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santa in a moss green suit by leaflike

Leaflike turns Santa green at Hilton Birmingham Metropole

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Leaflike turns Santa green at Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Leaflike has swapped Santa’s traditional red suit for an on-trend moss-green alternative, and it’s attracting quite a lot of attention…

santa in a moss green suit by leaflike

Hot off the heels of its eye-catching display at The Brit List Awards 2021, as Decorative Partner, Leaflike has just unveiled yet another green-fingered installation as part of a spectacular festive display.

Each year, Leaflike creates seasonal showstoppers and festive floral displays, and this year is no exception as its creative ‘Green Santa’ display is stealing the show at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole. Creating a festive focal point in the lobby, its also becoming the most photographed Santa in town!

“The best thing about this Christmas scene is creating something different by design,” said Brandon Abernethie, Head of Design, Leaflike. “Watching the vision become a reality and most importantly making it a successful installation for the customer, ultimately enhancing the arrival experience for their guests and seeing the magic unfold when the public react by taking photos!”

Made from reused wooden reels, and then covered in live planting, the tree itself is sustainable and can be recycled and repurposed once the festive season is merely a memory. All this, together with a little Christmas magic and Santa in his environmentally friendly green moss suit, makes for the perfect green Christmas photo opportunity.

> Since you’re here, why not check out the biophilic design, created by Leaflike, inside Pan Pacific London?

Leaflike is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Leaflike

Contemporary black tap design petit square lifestyle by RAk

Product watch: Petit square & round taps by RAK Ceramics

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Product watch: Petit square & round taps by RAK Ceramics

Guaranteeing that the brassware will be a centrepiece of the bathroom, these new collections from RAK Ceramics, are elegantly modern…

Contemporary black tap design petit square lifestyle by RAk

With options available to cover all situations, from standard and tall basin mixers, to wall-mounted and floorstanding bath mixers and a comprehensive range of shower brassware, the collection by RAK enables a cohesive look to be effortlessly achieved.

With two styles to choose from, RAK-Petit Round has a smooth, curved shape, while RAK-Petit Square follows geometric lines. Whichever style is preferred there are a variety of finishes to select from too, all tapping into the latest trends in bathroom design. Choose from Polished Chrome, Brushed Gold, Brushed Nickel, Matt Black and Black Chrome.

> Since you’re here, why not read RAK Ceramic’s article on its latest innovative surfaces?

RAK is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: RAK

Suite inside LEVEN Manchester with freestanding bath in front of window with red exposed brick walls

‘First in’ to review LEVEN in Manchester

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‘First in’ to review LEVEN in Manchester

In the heart of Manchester, LEVEN, brought to you by the innovators at Wellbrook Hospitality, has opened its glass door. Editor Hamish Kilburn was ‘first in’ to review the luxury/lifestyle brand’s debut hotel…

Suite inside LEVEN Manchester with freestanding bath in front of window with red exposed brick walls

For some time now, the David-and-Goliath narrative between Manchester and London has been an exciting battle to watch. London, a giant in size as well as spirit, is unequivocally the epicentre of the UK hotel design and hospitality scene. But it is not alone. Small yet mighty and effortlessly dominating the Northern hotel landscape, Manchester’s compact city centre is an incubator of vibrant innovation and pure style; home to lifestyle and fashion brands that unapologetically break the mold. It therefore confidently squares up to many major hotel design hotspots around the globe (seriously, ignore development in the city at your peril).

Within the hive of new development that is simply bursting out at the seams is LEVEN, the new hospitality brand that has arrived with a bright and infectious personality.

Taking on the challenge to achieve meaningful luxury/lifestyle hospitality in the heart of Manchester required individuals who were able to navigate the lifestyle sector and pinpoint valuable opportunities. Cue the arrival of Timothy Griffin, PJ Kenny and Shanthan Balakrishnan, the Founders of Wellbrook Hospitality who prior to this accumulated 20 years’ experience between them as senior leaders at Ennismore.

“We saw an opportunity  to enter a space that is dominated by staid-legacy thinking,” said Griffin. “Challenging the status quo, thinking differently, and bringing a fresh dynamic approach are all key components of our DNA. Wellbrook Hospitality is also unusual in that we are one of the only independent operators that not only create new brands, but manage all technical, design  and pre-opening services along with operating under flexible HMA terms.”

LEVEN Manchester, the brand’s debut hotel located on the corner of the infamous Canal Street, is where the brand’s narrative begins to create a conscious, community-driven series of spaces that speak the local language.

“It’s like LEVEN gatecrashed the party, deliberately ignored the dress code and brought its own booze.” – Hamish Kilburn, editor, Hotel Designs.

From the outside, the property’s striking red bricks and characterful Crittal windows reflect the same style as many other building’s in Manchester: original, untouched and charmingly rustic.

Exterior of LEVEN Manchester

Image credit: Mariell Lind Hansen

But inside, the 42-key hotel is equipped and designed for modern travellers, and includes contemporary co-working, co-living, on-trend retail space and a yet-to-open food and beverage experience.

Immediately upon entry, the scene is set as a laid-back lifestyle hotel. The cosy lobby is adorned with emerald green scalloped tiles, blackened steel ceiling-height units and statement lighting, which creates a dramatic entrance. The space feels home-from-home level of intimate, with faux fur throws draped over miss-matched furniture and a gallery wall of abstract art that makes guests stop to exhale and admire with a tilted head.

As far as ‘the brand’ goes, it’s like LEVEN gatecrashed the party, deliberately ignored the dress code and brought its own booze. And talking of dress codes, in one corner of the lobby, the retail concept allows the brand to further flex its muscles with the slogan ‘work life’ taking on a whole new meaning, which is imprinted in the various on-trend merchandise available, including jumpers, socks and drinks containers. Adjacent to this is the modest check-in area and café, which is aptly subtle, allowing for the friendly nature of the staff the opportunity to ensure guests’ experience from the start is one that is warm and memorable.

The hotel’s 42 guestrooms and suites are spread over eight floors, and comprise of four thoughtfully designed accommodation types: ‘Life Size’ (standard guestroom), ‘Living Space’ (one-bedroom suite), ‘Living Large’ (one-bedroom duplex Penthouse suite), and ‘Living The Dream’ (two-bedroom duplex Penthouse suite).

Suite with white bed, exposed brick and bath, inside LEVEN Manchester

Image credit: Mariell Lind Hansen

Although each room and suite is designed to be different, together they share the same design language with oak parquet or timber floors, bespoke furniture and quirky ‘do not disturb’ signs. As well as being a pioneering hotelier – that, nobody is questioning – Griffen is also an exceptional interior designer. Inside the hotel he took the historic roots and industrial bones of the building, and masterfully married them together with sleek interior touches and intuitive design solutions. Here, the devil is in the detail. For example, the rooms, which feel lifted and airy with plenty of natural light flooding in, feature by-folding wardrobes that open to reveal a simple yet clever mirror that slides across the piece of furniture.

“We wanted the interior design to be consistent with the pillars of the LEVEN brand,” added Griffin. “Leven means ‘live’, so we crafted spaces that would feel not only stylish and sophisticated, but warm, relaxed and homely.”

In the Life Size and Living Space rooms, soft greys and blues are offset by rich green velvet, leather and black marble furnishings. The duplex Penthouses – sheltered in a seamless extension on the top floors of the building – have a calming neutral colour palette throughout and upper-level bedrooms that are accessed by whimsical, wooden spiral staircases.

“We selected calming colours throughout, paid attention to the tactility of fabrics and materials using natural woods and stones to complement the industrial fabric of the early 20th century warehouse,” added Griffin. “We played around with the idea of using graphic paint lines in the corridors, however settled on floor to ceiling wooden panels painted in a charming Farrow & Ball Card Room Green juxtaposed with an industrial mesh ceiling.

The beds, with natural fibre mattresses from Naturalmat, feature padded leather headboard paired with black metal frames. The artwork, deliberately positioned on the left hand side of each guestroom to avoid unsightly symmetry. From black-and-white images of the city to an upside-down poem and the odd dog in between, the art curation raises questions. “It’s all been curated by Tim, and there’s no real theme with these pieces” said Kris Doyle, General Manager, LEVEN Manchester. “He just knows what he likes and can capture what works.”

The bathrooms, meanwhile, complete with anti-steam mirrors and industrial-style grey concrete tiles, have been designed to be minimalistic wet rooms. They include quality brands, such as Hansgrohe showers (hand shower and overhead shower), Roca basins, GROHE flush plates and Duravit toilets. Creating a cohesive design tone between bathroom and bedroom – all while taking the wellness outside the bathroom – the ‘Living Space’ suites also feature deep free-standing baths from Porcelanosa.

Entering a new territory in the luxury/lifestyle sector, LEVEN has unquestionably arrived, and in doing so it has set the tone for lifestyle hospitality to transform and adjust its settings yet again.

So what’s next for Wellbrook Hospitality, and the LEVEN brand? “We are in advanced discussions for our second and third sites in the UK and Europe,” said Griffin. “Along with Branco Capital we are looking at New York – a favourite city of mine after living there for over a decade.”

And with that, I bid farewell to Manchester – a city that will forever inspire me to push boundaries and ask questions – with the knowledge that when I return, whenever that may be, LEVEN will have established itself as the trend-setting, gatecrashing friend in the industry who we all want to socialise with.

Main image credit: Heiko Prigge

blue and white bedroom with seaview in tel aviv hotel David Kempinski

The David Kempinski Tel Aviv to arrive in February 2022

730 565 Pauline Brettell
The David Kempinski Tel Aviv to arrive in February 2022

Kempinski Hotels has announced the long-anticipated opening of The David Kempinski Tel Aviv, the luxury hospitality brand’s 80th global opening and its first property in Israel. Let’s a take a look inside… 

blue and white bedroom with seaview in tel aviv hotel David Kempinski

In 2022, Kempinski Hotels is set to bring 125 years of five-star European hospitality to Tel Aviv. Housed in the latest skyscraper (built by Feigin Architects) to appear on the city’s Mediterranean Sea promenade, the 250-key property is set to open to guests as soon as February, following quickly on from the opening of Israel’s international borders to tourism. Centrally located across the street from the seaside boardwalk and promenade – and within walking distance to the city’s wonderful outdoor food markets and dynamic urban centre – The David Kempinski Tel Aviv stretches over 34 stories, with interior design spearheaded by Ara Design.

seaview bedroom at the david kempinski tel aviv

Image credit: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

Unique for an urban resort, each of the 250 guestrooms and suites at The David Kempinski Tel Aviv features views of the Mediterranean Sea, with sliding glass doors that allow guests to soak up the sunshine. One of the highlights of the hotel is the property’s triplex-penthouse suite, the largest of its kind in Tel Aviv, spanning more than 370 square metres, and including a 100 square metre rooftop terrace with an infinity pool melting into the coastline. Guests of the hotel’s top 14 suites will have exclusive access to the 34th floor outdoor lounge that is open during the warm spring, summer and autumn months, and boasts a private rooftop pool, relaxation area with sunbeds and cabanas, and a fully-serviced lounge restaurant and bar. At night, the 34th floor lounge will also transform to Cloud51, a buzzy nightlife experience with cocktails and tapas. Adding to the city’s legendary gastronomic scene, the hotel will feature five dining venues spread across multiple floors of the property, each with their own unique atmosphere and decor. Executive Chef Mor Cohen, a World Luxury Restaurants Award-winner specializing in gourmet Kosher cuisine, will helm the property’s F&B program, including Sereia Restaurant & Lounge, a high-end Kosher fish restaurant with an outstanding selection.

Set in the heart of the “tayelet” (as Tel Aviv’s boardwalk is locally referred to in Hebrew), The David Kempinski Tel Aviv is steps away from the outdoor sport and water activities the city offers, from paddle boarding and surf lessons, to bike and scooter rentals and rooftop yoga curated by the hotel.

“Our goal is to create a warm community and become a home base in Tel Aviv for families visiting Israel,” said Guy Klaiman, General Manager, The David Kempinski Tel Aviv. “The David Kempinski Tel Aviv is the new central hub along the beach, combining the finest of a beach vacation and cultural urban experience.”

marble and wood hotel bathroom in tel aviv David Kempinski

Image credit: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

In addition to the entertainment and culinary offerings, the hotel includes a full-service spa with 11 treatment rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a sauna and a relaxation area. Manicure, pedicure and hair salon appointments can be arranged in-house with the hotel’s team of seasoned professional stylists. The David Kempinski Tel Aviv tower features a state-of-the-art meeting and banquet space that can accommodate up to 500 guests, creating a new venue for destination weddings, large conferences, business meetings, and holiday celebrations.

Main image credit: The David Kempinski Tel Aviv

soft furniture and wooden surfaces in locke hotel buckle street

Locke Hotels opens sixth (and final) hotel in 2021

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Locke Hotels opens sixth (and final) hotel in 2021

Pioneering lifestyle aparthotel brand Locke has opened ‘Buckle Street Studios by Locke’ in Aldgate – its 11th property, and fifth location for the brand in London. We stepped inside for a closer look…

soft furniture and wooden surfaces in locke hotel buckle street

Located just minutes away from the City, Tower Bridge and Brick Lane, the newly developed Buckle Street Studios sits adjacent to the first ever Locke – Leman Locke, on Leman Street – in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. Spread over 13 storeys, Buckle Street Studios comprises 103 contemporary studio apartments, a concept store, co-working area, ‘Shaman’ coffee shop and meeting room. The new addition to the Locke portfolio breaks with brand convention, with a hybrid room mix that includes 87 compact apartments featuring cleverly designed kitchens and living areas, as well as 16 new hotel-style rooms – primed for short stay guests.

“The project is another masterstroke in design by Grzywinski+Pons, and an example of how hotels as spaces are evolving to become increasingly hybrid and versatile.” – Eric Jafari, Chief Development Officer and Creative Director, Locke.

bedroom design at buckle street studios with grey linen and orange accent

Image credit: Locke / Nicholas Worley

Buckle Street Studios will be the first Locke to feature a thoughtfully curated concept store and dedicated Makers Space that will champion emerging designers and artists, most of which are local. The concept store will showcase limited edition items and collectables that blur the lines between art and commodity, including handmade items by custom sneaker designer AfroKickz, ceramicist Ally Powell and artist Dion Kitson. Meanwhile, on the mezzanine floor, guests and locals can take advantage of a contemplative co-working space, which will also host the aparthotel’s evolving cultural programme.

Designed from the ground-up by Matthew Grzywinski of Grzywinski+Pons – the design visionary behind the first four Locke locations – the building considers the experience of both those staying within the aparthotel as well as passers-by observing the unique exterior.

industrial hotel facade at buckle street studios

Image credit: Locke / Nicholas Worley

The enigmatic social spaces at Buckle Street Studios have been conceptualised to resemble an art gallery meets concept store, with museum-style vitrines encasing the concept store’s coveted curiosities. From its curved furniture and smooth arches to timber walls and neutral colour palette, the lobby has been elegantly curated as a calm, serene space where guests and locals can lounge and work for a few minutes or a few hours.

 

Grzywinski has continued this approach in the apartments, which combine sophisticated neutral tones and moody lighting with raw concrete and plaster alongside brushed brass glitzy finishes. The distinctive building exterior is defined by a translucent glass crown enclosing the top two floors, which has been consciously designed to resemble a modernist lighthouse – an iconic beacon from which guests can explore East London.

“Buckle Street Studios is the cherry on top of an exceptionally busy year of new openings across Europe for Locke,” said Eric Jafari, Chief Development Officer and Creative Director, Locke. “The project is another masterstroke in design by Grzywinski+Pons, and an example of how hotels as spaces are evolving to become increasingly hybrid and versatile. The concept store and Makers Space is a particularly exciting project for us, and we hope that it will enable guests and locals to discover some of the most talented emerging creatives in the UK.”

Sitting alongside Leman Locke, the brand’s first opening on Leman Street, Buckle Street Studios will complement the original Locke’s spacious long-stay apartments, providing a perfect base for those commuting into London, or on a weekend city break. Guests will also have access to the social spaces at Leman Locke, which includes a gym, Shaman coffee shop, co-working space and acclaimed vegan destination restaurant, Alter by chef Andy Hogben.

> Since you’re here, why not check out Beckett Locke Dublin?

Main image credit: Locke / Nicholas Worley

Melia Phuket Mai Khao-One_Bedroom_Villa_with_Private_Pool_at Night_

Meliá announces the opening of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Meliá announces the opening of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao

Continuing with its rollout of the brand across Thailand, Meliá Phuket Mai Khao opened its doors this month, inviting guests to enjoy some Meliá luxury on Mai Khao’s sandy shores…

Melia Phuket Mai Khao-One_Bedroom_Villa_with_Private_Pool_at Night_

Fronting Phuket’s longest stretch of sand, and close to the beautiful Sirinat National Park, Melia Phuket Mai Khao opened last week on Phuket’s north western coastline. The striking new property features a collection of details and designs all with the aim of creating a relaxing and restorative atmosphere, from saltwater swimming pools, private villa pools and a reflection pond with sunken seating, to water gardens and irrigation misting. Shaded by a broad spectrum of native plants, the resort’s design uses a neutral palette of colours as a complement to Mai Khao’s sandy shore, creating a bright environment where high ceilings, floor-to-roof glass panels, and decorative metal screens blend harmoniously with the surroundings and take full advantage of the natural light.

“Thailand is an incredible destination which popularity has grown in the last years and we are proud to be collaborating with Phuket Villa Group to increase the visibility of its magnificent locations,” said Magdalena Martorell, General Manager of Meliá Phuket Mai Khao. “Phuket Mai Khao is one of the first resorts in the area and we look forward to welcoming our guests and make them experience an unforgettable service and build a lifetime of memories.”

The resort’s design showcases a contemporary aesthetic, while maintaining elements of traditional Thai touches. The beachfront property offers sumptuous suites and luxurious wellness-inspired pool villas for both families and couples to experience this tropical setting, while enjoying all the trademark facilities of a Meliá hotel. The modern, light-filled, and spacious mediterranean inspired suites and villas each feature outdoor bathtubs, open-air showers, and vast outdoor terraces, enabling guests to truly take in the surrounding nature. Guests are invited to relax in private cabanas or plunge pools, whilst those staying in the portfolio of ‘Wellness Villas’ can indulge in an open-air Vitamin C shower, daily massages, ultrasonic essential oil diffuser, GermGuardian air purifier, Tempur-Pedic pillows, yoga fit ball and mat, and more.

The hotel also offers a diverse culinary landscape, and guests will be able to enjoy Mediterranean and fusion cuisine at the chic Gaia Beach Club, where they will be able to sit poolside in cabanas and sun loungers whilst sipping cocktails in comfort. Elegant all-day dining restaurant Sasa specialises in Southeast Asian cuisine with Mediterranean flair, and Elyxr Café serves light meals and snacks, freshly squeezed juices and locally brewed liquors.

Wellness seekers will be able to take advantage of the resort’s signature YHI Spa, home to five luxurious treatment rooms. In addition to its extensive menu of massages, facials, body scrubs and wraps, spa therapists also provide poolside and in-villa treatments. Meliá Phuket Mai Khao’s modern fitness centre is equipped with the latest fitness machines and the kids club Kidsdom, with workshops for the young guests.

Yhi Spa decorated in natural materials and organic formsMeliaPhuketMaiKhao-

Image credit: Melia Hotels and Resorts

Meliá Hotels and Resorts has positioned itself to cater to every aspect of the guest’s wellbeing, with unique experiences which are defined by relaxation, quality time and personalised services. Along with this focus on wellbeing and high end hospitality, the groups commitment to responsible tourism has led to it earning the accolade of the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020.

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Meliá Hotels and Resorts’ plans in Indonesia?

Main image credit: Meliá Hotels and Resorts

miami roof terrrace with pool at the standard

Standard Residences set to launch in Miami

730 565 Pauline Brettell
Standard Residences set to launch in Miami

The Standard and Rosso Development have announced the launch of the brands first residential project which aims to deliver a connected living experience with flexible residences…

miami roof terrrace with pool at the standard

To date, The Standard’s ‘anything but Standard’ distinctive lifestyle has only been available at its hotels, but this is all set to change, with Standard International and Rosso Development announcing the launch of The Standard Residences, Midtown Miami. The property is set to be the first of its kind, as it proposes flexible residences that blend culture, community and style with the world class design, amenities and service for which The Standard is known.

Set to break ground in 2022 with expected completion by mid-2023, the 12-story building will be located in the heart of Midtown, Miami’s most vibrant, walkable neighbourhood, centrally positioned between The Design District and Wynwood. It will feature 228 pied-à-terre-style residences ranging from studios to two bedrooms, all designed and finished with The Standard’s distinctive touch. In true “anything but Standard” fashion, the building will be the first property in the area to recognize the emerging Flexible Living movement, allowing owners to lease out their units for terms as short as one month.

“For more than twenty years The Standard has tapped into our community’s desire for vibrant social experiences,” said Amar Lalvani, Executive Chairman of Standard International. “Now we are giving our loyal guests, and fans of what we do from around the world, the opportunity to live The Standard in a way that recognizes how the next generation wants to live. There is no better place to launch The Standard Residences than Miami, which has emerged as one of the most dynamic cities in the world, and just a place we love.”

The Standard Residences, Midtown Miami has tapped into the industry’s best talent for this debut. The building will be crafted by distinguished architects and designers, including award-winning Arquitectonica and Urban Robot. The building’s façade draws inspiration from the urban enclave’s storied past while connecting with the new energy of the neighbourhood.

drawing of the facade for The Standard Residences, Midtown Miami

Image credit: The Standard

Residences will express the ethos for which The Standard is known, with meticulously designed interiors that provide that balance of style and functionality. Finishes include light wood plank tile flooring, gourmet kitchens with custom Italian cabinetry and Bosch appliances, while oversized bathrooms showcase stone vanities and double-suite rain showers.

“We endeavoured to curate a distinctive residential experience, infused with the hospitality The Standard brand is known for,” said Giancarlo Pietri, Principal of Urban Robot Associates. “The vibe of the residences is tranquil in tone and texture— meant to evoke a sense of calm and comfort; While the public spaces nestled within are spirited and full of personality.”

Pale wood and white surfaces in The Standard Residences, Midtown Miami

Image credit: The Standard

In step with other Standard properties, residents will enjoy thoughtfully designed social spaces and amenities spanning over 3000 square metres across five floors. The expansive lobby will inspire residents to connect, work and play, with lounge areas and a Café. A lushly landscaped rooftop will create an elevated outdoor experience with a resort-style sunset pool, and signature rooftop restaurant and bar reminiscent of the vibe The Standard has pioneered from LA to New York to London.

Wellness offerings include a state-of-the-art sweat room and fitness centre, an infrared sauna, an indoor pickleball court, and yoga and stretch studios. A social floor features a karaoke bar and screening room, while co-working spaces include a private boardroom and zoom rooms. A pet spa rounds out The Standard Residences’ anything but standard amenity package. In addition, the ground floor of the property will showcase 1000 square metres of retail boutiques selected by The Standard’s in-house team.

A dedicated Standard concierge will be available around the clock to assist owners and direct cultural and community programming. Residents will also gain access to The Standard’s “Friends with Benefits” program, which earns them preferred pricing at all The Standard hotel properties around the world.

> Since you’re here, why not check out our review of The Standard London?

