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The Legendary Hyatt Regency Bali is Relaunched After a Five-years Facelift

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All 363 rooms are designed in modern Balinese style with a dash of Japanese influence
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On December 20, 2018, the 45-year-old Grande Dame of Balinese hospitality Bali Hyatt reopens as Hyatt Regency Bali.

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When the original Bali Hyatt opened in November 1973, it was the very first international hotel to open on the island and a pioneer of Indonesian-style architecture.

Once considered the most luxurious and stylish hotel on the island the hotel had gone through multi-million dollar extensive upgrade and modernisation. Hyatt Regency Bali is aiming to evoke the same sense of awe and admiration in its guests as it did 45 years ago, while maintaining the much-loved Balinese aesthetic of the original.

“After this period of extensive renovations, we are thrilled to be able to reveal a new and improved Hyatt Regency Bali to the public,” says General Manager Zulki Othman. “We look forward to greeting new guests and also welcoming back our former guests who we believe will appreciate that we’ve managed to upgrade all the structures and facilities while retaining the hotel’s original Balinese design and spirit. We are truly blessed to occupy this incredible beachfront location surrounded by lush greenery and it’s great that it can be fully enjoyed once again.”

Location

A mere 22-minute drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport, spread across nine hectares of land, Hyatt Regency Bali is one of the largest hotel development in Sanur, known for its gardens originally designed by the famed tropical landscape artist Made Wijaya. Featuring over 500 plant species, the hotel gardens have graced the pages of multiple landscaping and coffee-table books and during the renovations, all mature trees and as much of the plants as possible were preserved.

In addition, Hyatt Regency Bali fronts onto 500 metres of beach — among the widest beachfront in Sanur.

Design

The overall design mimics the style of Bali Hyatt. The lobby for example, is almost identical with Bali Hyatt’s with its terracotta tiles, chandelier, statues, and stairs. Throughout the hotel,old design elements of Bali Hyatt are integrated in fresher, new setting – carvings placed behind check-in desk, batik stamps from old guestrooms are repurposed into artwork at Regency Club Lounge.

Rooms

Hyatt Regency Bali houses 363 rooms spanning 27-81 square metres, each featuring a private balcony overlooking the lush gardens or Indian Ocean. The hotel further includes 39 one-bedroom suites with spacious balconies up to 70 square metres in size. With a separate living room that can accommodate an extra bed and an additional powder room with a shower, the suites are ideal for families and groups. In addition, booking a suite include access to the Regency Club Lounge offering a private concierge and complimentary breakfast, all-day snacks and evening cocktails and canapés.

Drinking and dining venues

Hyatt Regency Bali showcases three open-air drinking and dining venues, each aiming to offer authentic, competitively priced food and drink utilising the freshest and finest ingredients available, local and organic wherever possible. The entire resort aims to minimise its environmental impact and the venues use minimal plastic, opting instead for paper straws, recyclable coffee cups and bags made from bagasse (sugar-cane pulp).

Omang Omang is the hotel’s all-day dining space offering comfort food from Indonesia and around the world. Alongside views of the gardens and pools, Omang Omang will serve a buffet breakfast, resort favourites all day and charcoal-grilled seafood and prime cuts come evening, as well as what it considers the best Es Campur (coconut shaved ice) in town.

For stunning sea views and sundowners, Pizzaria is hard to beat. The casual drinking and dining venue overlooking Sanur Beach specialises in pasta cooked a la minute, pizza baked in wood-fired ovens, frozen cocktails and Italian sodas muddled with fresh fruit and herbs.

Against a backdrop of rindik (Balinese music) musicians by day and piano accompaniment by night, Piano Lounge is ideal for a quiet drink, casual business meeting or social gathering. Continuing the Indonesia tradition of arisan, where ladies congregate, a signature afternoon tea will be served alongside barista-made Indonesian coffee and loose-leaf tea.

