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Raffles Hotels & Resorts is raising the bar when it comes to rest with the launch of an intuitive and thoughtful wellbeing programme designed to help guests unwind, get a peaceful night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed.
 
The new Raffles Sleep Rituals service, introduced as part of the brand’s commitment to enhancing the comfort of its guests, will be piloted during the turndown service at four luxurious locations: Raffles Dubai, Raffles Makati, Raffles Seychelles and Raffles Europejski Warsaw.
 
The slumber-inducing rituals will provide guests with a luxurious eye pillow made from DreamSoft® linen, calming goodnight cards that encourage mindfulness and contentment before bedtime; as well as a five-minute sand timer, engraved with their personal details, to help them unwind before they drift off to sleep.
 
Raffles has also partnered with luxury skincare brand, Aromatherapy Associates, to create a Deep Relax oil that is unique to its Sleep Rituals experience. Made from a blend of vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile, ingredients that help calm the mind and restore regular sleep patterns, the oil is custom designed to promote sleep and alleviate the restlessness associated with jet lag. 
 
Additional sleep-enhancing amenities will be available to guests staying in premium and deluxe rooms. Extra benefits will include a unique sleep kit and a menu of food items carefully selected to help guests mitigate the effects of travel, stress and jet leg, promoting their comfort and rest.
 
The Sleep Rituals have been developed as part of Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ wellbeing strategy, which focuses on enabling guests to feel their emotional best during their stay. This global blueprint for guest wellness encompasses three core pillars including; Serenity: creative rituals throughout the guest journey; Design with Harmony: creating spaces with wellness in mind and incorporating elements of wellness design such as Feng Shui and Biophilia; and Pleasure: exploring the relationship between nutrition and wellbeing.
“Modern travellers are challenged with hectic schedules and time zone changes, which disrupts their sleep patterns and can impact their physical and mental wellbeing. Our new Sleep Rituals, part of the global wellness programme at Raffles, provide guests with an unmatched relaxation experience, supporting their emotional wellbeing throughout their stay,” explained Lindsay Madden-Nadeau, Global Well-Being Director, AccorHotels.
 
Continued Madden-Nadeau, “We are committed to providing innovative services that ensure our guests feel welcome and understood, valued and cared for at all times and our new sleep initiative is testament to that, offering what many crave most during their travels – the chance to rest and rejuvenate. Following a successful pilot, we will look into expanding this initiative in more hotels.”
 
Commenting on the importance of sleep, Aromatherapy Associates Sleep Well-being Ambassador, Dr. Neil Stanley, said: “With today’s busy lifestyles, getting enough sleep can be difficult, especially if your mind is racing when it is time to sleep. If you don’t get a full night’s rest, it can impact your physical, mental and emotional health. We need to re-evaluate how we view sleep and determine how many hours a night is needed – and then set aside the proper amount of time for it – which is what the Raffles Sleep Rituals initiative will help achieve for its guests.”
 
“The Raffles brand is defined by its commitment to enhancing the emotional wellbeing of its guests, based on the understanding that true luxury is not about what you do, but what you feel,” added Jeannette Ho, Vice President, Raffles Brand’s Strategic Relationships Global VP of the Raffles Brand. “Our new Raffles Sleep Rituals, which complement the relaxing and rejuvenating experiences offered at our world-famous spas, offer our discerning guests the luxury of rest, comfort, tranquillity and wellness and embrace our brand’s very essence by providing the thoughtful, personal and intuitive service for which we are renowned.”

 
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Raffles Hotels & Resorts is raising the bar when it comes to rest with the launch of an intuitive and thoughtful wellbeing programme designed to help guests unwind, get a peaceful night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed.
 
The new Raffles Sleep Rituals service, introduced as part of the brand’s commitment to enhancing the comfort of its guests, will be piloted during the turndown service at four luxurious locations: Raffles Dubai, Raffles Makati, Raffles Seychelles and Raffles Europejski Warsaw.
 
The slumber-inducing rituals will provide guests with a luxurious eye pillow made from DreamSoft® linen, calming goodnight cards that encourage mindfulness and contentment before bedtime; as well as a five-minute sand timer, engraved with their personal details, to help them unwind before they drift off to sleep.
 

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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is bringing the tastes and flavours of the U.S. West Coast to the rest of the world with an exclusive new California-inspired menu. Celebrating the fusion of sunshine and seasonal fare, the brand’s global food and beverage campaign, California dreamin’, pays homage to some of the original chefs that put California’s restaurant scene on the map. The limited-time menu will be available for lunch and dinner at all Mövenpick locations around the world throughout the month of March 2019.
 
