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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…

Classified as an historic monument, the George Stephen House, erected in 1880 by an ultra-wealthy railway pioneer in Canada, George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen, is the affluent residence that subsequently housed the prestigious private Mount Stephen Club for nearly a century. Just in time for the 375th anniversary of Montreal, a gem of Montreal’s urban heritage is reborn today in all its splendour. It opens its doors to the world as a very special mansion hotel, Le Mount Stephen. Owned by the Tidan Hospitality & Real Estate Group, 1440 rue Drummond has been the object of an investment of more than $20 million to confer a brand-new vocation on this prestigious address in the heart of the Golden Square Mile. This exclusive luxury hotel with contemporary comforts on the technological cutting edge addresses an upscale business and leisure clientele. It is one of the only three Canadian hotels among…

Featuring a collection of elite private beachfront pool villas, Hua Hin’s most exciting new opening, Ananda Hua Hin Resort & Spa opened on 1st April 2017, setting a new standard for privacy and exclusivity across the royal region. The eagerly awaited new property features the Ananda Pool Villa Collection, a cluster of luxurious private accommodation options with creative indoor and outdoor spaces ranging from 188 sqm to 268 sqm in size. Decorated in light, soft tones, the villas open onto lush gardens, private pools and each one comes with its own private entrance. Unique Experiences and Sense of Individuality A strong sense of individuality pervades the star-quality villa collection with unique experiences delivered via Ananda’s “Check-in, Bliss-out” concierge. This offers everything from impressionist watercolour painting classes to a videography programme, a private beauty menu and a selection of elegant classic cars to choose from to traverse the nearby hills, travel…

Boasting the ultimate wraparound views of both the city and the Azur of the Mediterranean beneath, The Penthouses at the iconic Hotel Arts Barcelona will redefine luxury travel with a new brand definition; offering the most opulent sky high accommodation within Barcelona’s tallest building. The pinnacle of high-end travel, whilst floating high above the city, the 28 penthouses each have its own private entrance, the most exclusive services as well as access to awe-inspiring 43 The Spa. Capturing the essence of the city and bridging the gap between the desires for exploration and relaxation, each penthouse curated by world-renowned Catalonian designer Jaime Tresserra features indulgent Bvlgari amenities, daily personalised breakfasts and personal use of a MINI Cooper Cabrio to explore the city in style. Unparalleled service throughout, the Penthouses also boast exclusive penthouse check-in; as well as dedicated, multilingual butlers and magnificent flower arrangements by celebrity florist Donna Stain. Suited…

A stunning country with a spectacular coastline, Croatia’s beauty is ideally discovered by yacht. D-Resort Šibenik, a stunning, luxury resort on the Dalamatian coastline boasts one of the deepest and most impressive private marinas in the country and is an ideal spot for yacht owners to moor their yacht this summer.  Moor Even the Largest Superyacht Offering the perfect perch to moor even the largest of super yachts, the private marina at D-Resort Šibenik is conveniently located directly beside the five star hotel enabling visitors to effortlessly discover the flawless restaurant and spa at the five star hotel as well as the desirable streets of Šibenik beyond. Desirable Destination to Discover By Yacht The original fortress protecting the oldest native town on the Croatian coast, Šibenik has one of Croatia’s most impressive super yacht and marina networks, making Šibenik an even more desirable destination for anyone looking to discover Croatia by yacht.…

Unique Island escapes offering intrepid seafront escapes that are the height of luxury for 2017 can be found at Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Exploring and experiencing a secluded paradise is on the bucket list of every affluent consumer, with a key focus on trailblazing with healthier, more revitalising adventures all bringing new meaning to island escapism. (Trendwatching 2017). Sikelia in Italy Perched between Tunisia and Sicily, Sikelia is located on the rugged yet picturesque black volcanic island, Pantelleria, in a UNESCO World Heritage site, known only to locals who enhance their health with the wellness properties of the unique springs and mineral rich mud. The simple monastic architecture meets striking modernist interiors at Sikelia at this boutique retreat in a dramatic setting. Housed within its porcelain-white dammusi, ancient stone buildings typical of this part of Italy, this is an atmospheric escape with effortless style. Crisp, clean lines and…