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NEWS Lights, Camera, Actions... QM2

Luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2 is the setting for a new film by Oscar winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11, Traffic and Behind the Candelabra) and an Oscar and Emmy award winning cast and crew. 
The movie, “Let Them All Talk” (a working title) will feature the Queen Mary 2 on the iconic Transatlantic Crossing and was filmed over a seven-day east bound voyage from New York to Southampton last month. 
HBO Max has acquired rights to the film which stars Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan, Lucas Hedges and Dianne Wiest. gQueen Mary 2 guests had the exciting opportunity to appear in the film as extras.
“There is only one way to cross the Atlantic in style and that’s on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2,” said Simon Palethorpe, President of Cunard. “We were delighted to host Steven Soderbergh, Meryl Streep and a star-studded cast on our flagship for what will be an incredible movie”. 
Cunard has a long history of hosting stars of stage and screen on board their iconic ships. Luminaries such as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Wes Anderson, and Tilda Swinton have all sailed with the luxury travel brand. Sting performed a set in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theatre; Ed Sheeran wrote part of his last album on a Crossing; and Francis Ford Coppola sailed recently to work on his book while at sea. In December 2017, Queen Mary 2 hosted the global premiere with a star-studded event for 20th Century Fox's "The Greatest Showman" starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, and Zendaya. www.cunard.co.uk

NEWS… Game, glorious game!

Synonymous with tradition, Wiltons on London’s Jermyn Street is a bastion of great British food and the 12th August, known as The Glorious Twelfth, marks the start of the game season. Wiltons is renowned for serving the first grouse of the season.The prized birds will be shot in North Yorkshire in the morning, plucked in the back of a Land Rover on the way to London before being expertly prepared by Wiltons’ head chef, Daniel Kent and his team, the birds are then served to its revered diners by 8.00pm the same evening.Grouse shooting and the beginning of the Glorious of Twelfth can be traced back 160 years to 1853 in the reign of Queen Victoria. Her Majesty and Prince Albert bought Balmoral in Scotland as a shooting estate and the popularity of driven grouse shooting was assured. The season starts with grouse and is then followed by pheasant, grey partridge, red-legged partridge, woodcock, snipe and mallard. Rabbit and hare, as well as venison, are also considered members of the game family. The game season runs from the Glorious Twelfth to the end of February, during which time Wiltons serves a wide variety of game dishes on both its lunch and dinner menus, all of which are a combination of both traditional and contemporary.Head Chef, Daniel Kent says “Seasonality is key, and the start of the game season creates great excitement in the kitchen at Wiltons… It is a triumph to be the first restaurant in London to have grouse on the menu on the 12th August!’. www.wiltons.co.uk

NEWS: VIP visit to National Gallery

The National Gallery of Australia’s Monet: Impresionist Sunrise exhibition features important works from the impressionist master includes paintings from the Musée Marmottan, most especially the 1872 work Impression, Sunrise that coined the name of the popular art movement. Given the name of the painting (and the exhibition) we love the gallery’s Sunrise innovation. Luckily you don’t really have to get up at dawn, merely arrive at the gallery an hour before it opens to the general public. For a Premium ticket to the exhibition you get the paintings to yourself (except for scattering of other VIP ticket holders).  Premium tickets are about twice the cost of general admission but make the experience ten times as special.  TLTB sat and took in the beauty of that glowing Sunrise with no interruptions and communed with Monet’s famous water lilies without a ripple of a crowd to ruin the experience.  Once you are there visit the new Contemporary Worlds:Indonesia exhibition  – food for much thought on the state of Asia. nga.gov.au

NEWS AirBnB Luxe launches today

Eleven years ago the  AirBnB founders inflated three airbeds in the living room of their San Francisco apartment and Airbnb was born. Now the company has come of age. From today (Tuesday) you can book AirBnB Luxe, a new luxury portfolio of 2,000 hand-picked homes selected from properties listed on Luxury Retreats, a high-end vacation rental company that Airbnb acquired in 2017. Each one passing strict evaluation across 300+ criteria to meet standards in both design and function. This includes elevated design standards on a variety of elements, from premium materials & finishes and rare & unique features, to spaces that accommodate groups, highly functional design, chef-grade appliances and the proper amount of bathrooms corresponding to each bedroom .“We have an overall strategy of having a product for every traveler, and Luxe is for the ones seeking luxury,” said Brian Chesky, Airbnb’s chief executive and co-founder. Better still, when you book with Airbnb Luxe, you’re connected with a dedicated trip designer who’s there to craft your five-star stay, even down to securing a table at a Michelin-starred restaurant. www.airbnb.com/luxe