“California’s food scene has had a profound impact on global food trends over the past 50 years,” said Thomas Hollenstein, Food & Beverage Director, Europe, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Our California dreamin’ campaign pays tribute to some of the chefs who were instrumental in turning the world’s palates toward fresh, organic produce and mixing cultural influences from Latin America, Asia and Europe to create exciting flavours and occasions to enjoy and appreciate all there is to love about food.”
 
California cuisine first caught favour back in the early ‘70s when pioneering chef Alice Waters opened her restaurant Chez Panisse. It quickly became known for its use of organic and locally grown ingredients and ever since entrepreneurial California chefs have never shied away from mixing unexpected combinations of ingredients and food styles, while making the most of the abundant sun-kissed produce for which the state is known.
 
Mövenpick itself began as a restaurant in Zürich, seven decades ago. Culinary innovation and unique moments of sharing food set the brand apart, with delicious programs such as Chocolate Hour every day in hotel lobbies, and its own house-made food and drink products that share the delights of Swiss cuisine, such as coffee, chocolate, yoghurt, smoked salmon and preserves.
 
Mövenpick’s California dreamin’ à la carte menu features seven dishes of classic California fusion cuisine. Seafood, fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs figure prominently in a medley of bold flavours, surprising combinations and unpretentious style. Guests and visitors can choose their favourite dishes from the following delicious selections:
  • Crab cakes: Freshly-caught local stone crabs are a menu staple in the Santa Barbara region. Accompanied by a spicy Asian remoulade and crisp salad, these crunchy crab bites are an ideal first course or a tasty protein-rich snack, California style.
  • Flowered tuna: Anyone who has visited the American Riviera will have fallen in love – with the sea, the mountains and of course, the Pacific coastline’s irresistible culinary specialties. Fresh tuna garnished with flowers, vegetables and orange relish might just be love at first sight, or rather, bite?
  • Beef carpaccio formaggi: The cows of Santa Rita Hills are famed for producing outstanding organic beef. Mövenpick’s version of the classic carpaccio combines the multicultural influences of Californian cuisine with Mediterranean charm, featuring cow, goat and sheep cheese, tomatoes and olive tapenade.
  • Label Rouge salmon: The Golden State’s Farmers Markets are legendary for their wonderful varieties of freshly-harvested vegetables. Mövenpick mixes a colourful bouquet of baby vegetables in refreshing lemon vinaigrette to complement glazed salmon, lightly cooked in olive oil.
  • Lemon Guinea fowl: Guests may be familiar with the sweet lemons of the Italian Amalfi coast, but they might not know California remains ahead of Italy on the list of top 10 citrus-growing countries. Naturally, Mövenpick’s spin on classic lemon chicken features a zesty Californian twist.
  • Oven-roasted rack of lamb: California proudly supports its passionate farmers who are committed to animal welfare in order to sustainably and naturally produce the best quality meat possible. Mövenpick’s lamb is crusted with fresh herbs, roasted to a delicate pink and paired with boldly flavoured bush beans.
  • Vegan lemon & avocado cheesecake: Every October, Carpinteria’s Avocado Festival attracts tens of thousands of foodies. They flock to the oceanside city to sample creative avocado delights, from guacamole and avocado beer to sweet desserts such as this vegan cheesecake with lemon and avocado curd.
 
For more information on Mövenpick’s California dreamin’ menu, available throughout March 2019, please visit: movenpick.com/California.
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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is bringing the tastes and flavours of the U.S. West Coast to the rest of the world with an exclusive new California-inspired menu. Celebrating the fusion of sunshine and seasonal fare, the brand’s global food and beverage campaign, California dreamin’, pays homage to some of the original chefs that put California’s restaurant scene on the map. The limited-time menu will be available for lunch and dinner at all Mövenpick locations around the world throughout the month of March 2019.
 
“California’s food scene has had a profound impact on global food trends over the past 50 years,” said Thomas Hollenstein, Food & Beverage Director, Europe, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “Our California dreamin’ campaign pays tribute to some of the chefs who were instrumental in turning the world’s palates toward fresh, organic produce and mixing cultural influences from Latin America, Asia and Europe to create exciting flavours and occasions to enjoy and appreciate all there is to love about food.”

