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    News bites – January 2019

    From the penthouse suite to Eiffel Tower views

    After nearly 18 months of renovations, the iconic hotel, Hotel Powers, celebrated its reopening on the 4th of January 2019. To celebrate the opening, the hotel’s name was given a revamp as well: welcome to the Grand Powers Paris.

    The hotel, located on corner of Rue Pierre Charron and Rue François 1st, is now a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. It was renovated in its entirety, to ensure every luxury for its future guests.  Renovations included everything from the suites and rooms to the dining areas – even the roof was given an update. Every detail, no matter how small, has been thought of by the team at Hotel Grand Powers.

    The hotel, which has sat in the heart of Paris since 1920, has 50 renovated rooms and suites available for guests.  To evoke a soft, gentle atmosphere the colour palette includes powdered pink, blue and celadon, which are harmoniously combined with the period mouldings and fireplaces, contemporary furnishings and striking oak flooring.

    The hotel is equipped with a café that is open from breakfast-time through to the cocktail hour, a spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and massage service and exceptional concierge and staff service.  Its location in Paris’ Golden Triangle, close to Champs-Élysées and with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower, along with its recent update, makes this Paris’ new ‘It’ hotel.

    Image courtesy of Small Luxury Hotels

    The Maltese Eco-Warrior Museum

    The recently-opened National Museum of Fine Art in Malta signifies a new step in Malta’s museum history. The new art museum, called MUŻA, is housed in an historic building, located at Auberge d’Italie. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the first Malta Museum was established in 1924: today MUŻA showcases over 20,000 works of art.

    MUŻA, which stands for Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti, (National Museum of Fine Arts), not only works to inspire travellers and locals alike with its engaging artworks, but the museum itself works to promote eco-awareness and sustainability.

    The MUŻA project began back in 2014 with an idea: which was then developed by a multi-national team with expertise in engineering and both historic and modern architectural design. With an expert team in place, the recently opened museum has been successful in its goal for self-sustainability.

    It utilises high energy-efficient power consumables, with natural lighting and renewable sources such as solar panels to help reach a potential zero-carbon footprint.

    Although, the word MUŻA is an acronym for Muzew Nazzjonali tal-Arti, it’s also the word for ‘inspiration’ in Maltese. And that is exactly what this museum is: an inspiration and a step forward for art galleries and museums across the globe.

    Image courtesy of Guide Me Malta

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to include these incredible experiences in your next holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager here.

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