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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…

Home to over 400 works of art, owned by keen art collectors, France’s legendary Bauchet-Bouhlal family – Es Saadi Marrakech Resort is more than a resort, it is a living museum, reflective of the diversity, breath-taking talent and vibrant culture of modern Morocco. A true art enthusiast, Élisabeth Bauchet-Bouhlal, CEO of Es Saadi Marrakech Resort, has been an active supporter of Moroccan artists for more than 40 years. Each year, Es Saadi hosts one of the year’s most highly anticipated cultural events, in collaboration with Paris’ famed auction house Artcurial. This year’s theme is “Majorelle and his contemporaries” and the incredible auction will be held simultaneously in Paris and Marrakech from 27th December – 30th December. The Bauchet-Bouhlal family have always been keen art collectors, particularly so Madame Bauchet-Bouhlal who, as Es Saadi’s owner, has introduced Moroccan artists on a global stage, allowing them an international platform in which to…

Lulu Group’s Twenty14 Holdings (the same group the recently bought Great Scotland Yard) announced its £85 million acquisition of Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian. As part of their commitment to preserve the history and grandeur of the hotel, as well as adding value to the community, Twenty14 Holdings will create new jobs in the UK by hiring local artisans to renovate the hotel’s Historical Caledonian Suites, expand the already illustrious food and beverages offering and extend the reach of the hotel to include an additional 50 keys. Built directly above the Princes Street Station building, The Caledonian has played host to well-known faces from around the world including film stars, entertainers and royalty. Today the hotel is the only part of the old station to have survived along with the cast iron entrance gates on Rutland Street. Guests are able to relive the rich history and heritage of this elite…

The evolution, then the process, of re-imagining one thing into another can be a lengthy process. And when it comes to the creation of a new hotel based on the foundations of an established one, the process can be even more complex on multiple levels. The levels often involve repurposing, redevelopment, and rebranding combined. The renowned Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, opened in 1996, is a recent example. Its process of redevelopment began in 2015, and now by March of 2018, will officially be recreated into a new entity: the new Park MGM Las Vegas. Recently, we saw what had been done and what was planned. Most of the hotel’s 2,700 rooms have been renovated. And, the property’s 290 guestrooms on its upper floors will be rebranded as the NoMad Las Vegas. This project will be completed by the end of 2018. NoMad is a boutique brand, whose original hotel is…

Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resorts is unveiling a new Suites Experiences program, available exclusively to guests who book a stay in any of the hotel’s elegantly appointed suites. From VIP on-property perks to unique experiences around Rome, suites guests are provided with true insider access to the Eternal City, as cultivated by Rome Cavalieri. As part of the program, guests who book an Alcove, Vista and Corner Suite, as well as the premier Napoleon, Petronius, Planetarium and Penthouse Suites, are welcomed with a host of on-property amenities, including a VIP airport transfer, access to the Imperial Club and Cavalieri Grand Spa Club, and a special bespoke cocktail. To complement these amenities, Rome Cavalieri has cultivated partnerships with local artisans, designers, and other vendors to provide unique insider experiences around Rome for their enjoyment. Aligned to varying seasonal themes such as “Italian craftsmanship,” “Souvenir,” “Art & Tea,” and more,…

The Cardosas Palace was the inspiration for the Alma de Luce concept, limited edition pedestal table. The one-of-a-kind piece decorates the InterContinental Porto lobby. Presented to the clients and fans July 2017, during the celebration of the 6th anniversary of The InterContinental Porto Hotel, which is located in the heart of Oporto city. Cardosas Palace marked the occasion with this unique furniture piece, signed by ALMA DE LUCE. The table was inspired in the story of Cardosas Palace and was named “Cardosas”. The piece reflects the memories of an iconic Oporto monument designed to “transport you 19th century elegant ballrooms, those adorned with plaster ceilings and marble floors with refined drawings”. The CARDOSAS functional art captivates with its contemporary design and eye catching qualities, exquisiteness and finesse. With a timeless design, this artistic table is on display in the 5-star hotel’s lobby. This outstanding piece identifies with the decor of…