NEWS The Goring Hotel's new restaurant

THE Goring Hotel, Belgravia has opened its first new restaurant in 109 years – and as you'd expect from owner Jeremy Goring, it’s impressive.  The new, Siren restaurant, is headed up by seafood supremo, Nathan Outlaw. Outlaw’s cooking has earned him Michelin stars at his establishments in Port Isaac, Cornwall; Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, so we have high hopes. With fish shipped straight from trusted Cornwall suppliers, dishes will include: Cuttlefish black pudding, apple and kohlrabi and red mullet with devilled shrimp butter and chicory. As if the siren song of Outlaw’s food wasn’t enough the restaurant is set in a light-drenched, conservatory-style dining room, designed by Russell Sage with windows overlooking the garden ( part of a multimillion-pound refurbishment of the hotel). The Goring’s bar has also been reworked by Sage and new cocktails honouring the transformation include The Madness of King George (whisky and apple) and Garden Gimlet, a floral take on the classic.
The new offering will sit alongside the hotel’s flag-ship Michelin-starred restaurant,The Dining Room. www.Goring.com

NEWS Relais & Chateaux supports #WorldOceanDay

Relais & Châteaux will mark World Oceans Day on (June 8) with a ‘Fish Unknown’. Theme. Described as “a symphony of the sea’s biodiversity”, Fish Unknown will highlight underappreciated, lesser-known species on Relais & Châteaux chefs’ menus.  The chefs striv  to source to sustainable seafood year-round, but this is a chance to heighten the public’s awareness of species that are abundant and underutilized and delicious,  in an effort to stop overfishing those that are threatened and endangered.  In partnership with Ethic Ocean, 200  Relais & Châteaux chefs will hero wild species as well as sustainably farmed species that some diners may not have ever eaten before. Chef Olivier Roellinger, Vice President of Relais & Châteaux, says: “Through a creative culinary approach, lesser-known species can become more fashionable – allowing the overfished to have a break and regain stock levels, and the underutilized to find a voice in top restaurants. Fishes are mainly consumed at restaurants: 55% in the US, 45% in the United Kingdom, 30% in France and 25% in Spain.  This means that chefs’ choices make a considerable impact on the preservation of marine biodiversity.” 
 Check Relais & Châteaux’s events website for Fish unknown events: https://events.relaischateaux.com/en/exquisite-fish/ #RelaisChateaux #FishUnknown 
Our oceans are overfished by 31%, 60% is fully fished (Food & Agriculture Organization), so sensitivity in sourcing is urgent. Sustainability means taking into account factors such as seasonality, fish population/stock, environmentally respectful catch/farming methods.


NEWS Rocco Forte opens in Rome

We’ve been waiting for this one and finally the day has arrived.  Forte Hotels unveiled their second hotel in Rome yesterday. The 104-room Hotel de la Ville is in a renovated historical 18-century palazzo in the heart of Rome, right atop the Spanish Steps with sweeping views of the Eternal City. Designer Tommaso Ziffer, in collaboration with Olga Polizzi, Director of Design for Rocco Forte Hotels, was inspired by The Grand Tour of the 18th century when English and German nobles collected pieces of art during their cultural journeys to European cities. Ziffer has recreated a contemporary retrospective of The Grand Tour by working with local artisans, recreating the opulence of the 18th century through handmade wallpaper from local designers Rubelli and Dedar, rich Italian fabrics and historic tapestries from Zardi & Zardi.  At the heart of the hotel is the e courtyard, fusing three buildings into one, the courtyard design has been lifted by George Carter, a designer who specializes in creating gardens inspired by the simple geometry of 17th and 18th centuries. To keep within the Grand Tour concept, obelisks and black and gold touches bestow romantic feel. TLTB readers will love the magnificent Suite de la Ville accessed by a private elevator; the hotel's crown jewel is furnished with a curated collection of contemporary and antique furniture and its own collection of art, it boasts two panoramic terraces. See Forte's other new italian hotel HERE.  www.roccofortehotels.com 

NEWS All Aboard the Wiltons Nyetimber Bus!

