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News Release


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts signs two new hotels in Vietnam and Philippines.

New additions bring number of hotels under development in Asia up to 18 as company’s regional expansion continues.

Dubai UAE, 27 June 2012: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is stepping up its ambitious global expansion with a continued focus on Asia and the announcement that it is to manage two new hotels in Vietnam and the Philippines.

The new properties are the strikingly contemporary new Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Quy Nhon, in Vietnam and the soaring tower of Mövenpick Hotel Makati, Makati City, part of Metro Manila in the Philippines.

"We already operate seven hotels in Asia including two in Thailand, two in Vietnam and one each in the Philippines, India and Singapore, but the new properties will bring the number of hotels we have under development in Asia up to 18," said Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Asia. "Our vision is to operate 25 hotels in the region by 2015."

The move is in line with the upcale Swiss hospitality company’s strategy to create a balanced portfolio of approximately 25 hotels in each of the regions where it operates – Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

The new properties are impressive additions to the worldwide portfolio of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts which currently operates 72 hotels and has a further 30 projects under development – from Paris to Palawan.

The Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Quy Nhon is the company’s third hotel in Vietnam following openings in Saigon and Hanoi. The new resort will be built to the highest environmentally sustainable standards on an isolated cliff overlooking the beach and pristine corals of the South China Sea. It is scheduled to open at the end of 2015.

In addition to the innovative contemporary design of the nine-storey central building, the 180-room resort will feature 52 individual cliff and hill villas, a spa, a 600 sqm (6,458 sq ft) ballroom, boardrooms, a large variety of restaurants, cafés and bars, extensive pools and tropical gardens, boat jetty, gym and even a wedding studio and wind power station.

The Mövenpick Hotel Makati, meanwhile, is set to open in 2016 and is the third property to be operated by the Swiss company in the Philippines after the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Cebu and a stunning new fusion of eco-adventure and lifestyle on the exclusive Huma Island, Palawan.

Based in the striking Mövenpick Hotel & Residences Tower, to be built in the heart of Makati City in fashionable Picar Place, the new hotel will feature 304 rooms and suites as well as 250 residences.

In addition to a 300-seat all-day dining restaurant, the hotel will also enjoy Chinese and Japanese outlets, a panoramic rooftop venue and a bar with entertainment lounge. A striking 1,200 sqm (12,916 sq ft) ballroom and a variety of multi-function rooms will undoubtedly make the hotel a centre of attention for major events.

"The announcement of these two significant management contracts comes at an exciting time for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts." said Andreas Mattmüller.

This year the company will open the doors to two of its newest hotels; the recently renovated 286- room Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai in the centre of the city’s legendary night bazaar and a Mövenpick property in Huma Island, a private island in the stunning Philippine archipelago of Palawan.

 


Press release
Jun 2012


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Reduces Green House Gases and Water Use in Middle East

All Mövenpick hotels in the Middle East have achieved Green Globe certification.

Dubai (UAE) 13 June, 2012: Green Globe Certification and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts today announce major reductions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and significant water savings by all Mövenpick properties across the Middle East.

After the first year of Green Globe certification of hotels in UAE, Qatar, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, analysis of energy and water consumption reveals the reduction of 11,765 tons of CO2e and savings of 129,346 m3 of potable water in the last 12 months.

Green Globe Certification CEO Mr. Guido Bauer said, "This is absolute proof that certification by Green Globe leads to great outcomes for the environment as well as utility savings for hotels and resorts."

"These reductions are equivalent to saving one Olympic pool of water per week, each week for a year. The GHG saved by Mövenpick hotels is the same as the emissions of five non-stop round-trip flights from Dubai to London."

Green Globe Certification has been contracted by Mövenpick to certify all their hotels and resorts worldwide. The certification process covers all sustainability criteria including the key environmental indicators of energy and water.

Green Globe Certification's preferred partner in the Middle East, Farnek Avireal provides third party verification of the sustainability achievements of Green Globe members including Mövenpick properties. Avireal's online environmental monitoring system Hotel Optimizer has tracked the improved performance of the hotels throughout this first year of certification.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Vice President of Operations in the Middle East and India, Mr. Gerard Hotelier said, "The energy savings we have achieved in the last 12 months are equal to powering a 200-room hotel for one and half years".

"The total savings on utilities in this period are AED 2.5 million which is almost USD$700,000 and this represents a 4% savings in water and electricity costs, while at the same time we have seen a 8.3% increase in occupancy across the properties".

Green Globe Certification and its preferred partner Farnek Avireal will continue to monitor the reduction of environmental impacts across the Mövenpick properties in the Middle East along with all Green Globe members in this region.

Notes to the editor:

On this video, Gerard Hotelier further explains the strategy for Green Globe certification of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East:


News Release
May 2012


Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut Lebanon's Leading Resort.

Beirut (Lebanon), May 23rd 2012: Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut has been recognized as "Lebanon's Leading Resort" in the World Travel Awards 2012 ceremony.

World Travel Awards were established in 1993 and serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry.

During the World Travel Awards 2012 ceremony held recently in Dubai, Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut was recognized as "Lebanon's Leading Resort", which is declared as the highest honour the industry can grant.

Commenting on this award, Jan Bundgaard, general manager of the hotel stated: "We are proud and privileged to receive this award, which recognizes the service excellence and performance of the entire team. We are truly committed to exceed customer expectations over and over again. Our aim is to create rejuvenating experiences that result in everlasting memories".

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut is truly a haven for leisure travellers, where they can escape the hustle and bustle of their daily routine and indulge in breathtaking views, relaxing resort facilities, dining options to dazzle the taste buds and a journey they will never forget.


News Release
May 2012


Butler service adds new dimension of indulgence to Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket.

New 24-hour service is perfect for penthouse families and groups.

Dubai (UAE) 14 May, 2012: A new 24-hour butler service has been introduced at the Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket in Thailand adding a new dimension of comfort and indulgence for guests at the five-star resort's three-bedroomed penthouse villas.

From arrival to departure guests can relax, confident in the knowledge that their own personal butler will take care of everything from unpacking luggage and preparing baths or Jacuzzis to organising laundry, sight-seeing tours, restaurant reservations, flight confirmations, baby-sitting and everything in between.

"Our butlers are highly attentive and respond efficiently to any request but they are also intuitive, able to instinctively anticipate the needs of individual guests to provide a level of service that makes every stay truly unforgettable," said the hotel's general manager Hansruedi Frutiger.

"We joke that our butlers can read guests' minds, but they are people who are highly experienced, exceptionally well trained, have wonderful personalities and genuinely care. We call it 'service from the heart'."

