ROYAL MANSOUR: A new Concept of Wellness that is fully Customizable.

Royal Mansour surprises us once again. Morocco’s most luxurious hotel is always evolving, offering totally innovative proposals. After several months of planning, they are thrilled to introduce their new wellness concept. A proposal with a 360-degree holistic approach to health and well-being. 

Through Moroccan heritage, ancestral techniques and innovative technology, the Royal Mansour is leading the way in Morocco with its new and creative wellness offer, which is a mix of preventive and therapeutic treatments aimed at helping to soothe the body, mind and soul.

Below, we explain this new concept, which will be available to guests from September 2021 and can be booked from today:

HOLISTIC WELLNESS PROGRAMMES

The Royal Mansour will be offering all-inclusive, multi-day wellness programmes allowing guests to immerse themselves in a transformative experience. Available as three, five, seven, or 14 day retreats, guests can choose between four programs – Rebalance, Weight Control, Rejuvenation, and Immunity Boost – with the goal of improving both mental and physical wellbeing.

Rebalance – Aimed to help reduce the physical and mental impact of stress. The programme includes: a healthy food plan (mindful eating, fasting, rebalancing gut flora), Soothe and Enrich Advanced Antioxidant Facial by Subtle Energies, a holistic treatment to balance emotions (Blissful Marma Massage by Subtle Energies),Tibetan Singing Bowl therapy to harmonise energy, traditional Hammam treatment, and tailor made fitness classes according to the clients’ needs and health check.

Weight Control– Devised for guests’ looking to rebuild self confidence and energy levels. The programme includes: personal nutritional tutoring, Chi Nei Tsang treatment to relieve tensions and toxins, lymphatic drainage or pressotherapy, body wrap treatment, an oxygen facial by Intraceuticals to stimulate the production of nourishing serums, and private fitness classes.

Rejuvenation – Targeted to guests suffering with premature skin ageing. The programme includes: a balanced meal plan consisting of plenty of vitamins and anti-oxidants, a bespoke deep tissue massage to alleviate body tension, Endermology LPG session for face and body to revive cellular activity, and a Green Caviar facial to stimulate the regeneration of the skin and provide it with greater elasticity.

Immunity Boost – For those eager to strengthen their immune system. The programme includes: a nutritional plan that encourages detoxification, Chi Nei Tsang treatment to relieve tensions, a Watsu treatment for complete physical and mental relaxation, an oxygen facial by Intraceuticals to boost the production of nourishing serums, a gentle and relaxing manicure or pedicure performed by the Studio Bastien Gonzalez.

For the above programmes, guests will also receive the following: pre and post consultation with the nutritionist and Wellness Advisor, body composition analysis, scalp analysis, full board and personalised food menus, unlimited detox drinks and herbal teas, unlimited access to the Spa’s facilities, and a bespoke programme to continue the positive work at home.

LUXURY PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE BEST BEAUTY AMBASSADORS. 

The Royal Mansour has debuted a revitalised spa offering marked by three renowned skincare brands – Intraceuticals, Subtle Energies and Dr. Burgener Switzerland – each known for their innovative techniques, sustainable practices and results-driven treatments.

Intraceuticals – Intraceuticals’ scientific approach is focused on cell renewal and skin regeneration. The archetype of Intraceuticals’ innovation is the Oxygen Fusion, a treatment that uses the dual action of oxygen and hyaluronic acid combined to boost the production of nourishing serums.

Subtle Energies – Following the principles of Ayurveda, the treatments by Subtle Energies are formulated from high-quality oils mixed following a traditional recipe, creating organic products free of parabens and silicones. Subtle Energies employs the power of aromatherapy and uses Marma’s therapy points – vital energy areas of the body that are pivotal to work on stress release – to offer sensorial experiences that work on physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing

Dr Burgener – Created by the molecular biologist Doctor Pauline Burgener, the brand is a pioneer in a new wave of cosmetic treatments where personalisation and high technology meet. Using ultrasound waves to address skin care on a cellular level, treatments include green caviar extracted from algae on Okinawa Island, combined with the antioxidant power of gold trace elements, to repair and revamp the skin.

These new brands will sit alongside the hotel’s other luxury spa partners: marocMaroc, Sisley, Leonor Greyl and Bastien Gonzalez.

