is exactly what is required in the Indian economy
hotel environment.”


ibis Mumbai Airport will specifically cater to the
discerning needs of business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers
comfortable, well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms with en suite modular
bathrooms, contemporary fit-out including flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and broadband
internet access to suit the needs of business travellers. 24 hour a day
services, quality well priced food and beverage including 8-hours non-stop
breakfast concept starting from 4 am, unique in the economy hotel industry with
competitive, consistent and simple accommodation rates are the key highlights
of ibis Mumbai Airport.

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Such value for consumers is made possible by a
highly efficient design and operational processes that have been perfected in
nearly 900 hotels and 100,000 rooms in almost 45 countries globally.

For quality well priced food ibis Mumbai Airport
has developed Spice it – a spirited and casual dining space that
offers the best of world cuisine: “any flavour, any time” in an interactive
kitchen environment with a choice of buffet and a la carte. The Hub,
with its energetic ambience, refreshing beverages and free Wi-Fi will serve as
a gathering place throughout the day. The first ibis launched in India in 2008,
ibis Gurgaon and is already a market leader in its segment, and was judged the
best Economy / Midscale hotel in India in 2009.


Ibis Mumbai Airport has released a promotional rate
of Rs. 3999/- plus taxes including breakfast for first 20 rooms. For
reservations or enquiries visit

Holiday Inn Express to Open Singapore Hotel

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) have announced they plan to open a
Holiday Inn Express in Singapore by 2013. The 220 room hotel will be developed
out of the Wellington Building at Bideford road and will feature more than 40
Shopping and entertainment options


The full media release from IHG can be read below:


Holiday Inn Express to debut in Singapore’s premier district


16 September 2010

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) today announced the signing of the first
Holiday Inn Express hotel for Singapore, which is set to open in the heart of
Orchard Road by 2013. Holiday Inn Express Singapore Orchard Road will fly the
flag of the world’s most iconic hotel brand in Singapore’s best-known retail, entertainment
and residential district.


The present
Wellington Building at Bideford Road will be developed into a 220-room hotel.
Orchard Road has more than 40 shopping and entertainment complexes,
complemented by restaurants, hotels, offices and high-end residences. Its
proximity to the city’s Central Business District, popular night spots and
cultural attractions further cement Orchard Road’s reputation as Singapore’s
prime location. 


Holiday Inn
Express is one of the fastest-growing hotel brands in its category, opening on
average two hotels a week globally. Guests can expect a fresh,
internationally-branded hotel choice that offers comfort, convenience and great


The first
Holiday Inn Express in Singapore will feature the brand identity, service
standards and quality facilities of the new Holiday Inn experience. The Holiday
Inn family of brands is undergoing the biggest relaunch in the hospitality
industry across more than 3,300 hotels and 430,000 rooms worldwide, designed to
drive consistency and quality throughout the entire estate.


“I can’t think of a better location to launch
the Holiday Inn Express brand. The recent revamp of Orchard Road has
strengthened its appeal to both visitors and locals. Opening the first Holiday
Inn Express in Singapore here will present a compelling option for our guests,
offering them the convenience and atmosphere of a hotel in the heart of the
city – at an excellent price point,”
said Jan Smits, Managing
Director, IHG Asia Australasia


milestone project is a partnership between IHG and Valeside Pte Ltd, a member
of the Chee Swee Cheng Group of Companies.


“We are confident of this partnership with
IHG. We believe that the combination of a great location and an
internationally-recognised brand will bode well for the first Holiday Inn
Express hotel in Singapore,”
said Chee Eng Hoon, Executive
Director of Valeside Pte Ltd.


A second
agreement with the Chee Swee Cheng Group is also being signed for a Holiday Inn
Express in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.


Three other
Holiday Inn Express hotels are being developed in Bangkok and are scheduled to
open over the next few years.


Sofitel Hotel Shanghai Jing’an to open in 2011

Sofitel has announced plans to
open the Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an in 2011, the hotel is expected to be their
flagship property in Shanghai featuring an iconic building design and occupy 32
floors of a 61 room building.


