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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.”

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.

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.

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.

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

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.  

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

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).
World of Adventures is available from USD 143,000 per person based on double occupancy.

NEWS Choose the colour of your hotel room

Sydney's newest and most creatively unique, hotel – The Collectionist – has officially opened, ready to change the way guests choose to stay and experience hotels.  The Camperdown situated hotel, is the first for The Collectionist Hotel brand with plans to take the unique concept to other Sydney locations and interstate. Described as a real-life “choose-your-own-adventure”, the eclectically designed hotel will set a new standard in individualised guest experiences. Opting away from standardised décor in rooms, The Collectionist commissioned the talents of 13 artists and seven designers from four leading design studios, to create 39 individually designed rooms.  The hotel invites you to think of it not so much as a collection of rooms ” but a selection of canvases…”, Instead of rooms being allocated by the hotel, guests are invited to peruse available rooms on check-in and choose their room based on the style, colour, texture and design - just as they would a work of art.  “we accept everyone is an individual and has choices.” says the hotel’s  website. “And it’s this freedom of choice, to select what suits, that our hotel is built on.”

NEWS Exclusive dining after sunset at Uluru

 Tali Wiru, Voyages Ayers Rock Resort’s exclusive evening dining in the desert, re-opens for its fifth season on 26 March 2018.  The open air gastronomic experience offers a magical evening of fine dining on a remote sand dune overlooking Uluru (Tali Wiru, means beautiful dune in the local language) and the distant domes of Kata Tjuta. This season’s menu features ancient flavours of Indigenous Australia with some exciting and unusual ingredients woven into the menu. Ray Stone, Voyages Executive GM Sales, Marketing and Distribution, says “Tali Wiru is a truly unforgettable dining experience in the spiritual heart of Australia. We aim to surprise and delight our guests with superb levels of food and beverage in a stunning setting unique in Australia and indeed the world” . Guests enjoy Champagne and canapés at sunset accompanied by the sounds of a digeridoo, followed by a four-course table d’hote menu with perfectly matched premium Australian wines. A storyteller shares tales of Indigenous culture and the southern night sky and the evening ends with a port, cognac or native wattleseed infused hot chocolate around the campfire. While in the red centre we recommend visiting the amazing Field of Light installation by artist Bruce Monroe
 Tali Wiru runs daily from 26 March to 15 October 2018 and is priced at A$360 per person which is fully inclusive of return hotel transport.  TLTB readers will be glad to know that guests can also choose to arrive in style by helicopter for their Tali Wiru experience. At $779 per person, Tali Wiru by Heli includes a half hour helicopter tour taking in Uluru and Kata Tjuta before you dine.

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. 

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.”

NEWS An Epic addition to Australia's best ski pass

The mighty Vail Resorts marches on (or should we say skis on). Hot off the presses the news that Hakuba Valley, Japan has joined the Epic Australia Pass, which means  Epic Australia Pass now connects Australia, Japan, Canada and the Best of the U.S. resorts, making it one of the best season passes in the world, offering year-round skiing and snowboarding   ( Vail reckons the pass cna therefore pay for itself in under five days).  As part of the announcement, the option to lock in current pricing with only $49 upfront is available again for one week only, until Thursday, March 8, at After that time, passes will remain available for purchase when paid in full for AU$839  .Beginning with the 2018-19 winter season in the Northern Hemisphere, Epic Australia Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts. Hakuba Valley, is one of Japan's lagest resorts located in the northern part of the Nagano Prefecture at the base of Japan’s Northern Alps. 

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.                                                    

NEWS Qatar Airways’ new planes

Qatar Airways has accepted delivery of the world’s first Airbus A350-1000. Yesterday the airline celebrated being the global launch customer for the new Airbus at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse, France. The Airbus is the first of 42 on order and TLTB readers will be please to know that all will feature Qatar Airways’ Qsuite Business Class seat. Measuring nearly 74 metres from nose-to-tail, the A350-1000 is now the largest twin-engine jet Airbus has ever produced. The longest-fuselage version of Airbus' all-new family of twin-aisle, wide body jetliners and is claimed to be one of the quietest in the air.

