Creating Unique Spaces with Some of the Best Hospitality Designers

Skilled architects and interior designers often spend years contributing their talents to crafting dazzling hospitality spaces for guests to dine, drink and stay. Designing a unique hospitality atmosphere is a valued artform that joins ambiance with functionality. Some of the industry’s best hospitality designers are pros at producing innovative concepts that keep guests coming back to experience the details of each space. Dive into the interiors of some of the most accomplished hospitality design teams in the business.

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Studio Collective

The team at Studio Collective is well known for their original designs, offering a level of detail that creates a signature ambiance for each space. Having worked with icons like Ian Schrager, Frank Gehry and Philppe Starck, the Studio Collective team brings seasoned expertise to the hospitality design industry. Santa Monica and Huntington Beach’s The Bungalow are both known for their kitschy, eclectic ambiance, made up of hundreds of pieces that come together to transport guests to a beachside escape. Studio Collective also designed Hyde Lounge at the Staples Center, with leather seating, glimmering chandeliers and sleek marble to elevate the typical concert or sporting event experience with a sophisticated touch. They are also known for their designs of Los Angeles’ Hotel Figueroa, Crossroads Kitchen, In Sheep’s Clothing, and The Spare Room.

 

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Photo: The Bungalow Huntington Beach

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Kelly Wearstler

The Kelly Wearstler Studio has built a name in hospitality design through crafting creative and unique environments using architecture, interiors and products that complement each other in innovative ways. The firm’s focus on storytelling and building collaborative designs can be seen in their countless projects, such as the Proper Hotel in Santa Monica, which uses earth tones and mixed textures to draw guests into the brand’s aesthetic. Along with the Proper Hotel in San Francisco, the firm designed its rooftop bar Charmaine’s, known for its beautiful views and eclectic mix of patterned decor. The Viceroy Santa Monica was also designed by Kelly Wearstler, with bold lines and vintage inspiration creating a clean, modern feel.

 

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Photo: Proper Santa Monica – Kelly Wearstler

Photo: Charmaine’s Proper San Francisco

Spacecraft

Restaurant design is in the spotlight at Spacecraft, a design group based in Los Angeles that has brought forth concepts for some of the city’s local favorite destinations. Silver Lake’s Mohawk Bend brings a touch of modernity to a gastropub setting, while fresh and rustic elements make up the aesthetic of restaurant Salt’s Cure. The Wellesbourne in Santa Monica was created in the image of a 19th century British Pub, with bookcases lining the walls in the intimate hideaway.

 

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Photo: Spacecraft Group Design

Photo: Spacecraft Group Design – Wellesbourne

AvroKO

This innovative design firm prides themselves on quality concepts and style, focusing on giving guests an emotional connection to their hospitality experience. The team has designed projects in 22 countries around the world, being recognized by the renowned James Beard Foundation for their craftsmanship. They designed Imperial Western, a bar within Los Angeles’ historic Union Station, and have made their mark on New York City with their concepts for 1Hotel Central Park and glamorous hot spot Beauty & Essex.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel Central Park

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Schoos Design

The hotel and restaurant concepts that have come out of Schoos Design evoke a range of brand personalities, earning them numerous awards for their buzzworthy work. They brought adventurous design to Tao restaurants in New York City and Las Vegas, uniting traditional Asian accents with sleek, contemporary furnishings. They have also produced expressive restaurant designs for Margot, Norah and Herringbone in Los Angeles.

 

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Photo: TAO Uptown NYC

Built, Inc.

The designers at Built Inc. have established an impressive presence in the Los Angeles nightlife scene, joining with key players like h. wood Group to conceive, construct and brand numerous properties known for LA glamour. Built Inc. has created all-encompassing worlds in spaces like the whimsical nightclub Poppy or the chic karaoke bar Blind Dragon. With mid-century modern influences, guests can visit Delilah, The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows and a range of other hot spots to be whisked away into a world of compelling hospitality design.

 

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Best Gift Experiences For Loved Ones

The gift-giving season is upon us, and finding the perfect present for loved ones is at the top of to-do lists across the country. Shopping can be a daunting task when the person you’re buying for seems to have everything. Instead of browsing endless shopping malls and online stores, treating friends and family to an unforgettable experiences is a unique alternative to giving a gift they may not remember in a week. The possibilities are endless when you use the holidays as an excuse to enjoy a new adventure with the ones you love with our best gift experiences.

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Helicopter Ride

Take a trip above the landscapes of your favorite cities with a private helicopter tour. Whether you’re maneuvering New York City’s skyline or enjoying Malibu’s ocean shoreline, the view can’t get any better when you’re hovering miles above the Earth’s surface. Professionally-trained pilots treat you to an all-inclusive, scenic view, giving your loved ones a one-of-a-kind perspective among the clouds.

 

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Private Tasting

For those with a palate that’s hard to please, they can get into the holiday “spirit” by sipping on some unique potions during a private tasting. While wine is often a popular option, a step outside the box could have you and your loved one trying international whiskeys or rums that may have never crossed your path. Educated bartenders and mixologists will supply you with a breadth of background information while you partake in testing some new flavors.

