Hotels & resorts
Mums' day out
INSTEAD of celebrating Mother's Day with a greeting card or a present that she might not need, you can simply surprise her with a luxury stay at one of Cairo's five star resorts or with a fantastic lunch or dinner prepared specially for mums on 21 March.
On the day, Semiramis InterContinental in Cairo will offer mouth-watering menus at its exclusive Italian Pane Vino restaurant, Bird Cage and Lebanese Sabaya restaurant. For further information call +202 797 1818.
At the Ramses Hilton Hotel, grandmothers will receive a free meal when accompanied by their families at the Terrace Café Restaurant on 17 March, for the Friday Family Brunch, and on 21 March for the lunch or dinner buffet. For more information call +202 394 6902.
If you want even more fun for your mum you can consider the Four Season's Resort Sharm El-Sheikh weekend family package, which offers double rooms and family suites on a bed-and-breakfast basis, with breakfast served at the Arabesque restaurant. Also, the resort can help you plan your mum's surprise, by designing an exceptional Gift Certificate to make her experience an unforgettable one. For more information on reservations and rates, log on to www.fourseasons.com/sharmelsheikh.
STARWOOD Hotels, jointly with American Express, has launched a new promotion, offering guests a 50 per cent discount on suites when setting their bill with their American Express card. This offer is valid until the end of March in over 39 Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Africa and the Middle East.
The promotion offers excellent value for money for discerning travellers in some of the most splendid destinations in the region, including Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and many more. The special offer is available for single or double occupancy at participating Starwood Hotels and Resorts. For further information and reservations visit www.starwood.com/amexsuites.
Olympics champion at Abu Soma
WINDSURFING Olympic Greek champion Nicolas Kaklamanakis has chosen the InterContinental Abu Soma Resort in the Abu Soma area on the Red Sea for his training programme. He said the area is one of the best, calmest natural areas he has visited, where one enjoys safety, relaxation and comfort alike. All in all, he described the setting as perfect for his training.
He intends on participating in the World Windsurf Championship, which will be held in August-September 2006 in Italy. He has previously won the Olympics Gold medal in 1996, Silver in 2004 as well as the World Championship three times in 1996, 2000 and 2001.
Orient 1001 at Miramar
Sheraton Miramar Resort at El-Gouna, recently announced its popular Oriental outlet, the Orient 1001 restaurant underwent a renovation completed by the end of February 2006.
The Orient 1001 restaurant located on a separate island at the Sheraton Miramar Resort has completed a renovation by adding an extension to its terrace overlooking the hotel's islands and the Red Sea. Now guests can dine in open air under a breathtaking blanket of glowing sun or shining stars inspiring them with the true romance of the old years.
"The Orient 1001 had also revamped its lavish mouth- watering oriental menu to complement its new surroundings focussing on the finest Lebanese and Egyptian cuisine. The menu includes sets of oriental and authentic mezzah, charcoal grilled specialties, oriental desserts, Egyptian bread-baking oven and the delicious Fish Sayadeya. Guests shouldn't miss Miramar famous Seafood Tagen along with the 1001 legendary BBQ and its famous terrace corner where traditional tea and coffee are served. Sure guests will savour their meal while enjoying this authentic atmosphere and the real taste of the Orient," said the hotel executive chef Meurer Rainer.
"For the first time since its opening, Orient 1001 is now open for both lunch along with dinner to please all guests at any time," Rainer added.
CAIRO Marriott's Japanese Restaurant Torii recently celebrated its first anniversary in style. Invitees included members of the diplomatic community, leading figures in the tourism industry, VIPs and exclusive clients of the hotel. They were treated to a selection of sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes prepared by sushi chef Marcelo Mahiany and his team. The party was also a golden chance to launch an all-you-can-eat sushi promotion. Guests of Torii will be able to eat as much sushi and sashimi as they like every Monday between 6pm and midnight for only LE120 plus service charge and taxes.
Chinese New Year at Spice
TO COMMEMORATE the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog, Spice Restaurant at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza prepared a programme marking the festivities from 27 to 30 January. Guests enjoyed and indulged in a mouth-watering eight- course menu of Cantonese specialties, including crystal dumplings with vegetables, shrimps in chili sauce and stir- fried chicken. The highlight of the celebrations was the special entertainment by the Chinese Angelettes, a group of Chinese children performing a New Years dance and music routines which added to the true spirit and atmosphere of the celebration.
Environment protection at the Hilton
ENVIRONMENTAL protection is one of the top priorities on the Hilton Hurghada Resort's agenda for 2006. Fifteen members of the resort's environment al committee and other team members of the resort, together with General Manager Soha El-Torgoman, organised a clean-up campaign of an area near the resort. It has been decided that during this year the resort's Environmental Committee will try hard to find ways to save water, energy and to reduce plastic packaging.
Rotarians in Conrad
CLUB Rotary Al-Tahrir hosted legendary international piano player Ramzi Yassa in an evening in Conrad Cairo Hotel to celebrate his career and talent, which have brought him to perform before passionate audiences worldwide. Yassa thrilled attendees as he played at the hotel's Atrium Lounge. Fantastic tunes excited an overwhelmed audience from among the hotel's guests and the Rotarians.
Winner of several international prizes, Egyptian Yassa has appeared on the world's most prestigious stages, including the Barbican, the Berliner Philharmonic, the Kennedy Centre, the Mann Auditorium, the Sala Verdi, the Musikverein, the Tivoli, the Palau and the Theatre des Champs Elysees.
Big job in the African Cup
STAFF and managers at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel played a key role in the African Cup of Nations, as caterers to the big event and as hosts to the BBC news team covering the event. The African Cup of Nations' organising committee chose Sheraton Cairo's team as the sole caterer for all receptions held for the event's VIP and press delegations. The hotel's catering team did a great job during the inaugural ceremony, when they had to cater for more than 4,000 VIPs. Meanwhile the BBC World News team chose the hotel to be the residence of its reporters in Cairo due to its unique location in the heart of Cairo and on the banks of the Nile. The channel's reporters expressed their great admiration of the hotel's high standard of professional services.
New GM for Hyatt Regency Taba Heights
HYATT International has announced the appointment of Mushaka Perera as the new general manager for Hyatt Regency Taba Heights. Perera occupied various management positions with rooms division in Grosvenor House Hotel and Lowndes Hotel in London. Prior to coming to Egypt, he was manager of the Galleria Residence's complex at Hyatt Regency Dubai.
Perera is a graduate of Schiller International University in Switzerland.