In addition the hotel will feature
a total of 515 rooms with 82 of them earmarked for suites.


The full media release from
Sofitel can be read below:


 Sofitel Hotel Shanghai Jing’an to open in 2011





Paris, June 17th, 2010 – Sofitel Luxury Hotels has
recently signed a new management agreement in China for its future flagship in
Shanghai, the Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an, scheduled to open in 2011. This address
will be the third Sofitel in Shanghai, with a fourth one on the outskirts of
the city in Sheshan,  and is set to be
one of the city’s most luxurious hotels with an iconic building design.


The Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will enjoy an ideal location
in the center of the city, at the intersection of Beijing Road and Jiangning
Road and mere steps away from the famous Nanjing Road. This very central
location is surrounded by international headquarters, luxury boutiques and the
city’s most popular malls – like Puxi’s renowned Plaza 66 – and near the former
French concession, museums and the Shanghai convention center. The building
also has a number of floors with the most advanced office space, which offer
the perfect solutions for local enterprises or multi-national corporations.


The future Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will occupy 32 of the
building’s 61 floors, offering 515 rooms, 82 of them suites, on levels 29
through 54. The first and second level will be home to the Lobby Lounge and two
restaurants, one international, and the other spotlighting the full range of
Chinese cuisine.

The top level, on the 55th floor, will feature a bar and
restaurant with an innovative concept that perfectly reflects the hotel’s clean
modern decor, with suspended gardens and an exceptional view of both the east
and west of the city.


The Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an will also devote a full 1,500
m2 to wellness, with a So SPA, a So FIT, an indoor pool and a beauty salon.


Finally, on the 3rd level, 2,900 m2 will be designed for
business, featuring a ballroom, a junior ballroom, a variety of configurable
spaces and a business center.


“I am
particularly excited to welcome this true flagship to the Sofitel network. The
Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an, with its excellent location, will be a valuable asset
for the brand both in China and abroad. After the Sofitel Wanda Beijing, the
hotel will be our second jewel in a country where Sofitel already has a strong
says Sofitel Monde COO Robert Gaymer


Sofitel in China


The brand, which
already boasts a network of 23 hotels in China, is consolidating its presence
with this new addition. The agreement was signed at a time when the brand has just
announced two new locations in China, the Sofitel Lianyungang Suning Galaxy and
the Sofitel Haikou, which will open their doors in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
It is also preparing to open two more between late 2010 and early 2011: the
Sofitel Dongguan Humen Oriental and the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich.

Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong to open 21 June

The Ritz-Carlton hotel group have announced they they will open their second Shanghai property in Pudong on 21 June 2010, that will feature 285 rooms.





The full media release from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Group can be read below:


The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. Opens its
Second Hotel in Shanghai, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong on June 21


CHINA – The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong, opening on June 21, will be the
luxury hotel brand’s second property in the city, and its seventh in China.
Located in Shanghai ifc, the prime real estate in Lujiazui financial trade
zone, the hotel and development is the work of architect Cesar Pelli.


“The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai,
Pudong is an integral feature of Shanghai ifc, developed by Sun Hung Kai
Properties, one of Asia’s leading property developers, with proven excellence
in creating world-class mixed-use developments incorporating luxury retail,
office, residential and hotels, as the company’s IFC and ICC in Hong Kong have
demonstrated. It is a great honour for us to partner with Sun Hung Kai to build
and develop this iconic hotel in Shanghai,”
Rainer Burkle, area vice president and general manager.


The 285-room
Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is Shanghai’s ultimate destination for luxury and
style, and occupies the top 18 floors of the Shanghai ifc South Tower. Opening
in June during the World Expo, the design and style of the hotel is
contemporary, with hints of new interpretations of 1930’s Shanghai Art Deco.
This gives a great sense of place to the hotel as guest rooms and restaurants
embrace magnificent sweeping views over The Bund – the most intact collection
of Art Deco architecture anywhere in the world.


interior designs by Richard Farnell, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong guest
rooms and suites range in size from 50 square meters (500 square feet) to 400
square meters (4,000 square feet), for the palatial Ritz-Carlton Suite and
Chairman Suite. There are three floors of Club accommodation, and each
club room enjoys access to the hotel’s stunning Club Lounge on the 49th level,
which will be open 24 hours a day.


