Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts Reaches New Heights

By Moevenpick Hotels Resorts, PRNE
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Stunning Himalayan Hotel to set Sustainable Hospitality Benchmark

DUBAI, UAE, March 10, 2011 - The world isn't short of beautiful resorts, but the upcoming
Moevenpick Dharamshala Resort & Spa in Northern India is poised to take the
design and delivery of upscale remote properties to a whole new sustainable

The 124-room resort, due to open in 2013, will be located
2,400m above sea level in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley and
surrounded by a dense forest and the Himalayan Mountains.

Its key attraction will be a 2,500sqm Ayurvedic spa which will
feature extensive preventive health programmes, detox sessions, international
treatments alongside Ayurvedic, meditation and yoga therapies.

As befits the resort's stunning Himalayan setting, it is in
the sustainable arena where Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts is really pulling out
all the environmental stops.

The Swiss hotel company along with the owning group, Kamakhya
Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. are committed to sourcing mainly locally
available materials in the construction process, installing energy-efficient
systems to harness wind, solar and hydro power, and serving organic
vegetables and fruits, and local products from rural farms nearby.

Links with the local community won't end there, with guest
programmes set to provide the opportunity to interact with villagers and
learn about their mountainous lifestyles - and perhaps pick up a tip or two
on the secrets to their longevity.

In addition, the resort's lobby will double up as the living
room and serve as a centre point for socialising and gathering around open
fire places. The hotel will face the Dhauladhar mountain range and rooms will
vary from 45sqm (standard) to 70sqm (suites).

Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO of Moevenpick Hotels &
Resorts, said: "This is a project where the word 'unique' is truly apt, and
where guests can expect a hospitality experience second to none. Getting the
community involved in all stages of the project is crucial, and the
sustainable emphasis underpins the entire resort."

Vijay Sharma, chairman of owning company, Kamakhya Hospitality
Services Pvt. Ltd. mentioned: "Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts is an upscale
international brand with experience of operating renowned retreat resorts. We
have found the perfect partner to manage the property in a long-term,
sustainable fashion."

Guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of food and beverage
options, and undertake activities which are as varied as the terrain, with
everything from mountain biking and trekking to adventure sports, all at
their doorstep.

To access the resort, guests will take a one-hour flight from
New Delhi to Gaggal, followed by a 40-minute drive through spectacular
mountain ranges, trails and gorges.

Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer for Moevenpick
Hotels & Resorts, Middle East & Asia, said: "We are delighted to sign our
second property in such a dynamic and fast-growing market. Adding this
landmark property to our portfolio follows our global objective to expand our
presence in India as we set to open the Moevenpick Hotel & Spa Bangalore this

For further information: Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts, Laura Perez, Director of Communications - ME, Shatha Tower, Floor 39, Office 3903, P.O.Box 500590, Dubai , UAE, Phone +971-4-367-1927, Fax +971-4-367-2688, laura.perez at

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