To launch Wiltons new English sparkling wine collection, available in the restaurant from June, Wiltons has teamed up with the wonderful English sparkling wine producer, Nyetimber to bring a unique experience on Jermyn Street for two days only!

‘The Nyetimber’ is a beautifully reimagined 1968 Routemaster bus which offers a luxurious, quintessentially British setting where guests can enjoy a glass of England’s most delicious sparkling wine accompanied by either freshly shucked Jersey Rock oysters or expertly sliced Scottish salmon aboard ‘The Nytimber’ Bus.

‘The Nyetimber’ Experience will be available from the 23rd May to the 24th May from 12.00pm to 8.00pm daily and includes a glass of England’s finest sparkling wine accompanied by either half a dozen freshly shucked Jersey Rock oysters or expertly sliced Secret Smokehouse ‘London Cure’ Scottish salmon and is £20.00 inclusive of VAT and 12.5% service charge. With limited availability, booking is advisable.  www.wiltons.co.uk


NEWS The Newest Place to be SEEN in Bangkok

Bangkok’s newest rooftop playground has opened on the 26th Floor of Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. With stunning views over the skyline, gourmet food, innovative mixology and great music, SEEN Restaurant & Bar is already making an impact on Bangkok’s nightlife scene.
The globally inspired menu, led by Executive Chef Alexandre Castaldi, features dishes such as hand rolled, black truffle infused sushi and tomahawk steak. Award-winning Head Mixologist Mochammad Fadli curates a wide range of cocktails, wines and Champagnes.
The best time is to arrive at sunset to catch unrivalled views of the Chao Phraya and then to stay after dark to party to beats spun by a roster of jet-setting DJs selected by Music Director, Scotty B.
Originating in Sao Paolo then Lisbon, SEEN Bangkok is the third SEEN Restaurant & Bar from Portuguese celebrity chef, Olivier da Costa.

NEWS QT expands in Australia
 A new QT Hotel in Newcastle has been annouced today. This is one of four new hotels being developed for  QT as the innovative brand contniues its march across Australia and New Zealand. QT Newcastle will be a creative place to stay and play and a hallmark destination for the NSW Government’s Revitalising Newcastle progra. Property Owners Iris Capital will partner with Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited (EVENT)EVENT to convert the former historic David Jones building, retaining the landmark building’s heritage features, fused with the quirky charm QT is renowned for.  Similar to the transformation of Sydney’s iconic department store Gowings to create QT Sydney, the former David Jones site will work well with the design-led QT experience. QT Newcastle will sit amongst the new urban village perfectly located in the heart of Newcastle’s Hunter Street Mall on the corner of Perkins Street. The hotel will reflect QT’s popular luxurious and quirky flair, featuring 106 character-filled rooms, a boutique rooftop bar, and an intimate QT signature dining concept and bar.  QT Newcastle will be located within a short walking distance to Newcastle’s stunning Harbour and renowned surf beaches. Event Hospitality and Entertainment CEO Jane Hastings said: “Over the past 12 months we have secured four new QT locations, each unique to ensure we create the QT point of difference.  Newcastle is Australia’s largest regional centre and with the $700m Iris investment, combined with the $650m NSW government investment, the city is being revitalised and QT will be at the heart of this precinct.” “QT Newcastle will be a result of transforming the heritage David Jones building into a 106 room hotel with a boutique roof top bar and signature dining experience, all true to QT style.”  www.QThotelsndresorts.com

NEWS Hyatt returns to Queensland

Hyatt announced today plans for the first ever Hyatt hotel in the Brisbane area, marking the return of a Hyatt branded hotel to Queensland. Located in the Woolloongabba suburb, the Hyatt Place hotel is expected to open in 2023 at the internationally award-winning and state-of-the-art $700M million South City Square precinct. Hyatt Place Brisbane South City Square hotel is expected to feature 170 rooms and provide guests with a stylish and seamless experience, including a rooftop pool and bar, a 24-hour grab-and-go food market, as well as a café, lobby lounge and fitness centre.   David Udell, Hyatt’s group president, Asia Pacific, signed the agreement with Pellicano and Perri Projects – the joint-venture development partners behind South City Square – at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Tuesday, 30 April, ahead of the Australasian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition.  "We’re proud to work with Pellicano and Perri Projects to bring the Hyatt Place brand to Brisbane for the first time, marking Hyatt’s return to the Queensland market and into a dynamic and fast-emerging community,” said Mr. Udell. “Woolloongabba is a hotspot for major sporting, entertainment, tourism, commercial and medical areas in Brisbane, and we look forward to giving professionals and leisure travellers a relaxed, high-quality hotel experience within South City Square’s vibrant, inner-city lifestyle hub.”   South City Square will also be home to 850 architecturally designed apartments. www.hyatt.com

