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Monkey Island Estate opens private residences

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Monkey Island Estate opens private residences

The six new private residences open at Monkey Island Estate in Bray amid post-pandemic luxury consumer demands expecting a surge of self-isolated escapes… 

YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island Estate, which Hotel Designs reviewed shortly after it opened last year, has unveiled six new private residences.

Endearingly named to reflect their individual nature, the residences blend classic style and the warmth of a period home with contemporary and luxury comfort, each with its own intriguing history and story to tell. Guests staying in the residences can enjoy the freedom, space and privacy of staying with loved ones, whilst taking advantage of the hospitality and services of the hotel, just a stone’s throw away.

The residences

Long White Cloud is an embodiment of homely elegance, where Edward Elgar is known to have stayed and composed some of his greatest works.  More recent residents include Formula One racing legend, Sir Stirling Moss. The magnificent 19th Century property has four large bedroom suites accompanied by an impressive kitchen and a charming garden, ideal for alfresco dining in the summer months. Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, Long White Cloud also offers a private pool and jetty, ideal for those who may wish to arrive by boat.

Brook House embodies another spacious offering with four generously sized suites, a lavish living room and a large garden with private outdoor/indoor swimming pool perfect for hot summer afternoons.

Sundial Cottage with its secluded secret garden is quaint yet spacious, steeped in the same exciting history as Monkey Island itself.  Sundial Cottage boasts three gorgeous bedrooms with a kitchen-diner and cosy living room. Those staying in Sundial Cottage will share the same four walls as the famed Sylvia Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds.

Bray House is a bijou gem just steps away from Bray’s church, offering the ideal country bolthole for those looking to escape the city. The three-bedroom residence has undergone multiple transformations over the years from stable block to cobblers’ shop, antique centre and family home.

Dormer Cottage enchants guests with standout features including wooden beams, a welcoming open fireplace and a dramatic silk-clad wall. The 500-year-old one-bedroom residence offers guests immediate access to the heart of Bray.

Lavender House also sits in the heart of the village offering three bedrooms. With an impressive double fronted cottage façade believed to date back to the early 1700s, the impressive property was once home to several local families in three terraced cottages.

Monkey Island, with its intriguing history dating back 800 years, has been the haunt of monks, monarchs, aristocrats and writers alike. Surrounded by elegant gardens, Monkey Island is accessed only by footbridge, boat or helicopter, offering a secluded country venue, yet is conveniently located less than an hour’s drive from Central London. The addition of the Private Residences offers those who want to enjoy this historic landmark and the delightful village of Bray even more opportunity to do so, in true comfort, style and privacy.

Main image credit: YTL Hotels’ Monkey Island Estate

Modern guestroom with views over Falmouth Bay

Merchants Manor in Falmouth, England, unveils new residences

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Bert & May and Helen Hughes have thoughtfully added two new apartments to Merchants Manor in Falmouth…

Merchants Manor Hotel & Spa in Falmouth has opened the doors to two luxury eco-friendly residences. Located in the grounds of the hotel and spa, the self-catered living spaces take inspiration from British design, with subtle reference to the Cornish coast.

The residences, called Landlubber and Lookout, were designed by acclaimed designers Bert and May in collaboration with award-winning interior designer Helen Hughes. Accommodating one to four people, each apartment features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen living space, private terrace with jacuzzi hot tub and separate entrance. Guests are able to still enjoy all of the facilities in the main hotel including the outstanding Rastella restaurant, swimming pool, Technogym and luxurious Linen Room spa.

“Helen wanted to create individual identities for each apartment, ” said Lee Thornley, Founder of Bert & May, when speaking about the design. “We’ve used a variety of industrial materials including brass and wood as well as historic artisan tiles, when combined they all complement each other to offer a modern yet rustic feel.”

Each luxury residence provides an earthy feel with timber frames, organic shapes and quirky features all drawing inspiration from the fresh Cornish countryside. Floor to ceiling windows capture the picturesque views of Falmouth Bay and allow natural light to flood the interior spaces.

Helen Hughes added: “As part of an ongoing refurbishment aimed to establish Merchants Manor as a destination boutique hotel and spa I was delighted to work with my client again on this exciting new addition.

“Selecting individual palettes for both apartments from the beautiful Bert & May ranges was the starting point of the design process. Once defined the spaces were furnished with a stylish mix of vintage, new and found pieces that were upholstered in a vibrant mix of bold and colourful fabrics. Slight nods to the coastal location and shipping history of Falmouth complete the look.

