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Reig Capital Group Selects Mandarin Oriental to Operate 144 room
Hotel in Spain's Second Largest City, Barcelona
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HONG KONG, April 5, 2006 -- Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has today announced that it will manage a new, luxurious hotel currently under development in Barcelona. The project provides the Group with a unique opportunity to expand its luxury brand in Europe and in particular, into one of Europe’s foremost travel destinations.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will be a stylish, 144-room hotel, ideally located on Paseo de Gracia, Barcelona’s most prestigious address, at the very centre of the city’s commercial and entertainment district. The property provides easy access to the city’s finest shopping, dining and cultural venues and is a short walk from many major tourist attractions. From the hotel, guests will be able to stroll amongst the city’s celebrated promenades and architecture and enjoy the attractions of the famous Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Barcelona’s many museums, churches and parks are all close at hand and two buildings designed by the city’s most famous architect, Gaudi, are just a stone’s throw from the hotel. 

The hotel is being developed by the Reig Capital Group, a private Andorran investment company with projects in the tourism sector. Internationally renowned interior design firm Yabu Pushelburg has been appointed on the project.

“It is a pleasure to be working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group on creating Barcelona’s most exclusive luxury hotel. We are particularly pleased as Mandarin Oriental’s philosophy mirrors our desire to achieve an extraordinary level of quality and a precise attention to detail in the creation of Barcelona’s most luxurious hotel,” said José Caireta, Chief Executive Officer of Reig Capital Group.

“We are delighted to be bringing Mandarin Oriental’s renowned hospitality into Spain for the first time, and are excited at the prospect of creating such a luxurious hotel in Barcelona’s lively and sophisticated center. The pre-eminence of the site and the vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood bode well for success.’ said Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Chief Executive, Edouard Ettedgui.

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will be housed in the re-development of an elegant mid-20th Century building, which will also incorporate luxury retail at street level. Opening in late 2007, Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona has been designed as an intimate, luxurious hotel featuring a contemporary, yet elegant interior style, with exacting attention to detail, reflective of the Group’s oriental heritage. The luxurious guestrooms will be amongst the largest in the city and will include 52 spacious and exquisitely designed suites. All guestrooms will offer Mandarin Oriental’s renowned customer-centric technology, providing guests with highly sophisticated in-room entertainment systems.
The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona will offer holistic rejuvenation and relaxation in a tranquil, meditative setting. Incorporating the most comprehensive range of wellness, beauty and massage treatments in Barcelona, the spa will feature life-enhancing signature programs created exclusively by Mandarin Oriental. As with all Mandarin Oriental spas, the space will include private treatment rooms as well as significant water and heat therapies. A rooftop pool will further add to the hotel’s leisure facilities, and will provide a panoramic view over the city’s famous architectural skyline.  
 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s Restoration Continues

HONG KONG, April 5, 2006 - Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong’s comprehensive $140 million renovation is scheduled for completion this autumn. The property will be completely restored, redesigned and revitalized when it re-opens its doors as Hong Kong’s legendary luxury hotel.  

A significant component of the renovation will focus on the hotel’s 502 guestrooms and suites, all of which will be individually furnished and decorated in exquisite materials and handcrafted finishes, and will feature the very latest guest-orientated technology.  

“Our task as interior designers on this exciting project is to ensure that refurbishing Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong generates refreshment and rejuvenation without a change in philosophy.  When the hotel first opened its doors in 1963 it was sleek, modern and dramatic for its day, with a marvelous sense of luxury. Over its lifetime the hotel has established itself at the forefront of legendary service and now, 40 years on, it is felt to be the right time to implement a makeover that celebrates its past and takes it into the future,” says Jeffrey Wilkes of Lim Teo & Wilkes Design Works, the project’s interior designer. 

Every decision on the renovation project has been made with this goal in mind. Guestrooms will be altered dramatically in size by the enclosure of the balconies, allowing for a complete re-design of the space. Nonetheless, the design maintains a level of refined luxury and a reflection of the hotel’s oriental heritage, which guests of this historic property have come to expect.   

None of the hotel’s 68 suites will be alike, with each one lovingly created to reflect a true sense of place, and most offering breathtaking views over Victoria harbor.  A new suite will also be unveiled later in the year, dedicated to the memory of Patrick Lichfield, the esteemed photographer who was a regular guest of the hotel and the photographer behind the Group’s award-winning advertising campaign. The interior designs for this suite are exclusively by Nicky Haslam, who will pay homage to Lord Lichfield’s eclectic style and celebrated life.

The presidential suite, aptly named the Mandarin Suite, will boast priceless objets d’art and a living room with double height full-length soaring windows overlooking Victoria harbor. Restored furniture from the original Mandarin Suite will be artfully mixed with carefully selected handcrafted pieces sourced personally by the hotel’s General Manager.  The master bedroom and main bathroom will both increase in size to incorporate a vast en suite bath with views of Hong Kong’s cityscape on one side. An adjoining couple’s spa suite will offer a private sanctuary for treatment, reflection and exercise.  

The hotel will feature a variety of exceptional restaurants and bars offering an eclectic choice of contemporary cuisine and cocktails in elegant and chic surroundings. Taking advantage of the temperate Mediterranean climate, alfresco dining will be enjoyed at a spectacular 1,400 sq meter (Approx. 15,000 sq feet) outdoor terrace.  

Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city and is the capital of the Cataluña region, which has a strong cultural and historic identity. It is also the country’s principal seaport, a major manufacturing centre, and an important banking and financial centre. Over the past 20 years, and particularly since it played host to the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona has become one of Spain’s principal leisure destinations, easily accessible from all major international locations.   With 4.2 kilometers (approx. 2.6 miles) of beaches, a cruise terminal that is quickly becoming the most important in the Mediterranean, and a wealth of cultural attractions, Barcelona is recognized as one of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic cities.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, currently operating 21 luxury hotels with a further nine under development in Prague, Hainan Island, China and Riviera Maya, Mexico (2006), Barcelona and Boston (2007), Grand Cayman (2008), Chicago, Las Vegas and Macau (2009). In total, Mandarin Oriental now operates, or has under development, over 8,500 rooms in 16 countries with 14 hotels in Asia, 11 in the Americas and five in Europe.

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Contact:

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Danielle DeVoe (ddevoe@mohg.com)
Tel: (212) 399-3938, ext. 27
www.mandarinoriental.com

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Also See: Reig Capital Puerto Rico, Inc. Developing the W Vieques - Martineau Bay, Located on the Island of Vieques / June 2005
Spanish Development Consortia Name Starwood's W Hotels as Operator of 475-room Waterfront Hotel in Barcelona, Spain / July 2004

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