Main image credit: The Standard

sleek grohtherm shower thermostat control by grohe

The new Grohtherm 500 thermostat: The easy upgrade for every bathroom project

730 565 Pauline Brettell
The new Grohtherm 500 thermostat: The easy upgrade for every bathroom project

With statistics showing that temperature fluctuations are one of the most frustrating factors in a shower, the dynamic in-house design team at GROHE came up with a solution. Introducing the Grohtherm 500 thermostat…

sleek grohtherm shower thermostat control by grohe

A thermostat is a must-have for every well-planned bathroom upgrade. A recently conducted survey into showering behaviour from leading supplier of bathroom solutions, GROHE, and German research institution Explorare, found that 37percent of respondents listed temperature fluctuations as one of the most frustrating factors when showering. With the new Grohtherm 500 thermostat acting as the intelligent heart of the shower, complaints like these can now be a thing of the past as this  latest product by GROHE provides steady temperatures, personal settings, and optimal convenience.

shower controls for grohtherm500

Image credit: GROHE

Thermostats are not a new invention to the shower market – professionals have been working with them for a long time and have witnessed the evolution of the intelligent showering technology and know how it works. One of the key benefits to a thermostat upgrade is safety: thermostats are safe mixers, especially for children and the elderly, as the SafeStop button limits the water temperature and prevents scalding. Additionally, the thermostat comes with a temperature limiter which can be activated during installation, limiting the temperature to 43°C, thereby preventing children or those with additional needs or visual impairments from turning up the temperature accidentally and scalding themselves. This is a huge benefit for multi-generational households and hotels which need to cater to many different user needs and requirements.

Now that the bathroom is increasingly turning into an oasis of wellbeing, consumers are also looking for solutions that enhance comfort. Thermostatic technology is an ideal solution. Even when multiple water sources are running simultaneously, the thermostat allows users to be in control of the temperature as it balances temperature peaks and prevents cold or hot temperature fluctuations whilst showering. This is one of the major benefits thermostats can offer especially as they continue to be such a pain point for consumers.

What many consumers do not know is that a shower equipped with a thermostat can also save water. The GROHE Grohtherm thermostats all come with the EcoButton, which is an easy-to-use and effective feature that works to reduce consumption. The EcoButton reduces the water flow, saving up to 50 per cent of water without a noticeable difference for users. Additionally, the thermostat cartridge makes it easy to find the desired temperature. Even if a user likes to turn the water off and on while showering, there is no need to find the right lever position again. With the water temperature remaining at a constant level, the Grohtherm offers water and energy saving in everyday life, which can offer cost savings over the product’s lifecycle.

The GROHE product portfolio remains as diverse as the customers’ projects are individual, as the brand believes that the key in product development is to provide retailers and installers with the right solutions for all customers. The GROHE product portfolio is designed to meet different requirements regarding both functionality but also budget. While the Grohtherm 500 is the perfect entry-level product in the GROHE thermostat range, the portfolio also includes the sophisticated Grohtherm 1000 Performance which has two additional key features. Integrated with the CoolTouch technology, the thermostat’s body never exceeds the shower temperature, keeping the thermostat exterior cool to touch – again a particularly important feature for multi-generational households or family homes with young children. As water conservation is also playing an increasingly important role for customers in bathroom planning, the Grohtherm 1000 series also features an AquaDimmer with an EcoButton for controlling the hand shower in the bathtub.

The Grohtherm 500, developed with the well known GROHE brand quality, is the perfect alternative to single-lever mixers, and allows users to try out the benefits of features such as the EcoButton, the SafeStop and the SafeStop Plus features.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: GROHE

Hamish Kilburn, Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

HIX panel discussion: Designing hospitality for the ‘WFHotel’ generation

730 565 Pauline Brettell
HIX panel discussion: Designing hospitality for the ‘WFHotel’ generation

One of the stand-out moments from HIX 2021 was undoubtedly the installations that were displayed in the Hotel Tomorrow gallery. Designed collaboratively by Conran and Partner, Areen Design and stroop design, the aim was to reflect the coming together of co-working spaces and hotels. Editor Hamish Kilburn, who spent six months following the designers, moderated the panel discussion on the HIX Talks stage that explored every corner of the concept in detail. Pauline Brettell writes…

Hamish Kilburn, Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

HIX 2021 has been two years in the making – like the entire hospitality industry, the event was subjected to Covid-19 cancellations and delays – but finally, last week saw the experiential trade show in the spotlight at London’s Business Design Centre. True to its manifesto and guiding principles, HIX presented us with not only new products and practical design solutions to marvel over, but it also opened discussion and debate around issues of direction, design and, of course, sustainability.

The spaces in which this spirit of debate and conversation were most visible, were the two installations, along with the discussions that were taken to the HIX Talks stage as a result.

The first of these immersive settings was the WFHotel installation, which presented designers with the challenge of re-looking at the hotel as a “new productive, fluid and well workplace”, and all that that means. It was a collaborative installation by the design studios of Areen Design, Conran & Partners, and stroop design. The three hand-selected studios worked together to present us with emerging possibilities. The designers representing the studios,  Balkaran Bassan, Tina Norden and Vince Stoop joined forces with editor Hamish Kilburn on the HIX Talks stage to explain the process and discuss the thoughts and ideas that resulted in the set, and just how the conversation developed into one that hopefully initiated debate and discussion rather than coming up with a formulaic answer or response. “The access we had into these studios was unprecedented,” said Kilburn. “It allowed us to follow the process from concept through to completion, to understand how each area of the installation evolved and mutate over time. “For me, though, the most inspiring element of this project was how it changed from being a competition between three studios to a purposeful collaboration, which really helped enforce this year’s theme of HIX: ‘all together now’.”

Although the project was a collaborate effort, each designer was able to create their own section within the overall installation. While there is clearly a need to overlap and integrate, the installations and the conversation that followed could be broadly divided into community and function, comfort and cocooning and wellness and nature. “It was inspiring to see how each design studio approached the brief differently,” Kilburn explained. “Conran and Partners injected the energy of community when they decided to launch workshops on their pod on the hour so that the space would transform in time. Meanwhlile, Areen Design created an art installation-style safe cocoon nest that brought down the heart rate. stroop design, very much inspired by its own situation of launching recently with no physical base, was inspired by nature – and unveiled its co-working pod as a walk-in-the-park experience. Outside these three areas, the studios worked together to help set the scene, using visuals and sound as tools for transformation from one area of the show to another.”

Discussing the question of community and function, Conran & Partners developed an interactive and community based focus to the design question. As explained by Tina Norden, while hotels have clearly always had to design for people, this concept took it a step further, encouraging the people using the space to define it and refine it, according to function and needs. Rather than over designing a space, the circular workspace was stripped back to allow for flexibility – flexibility of space and design being a key them throughout the discussion – to allow the people using the space to use it according to their needs in that moment.

The theme of wellness was explored by stroop design. Identifying the ‘work from wherever’ fluidity that has emerged out of the pandemic, and combining it with the importance of nature, especially in the urban built environment, was the focus. Stroop spoke about the need to maximise the ‘pockets of nature’ presented to us, along with the importance of nature in our wellbeing and therefore the importance of integrating that into the workplace and in so doing, ensuring a work, wellness balance.

Becoming a lot more introspective, and really championing the ‘circle of life’ motif that ran through all three installations, Areen Design created a soft and fluid quiet space, a space to cocoon. It was a place for thought, which provided an important counterbalance to the busy communality of the other spaces. Heightened by soft surfaces and lack of colour interference, this space gave a heightened sense of calm, and was a design devoid of unnecessary distraction.

“Not long after being presented with the brief and exploring initial ideas, the conversation soon developed from one of competition into one of collaboration – and this ethos was a positive note that sounded throughout the discussion.”

Having identified the differences, it was soon clear in discussion that the overall installation was all about collaboration and commonality. It was a process that, as mentioned by Kilburn, started out as a competition; a call to arms for three design studios to compete and establish who could come up with the best workplace solution. However, not long after being presented with the brief and exploring initial ideas, the conversation soon developed from one of competition into one of teamwork – and this ethos was a positive note that sounded throughout the discussion.

There was, as already mentioned, a clear theme or key word which emerged out of this discussion; flexibility. The need for flexible spaces and flexible design, to accommodate flexible purpose and mood. Coming out of the pandemic, lines and boundaries have been blurred as our personal spaces have had to be more multi-functional. We are now projecting those experiences onto what we want from public and hospitality spaces, specifically when it comes to design requirements around our co-working space. All three designers discussed at length the need for the need for that concept of flexibility to be applied to the design process as much as to the design itself. People have had to find the ‘space’ at home for work, play and wellness, and now expect hotels to deliver the same. A successful co-working space is about more than providing a socket to charge your phone, people are demanding a place that allows them to be creative, to work, to be responsive.

Tina Norden, Balkaran Bassan and Vince Stroop on stage at HIX

Image caption: Balkaran Bassan, Tina Norden and Vince Stroop were on the HIX Talks stage last week, explaining how their WFHotel concepts developed. Image credit: HIX

Another key theme of this discussion was that, along with the spirit of partnership, there developed an understanding of what we have in common rather than differences, so while on the surface the studios offered three very different design solutions, there was, as discussed by Tina Norden, Conran and Partners, “the red thread that ran through the designs”. The points the installations had in common were as important as their differences, and in fact ideally, aspects of all were required for a successful WFHotel space. The singularity of purpose, that red thread, strengthened the individual designs as they all presented us with different aspects of that flexible new space.

All three designs brought something different into the mix and highlighted the different elements that are required when we are looking critically at hotel design for tomorrow, a tomorrow which is rapidly becoming today. As with a lot of subjects, the questions around co-working spaces and design requirements where already happening before society got locked down, but Covid-19 and the ensuing shifts in society have accelerated this discussion. The WFHotels installation can therefore be seen as a starting point, and possibly even a challenge to start thinking more critically. As Bassan, succinctly put it, these installations should be seen as “conceptual thought bubbles,” that float into other conversations rather than a prescriptive solution.

The entire installation was described by stroop design as a “palette cleanser” from the main exhibition hall – it was a place to decompress after the hard sell of the main event where people where visually vying for space. In this space it was palpably quieter, and a lot calmer. There was a sense of community and common purpose, yet within that there remained space for so many different threads to be followed and discussions to be had.

If it was about creating an experience, then the circle of life swathed in fabric by Areen Design certainly did that, and as you walked into and quietly took time to explore the folds of fabric, you were confronted with the words of Haruki Murakami; “you won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about”

The storm isn’t over, and the world is certainly not the same, but the conversation about what that means for the industry is certainly taking place as we try and work out exactly what the storm is all about. Hopefully, we are able to take back the narrative, and ensure that with some conscious and considered design we can somehow  charge the conversation with an increased positivity and energy.

And the suppliers…

The designers have expressed their sincere gratitude to the companies that and people who helped them throughout this process (and in some instances at very last minute) to achieve each their visual goals. Below is a nod to those brands; the often forgotten or at the very least, under-amplified, manufacturers that are vital part of the puzzle.

Conran and Partners: (We have requested a suppliers list and will update this article shortly).
Areen Design: Alt Collective, Table Place Chairs, The Romo Group, Villa Nova, Latham Timber
stroop design: Technogym London, Elite Wallcovering by Article, Leaflike, Gubi, Ligne Roset, Astro Lighting, Romo Fabrics, Solid Surfaces, The Alt Collective, The Sunbeam Group

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Exterior of Amada Colossos Resort

Amada Colossos Resort – large in size, made personal by design

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Amada Colossos Resort – large in size, made personal by design

To understand whether or not a hotel on a ‘colossos’ scale can still create a boutique look and feel, editor Hamish Kilburn travelled to the Greek island of Rhodes – known as the Island of Sun – to check in to the 699-key Amada Colossos Resort

Exterior of Amada Colossos Resort

The most eastern Greek island – just 12 miles from Turkey, which can be seen vividly from the Old Town – Rhodes has become famous among tourists for its medieval city, which is twice the size of Dubrovnik; fascinating architecture; stone-paved alleys and beautiful, untouched natural landscape.

In recent years, due to its easy accessibility from the UK and wider Europe, the island has become somewhat of a tourism hotspot. In 2018, it was reported by Statista that Rhodes had 49,451 hotel rooms, the second largest reported figure among the Greek islands that year.

Among them is the beachfront Amada Colossos Resort, where, on the eastern coast, early risers during the small hours of the morning can capture the moment the Mediterranean Sea meets a bubble-gum pink sky as the sun starts to emerge on the edge of the horizon – a much welcome change of scenery from the craggy, grey autumn I left behind in England.

Since 1980, when the hotel first emerged as a 408-key hotel, it has evolved into several new chapters thanks to a series of renovations. Nothing, though, was quite as impressive or dramatic as than the €50m reconstruction and redevelopment project in 2017, which was implemented by architecture studio F. & K. KYDONIATIS & PARTNERS and completed in 2018.

Exterior image of Amada Colossos Resort

Image credit: Amada Colossos Resort

Aris Soulounias, Colossos SA CEO, a veteran and experienced hotelier, had the vision to create a resort that would offer, through a spectrum of locally inspired and meticulously selected details, a ‘modern philosophy of luxurious seafront holiday’; an irresistible combination of five-star living and authentic Greek hospitality.

Landscaped to blend into its natural setting, the hotel now shelters no less than 699 guestrooms (varying from 17 styles), all decorated in natural materials with a contemporary twist. To cater for the number of guests, the hotel features 16 bars and restaurants that are dotted throughout the resort, a 140-metre outdoor pool and even its own water park. The challenge, therefore, for the wide team at F. & K. KYDONIATIS & PARTNERS was to maintain a cohesive design narrative throughout – and this required a sensitive yet personal approach.

Inside one of the 32 sea-view junior suites, guests enter to a sense of calm, which, in one of the 12 Sea-View Executive Suites, is enhanced by the floor-to-ceiling balcony doors that frame an enchanted vista of endless sea, which is complimented by the colour scheme that includes punches of turquoise and blue.

Guestroom with handmade headboard inside Amada Colossos Resort - Sea View Executive Suite_2

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Clever use of cove lighting aptly elevates the space, while also blurring any potential hard boundaries. Blended together with natural materials, such as a handcrafted wooden headboard from Bali and walls that have been painted with a modern lime wash effect to create a natural tone and texture, the suite feels earthy yet spacious, complete with a contemporary walk-in wardrobe, framed with LED strip lighting, a large living area, a luxurious bedroom and a balcony that stretches the entire width of the suite.

The bathroom, meanwhile, complete with Ideal Standard taps and shower fittings, is beyond simply a practical space. A large window, with panel-controlled blinds, allows natural light and a cohesive design style to flood into the space, as well as opening up yet another opportunity for guests to soak in the unmatched view of the sea below. “The first question was how to bring water into the building,” architect Konstantinos Kydoniatis tells Hotel Designs. “We opened up the bathrooms to give a feeling of more space and tried to orientate everything towards the sea. When visitors arrive, they will understand that they have come very close to the sea. That you can see the sea from many parts of the resort. That you can touch it.”

Bathroom inside Amada Colossos Resort Sea View Family Room (With sliding doors)

Image credit: Amada Colossos Resort

It would be easy with a hotel as large as Amada Colossos Resort for its design language to be muted or overshadowed by its size. However, like many answers in design, the solution came in the form of art. Throughout the hotel, guests will notice abstract sculptures and art pieces that reflect the property’s sense of location. Taking the art narrative deeper, I am told that in fact all the art sheltered within the building had been commissioned by Ms. Roula Soulounia, who was instrumental in the interior design process and the selection of the artworks adorning Elite Collections Suites and Villas as well as resort’s premises.

Sustainability fit to scale

Don’t let the hotel’s size fool you Despite its scale, the Amada Colossos’ commitment to sustainability is refreshing. Going much further than simply banning plastic straws – although the hotel has taken the liberty to introduce 450,000 pasta straws – decisions such as installing energy-efficient windowpanes, heat-recovery chillers to reduce energy costs of air conditioning units, prove that the hotel is, from its foundations, a non-greenwashing, sustainable core.

In addition, the outside walls have been fitted with an external thermal insulation composite system and all interior walls have been painted with European Eco-Label paints. The hotel also used 40,000 metres of energy-saving LED tape around the premises (just another 295 metres and it would have completed a marathon). Around the resort, a total of 14,000 low-energy LED bulbs have been fitted, and by introducing reverse osmosis and nanofiltration technology, not only is the tap water in rooms and common areas drinkable, but guests save 450g of CO2 emissions (equivalent to six km of driving) by consuming their three-litre daily water quota.

Outside, the landscaping has been done with local Mediterranean plants, minimising irrigation needs.

Sunrise image of pool at Amada Colossus in Rhodes

Image credit: Amada Colossos Resort

As an added touch, screens in the lifts reference these sustainable milestones, which ensure the message around conscious hospitality is being heard loud and clearly, without it feeling too forced.

The real power of F&B 

And now we come to the real answer on how a large hotel can indeed still shelter an apt boutique look and feel. The power of F&B has long been explored in the arena of hospitality, but nowhere can it set different scenes than in a large resort, and often it is the make or break moment of whether a hotel will cater for modern demand travellers. In charge of the main restaurant as well as three á-la-carte restaurants (Greek, Italian and Asian) is Executive Chef Konstantinos Vasileious, who along with his committed team ensure that the hotel’s extensive menus hit the notes, which they do precisely in every dish.

The three á-la-carte restaurants are positioned next to each other, but could not be more different in their design. The Greek restaurant appropriately feels more like a Greek house than a hospitality establishment, with authentic artwork and ceilings made from used crates. The Italian restaurant, meanwhile, features a beautiful tiled floor and orb-like lighting with matt black and wooden furniture to reflect a contemporary image. Lastly, the Asian restaurant has been designed with a sharp eye to feature Asian-inspired lighting that plays on different textures.

Asian-inspired F&B outlet in hotel in Rhodes

Image credit: Amada Colossos Resort

If trends are to be believed, with travellers expected to journey deeper and for longer in the future, hotels such as Amada Colossos Resort have the ability, flexibility and space to offer something for almost everyone. As I check out – turning over my shoulder to capture the postcard-perfect view one last time – I feel confident to conclude that the owners and management team behind this hotel work tirelessly and effectively, through design as well as service, to ensure that each guest’s experience is unique, comfortable and memorable – you don’t get much more boutique than that.

Main image credit: Amada Colossos Resort

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Samuel and Sons’ new collections continue the tradition of crafted trimmings

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Samuel and Sons’ new collections continue the tradition of crafted trimmings

Samuel & Sons has long been a coveted source for the finest quality trimmings. The brand’s new designs, Metamorphosis and Illuminée, continue the tradition inspired by craft… 

natural tones and textures of curtains with dragon fly trim from samuel and sons

Family-owned for more than 75 years, Samuel & Sons is built on quality of craftsmanship and dedication to design. The brand has long been a source for tassels, borders, braids, gimp, fringes and more – for both residential and contract interiors.

The dedicated hospitality division caters for any scale contract interior design project. The list of prestigious hotel groups that shelter the brand’s designs includes Four Seasons, St. Regis, Ritz Carlton, Rosewood, Wynn Resorts in Las Vegas and Macau, and MGM. With its wealth of experience, Samuel & Sons Hospitality Division has become an essential resource for today’s hospitality and contract design professionals. bathroom.

The new Metamorphosis collection, designed by Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons, is an impassioned celebration of the smallest of creatures and how they live in our natural world. Whimsical, colourful and multi-dimensional, they have been the artist’s muse for centuries, and are now proving to be the inspiration for a refreshing and stylishly nuanced collection of passementerie.

Adding an instant layer of texture and delight, the collection includes delicate, stylised dragonflies, beaded, embroidered glitter-like insects and honeycomb motifs, which add a touch of whimsy and sophistication. These are combined with more abstract interpretations that evoke sea spray or the pleat within an ethereal and graceful butterfly’s wings. Silky finishes, finely woven yarns, metallic beads, embroidered knots and faux suede appliqué and glass beads all bring each detail to life.

natural linen curtain with edging detail in Illuminee by samuel and sons

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Organically inspired botanical border Illuminée, features undulating palms of leaves, which are illuminated through a vivid ombre of colours. This new addition to the collection, combines the delicate leaf patterning with a palette of earthy tones, and enables Illuminée to bring the outdoors in and infuse interiors with elements of nature. The Illuminée Border processes lyricism and great movement created by its pattern of interwoven palms of curved leaves, which are in turn brought to life with a radiate spectrum of multiple colours, whereas the 3.5” version of the Illuminée Border’s pattern is non-directional and the border itself completely reversible, making this an extremely versatile pattern and doubling the number of colour variations. On the face, the leaves are illustrated in full colour cascading over a neutral ground.

The palette is inspired by luminous colours found in nature from the aqua of the sea and sand, autumn burnished shades of olive, gold and terracotta, the iridescence of magical creatures’ wings with celadon, aqua, teal and topaz, sunset hues of blues, teals, and vivid carnelian red to the darkest navy and transitions to the golden glow of starlight.

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Samuel and Sons?

Samuel and Sons is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Living Rooms adds Marylebone Lane to its collection

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Living Rooms adds Marylebone Lane to its collection

The latest addition to Living Rooms is situated in the chic neighbourhood of Marylebone. The seven new design-led apartments have been created with urban travellers in mind, as Pauline Brettell discovers when taking a closer look inside…

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Living Rooms has become a leader in creative alternatives to the traditional hotel with its unique collection of design led residences. Since our last comfortable visit to one of the brand’s apartments, things have changed. And by ‘things’ we mean design schemes.

The latest addition to the family is a collection of seven contemporary apartments, located at 74-78 Marylebone Lane, all offering a charming haven just moments from the boutiques of Marylebone High Street, and minutes from the hustle and bustle of London’s West End.

curved couch in contemporary london marylebone apartment

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Its seven apartments are all boutique in feeling with a contemporary aesthetic, and have been designed in collaboration with Tom Bartlett of Waldo Works. The apartments consist of three one-bedroom apartments, three two-bedroom apartments, and one three-bedroom apartment with an outdoor terrace. All have the additional Living Rooms features, which include a dedicated concierge service, high-speed broadband to ensure a seamless working from home option, and of course, pets are welcome.

“I think the future of travel is people will travel less – taking our time and staying in one place longer,” said Tracy Lowy, Founder of Living Rooms. “Throughout the pandemic our apartment business remained strong and we noticed more and more guests wanting privacy and space. Now that we have emerged from lockdown and international travel has become easier, we are noticing many business travel enquiries filter through from the Americas and Europe. Many British families are also choosing to stay with us because our apartments are spacious and offer concierge facilities that make planning each stay comfortable and easy for our guests.”

In terms of design, Bartlett developed an interior scheme in a warm palette of cashmere, wine, raspberry and teal. Furniture shapes across the bedrooms, kitchens and living rooms are soft and curved, leaving the interiors feeling modern, but characterful and residential – and most furnishings are British made, having been manufactured in the UK. Laura Bartlett Studio have also curated a collection of artworks for Marylebone Lane with an emphasis on mid-century work on paper; drawings, dry point, lithographs and etchings with feature pieces from contemporary Danish artist, Rune Elmegaard.

For city hoppers keen to explore the local culture, Living Rooms redefines the traditional boutique experience, offering the unique and authentic, no matter the length of the stay. Each property is as much about the local community, as it is about feeling at home. It is all about enabling guests to live like a Londoner in fashionable surroundings, combining the whatever-you-need spoiling of a hotel, with everything needed to make a home-away-from-home. Over the years, Living Rooms’ core business has stemmed from the worlds of fashion, film, art and design, and the brand also hosts regular fashion trunk shows and pop-ups across all properties; recent collaborators have included Catheryn Collins with I Pezzi Dipinti and Jane Pickering Sweethearts of the Rodeo.

white interior with colourful cushions and wooden dining table in london marylebone

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Aparthotels, residences and extended stay hotels, by virtue of offering self-contained accommodation, are all in line to take a greater share of leisure travel. According to Expedia Group, recent reports state that travellers are opting for non-hotel accommodation and rentals, and are staying longer. The Living Rooms growing portfolio is testimony to this trend. The spacious apartments, ideal for families, business travellers, Londoners as well as international leisure travellers, are meant for living in – a place where guests can relax, entertain, cocoon, play and make themselves completely at home in the luxury of their own space and privacy.