 

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Front Row Tickets

After a year of ups and downs, everyone can enjoy great seats at a performance whether it be in front of a stage or on the court. Take the time to appreciate your friends and family by giving them the VIP experience at their favorite venue. Courtside tickets add energy to any basketball game, placing you right in the action. And there’s nothing like being at arm’s length in front of your favorite artist while they entertain you on a more intimate level. While many don’t remember what they received for the holidays a year ago, experiences like this make for memories that last a lifetime.

 

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Exotic Racing

We all have that one friend or family member who loves a good drive on an open road. Give them an upgrade this holiday season by granting them the experience of a lifetime in getting to test drive an Exotic race car. After a lesson from a licensed instructor, you can reach top speeds at the racetrack just like the pros. Any auto lover will jump at the chance to take the wheel at a professional speedway this holiday season.

 

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Yacht Charter

After living in any city for a while, it may start to seem like you’ve visited any and every restaurant in town. So what’s the best thing to do when you’re looking for a change of scenery? Consider chartering a private yacht for your own personal dinner party. Take a trip along the shore and enjoy drinks, dining, or even just the alluring view of the waterfront. Whether it’s a private date night with a romantic partner, or a group gathering for an intimate celebration, the gift of a beautiful landscape will always be priceless.

 

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Chefs Tasting Dining

Indulge in exclusivity by gifting a feast fit for royalty. Instead of simply visiting a highly-rated restaurant, take the next step and enjoy the chef’s private table for an elevated experience. Your table will have a prime location and most importantly, you’ll be greeted by the chef as they ensure that your meal is beyond compare. You can even request the chef’s tasting menu to truly get a feel for the range of dishes available at your fingertips. Any foodie will value the intimacy of being the chef’s VIP, making your gift one to reminisce for years to come.

 

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Nightlife Bottle Service

For the loved one who appreciates an exciting night on the town, nightclubs and lounges offer a lively habitat to experience an unforgettable party. Book a bottle service table at one of the best nightclubs in the city for a private space to enjoy the night’s exuberance. Dedicated cocktail waitresses keep the booze flowing all night and can even arrange for a bright show of sparkling lights to put all eyes on the guest of honor.

 

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Spa Day

At the end of a stressful holiday season, your loved one will appreciate a relaxing trip to the spa for a rejuvenating way to end the year. From massage treatments to facials, reserving a day for pampering will cleanse the mind, body and soul. Luxury offerings like steam rooms, private yoga sessions and body wraps are just a few of the ways to indulge your loved one in a lavish spa experience.

 

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Penthouse Hotel Suite

Make the ultimate upgrade when you invest in a luxury, Presidential Suite that offers stunning views from the highest floor of the building. Penthouse Suites are designed with extravagance in mind, offering spacious living areas along with impressive furnishings and unique amenities. Private transportation, dedicated butler service or private pool access are just a few of the possible perks your loved one will receive while experiencing their gift of an exclusive Penthouse accommodation.

 

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Festival Tickets

Music festivals are exciting events that make the perfect present to share with friends and family. Purchase tickets to listen, eat, drink and dance all day long as top artists take the stage for live performances. VIP tickets will often provide an even more exclusive experience, and can be the perfect touch in giving your loved one a gift to remember.

 

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Discover the Top 12 Most Luxurious Hotels in Paris

A city known for romance, Paris a place filled with elegance and awe-inspiring architectural history. Luxury is a necessity with five-star hotels across the city delivering world-class service, impeccable design and an extravagant place for rest and relaxation. Explore the stunning city with a lavish home away from home at any of these pristine, luxurious hotels in Paris.

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The Peninsula Paris

Oriented in the center of Paris, this 16th Arrondissement luxury hotel is located near world-famous monuments like the Arc de Triomphe. You’ll stay in one of 200 extravagant rooms with options for unique spaces like the beautiful Rooftop Garden Suite. With six onsite places to wine and dine, along with an expansive swimming pool, you’ll live in the lap of luxury at The Peninsula Paris.

 

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Photo: The Peninsula Paris

Shangri-La Paris

With 100 rooms and 37 luxury suites, the European and Asian influences of Shangri-La Paris provide an opulent design for a dreamlike stay. Located on the Avenue d’Iéna, the restored historic building now houses guests with an unparalleled view of the Eiffel Tower, and is one of the few named Palace hotels in Paris.

 

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Photo: Shangri-La Paris

Four Seasons Hotel George V

The trendy 8th Arrondissement district is home to this lavish hotel that brings even more luxury and style to the Golden Triangle. From the moment you see their signature striking floral arrangements throughout the lobby, you’ll be swept away by elegance with Renaissance art, sparkling chandeliers and historic, Parisian accents. Three restaurants, sharing five Michelin stars between them, will make your dining experience unforgettable along with sipping wine from their 50,000-bottle cellar. 

