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Luv collection by Duravit wins at DKB Awards 2017

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On Wednesday 22nd November, Duravit, a leading international manufacturer of designer bathrooms, was invited to attend the 15th Annual 2017 Designer and Kitchen and Bathroom Awards.

Held at The Bloomsbury Big Top in central London, around 400 professionals from the kitchen and bathroom industry, came together to celebrate excellence in professional residential design and innovation in new product design.

Duravit’s Luv collection, designed by Cecilie Manz, received the award for ‘Innovation in Design’ in the bathroom products category. Seven experienced and highly respected judges recognised the collections’ timeless design merits, high quality materials and innovation.

Luv by Cecilie Manz wins at the Annual 2017 Designer Kitchen and Bathroom AwardsStrictly Come Dancing star Claudia Winkleman presented the award to Martin Carroll, Managing Director, Duravit UK who commented: “We are delighted to be recognized as an industry leader in product innovation by the judges at the Designer Kitchen and Bathroom Awards. Our close collaboration with internationally renowned designers such as Cecilie Manz has enabled us to make designer bathrooms come alive by combining the highest quality original design and innovative materials with comfort-enhancing technology.”

Luv was launched at ISH 2017 and combines Nordic purism and timeless elegance. Gentle forms follow a sharp geometry. The selection of materials and colours is testament to Cecilie Manz’s refined sense for nuanced form. Her colour palette of matt lacquers and glazes in soft shades was developed exclusively for Duravit and emphasises the fresh character of Luv.

IHS Awards

IHS Awards winners revealed

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The winners of the Independent Hotel Show Awards, in association with Sky – Independent Hotelier and Outstanding New Hotel – were revealed this week.

Paul Bayliss MBE, manager of Carden Park in Cheshire took the Independent Hotelier of the Year crown while Bath-based property No.15 Great Pulteney was given the Outstanding New Hotel of the Year award.

Bayliss MBE told the gathered crowd: “Well done to all the nominees, I am elated to win award. This really is a nice surprise, and a big surprise as I’ve only been in the hotel industry for nine years.”

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“Thank you, on behalf of everyone at No. 15 Great Pulteney, we are truly delighted to win the outstanding new hotel award – this is the one we wanted to win,” Jonathan Walker, managing director of No.15 Great Pulteney, said.

Independent Hotelier shortlist:
Claire Randall, Lucknam Park
Neil & Zoe Kedward Grove of Narbeth,
Justin & Charlotte Salisbury Artist Residence
Nicholas Dickinson Congham Hall
David & Charlotte Reilly Yorebridge House
Paul Bayliss MBE Carden Park

Outstanding New Hotel shortlist:
The Painswick
The Pig at Combe
Foxhill Manor
No. 15 Great Pulteney
King Street Townhouse
Brocco on the Park

Virtuoso Collection Awards

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

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International luxury travel network Virtuoso announced the winners of the eagerly awaited 2017 Best of the Best awards at the 29th annual Virtuoso Travel Week.

The 11th annual ceremony celebrated this year’s top 11 hotels and hoteliers before 1,600 of luxury travel’s crème de la crème attending the Hotels & Resorts Dinner. Of particular note, Palazzo Seneca in Italy received the sought-after “Hotel of the Year” honour.

Virtuoso received input from its 800-plus travel agency partners and more than 16,000 professional travel advisors to name the winners in each category, from best dining experience to best wellness program.

Editors of VIRTUOSO LIFE, the network’s multi-award-winning magazine, offered their expert insight and hotel savvy to select the nominees on which the advisors voted. This year’s Best of the Best award recipients will be highlighted in the publication’s September/October.

With a broad-ranging portfolio of more than 1,200 hotels, resorts, villas and private island retreats in over 100 countries, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is revered as the industry’s most prestigious hotel program,e. Founded in 1992 with just 20 hotels, Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts is marking its 25th anniversary in 2017, celebrating the remarkable growth, quality and diversity that have become trademarks of the program over the past quarter-century.

