29 September 2021

Intercontinental Marks 75 Years of Pioneering Luxury Travel with a Celebration of Rich Heritage, Iconic Hotels and Exclusive Experiences

The world’s first and largest luxury hotel brand announces limited-time offers for its diamond anniversary, including the InterContinental75 cocktail in partnership with Piper-Heidsieck Champagne and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin

InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has become synonymous with bold exploration, travel and cultural discovery, having pioneered luxury travel in emerging and well-loved destinations for the past 75 years. This year, as the brand toasts its diamond anniversary, it invites guests to celebrate the joy of travel and rediscover InterContinental hotels and resorts around the world.

From now until April 2022, guests can enjoy an exciting line up of limited-time offers ranging from sparkling anniversary cocktails to exhilarating stay experiences. As part of the 75th anniversary initiative and IHG’s Journey to Tomorrow commitment, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts will also donate US$75,000 to Water.org, supporting 15,000 people to gain access to clean water through sustainable, locally owned and run projects.

Sip, stay and celebrate in style

The celebratory anniversary cocktail, named “InterContinental75”, will be served at over 130 InterContinental hotels and resorts. A reimagination of the well-loved classic cocktail, French 75, the InterContinental75 is brought to life through a global partnership with two other pioneering brands - Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, founded in 1785 and winner of the 2021 “Best Champagne House of the World”, and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, hand-crafted from botanicals foraged on the Island of Islay. An alternative but equally celebratory version will also be crafted using Seedlip Distilled non-alcoholic spirit and Fever Tree mixers. Bringing local destinations and ingredients to the forefront, talented teams at select InterContinental hotels and resorts around the world will craft cocktail variations, along with special food pairing menus, for a unique interpretation and taste journey in each destination.

Guests can recognise personal milestones with a range of anniversary packages. The 75th Anniversary Package will be available at select hotels and includes a personalized cocktail experience for two;for those looking for incomparable experiences, the InterContinental Diamond Stay Packages offer varied and carefully curated once-in-a-lifetime luxury moments across hand-picked InterContinental hotels.

“We’re delighted to raise a toast with our guests, owners, partners and colleagues to celebrate InterContinental Hotels & Resorts and everything this brand stands for – the joy of travel and the worldliness that comes from discovering cultures around the world. During a challenging period, it’s important to take time to celebrate milestones and begin to enjoy new adventures again wherever we can. The InterContinental brand has been part of many special moments throughout its storied 75-year history and continues to be a place for celebration, connection and indulgence,” says Jane Mackie, IHG’s Senior Vice President, Global Marketing for Luxury and Premium Brands. “The next chapter of InterContinental, as we continue to open new doors from Rome to Riyadh, will encompass a fresh 360 degree approach to the guest experience with new partnerships and innovations.”

“We are grateful to be part of the 75th anniversary of the InterContinental brand and their goal to shape the future of responsible travel,” says Michael Mayernik, Head of Corporate Partnerships, Water.org. “They are committed to changing lives with access to safe water as part of this initiative, giving women hope, children health and communities around the world a bright future.”

Defining global luxury travel

The InterContinental brand was established by Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan American Airways, in 1946 with a bold vision to bring luxurious accommodation to every corner of the globe. Its 75th anniversary is not only a moment to look forward to its bright future but also recognise the brand’s rich heritage: InterContinental became the first international hotel chain in the Middle East with the opening of the Phoenicia in Beirut in 1961; Martin Luther King finished his iconic “I Have A Dream” at InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C. in 1963; InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland took on the title of architectural marvel and the world’s first quarry hotel in 2018 and InterContinental New York Barclay served as the official hotel of the 2021 U.S. Open Tennis tournament.

Today, with 206 hotels and over 70 set to open in the coming years, the vision of bringing luxury travel to emerging and established destinations continues. In the coming months, the brand will be opening new doors in inspiring locations like Barcelona in Spain, Sorrento in Australia, Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Appi Kogen in Japan.

Details and availability of offers may vary across participating hotels. For more information on the InterContinental 75th Diamond Anniversary, visit intercontinental.com/75thanniversary.

InterContinental75 Anniversary Cocktail

Though the exact time of creation is debated (sources argue the origin is at the New York Bar in Paris in 1915 or a decade later at the height of Prohibition), the drinking of a French 75 cocktail has historically marked the celebration of major milestones. In honour of the InterContinental 75th anniversary and looking forward to the future of travel, hotels will feature a modern twist on this this classic cocktail.

