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Joali Maldives: Empowering Female, philanthropy and eco-art

Joali is the Maldives’ first luxury and only art resort, eco-inspired with immersive pieces.

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Joali is a castaway paradise surrounded by uninhabited islands while just 45 minutes away from Male by seaplane. The Maldives’ first and only art resort, Joali’s focus on sustainability is reflected in its trail of eco-inspired artworks by up-and-coming international designers, including a giant Manta ray treehouse by Porky Hefer and an underwater mosaic coral museum by Misha Kahn. With stylish and on-trend interior design in its 73 gorgeous beach and over-water villas encompassing marble, rose gold and bamboo.
Joali’s impeccable sustainability credentials are further reflected in its commitment to saving the oceans with their own coral garden and nursery, all-natural, sealife-friendly shampoo and conditioner in rooms and a ban on non-recyclable and recycled plastic.

Celebrating its first birthday at the end of last year, Joali Maldives is one of few independent luxury hotels in the region, designed and masterminded by one woman, Esin Gural Argat, one of Turkey’s most prominent entrepreneurs (open to interview if of interest). Designed with astonishing attention to detail in collaboration with renowned designer Autoban, Esin’s feminine touches are reflected throughout; from rose gold taps and marble sinks to mini-libraries of female-inspired books in villas for poolside enlightenment. As the Maldives’ first and only art resort, eco-inspired immersive pieces are dotted around the island in a fascinating trail curated by Istanbul-based female collective No LaB, with each piece portraying a timely geopolitical or environmental message.

Committed to helping empower women in the Maldives, Joali has a commitment to hiring local women at all levels, from beach cleaners to senior management, and funds volunteer work with local schools to help girls and women gain skills needed for employment. On a more general local level, blood donation camps are regularly held at the resort for guests and staff to donate to local hospitals to alleviate the shortage of blood for transfusions in the Maldives. Reducing impact on the environment is another of Joali’s philanthropic commitments, with the resort designed and built around the lush palm trees and foliage already on the pristine island of Muravandhoo. Guests can visit nearby desert islands to clean beaches and collect any litter washed up by the sea and take part in a pioneering reef restoration project alongside the resort’s Marine Biologist to help rebuild the house reef after the recent mass bleaching event. All room amenities are 100% natural and safe for marine life, while the small amount of necessary plastic used is both recycled and recyclable. Joali is working on tree-planting schemes for 2020 for guests to offset their carbon footprint, while a new departure donation scheme encourages support of its partner charities for marine conservation and a local NGO supporting children with disabilities.

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We could say that it is the only art museum located in paradise. Joali combines luxury and creativity in one place and unique in the Maldives.

J. Garrido

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Muravandhoo Island
Raa Atoll, Maldives
+960 658 44 00

Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam

The most beautiful and impressive hotel in Amsterdam

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In our opinion, the Conservatorium is one of the most beautiful and impressive hotels in Amsterdam; It is located in the former building previously occupied by the city’s Sweelinck Music Conservatorium which was also, originally built as the Rijkspostspaar bank at the end of the 19th century; the building was conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel, reputed for his his ability to fuse simplicity and functionality. In addition, this hotel has been awarded on numerous occasions as the best of the luxury hotels in the Netherlands.

The hotel’s interior design was delegated to the award-winning Italian interior designer Piero Lissoni, who modernised the Art Noveau style by merging it with the simplistic lines proposed by its creator.

The Conservatorium Hotel defines itself as your second home in Amsterdam and we completely agree as you feel from the very first second that the aim of the hotel staff is to make the visit as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. And they must be doing something right, when they have become the reason why so many guests keep coming back to the capital year after year.

The location of the hotel could not be better, as it is found in the famous Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier), one of the main neighbourhoods to visit in this attractive city.

Leaving the exteriors aside, the Conservatorium Hotel offers an infinity of proposals that will not leave any guest indifferent. Beginning with its varied and ample offer of spacious rooms, which manage to capture all kinds of customers who want to enjoy a quick or long stay in Amsterdam, and followed by their offer of rest and relaxation through a splendid spa from which you do not want to leave.

In the Conservatorium Hotel you will be able to find various sorts of restaurants and cuisine such as the Taiko, a recognized and award-winning Asian-inspired restaurant which has become one of the most exclusive spots in Amsterdam. It is directed by Schilo Van Coevorden who manages to combine beauty, flavour, and texture in each one of his creations.

Another of our favourites is the Brasserie and Lounge, located in a beautiful glass inner courtyard with spectacular windows ranging from floor to ceiling, where you will find yourself tasting the most the most contemporary classics during the day.