WELLNESS WORKSHOPS TO ENHANCE CREATIVITY

Well-being Cuisine – Guests will be invited into the kitchens of three Michelin starred chefs Yannick Alleno and Massimiliano Alajmo, to learn how to cook healthy yet delicious meals. Guests will learn how to plan meals around seasonal vegetables, superfoods and spices, how to cook fish to perfection, amongst other useful tips. Guests will also learn from the bar mixologist on how to make healthy smoothies, juices, infusions and Phyto-therapeutic concoctions.

Art therapy – An immersion into the therapeutic benefits of art, guests will be able to practice such activities as painting, modelling, pottery, calligraphy, and body language in the Atelier d’Artiste (Artist Workshop).

Royal Mansour has undoubtedly wanted to reflect on the situation we have been living through and encourage us to practice these therapies that help us to see the world with different eyes, to care for our physical and mental wellbeing. This is an opportunity to visit this luxurious retreat and pamper yourself to leave behind a difficult and stressful year. 

More information at royalmansour.com

JOALI BEING: Beyond the concept of wellness.

If you thought that Joali, which opened its doors in 2018, was a unique luxury resort in the Maldives, get ready because JOALI BEING is coming; the first “wellbeing” resort in the Maldives. 

Designed as a ‘wellbeing’ resort – going a step beyond the wellness concept – and committed to immersion in nature, offering fully personalised and results-driven transformative programmes, with the ultimate goal of guests returning home feeling refreshed, replenished and inspired, with a new sense of ‘weightlessness’. The resort, the first of its kind in the Maldives, will offer some of the finest wellness facilities and unique transformational spaces, with hydrotherapy, movement and sound healing experiences.

JOALI BEING will occupy the natural island of Bodufushi in Raa Atoll, just 35 minutes by seaplane from Male International Airport, with the option of a private transfer. There will be 68 villas, divided into exclusive beach villas and water villas, each with its own personal butler or “Jadugar”, which means “skilled wizard” in Dhivehi. All villas feature private plunge pools and a variety of special offers, such as personalised mini-bars, meditative balancing musical instruments, wellness games and much more. JOALI BEING also features an exclusive, fully equipped four-bedroom overwater villa with a magnificent uninterrupted view of the ocean, as well as a wellbeing room and a movement room.

With the untouched wild vegetation of the island, JOALI BEING has been built following the principles of biophilic design, a scientific system of architecture and design that integrates nature, with the aim of achieving harmony by eliminating negative vibrations and improving the energy flow of the island. The architectural concept for the resort was guided by JOALI BEING’s architect, Cuneyt Bukulmez, and interior design studio, Autoban – both of whom also led the design concept for JOALI Muravandhoo Island.

To realise the wellbeing therapy that Joali Being aims to present, the resort will feature a collection of transformative spaces that span the island.

AREKA, the new Wellness Centre, will open its doors to fully immersive wellness experiences, scientific therapies and diagnostic services, educational programmes, specialised therapeutic and alternative healing treatments, as well as extensive fitness facilities. It has 39 carefully designed treatment rooms and transformational spaces, including a Hydrotherapy Room, which features a Sensory Deprivation Room, a Russian Banya, aquatic therapies, a Salt Inhalation Room and a Hammam. There is also a separate Pilates Studio, an overwater meditation deck called the Ocean Sala and a “movement analysis” tool. JOALI BEING guests can also experience the unique benefits of the Sound Therapy Room and the Sound Path to Discovery, created in collaboration with visionary and sound healing consultant, Aurelio C. Hammer (also known as Svaram).

AKTAR is JOALI BEING’s Herbal Centre, inspired by the rich heritage and history of the healing powers of herbs. Guests can address their mind, skin, microbiome and energy concerns with the on-site herbal medicine specialist, who specialises in the preparation of natural remedies using herbs, spices and essential oils. Thanks to a library and a calendar of interactive workshops, guests can discover the benefits of herbal teas and learn how to make natural body creams, masks and massage oils. The AKTAR Shop also offers a selection of dried herbs, oils and natural cosmetics for purchase.

At Herdes we love gastronomy, but the culinary arts at JOALI BEING go beyond that and offer us many options to enjoy and take care of our nutrition. They focus primarily on an “earth to table” initiative, which promises traceability of ingredients and offers fresh, locally harvested food that supports small farmers and is sustainably sourced. All food and beverage options at JOALI BEING have been expertly selected with the help of the resort’s nutritionists, offering a selection of flavours and cuisines, with healthy yet indulgent dining options. If guests wish, personalised nutrition sessions and jointly developed menu recommendations are available.