NEWS Akaryn’s new hotel will be wages war on plastic

We love hotels groups that care about the environment, then actually do something about it. So congratulations to Akaryn Hotel Group which aims to become a single-use plastic free hotel company by 2020. The Group’s newest opening, akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok, launching in May 2018, will be the first new hotel in Asia to launch without single-use plastic in its rooms or food and beverage outlets. An environmental and social conscience is deeply rooted in the philosophy behind Akaryn Hotel Group’s Aleenta and akyra hotel brands. Anchalika Kijkanakorn, Founder and Managing Director of Akaryn Hotel Group wants this philosophy to extend even further into the guest experience at the soon-to-open akyra TAS Sukhumvit Bangkok. “Our eco-friendly approach in Bangkok began by sourcing glass bottles and containers, with a commitment to no single-use plastic used in the restaurants or bars. The hotel will extend the initiative for guests on the go with stylish akyra stainless steel water bottles presented on arrival that can be refilled anytime during their stay,” she explained. Self-service drinking water will be dispensed on every floor to make refills easy and guests can also take their bottles with them on excursions and shopping trip around the city. Bathroom amenities will be presented in locally manufactured “celadon” pottery containers filled with essential oil-based products. Bio-degradable bin bags will be used in all rooms and shopping bags will be available to encourage guests to refuse plastic bags when indulging in some Bangkok retail-therapy.

NEWS Splendid new residences for Six Senses

Six Senses Zil Pasyon, on the private island of Félicité in Seychelles, has added two three- and four-bedroom residences to meet the growing demand of groups of friends and families who want to stay together under one roof. Designed with a modern flair by architect Richard Hywel Evans of Studio RHE in London, the sleek architectural design of the new residences is in harmony with the island, embracing all the comforts and sustainable touches that define the Six Senses group’s eco-aware values.The new residences take full advantage of the breathtaking views across the Indian Ocean and are a welcome addition to the existing 30 one- and two-bedroom villas at Six Senses Zil Payson. The four-bedroom residence can host up to eight adults and four children, while the three-bedroom villa can accommodate six adults. The residences are available for guests to book now. Each of the new residences is built over two levels and has private pools. There are communal living and dining areas, kitchens for in-residence dining preparation, and sizeable outdoor space for guests to enjoy the agreeable year-round climate of Seychelles. All Six Senses Zil Pasyon services are available at the two new residences, including in-villa dining, the attention of specialised Guest Experience Makers (GEMs) and buggy service. Guests can also opt for a dedicated GEM for the duration of the stay or a personal chef to prepare meals in-residence. 

NEWS Romance in Paris for Valentine

The Peninsula Paris offers a romantic experience to celebrate 'Le Grand Amour' during the whole month of February with a package that includes diamonds and silk underwear –what could be more Parisian? Guests are greeted with Deutz Champagne upon arrival and a bouquet of flowers. In the bathroom rose petals enhance the tub. And because you want to please your Valentine, The Peninsula Paris has partnered up with two world-renowned brands, Piaget and La Perla, and guests will be able to pre-purchase a special selection of gifts to be placed in their room on arrival. The Haute Joaillerie Maison Piaget, famous Swiss watchmaker-jeweller, offers speical rose gold and diamond jewellery and La Perla has created an embroidered silk robe or slip. Either, we suspect will guarantee a very happy Valentine’s month.

NEWS Lufthansa’s new image
On the 100th anniversary of its crane logo Lufthansa revealed its new, modernized brand image. “Lufthansa has changed and is more modern and successful than ever. From now on, this will also be visible to the public through a new design”, says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. The new Lufthansa appearance gives the individual elements a new, modern quality to sharpen their impact. The designers found great importance in taking up the unique design tradition of the Lufthansa brand and leading it into the future. The crane, designed exactly 100 years ago by graphic artist Otto Firle, a distinctive icon in the sky, remains the airline's iconic symbol. In the future, it will be slimmer and fit for the digital world. A thinner ring makes the crane look more elegant, bringing it into the foreground and granting it more space The new blue specially developed for Lufthansa is darker, more elegant and is becoming the leading brand color. It stands for reliability, clarity and value. Gone is the traditional yellow but customers will still find it in the future, on every boarding pass and at every Lufthansa counter at the airport.

NEWS Fly-fishing in the Maldives

COMO Maalifushi are offering the ultimate fly-fishing experiences in the Indian Ocean. Keen anglers and enthusiastic amateurs at COMO Maalifushi can fish the unspoilt sand flats on the fringes of this private island resort in the Maldives’ Thaa Atoll. The shallow Indian Ocean waters of Thaa Atoll are teeming with marine life including bluefin, reef, and giant trevally, bonefish, and triggerfish.
The luxury resort has partnered with Fishing Holiday Maldives - who have 30 years’ experience in the country’s marine sports and recreational fishing industry – to give guests access to professional guides and world-class fly-fishing equipment at the resort. 
COMO Maalifushi’s Fly Fishing experiences are available from January to April (weather and tide dependent). As part of COMO Hotels and Resorts’ sustainability ethos, strict catch and release rules are practiced for all fish caught on the flats.
Fly Fishing experiences at COMO Maalifushi start from US$200 for a three-hour fishing expedition by kayak, and US$500 for a three-hour fishing expedition by boat.