NEWS: Velaa Private Island's New Jewellery collections

Velaa Private Island has launched two new jewellery collections, inspired by the colours and style of the luxury location.
Owners Radka and Jiri Smejc worked with renowned artist Frédéric Béziat of Maison Atelier Loréedubois to create the exclusively designed collections that pair high-end jewellery with the beauty of the Maldives.
The first limited-edition collection captures the distinctive white sands and cerulean sea, and consists of just 10 designs including a bespoke, one of a kind. Pieces include the Ocean Lagoon Blue Ring crafted with tanzanite, diamonds and 18 carat white gold, Parrot Earrings with pear dropped diamonds and the Tropical Garden Bracelet created with emeralds and tsavorites, 18 carat white gold, ebony and eight round cut diamonds.
The second collection, ‘The Turtle Anniversary Collection’ is an ongoing collection that is available for guests to purchase on the island. Inspired by the sea turtles that flock each year to Velaa Private Island to nest and hatch, the signature line is designed around the shape of a turtle as a signature motif. www.velaaisland.com

NEWS: X2 opens new pool villas

Southeast Asia boutique hospitality brand, X2 Resorts, is opening the first all-pool villa resort in Bang Saray on Thailand’s east coast. X2 Pattaya Oceanphere is just 450 sandy metres from the shoreline. The boutique resort will offer 59 one-bedroom pool villas and spacious two-bedroom duplex pool villas, all designed in a unique, geometric style that resembles rice terraces gently cascading towards the seafront. Each of these contemporary villas comes fully equipped with tropical living spaces, bathrooms, a kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, an outdoor sala, terrace and private pool. The resort’s spectacular rooftop pool is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail, while the second-level Ocean Bistro specialises in modern Thai and fusion cuisine. With its unspoilt stretches of sand, Bang Saray is an idyllic destination for beach lovers and its seafront restaurants serve up the “catch of the day” at local prices. Bang Saray Walking Street Market sells authentic Thai products, rather than the usual tourist titbits. www.x2resorts.com/resorts/pattaya-oceanphere

NEWS Singapore Airlines and COMO Shambala partner

Wellness in the air as well as on the ground is becoming incresingly important for frequent travellers. Singapore Airlines and Singapore-based wellness brand COMO Shambhala (part of the COMO Group), are taking wellness to new heights with a new parntership. The initial phase of the partnership will see COMO Shambhala’s award-winning wellness cuisine introduced on selected Singapore Airlines flights departing Singapore in the second half of this year, using seasonal and sustainable ingredients each with their own nutrition profile, this style of cooking aims to inspire the palate with memorable and delicious flavours, marrying healthy eating with pleasurable gastronomy. The inclusion of co-developed wellness dishes will progressively be made available in SIA’s Book the Cook service. In addition, a new wellness menu featuring specially curated dishes will be introduced. Future collaborations may also extend to on-board amenities, as well as in-flight entertainment content relating to wellness, among others.
“It’s an exciting moment for the COMO Group, as this collaboration marks the coming together of the world's most awarded airline and COMO’s passion for holistic wellness and nutritious cuisine that has been at the heart of our brand offering since the beginning of COMO Shambhala and COMO Hotels and Resorts” added Mr Olivier Jolivet, CEO of the COMO Group. www.singaporeair.com , www.como.com

