Introducing The Pearl Villa by Katharine Pooley

A Timeless Neoclassical Gem in Doha, Qatar

 

Internationally renowned interior designer Katharine Pooley is delighted to announce the completion of The Pearl Villa in Doha, Qatar following a 5-year build period to create a unique neoclassical European design for the spectacular 10,000 square foot Villa on Pearl Island.

 

Set against the beautiful sapphire crystal-clear waters of the Persian Gulf and facing towards the Doha skyline, Katharine’s vision for the property was to create a contemporary luxurious design with different room ambiences flowing through each space whilst maintaining the collective narrative. Inspired by the surrounding ocean landscape, the design exudes a serene elegance, a feeling of timeless luxury as well as embracing the outstanding European craftsmanship used throughout the design.

 

Katharine selected fabrics and materials reflecting light and soft colour themes combining cream, ivory, grey and blue hues. The team layered splendid Blue de Savoie and Carrara marble, upholstery woven with silk, cashmere and leather tasseled throws to create an understated elegance of stylish contemporary design. Katharine and her team have thoughtfully selected custom-made fixtures and materials to complement the finest artworks which were individually commissioned for The Pearl Villa.

 

To enhance the Neo-classical façade, Katharine has created a clean contemporary design with a bespoke chandelier hanging suspended in the double height entry foyer.  Each individual twist of crystal on the chandelier was hand blown in the Czech Republic to Katharine’s specific design. Collectively the abstract form is reminiscent of the fluidity and lightness of water.  The magnificent 250-piece chandelier in the dining room was sculpted by hand from fine bone china and gold creating a delicate ethereal wave of wind-blown leaves which hangs above the 6-metre long bespoke dining table. The panels of silk Fromental wallpaper set within a dove grey lacquer framework are hand painted with a vertical linear wash of brushstrokes reminiscent of the ombre effect of falling rain. Delicate artwork and craftmanship are reflected in the master suite with hand stitched gold thread featured over grey brush strokes on the Headboard wall.  In the bedrooms, hand painted or Fromental plaster effect silk wallpaper features create an overriding serene and feminine feel.

Katharine Pooley
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Katharine has skillfully combined a comfortable and leisurely lifestyle within all aspects of the property. The home cinema was designed using velvet upholstery with rich burgundy accent cushions and plush thick pile silk carpeting for a cozy, opulent space. In the basement games room, a sculptural billiards table made by an English craftsman to Katharine’s design is featured and the room is offset by the colours of gunmetal grey, navy, platinum and ivory contrasting the gold and burgundy accents for a rich and decadent feel. The back of the property features extensive balcony spaces adjoining the master bedroom suites.  The ground floor landscaped terraces open up from the main entertaining spaces across a turquoise infinity pool and beyond to the pristine white sand of the villa’s own private beach. The villa has pride of place on Pearl Island and looks across the expanse of water belonging to the Emir.

 

Katharine has also incorporated products from her own Katharine Pooley Boutique collection and accessories into the design of The Pearl Villa. The ivory shagreen desk set in a masculine- suite is from Katharine’s collection while the bronze coffee tables in the relaxed seating area are decorated with individual accessories from the boutique adding to the overall elegant and contemporary design of the property.

 

Katharine has created a contemporary luxurious design at The Pearl Villa with an eye on the smallest detail to link the many different rooms and spaces throughout the property ensuring a natural sense of flow.  Katharine also skillfully brought in natural light from the large windows, allowing sunshine to flood into the space.  The choice of textures and colour tones used throughout offer a perfect balance and lightness to create a contemporary design of timeless grace and elegance at The Pearl Villa.

Belmond El Encanto

Celebrating 101 years on Highway 101, Belmond El Encanto, the original Hollywood hideaway, marks the occasion by paying homage to silver screen glamour with a series of special events that capture the romance and nostalgia of the golden age of cinema.  Experiences include driving a vintage car along highway 101, movie nights under the stars showcasing the best of California on film, limited edition picnic hampers for day tripping along the pacific coast and celebration cocktails.


HIGHWAY HIDEAWAY

Arriving in true Hollywood style, guests can take a vintage car along the iconic Highway 101 to the American Riviera and escape to one of Santa Barbara’s most romantic retreats set in the tranquil hills. The ultimate road tripper’s dream becomes a reality as they get behind the wheel of a Porsche Speedster or 1965 Ford Mustang.

