Offshore hotel – Offshores Nextdoor http://offshores-nextdoor.com/ Fri, 25 Nov 2022 04:38:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png Offshore hotel – Offshores Nextdoor http://offshores-nextdoor.com/ 32 32 Marine biologist dives into hotel’s sustainability effort https://offshores-nextdoor.com/marine-biologist-dives-into-hotels-sustainability-effort/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:47:08 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/marine-biologist-dives-into-hotels-sustainability-effort/ Banyan Tree Krabi’s new sustainability coordinator, Tipwimon Rattanawongwa Banyan Tree Krabi takes additional steps to reduce its carbon footprint. Krabi, Thailand – Ms. Tipwimon Rattanawongwana marine scientist from Kanchanaburi in Thailand, joined Banyan Tree Krabi as coordinator of sustainable development. Tipwimon, a former marine biologist at Four Seasons Koh Samui, brings a wealth of experience […]]]>

Banyan Tree Krabi’s new sustainability coordinator, Tipwimon Rattanawongwa

Banyan Tree Krabi takes additional steps to reduce its carbon footprint.

Krabi, Thailand – Ms. Tipwimon Rattanawongwana marine scientist from Kanchanaburi in Thailand, joined Banyan Tree Krabi as coordinator of sustainable development.

Tipwimon, a former marine biologist at Four Seasons Koh Samui, brings a wealth of experience to the team, including a stint at the Phuket Marine Biological Center and as Foundation Coordinator at the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation Phuket.

Banyan Tree Krabi, which opened in 2020 with 72 suites and pool villas, continues to embrace and expand its commitment to sustainability, led by Sustainability Manager Thepsuda Loyjiwwho oversees the projects both at the Beachfront hotel in Andaman and its sister station Banyan Tree Samui.

Banyan Tree Samui won international acclaim in 2020 when Thepsuda and his team successfully protected and nurtured the nests and eggs of a rare green sea turtle on the resort’s beach, resulting in the birth and survival of more of 200 newborns.

“Ms. Tipwimon will be a valuable addition to our team as we continuously work to create a carbon footprint at each of our resorts,” said Thepsuda. “Among its goals will be a focus on resource conservation, recycling and upcycling, reducing pollution, eliminating waste and limiting energy consumption.”

The Banyan Tree Hotels group is recognized as a wellness brand with strong green policies. Among the awards recognized by the Banyan Tree Krabi industry, there is a “Green Hotel Award – Gold Certification,” presented by Thailand’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion in recognition of the resort’s continued efforts to effectively manage energy, waste and natural resources.

The 5-star establishment, located on the peaceful beach of Tubkaek facing the uninhabited limestone islands of Than Bok Khorani Marine National Park, appears to follow in the gentle footprints of Banyan Tree Samui, which in 2018 became Thailand’s first hotel to receive “gold certification” at a single-property level by Earthcheck, the world’s leading scientific group for benchmarking, certification and consultancy for travel and tourism. .

Banyan Tree Krabi’s recent sustainability initiatives include an Earth Day beach cleanup and the introduction of Forest Bathing, a nature-based educational tour for guests, including children, to raise awareness of the conservation of the environment and the protection of local flora and fauna.

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Woman gets 20 years for defrauding Chinese people in $26 million hotel fraud | app https://offshores-nextdoor.com/woman-gets-20-years-for-defrauding-chinese-people-in-26-million-hotel-fraud-app/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 00:15:44 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/woman-gets-20-years-for-defrauding-chinese-people-in-26-million-hotel-fraud-app/ LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who defrauded investors in a Southern California hotel and condominium project out of at least $26 million was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison. Ruixue “Serena” Shi, 38, of Arcadia, was sentenced after a judge refused to allow her to withdraw her plea last year for wire […]]]>

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who defrauded investors in a Southern California hotel and condominium project out of at least $26 million was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison.

Ruixue “Serena” Shi, 38, of Arcadia, was sentenced after a judge refused to allow her to withdraw her plea last year for wire fraud.

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SHI LAUNCHES THE PERFECT DATE SPOT THIS WINTER https://offshores-nextdoor.com/shi-launches-the-perfect-date-spot-this-winter/ Sun, 20 Nov 2022 04:31:53 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/shi-launches-the-perfect-date-spot-this-winter/ As the weather has cooled across the emirate, it’s time to indulge your loved one at the upscale gourmet restaurant Asian culinary experience SHI, which launched its new catering offering for the perfect date this month. Located on Bluewaters, SHI Date Night offers a delectable menu and grape peeling for twowith the possibility of dining […]]]>

As the weather has cooled across the emirate, it’s time to indulge your loved one at the upscale gourmet restaurant Asian culinary experience SHI, which launched its new catering offering for the perfect date this month. Located on Bluewaters, SHI Date Night offers a delectable menu and grape peeling for twowith the possibility of dining on its recently renovated terrace, offering a breathtaking view of Dubai Marina skyline. While enjoying the captivating atmosphere, the special menu offers an appetizing selection of authentic Chinese dishes, served at SHI from today, friday november 18e, Just in time for the weekend. Packed with a combination of their best-selling dishes, each is paired perfectly with a carefully selected grape to enhance the flavor of the dish. Customers can take advantage of the limited-time menu to AED 900 per couple (two people), for four dishes including the varietal accord. The menu is available every evening from 6pm, seven days a week, which means that customers looking for the perfect meeting place can also enjoy it on the weekends.