Activities

Being Bali, there is of course no shortage of ways to enjoy the verdant natural surroundings. Hyatt Regency Bali offers three swimming pools right by the beach: a Lap Pool; a shallow Children’s Pool; and a Main Pool surrounded by bounteous overhanging bougainvillea where guests can swim through a replica of Goa Gajah — the 9th-century ‘elephant cave’ temple near Ubud — carved out of volcanic rock.

Meanwhile, guests will feel their stresses slip away even before they arrive at Shankha Spa, as they approach the venue via open-air walkways surrounded by ponds. The vast complex comprises ten spa suites — each a mini spa within itself — housing a treatment area, relaxation area, shower, changing room, vanity area and private garden with an outdoor whirlpool ideal for watsu (aquatic massage) treatments.

Elsewhere, guests will discover a second lap pool overlooked by a reclining statue of Ganesh; an open-air Juice Bar where they can replenish lost electrolytes after an intense workout; a Yoga Studio; outdoor hot and cold plunge pools; and a relaxation area.

For the young ones, Hyatt Regency Bali offers Camp Hyatt. Once inside, kids will discover an outdoor playground, an indoor playroom filled with toys and games, and a programme designed to both entertain and educate with Balinese arts, crafts and cultural activities.

Shankha Spa and Camp Hyatt are due to open on 1st quarter of 2019.

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Princess Cruises Announces 2020-2021 Caribbean & Panama Canal Seasons Featuring Newest Ships

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Princess Cruises Announces 2020-2021 Caribbean & Panama Canal Seasons Featuring Newest Ships
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New Cruise Ship Enchanted Princess Offers Seven-Day Eastern and Western Caribbean Sailings

New 15-day Itinerary Between Ft. Lauderdale and San Diego for Ocean-to-Ocean Panama Canal Experience

Princess Cruises guests sailing to the islands of the Caribbean or the engineering marvel of the Panama Canal now have a variety of itineraries and cruise ships to choose from with the announcement of the cruise line’s fall 2020 to spring 2021 cruise season, open for sale May 9, 2019.

Caribbean 2020-2021
A total of five ships will offer cruisers a choice of 127 departures on 15 unique itineraries, ranging in length from four to 20 days, taking guests to 24 cruise destinations in 20 countries in the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean.

Caribbean Princess, Crown Princess, Enchanted Princess, and Sky Princess are Princess MedallionClass™ ships. Powered by OceanMedallion, the most advanced wearable device in the global hospitality industry, these ships deliver a hassle-free, personalized vacation that gives guests more time to enjoy what they love most about cruising.  Each cruise ship will also feature MedallionNet, the best Wi-Fi at sea offering fast, affordable, reliable and unlimited internet service to stream shows, post photos and video chat.

“Our 2020-21 Caribbean cruise season offers both the best experiences ashore and onboard,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “With four hips, including our newest Enchanted Princess and Sky Princess, offering our highly-desired Princess MedallionClass experience, guests will find an enhanced level of service and ease onboard. This, combined with the sun-drenched beaches and diverse cultures of the Caribbean, offers our guests various itinerary options to experience this popular destination.”

Enchanted Princess, makes her North American debut in Ft. Lauderdale on November 21, 2020sailing on 21 alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises through April 10, 2021. Sky Princess, launching in October 2019, will sail for the first time on the cruise line’s popular 10-day Southern Caribbean Voyager itinerary, which can be combined for a 20-day Caribbean Explorer cruise. Guests can choose from 17 Sky Princess voyages from November 5, 2020 to March 30, 2021.

