In Brief

Legoland Hotel to open end of this year

DUBAI Parks and Resorts is set to officially launch the Middle East’s first Legoland Hotel later this year. The hotel has been built with children in mind as its star guests and will give families the chance to truly immerse themselves in a playful LEGO themed world. The little ones will be able to eat, drink and sleep Lego.

The Legoland Hotel will have a dragon-guarded entrance, a pirate ship and castle in the lobby, and 250 fully themed Lego rooms.

Dubai Parks and Resorts unveiled plans for the new opening following the launch of nine rides, including the world’s tallest swing ride, at Bollywood Parks.

There’s lots more in store for the rest of 2021, too, with Motiongate Dubai set to open the first ever theme park coaster inspired by John Wick, and the world’s fastest single-car spinning coaster based on the heist thriller franchise Now You See Me.

Bollywood Parks is getting in on the action too and is set to open the region’s first ever wooden roller coaster.


Nordelaia to open in Cremoliono, Italy

SITUATED in the Unesco world heritage site of Montferrat, deep in Italy’s Piedmont wine country, the independent boutique hotel Nordelaia is set to open on July 1, 2021. With easy access from Milan, Genoa and Turin, this 12-room hotel is set among five hectares of agricultural land planted with vines, which will produce the hotel’s own house beverages in celebration of the grapes Piedmont is famous for.

The hotel, respectfully built around a farmhouse dating back to the year 800, has been transformed by British design studio These White Walls together with local architect Valerio Tunesi of Tunesi Studio Genova. The aim was to restore the building’s historical elements, as well as create a direct connection to the local nature and terroir. A striking new three-tier structure houses the hotel’s restaurant, bar, and events space, curated by Michelin-starred chef Andrea Ribaldone and resident chef Charles Pearce. The opening Rates start from €230 (Dh 1,032.08) per night.


Mango House Seychelles opens this July

SITUATED on pristine beachfront in the southwest part of Mahé along the sparkling calm waters of the Anse Aux Poules Bleues bay, Mango House Seychelles, opening in July 2021 is set to be the perfect year-round island oasis with 41 rooms, suites and villas offering breath-taking views of the glittering Indian Ocean.

An ultimate destination for avid explorers seeking intuitive luxury and curated experiences, the intimate house of art and culture offers guests a sanctuary from busy, urban lifestyles and allows them to discover unspoiled Mahé, world-class dining, eco-friendly aquatic adventures and premium wellness.

The resort’s consummate hosts are on hand to create authentic experiences that will last a lifetime – from barefoot candlelit dinners to intimate escapes. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the turquoise waters of the Anse A La Mouche bay and its kaleidoscope of flora and fauna through an exciting range of water sport activities.


Preferred launches Where Next?

PREFERRED Hotels & Resorts has launched Where Next? a global campaign set to inspire people as travel restrictions start to ease. The two phases of campaign include ‘Experiences and Hotel Buy-Outs’.

The Experiences phase involves travellers being invited to choose from more than 200 participating hotels, where they will enjoy two nights’ accommodations or longer at the best available rate, complimentary daily breakfast for two, a locally inspired travel experience for two, and fast track to I Prefer Elite status. Bookings are valid for hotel stays through December 31, 2021.

The Hotel Buy-Outs phase offers, a creative new proposition for families and larger groups seeking luxury accommodation options. Available for stays through December 31, 2022, Where Next? Hotel Buy-Outs enable guests to book a full hotel floor or wing, or the entire property, inclusive of private, personalised access to amenities such as spa and dining outlets at best-in-class independent hotels globally.