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Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth relaunches

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Rosewood Le Guanahani St Barth relaunches

This quintessential island resort has relaunched under the Rosewood flag following a four year redesign. We stepped onto the island to see what happens when French elegance meets Caribbean exuberance…

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Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, one of the island’s most highly anticipated havens of laidback luxury, has relaunched, joining Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ iconic Caribbean collection. Seen as the ultimate expression of French joie de vivre, infused with the lively and vibrant character of the Caribbean, the resort has been an icon of hospitality since it originally opened in 1986, remaining one of the world’s most discerning island escapes up until its closure in 2017. Having since undergone a comprehensive reimagination that preserves its unique spirit, while infusing contemporary amenities and design details, as well as Rosewood’s illustrious style of service and guiding A Sense of Place philosophy, the property is poised to reaffirm itself as the destination of choice for new and legacy guests alike.

caribbean style architecture in yellow and white at le guanahan rosewood st barthi

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Now, as it reopens with new amenities and experiences ranging from the innovative culinary concept Beach House St. Barth, to the immersive and educational children’s club Rosewood Explorers, to the locally inspired Sense, A Rosewood Spa, the property embarks on its next chapter, encouraging a refreshed appetite among guests to explore all St. Barth has to offer.

“It’s an honour to officially unveil Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth, a beacon of refined yet relaxed beach living that undoubtedly ushers in a new era of luxury to the island,” said Martein van Wagenberg, Managing Director of Rosewood Le Guanahani. “Years in the making, the refreshed resort reflects the very best in design, service and setting, which together create an idyllic environment that is both aspirational and familiar. We’re thrilled to welcome guests at long last to experience the indescribable energy and allure of the property and the island at large.”

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The island of St. Barth has long been considered one of the most coveted vacation destinations among the world’s most chic and affluent travellers. Influenced by its deeply layered history, St Barth’s predominantly French culture informs every detail of the island experience, from the local language, to its world-class restaurants and shops, to the sophisticated yet vibrant energy that runs through it all. Named in tribute to the island’s culture – “guanahani” means “welcome” in the destination’s native Arawak language – the Rosewood Le Guanahani has been a mainstay of local hospitality since it opened almost 40 years ago.

Drawing inspiration from its pristine setting, rich with French flair and the festive spirit of the Caribbean, the architecture and design of Rosewood Le Guanahani was taken on by David M Schwartz Architects and Luis Pons Design Lab. From the accommodations to the dining areas to the spa, each space has been carefully conceived to immerse guests in the local culture and style while simultaneously making them feel as if they are at home. The abundant natural beauty of the island is highlighted through smart design details that subtly direct attention to the surrounding environment, and indigenous crafts and artisanship are incorporated at every turn. Vibrant design hues of turquoise, inspired by the island’s waters; yellow, reflecting the tropical sun; and, lavender as a nod to the South of France, add pops of colour and character throughout the property. The palette is complemented by refined and modern interiors filled with natural sunlight along with exclusive furnishings designed by Luis Pons. Guestrooms, for example, feature pieces reminiscent of the vintage luggage chests used by explorers on their journeys.

In keeping with Rosewood’s guiding A Sense of Place philosophy, wherein the local sensibilities of the destination inspire the resort’s many offerings, Rosewood Le Guanahani’s 66 expertly appointed accommodations reflect the unique history, heritage and style of the French Caribbean. Designed as residential, freestanding spaces showcasing colourful exteriors with either ocean or garden views, the 29 guestrooms, 27 suites and ten signature suites provide the utmost in privacy to facilitate total relaxation.

In addition to a refreshed sense of style and inspired enhancements, each guestroom, suite and signature suite features its own private outdoor space ranging from covered verandas, open-air sun decks and dedicated dining alcoves. Twenty further offer all new private swimming pools, creating an entirely private oasis. New developments also include a selection of the resort’s signature suites. Ranging from one to three bedrooms, these special suites are ideal for families and groups of friends, special occasions or simply a more elevated stay. Highlights are the Marechal Suite, situated at the heart of the resort and overlooking the Anse Marechal and Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoons; the Bougainvillea Suite, offering plentiful outdoor gathering spaces including a wet bar, private outdoor pool and covered terrace, all nestled in an enchanting garden oasis; and the Lagoon Suite, with direct access to the beach just yards away.

white wooden caribbean verandah with rocking chair at rosewood st barths

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Serving as the social hub of the resort and heart of Rosewood Le Guanahani’s new culinary concept is Beach House St. Barth, a brand new facility that invites travellers on an immersive, multi-sensory journey that draws inspiration from the island’s French and Caribbean influences. Helmed by Executive Chef Riccardo Schievano and Beverage Manager Bob Louison, Beach House and its accompanying Bar Mélangé showcase local and regional traditions in food and beverage to foster a deepened connection with the destination’s distinctive heritage. Occupying a newly built, open-air enclave, Beach House delivers an array of unique dining experiences, each of which offers breathtaking views of the neighbouring Grand Cul-de-Sac and Marechal lagoons to further connect travellers with the enviable island locale. Taking inspiration from the way in which one would dine when visiting the private home of a friend or family member, Beach House is comprised of separate spaces that welcome guests for the different mealtimes, dependent on the time of day. Ranging from an ocean facing restaurant to a sophisticated cocktail lounge, each area emanates the new luxury resort’s French-Caribbean spirit through thoughtful design details, such as hand-painted wall coverings, woven panels, sheer draperies, mahogany wood and marbled stone. Guests are also offered a range of private dining options, from a carefully curated picnic lunch to a family-style supper on the beach.

In keeping with the rest of the resort, the unique identity of St. Barth informs the holistic experience on offer at Rosewood Le Guanahani’s new Sense, A Rosewood Spa which is the largest dedicated wellness facility on the island. Located between the beach and the hillside, the new Sense Spa further incorporates the island ethos and, natural surroundings in its design for a uniquely immersive journey from start to finish. Its treatments and therapies has been thoughtfully designed to celebrate the island’s rich bounties and highlight the property’s overall commitment to living in harmony with its environment.  The Sense Spa allows guests nurture the mind, body and soul and thereby achieve an elevated level of wellness from every angle.

A full-service resort, Rosewood Le Guanahani offers an unparalleled selection of guest activities, amenities and services rooted in the signature spirit of the destination. Guests may spend the day swimming or sunbathing at the resort’s main pool or fully serviced beach, which comes complete with food and beverage offerings from the Beach House. Complimentary non-motorized watersports on property include kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkelling, while land lovers can enjoy a nature hike across the resort’s gorgeous grounds. For beyond-the-resort island exploration, the property’s dedicated Clefs d’Or Concierge is on offer to provide expert assistance in planning meaningful and immersive adventures. Younger guests are invited to embark on their own adventures at Rosewood Explorers, the resort’s forward-thinking children’s club concept that combines entertainment with education for an impactful experience. Housed in an indoor-outdoor space set directly adjacent to the beach, and featuring a custom mosaic mural by local artist Veronique Vandernoot, the program offers a variety of locally inspired activities that aim to cultivate children’s creativity, cultural appreciation and social responsibility through adventure. Highlights include cooking and gardening classes, arts and crafts sessions and lessons on the local wildlife.

The ultimate setting for unforgettable events and meetings, Rosewood Le Guanahani offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for both small and large groups to come together. Set against coconut groves and ocean waves, the property’s two beaches present the perfect place for a one-of-a-kind celebration. With a dedicated events team available to facilitate tailor-made experiences, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manage a portfolio of 27 luxury hotels, resorts and residences in 16 countries, with 25 new properties under development. Each Rosewood property embraces the brand’s A Sense of Place philosophy to reflect the individual location’s history, culture and sensibilities.

Main image credit: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts /Jacob Termanson

Ocean Drive Madrid hotel with pool and roof terrace in the heart of madrid

OD Hotels set to open its first hotel in Madrid

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OD Hotels set to open its first hotel in Madrid

Ocean Drive Madrid, a new design led boutique hotel under the OD Hotels brand, will be opening right in the heart of Spains capital city in February 2022, allowing guests to truly connect to the location. Pauline Brettell steps off the Plaza, and into the lobby to have a closer look…

Ocean Drive Madrid hotel with pool and roof terrace in the heart of madrid

Ocean Drive Madrid, like its sister hotels under the OD Hotels brand in Ibiza, Mallorca, and Barcelona, strives to truly connect its guests to the location they are staying in. Situated in Plaza de Isabel II, in front of the Opera Palace, and only a few steps from the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and Gran Vía, means guests are in the heart of the action in Spain’s capital city, and just a short walk from the well-known neighbourhoods of La Latina, Huertas, Los Austrias, Malasaña or Chueca.

mediterranean colours with blue accents in hotel lobby at Ocean Drive Madrid

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Contemporary design, elegant architecture and a Mediterranean colour palette are present throughout the hotel’s 72 guestrooms. This style continues in the airy and bright reception area, the lobby bar, and the lively restaurant with its garden terrace, where natural materials and design-focused furniture bring the social space, for both guests and locals, to life. Each OD Hotel has its own OD Sky Bar, and Madrid is no exception, with a swimming pool and terrace where guests can sip cocktails and admire the city views.

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The hotel’s sensitive design has been created by the architectural studio of Victor Rahola and interior designer Mayte Matutes. This design is also complemented by the most advanced and sustainable technology drawing on bioclimatic measures to achieve the maximum reduction in energy demand. As a result of this combination of design and technology, the hotel was recognised in the Re-Think 2019 awards as the best project in sustainability and hotel rehabilitation in Spain.

Guests will love retreating from the city to the contemporary bedrooms, which feature full-height windows, Bower & Wilkins speakers, design classics like the Eames LCW chair, a desk, and some have their own balconies. A selection of rooms also have unique features like a record player with vinyl records, a photo printer, and a beer tap. Those choosing a corner Deluxe room, will also delight in the in-suite Taschen library for design and culture-inspired reading.

A knowledgeable concierge team will ensure the best experience in the city, connecting guests with the top places to eat, drink, shop and discover. The city is also brought into the hotel with OD’s own events, which are popular with locals and guests alike, and make it a vibrant place to be all year round. Choices like Burger Meets Gin, is a regular afterwork event with delicious burgers, premium Gin & Tonics and music from DJs or live performances; Hello Sundays! with its vinyl market and workshops; or Painting & Wine, which sees painting courses with local artists accompanied by a glass of wine. Ocean Drive Madrid will also offer spaces for co-working for guests and locals.

Drawing on their experience of hosting their own events, Ocean Drive Madrid is well equipped to arrange a wide range of private events, from large corporate launches to intimate dinners. The combination of multipurpose spaces, personalised service, technology and an ethos of always saying ‘Yes’ makes for a very successful private event.

Ocean Drive Madrid is part of the OD Hotels group, which owns six hotels in the most significant and attractive areas in the Mediterranean – Ibiza (Ocean Drive Ibiza, Ocean Drive Talamanca and Can Jaume by Ocean Drive), Mallorca (Ocean Drive Port Portals) and Barcelona (Ocean Drive Barcelona); Madrid (Ocean Drive Madrid), and an international opening is planned soon for the French Côte d’Azur (Saint Tropez).

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Inside The Royal Suite by Gucci at Savoy London

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Inside The Royal Suite by Gucci at Savoy London

With The House of Gucci making cinematic waves this week – “Father, son and House of Gucci” – we thought we would take a look at another fashion-meets-design story that is being showcased artfully in the newly designed Royal Suite at London’s Savoy Hotel. Pauline Brettell and editor Hamish Kilburn take a look inside…

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The Savoy Hotel and Gucci have a shared history, which, although it might not have started on an equal footing, has become intertwined over the decades – and has in recent weeks has turned a new chapter. The iconic address on The Strand, which stands today as London’s first ever luxury hotel has collaborated with the fashion house. The collision of the two iconic brands in the hotel’s Royal Suite is as much a statement as it is a meeting between design and fashion. And, it goes without saying, the suite’s new decor is a fitting tribute to the centenary year of the Gucci fashion house – much more than simply a PR stunt in order to promote the upcoming House of Gucci film.

The narrative here began when Guccio Gucci, Founder of Gucci, started his working life as a young man as a porter at the Savoy. His time spent there exposed him to the tastes and demands of the luxury traveller in the early 20th century, and as such was the start of his story, providing him with the impetus and inspiration he needed to start his own luxury leather good production on his return home to Italy.

antique four poster bed in the royal suite by gucci at the savoy hotel

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This shared history and inspiration is now being celebrated with the unveiling of The Royal Suite by Gucci – both brands are unsurpassed for the quality and attention to detail that is apparent throughout the design and decoration of the suite. In addition, the attention to detail has been extended to include curated experiences for guests and customers.

“I’m so delighted that The Savoy is partnering with Gucci in such a creative way in the fashion house’s centenary year,” said Franck Arnold, Managing Director at The Savoy, who was recently profiled in The Brit List 2021 as one of the UK’s most influential hoteliers. “It’s wonderful to bring alive our shared history to contemporary audiences, and we’re excited to unveil a transformed Royal Suite, as well as providing guests with charming experiences and exceptional service that befit two brands with such global renown.”

The starting point for this particular collaboration was first seen earlier this year in April, when Gucci chose to reveal its new Aria Collection at a private screening at the Savoy. The collection was seen to include nods to the hotel and its role in shaping the fashion brand.

The next step in this partnership has seen the Royal Suite at The Savoy being transformed to reflect the world of Gucci, sensitively using furniture and decorative items from the Gucci Décor Collection. The collaboration was then taken a step further with the addition of carefully curated art and antiquities from Christies to complement both the Savoy experience and the Gucci aesthetic. Both the furniture and decoration from the Gucci collection, and the art and antiques from Christies, are available for guests to purchase, making the suite a personalised and possibly one of the most luxurious, shopping experiences.

As we celebrate a moment in both brands’ history, we can’t help feel reminded of the power of reinvention within the luxury hospitality industry. And, arguably, there is no finer example of a hotel that has continued to transform with the aim to meet new demands from modern travellers while also staying robustly true and respectful to a storied history that can never be rewritten. The world waits in anticipation for the pages of this hotel’s endless narrative to turn once more.

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Hard Rock Hotel New York prepares to take centre stage

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Hard Rock Hotel New York prepares to take centre stage

The highly anticipated Hard Rock New York is going up in the heart of Midtown Manhatten, and is on track to debut in April 2022 – we thought we would take a closer look at what is set to be this iconic brand’s new flagship…

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Gracing the iconic skyline of 159 West 48th Street, just steps from Times Square, Broadway, Rockefeller Centre, Bryant Park and Fifth Avenue shopping, Hard Rock Hotel New York is nearing completion. With its official debut set for April 2022, the ‘entertainment destination’ aims to honour the legacy of Music Row as the iconic brand’s new flagship hotel.

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“This is a monumental moment for Hard Rock International and a true milestone in our journey to elevate our lifestyle hotels portfolio,” said Dale Hipsh, Senior Vice President of Hotels, Hard Rock International. “New York City is the culture capital of the world, and as a brand, we have been eagerly anticipating the right opportunity to bring our entertainment-infused hospitality experience to this market. Hard Rock Hotel New York creates the perfect home base for exploring the city’s most exciting attractions, but what’s more, are the curated experiences for guests and locals that only we can offer through one-of-a-kind partnerships and collaborations with legendary artists, performers and musicians.”

The hotel will feature 446 exquisitely designed guestrooms and specialty suites offering floor-to-ceiling windows that showcase the city’s vibrant energy. Sitting on the 34th floor is the jewel of the hotel, the Rock Star Suite, a bi-level glass-enclosed penthouse with expansive city views, original contemporary artwork, bespoke music memorabilia, and one of the largest terraces for entertaining in New York City.

To spearhead the property’s interior design, Hard Rock Hotels enlisted the services of award-winning design firm Jeffrey Beers International to bring a music-infused vision to life, accented by legendary memorabilia honouring musicians from and inspired by New York City. Notable displays will include a classic leather motorcycle jacket owned and worn by Joey Ramone; a pair of silver patent leather boots worn by Lady Gaga; a record player with built-in microphone and cutting lathe for making direct-to-disc recordings from Les Paul; and handwritten lyrics for John Lennon’s 1972 ode to his adopted home, ‘New York City’.

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Uniquely situated between the Theatre District and Radio City Music Hall, Hard Rock Hotel New York will offer a backstage pass to the city’s historic Music Row. Paying homage to the mecca of recording studios and music stores that once lined 48th Street, the hotel will have live music across all public spaces with a dynamic and engaging approach to entertainment programming. The RT60 Rooftop bar will deliver masterfully crafted cocktails and shareable bites, all in an effortlessly stylish scene with a chance to soak in the city from above. This will be a true entertainment destination with world-renowned DJs along with emerging local talent.

From day to night, the brand’s signature Sessions Restaurant & Bar will represent the soundtrack of New York. Located on the main level and accessible by a grand staircase from the street, this light-filled three-story atrium and open-air terrace will offer live, unplugged musical performances that embody the vitality and ingenuity of the city. The hotel’s show-stopping feature will be The Venue on Music Row, a flexible entertainment space with capacity for up to 400 guests. The Venue will play host to A-list performances as well as fashion shows, after-parties, and gala dinners for some of the city’s most sought-after moments.

Beyond the public spaces, Hard Rock Hotel New York plans to weave the kinetic force of music into its health and wellness offerings. The hotel will feature the brand’s signature Rock Om programme, fusing the practice of yoga with the rhythm of a custom DJ-curated soundtrack for on-demand in-room sessions. Building on the existing offering, Hard Rock Hotel New York will introduce a series of transformative experiences including rooftop moonlight yoga sessions. In true Hard Rock style, the hotel will offer an array of signature brand experiences and amenities exclusive to Hard Rock Hotels. Amenities include the Sound of Your Stay, which allows guests to listen to Tracks curated playlists by artists and musicians, Crosley record players available upon request with Wax, or play a Fender guitar with Picks in the privacy of their room. Roxity programming will bring to life family attractions and entertainment while the Unleashed pet programme will welcome four-legged friends. Guests are also invited to exchange the traditional city map for Soundtracks, interactive area guides which are curated by Hard Rock and musical artists to showcase the best of each destination.

The announcement of Hard Rock Hotel New York comes as Hard Rock International commemorates 50 years as one of the world’s most recognisable brands for entertainment, hospitality, gaming, and leisure, and this new flagship hotel promises to continue the tradition of providing guests with show stopping entertainment venues and immersive experiences.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Hard Rock Hotel Madrid?

Main image credit: Hard Rock Hotels 

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The Luxury Collection makes debut in Rocky Mountains

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The Luxury Collection makes debut in Rocky Mountains

The Luxury Collection Heralds a new beacon of sophistication and vibrancy in the Rocky Mountains with the Debut of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail…

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The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands, today announced the opening of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail. Owned by DiamondRock Hospitality Company, the brand-new luxury resort concept in the heart of the Rocky Mountains debuts after undergoing a $40 million transformation, including an entirely revamped arrival and lobby experience, reinvigorated outdoor spaces and four brand-new culinary concepts. The resort marks Marriott International’s only Luxury Collection alpine resort in North America.

“With over 5,200 acres of world-renowned terrain, Vail, Colorado has become one of the most popular mountain resort communities in North America,” said Philipp Weghmann, Vice President and Global Brand Leader for The Luxury Collection. “The addition of The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Vail to this legendary destination is an extension of the unique experiences available in the region. We are proud to announce the opening of the resort as the only Luxury Collection alpine resort in this iconic destination.”

Boasting 344 rooms, inclusive of 22 suites and 16 spacious residences, guests are situated just steps from the base of Vail Mountain where they can explore a plethora of outdoor experiences designed for every season or take in the charming and bustling cobblestone streets of Lionshead Village, which offers countless shops and art galleries. The Hythe serves as a gateway to Vail’s most exciting and desirable experiences, whether guests are looking to partake in exclusive alpine excursions or rejuvenate at the on-site recovery-focused spa. Inspired by the legendary founders of Vail Ski Resort, Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, The Hythe reimagines the revelry, camaraderie, and hospitality of après ski, infusing the ‘good-time-was-had-by-all’ spirit into all aspects of the guest experience, no matter the time of day or season.

Helmed by Wilson Ishihara Design, the interiors of The Hythe are inspired by the origins of Vail, those who built it in the 1960s, and the beautiful surrounding nature that drove people to the destination. A pioneering spirit, hospitality, and a mutual love of skiing can be felt in each elevated design element. Adorned with elegant custom furniture and art pieces, entering the lobby brings guests into a majestic and serene Rocky Mountain design scheme. Punctuated with glamorous 60’s touches and historic ski references, the space brings guests a sense of unparalleled authenticity. Visitors will be pulled in by thoughtful, clean design details such as local Colorado calacatta marble quarried from the Rocky Mountain, carved wood feature art inspired by the local shepherding tradition of Arborglyphs, marble flooring textured to evoke snow fall on the landscape, carved black stone walls, and Douglas fir siding wood panels inspired by an alpine chalet.

The Hythe’s namesake, ‘haven’, is fully realised in the resort’s 344 guestrooms, which offer elegant and opulent spaces, creating a true respite. With a focus on design elements that invite relaxation and recovery from a day spent on-mountain, picture windows boast the same views of Vail Mountain that inspired the passion of Pete Siebert and Earl Eaton many years ago. Wood, stone, leather, and faux fur bring a welcoming sanctuary to lay one’s head or simply spend the whole day.

> Since you’re here, why not read about W Dubai, which has been signed?

Main image credit: The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail

Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

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Live from HIX: Grohe launches its cradle to cradle products

Marking the first industry exhibition for GROHE since the onset of the pandemic, HIX is also the first event where the brands newly accredited Cradle to Cradle Certified products are on show. We headed over to stand 7 to learn more…

Minimal white shower with wood accents and GROHE Tempesta 100 shower rail set - C2C Certified

Shortlisted at The Brit List Awards 2021 in The Eco Award category, the Cradle to Cradle (C2C ) concept by GROHE is a design process that can drastically reduce the use of new resources, as a product is designed and manufactured with the intent of using its components in its end-of-life-phase for the creation of new products. To coincide with the showcasing of their C2C products, GROHE is also launching the next module in its series of RIBA approved CPDs: Circularity in the bathroom and kitchen with Cradle-to-Cradle certification. Amongst the first sanitary ware brands globally to achieve C2C certification, GROHE has developed this informative and inspirational session to guide design professionals on how to achieve greener projects that offer C2C credentials. Hoteliers and other professionals can visit the Grohe stand at the show to be amongst the first to register for the new CPD session, hosted by GROHE’s team of experts.

“We are really excited to be a part of the very first HIX design show, a much anticipated event that is long overdue for the industry as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Ebru Bircan, Leader, Marketing Activation UK, LIXIL EMENA and GROHE UK. “Our stand and the innovations we are presenting focus on two very integral aspects of the current hospitality design landscape: wellness and sustainability. We want to continue to work with more and more hotel brands to provide sustainable solutions that offer tangible results in the reduction of water, energy, materials and waste. We’re also continuing to create this immersive narrative within the hotel bathroom around wellness and health through water. We see these two key design considerations to be integral to shaping the future of hotel design.”

GROHE is inviting guests to immerse themselves in the serene ambience of its spa-inspired room set, as part of a new premium spa and wellness-focused concept currently in development. The space will be created with re-envisioned designs of its popular Allure brassware range.

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Alongside showcasing its latest innovations designed to support sustainable and premium hotel projects, GROHE is also sponsoring the Meaningful Value keynote speech, presented by leading hospitality consultant, Horwath HTL’s James Chappell. The staged discussion will look at how brands and hoteliers can create hotel experiences that matter in the modern, post-Covid age.

GROHE is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

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Live from HIX: Hypnos unveils new mattress in Hospitality Origins Collection

First unveiled at the Independent Hotel Show, the stylish and sustainable Hospitality Origins Collection by Hypnos has been turning heads at HIX Event. Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand 28 to learn more about the brand’s second new product, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress…

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Hypnos Contract Beds is at HIX Event launching the second new product from its sustainable and stylish Hospitality Origins Collection. Introducing the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

This latest addition offers supreme comfort with integrity, thanks to its luxurious and comfortable built-in pillow top layer. In addition, the no-turn mattress features natural, ethically sourced materials of the highest quality, meaning hotel guests will enjoy a luxurious night’s sleep on an honest bed. 

