Skye Niseko – Hotel Ski Resort

Located within breathtaking Hokkaido National Park, Skye Niseko captures the discreet charm of Japanese culture and luxury alpine lifestyle. The design team was tasked with conceiving the lobby, corridors, spa, cafe deli, ski valet, and a total of five penthouse suites.

Upon entering the lobby of Skye Niseko, guests will discover a raw split-cut stone that resembles a cut-out slab of the mountain. Locatedbehind the reception desk, the raw, split-cut stone contrasts with a dark metal finish. Providing a sharp contrast to this focal point, Wilson Associates added a textured slate floor, bamboo wood surfacing, and vertical beams along the ceilings.

“In true Japanese tradition, the property exudes sophistication and understated elegance,” said Kendall Thompson, Designer in Wilson Associates’ Dallas studio. “The unique location, situated above the village of Hirafu, combined with contemporary interiors, extensive onsite amenities, and visionary architecture form the foundation for this high-end, condominium-hotel ski resort.”

Skye Niseko offers a stunning collection of 100 residential apartments, designed by Australian-based Pike Withers, and five penthouses, designed by Wilson Associates. The five penthouse suites, which offer three or four bedrooms, are equipped with full living and dining spaces. The resort is comprised of two interlocking ‘L’ shaped buildings—connected underground to ensure that all living rooms and bedrooms have external views of the mountains and ski slopes. Each penthouse is outfitted with state-of-the-art kitchens, heated outdoor balconies with lounge seating, open fireplaces and Rotenburos (exterior onsens), which are fed with rich mineral water from deep within the mountain. The monochrome and minimalist theme is carried throughout the interior of the suites, in which the rooms are painted in varying shades of eggshell while Zenith hand-tufted rugs in charcoal and gray anchor the aesthetic. Clean lines and simple forms were mandated for the furniture selection throughout the suites.

Ensuring easy access to the slopes, the contemporary ski valet incorporates a full ski and board rental facility on site, exclusively to residents only. After a day spent on the slopes, visitors can retreat to Ryoko Spa. The communal space features a sculptural chandelier inspired by the mountains of Hokkaido. Tatami-mat-inspired materials add texture to the walls of the private treatment rooms, and the spa features Hokkaido’s first-ever float tank. At Skye Niseko, onsite dining options include Kumo Restaurant, a fine dining venue that serves Hokkaido fare with local ingredients, Japanese soul-food favorites, and apres ski drinks. There is also a cafe deli with convenient grab-n-go items.

COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany

COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in the world-famous Chianti wine region of Italy. The Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena are both within a 30-minute drive. At the property’s heart stands a twelfth-century castle featuring 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer, Paola Navone. While the Castello’s historic terracotta flooring, fresco walls and vaulted ceilings remain untouched, Navone has introduced a lighter, more modern ‘COMO’ aesthetic, to complement and enhance the period bones of the castello without losing any of the deeply authentic historic texture.

The Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant is located in the original stables of the castle in the winter, transferring to the garden terrace in summer. All menus are overseen by Executive Chef, Giovanni Luca Di Pirro. Consistent to the COMO philosophy of only using the finest produce, La Torre is no exception. Menus showcase gourmet Italian cuisine, using the finest Tuscan produce, much from the estate’s kitchen-garden. The estate has its own vineyard, bee hives and olive groves. COMO’s approach to the provenance of ingredients remains critical to the brand’s founding philosophy. Here in Italy, it is literally ‘farm to table’, with the garden carefully overseen by Di Pirro.

COMO Castello Del Nero also features two informal restaurants: La Taverna  and during the summer months, the Pavilion, where families will feel as relaxed and welcome as they are in all COMO properties worldwide. The Pavilion offers Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and COMO signature dishes, while traditional Italian dishes, including many Tuscan favourites, feature on the menu at La Taverna. The wine cellar’s architecture might date back to the twelfth century, but the hotel’s COMO mixologists are ready to give every drink a modern twist, from Martinis to Prosecco cocktails.

