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Edition Hotels Ditch Plastic in Eco-conscious Movement

Ian Schrager’s luxury hotel chain EDITION Hotels, co-owned by Marriot, is cutting down on the most environmentally damaging resource: disposable plastic. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, they’ve pledged to be disposable plastic free — leading the hospitality industry in a plastic free movement.

No plastic in sight at bars.

“Stay Plastic Free” is an initiative launched by EDITION Hotels, aimed to make the luxury chain disposable plastic free by the end of 2019. Sparking a movement among hoteliers worldwide, this campaign is spearheaded by EDITION’s vice president of brand experiences, Ben Pundole.

“In the hospitably business, we don’t think about how many touch points there are, whether there’s a keycard, or a minibar, to-go food at the pool, or a toothbrush,” Pundole said, referring to places where the guest consumes something disposable. “And I realized I was in a position where I could effect some change.”

Sanya EDITION hotel

Pundole claims that EDITION’s four existing properties in London, New York, Miami, and Sanya, China have already seen radical reductions in plastic use with swap outs at minibars, straws, food containers and lids. However, there are still some tricky hold-outs such as keycards and bathroom amenities that lack viable solutions.

All 7 of EDITION’s upcoming projects will be launched plastic-free. The unsustainable nature of disposable plastic has been a trending hot topic for years, but Pundole stands for his belief in the current momentum of the present anti-plastic movement.

Shanghai EDITION Hotel launching in mid-2018 ‘plastic-free’.

Instead of being a mere frugal or inconvenient decision, Pundole states that phasing out disposable plastic is the new consumer definition of luxury. In other words, guests are expecting less Nalgene water bottles and camping sporks and more S’well water bottles and bamboo tableware.

“Until very recently, this kind of initiative didn’t happen in the luxury space and it’s only just beginning,” Pundole said. “I think it really helps that luxury brands like Gucci have committed to being a lot more sustainable. There’s been a kind of conscious approach to next steps from companies that you never thought you’d see doing this.”

The Times Square EDITION launching in mid-2018 ‘plastic-free’.

Beyond plastic reductions throughout its properties, EDITION is looking to organise a committee to further the campaign. Hoping to involve influential hoteliers such as Design Hotels, Soho House, and Chiltern Firehouse, Pundole wants to to look at industry-wide solutions to the plastic problem.

Pundole claims that the hurdles are not guests, but making a business case to financiers that “it’s the right decision even though it’s not cost neutral.”

May the future of luxury hospitality be plastic free.

Iconic Cruise liner Reopens in Dubai as Luxury Floating Hotel

Renowned 1960s British vessel, Queen Elizabeth 2, has been docked in Port Rashid since 2008 after decades of voyage. Last Wednesday, it opens her doors yet again as a brand new, luxury hotel floating in Port Rashid, Dubai. Though there were plans to remodel the ship into a luxury property immediately, delayed the project was delayed by the global financial crisis. Finally after a decade, the 963-foot cruise liner will welcome guests again.

The hotel holds a full 13-deck of dining and entertainment, and a total of 224 rooms and suites. There are 13 types of room available, with the basic cabins offering a cozy 180 square feet of space, designed with plenty of dark wood.

A duplex room at the Queen Elizabeth 2

Royal suites sit at a spacious 800 square feet, complete with a private bathtub, private dining room and terrace. Named after the Queen’s mother and grandmother, these 2 exclusive rooms will be booked ‘by invitation only’.

Rooms featuring the original portholes abroad the hotel.

While the liner has been upgraded with technology and modern features, there were also restoration efforts for the original design features like the portholes and period artwork and furniture.

The ship even retains the names of its 13 restaurants for a distinct British feel: an English pub called the Golden Lion, historical bar The Chart Room, cabaret lounge The Grand Lounge, and Queens Grill that offers a British menu that includes many of the same dishes served during its maiden voyage in 1969.

A refurbished bar is ready to receive guests aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2

The new QE2 has a movie theatre and a museum showcasing the vessel’s history. The latter, called the Heritage Exhibition, presents the ship’s iconic history that traces back to decades ago since its service as a war ship during the Falklands War, to when she became Cunard’s luxury leisure cruise ship.

Other facilities include a luxury spa and pool deck, as well as the perennial Dubai favorite: a shopping arcade.

The grand opening is scheduled for October this year. Right now, you can book a basic cabin online for as low as 400 AED (US$110), though royal suites sell for as much as 25,000 AED (US$6,800).

Lux Living: Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, Spain

Lux Living: Gran Hotel La Florida in Barcelona, Spain

Located atop Mount Tibiabo, the Gran Hotel La Florida offers a magnificent view of Barcelona and the Mediterranean. Just like its location, the hotel too has a rich historical past. Said to be one of the most outstanding hotel assets in a city, where hospitality has been extremely strong since 2015, almost surpassing pre-crisis levels in terms of RevPar and number of tourists, this hotel has something unique to offer.

Built in 1925 by renowned Noucentista architect Ramon Raventos, the place was closed during the Civil War period and had been converted into a military hospital in 1939. Reborn as a luxury property during the 50’s, La Florida hotel blends both traditional and avant-garde styles to create a perfect sanctuary to indulge guests in an ultimate getaway.