The butler service at the Jacuzzi penthouses adds yet another level of exclusivity to the prestigious resort that already enjoys an international reputation for being the perfect place for families and groups to relax in style and comfort.

There are 40 luxurious residences featuring one, two and three bedrooms. Each suite enjoys a soothing interpretation of contemporary Thai design and stunning views of the sea, gardens, lagoon or pool. The penthouses feature private Jacuzzis, giant balconies and stunning sea views.

With the latest in contemporary entertainment systems, ensuite bathrooms, internet wifi, spacious living and dining areas as well as fully-equipped kitchens, every suite and penthouse offers the ultimate in contemporary comfort. The resort is based on Bangtao beach that enjoys six kilometres of bright white sand and endlessly enchanting views of the iconic Andaman Sea.

"At Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Phuket we pride ourselves on providing a relaxed, upscale atmosphere that is ideal for families and groups that want to unwind in style," said Hansruedi. "Now with our new 24-hour butler service, we have added yet another level of comfort to our exclusive penthouses."

• Indulgent comfort at this exceptional resort is now more accessible than ever. Guests who book for two nights will receive a third night for free if they reserve a suite or penthouse. Prices start from US$485 (+++). The promotion includes breakfast and 20% off all spa treatments, transfers and butler service and is valid until October 31, 2012. For more information and details visit: http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/asia/thailand/phuket/resort-phuket-bangtao/overview/.


News Release
May 2012


Square, Beirut's trendiest pre-clubbing open air chill out lounge

Conveniently located on the terrace of the Swiss five star Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, Square is set to be the unique and ideal place for an unforgettable evening.

"Square's opening in early May, 2012, is one-of-its-kind and long awaited by all serious Beirut's clubbers", enthusiastically said Mr. Elias Moukarzel, Resident Manager at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut.

Perfectly in tune with the pre-clubbing ambiance, Square is exclusively dedicated to chill out music. This amazing sea view open air chill out lounge is made for Beirut's middle-age upscale night lifers. Furthermore, heeding the true clubbers' demands, a Latino chill out night and Arabian chill out evening will be available every Wednesday and Thursday. Not to mention the chill out grooves of one of the most established names in the Middle Eastern music scene, DJ Said Mrad, played every night to put you in a mood like no other.

The all-new sea view open air chill out lounge is geared to Beirut's clubbers. It is the only lounge opening as early as 6.00pm for a sociable and pleasant after office drink and staying until 3.00am for a great party scene, Tuesdays until Sundays, from May until October. Square's VIP area seats a maximum of 20 VIP clubbers who will be treated like stars.

If you are in your twenties, thirties or forties, Square is your top choice for a pre-club chill out lounge with an outstanding open sea view, exquisite food and amazing drinks. It's the only place you can enjoy a conversation with friends in a cool setting.

Mr. Moukarzel finally summed up: "Perfectly part of the in-between category of nightlife less active and more conversation friendly than a common night club, Square is distinguished by a cozy atmosphere with ideal chill out music showcasing comfy dinning and drinking in the heart of the vibrant capital Beirut.


News Release


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts offers a cool 25% off in some of the world's hottest destinations.

"Endless Sunshine" offer opens up a world of choice from cool beaches and hot city breaks to long-haul adventures and weekend escapes.

Dubai UAE, 30 April, 2012: There are now more ways than ever to enjoy the summer this year thanks to savings of up to 25% on accommodation at selected Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts around the world.

The upscale Swiss hospitality company has unveiled its special "Endless Sunshine" discount deals that offer a world of holiday hotel choice from the cultural hotspots of Europe and cool beaches of Asia to the city fun and interesting sites of the Middle East and relaxing resorts of Africa.

"Spa breaks, cultural experiences, family holidays, long-haul adventures, city weekends, romantic escapes, shopping trips… now with our global offer Endless Sunshine our guests can enjoy more summer holiday for less in over 50 destinations around the world," said Toufic Tamim, vice president sales & marketing – Middle East for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

With hotels in some of the world's most exciting destinations, the biggest decision summer holidaymakers face is selecting which Mövenpick hotel or resort to choose.

For travellers from the Middle East, Europe will be a favourite destination this summer. Whether it is the mountain fresh air of Zurich, the cutting edge culture of Berlin, the romantic history of Prague or the vibrant lifestyle of Amsterdam, there are Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in some of the most charming European cities.

Travel within the Middle East is always popular during the summer and once again the upscale hotel company has got every option covered from the shopper's paradise of Dubai to the healing waters of the Dead Sea and the cultural highlights of Petra or Aqaba. There are now also nine Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as properties in Qatar, Kuwait and lively Beirut.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Africa also offers an exciting range of holiday options with authentic experiences in Morocco, Egypt, Ghana and Tunisia. Since April the company is operating the 298-room Mövenpick Resort Sharm El Sheikh – Naama, a stunning resort with five private beaches, four villas with private pools and endless possibilities to unwind this summer.

Finally, for those who really want to get away from it all, Asia offers the ultimate long-haul great escape. There are two Mövenpick Hotel & Resorts nestling next to the best Thai beaches in Phuket, one on the paradise island of Cebu in the Philippines and one each in the vibrant Vietnamese cities of Saigon and Hanoi.

"Every holiday is different, but with summer savings of up to 25% at any Mövenpick hotel some things stay the same like being able to enjoy more holiday time for less in some of the world's greatest destinations," added Tamim.

For more details about Endless Sunshine savings offers of up to 25% at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com


News Release


Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar wins Best Specialized Resort Award.

Al Khobar (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), 23rd April 2012: Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar has been recognized as the 'Best Specialized Resort' 2011 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at the Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards.

The accolade was received by Mr. Turki Al Mohaisen, Managing Director, Eastern Rehab Company for Tourism Investment, and Mr. Hiren Prabhakar, Resort Manager, at a glittering ceremony held in Riyadh last week. Nearly 100,000 votes were cast in the 2012 Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards across 22 categories, with over 600 nominations.

The awards were presented by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, at the Riyadh Exhibition Center.

Dr. Abdulmohsen bin Abdullah Al Hajji, Chairman of the Jury for Saudi Excellence in Tourism Awards said, "These awards aim to recognize achievements of various businesses and industrial activities within the growing tourism sector of the Kingdom, to motivate individuals and companies to achieve the highest possible standards, and to encourage the further development and improvement of tourist products and services."

