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Sleep in this sustainable shipping container on an Australian island

An island off the Australian coastline near the city of Perth houses the country’s loudest new design statement: Contained Perth. Contained on Cockatoo Island is a hotel, urban winery, restaurant and living space, celebrating sustainability. It’s built entirely from re-purposed shipping containers, which have been made luxury with statement bespoke furnishings. The limited space inside the containers has been interpreted…

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The Sheldon Chalet designer and founder: “I’ve visited the summits of the world, none of them compare to this”

Built dramatically onto the fringes of the tallest land-based mountain on Earth, Sheldon Chalet offers incredible “luxury on a glacier”. The chalet is built on the designs of famous explorer Don Sheldon and his wife Roberta, who first dreamt of creating accommodation in these supposedly uninhabitable mountains in the Sixties. You can see the Northern Lights, hike Denali’s ridges, fly in a chopper…

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The most romantic destinations for a royal honeymoon in 2018

As Prince Harry and Megan Markle prepare to tie the knot this spring, Mason Rose has compiled a list of the world’s most romantic spots for a royal honeymoon this year. Whether your dream is to live like north African nobility at the Royal Mansour in Marrakech – owned by King Mohammed VI of Morocco – or cosy up in your…

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Hotel Summit welcomes innovative light specialists Pulsar Light to 2018 event

The Hotel Summit celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2018 and is pleased to announce that the latest confirmed attendee is Pulsar Light. The Hotel Summit is the hotel industry’s premier networking event, where industry suppliers and buyers meet and will this year be held at the Radisson Blu, London Stansted on June 4th – 5th. Click here for all the details.…

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ROCA CREATES NEW FORMS WITH MODO

Roca places a huge importance on innovation, design and style and its new Modo collection is the epitome of all three. Modo’s unique quality is that it can be moulded and sculptured into bespoke and individual pieces ready to suit all interior décors. It has been created using Roca’s new and exclusive material SURFEX® – a breakthrough in manufacturing technique…

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Stylish and Sustainable: High-end hotels get green

Social enterprise Bouteco has released their first ever global trends report ‘Stop, Think, Discuss’, offering an industry overview on sustainability for stylish hotels in the boutique-hotel sector. Key findings include: • 42% of respondents would pay more for a sustainable hotel but would not compromise on comfort or luxury. • 64% of respondents consider environmental and green issues the most…

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Rosewood Phuket – immersive design by Bar Studio

Within a jungle forest on the shoreline of the Andaman Sea, Rosewood Phuket captures the essence of the island’s spirit, culture and environment, with a design inspired by the concept of a luxurious beach residence. Renowned Melbourne-based design firm BAR Studio seamlessly blended contemporary aesthetics with the tropical surrounds to celebrate a connection between landscape, light and views. Rosewood Phuket…

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Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour opens

The much-anticipated Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour has opened its doors, making it the first new-build, international luxury hotel to open in Sydney’s CBD this millennium. Centrally located opposite the International Convention Centre, the AUS$500m (£281 million) Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour will play a major role in the ongoing revitalisation of the vibrant Darling Harbour precinct. It also heralds the renaissance…

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New design-led hotel transforming Rhodes – Gennadi Grand Resort

A new resort set on the coast overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean, Gennadi Grand Resort opens in May 2018 and will set a new standard for five-star hospitality in the Greek islands. Part of Lindos Hotel Group, this eco-friendly luxury resort redefines modern luxury, offering a true sense of locality and with an emphasis on bringing the outside…

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11-17 November: Top 10 stories of the week…

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. RENAISSANCE HOTELS OPENS DOORS IN DUBAI Located in the thriving Business Bay district, which was recently listed in Lonely Planet’s ‘10 of the World’s coolest neighborhoods to visit right now,’ the new Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai boasts…

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Marriott reveals ‘IoT’ hotel room of the future…

As technology continues to evolve and play an increasingly active role in our daily lives, Marriott International has teamed with two leading companies – Samsung and Legrand – to launch the hospitality industry’s first Internet of Things (‘IoT’) hotel room to inspire the ultimate hotel experience of the future. The IoT Guestroom Lab – powered by Marriott’s Innovation Lab at…

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Versital announced as finalists for top design award

Luxury surface manufacturer, Versital is a finalist for the second year in a row in the ‘Product of the Year: Surface’ category for the Mixology North Awards 2017. Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected yet again as a finalist for a prestigious design award. This year the brand new ‘Metallic…