 

CALIFORNIA CLASSICS

The hotel’s picturesque swimming pool provides the perfect setting for movie nights under the stars where a series of film screenings run throughout the summer months, showcasing Californian favourites through the years, from The Graduate (1967) to LA Confidential (1997) and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988).

PICNIC ALFRESCO

Bespoke picnic baskets are prepared by the hotel chef for guests to accompany them on adventures in the Golden State including sailing trips, relaxing days at the beach or a glamorous day at a Santa Barbara polo match. The luxurious, limited-edition hampers feature delicious, locally sourced treats such as homemade chocolate candies and gourmet popcorn.

 

COCKTAILS AND CROQUET

Belmond El Encanto creates a special menu of celebratory cocktails inspired by the hotel’s glamorous legacy. Guests can enjoy the refreshing ‘101 Spritz’ or the warm and spicy ‘American Riviera’. A vintage cocktail cart will deliver these tasty tipples to poolside guests throughout the summer season and lawn games such as croquet and bocce are available to pass the time whilst enjoying the sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the sparkling Pacific Ocean.

 

WINE DOWN

After a day exploring the enchanting Sunstone Winery and feeding the senses with some of the best organic wines in the region, expertly paired with artisanal charcuterie, guests can retreat to the hotel spa and indulge in a personalised treatment.

COMO Castello Del Nero

Marrying Authentic Historic Texture with a ‘COMO’ Aesthetic

COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany, is an exceptional 740-acre, historic estate in the world-famous Chianti wine region of Italy. At the property’s heart stands a twelfth-century castle featuring 50 rooms and suites with new interiors by Milanese designer, Paola Navone.

Working with Navone, COMO Hotels and Resorts have softly adjusted the spa and culinary offerings to create a serene, contemporary retreat that makes you feel at home, with precise service, therapeutic wellness experiences, and exceptional, carefully sourced food. There is a generosity to every COMO experience, and this is no exception — in the way COMO Castello Del Nero opens up the wider destination, from hikes to carefully guided cultural excursions.

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 founder of COMO Group, Mrs Christina Ong, states: “I have a deep affection for the Italian aesthetic. I admire how they can layer up history with modernity and come up with the most exquisite result. Italians may be the masters of Baroque, but they also understand the way simplicity resonates in its own unique and powerful way, from design to food.”

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.

For more information please visit comohotels.com/castellodelnero

Dusit Gold, to cover stays with Elite Havens in Asia

Dusit International, one of Thailand’s leading hotel and property development companies, has expanded the reach of its guest recognition programme, Dusit Gold, to cover stays at luxury villas under the management of Elite Havens, the leading provider of high-end vacation rentals in Asia – including up to 15% exclusive discount on best available rates.

 

Acquired by Dusit in September 2018, Elite Havens performs integrated marketing, reservations, concierge and management services for a network of more than 250 fully staffed luxury villas across Bali, Phuket, Koh Samui, Lombok, Sri Lanka, Japan and the Maldives. Bespoke villas, curated spaces, exotic sought-after locations, and high levels of personal service from gourmet chefs and professional butlers are hallmarks of the Elite Havens experience.

 

Dusit Gold is Dusit’s guest recognition programme designed to reward frequent guests at participating Dusit properties worldwide. Key programme features include free enrollment, instant rewards, priority reservations, exclusive room rates, dining credit, retail discounts, and more. With no card to carry and no points to track, the programme is simple to follow, and members can quickly progress through the three tiers of membership based simply on the frequency of their stays.

 

Discounts on best available rates will be offered to Dusit Gold members staying at Elite Havens (including 10% off for Premier and Executive members, and 15% off for Elite members). Other benefits include an Instant Delight Reward for guests upon arrival, discounted spa services, late check-outs, complimentary breakfasts, welcome amenities and preferred partners offers. Members will also be able to accumulate nights/stays that will edge them further towards the next membership level and more exclusive benefits.

 

For more information about Dusit Gold, please visit: www.dusitgold.com

The Summer Holidays Await You In Dubai

Considered to be one of the world’s most famous destinations, Dubai has everything a Chinese traveler may wish to experience over the summer holiday. From some of the world’s most iconic architecture and interiors, to some of the world’s best indoor shopping malls to a whole host of dining venues with indoor seating – it’s a great choice for a quick weekend break or longer summer holiday with the family.