The InterContinental75 is a refreshing and delightfully botanical cocktail with a hint of honey and notes of citrus and herbal aromatics. The cocktail is mixed using The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, Piper-Heidsieck NV brut champagne, lemon juice and honey water.

Its non-alcoholic but equally delicious cousin, the Zero-Proof InterContinental75, is made with Seedlip Grove 42, Fever Tree Indian Tonic, apple juice, fresh lemon juice and honey water and garnished with mint and raspberry.

The perfect cocktails to celebrate our anniversary or any occasion!

InterContinental 75th anniversary Diamond Stay Packages

Travel in style with sparkling Diamond Stay Packages. Selected InterContinental hotels and resorts across the globe have pulled out all the stops to deliver the ultimate in bookable luxury experiences for guests looking to celebrate in style and add some sparkle to their InterContinental stay.


InterContinental London Park Lane and InterContinental Edinburgh The George, UK

Guests are invited to immerse themselves in the heritage and culture of historic London and Edinburgh. Discover the royal roots of InterContinental London Park Lane – built on the site of the childhood home of the Queen - staying in the hotel’s Mayfair Grand Suite. They will enjoy a private, behind-the-scenes of Kensington Palace, a private viewing of the Crown Jewels, an elegant Afternoon Tea at the hotel and a portrait shoot with one of the Royal family’s photographers. Car transfers from London to a private jet flight to Edinburgh will provide the perfect downtime ahead of check into the Master Suite at InterContinental Edinburgh The George. Highlights of this second portion of the adventure include an exclusive private dinner at Edinburgh Castle, bespoke tartan or tweed design consultation, private shopping experience at a historic local jeweller, helicopter trip to Marchmont House to view the private art collection with a tour led by a Sotheby’s expert, and a special cocktail experience with Scottish-made The Botanist Islay Dry Gin, also an InterContinental 75th Anniversary partner. Package from £75,000. For bookings or more information, contact londonreservations@ihg.com


InterContinental Maamunagau Maldives Resort, Maldives

The ultimate Maldives experience is now available at InterContinental Maamunagau Maldives Resort for those looking to Live the InterContinental Life in the Indian Ocean. The exclusive Diamond Anniversary luxury experience begins with a private seaplane charter from Malé to the resort where guests will enjoy a 5-night stay in one of the spectacular Three-Bedroom Residences with specially curated private dining experiences throughout the stay. Exclusive use of the resort’s luxury yacht offers a chance to explore the crystal-clear waters of the Raa Atoll, nestled close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Those looking to get closer to nature will relish the opportunity to swim with the country's largest known population of manta rays, alongside the resort's resident marine biologist.

Package from US$75,000++ for 6 adults. Contact reservations.icmaldives@ihg.com for bookings.

ANA InterContinental Manza Beach Resort, Japan

A leisurely way to celebrate is on offer at the InterContinental Manza Beach Resort. The 75th Anniversary private cruise package includes a private cruiser with a Captain on call for three days, allowing guests to enjoy sunset cruises, fishing, and other maritime activities. Back on dry land, accommodation in corner suite room for four nights, with modern interior design and 180-degree uninterrupted ocean views, Club InterContinental lounge access to taste a selection of delicious Okinawan delicacies, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The package also includes airport transfers.

Package from JPY1,575,000. For reservations, call +81 (0)98-966-2212.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula, Vietnam

Everything is taken care of with a culture-rich, all-inclusive 3 days, 2 nights stay in the ultra-luxurious two-bedroom Sun Peninsula Residence villa, facilitated by a Villa Host. Guests can celebrate at sunset on day one as they’re welcomed to the postcard-perfect Monkey Bay with InterContinental75 cocktails followed by a private beach barbeque and more champagne. The following day, a private tour of the Bensley Outsider Gallery awaits, followed by a video “coffee date” with the world-renowned architect and artist. US$500 credit to put towards the purchase of an artwork at the Gallery to commemorate their stay is also on offer. In the evening, a pre-dinner live video chat with Pierre Gagnaire over drinks in Buffalo Bar will provide an extraordinary introduction to an exclusive dinner at La Maison 1888, complemented by one-of-a-kind vintages from the exclusive Cellar Treasures collection.

