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Italian Hospitality Collection announces that Grotta Giusti, Tuscany, is launching one of the world’s most unusual yoga offerings, thermal yoga in a millennial thermal cave with natural therapeutic steam baths. The hotel is also introducing a two-night spa package which includes floating therapy or scuba diving in the grotto’s underground thermal lake, alongside the thermal yoga. Grotta Giusti, a historic Tuscan spa retreat, is home to an ancient Grotto – a millennial thermal cave and a thermal underground hot spring lake – which famed composer, Giuseppe Verdi, regarded as “the eighth wonder of the world”. In this ancient wonder, the hotel is now offering thermal yoga classes with a qualified instructor. Yoga practised in the natural warmth of this underground labyrinth amplifies sensations, aids concentration and raises body temperature whilst guests benefit from the therapeutic effects of the cave’s thermal vapours. The water running through the Grotto is rich in…

The latest addition and the seventh hotel in the Hastings Hotels’ portfolio, Northern Ireland’s finest collection of hotels, is the  Grand Central Hotel in Belfast. Having opened just at the start of July, guests are already enjoying a range of dining options created from the finest local produce by the hotel’s Executive Head Chef, Damian Tumilty, and his team. Damian Tumilty, Executive Head Chef With over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Damian Tumilty’s outstanding flair for food will guarantee the perfect fine dining experience at The Grand Central. Having previously prepared high quality, French-influenced food at Shu Restaurant and traditional baked delicacies at French Village in Belfast, his background favours great taste and attention to detail. Outside of the kitchen, Damian further spreads his passion and enthusiasm for food as part-time lecturer in Professional Cookery and has an Advanced Diploma in Culinary Arts in conjunction with Thames Valley…

An ocean facing boutique hotel that champions locality and eco-minded initiatives, barefoot luxury Let’s Sea Hua Hin Al Fresco Resort has recently completed a significant renovation to its 40 suites, public spaces and famous beachside restaurant. Eco-chic and dedicated to supporting the community whilst preserving the natural beauty of its surroundings – the hotel’s staff are entirely local, and its eco-architectural design minimises the overall environmental impact. Taking it one step further and looking beyond aesthetics, the ambition behind the renovation is to set inspiring new standards of quality in luxury hospitality. With sense of responsibility to sustain and be a leader in romantic relaxation for conscious travellers, the resort briefly closed over the first two weeks of June 2018 to give each of the public areas the full renovation. Reopening with its fresh new look as a destination that draws a new blueprint of cutting edge cool in Hua…

LALIQUE opens their third hotel, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey, an exclusive hotel and restaurant in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux. Another triumphant combination of design, lifestyle, hospitality and brand aesthetics that will resonate beautifully with food and LALIQUE lifestyle lovers alike. Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey is part of LALIQUE’s hospitality pillar of the lifestyle brand and brings together wine, crystal and gastronomy, combining to serve art and the senses. Announced by Silvio Denz, Chairman of LALIQUE and David Bolzan, Managing Director of Vignobles Silvio Denz, this is the first time that a Premier Grand Cru Classe has opened a hotel and restaurant in Bordeaux. This luxurious setting offers three suites and ten rooms, 13 in total. The decoration was entrusted to international interior designers, Lady Tina Green and Pietro Mingarelli, who created the LALIQUE Maison collection of Art Deco inspired furniture and home accessories. The designers created exclusive furniture pieces for the property. The…

On display at Address Downtown hotel in Dubai are impressively sized and distinctive five 8.5-metre-high paintings commissioned for the 63-storey by artist and designer Beth Nicholas. The paintings, which are located in the Address Downtown’s vast lobby, are illuminated from behind, further enhancing their impact; . beautifully hypnotic they draw you into the depths of their elegantly graceful fluidity. These dramatic artworks, executed in Nicholas’s signature style – swirling cosmoses of blues and whites, embellished with startling bursts of gold and silver – are the centrepiece of the newly-refurbished, 220-bedroom hotel, which opened this June 2018. Commissioned in 2017 through the art consultancy Soho Myriad, the paintings took three months to produce. Nicholas visited the hotel to oversee the installation, as she does for all her large-scale commissions. Evoking Aspects of Nature Evocative equally of oceans and the minerals beneath the earth as they are of aerial photographs, the paintings…

