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The Langham Xintiandi Opens in Shanghai

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

In Shanghai all roads lead to Xintiandi, a collection of glamorous stores, international restaurants and historic Shikumen houses and now the city’s ultimate lifestyle destination is home to The Langham, Xintiandi - a five star luxury hotel with 357 elegant guest rooms and suites.

The Langham occupies a landmark building in the heart of Xintiandi and is also adjacent to Huai Hai Road, home to international designer boutiques. The 24-storey hotel pays tribute to the city’s heritage while at the same time embracing the best in today’s luxury interior comforts designed by leading hospitality designer Peter Remedios.

As part of a phased opening, the hotel will introduce a selection of Grand rooms offering panoramic views over the renowned Shikumen storefronts of Xintiandi. Blending traditional elements with modern décor, Grand rooms exude an effortless elegance combining dark woods, chic furnishings and innovative extras that create an environment that is both sophisticated and stylish. With floor-to-ceiling windows, each Grand room is imbued with natural light, creating a bright, open environment. The spacious bathrooms include a dual-basin vanity and an inviting oversized bath. Hotel-wide entertainment extras include a 40″ flat-screen TV, an interactive digital audio system that includes an iPod docking station and wall-to-wall wireless broadband internet access.

The Langham, Xintiandi also features a modern high-ceiling grand ballroom and an additional eight meeting rooms which can be tailored to ensure every event captivates the senses.

Guests can also savour international cuisine in the hotel’s Cachet All-Day-Dining restaurant which offers a gourmet selection of fine dishes exquisitely prepared by The Langham’s team of talented chefs. Step outside the hotel and an exciting array of restaurants, bars and outdoor cafes await at Xintiandi.

The hotel is also just a short distance from leading Shanghai landmarks such as The Bund, People’s Square, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Museum and Yu Garden.

For a limited time only, the hotel is offering a unique opportunity to be the first to experience the enchanting hospitality of The Langham, Xintiandi with a special introductory offer for RMB 2,700+ per night * which includes:

  • Return airport limousine transfer
  • Langham welcome gift
  • Unlimited laundry and dry-cleaning during stay
  • Complimentary mini-bar
  • Complimentary breakfast at Cachet
  • Complimentary wired and wireless internet
  • Complimentary international SKYPE telephone calls

Terms and conditions:

  • Offer valid for minimum stay of two nights
  • Valid for stays until December 30th, 2010
  • Offer is subject to availability
  • Offer is subject to 15% surcharge

Tibet’s first luxury hotel – St Regis Lhasa Resort

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Tibet’s First International Luxury Hotel, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Offers a New Dimension of Luxury for the Region.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is St. Regis’ first resort in China and first-ever luxury resort in Tibet. Standing on the “Roof of the World” at 12,000 feet above sea level, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers refined luxury and superlative service in a storied city. The resort boasts awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas and the Lhasa Valley from each of the 162 guest rooms, suites and villas which feature distinctive architectural details and décor that entwine modern luxury with traditional Tibetan elements.

The spectacular resort embraces the enchanting natural surroundings and breathtaking mountainous views of Lhasa and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Tibet. The magnificent resort offers the signature St. Regis Butler Service and features three world class restaurants to please any epicurean taste, a signature tea room, wine bar and an expansive 11,700 square foot Iridium Spa with an ornate gold-tiled pool and Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.

“We are proud to debut the first St. Regis Resort in China with the opening of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, offering our discerning guests access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “With the region’s unrivaled natural beauty and enchanting cultural heritage, Lhasa is one of the world’s most coveted destinations for global travelers, and The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is destined to be an unparalleled way to discover Tibet.”

“Lhasa is one of the most intriguing and beautiful cities in the world,” said Magdy Anis, General Manager of The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. “We are honored to be opening Tibet’s first luxury resort, offering global St. Regis guests the opportunity to experience Tibet’s mysterious traditions and stunning beauty while enjoying St. Regis signature amenities and services.”

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort boasts 150 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 12 spacious villas and suites, including the Presidential Suite. Seamlessly blending Tibet’s rich culture and exotic natural surroundings, the resort has been designed from the ground up with sustainable features including solar panels, locally-sourced produce and herbs for the resort’s restaurants and an underground water recycling system. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and amenities such as high-speed internet and plasma televisions in room.