JOALI BEING has a large, open and interactive dining space, known as FLOW, which features signature cuisines. Plantae, which offers vegetarian cuisine; Su, which serves ocean-to-table pescatarian fare; and B’Well, which offers JOALI BEING’s signature menu, including a selection of “earth-to-table” dishes. Mojo is the island’s tropical beach sanctuary, set on a three-level sundeck, offering an ideal spot for dining and sunset aperitifs by the pool. It is also home to the SAI Tea Lounge, which serves an incredible variety of teas and hosts tea ceremonies and educational tea sessions by the resident tea sommelier. JOALI BEING guests will also be able to enjoy interactive nutritional cooking classes at the resort’s Culinary Learning Centre, which will offer fully equipped cooking spaces for each participant.

Joali, which has always been all about conservation and sustainability, will this time do so by hosting one of the Maldives’ Turtle Conservation Sanctuaries, as well as a reef restoration project and a Coral Nursery. The resort is also collaborating with EarthCheck to introduce sustainability initiatives that have a long-term impact. The island’s sustainability infrastructure includes a Desalinated Water Bottling Plant, a Rainwater Harvesting and Grey Water Recycling System, a Glass Crusher and Recycler, a 1750 Food Waste Composter, a Vegetable Waste Crusher for fertiliser and a Biological Wastewater Treatment Plant for safe disposal.

For more information visit joalibeing.com

Peninsula: Each city has its own scent (respecting the environment).

The first hotel group to introduce amenities with packaging that is 99.9% petroleum plastic free with curated fragrances inspired by each hotel and its hometown.

The Peninsula Hotels is the first hotel group to take a truly holistic approach to honouring the scent story of each hotel’s individual location, while embracing a planet-conscious ethos. Created by talented fragrance curators in each destination, each amenity suite features locally created and bespoke fragrances, natural ingredients and sustainable packaging to enhance guests’ stay experience.

Each place inspires a scent. Created by local curators.

In creating its new line of guestroom amenities, The Peninsula Hotels aspired to do more than simply provide its guests with high quality bathroom products. The company aims to foster a deeply distinctive and sensory immersion in each of its hotels. To this end, the hotel group sought out the most accomplished artisan perfumers living in each of its property’s home cities: fragrance curators whose knowledge of the region and native botanical ingredients facilitate the crafting of custom scents that embody the essence of their locations. These custom scents are incorporated into the bath amenities (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, body milk and soap).

Skin-friendly and earth-friendly ingredients and packaging

All fragrances in the firm’s new line are made with natural ingredients and aromatic essences, including skin emollients such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and olive oil. All are free of gluten, soy and harmful chemicals such as parabens, silicone and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS).

In keeping with the group’s hotels’ commitment to sustainable luxury, the amenities also use packaging that is 99.9% free of single-use petroleum plastics. Body milk, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner packaging are made from 45% recycled aluminium (which is easily recyclable in many parts of the world, unlike most other materials); packaging lids are also made from a recyclable metal alloy. In addition, commodities such as shower caps, toothbrushes and razors that previously incorporated petroleum plastics have been replaced with more environmentally friendly alternatives made from corn starch, wheat, wood and recycled metal. Internal plastic packaging for these services has also been eliminated. To maintain hygiene and moisture control, the certified sustainable paper packaging is now coated on the inside with UV oil and treated externally with a perforated seal to prevent
tampering.

More info at www.peninsula.com

Late Summers in the countryside with Eurostars Hotels

Late Summers in the countryside with Eurostars Hotels

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In this atypical summer it seems that going back to the village on holiday is the order of the day. The profusion of open spaces, the contact with nature and the lack of overcrowding in rural areas are elements that this summer play in favour of recovering old customs, and reconciling ourselves with those destinations that, although closer in distance, had been forgotten in favour of holidays in exotic destinations, long transatlantic trips or escapes to large capitals.
Those who “have a village” have surely visited this year, eager to rediscover memories and sensations of yesteryear, and to enjoy a few days of peace and quiet without frights; and those who do not have a village can always look for an adopted one, make use of the guide and launch themselves into discovering surprising and unique areas of our geography, hitherto unknown.
To make this experience complete and extremely pleasant, Eurostars Hotels has a collection of establishments with proposals designed to discover new destinations within our territory. This is an attraction for those travellers who have not yet been able to enjoy their holidays without having to go far away, and without giving up the opportunity to enjoy countless pleasant surprises.