2017 Virtuoso Best of the Best categories and winners:

Hotel of the Year: Palazzo Seneca, Norcia, Italy
“The Bianconi family doesn’t just own a lovely hotel. They are beautiful people indeed, who care for others less fortunate, love the land where they were born, and take good care of this land.” – Julia Kostina, Renshaw Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Best Achievement in Design
: Six Senses Douro Valley, Lamego, Portugal
“What sets this resort apart is that it retains the charm and beauty of a large country manor set among rolling hills and vineyards. There’s a prevailing sense of quiet, calm and relaxation as soon as you enter.” – Linda Zelisko, Travel Experts, a Virtuoso Agency

Best Dining Experience: La Terrazza – Hotel Eden Rome, Rome, Italy
“Have you ever eaten pasta surrounded by vapored dry ice? It is simply the most innovative dish I have ever seen.” – Jonathan Phillips, Camelback Odyssey Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

Chef Fabio Ciervo in his kitchen

Chef Fabio Ciervo in his kitchen

Best Bar: Bar Hemingway – Ritz Paris, Paris, France
“Walking into Bar Hemingway is like stepping back in time. Head bartender Colin Field is a book of stories. You can sit back, listen and just imagine.” – Liora Manilof, Forest Travel Agency, a Virtuoso Agency

Best Family Programme: The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Naples, Florida, USA
“They have great options for families to visit local museums, bird sanctuaries, and a special program with a local artisan who leads their glass blowing classes. They really go out of their way to make the experiences as engaging as possible for the kids.” – Nick Cutrone, Vista Travel Consultants, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week

Best Wellness Programme: Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Arizona, USA
“The combination of four areas – physical, emotional, spiritual, and medical – is very unique in the wellness community. Most spas will cover a couple of the areas. Canyon Ranch can do it all. It has a wider range of options for the consumer than any other spa and the quality is outstanding!” – Peggy Purtell, Travel Experts, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Best Virtuoso Experience
: Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Mexico
“From the moment you arrive in the Sanctuary Lounge and make a wish by throwing a little stone in the cenote, you know you are in a special place. Everything in the hotel is an experience so that makes it unique.” – Areli Guzman, Viajes Terranova, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Best Virtuoso Newcomer
: Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, New York, New York, USA
“The large wrought iron front doors give a luxurious first impression. But the standout feature is the beautiful spiral staircase and long hanging cascading sculpture on the ground level.” – Sylvia Betesh Lebovitch, Ovation Vacations, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Sustainable Tourism Leadership
: Cavallo Point – the Lodge at Golden Gate, Sausalito, California, USA
“Sustainable tourism can sometimes lead to unexpected opportunities. It’s a tale of tourism helping transform swords into plowshares.”- Costas Christ, Global Strategist, Sustainability, Virtuoso, of the former military base now transformed into an urban eco-resort

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Best Virtuoso Hotel Ambassador
: Kees Hogetoorn – Grand Hotel Amsterdam, an Accor Hotel
“I knew nothing about his hotel prior to meeting Kees and he truly allowed the property to come to life. His passion and enthusiasm is unmatched.” – Jessica Renshaw, Renshaw Travel, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week
Hotelier of the Year
: Susanne Hatje – Mandarin Oriental, New York, New York, New York, USA
“There is a peace of mind when I send clients her way because I know they will be taken care of by her amazing team that lead by her example. She makes every client stay memorable. She has an incredible vibrant and energetic personality, always engaging with guests.” – Miriam Omphroy, Forest Travel Agency, a Virtuoso Agency

Best of the Best Award Winners Named at Virtuoso Travel Week


Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

The history of the Milsom group can be traced back almost seven decades, which has seen the group grow into one of the premium providers of accommodation and restaurant experiences in the Essex and Suffolk area. Geraldine and Paul Milsom opened Milsoms in 2001, and having undergone a refurbishment in 2015, the property has gone from strength to strength.

As someone who could appear in either side of the Brit List, the design of the refurbishment was led by Geraldine herself, which ensured the history and aesthetics of the building were retained, all while injecting a vibrant look for the future of the property.

Mario Ovsenjak arrived at Hotel Gotham in 2016 and has led the property from strength-to-strength ever since. The property has quickly established itself as one of the most buzzed-about hotels in the UK under his stewardship. Having worked extensively across the Bespoke Hotels portfolio, he boasts experience leading teams at a range of fine country house properties, including The Lambert Arms in Oxfordshire, Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Arms, as well as the Prince Regent Hotel.

Prior to this, he held positions at several London establishments, including the Corus Hyde Park Hotel, The Royal Trafalgar and Piccadilly Hotels, as well as the Colonnade and Hotel Xenia.

Mailo PowerThe owner of Athenaeum House Hotel in Waterford, Mailo has the Irish hospitality industry very close to her heart. The Athenaeum came about as a marriage of both hotel management and interior design, with Mailo’s background being in the latter across many hospitality and leisure projects.