Additional itinerary highlights for the fall 2020 – spring 2021 Caribbean season include:

  • Offered onboard Caribbean Princess and Enchanted Princess, all seven-day Eastern Caribbean voyages depart on either Saturday or Sunday and visit St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Princess Cays.
  • All seven-day Caribbean Princess and Enchanted Princess Western Caribbean cruises leave on either Saturday or Sunday with port calls in Grand Cayman and Cozumel, with options including Roatan, Costa Maya or Belize City or Jamaica and Princess Cays.
  • Longer and more destination-rich itineraries to the Southern Caribbean aboard Crown Princess and Island Princess featuring 14-day cruises with port stops in Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Vincent, Barbados, Trinidad, Aruba, Bonaire or Curacao.
  • Princess Cruises visits several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Belize Barrier Reef System, The Pitons Volcanic Spires in St. Lucia and historical Bridgetown in Barbados.
  • Calls to the award-winning Princess Cays on all seven-day voyages, featuring MedallionNet on the island to stay connected.
  • Holiday sailings over Christmas and New Year’s offered on four ships: Caribbean Princess, Enchanted Princess, Island Princess and Sky Princess.
  • Five ports with late-night calls, including St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Cozumel, Aruba and Curacao.

The cruise line’s “Rhythm of the Caribbean,” is an immersive onboard offering that celebrates the lively spirit of the islands through enticing cuisine, signature cocktails, exhilarating entertainment, and authentic regional experiences, bringing the destination to life while at sea. In addition, Discovery at SEA offerings include Stargazing at Sea, Shark Week and Mythbusters activities and more. Plus, the cruise line offers Animal Planet and Discovery recommended shore excursions in every port.

Panama Canal 2020-2021
Princess Cruises was the first cruise line to take passengers through the Panama Canal locks in 1967 and Caribbean Princess was the first large cruise ship to sail through the new Agua Clara locks in fall 2017.

For the upcoming 2020-2021 season, five ships will sail the waters of the Panama Canal, with 30 departures and nine unique itineraries, offering three ways to experience this epic destination – roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale, roundtrip from Los Angeles or sailing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Voyages range from 10 to 21 days, visiting a total of 23 destinations in 11 countries. New for this season, two 15-day ocean-to-ocean voyages are offered sailing between Ft. Lauderdale and the new homeport of San Diego and Crown Princess sails on 10-day cruises roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale.

“We take more guests through the Panama Canal each year than any other cruise line and we’re also the only line to offer a full season of voyages from fall through spring, which is the best time to experience this tropical climate,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises president. “Our upcoming 2020-21 season offers many options for our guests to experience this bucket-list destination – a place best seen from a cruise ship.”

Additional highlights of the September 2020 – April 2021 Panama Canal season include:

  • Five ships: Coral Princess, Crown Princess (MedallionClass), Emerald Princess, Island Princess and Pacific Princess
  • Four homeports: Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco
  • Sailing to the Panama Canal through the new Agua Clara Locks, Crown Princess and Emerald Princess offer partial Canal transits from the Atlantic Ocean roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale with Costa Rica and Caribbean voyages.
  • Coral Princess and Emerald Princess will sail full transit 15-day cruises between Ft. Lauderdale and Los Angeles. In addition Emerald Princess will offer departures between Ft. Lauderdale and San Francisco or San Diego.
  • Island Princess will offer two 14-day Panama Canal sailings as part of her 2021 World Cruise.
  • Pacific Princess is scheduled to sail on a 15-day Panama Canal Connoisseur sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles for a small ship transit via the Panama Canal traditional locks.
  • Coral Princess will offer a 19-day Panama Canal Pacific Adventure cruise, roundtrip from Los Angeles.

Captain’s Circle Savings and Early Booking Deposit
Princess Cruises past guests are eligible for a special promotion when they book early with up to a $100 per person discount off the public fare. This can be combined with launch and group promotions. These discounts do not apply to third or fourth guests. Additionally, a reduced deposit is available for Captain Circle guests when they book by November 30, 2019.

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel advisor, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at princess.com.

Princess Cruises continues its multi-year, “Come Back New Promise” – a $450 million-dollar product innovation and cruise ship renovation campaign that will continue to enhance the line’s onboard guest experience. These enhancements result in more moments of awe, lifetime memories and meaningful stories for guests to share from their cruise vacation. The product innovations include partnerships with award-winning Chef Curtis Stone; engaging entertainment inspired shows with Broadway-legend Stephen Schwartz; immersive activities for the whole family from Discovery and Animal Planet that include exclusive shore excursions to onboard activities; the ultimate sleep at sea with the award-winning Princess Luxury Bed and more.