“I’m delighted the apartments have been given a 5-star rating since completion, some of only a handful in Cornwall.”

The Lookout residence welcomes guests with its secluded 22-metre glazed terrace complete with Jacuzzi hot tub overlooking the breathtaking Falmouth coastline. In the bedrooms, nautical interiors reflect the idyllic sea views with a colour scheme that combines calming tones of cool blues against bright corals. Lookout’s bedrooms feature antique hooks that were recovered from the private quarters of Queen Mary when she sailed around India and Asia as part of a coronation tour with King George V. Quirky touches continue throughout the property and include a timeless wardrobe in the bedroom as well as antique mirrors attained at auction from the estate of a renowned artist in Helford.

Both bedrooms feature deep emerald headboards and hand furnishings, whilst illustration and prints from acclaimed local artist and print maker Lou Tonkin adorn the rustic wooden walls.  Landlubber also has two bathrooms – both with wet room showers.

Referencing the hotel’s Cornish sub-tropical garden, the Landlubber residence offers a green haven with its homely artisan tiles in the kitchen living space and reclaimed timber cladding. The open plan living and kitchen area provides plenty of space for guests to relax, whether it’s curling up on the sofa with a book or enjoying a home-cooked meal prepared by the hotel’s Chef Patron, Hylton Espey.

Commenting on the project, owner Nick Rudlin said: “We are delighted to unveil our new spaces to guests. Each residence is eco-friendly and designed to reflect the relaxed beachy surroundings of the Falmouth coast.  This has been supported by the AA who have awarded the spaces the highest accolade of 5 gold stars making them one of only a handful in all of Cornwall.

“The new homes are perfect for those looking for the best of both worlds, offering unparalleled luxury of a private holiday escape, with the ability to dip in to all the amazing amenities that a boutique hotel and restaurant has to offer.”

Suppliers list (furniture and interiors)

  • Loaf
  • Maison Du Monde
  • Trinity Marine
  • Cox & Cox Mail Order Ltd.
  • Holloways of Ludlow
  • Tinsmiths
  • Wayfair LLC,
  • Ferm Living
  • Dowsing & Reynolds

Hacienda, 1 Hotels Cabo announces next phase of residences

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Hacienda, the 22-acre private residential community in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, has unveiled plans for its next phase of residences, a limited offering of 55 for-sale branded luxury ‘1 Homes’ within the recently announced 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo.

The first international residences from the mission-driven luxury lifestyle brand, 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo will expand on a legacy of excellence at Hacienda, which completely sold out its original 109 residences at Hacienda Beach Club in 2015.

Uniquely located on the only year-round swimmable beach in Cabo, with direct views of the iconic Land’s End and steps away from the most famous Marina in North America, the new 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo will sit directly at the site of the famed Hacienda Hotel, host to the likes of Bing Crosby, John Wayne and Desi Arnaz.

Nature is intertwined into everything at 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo. The property will not only include 55 for-sale, branded luxury residences, nearly a third of which have already been sold in a Founder’s presale, but will also incorporate a 115-room environmentally-responsible hotel.

The property will also boast more than 6,000-square-feet of conference and events space, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and retail shops. Situated directly on the Sea of Cortez, guests are only a short walk to downtown Cabo’s best restaurants, bars and nightlife.

A world-class team of designers collaborated on the 1 Homes collection at 1 Hotel & Homes Cabo, creating a classic style of Mexican haciendas grounded in their essence to reveal a modern style that feels at home in Cabo, yet sophisticated and luxurious. The brand’s commitment to sustainable hospitality and eco-conscious architecture can be found throughout the masterful design and materials selected by the renowned team of architects. The vision of Hart Howerton was complemented by the landscape planned by George Girvin of Girvin Associates and interiors by Cherem Arquitectos, both with extensive portfolios in Los Cabos.

From the local rammed earth, granite and marble to the reclaimed wood, each home is designed to capture the soothing natural light of the Baja, creating seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces with the addition of repurposed materials, living plants and raw textures. Floorplans range from one to seven bedrooms, including a collection of beach-front villas, only two of which still remain, offering a retreat amidst the energy of Cabo, intrinsically connected yet set apart from it all.

