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SHELTON, Conn. (July 19, 2018) - - - New Castle Hotels and Resorts, Inc., an independent third-party hotel operator, owner and developer, announced today a strategic partnership with Full-G Capital, a Toronto-based hospitalityreal estateinvestment and advisory firm.  

 

The new partnership will focus on expanding New Castle’s footprint in the Canadian hospitality market.  New Castle’s current portfolio includes seven hotels in Atlantic Canada and Toronto, with two more, (Residence Inn/Courtyard by Marriott Dartmouth) slated for opening in early 2019. 

 

“This partnership leverages the development and operational strengths of New Castle and Full G’s deep resources and proven investment platform,” said Jeremy Buffam of New Castle Hotels & Resorts. “Together we are well positioned to move forward in the dynamic and competitive Canadian market,”

 

“Full-G has a big appetite for hotel real estate investments that can deliver outstanding returns,” said Drew Coles, founder and CEO of Full-G Capital.  “New Castle has a 30-year track record of hotel management success in Canada starting with the world’s first Westin franchise, the Westin Nova Scotian.  This is the type of organization that fits Full-G Capital perfectly.” Coles is the former President and CEO of InnVest REIT, a public company with more than 100 hotels in Canada when it was sold in 2016 to a private investor for $2.1B.

 

Julian Buffam, New Castle’s director of business development, said that with the new alliance he anticipates expanding the company’s  portfolio through a combination of development, acquisition and new management contracts for select and full-service hotels in Canada. 

 

The company currently has eight hotels in active development, six in the U.S. and two in Canada. The Full-G partnership is aimed at balancing the portfolio across North America.

 
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July 17, 2018

Nestled on the edges of Erhai Lake and featuring the Cangshan Mountain as a majestic backdrop, this sumptuous retreat located on the outskirts of Dali Ancient Town, provides easy access to one of China´s most beautiful golf courses at nearby Canghai Golf International Community. Offering one-of-a-kind experiences to guests, the hotel boasts a striking cantilevered pool with a glass panel at the base, a virtual golf simulator, a wine and cigar bar and even a tea house where visitors can drop by for a game of chess and a pot of freshly-brewed, loose-leaf tea. All rooms and suites at Honor Dali include private terraces and spacious living areas as well as luxurious amenities such as a complimentary mini-bar, a BOSE sound system, a mini iPad and Salvatore Ferragamo bathroom toiletries. When not playing golf, guests can visit Dali Ancient Town with its historic sites, ancient buildings and temples which all date back to the Ming dynasty.

SLH Insider Tip: After dinner, cigar connoisseurs should pay a visit to the hotel’s exclusive cigar bar housing the finest cigar brands from around the world

Le Mas Candille, Mougins, France

38 rooms and seven suites from USD$259 per night

www.slh.com/mascandille

Secluded within eight acres of terraced Provençal grounds and surrounded by fragrant cypress trees and fields of olive groves, Le Mas Candille is an elegant five-star boutique hotel with a Michelin-star restaurant and three instagram-worthy swimming pools located in Mougins – the medieval Riviera village which was once home to Pablo Picasso. From the moment of arrival, guests are invited to soak up the panoramic views of the Mougins Valley from the hotel’s dazzling infinity pool, explore the beautifully landscaped gardens or enjoy a pampering session in the Spa Candille with its relaxing Jacuzzi, hydrotherapy pool, sauna and luxury ESPA treatments. Originally an 18th century farmhouse, each of the 38 bedrooms and seven suites have been designed in a modern Provençal style combining shabby-chic French antiques with contemporary furnishings. This peaceful sanctuary also boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant that offers a chef´s table experience, delectable Mediterranean dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients and its own reserve Champagne. Beyond the hotel, there´s plenty to discover from Mougins’ cobbled streets, Grasse’s perfume factories to St Tropez´s glamorous beaches.

SLH Insider Tip: The hotel features anoutdoor gym where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and mountain breezes while working out

Monkey Island Estate, Bray On Thames, England

41 rooms from USD$331 per night including breakfast

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Opening in August following a complete renovation by YTL Hotels, Monkey Island Estate is a centuries old retreat that lies on a picturesque island in the River Thames in the historic village of Bray, Berkshire, and in accessible only by a footbridge or by boat. The island, with an intriguing history dating back 800 years, has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. Following YTL’s superb renovation, visitors from London and beyond will yet again have their very own private countryside escape to enjoy. The striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings will now make up the main hotel areas of YTL’s Monkey Island Estate, surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens. Executive Chef of Monkey Island Estate, William Hemming, will be serving up a sophisticated yet casual dining experience on the river at the Monkey Island Brasserie, while in the Monkey Bar and lounge, guests can sip champagne, fine wines and spirits while gazing at the playful frescoes that date from the 1730s - depicting monkeys enjoying country pursuits.