Undoubtedly the hotel has become an experience to repeat once and a thousand times, which you would never get tired of.

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Elegant design and award-winning architecture in this magnificent reclaimed conservatory. A luxury hotel with impeccable taste and exquisite service.

Y. Martin

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Van Baerlestraat 27 ,
Amsterdam, 1071 AN NL
+31205700000

Hotel Bellevue, Dubrovnik

An icon of private boutique luxury and design over the Adriatic Sea

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If circumstances allow us to travel this spring, from Herdes we recommend a trip to Dubrovnik. An incredible city bathed in the Adriatic Sea.The newly refurbished Hotel Bellevue Dubrovnikre-opened its doors in April 2019. Hotel Bellevue boasts a unique setting on a clifftop with immaculate water views over the Adriatic Sea. The hotel’s transformation captures the serenity of the Mediterranean setting, reflecting the natural colours of the surrounding landscape through modern and sophisticated design. The hotel is host to 91 blissful rooms and suites, a chic Michelin Recommended Vapor restaurant, a sleek lounge with a terrace, and an invigorating energy spa clinic with ceiling to floor windows to capture the cinematic backdrop.
A getaway to this European paradise would be a very good option after this tourist break that we all suffer at this time.

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A retreat to relax with incredible views of the Adriatic Sea. An ideal place to forget about the busy urban chaos. Let yourself be pampered by the service with its excellent gastronomy.

J. Garrido

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Ul. Pera Čingrije 7,
20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
+385 20 330 000

Grantley Hall

It opened its doors last summer and became an overnight sensation for guests searching for a haven of peace amidst nature and tranquillity that only Yorkshire can offer.

Grantley Hall is located in the heart of Yorkshire, just ten minutes west of Ripon. It is a sprawling, 17th century property built by the first Baron Grantley and was a favoured holiday residence of the English gentry, where guests such as Queen Mary and the Princesses Royal, politicians and high-society families have stayed.

When you arrive to Grantley Hall, two large gates stand sentry at the entrance to the complex. Once you’ve gone past them, you’ll continue along a path following the course of a river until you get to a wide open parkland surrounded by gardens where you’ll see the majestic, Palladian-style Grantley in the background. 
The interiors feature a contemporary country style designed to highlight some original and completely restored elements such as historic fireplaces, oak panelling and ornamental ceiling plaster work. All furniture has been personally chosen by Valeria Sykes, the current owner, and made by local artisans especially for Grantley Hall. 

Grantley Hall has 47 rooms and suites, all facing its different gardens—turning it into a benchmark in its category. It doesn’t matter which room you choose; all rooms enjoy guaranteed views.

Each room and suite comes with an Italian marble-clad bathroom with a separate tub and walk-in shower, as well as a television hidden behind a painting that you can reveal at the touch of a button. All of them boast the latest technology and amenities. 

Gastronomy is considered absolutely crucial at Grantley Hall, which is why its kitchens are in the more-than-capable hands of Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin, who has gone back to his roots, becoming Yorkshire’s most outstanding chef. 

In his elegant restaurant, Rankin showcases what he does best: cooking with local seasonal produce. To this end, Grantley Hall has its own kitchen garden, with fruit trees, vegetables and bee hives. 
Other dining options include Restaurant EightyEight, which serves Pan-Asian cuisine, a restaurant with a more laid-back atmosphere called Fletchers, the Drawing Room, for the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea experience, and lastly, Valeria’s, a bar serving the most exclusive champagnes and cocktails, which are perfect after dinner. 

In a place completely isolated from the world, it goes without saying that it would have a wellness philosophy, as epitomised by The Three Graces Spa, where you’ll find a wide range of treatments available using products by Natura Bissé Barcelona. 

ELITE Executive Gym and Wellness is the name of the fitness facility offering activities you can engage in under the guidance of experts such as Duncan Roy, the Guinness World Record Ocean Rower who has shared his wealth of expertise to create the ultimate fitness experience at Grantley Hall. 

ELITE also offers water activities in the different pools on the grounds. Don’t miss out on yoga classes in the gardens, a truly unique experience amidst nature and silence. 

Ripon North Yorkshire
+44 1765 620070
grantleyhall.co.uk

Janeiro: Front-ocean sustainable luxury

Right next to the Atlantic Ocean, but far from the bustling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana that define the second most populous city of Brazil, stands the Janeiro Hotel, the last offering of the artist, doctor, fashion designer and philanthropist Oskar Metsavaht. A project that mixes luxury, simplicity and technology and that follows the values of Sustainable Luxury, a philosophy that Metsavaht developed even before the term was coined.

