Choose your Art

Choosing Art work for the house can seem like a very daunting experience. Especially since art is an expensive investment and a very impactful one at that. Noone wants to make the wrong desicion. Here we have a few people from the team of Small luxury hotels of the World (SLH) give us tips on how we can choose the right art work for our house, particularly the living and bedroom.

Pudi Boutique Hotel, Shanghai, China

Janet Bao, General Manager, Pudi Boutique Hotel

“The moment they step into the lobby here at Pudi Boutique Hotel, guests feel as if they are staying in an art gallery. We mix oil paintings and sculpture from young Chinese artists with a modern style. Guests may purchase these art works and take them home to add to their own collection. A few tips I’d offer when choosing art for your own home – choose a painting the width of your mattress to hang over your bed for dramatic effect in the bedroom – pick out colours from the painting in your cushions and bedding too. It is well worth investing in special lighting to highlight your artwork. And I like to choose one colour as a central theme and select pieces incorporating this colour to draw my whole art collection together – at Pudi Boutique Hotel red copper is featured in most of our artwork to add a strongShanghai feel.”

The George, Christchurch, New Zealand

Bruce Garrett, General Manager, The George

“In the bedroom you can use symmetry for maximum impact with matching lamps and cushions and a bigger bed head or panel with a horizontal frame to create a dramatic and stylish effect. Use neutral colours throughout with a pop of colour in each piece of artwork to make it stand out. It’s also effective to use one theme (like a region, or era – here at The George our themes include iconic images of our city in the guest rooms and NZ artists throughout the hotel) and then have different types of artwork based on the same theme including photography and pieces from different artists throughout your home. Choose matching frames in a row to pull your artwork together and use spotlighting to highlight each piece.”

To check out more tips on how to create hotel style at your home click here

Travel: Architectural Marvel

By Isha Marwaha

What If you see a building or a house which is upside down? Strange right? You’ll be amazed to know about some extraordinary and odd architectural buildings. And naturally the question pops up, how did they manage to do it?Crooked House, Poland, www.stylecity.inThe Crooked house, Sopot, PolandDancing House, Prague, www.stylecity.inDancing Building, prague, Czech Republichole house, Texas, USA, www.stylecity.inThe Hole House, Texas, USAUpside down house Poland, www.stylecity.inUpside down house, Szymbark, PolandNewark-ohio-longaberger-headquarters-frontThe Basket Building, Ohio, USA

Chic and Stylish: Aloft Hotel, Bengaluru

It seems it has been ages since I went out of town and enjoyed a holiday. Now the secret about me is that half my purpose of going out of town is the hotel stay, so imagine my joy when I got an opportunity to visit Aloft Bengaluru, a funky and quirky new Hotel.The second you enter the Hotel you are greeted by an airplane of the ceiling. This instantly piques your interest while the hotel’s stylish urban design, buzzing bar and vibrant social scene is set to make Aloft the hottest destination in this fast growing market.Front desk, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Cessna on the ceiling, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park boasts atmospheric public spaces where guests can mix and mingle, read, work or play a game of pool at the Re:mix lounge or grab a drink and enjoy “Live @ Aloft Hotels” that showcases live band performances by emerging artists at the signature wxyz bar.

Refuel, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Spacious loft inspired guest rooms feature the brand’s signature 9 feet high ceilings, oversized windows, an ultra-comfortable platform bed and walk-in showers with Bliss Spa® bath amenities. Designed for the millennial traveler in mind, Aloft Bengaluru Cessna Business Park offers fast and free WiFi throughout the hotel.  Each room is equipped with a unique plug-and-play connectivity solution that connects most electronic devices to the 42’’ LED TV, turning the room into a high-tech office as well as an entertainment centre.

Presidential suite- 3D paint on the walls, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.in

Bedroom, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inRecreational facilities at the hotel include Re:charge fitness centre and Splash pool. You can get a quick foodie fix at Re:fuel by Aloft, a one-stop, 24-hour grab-and-go food and beverage area or enjoy a leisurely meal at the hotel’s urban cool café style restaurant, Nook.Nook, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inThe hotel offers 10,050 square feet of meeting space with largest banquet hall being 411 square meters, 7 tactic meeting rooms equipped with the latest generation of audio-visual hardware and an outdoor terrace Backyard providing the perfect creative spaces for business meetings or social gatherings.Remix, Aloft Bengaluru, www.stylecity.inPrice starting from Rs 6499/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast Sunday to Thursday and Rs 5489/- plus taxes inclusive of breakfast on Friday and Saturday. SPG members, Starwood Hotels’ award winning loyalty program earn double StarPoints on this offer.