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Dexter Moren designing Croydon ‘hospitality hub’

The site for a new £90 million hospitality hub in Croydon, developed by LHG (London Hotel Group) and designed by award-winning hotel architects Dexter Moren Associates, was included as one of the strategic projects in a study tour organised by New London Architecture. Local stakeholders, including council representatives, occupiers, developers and investors, enjoyed a walking tour of the Growth Zone…

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Style-centric Lodge at Solent is a ‘shore’ thing

It’s been 210 years since British hospitality firm Thwaites was conceived by its namesake, Daniel. His mission was delivering fine hospitality alongside fine ale. His company has come a long way from its roots in the Lake District, recently named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. About 200 miles, to be precise – to Fareham, home of its farthest-flung spa…

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Guest Blog: ‘How to design a boutique hotel’

Lillian Connors is Senior Digital Marketing Strategist at Bizzmark – a hub for business journalists and bloggers – and here she shares her thoughts on how to design the perfect boutique hotel… The two main features of boutique hotels are luxury and individuality. These are achieved through style, practicality and attention to detail. The style needs to tell the story…

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Bankside – a new design-led hotel for London

Bankside, a design-forward hotel for London, is set to open in September next year on the south bank of the Thames. Just minutes from the City and close to some of the capital’s best loved landmarks – Tate Modern, the National Theatre and Borough Market – the hotel will be opening in one of the trendiest areas of the city.…

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Hotel Summit

About. For two decades, Hotel Summit has been bringing together senior hospitality professionals with suppliers. The two-day event consists of pre-arranged face-to-face meetings, seminar sessions and is complete with a gala dinner. Date: July 20 – 21 Venue: Five Lakes Resort, Colchester. If you are interested in exhibiting at the 2020 event, please contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or…

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The Tulum Treehouse – private jungle retreat opens

This September, in the dense mangrove vegetation of Tulum, a secret retreat is ready to welcome discerning adventurers and respite-seekers worldwide. Nestled amongst a swaying sea of lush emerald palms, the Tulum Treehouse is a private home located a stone’s throw from the heart of Tulum — yet it is a flourishing jungle setting near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve that…

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Awards: ‘Best of the Best’ named at 2017 Virtuoso Travel Week

International luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners of the eagerly awaited 2017 Best of the Best awards at the 29th annual Virtuoso Travel Week. The 11th annual ceremony celebrated this year’s top 11 hotels and hoteliers before 1,600 of luxury travel’s crème de la crème attending the Hotels & Resorts Dinner. Of particular note, Palazzo Seneca in Italy received…

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Wiltshire Council resolve to grant permission for new Longleat Hotel

Longleat’s plans to build a new 240 room hotel, with water park and business conference facilities on the edge of its Estate near Warminster have been approved by Wiltshire Council, subject to views of Highways England on the impact of the proposal to the strategic road network. The approval provides a green light for the development which, it is anticipated,…

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Six Senses plans to develop resort and spa in Kitzbuhel, Austrian Alps

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is set to add yet another extraordinary destination to its portfolio of properties in some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the…

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STR Case Study: Impact of terrorism on UK hotel performance

A number of people have asked themselves how the recent tragedies in the UK might have affected the market’s hotels. While there is still not a long enough range of data to draw any definitive conclusions, STR thought it important to take this opportunity to look into it in some detail. According to STR figures, the UK hotel market has experienced…

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Largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas opens in Hawaii

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of the 44-storey, 596-room Holiday Inn Express Waikiki hotel — the largest Holiday Inn Express property in the Americas region. Located just three blocks from Waikiki Beach, two blocks from Luxury Row shopping and four blocks from the Hawaii Convention Centre, this hotel is well-suited for both business and leisure travelers visiting…

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Wilderness Safaris opens Bisate Lodge, Rwanda

Wilderness Safaris is proud to announce the opening of Bisate Lodge, situated next to the renowned Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Comprising just six spacious forest villas, Bisate offers a luxurious base from which to enjoy an extraordinary gorilla conservation experience and life-changing journey to this beautiful region. Situated within the amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, the 42-hectare Bisate…

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Style Library launches – home to six iconic British brands