 

From world-famous hotels such as the world’s most luxurious hotel – Burj Al Arab, through to two of Jumeirah Group’s newly renovated hotels: the famed family beach resort, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the palatial ‘grande dame’ of Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Al Qasr, right through to  hotels such as Jumeirah Emirates Towers that boasts breathtaking views of Dubai’s ever-growing skyline.

 

For those guests who wish to spend their break in the realms of luxury at Burj Al Arab, the Suite Indulgence offer includes daily complimentary breakfast and allows guests that book four nights the chance to enjoy their final night free of charge, from just HKD 7,876 (AED 3,690++) to be booked in advance.

 

As well as a stay in one of the hotel’s 202 suites, that range from 1-3 bedrooms in size, guests can enjoy dining in one of the nine restaurants, including Al Mahara, Al Muntaha and SkyView Bar and Restaurant (with three newly announced executive chefs that come from 7 Michelin Stars between them) and of course enjoy a leisurely day lounging in one of the Royal or Luxury cabanas on the 10,000sqm The Terrace.

Fresh from a renovation that took place over the summer months, Jumeirah Al Qasr offers one of the city’s most palatial hotel experiences. Now with a fresh uplift across all its rooms and suites, it has maintained its traditional Arabic style, but now with a contemporary flair, from just HKD 1,633 (AED 765++).

 

For the more cosmopolitan guest, stays at Jumeirah Emirates Towers start from HKD 999 (AED 468++) whilst Jumeirah Creekside will also welcome guests from HKD 640 (AED 300++). Those looking to try the newest hotel in Jumeirah’s portfolio, Zabeel House by Jumeirah The Greens will welcome guests to stay from HKD 512 (AED 240++) for a minimum stay of two nights.

 

For more information, please visit www.jumeirah.com

The Danna

By Jordy Schoonhoven 

The Danna Langkawi is a super luxurious colonial-style hotel…..

The moment you enter in The Danna you relax completely. When you check in they welcome you with cooling towels, a signature drink and a short but very relaxing head and neck massage.

The Danna blends a whitewashed colonial-style exterior with stylish interiors that have an overall classic vibe enlivened by contemporary touches.

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On the main island of the archipelago of the same name, the Danna Langkawi is about a 15-minute transfer from Langkawi International Airport, which has links to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

It sits in a prime beachfront spot within a sheltered harbour protected from possible tsunamis by artificial islands. No part of the island is more than 45 minutes from the hotel by road, but The Danna is on the doorstep of some of Langkawis major attractions, including the SkyBridge, Seven Wells Waterfal and the Oriental Village.

From Merchant to Grand Viceroy, the 114 Langkawi rooms are elegantly appointed and generously spaced from 60 sq meters. Each room comes with a private balcony or terrace with an oversized daybed and frames different angles of the view, be it the hills, courtyard, Telaga Harbour Park, marina or the ocean. The rooms feature a four-poster King bed or 2 single beds, spacious bathroom with a separate rainfall shower and a soaking tub, twin vanities, a ceiling fan and all rooms are air-conditioned.

There are also 10 villas nine are one-bedroom and one two-bedroom that offer yet more luxury. These are single-floored villas reached by passing under canopy of tropical leaves and flowers to reach the front door. This opens up to a living room with floor to ceiling windows and a massive 42 inch smart TV and a mini bar whose contents are included in the price and restocked daily.

The infinity pool is stunning they say it is the largest on the island has shallow sections, jacuzzis, kidsarea and poolside service. It is surrounded by cabanas, beanbags, sofas and sun-beds.

Inside youll also find a spa with nine treatment rooms, a fitness room, a free kidsclub, a games room with billiards, snooker and board games, and a library.

The Dannas main restaurant, Planters, serves excellent Mediterranean, European-inspired and local cuisine indoors or on the terrace. Standout dishes include Malay tiffin sets for two people and a trio of rendang.

We highly recommend the  exquisite Indian currys. Planters is also the venue for breakfast a fantastic buffet spread including Malaysian, Chinese and Western dishes, plus complimentary champagne.

The casual Straits & Co restaurant is the perfect place for lunch and offers everything from western staples like club sandwiches and burgers to local cuisine such as Penang Char Kway Teow and seafood fried rice.