St. Regis will also premiere its new spa brand, the Iridium Spa at The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Poised to be the world’s highest luxury spa, Iridium Spa allows guests to renew and refresh mind, body and spirit with a completely customized experience including traditional Tibetan herbal treatments and aromatherapy services using locally cultivated herbs and plants such as cypress and azalea leaves. Five-star luxury meets mystical Tibetan spiritual wellness at the Iridium Room with its ornate gold-tiled heated swimming pool and stunning Meditation Garden for yoga, Pilates or meditation.

The St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers an array of epicurean taste and experiences in a variety of culturally designed settings. Guests can enjoy convenient, all-day dining at the resort’s signature restaurant, Social, featuring with a wide selection of international cuisine or dine at Si Zi Kang, the first gastronomic Tibetan restaurant to savor authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine in a sophisticated and relaxed setting. For Cantonese and Sichuanese cuisine, guests are invited to Yan Ting with six private dining rooms and a diverse menu.

As the first luxury resort in Tibet, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is also proud to present Decanter by Haut-Brisson, the first wine bar in the region serving over 140 labels of wine, liquors and aged cigars. Also the first of its kind, the Tea Room will offer guests a relaxing afternoon with different blends of local and imported teas, and serving vintage teas aged from 10-25 years.

Lhasa, christened “Place of the Gods” by ancient Tibetans, is the spiritual and political center of Tibet. With its ideal location in the ancient Barkhor area, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort is close to the city’s most important cultural landmarks allowing guests to explore all of the city’s treasures. The resort is only a short walk from the Jokhang Temple or guests can rent a hybrid vehicle from the hotel for a short drive to the stunning Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulinka and the Drepung Monastery. Other scenic Himalayan destinations such as the Heavenly Lake Namtso and Yandra Yumtso Lake also surround The St. Regis Lhasa Resort. Combining Tibet’s natural beauty and rich heritage with St. Regis’ timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Lhasa Resort’s arrival to China will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.

St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico marks Caribbean debut for luxury hotel chain

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announces the debut of St. Regis’ first Caribbean hotel with the opening of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico, introducing unparalleled luxury and bespoke service to one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. The resort is ideally located on a former coconut plantation, nestled between the lush El Yunque rainforest and the tranquil waters of the Espiritu Santo River. The spectacular 483-acre resort embraces the island’s stunning natural beauty with lush landscapes, breathtaking ocean views and a private bird sanctuary and is destined to set new standards of service and luxury for Puerto Rico. The magnificent resort offers signature St. Regis Butler Service and features Jean-Georges’ restaurant Fern, a 10,000 square foot Remède Spa and an ocean-front golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico is the Caribbean’s first certified Gold Audubon Signature Sanctuary.

“We are proud to debut the St. Regis brand in the Caribbean with the opening of The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, offering travelers access to the distinguished St. Regis legacy with the highest expression of personalization, refined elegance and uncompromised guest experiences,” said Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts. “With the region’s unmatched natural surroundings, welcoming atmosphere and vibrant culture, Puerto Rico is certainly one of the world’s most coveted destinations for our discerning guests, and The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is poised to become the Caribbean’s most idyllic address.”

Designed by acclaimed architectural firm Hill Glazier, the resort boasts 139 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, including 35 suites with private terraces offering spectacular ocean views as well as 25 private St. Regis Estate Homes. Seamlessly blending Puerto Rico’s rich culture and natural beauty, accommodations have been designed as low rise plantation style buildings to harmonize the guest experience with the exquisite surroundings and exotic nature that will be preserved around them. Guest accommodations feature beautiful residential interiors, custom-designed furniture and spacious marble bathrooms in addition to luxurious linens and high-tech amenities such as high-speed wireless internet, a 40-inch LCD television in room, televisions integrated into the bathroom mirrors and an iPod docking station.

Set along two idyllic miles of private beach, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico boasts expansive views of El Yunque National Rainforest and the Atlantic Ocean. The resort has been thoughtfully developed, ensuring that the local plant and wildlife have not been disturbed, and these exceptional efforts and practices have been recognized with Audubon’s Gold Signature Sanctuary certification. The resort’s “green team,” composed of an ecologist, two agronomists, and a landscape architect, cultivate native and indigenous plants that protect the natural vegetation of the resort’s lowland coastal and forest areas. As part of its commitment to environmentally sustainable development, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort has created a 2.4-acre plant nursery and garden, which will provide fresh produce and herbs for use throughout the entire resort.