The culinary journey opens with the SHI Opening of sea salt or spicy edamame, as guests prepare for an unforgettable experience. The Prelude begins the evening with bubbles accompanied by a platter of mixed Japanese sushi, offering contrasting tastes and sensations. The Interlude offers flavors to keep diners satisfied and relaxed while waiting for their next discovery, with a glass of crisp white tantalizing the taste buds for a selection of dim sum, including Har Gau Prawns, Chicken and Cilantro, and Hong Kong Crystal Bao. Traditionally inspired, the Postlude is a selection of works of art to taste, accompanied by a glass of a red mix made with red fruits to awaken the flavors of Mongolian beef and lobster in the wok, accompanied by a Guilin sauce and a pot of vegetable rice. The SHI Final is the perfect ending to the culinary experience – a sweet and tangy plum liqueur with hints of almond that perfectly accompanies SHI’s Asian Chocolate Forest – a symphonic creation dedicated to all sweet happy endings.

Share an unforgettable romantic evening this winter, with SHI offering some of the best views over Ain Dubai and the skyline of JBR and Marina, while guests enjoy a live DJ with a thumping soundtrack featuring popular hits mixed with hits. deep house and electronic rhythms to provide an energized atmosphere.

SHI launched in October 2021, as the first Asian dining destination to land at Bluewaters. Upon entering, visitors can delight in the eclectic decor with sleek ceramic plush figurines and sea green accents, reminiscent of high-end destinations in Hong Kong or Shanghai.

Reservations can be made by email reservations@shirestaurant.comor by calling +971 4 393 9990.

Location: SHI, Bluewaters

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The Marine Hotel in Stonehaven https://offshores-nextdoor.com/the-marine-hotel-in-stonehaven/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/the-marine-hotel-in-stonehaven/ Stonehaven is one of those places I love to visit, I don’t do it enough. But in the space of two weeks, I found myself in the city of Aberdeenshire on numerous occasions, either for walks with a dog or to celebrate the engagement of two friends of my boyfriend and me. Although I’m sure […]]]>

Stonehaven is one of those places I love to visit, I don’t do it enough.

But in the space of two weeks, I found myself in the city of Aberdeenshire on numerous occasions, either for walks with a dog or to celebrate the engagement of two friends of my boyfriend and me.

Although I’m sure the Marine Hotel at the port has hosted many engagement parties, this trip saw Calum and I bring his parents’ black Labrador, Millie, with whom we were babysitting, for a lunch.

We were in the mood for a nice pub lunch and thought we’d kill two birds with one stone. We’d have a bite to eat and take Millie to the beach so she could go wild.

The marine hotel

Although Stonehaven is a tourist hotspot, it’s not exactly built for the many cars parked in its small streets, especially around the harbor area, so we decided to grab the first spot we could find and walk to The Marine which is on the sea front.

Our appetites had grown from days of long walks with the dog and I looked forward to filling my stomach with lots of good food.

The main entrance to the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

I remembered that only the hotel bar allows dogs, so I chose to sit there instead of the restaurant. It wasn’t crowded when we arrived, so we sat in the furthest corner and Millie propped her butt up in front of the fireplace, which wasn’t lit at the time.

A friendly member of staff informed us of the specials by handing us our menus leaving a small blackboard on the table and leaving to get our drinks. The usual – two pints of Diet Coke.

The offer sounded very enticing and although I had trouble accessing the menu online, I checked out various review platforms to get an idea of ​​what to expect. The first thing I noticed on this menu was how each course had a recommended beer pairing alongside. After all, The Marine is the home of the Northeast brewers six degrees north.

As expected there was plenty of beer on tap and in the fridges but alas we refrained.

I also noted that there were plenty of gluten-free options on the food menu and the ability to make some dishes gluten-free as well, which I’m sure would be appreciated by many.

The food

I really liked the offer, which is still a promising start. But, to be honest, I couldn’t see past the beat up Chinese bar.

Served with sizzling ginger, chilli and spring onions and lime soy sauce (£8.75), it all seemed to come together beautifully, and it does.

When our mains arrived I was glad I had opted for something hot as opposed to the hummus board placed in front of my boyfriend.

Not that there’s anything wrong with the hummus selection – basil pesto, sun-dried tomato hummus and beetroot, all served with raw vegetables such as cucumber and carrot plus pita (£7.45) – but the smell of mine made me lick my lips in anticipation.

“Sounds good, doesn’t it?” Calum is more reassured.

We both returned and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by both.

The fried battered fish was laid on the bed of fresh, tangy ginger that had also been fried with the spring onion. Micro vegetables were layered over the three reasonably sized pieces of fish, and a small metal ramekin filled with sauce was on the side. The Asian influenced sauce was delicious and I loved the addition of the hidden chili peppers underneath.

The hummus boards that were ordered. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

The best part about the hummus board was actually the variety available. I managed to sneak a little of each and they were all very enjoyable. I think the beetroot and basil stand out the most, but I wasn’t sure if the price was a bit high, given that our little metal ramekins were about half full and it was bread with vegetable sticks.

I don’t normally do this with reviews, but I also ordered from the main bar. The two dishes were served very differently but my first option of marinated monkfish in harissa (£19.45) wasn’t available so I decided to stick with the fish theme, albeit of the same species.

The place had started to fill up by the time our dishes were served, so it was busy, but manageable for the staff. Most people were just there for a few drinks, while the couple next to us enjoyed their fish and chips (which smelled good) while feeding their young child mac and cheese.