SLH Insider Tip: From September, guests will be able to Indulge in a floating spa experience in one of the hotel’s spa treatment room located on a bespoke barge on the River Thames

The Pantai Inn, California, La Jolla, USA

30 suites and cottages from USD$393 per night

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Set along the shores of La Jolla coastline, with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, this Balinese-inspired hideaway brings a touch of Indonesian hospitality to South California. Upon entering the Pantai grounds, guests are swept away by the serenity of the lush, polished gardens adorned with Balinese statues and the hotel´s coral stoned courtyard with soothing water features and an outdoor fire pit to stimulate the senses. Each of the Inn's 30 suites and cottages feature typically Balinese furnishings, with hand carved wood and patterned fabrics, as well as rain showers and optional in-room spa services. Most of the accommodations boast fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes not to mention incredible overview balconies, and all include complimentary breakfast, high definition flat screen televisions and media hubs.Pantai Inn is also located within easy reach of San Diego’s best sights such as San Diego Zoo, as well as the downtown galleries and restaurants. 

SLH Insider Tip: All one-bedroom cottages feature oversized bathrooms with their own Jacuzzi tubs perfect to soak in and unwind

And in other news...

The Nare Hotel in Cornwall offers guests the chance to hire a Morgan motor car during their stay

37 rooms from USD$263 per night including breakfast

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A heavenly slice of seaside charm, on Cornwall’s picture-perfect Roseland peninsula, The Nare Hotel has partnered with Morgan Motors to offer guests the chance to hire a classic Morgan 4/4 motor car during their stay. From July, guests will be able to experience the thrill of driving a classic car through the Cornish countryside and soak up the dramatic views from the county's coastal roads. Guests will also be able to enjoy a luxurious Nare picnic basket fitted to the rear picnic rack and stop for lunch at the most picturesque spot en route. One day car hire starts from USD$330.

Hotel Gajoen hosts Tokyo’s largest illumination art festival “WANO AKARI x HYAKUDAN KAIDAN 2018”

60 rooms from USD$383 per night

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Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is pleased to announce the launch of its fourth Illumination Art Festival, which will take place from Saturday 7 July until Sunday 2 September 2018, in celebration of the hotel’s 90th anniversary. The festival will take place in the “Hyakudan kaidan” area of Gajoen, an old wooden historical building that has been designated as a tangible cultural asset of Tokyo. Over 1,000 works of traditional arts and crafts will be on display throughout the two months which is twice the number of art pieces that were exhibited last year.

The Nimb Hotel becomes Denmark’s first hotel with a rooftop pool

38 rooms from USD$308 per night

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Located in Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, the Nimb Hotel has recently unveiled a new rooftop terrace 1300 m2 complete with a 60m2 outdoor pool, a pool bar and lounge area with spectacular views of Copenhagen. The pool has been clad with Italian mosaic designed to create the perfect underwater interplay and includes a counter-flow feature, allowing guests to swim on the spot for a long period of time. Three times a week, guests will be able to enjoy special dining and music events on the rooftop terrace.

The Halcyon House hosts a gourmet food weekend in partnership with Chef Danielle Alvarez

21 rooms from USD$445 per night

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A classic surf spot turned blissful boutique hotel in Northern New South Wales, the Halcyon House is delighted to welcome Danielle Alvarez, head chef of acclaimed Merivale restaurant Fred’s in Paddington, for a Gourmet Food Weekend from Friday 17 August to Sunday 19 August 2018. As part of the exciting culinary package, guests will be able to enjoy a two-night stay at Halcyon House as well as welcome cocktails & canapés with Danielle Alvarez, cooking masterclasses, daily à la carte breakfast at Paper Daisy and a 4-course showpiece dinner with paired wines. The three-day gourmet event offers a rare and special opportunity for guests to experience cooking brilliance up close, taste Danielle’s dishes in the serene setting of Cabarita Beach and take-home cooking skills to practise in their own kitchens.

Blanket Bay Hotel hosts a five-course dinner in collaboration with Chef Luke Mangan

16 rooms from USD$653 per night

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Overlooking Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island, Blanket Bay Hotel will host an exclusive five course dinner paired with wine on 14th July 2018 in collaboration with leading Australian restaurateur and Chef Luke Mangan, who has famously cooked for President Bill Clinton, Tom cruise and Richard Branson among other celebrities. Dinner will begin with drinks and delicious canapés before guests are taken on a gourmet journey of discovery through five fine courses inspired by Luke Mangan’s French classical training and Asian culinary influences. 

 
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VANCOUVER - July 17, 2018: Adam Laker, the newly appointed general manager of Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, has moved up in the world - to the northern hemisphere for the first time in his career. Born in the UK, he moved as a teen with his family to Australia and has worked in swoon worthy destinations for the past 25 years. 


