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Mice Asia Net : January 2009
venue update DirEct accEss at crownE plaza changi airport Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, the first global brand-name hotel located within the immediate vicinity of Singapore Changi Airport, not only offers direct access to the airport’s new Terminal 3 but provides guests with a comfortable and stylish venue in which to stay and meet. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has sleek modern lines, including a stunning façade, rooms with private patios and poolside sundecks, and nine meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 250 guests. Designed by award-winning architects WOHA, the nine-storey Crowne Plaza Changi Airport encapsulates elements of both city and resort hotels. It is contemporary in expression with sleek modern architecture and impeccable interior design, yet connected with nature to ensure guests can take advantage of the balmy tropics and also enjoy that hideaway resort feel. With 320 guest rooms, including 27 suites, it has an urban resort feel, and is far from a typical airport hotel. Each conference is managed by a Crowne Meetings Director – a dedicated specialist who is the one point of contact in planning and managing in-house events. Changi Business Park, world-class golf courses, shopping and entertainment are also just a short distance from the property. For further details visit www.crowneplaza.com. aloft hotEls makEs lanDmark DEbut in asia pacific Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide has announced the opening of its highly anticipated new lifestyle brand in Asia with the unveiling of Aloft Beijing, Haidian. The 186-room, new-build hotel is the first Aloft in the Asia Pacific and the first Aloft to open outside North America. The Aloft Beijing, Haidian underscores the brand’s global expansion with more than 500 hotels scheduled to open in markets like China, United Arab Emirates, India, Thailand, Belgium, Canada and the US in the next five years. The Aloft Beijing, Haidian is the first of nine Alofts currently in development in Asia Pacific, and the first of two slated to open in China in the next two years. A Vision of W Hotels, the Aloft brand’s signature loft-inspired design, accessible technology and stylish urban attitude is not lost in translation as it arrives on the scene in China. While meeting space and food service offerings were increased to cater to local market demand, the design, style and service of the Aloft Beijing, Haidian stays true to the brand’s vision. Aloft Beijing, Haidian is located in the Zhongguancun Science Park near the 4th Ring Road. Surrounded by numerous high-tech businesses, research centres and leading universities, the hotel is just minutes from Asia Pacific’s largest shopping arcade, the Golden Resources Shopping Mall. Many of Beijing’s most prized attractions are a short drive from the hotel, including the Summer Palace, the awe-inspiring CCTV tower and the “Bird’s Nest” Beijing National Stadium featured in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The new hotel will be part of an exciting, new mixed-use complex including the Four Points by Sheraton Beijing, Haidian Hotel & Serviced Apartments. For more information visit www.alofthotels.com. Escaping to anantara Opened in October 2008, Desert Islands Resort & Spa, 250km west of Abu Dhabi is a new venue that gives visitors a true taste of Arabia. Situated on Sir Bani Yas Island the once-private Royal Nature Reserve established by the late ruler and founder of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the exclusive resort is described as an ecologically-viable, wildlife rich natural preserve and scenic retreat. At the Desert Islands Resort & Spa guests can experience a unique brand of service inspired by the local traditions of hospitality and culture. The property offers 64 luxuriously designed rooms with living quarters decked out in state-of-the-art amenities and styled with eye-catching Arabian touches like marble bath-fixtures. Here, wake-up to the alluring melodies of a thousand bird songs and the spectacular view of the distant sea and surrounding natural reserves. For the ultimate royal indulgence choose one of Desert Islands Resort & Spa’s regal retreats - the two Royal Villas and two Beach Villas come equipped with the best standards of luxury services including a 24/7 butler. These feature two bedrooms, living and lounge space, kitchenette, dining area, private splash pools and boast direct access to the beach. 70 miceAsia.net