Together with her husband Stan, himself an accomplished hotelier, Mailo has turned this Georgian gem into one of the best hospitality offerings in Waterford and the south-east of Ireland all whilst capturing the essence, heritage and history of Ireland. Mailo’s infectious passion for the hotel industry is clear to all those who meet her.

Bharat has more than 10 years’ professional experience within the hospitality industry with skills across a whole host of aspects of the industry, including strategic planning, Bharat Raimarketing, and sales initiatives, financial planning and analysis.

At the Grange Tower Bridge, he heads up a team of up to 250 employees and has consistently achieved against all expectations, surpassing KPI projections for revenue and guest services, and under his stewardship the hotel has become synonymous with affordable five-star luxury in the heart of the capital.

Adolf SchauerAdolf’s career in hospitality has taken in various aspects of the industry, from an early career in the kitchen, to financial controller to hotel manager – in both Germany and the UK. In January 2015, Adolf was appointed hotel manager at The Landmark London (having previously served as financial controller) and since, he has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the hotel and its staff, focusing on continually improving the guest experience.

His long and celebrated history in both the front-of-house operations and the financial aspect of hospitality means he has been the perfect appointment for this iconic London property and its continued place at the top table of the capital’s properties.

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Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we continue with five more of the top 25 hoteliers…

With a family history steeped in hospitality, Oliver (alongside his brother Dominic) was in prime position to make his mark in the industry. And since 2015’s launch of The Vicarage Freehouse & Rooms, the north western-based and brilliantly-named Flat Cap Hotels hasn’t looked back.

The brand’s concept built around unique hotel accommodation, food-led experiences in stunning locales has proven to be a winner, thanks to the vision of Oliver and his team. With plans to expand quickly by 2019, we have a feeling Oliver and Flat Cap Hotels will be a force to be reckoned with for a while yet.

Chris Hurst has been general manager at Hambleton Hall since 2003, and under his guidance, this Rutland gem has continued to be named amongst the finest hotels in the UK. Bought originally by Tim and Stefa Hart in 1979, the couple are still involved with the hotel and its interior design and are still at the heart of everything the hotel stands for.

Chris’ longevity at the property is shared with several other members of the senior staff, something that has contributed to the success of the hotel for nearly 40 years.

The Ace concept was born in a hip neighbourhood of Seattle, soon spread to New York and Los Angeles, and the grittiness of east London has been the perfect location for it here in London.

Olivia, having served in the commercial side for another of the city’s coolest properties (The Hoxton), has been general manager at the capital’s next up-and-coming, trendy hangout for only a few months, managing to maintain the brand’s concept, ensure excellent service standards but without overplaying the ‘boutique clichés’.

Few names in the hospitality industry strike up the ‘visual imagery’ of The Hoxton – it has been one of the big success stories in the boutique sector of the last decade. The roaring success of the Shoreditch property led to the opening of a Holborn property, of which PJ Kenny has been manager since 2016.

He has more than a decade of experience as hotel manager across brands such as Jurys Inn and Hilton Worldwide and brings his skills of people management and guiding new-builds through the early years to this most exciting of boutique hotel projects.

Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is synonymous with luxury hospitality and some might have argued that following Philip Newman-Hall’s departure, Jan-Paul had big shoes to fill. That Le Manoir continues to be held in such sway internationally for its culinary and hospitality excellence, shows just how well Jan-Paul has settled in.

Jan-Paul’s international experience over 25 years across four continents coupled with his approach to staff management, sustainable practice and technology in hospitality has seen this already-world-class establishment maintain its lofty position as one of the world’s best.

Brit List 2017 Hoteliers Profiles

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In the coming weeks, Hotel Designs will be profiling the 50 finalists in the HD Brit List 2017 – this week, we start with five of the top 25 hoteliers…

Mark is the definition of someone who has seen many of the sides hospitality has to offer, working his way up through the ranks from head waiter to general manager via a Catey Award for Restaurant Manager of the Year in 2009; several of his positions being served at Chewton Glen.
As an active and decorated member of the hospitality industry, Mark’s work at Chewton Glen has seen the Hampshire country house hotel become not only a favourite with discerning guests, but with fellow hoteliers too, fully justifying his nomination for the Brit List 2017.