For more information call 18002582516 or log on to www.alofthotels.com/cessnabusinesspark.

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Travel: Amazing Beaches

By Isha Marwaha

When you think of going to the beach, you think of sand and sea- shore or ocean right? Well, here are some amazing beaches that do not meet the usual expectations you had in mind, but look gorgeous anyway…

Maldives Beach Brings The Stars To The Shoremaldives beach- the stars to the shore, www.stylecity.inThis is one truly incredible sight to see! The lights on the shores of this beach are caused by a bioluminescent phytoplankton. Individually, these creatures are too small to be seen, but gathered together they look like a starry night!

Glass Beach in Californiaglass beach california, www.stylecity.inLocated near Fort Bragg in California, Glass Beach looks beautiful but is the truth of its formation is rather sad. Many years ago, residents used to dump their trash in these waters. Today, the glass is from trash materials moulded by the water and washed back onto shore.

MOERAKI BOULDERS “Dragon Eggs”, Koekohe Beach in New Zealanddragon egg beach, New Zeland, www.stylecity.inThe pieces of sedimentary rocks left behind are too hard for the water to completely break down, but as the water continuously rolls against them, it creates these egg like formations.

The Beach of the Cathedrals located in Ribadeo, Spain Beach of the Cathedral, Spain, www.stylecity.inOver the years the water continuously pounds against these rocks, creating what looks like stunning cathedral architecture, all produced by the creative hand of nature.

Hidden Beach located in Marieta, Mexico hidden beach located in mexico, www.stylecity.inThe beautiful hidden beach, officially called Playa De Amor or the Beach of Love, was created by the Mexican government during target practice in the early 1900’s.

Travel: Fountain Wonders

By Isha Marwaha

Fountains have always been used as an accessory to decorate and embellish outdoor spaces. Water becomes an artistic form of expression as it dances over sculptures and skylines. Find here a few of our selections which continue to attract millions of tourists with their spectacular light and water shows, or just with their unique design, see how many you recognize, if not time to revamp your bucket list

Fountain-in-Place-de-la-Concorde, ParisDE LA CONCORDE FOUNTAIN IN PARIS

Magic Fountain, Barcelona, SpainMAGIC FLOATING FOUNTAIN, MENORCA,SPAIN

Swarovski_Fountain, innsbruck_AustriaSWAROVSKI FOUNTAIN, INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA

Trevi Fountain, RomeTREVI FOUNTAIN, ROME

Archibald-Fountain-Sydney-AustraliaARCHIBALD FOUNTAIN, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Take the Plunge

By Isha Marwaha

Pools are no longer just a hole in the backyard of some resort and hotels. Nor are they just a feature a resort must provide.Pools can be any style, any shape, with unique features. They reflect a growing desire for style with features such as waterfalls, fountains, dramatic lighting and creative finishes.  Here are few unimaginable and exotic places all around the world where everybody’s desire is to be and cherish amazing moments in the pool, from Bali to Switzerland!! So what are you waiting for, pack your bathing suits and get ready to take the plunge…

Giola-Lagoon, Greece
Giola Lagoon, a natural pool near the village of Astris on Thassos in the Greek IslandsHanging gardens, Bali
The pool at Hanging Gardens Ubud Hotel in Bali, IndonesiaThe Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Oberoi Udaivilas pool on the shore of Lake Pichola in Udaipur, IndiaBoucan by hotel chocolat, St Lucia
Pool at Boucan by Hotel Chocolat in St. LuciaThe Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast
The Hotel Caruso pool on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi CoastThe_Cambrian outdoor pool, Switzerland
The pool at the Cambrian in Switzerland