 

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Photo: Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Le Bristol Paris

Almost a century’s worth of history gives Le Bristol Paris the experience to provide warm, personal service to its luxury clientele. The award-winning destination was the first French hotel to be distinguished as a Palace hotel, and lives up to the name through offering a unique stay with artistic events, informative workshops and indulgent amenities.

 

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Photo: Le Bristol Paris

Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

This luxury hotel is refined yet whimsical, created with the artistic traveller in mind. An onsite contemporary art gallery displays works alongside the hotel itself featuring unique details like drawings on furnishings, large photographs and mirrored walls. The bright and airy rooms call forth a chic ambiance where guests can revel in Parisian style.

 

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Photo: Hotel Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Hôtel Ritz Paris

After a day of shopping in the 1st Arrondissement, you’ll enter a dreamlike escape at this ornate hotel that was restored to pay tribute to its 19th Century historical significance. Some of its more prominent regular guests now have elements of the hotel named after them, such as the Coco Chanel and F. Scott Fitzgerland prestige suites, along with Bar Hemingway. The extravagant space is museum-like in opulence with a beautiful indoor swimming pool and many bars and restaurants.

 

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Photo: Hotel Ritz Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Recently awarded the official Palace distinction, this exclusive, five-star hotel is one of the most prestigious in Paris for its stunning vibrance and stylish design. With a prime location near the Louvre and some of the city’s best shopping boutiques, the Mandarian Oriental provides a central location for a luxurious Paris stay.

 

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Photo: Mandarin Oriental Paris

Hotel Plaza Athénée

A fashion-centric locale makes the Hotel Plaza Athénée a destination that has attracted artists, socialites and designers since its 1913 establishment. The grand display of timeless design along the famous Avenue Montaigne makes for an elegant visual along with attractive art deco-inspired rooms to lounge in luxury.

 

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Photo: Hôtel Plaza Athénée

InterContinental Paris le Grand

The City of Lights has been graced with the presence of the InterContinental Paris le Grand since its construction in 1862. Guests of today get to travel back in time through witnessing the exquisite architecture and stay in one of 470 rooms with a royal design. Four onsite restaurants offer intimate spaces with menus of French gastronomy that are sure to impress.

 

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Photo: InterContinental Paris le Grand

Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

Situated in the stylish 8th Arrondissement, Sofitel Paris le Faubourg is a sophisticated and luxurious place for enjoying the quintessential French art de vivre. Rooms with high ceilings, elegant furnishings and artistic accents draw in guests to a prestigious stay made for a Paris getaway. A charming experience is in store for each guest who arrives to the Sofitel Paris le Faubourg, with the allure of fashion and style throughout the hotel creating a trendy atmosphere.

 

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Photo: Sofitel Paris le Faubourg

La Réserve Paris

This haven of luxury is hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Paris, boasting ultimate privacy with 10 refined suites discreetly tucked away off the  Champs-Elysées. Your own apartment suite provides a home away from home with an attentive butler, simplistic, modern furnishings and a view of the Eiffel Tower. The discreet setting draws guests to this subtly chic, destination perfect for an intimate getaway.

 

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Photo: La Réserve Paris

Le Meurice

Establishing itself as a “living work of art,” the luxury hotel Le Meurice has influenced artists like Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol, and continues to present itself as a welcome habitat for the artistry of Parisian heritage. Inspired by Versailles, the recently-restored Palace hotel mixes tradition with modernity with period-style furnishings and contemporary touches, surrounded by the Tuileries Garden, the Louvre, and Place de la Concorde.

 

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Photo: Le Meurice Paris

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Eden Rock St Barths: Experience A Modern Island Oasis

Enter into an island paradise at Eden Rock St Barths, a newly-reinvented property filled with luxurious amenities and relaxing island culture. Known for drawing Hollywood glamour to the island in the 1950s and ‘60s, Eden Rock played host to Howard Hughes and Greta Garbo, and was originally owned by Rémy de Haenen–the first pilot to land on St Barths. After completing a two-year renovation in recovery from Hurricane Irma in 2017, the property is now welcoming reservations for guests to experience the new and improved retreat in the Caribbean.

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Welcome

Arriving to the village of St Jean, whether it be by ferry, private boat charter or private air charter to the Rémy de Haenen Airport, you’ll be swept away by ocean views from the quaint island town. After a short drive you’ll enter Eden Rock, greeted by the award-winning Eden Rock Guestcare team who are ready to assist you in embarking on a world-class, luxury Caribbean getaway.

 

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Photo: St Jean Beach

Design

The newly-reimagined design of Eden Rock has brought forth a beautifully-renovated style fit for a St Barths escape. View the variety of artwork and decor throughout the property featuring local artisans, European-sourced antiques and curated pieces in collaboration with various international galleries, including the New York Academy of Art’s Graduate School of Art. The collection of over 400 pieces contribute to an unexpected yet elegant atmosphere filled with vibrance as you peruse the lobby on the way to your suite.