Style Library officially launched at the opening of their state of the art new 280m2 showroom in Design Centre Chelsea Harbour this week. The home of six iconic, authentic British brands: Zoffany, Harlequin, Sanderson, Morris & Co., Scion and Anthology, Style Library has made it their mission to Inspire Creative Living in all. Style Library is the global one-stop-destination for…

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25-30 June: Top 10 Stories of the Week

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. IN CONVERSATION: REDEFINE|BDL’S SUSAN BLAND ON BREXIT PLANS As Brexit negotiations kick off and uncertainty lingers following the general election, there are growing concerns over the UK’s pipeline of skilled employees, particularly within the hospitality industry.…

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Kengo Kuma to develop ‘eco-luxury’ 1hotel in Paris

Kengo Kuma is planning a Parisian project which hopes to incorporate sustainability and hospitality design into an ‘innovative eco-luxury hotel’ which will ultimately serve as a landmark, as well as a popular destination. The building, which will be called ‘1hotel Paris’ will be bedecked with greenery, becoming what the firm is calling a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood. Wooden façade…

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Six Senses Ibiza opening 2020

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the latest addition to their portfolio, Six Senses Ibiza. Set to open in 2020, the resort will be tucked away on the peaceful northern tip of Ibiza in the crystalline Cala Xarraca Bay. With its unobstructed westerly sunset views, dramatic rocky beach and picturesque seafront with yacht access, this full-service resort, spa and…

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Guest Blog – TOPHOTELS: ‘Italy, a sure thing for hotel developers’

Italy has an ever-appealing charm – the food, the passion, the beautiful coastline and incredibly historic cities, the architecture and of course, the landscapes. For centuries, Italy has attracted holidaymakers, and continues to do so today, making it almost a sure thing for hotel developers. One of the more recent hotel projects to open was the La Bagnaia Golf &…

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26 May-2 June: Top 10 Stories of the Week

From hotel openings to product spotlights to everything in between, we collate the top 10 most read stories on Hotel Designs this week… 1. PRINCIPAL HOTELS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE GRAND HOTEL IN BIRMINGHAM The hotel at The Grand, one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, is to be redeveloped into a luxury, 180-room hotel through a partnership announced between Hortons’…

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Dominvs Group granted planning consent for Hotel in St Paul’s, London

Dominvs Group has been granted planning consent from the City of London Corporation for an 82,500-sq-ft hotel on Ludgate Hill located in close proximity to St Paul’s Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dominvs will develop and operate the hotel under a yet to be announced brand. The luxury hotel will offer guest bedrooms across six floors, with some offering…

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Relais & Châteaux announces three new members

Relais & Châteaux is established around the globe, from the Napa Valley vineyards and French Provence to the beaches of the Indian Ocean. Its ambition is to be much more than an association – to champion the principle of sharing the arts of gracious living and culinary expertise, and preserving local culture and diversity. It is this spirit – the…

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Jean-Michel Gathy on hotel design and architecture trends in 2017

Master architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the visionary behind some of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, resorts and landmarks from the Marina Bay Sands swimming pool in Singapore, Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH in the Maldives, The Chedi Muscat in Oman, The Setai Miami to many of the most recognized Aman Resorts around the world. Specialising in luxury hospitality design,…

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Roca springs into action at BCFA Open

Leading bathroom brand Roca, will be exhibiting at the BCFA OPEN SPRING DESIGN event in London on 28 and 29 March. Organised by the British Contract Furnishing Association (BCFA), Roca will be amongst a range of brands showcasing their collections to professionals in commercial interiors. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet Roca staff to discuss trends in bathroom interiors…

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Product Spotlight: GROHE AquaSymphony

The perfect synergy of its four brand values – Quality, Technology, Design and Sustainability – continues to drive the success of GROHE. These four values are deeply rooted in the company’s German history. Even today, as a global company, GROHE continues to rely on its German operations’ experience, capacity to innovate and workmanship. The group’s entire product development resources are…

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A new generation – 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opens

1 Hotels has opened the doors of its third property and first ground-up development, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Remaining true to 1 Hotels founder Barry Sternlicht’s core philosophy; ‘the world around us is beautiful, and we want to keep it that way.’ The property cultivates the best of eco-conscious design, sustainable architecture, cause-oriented partnerships, and unrivaled service. Situated at Pier…

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Guest Blog: New hotels join Small Luxury Hotels Of The World™

