One of California’s most sought-after destinations has a host of updates throughout 2020.
Through new meeting spaces, new dining and entirely new hotels, Carlsbad, California, is using 2020 as an opportunity to redefine itself for travelers considering it as a destination.
One of the biggest boons coming to Carlsbad is the massive expansion of meeting space. Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is adding a new ballroom this year with more than 30,000 square feet of space. The property already boasts 46 meeting rooms.
A major icon of the Carlsbad hotel scene, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club and Spa is embarking on a massive renovation expected for completion later this year. The $50 million renovation includes upgrades to all guestrooms and suites as well as the property’s meeting rooms. It is also enhancing the lobby entrance area, spa, pools and golf clubs.
Finally, The Cassara Carlsbad is a new boutique hotel already welcoming guests. It offers 90 guestrooms and plans to add 29 suites this year. The hotel offers a private Legoland entrance, making it a good spot for families with kids.
Situated deep within the Scottish Highlands, just steps from many lakes and mountains, lies 57 Nord. This collection of two design-led boutique hideaways blends the region’s Norse-Gael heritage by incorporating Scottish craftsmanship, modern Scandinavian design and panoramic views into both structures.
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Oslo’s Art Deco connections just grew stronger with the opening of Sommerro, housed within a historic building in the city’s West End neighborhood of Frogner. The structure itself was once the location of the city’s original electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. The conversion to urban, luxury lodging features 231 guestrooms, 56 residences, seven restaurant and bar options, and meeting and event spaces for up to 150 people. There’s also a 100-seat gilded theater and expansive wellness space, including a full-service gym and Oslo’s first, year-round rooftop pool, sauna and terrace.
Key West International Airport recently held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its $100 million expansion. Roman Gastesi, administrator, Monroe County; Richard Strickland, director of airports; and others attended the ceremony and outlined details of the Concourse A terminal expansion project.
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Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.
Lodging and hospitality company Angama announced the November 2023 opening of Angama Amboseli, an intimate, 10-suite lodge set in Kenya’s private, 5,700-acre Kimana Sanctuary, against the iconic backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro, located just across the border in Tanzania.
IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.
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