Beyond Asia: Great Palm Springs, Pentahotel Moscow – Arbat, and the Dorchester Collection

Here’s TTGmice’s weekly round up of MICE developments outside of Asia

Joshua Tree National Park

Stargaze in the California Deserts

Visitors can enjoy unmatched stargazing opportunities in Greater Palm Springs and its surrounding deserts, thanks to two International Dark Sky Places and a state-of-the-art observatory set to open in 2018.

Less than a one-hour drive from Greater Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park will be designated an International Dark Sky Park in August, a distinction the International Dark-Sky Community bestows upon parks that possess “an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”

Joshua Tree National Park has long been a must-visit for stargazers, thanks to its stunning and unobstructed night sky views and ongoing night sky programming.

The park joins nearby Borrego Springs as an International Dark Sky Place. Borrego Springs, less than an hour’s drive south of Greater Palm Springs, is one of only 15 Dark Sky Communities in the world and the only Dark Sky Community in California.

According to the International Dark-Sky Community, an International Dark Sky Place “is a town, city, municipality or other legally organised community that has shown exceptional dedication to the preservation of the night sky” and “excel(s) in their efforts to promote responsible lighting and dark sky stewardship”.

As International Dark Sky Places, both Joshua Tree National Park and Borrego Springs offer unparalleled night skies illuminated only by the millions of stars above.

Pentahotel Moscow – Arbat to open 2018

Pentahotels has finalised definitive agreements with Capital Group, one of Russia’s most respected property developers, to open pentahotels’ first Russia hotel in Moscow in time for 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted in the city.

Pentahotel Moscow – Arbat will be situated within one of the four famous “Book Houses” located on Novy Arbat, about a mile from the Red Square. Featuring 228 guestrooms, the hotel will include pentahotels’ trademark offerings, including pentalounge, European-led design elements, as well as meeting spaces and a gym.

“Penta’s global journey has just begun,” says Sonia Cheng, CEO of Rosewood Hotel Group, pentahotels’ parent company.

Dorchester Collection rolls out offers for events and groups

The iconic hotels belonging to the Dorchester Collection have announced exclusive rates for events as well as special group booking offers for 2017.

Incentive groups and corporate events can look forward to attractive packages that take in personalised experiences on-property in elegant function spaces, and off-site adventures and private tours that range from vineyard tastings and truffle hunting to polo classes.

One of the packages come from The Dorchester, London. From £22,500 (US$29,738) for a minimum of 50 guests, a lavish, private Kitchen Party can be hosted. Guests can indulge in front-row perspective on one of the most highly regarded culinary operations in London, including imaginative canapés from the famous restaurants of The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane.

Additional options include masterclasses with legendary bar manager Giuliano Morandin, truffle masterclasses with executive chef Henry Brosi and personalised aprons for cooking challenges.

Groups bookings of at least 25 room nights made at any Dorchester Collection properties, will gain one complimentary room night for every 25 room nights occupied, two complimentary room upgrades with VIP amenities and a welcome amenity per room. Blackout dates and terms and conditions apply.

Participating hotels include Le Meurice, Paris; Le Richmond, Geneva; and Hotel Eden, Rome.

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