NEWS Royal Yacht Britannia’s new floating hotel

The company responsible for the Royal Yacht Britannia   is opening Scotland’s first luxury static floating hotel around Easter 2018. The former Northern Lighthouse Board tender, MV Fingal, is being converted into a 23 bedroom hotel, berthed permanently at the Prince of Wales Dock in Edinburgh’s historic port of Leith next to the Royal Yacht Britannia.  Interiors are Art Deco-inspired, with glass pillars, curvaceous wooden wall panels and gold ceilings. The design plans feature a strong maritime flavour, with lighthouse lenses in the lift, doors with original portholes. Designed by Alan Pedley and Stephen Flanagan, the 23 rooms will be named after lighthouses constructed by the famous Scottish civil engineer Robert Stevenson. The hotel is a stroll away from two Michelin-starred restaurants.  The 237ft long ship will also be home to a double height ballroom, able to seat 80 guests and featuring a moveable skylight. ,

NEWS The Setai Tel Aviv, Israel opens

The Setai brand’s third offering opens in Tel Aviv this month (January 2018) . It is located on the historic Jaffa coastline close to the popular Clock Square. at the historic site known as the "Kishle. The building once housed Turkish prisoners awaiting deportation , hence the wrought-iron bars outside the windows, but don’t let that put you off. The Setai is all about luxury. Its 120 rooms have Ottoman doors and the courtyard houses a centuries-old fountain. London-based ara Design and Israeli-based Feigin Architects managed to preserve the stonework of the 13th-century building and have also added a new wing and a bar surrounded by reclaimed timber from the original roof.  The hotel will be a member of Leading Hotels of the World.

NEWS Baillie Lodges’ new luxury resort

Baillie Lodges has announced it will create a luxury wilderness retreat on Tasmania’s rugged southeast coast. Remarkable Lodge will be located on the picturesque Tasman Peninsula, around 75 minutes’ drive from Hobart and close to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site.  
Owners James and Hayley Baillie and their four young sons were joined by Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman on the lodge site at Crescent Bay to make the announcement.  The $20million Remarkable Lodge will be the fourth property in the Baillie Lodges collection of Australian luxury lodges upon its completion in 2020.  
The 43-hectare privately-owned property adjoins the Tasman National Park, promising a diverse range of adventures for guests. The Park is home to an abundance of wildlife including hundreds of seals, migrating whales, dolphins and sea birds.
Owner James Baillie said the philosophy behind the Baillie Lodges guest experience was to create a real sense of place in each of the destinations in which they operated.  Mr Baillie said,
“After many years in the planning, Hayley and I are very excited to be adding the remarkable Tasman Peninsula to our collection of unique wilderness destinations around Australia”. 

NEWS Rosewood’s innovative new hotel brand

Rosewood Hotel Group has launched a new hotel brand -- KHOS-- an innovative concept for business hotels with a distinct lifestyle orientation inspired by “the energy, art, innovation, creativity, style and dynamism of modern-day Asia”.  KHOS aims to turn the traditional notion of a business hotel on its head -- designed for the modern business traveller who doesn’t want to sacrifice style, inspiration, socialising and wellness for the functionality of a traditional business hotel. Derived from the Mongolian word meaning ‘pair’ , KHOS symbolises how this new brand of upscale hotels will blend work and play, people and ideas, East with West.  KHOS will establish a global footprint, with the first hotels to be announced and opened in 2018. "We have created KHOS to serve the needs of the new generation of business travellers, individuals who are constantly on the move and crave places to stay that understand, mirror and support their dynamic personas," says Sonia Cheng, chief executive officer of Rosewood Hotel Group.  "Hotels have not kept pace with the evolution of this group of travellers and KHOS reflects a new age in hospitality in which business travel is inseparable from lifestyle."