Following our recent 2017 travel trend predictions, we’re bringing you the latest on our newest hotels to look out for in 2017… The Caribbean takes centre stage The Manoah Boutique Hotel: Shoal Bay, Anguilla – Opened December 2016 Every aspect of the brand new Manoah Boutique Hotel has been designed to celebrate its stunning location on the shores of Shoal…

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1 Hotels announces hotels in three new destinations

1 Hotels, the luxury lifestyle hotel brand, has announced that it will expand its portfolio in the USA and internationally with three new destinations, including Haitang Bay, Sanya (China), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) and Silicon Valley (CA). The three new projects announced are in addition to the brand’s forthcoming, highly-anticipated 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge opening this month, and existing properties,…

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January Furniture Show – trends for 2017

A host of fresh, exciting new lifestyle choices went on display at this year’s January Furniture Show (Birmingham NEC Jan 22 – 25) – the UK’s annual furnishing industry’s showcase. The place to glean all the latest interiors trends for UK homes, the four day trade show plays host to some of the most prestigious names in upholstery, cabinet furniture,…

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YOTEL coming to London

Yotel has announced plans to open its third property in the UK in late 2018 with a 212-cabin hotel in Central London’s creative quarter of Clerkenwell at 96-100 Clerkenwell Road. Regarded as the epicentre of London’s design and architecture scene and a leader in the UK’s Tech Nation programme, Clerkenwell is ideal for Yotel’s first city-centre hotel in Europe. The…

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Roca’s international design competition ‘Jumpthegap’ returns

Roca is encouraging UK students and professionals of architecture, design and engineering to enter an international competition that could win them up to €10,000. ‘Jumpthegap’ was launched in 2004 by bathroom brand Roca in collaboration with BCD Barcelona Design Centre. The competition returns in 2017 and is open to creative professionals and students under the age of 35, to create…

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Construction begins on Melia Hotels International’s newest hotel

Melia Hotels International, Calviá City Hall and the Balearic Government has begun construction of a new hotel and shopping mall in Magaluf, Mallorca, which marks the next phase in the repositioning of the destination. Leading Spanish Hotel Group, MHI is supporting the venture by investing the largest private investment of €45 million (£37.8 million) and will oversee the creation of…

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Case Study: Roca at BLOC apartments, Birmingham

Roca in collaboration with Boxbuild, have supplied a custom-made Solid Surface solution to create the ultimate durable and hygienic bathroom. BLOC’s new commission for their Standard and Apartment BLOC rooms in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, has allowed Roca to really test its tailored offering. The partnership has created a complete wall, floor and shower tray solution, alongside a…

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Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa opens its doors in Grand Cayman

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has made waves this week as it opens the doors of its first Caribbean property Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, located along the famed Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Seafire marks the boutique hotel company’s first foray into the international luxury resort market and is Grand Cayman’s first new hotel in more than a decade.…

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Versital is a finalist at Mixology North Awards 2016

Versital is delighted to announce that its signature ‘faux’ cultured marble surface material has been selected as a finalist for a prestigious design award. The Mixology Awards acknowledge the very best in design; awarding products that bring something truly unique to the industry. The shortlist was selected by a panel of judges made up of architects and industry experts. Finalists…

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GROHE wins two golds at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards

The GROHE Sensia Arena shower toilet has won the gold award for Innovation in WiFi and App Technology, while GROHE’s EuroCube Joy mixer range also won the GOLD award for Innovation in Sustainability at the recent Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. Raj Mistry, GROHE UK Marketing Director, commented: “We are delighted to be a double gold winner in the Designer…

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The Luxury Collection makes Singapore debut

The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts has announced it will debut the brand’s first-ever hotel in Singapore in early 2017. In partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Singapore will showcase the island’s rich history with stunning redesigns from Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia of traditional shophouses – a prevalent building in…

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts makes Singapore debut

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, has announced it will debut the brand’s first-ever hotel in Singapore in early 2017. In partnership with boutique developers Harpreet and Satinder Garcha, The Duxton Club, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Singapore will showcase the island’s rich history with stunning redesigns from Anouska Hempel and Jacques Garcia of traditional shophouses–a prevalent…

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Sneak Peek: First look at DoubleTree in Hull