Le Meridien: A Curated Experience for the Creative Class

Le Méridien was founded by Air France in 1972 a leader in design and innovation at that time, with the first hotel, the 1,000 room Le Méridien Etoile in Paris. The original concept was to provide a “home outside of home for Air France passengers” which led to a presence of Le Méridien in the world’s primary and international cities, as well as exotic resort locales in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.  Le Méridien’s ARRIVAL Experience commences from the moment guests arrive at the hotel door steps until they have opened the door to their guest room. It was curated by the brand’s Cultural Curator Jérôme Sans and engaged a range of LM100™; a group of cultural innovators. Current LM100 members include Le Méridien Cultural Curator, Jerome Sans; world renowned artists Sam Samore, Joan Fontcuberta, Younès Rahmoun, Youssef Nabil, and Michael Lin; contemporary Chinese artists Chen Wenbo, Yan Lei, An Xiaotong; award winning photographer, Ralph Gibson to name a few.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Transforming the guest experience:
Based on proprietary Starwood research that showed that the first 10 minutes sets a guest’s mind for the rest of the stay, Le Méridien identified 4 signature moments to make the guest’s Arrival experience memorable and special.
a) Artwork on the doors– Right upon Arrival the entry door was considered as a canvas and 40+ artworks have been created for the brand by numerous established and emerging LM100 artists around the globe.
b) Unique Atmosphere- A unique atmosphere has been created including the signature scent created by New York perfumery Le Labo, called LM01, a signature soundtrack, and a lighting ceremony (created by each hotel) to celebrate the transition from day to night.
c) UNLOCK ARTTM At check-in the guest receives an artist-designed key card that serve as pieces of artwork themselves.  The hotel keycard is created by a contemporary artist and is intended to become a collector’s item.  The program, called UNLOCK ART™ in addition consists of unique partnerships to provide guests with complimentary access to contemporary cultural centers around the world,including San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, Shanghai’s Museum of Contemporary Arts and a lot more.
d) Soundscape in the elevator- Le Méridien has transformed the expected and mundane event of riding an elevator into an “Elevated Experience” through a unique 24 hour soundscape.  Le Méridien has appointed Henri Scars Struck, an LM100 member and the visionary Grammy-winning French composer/producer, to create this soundscape for Le Méridien hotels globally.

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

Le Meridien Delhi sees the work of ‘Thukral & Tagra’ who have created a walking interactive experience piece through the lobby. When people walk, the floor becomes animated by a crowd of characters that immediately surround you and follow you on your journey. When you stop, they stop.  If you start to walk again, they follow you. These characters are elements of the artists’ vocabulary that you find in all their paintings and other works. They are characters or idioms from global lifestyle, contemporary culture, communication, transportation, music, health and nature. Contemporary culture as a culture of signs. Pop signs. Signs of the time.’

Le Meridien, www.stylecity.in

LE MERIDIEN’S LOBBIES WILL THE BECOME THE GATHERING PLACE FOR CREATIVE MINDS, NAMED “THE HUB”-Le Méridien aims to become the gathering place for creative minds by providing a space that encourages dialogue, awakens curiosity, stimulated thinking through physical + human components in the space. The environment of the hub will consist of curated contemporary art in high impact areas (graphic, sound, video), unique seating, styling, F+B component with coffee at its center and trained Baristas are the core component of Le Meridien’s Hub.

Travel: Shangri-La “City Escapes”

This winter, family travel will be merrier and more memorable when Shangri-La’s city hotels, Kerry and Traders hotels around the world introduce “City Escapes”to start the season of celebration from 10 December 2013 to 10 February 2014.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul, www.stylecity.in

Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo,www.stylecity.inShangri-La Hotel, Paris,www.stylecity.in

While counting down to the holidays, guests can peruse a selection of over 70 Shangri-La properties located in key city destinations, namely Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, mainland China, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. Each City Escape, designed to welcome Christmas and New Year in style and elegance, will offer great value and the convenience of being close to sites of interest. Guests booking City Escapes for a room or suite at the Best Available Rate will be entitled to complimentary breakfast and upto USD200 credit per stay to use for hotel dining or for pampering treatments at the spa. Even children under the age of six (up to a maximum of two) who are accompanied by a paying adult can enjoy complimentary buffet meals in all day dining and pool cafes.  For additional children aged between six and 12, staying at city hotels, a 50% discount off the buffet price will be included.