Three new Royal-class ships are currently on order with the next new ship under construction, Sky Princess, scheduled for delivery in October 2019, followed by Enchanted Princess in June 2020. Princess previously announced that two new (LNG) ships which will be the largest ships in the Princess fleet, accommodating approximately 4,300 guests are planned for delivery in 2023 and 2025.  Princess now has five ships arriving over the next six years between 2019 and 2025. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;NYSE:CUK).

 

SOURCE: Princess Cruises

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The New Age of Tourism – Resorts are Introducing Specialized Guest Experiences

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While Caribbean resorts are known for pristine beaches, abundant buffets and fruity cocktails, they don’t usually offer a selection of specialized yoga and meditation classes or vegan a-la-carte menus. In an effort to broaden their appeal beyond the traditional vacationer, resorts are now developing unique programming that combines traditional resort living with a range of themed activities, spa treatments and menus to enhance their guest’s experience.

Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is one vacation hot-spot that has created a program not typically offered at high-end resorts. They have combined luxury and rejuvenation to launch a Wellness Retreat.

Situated on over 60 acres of land in Labrelotte Bay, Windjammer Landing is a peaceful tropical oasis in Saint Lucia. The Windjammer Landing Wellness Retreat is a six-day all-inclusive yoga and spa vacation designed to help health and fitness enthusiasts restore, relax and reconnect.

Video: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort in Saint Lucia has created a program not typically offered at high-end resorts. They have combined luxury and rejuvenation to launch a Wellness Retreat.

 

Hatha, Vinyasa, Power and Restorative yoga classes, led by experienced yogis, are offered in a variety of breathtaking settings including beachside and in a hilltop garden overlooking the Caribbean Sea. “What we are trying to create is a hybrid vacation that offers high-level fitness programming without the rigid scheduling, rustic accommodations and simple menus that hardcore wellness retreats favor,” (who should we quote?). “We know that there are people who want to maintain their healthy active lifestyle, but still enjoy the luxuries of vacation.”

Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are not necessarily top-of-mind at all-inclusive resorts, where you are more likely to find taco and pasta bars then a smoothie bowl.  Windjammer Landing’s executive Chef and Nutritionist have curated a fine dining menu designed to nourish the body and soul. Guests can expect imaginative dishes including carrot, ginger and pumpkin soup, a chickpea tagine with herb and tahini scented couscous and pineapple carpaccio with handmade coconut sorbet for dessert. There are options available for all diets, and every menu item can be customized.

Also included in the Wellness Retreat is Windjammer Landing’s Magnesium Wellness Massage. Hosted at their premium spa facility, which was recently upgraded as part of a $50 million-dollar resort-wide renovation, this signature treatment promotes balanced energy levels, muscle function and overall well-being. Designed to give weary travelers a boost in energy and to accelerate time zone adjustment, this service can be enjoyed unscented with sunflower oil rich in essential fatty acids or customized with a revitalizing essential oil blend.

Evening retreat activities include a ‘Sip and Paint’ where guests are invited to channel wellness through art and enjoy a glass of wine while painting a Saint Lucia sunset. The Windjammer Landing Wellness Retreat is all about balance and finding what works best for your body and spirit.

Enhanced vacation experiences await. For more information on Windjammer Landing and the Wellness Retreat, running from June 2nd , 2019 – June 8th, 2019, visit:

https://www.windjammer-landing.com/specials/wellness-package.

 

SOURCE: Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort

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New Research Identifies the Technology That Hotel Guests Really Want

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Criton developed app for Cheval Residences
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Research conducted by leading travel technology firm Criton reveals the importance of hotel technology to improve the experience of today’s travellers

Dependence on mobile phones when travelling is brought into sharp focus by a survey of more than 3,600 travellers which reveals a growing appreciation for bespoke travel apps. Research commissioned by Edinburgh-based hospitality firm Criton, highlights that loyalty programmes, self-check-in/out and accessing your hotel room via a digital door key are primary requirements of today’s guests.