In keeping with the resort’s homage to the enchanting island, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s signature restaurant Fern offers tantalizing culinary delights prepared with the freshest indigenous ingredients. Exclusively developed by celebrated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the menu showcases a blend of Jean-Georges’ world renowned repertoire of distinctive dishes with traditional Puerto Rican ingredients such as papaya, mango and coconut.

The 10,000 square-foot Remède Spa at The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico includes seven treatment rooms and presents guests with a decadent and exceptional spa experience. Designed to rejuvenate and restore, the spa features relaxation areas, steam and sauna facilities, cold and hot plunge pools, a fully equipped state-of-the-art fitness center and several treatment rooms with private outdoor terraces. Remède Spa also offers a comprehensive menu of unique customized and results-oriented treatments.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s golf course marks Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s first design project in Puerto Rico. Operated by Troon Golf, the world leader in golf course management, the course is remarkable with two miles of beach, a native maritime forest and views of the rainforest from nearly every hole. Committed to preserving the natural integrity of the site, the course design is sensitive to the environment while providing challenging variety. With holes along the ocean, scenic lakes, undulating fairways and gentle ocean breezes, the course’s breathtaking splendor is matched only by the world-class play it offers to golfers of all abilities. The course’s clubhouse showcases Bahia’s signature tropical plantation architecture, beautifully accented by exposed stone and brickwork. Inside the clubhouse guests have access to the restaurant Molasses, a golf shop, an inviting bar as well as men’s and ladies’ lounges and locker rooms offering a variety of amenities and services. Outside boasts a full-size beachfront swimming pool and patio areas overlooking the ocean for dining and entertaining.

Following in the literary tradition of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV, who commissioned a library for the brand’s flagship The St. Regis New York in 1904, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort offers a modern spin on the concept by offering a curated library as a special guest amenity. The library includes book selections from St. Regis friends and influencers including fashion designer Jason Wu, renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and jewelry designers Alexis Bittar and Temple St. Clair, along with St. Regis Connoisseur and celebrated polo player Nacho Figueras.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort features nearly 27,000 square feet of function space, including three outdoor lawn event spaces, the ocean-view Astor pavilion and the spacious elegance of the Astor Ballroom, setting the stage for grand weddings and occasions in true St. Regis style. Situated between the Espiritu Santo and Herrera rivers and bounded by the majestic El Yunque National Forest, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico offers astounding views as well as unique activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing and fishing.

Supported by over 900 weekly flights, Puerto Rico is easily accessible via direct flight from a multitude of major cities in North America, and as a United States territory, passports are not required for American citizens, a unique advantage for US travelers to the Caribbean. The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort is just 16 miles from Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz international airport, which is the largest hub in the Caribbean. Combining Puerto Rico’s natural beauty and rich colonial history with St. Regis’ timeless sophistication, bespoke service and modern luxury, The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort’s arrival on the shores of Puerto Rico will forever change the landscape of luxury travel in the region.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver Opens

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The beds are ready to be turned down, wines are waiting to be uncorked, lights are dimmed in the Spa, and tables are set in the ballroom – it’s opening day at Four Seasons Hotel Denver, where 250 staff are ready to welcome guests to stay, dine, spa and gather.

“Excitement has been building as we made final preparations to welcome our first guests to Four Seasons Hotel Denver,” says Thierry Kennel, general manager of the 239-room Hotel. “And there’s more to come – on November 6, we’ll host a Grand Opening Party featuring Colorado’s own OneRepublic. This star-studded event is sure to be one of the highlights of the city’s social season.”

Special Introductory Offer and More

Four Seasons Hotel Denver invites visitors to the city and local Denverites to experience all it has to offer first hand with a special Introductory Offer. With room rates as low as USD 180.00 per night through January 31, 2011, it’s a great opportunity to explore the new Hotel. Indulge in a spa treatment, share cocktails at EDGE Bar, check out the possibilities for social and business functions, sleep in a signature Four Seasons bed, and meet the staff whom is ready to make every visit – whether for business or pleasure – a memorable one.

Additional packages include Second Night and Companion on Us, which invites two guests to enjoy two nights for the price of one, with a complimentary spa treatment and meal for the second guest; Eat Shop and Spa, with gift cards for local shops, a complimentary spa treatment and a meal at EDGE Restaurant; and Experience More, which includes a USD 25.00 hotel credit.