Terrace restaurant & bar is a modern Langkawi dining. Inspired by earthy-hues, this swanky restaurant is offering an array of Italian delights, fresh seafood dishes and all-time favourites such as hand tossed Italian, sandwiches and other light meals, Terrace is open for lunch and dinner. For an authentic Italian dining experience, Chef Federico Zapperi who hailed from Italy will delight you with his dedicated culinary skills as he prepares his Italian specialties for diners.

The Verandah bar is a classy lounge style bar with a piano and in the evening we enjoyed cocktails and gin and tonics and complimentary snacks. Theres Happy Hour between 5 and 7 each night and most evenings there is live music.

The excellent service from the professional and friendly staff at The Danna Langkawi was exceptional.

The staff does everything to make your stay at The Danna an unforgettable pampering experience you will never forget.

 

 

‘Family Portraits At Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

This summer, Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa launches Family Portraits’ tailor-made family experiences that are beautifully captured by a personal photographer for an album full of memories. Specially curated cultural and educational experiences exploring the ancient archaeological sites, interactive cookery classes revealing the secret art of chocolate and pastry making; and playful indulgence on the sizzling shores all honour the Mayan belief that society is rooted in the family.

MAYAN DISCOVERIES

Young explorers can uncover the ancient treasures of Tulum including El Castillo and the Temple of Descending God with an expert guide from the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico. This private tour will take families back in time to the 1500s as they discover some of the most beautiful and well-preserved ruins in the world and learn the history of the Maya culture that inhabited the citadel before the Spanish conquest.

 

JUNGLE GYM

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa is surrounded by lush tropical jungle that can easily be explored on bikes; weave along the pathways where parrots perch on the palm trees, iguanas skulk through the undergrowth and spider monkeys play in the tree canopy.

Hidden amongst the jungle surroundings is the Kinan Spa that offers specialist family spa experiences such as the Relax with Mum and Dad pamper sessions which include aloe vera facials and massages and a soothing flower-petal shower. Little ones can also be treated to the Bee Pampered experience, including a Mayan jungle honey facial and foot massage.

SWEET TASTE OF MEXICO

Families can indulge in a finger-licking Chocolate-making workshop at La Aldea Maya, a traditional casita built in adobe Mayan style, where the resort’s pastry chef will host a private ‘pozol’ (traditional Mayan drink) and chocolate truffle masterclass.

Afterwards, retreat to the beach where the hotel chef will prepare a gourmet picnic basket full of family favourites with a Mexican twist, all set up under a private canopy to shelter from the Mexican sun.

 

PICTURE PERFECT

In order to capture those magical moments, a personal photographer can be arranged to shadow the holiday to ensure families leave paradise with memories that can be enjoyed after their trip.

Bespoke packages can be tailored to each itinerary and start from a single activity shoot to create lasting memories of a particular experience, ranging to a complete holiday photography package which will document their family adventure from start to finish, producing an extensive album of memories for the whole family to cherish.

FAMILY CONNECTIONS

The Master Suites and One Bedroom Suites are the perfect choice for families, both have separate sleeping areas for the children and have beautiful ocean views. Children are also welcomed with special amenities such as water pistols, beach balls and surfboards to make them feel like mini VIPs.

The Muraka At Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Lang Lang And New Bride Gina Alice Redlinger Honeymoon

 

During the trip, Lang Lang celebrated his 37th birthday with his family, and joined his wife and the resort’s resident marine biologist to learn more about how Rangali Island is regenerating the coral reefs around the resort, THE MURAKA and local community. While at the resort, Lang Lang and Redlinger adopted a coral and planted a personalized coral frame to support reef restoration.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is an idyllic island paradise, with lush tropical greenery and unparalleled views of and access to the Indian Ocean. Celebrated for its pioneering achievements, Rangali Island was the first to immerse global wanderers in the beauty of the Indian Ocean, through the modern design and technology triumph that is THE MURAKA, the world’s first-of-its-kind residence featuring fully integrated living, dining, entertaining and sleeping above and below the Indian Ocean that made its official debut in November 2018.

