In brief


Grand Hyatt Amman in Top 75 hotels
Grand Hyatt Amman, which opened in 1998, has won numerous local and international awards, and most recently was voted one of the “Top 75 Hotels Worldwide” by Bilanz, a Swiss business and economic publication.

Prior to that, the hotel was voted Jordan’s leading business hotel at the World Travel Awards Middle East & Africa 2007.
General manager of Grand Hyatt Amman Benno Geruschkat, said, “Winning these votes on continuous basis is great motivation for us to go on to even better achievements. Focusing on our employees and exceeding our guests’ expectations has always been part of the Hyatt touch around the globe.”

Awards for Moroccan development
Le Jardin de Fleur was named Best Development, Morocco and Best Golf Development, Morocco, for its properties in the Mediterrania Saïdia government backed property project in Morocco, at the CNBC Arabian Property Awards ceremony in Dubai last year. Property Logic, the developer behind Le Jardin de Fleur, has 11 up-market luxury resorts within Mediterrania Saïdia – a new coastal destination in north eastern Morocco. This 7 million square metre project boasts six kilometers of unspoilt sandy beaches, three 18 hole golf courses and a large marina with capacity for over 1,000 berths.

Sofitel ventures into Oman
Accor Hospitality Middle East recently announced the signing of a new Sofitel hotel, the Sofitel Muscat & Spa, scheduled to open in January 2011. This will be the first time the Sofitel brand will venture into the sultanate of Oman. Owned by Al Mashriq Hotels & Tourism LLC and managed by Accor Hospitality Middle East, the major announcement affirms Accor Hospitality Middle East’s aggressive development plans for the region. The international hotel group continues to expand its regional portfolio of four brands – Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Mercure, Novotel and Ibis, and aims to reach its ambitious target of developing 70 hotels by 2011.

Luxury hotel planned at  Al Bateen
The Al Bateen district of Abu Dhabi, the oldest occupied area of the UAE capital city, is to be redeveloped at a cost of Dh1.6 billion ($435 million). It will include a signature waterfront destination with a luxury five-star hotel complex. The 54,000 sq m site will be known as the Al Bateen Wharf and will include a San Francisco-style Fishermen’s Marina and the Al Bateen Wharf Hotel.  The 400 room hotel will also have a serviced residential wing with 200 apartments. It will be developed by the UAE’s Belbadi Enterprises in partnership with Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the project’s master developer. Completion of the redevelopment is scheduled for end of 2009.

Oberoi launches ‘India in Luxury’
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts presents ‘India in Luxury’ – a number of unique itineraries that offer an all-inclusive journey through India. ‘India in Luxury’ includes every element of the guest’s visit - from full-board stay at Oberoi hotels to hassle free transfers and excursions accompanied by knowledgeable guides. 
The nine, 14 and 22 day itineraries on offer are priced from $7,613 for a nine day tour per person on double occupancy.