Every time a plate came to the table, Millie’s little nose popped up on my knee, sniffing at what treats she might, or most likely not, be able to sneak past. Unfortunately, puppy eyes don’t work so well on me, especially when it comes to food.

Bar risotto with smoked haddock and peas. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

Calum didn’t follow in my footsteps and opted for guinea fowl instead. Although it’s not something he usually orders, he really enjoyed it.

Served with Jerusalem artichokes, mashed beetroot, chicory and jus de jus (£18.45), he also ordered a side of chips, mainly because it’s hard not to when he’s dine in a pub.

The juice was very rich and the beet puree paired favorably with the bird, which was simply delicious.

What I noticed about our two plates was that it wasn’t your usual pub grub, it was more than that. He had real finesse and was tackled with precision.

My sea bass fillet sat on a smoked haddock and pea risotto cooked in a garlic cream sauce (£17.95).

Both fish were cooked well, but the crispy skin of the sea bass almost overtook it as my favorite. However, the smoke of the haddock was too much to resist, and with that buttery risotto and mouth-popping peas, it stole the show.

We had flirted with the idea of ​​venison and lamb dishes, and if the hake had been served in the risotto, I would certainly have tried that. But I was looking for something simple and hearty and the hake with langoustine bisque – as tempting as that sounds – was much lighter.

It was exceptionally filling too. So filling that I actually couldn’t digest the dessert.

The guinea fowl dish served at the Marine Hotel. Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

Desserts included everything from an apple and plum crumble to a cheesecake of the day, a triple chocolate semifreddo, an Eton caramel and pear mess, a cheese platter and ice cream.

They all sounded divine, but with a huge helping of risotto in my belly, I figured it was about time I moved and Millie stretched her legs.

I settled the bill at the bar, where other punters were now gathering for a pint, and we headed along the promenade to the beach.

Image: Kenny Elrick/DC Thomson

The verdict

I really enjoyed our trip to Stonehaven and the fact that the food, weather and company were great, couldn’t fault it.

The pub atmosphere was perfect for what it is. And I loved the interior nautical touches with fishing net, paintings, doors with portholes and more, especially when you have a view of the sea from most of the tables inside.

The menu is also relatively new, so there’s plenty of time to go back and buy that monkfish. I won’t leave my next visit to Stonehaven for so long.

A pub is very different from a restaurant, so I gave 3.5 as a service rating. The staff were very friendly but there was little interaction with them given they were busy at the bar, and I couldn’t build such a solid rapport because of where we were seated.


Information

Address: The Marine Hotel, 9-10 Shorehead, Stonehaven AB39 2JY

P: 01569 762155

W: marinehotelstonehaven.co.uk

Price: £60.40

Scoring:

Food: 4/5

Performance: 3.5/5

Surroundings: 4/5

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HOTEL 101 Group Honors 101 STAY GREEN Champions at Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting https://offshores-nextdoor.com/hotel-101-group-honors-101-stay-green-champions-at-hotel-christmas-tree-lighting/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 07:24:05 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/hotel-101-group-honors-101-stay-green-champions-at-hotel-christmas-tree-lighting/ The Hotel 101 Group held its simultaneous Christmas tree lighting at Hotel 101 – Manila, as well as its properties at Jinjiang Inn – Ortigas, Jinjiang Inn – Makati, Jinjiang Inn – Boracay Station 1 and Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo on November 11, 2022. “We are happy to see our partners who were also […]]]>

The Hotel 101 Group held its simultaneous Christmas tree lighting at Hotel 101 – Manila, as well as its properties at Jinjiang Inn – Ortigas, Jinjiang Inn – Makati, Jinjiang Inn – Boracay Station 1 and Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo on November 11, 2022.

“We are happy to see our partners who were also with us during our very first Christmas tree lighting this time last year, as we have continued and strengthened these partnerships, as well as creating new ones. as we bounce back better from the pandemic,” Group General Manager Gel Gomez said as she welcomed everyone to Hotel 101 – Manila.

“This year, we want to usher in the season and celebrate our annual Christmas tree lighting with more meaning, thanking and honoring our 101 STAY GREEN Champions and Partners,” she adds.

Hotel 101 – Manila Hotel Manager Ryann Dimayuga, PATA President Bob Zozobrado, PCG Deputy Commander for CG RADM Administration Ronnie Gil Gavan, Chief of Staff to Pasay City Mayor Atty. Peter Pardo, DOT NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin, Hotel 101 Group General Manager Gel Gomez, Carousel Productions EVP Lorraine Schuck, Embassy of Sri Lanka Consular Officer Chathuri Kalpana, Embassy of Sri Lanka Attaché Nilmini Deepika Weerasinghe, PTAA’s Cynthia Lirio, CORAL Movement’s Michele Tañada and PCG Deputy Commander for CG VADM Operations Rolando Lizor Punzalan

The event was also highlighted by the awarding of 101 STAY GREEN champions, partners of the hotel in its sustainability program, including Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto Rubiano, Mayor of Iloilo City Jerry Treñas, the Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard CG Admiral Artemio Manalo Abu, the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism Ma . Esperanza Christina Garcia Frasco, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko, COO Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles, Chief Strategy Officer of Cebu Pacific Air Alex Reyes, Executive Vice President of Carousel Productions Lorraine Schuck, TV5 presenter and host Gretchen Ho, and Juvien , founder of DeWaste Solutions Galano.