Four Seasons Hotel Denver: Highlights

EDGE Restaurant and Bar – The reservations book is already filling up as locals anticipate the opening of the city’s newest see-and-be-seen hotspot for dinners with friends, post-theatre drinks, lunches, power breakfasts and weekend brunches featuring a seasonal menu, plus an extensive wines-by-the-glass selection in a urban streetfront setting.

The Spa, Fitness Center and Rooftop Pool – Spa goers can look forward to a full range of treatments inspired by local ingredients and traditions, and in the warmer months, the fully landscaped pool deck will be an oasis floating above the busy streets below. Fitness enthusiasts will be inspired by the serene setting.

Event Spaces – Conveniently located on the second floor with easy access from the Hotel’s lobby, a series of ballrooms and smaller meeting rooms can be configured for gatherings ranging from weddings and charity galas to conferences and private business meetings.

Art at Four Seasons – Showcasing nearly 1,200 works by local artists against a palette of sleek polished wood and stone, the public spaces of the Hotel act as an art gallery that will expose visitors to the contemporary Colorado art scene, and induce pride in locals as they recognise – or discover – their favourites.

From City to Mountains: Four Seasons in Colorado

Ideally located at Arapahoe and 14th Streets in the heart of Denver’s theatre and business districts, Four Seasons Hotel Denver will also be the perfect stopover on the way to Four Seasons Resort Vail, opening in December 2010.

The Westin Santa Fe opens in Mexico

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Boasting a prime location at the heart of downtown, The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is a key element of Park Plaza, the city’s newest, upscale mixed-use development. Designed by Edmonds International, Park Plaza features more than 700,000 square feet of office space and a variety of high-end retail shops. Less than 20 minutes from Toluca airport, The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is within walking distance of the BBVA Bancomer Convention Center and convenient to numerous corporate offices, restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

“We are delighted to re-introduce the Westin Brand to Mexico City with the opening of this sophisticated and elegant urban retreat within the dynamic Santa Fe area. The opening of The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City underscores the importance of Mexico to the Westin brand and builds on our strong history in both urban and resort locations throughout Mexico,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Latin America. “We are very bullish on Latin America, which represents one of the most robust market opportunities for the future growth of all of Starwood’s world-class brands.”

“We are especially proud to be associated with Starwood in the management of The Westin Santa Fe, in the heart of the fast-growing Santa Fe business district in Mexico City,” said Salomón Helfon, Director of Heldan Hotels & Resorts. “The opportunity to work with Starwood is an important recognition of the high caliber of work that we have accomplished with this development and we believe The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City will become a landmark in our city.”

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is the Westin brand’s sixth hotel in Mexico joining The Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, The Westin Resort & Spa Cancun, The Westin Lagunamar Ocean Resort Villas (a Starwood Vacation Ownership property) and The Westin San Luis in Potosi. In addition to its six hotels in Mexico and one in Guatemala, the brand is gearing up to open The Westin Libertador in Lima, Peru in 2011. Overall, Starwood Hotels & Resorts now has 22 hotels and resorts in Mexico and 62 properties in Latin America.

“The growing depth of our global Westin portfolio underscores the strong appeal of our distinctive wellness positioning in diverse international markets like Mexico City,” said Nancy London, Vice President and global leader for Westin Hotels. “The Westin brand is at a pivotal point in its life cycle, with an unprecedented opportunity for international growth and is well on its way to establishing itself as an international market leader. We look forward to introducing the brand’s healthy-living initiatives to travelers to Santa Fe.”

The soothing Westin Sensory Welcome creates a memorable first impression as guests enter the hotel, with its blend of signature white tea scent, music, botanicals and mood lighting. In their rooms, hotel guests will awaken their senses with the Westin Heavenly Bath® experience and restore in the Heavenly Bed®, a 10-layer ensemble of luxurious comfort featuring a pillow-top mattress set, a cozy down blanket, three crisp sheets, a comforter, duvet and five plush pillows. In each room, guests will enjoy high-speed Internet access and an ergonomic work space to enhance their productivity and creativity in a tranquil setting. The hotel also features six signature WestinWORKOUT® rooms.

As part of the Westin brand’s commitment to preserving wellness on the road, the hotel features a 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® gym, an outdoor pool and the SuperfoodsRX menu designed by experts to keep guests on top of the game with incredible food combinations rich in nutrients, antioxidants and flavor. Located on the top floor of the hotel with spectacular views of the city is the Heavenly Spa by Westin, a haven of relaxation where guests can revitalize with an array of treatments and experiences aimed at promoting mind-body wellness. The spa features seven treatment rooms and a choice of signature Heavenly treatments created by Comfort Zone, the luxurious Italian spa brand.