 

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Photo: Eden Rock St Barths

Luxury Rooms

The range of luxury experiences at Eden Rock St Barths is endless, and when you walk through the doors of your private, oceanfront domain, you’ll be swept away by comfort and sophistication. The 37 Eden Rock hotel room suites cover four different layouts, each with their own benefits and all providing a sumptuous stay. The Eden Rooms offer a private terrace above the Sand Bar Restaurant, the Plantation Rooms are ground-floor suites with beachside gardens, the Beach Rooms give you an unparalleled shoreline view, and the Rock Rooms sit right above the glimmering sea. Each space is furnished with fine art, libraries and luxury amenities to revitalize your mind, body and soul. Embrace earthy sophistication in your luxury room dotted with natural textures and fabrics to complement the relaxed spirit of St Barths.

 

Eden Rock St Barths – James Suite

Photo: Eden Rock – Rock Rooms

Luxury Villas

Your St Barths experience can also rise to the next level with a Villa Rental, providing luxury, privacy and exceptional service from the Eden Rock St Barths team. Over 125 properties are available for an elite getaway providing the pampering of a hotel with the seclusion of a private home. Wake up each day to an airy, ocean escape in spaces filled with contemporary decor and cutting edge amenities. As a guest of the Deluxe, Prestige or Ultraluxe Villas, you’ll receive attentive service including a dedicated butler, chef or private driver as needed.

 

Eden Rock – Villa Nina

Eden Rock – Villa Rockstar

Surroundings

Situated on a point overlooking the white sand beaches of St Jean Bay, Eden Rock offers a dazzling, panoramic view of the clear ocean below. Eden Rock Beach is an easy place to relax, with the Eden Rock Beach Team at your service to deliver anything from sunscreen to cocktails while you lounge along the water, or in your own private cabana. Stunning coral reefs are teeming with sea life and are a delight to explore during any clear, sunny day in the Caribbean.

 

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Photo: Eden Rock St Barths

Dining

Lovers of food and drink will have plenty of reasons to indulge as Eden Rock St Barths boasts a selection of remarkable restaurants and bars. Remodeled to be even larger than its previous size, the new Sand Bar Restaurant serves up beachy cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients. You’ll be in for a treat as dishes created by Master Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, known for his work in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, will please your palate with flavorful tastes and savory spices. From truffle pizza to caramelized foie-gras, you’ll be dazzled with each bite at the oceanside eatery located in the convenience of your own hotel. The brand new Rémy Bar will welcome you to a world of delicious spirits, signature cocktail creations and appetizing bites in a British-colonial-inspired space. Named as a tribute to Eden Rock’s original owner, the beachy, sophisticated outpost will sweep you away with a treat for your senses. The island ambiance will continue to flow through you as you step out into the Eden Rock Beach Bar, located on the exemplary St Jean Beach. The bar’s new redesign encompasses a shaded sundeck with a view of the sparkling blue water. Swim out to the Eden Rock inflatable raft to float on your own buoyant island, or stay on land to enjoy an expertly-prepared cocktail while lounging in the sand.

 

Photo: Eden Rock Sand Bar

Photo: Eden Rock Sand Bar

Experiences

In between relaxing on the beach and tasting culinary classics, Eden Rock St Barths offers an array of amenities and experiences to enhance your stay. Dive into an underwater adventure with snorkeling, paddleboards, kayaks and even sea toys available for use at Eden Rock Beach. Ask the Eden Rock Guestcare team to arrange for day and night dives along with scuba courses and deep-sea fishing expeditions. You’ll also get in touch with the ocean with a sailing trip to nearby islands of Shell, Anguilla or Colombier. On land, there are plenty of ways to experience Eden Rock with solo, group and family-friendly activities offered during your getaway. Stay active in mind and body with a yoga or meditation class, or get your heart pumping with an expert personal trainer to guide you through dance, aquatic and fitness courses. After an active morning, the brand new Eden Spa will whisk you away into the lap of luxury with treatments and massages using the local Ligne St Barths natural products, produced exclusively on the island. The yacht theme will complement your lavish experience as knowledgeable experts spoil you with soothing techniques. Request to have your massage beachside and take in the sounds of the ocean waves in the distance.

 

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Photo: Eden Spa

Neighborhood

In your time away from Eden Rock, you’ll be able to discover all that St Barths has to offer. Get to know the 13 miles of land and 14 different beaches, along with with beautiful architecture and French-influenced culture. Explore the town of Gustavia for designer shopping, museums and the popular nightlife locale Le Ti St Barths. Visit the hidden away Colombier Beach for swimming and a picnic. Taste a world-famous burger from historical, charming eatery Paradise Select–a favorite of former St Barths resident Jimmy Buffet. Cool off at the sealife-filled lagoon at Grand-Cul-de-Sac, a natural reserve that’s the perfect spot for an afternoon of paddleboarding or kite surfing. Plan your vacation during the St Barths Music Festival, Mardi Gras or Bastille Day to celebrate alongside the locals during your tropical getaway.