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MGallery is thrilled to unveil today its new wellbeing strategy. Offered across the 26 countries where the boutique properties are located, it will embrace the brand’s conviction that wellbeing is a holistic experience aiming at igniting each guest’s inner spark.



                          



Fall in love with taking care of yourself

Committed to considering the needs of its guests, the enchanting MGallery brand unveils the steps to igniting guests’ inner spark through a 360° experience beyond spa and series of sensorial rituals.
 
Essential to fostering energy, beauty and balance, MGallery’s unique approach to wellbeing starts with addressing guests’ lifestyle, with the properties allowing individuals to discover a spectrum of wellbeing initiatives throughout their stay. Guests can for example take care of themselves through the array of bespoke beauty partners curated by the hotel, enjoy a signature treatment linked to the hotel’s story, attend a fitness class in an unexpected area of the hotel or even write a letter to themselves capturing their commitments from their stay.
 
As Vice President Global Marketing for MGallery, Yohan Amiot says: “At MGallery, we believe that wellbeing is a complete experience, focused on self-care. Our art of welcoming is about helping guests ignite their inner spark. This is the reason why our new strategy focuses on the core elements of wellbeing, providing experiences that nourish the mind, body and soul to allow our guests becoming their most authentic version of themselves.”
 
This wellbeing holistic experience will be implemented across the 26 countries where the boutique properties are located, among which Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet in France, INK Hotel Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Hotel des Arts Saigon in Vietnam and Hotel Muse Bangkok Langsuan in Thailand, to name a few. Some programs and markers will be similar to all hotels (Inspired by Her offer, charity endorsement, signature treatment…), while others will be optional (personal commitments, tea experience, in-room fitness…).
 

The women leading women to wellness

The new MGallery wellbeing strategy is in line with the Inspired by Her offering, launched in 2013. Through it, MGallery anticipates and responds to the demands of their female clientele with exclusive services and special considerations throughout their stay. Showers with massage jets, powerful hairdryers, properly sized dressing gowns and a large selection of herbal teas, as well as a multitude of little touches, complete this unique offering.
 
Going further and addressing the needs of female and male alike, the new wellbeing approach has the same philosophy of bespoke welcome and fostering self-empowerment through wellbeing.
 

A wellbeing holistic experience through the MGallery network to follow the official launch in a heaven of peace in vibrant Dubai

Enthusiastic to embark guests on a transformative journey, MGallery hosted the first “Ignite your inner spark” festival at The Retreat Palm Dubai over three days from January 21st to 24th.

“More than just an event, MGallery along with an army of seven specialists aimed at shaping the way travelers experience hotels and achieve wellbeing. At MGallery, guests can find what works best for them and enjoy a bespoke experience to support a balanced lifestyle. The increasing awareness of self-care provides us with the perfect opportunity to inspire our guests towards wellbeing on their travels.”, comments Lindsay Madden-Nadeau Global Director of Wellbeing for Raffles, Fairmont and MGallery.
 
This wellbeing holistic experience, piloted in Dubai, featured specialists handpicked by MGallery including published author, naturopath and nutritionist Kate Reardon, who conducted several workshops over the event including healing with food and the moonlight meditation, as well as the breakfast booster session. The program of this event also included Yin Yoga session, talks on self-care, vegan-cooking lessons, intuitive dancing, feng shui workshops and much more!
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Wellbeing redefined at MGallery to ignite guest's inner spark

A storied collection of hotels inspiring guests worldwide

MGallery is thrilled to unveil today its new wellbeing strategy. Offered across the 26 countries where the boutique properties are located, it will embrace the brand’s conviction that wellbeing is a holistic experience aiming at igniting each guest’s inner spark.

Fall in love with taking care of yourself
Committed to considering the needs of its guests, the enchanting MGallery brand unveils the steps to igniting guests’ inner spark through a 360° experience beyond spa and series of sensorial rituals.
 
Essential to fostering energy, beauty and balance, MGallery’s unique approach to wellbeing starts with addressing guests’ lifestyle, with the properties allowing individuals to discover a spectrum of wellbeing initiatives throughout their stay. Guests can for example take care of themselves through the array of bespoke beauty partners curated by the hotel, enjoy a signature treatment linked to the hotel’s story, attend a fitness class in an unexpected area of the hotel or even write a letter to themselves capturing their commitments from their stay.