Designed with the hotel’s housekeeper in mind too, the Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress requires no turning, minimising housekeeping and offering a practical, time saving solution for hoteliers without compromising on comfort and ethics. The mattress also features 1,000 ReActivePro pocket springs for a luxurious feel while evenly distributing weight across the expanse of the bed, providing optimum support for hotel guests. 

Each Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress is made using up to 660g of 100 per cent British Wool that’s fully traceable to its origin from Red Tractor Assured farms. This super-fibre is naturally antibacterial, breathable and responds to natural fluctuations in body temperature by wicking away moisture, making it a perfect material for beds.

The new collection embodies sustainable style at its greatest and each mattress can also be paired with Hypnos’ range of chic headboards, bed bases and a wide choice of fabrics, from neutral shades through to deep, rich hues.

“Every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life.” – Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds.

“Hypnos is no stranger to pushing boundaries and as such we are constantly innovating our design and bed creation processes and our latest product offering is a testament to this approach,” explained Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director at Hypnos Contract Beds. “As a brand that prides ourselves on crafting sustainable sleep solutions, we are delighted to be able to offer environmentally-conscious hoteliers a robust, hygienic and supremely comfortable bed that’s been made using sustainable fillings with our new Woolsleepers Pillow Top mattress.

“With sustainability and the environment increasingly in the spotlight, and consumers placing more emphasis on the provenance of where things come from or how they’re designed, we’ve made it our mission to not just give eco-conscious guests a great night’s sleep on a sustainable mattress, but to also support hoteliers in delivering their eco-conscious commitments too. After all, every one of our mattresses and beds in our Hospitality Origins Collection is made using only the finest natural materials, meaning they’re 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable at the end of their life. It’s the perfect bed for hoteliers who are trying to be greener and take greater control over their environmental footprint.”

Extending Hypnos’ existing Origins story to the hospitality sector, the brand-new collection, consisting of three luxurious, durable mattresses, represents a new era of sustainable sleep solutions for hoteliers, that offers eco-conscious guests the ultimate in comfort with integrity.

Indeed, Hypnos has been on a decade-long sustainability journey, achieving many pioneering firsts, from becoming the world’s first bed company to be carbon neutral to the development of sugar cane packaging.

> Since you’re here, why not read about Cult Hotels and Hypnos’ recent collaboration in pursuit for sustainable luxury?

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

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Live from HIX: Up close to Parkside’s new zero waste tile

Made from 100 per cent natural materials, Criaterra tiles are a new addition to the Parkside portfolio. We thought we  would get up close and personal on stand 52A and find out a little more about the design and production process… 

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Earlier this year, Parkside unveiled the Criaterra tiles, a new collection of 100 per cent natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tiles. And we have waited until now to get our hands on them. Fortunately for us, and those visiting the Business Design Centre this week, the team at Parkside have them on display on their stand.

Made from stone powders, clays and plant fibres cast in three-dimensional patterns that fuse geometric and organic forms, and available in colours derived from natural pigments, Criaterra is a unique decorative wall tile that challenges the conventions of production and design. Being 100 percent biodegradable, as strong as concrete and with six times the thermal resistance, Criaterra takes a bold step towards product circularity. The practicality of the tile, and its environmental credentials, along with its unique forms and natural palette, make it an exciting addition to the Parkside tile portfolio.

“We’re hugely excited to welcome Criaterra into our portfolio as it makes inroads in tackling the environmental challenges we face as an industry,” commented Brian Linnington, managing director, Parkside. “The tile’s ability to deliver performance as well as 100 percent product circularity is hugely impressive, but it is also incredibly beautiful to look at. Already gracing commercial interiors in EMEA, we’re looking forward to seeing how UK projects make use of the unique geo-organic forms and thoughtful natural palette.”

It’s not just about the material, but also how the tiles are made, and Criaterra have been developed with a 90 percent energy saving in production against ceramics, and using up to 70 percent upcycled quarry waste material, the tiles use Advanced Earth Technology, the result of an intensive five-year scientific R&D project. This innovative technology re-engineers the way tiles are manufactured and introduces a fully regenerative product, as well as replacing conventional high temperature firing with a low temperature process that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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Criaterra is available in eight geometric shapes which can be organised into limitless combinations in Quad or arranged through the irregular hexagon and concave form of Hex to reference the shape’s common occurrence in the natural world. A nine-strong palette of clay like tones, from pale Dolomit through to Onyx and Ruby, give a strong ‘from earth’ feel, making Criaterra well-suited to commercial interiors heavily influenced by natural materials. The square, rectangular and rhombus flat shapes of Quad also ground the tile well in more ordered contemporary schemes.

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Image credit: Parkside / Gidon Levin

Suitable for internal decorative wall use only and designed to work best without grout, Criaterra is a natural alternative to mass produced ceramic tiles.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Parkside / Criaterra Studio

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Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

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Live from HIX: Roca showcases new smart products

It’s all about smart design and sustainability on stand 4 with Roca – from the fabrication of the stand itself, to the brand’s latest products and projects on display…

Roca, known for design led bathroom products which combine innovation and product knowledge with a respect for the environment, have kept sustainability as its guiding ethos.

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This is reflected not only through the products on display at HIX, but also in the fabrication of their stand, which has been designed with sustainability at the heart. Materials used include recycled copper, acrylic and plastics. Parts of the stand will also be repurposed for future events, to ensure its longevity.

The hospitality industry has seen an increased emphasis on hygiene with unprecedented demand for non-contact products in hotels and restaurants. Roca’s selection of products on display at HIX highlight the brand’s touchless solutions, such as the EP-1 and EP-2 electronic operating plates which offer touchless flushing capabilities for wall-hung and back-to-wall WC’s. With a stylish, contemporary design and easy installation, they are simply activated by the wave of a hand, providing an extra layer of safety and reassurance within the hotel or restaurant bathroom.

Roca’s range of electronic basin mixers, including the L70 and Loft collections, feature an infrared sensor which activates the water flow when presence is detected and shuts off automatically when the hands are removed, avoiding direct contact. The lack of contact not only improves hygiene, it also prevents the build-up of droplets and fingerprints on its surface, resulting in a cleaner product for longer. Roca’s electronic basin mixers offer a hygienic and effective solution to fight the spread bacteria and to reduce the use of water in hospitality settings.

A modern hotel bathroom not only stands out for its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers functionality, comfort and a stylish design aesthetic. The ground-breaking new In-Wash In-Tank toilet meets all three requirements and provides state-of-the-art technology, without compromising on its main function: bringing a total hygiene experience to the WC.

While coloured ceramics may remain a controversial subject, Roca’s luxurious bathroom collections are the ideal solution to create a harmonious and memorable space. Discover Roca’s Beyond, Inspira and Ruy Ohtake basins, available in unique colours and finishes, and designed with organic lines and a timeless aesthetic in mind. The result: beautifully sculpted exclusive basins, to transform any hotel bathroom into an elegantly completed space.

Roca also continues to innovate with its brassware portfolio thanks to the introduction of two new finishes to its stunning Insignia and Naia ranges. Complete with Everlux finish, the two new additions are now available in stylish rose gold and brushed titanium black. Also on display on Roca’s stand at HIX is the Carelia, Pals and Cala brassware collection in chrome. All these ranges offer unique and stylish design options.

“We’re delighted to be exhibiting at the much anticipated HIX event,” commented David Bromell, Head of Marketing, Roca. “We’ll be showcasing some of our latest products, including our innovative In-Wash In-Tank Smart WC, which combines the personal hygiene functions of In-Wash, with the unique integrated cistern of our In-Tank technology. These innovations sit alongside collections which embrace the latest possibilities in materials and colours, to support the design process through significant customisation options, and include our award-winning basin collection designed by Ruy Ohtake.”

While Roca’s Cratos shower trays manufactured in Senceramic® give us all the benefits of an extra-slim design, it also invites the user to enjoy different natural textures which are warm to the touch. The material Senceramic® is made of a unique mixture of high quality vitreous china and enamel, creating a textured finish in the production process. Not only are these shower trays beautiful to look at, but the textured surface also provides strong anti-slip properties.

Roca’s innovative Smart Shower is another product being showcased on their stand that combines design with technology and sustainability. It uses smart technology to provide a unique showering experience, with easy to use, customisable settings, the Smart Shower is a beneficial addition to any bathroom design.

Roca is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: hansgrohe & AXOR unveil ‘groundbreaking’ bathroom design innovations

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Live from HIX: hansgrohe & AXOR unveil ‘groundbreaking’ bathroom design innovations

Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) has united Europe’s foremost designers, consultants, architects and emerging talent across the hospitality sector at London’s Business Design Centre. Among the exhibitors this year is hansgrohe, which is unveiling its latest bathroom design products. Editor Hamish Kilburn nipped over to stand 17 to find out more…

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At this year’s show, bathroom manufacture Hansgrohe, comprising brands AXOR and hansgrohe, will be showcasing ‘groundbreaking’ innovations in bathroom design. With working water displays and its latest products on show, visitors are invited to stand 17. As one of the founding sponsors of HIX 2021, Hansgrohe will be sponsoring the talk, ‘Quietness with Attitude’, in partnership with Hotel Designs at 11- 12pm on Friday 19 November.

HIX is also the platform from which Hansgrohe is presenting its latest ranges, including Pulsify, RainDrain, Finoris, Vivenis, AddStoris and AXOR One. This is the first time some of these products will be available for viewing at an event in the UK.

AXOR One

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“Designing for wellness has never been more important,” Jay Phillips, Managing Director at Hansgrohe UK told Hotel Designs. “The mental and physical health impact of the last 18 months has opened up important conversations around personal and corporate wellbeing, so much so that designers and architects need to work increasingly harder to create spaces that calm, rejuvenate and cocoon its users. Whether through applying biophilic principles, using clever lighting and layouts, or simply harnessing the restorative power of water when it comes to bathroom planning, good design has the power to transform the guest experience. Hansgrohe, with its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, is delighted to be sponsoring this event where such an important topic is top of the agenda.”

Hansgrohe is one of Hotel Designs’ recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with supplier news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips by clicking here.

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Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

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Live from HIX: LEDS C4 presents ‘best choice’ of new products

LEDS C4 is presenting its ‘best choice’ of new products at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX). Editor Hamish Kilburn heads over to stand U36 to learn more about the Tubs, Trip and Noway collections…

Trip lighting from LEDS C4

LEDS C4 is at Hotel Interiors Experience (HIX) this week in London. The lighting company over on stand U36 at this year’s event – and has also lent a few items to Hotel Designs on stand U54. LEDS C4 is an official sponsor of this year’s edition, supporting the organisation with an interesting series of discussions involving famous names such as Tom Dixon. For this London event, the brand will highlight some of the best sellers from its Decorative Collection catalogue – and here’s what caught our eye…

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The design by Nahtrang Design is a set of geometric lines that make versatility its main strength, with almost endless composition possibilities. Its linear forms combine to create visual poetry in the form of latticework. The Tubs collection has four families: pendant, table, wall and floor. Each piece is a living element that can be infinitely extended; they can also be built in smaller versions that adapt to more limited spaces.

Recently, the collection was extended with a new felt fitting, providing spaces with a greater decorative element and improved acoustic quality.

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LEDS C4 has opted for the Trip collection at the HIX event: a family of wall lights that decorates and illuminates. This soft, diffuse and asymmetric light point adapts easily to any space: “When the piece and the light effect it produces are designed in full harmony, the possible applications of the luminaire are endless”, explains LEDS C4.

Trip is intended to decorate with its mere presence. To do so, it’s available in two sizes (300 and 460 mm), in metallic gold and black, and there is the option of combining two or three luminaires. It’s made from steel and aluminium.

The glass version, TRIP GLASS, connects the design of the piece with light effects, and transparency is the key to its design. It comes in three diffuser colours: Amber, Fumé and Opal. Measuring 270mm, it uses E14 bulbs with IP20 protection.

Noway

LEDS C4 will also present the Noway collection, which is now available this year with a new pendant version. Not only does Noway boast a character based on simplicity and purity, but it also provides visual comfort through high-quality indirect lighting.

Noway, which is a design by Francesco Vilaró, is a luminaire with notable dematerialisation, fully ceding relevance to the light through a surprising effect of weightlessness and lightness that helps it offer high visual comfort with minimal material. This collection offers different options, from purer versions to other more complex choices, playing with a double shade (the colours of which can be combined) and with light effects to provide more visual presence. It’s available in black and gold finishes, with or without a floor counterweight.

LEDS C4, which will also display its Tubs lighting products on Hotel Designs’ stand on U54, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

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Live from HIX: Arte unveils L’Invite collection of wallcoverings

Inspired by the world of French Haute Couture and fashion, L’invite is the latest collection from Arte. From Greek scenes to French Toile de Jouy, these elegant new additions to the brand’s portfolio, on display on stand 58 caught our attention. Pauline Brettell went over to have a closer look…

contemporary seating design with arte wall coverings

L’invite is the latest collection from Arte, and is an elegant wallcoverings collection consisting of six designs full of geometric patterns, Greek scenes and elegant plains. Neoclassical in style, L’Invite offers a modern colour palette of soft pastels, as well as deeper blues, greens, and earthy tones across clever imitations of natural textiles and textures, including rattan, lace, woven paper and French Toile de Jouy.

Washable, lightfast, and durable, this collection of non-woven designs is perfect for both residential and commercial use, and areas with high traffic. The range of designs offer a surprising trompe de l’oeil effect; each with a layered and textural finish, giving the impression of touches of lace, natural fibres, and rattan, as well as woven jacquard patterns – all of which add a play of colour and subtle nuances of light and shade.

The Designs:

Le Sommet – This playful zigzag pattern takes you to unprecedented heights, breathing innovation thanks to the geometric motifs inspired from around the globe. The zigzag motif draws the eyes, giving a feeling of height and elegance with a palette that includes more muted natural shades through to bold blues and deep red.

Le Papier Tissé – Le Papier Tissé is inspired by the subtle patterns within woven paper. The fine structure of the paper strips presents the layers of natural fibres, with each linear detail giving a subtle play of slight colour nuances and delicate textural interest. Available in a soft colour palette of natural hues including lavender, pistachio, honey and eggshell.

Le Rotin – This tone-on-tone pattern is a natural imitation of rattan, barely distinguishable from the real thing, and evoking a contemporary hand-woven aesthetic with a nod to nostalgia. Through the imperfect variegation of fibres, is a nuanced shadow play of light and dark, with the coloured background enhancing this effect.

Le Mythe – This unusual wallpaper takes you back to the rich past of the Greeks with stately temples and mysterious myths. The monochrome design is inspired by French Toile de Jouy, a fabric known for detailed, romantic designs and replicated here as a wallpaper, evoking the printed fabric finish on the wall.

bedroom in neutral tones and natural textures with walpaper Le Mythe by Arte

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Le Prestige – Le Prestige exudes luxury with its layered patterned design that takes its inspiration from lace and jacquard woven textiles, while at the same time being durable and hardwearing. The perfect balance of delicacy and strength. It plays with small, geometric shapes in combination with relief inks.

Cream sheepskin carpet and neutral tones with wooden surfaces with Arte Le Prestige wallcovering

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L’Extase – Closed, geometric shapes capture the eye in this mobile pattern with detailed and intricate patterns that offer a nod to fine lace, creating an instant feeling of luxury.

> Since you’re here, why not check out more designs from Arte?

Arte is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to unveil grand relaunch

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to unveil grand relaunch

Following an expansive multi-million dollar renovation, the iconic Maldives twin-island resort, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, continues to deliver authentic barefoot luxury with reimagined spacious water villas, reinvigorated culinary venues and innovative guest experiences…

aerial view of twin island resort in the maldives

Following on from ongoing redesigns, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s extensive multi-year makeover continues, as the award-winning project turns the page to write its next chapter in its expansive multi-million dollar refurbishment. With plans to debut its grand relaunch in February 2022, the brand continues to elevate its signature hospitality with thoughtful experiences and refreshed interiors.

over water villa in the maldives with white parasol and outdoor furniture at conrad maldives rangali

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The unveiling of the revitalised space will resonate with the aspirations of a new era of luxury travellers, while providing the perfect setting for loyal guests to craft new memories. Proudly the first international resort brand to arrive in the Maldives and soon to complete 25 years in time for the grand relaunch in 2022, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was, and continues to be, a pioneer amongst Maldives’ 150 resorts. Renowned for delivering authentic barefoot luxury and leading the way as the ‘Island of Firsts’, the twin-island property is home to the world’s first undersea restaurant Ithaa, first underwater bedroom set within the two-level residence The Muraka, and first twin island resort experience in the Maldives, amongst others.

“We are delighted to announce the next chapter of Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and look forward to taking guests through the evolution of this special resort with the launch of newly designed water villas, refreshed restaurants, new experiences, brand new Teens Club and various other exciting additions,” said Carla Puverel, General Manager, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island. “As the ‘Island of Firsts’ we pride ourselves on remaining innovative and offering a level of personalised service unique to our resort. The extensive renovations which began in 2019 demonstrates our commitment to investing in our guest experience which continues to build on our legacy.”

wooden deck and white parasols overlooking the pool and the sea at conrad maldives

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Marking the final chapter in this extensive multi-year renovation, 2022 will see significant enhancements across the resort, including the refreshment of 50 of the Overwater Villas. Dedicated to couples and honeymooners, the water villas in Rangali Island will be transformed into luxurious havens of comfort and style. All villas will be fully revitalised to include stylish new interiors, combining integrated indoor-outdoor living spaces with an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean and direct access to a private sun deck. From spacious Sunrise and Sunset Water Villas measuring 86 square metres, to the ultimate overwater haven Two Bedroom Rangali Ocean Pavilion with Pool measuring 451 square metres, this adult only island caters to the evolving needs of every traveller.

Attention has also been paid to elevating the dining experiences of the guests, with makeovers for three of the bars and restaurants. The renovation of the popular all-day dining buffet restaurant featuring live cooking stations, gives the concept of a culinary world tour a fresh perspective from breakfast through to creative evening cocktails. Guests can choose to dine indoor amidst the interactive show kitchens and powder sand floor, or experience the outdoor dining under the swaying palm trees and gentle breeze from this beachfront restaurant.

The Rangali Bar remains the chilled-out social hub of the resort, and its recently completed renovation showcases contemporary interiors, warm furniture tones and a communal sand-floored bar overlooking the lagoon, and is the perfect place to get together over lunch, dinner or cocktails. The Vilu Restaurant, another long-time favourite for loyal guests with its open-air design and location on the edge of the lagoon, will also be refurbished to offer guests a newly enhanced space.

Key to this stage of the refurbishment, are the expanded and refreshed facilities for guests across all generations. The introduction of a brand new Teens Club on Rangali-Finolhu Island, the livelier family centric island, will offer engaging experiences for energetic adolescents and is set to be an added attraction to families traveling with this age group. There are also plans to enhance the existing kids club, Majaa Explorer’s Hub, that will welcome young travellers with a brand new space located next to the new teens club. Both occupying an expansive complex offering exciting new activities.

 Divers and ocean lovers of all ages will enjoy an refurbished Dive Centre, relocated on the water’s edge to enhance guest experience and giving guests easier access to diving lessons and excursions. There will also be a brand new and fully equipped gym available at the adults only Rangali island. A great addition to complement the gym on the main island, offering couples and honeymooners their private work out space. A revamped Overwater Spa, on site to invigorate the body, mind and soul, has been designed to cater to all demands, from soulful meditation to absolute therapeutic pampering.

“Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is one of the key resorts in our luxury portfolio across Asia Pacific and a shining example of how we bring to life truly inspired experiences across Conrad Hotels & Resorts,” said Nils-Arne Schroeder, global brand head, Conrad Hotels & Resorts and vice president, Luxury & Lifestyle, Hilton, Asia-Pacific. “The amount of investment, time and effort put into enhancing every part of the guest experience alone signifies a commitment by the team to deliver even more authentic and purposeful hospitality to travellers from all around the world. We look forward with anticipation to the completion of the refurbishment and I am confident the resort will be top of mind for luxury travellers seeking to embark on a meaningful journey to create new travel memories in one of the most iconic destinations in the world when it unveils in 2022.”

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s next chapter brings elevated guests experiences through the enhanced brand new spaces, along with the refurbished existing facilities. Inspired itineraries offer unique experiences to guests like swimming with whale sharks and manta rays, turtle safari, sunset dolphin cruises and coral planting in the house reef with the marine biologist. These extensive renovations, thoughtful experiences and upgraded culinary offering will bring Conrad Maldives Rangali Island to the top of its game, ensuring it continues to offer authentic barefoot luxury across its twin islands that guests have long enjoyed since the resort landed in the shores of the Maldives.

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Parkside Tiles Outdoor Collection

Product watch: A total outdoor tile solution from Parkside

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Product watch: A total outdoor tile solution from Parkside

The Outdoor Collection from Parkside provides a total tile solution for commercial and residential projects…

Following the launch of its 100 per cent natural, ‘zero waste’ wall tile, Parkside has unveiled the Outdoor Collection, which helps designers, specifiers and developers to fully realise the potential of outside space.

Parkside Tiles Outdoor Collection

Whether a natural extension of internal bar and restaurant areas, or a seamless flow from indoor to outdoor living in housing, the Outdoor Collection provides porcelain tiles and supporting ancillaries designed to cope with the rigours of all-round external use.

The collection features porcelain tiles that are ideally suited to outdoor use. Not only more durable than their ceramic counterparts, porcelain tiles are also UV and weather resistant. Delivering stability in sub-zero and high temperatures, they are the only tile option for prolonged external use on terraces, balconies and outside living spaces.

Stocked in the UK for fast delivery, Vista is a versatile UV-resistant porcelain tile available in a range of sizes, effects and specifications all made to cope with outdoor use. Available in Vista20 (20mm) or Vista40 (40mm) thickness, these vitrified porcelain floor slabs provide a PTV 36+ surface that can be used for outdoor spaces in commercial and residential settings. Selected designs are available in 10mm thickness to create a link between indoors and outdoors.

In stone, wood, concrete, marble, terrazzo and slate effects, Vista can work to transform outside space. Whether a traditional stone effect or the modern look of terrazzo, Vista provides a finish that is hard-wearing frost, mould and stain resistant.

Dawson is a modern concrete effect UV-resistant porcelain tile, available in five sizes to suit a range of outdoor floor requirements, including formats up to 1200mm x 2400mm that are ideal for large commercial premises. In Smoke and Tarmac colour options, Dawson features a minimum 20 per cent recycled content.

The outdoor-ready tile features a textured finish for 36+ PTV for assured performance in residential and commercial environments. Hard-wearing, frost, stain and mould resistant, Dawson is also available in 10mm specification to create a floor that flows indoors to outdoors – perfect for natural extension of living space in homes. In commercial projects, Dawson can be used to extend design principles to outdoor front of house.

The Outdoor Collection includes a full range of supporting ancillaries. A range of steel pedestals ensure installations can conform to regulations for external wall systems and balconies above 18m. Available in flat head adjustable height and slope corrector adjustable height types, they facilitate quick and easy installation providing excellent support and are lockable to prevent movement from vibration or shocks. Plastic pedestals are also available.

Alongside, specialist adhesives, corrosion-resistant lightweight aluminium profiles and Easy Joint brush-in grout in a range of colours, the Outdoor Collection provides projects with a tile system that provides an attractive and durable finish capable of maintaining appearance throughout years of external use.

Parkside, which won Best in British Product Design at The Brit List Awards 2020, is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Warner Bros. Hotel - Hotel Designs

World’s first Warner Bros. hotel opens on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

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World’s first Warner Bros. hotel opens on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island

The world’s first WB hotel is situated on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, steps away from the Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi Theme Park. The 257-key hotel invites guests on a ‘journey through the world of Warner Bros.’ most iconic films and television series…

Warner Bros. Hotel - Hotel Designs

Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of magnetic experiences in collaboration with Warner Bros., home to one of the most well-known and successful collections of brands and characters in the world, has announced The WB Abu Dhabi, located on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, the first ever Warner Bros. themed hotel, part of Curio Collection by Hilton, has officially opened its doors to guests. The hotel allows guests to see their favourite stories and characters brought to life through unique hospitality experiences that only the rich history and storied legacy of Warner Bros. could offer. 