Philip William Olimpiada and Brian Ong of the Hotel 101 group, as well as Bob Zozobrado, President of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)

Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto – Rubiano expressed her thanks for the 101 STAY GREEN Champions award and expressed her best wishes as “our grand vision to be the first eco-city is slowly but surely turning into reality. , especially with much-loved establishments like Hotel 101 joining us on this journey. Fittingly, the hotel is located almost next to the iconic MOA globe, telling every Filipino that being environmentally conscious goes hand in hand with being globally competitive,” the mayor said, in a speech read by his chief of staff Atty. Pierre Pardo.

Indian Embassy in the Philippines First Secretary Nishi Kant Singh with DOT NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala-Batin, DOT’s Ivannovich Agote and Hotel 101 Group Managing Director Gel Gomez

Department of Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, represented by DOT NCR Regional Director Sharlene Zabala – Batin, emphasized the importance of building a resilient tourism sector to survive as we rebuild from the pandemic, and goes further by explaining the president’s vision to “transform the tourism industry”. as a pillar of economic recovery.

“Indeed, COVID-19 has been our greatest test, affecting all sectors of our society. With no playbook to use, it had us hitting the reset button and pivoting to a realization that bouncing isn’t enough. We need to make the industry better and stronger.

“We have already begun the first stages of our unshakeable recovery, and with the support of our national government and the confidence of our private sector partners, we are optimistic that the coming days promise nothing but significant growth,” said RD batin.

Hotel 101 Group launched its 101 STAY GREEN sustainability initiative on June 20, 2022 and has further strengthened this advocacy with partnerships with Pasay City LGU, Philippine Coast Guard Marine Environmental Protection Command and Aviation Force, Iloilo City LGU, DeWaste Solutions, among others.

Hotel 101 Group is a subsidiary of DoubleDragon Corporation, which operates Hotel 101, Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo City and Jinjiang Inn Philippines. Hotel 101 Group recently unveiled its direction to begin expanding overseas. His goal is to make Hotel 101 the first global hotel chain in the Philippines.

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Why Qatar’s MSC Cruise floating hotel is the ‘greenest’ ship in the world – Doha News https://offshores-nextdoor.com/why-qatars-msc-cruise-floating-hotel-is-the-greenest-ship-in-the-world-doha-news/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 14:14:36 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/why-qatars-msc-cruise-floating-hotel-is-the-greenest-ship-in-the-world-doha-news/ MSC Cruises’ newest ship, World Europa, is here to repair the image of an industry tarnished by environmental issues. MSC World Europa will operate as a floating hotel offering football fans a unique hospitality experience during the World Cup. It has 33 dining establishments, bars and lounges, each with a unique ambiance and style. These […]]]>

MSC Cruises’ newest ship, World Europa, is here to repair the image of an industry tarnished by environmental issues.

MSC World Europa will operate as a floating hotel offering football fans a unique hospitality experience during the World Cup.

It has 33 dining establishments, bars and lounges, each with a unique ambiance and style. These include six specialty restaurants and seven new concept bars and cafes, as well as next-level entertainment options spread across new high-tech venues.

Not only is the ship the largest cruise ship in the company’s fleet, but it’s also the most cutting-edge and environmentally friendly.

In an industry often criticized by environmental activists, it’s a heavy title for a cruise to be labeled the ‘greenest’ in the world, so what made MSC Cruise’s Europa do it? won ?

Doha News spoke with Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Social Governance at MSC Cruises, Linden Coppell, to detail the steps the company has taken to transform its ship to be eco-friendly. the environment.

LNG fueled

Last year the company promised achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, exceeding the current IMO (International Maritime Organization) target of a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“This ship, for example, is the largest cruise ship to run on liquefied natural gas LNG,” Coppell told Doha News. Although still a fossil fuel, LNG, Qatar’s biggest export, still burns much cleaner than traditional marine fuels.

Plus, it’s the only marine fuel available to the scale enterprise it needs today. “For our industry, this represents up to 25% less carbon emissions and a significant reduction in local pollutants.”

However, they will not use LNG indefinitely. The LNG-powered vessel paves the way for the adoption of synthetic fuels and other alternative fuels as they become widely available and carbon neutral.

“Once bio or synthetic LNG becomes available, which is basically not made from fossil fuel, then we have the infrastructure in place on ships where we can very easily start using that fuel when it becomes available,” Coppell said.

fuel cell technology

One of the benefits of using LNG is that it allows them to test what they call “fuel cell technology”.

“We have a fuel cell demonstrator on board, and the fuel cell is fundamentally a different way of creating heat and power,” Coppell told Doha News.

Currently, MSC Cruises uses the ship’s engines because they not only move them through the water, but they also provide all the lighting, heating and cooling systems they need for the hotel part of the ship.

MSC World Europa is a state-of-the-art urban metropolis at sea that offers a truly world of experiences while raising the bar for the cruise industry.

It has 22 decks, 215,863 gross tons, a beam of 154 feet, over 430,000 square feet of public space, and 2,626 staterooms.

Water salinization

“Our ship has the ability to create all of its own fresh water needs using seawater,” Coppell said.

The company uses two different types of desalination. “We can use waste heat from the engine as a condensation method to generate fresh water from seawater. And we also use a technology called reverse osmosis.

By combining the two types of desalination, the ship creates all the water it needs “whether for swimming pools, cooking, cleaning or sanitary facilities”.

There are six swimming pools spread throughout the ship.

Before the water returned to sea, Coppell explained that they had to ensure it was clean to a very high standard, so they used their advanced sewage treatment systems on board.

The complete treatment system goes through different stages. “It takes that sewage, cleans it to a very high standard before it’s released into the sea.” The system meets global regulatory requirements for sewage disposal.