Gran Hotel La Florida is strategically situated in a location with easy access to the buzzing Barcelona and guests can also venture out for a tour and experience the city’s pulse. La Florida features 52 luxurious rooms, of which most of the rooms offer splendid views overlooking the beautiful and natural surroundings of Barcelona. Eight unique suites are decorated by the world’s famous spa designer, such as L’Occitane who is a member of The Leading Hotels in the World.

For romantics who appreciate fine dining in a casual spot, imagine a private and luxurious dining experience by the poolside or spend the lovely evening away at restaurant L’Orangerie that serves sumptuous Catalan fare. Nothing quite completes a perfect meal by pairing it with your favourite wine or cocktail, while admiring the enchanting night, where pure relaxation and luxury are a true connoisseur’s dream.

Price: USD 37,148,528

Visit LUXIFY to make further enquiries on the luxury property. 

Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

The Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

The Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

In 2014, U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the beginning of a process of normalizing relations between Cuba and the United States. On 20 July 2015, after 54 years of sanctions, diplomatic relations have resumed and with it, the slow revival of international commercial relationships with the exotic Caribbean island nation; thus, while the US does not have direct dealings with the island state, Europe appears to be among the first, getting into Cuba in grand style with the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel: Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Founded in Berlin in 1897 but headquartered in Geneva, Kempinski Hotels S.A. is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group with a history of more than 119 years, operating 75 five-star hotels and residences, across 30 countries and now, they have finally added Cuba into their portfolio of hotels with the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana.

During the Republican Period, from 1902 to 1959, Havana saw a new era of development. Cuba was home to the third largest middle class in the hemisphere as well as a growing number of Cuban tycoons, spurring the development of numerous luxury hotels, casinos and nightclubs were constructed during the 1930s to serve Havana’s burgeoning tourist industry. At the time, Havana became an exotic capital of appeal and numerous activities ranging from marinas, grand prix car racing, musical shows and parks; and then, communism and the Cold War literally put an end to all that. Hopefully, the Kempinski La Habana is a step towards those glorious swinging days of partying and living.

The new Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana takes Cuba’s first European style shopping arcade (originally built between 1894 and 1917) and turns it into a luxurious 5-star modern hotel experience with all the modern conveniences paired with an enjoyable contrast of heritage and provenance.

The Kempinski La Habana is situated in the heart of the old Havana with a direct view of the Capitol and the Great Theater of Havana and amidst UNESCO World Heritage sites. Havana’s First 5 Star Hotel in over 50 years is without doubt not only opulent but amazingly accessible to the historical sites like the famous Castillo del Morro, accessible within a 10 minute drive.

Experience Havana’s first true luxury hotel in Cuba and indulge yourself while staying in one of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana’s 246 large rooms or suites with extra high ceilings and French windows opening out to the old city. Experience a variety of restaurants and bars, which also includes a one of a kind cigar lounge (naturally) and a roof top Panoramic Restaurant and Bar with spectacular views over the old city. Kempinski La Habana is also equipped with a spa, fitness center and rooftop pool.

Prices from start $440+. Visit www.kempinksi.com. Alternatively, for reservations and inquiries, please contact [email protected].

Botanica Luxury Estate in Phuket

Botanica Luxury Estate in Phuket

Botanica Luxury Estate is pleased to offer overseas buyers and investors very flexible payment plans through a five-year Rental Programme. When the custom-built residence completes, Botanica Luxury will rise on the most desirable address in Phuket.

Currently under construction, the development will comprise 21 elite residences with bespoke villas and areas of 265 to 700 sqm to accommodate up to five bedrooms. The luxury development is just a close proximity to the pristine Bangtao or Laguna neighbourhood, offering plenty of boutique shops and restaurants along the 8 km stretch of white sand.

Designed by AAP Architecture, the firm has been involved in the development of private homes on Phuket for over 12 years and the architectural designs thus far, have attracted onlookers to pause and fully immerse in the sanctuary living environment that evokes peace and calmness, and relish the beautiful mountain scenery.

Perhaps, the Botanica Luxury is the grandest villa ever designed by the architectural firm, consistently pushing boundaries and bringing vibrancy to every landscape they design and custom build.

Each villa centres around a natural stone tiled pool. (Botanica Villas Phuket)

The villa features a free-flowing floorplan that is capped by a vaulted, teak wood ceiling and framed by concertina glass doors. (Botanica Villas Phuket)

The transom windows above the glass doors allow the light to flow into the house and give added elegance to the main area of the home. (Botanica Villas Phuket)

The tile flooring in the home area matches that on the terrace for a seamless transition to the outdoors. (Botanica Villas Phuket)

www.botanicavillasphuket.com

Bvlgari: New Hotel To Open In 2020

Image courtesy of Bvlgari

Bvlgari: New Hotel To Open In 2020

Italian luxury goods brand, Bvlgari, has announced plans to open a new hotel in Paris on the prestigious address of 30 Avenue George V in 2020, along the adjacent Champs-Elysées and avenue Montaigne. Home to one of the elegant-stylish hotels in the city, the Four Seasons George V and Hotel Plaza Athénée are just a few minutes away.

When the hotel is complete, it will sit on one of the most exclusive and exotic corners of the Triangle d’Or. Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel will helm the design of the hotel and will combine a classic Parisian Haussmann-style with a contemporary rationalistic façade.

The Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts will feature 76 rooms, a 25m pool, a luxury spa sprawling across 1,300 sqm, bar and restaurant, and a Parisian courtyard.

Last year, the group opened luxury properties in Beijing and Dubai as well as another hotel will be scheduled to open in Shanghai this year.

The opening of The Bvlgari Resort & Hotel, has taken on a new benchmark for Dubai; every design detail of the strikingly facade of the building is diligently crafted to a pure Italian style, in partnership with renowned Italian architect firm, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel.

With the opening of a luxury hotel in Paris, Bvlgari will bring the total number of Bvlgari-branded hotels to eight, including Milan, Bali, and London in its property portfolio.

For more information about Bvlgari Hotel, please visit its official website here.

World’s Top 100 Most Luxurious Hotel Experiences 2018

World’s top 100 most luxurious hotel experiences 2018

Hotel Openings to Watch Out for in 2018

Some of the world’s most iconic hotels have gone through extensive renovations and after a much-anticipated wait, the properties are ready to re-open this year, while new properties will change the landscape at some of the most popular tourist destinations.

Hotel openings to watch out for in 2018

Hotel Lutetia, Paris
After going through a major facelift in 2014, Hotel Lutetia is ready to reopen next spring. All 184 rooms, including 47 suites and two penthouses will be updated with contemporary designs. Originally built as a luxury sister property to Paris’s oldest department store, Le Bon Marché in 1910, the hotel boasts a fabled past with clients that include Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Josephine Baker. The Lutetia Brasserie will also reopen under the supervision of three Michelin-starred chef Gerald Passedat.

The NoMad, Los Angeles
When New York’s buzzy NoMad hotel opens in January, it will bring in a huge culinary talent: chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park fame (the restaurant currently occupies the top spot in the influential World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 ranking). All 241 rooms, including 31 suites are designed by Jacques Garcia and draw inspiration from the lobby’s fully restored gold and blue Italianate ceiling. The hotel will also add another rooftop pool destination and gathering space to the city’s booming downtown renaissance.

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s signature tourist attractions that is set to open its first on-site luxury hotel in April 2018, which will offer its guests a more exclusive and private spa experience. Built into an 800-year-old lava flow, all 62 rooms at The Retreat will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, offering sweeping views of the geothermally-heated, milky-blue, mineral-rich waters and Iceland’s dramatic landscape and ever-changing skies. Guests will also have access to a new subterranean spa, and seven-course dining destination that will serve Icelandic cuisine with local ingredients.

Raffles Singapore
Declared a National Monument by the Singapore government a century after its opening in 1887, the iconic Raffles Singapore will re-open with new suite categories for short and long stays, modernised amenities, and refreshed dining concepts and meeting spaces. The hotel will also offer a range of new experiential packages that include master classes on how to make Singapore Sling cocktail (Singapore’s national drink), epicurean classes, wine workshops and wellness classes. The Raffles Singapore is slated to re-open in the second half of 2018.

Bulgari Icons and Eternity of Rome in Jumeirah, Dubai

Bulgari Icons and Eternity of Rome in Jumeirah, Dubai

Located in the popular central area of Jumeira, the district is a highly sought-after destination especially for tourists. Just a few miles away from many of the city’s attractions, guests from the newly opened Bulgari Resort & Hotel can travel out and wind their ways through the avenue and experience the city’s flavours, culture and diverse hotspots, such as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood along Dub towards northai Creek, Downtown, Dubai Marina as well as Jumeirah Beach Residence.

With the opening of The Bulgari Resort & Hotel, it takes on a new benchmark for Dubai; every design detail of the strikingly facade of the building is diligently crafted to a pure Italian style, in partnership with renowned Italian architect firm, Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. While, inside the interior, each room is furnished with outstanding luxury Italian furniture brands, and each piece was either designed or chosen by Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, and often tailor-made for the property.

Drawing attention to the facade, the architect considered a beautiful style surrounding the idea of a fine jewel, which is synonymous to the Roman luxury brand, Bulgari. Having styled with rare, raw materials according to their colour, texture and feel, sculpting them to shine, beautify and endure, the Bulgari Resort in Dubai embraced what is calls “a peerless example of luxury hospital.”

“From travertine marble to shining onyx, The Bulgari Resort Dubai relied on the extensive use of fine materials and finishes to establish the durability and timelessness incarnated by its home country.” – Issued in a statement by Bulgari Resort & Hotel Dubai

Jumeira’s very own Italian interpretation of luxury

As outlined by the “layers superior quality materials” with tasteful Bulgari touches, the exterior structure carries an “incarnating bold contrasts, clean, regal lines, and the ubiquity of spaciousness, the property maintains an impeccable elegance, creating a continuity that permeates the property’s every detail.”

At The Bulgari Resort Dubai, service is key and providing a supreme hotel guest experience is paramount. Both creation and comfort are of utmost importance too. To echo the same unequivocal luxury as the iconic jewellery brand, Bvlgari, the Bulgari resort “replicates the eternity of its homeland by investing in premium materials.”