A palace in the heart of Cáceres

In Trujillo, Cáceres, the Eurostars Palacio de Santa Marta awaits us, an elegant 16th century mansion converted into a hotel that allows you to learn about the history of the first Extremaduran conquerors who brought new horizons to the city of Trujillo.
Its excellent location in the heart of the historic centre makes the hotel the ideal starting point for discovering this historic town in Extremadura; inviting you to wander through its cobbled streets and discover the charms of the town at your own pace, tasting the exquisite cuisine of the area or relaxing on a terrace to contemplate the architectural beauty of its palaces or the Renaissance Plaza Mayor.
In addition, its beautiful natural surroundings allow you to go on foot or by 4×4 on different routes that invite you to get lost among centenary chestnut trees or old mills.

History and modernity, an exclusive experience in Ruavieja de Logroño.

Walking along La Ruavieja in the old town of Logroño means going back in time and breathing in the history of its buildings and cobbled streets. The Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja, located in the heart of the city, allows you to enjoy the essence of a centenary building that maintains the beauty and architectural characteristics of the original construction, with its old stone walls and wooden beams.
The decoration of the hotel is inspired by the universe of wine, an excellent prelude for the visitor who wishes to tour the area distinguished by its endless vineyard landscapes. A mosaic of colours that shines with every sunset and will delight those who on holiday are not separated from their camera. Of course, the day cannot end without a tasting of its D.O. wines, accompanied by its rich gastronomy.

The best kept secret of the Ribeira Sacra: a palace full of history.

The Eurostars Pazo de Sober, in the province of Lugo, is one of the best kept secrets in the Ribeira Sacra. It stands between 7th century walls and endless gardens that surround a palace full of history, hidden in the heart of Galicia, which gathers the best of this land of wines, thermal waters and countless legends. The visitor can enjoy its peaceful atmosphere, its attractive gastronomic proposal and its complete glazed spa with views of the estate’s gardens.
On the other hand, its surroundings invite you to tour its unique vineyards that defy gravity, viewpoints from which to contemplate the immensity and rivers that flow between gorges with unsuspected shapes. A country of stories and folklore with an exquisite gastronomic and wine tradition that will captivate you.

Stays with total security.

This refreshing experience, suitable even for the most urbanites, can be enjoyed with complete peace of mind. All Eurostars hotels are subject to the Eurostars Clean+Safe safety and prevention programme, designed to ensure the health and wellbeing of guests, employees and the local community.

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Fauchon L´Hotel, Le petit plaisir

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Auguste Fauchon, the leading figure of French luxury gastronomy, opened his first delicatessen shop in the Place de la Madeleine in 1886. In September 2018, the family-owned company brought the iconic brand to the next level, opening its first concept hotel, Fauchon l’Hôtel, in the same place where it all started.

Hotel Fauchon is located in the heart of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, in the distinguished 8th arrondissement. The district is home of world-famous attractions like Les Champs Elisées, l’Arc de Triomphe or le Grand Palais, and it’s also the bustling centre of commerce, culture, gastronomy and architecture of France.

A classical cream-coloured and elegant Haussmann building —a symbol of Paris par excellence since the XIX century— harbours the boutique hotel. The project not only has become the home of the historic brand and an excellent opportunity to let hosts immerse in it, but a complete and unique experience, that blends culinary excellence with creativity, design, modernity, and refinement.

With its gorgeous views of the city’s rooftops to its chic interiors, dominated by fuchsia, black and white, Hotel Fauchon has managed to keep the delicacy and exquisiteness that has always defined the brand from a new modern perspective. And that has been possible thanks to the collaboration between the prestigious architect Richard Martinet and Atelier Paluel Marmont.

The hotel’s decoration includes original designs of furniture, lighting, panelling and carpeting developed by a team of designers, artists and craftsmen who have found a unique way to bring the flavours of Fauchon to its now live design. 

