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March 2007 - Great Hotels of the World Announces New Member Opening in Fujairah, UAE

Great Hotels of the World (GHOTW; http://www.ghotw.com), representing some of the world’s finest independent hotels, is delighted to announce its first new member opening in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.

The Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach is due to open on 1 April 2007, following a two year building phase and an investment of AED 130 million (approx £18 million). Representing the standard of the luxurious new 5* resort, the opening will see Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach being accepted as part of GHOTW’s niche luxury business & incentive travel, romantic and spa collections.

The new hotel was designed by the Architectural Consulting Group and the emphasis has been placed on delivering a unique design and emphasising the view to create an ambiance of pure relaxation. The result is the hotel’s elevated position within an oasis of lush gardens, while light coffee and sand colours have been extensively used in order to provide a neutral background for reflecting the ocean light. The colonial design has blended local architecture with a graceful palazzo style estate.

Occupying an idyllic beachfront location nestled between the Hajar Mountains and Indian Ocean, Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa – Al Aqah Beach offers guests a secluded retreat amidst stunning landscapes. The hotel’s 250 spacious guest rooms and suites are all decorated in a colonial style and offer magnificent ocean views. All boast a private terrace or balcony and a host of modern amenities, as emphasis is placed on genuine Arabic hospitality and impeccable five star service.

Extensive sport and recreational activities are available at the hotel for guests of all ages. They include desert safaris, quad biking and camel riding in the desert, an on-site professional dive centre and a marine centre that is the first in the UAE to offer guests activities such as water-skiing, pedalo and snorkelling on a complimentary basis. Additionally, the hotel will have a Bodylines Fitness Centre and signature Zen spa, offering ten treatment rooms and a secluded massage tent overlooking the ocean. Signature treatments will include a real aromatherapy experience, the Zen Thai massage, rasul mud extravaganza, ice cave chill out and vichy shower massage, enabling guests the very best in detox and relaxation. Dining options are also varied and include authentic Mediterranean, spicy Asian, delicious Middle Eastern and vegetarian cuisines.

For business guests, the hotel offers a modern business centre with three meeting rooms, a spacious ballroom and plenty of beach and garden options for al fresco events. Gala dinners, themed nights and incentive trips can all be arranged by the dedicated multilingual team, while similarly dedicated services are also available for guests looking to arrange their ideal beachfront wedding.

For further information and to book, please contact Great Hotels of the World on 0800 032 4254 or visit http://www.ghotw.com/fujairah-rotana

For MICE enquiries, please contact the Great Hotels of the World team on 020 7383 2335, or email 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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