NEWS Finnair's new business class concept

We love it when an airline embraces its origins. Finnair has launched a new business class service concept and new Marimekko design elements celebrating its Nordic roots. At the same time an exciting collaboration with one of one the Nordic region’s top chefs will refresh onboard food. 
New cabin textiles and amenities, with simple and stylish seat covers, and pillows, blankets and chinaware with prints from the iconic Finnish design house, Marimekko, are inspired by Nordic homes and landscapes. “our aim is for our guests to be treated to a travel experience that sooths the senses and clears the mind,” said Finnair Head of Cabin Interior Development, David Kondo. 
Finnair’s new service concept offers a wider range of dining and wine options, served on-demand and at a customer’s preferred time, just as if dining in a restaurant.  The airline will also introduce the classic Finnish ‘Kahvikutsut’;  a coffee serving with seven different treats, including Carelian pies, cinnamon buns, coffee cake , for morning flights from Asia.
Top Swedish chef, Tommy Myllymäk( a nominee for Chef of the Year in Sweden and Creative Director for five Stockholm restaurants )  is now onboard to design new signature Nordic menus . “Seasonality is key for me, and I want to bring more vegetables, freshness and different textures to the meals on board.” Says Myllymäki.
The new business class service concept will start to rollout from 7 February

NEWS American Airlines' new in-flight amenities

From December American Airlines will launch their new partnership with Casper in their long-haul international or transcontinental First or Business class and Premium Economy routes. Passengers will get the best sleep possible thanks to new products designed by Casper’s award-winning engineering team. The Casper line of sleep products will include a mattress pad, duvet, pillow, day blanket, lumbar pillow, pyjamas and slippers for extra comfort. 
Casper studied the travel environment for months to better understand the challenges of in-flight sleep. Casper’s sleep engineers then applied their expertise in sleep research and sleep science to design innovative products specifically for air travel and exclusively for American Airlines.

SEE ALSO, British Airways recently launched a new partnership with The White Company to ‘Sleep Well in the Sky’ – READ MORE.

NEWS DUKES Hotel and Pommery Champagne partnership

One of TLTB’s favourite London hotels, DUKES LONDON, has announced a new partnership with Champagne brand, Pommery. Pommery Champagne will now be served to guests throughout the hotel including DUKES bar, GBR restaurant, room service and Afternoon Tea. 
To celebrate this new collaboration, GBR is launching a series of Pommery Experiences, beginning with a brand-new Christmas-themed Pommery cocktail, the Christmas Cranberry Cocktail, designed to add some sparkle and glamour to any occasion this festive season. 
Debrah Dhugga, the MD of DUKES COLLECTION, says, ‘We can’t wait to welcome guests to come in and try [the cocktail] this Christmas, a time of year which DUKES wholeheartedly embraces.’
The Cranberry Christmas cocktail is now served at GBR until 26th December 2017 and is priced at £16.

NEWS The Rees Hotel Crowned Best New Zealand Ski Hotel 2017

Congratulations to The Rees Hotel Queenstown who has been has been crowned Best New Zealand Ski Hotel 2017 at this year’s World Ski Awards held in Kitzbühe, Austria. The Rees was chosen from a shortlist of seven impressive properties in New Zealand, scoring the top award for the second year in a row.
Established five years ago, the World Ski Awards are ski tourism’s highest merit recognising and rewarding excellence across a spectrum of categories from departments to operators and luxury ski properties. The awards are the only worldwide initiative to celebrate ski tourism excellence as voted by both travel professionals and the public. Learn more about what makes The Rees so special HERE. ,

NEWS Singapore Airlines' new super-luxe suites

Singapore Airlines has unveiled its new first class at an event in Singapore today. Due to take off from December 2017 on flights to Sydney, with London to follow in March 2018 the new second-generation A380 suites are more than twice the size of the previous offerings. Singapore pioneered the idea of suites-in-the-sky but have lately been surpassed in the luxe stakes by Etihad and Emirates. These new suites are Singapore’s bid to regain the crown in the suite stakes. The Singapore Airlines' suites have sliding privacy doors, a plush swivel chair, upholstered in leather, a 32” high-definition TV screen. A separate bed area and a full-flat bed that also can recline for reading or TV-watching. When not in use, the bed can be stowed into a dividing wall to free up space. A folding ottoman-style stool can accommodate visitors for dinner or conversation. Two of the suites can be combined, allowing passengers traveling together to lower a divider that essentially creates a two-person suite with a double bed. And let’s not forget the delights of the newly unveiled business class. We are loving the fact that the middle seats directly behind each of the business class cabin's three bulkhead rows can convert into a double bed.

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