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Orient Express is embarking on an amazing journey
The legend of travel returns, connecting East and West and past to future
 
AccorHotels is proud to announce the first Orient Express hotel will open in the landmark King Power Mahanakhon Building in Bangkok. Imprinted in both history and imagination, the Orient Express brand has been reinvented for the future, with a vision to build a collection of prestigious hotels, steeped in tradition, myth and adventure.
 
Sebastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of AccorHotels said: “Orient Express has always acted as a passport between worlds and a trip on these legendary trains was historical, touristic and cinematic with an inimitable experience. This linking of Occident and Orient, of history and modernity, and of curiosity and cultures will be a hallmark of the new Orient Express Hotels and we are excited to bring back this spirit of luxurious adventure to today’s modern travellers.”
 
Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha Chief Executive Officer of King Power Group said, “The launch of the world’s first Orient Express Hotel at King Power Mahanakhon truly completes our vision of creating an extraordinary landmark that celebrates the city and adds a new milestone to Thailand and the world’s hospitality industry, while further elevating Thailand to a truly world-class destination.
 
“King Power Mahanakhon seeks for all of its projects to be different, impressive and distinct, exuding excellence in every dimension. We look forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world, and placing Thailand’s tourism scene on the global stage through a landmark that combines exceptional hospitality, award-winning cuisine, a unique shopping experience and Bangkok’s spectacular views.”
 
“We are proud to bring the multicultural heritage, mystery and exoticism of the legendary Orient Express brand to Bangkok” said Michael Issenberg, Chairman and CEO AccorHotels Asia Pacific. “Orient Express redefined rail travel in the 1900s, introducing the first sleeper cars linking West to East and delivering unprecedented levels of comfort and dining. We look forward to bringing this same luxury and refinement to the new incarnation of Orient Express hotels.”
 
The original Orient Express trains were famous for the highest standards of fine craftsmanship, the newest innovations and the most exquisite dining and so Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will bring together the best names in these fields to reinterpret the art of luxury travel.
 
Esteemed designer Tristan Auer has been tasked with reimagining the Art Deco stylings and plant motifs of the original Orient Express carriages into a modern skyscraper in the heart of a bustling metropolis. The sumptuous bedrooms and exquisite bathrooms will bring new levels of style and luxury to Bangkok.
 
Two signature restaurants will include Mott 32 on level 2 and Mahanathi by David Thompson on level 5 of the hotel. David Thompson is known worldwide for his skills and expertise in Thai cuisine and culinary. Thompson has established award-winning restaurants across the world, Nahm in London and Bangkok, Long Chim in Asia and Australia and Aaharn in Hong Kong. Famed Mott 32, will also bring an exceptional modern Cantonese dining experience to the city with a contemporary restaurant and cocktail bar in Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok. Mott 32 is named after 32 Mott Street in New York - the site of NYC’s first Chinese convenience store, which opened in 1851 and is now a vibrant Chinatown in the city.
 
Within the complex is the recently launched Mahanakhon SkyWalk, Thailand’s highest observation deck on levels 74, 75 and 78, while a King Power Duty Free and Retail occupies levels 1 to 4. A rooftop restaurant and bar on level 76 will also provide some of the best views in Thailand, making the King Power Mahanakhon Building the epicenter of Bangkok’s social scene, just as the Orient Express was the place to meet the most fascinating people at the beginning of the 20th century.
 
For over 135 years, Orient Express has inspired authors, artists and film directors, with famous guests including Josephine Baker, Albert Einstein, Coco Chanel, Graham Greene, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Mata Hari. Agatha Christie made the trains even more famous with her eponymous novel Murder on the Orient Express, while Albert Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes and James Bond’s From Russia with Love further immortalised the Orient Express name in the popular imagination.
 
Another hallmark of the Orient Express has always been the excellence of its staff and the prestige of the uniform. These signatures will also be present in all Orient Express Hotels, setting the highest standards in impeccable service for the industry.
 
Orient Express Mahanakhon Bangkok will feature 154 rooms including 9 suites and 2 penthouses, as well as an entire floor devoted to wellness including an outdoor pool and jacuzzi plus signature Orient Express Spa by Guerlain. Guests will have access to the building’s spectacular rooftop observation deck and rooftop bar, all rooms will provide stunning views over the Far East ‘City of Angels’. At 78 storeys, King Power Mahanakhon Building is currently the tallest building in Bangkok and a visual landmark thanks to its dramatic exterior, which is encased in a glass curtain with cuboid spiral cut-outs that give it a pixelated appearance.
 