NEWS Regent Seven Seas' Woman's Day announcement

Congratulations to Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the leading luxury ocean cruise line,which  today (International Women's Day) announced that Captain Serena Melani will helm the cruise line’s newest ship, Seven Seas SplendorTM, making her the first woman in cruise industry history to captain a new cruise ship at launch.  Captain Melani, 45, began her nautical career at age 16 as a cadet while attending school working on cargo ships in her hometown of Livorno, Italy, along the Tirrenian Sea in the Tuscany region. After graduating from Nautical College in 1993, she was one of only a few females to hold roles of increasing responsibilities on oil tankers, cargo and container vessels. She became the company’s first female Master Captain in 2016 and has led Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator during her tenure. “Captain Melani has distinguished herself as a trailblazer in the maritime and cruise industries,” said Jason Montague, president and chief executive officer of Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “She is an international role model and admired by our guests and crew. We are proud to appoint Captain Melani as the industry’s first female captain to deliver a new cruise ship and look forward to her many future successes leading Seven Seas Splendor in the years ahead.”“There is a growing number of very talented female captains emerging in our industry, and we’re proud to be pioneers for those women who aspire to lead the Bridge,” Captain Melani said. “Exploring the world and leading ship teams has been a love of mine. I’ve always believed in the motto that the cure for everything resides in salt water -- sweat, tears and the sea.”   www.RSSC.com

NEWS Nine suite Palazzo opens

In an era defined by excess, an invitation to embrace absence becomes an intoxicating proposition. And it’s this principle that guides the concept of Palazzo Daniele, a nine-suite property housed in the 150-year-old former family palazzo of art philanthropist Francesco Petrucci. Set in the village of Gagliano del Capo and opening April 15th, the residence has returned to its core essentials, where exposed walls bear the cracks of time and monastic beds take centre stage, augmenting the grandeur of the original ceiling frescoes and mosaic flooring. The sister property of G-Rough in Rome, Palazzo Daniele is a tangible embodiment of the spirit of Gabriele Salini’s GS Collection of hotels, merging the very best of Italian art, design, and gastronomy in an authentic, organic setting. www.designhotels.com/palazzo-daniele

NEWS The new resort raising the bar in the Maldives

Opening today (February 1) is a resort which will redefine what we expect from the Maldives. No traditional grass roofed bures here - just sophistication and style.  LUX* North Male Atoll blends super-yacht panache with a South Beach pulse. There are 67 over-sized double-storey, penthouse residences each with private pool created by Singaporean design house Miaja inspired by the curves and finish of a luxury boat and its sails. It has taken years to perfect this resort on Olhahali, a six-hectare island fringed by white-sandy beaches but the results are worth it.  Each of the residences sits right on the beach or over the water with living areas that are at least 350 sqm. These breezy, spacious villas feature rooftop relaxing areas, large sun terraces and stylish interiors with wide windows.
Restaurant choices include Barium, the secluded private dining room with underwater fish tank and INTI restaurant where Chef Gaston, the Maldives’ only Peruvian chef, prepares smoked guacamole, ceviche and aged meats, GLO showcases the best of European classics,  Beach Rouge and Josper charcoal grill have views over the infinity pool — all sound-tracked by a live DJ. An over-the-lagoon spa has water treatments inspired by dolphins.  There is also a spectacular reef right off the beach, a PADI dive centre and all manner of watersports.  Put this one on your 2019 wish list -  now. luxresorts.com

NEWS Resort helps you play tennis like Nadal

Sani Resort and Rafa Nadal have announced Greece’s first Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre, operational when the hotel opens for the season this April. Guests of all ages and levels can learn to play tennis like a pro on one of eight brand new clay courts, with expert coaches on hand to provide tailormade programmes, crafted and developed by Rafa Nadal and his coaching staff. Knowledge is power and Sani Resort is determined to provide the highest training standards possible. Each tennis coach has been through extensive training at the Rafa Nadal Training Academy in Mallorca, promising the training that is passed on to guests is worthy of a Grand Slam title. The tennis programmes will cover everything from Nadal’s technical skills and physical preparation, to his personal values and mental training, based on Nadal’s professional tennis experience over the past 15 years. Talking of the new partnership, Rafa Nadal says: “I’m very happy that we are officially announcing the opening of a new Rafa Nadal Tennis Centre in Greece as it consolidates the Academy’s global expansion project. I’m sure this partnership will be a success, particularly for tennis fans, who I would like to invite to come and enjoy this wonderful facility, starting from April”.  The new tennis development will enhance Sani Resort’s already exceptional sports facilities, which to date include: a partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation launched in 2018; a recently added KTM bike club; a water-ski academy taught by instructors certified by British Water Ski & Wakeboard; and a sailing academy which offers intensive nine-hour courses with professional instructors. www.saniresort.gr