Designed to coral texture characterised by the two main buildings of the hotel

Created on the overlay of the horizontal lining, “the lively shadow pattern of coral-like sunscreens, shiny and light like porcelain” provides an eye-catching centrepiece, though different from the white marble richly veined with back and gold arabesques of the walls you will soon come across at the hotel podium.

“A fine oak wood surface, with long and thin planks, recalls the deck of a ship and clad the interior surfaces”, according to the source. “The transparency of the facade, with its almost invisible large sliding doors, completes the perfect readability of this building.”

Stepping in to the resort, guests will be greeted by a truly exceptional setting bathed by the warm, polished woods and exceptional hand-selected marble, and superior textiles.

Officially opened on December 7, the Bulgari Resort & Hotel is set to attract travellers and tourists to enjoy and experience the resort’s shining, pastel grandeur.

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to Open First Resort in India

Led by a team of conservation experts to preserve and protect the original fort structure, the 5.5-acre site is encircled by an imposing 5-foot (1.5 meter) thick rock wall that rises up to 20 feet (6 meters) in some sections. 

Situated 110 km southeast of Jaipur, the first Six Senses Fort Barwara slated to open in 2018 in Rajasthan, India will feature 48 suites, two restaurants, a banquet space and a retail boutique as well as facilities comprising of bar and lounge, 2,800 sqm spa and fitness centre, two swimming pools and kids club.

The project team aims to achieve a five-star green rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) certification for Fort Barwara, which is known as the highest classification of national sustainable design ratings in India.

Perched on top of a 700-year-old fort, in the village of Chauth ka Barwara, Fort Barwara sits directly opposite the temple, Chauth ka Barwara Mandir. In fact, the property was owned by the Rajasthani Royal Family. With a rich history dating back to the 14th century where the Barwara Fort now sits, was constructed by the Chauhans (Indian Rajput caste) in 1734, and was conquered by the Rajawat Dynasty from the Hadas.

During the second world war, Raja Man Singh who came from a noble family of Barwara along with Jaipur State Armed Forces, fought together alongside the British. The former was conferred the title of Rao Bahadur for his service and now his grandson, Prithviraj Singh, is restoring the fort to its previous glory in tandem with Espire Group.

The new Fort Barwara is designed to bring out the reinterpreted experience of the gracious and regal ambiance of the Rajasthan’s royal forts and palaces.

“The historic quinta (wine estate) in Portugal has a rich history dating back to 1464 and we are taking a similar approach with the beautiful Fort Barwara project.” – Six Senses President Bernhard Bohnenberger

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas to open first resort in India

Nestled in locations of incredible natural beauty, the landscapes of the beautiful Fort Barwara have been designed to depict the rich history of the fort, featuring the traditional gardens with water features, and Shekhavati artworks are added to the hotel as well. At the Six Senses Spa, located in the original women’s palace, will offer various ayurveda programmes such as meditation, Six Senses Integrated Wellness programmes and Sleep with Six Senses.

Other attractions include a daily safari drive to the Ranthambhore National Park, which is famous for its tiger population. Just thirty minutes away from Fort Barwara, the 1,400 sq km park is home to a variety of wildlife including a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles.

Six Senses President Bernhard Bohnenberger added that they are very excited to be working with their partner, Espire Group on this wonderful project, which is a perfect complement to other successful resort portfolio and successful properties in China, Maldives, Oman, Portugal, Seychelles, Thailand and Vietnam. Six Senses Fort Barwara marks the second heritage property that Six Senses will manage.

 

Aman’s Luxury Penthouse is coming to NY Town

Commercial Real Estate Development, Aman has brought lux living to Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in the famous New York City, offering hotel suites and 20 private apartments across 26 floors, topped by Five-Level Penthouse with Central Park Views, is set to be a hot spot for the newest Crown building.

Most of Aman’s properties are designed to fit in a natural setting to instill a sense of peace and belonging. Among some of the firm’s portfolio, which mostly consist of hotels and resorts, Aman started from building its first retreat on Phuket’s west coast and named it Amanpuri, meaning “a place of peace”. Henceforth, Aman was born.

Today, Aman takes care of 31 resorts, hotels, and private residences in 20 countries and it aims to continue finding ways to transform experiences through the offerings of awe-inspiring locations around the world.

Built by Russian developer Vladislav Doronin to neoclassical Beaux-Arts structure, when project Crown building comes to fruition in 2020, Aman New York will be an ultra-luxury hotel plus residences reborn in the very heart of Manhattan, overlooking Central Park.

Within the gilded grandeur of the Crown Building are 83 rooms and suites and 20 private Aman Residences to provide prospective homeowners a lovely sanctuary to rest and socialise. Each room will feature more than 754 sq ft designed with innovative lighting fixtures, a revolving door and a fireplace. Future Aman’s residents can also enjoy unlimited access to every hotel and Aman Club experience.

Aman New York, which abounded with sociable spaces for dining, drinking and relaxing, guests and homeowners get to luxuriate in a world of refined tastes, from the Garden Terrace with Central Park views and Piano Bar to Cigar Bar, and Wine Library as well as the subterranean Jazz Club.

Also, the one-of-a-kind five-storey luxury penthouse (rumoured to be worth $100 million) will encompass swimming pools indoor and outdoor, with a wraparound terrace and an activated cupola with an unparalleled view.

 

Where the heart of the city is, the soul of Aman will be.