In addition, there are tennis courts, a heated outdoor swimming pool as well as a COMO Shambhala Retreat. This is where guests will feel healed and inspired by the deep expertise for which COMO Shambhala is known, including complimentary morning yoga, and significant, therapeutic massages. In Tuscany, COMO Shambhala will complement Italy’s long spa heritage with a comprehensive treatment offering — appealing to men, women and guests on extended wellness-focused stays.

Huka Lodge & Wharekauhau Country Estate

Four-night package

An extension of this great collaboration between two of New Zealand’s Relais & Châteaux retreats, Huka Lodge and Wharekauhau Country Estate, brings exhilarating golf, stunning locations, as well as exquisite food and wine experiences.

New Zealand is a unique destination in which to spend 4 or 5 days exploring golf courses while also enjoying the luxury lodge experience. Working closely with the Royal Wellington Golf Club, Wairakei International Golf Course and The Kinloch Club, Huka Lodge and Wharekauhau Country Estate have ensured that you are partnered with some of the best.

This Stay and Play Golf Package is available from 01 May 2018 – 31 March 2019 inclusive, from NZ$13,589.00, incl. of GST (Goods and Services Tax) for two guests, staying for four nights. This includes a two-night stay at each property, pre-dinner drinks with canapés, dinner and breakfast daily, return transfers to the golf courses, club hire, cart hire and green fees.

The journey from Huka Lodge to Wharekauhau Country Estate takes just over 5 hours by car, a scheduled domestic flight from Taupo to Wellington takes 1 hour.

Rosewood Hong Kong

OPENS ITS HARBOURFRONT DOORS AS A TIMELESS MONUMENT TO RESIDENTIAL LUXURY

A new global icon for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® is established at the most distinguished address in its home city of Hong Kong

Rosewood Hong Kong opens today as a magnificent new ultra-luxury property in the heart of the Victoria Dockside arts and design district on the shores of Victoria Harbour. Situated on one of Hong Kong’s most significant waterfront locations in Tsim Sha Tsui — Kowloon’s dynamic, culturally compelling heart — the property is set to become a grand icon for the city, celebrating the area’s role as Hong Kong’s new creative and cultural epicentre.

A Visionary Legacy

The opening of Rosewood Hong Kong, the 26th international property for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, is a defining milestone for the group, solidifying its stature as one of the world’s most dynamic hotel brands and leader in global style.  This showpiece of the brand’s highest aspirations epitomises Rosewood’s essence and represents the complete manifestation of a differentiated and modern expression of ultra-luxury hospitality for the world’s “affluential explorers.”

From the brand’s inception 40 years ago as a fine private home that opened its doors to guests, each Rosewood hotel worldwide continues to be guided by A Sense of Place® philosophy and the concept of the hotel as a living canvas celebrating artistry in all its forms.  This spirit reaches its zenith at Rosewood Hong Kong.  Guests can experience the first urban outpost of the brand’s pioneering wellness concept; gastronomic innovation showcasing locally grown and artisanal ingredients; masterworks by the most highly acclaimed artists of our generation; supremely stylish, residentially natured gathering and living spaces – all within a masterfully designed and meticulously curated journey in architecturally bold environs commanding the harbour.

Rosewood’s opening in Hong Kong marks the evolution of another meaningful historic legacy.  The site is the former Holt’s Wharf, dating back to 1910, which was subsequently acquired and developed into New World Centre, a lifestyle magnet for the city in the 1980s, which holds a unique place in the hearts and minds of local residents as a place of discovery and wonderment.  New World Centre – a proud expression of Hong Kong’s transition to modernity and establishment as a regional business hub – was the creation of Dr. Cheng Yu-tung and Dr. Henry Cheng, the grandfather and father (respectively) of Rosewood Hotel Group Chief Executive Officer, Sonia Cheng.