Paul is a Master Innholder and has held management positions within the InterContinental Group – at Crowne Plaza London The City – as well as Taj 51 Buckingham Gate and St. James Court Hotel before joining Mayfair’s Beaumont Hotel as managing director. Paul’s 30 years’ of experience in the industry now sees him head up one of the most exciting properties in London.

Paul’s commitment to the future of the hospitality industry cannot be questioned either, with him being a fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and a keen supporter of the Oxford Brookes University’s Bacchus Mentoring Programme since its inception.

Lynn has been a Four Seasons stalwart since 1991, even being part of the location move of the brand’s flagship Toronto property. Lynn’s journey to Hampsire was via several Four Seasons hotels in the United States and Canada, as well as Four Seasons Canary Wharf.
At the Four Seasons Hampshire, Lynn is heading up the brand’s only ‘country house’ property in the UK; having to balance this traditional aesthetic and vibe with the globally accepted modern Four Seasons standards. Within a few months of managing the Hampshire property, Brutman has felt completely at home, and her goal is to maintain the hotel’s ever-growing reputation.

Having a father who was a prominent hotelier on Jersey before him, it is hardly surprising that Patrick Burke became anything but a hotelier and his own contribution to the island’s hospitality industry cannot be underestimated. Taking over the reins at the stunning Atlantic Hotel thirty years ago, what Patrick has achieved has been nothing short of remarkable.

The Atlantic and its Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant have been receiving accolades for a number of years, but Patrick’s commitment to the wider industry has been monumental also; having served as a Director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) since 1999 and his admission as the sole Channel Island member of the Master Innholders.

During a distinguished career which has seen him work at the likes of the Dorchester and InterContinental London, Marwan has forged a reputation for a dedication to excellence. And that reputation followed him when he took over the reins at The Vineyard in Newbury just shy of four years ago.

Overseeing a team of some 140+, three team members to every guest, Marwan is proud of the award-winning, world-class passionate service his team offers at this uniquely conceptual hotel – home to 49 rooms, a 3 AA Rosette restaurant and a cellar of some 30,000 wines.

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Stylo announced as event partner for Hotel Designs Brit List

Brit List 2017: Stylo announced as event partner

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Hotel Designs is delighted to welcome Stylo as an event partner for the Hotel Designs Brit List, which is taking place on July 12 at Urban Coterie at the vibrant Urban Coterie sky bar and restaurant in London, from 6pm until 11pm.

Stylo are specialists in large format print and display, offering bespoke tailored solutions for retail, hospitality interiors, exhibitions, museums and 3D installations.

One of the pioneering companies has been Stylo, the Hertfordshire-based print firm, which is now at the forefront of some incredibly exciting possibilities in three-dimensional printing.

Daniel Fountain, editor of Hotel Designs, said: “We have worked with Stylo before at some of our previous events and their 3D-printed items are always a talking point for all the attendees. It’s great to have such an innovative, cutting-edge company on board for what will be a great evening of networking and a celebration of the very best of design and the hospitality industries.”

A few sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Hotel Designs Brit List. To find out more contact Jennie Lane on 01992 374098 or email j.lane@forumevents.co.uk

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Brit List 2017: Hotelier, designer nominations still coming in…

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Hotel Designs is producing the Brit List 2017, a celebration of the country’s most inspirational and influential hoteliers and designers.

The full Hotel Designs Brit List will be revealed via a publication this summer, with a party to celebrate the List taking place at Urban Coterie, London on Wednesday July 12th. We’ve been asking our readers to select who they think should be included in the UK’s top 25 hoteliers and 25 leading design professionals – to nominate those they think are deserving of recognition in both fields.


And they’ve come up with some huge names in both fields, here is just a selection so far:

– Andrew Wildsmith (Owner of Wildsmith Hotels)
– Robin Sheppard (Chairman of Bespoke Hotels)
– Michael Obray (General Manager at Lords of the Manor Hotel)
– Robin Hutson (CEO at The Pig Hotels Group)
– Mark Bevan (General Manager at Chewton Glen)

– Ariane Steinbeck (Interior Designer at RPW Design)
– Andrew Linwood (Areen Hospitality)
– Dexter Moren (Director at Dexter Moren Associates)
– John Lewis (Associate at Richmond International)
– Bee Osborn (Director at Osborn Interiors)

There are a limited number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available for this prestigious and influential publication – for more details contact Jennie Lane on j.lane@forumevents.co.uk, or call 01992 374098.