Hilton Worldwide has revealed plans to introduce its upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand to Hull, following an agreement with Brayford Hotels. Independent UK hotel Management Company, leaf HOSPITALITY will manage the forthcoming hotel when it opens. DoubleTree by Hilton Hull is currently under development in Ferensway and is expected to open in late 2017 as Hull continues its 365 day…

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Phi Phi Island Village Resort finalises £3.7m refurbishment

Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort is set to re-launch in November, following the final phase of its £3.7 million (THB160 million) refurbishment. The overall vision for the renovations follows a “Chao Lay Southern Thai design concept” offering guests a rare combination of natural simplicity and comfort in one of Thailand’s most inspiring destinations. ====== RELATED: Phi Phi Island Village…

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Independent Hotel Show has arrived…

This Tuesday and Wednesday (18-19 October), the Independent Hotel Show will open its doors to celebrate five years as Britain’s best loved, biggest and most comprehensive business event for the luxury, boutique and independent hotel sector. More than 300 companies will be showcasing their latest products and services to help you find your next inspiration. There are also 30 free-to-attend…

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Importance of BREEAM recognised with Building Awards shortlist

The importance of BREEAM, the internationally recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities, has been recognised with 7 out of the 10 projects shortlisted for the Sustainability Project of the Year category having achieved BREEAM certification. The projects span a range of sectors from hotels to offices, education to laboratories and research facilities. They are The Enterprise Centre, designed…

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Product Spotlight: GROHE’s self-sufficient Powerbox

GROHE’s innovative technology uses the tap’s own water flow to drive a turbine, concealed in a small box installed below the basin. This converts the energy from the flowing water into storable electrical energy which then powers the tap’s infrared function. Just 60 seconds of running water delivers and stores enough energy to power the mixer for 24 hours- saving…

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Fairmont Austin: A hotel on a park

Fairmont Austin, the new 37-storey luxury hotel opening summer 2017, has unveiled natural design elements that will pay homage to the neighbouring Palm Park, currently undergoing revitalisation by the non-profit Waller Creek Conservancy. Fairmont Austin’s proximity to both Palm Park and Waller Creek inspired Warren Sheets, of San Francisco-based interior design firm Warren Sheets Design, to create an organic continuity…

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Guest Blog: Future of solar power for hotels…

Phil Foster, Managing Director of Love Energy Savings has shared his thoughts on the future of solar power and what this may mean for smaller hotels. Whilst less than 2% of the world’s electricity is currently generated through solar photovoltaic technology, a recent report estimated that this figure could increase to as much as 13% by the year 2030. What…

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Introducing HGU New York – a landmark hotel reborn

Alfa Development, one of Manhattan’s leading real estate companies, will be opening its first boutique hotel project, HGU New York. Alfa Development has invested $18 million in renovations of HGU New York, located in the NoMad District at 34 East 32nd Street. The hotel will manifest the city’s history through its original architecture, curated art programming and multifaceted eclectic design.…

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Technology Focus: How to deal with guests’ connected devices

New research from ZyXEL Communications, a global leader in broadband networking technology, has revealed that guests are demanding more personal digital services from hotels, yet more than a quarter (27%) of hoteliers admit that their Wi-Fi struggles to cope with the number of connected guest devices. With the number of consumer internet enabled devices continuing to rise, one in ten…

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Bakhresa Group and Verde Hotels to build Zanzibar’s ‘greenest hotel’

The Tanzanian based Bakhresa Group has appointed Verde Hotels from South Africa to develop and manage the total overhaul and upgrading of the old Mtoni Marine Hotel in Zanzibar. The brand new five star property will be known as Hotel Verde, and Zanzibar’s ‘greenest hotel’. “We are serious about being the leaders of the Green Economy sector and therefore we…

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Hansgrohe opens new research and development lab

Hansgrohe SE continues to focus on and invest in their manufacturing & research facilities in Germany. At the end of April, the company inaugurated a new research and development lab at the headquarters located in Schiltach, South West Germany. “Innovative environments generate innovative solutions”, says Richard Grohe, Deputy Chairman of Executive Board at Hansgrohe SE. This is why the new…

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Project Spotlight: Jean-Michel Gathy on leading hotel architecture trends

Master architect Jean-Michel Gathy is the visionary behind some of the world’s most iconic luxury hotels, resorts and landmarks from the Marina Bay Sands swimming pool in Singapore, Cheval Blanc Randheli by LVMH in the Maldives, The Chedi Muscat in Oman, The Setai Miami to many of the most recognised Aman Resorts around the world. Specialising in luxury hospitality design,…

