HOTEL BUZZ: Soneva, Pimalai Resort & Spa, Wirra Wirra Wellness + More!

Drowning in hotel updates? It’s not really surprising when there are roughly 700,000 hotels scattered around the globe! But have no fear, Karryon is here!

Drowning in hotel updates? It’s not really surprising when there are roughly 700,000 hotels scattered around the globe! But have no fear, Karryon is here!

We’ve been chatting to our hospo friends, scouring the web and listening to the word on the grapevine to bring you a carefully curated list of the best hotel intel you need to know this week.

Skill yourself up now and take advantage of some great updates.


1. Namoona Baa initiative at Soneva

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Soneva has announced the official launch of its Namoona Baa initiative with the unveiling of the ‘eco-centro’ complex on the island of Maalhos, Maldives.

An initiative two years in the making, Namoona Baa sees the islands of Maalhos, Dharavandhoo and Kihaadhoo in the Baa Atoll pledging to end the open burning of island waste, in a radical shift towards eco-friendly waste management.

To end the practice of the open burning of waste, which poses a health and environmental hazard and damages tourism, each island will create an ‘eco-centro’ waste-to-wealth centre that will sort, recycle and reuse island waste.

The eco-centro model was pioneered at Soneva Fushi, whereby 90 percent of the resort’s waste is reused or recycled.

As part of the inauguration of the Maalhos eco-centro, a friendly cricket match took place on the island with Maldivian Parliament Speaker, President Mohamed Nasheed, former Indian international cricketer Harbhajan Singh, and a number of Maldivian cabinet ministers and officials.

The match helped showcase a new recreational area created on the island, which had previously been the site of a rubbish dump but has been transformed under the Namoona Baa initiative.

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2. “Zenergy” Wellness Retreat at Pimalai Resort & Spa

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Pimalai Resort & Spa is inviting guests to leave the stress of the city behind and reconnect with their inner selves in paradise this summer when it hosts the second annual Zenergy Wellness Festival.

Presented at Pimalai Resort & Spa from 24th to 29th July 2020, in partnership with Retreat to Paradise, the wellness retreat organiser, and Flexi Lexi Fitness, Zenergy promises an extensive schedule of yoga and fitness classes, professionally taught by amazing instructors from around the world, along with luxurious accommodation, healthy dinners, massages and tours to discover the breath-taking natural beauty of Koh Lanta.

“Pimalai is the perfect setting to get away from it all, reconnect with your spiritual side and reinvigorate your body and mind. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to the pure shores of Koh Lanta this July,”

Patrice Landrein, Pimalai’s General Manager.

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3. Wirra Wirra Wellness Resort

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Australian developer, Greaton, has received planning consent for its highly-anticipated Wirra Wirra Wellness Resort project from the City of Onkaparinga.

Construction of the resort is expected to commence in November this year, with practical completion slated for 2022.

Developed in partnership with Wirra Wirra winery to provide the first luxury accommodation in the region, the resort will be built amongst their thriving vineyards, 38km south of Adelaide.

Nicho Teng, Managing Director, Greaton, says he is pleased the City of Onkaparinga supports the development of a high-end luxury resort, to supplement the existing accommodation currently available in the region.

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4. Outrigger acquire Hawaii Island resort

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Outrigger Hospitality Group has announced that it has signed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire ownership of Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, a 509-room property in a prime oceanfront location on the Island of Hawaii.

The transaction is expected to close in mid-April 2020, at which time the property will be rebranded as an Outrigger Resort.

This will be the first full-service Outrigger resort outside of Oahu among the Hawaiian Islands and is likely to prove popular with Australian travellers who utilise their time on holidays moving between the islands.

“Outrigger is uniquely positioned to steward this exquisite oceanfront property; with seven decades of leadership in Hawaii’s hospitality industry, we have a pulse on this market and look forward to sharing the legacy of this remarkable place in a responsible and sustainable manner,”

Jeff Wagoner, president, and CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group.

Bookings can be made on the Outrigger website as of mid-March 2020.

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