One&Only Kéa Island Resort Greece, an upcoming vibrant and lifestyle Resort

Featuring The Palace Pool Bar Esplanade in Royal Mirage, Dubai – One of One&Only Properties

Sprawling over 65-hectare and located on the west side of Kea island of the Cyclades, The One&Only Kéa Island resort in Greece is currently under development after Kerzner International Holdings Limited entered into a partnership with Dolphin Capital Partners and Dolphin Capital Investors.

“Our goal is to create another world class asset, which together with Amanzoe, will rank as two of the top resorts in the Mediterranean and elevate further the image of the Greek hospitality market.” – Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts

When the Resort is ready, this wondrous destination will include 75 resort villas and One&Only Private Homes for purchase. It is the ultimate luxury experience for discerning guests to “discover this unspoilt island and celebrate its traditional Cycladic character,” said Philippe Zuber, President and Chief Operating Officer of One&Only Resorts.

Inspired by the azure ocean waters, One&Only resort on Kea “is expected to set a new standard of ultra-luxury resorts in the Cyclades,” commented Miltos Kambourides, Founder and Managing Partner of Dolphin Capital Partners.

One&Only Kéa Island will provide the ultimate hideaway and private residential villas that are perfect for couples or large families to bask in the luxe and glamourous environment as well as immerse in the rich culture and traditions of Greece and the Cyclades.

The modish resort will include modern spa therapies, a cutting-edge fitness centre as part of the lifestyle offering at the dynamic One&Only Kéa Island.

For guests who are into culinary adventure, can hop over for a day of indulgence at the restaurants and bars; each defined by the ethos, energy, design and flavour of Greece. In addition, a Greek piazza will also be offering fresh cuisine, barbecue as well as fresh ocean catch.

And the vibrant location where the iconic international beach club nestles, will provide a stimulating oasis for guests and residents alike to linger at the water’s edge for hours to enjoy the awe-inspiring natural landscapes.

Other enchanting escapes and hip happenings include a private luxury yacht trip, or through the exclusive resort helicopter, the ultimate haven to lounge, socialise or play under the Greek sun.

From awe-inspiring natural landscapes to state-of-the-art facilities for sports, wellness, diving, art, cooking and more, One&Only Kéa Island will offer a memorable stay and relish the stunning surrounds as you get absorbed in mindful and creative pursuits.

 

The Bulgari Resort and Hotel Dubai

The Bulgari Resort and Hotel Dubai

Located at the pristine Jumeira area in the centre of Dubai, the resort and hotel is just a short drive from many of the city’s hotspots. With 101 hotel rooms and suites and 20 hotel villas, all the rooms and suites are complemented by the large balconies, offering guests expansive views of the Dubai skyline.

Bulgari Suite Bathroom – Sunset View

The interiors and exteriors of the hotel rooms have been created to emulate the colour, texture and feel of  the luxury jewel brand Bulgari. Styled with European inspiration, the customised design details extend from the marble bathtubs and the sculpted door handles to the Italian furniture.

The furnishings in each hotel room are carefully selected and incorporated into the living space to form a unified, seamless fashion that echo the best of both Italian design and lifestyle culture.

Hotel amenities include the 1,700 sqm Bvlgari Spa, state-of-the-art fitness centre with Workshop Gymnasium and 25 m indoor pool with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to the sea, giving guests the sense of ‘relaxing on the beach’ which can be quite a feast for the soul.

The Bulgari Resort & Residences Dubai is another milestone for the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Collection and represents a tribute to the importance of the Middle East market for the Bulgari brand” – Jean-Christophe Babin, Chief Executive Officer of Bulgari

Il Bar

II Ristorante

For an epicurean feast, indulge in the Italian simplicity and flavours with sumptuous offerings prepared by Bulgari Hotels & Resorts’ own Michelin starred Italian chef. There is the Il Bar located on the same level, serving a myriad of signature beverages, and the outdoor terrace of the bar has a sweeping view of the Arabian Gulf.

Beach Villa-Night View

For corporate events, intimate family gatherings or lavish weddings, the resort consists a 360 sqm BVLGARI Ballroom located in the Yacht Club with a magnificent sea view. For guests who relish luxuriating in a private country garden-style space with the charm of old Italy can hop over to the secret lemon-tree garden located at the Resort, La Limonaia.

BVLGARI Il Cioccolato boutique

Finally, hotel guests can also shop for gifts in The BVLGARI Il Cioccolato boutique such as Bulgari Le Gemme perfume collection and items by international designers to complete the Resort experience.

 

First Andaz Hotel Opens its Doors in Singapore

DUO building designed by German architect Ole Scheeren housing also the new Andaz Singapore Hotel

Andaz Singapore is housed in DUO, a striking pair of concave skyscrapers, comprising of residences, retail spaces, offices and the new Andaz Singapore hotel.

The façade treatment of the towers are further enhanced by the beautiful latticework of hexagonal windows, indeed one of the most unique features that will certainly capture major eyeballs.

Designed by multi-award-winning German architect Ole Scheeren, the hotel is located in the Ophir-Rochor district and is a close proximity away from the lively surroundings and alleyways, leading to the shop houses.

