ShangriLa Hotels and Resorts Asia Pacifics lead

first_imgShangri-La Hotels and Resorts, Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, has signed an agreement with China Huaming International Investment Corporation (CHMIIC) to manage a hotel in Moscow, which will be the group’s first property in Russia.Set to open in 2012, the 400-room hotel will occupy the top floors of a 42-story tower in the Park Huaming Business Centre– a new major multi-purpose development in the northeast of the city. Next to the Botanical Gardens on Vilgelma Pika Street, the property is located 10 kilometers (6 miles) from Red Square and 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the international airport.The hotel guest-rooms will have a minimum size of 40 square meters (430 square feet) and each room will have views of the development’s Chinese landscaped gardens or the Botanical Gardens. Diverse dining outlets will include Chinese and Russian restaurants. A 1,200-square-meter (12,918-square-foot) grand ballroom, a 700-square-meter (7,535-square-foot) auditorium and a wide range of function rooms suited will cater to events. Recreational facilities will include an indoor swimming pool and health club.The Park Huaming Business Centre, Moscow will include an office tower, service apartments, an exhibition hall and a lifestyle area featuring a Chinese garden with pavilions, restaurants, retail shops, as well as leisure and entertainment facilities. “Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is delighted to be partnering with CHMIIC to provide our distinct brand of Asian hospitality to residents and visitors of Moscow,” said Madhu Rao, managing director and chief executive officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. “As we continue to expand globally, Russia remains one of our key markets and we look forward to working closely with the Moscow community.”www.shangri-la.comlast_img read more

Step off the dock and into the relaxed rewarding

first_imgStep off the dock and into the relaxed, rewarding yachting lifestyle with affordable, hassle-free luxury cruising from The Yachts of Seabourn. The award-winning small luxury cruise line recently unveiled its European schedule for 2010-2011, with plenty of opportunities for friends and family to create lasting memories in every corner of the continent. From new ports of call such as Ponza, Italy, and Trondheim, Norway, to classic itineraries through the historic heart of Europe, guests can expect award-winning service at value-focused rates.With the launch of Seabourn Odyssey in June and Seabourn Sojourn in 2010, the Seabourn fleet has set itself up as the hottest ticket to Europe, able to access hard-to-reach ports on small yacht-style vessels. What’s more, a Seabourn cruise comprises one of the most all-inclusive vacations in the world, with fares including all-suite accommodations, gourmet dining, all beverages including wines and spirits, entertainment, water sports and even gratuities for its renowned service staff.Additionally, Seabourn encourages travelers to make memories with their “Between Friends” promotion offered on select European itineraries. The promotion encourages groups of three or more couples to travel together. This added incentive invites guests to reconnect on private custom activities, such as a picnic in the gardens of Rome’s Villa Borghese or a breathtaking helicopter ride to lunch at Alain Ducasse’s Moulin de Mougins restaurant in the Alpes de Provence.Some New Ports of Call *Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greek Isles —Visit Melissani Lake, formerly a cavern until an earthquake reshaped it, with water so blue that boats appear to be floating on light. Take in stalactite and stalagmite-filled caves, and discover Fiskardho, the last preserve of distinctive Venetian buildings on this Ionian island. *Heraklion, Crete, Greek Isles —Explore Knossos, the great capital of Minoan civilization, whose Palace dates from the second millennium B.C., as well as the renowned Heraklion Archeological Museum, with artifacts and fresco murals dating from the Minoan age. *Ponza, Italy —Set on an island in the Tyrhennian Sea, Ponza is as Italian as it gets and yet remains off the tourist trail. Reminisce upon your return with beautiful photos of the pretty pastel-colored cube houses arrayed in tiers like an amphitheatre rising from the sea. * Szczecin, Poland —Poland’s largest seaport is situated along the southwestern shore of Dabie Lake and is in close proximity to Berlin, one of Europe&rsquos most vibrant cities. *Torshavn, Faroe Islands—Hailed in a National Geographic Traveler survey as the world’s most appealing islands, the Faroes are the perfect example of how Seabourn takes travelers off the radar.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more