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Frasers Suites Tokyo to open in Japanese capital

Frasers Hospitality Group has announced a collaboration with Japan’s leading property and real estate developer, Sekisui House, Ltd to open Fraser Suites Tokyo. Redeveloped from an existing 4-storey commercial building, Fraser Suites Tokyo will be a 23-storey building comprising 223-unit premier Gold-standard serviced residence. The leading real estate developer in Japan, Sekisui House is involved in local and international housing…

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Prestigious ‘green tourism’ accolade for Dorsett Shepherds Bush

The four-star Dorsett Shepherds Bush has been rewarded for its sustained efforts in corporate social responsibility; having been awarded the Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award. The award – the highest honour in the scheme, which itself is the largest and most established of its type in the world – recognises the hotel’s efforts to promote sustainability and implementing cost-saving…

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Six Senses Fiji to open in 2017

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is delighted to announce the latest project in the group’s expanding portfolio in the island country of Fiji and will feature 24 spacious pool villas and 66 residential villas situated on the west side of the island. Known for its idyllic crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches, thick tropical forests and excellent climate, Six Senses…

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Hansgrohe USA calls on architects, designers for Das Design competition

Hansgrohe USA is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 3rd annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. A manufacturer of innovative and exceptionally designed kitchen and bath products since 1901, Hansgrohe has attracted the eye of discerning building trade professionals for over a century. The competition aims to celebrate this tradition and recognise outstanding recently built projects that feature…

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Guest Blog – Pergo: ‘Meeting demands of the environmentally conscious…’

Eco-consciousness and sustainability is having more and more of an impact on how hotels are designed and built – not to mention how they are decorated inside. Guests are becoming savvy and expect hotel groups to offer a product that meets their standards of environmental responsibility; much the same way as they do with their food products or their cars.…

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HRH Duke of York opens new Hypnos contract factory

Luxury bed manufacturer Hypnos welcomed HRH Duke of York on Wednesday, to officially open its new contract factory in Castle Donington. The state-of-the-art premises on Station Road houses the contract arm of the business which produces beds and mattresses for the hospitality market, including some of the world’s leading hotel chains, such as the Marriott, Corinthia, InterContinental Hotels Group and…

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Hansgrohe opens ‘The Water Studio’ in Clerkenwell

Award-winning German bathroom specialist Hansgrohe launched a brand new concept ‘Water Studio’ in the heart of London’s design district on 1st March. Marking the latest chapter in their remarkable story, The Water Studio specification centre will act as a hub of inspiration, resource and a collaborative space for those serious about creating show-stopping bathrooms. Situated at 12-16 on the bustling…

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‘Vertical forest’ resort to be built in China by Cachet group

With sustainability being the key issue it is today, it’s fantastic to see projects like the Cachet Resort Wanfeng Valley in the pipeline. Cachet’s first resort development in Asia and located in the relatively unvisited Guizhou Province, the project is set to open in October 2016. Designed by world-class Milan-based architect Stefano Boeri with Chinese artist Simon Ma – one…

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Hotelympia 2016: Innovation Awards winners revealed

A multi-functional piece of equipment, boasting an output of up to 400 ice cream cones and 250 milkshakes per hour; a queue-busting smartphone app and compostable cutlery made from trees, sugarcane and corn are the big winners in Hotelympia’s 2016 Innovation Awards. ‘Multiple Choice’ by Carpigiani UK (Catering Equipment) ‘Wi-Q’ by Wi-Q Limited (Technology) and ‘Recycled Compostable Black Cutlery’ by…

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Hypnos Beds financial results reveal year of growth and expansion

The latest financial figures have been released by award-winning bed manufacturer Hypnos, revealing a period of considerable growth and expansion across the UK hospitality and retail markets, and also internationally. The British-based business, which has been making luxury beds and mattresses for more than a century, has focused on developing its portfolio of global hoteliers and retailers which has led…

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Signbox Limited

Bespoke hotel and hospitality signage that welcomes and informs The international hospitality sector is the place where architectural signage truly comes to life and we understand exactly the required approach for implementing a successful brand. A consistent, elegant signage scheme is key to making hospitality work and provides guests with a positive experience – feeling relaxed, welcomed and informed. Signbox…