Located in the glamorous Leblon district, the Janeiro Hotel was created in 1975, when the coast-line started to become home to new luxury apartments. Then Metsavaht took control of it, and even if it has been open for less than three years, it has already become a city referent.

What makes Janeiro Hotel so unique is how it manages to combine urbanity with nature through its structure and its design. With diaphanous spaces, minimal and exquisite decoration, its enormous windows let natural light illuminate each corner and offer outstanding panoramic sea views over the Cagarras islands, the city, and the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue on the top. In the Janeiro Hotel, the landscape is ever-changing and always present.

White dominates the room interiors along with the soft colour of the sustainably harvested Freijo wood of the furniture and the Travertine marble. Rooms have a minimalist design, feature recycled-glass lamps, and showcase design pieces from Brazil’s emerging talents. Black and white beautiful photographs and art books can be found anywhere in the hotel.

From the 53 rooms that Janeiro offers, the main one, the Janeiro Suite, stands out among the others, as its spacious space of 75 m2 includes a king-size bed, a sofa, a swing chair and an integrated bathroom with double shower, a dining table, an armchair and a TV. But the Oceanfront Suite or the Oceanview master suite, which is on the top floor, are also excellent choices. In any case, all rooms include cable TV, coffeemaker, mini bar, radio, high-speed internet and yoga mat and blocks.

The Janeiro Hotel is also the place of two delightful restaurants. The cosy and intimate Janeiro Restaurant offers dishes made with seasonal and local ingredients, like grilled seafood and farm-to-table vegetables. And the Omakase, on the 18th floor, has a menu of raw fish cold dishes and dessert chosen by the chef himself according to seasonality and the freshest ingredients available on the market.

The hotel has a rooftop bar too, next to the outdoor pool, which is the perfect place for taking a Caipirinha while letting yourself be amazed by the fantastic view of the sunset above the open sea and surrounding the magnificent Two Brothers Mountain.

The Janeiro Hotel is the ultimate example that luxury can be found in the sustainable hotel industry and the best choice if you plan to spend an intimate and relaxing break  in one of the best ocean-front hotels that Brazil has to offer.

Av. Delfi Moreira, 696, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 2172-1001
www.janeirohotel.rio

Torel 1884

In February this year, the Torel Group opened the doors to its latest hotel venture. A boutique hotel with a history and a design that are worth discovering before paying it a visit. 

Located right in the centre of Porto, a few metres away from renowned Avenida dos Aliados and the riverside quarter of the Ribeira. Torel 1884 is comprised of two buildings—a magnificent 19th-century palace where the hotel is and a nearby building where the apartments are found. 

The concept for Torel 1884 dates back to the cultural discoveries made by the Portuguese in their voyages to Africa, America and Asia. This is why each of Torel 1884’s suites and apartments is named after the materials, substances or items that the adventurers brought back to Portugal, which are now part of everyday life. 
On the ground floor, you can find the entrance and the lobby with works by artists Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Jorge Curval. It is also on this floor where you’ll find the restaurant Bartolomeu Wine Bistro—a great place to enjoy good food and company.  There are two rooms on this floor which look out to the interior garden and which allude to the African continent as they are named “Suleiman” and “Malagueta” (chili pepper).  If you go up to the first floor, which is called “America”, you can find the rooms called “Exotic Wood”, “Exotic Bird”, “Coffee”, “Sugarcane” and “Tobacco”—each of which is exquisitely decorated using materials such as wood and cane, where the colours green, turquoise, brown and black predominate.
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The second floor, which takes its inspiration from Asia, is where you’ll find “Tea”, “Porcelain”, “Silk”, “Tapestry” and “Spices”. Earth colors, an oriental-themed screen and raffia carpets give a subtly piquant feel to the “Spices” room, while the “Tea” room transports us to leafy green plantations, featuring colorful cotton and linen, banana-leaf wallpaper and a raffia carpet as a final touch. The “Porcelain”, “Silk” and “Tapestry” rooms are richer, reflecting Asian luxury.

All rooms are very spacious with large windows and high ceilings that make the most of the architecture of this iconic 19th-century building. 

The 11 apartments – “Ginger”, “Saffron”, “Paprika”, “Coriander”, “Mustard”, “Basil”, “Clove”, “Turmeric”, “Cardamom”, “Pepper” and “Cinnamon” – are located in the Rua das Flores building and are split into 5 categories that follow the same concept as the 1884 rooms.