Dining Experiences On 29 June 2017, Ben Davidson, ‘The Cocktail Chef’ will host an exquisite dinner experience in Prive249 featuring a sublime menu perfectly paired with Martell Cognac. Guests will be taken on an extraordinary culinary journey beginning with canapés in La Galerie matched with a bespoke VSOP cocktail designed exclusively by Ben followed by an intimate three course dinner in Privé249. While you admire the magical city lights of Brisbane, a series of imaginative dishes such as lobster tail, endive salad with vanilla dressing will be combined with the renowned flavours of VSOP, Cordon Bleu and XO to delight, inspire and tantalise the senses. $159 per person From 6:30pm in La Galerie Dinner in Privé249 to follow. Sofitel Brisbane Central – 249 Turbot Street Brisbane Bookings www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au call 07 3835 3535 or email h5992-fb9@sofitel.com About BEN DAVIDSON – THE COCKTAIL CHEF Ben Davidson is one of Australia’s most accomplished…

Travellers know hotels manufacture their own bath and beauty products, their own signature scents, and occasionally their own bathrobes, but a show-stopping, runway-worthy collection of apparel is something quite rare. The Sanchaya is about to cultivate that rare ground. The estate introduces The S’YA collection — 20 items ranging from silk yao boxy tops, retro single mesh singlets and silk cotton sleeveless shirts, to silk linen flair shorts, rib cotton brought trousers, and cotton twill skinny jeans. Natalya Pavchinskaya, the founder of The Sanchaya, a luxurious beachfront resort situated next to Singapore on Indonesia’s Bintan Island, said her debut apparel line marks a contemporary yet classic take on smart casual and sporty wear. “The Sanchaya wants to go home with you; not merely in your memory bank, but in your suitcase, too,” said Pavchinskaya. “I wanted to design a collection for true travellers at heart so they could recapture, in…

Borgo Pignano is an elegant historical country estate in the heart of the Tuscan countryside. This beautiful estate is located just a short drive from the historic, hilltop towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and within easy reach of the medieval cities of Florence and Siena and the vineyards of Chianti. Borgo Pignano sits in the centre of a much cherished 750-acre organic estate and features a magnificent 18th century villa and an Etruscan hamlet. About The Main Villa Borgo Pignano features fourteen elegant rooms and suites within the main villa, some with original frescoes and all with en-suite white marble and travertine bathrooms. A grand stone staircase leads to the upper stories and an elevator serves all floors, rooms are furnished with exquisite antiques, original artworks, Italian linens and chandeliers. Also, the main villa offers spacious common rooms that complete the country house atmosphere: the library, billiard room, ballroom…

A cutting edge property from Nira Hotels & Resorts, Nira Alpina is situated at the upper end of the spectacular Engadin valley with panoramic views over the endless expanse of turquoise lakes that lie along the plateau. Tucked into the mountainside beneath the majestic Corvatsch Mountain, the hotel enjoys stunning views of the small Swiss village of Surlej and Lake Silvaplana beyond. Perched at the highest point of Surlej, the hotel is just five kilometres from St Moritz,yet offers a far more enviable location. Not only does it offer ski in, ski out access, the first hotel in the entire ski domain to do so, it also connects guests quickly and seamlessly to the finest skiing in the region. SLIDESHOW: Click on image for full screen view Architecturally Inspired and Blending in with Landscape Architecturally inspired, the property unobtrusively clings to the mountainside as each floor steps up to the…

Svalbarði drinking water, an ultra-premium beverage that derives from icebergs gathered in the Svalbard archipelago, was served to guests at a gourmet May Day and Russian Easter lunch held at the Château de La Chèvre d’Or in the scenic Èze-village on 30th April 2017, an event organised by Club Vivanova, a sophisticated affair bringing together culinary excellence and captivating entertainment. Offering stunning panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the French Riviera, the Château de La Chèvre d’Or is widely regarded as one of the finest hotels around. The event will be held in the hotel’s Eden Restaurant, which is now taking reservations for 2017 and is tucked among medieval ruins and stunning gardens. In the elegant and intimate setting, Svalbarði Polar Iceberg Water was served alongside a sumptuous three-course Sunday lunch and fine wine from New Zealand, followed by a champagne aperitif. Discerning guests experienced the crisp, refreshing taste of pure…