NEWS Rocco Forte's grand expansion plans

Rocco Forte Hotels has announced its fifth new property following the signed agreement to acquire Grand Hotel Villa Igiea, in Palermo, Sicily. This marks a further step in the most ambitious expansion programme in the group’s history, with five new luxury properties due to open within the next two years bringing the Rocco Forte Hotelscollection from 11 to 16 properties.  four of the new properties will be located in Italy and one in China. In China, where the group will be opening the Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2019.
The Italy openings include: Hotel de la Ville, Rome opening in May 2019, Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia opening in May 2019, Rocco Forte House, Rome opening in September 2019, Grand Hotel Villa Igiea Palermo, Sicily opening in 2020.
We are very excited that 2019 also sees the debut of a brand-new concept, Rocco Forte House, initially launching with 5 private suites in an 18th century palazzo opposite the Spanish Steps in Rome. Rocco Forte House will offer guests a tailored experience with all the personalized services of a luxury hotel. With 11 existing hotels in Belgium, Russia, England, Scotland, Germany, Italy and the Middle East Sir Rocco commented that “It is the first stage in a long-term strategy to have a base in key cultural centres and European capital cities.” www.roccofortehotels.com

NEWS Art at the Summit
Ten years ago, Courchevel and Galeries Bartoux brought art and the mountains together, creating an open-air museum on the ski area. This first - surrealist exhibition was called Art at the summit and saw works by Dali taking over the slopes and the centre of the resort itself: monumental sculptures and original museum works from among the famous pieces created by the artist in the 1980s. Skiers might have come across the La Femme en Flamme at the top of les Chenus, Alice in Wonderland at the top of la Vizelle and even the famous Soft Watches around the next bend. Every year since then there has been art on the mountain. Now to celebrate the tenth anniversary, Dali returns to the mountain peaks of Courchevel , Nine works of art will be on show across the ski area and in the centre of the resort itself, huge tarps will be created by 3 contemporary street artists inspired by Dali’s work, and one of the Saulire cable car’s cabins will be totally redesigned. A 10 years of Art at the Summet retrospective exhibition will be held at La Croisette, with guided visits and live après-ski artistic performances throughout the season. Read more on Courchevel HERE 

NEWS The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort Opens

Westin Hotels & Resorts has announced the opening of the brand’s first hotel in the Republic of Maldives with the opening of The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort. Located on a coral island in the Baa Atoll, which is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site, the new resort offers guests uninterrupted ocean and stunning turquoise lagoon views.
The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort features 70 villas and suites, 41 on island and 29 overwater. Each villa is shaped with an eco-friendly double roofing to create the perfect natural ventilation. Outdoor rainforest showers are a distinctive feature. Poised over the sea on stilts and with an area of almost 200 square meters each, the overwater suites are among the largest a resort has to offer in the Baa Atoll region.
Led by award-winning Milan-based architects PEIA Associati, the resort’s design takes inspiration from the ocean with a visionary approach towards environmental sustainability. All elements of the resort’s design take inspiration from the environment from the use of natural materials, such as unique shells to the movement and flow of marine life including sea turtles and whale sharks, providing guests with a link to the region’s exceptional enchantment.  www.westin.com/maldivesmiriandhoo

NEWS Hotel Amigo partners with haut les coeurs for The Flower Carpet

Hotel Amigo, a Rocco Forte Hotel, has partnered with haut les coeurs, a local organic florist and Les Précieuses, a local jewellery maker, to create an unforgettable floral experience for guests. 
Located only steps from Hotel Amigo, the stunning Flower Carpet transforms the famous Grand-Place into a colourful sea of flowers. This year’s theme is devoted to Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture and flower tradition.
Hotel Amigo has partnered with haut les coeurs to create colourful bouquets using organic Belgian flowers that are delivered to guests by bicycle. Additionally, haut les coeurs has created a limited edition collection of handmade floral brooches in collaboration with the jewellery label Les Précieuses. 
From 15th-20th August, guests of Hotel Amigo can book the Floral Experience package and receive a haut les coeurs floral arrangement, a haut les coeurs x Les Précieuses broach in their room upon arrival as well as two tickets to the best seat in Brussels to view the Flower Carpet from the City Hall balcony. At Ristorante BoCConi and Bar A, guests can discover the taste of blossoming gardens with a floral cocktail created in honour of the Flower Carpet by head barman, Filippo. www.roccoforte.com