For more information: www.torel1884.com

Royal Mansour. A paradise inside the Medina

It is possibly the most exclusive hotel with the best service on the African continent. Royal Mansour was conceived as a ‘medina within a medina’ and designed by King Mohammed VI. With only 53 private riads, this fabulous hotel is the ultimate luxury experience. 

It is located on the eastern edge of the medina in the Hivernage neighbourhood and is surrounded and fortified by the same wall as the medina, ensuring utmost privacy and safety. It is a ten-minute taxi ride away from the famous square Djemaa el Fna and 15 minutes away from the airport. Staying at the Royal Mansour comes with the perk of getting picked up at the airport and brought to the hotel in a luxurious BMW. 

Once you cross the wall to enter its grounds, you’ll find a security cordon where they’ll verify your identity. After you get past this point, you’ll travel down a path meandering through its beautifully landscaped gardens until you get to a square where they’ll help you alight from the car and collect your luggage. Upon entering the hall, an open-air courtyard with columns flanking a fountain in the centre, you’ll begin to appreciate the air of peace and tranquillity permeating the Royal Mansour. 

Once you’ve checked in, they’ll accompany you to your riad, crossing a few small streets as if you were inside a medina amidst the majestic riads and enjoying the carefully groomed gardens.  

Each riad—whether with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms—is distributed across three floors. On the ground floor, you’ll find a small open-air courtyard, with some armchairs and a small fountain. Inside, there’s a small hall with a sofa and next to it is a sitting room with a dining table and a fireplace. On the other side, there’s a staircase, a washroom and the kitchen, where you can make yourself some tea or coffee using the Nespresso machine there.


If you go up the stairs to the first floor, you’ll find a corridor with a washroom, two dressing rooms and the entrance to the master suite. This is a spacious room with a very large bed and a dressing room at the back—all decorated and clad in carved wood. The bathroom, entirely in marble, has a huge tub and a shower. 

On the second floor, you’ll find a terrace with a private pool and a fireplace to enjoy cooler evenings. 

All the riads boast state-of-the-art digitally controlled lighting, air-conditioning and heating, and you can even use one of the many touchscreens around the room to enable do-not-disturb mode. 

You’ll never see or run across any staff of the Royal Mansour—whether inside the riad itself or out in the gardens—, as each of the riads are connected by underground tunnels which the staff navigate through to attend to your every need. This is the reason why the Royal Mansour sets the gold standard in service in its category. 

With regard to dining, there are three restaurants to choose from: La Table, which serves exquisite French cuisine; La Grand Table Marrocain, which features a blend of Moroccan and contemporary cuisine; and last but not the least, Le Jardin, which is headed by Chef Yannick Allenó and offers Asian fusion cuisine. It is perhaps one of the best restaurants in Morocco.

More info: royalmansour.com

The London Edition

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The London Edition is the third property of the Marriott-Ritz Carlton group under the EDITION brand in cooperation with Ian Shrager.

This 19th century building was built in 1835 and is comprised of five private homes. The Berners Hotel was built later on in 1908. In 2013, it became The London Edition of today, preserving the façade’s Georgian style and turning the sumptuous interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg and I.S.C Design Studio into an interesting blend of modern and classic elements.

A stunning example of the magnificence of this hotel is its impressive lobby, with its large marble columns and a massive polished mirrored egg, the work of German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. The lobby shares space with The Lobby Bar, surrounded by a group of tables and sofas distributed in front of an impressive fireplace and snooker table. Here you can try a variety of cocktails created by Andy Shannon.

The guest rooms are the epitome of luxury, recalling the interiors of a luxury yacht with wood panelled walls, magnificent hanging lamps, tufted lounge chairs, a bed made with white sheets covered with a faux mink blanket at the foot, and a fully stocked minibar hidden inside a wooden wardrobe.

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Perhaps it’s the jewel of The London Edition or perhaps it’s simply one more excuse to visit this magnificent hotel. But for those who haven’t had the opportunity to stay at The London Edition, you really should try and see if you can have lunch at this fabulous restaurant. Just sitting at one of the tables is already an experience in itself as everything around 208 you is utterly breathtaking. It’s an opulent space with high ceilings and ornate plasterwork of incalculable beauty. The walls are covered with gilt-framed photographs and paintings, all mixed together as if they were Tetris pieces that fit perfectly. The tables are laid out in the style of cafés, with circular leather booths, round tables and wooden chairs.

With Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at the helm, The Berners Tavern offers lively modern cuisine, blending English tradition with influences from continental Europe. Don’t miss its famous, award-winning mac and cheese!

10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London
+44 20 7781 0000
www.editionhotels.com
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