“This is yet another great moment for us, with The WB Abu Dhabi hotel opening on Yas Island, further positioning it as a top global destination for leisure, entertainment and business,” said HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Miral. “We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with both Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and Hilton, bringing world firsts and global hospitality offerings and experiences to Abu Dhabi.”

Featuring more than 400 curated images and film and TV props, guests at the world’s first Warner Bros. hotel will be treated to a journey of discovery through film and television, enjoying Warner Bros.’ rich history and library of timeless productions at every touchpoint from arrival to check-out. While dining in one of five restaurants on the property, you can listen as the piano from “Westworld,” the hit HBO science fiction TV show, plays a familiar tune. Visitors can stroll through the lobby or admire 360-degree city and sea views alongside their favorite props and costumes from Warner Bros. films and TV shows.  Kids and families can ring up one of their favourite Looney Tunes characters for a room service treat brought to them by the Wascally Wabbit, Bugs Bunny himself.

“Our dream has come true with the grand opening to the first ever Warner Bros. branded hotel. Our incredible partners at Miral and Hilton, have helped us make this vision a reality for our fans around the world,” explained Pam Lifford, President of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences. “We always strive to be fan focused and have developed an exceptional hospitality experience for them to further connect with the iconic Warner Bros. brands, franchises, and characters they know and love. Guests visiting Warner Bros. World right next door will have the ultimate encore to their park experience by relaxing and treating themselves to a stay at The WB Abu Dhabi.”

Lobby area inside Warner Bros Hotel in Abu DhabiJochem-Jan Sleiffer, President, Hilton, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, added: “With the opening of The WB Abu Dhabi hotel as part of Curio Collection by Hilton, we continue our successful partnership with Miral on Yas Island.  This is the second of three hotels we are opening together, following on from the opening of Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island earlier this year, with DoubleTree by Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island Residences soon to come.  This property is a perfect representation of what Curio Collection by Hilton is all about, unique locations and experiences that carry their own distinct identity as a concept underpinned by the same upscale Hilton service.”

Guests of The WB Abu Dhabi hotel begin their story as they pull up to the hotel and are greeted by digital screens that span the height of the building, playing over 35 different pieces of original content created for the hotel. Before entering the hotel, visitors won’t want to miss the iconic “Friends” fountain, or snaping a pic with the all-new Batmobile from the upcoming highly anticipated film, The Batman. Guests will then enter the lobby and be drawn to the hotel’s uniquely designed lobby columns. A spectacular Living Archive (spiral staircase) also resides in the lobby and will house an evolving collection of items dedicated to the vast depth and history of WB’s role in entertainment. It will showcase original films and a number of Warner Bros. props such as Cowboy boots from the 1956 film Giant, worn by James Dean, Michael Keaton’s cowl from 1989 film, Batman, original drawing from The Great Gatsby and so much more. As guests continue their journey, the storytelling experience is further enriched with guest room corridors displaying a curated gallery of artwork.

Furnishing with nods to Warner Bros. legacy of rich story telling make up each of the hotel’s 257 rooms. Three themes have inspired the guestroom artwork. The first theme, “From Script to Screen,” highlights standout moments from Warner Bros.’ movies and shows and documents the journey from the written page to the final shot. The second theme, “Artist Confidential,” celebrates a variety of talent in front of and behind the camera in some of Warner Bros.’ favourite productions. The third theme, “The Vault” features rarely seen images from Warner Bros.’ most memorable archives.

Accompanying the hotel’s unique design is a broad range of world class food and beverage offerings featuring five dining options catering to both adults and children. Craft Services, located in the lobby lounge, offers a relaxing coffee break after a busy day, while Sidekicks is the perfect family friendly place for socialising and interacting while enjoying a flavorful international menu. For those lounging by the pool, The Matinee provides a casual dining option for guest of all ages, complete with a dive-in pool theatre and Mediterranean menu. Additionally, guests looking to indulge in an elegant dining experience, can visit The Director’s Club offering a sophisticated meatery where charcoal ovens, perfectly aged cuts, and a menu selection of dishes inspired to reflect the movie scene setting and supporting the whole cast, serve the mature palate, or enjoy an experience at The Overlook, a fabulous lounge with a relaxing infinity pool and beautiful 360-degree city, theme park and sea views.

The hotel is home to a host of leisure amenities for guests to enjoy, whether that’s lounging by the family pool area, working out in the fitness centre, relaxing in the spa, exploring the artwork and props or shopping in the Warner Bros. store, the Prop Shop. For younger guests, the Kid’s Club will offer a vibrant and playful space designed to bring Warner Bros.’ characters to life. Some of WB’s world-renowned characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and others will participate in entertaining activities throughout the hotel providing guest memories that will last a lifetime. The hotel also caters for business meetings and events with a large 394 square-metre multi-function ballroom and expansive meeting room facilities perfect for events.

> Since you’re here, why not read about W Hotels arrival on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi?

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dubai skyline with new marriott w hotel

Marriott signs agreement to open W Dubai

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Marriott signs agreement to open W Dubai

Marriott has signed an agreement with wasl Hospitality & Leisure LLC to bring the W Hotels brand to Dubai’s sought-after Jumeriah Beach coastline. Set to become an ‘iconic addition’ to the Dubai skyline, the 318-key W Dubai will combine the culture of the W brand with the boundless energy of the city. Here’s what we know…

dubai skyline with new marriott w hotel

Marriott International, Inc. has just announced it has signed an agreement with wasl Hospitality & Leisure LLC, to bring the W Hotels Worldwide brand to Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach coastline. Slated to open in 2022, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is set to become an urban escape that will bring the eclectic design, unconventional luxury, and innovative programming that travellers have come to expect from the W Hotels brand.

“We are seeing increasing demand for luxury lifestyle brands in Dubai, and with its mix of culture and high-energy lifestyle, the emirate is the perfect destination for the trend-setting W Hotels brand,” said Candice D’Cruz, Vice President – Luxury Brands, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “With its unexpected design and iconic, socially driven Whatever/Whenever® service, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi will become a destination within a destination.”

Located close to Dubai’s thriving leisure destinations, such as Dubai Marina and JBR Walk, W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is well-situated to offer guests a vibrant and playful escape. The 31-storey hotel is expected to feature 318 guestrooms, including 26 suites and an Extreme WOW Suite (W’s take on a Presidential Suite). The W Lounge (the brand’s signature take on the hotel lobby) is anticipated to draw inspiration from a Middle Eastern gathering place and will be a dynamic and lively space, where guests can mix and mingle over crafted cocktails and light bites. Anticipated plans include a new sunset destination experience by the pool overlooking the stunning Mina Seyahi bay, as well as a signature outlet on the 31st floor, with unsurpassed views of Dubai’s world-famous Palm Jumeirah Island.

FUEL, the W brand’s high-energy, social take on wellness that allows guests to focus on mind and body, will be at the heart of the BAR-B spa, which is expected to feature three treatment rooms and a beauty bar. The FIT Fitness Centre will see UK brand 1Rebel, the ultimate sport-luxe fitness experience, make its debut in the UAE, with a 2500-square-metre, dual-storey studio in the hotel.

“We are thrilled to strengthen our relationship with wasl Group to open W Dubai – Mina Seyahi in such an important leisure destination in Dubai,” said Sandeep Walia, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, Marriott International. “This new hotel underscores our commitment to growing our luxury portfolio in the Middle East, while signifying the demand for the W Hotels brand in the region.”

Marriott International currently operates six properties and residences under the W Hotels brand across the Middle East. W Dubai – Mina Seyahi is anticipated to be the brand’s second property in Dubai.

Since you are here why don’t you read about W Hotel in Changsha

 

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tropical villa with infinity pool at gran melia lombok

Melia Hotels set to expand in Indonesia

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Melia Hotels set to expand in Indonesia

Already one of the hotel group’s most sought after destinations, the opening of Gran Meliá Lombok in 2024 will mark the second Gran Meliá property in Indonesia. Here’s what we know about the hotel that is expected to shelter ‘pure luxury’…

tropical villa with infinity pool at gran melia lombok

Meliá Hotels International is planning to bring a touch of Spanish luxury to Indonesia with the opening of Gran Meliá Lombok in 2024.  Meliá Lombok will be located at the beautiful Torok Bay in the south of the island, surrounded by green hills and a beach with crystal clear waters, the perfect destination to disconnect and relax. The hotel will boast 22 luxury beachside villas and another 105 villas on the mountainside, all with private infinity pools and stunning ocean views. Careful attention will be paid to the architectural design, utilising natural elements that represent the essence of the destination. The hotel will blend seamlessly with its natural environment, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the surroundings. An abundance of large windows will maximise natural light to promote the indoor/outdoor lifestyle, while elegant furniture and warm tones will convey a sense of pure luxury.

Luxury tropical villa featuring natural materials and textures on lombok

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Lombok is an island to the east of Bali with a pristine natural environment which has become increasingly popular as a travel destination over the past decade. Its immense rice fields, rugged landscape and the famous Mount Rinjani volcano all form part of the natural attractions of the island, which is surrounded by endless beaches, and turquoise waters ideal for surfers. The entire hotel has been designed as an authentic sanctuary for wellbeing. From the beachside YHI Spa offering relaxing rituals and treatments, to the well equipped fitness centre, Gran Meliá Lombok provides guests with everything they need to maintain their wellness routine. The hotel will also offer a kids club to keep children entertained and an extensive programme of activities designed for the whole family.

In keeping with the Gran Meliá brand, the hotel will feature world class dining options that combine the best local ingredients and techniques to offer guests authentic Indonesian dining experiences. The spacious lounge with scenic ocean views will provide the perfect setting for couples planning an exotic destination wedding.

Gran Meliá Lombok will become the second Gran Meliá brand hotel in Indonesia after Gran Meliá Jakarta, a flagship urban oasis situated in the Golden Triangle of the central business district of Kuningan, in Jakarta. The hotel boasts an iconic architecture inspired by Spanish heritage with renovated contemporary decoration, offering the finest dining experience, such as the awarded gastronomic offerings of Chef Tomoaki at Yoshi Izakaya Japanese restaurant.

Main image credit: Melia Hotels

abstract painting in pinks and greens above hotel bed

The benefit of art in hotel design

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The benefit of art in hotel design

Following our spotlight on art last month, Hotel Designs has invited Frances Bildner from Frances Bildner Expressive Arts to explore the benefits of art in hotel design, from framed pieces in the lobby to colourful in-between spaces within the hotel journey… 

abstract painting in pinks and greens above hotel bed

During the last year whilst we have been more isolated, the power of art was more important than ever. The whole world needed to have a positive impact to help them through it. Unfortunately, during this period, many people suffered with feelings of isolation, and mental illness increased. Art has the power to change the way people think, and how they feel, especially during these stressful times. It can challenge, educate, and provoke change. Having an inspiring painting on your wall can brighten up your day. It can make work feel more manageable, and it can make home feel more joyful. It is a great pity that hospitals do not use more art for their patients to enjoy. It would facilitate wellbeing and add some colour to their white drab walls.

Companies are now investing in art more than ever. They understand the positive impact on management, employees and visitors. Interior Designers, Hotels and Property developers, all use art to help sell their homes, buildings and businesses. There is also an increased and growing awareness about the return of Art as an investment.

‘Art hotels’ have sprung up internationally, offering rooms with customised art, adding to the guest experience by creating an interior that is both individual, and filled with character and charm. This is a far cry from the generic rooms of the past. Some hotels offer artists exhibitions, while others use interior designers to start the process of collection and curation.

Fife Arms in Scotland, owned by the founders of renowned gallery Hauser and Wirth, use the gallery to acquire and curate the art which is key to their guest experience. The Artist Residence in Bristol is known for its bold, eclectic design, and a key element to this, is the successful pairing of contemporary art with historical character.

A hotel that is well known for its championing of the arts, is Beaverbrook. The estate houses a wealth of historical art treasures, which is curated by Beaverbrook’s creative director, Sir Frank Lowe. He has been responsible for the inspirational collection of works created by a whole host of artists from diverse generations and genres. These include work by contemporary stained glass artist Brian Clarke, as well as names like Gerhard Richter and Jean Cocteau.

Designed by Brian Clarke, the Coach House is a work of art in itself, with its vibrant and uplifting flower themed stained-glass panels and skylights, as well as ceramic tiles and mosaics made by Clarke to reflect the power and beauty of nature, the hills and woods that you can see for miles around. In his design of the spa, Clarke has created a total work of art: mouth-blown stained glass, Venetian glass mosaic, drifts of handmade ceramic cornflowers and poppies, tile work, and his paintings and prints all appear throughout, conspiring to produce a unified effect through light and colour, together with integral elements including the ceramic reception desk and spa fireplace.

“When they asked me to create an artistic environment for the spa at Beaverbrook the idea appealed to me greatly because I consciously seek through my art in buildings to uplift the soul – and the spa historically, since Roman times and before, has sought to do the same,” said Brian Clarke. “I derive considerable pleasure from thinking that the combination of the environment and the treatments that people receive there take away the weight of contemporary life which is often so grim.”

Installed above the doorway of the entrance to the Italian gardens, is a rare, original, stained-glass panel entitled “Engel” (1958) by Jean Cocteau, renowned poet, playwright, visual artist and avant-garde filmmaker, while hanging in the lobby is a tapestry by artist, Gerhard Richter. The work, entitled Abdu, is one of a group of four enormous tapestries created by the artist in 2009. It is based on one of his previous works and fuses the ancient Arab art of carpet weaving with high tech sophistication.

Restaurants such as Le Colombe d’Or in St Paul de Vence, have a long history of art adorning their walls. Artists who could not afford meals would give a painting in lieu of payment. From Miro, Braque and Chagall in the fifties, the collection also includes work by Picasso and Calder. Both the restaurant and the art have been frequented and enjoyed by creative spirits over the years. The art collection has continued to grow over time, with the latest work being a ceramic work by Irish artist Sean Scully for the swimming pool area.

Whether buying art for investment or for enhancing the environment, who can argue that a bright colourful and vital piece of art can substantially increase the joy in ones life. And we all need that!

Frances Bildner Expressive Arts, which is the result of many years in the business of providing fine art for public and private spaces, is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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four seasons new orleans in iconic city tower building

Now open: Four Seasons arrives in New Orleans

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Now open: Four Seasons arrives in New Orleans

Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans has opened its doors, inside one of the city’s most iconic  buildings, and has been designed to celebrate New Orlean’s spirit of ‘survival’ and ‘rebirth’. Melania Guarda Ceccoli explores…

four seasons new orleans in iconic city tower building

Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans finally welcomes its guests to the iconic 34-storey tower, originally built in 1968 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding. Designed by legendary modernist architect Edward Durell Stone, the building was originally the World Trade Centre and the International Trade Mart. Now recognised on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic tower has been painstakingly restored and upgraded to become a five-star hotel, celebrating the city’s spirit of survival and rebirth.

“New Orleans has been a priority market for us for many years, and we have been waiting for the right opportunity to make our debut in this dynamic city,” says John Davison, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “We are in a solid position to enter the market with our exceptional partners at Carpenter & Company, in the best location in the city, and by offering an unmatched level of service that only Four Seasons can deliver. The new Hotel and Private Residences will be a genuinely standout property in the city and our global portfolio.”

The New Orleans experience begins at Chandelier Bar, located off the hotel’s lobby and onto a garden patio. The bar sits beneath a 15,000-piece light and glass installation, and provides a glamourous welcome, with live music offered year-round, showcasing local talent. The impressive chandelier, designed by Preciosa, is made up from a glittering 15,000 glass trimmings of round, pendeloque and almond-shaped crystals. This statement chandelier which defines the lobby space, is four metres in height, and features Bohemian crystals from Crystal Valley in the Czech Republic.

huge crystal chandelier in hotel lobby four seasons new orleans

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Complementing the world-class design throughout the Hotel is a carefully-curated art collection featuring local artists, and those inspired by the city. The collection exhibited at the Chandelier Bar and throughout the lobby level, has been curated by Kate Chertavian Fine Art, and includes Louisiana based artist George Dunbar’s clay and gold leaf panels, and New York-based artist Leonardo Drew’s relief works on paper. Immediately, visitors are confronted with a visual conversation between local and international artists, as both artists use earth tones and metallic details with an evident influence from the natural world. Leonardo Drew’s paper pulp prints are rich with abstraction, texture, and relief, while George Dunbar achieves a similar effect in his beautiful clay and gold leaf panels.

The well-known local artist Dawn Dedeaux’s Water Markers New Orleans: A City Below the Sea, leans against the wall in the elevator lobby. These acrylic sculptures are based on the devastating post-Katrina floods of 2005 and represent an actual floodwater level declared by New Orleans homeowners, sharing this recent history visually and elegantly.

hotel lobby in blue and brown with art pieces in new orleans four seasons

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The celebration of New Orleans extends further into Miss River, a “love letter to Louisiana” presented by acclaimed New Orleans Chef Alon Shaya on the lobby level. The ingredient-driven menu offers fresh takes on New Orleans classics with bold and familiar flavours, along with impeccable preparation. Also opening this autumn, award-winning chef, Donald Link, is honouring his Louisiana heritage in his newest concept, Chemin a la Mer. Exemplifying its meaning, pathway to the sea, the enticing menu of steaks and seafood is a perfect combination of local fare executed with French techniques, set against panoramic views of the Mississippi. Not to be missed is the excellent oyster bar, a New Orleans tradition taken in exciting new directions under Chef Link’s expert eye.

With a total of 341 beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites designed by Bill Rooney Studio, the hotel is able to offer accommodation options suited to each guest’s purpose in the city. Rooms have a light, and airy feel, with a palette of clean whites and pale greys, accentuated with white-washed oak furnishings, textured fabrics and wall treatments and, above every bed, a striking tri-panel plaster relief depicting South’s signature scent, the magnolia.

This autumn, the hotel will open its crescent-shaped rooftop swimming pool surrounded by inviting lounge chairs, four private cabanas and of course, incomparable Mississippi River views. There will also be a fitness centre conceived by Harley Pasternak, and The Spa, where Spa Director Toni Sullivan’s team of highly trained therapists will customise treatments to get guests looking and feeling good.

In addition to Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans, the landmark 34-storey World Trade Centre is home to 92 fully serviced Four Seasons Private Residences. Residents enjoy access to all Hotel facilities, including the spa, fitness centre, rooftop pool deck, indoor/outdoor event spaces, Chandelier Bar, along with the signature restaurants by Chefs Alon and Donald.

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First look: Lost Property in London’s Square Mile

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First look: Lost Property in London’s Square Mile

A brand-new Curio Collection by Hilton hotel, set to open its doors in spring 2022 in the City of London, reveals the very first photographs of its new design-led rooms and elegant interiors…

blue and white bedroom with wooded surfaces at lost property hotel in london

Lost Property St. Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton, will be the first hotel under the brand in the Square Mile when it welcomes its first guests next year, following a dramatic renovation. The hotel joins almost 50 Curio Collection hotels trading or under development across Europe, and has been developed by leading property and real estate group Dominvs Group.

Situated in the middle of London’s financial heart and the new cultural hub of Culture Mile, the 145-key hotel will offer guests a bar, restaurant and café, and is located on the doorstep of St Paul’s Cathedral on Ludgate Hill, which is set to make it a favourite of tourists and business travellers alike.

“St Paul’s Cathedral is internationally recognised as one of London’s most treasured landmarks, and Lost Property St. Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton will provide the perfect base from which to explore the capital,” said Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton. “Dominvs Group have been exceptional partners, and we’re pleased to be growing our central London portfolio with this elegant addition.”

strand station london artwork on the wall at Hiltons lost property hotel

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The guestrooms have been designed by Rani Ahluwalia, Creative Director of Key Interior and Designs, in partnership with Ica – Hospitality, Architecture & Interiors. The lavish, sophisticated designs are spread over the hotel’s six floors and 7,660m2 floor space. Drawing on the full design breadth afforded by the Curio Collection whilst extending it in new ways, the bedrooms are modern, design-conscious, and elegant. They blend classic features with high-quality furniture and a clean, crisp finish, giving the hotel a unique personality and character, which is  emphasised with bespoke artwork inspired by London’s lost stories in history.

“I’m delighted to finally reveal the inside of this beautiful new hotel,” said Rani Ahluwalia, Creative Director of Key Interiors and Designs. “Over the last two years, we sought to create a hotel with its own personality; an elegant, modern space combined with a sophisticated and comfortable finish. Curio Collection by Hilton is renowned for its stunning bespoke and appealing interiors, and we have found the balance that complements the historical traditional exterior of the building.”

The hotel is accentuated with deco and mid-century design, with shots of bold colour, sculptural pieces, and tactile materials that will offer a stylish sanctuary in the heart of the City of London. The interior’s neutral walls are elegantly contrasted with the furniture’s deep blues and warm timbers, with the fittings and trim finished in a lavish English brass. The colour palette and style is carried across into the bathrooms as well as through the hotel’s communal areas, including the restaurants and lobby.

While the interiors have been completely transformed, Dominvs Group has ensured the sensitive refurbishment of the building retains the external Grade II-listed grey stone façade, preserving the beautiful, traditional architectural heritage of the area. Only 100 metres from St Paul’s Cathedral, the hotel’s rooms facing north and east will have unrivalled views of the famous London landmark.

Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 100 hotels and resorts, each hand-picked for its distinct character, appealing to travellers seeking one-of-a-kind discoveries and an independent hotel experience.

> Since you are here why not read more about the Royal Senses Curio Collection in Crete?

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hotel lounge with eclectic lighting and natural finishes

Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts opens its first hotel in Hungary

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Crowne Plaza Hotels and Resorts opens its first hotel in Hungary

Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of Crowne Plaza Budapest. Located in the heart of the Hungarian capital, the hotel is in a prime position for both locals, and those travelling to Budapest for business, leisure or a combination of the two…

hotel lounge with eclectic lighting and natural finishes

Designed to meet the needs of the modern business traveller, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts intrinsically understands the work/life balance, and this is brought to life across the brand, through a modern, distinct and purposeful design, featuring multi-functional zones, great food and drinks, and a warm and engaging approach to guest service. Crowne Plaza Budapest continues this tradition through both its design and its location.

Historically two separate cities, Buda and Pest, that joined in the 19th century, there are two unique characteristics that can been seen when exploring the city. Whether it’s the historic architecture and rolling hills of the west (Buda) or the business hub and trendy bars of the east (Pest) – there is something for everyone. Crowne Plaza Budapest is situated in the Pest (east) side of the city, alongside the iconic Nyugati train station, known for its design and construction by the renowned Eiffel Company. As the main travel hub for much of the international train travel coming in and out of the Hungarian capital, the building itself has recently undergone an extensive restoration project to return the late-19th Century structure to its former glory.  Adjacent to the hotel is the newly built Westend shopping centre, accessible directly through the hotel. Guests can visit the shopping centre’s three-hectares of roof garden on the top of the building, as well as all the stores and services available within.

contemporary hotel lobby design at crowne plaza budapest

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All 230 guestrooms and suites at the hotel have a distinctive modern design and layout to help encourage productivity, restoration, and to inspire guests. Guests will enjoy a noticeable sense of space with a layout that includes a desk area for work, a sofa for relaxation and a comfortable bed with high-quality bedding to promote a good night’s sleep – keeping that work/life balance high on the agenda.

hotel bedroom design with work space and desk

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Guests can also take full advantage of the hotel’s Plaza Workspace, a flexible space offering visitors and guests the opportunity to collaborate, meet colleagues, or work solo. The combination of flexible working and relaxation spaces, with food and drink options, enable guests to move seamlessly between work and downtime. Crowne Plaza Budapest also has an additional 13 meeting rooms and event spaces available to hire, and a Club Lounge with exclusive views from the private terrace overlooking the skyline of both Buda and Pest.

