In Brief


Athlegen tables at Madinat spa
DUBAI: The new Madinat Jumeirah has chosen Athlegen Venus Treatment Tables in white full grain leather upholstery for their luxurious Six Senses-managed spa.

The Venus will allow the spa to use their treatment rooms for many different treatment options, massage, facials, pedicures, manicures and body wraps. The Venus can be used as a flat table for massage or in the seated position for beauty work, easily and quickly converted by the practitioner using the electric motors. There is no need to move the client from the table enhancing the comfort and experience for them.

Dubai Marine gets new look
DUBAI: The total refurbishment of all 195 rooms of Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa will be completed by end of season 2004. Set in tranquil grounds with beautifully landscaped gardens, complete with meandering streams and waterfalls, the hotel boasts 195 villa-style rooms, including standard and balcony, and junior, executive royal and presidential suites. The refurbishment is the hotel’s first since it opened its doors.

New MICE product at Marriott
DUBAI: Following the recent Marriott International Taste the Future food and beverage workshop, the creative catering team at JW Marriott Dubai have come up with a series of coffee breaks to touch the senses. Devised to provide the ultimate break out, the new coffee breaks have been designed to invigorate, relax, clear the mind and energise. Each coffee break effectively works around a colour as a template. The team has looked at what each colour represents and what emotions it evokes, bringing in audio-visual, innovative food designs and aromatherapy with professional aroma columns for the meetings.

Radisson SAS Ankara opens
ANKARA: Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of its second hotel in Turkey, the Radisson SAS Hotel Ankara. The new hotel offers 153 guest rooms, 30 executive rooms and 19 suites. It also has a rooftop Executive Lounge, a Mediterranean restaurant, Loca, a cafe bar called Kulis, an external terrace with landscaped gardens, and a fitness centre. The hotel features 264 sqm of  conference facilities including six meeting rooms with state-of-the-art technology. The landmark building is located in the main government and diplomatic area.

Ritz-Carlton Dubai tops survey
DUBAI: THE Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, topped the Travel+Leisure “World’s Best Awards” poll with 23 Ritz-Carlton hotels featured in the celebrated roundup. The poll, now in its ninth year, appears in the July issue of the magazine as part of its “World’s Best Awards” for 2004. International travel is on the rise according to the sophisticated readers of Travel+Leisure magazine. Highlighted winners include The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai receiving the highest score for a Middle East property in the World’s Best Hotels: Africa and the Middle East, while the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa and The Ritz-Carlton, Millennium Singapore placed first and third respectively in the category of hotels for under $250. The Ritz-Carlton, Osaka was named first in Asia. Hotels to watch included the Bvlgari Hotel, Milan and The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach.

Diving at Ajman Kempinski 
AMMAN: Al Boom Diving has opened its fourth branch offering a full range of diving courses for beginners and seasoned divers at the Ajman Kempinski Hotel & Resort. The centre at the Ajman Kempinski is a PADI five-star diving resort, directly located at the beach. Experienced instructors are at hand to assist guests from 9am to 6pm, seven days a week.