Hotel News: Around the Globe & Around the Corner

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Spain’s Costa Brava will be home to a new Zel property this summer.

Hotels and resorts in 2024 are giving you more incentive than ever to bring your programs to their newly open or beautifully renovated properties. Around the world, more is more for meeting and incentive trips.

Check out these new and improved hotels for your next memorable corporate event or winning incentive trip.

Zel Costa Brava, Spain

The brand created by Melia Hotels International and Rafael Nadal is bringing its innovative “Mediterranean House” concept to the Spain’s Costa Brava this summer—the second Zel project on the Costa Brava—followed by new hotels in Madrid, Sayulita (Mexico), and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic) in 2025.

Set on 85 acres minutes away from the town of Rossa de Mar, the hotel will feature 214 rooms, dynamic outdoor spaces and biophilic design expressing the concept of “alfresco living.” Consistent with the brand’s characteristics, the entrance to the resort will transform into an energetic patio, serving as the heart of the hotel and a meeting place for guests. It will house a specialty coffee corner, a concept store with products from local and international brands, a modern supermarket, lounges with reading and relaxation areas, and self-check-in kiosks.

The hotel will also focus on providing a distinctive gastronomic experience and will feature renovated leisure, sports and wellness facilities.

Janu Tokyo

The Janu Mercato features three Italian open kitchen counters for pasta, fresh seafood and European charcuterie.

Janu opened its inaugural hotel in Tokyo earlier this month, marking the inception of a robust and expanding pipeline of 12 properties. With the goal of reshaping the luxury hospitality landscape, Janu draws from the legacy of its sibling, Aman, while charting its own unique course with an innovative vision.

Set within a landmark building in the heart of a new neighborhood, Azabudai Hills, the new Janu Tokyo offers 122 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants and lounges and a 43,000-sf spa and wellness center featuring equipment touted as the first of its kind in a Tokyo hotel. The new wellness center also includes five movement studios for group exercise including spinning, yoga, golf simulation, and boxing, alongside an extensive hydrotherapy and thermal area with an indoor lap pool and heated lounge pool.

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

Arriving in style at the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa.

Newly reopened for the 2024 season, the 266-room JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa—located in the Mediterranean setting of the Isola delle Rose and just a few minutes by
boat from Piazza San Marco—just reopened for the season and will again offer experiences focused on relaxation, wellness and fine dining.

Recreation is a focus this season with two new paddle courts debuting in June, which will also be available to offsite guests. A dedicated recreation team can arrange a variety of outdoor activities, including excursions, fitness and yoga classes, designed for the fun and well-being of all guests.

Sustainability is another priority in 2024, with the JW Garden producing fresh vegetables and herbs for the resort’s gourmet restaurant Agli Amici Dopolavoro and other dining venues, while the recent installation of photovoltaic panels—covering about 70 percent of the island’s electricity needs—makes the JW Marriott Venice Resort one of Venice’s pioneers in the field of renewable energy.

Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue, Austin

The Hyatt Centric’s rooftop terrace is one of the few in Austin’s downtown district.

So many exciting events are coming to Austin in the months to come—Moontower Just For Laughs Austin, the Total Solar Eclipse, NASCAR at Circuit of the Americas, the CMT Music Awards, to name a few—and if your group is one of them, they’ll find increased meeting and event space at the Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin.

In addition to space at its neighbor, the historic Paramount and State Theatres, the hotel’s prime event and meeting spaces are located throughout the 31-story hotel on multiple levels. Along with the 246 guestrooms and suites, it boasts 2,560 sf of versatile meeting and event space, plus an additional 1,400 sf of event space on the 31st floor,  the hotel’s penthouse named “Artist Residence.” Whether you are looking to organize a corporate luncheon in the hotel’s stunning 940-sf Marquee Room, or treat your event guests to sweeping views of the Austin skyline and State Capitol building from the Artist Residence, Hyatt Centric is a picturesque spot in the heart of an exciting city.

In addition to the individual meeting rooms, the hotel’s 2nd and 8th floor are two versatile spaces also open for events and rentals. The lounge and bar area on the 8th floor open up to a large rooftop terrace—one of few in Austin’s downtown district—where guests can enjoy cocktails and socialize with one another amid breathtaking views of the city skyline. The 2nd floor event space provides an intimate setting for smaller gatherings and private dinners.

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