The Westin Santa Fe, Mexico City is an ideal venue for weddings, social galas and business functions, offering nearly 14,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, including a ballroom and meetings rooms, catering and event planning services, and the latest in meeting technology.

Additional facilities include a lobby bar and Pinzimini Restaurant, an Italian eatery featuring delicious Tuscan cuisine prepared by chef Daniel Tellez. Pinzimini’s extensive menu includes high-quality grilled meats, salads and pastas, all simply prepared with fresh, local ingredients. The hotel also features a separate, fully equipped full-service Kosher kitchen.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Opens First Aloft Hotel in Europe

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Aloft Brussels Schuman introduces jet-setting style at a steal to Belgium. Located in the heart of the buzzing European Union district, the hotel will feature 147 loft-like guest rooms including three ‘Breezy Lofts’ (Aloft’s re-interpretation of a suite), a buzzing bar scene in the open lobby, an urban-inspired grab-and-go café and industrial design elements throughout. A vision of W Hotels, Aloft’s stylish urban attitude is set to shake up the European mid-market hotel scene.

With more than 40 hotels open since its June 2008 debut, Aloft Hotels has become the talk of the hospitality industry by going global while in launch mode. Aloft currently operates hotels in five countries – the USA, Canada, China, the United Arab Emirates and India, with Belgium marking its sixth destination. Besides opening its first hotel in Europe with the Aloft Brussels Schuman, Aloft is continuing its global expansion with further openings planned in India and the USA as well as brand introductions in Thailand and the UK.

“The launch of Aloft in Europe underscores the strength of the Starwood network and the power of the Aloft brand,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “Aloft’s emphasis on high design and affordability translates globally and is attracting a growing group of loyal travellers. In fact, Aloft represents one of the strongest brand launches in industry history and its international expansion so early in the brand’s life cycle is unprecedented.”

Roeland Vos, President, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Europe, Africa and Middle East commented:

“We are thrilled to introduce Aloft to Brussels, a fitting choice for the brand’s debut in Europe. The hotel’s strategic location in the heart of the European Quarter makes a bold statement about how the brand is taking its innovative, fresh perspective on hotels to the most important locations around the world.”

Aloft Brussels Schuman will boast atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read the paper, work on laptops, play a game of pool or grab a drink with friends at the re:mixSM lounge and w xyzSM bar. The w xyz bar is set to quickly become one of the places to be in the EU quarter. A destination bar for hotel guests and local residents alike, the w xyz bar is the ideal place to have a cocktail with friends or dance the night away at one of the many DJ evenings.

The spacious guest rooms (minimum of 28m2) will feature the brand’s signature ceilings of nearly three meters high, oversized windows and an ultra-comfortable bed as well as roomy walk-in showers and bath amenities created by Bliss® Spa. Each Aloft room will also be equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access and a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution which connects most electronic devices to the 42″ flat-screen TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.

Travellers will be able to de-stress and re-energize in the re:chargeSM fitness centre whilst the 24-hour grab & go food and beverage area re:fuelSM by Aloft is a one-stop, offering sweet, savory and healthy food, snacks and beverages.

For work meetings, training courses and presentations, the hotel’s Tactic meeting rooms, which are equipped with the latest generation of audiovisual hardware, provide a creative space for groups of up to 50 people.

Aloft Brussels Schuman is the fifth Starwood Hotel in Belgium, joining Le Méridien Brussels, Sheraton Brussels Hotel, Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel and Four Points by Sheraton Brussels.

The James New York Opens In Soho

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The James Hotel, a Soho luxury hotel, anchoring the southwest corner of Soho at Grand and Thompson Streets, is today accepting reservations at its 114 guestrooms and suites. In conjunction with the opening, the hotel is offering introductory rates starting from $349 and including in-room breakfast.

The Soho boutique hotel, designed by the Office for Design and Architecture (ODA) in collaboration with Perkins Eastman and custom interiors by Amanda Sullivan with The James Design team, blends elements of artistry and community throughout. Every detail of the hotel has been meticulously thought out from room numbers to the one-of-a-kind textiles and light fixtures selected by furniture curator Cristina Grajales. 