Hiren Prabhakar, Resort Manager at the Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar, commented, "We are proud to have received such a prestigious honour within the first year of our operation. It is an important recognition of our efforts and a fitting compliment to each and every one of our employees, who work tirelessly to provide personalized service of the highest standard for our guests."

Nestled on the shores of the Arabian Gulf, Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar is the newest addition to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The resort is a spectacular family getaway, with 36 spacious duplex villas, a private lagoon, beach, marina and a large free-form swimming pool. The luxurious resort offers the ultimate in tranquility and entertainment, including delectable cuisine, water activities and a spa; all in absolute serenity and unparalleled privacy.


Media Release
April 2012


Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut participates in Horeca 2012

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut made a big hit in the last HORECA held in BIEL from March 20th until 23rd, 2012.

The kitchen team participated in seven competitions where a wide array of medals were collected; two Gold won by for Chef Mahmoud Hamoush for "Open Show Piece" and Chef Ihab Nassar for "Live Sandwich", three Silvers for Chef Alaa Masri for "Six Course Menu", Chef Ziad Iskandarani for "Arabic Sweets" and Chef Ali Lakkis for "Cold Platter Presentation", two Bronze medals for Chef Dany Tabet and Chef Yehia Rawas for "Best Lebanese Dish", Chef Ali Saad and Chef Mohamad Ezzeddine for "Best Meat Dish".


Media Release
March 2012


Méditerranée restaurant launches its themed nights

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut organized a press event to introduce new dining experiences.

Méditerranée restaurant announces the concept of "you pick it, we cook it" through "Ocean Jazz", tempting Seafood buffet every Friday night with live Jazz tunes, "Latino Grillades", Sizzling Barbecue night every Saturday with live Latino grooves and "Sparkling Sunday Brunch", a lavish Sunday Brunch with red, white and sparkling wines along with a kids' corner full of amazing activities.

On this occasion, the hotel invited on March 1st, 2012, prominent members of the press to experience this dining sensation.

Jan Bundgaard, General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, initiated the evening by welcoming the guests. This pleasant evening amongst friends, with Latino dancing in between "sizzling" food and Mohito's made a lasting impression which can be repeated every Saturday same place same time!

"At Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut we create experiences that exceed people's expectations. We hope that our themed nights at Méditerranée will give a new dimension for our beloved guests to enjoy a wide range of high quality food and drink on the rhythms of live music in an entirely different ambience", says Elias Moukarzel, EAM in charge of Food & Beverage.


News Release


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts celebrates major global growth

11 new projects in nine countries reinforce company's global position

Beirut Lebanon, 15th February 2012 - Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce 11 new hotel projects across nine countries bringing the company's total number of operating and planned hotels worldwide to 100.

The new hotels are in France, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Thailand. The upscale hotel company of Swiss heritage now has 69 hotels in operation and 31 in development of which nine will open this year.

"We have always believed in growth, but at a sustainable pace. In every region from Europe and Africa to the Middle East and Asia we have carefully consolidated our developments to maintain a balanced portfolio distribution that ensures decision-making is effective, resources are efficiently utilised and development is sustainable," said Jean Gabriel Pérès, president and chief executive officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

"A hundred hotels worldwide is a major achievement for our company and I am delighted," he continues. "Such a landmark is a credit to the hard work of everyone at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

In a challenging economic environment it is vital to have a reliable business model that is stress resistant to constant change, said Jean Gabriel Pérès. "This has been the foundation of our success in recent years and the philosophy that has helped us achieve the milestone of 100 hotel projects in a sustainable way."

New hotel announcements

  • From April 2012, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will take over a 298-room upscale Red Sea property in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
  • In Morocco the company will reopen a new 380-room hotel in Marrakesh in 2014 following a multi-million-euro renovation this year
  • An architecturally stunning low-rise hotel in the Tunisian desert oasis of Tozeur will be operated under the Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts brand from 2013 following a major refurbishment
  • On the white beach of Djerba island in Tunisia, a 255-room hotel is presently undergoing a multi-million-euro refurbishment before being reopened by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts next year
  • A new 350-room hotel in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China, designed by Hirsch/Bedner & Associates will be opened by the upscale Swiss hospitality company in 2015
  • On Hainan Island, South China, the 380-room Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Phoenix Island, Sanya, will be launched in 2013
  • The 270-room Mövenpick Resort & Spa, Jimbaran, 200 metres from one of Bali's most popular beaches will be the Swiss company's first hotel in Indonesia when it opens in 2014
  • In Malaysia, the company's new 250-room resort will be based on Pantai Pandak Beach on the South China Sea coast and be launched in 2015
  • The company's entry into Bangladesh will be heralded by the opening of a 280-room resort on the sandy sea front of Cox's Bazar, the longest beach in the world at 124 km
  • Towards the end of this year, the company will open a 26-villa boutique-style resort, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, in Samoeng, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • From January 2013, the company will manage its first hotel with 282 rooms in Paris' exclusive suburb Neuilly

News Release
February 2012


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts to open first hotel in Indonesia

Idyllic setting of Jimbaran Bay in Bali is perfect location for new resort

Beirut Lebanon, 8th February, 2012: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is to open its first hotel in Indonesia overlooking the picturesque bay of Jimbaran in the south of Bali.

Inspired by traditional Balinese design, the upscale Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran is scheduled to open in 2014 and will offer 270 rooms including 70 suites. In addition, the resort will feature 70 branded residences.

As well as an all-day dining restaurant, a roof top lounge and lobby café, the resort will include a 500-metre-square ballroom, business centre, kids club, meeting rooms, gym, library and a spa facility. A boutique retail area will feature a range of exclusive shops.

"Bali is a holidaymaker's paradise and the exclusive beach location of this resort with its unrestricted views of the bay is certain to be hugely popular," said Andreas Mattmüller, chief operating officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in the Middle East and Asia. "As the company's first hotel in Indonesia this is a perfect place to start."

"We are delighted Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will be managing this outstanding property," said Soegianto Nagaria, president director of PT Hotelindo Permata Jimbaran, the resort's owning company. "We are confident that the combination of warm Swiss hospitality and this idyllic setting will be a huge success."

The resort's inviting setting blends contemporary design with traditional Balinese decor while meandering pools and lush landscaped gardens reflect the natural wonder of Bali and provide an idyllic haven for relaxation with an inspired sense of place.

Jimbaran beach is just a 200-metre stroll away along the resort's private road offering endless white sands populated with traditional shacks serving grilled fish and fishermen landing their catch of the day.