Protect marine life

MSC World Europa has been specifically designed to minimize noise and vibration, which aims to reduce the impact of cruising on marine life.

“When we looked at the design of the propellers, as well as the location of the motor and its condition, it’s isolated to minimize that noise and vibration,” Coppell explained.

There is also an underwater radiated noise management system designed to minimize the potential impact of noise and vibration on marine mammals.

Antifouling paint

All MSC Cruises ships have their hulls painted with specialist, environmentally friendly paints called “anti-fouling paints” which inhibit the growth of barnacles, algae and other marine organisms, significantly reducing drag.

“When we go back to the drawing board, we look at the exact shape of the hole to make sure there’s little resistance as it goes through the water. The easier we can navigate our ship through the water, the less energy we need. But we have a lot of microorganisms or growing outside the ship,” Coppell told Doha News.

“What the paint does is it helps prevent these organisms from growing on the hole. So it basically improves the efficiency of the ship as it moves,” she added.

MSC World Europe

MSC World Europa will spend its first season in the Middle East, sailing on seven-day cruises to Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Doha, Qatar; Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates; and Dubai.

On December 20, she will embark on a special 4-night trip from Doha, Qatar to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to kick off her season.

MSC World Europa will sail from Dubai to the Mediterranean Sea for summer 2023 on March 25, 2023.

For those who don’t have the opportunity to try it this season, the cruise ship will offer seven-night voyages that will stop at Valletta in Malta, Barcelona in Spain and Marseille in France in addition to Italian ports of Genoa, Naples, and Messina.

Since the start of cruise tourism in Qatar, more than 560,000 cruise passengers and 182 stopovers have been received, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al-Baker told a press briefing.

He pointed out that, for the 2021-2022 cruise season, Italians made up the majority of the 29 calls that two MSC ships made to the port of Doha.

Baptism ceremony

Just in time for the organization of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, MSC Cruises celebrated the christening ceremony of its new flagship, MSC World Europa, in the renovated port of Doha.

A long-standing maritime custom, the ship’s official christening ceremony took place in front of the ship’s captain, Captain Marco Massa, and esteemed visitors from around the world.

National figures, including Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al-Thani, Vice President and CEO of the Qatar Foundation, Akbar Al-Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways Group, and Hassan Al-Thawadi, Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for the Delivery and Legacy, attended the event, which included a traditional maritime ceremony at the Port of Doha.

A state-of-the-art video mapping projection on the ship’s hull, a unique light drone show featuring 600 drones, and a grand fireworks display were all showcased at the event.

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Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is the perfect island getaway https://offshores-nextdoor.com/le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa-is-the-perfect-island-getaway/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 04:42:00 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/le-meridien-maldives-resort-spa-is-the-perfect-island-getaway/ Deep blue seas, sparkling turquoise lagoons and sunny days spent on the beach surrounded by luxury — The Maldives has all the ingredients for a magical getaway. The Indian Ocean island country is renowned for its ultra-luxurious properties, each offering a little piece of paradise. The National checked into Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, […]]]>

Deep blue seas, sparkling turquoise lagoons and sunny days spent on the beach surrounded by luxury — The Maldives has all the ingredients for a magical getaway. The Indian Ocean island country is renowned for its ultra-luxurious properties, each offering a little piece of paradise.

The National checked into Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, to see what sets it apart from the rest.

Home

Landing at Velana International Airport in Male, we meet Imadh, the hotel representative who secures us a seat on our seaplane transfer to Thilamaafushi Island. Soon we were taken to the newly opened seaplane terminal in Male, where we waited in one of the lounges (the Meridian lounge should be completed in December) for a few hours, before we could board the plane for the island. . Once in the air, the trip takes about 35 minutes, and when we land, a welcome party awaits us.

The neighborhood

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is the only property located on Thilamaafushi Island in Lhaviyani Atoll. The nine-hectare island has golf carts, which are available upon request for easy travel.

Bedroom

We are staying in a sunrise overwater villa, which at 100 square meters is incredibly spacious. The pink walls are complemented by splashes of turquoise – reflecting the lagoon outside – by way of a window and the dressing room door. There is a fully stocked mini bar and tea and coffee making facilities. To minimize plastic waste, all rooms have glass bottles filled with purified, sparkling water, and these are refilled daily.

The toilets and the bathroom face each other, a dressing table separating them. The bathroom has his and hers sinks, while a glass door separates it from the shower area, where there is a large free-standing bath that offers stunning sea views, with blinds for those times when you prefer privacy. Malin and Goetz toiletries are stored in refillable bottles to minimize plastic waste.

The main living area houses a large television which can be swiveled out to watch from the bed, the lounge chair or the seating area in the corner of the room. The incredibly comfortable king-size bed faces the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, which bring in plenty of natural light and look out onto the terrace and the sea beyond.

Outside there is a seating area, two lounge chairs, a hammock on stilts and steps that lead down to the lagoon. Housekeeping is provided twice a day — and comes with personal touches such as a fashioned turtle with towels and handwritten notes left by staff.

There are a total of 141 villas in 11 categories on offer at the resort, including basic beach bungalows, lagoon villas (ideal for families with young children), beach pool villas, beach villas stilts at sunrise and sunset and Villa Thilamaafushi, which with its three bedrooms and private swimming pool, is perfect for large families and groups.

The service

The hotel’s multicultural staff are warm and friendly, promptly attending to all requests and checking in on guests intermittently, never feeling like they’re high.