DUO skyline at sunset

Hotel guests can immerse in the discovery of the local culture and indigenous experiences of Singapore. Featuring 342-guestrooms, the hotel provides unrivalled views overseeing the city from level 26 and up.

“We are extremely excited to open Andaz Singapore and to bring the inspirational and creative Andaz brand to Southeast Asia.” – General Manager Olivier Lenoir of Andaz Singapore

Managed by Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Andaz Singapore is the first Andaz hotel to open in Southeast Asia, making it the seventeenth property to join Andaz’s chain of hotels.

To form the concept for Andaz Singapore, the hotel draws inspiration from the local lifestyle and ethnic heritage, and weaves the same ambience into the hotel to offer guests fresh perspectives of the city.

Adding to the delight of the dynamic spaces of Andaz Singapore are some remarkable artworks, such as the colour-saturated pieces by Brazilian sculptor André Mendes, also featuring art pieces by local Singaporean artist Ahmad Abu Bakar, New York-based Filipina artist Monica Delgado and Malaysian artist Fauzulyusri Mohd Yusof.

Alley on 25

To create a sense of plaza, Andaz Singapore collaborated  with famed interior designer Andre Fu of AFSO to create a dreamscape of passageways and incorporated subtle decorative details, furniture, art and fabric into the hotel.

The hotel facilities also include a mini bar for in-house guests, free Wi-Fi access and all-day refreshments at Sunroom, as well as access to the Andaz Lounge, serving up wines and Andaz Pale Ale.

Glass House

Andaz offers seven alleyway “shop houses”.  Alley on 25, brings Singapore street dining to hotel guests serving up a wide variety of food and beverages, including a platter of barbecued snacks, Smoke & Pepper, a steaming bowl of noodles from Auntie’s Wok & Steam and a refreshing shaved ice from Icehaus; 665°F.

There’s also a rooftop bar, Mr Stork, offering teepee-hut seating and patrons can enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree view of the city in that relaxing space.

Andaz also features four event spaces for event organisers where the Garden Studio has an adjoining outdoor terrace, and two of the studios are meant for smaller gatherings.

For more information on Andaz Singapore, please visit andazsingapore.com

The Best of akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok

An angled shot featuring a Luxury Studio in akyra Thonglor Bangkok, inspired by the glamorous sophistication of the decadent 1920s aesthetic

With the recent openings of akyra Beach Club Phuket and akyra Thonglor Bangkok, featuring 148 studios and one- to three-bedroom suites nestled in one of Bangkok’s most fashionable districts, the new akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok, an upscale boutique hotel will launch in December 2017.

Akaryn Hotel Group also manages a diverse collection of luxury hotels and resorts within Thailand and owns and manages small luxury resorts in Southeast Asia such as Aleenta Phuket-PhangNga, Aleenta HuaHin-Pranburi and akyra Manor Chiang Mai.

“Our two akyra properties offer distinct urban experiences, but each one is also defined by the strong sense of style and independence that sets the akyra brand apart from other hotels.” – Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Founder and Managing Director of Akaryn Hotel Group

The akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok consists of 50 rooms and the 30-60 sqm luxury accommodation, featuring the main living spaces partitioned with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to create a transition between the interiors and the balconies for enhanced city views. Extending materials like natural woods add accents to the modern-retro theme, displayed in the furnishings and the room’s artworks and complemented by a range of interior touches, will lend a unique identity to the urban property.

As akyra Sukhumvit Bangkok emphasises on lifestyle travel with an overarching theme of “All Time Experience”, the hotel facilities also include a stylish pool bar with sun loungers and cabanas to provide a soulful relaxation for in-house guests, as well as a sophisticated rooftop lounge with a bar to keep guests entertained with live music. The rooftop includes also a multi-purpose function room to host event, private dinners and VIP receptions.

On the ground floor, guests can experience a casual dining experience within the mellow, stylish surroundings. The kitchen serves up signature akyra gourmet breakfast, featuring a wide array of authentic Thai dishes such as salads, pastas and delectable desserts.

Once the upscale boutique hotel opens at the end of this year, hotel guests at akyra will enjoy far more than a pleasant stay and get to indulge in the best of overall Bangkok experience too. Located on Sukhumvit Soi 20, one of tourist’s busiest and lively zone, the boutique hotel is also surrounded by fine restaurants, chic lifestyle malls with spas and green recreation spaces as well as the offer of a vibrant nightlife spot for party goers.

For more information on Akaryn Hotel Group, please visit www.akaryngroup.com.

World’s Most Luxurious Hotel The 13 Macau is a Baroque-inspired $1.5 Billion Palace fighting off Financial Issues

 

The one-bedroom Villa du Comte at The 13 Hotel Macau is considered entry level. At 2,000 square feet, the split-level Villa du Comte guest room is considered the smallest villa relative to the 30,000 square feet Villa de Stephen (named for one of the company's Joint Chairmen). The largest villa is expected to cost at least US$100,000 a night

The one-bedroom Villa du Comte at The 13 Hotel Macau is considered entry level. At 2,000 square feet, the split-level Villa du Comte guest room is considered the smallest villa relative to the 30,000 square feet Villa de Stephen (named for one of the company’s Joint Chairmen). The largest villa is expected to cost at least US$100,000 a night

The world’s most luxurious hotel exists and it is based in Macau. The 13 Hotel is a Baroque-inspired ultra-luxurious hotel built at a cost of US$1.4 billion dollars. Really a series of connected villas rather than a hotel in the traditional sense, The 13 Hotel Macau is an ‘all-villa’ hotel with 200 suites, each with its own 24-hour butler, measuring 2000 to 30,000 square feet. So exclusive is The 13 Hotel touted to be that it even boasts the only outpost of L’Ambroisie, a three-Michelin star restaurant in Paris.

