Wednesday 26 June, 2019

Fete Watch: Hilton's all-inclusive is back, and it's sounding Lavish

Hilton's Director of Sales and Marketing, Darlene McDonald, left, and Hilton’s General Manager, Olivier Maumaire, right, address the media at a media launch for Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre's all-inclusive event Lavish

Hilton's Director of Sales and Marketing, Darlene McDonald, left, and Hilton’s General Manager, Olivier Maumaire, right, address the media at a media launch for Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre's all-inclusive event Lavish

After an 11-year hiatus, Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre is reintroducing an all-inclusive event to its roster.

Already the home of other well-known and highly sought after fetes, as well as the distribution base for Bliss Carnival, Hilton is a familiar haunt of many a masquerader and fete-aficionado for Carnival.

Now, patrons will have one über luxurious reason to make the pilgrimage to the Hilton when the hotel hosts its own all-inclusive offering, the promisingly titled Lavish on Sunday 24 February.

Speaking at a press conference to launch the event, Hilton’s General Manager, Olivier Maumaire promised a unique experience for Lavish patrons.

The fete will feature international gourmet cuisine crafted by the hotel’s executive chef, Jose Gutierrez and premium liquor options. Maumaire described it as a ‘culinary journey around the world’ with live cooking stations serving up fresh food throughout the night. Liquor sponsors include Ciroc, Moët & Chandon, Angostura and Hennessy among others, and the event boasts a cognac bar, prosecco bar and cigar lounge in general and the inclusion of a champagne lounge in the VIP section.   

Lavish will also have performances by some of the hottest artistes in the industry, including Nailah Blackman, Superblue, Nadia Batson and more surprise acts.

The flow of the fete itself will give attendees a range of experiences across the venue, with different music, food and vibes based on where you happen to find yourself in the fete. 

Hilton’s last all-inclusive event, The Extreme, took place in 2008, and Maumaire said the management believed it was time to bring the community together again at the Hilton for Carnival.

Maumaire said Carnival is the culture of Trinidad and Tobago so ‘It is only right that we as a company embrace that”.

Lavish will begin at 5 pm and end at 12 midnight. General admission will cost $900, while VIP tickets will be sold for $1200.

Tickets will be available at a special desk at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre, or by calling 624-3211.

Fete patrons will have access to off-site parking facilities and shuttles to and from the event.

For those patrons who prefer to remain at the hotel after the event, Maumaire said that special room rates will also be made available to those guests. 

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