For those suffering from sleep disruptions like insomnia, the search for a good nights sleep may cause them to try a number of solutions in their quest for great slumber. The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort offers an option. The luxurious, five-star Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, has launched a new series of magnesium-based Mineral Therapies Marine Treatments by Thalion to help guests increase their melatonin levels and get their sleep cycle back on track. Sleep is Paramount to a Healthier Lifestyle Studies show that one in three adults in the UK are affected by insomnia and that high-quality sleep is the single biggest contributor to living a healthier lifestyle. When adults fall below the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night, they can suffer from memory loss, have trouble concentrating and even become at risk to high blood pressure and heart disease. Sleep…

The Radisson Blu hotel in Antwerp has unveiled a completely new look and feel following an extensive programme of refurbishment across the entire hotel, with total investment reaching over €9m. The project, which began in early 2017, has touched every element of the hotel – from brand new bedrooms, to two new restaurants, enhanced Meetings and Events offering and an upgraded leisure center and public areas, to the installation of a Starbucks on the hotel’s ground floor. “We’re delighted to be able to showcase what is almost a completely new hotel!  The extensive renovations have transformed our beautiful hotel, creating a stylish and contemporary space that positions us well as one of Antwerp’s leading hotels.  With our superb location, directly opposite the Central Station, our new-look product, and our renowned unique Yes I Can! service, everything is now in place for us to build and grow, and we look forward…

With the holidays season fast approaching, luxury travel and hospitality brands are ramping up their marketing efforts. With most affluent travellers now researching, planning and booking their holidays online, it is essential for luxury brands to be present at the right time if they want to attract potential visitors. The online customer journey provides indeed luxury travel brands with new avenues to engage their consumers across devices and channels. Mobile and social media, in particular, are playing an increasingly important role in the decision process of wealthy travellers. Tourists will browse through their Instagram feed and seek recommendations from their friends and trusted social media influencers to find inspirations on where to go. In addition, younger affluent travellers are looking for original and authentic travel experiences. They want to explore new locations and experience different types of vacations. These changes provide luxury brands with new opportunities to inspire and influence…

New World Development, a leader in property, retail and hotel development, last year announced its plans for Victoria Dockside, a $2.6 billion, 3 million square foot art and design district, on the promenade of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Set to fully open in 2019, the mixed-use development will offer Grade A office space, an ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood Residences, and premier art, design and leisure experiences with views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island. But in April, 2018, Victoria Dockside’s newest event, #MakeWaves, is set to begin. It will take place at the K11 ATELIER, a creative workspace in the new Victoria Dockside neighborhood, set to reinvigorate the area, and create a top destination for both Hong Kong residents and its 60 million annual visitors. K11 Atelier is the first office tower under the K11 brand, whose office space opened late last year. The luxury hotel and…

Calling all Krug Lovers to Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz as they are one of only four Krug Ambassades in Switzerland, serving its guests a large selection of different Cuvées of the prestigious Champagne. A ‘Krug Ambassade’ is an iconic place which represents the spirit of the House of Krug based on the principles of prestige – a unique passion and savoir-faire. A culinary destination where gastronomic excellence meets the finest Champagnes. All over the world the Krug Ambassades represent a real network of Krug lovers who pass on their passion through relentless hard work and an original style. Like Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Krug Champagne has been a family-run business for several generations, with Olivier Krug now at the helm. Both brands stand for tradition and quality, which is why guests can now look forward to a varied culinary programme of events to do with Krug Champagne. The exclusive…

