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Aava Whistler Hotel opens Nov. 26


Blackcomb isn't the only enterprise opening today (Nov. 26). After more than a year of renovations the former Fairways Hotel is reopening as the Aava Whistler Hotel.

Owned by TA Global Berhad, the property arm of Malaysia-based TA Enterprise Berhad, the 193-room hotel has a 24-hour front desk, conference facilities for up to 120 people and Whistler's newest restaurant, a White Spot.

"Aava Whistler Hotel is a unique option within Whistler's accommodation landscape, featuring a light, fresh and modern elegance with all the amenities of home - free wireless internet in each room, iPod docking stations and flatscreen HD television," said general manager Colin Hedderson.

The hotel has mirrored the recent weather with their own storm of white, dressing guest rooms with more than 12,000 pure white linens including sheets, towels and facecloths. The last stones have also been fit for a grand fireplace, the focal point of the lobby. A fitness centre, sauna, sun deck with heated outdoor pool and hot tub are also part of the new hotel.

To celebrate the grand opening, Aava Whistler Hotel is offering a weekday rate starting from $99 Canadian per night for a deluxe room from Nov. 26, through to Christmas Eve.

TA Global Bhd acquired the former Fairways hotel for $33 million in 2008.

In addition to the Aava Whistler Hotel TA Global Bhd owns hotels in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore. TA Global Bhd was listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange this week. The parent firm, TA Enterprise Bhd, was incorporated in 1990 and is publicly listed.


Bellstar to manage Adara

The management contract for the Adara Hotel has been awarded to Bellstar Hotels and Resorts.

Bellstar manages and develops destination resorts and boutique hotels in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and B.C. as well as the Okanagan and coast regions of B.C. The company's portfolio includes the Pemberton Valley Lodge and Kimberley's Mountain Spirit Resort & Spa.

"With the Olympics less than 100 days away, British Columbia is poised to be in the international spotlight over the coming months," said Jon Zwickel, executive vice president of Bellstar. "Adding Adara to our portfolio enables us to promote the hotel to the world before, during and after the celebration.

"The Adara will benefit from our newly adopted mandate to deliver exceptional guest experiences and owner returns."


Rheaume GM of Nita Lake Lodge

The Nita Lake Lodge at Creekside has appointed Bill Rheaume general manager.

A long-time resident of Banff, Rheaume has previously managed Canmore's Radisson Hotel and Conference Centre, Banff's Mount Royal Hotel, the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary, Banff Rocky Mountain Resort and Lake Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.


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