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Starwood to Acquire Stake In Design Hotels AG

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Maldives Promotion House – Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire 49.8 percent of the shares of Design Hotels AG from Arabella Hospitality SE, one of Starwood’s longtime partners in Germany.

Berlin-based Design Hotels, a publicly traded company and provider of distribution, sales, marketing and consulting services for hotels boasts a portfolio of over 200 member hotels in 40 countries. Design Hotels’ hand-picked collection of hotels are independently owned, but united by a passion for thought-provoking design, aesthetic and service-driven experiences.

The opportunity to acquire a stake in Design Hotels came through Starwood’s relationship with Arabella Hospitality SE, which recently re-focused its hotel strategy mainly on ownership and asset management and as a result chose to divest its shares in Design Hotels. Starwood continues to manage or franchise 20 of Arabella Hospitality SE’s hotels in Europe.

“This is an investment presented to us by a longtime partner,” Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, said. “With our own passion for design and innovation, we have long admired Design Hotels, its founder, CEO Claus Sendlinger, and his executive team, who have worked closely with some of the world’s most exciting independent hotel owners to curate a unique collection of hotels around the globe. As a shareholder, we are delighted to have a seat at the table of this dynamic company.”

“Arabella Hospitality SE has been an enthusiastic shareholder of Design Hotels AG for a decade. We are extremely pleased to transfer our shares to our long-term partner Starwood, an international player with extensive experience in lifestyle and design-led branding,” Chairman of the Administrative Board of Arabella Hospitality SE, Dr. Klaus N. Naeve said.

“Having Starwood with its leading global footprint and lifestyle brands as an investor is a further validation that Design Hotels is a strong brand of global relevance as we continue to grow and focus on our niche in the New Luxury hotel segment,” Claus Sendlinger added. “Furthermore, Starwood has a keen appreciation for what makes Design Hotels distinct and special, the creative spirit of our visionary hoteliers.”

According to van Paasschen and Sendlinger, Starwood will not be involved in the day-to-day operations of Design Hotels, nor will Design Hotels participate in any of Starwood’s centralized delivery systems including reservations and Starwood Preferred Guest. The transaction, which is subject to anti-trust approval in Germany, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2012.

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Kandolhu Maldives: Dive into Paradise with Noovilu Sports

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Nestled amidst the pristine beauty of the Maldives, Kandolhu Maldives offers guests a chance to create unforgettable memories with exciting activities provided by Noovilu Sports. Renowned for its Maldivian-inspired villas, stunning beaches, and vibrant house reef, Kandolhu provides the perfect backdrop for an adventurous or relaxing vacation.

Thrilling Adventures:

For adrenaline enthusiasts, Noovilu Sports offers various water sports like wakeboarding, windsurfing, and kneeboarding. Feel the rush of wind and experience the freedom of gliding across turquoise waters.

Tranquil Exploration:

For a more serene experience, opt for paddleboarding sessions. Explore the calm waters at your own pace, soak in the breathtaking scenery, and reconnect with nature.

Underwater Paradise:

Embark on a guided snorkeling tour led by experienced guides. Explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with colorful fish, graceful sea turtles, and other marine life. Every excursion is a journey into a wondrous underwater world.

Romantic Moments:

Celebrate love or simply enjoy each other’s company with a charming sunset cruise. Toast to your love amidst the stunning backdrop of a Maldivian sunset, creating unforgettable moments.

Beyond the Resort:

Adventure awaits beyond the resort with exciting excursions offered by Noovilu Sports. Witness the majestic Manta Rays on the popular Manta Ray Mission trip, or relax and unwind on a nearby sandbank with the Take it to the Bank trip.

Unforgettable Experiences:

With its diverse range of activities and commitment to exceptional service, Noovilu Sports redefines the guest experience at Kandolhu Maldives. Whether seeking adventure, relaxation, or romance, embark on a journey of discovery and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Dive into the excitement and explore the wonders of the Maldives with Noovilu Sports at Kandolhu Maldives.

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Patina Maldives Announces Unforgettable Easter Celebration

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As Easter approaches, Patina Maldives invites families to experience a tropical spring celebration unlike any other. From beachfront feasts to captivating egg hunts and immersive wellness experiences, the resort offers a thoughtfully curated program designed to create lasting memories.