 

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Photo: Grand-Cul-de-Sac St Barths Kitesurfing

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A Weekend of Revelry at Art Basel Miami Beach

It’s time again for Art Basel in Miami Beach, an annual exhibition featuring modern and contemporary artwork from around the globe. Complementing the Art Basel fairs in Basel and Hong Kong, the Miami shows this December will include more than 250 gallery participants, each contributing their greatest paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. This leg of the fair draws crowds of more than 70,000 visitors from all over the world, each ready to experience the art world and all that Miami Beach has to offer.

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Shows

This year Art Basel will be featuring over 4,000 artists, each of whom contributes something different to the international collection.  The fair is set up in sectors that place similar works in categories such as editions, group exhibitions, thematic exhibits, film, and solo showcases. No matter the medium, there is a multitude of ways for visitors to enjoy the range of works on display. The schedule also includes a number of talks and panels as a platform for notable figures in the art world to discuss their knowledge with audiences. For guests who seek out the expertise of a guide, tours are also available to give context and provide deeper analyzation into the featured works. Even children have a space to call their own, with the Miami Children’s Museum providing crafts and activities for kids while parents visit the shows.

 

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Food & Drink

With Art Basel being the central event, Miami Art Week draws in plenty of visitors to wine and dine their way through the city. Pop-up bars and menu collaborations are popular attractions as restaurants and brands seek to impress guests of the exhibition. Normally known as the bar Bitter Truth, the Basel House pop-up will feature live hip hop, art, and cocktails. The new NYC cocktail bar Employees Only will host a pop-up at the Washington Park Hotel with curated cocktails, a DJ, and a fortuneteller to top it off. A “sneak eat” of NYC favorite Luke’s Lobster will be at Wynwood Arcade for those looking to get a preview of the new location opening in Miami’s Brickell City Centre.

 

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Parties

A world of travelers will be flocking to Miami to experience the art scene, but the city is prepared to party with both invite-only and public events for visitors to enjoy. 1OAK, known for its locations in NYC, Vegas, and LA, has in recent years taken over Miami’s Rockwell to bring in Art Basel guests. They’ll be joining together once again December 5th-7th with a lineup soon to be announced. David Lynch’s Parisian pop-up club Silencio is likely to return for their sixth anniversary with past performances from rapper A$AP Rocky, artist Michele Lamy, and composer Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. LIV at Fontainebleau is known to host show stopping parties and will be the site of an impressive line up this year with Kendall Jenner DJing on 12/4, Bad Bunny on 12/5, Lil’ Wayne on 12/6, Alesso on 12/7 and DJ Khaled celebrating his birthday at the venue on 12/8. Story nightclub will also be drawing a crowd with a performance from Deadmau5 on Friday, 12/6.

 

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Those with Art Basel on their calendar are in for a weekend full of fun thanks to the number of attractions keeping visitors occupied during their stay in Miami Beach. 

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Prepare to Book Your Stay at LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Los Angeles is a city where new and exciting projects are always just around the corner. A boom of new hotels hitting the scene in recent years has created a number of destinations for visitors looking to have a luxury LA experience. The best is yet to come with even more elegant and trendy hotels preparing to open their doors to the City of Angels.

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West Hollywood EDITION

The new EDITION hotel sits on Sunset Boulevard where West Hollywood and Beverly Hills collide. The luxury rooms, signature restaurant, lounge, spa, nightclub and rooftop pool leave all of their guests’ needs covered for a stay that gives the full LA experience. The 190 guestrooms and 20 luxury residences will be filled with those ready to take on a vacation to remember.

 

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Photo: West Hollywood EDITION – Superior Villa Suite

Thompson Hollywood

With its first foray into California hospitality, the Thompson will plant its roots in Hollywood in 2020 with a luxury experience focused on design and amenities. The bustling location will create an energetic environment with a penthouse lounge, rooftop bar and pool deck that will attract LA’s finest to lounge and mingle. With 200 rooms, the property will redefine the boutique hotel experience including sophisticated restaurant and nightlife outlets to match the dazzling Hollywood locale.

 

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Photo: Thompson Hollywood – Relevant Group

Soho Warehouse Downtown

The London-based Soho House members club opened their third LA outpost in September 2019, joining the West Hollywood and Malibu locations. The luxury club and hotel took over a 100-year old building in the Downtown LA Arts District, revamping the space to include 48 rooms, three restaurants, six bars and a rooftop pool. Unlike its other Los Angeles properties, Soho Warehouse Downtown allows for booking from members and their guests to enjoy the exclusive, artistic space.

 

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Photo: Soho Warehouse

Fairmont Century Plaza

This new 2020 addition to Century City, taking over the former Century Plaza Hotel, aims to create a walkable destination where guests will have everything they need within reach. The 394 rooms and 63 condos in the restored main building, along with 290 luxury residences spread across two new towers, will provide luxury living for locals and travelers alike. With retail spaces, restaurants, art installations and a rooftop swimming pool and bar, the Fairmont Century Plaza has plans to bring forth a whole new habitat to the area as a “city within a city.”