A Vertical Estate

The Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed, 65-storey exterior pays homage to the city’s impressive verticality.  In lush counterpoint are the beautifully landscaped lawn, verdant gardens and terraces with spellbinding harbour views.  Renowned hospitality designer Tony Chi of New York studio tonychi, has created a complete and immersive experience for a new age of elevated residential hotel living. An homage to Rosewood’s origins as an aristocratic manor, Chi has conceived the entire hotel as a “vertical estate” which incorporates significant green spaces and outdoor areas throughout, creating openness and room to breathe as a defining element of the Rosewood Hong Kong guest journey.

Artful Luxury

As visitors transition from the harbourside thoroughfare Salisbury Road by cobblestone drive, the urban din falls away against a backdrop of oversized bonsai, lush topiary and a serene forecourt that fronting the harbour.

Guests are greeted by a significant semi-abstract bronze sculpture by the late British sculptor Henry Moore.  “Three Piece Reclining Figure, Draped” in the courtyard, featuring one of the artist’s key themes — the human figure in repose – is a mid-century sculptural masterpiece.

At the hotel’s entrance on the second floor, a magnificent bronze façade frames the lobby doors with Rosewood Hong Kong’s signature “seal of the house” on the door handles, symbolising the privacy, intimacy and exclusivity that await within.  Entering the statuesque yet intimate lobby is akin to entering a refined private residence.

At reception, a large window overlooks an ornamental bonsai tree, framing the harbour beyond. Two sizeable contemporary works by American artist Joe Bradley surround the lobby, with their vaulted limestone walls and marbles floors lending an air of soulful, storied elegance.

An auxiliary guest lobby evokes the grand rooms of Europe’s stately homes, showcasing oak marquetry ceiling panels, coconut wood columns and a revelatory art moment by contemporary Indian female artist Bharti Kerr. Entitled “The Skin Speaks a Language Not its Own,” the life-sized sculpture of an elephant lying splendidly in repose fills the room with a powerful, emotive presence.

Masterful and important art throughout the property includes works by Henry Moore, British artist Damien Hirst, as well as China’s Wang Keping and homegrown Hong Kong artist Wilson Shieh.  Significant works are juxtaposed with an eclectic, whimsical approach to decorative arts throughout the hotel.

Generously Curated Stays

More than 80 per cent of Rosewood Hong Kong’s rooms boast standout harbour vistas, with the remainder featuring verdant Kowloon Peak views overlooking the fabled Lion Rock and distant, scenic mountains.

There are dedicated, generous “salons” on each guestroom floor from the 24th level up.  Each features carefully selected objetsthat reflect Hong Kong’s richly layered past. Guests may linger over a book with a fine tea or a cocktail before retiring to a guestroom where lovingly curated treasures and vintage collectables blend mid-century sophistication and fine modern accents with haute Chinoiserie touches.

The Ultimate in Residential-Inspired Hospitality

Generous space and residential luxury are the hallmarks of Rosewood’s 322 light-filled guestrooms, which start at 53 square metres (570 square feet) and include the Grand Harbourview Rooms, boasting panoramic views of Hong Kong Island. Elevated homely comforts include eclectic curios and objets d’art, curated interior details, considered amenities, generous marble bathrooms with freestanding soaking bath and separate, freestanding vanities with hammered copper sinks and twin showers, as well as spacious walk-in closets.

Sumptuous textures and finishes weave a tactile tapestry into each and every room.  Elegant lacquer panels feature a contemporary take on the octagonal Chinese bagua symbol — a motif that subtly appears on property’s floors, ceilings, walls and doors – and is juxtaposed with chequered Loro Piana navy fine wool wall covering for a sartorial touch.

Distinguished Suite Stays

Rosewood Hong Kong is home to the highest number of suites of any Hong Kong luxury hotel and also some of the largest.  The 91 suites, starting from 92 square metres (990 square feet), offer carefully curated stays, bespoke services, and inviting, artful interiors, with layered vignettes of carefully chosen custom furnishings that lend an air of having been lovingly acquired over time. Contemporary artworks with an accent on Hong Kong’s art talents are stylishly placed.

