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Yacht Hotel Unmoors

LONDON Who says luxury and community spirit can’t mix? The Sunborn London Yacht Hotel sets course for its true calling. Sat Bal

Government policy is finally bringing life to the hospitality sector after four months of Covid closure.

The Sunborn London Yacht Hotel played its part by serving NHS staff from the Nightingale Hospital but reopens to the public from Saturday 4th July. This has helped Sunborn London the benefit of adapting its operations to  provide the very highest standards of cleaning, F&B preparation and general post Covid measures, to create an inviting environment for returning guests.

Located in the Royal Victoria Docks, Sunborn London Yacht Hotel is moored by the ExCel centre and intends to retain a warm guest welcome on arrival within the bounds of new health and wellbeing practice.

Measures include:

·  Training

  • Introducing new safety procedures for greeting guests (check in and out), cleaning of all spaces and preparing of all food and beverages
  • All staff trained in hospital grade cleaning, taking into account key touchpoints (door handles, lift call buttons, handrails etc.)
  • PPE for all staff members
  • Availability of hand sanitisers every couple of metres

·  Staff interaction

  • Digital check in facility
  • Protective screens at reception 
  • Floor markings to adhere to social distancing 
  • All seating has been adjusted to comply with government guidelines

·  Cleaning of bedrooms and public spaces

  • New PPE provided to cleaning staff for every room clean
  • Antibacterial wipes and sanitisation stations available to all guests in their room

·  F&B - all available to order through the in-room tablet

  • New ‘in room’ dining experience, with a wider menu choice to cater to all
  • Grab & Go wrapped breakfast items, as well as light bites and snacks
  • Booking system in place for the dining room, to regulate numbers of people at any one time



Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club on market

NEW FOREST Family owned for over 250 years, the New Forest based business is on the market with a guide price of £4 million. Abigail Parkin

The Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club comprises two 18 hole golf courses, clubhouse and pro-shop with an adjacent 28 bedroom country inn with 100 covers. The Bell Inn, The Manor Course and the practice ground are all held freehold, and the Forest Course leasehold.

The Bell Inn and golf club have won accolades including AA 4 star rating, 2 AA Rosettes for culinary experience and Golfers’ Choice 2018 Leading Courses Recommended.

Marketing agent Savills reports a comprehensive investment programme throughout.  

The property is situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park near the M27 and A31 and famous tourist attractions including Beaulieu Motor Museum and the some of the UK’s finest coastal resorts.

Kevin Marsh, head of the licensed leisure team at Savills, said: “The Bell Inn and Bramshaw Golf Club has proven to be a highly successful business that benefits from mixed revenue streams including annual golf subscription income, daily green fee income, hotel room revenue, food and beverage and functions / event revenue. The various elements to the business present genuine opportunity for growth and as assets of this type rarely come to the market we expect there to be significant interest in the property.”


Mauritius Cleared For Holidays

MAURITIUS Its government has removed sanitary containment and cleared the way for visits to Mauritius. Lucy Reid 

Mauritius is now preparing for its first visitors since the virus prompted strict containment measures and gradual border closures. It’s reported that no local instances of Covid-19 have been recorded since April 26th.

It cites the backing of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and the implementation of compulsory measures undertaken by the Tourism Authority of Mauritius in its readiness to open the Indian Ocean’s most popular tourist destination.

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