With 54 rooms, a restaurant with a terrace, a fitness centre and a Carita Spa, Fauchon has a lot to offer. Still, of course, the best to start with is with the food, at any time of the day, at Café Fauchon, where you can delight yourself in the sunny terrace, observing Paris movement in real-time, or stay inside, more cosy and intimate. 

Homemade pastries, different types of bread, fresh juices, hot drinks, teas, cakes, exotic fruits, cheeses, chutneys, and smoked fish are available for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the hotel’s chefs shine at reinventing traditional French récipes. Fauchon poultry with pâté of veal, mushrooms, foie gras and slightly acid juice or carpaccio of scallops with pickles and creamy shavings are some of the dishes available.

Fauchon Hotel has a Chef Service too, which allows you to ask any dish in the comfort of your intimacy, and even In-Room Gourmet Moments. The service will make sure that your wine or champagne will be served within ten minutes since you ask for it. And there’s a Preparation in Room service too, which will bring the chef himself to you to finish the dish on the spot.

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If you are a lover of the most famous pastry shop in the world, this is your personal paradise. Each room has a minibar full of complimentary Fauchon brand delicacies.

J. Garrido

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4 Boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris, France.
Tel +33 1 87 86 28 00

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AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, Lisbon’s best kept secret

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, Lisbon's best kept secret

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Now that in Europe we are keeping a close eye on where to travel, Lisbon has become a fairly safe and very desirable destination. 

Moreover, Lisbon is one of those quiet, romantic and very European cities that has made up for itself in recent years in an exceptional way. 

And that is why we are going to present you with a place full of charm where you can stay. It is AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado, a 28-room and suite boutique hotel set in a historic building right in the heart of Lisbon, offering a smart alternative for urban travellers looking for a more contemporary approach to luxury. Ostentatious perks and unnecessary extras are eschewed at AlmaLusa in order to provide accessibly-priced luxury that retains the elements that really matter for guests – stylish décor, character, lux amenities and truly stellar personalized service.

Set on the historic Praça do Município, where Lisbon’s royal palace once stood and the plans for Portugal’s maritime exploration were born in the 15th Century, AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado occupies a renovated 18th-century building where Lisbon’s arsenal was housed. It was where weapons and cannons destined for Portuguese explorers’ ships were constructed and stored.

AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is made for visitors who want to get under the city’s skin and experience Portuguese culture. The Hotel doesn’t just rely on its connections to the past to capture the essence of the city, but partners with exclusive Portuguese brands. From the beds, towels and in-room coffee right down to the Castebel products, local produce and wines, almost everything here is sourced from the finest Portuguese producers. 

All 28 rooms, among them 8 suites, have been designed in an individual style and are inspired by the history of the building and the Portuguese aristocratic way of life, but with a contemporary approach. Every room is fully equipped with such as high-speed Wi-Fi, an HD 43” Led smart TV, heavenly luxury King or Twin beds, REVO Supersignal radios, safes and Delta coffee and tea machines. The bathrooms feature power showers and Castebel products. 

We all know the Portuguese gastronomy, rich in tradition, flavours and with an excellent wine selection. Therefore, in AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado you can’t miss its gastronomic proposal under the name of Delfina Restaurant with a menu which celebrates regional cuisine, with chefs using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the Mediterranean larder to craft moreish dishes, such as “bacalhau à bras” (a delicious concoction of scrambled egg, salt cod strips, onion and crispy potatoes). The alfresco dining area is an ideal spot for sipping fabulous local wines beneath the sun.

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AlmaLusa is a place brimming with charm. If you want to breathe the Portuguese culture, this is the hotel to stay. The hotel staff is very generous and helpful. An intimate place to spend a relaxing holiday.

J. Garrido

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Praça do Município 21 Lisboa. Portugal
Tel. +351 212 697 440
info@almalusahotels.com
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Art in Luxury Hotels: beyond the décor

Text by Elena Taboada, Director of Southern Europe, Mason Rose

It has been a while since the time when the ruling families of Italy used art in the 15th century to depict their power; to convey a particular message and to persuade. However, the concept itself still remains alive nowadays, not only in its most extreme version as propaganda, but also in a more positive context, as a communication tool. 