Suite guests enjoy exclusive services including access to Rosewood’s Manor Club executive lounge, personal butler service, monogrammed pillow cases and robes, along with personalised amenities from arrival to departure. On each floor, the 123-square-metre (1,323-square-foot) Grand Harbour Corner Suites offer glittering panoramic harbour views from every vantage point.

In addition, Rosewood Hong Kong features 18 of the most outstanding signature suites in the metropolis, each with its own unique character to meet the diverse needs of today’s sophisticated travellers. The crowning jewel amongst them, the superlative 1,000-square-metre (10,764-square-foot) Harbour House floor boasts spectacular views from private sky terraces on the 57th level and unique décor and design. Enhancing the lavish interiors, a garden oasis features harbour view sun decks and private lap pools.  Located on the same floor, the Harbour House and Garden House can be combined, offering an entirely private five-bedroom retreat complete with state-of-the-art private gym.

Extended stays for the ultimate in fuss-free city living will be amply catered to by the exclusive Rosewood Residences, set to launch this Spring. Introducing 186 spacious, inspired interiors and uniquely positioned luxury accommodations designed for longer-term stays, the Rosewood Residences Hong Kong will offer a separate private entrance and dedicated 53rd floor club facilities, including an indoor swimming pool and private fitness centre, along with a host of special services and amenities for guests.

Privileged Retreat

With its prime position on the 40th floor affording spellbinding Victoria Harbour views and multiple outdoor terraces, Rosewood’s signature executive lounge concept, the Manor Club, extends a sense of residential refinement to suite stays. Offering 24-hour service in an exclusive space, all-encompassing personalised services include elegant complimentary food presentations and handcrafted beverages throughout the day, a distinguished bar overlooking the harbour, a games room with pool table, as well as a host of auxiliary amenities.

Authentic Dining

Each of Rosewood Hong Kong’s eight dining concepts possesses a distinctive character and showcases creativity and a contemporary interpretation of accessible gastronomy and refined beverage craft. The hotel’s culinary programme is characterised by an accent on local cottage producers and seasonality via its Partners in Provenance programme.

Holt’s Café is named after the historic Holt’s Wharf upon which Rosewood Hong Kong stands today, and elevates traditional Hong Kong cha chaan teng dining culture to an upscale, lively contemporary experience. With glamourous interiors featuring inspiration from Europe’s fin de siècle grand cafés and brasseries, Holt’s Café serves a diverse mix of comforting creations marrying Cantonese dishes with international influences. The Tea Conservatory features an extensive list featuring Chinese, premium aged, single-origin herbal blends and rare vintage teas.

The Legacy House Chinese restaurant showcases sophisticated interiors designed by Melbourne’s award-winning BAR Studio and is blessed with an expansive outdoor terrace presenting sweeping views of Victoria Harbour.  Two distinct experiences include the bustling main dining room and the seven privileged private dining rooms, each modelled after a different landmark moment in the life of Cheng family founding patriarch, Dr. Cheng Yu-Tung.

As Rosewood Hong Kong’s monument to nuanced Cantonese cuisine, The Legacy House pays homage to Dr. Cheng’s significant life. Honouring his Shunde roots while offering much-loved, updated Chinese favourites, the menu places an emphasis on regional Shunde cuisine, which is renowned for its elaborate preparations that bring out the inherent flavours of the pristine ingredients.

DarkSide bar is destined to become Hong Kong’s most sought-after destination for premium drinks in a handsome setting, offering speciality cocktails, coveted vintage cigars, a choice selection of wine and spirits, and nightly live jazz sessions.  The al fresco outdoor terrace overlooking Victoria Harbour is the perfect spot from which to enjoy a fine cigar and a distinguished libation.