NEWS Join the club at new Soho House Amsterdam

We love a hotel that embraces its surrounding. The new Soho House Amsterdam which opens in July has 75 bike racks and a small workshop for repairs for all those who like to explore the canal city on two wheels. 79-room property in Amsterdam’s The Bungehuis building will also have the brand’s signature rooftop pool, a floor of club space, a Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa on the ground floor. Originally built in the 1930s as a trading office, and later served as a university building in 70s, The Bungehuis is a six-storey historic building characterised by bay windows on each side and Art Deco detailing throughout. Inside, the building features rustic architectural accents in bronze, stained glass, milk glass and tropical timber as well as glazed tiles of the ‘Porceleyne Fles’ in Delft. On the 5th Floor, the main members’ area overlooks the canal, with bold fabrics, antique furniture mixed with specially designed pieces, geometric rugs and a high-gloss black floor. www.sohohouse.com

NEWS Coffee bliss at Sofitel Singapore City Centre

Getting a decent coffee is a number one priority on any caffeine-lovers list, so Sofitel Singapore City Centre's world-first collaboration with Nespresso is a life saver.  Now not only can you make use of the Nespresso machine in your room (or in the hotel food and beverage outlets) you can also get coffee to go. Sofitel and Nespresso has created the first of its kind ‘Coffea’ featuring Nespresso, a take-away coffee station/bar offering 23 Grand Crus. Expert baristas prepare your beverage exactly to your liking, an enticing selection of French viennoiseries, gourmet sandwiches and signature confections including a collection of affogato. For added convenience on busy mornings, you can place your order via the room service menu.  The Sofitel City Centre, which opened late last year, is proving a hit in down town Singapore in more ways than one with its state-of-the-art gym and collaboration with Virgin Active which provides yoga classes in the morning and an in-room custom-made Virgin Active fitness kit equipped with a yoga mat, a stretch band, an exercise roller and a simple exercise booklet So we’ll all be fit, fabulous and caffeinated.www.sofitel.com

NEWS The Middle House Shanghai is a hit

We are fans of Swire hotels (think Upper House Hong Kong, The Opposite House, Beijing)  and our Shanghai spies tell us that although just-launched The Middle House has been officially open for less than a month its green bamboo walls and sumptuous style are already a big hit in bustling HKRI Taikoo Hui. The Middle House adopts an Italian vision blended with a local twist and modern aesthetic. The spirit of modern-day Shanghai is scattered through the 111 modern studios. “Each of our properties embraces the spirit of its home city, and The Middle House exemplifies modern-day Shanghai,” said Michael Faulkner General Manager, of The Middle House at ILTM Asia Pacific recently. Architect Piero Lissoni‘s sophisticated interior design draws inspiration from the city’s rich heritage of craftsmanship and culture, marrying minimalist style with classical Shanghainese elements. 
 The Middle House is the fourth hotel in The House Collective.  www.swirehotels.com  

NEWS Exciting architecture of the new Morpheus Hotel

Macau has officially opened the doors to Morpheus, a sci-fi 40-storey luxury hotel that boasts the world’s first high-rise exoskeleton (a curvaceous lattice-like covering that gives the building its iconic appearance).s. The exoskeleton optimizes the interiors by creating spaces that are uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns.  Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the ssinuous structure is the new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort and one of the last projects that architect Zaha Hadid worked on before her untimely death. TLTB thinks it is one of the most innotive hotel designs since the Burj Al Arab (Dubai) and more lately The Silo (Capetown) were built.  The buildings'design is inspired by the fluid forms found within china’s rich jade carving traditions. Located in cotai, macau, the striking building is connected to the City of Dreams via a three-storey podium, with its upper levels containing 770 guest rooms as well as various suites and sky villas. ‘Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form,’ explains viviana muscettola, ZHA’s project director. ‘the design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies. macau’s buildings have previously referenced architecture styles from around the world. morpheus has evolved from its unique environment and site conditions as a new architecture expressly of this city.’   For more photos  take a look at   www.designboom.com www.cityofdreams.com