“Our strategy was to identify a hospitality group with new ideas and fresh thinking,” said Shai Shamir, managing director of Brack Capital Real Estate (BCRE), owner and developer of The James New York. “The James brand embodies the modern version of a luxury hotel with a strong focus on design and service, making it the perfect addition to the Soho hotel landscape.”

In homage to the creative neighborhood it calls home, The James New York will feature a mix of local and international artists, both prominent and up-and-coming. The carefully curated art collection is reflective of the brand’s commitment to the arts and is an extension of The James Chicago’s extensive, cultural partnerships in Chicago.

“The stylish and culturally rich neighborhood of Soho is the ideal home for The James New York, providing a perfect backdrop for the brand’s artful blend of exquisite hand-crafted design, seamlessly intuitive service and personalized comfort,” said Brooke Barrett, co-CEO of Denihan Hospitality Group, owners and operators of The James brand.  

Armed to be a top New York luxury hotel, The James New York will offer personalized comfort, generous complimentary amenities, custom-designed, modern furniture and impeccable service to create an environment that is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.

As well, environmentally thoughtful details can be found throughout the property, including reclaimed wood and rugs made from all-natural fibers. Additional features of the Soho luxury hotel, include:

  • A luxurious Penthouse Loft on the 16th floor designed by renowned Dutch architect and interior designer, Piet Boon with expansive skyline views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges
  • A state-of-the-art fully equipped gym with natural light and river views
  • All in-room amenities from Intelligent Nutrients, a certified organic, food-based, natural beauty line
  • State-of-the-art audio technology from Bowers & Wilkins, including Zeppelin I-pod docking stations and iPads loaded with customized local shopping and dining guides
  • Complimentary bicycles courtesy of Public Bikes or use of the hotel’s Lexus RX 400 hybrid vehicle.

A family-friendly and pet friendly New York hotel, The James New York offers a range of offerings for kids and pets alike, including pajama sets and Paul Frank coloring sheets. For guests traveling with their dogs, beds and doggy bowls will be provided by Soho-based pet retail shop Doggystyle, along with a specially-created amenity treat bag.

Lastly, the Soho boutique hotel offers luxurious, unique New York social spaces, all of which are dedicated to natural light and open space, two elements which are traditionally difficult to find in New York hotels. Social spaces include:

  • The Sky Lobby, a third-floor glass-walled welcome and reception area, accessible by a glass elevator that transports guests from the ground floor entry to a private living room and business networking lounge 
  • A lush New York Urban Garden, replete with grass and botanicals and enclosed by industrial, concrete walls – a protective shell for the hidden greenery within
  • An expansive outdoor, Garden Bar & Restaurant with comfortable seating arrangements amid park-like landscaping scheduled to open in Spring 2011.
  • A modern indoor/outdoor special events and meeting room featuring a private entrance, state-of-the-art video conferencing and in-room private dining capabilities
  • A stunning rooftop pool deck, bar and lounge with inspiring views of the city skyline, gorgeous architectural features and a glass enclosed all-season bar and lounge

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez opens its doors

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, a 37-room resort located on the glamorous Côte d’Azur, is now open.

The resort’s complex of low buildings is grouped around a spacious central pool area at the heart of Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez. Architect Jean Jacques Ory and designer Christophe Pillet created a hotel with contemporary architecture and design throughout the rooms, the villas and the common areas. With its restaurant headed by Pierre Gagnaire, the Dom Pérignon champagne bar and the Spa Sezz by Payot, the hotel is set to bring new life to the regional tradition of luxury resorts.

The Experience
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is one of a kind. Owner Shahé Kalaidjian envisions the hotel as “a place full of grace and tranquillity where space and service are incomparable. A hideaway full of light, air and wind.” The property takes inspiration from the area’s most authentic riches: calm breezes, the quality of the Mediterranean light, the deep blue sea, lush green grass and fields of fragrant lavender.Upon arrival guests immediately feel immersed in a relaxed haven. Instead of entering a standard lobby with a formal reception desk, guests are indulged in a spacious room full of light where a personal assistant welcomes them. The assistant will acquaint them with the hotel’s features and will also be on hand throughout their stay. A spacious open-air area with a large pool is the hub of the resort and is surrounded by lounge furniture and a poolside bar. While relaxing on Christophe Pillet’s specially designed lounge chairs, guests can choose from a range of cocktails and sink into holiday mode. For more indulgence guests can head to Spa Sezz which was created in an exclusive partnership with the French cosmetic brand Payot.

