Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.
Inspired by Princess Diana’s visit to the Fabled Green Mountain and the wedding of the duke and duchess of Sussex, Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar, the spectacular 5-star mountain top hotel will be launching an unprecedented event scheduled for November. It will take place at what is known as Diana’s Point, where the princess once stood and met with the Sultan of Oman in 1986.
With its fascinating history and royal links in place, the hotel will partner with royally-acclaimed chef Nikolaos Koulousias, famed for working on the menu for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. The talented Chef Niko was one of the selected chefs enlisted to prepare the official menu for the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and brings with him a wealth of experience.
“When I heard that Niko played a major role in the Royal Wedding of Harry and Meghan, it was an obvious thought to link this event to Diana’s Point,” says GM Dagmar Symes. The culinary pop up will take place from 6th-8th November at the edge of the mountain top, on Diana’s Point. During the course of the three-day event, guests will enjoy an unforgettable dining experience, including a welcome cocktail with Chef Niko and a meal inspired by dishes selected from the Royal wedding with a blend of local produce. Guests will have the opportunity to dine where Princess Diana once stood and supposedly read her book, whilst Prince Charles painted the magnificent scenery in watercolor on the mountain’s edge. Surrounded by spectacular natural views, Chef Niko’s Royal Affairs Dinner will help revive this iconic and memorable spot with royal flair, taking guests on an unforgettable royal journey through the mountains.
“Omani flavors, pomegranates and rosewater blended into the spirit of the Royal Wedding will be the highlight of the event,” explained Symes. Considering the hotel’s location at 2,000 meters above sea level, the event, is surely-set to be an unforgettable one.Add to Favorites