NEWS Four Seasons Jet launches new journey

A trip on the four Season’s private jet is proving to be at the top of a lot of wish-lists. Following a record sell- out in 2018, Four Seasons has announced the addition of the World of Adventures itinerary to the 2019 Four Seasons Private Jet line- up.   World of Adventures was introduced in 2018 and has been the quickest  and most spectacular sell out since the inception of Four Seasons Private Jet. Scheduled for Autumn 2019, World of Adventures returns with an itinerary of 24 days across nine destinations which will take travellers to Seattle - Kyoto - Bali - Seychelles - Rwanda - Marrakech - Bogota - Galapagos Islands - Miami . “The success of our Private Jet program speaks to our ability to understand the needs of the modern luxury consumer and craft an end-to-end Four Seasons experience that is unmatched in the market,” said Rainer Stampfer , Area President for Hotel Operations in APAC speaking at ILTM Asia Pacific in Singapore recently. “We are delivering a unique product and the demand from luxury travellers has been nothing short of remarkable”.
World of Adventures 2019 complements three other Private Jet journeys; all-encompassing itineraries that feature air travel aboard the Four Seasons Private Jet, ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals and beverages, and accommodations at Four Seasons hotels and resorts,  including Latin Escape (February 9-24, 2019), International Intrigue (March 25 - April 17, 2019) and Timeless Encounters (September 17 - October 10, 2019). www.fourseasons.com
World of Adventures is available from USD 143,000 per person based on double occupancy.

NEWS Heston opens Dinner in Dubai

The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences will be a work of art design-wise. So it makes sense that the resort's food will be an art form too. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will be the first named restaurant to open within the property in 2019. The multi award-winning restaurant, with locations in London and Melbourne, will be the third outpost of the culinary concept developed by the Michelin-star chef. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will be located in the heart of the resort and  will include a dedicated bar, two outside terraces and a private dining room. The restaurant will offer contemporary dishes inspired by historic gastronomic recipes dating back to the 1300’s. One of the restaurant’s most iconic dishes is 'Meat Fruit', which looks exactly like a mandarin but is actually made from chicken liver parfait.“I am truly excited about opening in this incredible location,” Blumenthal said. “It is not often that an opportunity in such a perfect space comes along. The backdrop is outstanding and the views of the Dubai skyline over the Persian Gulf are quite unique.”  The Royal Atlantis Resort & Residences will be made up of 231 luxury apartments, and 795 hotel rooms and suites. It will be located on the crescent of The Palm next to the existing Atlantis resort. theroyalatlantisresidences.com 

NEWS Bulgari Hotels and Resorts head to Paris
Bulgari Hotels and Resorts  will  open a new  76 room hotel in Paris in 2020. This new opening will follow the ones in Beijing and Dubai in 2017, Shanghai in 2018 and Moscow in 2020, and thus bring the Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Collection to eight properties, including Milan, London and Bali. The hotel will be located at 30 Avenue George V and is being designed  around a courtyrd by the Italian architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel, and the renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre. Avenue George V , the Champs Elysees and the Avenue Montaigne form the famous “Triangle d’Or”, one of Paris’ most exclusive and distinctive areas offering a wealth of luxury shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions.  Jean Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari says: “We are particularly proud to have secured such an extraordinary location for the new Bulgari Hotel in Paris. The Paris Hotel, to be opened in 2020, will add the City of Lights to our Collection and we are convinced that this new addition will represent an irresistible Roman jeweller hospitality experience in the Parisian upscale hotel market.” www.bulgarihotels.com

NEWS The best new lakeside residences in Queenstown
The Rees Queenstown is one of our favourite lake side hotels with incredible service and panoramic views overlooking Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables Mountains. So it is good to know that the hotel’s long-anticipated Lakeside Residences are now open. The spacious 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom villas are positioned right on the lake with more of those magical views.  Outdoor terraces and a sizeable spa pool ensure you have every opportunity to enjoy the views in style.  The Residences are an ideal setting for gatherings of friends, families and multi-generational groups looking for private accommodation for that luxury ski holiday or Queenstown gourmet weekend away.  The Rees Residences also offer the services of your every own ‘Luxury Travel Curator’. From the moment you check availability to the moment you depart Queenstown, your personal curator will be with you every step of the way. Your personal Travel Curator meets you at the airport in a luxury vehicle which is then available for your private use throughout your stay. Your curator can organise everything from in-villa spa treatments, personal shopping and provisioning of your villa, personal trainers, jet boat transfers, heli-wine tasting tours and much more. All of which guarantees that the new Lakeside Residences offer some of the best private luxury in the region. 

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