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March 2007 - Great Hotels of the World announces Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort officially upgraded

Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW; http://www.ghotw.com), representing some of the world’s finest independent hotels, is delighted to announce that Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort, in Cascais, Portugal, officially re-opened on 1st February 2007 with a new modern, sophisticated design.

The hotel, previously a four-star property operating under the name Hotel Quinta da Marinha & Villas Golf Resort, has undergone an extensive renovation, costing over €5millon (approx. £3.3 million), to emerge as a luxurious five star resort. The renovation and upgrade will see the hotel accepted as part of GHOTW’s niche luxury business & incentive travel, golf, romantic and spa collections.

Situated amid the UNESCO Sintra Cascais Natural Park yet close to the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel’s stunning location has been integrated into the new design. The emphasis of designers Juan Morro and Guillermo Compte was to compliment the resort’s beautiful surroundings and create the sensation of light and space. With this concept in mind, the two-storey hotel was re-designed incorporating glass ceilings encouraging natural light to accentuate the modern interior design. Creating a sense of space, reception has been incorporated on the first floor, while the cosy yet sophisticated interiors provide a relaxing 5* atmosphere.

The main changes have involved the redecoration of all 200 balconied guest bedrooms and public areas, where carpets, lighting, curtains and wall coverage have all been replaced. Wengé wood is now being used extensively and the hotel’s previous earth colours have been replaced with more modern deep reds, greys and black. Many of the public areas and restaurants now encompass wooden floors and the new wooden terrace area provides an excellent environment for enjoying views over the lakes and 18-hole golf course.

Ideally located just 35 minutes from Lisbon, Hotel Quinta da Marinha Resort is perfect for business and leisure guests alike. The bedrooms have now been upgraded to include wi-fi, a new Occitane amenity line and the latest in entertainment systems, meanwhile a new gourmet Portuguese evening restaurant and small wellness centre have also opened. In addition, three more meeting rooms have been designed to offer natural daylight meaning the hotel is now fully equipped to cater to the needs of all modern 5* guests.

Rates start from 120€ (approx. £80) per room, per night, excluding taxes and breakfast. For further information and to book, please contact Great Hotels of the World on 0800 032 4254 or visit http://www.ghotw.com/hotel-quinta-da-marinha

For MICE enquiries, please contact the Great Hotels of the World team on 020 7383 2335 or mis@ghorg.com

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Note to editors:The Great Hotels Organisation’s family of brands include Special Hotels of the World (http://www.shotw.com) and Great Hotels of the World (http://www.ghotw.com) a forerunner among luxury hotel marketing alliances representing over 240 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts. Both brands are driven by six core values, notably to keep members’ costs down, to view each member as unique, to be innovative with technology, to value the power of the alliance, and to maintain the quality and integrity of the brand. Whichever brand is right for your property, the Great Hotels Organisation has a different and customer-driven approach to hotel sales and marketing. The Great Hotels Organisation manages the “GW” private label GDS chain code and toll-free voice reservation numbers operate in the USA and Europe. Further information on the Great Hotels Organisation can be found at http://www.ghorg.com

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