Culinary Delights Await

Embark on a culinary journey like never before at Patina Maldives. On March 27th, indulge in the “Aegean Odyssey” at Helios, featuring the diverse flavors of Aegean cuisine. Fresh seafood, aromatic herbs, and exquisite dishes from Greece and neighboring regions promise to tantalize your taste buds.

Unwind at the Beachside Bash

For an island celebration, join the Fari Beach Club party on March 28th. Savor meticulously crafted cocktails, enticing canapés, and live entertainment for the perfect seaside soiree.

Festivities Galore at the Fari Marina Easter Festival

On March 30th, join the vibrant Fari Marina Easter Festival. Savor delectable treats at live cooking stations, groove to DJ beats, and explore artisanal treasures from local vendors. A dedicated kids’ corner ensures fun for the whole family.

Uncover Easter Eggs on a Tropical Adventure

The highlight of the Easter weekend is the Island Egg Hunt at Helios on March 31st. Guided by the Easter Bunny and the dedicated Footprints team, embark on a tropical adventure to discover hidden Easter eggs and sweet surprises.

Beyond the Celebrations

Patina Maldives offers a diverse range of activities throughout the Easter period. Hone your tennis skills with the Lux Tennis Star Event featuring Nicolas Almagro, unleash your creativity at sketching workshops with artist Tony Jaggas, or participate in family-friendly activities like laser cutting and decorating Easter ornaments.

Seek Wellness and Rejuvenation

For those seeking relaxation, Patina Maldives welcomes visiting practitioner Junko Fujita, offering the unique and rejuvenating experience of Watsu – a combination of massage, stretches, and meditation while floating in warm water.

Create Lasting Memories this Easter

This Easter, escape to Patina Maldives and create lasting memories with your loved ones. For more information and reservations, visit https://patinahotels.com/maldives-fari-islands/easter-celebrations or contact reservations.maldives@patinahotels.com.

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“Leave Better” at the Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands with a Spring Escape to Enliven the Senses

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A bucket-list retreat whose very existence is a response to the natural world, from the rhythm of the ocean waves to the rising and the setting of the sun, The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands continues to celebrate the seasons with its Spring Festival this half-term. A multigenerational series of experiences at will explore taste and adventure, mind and movement, plugging guests firmly into nature, to inspire and nourish the soul.

A week-long programme will ensure guests of all ages return home version 2.0. Whether exploring new skills on land or water, awakening the senses on a gourmet trail of discovery, or re-balancing the mind and body, the Spring Festival ensures a blissful transition from a season of wintering.

In the Jean-Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment programme guests will take to the big blue with snorkelling and tank dives designed by its legendary namesake explorer. Fishing expeditions shine light on traditional Maldivian culture, and journeys on water track life-aquatic with pods of dolphins as they dance in to Spring. For mind and body, spa excellence prevails at The Ritz-Carlton Spa with Bamford. Wellness workshops will energise, ease tension and rejuvenate, from bamboo tapping, face yoga, gua sha massage to spa alchemy, while yoga gets dynamic, off the matt and up in the air with group aerial practice.  

On and beyond the resort’s culinary island, unforgettable gourmet experiences are high on the Spring agenda. A chef’s table sake dinner at IWAU honours innovative Japanese cuisine under the stars, while aromatic Middle Eastern flavours of the resort’s Arabesque restaurant are presented in an exclusive pop-up at the magical Mystique Garden. The popular Beach Shack plays host to an indulgent lobster dinner at twilight, and provides the venue for a smooth Sunday beach barbeque where smoky flavours are complemented by crisp rosé. For those looking to create, hands-on workshops will explore the intricacy of spring roll making and the mastery of coffee and barista skills.

Junior guests are promised a spring in their step with a jamboree of activities at Ritz Kids, from garden picnics, treasure hunts to pirate safaris. A kaleidoscope of colour bounces through the week with kite flying on the beach, piñata parties and glow-in-the-dark painting at sundown. 

As the days merge mindfully, the resort’s Defining Moment serenades the sun as it sets each day. A tribute to the cycle of nature, the signature ritual hosted at the iconic Eau Bar channels hypnotic beats of Boduberu drumming and blowing of the Sangu shell. To be enjoyed with a signature sundowner cocktail in hand and lightness of heart.

Browse our Spring Festival Brochure!

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com/Maldives and for real-time updates follow the resort on Facebook and Instagram.

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