The Butterfly Room, Rosewood Hong Kong’s inviting all-day lounge, speaks of comfort and elegantly restrained luxury, courtesy of contemporary art and custom furnishings. Guests are invited to enjoy refined continental breakfasts, chic coffee breaks, sophisticated pre-dinner drinks and small plates. Afternoon Tea is a show-stopping highlight, as patrons are transported to some of Europe’s most exquisite tea rooms with savoury bites, irresistible pastries and indulgent sweets.

At The Butterfly Patisserie, glittering confections take centre stage. Modelled after a high-end jewellery atelier, the elegant environs of The Butterfly Patisserie showcase breathtaking centrepieces of tiered cakes, rows of artisan gelatos and sorbets, and glass walk-in display cases in every twinkling, artful corner.

Majestic Weddings and Events

Set over the third and fourth floors, 3,200 square metres (34,450 square feet) of expansive meetings and event space are enhanced by one of Hong Kong’s few truly private garden venues:  an elegantly landscaped lawn with immersive Victoria Harbour views.

Lending an air of exclusivity and distinction, a dedicated event arrival space on the second floor opens to an elegant old world staircase, creating an unrivalled setting for grand entrances.

Bathed in natural light that floods through its picturesque windows, a series of beguilingly beautiful social spaces on the third floor frame the 1,000-square-metre (10,700-square-foot), pillarless Grand Ballroom.  With an accent on residential luxury, the event galleries offer distinguished, versatile meeting spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows coupled with a grandiose private kitchen and entertaining area.

In the Grand Ballroom, an automated skyfold partition lends customisable drama, with faceted, geometrically-shaped chandeliers that add glamour and can be lowered for greater intimacy.  The ambience is reminiscent of the lavish, palatial ballrooms of Europe’s stately homes.

The Pavilion on the fourth floor offers 1,000 square metres (10,700 square feet) of superlative, residential style event space including the 300-square-metre (3,122-square-foot) Pavilion Hall with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.  A master stroke for private meetings and events, The Pavilion is home to four salons, animated by a dedicated private show kitchen.

The fourth floor event space also features, in a marriage of comfort and beauty, The Orangery, where each corner of its 118 square metres (1,270 square feet) space pays homage to refined elegance. From the expansive covered terrace overlooking the Lawn, to the dove blue, suede-swathed, and pastel lacquer interiors, The Orangery is an inspirational destination to raise a glass and toast life’s most cherished, magical moments – be they bridal or occasional.

Rosewood Hong Kong’s Events Studio is a showcase of the property’s event accessories and accoutrements, giving guests the opportunity to curate a customised event and bring their vision to life in every detail.

Mongolian Adventure Beckons At The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts

The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts has unveiled the Summer 2019 edition of its annual apotheosis of the Mongolian nomadic ideal, The Pavilions Mongolia – taking place from 15 June – 19 September in the breathtaking wilderness of the ancient Orkhon Valley National Park. A one-of-a-kind adventure for just 20 guests at a time, The Pavilions Mongolia offers timeless escapism and reconnection with the essence of life and nature. Epitomising The Pavilions’ twin passions of travel and adventure, this unique ‘Genghis Khan Retreat’ elevates the high end camping experience to extraordinary new heights, inviting guests to spend spellbinding summer days exploring boundless untamed landscapes by horseback, kayak, or on foot; and memorable nights ensconced in ornate traditional Mongolian gers.

Spectacularly located atop a hill in the Orkhon Cultural Landscape, a UNESCO protected site at the foot of the Khangai range, The Pavilions’ enclave of 20 beautifully hand-painted and decorated gers is the perfect place to connect with the timeless essence of Mongolian civilization. Guests of all ages can channel their inner Genghis Khan with ancient Mongolian pursuits such as archery, horseriding and polo; steeds from the 100-strong herd are matched to each guest’s personality traits by some of the world’s finest horse whisperers. Cashmere goat combing; gliding along the river by kayak; trekking through sweeping grasslands; conquering soaring peaks; or attempting to capture the epic landscapes by camera are just a few more examples of the escapist offering. Guests seeking a more serene day can choose to reconnect with daily yoga practice; try a Mongolian massage with the camp’s masseuse; or even experience traditional healing rituals with the resident Shaman. The camp is also an easy day trip from many important historic sites of the celebrated Silk Road, including the former capital of the Mongol Empire,Karakorum – said to contain the ruins of the legendary Xanadu Palace.