"My family and I are really closet Canucks," he explains. "We've had a home in Whistler for several years and holidayed there every chance we could. We love the outdoors - skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, hockey, fishing and biking - and delighted to be in Canada full time and able to explore the nature at our door step."

Laker arrives just in time to start plans for hotel's 80th anniversary in 2019. He will also oversee the Fairmont Gold floor renovations - the last of the $55+ million makeover at the "castle in the city" that is restoring the hotel to a new era of luxury.

Laker knows the hospitality business from the ground up. While studying at university for his Bachelor of Business, he started in the stewarding department of a hotel and mopped floors. With degree in hand, he worked his way up the ladder, starting in food and beverage and then held several progressive positions with hotel companies in Australia.

In 2003, Laker became general manager of the Stamford Grand Hotel in Adelaide and oversaw a hotel refurbishment which took the hotel to a five star rating. Two years later he joined Sofitel Gold Coast and in 2006 became general manager of Sofitel Reef Casino in Cairns, Australia. Following the devastation of the tsunami, Laker moved to Thailand and was responsible for the construction and opening of the beachside J.W. Marriott Resort & Spa Khao Lak.

In 2010, he rejoined ACCOR as general manager of Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa in the Fiji Islands and was transferred to Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, Philippines as general manager before being appointed to ACCOR area general manager for the Philippines.

With his Aussie background, barbecuing has become part of his DNA and Laker and his wife (who is a chef), are looking forward to setting up the grill, getting a dog for their three sons, and discovering more trails and campsites of British Columbia.

 
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PLAINFIELD, IL, JULY 10, 2018 -- When was the last time your hotel's bathrooms were renovated? If its been longer than ten years, you’re probably losing money with every flush, every shower and every turn of the faucet. 

"While you can’t control your hotel guests' use of utilities, you can control its operating costs," said Sam Cicero, Jr., president of Cicero's Development Corp., a General Contractor specializing in the renovation of hospitality properties. "Through simple, environmentally friendly renovations to plumbing and electric, your hotel can significantly lower expensive water and electric bills."

Cicero's Development makes energy efficiency part of every hotel bathroom renovation. Along with replacing worn cabinetry, updating ugly tiles and swapping out old-fashioned tubs for walk-in showers, Cicero's will install new fixtures and toilets that look great and meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's water efficiency recommendations.
 
How much money can a bathroom renovation save a hotel? Take the example of a 25-year-old, 100-room property with a 50% occupancy rate that has not had any updates to toilets, shower heads or sink aerators. 
 
Between two guests and the housekeeping staff, a guestroom toilet is flushed 15 times a day on average, using up to 52.5 gallons of water per day based on a pre-1994 3.5 gallon-per-flush toilet or 25 gallons with a newer 1.6 GPF toilet. Multiply that number by 365 days and by 50 rooms and that’s 958,100 gallons flushed away in a year.  However, if 0.8 gallon-per-flush toilets would be installed, the hotel's total would be reduced to as little as 219,000 gallons a year or approximately 75 percent less.
 
Head over to the shower which is run an average of 23 minutes a day by guests and housekeeping. For an older shower head that uses three gallons per minute that equates to 1,259,250 gallons a year. By changing to a one gallon-per-minute flow, the showers' total is reduced to 419,750 a year, preventing the pouring of profits down the drain. Cicero's often recommends hotels upgrade tubs to walk-in showers. Most people use about 30 gallons of water to fill a tub, according to industry estimates. However, they'll use only ten gallons of water for a ten minute shower — a 66 percent reduction.
 
Same goes for the hand sink. Two guests and housekeeping combine to run it an average of 12 minutes a day, consuming 474,500 gallons per year based on an out-of-date, 2.2 gallon-per-minute sink aerator. A new one gallon-per-minute aerator cuts usage by over 50 percent to 219,000 gallons in a year. 
 
Add it all up and three wise investments to each guest bathroom will save this hotel over 1.8 million gallons of water annually -- enough to fill three Olympic sized pools.

How much will this lower the hotel's water bill? Factoring an average water rate of $2 per 1,000 gallons used and a sewer rate that is 85 percent of a water bill, a hotelier can be looking at a savings of over $10,000 per year, which would offset the total cost of the updates in less than two years. Plus, this doesn’t include the additional thousands of dollars it takes to heat the 1.8 million gallons water in the shower or sink, or the water saved in lobby restrooms, kitchens/breakfast areas, and laundry facilities if upgrades were extended there.

Finally, a renovated and stylish hotel with new technology will improve occupancy rates. Those who stay once are more likely to stay again. Excellent online reviews can draw in new guests.

 

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