The resort is 4km from the thriving centre of Nusa Dua, 8km from the lively nightlife of Kuta Beach and 45km from the cultural treasures, artistic highlights, soaring coconut trees and stepped paddy fields of Ubud. The International Airport is only 6.5km away.

The Jimbaran resort is one of nine new hotels set to be opened by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts across Asia by 2014. The region has been a major focus for expansion by the upscale Swiss hospitality company and already Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts operates two hotels in Thailand, two in Vietnam and one each in India, Philippines and Singapore.


News Release
January 2012


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts celebrates Valentine's Day every day of February

Heart-warming 50% room discount from those incurable romantics.

Beirut Lebanon, 30th January, 2012: When The Beatles sang 'All You Need is Love' they were not thinking about modern romance. These days when it comes to love, actions speak louder than words.

Fortunately at selected Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts throughout the Middle East and Asia there is a perfect deal guaranteed to make any romantic's heart beat faster.

From February 1 to 29 love-struck couples can enjoy 50% off their second night, a late check out until 4.00pm, a romantic gift and savour in-room breakfast for two.

"These days we have such busy lives that it's often difficult to find time for romance," said Toufic Tamim, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East. "So we decided to take the heartbreak out of organising a Valentine's getaway by offering a great deal every day of the month. That way couples have the whole of February to choose from."

Throughout the Middle East and Asia there is a heart-warming variety of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts for couples to enjoy during their romantic break. Whether it's a sophisticated city hotel escape in Dubai, Bangalore or Doha or a sun-kissed relaxation resort in Dead Sea, Phuket or Beirut there are plenty of ways to fan the flames of romance this February.

Participating hotels and resorts within the Middle East and Asia include properties in Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, India, Philippines and Thailand. For further details visit: www.moevenpick-hotels.com


Media Release
December 2011


Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut has celebrated once again its traditional Christmas trees' lighting

The Christmas trees' lighting ceremony became an annual tradition that gathers all of Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut corporate clients and key media representatives along with their families, and marks the beginning of a three week festive tradition characterized by a special Christmas service. The event was held on December 5th, 2011 from 6.30pm until 9.00pm.

Marking the opening of the event, the attendees held lit candles while a singer performed live the true spirit of the merry season. Christmas trees decorated by ten embassies with thousands of lights, including the giant one in the Main Lobby, were lit in the hotel, for a splendid atmosphere.

Our little comers were entertained with an exceptional live performance at Santa's village in Etesian ballroom, after which they enjoyed a Christmas dinner; while older guests celebrated at Levante ballroom, with an extravagant Christmas buffet, a 10 meters ice bar and a dazzling live festive entertainment.

At the end, Alain Chatel, General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, announced that Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus was the winner of the best decorated tree, which was selected by the attendees; and the prize was a night for five persons at the hotel.

"Year after year, this cherished hotel celebration increasingly brings together hundreds of guests to share magical moments of enlightenment, music, sweets and live holiday cheers!" says the General Manager.


News Release
November 2011


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens family resort on Arabian coast

Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar set to become a favourite destination within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The stunning five-star Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar has officially opened, setting a new standard for family holidays on the Arabian coast.

The resort is the ninth hotel to be opened by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and offers 36 three-bedroom duplex villas – including two Royal Villas each with a spacious majlis – two restaurants, a spa and fitness centre, free-form swimming pool, a fun kids club, lush landscaping and spectacular private beach.

"This resort is truly unique and perfect for families that enjoy holidays in an exclusive, relaxed environment," said Markus Marti, general manager of the new property. "There is nothing like this resort in the entire Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Everything has been designed to the highest possible standards offering a seaside experience that is exceptional and comforting."

The design of the villas illustrates this philosophy perfectly. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, service quarters as well as spacious dining and living areas, each duplex is the epitome of contemporary comfort with a relaxed Mediterranean feel.

Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar is just 45 minutes from Dammam International Airport and only 25 minutes away from the five-star shopping outlets and entertainment options of Al Khobar and the King Fahad Causeway to Bahrain. Guests will find it difficult to leave the family-focused attractions of the resort.

The Azure restaurant offers contemporary gourmet seafood in a Mediterranean-style lounge atmosphere with magnificent views of the resort's private marina. The Clubhouse, meanwhile, offers all-day dining and à la carte where guests can take time with family to enjoy a snack or relaxing meal.

Within The Clubhouse is the Retreat Wellness Center & Spa featuring separate rooms for men and women as well as European beauty treatments, private massage, sauna, steam rooms, a fitness area with modern gym equipment and serene spaces where guests can relax.

For families who enjoy the splash happy fun of water, an artfully designed swimming pool and a separate private pool area for children are available.

There is a Kids Club with fully trained attendants offering a wide range of games and activities as well as a children's dining menu.

Parents can enjoy a variety of water sports and activities or stroll by the waterfront pathways of immaculately manicured grounds or along the world-class marina. Complimentary Wi-Fi coverage is available throughout the resort and there are also dedicated conference and banquet facilities.

The Mövenpick Beach Resort Al Khobar builds on the strong profile of the upscale international hotel company in the Kingdom.

"Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has quickly established a very positive reputation in Saudi Arabia," said Mr. Turki Al-Mohaisen, representative of property owner Eastern Rehab Company for Tourism Investment. "This is a country that has always appreciated the importance of hospitality and we recognise in Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts a partner that celebrates the Swiss values of quality, reliability and care that every Saudi guest appreciates."

For further information and reservations please visit the website www.moevenpick-alkhobar-beach.com


Media Release
November 2011


Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut proudly certified!

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut being the first hotel in Lebanon to be Green Globe certified

Following a long term commitment to sustainable corporate initiatives towards the environment, local community and employees and a successful Green Globe audit, Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut proudly announces that it is now the first hotel in Beirut to be Green Globe certified.

"Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut is fully committed to promoting sustainability. This commitment is reflected in our management principles and our daily practices which aim to advance a sustainable future for the generations to come. Our aim is to undertake and publicize the best sustainability practices, to reduce the environmental impact of all our activities and to encourage all our stakeholders to do the same" says the General Manager at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, Alain Chatel.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts believes that its values, combined with a global approach to sustainability, will make it one of the world's most trusted companies in hotel management.


News Release


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts wins Green Hotelier of the Year and Public Relations Manager of Year in Hotelier Middle East Awards

Jordan Regional Manager Bruno Huber voted top Green Hotelier while Dubai's AnaMarija Raickovic achieves best Marketing and PR award

Dubai UAE, 20th October 2011: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has won two top awards in the prestigious Hotelier Middle East Awards 2011.