 

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island was the first resort in the world to offer undersea dining at its restaurant Ithaa. Its wine and cheese bar was also another Maldivian first, and it complements the other 10 award-winning restaurants and bars. Two award-winning spas, including one over the sea with glass-floored treatment rooms, offer relaxation and rejuvenation, and the rare and diverse marine wildlife on show cements Conrad Maldives Rangali Island as one of the premier island destinations worldwide.

For more information on THE MURAKA at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, please visit www.conradhotels.com.

Wellness Wonder New Luxury Maldivian Retreat

JOALI has set a new benchmark for glamour and sophistication in the Maldives, celebrating the ‘Joy of Living’ with exquisite craftsmanship, artistry and sustainability at its heart. Achieving wellbeing is the very essence of JOALI Spa by ESPA, a sanctuary offering guests the ultimate wellness experience with a holistic approach.
JOALI Spa by ESPA has created a mindful wellbeing programme devised with renowned spa brand ESPA which aims to reconnect guests to themselves in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by the tropical surroundings, a wide range of indulgent, tailor-made treatments restore vitality and unlock inner joy. Each signature therapy begins with a refreshing coconut water infusion and ends with a unique culinary delight to complement and enhance the JOALI joy experience.

JOALI Spa by ESPA collaborates with wellness guru and experts from around the world to offer guests a menu of holistic treatments to soothe stress away, renew the natural beauty of skin and relieve the inner calm of mind. In a recent collaboration, JOALI Spa by ESPA hosted a Meditation and Mindfulness retreat led by wellbeing expert Cornelius O’Shaughnessy to help guests identify the root causes of stress and find greater peace of mind.

JOALI Spa by ESPA guides guests through the seasons with an evolving programme of spa
packages for men and women with corresponding new products to further enhance treatments. The spa facilities range from a sauna, steam room, power showers, hammam, vitality pool, spa changing relaxation areas to a fitness centre offering expert trainers and expansive views of the ocean. The private spa beach and outdoor vitality pools with air and water massage jets bring a new level of relaxation.

PAMPER YOURSELF THROUGH SEASONS
To calm a busy mind, JOALI Spa by ESPA focuses on Transformative Wellness. Genuine care is taken to address individual needs, with natural formulas and holistic techniques specially applied to provide a profoundly effective experience for both mind and body. Calming yoga or meditation sessions can be booked before or after spa treatments such as Inner Joy, which includes body and facial massage with breathing and visualisation techniques to leave guests with a sense of inner calm.

Spring is the season for Skin Health which reveals skin that glows each day with natural health and beauty. Experts in The JOALI Spa by ESPA create a truly personalised and results-focused facial by assessing guests’ skin, lifestyle, wellbeing needs as well as using the latest innovative techniques with the powerful Tri-Active™ blends, the newly launched synergistic blend of pre and probiotic technology to nurture and support the skins microbiome which soothes the senses for naturally beautiful skin and inner calm. Reawaken skin’s vitality and reveal a smooth, supple and visibly youthful complexion with the Skin Vitality Facial treatment.

Maximise Happiness in summer focusing on Radiance, Positivity and at most, Be the Best of You. Find the Inner Calm with a rebalancing aromatherapy massage for mind and body. Guided by an expert therapist, the massage incorporates the most effective combination of targeted massage techniques and richly nourishing essential oils to ensure the very best results for particular needs. An uplifting and revitalising therapeutic body treatment to boost energy and awaken the senses through Revive and Refocus.

JOALI Spa by ESPA celebrates the holiday with Festive Gifting by preparing personalised treatments for loved ones. Pampering male guests with ESPA Men’s Triple Action Grooming Oil and Iconic Back, Face & Scalp Treatment, the hero treatment which delivers triple results – tension-relieving, deep cleanse and detoxifying skin. The bespoke care is also available for teenagers, Cool Back is a skin-smoothing back treatment with a fun twist for teen guests aged between 13 to 16 years old which allows them to explore the power of life with family and friends.