Despite its remote location in the unbridled wilderness of the remote Steppe, 360 kms west of Ulaanbaatar, The Pavilions Mongolia defies expectation with its authentic interpretation of high-end hospitality suitable for solo travellers, couples and families alike. The timeless traditional comforts of its gers are complimented by exceptional levels of personalised service more typically associated with a world-class luxury hotel. Convivial family-style mealtimes showcase the best locally sourced ingredients, replete with hand-pulled noodles, homemade breads, grilled meats and freshly caught fish of the day, or plentiful vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian options. Unexpected entertainments might  range from joining a Bodog (Mongolian feast); recitals on the camp’s priceless 1934 antique Steinweg piano by award-winning Mongolian virtuoso Ms. Odgerel Sampilnorov; traditional throat singing; contortionist displays; wrestling; and Shagai (ankle-bone gaming) contests. After recounting the day’s escapades with fellow guests over G&Ts and Mongolian vodka, wood burning stoves, cashmere bedding and candlelight transform each ger into an invitingly cosy coccoon.

“Our gers are a little more exuberant than others you’ll find on the steppe,” says Christopher Giercke, charismatic founder and host of The Pavilions Mongolia, with his usual understatement. “A nomad looks for a practical size. We have gone down the aristocratic line.”

The Pavilions Mongolia starts from US$600++ (approximately GBP470++) per night per adult / US$350 for children aged 7-18yrs / US$150 for children aged 3-7yrs per night, including Ger accommodation; daily breakfast, lunch and dinner; non-alcoholic beverages; house wines and beers during evening meals; activities including horse riding, rock climbing, archery and much more. Children aged under 3yrs stay for free. Younger guests can join with the local Mongolian children’s summer camp, including age-appropriate activities such as singing, music and art lessons, nannies are available to assist with childcare. For further information and reservations visit www.pavilionshotels.com/mongolia; email info@pavilionshotels.com or call tel: +852 3702 6571.

 

 

 

The St. Regis Hong Kong

The St. Regis Hong Kong is located within the island’s vibrant Wan Chai district, one of Hong Kong’s busiest commercial districts, with close proximity to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) and a major hub for foreign and Chinese cultural and arts institutions.

The St. Regis Hong Kong’s unique stylish and contemporary interior design by award-winning André Fu pays homage to Hong Kong’s rich heritage and culture. He drew on personal memories growing up in Hong Kong and the residential St. Regis New York to create a home-like ambience designed for entertaining and a place for society to gather.

Exceptional F&B venues at the St. Regis Hong Kong include two restaurants by Michelin starred chefs, L’Envol, a French fine-dining restaurant and Rùn, a Chinese fine-dining restaurant as well as unique bar programming at The St. Regis Bar. The superior room product will comprise 112 rooms and 17 signature suites ranging in size from 538 to 2,583 sq. ft. Guests will be able to enjoy refreshed St. Regis rituals and highly personalized experience with 24-hour butler and e-butler services in addition to its extensive facilities.

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

Celebrate Victorian Heritage At Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel with the Penny Farthing and Picnic Experience

Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel, the boutique gem nestled in the heart of London’s Belgravia, is marking the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth with a Victorian- inspired Penny Farthing and Picnic package.

The once-in-a-lifetime experience includes a quintessentially British picnic hamper prepared by the hotel’s chefs, alongside the opportunity to learn to ride a classic Penny Farthing bicycle to Buckingham Palace with London cycling experts, Tally Ho Experiences.