 

Fairmont Century Plaza, LA's Newest Hotel Openings

Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza – LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Photo: Fairmont Century Plaza

Downtown LA Proper Hotel

A revitalization of a historical Downtown building constructed in 1924, the new Downtown LA Proper Hotel will boast 148 rooms in its prime location situated just a few blocks from the Staples Center. Two restaurants run by James Beard-award winning chefs and a rooftop pool with a view of the skyline will begin to draw in guests to the 13-story property in early 2020. The expansive meeting spaces, historic banquet room and screening room will satisfy guests as they get the true Downtown LA experience.

 

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Photo: Proper DTLA

The Pendry West Hollywood

Centering itself in the heart of West Hollywood, the Pendry aims to provide luxury and innovation to its guests along with an attention to detail. The 149 guest rooms will be joined by 40 residences that will all receive top of the line care with access to the diversity of amenities. A bowling alley, spa and fitness center are just a few of the exciting outlets framing the new space as a go-to in the city.

 

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Photo: Pendry West Hollywood

Tommie Hotel Hollywood

This hotel will be the first in the world for the Thompson Hotels brand, bringing the Tommie to the heart of Hollywood. With 212 rooms and a customizable experience, the space plans to cater to LA’s artistic and entrepreneurial community. The rooftop terrace will be sure to draw in guests to catch a view of the city with nightlife outlets keeping up a fun, youthful vibe.

 

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Photo: Tommie Hotel Hollywood – Relevant Group

The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Right off the iconic Sunset Strip, The Godfrey Hotel Hollywood is expected to bring old Hollywood glitz and glamour with 220 stylishly-designed rooms throughout its seven stories. The rooftop will boast one of the largest swimming pools in the city along with four bars spread throughout the property, and a casual, steak-focused restaurant About Last Knife. Event spaces and a projection wall in the courtyard are just a few draws to attract contemporary professionals to the luxury, boutique hotel.

 

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Photo: Godfrey Hotel Hollywood – LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Photo: Godfrey Hotel Hollywood – LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

citizenM Los Angeles Downtown & Hollywood

The dutch hotel brand citizenM is projected to open two locations in 2020 bringing their style of approachable luxury to the West Coast. The 11-story Downtown Los Angeles location will have 315 rooms where guests will be within walking distance of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Right along the iconic Walk of Fame, the Hollywood property will be situated next to the Capitol Records building with 216 rooms throughout 14-stories.

 

CitizenM, LA's Newest Hotel Openings

Photo: CitizenM Hollywood – LA’s Newest Hotel Openings

Photo: CitizenM Hollywood

The Hoxton Hotel

Downtown Los Angeles has a new, stylish hotel with the October 2019 opening of The Hoxton in a historic, 10-story Broadway building. The classic yet modern design of marble, copper and brass mixes with LA’s trendy culture. The building houses restaurants Sibling Rival and Pilot, along with a rooftop pool—the first for the London-based brand’s collection of properties.

 

Photo: Hoxton Hotel Los Angeles

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1 Hotel West Hollywood

Sunset Strip gained an attractive destination after the opening of 1 Hotel West Hollywood in 2019, situated at the base of the famed Hollywood Hills. The brand has established nationwide influence in expanding to its first location on the West Coast, featuring eco-friendly and energy-efficient details in a contemporary building. The 285 thoughtfully-designed rooms along with trendy, rooftop lounge Harriets all draw in guests who appreciate a good time and a breathtaking, scenic view of Los Angeles.

 

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Photo: 1 Hotel West Hollywood

Palihotel Culver City

Palisociety, the boutique hotel group with locations in Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westwood Village, added to their collection with the January 2019 opening of Palihotel Culver City. The restored, 1920s building now houses 49 rooms and suites with inviting, art deco furnishings to uniteParisian influences with a contemporary, LA style. Their French restaurant Simonette also acts as a draw with an indoor-outdoor space featuring a private courtyard.

 

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Photo: Palihotel Culver City

Park Hyatt Los Angeles at Oceanwide Plaza

Coming to Downtown Los Angeles in 2021, the sophisticated design of this lavish hotel will lure you in to experience an elegant stay near the STAPLES Center and LA Live. With 184 rooms and suites, guests will have plenty of activities to do situated next to the adjoining retail center to be named The Collection at Oceanwide Plaza. The experience-driven accommodations will offer a personalized stay for guests who will enjoy world-class amenities and luxury service under the Park Hyatt name.

 

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L’Horizon Hotel & Spa: A Palm Springs Desert Oasis

Palm Springs has classically been known as a desert haven where Los Angeles elite escape for mini vacations filled with fine dining, shopping and most importantly, relaxation. The L’Horizon Hotel and Spa has maintained the city’s prestige through hosting guests for a private, luxury experience with their intimate bungalows and indulgent spa treatments. Guests step into a world of exemplary accommodations at this lavish boutique hotel.

