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22Dec 2018


Elegant white furniture stands clean against textured stone and rustic wooden backdrops in this re-styled luxury villa in Cap Martinet, Ibiza. The high-end interior, visualised by Tabarq, is illuminated by a contemporary lighting scheme of recessed track LEDs and sculptural pendant lights. The layout includes an airy open plan main room that spills out onto a sociable pool patio, which doubles the living area. The patio is all set for entertaining with its sparkling blue infinity swimming pool, al fresco eating area and outdoor lounge. A large balcony offers up another opportunity to enjoy the sunny Ibizan weather. Inside, luxurious bedroom suites are styled as peaceful retreats, and sophisticated bathroom decor evokes a spa-like feel.

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Will Speros •
December 21, 2018


The Marlborough Lodge in Blenheim, New Zealand has completed the third stage of its four-stage renovation. The latest enhancements to the luxury resort include a standalone spa accompanied by an entertainment area appointed with a bar, wine shack, and retail. Angela Dillon, the Marlborough Lodge’s co-owner and managing director spearheaded the redesign, drawing inspiration from the various textures and colors that decorate the main lodge.

The lodge’s onsite chapel from 1913 was transformed into the small spa and entertainment venue. Spread across more than 180 square feet, the spa is crafted as a natural extension of the main lodge with organic tones combined with original Rimu wood and exposed kauri wood beams from the chapel. Auckland, New Zealand-based designer Peter Lloyd helped execute the chapel redesign, adorning interiors with a new palette and furnishings, while elements like high ceilings and stained glass were all preserved. An intimate and private en-suite space is outfitted with heated floors and a heated towel rack, while additional rooms are adorned with marble signage, hymn book holders, and collection plates upcycled from the chapel.

The bar and retail branch also features a sunny outdoor area appointed with an outdoor fireplace. Retail is crafted with a variety of textures and finishes to match the main house’s emphasis on comfort and zeal.

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21Dec 2018



Renderings courtesy of Royal Caribbean and Virgin Voyages •
December 18, 2018


Celebrity Edge from Royal Caribbean > With a star design team that includes Paris-based Jouin Manku and London’s Kelly Hoppen, Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Edge “is a sophisticated machine,” explains Gray Shealy, global hospitality executive of design, innovation, and guest experience. “It’s more of a destination than the actual destination.” Hoppen’s luxe staterooms emphasize a closer connection to the sea, while her Retreat Lounge is light and airy. Meanwhile, Jouin Manku’s elegant Grand Plaza is centered around a dramatic, triple-height chandelier.

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Virgin Voyages > When the adult-only Scarlet Lady debuts in 2020, it will flaunt upscale amenities (workout facilities include a running track), the brand’s hallmark “rebellious luxe” aesthetic, and 20-plus F&B options (curated by AvroKO Hospitality Group), among them a food hall in place of the standard buffet. Virgin turned to respected design firms to curate distinct, playful spaces, like Mexican restaurant Pink Agave, replete with a sumptuous design from Tom Dixon starting with a light-clad entry tunnel, and the signature nightclub Manor crafted by New York-based Roman and Williams, which nods to Studio 54 with emerald and aubergine tones. Amsterdam studio Concrete, London’s Softroom, and global firm HKS will also helm a series of spaces on the ship. Says Dee Cooper, senior vice president of design and customer experience for Virgin Voyages: “Once you’re on vacation with us, you’re part of the party.”

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Will Speros •
December 20, 2018


Photography by Nicole Franzen

The Shinola Hotel is set to open its doors in January 2019 as the centerpiece of Detroit’s historic Woodward Avenue commercial district. New York-based design firm Gachot Studios collaborated on the design with local practice Kraemer Design Group.

Launched by the luxury retailer and developer Bedrock, the 129-room adaptive-reuse property comprises two downtown landmarks—the former Singer Sewing Machine store and the Meyer Jewelry Building—and three new buildings. A skybridge installed along the rear of hotel will connect all five buildings. The 129 guestrooms, in more than 50 guestroom configurations, are appointed with bespoke Shinola items ranging from desk clocks to throws.

The hotel is also home to retail options including a 1,600-square-foot Shinola store that opened in November. F&B options include Evening Bar, the Brakeman beer hall, Italian eatery San Morello, and fried chicken joint Penny Red’s. The Birdy Room event space will open on the second floor of the hotel’s annex as well.

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Will Speros •
December 20, 2018


Jumeirah Group’s first luxury eco-conscious resort has debuted along the shores of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort sits at the threshold of 1,312 feet of white sand frequented by indigenous wildlife.

The sustainable retreat overlooks the Arabian Gulf and is home to handsomely crafted, modern interiors flooded with natural light. Panoramic suites are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies, while private two-, three-, and four-bedroom duplex villas are appointed with private pools. Three outdoor infinity pools are installed onsite along with a children’s pool and the Bodyism Wellness Center.

Spread across nearly 30,000 square feet, the resort’s spa features a grand Moroccan hammam, 15 treatment rooms, saunas, hydrotherapy pools, steam rooms, salt rooms, experience showers, and a traditional Arabic rasul room. F&B options include the Levantine-inspired TEAN, the poolside Italian concept Mare Mare, and all-day restaurant White.

In addition to preserving the island’s sand dunes, Jumeirah also partnered with Dubai-based water treatment company Trust Your Water to reduce its use of single-use plastics. Guests are each given personal reusable bottles available for refill at onsite water stations.

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