Four Seasons offers unique travel experiences

Guests can wander through Four Seasons Hotel Firenze’s gardens, with statues and fountains, then lift off in a private hot-air balloon from the gardens — the only balloon launching point in central Florence.
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Updated 17 February 2020

Four Seasons offers unique travel experiences

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is inviting travelers to explore a collection of original activities and excursions available exclusively from the luxury hospitality company. 

“We’ve always believed in the power of one-of-a-kind experiences and the need to innovate for discerning travelers across generations. We know that Four Seasons guests have a desire for meaningful connections with loved ones, new places and cultures, and this ever-evolving offering of authentic Four Seasons experiences provides that special opportunity,” said Christian Clerc, president, global operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. 

These experiences range from bespoke tours of otherwise inaccessible locations to opportunities to meet and learn from local artists and artisans, once-in-a-lifetime journeys and unique ways to see the world’s greatest wonders. Four Seasons works closely with local partners to craft and curate authentic journeys for adventurous travelers. Some of these adventures include:

• Journey to the Edge of the World (Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh) — Beyond glittering Riyadh, the Arabian desert holds centuries of legends — Bedouin tales of flowing rivers and ancient cities buried beneath the sands — and now guests can enjoy VIP access to the desert’s magnificent natural wonder, the Edge of the World.

• Discover the rare wonders of Costa Rica (Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo) — Accompany environmental scientists on land and sea adventures, lending hands-on-help toward their efforts to study and protect endangered wildlife in micro-climates.

• Float over Florence and Tuscany (Four Seasons Hotel Firenze) — Wander through the hotel’s expansive private gardens, with statues and fountains, then lift off in a private hot-air balloon from the gardens — the only balloon launching point in central Florence. 

• A night with the stars (Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel) — With sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills and added sparkle from the night sky, this urban “glamping” experience is anything but typical.

• Discover the colors of Morocco at Yves Saint Laurent’s private home (Four Seasons Resort Marrakech) — Visit the legendary designer’s private home to see how Marrakech influenced his life and work — and then sit down to a dinner inspired by his Moroccan motifs.

• Experience the world’s first three-person DeepFlight adventure (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru) — Glide through massive shoals of colorful fish, above coral formations, and alongside dolphins, turtles, sharks and rays in the world’s first DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S, a three-person submarine.

• Discover Bali’s natural beauty and way of life (Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan) — Delve deeper into Bali’s serene beauty and tradition by spending a day in the life of a local farmer.


UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Updated 02 April 2020

UAE’s Al-Hamra announces
relief package for partners

Al-Hamra, a real estate developer, services provider and investment company in the northern emirates, has created an economic relief package, which includes several initiatives to help ease the financial burden of its mall tenants, freehold owners, residents and customers, impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The announcement is in line with the UAE government and Ras Al-Khaimah’s objectives to support the economic environment and boost financial stability. The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Dedicated teams have been deployed to assess specific requirements of various businesses and individuals to provide economic relief and support. The tasked force is also reassessing cost-effectiveness of operations in order to pass on the benefit to the end users and customers.

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The initiatives include up to three months of rental relief, reduction in cooling consumption charges, deferral of fees, waiver of payment delay penalties and payment due date extensions.

Benoy Kurien, group CEO of Al-Hamra, said: “We have been proud partners in shaping the real estate landscape of Ras Al-Khaimah and this pride comes with a responsibility to the emirate as well as to our partners and consumers who have contributed to our success. This pandemic is reshaping the way we think about community and has made one thing strikingly clear: Our interdependence. We are working closely with our stakeholders to ensure that we recover from this period together, stronger and more resilient.

“We understand the predicament faced by all and the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on our economy. During these unprecedented times, we are more committed than ever to stand firmly by our valued partners and customers. Our initiatives aim to support business continuity by offsetting some of the impact, and to promote the welfare of the community. Our dedicated teams will reach out to our partners in the following days to understand and discuss their requirements and implement effective measures. We will continue to support the government, our customers and partners in all ways possible to overcome this challenging situation together.”

Al-Hamra has diversified interests in retail, residential and hospitality in Ras Al-Khaimah and owns iconic assets such as the award-winning master planned community of Al-Hamra Village, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah, Ritz Carlton Al-Hamra Beach, Manar and Al-Hamra Malls. The group is focused on providing premier lifestyle real estate developments, while investing in hospitality and leisure segments.