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Roca

With a history that spans over a century, Roca is a world leader in the design and production of solutions that create truly beautiful bathroom spaces. As a global brand, Roca offers products and innovations that meet the ever-changing demands faced by designers of modern hotel bathrooms. Roca works with some of the world’s most prestigious architects and designers, such as…

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Lighting Focus: Rented lighting and how to make financial, energy savings

As part of our 2016 monthly feature focus pieces, January concentrates on lighting — and here Simon Taylor, Managing Director of Aura Light UK, discusses new schemes using projected energy savings to finance new lighting installations… Lighting consumes approximately 20% of all electricity in the world, 30% of electricity in commercial spaces and 40% of electricity in office buildings worldwide.…

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Dual-branded Aloft & Element hotel development to open in Dallas, Texas

Plans for a 224-room dual-branded Aloft and Element hotel have been announced between Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Atlantic Hotels Group and Civitas Capital Group for the Love Field area in Dallas, Texas with a projected cost of over $40 million.The project is the first of several joint hotel projects between Civitas and Atlantic within the DFW Metroplex. The…

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New Guest Room and Resort design for MGM National Harbor

Scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, the MGM National Harbor sits on the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland, just a short distance from Washington, D.C. The 308-room resort is expected to feature premier amenities and experiences including a casino; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theatre with 3,000 transformable seats; 18,000 square feet…

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Iberostar to capitalise on ‘five-star’ visitors to Majorca with Portals Nous property

Majorca’s tourism industry has been going through a bit of a renaissance in recent years, with a shift in focus away from the European market to attracting ‘five-star’ visitors from China and the Middle East with five-star properties. Artist’s rendering of the Grand Hotel Portals Nous – Iberostar’s first five-star property on the island of Majorca Iberostar Hotels & Resorts…

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Single-lever mixers: sustainable technology comes in many forms

Environmental benefits of the world’s most popular tap Taps are crucial to the functionality of any modern bathroom. Whether it is on the washbasin, over the tub or in the shower, the tap controls the volume and temperature of the water at the draw-off point and makes a major contribution to the consumers’ wellbeing and comfort. The most common type…

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Considerations and inspirations influencing lighting product design from Chelsom

Sitting in front of a white sheet of paper waiting for the inspiration to design a light fitting might sound as scary as the author sitting there with his ‘writer’s block’. But given the unique role of lighting in hospitality interiors, given the enduring wish that lighting should add wow factor, given the ever faster rate of change in lighting…

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YHA Boggle Hole re-opens after £1.2millon refurbishment

Style and quirkiness abound at the hidden gem that is YHA Boggle Hole, an iconic and much-loved Youth Hostel in Whitby, North Yorkshire, following an enormous £1.2m refurbishment which has created 12 new jobs.YHA Boggle Hole is just one of a growing number of Youth Hostels that have been refurbished since 2010, at a cost of £22million. The investment in…

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Water Workshop 2.0: Water stewardship in the hospitality sector

Protecting water and promoting sustainability is now a major global concern and it is essential that the hospitality industry works together on water stewardship. In light of this, GROHE is delighted to have teamed up with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to organise a series of water workshops with influential leaders and suppliers of the hospitality sector. Launched in 2014,…

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JW Marriott Washington, DC Unveils Its Luxury Evolution

JW Marriott Washington, DC, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, has recently unveiled the multi-million dollar redesign of its 750 guest rooms, corridors, and executive lounge. The renovation gives the property an updated and sophisticated look synonymous with the JW Marriott brand design ethos and aesthetic.“Our new room design was inspired by guest feedback,” said Mr. Satinder Palta, General Manager,…

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Natural Sleep, Natural Hotels

Naturalmat are teaming up with sleep and industry experts in June to kick start a series of breakfast seminars, exploring how hotels can help guests get a refreshing, natural night’s sleep. The first seminar will explore two themes; the psychology of natural sleep and the latest trends in hotel sustainability.Christabel Majendie MSc, Naturalmats very own sleep expert, will be offering…

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Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay Unveils Updated Property After $15M Renovation

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced that the 518-room Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay hotel has completed a $15 million renovation funded by ownership. The resort now features fully updated guest rooms, an ocean-view lobby with an open design and four restaurants offering a variety of cuisines including seafood, Japanese, Caribbean and Italian. The resort boasts 107 junior suites, 26…

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Element Hotels Unveils Design-Led Solar Collaboration with Sistine Solar, Inc.