The food

There are six dining outlets at the property offering varied dining experiences. Tabemasu is the on-site Japanese restaurant; Velaa Bar and Grill is a beachfront spot that offers meat and seafood dishes; the poolside Riviera offers a menu of refreshing drinks and light snacks; Turquoise serves an international menu; The Waves Cafe offers a selection of healthy meals and shisha; and Latitude’s menu features deli-style bites and specialty coffee.

There are also two private dining experiences: an exclusive experience at Bodu Finolhu — a private island 10 minutes from the resort — and Harvest Table, located next to the on-site greenhouse, where up to eight people can dine in privacy.

Breakfast is served at Turquoise and is genuine international cuisine, with options such as porridge, sausages, fish in black bean sauce, local options such as Maldivian masala and ladyfingers curry coconut, Indian options and a live egg station. You also have the option of making your own salad using fresh produce harvested from the hotel’s greenhouse, one of the largest hydroponic farms in the Maldives.

Apart from that, you can also enjoy fresh fruits, juices, chia puddings, muesli, cold meats, cheeses, breads, croissants, as well as cereals and nuts, with options of non-dairy milk available. Children have their own breakfast, which includes treats such as cupcakes and sprinkles.

The food and ingredients at each restaurant are fresh and, as a picky eater, all of my dietary requests are catered for. My favorite restaurant is Tabemasu, where every dish on the five-course ($120) Omakase menu is outstanding. Another highlight is our experience at Harvest Table, where the set menu ($80) ensures the brilliance of ingredients grown locally in the resort’s greenhouse.

The scene

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa offers all kinds of amenities for families.  Photo: Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa

The property offers plenty of activities for all ages — for the little ones there’s the kids’ club, where they can enjoy lots of free activity sessions and games. A paid baby-sitting service is also available if the parents want a date.

There are also a number of activities for adults, such as beach movie screenings, yoga, and Pilates. Guests looking to do something a little less active can try their hand at art classes, learn how to make pizza, or up their coffee game with a barista lesson, with sessions starting at 30. $ per person. We get to try the art and barista classes, and despite our negligible skills, the friendly, patient, and talented instructors make sure it’s enjoyable and educational.

Elsewhere, the Explore Spa offers a number of relaxing and rejuvenating massages. The treatment rooms offer sea views, while various blends of spicy oils are used for the services – I tried the abhyanga massage and was ready for a siesta after a very relaxing experience.

To really enjoy the sparkling waters of the Maldives and explore the marine life surrounding the resort, there are guided diving or snorkeling excursions, and guests can also borrow snorkeling gear to swim in the lagoons and reef at the resort. -of the. If a dip in the ocean seems too daunting, there are two large pools on the property.

Highs and lows

The hotel stands out for its incredibly friendly staff who always stop by to chat, its varied culinary offerings, and the ability to descend directly into the lagoon from our private villa.

The hammock on stilts, where I spend hours reading and spotting the occasional stingray, is another undeniable highlight.

Although it is beyond the control of the property, if I have to nitpick, the only downside is not being able to do any of the guided water activities due to unstable weather during our stay.

The insider tip

Book your flight to arrive in Male early in the day – this will help reduce your waiting time for the seaplane, giving you more time on the island, which can only be a good thing.

The verdict

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for those seeking a luxurious getaway. There are enough options on the island to enjoy the vacation at your own pace, whether it’s trying out several of the activities on offer, relaxing on the white sand beaches, indulging in the various culinary experiences or explore the sparkling turquoise waters.

The bottom line

Rooms start at $450, excluding tax, for a beach villa in low season. Seaplane transfers are $495 round-trip; www.marriott.com.

This review was conducted at the hotel’s invitation during the global coronavirus pandemic. It reflects hotel standards during this period, services may change in the future.

Updated: November 12, 2022, 09:07

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THE LUX COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES A NEW GLOBAL LUX* LIFE EXTRAORDINARY CAMPAIGN https://offshores-nextdoor.com/the-lux-collective-launches-a-new-global-lux-life-extraordinary-campaign/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 13:38:22 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/the-lux-collective-launches-a-new-global-lux-life-extraordinary-campaign/ “We have partnered with Matter of Form, a leading brand and experience design consultancy, to create a strategic awareness campaign to imbue the unique positioning of the LUX* brand globally across all canals. We believe time is a luxury and every precious moment is worth celebrating. Whether on the beach, in the city or in […]]]>

We have partnered with Matter of Form, a leading brand and experience design consultancy, to create a strategic awareness campaign to imbue the unique positioning of the LUX* brand globally across all canals. We believe time is a luxury and every precious moment is worth celebrating. Whether on the beach, in the city or in the secluded wilderness, LUX* transforms the everyday into the extraordinary through elevated brilliant service, beautifully designed spaces and by offering thoughtfully designed escapes,” said Mr. Julian Hagger, Executive Vice President of The Lux Collective.

At the heart of its raison d’être, The Lux Collective makes every moment count and cares about what matters. Featuring award-winning resorts, LUX* is designed on the promise of a different kind of luxury – to excite and delight – retro-style ice cream parlors, bespoke LUX* ME spa and wellness sessions, dining at a magical wishing tree setting, junk art galleries and impromptu film screenings on the beach.

Mr. Anant Sharma, Managing Director of Matter Of Form, said “We are privileged to work with LUX*. During our stay at LUX* properties in the Maldives and Mauritius, we were struck by their exceptional service culture, incredible locations and exceptional resorts. Translating the essence of this global portfolio into communications, digital and content in a way that does justice to the physical experience requires finely tuned creativity, guided by broad and bold thinking.

