Luxury travel briefs: Emirates Hotels & Resorts to open first city property, in Dubai

Emirates Hotels & Resorts will open its first city property, the luxury Emirates Marina Hotel & Residence, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Nov. 1. The 59-story hotel will have 261 suites offering luxury fittings, separate lounge/dining areas and kitchens. 


On-site restaurants will be the deli-style Counter Culture, Mediterranean restaurant Azur and the Observatory in the hotel's penthouse. The property will also be home to Emirates' Timeless Spa, which debuted at the flagship Al Maha Desert Resort.

The hotel is near Dubai Media City (a hub for media organizations), Dubai Internet City (a zone for information technology companies), shopping malls and Jumeirah Beach.

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Jamaican relaxation

Half Moon resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, opened Fern Tree, the Spa at Half Moon, a 68,000-square-foot, indoor/outdoor spa housed in the former Fern Tree House villa. Half Moon also constructed six beachfront spa suites as guest accommodations.

Treatments meld modern spa techniques with native botanical remedies. The spa menu includes the Jamaican Bush Bath and Jamaican Green Coffee Envelopment. Men's and kids' treatments are offered. 

The spa also has a relaxation lounge, yoga pavilion, hydrotherapy pool and sculpture garden. Call (866) 648-6951 or visit

Something new in Old Town

The Hilton Prague Old Town opens Nov. 1 on the premises of the former Prague Renaissance Hotel.

The property's 300 guest rooms were renovated. New public spaces will include a cocktail bar and hotel restaurant Maze, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's first venture in the Czech capital city. 


Ramsay at Trianon

Gordon Ramsay also will open his first restaurant in France at the Trianon Palace & Spa in Versailles, a 199-room Westin hotel near the Chateau de Versailles. 

Ramsay will oversee fare at the hotel's La Veranda brasserie as well as its catering and 24-hour in-room dining menus.

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Kenneth Kiesnoski is Travel Weekly's Destinations Editor. E-mail him at [email protected].

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