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Brought to life by award-winning, Hong Kong–based architect and designer Joyce Wang, the palatial suite welcomed its first jet-setters in late July. Creating the perfect backdrop to glittering parties and extravagant dinners, Wang chose a refined color palette of gunmetal grays, jade greens, and earthy tans for the décor, letting the well-heeled guests take center stage. In the suite’s living room, guests will find a serious upgrade to the traditional minibar—an entire wall devoted to a “Cabinet of Delights,” stocked with everything from fine Cuban cigars, sweet and savory snacks created by the property’s Michelin-star chef, boutique and rare wines, and a mixologist booth.
For parties that require more than light bites, the hotel’s chefs can be employed to prepare private dinners in the suite’s state-of-the art kitchen for guests to enjoy at the glam 10-seat dining table. Afterward, diners can dance the night away to sets spun by the city’s top deejays. If guests prefer mellower evenings, they can put on a vinyl record on the reconditioned 1930s-era American jukebox, or screen the latest movies on the living room’s concealed 160-inch screen.
Once the party winds down, they can crash in the tranquil master bedroom. Luxe details like embossed leather walls, hand-tufted silk rugs, and a deep soaking tub made from a single piece of marble (and complete with its own custom-designed Champagne caddy), ensure that guests have everything they need to catch up on much-needed R&R—and to feel fresh enough to revel the next night away.
Culture vultures have been waiting with baited breath for the arrival of the Louvre Abu Dhabi for years. The Middle Eastern offshoot of Paris’s beloved art institution was first rumored to open its doors in 2012. But the year came and went, as did the four years that followed, and by early 2017, it seemed the Jean Nouvel–designed structure might never see the light of day.
At long last, however, the Louvre Abu Dhabi has announced its grand opening: On November 11, the soaring silver dome on Saadiyat Island’s seaside promenade will make its long-awaited debut, giving travelers the perfect excuse for a winter sojourn to the Gulf.
The Louvre is just the beginning for Abu Dhabi’s ambitious Saadiyat Island, an estimated $27 billion isle that will eventually be home to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Norman Foster’s Zayed National Museum, and the late Zaha Hadid’s Performing Arts Centre. The booming cultural district is already home to a pair of luxury hotels, the Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, both of which showcase extensive private art collections of their own.
Known for extravagance and stunning seaside location, One&Only Resorts is adding a whole new concept to its portfolio – the nature oriented accommodations.
The first two One&Only Nature Resorts are opening in Rwanda at the end of 2017. The One&Only Nyungwe House is set on the grounds of a working tea plantation in Gisakura, on the edge of the vast, protected Nyungwe National Park.
The park incorporates one of the oldest forests in Africa and provides a habitat for over 13 different species of primates and 75 species of mammals. One&Only Gorilla’s Nest is nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Virunga volcano range. The resort will provide a luxurious home base for mountain gorilla treks.
A stylish landmark of New York, The Mark Hotel revealed new terrace suites located on the 14th floor. All designed by the famous Jacques Grange, they represent the ultimate statement in luxury. The Five Bedroom Terrace Suite and the Three Bedroom Terrace Suite range from 3,800 to 4,800 square feet offering the privacy and exclusivity of a home with stunning views over Manhattan. The amenities included are private dining experiences and 24/7 in-suite dining by The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, a Frederic Fekkai Salon, 24-hour access to Bergdorf Goodman, personal training with Dan Flores, a shoe shine kiosk by John Lobb and an exclusive scent by Frederic Malle.
It’s the anniversary that French Riviera is going to celebrate in style, and this kind of landmark certainly deserves it. Some of the most famous brands partnered with Hotel Byblos to mark this jubilee.
From a custom Rolls-Royce Dawn B50 convertible inspired by the colors of Cote d’Azur, Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Summer Edition watches created by Audemars Piguet to the complete redesign of the largest suite.
The Riviera Suite, overlooking the swimming pool, is 180 m2 suite, located in the heart of the hotel, and has been reimagined and decorated by the Italian brand Missoni Home. Rosita Missoni found inspiration in the colors of this seaside haven on the French Riviera and designed space that is both sophisticated and luminous. The favorite suite of many jet setters now has a touch of „la dolce vita“.
The most opulent train ride is now available in Japan. The Train Suite Shiki-shima, operated by East Japan Railway, has five-star lounge, dining and observatory cars and features a menu devised by a Michelin-starred chef. The train can accommodate only 34 passengers in magnificent 17 suites. The suites boast a working fireplace and second-floor loft, and they all represent a perfect combination of traditional Japanese craftsmanship and materials with modern touches. The new-age train is a masterpiece of renowned designer Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama.
The Givenchy House has just opened its first spa in Monaco, within Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, one of the most prestigious addresses of Monaco. Clean lines and noble materials. Designed by architect Didier Gomez, Spa Metropole by Givenchy reflects the House's sophistication and modernity down to every last detail. All ten treatment rooms are decorated in nuanced shades of white, with embossed walls that evoke the lace of Haute Couture gowns. These include a double suite and a single suite equipped with a bath and private hammam. The spa offers a "Heat Experience" package, which includes the sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain and sensory showers. It also boasts a gym with all the latest equipment and a dedicated Givenchy beauty store. The exclusive L'Atelier de Givenchy fragrance collection makes its debut here in Monaco.