Package from VND750,000,000. Contact reservations.icdanang@ihg.com for bookings.

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay, Australia

Speed and sparkle are combined for the ultimate luxury experience at InterContinental Double Bay Sydney. A five-night stay in the Royal suite with private butler service, luxurious spa day and in-room mixologist masterclass will set the scene, before exploring the city in style with a luxury driving experience and see Sydney Harbour on a private scenic tour with indulgent picnic lunch. Guests will be able to mark the special occasion by designing a bespoke piece with master jeweller, Taarick K’dor from family-owned, high jewellery brand House of K’Dor. Package from AU$75,000. Contact reservations.doublebay@ihg.com for bookings.

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Australia

A private helicopter will transfer guests to Hayman Island for five nights in the luxurious Hayman Beach House. Indulgent dining experiences include Chefs Table, a Dining under the Stars experience complete with champagne, wines and a daily gourmet breakfast. Guest can explore the Whitsundays with a two-hour private sunset sail in Hayman waters, a private Great Barrier Reef tour and a ‘Best of Both Worlds’ helicopter tour taking in Whitehaven beach, Reefworld and a fly over Heart Reef. All-important time out is included, with multiple spa treatments as part of the package, as well as a private poolside cabana to enjoy at leisure.

Package from AU$75,000. Contact hayman.reservations@ihg.com for bookings.


InterContinental New York Barclay

The city that never sleeps is the perfect place to celebrate, and The 1946 Package from InterContinental New York Barclay (also celebrating its 95th anniversary this year) is the perfect spot for luxury in the heart of Manhattan. The stay includes a two-night stay in the Penthouse Suite, with an exclusive InterContinental75 cocktail lesson with a mixologist, 75-minute couples massage with Zeel, a movie screening on the incredible Penthouse Suite terrace with classic films from the year of InterContinental’s birth with a premium 1946 vintage wine to enjoy. Guests will also receive 75,000 IHG Rewards points to continue the celebrations, with a host of ways to spend on stays and experiences.

Package from US$25,000 per night. Click here for more information.

InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, US

Celebration, wellbeing and a sense of place are at the heart of this exclusive package from InterContinental Washington D.C., with a stay in one of their residentially inspired suites overlooking the Potomac River. A signature InterContinental75 cocktail, daily InterContinental breakfast for two served in the hotel’s award-winning Moon Rabbit restaurant, US$300 spa or food and beverage credit to spend on an indulgent treat and a unique welcome amenity from the Executive Chef are all included, along with a host of other hotel amenities.

Package prom US$1,175++. Bookings via +1-800-424-6835.

Middle East & Africa

InterContinental Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates

Those who know how to travel in style will find the ultimate experience in Dubai with their Diamond Anniversary package, starting with a stay in InterContinental Dubai Marina's Penthouse with private balconies offering dazzling views of Dubai Marina , before exploring the city with a special supercar or luxury vehicle on exclusive loan. To lower the adrenaline, a private yoga class at sunrise followed by a 75-minute decadent massage using diamond dust is the perfect tonic. The evening’s entertainment begins with a cocktail masterclass at Ginter, where their master mixologist will demonstrate how to mix the festive InterContinental75 cocktail and share the history of gin. Then the chef’s table awaits at the award-winning Marina Social by Michelin Star chef, Jason Atherton, where guests will be taken on a private culinary journey of seven exquisite courses, each expertly paired with the perfect wine. A specially engraved piece of jewellery from Cartier to take home will make the perfect memento of an already memorable stay.

Package from AED 75,000 (inclusive of taxes). Click here for more information.

Greater China

InterContinental Beijing Sanlitun, InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City, InterContinental Shenzhen Dameisha, InterContinental Xi’an, InterContinental Shanghai Ruijin

Guests booking the special 75th anniversary package will get to enjoy the InterContinental75 signature cocktail and discover an exclusive Farfetch partnership with 75 mystery boxes available in participating hotels. In the box, guests will find a designer product from designer brands including 8ON8, FENG CHEN WANG, AMBUSH, Off-White and Palm Angels; travel souvenirs and Farfetch discount vouchers.

Flexible rates. Booking via IHG Hotels & Resorts on WeChat