Bruno Huber, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and the company's Regional Manager of Jordan, was voted Green Hotelier of the Year, while AnaMarija Raickovic Marketing and Communications Manager for Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach was voted Marketing/PR Manager of the Year.

More than 700 nominations were received by Hotelier Middle East, part of Dubai-based ITP Business Publishing, which describes the awards as "a celebration of excellence with the winners truly heroes that make a difference".

"We are absolutely delighted," said Craig Cochrane, Vice President of Human Resources, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East & Asia. "The awards are voted for by an independent panel of judges and celebrate the best of the best. Bruno and AnaMarija faced fierce competition from hundreds of hotels around the region and their awards are a wonderful validation of their achievements."

The awards were last night (October 19) presented at a glittering gala dinner attended by more than 500 of the hotel industry's leading players.

Teddu Rajeshwar, Line Supervisor of Mövenpick Hotel Deira, was highly commended as Hotelier's 'Unsung Hero of the Year' and three other Mövenpick Hotel & Resort employees were shortlisted among the top hoteliers in the Middle East.

They were Marcus Dudley, Director of Food and Beverage Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Ala'a Madanat, Assistant Chief Engineer Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba and Ibrahim Khawaldeh, Recreation Manager Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba.


News Release
19 October 2011


Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea selected as one of the Top Resorts in the Middle East

The resort achieved high ranks in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea has earned one of the most coveted distinctions in the travel industry by being selected by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as one of the top five resorts in the Middle East.

The 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Awards reflect the combined opinion of 28,876 readers who rated the cities, islands, and hotels they visited in the past year, and the airlines and cruise ships they travelled with.

"It is a great honour to receive this direct recognition from our guests through this important survey. This award acknowledges the work of our employees who strive every day in creating wonderful memories for our guests." said Bruno Huber, general manager and regional manager Jordan.

The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is presented in a traditional village setting with upscale facilities nestled amongst lush gardens that serve to restore well-being and balance. Located on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, the resort is an oasis of tranquillity.


Media Release
October 2011


Indian Cooking Class at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut

Within the scope of the Indian Week held at the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut between October 11th and 14th, 2011, a group of elite people were handpicked to attend an entertaining cooking class hosted by Chef Gaurav Malhotra, Sous Chef at the Ashok, New Delhi.

Held on October 7th, 2011 in the presence of his Excellency Mr. Ravi Thapas, Ambassador of India in Lebanon, and Mr. Alain Chatel, General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, this special event was an unforgettable experience for each and every participant.

The welcome was authentically Indian. Before crossing the entrance of the Levant Kitchen, every guest has been offered a personalized apron to perfectly feel like a real chef. And once in, the participants have been amazingly concocting exquisite plates.

In the middle of a warm and friendly atmosphere, the "chefs" entered into a kind of witty competition in the way everyone has been presenting his plate.

On the occasion, Chef Malhotra said that it is an honor for him to be present in Beirut promoting the genuine Indian cuisine, adding that "all Indian specialties mirror the diversity of our local history".

As a final point everyone has been granted an official certificate along with a special gift consisting of Indian spices.


News Release
03 October 2011


Magic makeover at Mövenpick Hotel Doha

Mövenpick Hotel Doha has renovated all its 154 rooms and suites, providing a contemporary look for today's savvy business travellers.

The four-month makeover has transformed the hotels' rooms and suites into even more comfortable, stylish and technologically advanced living spaces that elegantly combine sophistication and functionality.

Using luxurious fabrics in rich tones for the curtains and carpets, as well as bright, vibrant colours for the walls, has cast a warm and inviting sensation upon the rooms. The in-room technological features now include large LCD TVs and high-speed wired and wireless internet access.

The second phase, due to commence shortly includes changing the concept, name and décor of the "Piano Piano Bar", restyling "Seasons", the hotel's main restaurant, as well as launching a new casual dining outlet.

"This transformation brought fresh energy to the property and has given the rooms and suites a contemporary modern style with an understated elegance," said Fabien Chesnais, General Manager of Mövenpick Hotel Doha.

Hamad Al Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Qatar National Hotels added: "The continued developments at the Mövenpick Hotel Doha is a high priority for QNH as we are committed to driving forward the country's regeneration as well as helping our owned hotels improve their competitiveness and productivity. This is why we are delighted to invest in renovations and expansion plans which will provide a significant boost to the economy as well as contributing to the vibrancy of the local community."

Created with the business traveller in mind, the upscale hotel enjoys a unique location in the heart of the city, centrally positioned on the Corniche road, only 5km from Doha International Airport as well as the city's business district and tourist attractions.


News Release
September 2011


"Feel the Beat" at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut

More than just a night out; a night to remember...

On Friday night, September 16th, 2011 Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut celebrated its annual corporate party on its sandy beach. Under the theme 'Feel the Beat', the extraordinary evening was an exclusive rendezvous on invitation only for select corporate and press members who were passionately received in a casual setting.

On the menu: Mojitos, exquisite seafood buffet set on a fisherman's boat, amazing barbecue and live stations, International salads and a mouth-watering selection of pass-around desserts. Perfectly in tune with the beach party ambiance, the festivity boasted DJ Said Mrad, ladies' shots, percussionist; Mostafa Temsah, remarkable bonfires and a light system creating a cosy setting.

'Feel the Beat' at the sandy beach was more than a night out; it was truly a night to remember..


News Release
13 September 2011


Business Bundle offers executive boost to corporate travellers.

Business Bundle offers executive boost to corporate travellers.

Dubai UAE, 13th September 2011: On the road, organisation is everything. Corporate travellers don't want to spend time arranging breakfast, laundry, late check-outs or internet access, they just want to get down to business quickly and easily.

Based on corporate traveller feedback, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has distilled four key components of a successful business trip down to one simple tailor-made package.

The Business Bundle package offers corporate travellers free high-speed in-room internet access, a daily buffet breakfast, express pressing service and late check-out until 6.00pm.

The package will be available to business travellers staying at selected Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts throughout the Middle East and Asia from September 15.

"Business travellers want to concentrate on making their trip a success," says Toufic Tamim, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East. "They don't want the detail of extras, they simply want to know everything that they need is included as part of their stay."

High-speed internet, breakfast, late checkout and laundry pressing are the four most requested services by corporate travellers at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, according to Tamim.

"We listened to our guests and gave them what they needed. Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has always understood the key elements that enhance a successful business trip – convenient location, efficient meeting and conference facilities and dedicated business services – but with the Business Bundle package we have gone one stage further to provide corporate travellers with a genuine executive boost."

