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The wine tower at Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport

Triple honours for Six Senses Spas
BANGKOK: Six Senses Spas picked up three Spa Asia Crystal Awards recently. These included Six Senses Spa at Soneva Gili Resort, Maldives, for Best Spa Ambience, Six Senses Spa at Soneva Fushi, Maldives, for Best Spa Treatment and Six Senses Spas for Best Spa Director.

Spa Asia, is one of the region’s leading magazines dedicated to introducing the best of Asian spas and spa treatments and it honoured the faces and talents of those in the front line and behind the scenes, with the inaugural Spa Asia Crystal Awards. Six Senses Spas was represented at the ceremony by managing director Andrew Gibson who received the awards from Judy Chapman, editor-in-chief of Spa Asia Magazine.

Say cheers to this!
LONDON: Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts has opened its tenth hotel in the UK, the Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport. During the grand opening ceremony, the hotel unveiled an innovative 13m high ‘wine tower’ which stands in the main foyer. The first of its kind in Europe, the Stansted tower houses more than 4,000 bottles of wine and is truly a sight to behold. Guests are served by ‘wine angels’ who are transported via a high-speed computer controlled winch system up and down the tower to retrieve chosen bottles of wine before delivering them safely to the tables, providing a constantly moving backdrop to the light and airy space.
Shangri-La academy launches in China
BEIJING: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, China’s largest luxury hotel group, has announced the opening of Shangri-La Academy centralised employee training centre near Beijing. Created to speed and intensify employee development in pace with the group’s rapid China growth, the Academy’s progressive training methods focus on critical thinking, problem-solving and empowerment. The group’s China expansion from 17 hotels to at least 32 by 2007, requires its current China workforce to grow from nearly 10,000 to approximately 19,000.

Music to your ears!
BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills’ chic boutique hotel has revolutionised the concept of in-room refreshment. Each of the Crescent Hotel’s 40 full-service guestrooms now offers guests a Music Minibar, complete with an iPod mini loaded with custom play lists from the Minibar’s CDs. The Crescent Hotel is the first hotel in the Los Angeles area to offer in-room iPod’s for guests. “Our custom play lists reflect the Crescent’s elegant, loungey sensibility, providing guests with refreshing new sounds that enhance their experience with us,” said Ellen Miller, the hotel’s general manager. “Because music is a comfort of everyday life, it is an essential part of a guest’s stay at our hotel. In true minibar fashion, guests of the Dodd Mitchell-designed hotel can purchase customised CDs of the music they hear on their iPod from the Music Minibar.