Julie Grieve, Founder and CEO of Criton

 

 The findings highlight crucial information for all hoteliers, with guests’ smartphones now recognised as an essential tool for delivering and improving their travel experience. With 45% of respondents travelling for leisure more than four times a year, findings showed that 62% of respondents regularly use an accommodation app, with the figure increasing to 67% amongst business travellers.

If their favourite hotel was to have its own app, 74% of respondents overwhelmingly stated they would use this digital channel, with only 10% favouring an in-room device such as a hotel’s smartphone or tablet. This reinforces Criton’s core belief that the future of hotel technology is own device. Hoteliers no longer need to absorb the cost of installing in-room devices when their guests travel with their own smartphone and are more comfortable with the apps and content within it.

The opportunity to check-in via an app and access their hotel room via a digital door key was warmly received with 58% likely or very likely to want this technology. With 68% finding it unacceptable to queue at reception for longer than five minutes, offering guests access to a service which global chains already offer is fast becoming a core priority for independent operators.

Respondents prioritised loyalty programmes as their favoured element of hotel technology with 53% recognising it as their top requirement. In a competitive landscape, the opportunity to drive direct and repeat bookings through a personalised loyalty programme will ensure hoteliers save on OTA commission while creating their own closed marketing group to upsell onsite services and facilities.

Underlining modern travellers’ awareness of technology, the survey found an audience ready to talk about tech use and expectations while travelling. Reflecting on the results of the survey, Julie Grieve, founder and CEO of Criton, which developed the UK’s first intuitive app builder for the hospitality sector, said:

“Increasingly, today’s travellers are downloading apps that help them get around and stay connected with their hotel. That level of tech awareness or even dependency also raises expectations for information, guest services, such as check-in, digital key and offers and incentives to reward their loyalty.

“Respondents to the survey were people who travel regularly, with the majority opting for a mid-range hotel or accommodation. It is increasingly clear that adopting technology has to be seen as an imperative for all hospitality providers; it is not something purely for the major franchises.”

Criton lets independent operators compete with big chain technology through an easy to use platform. From digitising the traditional hotel room guest book to PMS, live chat, digital door key and in-room ordering integrations all contained within a fully-branded hotel app; Criton supports hospitality businesses with their digital transformation strategies and work with clients across the UK and overseas.

Research Methodology:

An online survey ran from Tuesday 26th March until Monday 1st April and received a total of 3,654 responses, of whom 1,311 were classed as business travellers.

Key Findings:

  • 45% of travellers stated they travel for leisure 2-3 times a year
  • 36% travel for business
  • 39% use TripAdvisor as main source of research and inspiration before booking a hotel, followed by 29% of respondents relying on online search
  • 40% of travellers said they regularly stay in a 4-star (boutique) hotel, with 6% in a 5-star (luxury) hotel. The majority (47%) stated they regularly stay in a 3-star (mid-range) hotel
  • 53% have at least one hotel app on their phone
  • 74% would use a hotel app if their favourite hotel had one
  • 55% stated it is acceptable to wait at check-in 2-5 minutes
  • 62% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app
  • 58% would be likely or very likely to check-in to a hotel via an app and use digital key

App usage

  • 62% use an accommodation app regularly (eg Airbnb)
  • 57% use a transport app regularly
  • 47% use an airline app regularly
  • 36% uses a hotel app regularly

The hotel technology that respondents seek:

  • 53% – loyalty programmes
  • 35% – self check-in
  • 10% – in-room mobile
  • 18% – in-room tablet

Awards:

  • Criton won the ‘Best Technology Provider’ award at the 2018 Travolution Awards and was Highly Commended for Best Use of Mobile
  • Criton won the ‘Industry Breakthrough and Innovation Award’ at the ASAP Awards 2018
  • Julie Grieve, Founder & CEO won the prestigious ‘HOSPACE 2017 Best Entrepreneur Award’

 

SOURCE: Criton

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