Brand-New Luxury for Groups the World Over

The Orient Jerusalem; Jerusalem, Israel

Located in one of Jerusalem’s most upscale and vibrant neighborhoods, this brand-new property marks the arrival of the historic city’s most luxurious hotel, boasting 243 lavish accommodations, opulent design, a sumptuous spa and a rooftop infinity pool. It also offers a variety of multipurpose venue and meeting rooms, including a conference and banquet facility for up to 900 people, largest of any 5-star hotel in Jerusalem.


Shangri-la, Colombo; Colombo, Sri Lanka

Targeted to large conferences and events, this new, luxury Shangri-La property aims to puts Sri Lanka on the global meetings map. It sits on 10 acres that will also boast a high-end shopping mall. More than 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting space includes the region’s largest pillar-less ballroom (17,000 sq. ft.). Most of the hotel’s 500 guest rooms feature uninterrupted Indian Ocean views.


Gansevoort Villas Gansevoort; Turks & Caicos

Perfect for smaller groups and incentives, these new luxury additions to Gansevoort Turks & Caicos resort are tucked into a hillside overlooking the turquoise bay at Turtle Tail. Each villa sits on about a half-acre and features expansive indoor-outdoor living areas, its own infinity pool, outdoor fire-pit lounge and private swimming platforms at ocean level. A private chef is available for evening events.


OD Barcelona; Barcelona, Spain

The newest hotel from Balearic boutique hotel group OD Hotels has opened in heart of Barcelona’s L’Eixample District. It features 98 rooms, all stocked with a selection of Spanish wines and regional snacks. The design of the hotel is light, spacious and airy, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. It’s already won an award for Top Sustainable Hotel Development Project in Spain. It can accommodate meetings and events for up to 400 guests.


Conrad Cartagena; Cartagena, Columbia

This new oceanfront oasis features 268 accommodations in the historic fortress city that edges the Caribbean Sea. It offers more than 24,000 sq. ft. of flexible event space, including a 9,000-square-foot grand ballroom and five 700-square-foot meetings rooms, each in tones reminiscent of the surrounding beaches. The brand’s first hotel in Columbia can handle conventions and events for up to 1,400 guests.


Nikki Beach Barbados; Barbados

In Port Ferdinand, on the northwest part of the Caribbean island, this luxury property features a restaurant dedicated to using seasonal, local ingredients that are organic whenever possible to support the Barbados community. Beach access includes oceanfront seating for up to 200 guests. A music program includes resident DJs, in-house saxophonist, percussionist and violinist and more than 50 speakers to keep the place jammin’.



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