Roof terrace overlooking the Budapest skyline

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The onsite restaurant focusses on locally sourced, sustainable and healthy produce, helping guests refuel during their stay. Whether it’s the speciality coffee sourced from Hungarian-born coffee connoisseur Laszlo Banyai living in Costa Rica, or something sweet prepared by the award-winning Hungarian chain of confectionaries, Hiszteria, everything about the Axis Café and Lounge is aimed at introducing both international visitors and locals to the growing success of Hungarian gastronomy. In early 2022, the hotel will open a new rooftop restaurant called Cult, with a large terrace and panoramic views of the city.

“During 2020, we had time to reflect on the things that we take for granted and what has been missed through the lack of travel: the importance of human connection,” says Maurice Janssen, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Budapest. “There has been a distinctive shift in people’s mindset when it comes to business travel. No longer do hotel guests need to feel isolated in their rooms or confined to a business centre to feel productive, and no longer do locals need to be hesitant to walk into a hotel lobby to have a coffee and do some emails for fear of being asked for their room number – the spaces within our hotel are open to all, and we are very much looking forward to hosting our future guests and locals alike.”

Also in Europe, the brand recently opened its Crowne Plaza Nice – Grand Arenas, located on the stunning French Riviera as it continues to grow around the world with 409 Crowne Plaza hotels now open and a further 101 in the pipeline.

> Since you are here, why not read more about what’s happening in Budapest?

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art deco design at the beaumont hotel lobby

The Beaumont unveils first phase of extensive renovation

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The Beaumont unveils first phase of extensive renovation

The team at ReardonSmith Architects pave the way to the next chapter at The Beaumont, reviving the art deco legacy of this Mayfair grande dame. Pauline Brettell takes a look, beyond the lobby, to soak in some of the sensitively restored glamour inside this London jewel…

art deco design at the beaumont hotel lobby

The much-garlanded Beaumont hotel in London’s Mayfair has re-opened its doors, revealing a gentle evolution in several public and guest spaces, the first phase in a programme of works that will culminate in a significant guestroom and public area extension to the property, due for completion in early 2023. ReardonSmith Architects, the original architects on the hotel which opened in 2014, is leading the project team, working in collaboration with New York-based designer, Thierry Despont.

“The reconfiguration and redesign work to date is an exciting first phase in the plan that we have agreed with our client, Beaumont Hotel Property Ltd, to ‘revive the legend’ of The Beaumont hotel,” said James Twomey, Director of ReardonSmith Architects. “It is a sensitive continuum of the hotel’s spirit and all changes, both front and back-of-house, have been made to support the staff in a hotel that is recognised for its outstanding service.”

art deco hotel lobby with wood panelling at the beaumont hotel

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The lobby, which spans the entire front façade of the hotel, has been sensitively enhanced and given new purpose, leading in one direction to the new Magritte Bar and in the other to the concierge and reception desks. Here, a timber panelled portal has been introduced to frame the lift lobby and a grand hall which will eventually offer seamless entry into the new extension. Throughout the lobby, existing internal finishes have been revived, including the distinctive chequerboard marble floor and cherrywood panelling, while new fabrics soften the area.

art deco inspired le magritte bar at the Beaumont Hotel, London

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As befits a hotel loved for its transatlantic Art Deco legacy, the brand-new Le Magritte Bar is inspired by the American bars that took 1920s London and Paris by storm. The architects repurposed and extended what had been a guest-only lounge into the 30-seater public bar, framing a fully glazed entrance with imposing backlit alabaster columns. Within, the space is entirely clad in European fiddleback cherrywood and a leather-topped ebony bar takes pride of place behind which hangs the Magritte artwork that gives the bar its name. The ambience is inviting and glamorous. To the side, a glazed door has been introduced to allow staff to service the new outdoor terrace.

At the heart of the ground floor, the former bar has undergone a complete transformation to create Gatsby’s Room. Extended, reproportioned and redesigned, it is an entirely new offering from The Beaumont – an intimate lounge for light dining through the day, afternoon teas to the sound of a grand piano, evening aperitifs and post-dinner drinks.

The Colony Grill has kept its clubby Twenties New York atmosphere. A new sommelier station has been introduced and elsewhere some of the finishes have been replaced or revived. New murals and artworks are a striking addition.

In addition, the hotel’s spa now benefits from an enlarged gym accommodating state-of-the-art fitness equipment as well as a fourth treatment room and a relocated and redesigned male changing room, while, on the first floor, two guestrooms have been converted into a Mayfair Suite and a third room upgraded to a Superior Room which may be linked to the suite.

Situated in the heart of Mayfair and the West End, The Beaumont embodies the spirit of the grand hotels of the 1920s, yet remains on an intimate scale, with just 50 guestrooms and 22 suites and studios, including Sir Antony Gormley’s ROOM, an inhabitable work of public art. Since opening in 2014, this privately owned and independently run five-star hotel has established an enviable reputation for its thoughtful, friendly service and beautifully appointed accommodation, winning many accolades, including the 2020 Condé Nast Traveller Gold List editors’ favourite hotels in the world.

The journey continues…

Main image credit: The Beaumont / ZACandZAC

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Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury

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Cult Hotels and Hypnos collaborate in pursuit of sustainable luxury

Cult Hotels’ ambition to bring its game-changing new concept to the market includes providing guests with an exceptional sleep experience with Hypnos Contract Beds…

luxury bedroom in shades of grey with orange accent

Cult Hotels is the brainchild of Julian Dunkerton, Co-Founder of fashion giant Superdry and the highly successful Cotswold’s hotel and restaurant portfolio, The Lucky Onion. Dunkerton said it was his ‘ambition’ to bring a ‘game-changing’ new concept to the market, which included providing his guests with an exceptional sleep experience by working closely with Hypnos Contract Beds.

The George in Cheltenham is the first hotel within the design led Cult Hotels collection. Located across five Grade II listed Regency townhouses, the 46-key hotel has undergone a total refurbishment. You’ll still find sweeping staircases, ornate coving, and elegant panelling, but they’re now paired with bold colours, mismatched textures, and industrial design.

statement wallpaper in moody hues in a cult hotel guestroom

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As someone who sees life as a world of opportunity, Dunkerton is clear that Cult Hotels, named after his first fashion brand, fills a gaping hole in the market. Centrally located with easy access to great restaurants, Cult Hotels aims to provide its guests with wonderful rooms at affordable price points. The quality of the refurbishment is impressive, and all their rooms feature top of the range Hypnos beds, epic showers, and super-fast WiFi. A moody palette of deep blues and greys, brightly tiled bathrooms and a selection of Penguin paperback classics at each bedside all add to the boutique vibe.

We’ve focussed on the raw ingredients and cut out the fluff,explained Dunkerton. “What we are offering is a truly amazing stay. Brilliant as boltholes for business travellers and anything-but-ordinary bases for weekend escapes.”

The Lucky Onion was founded in 2006, on the ethos of great design, high quality food and drink and exceptional service. “Cult Hotels and The Lucky Onion family are all about delivering an exceptional experience to their guests and we are delighted to be a part of their story,” said Carolyn Mitchell, sales and marketing director, Hypnos Contract Beds. “You can count on a fabulous night’s sleep in any one of their properties, as each room is furnished with a Hypnos Lansdowne Cashmere mattress for the ultimate in comfort and luxury.”

No. 131 is The Lucky Onion’s flagship hotel and restaurant, providing the perfect balance of sophistication and fun. A trio of beautiful Georgian townhouses set in the heart of Cheltenham, it is classic on the outside and contemporary British on the inside. The 36 guestrooms are all styled with bold, statement prints, period bathrooms and sumptuous Hypnos beds for a touch of old-fashioned luxury.

luxury hotel bedroom in shades of grey with bold patterned cushions

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Uniquely combining the luxury of a hotel with the independence of a bed and breakfast, No.38 The Park is a home away from home. The 13 individually designed guestrooms feature home comforts with luxury ensuite bathrooms. A peaceful setting for couples and families alike. The Wheatsheaf is an idyllic ivy-clad British Inn located at the heart of the beautiful sleepy Cotswold village of Northleach, providing the perfect countryside retreat. The 14 guestrooms are classically decorated with an industrial twist, again each with an enormous emperor size Hypnos bed, deep freestanding bathtub and beautiful period bathroom making them the ideal escape from the daily grind.

As well as its determination to deliver unrivalled comfort and hospitality, The Lucky Onion and Hypnos also share a commitment to sustainability. Dunkerton said: “Sustainability is important to me as a human being,” pointing towards the purchase of electricity from the right company as being a simple and easy way of making a huge difference to the environment. “I’m proud to say we were an early adopter of renewable energy. We use Ecotricity – what they do is spectacular. We all have an obligation to start this journey.”

The same ethos is applied when selecting bed suppliers to partner with. Hypnos Contract Beds was the obvious choice, it is an industry-leader when it comes to matters of sustainability and the environment, priding itself on producing beds which are 100 per cent recyclable and never need go to landfill as a result.

“We’re sustainable in every part of our business and we aim to help set the sustainability standards for the bed industry,” said Richard Naylor, Sustainable Development Director, Hypnos Beds. “We make the most comfortable beds in the world, and that comfort is delivered with the utmost integrity.”

As a pioneer of sustainable bed making, Hypnos was the first carbon neutral bedmaker in the world. As a family owned business and Royal Warrant Holder, Hypnos is committed to making beds in a way that can be enjoyed by generations to come. Each bed is handmade in England, using over 100 years of knowledge and passion in design and craftsmanship to build the most comfortable, stylish, and sustainable beds. In 2020, Hypnos was delighted to be presented The Queens Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development.

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Rooftop render of hotel in Covent Garden

Berlin comes to London: AMANO to open new hotel in 2022

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Berlin comes to London: AMANO to open new hotel in 2022

The German boutique lifestyle hotel brand, The AMANO Group, announced it will open its debut hotel in London in 2022. Hotel AMANO Covent Garden promises to bring the cool and vibrant energy of Berlin to the heart of London. Here’s what else we know…

Rooftop render of hotel in Covent Garden

Located on Covent Garden’s Drury Lane, a luxury hotel will emerge next year marking the first international destination from Berlin-based hotel brand, The AMANO Group, which currently has eight hotels in Berlin, one in Munich, and one in Düsseldorf.

Render of exterior of AMANO Covent GardenAMANO hotels offer sophisticated urban living in a central location at a fair price, and are carefully integrated into the cultural life of a city. Extrovert by nature and unafraid to be different, the hotels are renowned for their distinctive design and immersive drinks and dining experiences.

Formerly a 1980s office building known as Drury House, this 141-room property is the first of multiple AMANO hotels set to open in London. Hotel AMANO Covent Garden will offer a new destination for Londoners to socialise in, as well as visitors coming to the city. Here you’ll find a basement bar, restaurant, sky bar and rooftop terrace with impressive city views and DJs spinning music on weekends.

Throughout the property, we are being told to expect dark moody tones and unique design features, which have been imagined by London-based design studio, Woods Bagot, the lead architect and interior designer behind the new opening.

Render of luxury lobby in AMANO's first hotel in the UK

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“As a Berlin-based company, opening our first international property in London was always a natural step for us,” said Ariel Schiff, Co-founder of The AMANO Group. “Like Berlin, London is a dynamic city known for its thriving nightlife and multicultural community. We felt the spirit of the AMANO brand would blend in well here. We’re excited to offer guests a unique hotel and leisure experience, bringing a taste of Berlin to London.”

With a wealth of tourist hotspots on its doorstep, like the recently renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Hotel AMANO Covent Garden will make a great base for solo and business travellers, couples, and families wanting to explore the capital. Guests can choose from three room categories (cosy, comfy and roomy) to suit a range of budgets.

Watch this space.

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Soho House Rome bedroom

Soho House arrives in Rome with timeless style

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Soho House arrives in Rome with timeless style

Soho House opens for the first time in Italy, in Rome, in the San Lorenzo district, with spaces for members to eat, drink and meet. The 69-key house shelters all the Soho House comforts, including guestrooms, long-stay apartments, a swimming pool, rooftop bar, a Soho Health Club and a screening room. Melania Guarda Ceccoli explores…

Soho House Rome bedroom

The time has come, as part of the brand’s aggressive growth plans, Soho House has arrived in Italy, with the opening of Soho House Rome. Located in the San Lorezo district of the city, the new house is now the epicentre of a new hospitality scene in Rome that is fast, helping making it one of the hottest hotel development spots in Europe.

The entire 10-storey building was designed by the Soho House Design in-house team, including the travertine-clad façade on the ground floor and plastered for the upper floors. There are balconies on each floor, with ribbed details and crenellated ceilings. Crittall exterior windows at each level give the building an industrial look, taking inspiration from the Fondazione Pastifico Cerere building near San Lorenzo, connecting Soho House to the local area that hosts it. Italian craftsmanship was used throughout the House, including locally made chandeliers and glassware.

Inspired by an Italian market, the reception area hosts a long counter with a marble shelf that wraps around the corner that passes from the reception to the bar in Store X. The floor is in striped grit, and the travertine of the facade covers the internal wall creating a light and airy lounge space. The space is furnished with a mix of Italian-made furniture and vintage elements.

The ninth floor is the central space of the club, with a bar, the House Kitchen and the Drawing Room. Guests can access a long lounge bar overlooking the outdoor park, with a terrazzo floor and metal bars give the space an industrial look.

House Kitchen is a space where you can order food and drinks all day, with an open kitchen equipped with sofas, chairs and tables everywhere and Crittall doors that open onto the balcony. The spaces are completed by ceramic lamps made in Italy and elements in Italian leather, exposed ceilings, terrazzo floors covered with mustard yellow bespoke carpets and industrial metal shelves that protrude above locally sourced marble counters.

The Drawing Room, which runs along the other side of the building, is a lounge with green walls, light herringbone flooring, and a briar-fronted bar. The space also features a travertine fireplace and vintage furniture, including armchairs and marble tables.

The first floor of the building is dedicated to an exhibition space that can be used by members for events and is also available for private hire, which can be used as a single large room or divided into two rooms, each with its bar.

Soho House The Club Rome

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The rooftop bar, restaurant and swimming pool is located on the 10th floor, and offers a 360-degree view of the Eternal City. The red-tiled pool is surrounded by patterned sun loungers, crenellated umbrellas, and a stone floor in the traditional Italian Palladian motif.

The bar and restaurant occupy the other three sides of the top floor, with sofas running along one side. A large mural is painted all over the walls with motifs of vines, trees and planters to give the space a garden feel. Inside is a terracotta bar with a glazed tile facade, furniture covered in burgundy and Italian green. The environment is completed by festooned lighting and a pizza oven. Glass railings flank the edge of the top floor, providing uninterrupted views. A canopy roof equipped with heating elements covers the dining space.

On floors seven and eight, the Soho Health Club, a new fitness, health and wellness area of the Soho House, brings together the world’s best experts in health and beauty with class-based workouts, equipment and state-of-the-art skin and beauty treatments, including infrared saunas and cryogenic chambers. The treatment rooms and the sauna feature wooden floors and corrugated walnut cladding. On the seventh floor, the gym has two-tone walls, a base inspired by Roman geometric patterns, exposed ceilings and a balcony that allows members and their guests to train outdoors.

Also on this floor is the 42-seat projection room with velvet armchairs and footrest pouffes. The space will allow the screening of the best news in the world of cinema and new releases of independent and arthouse cinema.

The house shelters 49 rooms and 20 apartments. The rooms have Italian grit floors, plastered walls, the headboards of the beds are made of wood in the shape of a wave. The hand-painted ceramic bedside lamps with a carved top and craquelé enamel finish are a unique collaboration with Soho Home and the Italian designer Bitossi who produced lights in the 1970s and recreated them specifically for the Maison. The bathrooms feature a geometric pattern in green marble with a tadelek finish. Doors, cabinets and furniture all have ribbed detail.

The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and studios are located on the third and fourth floors and are available for short and long term stays. The apartments have wooden floors with plastered walls and bathrooms with Italian ceramic tiles. The kitchen and living area are furnished with furniture from Italian vintage markets and bespoke pieces that reflect details of classic Italian furniture.

There is also a fifth-floor suite with vintage wood floor, upholstered headboard in red velvet, briar bed made by local Italian artisans and a freestanding bathtub located by the window overlooking Rome. There is also a lounge with a large dining table, a bar area and a DJ console.

Art Soho House Rome

Image credit: Soho House/Giulia Venanzi

The art collection has a curatorial focus on the theme of Saints and Sinners. Local and international artists have been invited to create a work that addresses this concept. The idea has been interpreted in many creative ways: from football ultra-fans to Mary Magdalene, from Popes to Emperor Nero, art investigates the concepts of good and evil and the spaces in between. The works hosted by Soho House Roma include pieces by critical Italian artists such as Gianni Politi, Nico Vascellari, Silvia Gambrone, Claudio Verna, Elisa Montessori, Monica Bonvicini and Thomas Braida.

Rome continues to be a major hotspot for hotel development, with brands such as W Hotels Mama Shelter, The Student Hotel and Rosewood Hotels and Resorts all recently sharing news about recently opened or anticipated hotels in the Eternal City.

Main image credit: Soho House/Giulia Venanzi

colourful parasols and canopies at hyatt island resort

Unveiled: The latest brands to join the Red Sea development

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Unveiled: The latest brands to join the Red Sea development

With the highly anticipated Red Sea Project getting underway, we thought we would take a look at the nine leading hotel brands who are now on board and set to join the Red Sea party…

colourful parasols and canopies at hyatt island resort

The Red Sea Development Company, the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, has announced the signing of nine hotel management agreements with international hotel brands to operate resorts in the first phase of development at The Red Sea Project. With the first phase of development on track for completion by the end of 2023, and with a total of 16 hotels set to offer 3,000 hotel rooms across five islands and two inland sites, we thought we would take a look at some of the latest developments.

The list of the hotels who have signed up reads like a who’s who of the international hotel world, and includes: EDITION Hotels and St Regis Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International; Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, Raffles Hotels & Resorts and SLS Hotels & Residences, all part of global hospitality group Accor; Grand Hyatt, part of Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Intercontinental Hotels & Resorts and Six Senses, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts; and Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, a global luxury hospitality company.

Each brand at The Red Sea Project has embraced the vision of the project and have agreed to work together to collaborate in making the destination a success. The partners have welcomed the industry-pioneering sustainability standards of TRSDC and the broader commitment towards regenerative tourism development.

High on this list is Marriott International , who have plans to develop two of its flagship brands as part of the project, with both St Regis and EDITIONS set to enhance their footprint across the Kingdom.

“We are excited to be working with The Red Sea Development Company to introduce St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and EDITION to one of Saudi Arabia’s most-anticipated projects,” said Jerome Briet, Chief Development Officer, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Marriott International. “These milestone signings illustrate Marriott International’s commitment to the growth of the tourism sector in the Kingdom and highlight increased demand for lifestyle and luxury accommodations and experiences.”

crystal clear water at island resort of st regis in the red sea

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The St. Regis Red Sea Resort marks the brand’s introduction in Saudi Arabia, and the continued growth of its portfolio in the Middle East. Situated on a private island, the resort is expected to feature 90 villas, two signature restaurants, an outdoor pool, fitness centre, and spa, in addition to a Children’s Club. Expected to open in 2023, the exclusive resort will offer the brand’s visionary spirit, avant-garde style and bespoke service.

contemporary architectural design of timber clad EDITION red sea hotel

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The proposed EDITION Hotel will be located on the Red Sea Project’s main island of Shaura. The Red Sea EDITION is slated to open in 2023 with 240 guestrooms, including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. The property is set to reflect the best of its location’s cultural and social milieu and of the time. The hotel plans to offer two signature restaurants, a destination bar, beach bar, fitness centre, a swimming pool, and spa.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Marriott International to The Red Sea Development Company family,” commented John Pagano, CEO at The Red Sea Development Company. “Securing globally esteemed and recognized brands such as St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and EDITION operating our luxury resorts is a significant and positive step forward for our flagship destination. We are very much looking forward to working hand in hand with Marriott International to deliver unique and immersive guest experiences underpinned by a commitment to enhancing the environment and uplifting local communities as we endeavour to stay true to our regenerative promise.”

The Red Sea Project, one of the first ‘giga’ projects announced by Saudi Arabia’s government, is an ambitious regenerative landmark project, covering 28,000 square kilometres on the west coast of the country. The destination is expected to offer a new type of barefoot luxury experience and is being developed with the highest standards of sustainability. With an archipelago of more than 90 untouched natural islands, as well as dormant volcanoes, desert, mountains and cultural sites, the project is expected to deliver new levels of service excellence, using technology to enable a seamless personalized experience that aims to position Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map.

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Contemporary bathroom design and fittings in the londoner hotel

Case study: Designing the bathrooms inside The Londoner

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Case study: Designing the bathrooms inside The Londoner

Synonymous with luxury, Edwardian Hotels’ The Londoner, which takes urban hospitality in Leicester Square to new lavish heights, specified AXOR brassware throughout the ‘super boutique’ hotel – from its guestrooms and suites to its destination spa (and all wellness areas in-between)…

Contemporary bathroom design and fittings in the londoner hotel

London’s first super boutique hotel in Leicester Square, The Londoner is a collection of spaces, tastes and experiences brought to life across 16 storeys. Part of Edwardian Hotels London, The Londoner has been curated to reflect the drama and elegance of West End life. Synonymous with luxury, The Londoner specified AXOR brassware throughout the entirety of the hotel. From its rooms and suites, to the Retreat Spa and hotel restrooms, AXOR provided all basin and bath mixers, showers and handsets, kitchen taps and brassware accessories to this iconic building.

Mirroring the industrial metalwork on the outside of the building, AXOR’s Brushed Black Chrome finish was selected for all products. Chosen for its sleek silhouette and premium feel, the AXOR Citterio stands pride of place in every room. In standard rooms, AXOR Citterio E 3-hole wall-mounted basin mixers have been selected, whilst suites boast AXOR Citterio M. Citterio E Shower sets complete with overhead and 120 3jet hand showers, and the Citterio E bath spout can be found in both. Public restrooms feature the Citterio E single lever basin mixers for its hand washbasins, and where there are in room kitchens, AXOR Uno mixers have been selected.

Paying attention to the smallest of details, the iconic Brushed Black Chrome finish has also been applied to all Universal Accessories. From shower door handles and rail grab bars, to towel hooks and toilet paper holders, Londoner bathrooms have a truly unified, luxury aesthetic.

“AXOR was the natural choice for this hotel,” says Rob Steul, The Londoner’s head architect and Creative Director of Edward Group London. “The Londoner is all about understated luxury, we wanted guests to feel they were experiencing the best. AXOR delivers that in both its product design and function. The showering experience is like no other.”

brushed steel and marble surfaces in a contemporary hotel bathroom

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With environmental sustainability at the core of The Londoner’s design, the hotel boasts an ‘Excellent’ rating from BREEAM, exceeding the requirements for sustainable energy and water use. Playing a key part in this is AXOR’s innovative technology which reduces water consumption without compromising on performance. Thanks to its AirPower and EcoSmart technologies water is aerated, reducing consumption by up to 60 per cent from traditional mixers, without compromising on performance. As water is full of air, droplets are plump, cocooning the body as they fall to give an unparalleled showering experience.

hansgrohe is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly feature in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Orange couch and indoor plants at Beckett Locke hotel

Lifestyle brand Locke opens second hotel in Dublin

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Lifestyle brand Locke opens second hotel in Dublin

Set to become a new hub for culture and entertainment in the city Beckett Locke brings its home-meets-hotel concept to the centre of Dublin’s thriving docklands area…

Orange couch and indoor plants at Beckett Locke hotel

As a brand that isn’t prepared to waste time procrastinating, Locke is seriously catching up to – dare we say ‘taking over from’ – the conventional lifestyle brands that have for decades dominated the international hotel design scene. Following the launch of Zanzibar Locke, which was hotel brand’s first property to emerge outside of the UK, the stylish brand has now opened its second hotel in Dublin.

Tucked behind the 3Arena, Beckett Locke is a 241-studio aparthotel, which aims to inspire and connect travellers through mindful design, activated social spaces, a locally led cultural programme and disruptive food and drink concepts that celebrate the character and social fabric of its locality.

