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Hard Rock Plans Davos Hotel

DAVOS - Hard Rock International is expanding its hotel portfolio to the Swiss Alps with plans to open Hard Rock Hotel Davos. Chris Page

December 2017 is the anticipated opening date which will see the transformation the 130-year-old building which houses the recently renovated Spenglers Hotel. Hard Rock Hotel Davos honours  Dr. Alexander Spengler and Willem Jan Holsboer both pioneers in medicine and rail engineering,  respectively.

The historic luxury boutique hotel will continue to celebrate its musical moorings thanks to a team of design experts tasked to evolve the venue to the local music scene and the region’s art, style and culture.
“As Hard Rock continues to grow globally, the brand targets expansion in influential cities and
resort destinations around the world, especially in Europe,” said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of
hotels for Hard Rock International. “Famed for its pristine climate, cultural offerings and vibrant
entertainment scene, Davos is a distinguished destination that draws in tourists from all over.”

The Hard Rock Hotel Davos is situated in the heart of the town, providing easy access to
popular attractions, close to the train station and nearby boutiques and dining options. The hotel
is also walking distance from ski lifts and museums, as well as the city’s convention centre.

 “We are very pleased to welcome the Hard Rock Hotel team in Davos,” said Alessandro Lardi,
president of the board of collaborator International Hospitality Service AG. “The high calibre of the Hard Rock International brand ensures that both Spenglers Hotel and Holsboer Residences – soon to run under the Hard Rock brand – will benefit from the professional expertise and unique music solutions that Hard Rock International offers, combined with style and the region’s culture.”

Andrey Yakunin, co-founder of VIYM, financial and hospitality consult on the deal,
added, “As a hospitality investor with a long-standing track record, I believe Davos provides unique
opportunities for both hoteliers and tourists, as it has a lot to offer to its business and leisure guests in any given season. Therefore, on behalf of our investors in this hospitality asset, I trust this franchise will allow both IHS and Hard Rock International to build a successful and profitable resort, attractive to new guests, including those already loyal to the Hard Rock brand.”

Hard Rock Hotel Davos will feature 111 lavishly redesigned rooms, including 31 serviced one to three bedroom apartments. In addition to three conference rooms for dynamic meeting space, an on-site, historic chapel will also be available for booking, containing a modern sound system, natural acoustics, fully functioning organ and adaptable lighting, ideal for banquets, weddings, private concerts and events.

The restaurant will provide a high-end lobby bar and sophisticated private bar, perfect for private dining and tastings. The hotel will also feature an exclusive rooftop bar for panoramic
360-degree views of the mountains and city.

Guests can enjoy signature brand offerings including The Sound of Your Stay® music amenity program with complimentary vinyl players and records or rock out on a Fender guitar during an in-room jam session, complete with an amp and head phones. Additionally, the property will boast a wellness centre, including a Body Rock® workout facility and a Rock Spa®, complete with the music-infused Rhythm & Motion spa menu, five treatment rooms and a yoga studio.

See: www.hardrockhotels.com.

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Savills - Euro Travel Megatrends Report

 

Global property expert Savills has launched a report which identifies the key trends expected to drive the travel sector by 2030. Abigail Parkin

Its European Hotels Megatrends report predicts that Europe will continue to be the preferred destination for a rising number of ‘silver’ travellers from the EU, Asia and Middle East. These travellers will belie age to opt for more active and sporty getaways by 2030 - in common with younger travellers seeking the same pursuits.

The report sees single holidaymakers across all generations forming a larger share of travellers who will want to meet like-minded people. This is expected to put the onus on hotels to be more accommodating of solo  travellers. It’s partially driven by future traveller confidence in digital connectivity, giving rise to more obscure alternatives in location choice.

Social media will further fuel holidays that allow travellers to “access the inaccessible”. The report goes on to claim that with no new destinations by 2030, travellers will find creative spots that impress their social media followers. It appears that the reward will lie in the risk of uncharted destinations.

Hotel trends are forecast as including facial recognition software across venues to target business travellers, speeding up check-in. Lobbies will offer large, elaborate work/social spaces, with extended food and drink options, as hotels compete with serviced office providers. Also 3D motion technology will allow travellers real-time interaction with colleagues in “immersive” environments. Technology will personalise hotel stays with guests being greeted by their favourite film on TV and their chosen lighting levels as the hotel industry competes with home-sharing platforms.

Ecotourism is expected to rule life by 2030 but without compromising traveller comfort so hotels will need to demonstrate how they minimise their carbon footprint and use fair trade products and support local communities.

