In Brief

IHG debuts InterContinental Baku

IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has debuted its world-renowned luxury brand InterContinental Hotels & Resorts in Azerbaijan with the recent opening of InterContinental Baku.

The 128-room, new-build property overlooks the scenic Baku Bay, allowing guests to experience the InterContinental Life in luxurious modern surroundings while enjoying mesmerizing views of the Caspian Sea, harbour, and Baku’s iconic Flame Towers. The city of Baku is a melting point of architecture inspired by the city’s rich history and seamlessly combines the ancient and modern. 

Baku is known for its “oil-boom architecture,” originating from a period of significant economic growth and development in the 19th century. The hotel’s façade is inspired by this style, and the rest of the hotel’s design is inspired by the region’s breath-taking landscape, history, and culture, and interwoven with InterContinental’s modern luxury design to create an air of elegance and contemporary grandeur.


Matild Palace opens its doors in Budapest

OWNED by Özyer Group, this iconic opening marks The Luxury Collection’s debut in Hungary. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Matild Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Budapest, has undergone a meticulous five-year transformation. At the helm of the interiors, Maria Vafiadis, founder of MKV Design, ensured the next chapter of the building honoured its Hungarian heritage through stunning décor that reflects the hotel’s remarkable location in the heart of Budapest, just a stone’s throw from the Danube.

The hotel offers an exceptional choice of 111 elegantly appointed guestrooms and 19 suites, with each bedroom celebrating Hungarian culture throughout. Crowning the palace with its fifth-floor location, The Crown Tower Suite is split across three floors and is the first suite in Hungary to come with a 48-metre-high dedicated tower boasting 360-degree views of the city. Wolfgang Puck will oversee all dining operations at Matild Palace bringing a new era of gastronomy and entertainment to the city.


Avani Barbarons Seychelles undergoes upgrade

Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort, one of the brand’s earliest properties to launch back in 2015, will be undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade. The resort will once again welcome guests in early 2023 and will relaunch as Avani+ Seychelles Barbarons Resort.

The existing resort will receive a full make over with new restaurant options and a beach club, plus a brand-new extension which will see a new lagoon-style swimming pool with lagoon access rooms, plus the introduction of Avani Beach Suites. The substantial refurbishment aims to reinvent the popular beach club resort with a more contemporary look and feel while staying respectful of the pristine natural environment.

Located on the west coast of Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, the property sits on the white sands of Barbarons Beach.


Staybridge Suites Dubai Internet City opens

IHG Hotels & Resorts (IHG), has further expanded its Staybridge Suites footprint in the region with the opening of Staybridge Suites Dubai Internet City, on August 1, 2021. Renowned globally since 1997, Staybridge Suites is IHG’s upper-upscale extended stay hotel brand that offers an elevated, residential-style hotel designed for multi-night business and leisure travellers looking to break from the travel norm while on the road, be it for days or even months at a time.

Located on Dubai’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Road at the heart of the city’s technology, media, and creative free zone, this iconic 46 story tower’s is surrounded by business towers and hubs which are home to top-tier regional and international Fortune 500 companies. A plethora of nearby leisure destinations await guests, including the world-famous architectural icon of Palm Jumeirah, along with many local attractions, pristine beaches, and dining destinations.

The metro station is only a few steps away, for guests to conveniently connect to the rest of the city, to the airport or to venue for the highly anticipated Expo 2020.