The The Extraordinary Life the campaign represents tasteful and modern luxury style and includes new broadcast video and print ads, social, digital and content marketing initiatives. Campaign activity will be further amplified through key global partnerships and the roll-out of its own LUX* magazine titled The Extraordinary Life with inspirations to help LUX* aficionados celebrate life.

A naturalistic campaign that breaks conventional codes of advertising with a less-is-more emotive approach, designs shot in different resort destinations highlight the distinctiveness of each location, with their own bespoke creative assets. Moreover, it conveys the diversity of guests and unique experiences that LUX* offers.

  • To LUX* Grand Bay in Mauritius, the story of the resort campaign is about three friends who reunite after years of separation. Tapping into the prior anticipation, long-awaited reconnection, and sense of belonging with truly close friends, this creation celebrates the beauty and joy that friendship can bring. Magnified by a magnificent setting.

Located on one of the most coveted beaches in the north of the island, LUX* Grand Baie offers a spectacular setting with the promise of a modern approach to luxury combined with extraordinary experiences. Positioned as the best luxury resort in Mauritius, it is the global winner of the Robb Report Annual Best of the Best Awards – The Best In Travel for Island Getaway, just six months after opening last December.

Accentuating the natural landscape, the station was born from the passion and collaboration with several British interior designer Kelly Hoppen CBE and Mauritian architect Jean-François Adam. It offers sophisticated beachside living, with exciting dining concepts, especially at Beach Rogue – LUX* signature beach club concept and the eye-catch Ai KISU who offers best-in-class Asian cuisine with an open kitchenstate-of-the-art hydrothermal fitness and wellness facilities, LUX*ME spa and hammam treatments as well as unique Mauritian experiences for discovery.

  • To LUX* Le Morne, guests are invited to lose track of time, alone or with others. Featuring a solo traveler exploring the mountains, waters and forests of Mauritius alongside fellow guest, the creative celebrates chance encounters and the beauty of independent exploration. Reconnect with yourself while encourage new ones.
  • The LUX* Le Morne beachfront resort embodies contemporary island lifestyle paired with immersive experiences – designed for luxury-conscious travelers. Located at the foot of Le Morne mountain (a UNESCO heritage site) and 15 minutes from the Black River Gorges, it is close to the best hiking trails, with exclusive access to the most beautiful sunsets and lagoons. research.
  • To LUX* South Ari Atoll, it features the Maldivian oasis designed to house an extraordinary unhindered connection. The the creation centers on a busy father and young daughter, each searching for close moments that just seem out of reach. Throughout their stay, dissatisfied stares become eventual hugs – their shared joy.

With elegant overwater villas built on stilts, the luxurious LUX* South Ari Atoll in the Maldives offers a variety of fun activities with a modern soul. They include bike rides on the pier, swimming alongside whale sharks, a culinary adventure at its eight restaurants, each featuring LUX* Keen on Green healthy vegan cuisine, and participation in marine conservation.

Travel is one of life’s great pleasures. The specially organized LUX* Review aims to enrich the mind as well as highlight beauty and the collective consciousness of wellness and sustainability as a way forward for travel. Insightful reflections on the purpose of life, which ignites the passion of well-known personalities, it includes stories of lifestyle trends from “Go Lightly” to protect the earth to the culinary characteristics of “The Rise of The Sober Curious” . Also there are an exclusive booklet – Extraordinary Experiences where customers can take part in breathtaking adventures traveling around the world with LUX*. Find out more about https://www.luxresorts.com/.

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Marine Hotel Association Announces New Culinary Advisory Board https://offshores-nextdoor.com/marine-hotel-association-announces-new-culinary-advisory-board/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 11:51:33 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/marine-hotel-association-announces-new-culinary-advisory-board/ The Marine Hotel Association (MHA), which will host its annual congress Conference and Trade Show in Naples, Florida, April 2-4, 2023formed a Culinary Advisory Council bringing together culinary leaders and innovators from the maritime hospitality industry to advise MHA in its ongoing mission to elevate the culinary arts within the industry. The upcoming event is […]]]>

The Marine Hotel Association (MHA), which will host its annual congress Conference and Trade Show in Naples, Florida, April 2-4, 2023formed a Culinary Advisory Council bringing together culinary leaders and innovators from the maritime hospitality industry to advise MHA in its ongoing mission to elevate the culinary arts within the industry.

The upcoming event is essential for food and beverage and hotel suppliers to the industry, providing an intimate format for suppliers to connect with cruise line members next April.

The new council includes seven culinary leaders in senior positions at member cruise lines and a culinary innovator from the MHA supplier community. It will be led by Philippe Faucher, senior vice president, Apollo Cruise Services and current president of MHA, and Peter Tobler, director of hotel operations for Windstar Cruises.

Participating cruise lines include Royal Caribbean Group, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, Regent, Explora Journeys, Marella and CMI Leisure, the latter representing a large part of the growing small ship and expedition market.

The purpose of this Culinary Council will be to:

  • Advise the MHA Board of Directors on and, where possible, participate in activities and events showcasing cruise ship culinary talent and innovation;
  • Nominate culinary talents from across the industry to participate in MHA events;
  • Advise the MHA Board of Directors on educational institutions to partner with for professional culinary development;
  • Form a selection committee to evaluate and recommend candidates for the MHA Culinary Fellowships.