George Nicholas, global head of hotels at Savills, said: “Young travellers prioritise ‘experience’ and creating bespoke trips to maximise their leisure time, making them dubious of impersonal hotels and of following well-trodden tourist trails. Alongside this you have the already well-travelled baby boomers who are not willing to compromise on comfort or experience as they grow older. Hotels therefore will need to focus on what they can provide that is truly unique and how they can tailor and personalise their offer, be that for a 22 year old single traveller or a 65 year old couple, to continue to capture their custom in 2030.”

 

 

 

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Mandarin Fan Club

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, Reveals 'Our Fans' By Sir Peter Blake

Leading art figure Sir Peter Blake has been commissioned by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group  to create a striking collage which will cover the façade of its Hyde Park, London hotel during part of the hotel’s comprehensive phased renovation. Sat Bal

The immense collage entitled Our Fans, has been created to provide an eye-catching diversion along Knightsbridge. Our Fans, the largest artwork Sir Peter Blake has ever created, is a collage of 100 prominent faces, from Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren to Joanna Lumley and Jenny Packham. All are regular guests at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London as well as fans of the Group’s hotels around the world.

 “Some of my first works were collages of crowds of people; this piece is in the spirit of The Beatles 1967 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album,” said Sir Peter Blake, the artist responsible for this iconic album cover. It is therefore entirely apt that Sir Paul McCartney and fellow Beatles' bandmate Ringo Starr should feature in the poster, during the 50th anniversary of the album.

“This artwork was very different to my usual way of working”, he said. “A collage is very time consuming and laborious, but this was more a matter of arranging the figures and making them work together - making sure no one had a cut-off shoulder or missing legs - that’s the skill of it. It was an amazing project to work on. Hopefully, people passing by will try to spot celebrities they recognize,” he added.

Displayed prominently on the front of the building, this striking work is a visual treat. “We are delighted to showcase this original piece by such a talented artist in London, the home of our European flagship hotel,” said Jill Kluge, Mandarin Oriental’s group director of brand communications. “ [It] is part of the fabric of London life, and this exciting renovation project is designed to confirm it as one of the leading luxury hotels in the world. Sir Peter Blake’s artistic masterpiece not only pays tribute to the city, but also celebrates the Group’s global reach, in a truly original way,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental’s creative advertising agency, LONDON advertising, created the concept of the poster, and interviewed Sir Peter Blake about this project. Click here to view the interview.

 

Click the title to see our Hong Kong piece :

 

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – Review

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Namaste, Oberoi...

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With 30 luxury hotels to its name The Oberoi Group knows a thing or two about Indian hospitality. Oberoi is now honouring guests booked into its exclusive suites with regal style, from landing at the airport to arrival at their luxurious suites. Sat Bal  

A traditional Indian-style welcome greets guests at the Presidential and Kohinoor suites at The Oberoi, Mumbai; The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur.

Expect to be greeted at the airport and whisked away by your chauffeur for the placing of a sandalwood paste Tikka on your forehead, accompanied by a floral garland around your shoulders. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra; The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur and The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur guests will receive an extra special welcome of a rose petal shower.

So, where to go… 

 

The Presidential Suite at The Oberoi, Mumbai

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Here the Presidential Suite offers  2,056 square feet of luxury. It includes a dining area, two lounge spaces, white marble bathroom and pantry and also features a personal fitness machine, brass telescope, five televisions, grand piano and separate butler’s entrance. It commands panoramic views of the ocean and the Queen’s Necklace – the golden crescent of lights that shine the shoreline.

Stylish in-suite dining with bespoke menus is available, along with private sundowners accompanied by a pianist, as well access to Capital O, an exclusive lounge and bar in the hotel.

Elsewhere, guests can explore Mumbai’s rich colonial history and architecture on a guided tour of the Jehangir Art Gallery, Rajaghai Tower and more. Mumbai’s art quarter can be experienced through the ‘Art Kaleidoscope’ tour will take guests to the Kala Ghoda art quarter.

The Presidential Suite starts from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra

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When you’ve cast off the welcome arrival shower of rose petals enjoy instant views of the Taj Mahal from The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra, located just 600 metres away from the iconic monument. Mirrored in elements of the Taj Mahal’s Mughal splendour is The Kohinoor Suite, made up of a living room, master bedroom, dining room and private terrace, which offers panoramic views of the Taj Mahal from dawn to dusk. The enchanting suite is adorned with white marble elephants which glow under the golden domed ceilings and mirrored walls, bringing the romance of the outside in.

