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Hotel Puente Romano hosts Andalucia Tennis Experience

Great Hotels of the World member, Hotel Puente Romano in Marbella, Spain, is to host the Andalucia Tennis Experience, part of the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA) from April 3 to 11, 2010. The clay courts of the Puente Romano Tennis Club will be staging the second edition of the WTA tournament featuring 32 of the world’s top 100 women tennis players including Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Anabel Medina and Carla Suárez. Former Wimbledon champion Manolo Santana has recently been named as the hotel’s Tennis Club manager.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/puente-romano or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Forte Village Resort to run Chelsea Football Club and Rugby Academy

Great Hotels of the World member Forte Village Resort, Sardinia, Italy, will host the Chelsea Football School this summer. Coaches from the English Premier League football club will be taking up residence at the resort to provide sporting expertise to children aged 4-13. Under the guidance of professional coaches from the world-renowned London club, the programme will aim to improve the young players’ tactics, teach them new skills and motivate them to be better team players. In addition, the resort will also launch a new Rugby Academy this summer, hosted by ex-England players Will Greenwood and Austin Healey.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/hotel-castello-forte-village or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque appoints award-winning chef

Great Hotels of the World member, Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque in Tenerife, Spain has announced Broulio Simancas as new chef at their “Las Aguas” restaurant. Simancas has created a menu influenced by the Canary Islands that he intends to use to make “Las Aguas” a gastronomic benchmark in the region. “One of the main motivations at this new stage was the fact that I could devote all my time and energy to cooking. I can forget about managing the restaurant and focus on creating and designing new dishes”, states the chef.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/gran-bahia-del-duque or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Hotel Ranga recommended as best place in the world to view the northern lights

Hotel Ranga in Sudurlandsvegur, Iceland, a member of Special Hotels of the World, has been recommended by The Sunday Times as the best hotel in the world from which to view the northern lights. The northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis, are one of Hotel Ranga’s biggest attractions and can be best seen between the months of September and April.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/hotel-ranga or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut announces renovation plans

Great Hotels of the World member, Mövenpick Hotel & Resort Beirut has announced the refurbishments of all its guest rooms commencing September 2010. The redesign includes the transformation of all the hotel's rooms into more luxurious, stylish and technologically advanced living spaces featuring a contemporary, modern style with understated elegance.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/moevenpick-beirut or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Swiss Diamond Hotel launches new treatment at Medical Centre

Great Hotels of the World member, Swiss Diamond Hotel’s recently opened Diamond Medical Aesthetical Centre is offering a new medical treatment in which doctors are able to predict future health problems through a simple blood sample. From the blood sample, doctors are able to understand how certain organs are ageing and from this, can predict possible future health problems and make recommendations on how to prevent them from occurring. The Medical centre also offers a wide range of other treatments including laser treatments, botox injections and collagen fillers.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/swiss-diamond or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa completes renovation

Copamarina Beach Resort and Spa in Guanica, Puerto Rico, a member of Great Hotels of the World, has recently undergone renovation of its 106 guest rooms, suites and villas. The upgraded rooms include flat screen LCD televisions, new decor as well as new pool and beach furniture.

For more information or to book visit http://www.ghotw.com/copamarina-beach or call (0) 20 7380 3658.

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