The MHA Culinary Council will focus on the MHA 2023 Annual Conference and Trade Show, depending on growth, following the highly successful MHA 2019 show where the culinary talents of all member cruise lines were showcased.

the 2023 event will once again feature our extraordinary local culinary talent.

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Six Senses Grand Bahama will offer branded hotels, villas and residences with an emphasis on sustainability and regeneration https://offshores-nextdoor.com/six-senses-grand-bahama-will-offer-branded-hotels-villas-and-residences-with-an-emphasis-on-sustainability-and-regeneration/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 20:44:55 +0000 https://offshores-nextdoor.com/six-senses-grand-bahama-will-offer-branded-hotels-villas-and-residences-with-an-emphasis-on-sustainability-and-regeneration/ Six Senses is coming to Grand Bahama as part of a project that will boost local tourism, development and investment. With social and environmental responsibility at its core, the new resort and residences will create employment opportunities for residents of Grand Bahama, encourage sustainability and regenerative activity on the island, and engage the surrounding community […]]]>

Six Senses is coming to Grand Bahama as part of a project that will boost local tourism, development and investment. With social and environmental responsibility at its core, the new resort and residences will create employment opportunities for residents of Grand Bahama, encourage sustainability and regenerative activity on the island, and engage the surrounding community while protecting the land for future generations of residents and visitors to Grand Bahama. .

Village resort

Designed by 3XN architects, the resort village will include 45 waterfront and canal villas with 2,400 feet (732 meters) of beach and water frontage on three sides. In addition to guest accommodation, plans are underway for an exclusive restaurant, beach venue, boathouse and pool bar. Future development of the 36-acre site will see direct access to a new marina.

Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs said, “We look forward to reflecting the authenticity of the Bahamian lifestyle, culture and landscape through organic pathways and architectural design to create a community blended with our philosophy of well-being, sustainability, designed customer experiences and emotions. hospitality.”

Units are planned to be modular and pre-engineered to minimize site impacts and meet high sustainability goals. Commenting on the design, 3XN Founder Kim Herforth Nielson said, “This is a great opportunity to explore new construction methods and define a specific and novel approach to sustainability in the Bahamas – both for buildings and to respect the exceptional local nature.

The resort village will host an experience center as well as artist studios, casual meeting spaces, a fitness center and a Six Senses Spa. In addition to the Earth Lab, there will also be a marine research and diving center focusing on coastal resilience, native plantings and land restoration. Additional land and sea areas will be designated as reserves, further enhancing the local biosphere.

Transformative model for projects in the Bahamas and the Caribbean

Today’s challenges are solved by actions, not words. At Six Senses Grand Bahama, a team of experts in coastal resilience, marine ecology and sustainable design will collaborate with Bahamian consultants to ensure their wealth of knowledge is integrated and applied to all aspects of development.

The development and investment team, led by Weller Development Partners and Pegasus Capital Advisors, has a track record of environmental sustainability and a reputation for delivering transformative projects. One of the priorities is to recruit from the communities directly surrounding the project and the aim is to partner with Blue Action Lab to collaborate with the local community on job training and skills improvement. With an official launch expected to kick off in a few weeks, the project will create hundreds of jobs for Bahamians, both in the construction phases and when the resort opens. Marc Weller, Founding Partner and Chairman of Weller Development Partners, said: “We are committed to ensuring that our developments have a positive social impact on surrounding communities. Our team uses sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint, build resilient and healthy communities, and preserve our natural environment. We want to build trust and work with the people of Grand Bahama to realize their priorities and realize the potential of this incredible island.

The development will receive investment from the Global Coral Reef Fund, to provide capital and technical assistance leading to increased resilience of reefs and the communities that depend on them. Creating a resort town with a coastline that insulates from hurricanes, while minimizing environmental impacts through energy and waste self-sufficiency ambitions, will also set an example for future sustainable tourism models in Grand Bahama and the Caribbean. Dale Galvin, partner at the Global Coral Reef Fund, adds, “There is a wealth of knowledge and data within organizations and local communities in the Bahamas, and we look forward to partnering with these institutions to create a symbiotic relationship. between development and the sustainable protection of the marine environment.

Brand residences

Less than an hour by plane or 2.5 hours by boat from Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Grand Bahama is the gateway to the Bahamas and a short trip to and from South Florida and major international hubs . Designed by world-renowned architect Olson Kundig, there will be around 20 branded residences for homeowners looking for a home near the cosmopolitan, family-friendly capital, Freeport. One of the last islands to develop in the mid 20e century, Grand Bahama is a laid-back, accessible community that balances modern infrastructure, restaurants and hotels with golden beaches and turquoise waters. Outside of town, the island is an explorer’s delight with its vast mangrove forests, sea caves and sandy cays.

Speaking of the partnership, Olson Kundig Director, Owner and Founder Tom Kundig said, “Six Senses’ immersive approach to hospitality, travel and wellness offers guests the opportunity to experience something extraordinary on all levels. I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with them in the design of their new resort on Grand Bahama and support our shared agenda of wellness, sustainable design, community, connectedness with nature, and transformative experiences. .”

Summarizing the project, Pegasus Capital Advisers Founder and CEO Craig Cogut said, “Our goal is always to create nature-based solutions and sustainable infrastructure while driving intentional, material, and scalable social and environmental outcomes. Pegasus Capital Advisors specializes in investments in sustainable ocean production, ecotourism and infrastructure.

Six Senses Grand Bahama is expected to open in 2026.

Hotel website

Six Sens Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama, Bahamas

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