InterContinental Miami unveiled the first hospitality project by Venus Williams, part of the international hot spot’s $30 million renovation. The tennis star’s firm, V Starr, designed two new presidential suites for the property, each with a different theme.
The Royal Palm Suite, with views of Biscayne Bay and Miami Beach, pays tribute to one of the area’s first hotels, the Royal Palm, which featured the city’s first electric lights, elevators and swimming pool. The new suite’s color palette of yellows, oranges and bright whites plus the textures of the walls and materials all reflect a classic chic Floridian décor.
With a nod to Miami’s first newspaper, The Miami Metropolis. the Metropolis Suite uses natural tones of gray and tan to convey a more contemporary city feel. The front page of the first paper printed hangs in the suite. Guests enjoy views of Biscayne Bay and downtown Miami.
Designed to be comfortable and homey, each two-story, 3,300-square-foot suite includes a master bedroom, a living room, a dining room, a multimedia room and a fully equipped kitchen. Spacious bathrooms feature a granite vanity with two large sinks, a soaking tub and a separate shower. Connecting bedrooms are available.
The massive renovation added the signature restaurant Toro Toro by world-renowned chef Richard Sandoval as well as a 19-story dynamic LED “digital canvas” on the façade of the hotel displaying changing images of the local art and culture scene.
After driving through the arts and entertainment district of Delray Beach, I was expecting the lively and vibrant energy to follow me to my doorstep at Crane’s Beach House that evening. I was pleasantly surprised when the spirited rumble of a night downtown halted right at the front gate. As I walked the pathway to the front office for check-in, I was welcomed by a quiet rustle of the greenery and flowers that guided my walk, strung with lights and colorful, tropical décor. At check-in I was provided with a complimentary parking pass; although I would only be there for one night, I much appreciated this unexpected perk. I received my room information, including a pass code that would open my door. Keyless entry was a nice touch.
The biggest names in the Middle East sporting community will gather for the Sports Industry Awards as the event returns for its eighth edition. SPIA recognizes the achievements of individuals, organizations, facilities and campaigns that contributed to the development of sport in the region.
Barclays and Frontier Airlines announced a first-ever introductory offer for the Frontier Airlines World Mastercard: no annual fee for the first year, then $79 every year after. New cardmembers also earn 50,000 bonus miles after qualifying purchases.
Kontiki Expeditions shared a look at one of the nine luxury staterooms on its new boutique yacht M/Y Kontiki Wayra. Launching in August, each stateroom creates an inviting space of comfort and beauty. The yacht follows a biophilic design, mirroring the ambiance and look of the landscapes visited and connecting people to the environment.
The Qatar National Tourism Council began a large-scale project to refurbish a fleet of more than 40 traditional dhow boats, part of an initiative to improve service excellence across Qatar’s hospitality sector. The three-phase project includes the refurbishment of the dhows, the modernization of marinas and jetties, and health and safety training for crew members and boat drivers.
Ponant has announced a vaccination requirement for all guests and crew members over 16 years old, a policy addition that complements its already comprehensive hygiene and sanitary measures currently in place. Guests and crew also need to provide proof of a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of boarding.
Allegheny Health Network operated a COVID-19 vaccination clinic last week at Pittsburgh International Airport’s Concourse C to administer the Pfizer vaccine to any airport staff and passengers. More than 100 people took advantage of the clinic.