Wednesday, January 2, 2013

News from Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Hotels in the news . . .
Fairmont to Open in Dubai & Philippines
The new Fairmont The Palm, Dubai is located in the heart of the iconic Palm Jumeirah, the world’s largest manmade island shaped in the form of a palm tree. Located next to key leisure areas and business districts, the hotel will feature 381 guestrooms and suites, including two presidential suites and Fairmont Gold, as well as a Willow Stream Spa and 3,500 square meters (37,700 square feet) of meeting space. Outdoor leisure facilities include four swimming pools, a private beach club, and a children's activity center, as well as a variety of dining facilities. Also opening in December is Fairmont Makati in the Philippines. Set in the financial center of the Philippines and one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in Asia, the hotel features 280 spacious deluxe rooms and suites including Fairmont Gold, a variety of restaurants and bars, and 1,700 square meters (18,000 square feet) of meeting space. Fairmont’s signature Willow Stream Spa will offer 1,200 square meters (14,000 square feet) of soothing surroundings featuring five fully equipped treatment rooms and a beautiful terrace.

Blast from the Past: 19th Century Pistol at Fairmont Pittsburgh
A percussion pocket pistol found during the 2007 excavation of Three PNC Plaza was recently added to the collection of artifacts on permanent display at Fairmont Pittsburgh. The “sash pistol” - one of more than 25,000 objects recovered on the current site of the hotel - was made in Liège, Belgium between 1820 and 1840 and is a single-round weapon likely carried by a woman for self-defense. Its small size was easily concealed in a sash or other outer garment. The brass and wooden pistol required extensive restoration which was completed by Christine Davis Consultants, the team originally commissioned to do the archeological survey of the site. The pistol is now proudly displayed in a floating case in Andys lobby bar. In honor of the new artifact, Andys has created a specialty cocktail called The Smoking Gun, a spin on an Old Fashioned made with cognac, rum and bourbon and served tableside from a smoking bottle.

Pop Culture Favorites Come to Fairmont
From James Bond to J.R. Ewing to Jay Gatsby, guests can experience the luxe lifestyles of some of pop culture’s favorite characters at Fairmont. Erik Lorincz, Head Bartender at The Savoy’s famed American Bar, was on set for the new Bond flick, Skyfall, giving tips and tricks to the onscreen bartenders on serving the perfect cocktail. To celebrate the new movie, Erik has developed the official Skyfall cocktail, created especially for the movie premiere launch and now available at The Savoy. Fairmont Dallas is offering a Dallas Oil Baron Experience Package that lets guests live like a Ewing in a luxurious Fairmont Gold room. Guests will explore Southfork Ranch, the original home of the famed Ewing family, with a private tour for two before shopping in style at Neiman Marcus with complimentary BMW car service to the store’s downtown location. The Plaza is also getting ready for its latest silver screen moment when The Great Gatsby debuts next year: the book and film’s most climactic scene takes place in a suite at the hotel. And the King of Pop Culture has made his way to Bermuda. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess has put a series of four Andy Warhol prints of Queen Elizabeth II on display in its lobby.

Banff’s Grande Dame Spruces Up for her 125th
In 2013 The Fairmont Banff Springs will celebrate 125 years by putting together a full schedule of special events, exclusive offers, community engagement and much more. Opened in 1888, the landmark hotel was the inspiration of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, 19th Century railway pioneer and hotel visionary, who famously quipped, “If we can't export the scenery, we'll import the tourists.” Recent renovations leading up to the celebrations include The Presidential Suite – now called the Royal Suite – perched on the top floor of the hotel, and the hotel’s two Spa Suites – now called the Terrace Suites. These luxurious and large suites are the only rooms in the hotel with a terrace/balcony for their exclusive use. The Rundle Lounge has also been refurbished from top to bottom for the occasion.

Fairmont Grows Partnerships with Reebok & BMW
Members of Fairmont President’s Club, the brand’s complimentary guest loyalty program, are entitled to many perks from the brand’s luxury partners worldwide. Those who forget their workout gear can now receive Reebok workout apparel and footwear from the popular Fairmont Fit program. Whether they use the apparel in-room, in the gym or outside, it's a great way to ensure that travelers can stay in shape, even if they forget or choose to leave their workout clothes at home. Another new advantage of being a member is access to Fairmont’s complimentary chauffeured BMW car service throughout the United States and Canada, which can be used for trips to meetings or around town. Free to join, guests can find out more about membership or enroll at

In Residence with Fairmont
Traveling as a large party, whether it’s with multiple groups of friends or multiple generations of family, doesn’t have to be a headache. Fairmont Heritage Place is a luxury private residence club that also rents rooms nightly for travelers looking for a little extra space. Offering 2- and 3-bedroom residences in luxury apartments, townhouses and villas, these properties offer a flexible alternative to hotel and resort properties in popular destinations from Telluride to Santa Fe to San Francisco.  Complete with living areas, spacious kitchens and prime locations, destinations include the brand’s newest residence club, Fairmont Heritage Place, El Corazon de Santa Fe, in the heart New Mexico’s thriving capital. Further north, Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge in Telluride, Colorado is a fantastic winter escape in the picturesque San Juan Mountains, while Fairmont Heritage Place, Ghirardelli Square offers residences in the heart of San Francisco. Outside North America, Fairmont Heritage Place, Acapulco Diamante in Mexico and Fairmont Heritage Place, Zimbali in South Africa are also open to guests looking for a more residential stay.

Gastropub Trend Comes to Bermuda
Bermuda’s newest culinary hotspot is The Newport, A Gastropub at Fairmont Southampton.  Bringing the latest food trend to Bermuda’s shores, The Newport features modern and creative cuisine inspired by classic English fare. The warm and cozy pub-like atmosphere lends itself to watching sports while enjoying friendly service, great food and a creative line-up of draft beers and fine wines. A charcuterie station and fresh raw bar are the perfect starters, followed by a menu that draws upon locally sourced products and modern versions of classic dishes.

Hawaiian Culture at Fairmont
The Fairmont Kea Lani’s extensive Hawaiian cultural activities for adults and children recently earned the praise of Maui News readers, who honored the resort as having the island’s “Best Hawaiian Cultural Program.” Led by certified Cultural Coach Jonelle Kamai, the program offers hotel guests learning experiences that include outrigger canoe paddling, Hawaiian language lessons, Hawaiian history and monthly musical celebrations. The hotel’s close partnership with University of Hawaii, Maui College also allows access to the island’s most talented culinary and music students, providing traditional Hawaiian entertainment and cuisine. Events are free and many are open to the public. On the nearby Big Island, The Fairmont Orchid offers the Hui Holokai Beach Club Program, which caters to guests interested in participating in weaving classes using coconut and hala (pandanus) fronds, lei making, Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling, stand up paddle boarding, kayak fishing adventures and more.  Hui Holokai ambassadors lead botanical tours, “turtle talk” sessions, and archeological hikes on the nearby petroglyph fields, the largest in the Hawaiian Islands.

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Mike Taylor
Director, Public Relations
 Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
RBC Centre
155 Wellington Street West, Suite 3300
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 0C3
Tel +1 416 874 2457

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