Set around a naturally lit atrium, Beckett Locke features a neighbourhood co-working space, artisan coffee shop, restaurant and intimate cocktail bar in addition to meeting and event space for up to 100 people. Beckett Locke’s beautifully designed apartments (which range from 23sqm to 53sqm) each feature fully-fitted kitchens, as well as living and dining space, making them suitable for short, medium, and long stays.

“We are thrilled to open Beckett Locke, our second home in Dublin, and the third international property in the Locke family,” said Stephen Mccall, CEO of Locke’s parent company edyn. “Dublin has always been an important city for us, and we’re excited to bring Locke’s distinctive and vibrant personality to the rapidly expanding Docklands area. The Locke experience ranges from cultural programming to creative partnerships and our ambition is to establish Beckett Locke as a creative hub for guests and locals alike.”

Designed by the London studio of globally renowned design firm AvroKO in collaboration with local firm C+W O’Brien Architects, the interiors of Beckett Locke take their cue from Dublin’s maritime history and the Docklands’ deep industrial heritage. The layout of the social spaces are inspired by a traditional Docklands market hall, and include a co-working area, meeting rooms, cocktail bar, coffee shop and restaurant, all set around a central glass atrium. The assimilation of local narratives flows into the apartments, which feature black steel, exposed concrete and rust-coloured soft furnishings, which evoke the intrepid colourways and history of the Docklands. Unique to Beckett Locke, each studio apartment has been designed in-house by edyn Development Studio.

glass walls and wooden table provide contrasting surfaces at Beckette locke hotel

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The hotel also houses three new food and drink concepts by Alan Clancy’s native restaurant group, NolaClan. North 7th Coffee will fuel the co-working space from the early morning and throughout the day, serving artisan coffee, delicate pastries, and hearty sandwiches. Meanwhile, The Belis restaurant will offer a contemporary Irish take on classic dishes using freshly sourced ingredients. Nestled in a decadent theatre-like setting, complete with rich red velvets and draped chain canopy, Sam’s Corner will shake up handcrafted cocktails inspired by Beckett Locke’s namesake, playwright Samuel Beckett.

Beckett Locke will also host an evolving cultural activation programme where locals and guests can participate in talks, events and workshops hosted by local businesses and creatives. This will be complemented by an evolving cultural activation series, which will invite local creatives, brands, and businesses to host talks, workshops and events.

Locke’s hybrid ‘home-meets-hotel’ concept has proven popular among guests seeking flexible accommodation for a night, to a month or longer. Each apartment provides the space and comfort of home, which includes fully fitted kitchens, adaptable living areas where guests can dine or work, and ample storage, all with industry-leading design and guest experience at its core. This is combined with the social attributes of a lifestyle hotel, including buzzy co-working spaces, original food and drink concepts and a team of local house hosts.

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Trendline buy Schlüter Systems

Product watch: On trend profiles from Schlüter Systems

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Product watch: On trend profiles from Schlüter Systems

Although the word ‘trendy’ can sometimes be synonymous with ‘a passing fad’, it is often popular and innovative design trends that lead the market within the hospitality industry, so can be worth paying attention to when designing a bathroom. In this exclusive editorial, we take a look at bathroom profiles from Schlüter Systems…

Trendline buy Schlüter Systems

Influenced by modern interior design trends, Schlüter-TRENDLINE is a range of textured coatings for wall profiles offering a variety of different colour and finish options to give you full creative control. Below are just a few bathroom trends that have become increasingly popular in recent times, and ways in which various TRENDLINE profiles can be incorporated to make the look work for any project.

Industrial

One trend that appears to now be commonplace in homes and hotels alike is the industrial look – think exposed brickwork, metal materials and high ceilings. This style works great within a bathroom or wetroom due to the multitude of sanitaryware options available. With the help of TRENDLINE finishes in rustic brown or dark graphite colours, the profiles can easily tie the look together whilst avoiding an overly fussy environment.

TRENDLINE by Schlüter Systems

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Black and white

A perfect fit for an area which often relies on clean lines and all-white sanitaryware, minimalism within a hotel bathroom can present a tranquil and welcoming environment whilst making the most of the space available. Match white tiles to TRENDLINE matt brilliant white profiles to create a seamless finish or contrast them with TRENDLINE matt graphite black for more contemporary take on the classic trend.

A white room with tactile walls

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Wood effect

Taking inspiration from nature and the outdoors, a wood effect look creates a calming haven which is ideal for hotels, particularly when wellness is of high importance. Airy spaces can be accentuated with greenery and earthy colours and the theme is especially impactful when paired with plenty of natural light. To coordinate with this, TRENDLINE in rustic brown, ivory or bronze can add a beautiful finish whilst blending well with wood-effect tiles.

Wooden patio

> Since you’re here, why not read more about Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD?

Schlüter Systems is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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ARTIS collection of coloured basins from Villeroy & Boch

Villeroy & Boch introduces new colours in Artis collection

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Villeroy & Boch introduces new colours in Artis collection

Designed by German-Danish designer Gesa Hansen, the Artis collection by Villeroy & Boch – now in new colours – has the right tone for any bathroom…

Villeroy & Boch has introduced new splashes of colour in the Artis collection – Indian Summer, Sage Green, Rust and Bordeaux – reflecting personality, while creating an atmosphere that challenges the conventional idea that colour is risky in the bathroom.

ARTIS collection of coloured basins from Villeroy & Boch

“For me, colour is the soul of a product,” said designer Gesa Hansen. “Colour can awaken so many emotions and change practically everything: the mood, dimensions or definition of a room.” She has created a holistic colour concept with inspiring hues for anyone who wants to immerse their bathroom in a special shade. In addition to the new colours, the existing tones of Ocean, Fog and Powder still have a role to play. The palette has been joined by classic white and the neutral shades of Coal Black and French Linen. The two-tone concept remains for the nine colours: while the exterior adds colour to the bathroom, the interior surprises with glossy White Alpin. The precise wrap-around edge makes the contrast even more vivid while emphasising the delicate look of the surface-mounted washbasins made from high-quality TitanCeram.

Artis surface-mounted washbasins are available in four shapes – round, oval, square, rectangular – and can be combined with furniture from the Finion and Legato collections. Villeroy & Boch will soon be able to reveal the colours and surfaces that harmonise best when it releases its colour wheel based on colour theory. The perfect complement: a bath with a colour-coordinated panel from the Colour on Demand concept. This way, Artis not only adds individual splashes of colour, but also lays the foundation for well-composed colour compositions. By the way, guest bathrooms are also a perfect playground for colour. This is where Artis leaves a lasting impression with visitors and turns this frequently underestimated room into a home’s calling card.

> Since you’re here, why not read about the Finion collection by Villeroy & Boch?

Villeroy & Boch is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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contemporary hotel bedroom design with natural wood surfaces at Hyatt House Johannesburg

Hyatt House debuts in Africa

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Hyatt House debuts in Africa

Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton celebrated its opening this month, marking the debut of the Hyatt House brand in Africa, expanding the brand’s footprint globally…

contemporary hotel bedroom design with natural wood surfaces at Hyatt House Johannesburg

Hyatt House hotels are designed to welcome guests as extended stay residents who are looking for the conveniences of home, while enjoying the comfort of a luxury hotel stay. Modern, apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas provide guests a stylish and comfortable environment, making it easier for guests to maintain their work and personal routines while traveling.

Earlier this month, Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton celebrated its opening, marking the debut of the Hyatt House brand in Africa, while expanding the brand’s footprint globally. Owned by an affiliate of Millat Properties, Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton is conveniently located in the leafy suburb of Sandton, only moments away from Johannesburg’s upmarket Sandton City Shopping Centre & Nelson Mandela Square, with its vibrant, premium dining and social scene. In line with the brand ethos, the property provides guests the service and convenience of hotel living with the casual comforts of home.

“Hyatt House Sandton is everything the name represents – a welcoming and warm environment that encourages guests to live like residents,” said Hotel Manager Atef Soliman. “We want each and every guest who comes through our doors to feel that they can let their real-life routines roll on, even when they’re on the road. Whether guests are visiting for a short trip or an extended stay, we know Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton is the perfect place to offer a personalised hotel experience that will make everyone feel right at home.”

kitchen with wood and stainless steel surfaces in hyatt house suite

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The hotel comprises of 62 guestrooms, which includes 43 residentially inspired studios, as well as 19 suites which have been designed with separate comfortable living rooms. All the  guestrooms are fully equipped with kitchens, working spaces, spacious bedrooms and stylish bathrooms.

Hyatt House Sandton is also home to a fitness centre, outdoor pool and a tree house where guests can continue to enjoy their stay whilst exploring what Johannesburg has to offer. From the arts, historic sites, prestigious shopping complexes and an eclectic ensemble of shops, boutiques and restaurants, Sandton, Johannesburg is popular with locals and tourists alike. After a day of exploring the nearby Johannesburg Botanical Gardens guests can unwind at the hotel’s Medley restaurant and enjoy the contemporary bistro serving trendy and healthy cuisine, have a thoughtfully crafted cocktail at the H Bar, Pool or relax at the unique Tree House.

kitchen and bedroom suite combining wood and marble finishes in natural tones

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“Opening a hotel in the current global economic climate is not for the faint-hearted, but I am resolute that in times of adversity there is great opportunity.” says Hamza Farooqui, Chief Executive Officer of Millat Group. “In South Africa’s case when it comes to business and leisure tourism – in a what we hope will be a post-pandemic environment – this property will become an important symbol of renewed local and regional economic growth. Our investment is a manifestation of the group’s central operating philosophy of strong belief and optimism in the bright future of the African continent.  We are particularly proud of the property itself. Hyatt House Johannesburg Sandton offers modern and spacious rooms and apartments allowing guests feel right at home in one of South Africa’s most important economic centres.”

The Hyatt House brand is aimed at extended stay residents and currently has a footprint over 100 locations across the world, where they offer their trademark residential style design in conjunction with the comfort and convenience of a hotel stay.

> Since you are here, why not read about the new Hyatt Centric in Denver

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palm trees and swimming pool at quinta do largo

Diving into the spirit of the Algarve at Quinta do Lago

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Diving into the spirit of the Algarve at Quinta do Lago

It’s all about the weather and wellness – sustainability and sunshine – in this corner of Portugal. Pauline Brettell checks in to The Magnolia Hotel to explore all that is on offer at the Quinta do Lago resort, where the natural beauty of the Ria Formosa Park combines seamlessly with contemporary design…

palm trees and swimming pool at quinta do largo

The Ria Formosa Natural Park in Portugal forms part of the protected coastal lagoon, which provides the context and backdrop to the Quinta do Lago, resort, and has been key to informing its commitment to sustainability and the environment, on all levels, throughout the resort – from critically assessing its landscaping and golf course management, to developing a culture of farm-to-table that has permeated all of the resort restaurants. The resort makes it clear that luxury can be sustained by sourcing locally, and integrating the local landscape rather than superimposing a resort onto it, and this is key to the ethos of luxury behind Quinta do Largo.

In the heart of the resort is The Magnolia Hotel – a stylish, family friendly boutique hotel designed by London-based Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, and modelled on the iconic motel designs reminiscent of Palm Springs. Driving through the entrance punctuated by the retro swimmer diving through the air, lit up in equally retro neon, the mood is set.

“The pool at its centre looks like it has been lifted straight out of one of David Hockney’s Pool series of paintings.”

There are bright sorbet colours as guests walk in nods to Hockney on the walls, and an abundance of palm trees that all contribute to the feeling of laid-back motel living with a note of luxury. The pool at its centre looks like it has been lifted straight out of one of David Hockney’s Pool series of paintings with its tiled reflections of the surrounding palm trees, and forms the focal point of the hotel, inviting you to dive straight into your holiday. Quality and comfort are the backbone to the vibrant and relaxed décor of this design, which is made up of a combination of 74 comfortable guestrooms, and a further seven vintage style cabins. The focus throughout is on laid back comfort, teamed with quality, along with a focus on wellness that runs throughout the resort. This wellness focus has been integrated on every level of design, from the bicycles at your disposal, to the Sleep Hub in your bedroom – I must confess to getting a little addicted to the sounds of waves crashing on my bedside table!

While The Magnolia Hotel is all about creating a relaxed family zone, the Reserva is a low-rise, cutting edge development made up of 26 luxury apartments. Designed by Portuguese architect João Cabrita, each unit has its own swimming pool, with panoramic sea views framed in a modernist composition of glass and natural stone. The Reserva complex remains true to the original plan of the resort with its low density design that is ecologically driven by its location on the edge of such striking natural scenery.

With wellness being the cornerstone to the entire resort, its state-of-the-art, multi-sports complex, The Campus, is an integral part of the experience, on both a design and a facilities level. The Campus is not simply about getting a bit of exercise in on your holiday, it is also about the lifestyle attached to that. The facilities are geared towards professionalism and performance, and are perfect for everyone, from high energy kids on holiday, right through to professional athletes needing to train in recovery, and pretty much everything in-between. For me, it was simply about a wonderful outdoor yoga session in the late summer sunshine, followed by a few laps in the comfortably heated pool.

state of the art sports centre

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You can’t, of course, escape the golf course culture as you head down to the Algarve, as it is key to the hotel industry there. Importantly, Quinta do Lago has spent time looking critically at how their state of the art courses are impacting on the local landscape, and where possible, making improvements to minimise their impact. I am no golfer, so it was all about admiring the landscaping and negotiating the buggy for me, but if I was tempted to pick up a club or two, this would be the place to do it! The credentials and awards speak for themselves, as the South course on Quinta features regularly in Top 100 golf courses of Europe lists, and has also been awarded best golf course in Portugal on more than one occasion!

One thing is certain (and this is a subject I feel a little more qualified to offer an opinion on than golf), guests won’t be going hungry during their stay here! The resort is home to a wealth – 13 in total if I am sticking to the facts – of restaurants. Each one a signature aesthetic and ambience, created by different design teams appropriate to the concept. Again, design is considered in every nook, from craft-led crockery to locally sourced finishes.

japanese restaurant with jellyfish sculpture

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No where is the resort’s ethos of sustainability clearer than in the F&B experiences, as it is clear that all the chefs and their teams are passionate about sourcing and using local produce. On your way to your morning tee off you go right past the Quinta farm where chefs and gardeners collaborate to grow and develop fresh seasonal produce for all the restaurants.

We ended our stay at Quinta do Lago with an intricately crafted tasting menu at the Michelin-recommended Casa Velha. The attention to detail and the passion that head chef Alipio Branco puts into both the produce and the presentation, epitomises the ethos of the resort. The menu is inspired by the surrounding Ria Formosa as are the plates and bowls on which they are served, all sourced from local artisans and craft people, who, like all the designers and architects of this resort, take their inspiration from the dunes and the waterways of the estuary.

wooden boardwalk crossing natural lagoon at Quinto do Lago beach

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“Sometimes when you look at a property you have an instant view of what you are going to do,” explains Andre Jordan, the man behind the idea that was to become Quinta do Lago, “I had to drive along trails and through pine woods until I came to a high point overlooking it, with the ocean on the horizon. Within 10 minutes I had the concept for the whole project in my mind. I wanted to create a high quality resort that reflected local character and style.” It is this idea of remaining a part of, while safeguarding, the local landscape that does in fact set Quinta do Lago apart. With the Ria Formosa running through it, and the strong sense of community as its foundation, Quinta do Lago has established itself as a leader in the world of low impact, luxury real estate, incorporating considered design at every turn.

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Guestroom inside Mollie's Motel

Mollie’s Motel & Diner: 100 new sites planned for next 10 years

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Mollie’s Motel & Diner: 100 new sites planned for next 10 years

Following the successful launch of two Mollie’s, the new, affordable motel and diner concept has appointed leisure property specialist, Fleurets, to support ambitious plans to expand to 100 sites over the next 10 years through site search and acquisition, both in roadside and city centre locations…

Guestroom inside Mollie's Motel

Originally conceived by Nick Jones MBA, the Founder of Soho House, Mollie’s launched in 2019 with a Motel, Diner and Drive-Thru in Buckland, Oxfordshire, followed earlier this year by the second at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, where the group invested in excess of £15 million. The third is expected to arrive in 2022 and will shelter a larger hotel in the former Granada TV Studios in Manchester city centre, with a Soho House located above on the building’s top floors.

A further 10 locations have already been earmarked as part of the immediate expansion plan.

Exterior of Mollie's Motel & Diner

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Exclusively designed by the Soho House interiors team, Mollie’s mission is to forge a new ‘budget luxe’ proposition within the travel and leisure industry – focusing on stylish, affordable stays, contemporary design, excellent service, innovative tech, sustainability and destination dining inspired by the retro American roadside diner.

Mollie’s has two formats and are seeking two- to three-acre freehold sites in strategic edge-of-town or roadside locations with the opportunity for 75-plus bedrooms, 145-plus cover diner and car parking. The city centre model will focus on prime city centre locations with high prominence with an opportunity for more than 100 bedrooms, 145-plus cover diner and 125-plus cover lounge/bar.

With significant investor support, the brand’s aims to grow to 100 sites in the next 10 years. To achieve this, it has retained Fleurets to support the expansion plan through site search and acquisition, both in roadside and city centre locations.

“We are delighted to be working with Mollie’s to grow this exciting challenger concept in the hotel and leisure market,” said Paul Hardwick Head of Hotels at Fleurets and Kevin Conibear, Head of Urban Markets at Fleurets. “Mollie’s has reinvented the perception of the roadside hotel and diner, with high quality accommodation and dining, but at affordable prices. The customer response to Bristol has been hugely positive and this is a welcome addition and enhancement to the vibrancy of our city centres and edge of town, roadside locations.”

Mollie’s Motel & Diner is now backed by a new strategic shareholder cohort and led by Managing Director, Darren Sweetland (Soho House, Tesco Plc).

> Since you’re here, why not read about the latest expansion plans from Soho House?

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eclectic design of net zero hometel in chiswick london

room2 to open world’s first fully net zero hometel

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room2 to open world’s first fully net zero hometel

Setting new standards in environmental responsibility for the global industry, hometel brand room2 is set to open the world’s first fully net zero hotel in Chiswick, West London on December 1, 2021. We thought we would look a little closer at what this actually means…

eclectic design of net zero hometel in chiswick london

room2 is the UK’s first hometel brand, and aims to combine the best elements from Airbnb, serviced apartments and boutique hotels in a package that has been designed to appeal equally to corporate and leisure guests. Now set to open its third hometel in Chiswick, West London, this pioneering brand will offer its relaxed combination of home and hotel, while encouraging guests to embrace a sustainable lifestyle.

Forecast to use 89 per cent less energy per metre squared compared to typical UK hotels, room2 Chiswick is the first hotel in the world to fully account for its entire carbon footprint, making it ‘whole life net zero’. Being whole life net zero, means both embodied and operational carbon have, and will be, rebalanced throughout the entire hometel’s lifecycle. All emissions associated with the hometel’s production and construction, materials used, operations, maintenance, refurbishment, and including the eventual clearance of the building will equal zero.

contrasting textures, colours and surfaces in the design of room2 chiswick reception area

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“Taking full accountability for our entire carbon footprint is room2’s baseline commitment going forward, investing in low energy and carbon solutions to align with our parent company’s Net Zero Roadmap by 2030.” says Robert Godwin who founded room2 with his brother Stuart Godwin. “Responsibility falls on all of us to make strides towards building a more sustainable future and keep the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target within reach. We hope other hotel companies will join us in this urgent fight against climate change.”

To achieve these goals, room2 Chiswick embraces leading hardware and software technology from around the world to achieve pioneering energy efficiencies, with some of these being developed in house. Renewable energy is maximised on site with solar and ground source heat pumps, which convert 100 per cent of the energy needed for heating, cooling and hot water. Two lab rooms collect data on water and energy use, along with air quality, and learn from guest habits in order to refine and improve future efficiencies.

Ultra-low flow pressure showers use less water with aerated water fixtures and ultra-energy efficient lighting and appliances are combined with occupancy sensors across the building. The blue roof reduces localised flooding by slowly discharging up to 50,000 litres of rainwater, while the green roof boasts 200 tonnes of soil and wildflowers, planted to increase biodiversity and absorb CO2, along with beehives and bug hotels.

Inspired by the spirit of Chiswick’s 19th century arts and crafts heritage, which valued craftsmanship over a perceived decline in quality from mass factory production, each of the 86 bespoke guestrooms have been carefully crafted in collaboration with local artisans. From the marbled print wallpaper to handcrafted mirrors, guests can expect work from rising creative talent at every turn. All loose bespoke furniture was manufactured within 10 miles of the property, and made with Forest Stewardship Council timber. Fabrics and materials were all selected to promote reuse and a circular economy, beyond the current useful life.

 hotel guestroom design with fabric wall hanging and headboard

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room2 Chiswick also has a zero-waste policy, and is the first UK hotel to introduce food waste into its in-room recycling bins. Unable to find a three-in-one recycling bin in keeping with the hometel’s philosophy for design and simplicity of use, room2 designed and manufactured its own bespoke bin to include waste, recycling and food waste, to ensure that 100 per cent of waste is recycled or converted into energy off-site.

Whether staying for two nights or two months, for leisure or for work, guests of all ages can expect the relaxed and informal room2 experience throughout their stay. Fully equipped kitchenettes, mattress menu and full 24-hour stay, with both check-in and check-out at 14:00, allow guests to personalise their visit, and stay more comfortably for longer. The new hometel also offers a laundry room, gym with Peloton equipment, as well as an independently run café by day and cocktail bar by night specialising in locally sourced organic food, coffee and wine.

“room2 puts a huge emphasis on our guest experience and connection to our local communities,” says Godwin. “With carbon emissions being the biggest threat to our planet, and with devastating impacts being felt across the world, we believe in our responsibility to prioritise our global communities and ensure our presence wouldn’t contribute further to the problem. We’ve done the hard work, so the guest has the full experience without the footprint.”

At a time when reducing the impact of climate change is more important than ever, room2 Chiswick has created an ideal destination for eco-conscious and responsible travellers looking for the ultimate stay in London, while at the same time, proving that sustainability doesn’t mean sacrificing style, convenience or comfort.

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The Brit List Awards in Pictures

In pictures: Inside The Brit List Awards 2021

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In pictures: Inside The Brit List Awards 2021

The winners of The Brit List Awards 2021 were announced last night, inside a spectacular setting. The evening, which included more than 500 designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and brands, was full of glamour and a fair amount of glitter. Pauline Brettell and editor Hamish Kilburn were at the centre of the action to capture the atmosphere inside the awards ceremony…

The Brit List Awards in Pictures

Surrounded by the design, energy and vintage glamour of the roaring ’20s, London’s famous cabaret venue, PROUD Embankment, was a fitting platform for The Brit List Awards 2021 – an awards ceremony, unlike any other, that focused on and celebrated the individuals who are moving design, architecture and hospitality into the new ‘roaring ‘20s’.

Much like the 1920’s, there is an energy that this decade is harnessing, coming out of a period of disquiet and uncertainty, which feels like it is mirroring that same positivity of the era – a chapter in design and hospitality that was characterised by economic growth, accelerated consumer demand and saw the introduction of new trends in lifestyle and culture (sound familiar?). If those glamorous black-and-white photographs are to be believed, all this was done alongside the consumption of copious amounts of champagne – the parallels are clear.

2021 stands as the fourth year of The Brit List Awards, and this year felt significant, as we appreciate and rewarded all the creativity that surrounds us despite – or possibly because of – the year of enforced hibernation that has preceded the event. Importantly, this hibernation brought with it a healthy dose of introspection, as the industry realigns and refocuses on design priorities and responsibilities that have become integral to the design and hospitality processes. Here at Hotel Designs we feel it is important to ensure that the social considerations facing the industry – sustainability, wellness and technology, for example –  don’t just become another strap line, but are instead a continuing part of the discussion and debate. We hope this has been mirrored, in part, by the award categories.