Considered to be one of the most expensive hotels ever built, guests of The 13 Hotel Macau can expect to arrive in a manner of pure swank and opulence, ferried by one of the thirty Rolls-Royce Phantoms owned by the hotel, a nice personal touch complementary to the ultra-luxe environment considering that each villa features a marble Roman bath set under a vaulted Baroque ceiling supported by and a crystal chandelier. Guests can even use the Rolls-Royce Phantoms where available to visit any of Macau’s fine dining establishments, casinos or simply appear at business meetings in pure class. BUT, beneath the glitz and glamour, lies troubling drama emblematic of the greater financial woes faced by the luxury industry.

The Villa du Comte at The 13 Hotel features an expansive ensuite marble Roman bath, under a vaulted Baroque ceiling supported by neo-classical columns and a crystal chandelier.

The Villa du Comte at The 13 Hotel features an expansive ensuite marble Roman bath, under a vaulted Baroque ceiling supported by neo-classical columns and a crystal chandelier.

World’s Most Luxurious Hotel The 13 Macau is a Baroque-inspired $1.5 Billion Palace fighting off Financial Issues especially if loan extensions are not granted.

On 28 June, The 13 Holdings Limited (formerly known as Louis XIII Holdings) reported audited consolidated earnings results for the full year ended March 31, 2017. Though their revenue for the period was only down 10% from that of last year due to fewer hospitality, entertainment, and construction businesses contracts awarded (HKD 6,127,109,000 compared to HKD 6,811,519,000), the biggest warning signs were signaled by loss per basic and diluted share was 4.9 cents compared to 21.7 cents per share a year ago and total debt ratio which vastly exceeded available cash reserves.

According to Bloomberg, this was the fourth straight year of net losses for 13 Holdings. The company now total debt of about HK$4.5 billion, more than 10 times its bank balances and cash of HK$323.6 million, according to its filing. Meanwhile 13 Holdings is trying to change conditions of its loans as the company struggles to get the licenses necessary to run The 13 Hotel in Macau’s Cotai Strip.

The villas of The 13 Hotel are conceptualised and decorated with by Hung and his artists.

The villas of The 13 Hotel are conceptualised and decorated with by Hung and his artists.

As one can tell, the former investment banker and now joint Chairman of 13 Holdings Stephen Hung has tastes which run to the glaringly opulent

As one can tell, the former investment banker and now joint Chairman of 13 Holdings Stephen Hung has tastes which run to the glaringly opulent

 

It was first slated to open December 2016 but when the month arrived, it was pushed back to “the first quarter of 2017”, as the first quarter rolled around, The 13 Holding Limited announced another push back to “end of July 2017”. This news comes amid a delay in occupation permit issuance by the Macau government projected for end 2016 but only issued on 29 March 2017 and now the company is now in the process of obtaining necessary licences for the operation and pre-opening preparation of The 13 Hotel.

While bankruptcy is not on the cards yet, failure to re-negotiate or extend loan especially with a bank loan of HK$3 billion outstanding “requires the opening of the group’s hotel in Macau to be no later than July 31”. Additionally, The 13 Holdings group is also negotiating with a lender for the extension of a maturity date on a borrowing of HK$300 million outstanding as of March 31, which falls due on July 12. Though the company is confident that the unidentified lender will approve an extension for repayment up to 1 April 2018, this is only open to approval if The 13 Holdings can secure additional funding. This is a multi-billion dollar bet made on many variables beyond the control of key executives at The 13 Holdings, if nothing goes to plan and all lenders refuse to extend deadlines on outstanding loans… you get the idea.

Hung specially flew to England to commission a fleet of 30 bespoke "Stephen Hung red" Rolls-Royce Phantoms for The 13 Hotel.

Hung specially flew to England to commission a fleet of 30 bespoke “Stephen Hung red” Rolls-Royce Phantoms for The 13 Hotel.

Among the key executives, Stephen Hung, a flamboyant Chinese billionaire and joint chairman of the company. The former investment banker made the news when he visited Rolls-Royce headquarters in England in 2014 to place the order for a fleet of specially bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantoms for use as The 13 Hotel’s limousine fleet costing US$20 million.

Macau, widely considered to be the world’s biggest gambling hub is in the middle of a three-year gambling slump which comes as China’s anti-graft campaign continues and amid globally softened markets.

 

 

The Belmond Andean Explorer offers luxury cabins to travel across the Peruvian Andes

The brand behind the iconic Simplon-Orient Express, Belmond, presents the ultimate luxury getaway in the form of snow-capped mountains and lush cabins. All aboard the Belmond Andean Explorer, a luxury sleeper train which is the first of its kind in South America. Travelling along one of the world’s highest train routes — the Peruvian Andes — the two-night journey will take guests on a journey of rest and relaxation.