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The Horizon

Built as “The Horizon” in 1952 by William F. Cody, an architect that helped shape the iconic mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs, the hotel quickly became a celebrity hot spot. During the 1950s and ‘60s, it drew Hollywood elite like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, producer Jack Wrather and a number of US Presidents to come experience the sprawling, three-acre desert sanctuary.

 

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In the Heart of the Desert

Los Angeles designer Steve Hermann was brought in to revitalize the property in 2015 while still keeping its mid-century character intact. The original style of the hotel is now combined with modern and vintage furniture to create a nostalgic yet contemporary space for a whole new generation of trendsetters. Hermann’s addition of an open-air spa and alfresco restaurant SoPa added even more to the attractive vacation spot. The welcoming interior creates an air of residential luxury leaving guests to feel right at home in the heart of the desert.

 

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The Bungalows

The 25 bungalows throughout the property are designed with handpicked decor and custom finishes to create an intimate space filled with comfort. Entering into their bungalow guests will never have to remember a room number, as each domain is personalized with a gold, etched name plate. Exposed wood, marble accents, and stone walls bring natural touches to the room against its mountainous desert backdrop. The indoor-outdoor feel is enhanced by glass doors that provide plenty of natural light for a tranquil stay. Guests can also lounge on their own private outdoor patio or reach the ultimate relaxation with an outdoor shower using lush Le Labo bath products.

 

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The Residence

One of the most impressive aspects of L’Horizon is its signature presidential suite The Residence–a secluded oasis formerly home to Hollywood entrepreneur Jack Wrather. The more than 3000-square-foot habitat comes with a private, full-sized pool and yard. Unobstructed views of the surrounding landscape deliver eye-catching views of the natural, mountain terrain. The Residence can be booked as a one-bedroom accommodation or upgraded to the full two-bedroom home, both options leaving guests to enjoy a wood-burning fireplace, wet bar and luxury amenities.

 

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Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Peaceful Ambiance

Outside of lounging in the spacious bungalow rooms, the hotel boasts an inviting indoor-outdoor Spa for pampering guests in a peaceful setting. From massages to facials to aromatherapy, relaxation is guaranteed with services customized to fit each guest’s desires. Other activities like private personal training, yoga classes and guided hikes add an element of fitness perfect for any guest wishing to stay active during their getaway. The onsite restaurant SoPa is also a welcoming draw, with a refined dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. The garden-esque outdoor seating creates an enchanting setting where a flavorful, local menu of European and Californian dishes please the palate thanks to Michelin-star Chef Giacomo Pettinari.

 

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

The Location

Aside from the number of amenities throughout the property, L’Horizon is also located within minutes of Palm Springs’ bustling downtown. Restaurants, nightlife and shopping are some of the main attractions for visitors taking advantage of the city’s offerings. The area is also home to multiple casinos, museums and design studios creating a unique landscape for exploring the classic destination.

 

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Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs

Photo: L’Horizon Resort & Spa Palm Springs – Bikinis and Passports

A Winter Holiday in Courchevel

Summer isn’t the only season for travel as winter months bring blankets of snow to the French Alps—one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The Courchevel ski resort holds true to France’s romantic reputation as many flock to enjoy the breathtaking views, fine dining, and world class skiing. If you’re planning to take advantage of the fresh powder this winter, Courchevel could be the perfect destination for your next getaway.

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Luxury Hotels

At each of Courchevel’s villages, named after the four altitude levels of the resort, you can enjoy the comforts of luxury living. But at the highest altitude, Courchevel 1850, the palatial hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants keep you living the high life. The five-star L’Apogée hotel boasts a chic, trendy ambiance with spacious rooms overlooking views of the valley. The new Barrière Les Neiges Hotel sits on the slope of the Bellecôte mountain, allowing skiers easy access to glide down to the lifts right from the heated outdoor terrace. There are also multiple chalet options like the Shemshak Lodge, which features a pool, steam room, and gym to enhance your stay. Stay at the intimate Cheval Blanc Courchevel to find elegant and inviting suites with ski-in-ski-out access to the slopes.

 

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Fine Dining

In between trips down the slopes, you’ll be able to feast on decadent cuisine assembled by world-renowned chefs. At Azimut, you can taste local delicacies by Chef and owner François Mouraux, who creates accessible dishes with upscale quality. One of the resort’s favorites is Le Chabichou, a two-Michelin Star eatery with elegant gourmet dining to complement the traditional décor. To see and be seen, Les Verdons is the place be with its extravagant menu and relaxed, social atmosphere.

 

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Skiing

The main attraction of Courchevel is its unparalleled skiing for recreational skiers and experts alike. One of the largest lift-linked places to ski in the world, the Les Trois Vallées has over 170 lifts with Courchevel visitors calling the Saint-Bon valley home during their stay. Travelers get to enjoy the landscapes while coasting the local slopes, like the Courchevel 1300 ski jumping hill built for the 1992 Olympics.