This new
hotel will offer a host of exquisite luxury restaurants and a bar with
unrivalled views over The Bund and the Shanghai skyline. Restaurants include
Aura Lounge and Jazz Bar, Jin Xuan, the fine dining Chinese Restaurant designed
by Steve Leung; Scena Italian Restaurant and Flair Rooftop Restaurant and Bar,
both designed by the world famous Super Potato. Flair is Shanghai’s highest al
fresco dining and wining venue and is destined to be the unique new social
center of Pudong and the city. Featuring more than 2,500 square meters (25,000
square feet) of meeting and conference space on the third level, including a
1,135-square-metre (11,350 square feet) Grand Ballroom, the second largest
ballroom among the city’s luxury hotels, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong can
accommodate large and small meetings and gatherings in sumptuous environment
with world-class technology and facilities underscored by The Ritz-Carlton
legendary service. All meeting space offers floor-to-ceiling windows and
natural daylight.


Located on
the hotel’s 55th floor, and occupying an area of more than 1,500 square meters
( 15,000 square feet), The Ritz-Carlton Spa by ESPA features 10 treatment
rooms, including nine multi-function treatment rooms and a Harmony Suite where
two guests may relax and enjoy treatments together. The Ritz-Carlton Spa by
ESPA combines the essence of ancient and modern Chinese, Indian, European and
Balinese spa cultures and uses luxury ESPA products that harness the best of
nature’s essential oils, botanicals and marine supplements. The exquisite
collection of treatments represents complete care, personalization and the
ultimate in luxury.


diamond-like façade glittering with the vibrancy of the city, Shanghai ifc mall
also boasts opulent interiors framing the most stylish shopping environment and
housing hundreds of world-renowned international branded retails. Guests of The
Ritz Carlton will enjoy direct access to this world leading lifestyle landmark.


“As Shanghai has been experiencing exponential
growth and many multi-national companies have opened in Pudong, we find it
strategically viable for The Ritz-Carlton to be located on both sides of
Huangpu River,”
Burkle explained.While The Ritz-Carlton Portman, Shanghai at Puxi has established its
name over the past decade as the most preferred luxury hotel in the city, I
have no doubt that The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong will prove itself to be
another quintessential business and social centre for domestic and
international travelers alike.”


Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

The Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers has been awarded Luxury Hotel of the Year and Spa Operator of the Year
at the recent Tourism Alliance Awards.

The full media release from
Starwood can be read below:

 Sheraton Saigon Hotel and Towers Wins Luxury Hotel of the Year Award

Sheraton Saigon Hotel &
Towers proudly added to its long list of awards last night when it was
acknowledged in the inaugural Tourism Alliance Awards as the Luxury Hotel of
the Year and Spa Operator of the Year.

“We are of course very proud and delighted to
receive these awards”
said Dietmar Kielnhofer, General
Manager of the hotel after the Awards Ceremony.
  “The most pleasing thing however is that it gives our associates a
reason to walk a little taller in their shoes.  They can be proud of the
hotel they work for and they can feel rewarded for their hard work and effort”
he said.

These awards
occur in a very timely manner as Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers has also
just received a nomination in the World Category for the World Travel Awards,
the travel industry’s equivalent to the Oscars.

“Sheraton Saigon has received many awards but
we have never been nominated by our peers at this level”
said Mr. Kielnhofer. 
“The World Category is not something you can choose to nominate for, you must
be nominated by travel industry professionals throughout the world.  The
fact that our clients put us forward amongst a short elite list of nominees is
a great testament to the service and standard of excellence we provide and the
relationships we maintain with those to which we provide it”
he said.

The World
Travel Awards will be announced at a star studded ceremony of the travel
industry’s top players in London on 7 November.