The hotel will open in the last quarter of 2019, 136 years after the Orient Express took its maiden voyage from Paris.
 
AccorHotels and SNCF Group signed a strategic partnership in 2017 to develop Orient Express hotels after AccorHotels acquired a 50% stake in the share capital of the brand. SNCF retains ownership of the seven original Orient Express carriages, which have been restored and now provide a new and exceptional setting for the organization of events in collaboration with Potel & Chabot. Both groups are committed to preserving, promoting and sharing the heritage connected with the legendary brand.
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“Made with Sustainability in Mind” details efforts toward conservation, preservation and eco-conscious stewardship.
   
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015.

The 2018 Sustainability Update provides insight as to how Swissôtel tackles areas which are most important to its internal and external stakeholders based on materiality assessments conducted by the brand’s sustainability management team and third-party experts. The report includes updated performance data, recent case studies and an overview of key initiatives to provide a clear picture of what sustainability at Swissôtel means.

“As guests of the world, we combine high quality comfort and vitality with a positive social and environmental impact to enhance our guests’ quality of life today as well as tomorrow,” said Lilian Roten, Vice President, Swissôtel Brand Management. “Our business is dependent on preserving and conserving the environments, cultures and communities in which we operate. Guests and visitors will find evidence of our commitment in thoughtful details found within our architecture, design and craftsmanship, to our gastronomy, services and facilities.”

Swissôtel’s sustainability efforts are coordinated with parent company AccorHotels’ PLANET 21 Sustainable Development Program. This is a global platform designed to advance the performance of the company’s hotels amid increasing pressure on the environment. AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator with 4,600 hotels in 100 countries.  

“We are aware of the massive impact we have on our planet and our responsibility to limit any negative effects of our activities, while creating healthy and sustainable environments for our employees, guests, suppliers, partners and host communities,” said Arnaud Herrmann, Vice President, Sustainable Development, AccorHotels. “Swissôtel continues to find innovative ways to deliver wellness, comfort and efficiencies which are not only vitally important, but vitally positive for the guest experience.”

Swissôtel goes beyond stand-alone initiatives to employ a systematic approach covering al sustainability, economic management, and social sustainability. The organization uses an integrated online ISO certified management system which serves as an accessible platform for exchanging best practices among hotels all across the globe.

The 2018 Sustainability Update includes many gains achieved in recent years, such as:
  • Between 2009 and 2017, the brand’s hotels collectively reduced their overall footprint with reductions of 13% in energy consumption, 13% in water consumption and 27% in CO2 emissions.
  • During the same period, guest satisfaction and colleague engagement have increased.
  • 100% of Swissôtel properties categorise their entire waste for environmentally-friendly disposal.
  • 80% of Swissôtel properties have their own herb gardens to produce the freshest ingredients while reducing carbon emissions.
The report also provides numerous illustrations of how Swissôtel works to create positive hospitality experiences, while being mindful of Mother Earth. For example:
  • Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka implemented Air-In shower heads to reduce the volume of water usage without compromising on guest comfort.
  • Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul employs a tri-generation system that generates the total electricity consumption of the hotel on a daily basis, with the heat waste generated by the machine itself used to cool the hotel with absorption chillers.
  • Bio Food recycling machines have been introduced at Swissôtel Chicago, Swissôtel Nankai, Osaka and Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore, turning food waste into bio soil or grey water.
  • Swissôtel Le Plaza, Basel collects unused or unfinished soaps and amenities for donation to the SapoCycle Foundation and Heilsarmee in Basel.
  • Swissôtel Chicago engages guests to “Make a Green Room Choice”, contributing to huge reductions in laundry, detergents and water usage.
“Fostering sustainability to create more positive guest experiences is part of our everyday approach,” says Roten. “From offering free mobility tickets for public transportation to providing green meeting packages and employing heat recovery systems to improve energy efficiency, we never stop looking for more ways to help our guests and colleagues live well, with sustainability and vitality at the forefront.”
 
Download the full 2018 Swissôtel Sustainability Update here.
 
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“Made with Sustainability in Mind” details efforts toward conservation, preservation and eco-conscious stewardship 
   
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, a leading brand within the AccorHotels Group, is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Sustainability Report Update, “Made with Sustainability in Mind”. This report covers the brand’s strategies and actions to continuously improve its sustainability performance throughout the years of 2015, 2016, and 2017. Previous Sustainability Reports were issued in 2012 and 2015.​

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