Construction of 1 Homes began in late 2016 with completion slated for mid-2018. The hotel is set to debut in 2019.



Banyan Tree Brisbane

Banyan Tree launches first ever project in Australia

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Last month, Banyan Tree Executive Chairman Ho Kwon Ping and Lord Mayor of Brisbane Graham Quirk officially launched the Banyan group’s first ever Banyan Tree project in Australia.

The iconic site atop the Kangaroo Point cliffs offers panoramic views across the river city, which has proved to be a major draw, along with an unprecedented level of features and inclusions that has not been seen before in the luxury residential market.

While the Brisbane residences have a unique aesthetic to others in the Banyan Tree stable, there is commonality with a number of key elements for which the brand has become synonymous including a 24-hour onsite concierge, Banyan Tree Spa and Gallery, providore-style food offering on the ground floor and rooftop gardens and infinity pool.

Banyan Tree Brisbane
Interest and sales in the AUD $150-million-dollar development have been strong, with over a quarter of the 76 private residences sold in the pre-launch period to a mixture of local and interstate buyers as well as current Banyan Tree owners.

Coinciding with the official launch, the Queensland headquartered Watpac are in line to be announced as the successful tender to oversee the construction of the project. Over 500 jobs will be created during the works slated to commence in Q4 of 2016 and to be completed in early 2019.

Banyan Tree Brisbane

Banyan Tree has also unveiled an outstanding display suite adjacent to the construction site, which offers prospective buyers a preview of a full-scale two-bedroom residence showing off the voluminous space, premium finishes and attention-to-detail.

The holistic offering for owners includes 24-hour Banyan Tree concierge service, onsite Banyan Tree Spa and retail Gallery, premium dining venues and an exclusive rooftop garden with private function room, barbeque facilities, daybeds and an expansive infinity pool.

The property will also feature additional gymnasium, and a secure underground car park. Residents will also enjoy proximity to some of the city’s best dining and cultural precincts, as well as schools, universities, hospitals and transportation.

Skye Hotel Suites

Crown Group reveals new hotel brand for Sydney – Skye Hotel Suites

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A leading Australian property developer renowned for its innovative approach to residential apartment design has revealed details of its much-anticipated new hotel brand.

After delivering a string of award-winning residential apartment buildings over the past two decades, Sydney-based Crown Group will soon bring its world-renowned brand to travellers from across the globe, announcing its first hotel will open in the thriving Sydney suburb of Parramatta in early 2017.

The luxury Skye Hotel Suites will form part of the 29-storey V by Crown Group development known as Parramatta’s vertical village. A new logo and website for Skye Hotel Suites have been revealed. Crown Group Chief Executive Iwan Sunito said Sydney’s second CBD was a fitting location for the launch of the first Skye Hotel Suites.

“We are pleased to announce the debut of Skye Hotel Suites in Sydney, the first of many around the world, Mr Sunito said. “Our vision is to create a collection of suites which will set a fresh lifestyle standard in Sydney,” he said. The second largest employment destination in the state, Parramatta was recently named the most livable suburb in NSW and is forecast to grow in population by 40 per cent by 2031.

Skye Hotel Suites

Designed by Sydney-based Allen Jack + Cottier and Koichi Takada Architects, the 590-apartment V by Crown Group is located on the corner of Macquarie and Marsden streets, less than 300m from Parramatta Square; Parramatta City Council’s $2 billion, 3-hectare redevelopment precinct and less than 600m from Parramatta train station, Parramatta Heritage Parklands and Westfield Parramatta.

Featuring 72 studio, one bedroom and two-bedroom suites, Skye Hotel Suites at Parramatta will include access to V by Crown Group’s resort-style pool, gym, expansive foyer, conference room, restaurant, sauna, business centre and vibrant alfresco dining and retail piazza.

A level-26 sky bar will include a large open-air terrace and spectacular 270 degree views of Sydney’s skyline. Crown Group also plans to open Skye Hotel Suites in Sydney’s CBD and Green Square in the near future.

Expansion into luxury hotels was a natural progression for the company, Mr Sunito said. “Asia is booming and with it more and more people travel to Australia for holidays and for business. This has created a gap in the market as the demand increases for luxury hotel-style serviced apartments in Sydney and Australia,” he said.

“Expanding into the transient short-term accommodation market will provide a strong foundation our continued expansion both locally and across the region. It is an exciting time for us,” he said.