Element Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. eco-innovation lab, has recently announced a collaboration with Sistine Solar, Inc.— a company that uses innovative design to change the way the world thinks about solar power — to produce a one-of-a-kind solar canopy for the Element brand. Element Dallas Fort Worth Airport will début a nature-themed, custom designed charging station that…

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Finding the Middle Ground – The key to being a successful contract lighting supplier

Just as designing good lighting for hotels is about more than creating stylish products that are on trend and look great, being a successful contract supplier is about much more than simply manufacturing mass quantities of product and shipping it on to the associated projects. It’s essential that we consider projects on an individual basis and from multiple perspectives to…

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Roca unveils new brassware factory in Brazil

As the leading bathroom brand in the Brazilian market, Roca has unveiled a new brassware factory in the north east of the country. Spanning 50,000 square metres, the plant includes production and warehousing facilities for Roca brassware which is manufactured specifically to meet the demands of the Brazilian people in terms of functionality and design. Located in the town of…

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GROHE unveils revamped Essence tap range

GROHE’s Essence tap range is now more simple and stylish than ever. By building the tap around the new 28 mm cartridge, GROHE has been able to slim down its appearance, enhancing the range’s cylindrical and sophisticated shape. Slim shape, stylish design GROHE’s Essence range makes sophisticated purist design affordable. The range includes four wash basin taps sized from small…

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Titanic Spa announces large extension plan to increase social space

The award winning destination spa, Titanic Spa in West Yorkshire, has embarked on a significant extension plan to offer increased social space to its guests including the development of a large glamorous bar complete with a vertical garden, cosy snugs and an outdoor spa garden with sunken hot tub. The development is expected to be complete by May 2015.The new…

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Designing for Climate Change – a World Water Day event

To mark World Water Day 2015 Roca is hosting a special event at the Roca London Gallery on Monday 23 March, in order to highlight the role that designers and architects play in responding to the risks of extreme weather, such as flooding, in the UK.The theme for World Water Day 2015 is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. As a manufacturer…

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GROHE introduces its Grohtherm 1000

GROHE is delighted to reveal its brand new range of introductory level thermostats, taking the concept of a standard thermostat to a new level. The new range is led by the Grohtherm 1000, which is packed with GROHE’s innovative technology. Best in class The Grohtherm 1000 is packed with advanced technology and delivers optimum functionality. Its stylish looks complement a…

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New product lines and innovations to be presented at ISH 2015

Leading bathroom specialist Roca will be showcasing a variety of new products at ISH 2015 in Frankfurt this March, reflecting the manufacturer’s values of design, innovation, sustainability and wellbeing. Visitors to ISH 2015 will be among the first to hear about Roca’s new ceramic material FineCeramic, characterised by its lightweight and durable properties, plus a new solid surface material Surfex,…

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GROHE Blue® named KitchenInnovation of the Year 2015!

GROHE is delighted to announce that its GROHE Blue® kitchen tap has been awarded the renowned KitchenInnovation consumer award by the LifeCare Initiative. GROHE’s innovative Blue® water system provides great taste, comfort and sustainability, supplying three different types of filtered and chilled water – sparkling, medium and still – straight from the tap.An independent panel of experts and consumers assessed…

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IHG Opens Holiday Inn Express® Marilia Hotel in São Paulo State

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Marília hotel in São Paulo State, Brazil. The new-build, 102-room hotel is among the first internationally-branded properties in the city of Marilia. The hotel is centrally situated near Marilia’s industrial district, airport, and less than a mile away from the city’s main shopping centre. Spanning seven stories, the…

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IHG Opens Second Holiday Inn Express® Hotel In Bogotá

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Bogotá Zona Financiera. The new-build, 99-room hotel is a LEED Gold certified property and is located in the heart of Bogotá’s financial district at Carrera 7 N. 67-39. The hotel is part of a mixed-use development comprised of two towers, one of which houses the…

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GROHE launches new PowerBox: the electronic tap that powers itself!

GROHE’s innovative technology uses the tap’s own water flow to drive a turbine, concealed in a small box installed below the basin. This converts the energy from the flowing water into storable electrical energy which then powers the tap’s infrared function. Just 60 seconds of running water delivers and stores enough energy to power the mixer for 24 hours- saving…

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