The Business Bundle is available at selected Mövenpick properties in the United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Yemen, India, Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand.

For further information please visit:

http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/.


News Release
07 September 2011


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Enters India.

Swiss hospitality company combines heritage and vision to create premier guest experience in its first Indian property, the Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore.

The only five-star international hotel in India offering the convenient 24-hour rate concept.

Dubai UAE, 7th September 2011: Mövenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore has officially opened its doors today, becoming the first property in India for the international upscale hotel company. The five-star hotel is superbly designed as a contemporary business destination whilst also offering exciting leisure opportunities for relaxation, dining and entertainment.

Conveniently located near the main business districts of the city and a 30-minute drive from the airport, the modern hotel boasts a stunning water feature at its entrance and an illuminated glass staircase, lending a warm feel to the corporate traveller focused property.

The hotel's services are every bit as progressive as the design, with guests enjoying complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi in all rooms and public areas, a first in the city. All 182 rooms contain flat screen LCD TV with integrated media systems.

Guests staying in executive club rooms or suites enjoy a variety of convenient benefits including a 24-hour rate starting from the moment they arrive, which will help the majority of international travellers taking early morning or late evening flights.

The opening further augments the close ties between India and Switzerland, which covers everything from trade to movies, with the European country's stunning scenery providing the backdrop to many Bollywood films.

Jean Gabriel Pérès, President & CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts said he was excited about launching the first Mövenpick property in India, in the heart of its 'Silicon Valley'.

"It is a contemporary property which is in keeping with 21st century India and its rising stature on the global stage," he said. "This opening marks a new milestone for our company entering the Indian Subcontinent with the Mövenpick Hotel Bangalore. We are convinced that the hotel's facilities, in combination with our personalised service delivery and the Swiss approach to quality, will appeal to domestic and international travellers alike."

Guests can enjoy a selection of four dining and entertainment options including the 24-hour My Place restaurant, the Obsidian bar, featuring a striking 1920s art deco interior design, the Italian restaurant Mezzaluna and the soon-to-open Perfect Sky, the hotel's rooftop restaurant and lounge.

A dedicated floor for banqueting facilities includes a grand ballroom with separate entrance, whilst seven meeting venues offer an ideal setting for exclusive board meetings, corporate celebrations and stylish social functions.

Leisure facilities include a stunning swimming pool with infinity edge located on the second floor, and the state of the art spa and fitness centre.

The Sohum Spa is set to become a top-class wellness facility and features eight treatment rooms and an extensive selection of therapies, inspired by Ayurveda, the ancient Indian philosophy of health and wellbeing, in addition to Oriental and European healing techniques. The Spa captures in its design and décor the Hindu temple architecture of South India, creating a soothing retreat for equilibrium and harmony.

Situated on the 12th floor and offering magnificent city views, the fitness centre features modern equipment and dedicated rooms for Yoga and meditation.

Kodandaram Ramaiah, managing director MSR Hotel (Bangalore) Pvt Ltd and owner of the upscale property, said he looked forward to a long and successful relationship with Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. "The company has built up a large profile in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and are very positive to drawing in global travellers who know the brand, as well as introducing it to executives within the Subcontinent."

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has strong expansion plans in India and has recently announced a second property in the country, the Mövenpick Dharamshala Resort & Spa, an exclusive 110-room resort in the Northern Indian Kangra Valley due to open in 2013.

For further information and reservations, please visit the website: www.moevenpick-bangalore.com.


News Release
28 July 2011


Mohamed Fayoumi: The First Green Globe Auditor at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Mohamed Fayoumi, Regional Director of Engineering of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts in Jordan, has obtained the Green Globe Auditor certification in June 2011.

Fayoumi started his career in Mövenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel in 2000 and has continue his carrer in the Gulf region before coming back to Jordan in 2009 to assume his current role.

After managing the certification process for Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, Fayoumi decided to further enhance his expertise in the field of sustainabiltiy. He successfully completed the Green Globe Auditor training progam which include online courses dealing with all areas of the Green Globe certification standards such as: sustainability management, social and economic standards, cultural heritage and environmental standards and was recently certified as the first Green Globe Auditor at Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts.

&ldqt;We are extremely proud of Mohamed and his commitment to sustainability. Corporate responsibility is a key priority at our hotel group and Mohamed's certification helps us to further progress in this objective" said Bruno Huber, General Manager & Regional Manager Jordan.&rdqt;


News Release
28 July 2011


Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea recognized as one of the world's healthiest hotels.

Hotels.com, a leading provider of hotel accommodation worldwide, has recently selected Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea as one of the twelve healthiest hotels worldwide.

Representatives of the renowned website explored the globe to find the healthiest hotels that allow travellers to pamper their minds, bodies and souls.

The 12 selected hotels include exclusive properties from all corners of the world and the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea was featured as a top leading destination within the Middle East. The resort provides an ideal setting where guests can devote themselves to improving their wellbeing while enjoying the tranquillity of the Dead Sea.

Guest of the hotel can benefit from the rich source of natural salts and minerals of the Dead Sea in many ways. The award-wining Zara Spa offers and extensive menu of treatments that incorporate the highly-effective Dead Sea mud and salts or guests can also just step into the water and enjoy the oxygen-rich air the destination provides.

The Dead Sea is located on the lowest point on earth, some 400 meters below sea level. The unique climate and the 30% salt and abundant mineral content of the water relief the body while the peaceful natural setting is a sanctuary for the soul. In addition, the hotel features a Therapy skin centre and pools with saline concentrations, including an indoor Dead Sea flotation pool.

Additional facilities include two private pools, a Jacuzzi, solariums, tennis courts, beach volley ball and a large fitness centre.


News Release
Thursday 12th May, 2011


The Swiss hotel company is slashing its summer-discounted prices this season by a further 25%.

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced its 2011 summer offers under the umbrella "100% summer fun and 25% extra savings". Guest staying at over 40 Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts across the Middle East, Europe, Asia and Africa will enjoy an additional discount up to 25% on the enticing seasonal rates.

Travellers can select among 24 Middle Eastern hotels located across Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates or explore fascinating destinations within some of the company's European, Asian and African locations. This attractive offer will start on May 15 and be valid throughout the summer and Ramadan.

Toufic Tamim, Vice President for Sales & Marketing in the Middle East, said as travellers start organising their summer getaways, they will find our additionally discounted summer prices attractive.

"Our summer offers are especially appealing this year as they not only encourage intra-regional travel but provide the opportunity to experience long-haul international locations." he said. In addition, they are designed to reward our loyal repeat guests and to attract the weekend-stay local market to come and experience our properties."