The Architecture
Architect Jean-Jacques Ory has incorporated traditional and Mediterranean materials with a modern hotel that is in perfect harmony with the landscape of the Côte d’Azur. Light and air are omnipresent: huge walls made out of glass and oversized windows balance out the heavy material of the stone walls and roof tiles.
The Interior DesignThe resort offers five bungalows of 30m², 30 cocoons of 40m² and two villas of 90m² which come with a private pool. Each guestroom provides direct access to the terrace and the garden. Designer Christophe Pillet created the rooms to be open and spacious. The rooms are light and airy and let the indoor and outdoor merge into one. Interiors reflect the 1950s colour code with a mix of white, light grey, dark brown, light blue and saffron. All furniture and objects have been designed by Christophe Pillet for various Italian and American furniture brands.
The Restaurant ColetteWith the restaurant Colette, named after the famous French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the Michelin-star chef Pierre Gagnaire goes back to his roots. The menu focuses on Mediterranean dishes with regional ingredients ranging from freshly caught fish to grilled steaks and barbecues. During the day Colette is quite casual, but at night it transforms into a glamourous restaurant. A glass of champagne at the Dom Pérignon bar is the perfect start to a sophisticated evening.

The Location
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is located in a wooded park, just a few minutes outside Saint-Tropez. The hotel provides an Ape Calessino shuttle service into town where one can explore the village. The closest beach, Plage de Canebiers, is accessible just 200 meters walking distance from the hotel. For those who want to go to Plage de Pampelonne, Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers shuttles twice a day and fully equipped picnic baskets on request.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore Opens

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is the latest addition to the sparkling Marina Bay waterfront, with breathtaking architecture and stunning interiors that combine modernity and heritage. Seated on Marina Bay’s prime waterfront location in the Central Business District and the historical Arts and Cultural precinct, the Hotel will offer impeccable service and hospitality. Comprising 100 rooms, five individually themed suites and a luxurious Presidential Suite, each with magnificent Marina Bay views and exclusive balconies, The Fullerton Bay Hotel appeals to the discerning jetsetters and travellers.

With three signature dining destinations designed by Asia’s highly sought-after design wunderkind Andre Fu, the Hotel is set to elevate waterfront dining to new heights.

The Hotel’s inspiring glass façade, designed by Singapore-based DP Architects, embodies the true spirit of the Marina Bay waterfront. The diamond-shaped glass structure stands out against the city skyline as it illuminates above the waters. LCL Architects, the group responsible for the creation of the luxuriously-appointed hotel rooms, while the arrival 2 experience and restaurants are the latest projects by design wunderkind, Andre Fu. Guests will enter the hotel through a 17-metre wide lobby at the historic Clifford Pier, an important heritage site which saw the arrival of many of Singapore’s early settlers.

The hotel’s glamorous and exquisite interior designs are richly steeped in Singapore’s vibrant history with Fu using vintage nautical maps and commissioned contemporary art that reflect the celebration of heritage and modernity in the Lion City.

Utilising materials and designs such as polished rosewood and latticed screens, as well as leather and chrome, LCL Architects has created an elegant and refined atmosphere in the bedrooms with a predominantly natural palette throughout. This classical look is combined with state-of-the-art in-room technology to ensure that the hotel’s modern travellers are always kept in touch.

Each of the hotel’s six suites, including the Presidential Suite, are individually themed to reflect the wealth of cultures in Singapore’s cosmopolitan population, including Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Colonial and are situated on the upper three storeys of the hotel, in prime-angled positions facing the stunning views of Marina Bay waterfront. Named after the former Governors of the Straits Settlement (Sir Hugh Clifford, Sir Shenton Thomas, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson, Sir John Anderson and Major General Sir William Orfeur Cavenagh), each will be adorned with bespoke artwork and antiques alongside contemporary pieces that embody the spirit unique to the suite’s theme.

The hotel’s trio of culinary experiences, designed by Andre Fu, include the signature restaurants of The Landing Point, Clifford and Lantern. Lantern is a stylish rooftop bar, surrounding the hotel’s 25-metre rooftop swimming pool, where guests can relish delectable gourmet snacks and tantalising grilled meats, accompanied with fine champagnes, signature cocktails, wines and beverages whilst watching the world go by with panoramic views of the Marina Bay waterfront and the world- famous Singapore skyline. This urban oasis is the perfect location for an idyllic afternoon respite, take an invigorating swim in the pool while enjoying the tranquil waterfront sea breeze or the sultry cocktails conjured by the bar’s mixologist. View the beautiful sunset at Lantern with your partner or friends as it transforms 3 into a dazzling rooftop bar illuminated by glittering lights, ideal for a romantic tête-à-tête, glamorous cocktail parties or fashion launches.