Choosing last night’s venue at PROUD Embankment as a place of performance and celebration, was a deliberate coincidence, as Editor Hamish Kilburn explained in his opening address. “Proud,” he said, ” a relevant emotion that I sincerely hope you are all feeling right now as we gather, scarred and not broken, to celebrate the UK remaining an international design and hospitality hub.” And he was right, pride was bursting from the audience because darling… life is a cabaret, and although it may feel like we have been through a protracted intermission, the takeaway from last nights ceremony is that the main performance is about to begin!

> Since you’re here, why not read the winners’ story from The Brit List Awards 2021?

While the awards ceremony was about celebrating excellence, it was also a much-needed coming together of an industry that evolves through collaboration, craft and creativity. The event was a ‘who’s who’ – and our photographer was on the floor to capture what happened behind the red curtain. Right on cue, following the announcement of the winners, here are the obligatory social snaps from the from The Brit List Awards 2021.

The Brit List Awards will return in 2022, with applications and nominations remaining free. More information will be available shortly.

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Sneak peek inside ME Barcelona

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Sneak peek inside ME Barcelona

Meliá Hotels International has announced the Spanish brand’s first five-star hotel opening in Barcelona in more than a decade, with the 164-key ME Barcelona set to open on November 25, 2021. Pauline Brettell went behind closed doors to have a look inside…

A contemporary suite with brushed gold lighting and bath in room

Situated in the heart of Barcelona, on the elegant Passeig de Gràcia, ME Barcelona is one of the city’s most anticipated openings of 2021 as it brings with it the brands trademark contemporary luxury, while taking inspiration from its exclusive location. The hotel, comprising of 164 guestrooms and luxurious suites spread over 14 floors, is completed with a statement rooftop patio and pool on the eighth floor that opens onto its distinctive skyline with iconic views of Plaça Catalunya and La Sagrada Familia. The new ME hotel is set to combine innovation, local art, music and technology in an exciting new space, inviting guests in to experience the local scene through its cultural programme, and exclusive bespoke experiences.

contemporay design in natural tones with yellow accents at Me Barcelona

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“ME Barcelona represents a step forward for ME by Meliá, along with recent major openings such as the stunning ME Dubai, the work of the late architect Zaha Hadid, and the exotic ME Cabo,” says Alba Bustamante, Global Brand Marketing Director of ME by Meliá. “All these hotels have consolidated, at an international level, the new definition of contemporary luxury close to the art and culture of the brand.”

Keeping clearly focussed on its design ethos, ME Barcelona is home to interior pieces by globally renowned designers that include Ronan & Ewan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola and Jaime Hayón. The stylish rooms feature neutral tones with yellow hues, clean lines, and large windows illuminating the space, all accentuated by the bright translucent bathrooms. Each guestroom presents bespoke details – from the decorative glass bottles, a design classic made by Josep Ma Jujol, Antonio Gaudí’s close collaborator, and the Oscar Tusquets tables, to the suspended bedside lamps and the vibrant Roll Club armchairs by Patricia Urquiola for Kettal. Every detail of the hotel has been thoughtfully considered and inspired by Barcelona’s love of design.

Aside from its design credentials, ME Barcelona also brings with it a unique and diverse culinary offering in the shape of BELBO, a unique space that includes three restaurants for a delicious and exclusive gastronomic experience. Terrenal, the flagship restaurant will serve dishes created with local produce; Luma is set to become a temple for the Barcelona cocktail scene; while Fasto will be a new setting to indulge in unconventional and unforgettable Italian cuisine.

The hotel has also collaborated with Manuel de la Garza, founder of Égoïste Spa, to curate a Spa and wellness centre which reflects a philosophy focused on personalisation, pampering, and luxury, where guests and visitors will enjoy tailored treatments. This oasis of wellness offers a wide range of treatments which blend ancient traditions with the most sophisticated beauty and wellness techniques. Keeping the focus on guests health and wellbeing, the hotel also has a gym with the latest Technogym equipment.

state of the art gym in ME Barcelona

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Incorporating both wellness and sustainability into the overall design was important, and ME Barcelona maintains the sustainability commitments of the brand ME as part of Meliá  Hotels International’s portfolio. As part of this commitment, ME Barcelona has consciously opted for auto-sufficient energy and renewable sources, which means the hotel will produce the entirety of its hot water supply, the rooftop pool will be heated by the same method during the winter season, and solar panels will provide the hotel’s energy, ultimately reducing the environmental impact and minimising its carbon footprint.

The clear design vision of ME Barcelona has been inspired by its location as well as the design history and energy of the city, combining contemporary art with innovative design, through the architectural work of Barcelona studio FITARQ as well as the interior design concepts and development of Mur Arquitectos and ASAH. This collaboration has transformed and created a new property and modern design that maintains all the brand hallmarks of ME.

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YOTEL moves into Manchester

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YOTEL moves into Manchester

Global hotel brand YOTEL, renowned for challenging the status quo of the traditional hotel stay, is bringing its innovative hospitality concept to the city centre of Manchester, this month as the brand opens its newest hotel in Deansgate. We thought we would take a closer look…

industrial luxe restaurant design in yotel manchester

Rebranding the Qbic hotel on the corner of iconic Deansgate and John Dalton Street, the new YOTEL sits in a top spot for exploring the best of Manchester’s bars, restaurants, culture, shopping and live music venues. YOTEL Manchester Deansgate will be about so much more than just a great night’s sleep, offering an experience perfect for today’s smart, tech savvy travellers.

“We’re delighted that Manchester is the location of our newest hotel.” said CEO of YOTEL Hubert Viriot. “Home to world- famous football clubs, Europe’s fastest-growing tech hub and a vibrant economic powerhouse, the city has always been high on our agenda. Manchester resonates perfectly with Generation YO and is a great addition to our other UK hotels in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.”

With 261 cabins, each full to the brim with personality and texture, the hotel is ideal for those looking for a boutique stay experience, but without the hefty price tag. All are equipped with comfortable and organic Naturalmat mattresses, large TVs, refreshing rain showers and free superfast WiFi. The stylish cabins range in size from 15 –26 sqm, with some enjoying fantastic city views. Keeping true to the brand’s sustainability strategy, the hotel also boasts top-notch green credentials, including energy efficient LED lighting which automatically turn off when not needed, solar panels to generate electricity and eco-friendly showers that reduce water usage.

The ground floor of the hotel is also home to Motley, a quirky restaurant and bar with outdoor terrace, that is popular with both locals and guests alike.  From lunch till late, the menu offers uncomplicated and good for the soul dishes that are low-mileage, ingredient-led, and seasonal. The bar offers a wide selection of draft beers from local breweries, including its very own Motley Lager, as well as a superb choice of spritzers, wines, and cocktails.

The space also offers a karaoke pod and private dining options – perfect for parties, celebrations, and memorable corporate events. Additional facilities include four creative meeting spaces equipped with all the gadgets and plenty of natural light with doors that offer access to Motley’s terrace and onto Deansgate.

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Guests will also find Trib3, a global boutique fitness studio that fuses a next-level HIIT workout with an epic sensory experience. The studio will be accessible to the public with daily complimentary and special offers available for hotel guests.

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The newly rebranded YOTEL Manchester Deansgate follows an acquisition by Tristan Capital Partners and Hamilton Hotel Partners, who will also manage the business. The opening of YOTEL Manchester Deansgate marks the fourth UK city centre hotel for YOTEL following openings in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. The group now has 18 hotels worldwide from San Francisco to New York, Amsterdam to Istanbul and all the way to Singapore. The next YOTEL to open will be YOTEL and YOTELPAD Miami in early 2022, so watch this space…

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Winners: The Brit List Awards 2021

The Brit List Awards 2021: The winners’ story

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The Brit List Awards 2021: The winners’ story

Celebrating a new era in hotel design and hospitality – the new roaring ’20s – The Brit List Awards 2021 crowned nine individuals and brands at its glamorous awards ceremony on November 3, 2021. From pioneering designers to campaigning hoteliers, forward-thinking architects and innovative products and brands in-between, meet your winners…

Winners: The Brit List Awards 2021

The Brit List Awards 2021 came to dramatic climax on November 3, when more than 500 leading industry figures descended on London’s famous cabaret venue, PROUD Embankment, for an awards ceremony unlike any other.

Hotel Designs’ nationwide campaign to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and brands in Britain began earlier in the year when applications/nominations (both free of charge) opened. The judging panel then gathered to sift through the highest number of entries the campaign has ever seen, which resulted in more than 130 individuals and brands becoming shortlisted finalists – the most ever in the history of The Brit List Awards.

On the night, The Brit List 2021 was unveiled, which is the annual publication that prestigiously profiles the top 25 interior designers, the top 25 architects and top 25 hoteliers who are operating in Britain today.

Following the list being unleashed, it was time to announce the nine individual winners. And here are their stories…

Interior Designer of the Year 2021: Tina Norden, Partner, Conran and Partners

Tina Norden and Simon Kincaid together lead a strong and resilient team, continuing the legacy of the one and only Sir Terrance Conran.

With every project, Norden approaches the brief by delving into its context and unique history to create timeless spaces that tell a story. Her unique, concept-driven approach has shaped the way in which the whole practice presents its work and was influential in the creation of Conran and Partners’ first monograph, which was published last autumn.

Recently completed projects include the new five-star Park Hyatt hotel in Auckland, FEAST within Hong Kong’s iconic EAST hotel, a new dining destination and members’ club within London’s Taj Hotel and the Peninsula Boutique and Café in Hong Kong.

She is currently working on a number of diverse international projects including, The Peninsula Boutique and Café, London; One Canada Square London; Lanson Place, Melbourne Australia; Park Hyatt Changsha, and numerous residential projects in Asia for Henderson Land and Vanke.

In addition to the innovative projects she is working on, Norden’s selfless efforts to support the industry through lockdown – saying ‘yes’ to any opportunity to help raise the profile of British and global hospitality and design at its best – impressed the judges and reassured them that Norden is a true leader and visionary.

Architect of the Year 2021: Mark Bruce, Director, EPR Architects

Mark Bruce is a cool, calm and collected architect who leads by example. Most recently completing NoMad London, the new and popular destination hotel in Covent Garden, he and his team are sensitively giving some of the city’s most famous buildings new leases of life.

Whether designing efficient hotel and bedroom layouts, revitalising grand hotel buildings, repurposing a retired ship in to a unique stay-over destination or designing an exclusive and homely 40-key ranch in the New Mexico Desert, Bruce brings a particular flair with an informed, yet inventive, commercial approach.

The architect has developed exceptionally refined project leadership skills through a proven track record in imaginative and sensitive refurbishment of existing building stock. He has successfully delivered numerous complex hotel and resort refurbishments over the years, many within challenging multi-phased and live hotel environments for exacting stakeholders. Put simply, Bruce understands the hospitality industry and possesses a contagious enthusiasm for every project.

In addition, EPR Architects have the natural ability, flair and creative talent to attract brands that are launching into new territories. This includes NoMad, Six Senses, Raffles and once upon a short time ago, Rosewood Hotels.

Hotelier of the Year 2021: Robin Hutson, Founder, THE PIG Hotels

“No one has done as much as Robin in highlighting the plight of the hospitality industry in the UK during Covid, through his Seat at the Table campaign,” said one of the judges. “He has tirelessly championed for more help for hoteliers, railed against government ineptitude, and brought together those in the hospitality industry to try and create a voice for a formally unrepresented industry – which delivers so much to the coffers of the Treasury, and so many jobs to the people of the UK. While doing that, he kept on all of his 1,000 or so staff – without making anyone redundant – and then opened a new hotel in Cornwall in summer 2020, and another in summer 2021. He is an example of a hotelier who delivers for his industry, his brand, his staff – and the hundreds of regulars who are fans of THE PIG.”

Best in Tech winner of 2021: L11 Tuneable white light engine, Franklite

Franklite L11 Tuneable lights

Image caption: L11 Tuneable white light engine. | Image credit: Franklite

The L11 Tuneable white light engine is an innovative and unique take on a traditional candle lamp – designed and manufactured at Franklite’s factory in Milton Keynes and tested in the brand’s in-house laboratory.

With a dimming range from 100 per cent down to one per cent designers are able to create the perfect ambience with a simple touch of a button all while providing customers with the ultimate sensory experience. The judges said, simply, that this product is – and I quote – a gamechanger.

The Eco Award winner of 2021: Silentnight Group Hospitality

Silentnight Group is a carbon neutral organisation, offsetting the 3,620 tons of CO2e generated each year. In the past three years, the brand has reduced its footprint by 31 per cent.

It has adopted eco design principles involving advanced testing of materials and designing products with sustainability & end of life recycling in mind. This includes using comfort fillings made from single use plastic and renewable, biodegradable sources.

What’s more, in the past five years, the brand has saved more than 525 million single-use plastic bottles from entering waste streams and oceans from its mattresses alone.

Best in British Product Design winner of 2021: The Metamorphosis collection, The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Charlotte Raffo, Founder of Monkey Puzzle Tree, showcases craftsmanship, creativity and detailed design in her entire portfolio. Following last year’s entry which was Highly Commended in this category, Raffo presented the ‘Metamorphosis’ linen union collection, a mysterious and dream-like design was created in collaboration with artist Kirsty Greenwood. Inspired by myths, legends and gothic fairy tales, Kirsty used a piece of her own marbling work as the starting point for this free flowing, ethereal pattern.

The Rising Star Award winner of 2021: Sophie Sheppard, Junior Designer, Concorde BGW Group

Sophie Sheppard’s application demonstrated vividly that she has impressed her Concorde BGW colleagues with her ambition and enthusiasm for all aspects of design and build. She recognises the necessity and value of tasks such as rolling up her sleeves to coordinate a sample room, taking a client brief and producing interior design solutions from start to finish, presenting ideas clearly visually and verbally.

International Award winner of 2021: Bill Bensley, Founder, BENSLEY

Bill Bensley is a jack of all trades; he is a gardener, fisherman, architect, interior designer, explorer and lover of all things natural. He set up shop in Bangkok in 1989, soon followed by a BENSLEY branch in Bali in 1990. With a team of 150 interior designers, architects, landscape designers, artists and makers of all things beautiful, Bensley has brought to life more than 200 resorts, hotels and palaces in 30+ countries, and is on a never-ending quest to create their best work yet.

Among other projects that are just as innovative, Bensley is currently working on bringing to life a ‘human zoo’ hotel concept in China, using his unique skill for storytelling and teaching through design.

Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry winner of 2021: Ariane Steinbeck

Image caption: Ariane Steinbeck, winner of Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry award.

Image caption: Ariane Steinbeck, winner of Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry award.

And finally… we have the Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry, judged exclusively by Hotel Designs. This year, the award goes to a person who has an unmatched eye for design. Her presence in the industry is larger than footprints of hotels she and her team have created over the years. Ariane Steinbeck has a human-centric approach to anything she does.

Over the course of 31 years, RPW Design – the studio that she was the popular Managing Director of from 2015 to 2021 – earned its title as one of the leading international interior design practices within the realm of hospitality.

This, along with her devotion to the industry she loves, makes her this year’s worthy winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality Industry award.

TEASER: The ‘In Pictures’ story from The Brit List Awards 2021 will go live shortly.

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The Brit List Awards 2021 Winners story

Winners of The Brit List Awards 2021 unveiled

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Winners of The Brit List Awards 2021 unveiled

On November 3, The Brit List Awards 2021 welcomed more than 500 interior designers, architects, hoteliers, developers and suppliers when it took over London’s famous cabaret venue, PROUD Embankment, for an awards ceremony unlike any other, which crowned nine individual winners and celebrated the UK remaining a leading international hotel design and hospitality hub…

The Brit List Awards 2021 Winners story

Hotel Designs’ annual nationwide search to find the top designers, architects, hoteliers and suppliers operating in Britain came to a dramatic climax on November 3, when more than 500 of the industry’s top names came together at PROUD Embankment for a night of celebration, timeless glamour and frivolous fun: The Brit List Awards 2021 – the awards ceremony had arrived.

“Welcome to PROUD,” roared editor Hamish Kilburn who hosted the awards ceremony, “a relevant emotion that I sincerely hope you are all feeling right now as we gather, scarred and not broken, to celebrate the UK remaining a leading international hotel design and hospitality hub.”

The shortlist, which was unveiled in September, included the names of 130 individuals and projects – the most finalists in the campaign’s history – across nine categories. From here, the judges whittled down the not-so-short shortlist in order to confidently decide this year’s winners.

Following Publisher Katy Phillips and Kilburn’s opening addresses, the evening was divided into two sections. Following tradition, first came the formal unveiling of The Brit List 2021the official publication, produced by Hotel Designs, which includes the profiles of the top 25 interior designers, architects and hoteliers who are a operating in Britain.

In addition the individual awards, The Brit List 2021 can be read here.

The event then continued, with the event’s partners and sponsored invited on stage to announce each winner.

And the winners are… 

INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

The Brit List Awards winner Tina Norden and Maximilian Hotel in Prague

Highly Commended: Geraldine Dohogne, Founder, Beyond Design
Winner: Tina Norden, Partner, Conran and Partners

ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR 

Mark Bruce, Architect of the Year 2021 and a render of NoMad London

Highly Commended: Mark Kelly, Partner, PLP Architecture
Winner: Mark Bruce, Director, EPR Architects

HOTELIER OF THE YEAR 

THE PIG guestroom and Robin Hutson, Hotelier of the Year 2021

Highly Commended: Olivia Richli, General Manager, Heckfield Place 
Winner: Robin Hutson, Founder, THE PIG Hotels

BEST IN TECH

L11 Tuneable white light engine by Franklite

Highly Commended: Sonance audio systems
Winner: L11 Tuneable white light engine, Franklite

THE ECO AWARD

Two seperate images of beds from Silentnight Group

Highly Commended: The Global Collection, manfucatured by Mosa Tiles (supplied by CTD Architectural Tiles)
Winner: Silentnight Group Hospitality

BEST IN BRITISH PRODUCT DESIGN

Close up and lifestyle shot of the Metamorphis collection by The Monkey Puzzle Tree

Highly Commended: Hypnos Contract Beds
Winner: The Metamorphosis collection, The Monkey Puzzle Tree

THE RISING STAR AWARD

A design moodboard and image of Sophie Sheppard, The Rising Star Award winner of 2021

Highly Commended: Matthew Maganga, University of Kent
Winner: Sophie Sheppard, Junior Designer, Concorde BGW Group

THE INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Bill Bensley, Founder, BENSLEY, winner of International Awards, The Brit List Awards 2021

Highly Commended: noa* network of architecture 
Winner: Bill Bensley, Founder, BENSLEY

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

Design-led kitchen and Ariane Steinbeck, winner at The Brit List Awards 2021

Winner: Ariane Steinbeck

> Since you’re here, why not also view the ‘in pictures’ story from The Brit List Awards 2021?

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Case Study: Designing bespoke beds inside Pan Pacific London

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Case Study: Designing bespoke beds inside Pan Pacific London

With its proactive approach to environmental sustainability and wellness, Pan Pacific London gives centre stage to a bespoke bed in every guestroom and suite…

hotel suite at Pan Pacific London with bespoke bed overlooking london cityscape

Located in Liverpool Street, Pan Pacific London is the first European property from the Singaporean hotel group, and takes understated luxury to new heights – the 43-storey haven even incorporates a dedicated floor to wellbeing. The interiors are designed by world-renowned design duo George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, who honour Pan Pacific’s Singapore heritage for hospitality and connection with nature, by beautifully blending the refined charm of British design with a South-Eastern Asian artistic flair.

Pan Pacific London bedroom design

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In developing this sanctuary, the team at the hotel were committed to working responsibly and ethically to improve their sustainability credits, and to reduce the impact on the environment. This proactive approach to environmental sustainability and wellness can be seen in each of the 237 guestrooms and 43 suites. Each guestroom and suite has been designed as a haven from the bustling city. Curved walls and the neutral colour palette add to the peace and tranquillity of these private spaces. The art pieces add a further layer of calm, through the depiction of oak, elder, elm and maple trees. Centre stage is a bespoke Hypnos bed which provides the foundation for a perfect night’s sleep.

“We wanted to deliver an oasis of tranquillity in this wonderful bustling city of London,” said designer Glenn Pushelberg. “Pan Pacific London is intended to feel tailored, calm, and serene without falling flat on metaphors or symbolism. We wanted our guests to be immersed in a worldly outlook that is rooted in the warmth and comfort of the brands heritage.”

George Yabu adds: “Our design team conceived the hotel as a home, delivering a relaxed-yet-elevated residential feel. Qualities of an English manor house were reinterpreted with tailored modernity to serve as the bones of the project, while a twist of personality has been introduced through art and accessories, which layer in Eastern flair.”

Pan Pacific London luxury bedroom design

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“There is no doubt that Pan Pacific London was one of the most hotly anticipated hotel openings in London in 2021,” said Carolyn Mitchell, Sales and Marketing Director, Hypnos Contract Beds. We were delighted to work with the team to develop a bespoke mattress during a period when the hospitality industry was in lock down. It is so refreshing  and rewarding to finally see our hard work unveiled. We are a family business, dedicated to delivering sustainable sleep solutions and have been carbon neutral for over a decade. So, we are particularly proud to have worked with Pan Pacific London in delivering their vision of taking wellness and luxury into a new era. Our mantra at Hypnos is to deliver comfort with integrity – Pan Pacific London epitomises this perfectly.”

Pan Pacific London main plaza in central london

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Pan Pacific London is truly a serene haven away from the hustle and bustle, with every element carefully crafted and tailored to offer one of London’s most complete contemporary and luxury hotel experiences.

Hypnos is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

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Sneak peek inside One&Only Aesthesis

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Sneak peek inside One&Only Aesthesis

One&Only Aesthesis, the brand’s second hotel in Europe, is set to arrive on the Athenian coast and the seafront of Glyfada in June 2022. Melanie Guarda Ceccoli takes a look into the inspiration behind the resort…

luxury bedroom in neutral shades

After the announcement in May 2021 of the landing in Europe of One&Only Portonovi in ​​Montenegro, the expansion of the ultra-luxury brand, One&Only, in Europe continues with the development of One&Only Aethesis on the Athenian seafront.

In a 21-hectare seafront estate, within a six-hectare forest reserve, One&Only Aesthesis will be positioned a short distance from the capital and its most iconic sites, such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Syntagma Square and Cape Sounio. The resort, overlooking a 1,600-metre shoreline, will offer a statement beach club where guests and residents alike can gather and enjoy priceless views from sunrise to sunset.

Like all the brand’s properties, the hotel will guarantee maximum privacy, offering most of the accommodation in independent villas, all with private pools, perfect for couples or families. Among the accommodation solutions available, the iconic Villa One has set new standards in terms of exclusivity.

One&Only Aesthesis embodies the glamour of the Aegean, with 127 guestrooms, breathtaking suites, and private villas – all designed to frame the natural beauty of the Grecian coastline. The architecture pays homage to mid-century design with high ceilings, woven leather, muted tones, and accent patterns that embody the inherent beauty of a cosmopolitan Riviera.

Following the global partnership with Chenot, a leader in health and wellness, the resort will also host a Chenot Spa that will offer customised programs and cutting-edge treatments, scientifically designed to improve guests’ vitality and optimal health throughout the hotel. A state-of-the-art fitness centre, with both indoor and outdoor spaces, will complete the offer.

The news comes after Kerzner International Holdings Limited, the owner of the ultra-luxury One&Only Resorts and iconic Atlantis Resort & Residences brands worldwide, entered into a resort management agreement with Grivalia Hospitality S.A. “Kerzner International is very excited to be adding Athens to our European footprint,” commented Philippe Zuber, CEO, Kerzner International. “This exclusive beachfront location, just outside of the city centre of Athens is incredible; the perfect destination to begin, or end, any Greek adventure through the ultra-luxury experience of One&Only. We will reimagine the golden era of Athens, a celebration through life and energy that is true to our brand promise. We are executing our strategic growth and development of the One&Only brand globally, and excited to add another One&Only experience in Greece. Our partners, Grivalia, are leaders in Greek real estate investment and are committed to honouring the location and providing a legacy for the future.”