The Victorians may not have invented the picnic but it was during Queen Victoria’s reign that dining outdoors became popular. Inside the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel picnic hampers guests will find a feast fit for a King or Queen. Cold cuts, dainty triangular sandwiches and Victoria sponge can be washed down with refreshing ginger beer and traditional lemonade.

Nearby Hyde Park makes the perfect location for settling down to an al fresco lunch. Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel will even deliver, set up and collect the picnic hamper from the park so guests can simply relax.


The Penny Farthing is one of many icons of Victorian engineering and an amazing part of British heritage. It was the first contraption to be called a “bicycle” and was eventually eclipsed by the modern bicycle. This distinctive mode of transport can be tricky to master, not least because of the size of the front wheel and height of the saddle! Thankfully, expert help is on hand courtesy of Tally Ho Experiences’ instructors who will guide guests through the art of safely mounting, riding and dismounting a Penny Farthing in one of London’s quiet historic squares. Once accomplished, those with an adventurous spirit will have the chance to cycle across London and up to Buckingham Palace on an unforgettable Penny Farthing expedition. The Penny Farthing and Picnic package will be available from 14 April 2019 on certain dates throughout the year at a cost of HKD 1,700 (£165) per person. Picnics can be ordered separately for HKD 420 (£40) per person. An additional charge of HKD 310 (£30) per group applies for delivery, set-up and collection to Hyde Park. Bookings must be made at least 24 hours in advance. Guests looking for a private group experience can arrange a personalised Penny Farthing training session with Tally Ho Experiences through the hotel concierge team. For more information or to make a reservation, call +44 (0)207 823 1234, emailJLHconcierge@jumeirah.com or visit www.jumeirah.com/pennyfarthingpicnic

THE MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

THE MURAKA is the world’s first two-story residence complete with one story submerged into the Indian Ocean.  Launched in November 2018 at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, THE MURAKA invites guests to dive into an extraordinary experience, both above and below the surface of the Indian Ocean. Conrad Maldives Rangali Island enlisted the expertise of Robe de Voyage to create something truly unique and omnipresent of the destination for guests of THE MURAKA.

The ‘Sleeping in the Ocean’ collection encompasses men’s, women’s and children’s robes, as well as eye masks; each product hand woven using the softest khadi cotton from rural communities in West Bengal, India. This cotton is an especially versatile fabric, cool in summer and warm in winter, and represents a slower way of life, with time and care taken in the creation of each piece; whilst also supporting traditional textile production and the local economy.

The print was hand painted by Jessica in her London studio before she spent time in Kolkata developing her paintings into silkscreens and experimenting with colour palettes. “I was very conscious of the light in the undersea residence,” says Linklater. “I didn’t want anything too overpowering that would conflict with the tropical colours outside the windows.” The final colour palette of dolphin blues and moonlight greys are both calming and harmonious, in keeping with the ethos of THE MURAKA, which was designed, built and installed with sympathy to the surrounding environment.

Jessica was immediately drawn in by the concept of sleeping in the ocean and the mystery of the sea; with its sense of calm and serenity. Inspired by nature and travel, Jessica was inspired by vintage Japanese kimonos and calligraphy and wanted to create a feeling of chic, understated cool with no overall distinction between the men’s and women’s robes. Inspired by the clean lines and curves of moonlight landing on the surface of the ocean, Jessica incorporated bold brush strokes into her final design.

The robes are designed to be versatile and guests use as a cover-up for wearing around the above or below sea-levels of THE MURAKA, breakfast on the sunrise deck, at the beach or on a boat trip; or to throw on for evening drinks on the sunset deck. The chic Japanese kimono-style robes are the ultimate holiday wardrobe essential, and are complimentary for guests to take home as a memento of their unique experience in the Maldives. Linklater comments, “there are no rules to when, where or how you can wear these robes”.

Jessica also designed THE MURAKA butler’s uniforms, designed to complement THE MURAKA and to being a clear and unique visual identity to the service provided in this residence like no other.

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