Set amidst the resplendent skyline of the Marina Bay waterfront, Clifford, the modern brasserie is illuminated by splendid 10-metre high floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sparkling waters of the bay, and guests are greeted by an opulent 800-bottle fine wine library meticulously handpicked from all over the world. Seated adjacent to Clifford Pier and named after this historical landmark upon which the first immigrants landed in Singapore, Clifford retains the spirit of the seafarers as it embodies waterfront destination dining. Clifford is furnished with layers of theatrical salons and offers breathtaking views of Marina Bay be it from the private dining room, main dining section that seats up to 76, or the stylish al fresco dining terrace. One of three dining destinations at the hotel, Clifford celebrates discreet and attentive service with its clever play of vintage furnishings in warm grey, burnt orange and dark aubergine set against the towering ivory French panelling and masculine herringbone oak floors. From influential business lunches to idyllic afternoon teas, or romantic dinners under the stars, Clifford sets to redefine destination dining by the bay with personalized service.

Elegantly positioned alongside an impressive indoor promenade paved in bespoke marble mosaics, The Landing Point is the gourmand’s lounge du jour. Designed in hues of gold; indulge in sensuous cocktails as guests engage in the waterfront panorama. With a majestic 13-metre long bar and spacious outdoor terrace, The Landing Point is designed to captivate the sophisticated chic.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore is located at 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326.

Dorchester Collection Opens Coworth Park Hotel and Spa

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Coworth Park, the newest and first luxury country house hotel fromDorchester Collection, opens today. The 70 guestroom hotel is located next to Ascot and on the border of Windsor Great Park. Coworth Park is the only hotel in the UK to have its own polo fields and features theworld’s first hotel spa to have treatments from Dr. Alkaitis. It’s also the only hotel in the UK to grow and burn willow on the estate as part of its unique initiatives to reduce energy consumption. As if that weren’t enough, Coworth Park features three restaurants overseen by Michelin-starred Chef John Campbell, which include fine and informal dining. Guests can also enjoy horseback riding in the equestrian center and special access to neighboring Wentworth Club’s champion golf courses.

Just 45 minutes from central London, the hotel stands in 240 acres of Royal Berkshire parkland. Dorchester Collection’s vision was to create the finest country house hotel in the UK with a design and décor that recognized Coworth Park’s Georgian origins yet avoided predictable country house clichés. Overall, the design approach by Fox Linton Associates is one of informal comfort and simple beauty, designed to evoke the feeling of staying in a private English country estate.  The Coworth Park buildings form an elegant and understated backdrop to the sunken gardens, lime grove, surrounding meadows and polo fields on the estate.  The jewel in the crown of Coworth Park’s 16 suites is The Dower House. This picturesque private house built in 1775 has its own dining room, lounge, kitchen, study, and a secluded garden with its own stream running through it; home to Coworth Park’s family of swans.

The eco-luxury Spa at Coworth Park will be the world’s first hotel spa to offer treatments by Dr. Alkaitis. Renowned for his 100% organic, paraben free ingredients and simple yet effective approach, Dr Alkaitis’s products are rich in anti-oxidants and healing enzymes. In addition, the three products currently offered to guests at The Dorchester Spa – Carol Joy London, glamorous skin and hair care specializing in anti-ageing treatments; Kerstin Florian, luxurious products infused with the earth’s rich, natural ingredients; and Aromatherapy Associates, the leading natural aromatherapy oils and treatment products – will also be available at The Spa at Coworth Park.

The hotel breaks new ground by combining a wealth of eco-credentials in both its structure and its daily operating procedures. For example, to reduce energy consumption there is a bio mass boiler within an underground Energy Center. This is fueled by burning willow which is grown on the estate, a first for a UK hotel. Additionally, cooling for the hotel is provided by a ground source water circulation system of underground pipes known as ‘slinkys’ within the hotel grounds.  

Rates start at £235 per room, per night based on double occupancy. Rates for suite accommodations start at £375 per night, per room. All rates are inclusive of full English breakfast and exclusive of VAT. For reservations, please contact 011-44-1344-876-600 or