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Briggs & Riley, the independently-owned, global luggage brand is delighted to reveal a new limited-edition Silver colour, part of the best-selling Sympatico collection. This stylish shade will be a tribute to the brand’s silver anniversary, a milestone year for the company. The luggage will be available in Harrods, Selfridges, John Lewis and additional stores across the UK from September 2018. Each suitcase within the Sympatico Collection benefits from Briggs & Riley’s CXTM Compression-Expansion Technology, providing 25% more packing space. Using the zipperless CX™ technology, the hard-sided suitcases can be expanded, and can then be compressed back to original size once packed. This means that, in addition to creating more packing space, there is no excess space for clothes to shift in transit and crease.  It also means you can still take your carry-on-sized luggage aboard aircraft. The collection comprises of four sizes of suitcase, International and Domestic Carry-On, Medium and…

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…

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…

The French Riviera is filled with delightful restaurants; from glamorous beachfront establishments to quaint Provencal cafes, you are unlikely to have a bad meal whilst on the Cote d’Azur. However, the Michelin star rating system is used to define the very crème de la crème of eateries. Even one star is impressive, signifying ‘a very good restaurant’, with two stars judged as “excellent cooking that is worth a detour”, and three stars meaning “exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey”. And whether you are visiting for a weekend or have a French Riviera yacht charter booked for the full summer season, you deserve to treat yourself to the best. That’s why we have rounded up the finest Michelin Star restaurants in the South of France… enjoy! Aperitif from Le Chantecler😍 #Nice #LeChantecler #aperitif #michelinguide #michellinstars #beautifulfood #colorfuldish #colorful #gorgeous #michelin #bestworldrestaurants #nicerestaurants #bestchefs #tomatoes #uniquedish #toobeautifultoeat #hautecuisine #hautecuisineworld #art…

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…

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…

Vineyards to Visit on your Costa del Sol Holiday Discover the wines of Málaga and Ronda When we think of Spanish wines, it’s usually the world-renowned reds of Rioja or Champagne-style sparkling Cava that spring to mind. But Spain has a rich tradition of wine making and what you may not realise is just how prolific Spanish vineyards are: in fact the country rivals France and Italy as one of the world’s largest wine producers! Each corner of the country has a vibrant wine making industry, which is great news if you’re planning a visit to CLC World’s resorts in Spain and would like to learn more about the local tipple. Along with the famed red wine-producing regions of the north, such as Rioja and Castilla y León, Andalucía is one of Spain’s most important wine regions and the birthplace of the fortified wine Sherry. While Jerez – where Sherry…

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…

The total revenue generated by in the travel and hospitality industry by tourists from China continues to grow in 2018. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that spending from Chinese tourists overseas now represents 21% of the global tourism spending. Interestingly, Chinese traveller spends on average more per person per trip than tourists from any other country in the world. source: Luxe Digital The impact of Chinese tourists on the luxury industry is thus remarkable. Hotels, restaurants and retailers all need to adjust their offering if they want to attract these new consumers. In a new report, Luxe Digital identifies four essential trends that are reshaping the luxury Chinese tourism abroad. Luxury brands and marketing leaders need to understand these new trends of they want to attract and engage with their Chinese consumers. Four critical trends shaping the Chinese tourism segment First, the profile of the Chinese traveller…

With the opening of Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi in April 2018, AccorHotels introduces the Fairmont luxury brand to an area celebrated for its pristine natural beauty. Located on the Shaviyani Atoll in North Maldives, which boasts one of the country’s largest resort lagoons, the stunning new property offers 112 luxury villas, each with a private pool. Secret Water Island Sirru Fen Fushi, which means ‘secret water island’ in the local Dhivehi language, is set on an exceptionally lush island bursting with flora and fauna. The picturesque locale is also surrounded by powder white sand beaches, peppered with thatched-roofed villas overlooking an endless turquoise sea. The all-villa resort is ideal for couples or families, and features 200 metres of infinity pools as well as luxury safari-style tented villas nestled in the island’s lush interior jungle. Coral Regeneration as Underwater Art Project Homage to the abundant sea life and pristine coral…

Guests at Hotel Heureka will be invited to discover the​Little Black Book of Secrets, exclusively prepared for a bespoke Venetian experience. Hotel Heureka is situated in one of the liveliest and vibrant districts in the city, in the north-western sestriere of Cannaregio. A walk along these quiet canals is an immersion into the very soul of Venice. Extraordinary churches, historical buildings, typical bacari eateries and enoteche line the waterways and there are unexpected glimpses of the lagoon and the islands beyond. Playing with the layers of heritage and design, Hotel Heureka enhances and enchants, weaving tradition and art into one boutique property. This palazzo, in which Hotel Heureka makes its home, dates back to the 16th Century and the sympathetic restoration now sees a smooth overlap between the architectural grandeur of the past and contemporary quirkiness of today. Having spent several years searching for their ideal property, the owners have discovered the…

Millennials are transforming the luxury travel and hospitality industry. Younger travellers are indeed seeking authentic travel experiences and shareable adventures when planning vacations abroad. According to recent research by the Boston Consulting Group, Millennials are 23 percent more likely to travel abroad than older generations and they already make up 20 percent of all global travellers. As a result, luxury hotels and travel agents need to find new ways to engage with the new generation of travellers. Authenticity and shareability are key to win Millennial travellers Millennials are inspired by stories of authenticity and truthfulness they see on social media. They want to experience traditions of the country they visit. Hotels who embrace values of environmental sustainability and social responsibility are also able to convey an essential sentiment of authenticity that younger travellers greatly value. In parallel, Millennials want to be able to share their experience abroad with their friends…

Following a series of award-winning design and renovation projects last year, Belmond reveals details of highly distinctive developments across its unique portfolio of hotels, trains and cruises in 2018. Beginning with the launch of three new Art-Deco Grand Suites on board historic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, Belmond’s diverse range of designs honour timeless craftsmanship, celebrate heritage and tradition and look to the future working with innovative designers and local materials. “When you walk into a Belmond property you can feel the ‘soul’ of the place, and it’s our job to keep the soul and spirit alive with the design concepts. We are working with talented designers to carefully merge the genuine elements of the local culture with a modern-day relevance that resonates with our guest’s lifestyle and aspirations.” Comments Joe Ferry, Art & Design Director at Belmond. TRADITIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP, EXQUISITE RESULTS – VENICE SIMPLON-ORIENT-EXPRESS, EUROPE Three new private ‘Grand Suites’ launched last…

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…