The Kohinoor Suite start from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Villa at The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur

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Explore the ‘Pink City’ and capital of Rajasthan in your very own hideaway at The Oberoi Rajvilas. The resort is set in an oasis of landscaped gardens filled with exotic birdlife and centred around an 18th century Shiva temple and Haveli (mansion). The hotel offers guests the opportunity to find peace and serenity through chanting with a Hindu priest, mediation and morning yoga. Those looking for ultimate indulgence can book the Kohinoor Villa, located in a discreet enclosure and made up of three buildings featuring a private garden, 20-metre pool and dining pavilion. The two en suite bedrooms feature sunken, white marble bathtubs overlooking the private gardens.

The Kohinoor Villa starts from 900,000 INR (approximately £10,490) per night

 

The Kohinoor Suite at The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

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The ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur, makes guests feel part of the history at The Oberoi Udaivilas, on the bank of Lake Pichola and sitting on the 200 year-old hunting grounds. As a guest of the Kohinoor Suite, arrive at the hotel jetty, board the hotel boat and sip Chai tea as you sail across the lake to your accommodation.

The Oberoi Udaivilas offers spectacular views across the greenery, sparkling lake and 20-acre wildlife sanctuary with deer and wild boar. The Kohinoor Suite is accessed through a sunlit courtyard and features two bedrooms, dining room, living room, powder room, private pool and dining terrace. Classical Indian décor adorns the suite including gold domed ceilings, elaborate mirror mosaics and hand carved privacy screens, giving guests a taste of traditional Indian home life. Enjoy sundowners by the pool and alfresco dinner accompanied by folk music on the pavilion.

The Kohinoor Suite starts from 950,000 INR (approximately £10,991) per night

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Hidden Escapes

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Travellers who enjoy crafted luxury in unusual holiday locales should take a look at Cambodia and neighbouring areas for lavish openings in 2017

 

Where?

Krabey Island (above), Cambodia and operated by Six Senses.

 What’s on offer?

Six Senses Krabey Island is scheduled to premier in 2017

40 pool villas set around the naturally landscaped 30-acre island.

All villas comprise a living room, master bedroom, ensuite and private plunge pool

Retreat and Reserve villa categories will even offer mini wine cellars.

Indochine will be the resort’s specialty dining restaurant, which will include a communal dining table in front of the show kitchen.

Activities

Hands-on cooking classes will introduce budding chefs to Indochine-inspired cuisine.

The Six Senses Spa includes ancient Cambodian healing traditions, Six Senses Integrative Wellness, detox, yoga and workshops. Alternative treatments, a spa library and juice bar incorporating the island’s fruits and herbs.

A poolside outdoor cinema plays films and plans include an observatory stargazing sessions with expert talks on the universe.

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Where?

Alila Villas Koh Russey launches early 2017 on the south coast of Sihanoukville.

 

What’s on offer?

 Sought-after white sand beaches, pristine waters, lush tropical scenery and seclusion. Featuring 48 hotels suites, a beachfront swimming pool, five-star restaurant dining, kids’ club and fitness centre.

 

Where?

Early 2017 sees Rosewood Hotels & Resorts bringing a new hotel to the tallest building in Phnom Penh, the Vattanac Capital Tower One.

What’s on offer?

The new hotel will have 148 rooms and suites and 27 luxury serviced residences for long-stay visitors. Views across the city and the fabled Mekong River. Dining options will include a sophisticated bistro, lobby lounge, two specialty restaurants and a sky bar complete with cantilevered terrace. Also to feature a Sense spa.

 

Dok Keow - Elephant

 

Where?

Laos - boating luxury with the Dok Keow.

What’s on offer?

One of Laos’ most luxurious boats, the Dok Keow is ready to cruise the Mekong in style, privacy and comfort. The 28-metre wooden river boat has been crafted to the highest specifications with a large lounge and dining area. Board this year for fine cuisine and cocktails amid the river views before returning to Luang Prabang.

 

Where?

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat brings private tours with leading academic Dr Damien Evans, unavailable to the public.

What’s on offer?

Villa Chandara Siem Reap's first experiential dining venue. Transport to the villa begins by private car and continue on a traditional wooden boat across a 1,000-year-old reservoir to reach the villa. Exotic Khmer cuisine is prepared by a leading local chef.     

 

Luxury travel operator Scott Dunn offers the above and more. Ten-night bespoke Cambodia itineraries from £2,500 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, selected experiences, return flights and private transfers.    

Scott Dunn offers a nine night ‘Highlights of Laos’ itinerary from £2,700 per person. This is based on a couple sharing and includes all accommodation, range of experiences, return flights and private transfers.  