 

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Photo: Courchevel

With the numerous reasons to explore all that Courchevel has to offer, the winter season will be packed with visitors looking to live in the lap of luxury while they embrace the fresh powder. Events like the the impressive International Festival of Pyrotechnic Arts and the 3 Vallées Enduro competition will also draw in hundreds looking for entertainment during their holiday. As the weather in France keeps the snow falling, Courchevel may be the best place to embrace the cold during your next winter vacation.

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The 2019 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

The luxurious and completely private Necker Island is home to not only a lavish resort, but is also the site of the annual Manuka Doctor Necker Cup—a pro-am tennis tournament put on to close out tennis season. With a number of high-profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

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The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup

The 74-acre Necker Island stands as a luxurious vacation destination for celebrities and world leaders such as President Barack Obama, along with being the site of numerous events. The 2019 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal is now in its eighth year on the island, taking place December 4th-9th. The Necker Cup is expected to be the event of the season for those with a ticket to the exclusive tournament. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup. Stars like Martina Navratilova, Caroline Wozniacki and Sir Richard Branson will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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A Week of Excitement

While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp. The three-day clinic with instruction from professional coaches and players lets you train with the best in preparation for the big tournament. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Camp gives the full experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. Guests can also start the experience three days early with the Dream @ Sea aboard the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.

 

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End of the World Beach Party

The event is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past seven years has raised more than $3 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place during the week treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. One-hundred percent of proceeds are donated to charities like The National Tennis Foundation and several other player charities. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Beach Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, Kenny Chesney and more.

 

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The Newest Features in International Luxury Air Travel

For more than a century, passengers have enjoyed air travel in making way to their destination quickly and comfortably. In recent years, airline amenities have reached new heights with business and first class features rising above past expectations to take on a truly luxury air travel experience. With new technologies and modes of relaxation continuously being incorporated into premium travel, first and business class international flights are more lavish than ever and are expected to continue to evolve in coming years. Get to know some of the air travel industry’s most extravagant features that deliver passengers to their destination in style.

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Boeing 777-300ER

Known for its luxury flights, Emirates recently introduced the world’s first enclosed cabin suite featured on an aircraft. The Boeing 777-300ER allows passengers to enjoy 40 feet of their own private space with a sleek look inspired by Mercedes Benz. The aircraft, offering flights out of Dubai, has a series of features to pamper passengers for the ultimate travel experience. They’ll take in entertainment on the biggest widescreen touch TV on any airplane in the world, lounging on “zero gravity” seats perfectly measured to reach the peak of comfort. Mood lighting and temperature control personalize the experience, and virtual windows with a live video feed of the terrain below make sure every passenger has a window seat.

 

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Etihad A380

While not technically fully-enclosed, a Residence cabin on the Etihad A380 gives Emirates a run for its money by offering the world’s only three-room air travel apartment in the sky. Complete with a living room, bedroom and ensuite bathroom with a shower, luxury is an understatement for guests flying out of Abu Dhabi to NYC, London, Paris or Sydney. A personal butler serves Residence passengers custom, gourmet meals in their spacious living room before they retire to the bedroom, fit with a double bed and additional entertainment system. The bathroom with a full-height shower provides a way to refresh on the long flights, complete with a vanity and luxury robes.

 

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Air France La Premiere 777-300ER

While none reach the level of extravagance these top-tier cabins provide, other airlines around the world are aiming to upgrade their first and business class services in a variety of ways. The Air France La Premiere 777-300ER provides a notable raised side partition and floor-to-ceiling closed-curtains allowing for an elevated level of privacy. Seats that are made into full beds offer a quality night’s rest with premium bedding. The exceptional experience is topped off with some of the best airline dining in the world. Seven-course meals of caviar, lobster and steak designed by a Michelin-star chef place Air France above all in air dining excellence.

 

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Photo: Air France La Premiere – Luxury Air Travel

Zodiac Aerospace

With growing expectations of enhanced comfort and tech in flying experiences, the near future of air travel is projected to include an array of heightened luxuries that continue to take passengers into the next era of first and business class flight. Airbus is partnering with Zodiac Aerospace to develop interchangeable sleeping modules on the lower deck of the Airbus A330. The modular design, expected to be an aircraft catalog option in 2020, will also allow for other uses such as a kids’ zone, medical center, lounge or conference room.

 

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Panasonic Avionics

Panasonic Avionics is also well on their way to making improvements in premium air travel. Their innovative Nanoe air filtration system, a service planned to launch in 2021, suppresses bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pollutants that improve air quality for first and business class passengers. Panasonic is also developing Active Noise Control technology to reduce aircraft noise and replace it with the passenger’s choice of ambient sound or music.

 

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Boom Supersonic

An ambitious project by Boom Supersonic aims to deliver passengers from Tokyo to San Francisco in under six hours on a supersonic jet travelling more than double the speed of sound. With testing beginning in 2019, these ultra-fast flights have an expected release date of 2025 with prices comparable to today’s business class seats.

 

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