For booking or detailed information please visit www.shangri-la.com

Rising From Ashes

By Kashvi Mahajan

Tycoon Sir Richard Branson’s luxury island retreat in the Caribbean has finally been rebuilt, more than two years after it was destroyed by an inferno. A team of construction workers has been rebuilding the main property – named the Great House – ever since, and the home in the British Virgin Islands finally reopened this month.

Necker Island

Inspired by the beautiful features and Balinese style of the original structure, the new Great House offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Caribbean, the Atlantic and neighbouring islands. The ten-bedroom main house has a master bedroom with a sitting area, Jacuzzi, and a Victorian bathtub on the private terrace. A great place to soak and watch the sunset. Nine bedrooms with either king or twin beds have private bathrooms and balconies. International furnishings complete the quality lifestyle here, with woods and fabrics almost as terrific as the views from every room. Increasing the guest capacity to 30 people, authentic Balinese Houses “Bali Hi”, “Bali Cliff”, and “Bali Lo” offer villa accommodations with private pools, open-air lounges, and private dining areas.

Bali_Lo, necker Island

Great-House-Master-Bedroom-216Arrange for a helicopter transfer to take you to Necker Island and enjoy absolute privacy in a vacation on your own island. The staff, a total of forty-two people, will ensure that your meals are ready and prepared to your tastes, and in the meantime, you can enjoy any of the islands several beaches. Because you have full access to Necker Island, you can sit down to both a sunrise and sunset view. Spend a day playing tennis, or listen to each other play a piano. A fireplace and book library offers richness, and for times of special moments, there is a gazebo. When it comes time to gather everyone together, the formal dining seats 30.

Necker_Beach_House_upstairs

aNecker_Beach_House_viewPrivate white sandy beaches wouldn’t be complete without laser sailing, snorkeling, and water-skiing. Two lighted tennis courts, a gym, video, book, and music library; the snooker table and board games are just some of the things to do here when you’re not soaking up the sun, relaxing, or enjoying meals and beverages. Necker Island provides you with the space and time to do just as you like; when you like, escape to an unforgettable island happily out of step with the world.

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Sir Richard Branson commented: “Necker Island has been my home for more than 30 years and for me it is the most beautiful place in the world. The brand new Great House is the heart of the island and I’m thrilled with the results. This signals a new dawn for Necker, which I’m very excited about.”
Rate: $60,000 per night for 30 adults

Australian culinary delights; Shangri-La, New Delhi

Australia is on everyone’s lips, literally. Australia is affecting our culinary experience, be it thanks to Masterchef Australia the most watched food show in the world or the fact that a lot of chefs at restaurants and hotels around the world, especially in India originate from Australia. So even though Australia is multi-cultural and you cannot trace something which can be called Australian cuisine, it has added a lot to world cuisine, making it the new and upcoming destination for food lovers. Like London, Australia too is setting trends in what we eat and how we eat it. This August, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, brings you the best in food and culture from Australia, as Chef Matthew McCool, chef de cuisine at the iconic “Altitude”-Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney comes to Delhi. The weeklong Australian food festival opens in the last week of August 2013 and will run across two outlets – Café Uno and 19 Oriental Avenue – between 24 and 31 August 2013 under the expert guidance of Executive Chef Darren Conole.

Shangri-la, new Delhi, 19-Oriental-Avenue

Carrots with walnut snow, olive sand, fennel,wheat, Shangri-la Salmon with horseradish, watercress, pancetta soil, Shangri-la

The food festival started with a wine dinner on 24 August 2013, showcasing the best of wine and food from Australia. Patrons savoured delicacies such as Tasmanian Salmon, Quail, and Riverina Lamb Loin amongst an array of other plated delights paired with fine Australian Wolf Blass wines such as Eagle hawk Cabernet Sauvignon, Eagle hawk Chardonnay, Merlot as well as Rothbury Estate Sauvignon Blanc. Café Uno will feature an extensive and sumptuous Australian buffet for dinner using the fresh and organically grown gourmet produce, meat, cheese, seafood, seasonal fruit and root vegetables for which the region and its food is renowned worldwide. The festival will feature the flavours of Australian food for lunch and dinner at 19 Oriental Avenue until 31 August 2013 and will excite and enliven your palate. Come and celebrate Australian Culinary delights this August at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi.
Café Uno – (91 11) 4119 1010
19 Oriental Avenue – (91 11) 4119 1040