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21 April 2005 by

Second JW Marriott Hotel set for India
A second JW Marriott hotel is planned for 2007 in Bangalore, India, under a management agreement with Gstaad Hotels. The 250-room property will be part of a 14-acre development incorporating the new headquarters for United Breweries (UB) Group and UB City. The hotel will be set on a three-acre site at the corner of the development.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide to expand their portfolio
Twelve hotels in the USA operating under the Prime hotel brand are to convert to Carlson Hotels brands over the next month. Four will convert to the Radisson brand, three to the Park Plaza brand and five will become Country Inns and Suites by Carlson. The new properties will expand Carlson's managed hotel portfolio by 66 %.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest opens new spa
The Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest will be opening its new 500sq m Kempinski Spa this month. The Asian-inspired spa, designed by Hungarian architect Agnes Balint, features a fitness centre, indoor pool, Finnish sauna, steam bath, solarium, therapeutic bath and massage suite. The spa has audio and lighting systems integrated with an ice well, heated Kneipp benches, foot-soaking basins and aromatherapy treatment rooms.

Grenada Hotel opens its doors again after hurricane damage
The Spice Island Beach Resort will reopen at the end of the year following a complete $10m (£5.23m) refurbishment after a hurricane decimated the resort on 16 September 2004. The resort's new "Seagrape Suites" feature flat televisions, DVD players and whirlpool tubs overlooking the Caribbean. Two new beachfront one-bedroom suites offer 1420sq ft of space and a "wet bar" in the living area.

Hilton opens Phuket's largest spa village
Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa has opened a huge spa facility which is expected to provide 18,000 treatments a year. The 15 treatment villas have been designed to resemble a traditional Thai village and will use Sensara and Hom Samui Thai products.

First Hotel to open on Hawaii's Big Island in 10 years
The Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa has opened in Hawaii after a $70m (£30.6m) two-year renovation. Owned by Koa Hotel, LLC and Kamehameha Schools, the hotel is managed by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts. The 521-bed resort lies just south of Kaila-Kona and incorporates a fitness centre and Ho-ola Spa. Each room contains Sheraton's Sweet Sleeper beds and wireless internet access. The adjoining conference centre can accommodate groups up to 1,000.

Nordic Walking on the menu at Le Mirador Kempinski
Le Mirador Kempinski is the first hotel in the French speaking part of Switzerland to be certified as a Nordic Walking hotel. This outdoor sport, which involves walking with special poles, uses 90% of all muscles in the body and is seen as a low-impact way to develop endurance, co-ordination, power and flexibility.

Kids sit on board of directors for Raffles
The Raffles resort Canouan Island has decided that children know best and have set up a kids board of directors who meet once a year to decide what children really want from a luxury resort experience. The 14 children, aged between seven and 14, will discuss children's requirements, which, so far, include an in-room play station, mini-movie theatre and shopping vouchers to be redeemed on the island.

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