Travellers looking for leisure, shopping and world-class entertainment can select one of the four Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts located in Dubai.

For relaxation with a cultural twist, guests can select from five properties in Jordan, located in the key historical and leisure locations of Dead Sea, Aqaba, Tala Bay and Petra while those looking for a vibrant lifestyle getaway will find the Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut the place to be.

For a traditional Middle Eastern experience, guests may opt to stay in any of the two Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts within Qatar and Kuwait respectively or at any of eight properties within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Furthermore, the summer offer is valid in exciting international locations such as Zurich, Geneva, Prague, Amsterdam, Berlin, Istanbul, Phuket, Saigon and Tunis, among many more.

For information or reservations contact your travel agent, visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com or call us toll free from the following countries: Bahrain 8000 1991, Jordan 0800 222 02, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 800 124 2929, Kuwait 2 225 3228, Qatar 800 2001, United Arab Emirates 800 4934.


News Release
Monday 9th May, 2011


Square, Beirut's trendiest pre-clubbing chill out lounge newly opened at Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut

Saturday May 7th, 2011 marked the grand opening of Beirut's trendiest pre-clubbing chill out lounge. Conveniently located in the Swiss five star Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut, Square is set to be the unique and ideal place for an unforgettable evening.

"Square's opening is one-of-its-kind and long awaited by all serious Beirut's clubbers", enthusiastically said Mr. Elias Moukarzel, Executive Administration Manager in charge of Food and Beverage of Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut.

Perfectly in tune with the pre-clubbing ambiance, Square is exclusively dedicated to chill out music with two sessions, chill out grooves from 6.00pm until 9.00pm and chill out house from 9.00pm until 1.00am. The lounge boasts one of the most established names in the Middle Eastern music scene DJ Said Mrad, teaming up with two residents DJs.

The all-new sea view open air chill out lounge is geared to Beirut's clubbers. It is the only lounge opening as early as 6.00pm for a sociable and pleasant after office drink and staying until 3.00am for a great party scene, Tuesdays until Sundays. Furthermore, heeding the true clubbers' demands, Square's VIP area seats a maximum of 20 VIP clubbers who will be treated like stars.

If you are in your twenties, thirties or forties, Square is your top choice for a pre-club chill out lounge with an outstanding open sea view, exquisite food and amazing drinks. It's the only place you can enjoy a conversation with friends in a cool setting.

Mr. Moukarzel finally summed up: "Perfectly part of the in-between category of nightlife less active and more conversation friendly than a common night club, Square is distinguished by a cozy atmosphere with ideal chill out music showcasing comfy dinning and drinking in the heart of the vibrant capital Beirut.


News Release
April 15, 2011


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts opens up in Singapore

Soft opening of hotel on Sentosa will be followed by year-end launch

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has announced the soft opening of Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, its first property in Singapore, with the grand launch earmarked towards the end of the year.

Located in the heart of Sentosa, overlooking the South China Sea and Merlion Park, the five-star hotel depicts the colonial history and contemporary flair of the country in its striking interiors, designed by world famous Japanese firm, Super Potato.

The hotel's facilities are spread out over two distinct wings, the traditional Heritage wing -with colonial heritage dating back to the 1940s, and the new Contemporary wing with modern architecture providing an upscale experience to discerning travellers.

The initial phase sees the opening of the contemporary wing, which offers distinctively designed rooms and suites, dining and entertainment options and meetings and conference facilities.

This modern section features 105 well-appointed Deluxe rooms while 19 Onsen Suites, three Executive Suites and two Penthouse Suites – will open throughout 2011. The signature Onsen suites will each feature a Japanese-style hot tub set in a tranquil outdoor sanctuary while the Penthouse Suites will offer private rooftop pools.

All rooms are equipped with high-speed internet access with wireless connectivity, and feature LCD flat screen TVs with an integrated media system.

The hotel's current dining options include Library, a lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy snacks and refreshments in comfortable surroundings. The glass covered link-bridge spanning across the two wings of the hotel is home to the Tea Lounge, serving breakfast and an international menu.

Singapore's premier standing as a year-round conference venue means MICE business will also be courted. The column-free Grand Ballroom allows innovative use of space, with floor-to-ceiling windows providing plenty of natural light.

Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and Asia, said: "We are thrilled to be entering the Singapore market. By creating a unique hotel that manages to look to the future while respecting the past at the same time, we're able to provide something for everyone."

Rodney Tan, Group Chairman of property owner Cairnhill Group Holdings Pte Ltd, said: 'We are very excited to start welcoming guests to our property and to delight them with the renowned hospitality of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.'

The upcoming fully renovated Heritage building, set to open towards the end of 2011, will complement the existing facilities with a further 61 spacious rooms and suites and dining options.

The Heritage wing will include an all-day dining restaurant, a Whisky Bar and Cigar Lounge. In addition, the hotel's unique private dining concept will allow guests to enjoy tailor-made menus.

The hotel is ideally situated to allow easy access to a wide number of leisure attractions. Guests can walk to the Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated resort featuring Universal Studios and the casino, while those looking to get out and about can jump on the Sentosa Express, with Imbiah station located directly opposite the hotel. In addition, the property is located five minutes from Vivo City, the largest shopping mall in the country.

On completion, both old and new wings will complement each other to create an alluring five-star upscale lifestyle hotel.


News Release
Thursday 14th April, 2011


Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut brings the magic of sea, sun and sand indoors

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut proudly announces the complete renovation of its rooms and Club Floor. The soft renovation includes the transformation of the Hotel's rooms into even more luxurious and technologically advanced 'living spaces' inspired by nature's elements. The tones, colours and hues bring out the spirit of business within a leisure setting.

Today more than ever, what makes Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut unique is the ability to offer its guests the business mood with a gentle breeze of fresh Mediterranean waters.

The newly 262 renovated rooms dress the hotel with a contemporary elegant corporate spirit, while maintaining the character offered by its prime location on the gold sandy beach and splendid surrounding landscape.

Furthermore, as the Hotel is fully conscious of its business guests' demands, new special services are perfectly added to the rooms, including hospitality tray, LCD screens and free high speed internet.

Through the room's bay open view, guests can create their business language and dream to vanish the late hours of their day with the sun melting into the sea, blending the most wonderful palette ever created by nature, emitting a pearl colour scheme into the rooms; a marriage of soft European design art and the warmth of Mediterranean sun.

In conclusion, bringing the essential elements of nature inside its rooms is purely what makes Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut the ideal place to unwind after a long busy day.