Exotic Peru proves to be the prime location for this picturesque journey! The Belmond Andean Explorer is fitted with elegant different cabin choices: Double Bed Cabins, Twin Bed Cabins, and Bunk Bed Cabins able to accommodate 48 guests. Marvel at majestic lakes and towering mountains through the large picture windows on the train, providing unobstructed views to the spectacular scenery of the Andes. The interiors are dressed in vibrant colours and natural hues-notably influenced by the bustling culture of Peru and its environment.

The brand’s goal to bring wellness and tranquility to its guests is made true with the exceptional facilities available on board. With a Piano Bar perfect for unwinding with friends, a boutique and a library, the Belmond Andean Explorer is set to bring you an unforgettable luxury experience. Perhaps the highlight of the train is in its Observation Car. Boasting a marvellous outdoor terrace, this section is the best place for some fresh Andean air and views. Guests can even mingle whilst enjoying some live Latin music, while the train glides through gorgeous landscapes at 14,000 feet.

Twin Bed Cabin

The Belmond Andean Explorer also serves up tantalising dishes in its two dining cars. Concocted by Executive Chef Diego Muñoz, the Peruvian influenced menu consists of local delights such as corn with cheese, alpaca tortellini and a tantalising dessert made of lime with melted chocolate and apple custard.

Take some time along your journey to stop by this luxurious 20-room retreat—The Belmond Las Casitas. Blending seamlessly into the Peruvian landscape, the Las Casitas is nestled deep into Peru’s extensive Colca Canyon. The 20-room property basks in the tranquil nature of the Andes, providing a private location for guests looking to immerse themselves in culture, nature and wellness. Each casita, or bungalow, has a private terrace with a heated plunge pool, backed by sweeping views across the canyon. The hotel’s Samay Spa also makes use of nature’s abundance, offering nourishing products made from the hotel’s own garden.

For more information on the luxury travel and hotel experiences available, do visit Belmond.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills welcomes back glitzy glitterati in Los Angeles

Los Angeles has a new destination for the rich and the famous, with the newly opened Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills hotel located strategically at the corner of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards — the gateway to the city of the stars. It’s one of the most hotly anticipated openings on the US West Coast, thanks to the iconic Waldorf Astoria brand and the suite of features and luxury amenities.

True to its local heritage, the hotel is designed to evoke the old Hollywood glamour of the 1930s and 40s, with a contemporary Art Deco motif, hand-painted murals, cascading crystal chandeliers and Lalique installations.

The rooftop pool deck is poised to become one of the most exclusive addresses in the city, as the largest rooftop destination in Beverly Hills accessible only to hotel guests. The area features cabanas, a lounge area and swimming pool, with panoramic views of the city.

All 170 rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto private balconies overlooking the Hollywood Hills, and each guest is assigned a personal concierge.

The hotel also marks chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s grand debut in California, with not one, but three venues that will bear the chef’s signature cuisine: The Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (signature restaurant); The Rooftop by JG; and Jean-Georges Beverly Hills Bar, where the menu will feature locally sourced ingredients.

In keeping with its standard of luxe, the hotel is also home to LA’s only La Prairie Spa, one of the most expensive and high-end brands in the beauty industry.

Unique hotels in Iceland: The Moss Hotel and Lava Cove set to open in the Blue Lagoon

An up and coming travel destination is the Nordic nation of Iceland. Less than an hour’s drive from the capital, Reykjavik, is the Blue Lagoon — a natural geothermal spa — that happens to be one of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions. As a travel hotspot for many visitors, the site is often bustling.  However, a new luxury hotel and spa complex overlooking the lagoon will soon offer visitors a haven of tranquility among the hustle and bustle.

The Moss Hotel and Lava Cove spa will be situated on the south-west side of the Blue Lagoon. The complex will offer visitors a peaceful haven thanks to a private extension of the Blue Lagoon, called the Lava Lagoon, filled with the same beneficial waters. The development will also feature an underground spa with a lava-rock-heated steam room for sweating out toxins, plus a fire pit and a sauna. Guests can also enjoy the mesmerising sight and calming sounds of falling water trickling down a rocky wall.

The hotel will feature 62 luxurious rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling windows offering stunning views over the natural landscape. Plus, there’ll be plenty of spaces to relax and unwind, with lounge areas and a library. Guests will also be able to sample a seven-course tasting menu at the Moss Restaurant, with views over the lagoon’s milky waters, accompanied by fine vintages from a wine cellar built deep in the centuries-old lava.

The luxury hotel development responds to growing demand with high numbers of tourists now visiting the site. The hotel will be built into the volcanic landscape, boring into lava dating from 1226.

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa in the south-west of the country. The site attracts crowds of visitors every year given its exceptional character and stunning scenery. Set among a lava field, tourists flock to bathe in the Blue Lagoon’s warm, milky-blue and mineral-rich waters, fed by the output of a nearby geothermal power plant. Particularly rich in silica and sulfur, the Lagoon is a hotspot for visitors in search of relaxation, and spa and wellness-based activities.

The Moss Hotel and Lava Cove spa are due to open this fall. Rooms are priced around 109,000 ISK (approx. $982) or 300,000 ISK (approx. $2,704) for a suite with private access to the Lava Lagoon.