The St. Regis In Hong Kong

Where New York Glamour Meets Hong Kong Heritage: The St. Regis Opens In Hong Kong With Interiors Designed By Award Winning Architect André Fu

When the St. Regis Hong Kong opened its doors in April, its sleek and sophisticated interiors, designed and curated by the architect André Fu, received critical acclaim in a city famous for its luxury hospitality offering. The 27-storey tower has a glittering, graphic presence on the Hong Kong waterfront in Wan Chai, one of Hong Kong’s oldest districts, which the trams still pass through. Wan Chai is home to traditional pawnshops, the old police station and the Bauhaus-style market that Fu cleverly incorporated into his design, taking the visitor on an immersive, layered visual journey where personal memories are interweaved with the city’s heritage, resulting in a rich and evocative experience. The heritage of Hong Kong is referenced throughout the hotel; old gas street lamps from Duddell’s Street, colonial columns from the old Wan Chai police station, and panelling, inspired by the colonial Hong Kong mansions.  Art is an important element within the hotel and Fu has been a major influence on the art collection, which features internationally renowned artists.

 

Fu’s initial inspiration was the first St. Regis hotel built in New York by John Jacob Astor IV in 1904; Fu has taken this cultural landmark and infused it with his own childhood recollections of growing up in Hong Kong. Says Fu: “I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks and temples and tap into my own memories of the city.”

The Entrance and Arrival

Walking into the hotel conjures up a sense of walking into a private Manhattan mansion from the turn of the century. André’s gift is to fuse together a sense of the scale and grandeur of New York City with historic Hong Kong, allowing the guest a sanctuary from the frantic urbanity of modern Hong Kong.

 

At 580 square metres, the porte cochere sets the scene for a dramatic arrival while the stone clad 8m walls work in harmony with the marble reception desk.  An almost 8m high waterfall cascading in stone is featured not only for its rippling sound but also for the fluidity it introduces to the floor plan. Opulent lanterns, and sconces inspired by the 19th century gas lamps of old Hong Kong, create a soft and sensual glow. Oversized bronze panelled doors four metre high, by Solomon and Wu, lead to the vestibule, paying homage, through abstract silhouettes, to the skyscraper city of Hong Kong

 

Entering the vestibule, the guest discovers two connected spaces, an antechamber with elevators, and a small salon where the concierge is located.

 

Fu’s dramatic design stretches the vertical heights of the vestibule to make it appear even taller, with bronze screens that evoke the old window frames that were typical of colonial Hong Kong. Mouldings engraved in the marble on either side of the elevators reflect the classic New York vernacular of the first St. Regis.

 

From the street level lobby, guests can ascend to the second level into a corridor bordered by classic wooden panelling with a jade green vestibule that frames an over scaled authentic Chinese snuff bottle on display by Chinese artist Cao Yuan Hua.

 

The Great Room

The second floor represents the major public area of the hotel, comprising the Great Room, the Drawing Room, the Terrace and the St. Regis Bar.  A dramatic transition, from the low ceiling lift lobby to the 8m high ceiling, leads guests into the Great Room. Within this spacious room, a sense of drama is created through the soaring ceilings and expansive windows that flood the room with light, while the palette of cool greys and sage greens add to the sense of luxury, grandeur and airy openness. The space is also bordered by lush topiaries, which evoke a sense of oasis – a rare thing in Hong Kong. Two silver marble reception desks bring a sense of symmetry to the space, with a distinctive solid modular form that has a strong architectural quality.  A massive chandelier, called The Skyline – as a tribute to the city’s impressive skyline –  has been designed by Fu especially for the space, a bespoke arrangement of his TAC/TILE lighting collection, created by Czech glass specialist Lasvit.

 

The adjacent Drawing Room connects the Great Room to the Terrace and creates a transitional area between the two, with a relaxed and inviting setting.  Here, mid-century inspired furniture is arranged in cosy groupings, adding privacy and a sense of intimacy.  The Terrace offers a peaceful open-air haven with chairs and tables from Fu’s Rock Garden collection by Janus et Cie. Here guests encounter a stunning marble water feature which leads to a 2.5m high moon gate, a traditional element in Chinese gardens. The Terrace offers a sense of cultural nuances subtly fusing with the use of ornamental topiary and vertical bamboo.

 

One of the highlights of the hotel is The St. Regis Bar, which celebrates the atmosphere of old New York City and Hong Kong with the feeling that one is in an exclusive private members only bolthole contrasting with the grandeur of the adjacent spaces.  Rich warm tones, tweeds and brass details along with bronze oak panelling and olive leather upholstery give the bar a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. A centrepiece is a hand painted mural by Beijing artist Zhang Gong, inspired by a similar mural by Maxwell Parrish in the St. Regis New York, which depicts many of Hong Kong’s most famous historic features such as old Wan Chai, the Hong Kong Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong’s rich vegetation and natural foliage, and colourful street scenes set against the old buildings.