News Release
March 18, 2011


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts turns the global switch.

Company first as all hotels sign up to green initiative.

All 69 Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts globally will be turning off their exterior lights during Earth Hour on March 26.

Some properties have supported the environmental initiative in recent years, in line with the company's Global Sustainability Programme, but this is the first time that the entire portfolio is participating.

Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, said: "We are delighted that all our hotels and resorts will be participating in Earth Hour this year and it clearly demonstrates the importance with which we view environmental matters."

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is aiming for 20 per cent of its hotels, resorts and cruises to be Green Globe Certified by the end of this year and all properties stamped with Green Globe credentials within two years. The strategy is part of a company-wide programme to establish a common and global approach to environmental, employer and social sustainability.

Earth Hour started in Sydney in 2007, Australia when 2.2 million homes and businesses turned their lights off for one hour to make their stand against climate change.

Only a year later and Earth Hour had become a global sustainability movement with more than 50 million people across 35 countries participating. Global landmarks such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The CN Tower in Toronto, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and Rome's Colosseum, all stood in darkness in support of the cause.


News Release
March 10, 2011


Zara Spa at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea rated Best Overseas Spa Retreat in Middle East.

Readers of the prestigious magazine Condé Nast Traveller have selected Zara Spa at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea as one of their favourite havens for total relaxation and renewal.

The Spa obtained the highest ranking in the Middle East in the prestigious Readers' Spa Awards 2011 within the 'Spa Retreat, Overseas Category'.

The awards were voted for by the magazine's readers online where they selected their favourite Spas based on 10 criteria of excellence including facilities, treatment, amenities, ambience and products.

This is the third consecutive year that readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine voted the Zara Spa at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea as one of the most prestigious retreats in the world.

"Our spa has achieved the highest rating in the Middle East over the past three years in the Spa retreat overseas category," said Bruno Huber general manager and regional manager Jordan. "We will work even harder to further enhance the spa experience and to pamper our loyal guests with the surprising sense of Zara."

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, located in a traditional village setting nestled among lush gardens, provides the perfect environment for well-being and balance.

Zara Spa offers an extensive menu of treatments that reflect the elements of the natural surroundings of the area. Its signature treatment is the Dead Sea Spa Journey, a cleaning and purifying experience that restores the skin's natural minerals. Salt and black mud treatments are among the most popular at Zara Spa.


News Release
February 16, 2011


Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts speaks the language of its travellers

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has launched French and Arabic language websites across five more hotels in another sign of the Swiss chain boosting its communication links with global travellers.

French speakers can now be at ease when accessing information about hotels in Amsterdam, Voorburg and 's-Hertogenbosch, while Arabian travellers can similarly find details about the company's Beirut and Bahrain properties in their own language.

The move follows an extensive roll-out of language-specific websites last year, and Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts now has 35 sites available in Arabic, 17 in Russian and an additional twelve hotels in French.

Heiko Siebert, Vice President Distribution, said the multi-lingual projects have been launched in order to provide travellers with information in their mother tongue.

"We are confident that this project will enhance the online experience of our guests and we will continue to explore their use globally. While English is the accepted international language of choice, it's important to remember that traveller are more comfortable with reading information about arrival, facilities and available services in their own language." he said.


News Release
January 2011


Hotels look to add value, customised experiences and digital services

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts identifies the 'big three' likely to drive the industry in 2011.

Making the travel experience more customised, interactive and with value-added benefits for guests are likely to be the big three trends influencing the hotel industry within the Middle East in 2011, according to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Asia said the hotel industry will face growing challenges to provide customised experiences and face tighter lead times for bookings as available airline capacity means travellers can look for last-minute offers.

He notes more travellers are taking short haul trips at the expense of long-haul destinations – although in bound business from India and Asia will continue to grow significantly. "The Asian market will be a prominent and major player in the tourism sector in 2011, and will even increase and solidify on 2012 and beyond," he said.

Personalised services and added value were also identified as key factors as price-conscious travellers continue to look for opportunities.

"Guest service customization will continue to be critical," said Toufic Tamim, Vice President Sales & Marketing Middle East. "We must move from a hotel-centric to a guest-centric approach. Guests will expect their stay to be personalised around a set of choices on offer in order to tailor their visit to their own preferences. Guests are demanding much more from their travels and looking for one-of-a-kind, enriching experiences."

Roger MacFarlaine, Vice President IT, Middle East & Asia, added that the main trend is towards hotel-specific mobile applications, exploring how hand-held devices can transform the guest experience – and again, it's all set to get personal.

"Since travellers look for immediacy and efficiency in hotel services the mobile apps, apart from making hotel reservations, are going to cater for a more personalised approach with choices of food and beverage and room amenities that guests can select prior to their arrival and during their stay," he said. "Hotels will increasingly look to new technologies to drastically increase efficiency, personalise the customer experience and improve service."

Peter Drescher, Vice President Food and Beverage, Middle East and Asia, believes there is a growing need and desire for guests to know more about the origins and quality of their food. "We will be working on an organic option for all our hotels throughout the Middle East & Asia, giving environmentally concerned guest the opportunity to get naturally grown and produced foods."

The omens appear more favourable this year for those working at the front end of the industry, reckons Craig Cochrane- Vice President Human Resources, Middle East & Asia. "We're seeing job security starting to return, salary freezes being lifted, as well as delayed hotels opening."


News Release
January 2011


Cupid takes aim at Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts all month long

Couples can enjoy a heart-pumping offer during Month of Romance.

Treat your loved one to a Valentine's to remember by taking up the 'Month of Romance' offer at all Mövenpick Hotels & Resort properties in the Middle East and Asia during February.

Couples can enjoy 50% off on their second night, unwrap a romantic welcome gift and treat themselves to an in-room breakfast for two, as well as 4.00pm late check-out, between February 1-28.

Toufic Tamim, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Middle East, said: "In this day and age, it can be difficult for couples to be free on Valentine's Day – particularly as it falls early in the week this year – and so the Month of Romance offer takes the stress out of the day itself, and means couples can treat themselves whenever it best suits their schedules."

Guests can choose from a range of alluring city and resort hotels in both regions, be it a relaxing sun-kissed break in Dubai or Phuket, or a romantic getaway with a cultural twist in Jordan or Hanoi.

The breadth of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts portfolio means residents in the Middle East can choose from a wide range of hotels in Beirut, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE and Yemen while properties in Asia include exciting destinations such as Vietnam and Thailand.

For further information, visit: www.moevenpick-hotels.com