  For more experiences see www.scottdunn.com 

 

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Purple Reign

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The PR team at Purple London is set to launch the Blakes restaurant and Blakes Bar offering this month following appointment by Blakes Hotels. (1 Jun 2016)

Blakes was famously established by renowned interior designer Anouska Hempel. becoming South Kensington’s foremost luxury lifestyle hotel. The hotel’s location and ‘couture’ concept has long blended sophistication, impeccable service and customer privacy to win the hearts of the film, music and design fraternity.

The 5-star venue’s restaurant and bar account will be led and overseen by Purple London’s Kate Bell, assisted by Yael Roth and Pia Fontes .

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Private Dining at The Brighton Grand

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Exclusivity comes to the The Grand Brighton with the launch of two newly refurbished meeting spaces at this iconic hotel on Brighton’s seafront. Hannah Charlesworth (17 Sep’15)

 

Executive chef, Alan White has introduced four and five course tasting menus for a high-end dining experience. Some 90% of the seafood is being sourced from within an eight- mile radius of the hotel.Private dining menus will feature dishes such as duck consommé followed by Sussex scallops with a pea purée and bacon or squid with a black risotto. For mains, guests can choose from wild seabass with crab ravioli, to a fillet of beef with lobster hollandaise. The desserts include palate of chocolate and the trio of lemon along with local cheeses Brighton Blue, Sussex Tremains cheddar and Sussex camembert with a selection of petit fours including raspberry macaroons and fruit pastilles.

The two refurbished rooms, designed by Hove-based boutique interiors company, Park Grove are part of the independent hotel’s five-year renovation plan which incorporates 13 recently restored meeting spaces with capacity for up to 900 delegates.  The new rooms offer versatility from company dinners, client entertainment and special occasion dining. Décor and furnishings are distinctly British furnishings and bespoke features, such as the striking art mural of Brighton seafront.

Both rooms also benefit from state-of-the-art Crestron Air Media Technology, a sophisticated audio visual gateway, which enables customers to seamlessly, present, play, collaborate and share content wirelessly.

General Manager Andrew Mosley said: “As a business we’re always looking to exceed our guest’s expectation and, due to having the expertise and demand, the new tasting menus are an exciting addition which helps us showcase the talent we have amongst our teams. After maintaining our Meetings Industry Association (mia) AIM Gold accreditation in February, it’s great to be able to further invest in our offering and we look forward to updating our customers on further exciting developments in the near future.” 

Designed and built in 1864, the historic hotel is only a 10-minute walk away from the city’s main rail station, with regular services in to London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

Contact  conference@grandbrighton.co.uk

 

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A Ritz-Krug August

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This month sees The Ritz hotel partner with Krug for the 'Krug Tasting Flight' initiative. Hannah Charlesworth (12 Aug’15)

London’s finest 5-star brings to the table a glass of Krug Grande Cuvee and Krug Rose for £60, and paired with a specially created Native Lobster Salad by Executive Chef John William, MBE, for £85.

The Ritz's special Champagne Terrace sets the scene for this summer unwind.

See www.theritzlondon.com 

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Temple House Opens In Chengdu

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Swire Hotels has just opened The Temple House in Chengdu, in the central Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li area. Hannah Charlesworth (30 Jul’15)

Designed by Make Architects, the 100-room hotel and its 42 adjoining serviced apartments make this the third property from Swire’s The House Collective. Understated luxury permeates the venue which features The Temple Café - the all-day dining restaurant, Tivano – an authentic Italian restaurant and Jing Bar featuring live DJs..
 
In the renovated Chinese courtyard which was built nearly one hundred years ago, SPA Mi Xun offers guests an urban oasis to unwind and relax. The gift shop and tea house at Mi Xun are designed to give guests the Mi Xun experience to take home and a post treatment space to enjoy a healthy lunch, tea or fresh juice.
 
Brian Williams, managing director of Swire Hotels, comments: "Our goal is to create a highly individualised hotel which houses a series of dynamic restaurants and uniquely designed facilities.  The Temple House presents an ideal opportunity to extend our brand into one of China’s wealthiest and fastest-growing regions."
 
Mark Passmore, general manager of The Temple House, adds: "The Temple House is a modern hotel that celebrates its historic location. We aim to provide discerning travellers with residential-style accommodation, where they can enjoy an authentic Chengdu experience."
 

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Five-Star Driving at The Athenaeum

Cut a dash this summer behind the wheel of a Union Jack wrapped convertible Jaguar XK8, courtesy of the five-star Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments. Chris Page (9 Apr’15) Read more

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