The Restaurants

Rùn Chinese restaurant is inspired by traditional Chinese tea pavilion architecture – inserted as a pale stained oak pavilion within a pavilion. The pavilion is an abstract architectural expression with intricate interlocking details akin to traditional Chinese architecture, expressed throughout the structure with geometric architectural forms that punctuate the space. Furthermore, the integrated cast glass lanterns add a sense of modernity to the whole visual experience. A colour palette of taupe, greys and browns with cinnabar red lacquer accents reference Chinese architectural tones. Two private dining rooms each feature their own lounge areas as well as an over scaled cast glass chandelier.

 

L’Envol French restaurant, decorated in soft cream and beige, is Fu’s own interpretation of the contemporary French salon, fusing art with couture and haute cuisine by Chef Olivier Elzer. Hand painted silk murals are exuberantly splashed with gold, and hectares of ivory Carrara marble underfoot convey a sense of luxury and glamour. The primary dining area looks onto an open kitchen and is arranged in a banquette style on either side of a 3.3 m long marble table. Bespoke hexagonal chandeliers, composed by antique brass and precious ivory agate, hang from the ceiling. ‘On The Edge’, an abstract marble sculpture by artist Helaine Blumenfeld, chosen by André Fu for its poetic qualities, is the centrepiece of the room. The Private Room features canvas work by French conceptual artist Laurent Grasso. Lastly, there is a wine and cheese salon to further the curation of experiences.

 

The Bedrooms

With just 129 bedrooms, including fourteen deluxe suites, two premium suites and a Presidential Suite, the hotel prioritises space and comfort over maximum efficiency. All of these are staffed by St. Regis personal butlers, and many boast panoramic views of the city and harbour. The interiors are a clever interplay of classic versus modernity, with an intricate juxtaposition of cultural influences that, to Fu, represent Hong Kong. Colours are chalky white, warm mineral grey and taupe; beds are dressed in white linen with mauve cashmere throws, rugs and wall hangings to give a sense of comfort and serenity.  In some, Fu introduces a wake-up call with vivid orange lacquered doors.

 

Lighting

One of the most outstanding elements of the St. Regis Hong Kong is the lighting throughout the hotel.  André Fu balances natural light with soft light by night playing on reflective luminous surfaces. Unafraid of the mystery of shadows, he has resisted flooding his interiors with light, creating instead a sensuality of mood. The interiors shimmer and glow, an effect enhanced by the silks and damasks of soft furnishings and the luminous lacquers, marbles and metals. In contrast to the bright lights of Hong Kong’s dazzling sky by night, he has kept the lighting throughout the hotel refracted through double layered fabric shades, or layered glass shades with fluted inner chambers. Cut glass pendants framed in steel alludes to traditional gas street lighting in Hong Kong streets in the nineteenth century.

 

There are numerous table lamps with fluted glass shades on bronze and marble stands. Sconces with cut glass shades that refract the light recall New York at the turn of the century, in contrast with the almost Brutalist assemblage of textured glass cubed wall lights on arrival in the lobby.

 

Perhaps Fu’s most ambitious project to date, the St. Regis Hong Kong combines elements of time and place that both reinforce and elevate the spirit of the brand.  With its blend architectural creativity, cultural diversity and timeless elegance, the St. Regis Hong sets a new benchmark for the next generation of luxury hotels and resorts.

About The St. Regis Hong Kong

The St. Regis Hong Kong reflects the vision of interior designer Andre Fu of a Hong Kong mansion, blending the timeless elegance of the St. Regis legacy to the silhouettes of Hong Kong’s architectural and cultural diversity. Thoughtfully-designed accommodations featuring 129 rooms and suites are complemented by East meets West elements that provide the perfect setting to offering personalised St. Regis Butler Service. L’Envol French restaurant and Rùn Chinese restaurant feature culinary highlights by Michelin-starred chefs, while The Drawing Room will host a redefined Afternoon Tea experience, and The St. Regis Bar signature cocktails are complemented by live jazz music. For information and reservations, please email srhk.reservations@stregis.com, or visit stregishongkong.com or call +852-2138 6888.