Presenting world-class cuisine for intuitive taste travellers, X2 [CrossTo] Chiang Mai Riverside Resort is a new boutique hotel with an expertly curated portfolio of evolving menus, championing exquisite cuisine. Taking influence from France, the culinary capital of the world – dishes at this intimate new hotel meet the highest French culinary standards. With creative interpretations weaving together Thai and international dishes that lean heavily on fresh, local and seasonally inclined ingredients; the hotel’s Executive Chef, Alexandre Demard has recently received direction from renowned French chef Nicolas Isnard who was awarded a Michelin star in 2009 at L’Auberge de la Charme in Dijon, France. The first restaurant in Chiang Mai to receive consultation from a Michelin-starred chef, X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort’s Oxygen Dining Room sets a new standard for gourmet international excellence in Thailand’s cultural capital. Nestled beneath the leafy tamarind trees and facing the Mae Ping River, the contemporary…

Following the successful launch of Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH); Nobu Hotel Marbella is excited to announce its opening on March 29th, 2018. The resort is the latest member of SLH, and will transform the celebrated ‘Golden Mile’ that links Marbella’s charming and historic old town to glamorous Puerto Banus. Nobu Hotel Marbella will bring the style and design of one of the world’s best-regarded hotel and restaurant groups to one of the world’s most famous destinations. Unlike any other hospitality offer in Spain’s most famous year-round resort community, the exclusively for grown-up’s hotel with 81 guest suites, will offer the same vibrant mix of contemporary design, gastronomy and good times that has established the reputation of the avant-garde Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay. Created with the sophisticated sybarite in mind, Nobu Hotel Marbella curates a unique guest experience that blends the…

Latest luxury hotel openings a part of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World includes… 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat: Lombok, Indonesia  Rooms from USD 750 per night: www.slh.com/7secrets – Opening 15 February 2018 This exquisite new resort – the only retreat privileged to be situated in Nipah Bay – maintains a balance of technology-filled interiors with traditional Indonesian architecture. Each temple-like suite features a European hydro massage Jacuzzi, private butler, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathroom amenities, state of the art Italian technology system, Indonesian artworks and a unique minibar concept. Every bit of this resort has been meticulously handcrafted to provide the very best in luxury, including an exclusive check-in ritual and holistic signature spa and wellness treatments. Set beside the glittering sands and turquoise seas of Nipah Bay, this luxury hotel promises a made-to-measure escape. SLH Insider Tip: The expert hotel staff can arrange private excursions ready for your…

If there has ever been a country defined by wealth and power, in both positive and challenging ways, it is Azerbaijan. Though independent now, the country has been occupied by multiple conquering hordes: those of Cyrus The Great, Alexander The Great, the Seljuks, the Mongols, the Persians, the Russians, the Ottomans and the Soviets. But since 1991, Azerbaijan is free, and exceptionally wealthy due to their vast oil and gas reserves. The country is on the western tip of the Caspian Sea, and is literally at the crossroads between Western Asia and Eastern Europe, as it borders Russia to the North; Georgia and Armenia to the West and Iran to the South. It is generally Muslim, also with deep roots in Zoroastrianism and Fire Temple worship. To Understand the Design, Understand The Baku Flame Towers History This précis of Azebaijani history is a necessary precedent to understanding the architectural design…

In this tech-dependent digital age, one of the biggest trends in the wellness industry is still technology. Some locations offering future focused treatments includes… Virtual Reality Facial above Barcelona’s skyline Spa technology has become increasingly sophisticated, this includes the 43 The Spa at Hotel Arts Barcelona who is offering a new dimension in beauty experience with its Mindful Touch facial at 43 The Spa. Complemented by an immersive virtual reality video inspired by the concept of mindfulness, guests are mesmerised in a state of thoughtful awareness that helps them clear their mind from everyday stress, and into a space of beauty and tranquillity. The Mindful Touch is an innovative and trailblazing venture within the spa sector, in which the results of the 360º experience combines Natura Bissé’s effective facial with virtual reality, mindfulness and the power of touch. With wrap around views of Barcelona city and the azure of the…