The use of art in hotels has experienced a significant development during the past 15 years. These days it is hard to find in the world a renowned hotel that has not embarked, in some way or another, in the process of integrating art in their marketing and branding plan. One of the main purposes of this integration is not only to add a bit of glamour and culture and to please their visitors’ eyes, but to embrace and enhance the fashionable concept of ‘locality’. The idea of fostering local art to convey the best of the surrounding culture adds strength to another concept that has gained importance in the last few years- the idea of authenticity; the increasingly sought-after formula of ‘more local equals more authentic’. I could name many beautiful hotels that use local art to boost this concept, but one that comes to mind as the epitome of using local art effortlessly is Masseria Trapana in Puglia (Italy), a former house built in the XVI century by the Italian aristocracy that boasts frescos of the same era in its original chapel.  Or Abadia Retuerta in Valladolid (Spain), located within a former abbey of the XII century, which exemplifies the best of the Spanish Romanesque style. 

Another interesting artistic concept is that of Craftmanship. Far from being now the dismissed artists of the Middle Ages, craft makers and artisans have become with time the creators of individuality, particularly since the introduction of mass production in the 50’s. The uniqueness that craftmanship coveys is often reinforced in hotels and nowadays there is a blurrier line between artisans and artists; unlike in the past, now they can both reside in the same world of luxury. An example of this perfect blend is the wonderful hotel in Marrakech– Royal Mansour, which elevates craftmanship to a new dimension; the hotel was commissioned by the King of Morocco to be built by hundreds of local artisans using traditional Moroccan techniques, with the intention of becoming the best and most genuine showcase of Moroccan culture.

Whilst not all hotels might be built in a former abbey or by traditional artisans, this does not mean they cannot embrace art. Incorporating art in bedrooms, corridors and restaurants is probably the most common practice in hotels. However not every hotel achieves the difficult task of getting it right. Most in fact fall into the typical trap of using art as décor, matching brush stroke colours with bed covers and frames with bedside tables. Nothing wrong with that if their sole intention is interior design. 

However, many hotels find in art a successful way of adding reputation to their brand and invest time and money in the acquisition of art pieces by famous artists, whether through one-off exhibitions, such as the Baur au Lac in Zurich with their ART in the Park annual event, which includes sculptures by Fernando Botero or Louise Bourgeois, as a prelude to Art Basel; or The Peninsula Paris, where every art piece, by artists from Xavier Corberó to Luděk Hroch, has been carefully chosen to live permanently in an area of the hotel that enhances its impact. Space and art are intertwined in such a wonderful manner.

In order to add a sense of cool and international reputation in a very current and modern way, Flemings Mayfair in London commissioned the work of celebrity photographer Andy Gotts to include black and white portraits of the rich and famous who visited the hotel, such as Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Hugh Grant, and Harrison Ford to name just a few. 

The intention of art since the beginning of times has often been to provoke, whatever the reaction. In the world of hotels, where the objective is often to attract a wide range of guests, most hotels opt for neutral and harmless artwork, where the predicted reaction is generally to please, both visually and intellectually, and reflect the views of the majority. 

However, some hotels have started to veer towards a more challenging use of art, art with a message, art to persuade, art to educate and art to create emotions, just like the Medici in the 15th century and many artists after that; for some this is the real purpose of art. Esin Güral Argat, the owner of Joali Maldives, the resort that opened in 2018 in the remote island of Muravandhoo, decided to commission artwork by emerging international artists, such as Porky Hefer and Nacho Carbonell. She scattered the art pieces around the resort with the intention of educating their guests about the environment, sustainability and coral preservation in the Maldives, as part of their overall experience.

As we become more confident as a society in condemning unfair situations with movements such as Me Too or Black Lives Matter I wonder if hotels would also become more confident in expressing their specific views through art- in an attempt to become more targeted to reach a particular audience- or remain neutral and politically correct (whatever that means these days) to attract a wider public. Whatever happens what is certain is that the connexion between art and hotels is here to stay, not just to please the eye but to make a bigger impact. And that’s exciting. 

A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux

A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux

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With Spain preparing to welcome visitors back to its sunny shores once again, this summer presents the perfect opportunity to delve deeper among the country’s lesser known regions and uncover some of its best kept secrets, starting with the historic hub of Santiago de Compostela.

The capital of Spain’s north western corner of Galicia, claimed final resting place of the apostle Saint James and the culmination point for the famous Camino de Santiago pilgramage, the city provides a gateway to a treasure trove of fascinating ancient history, breath-taking untapped scenery and a rich culinary culture complemented by rarely exported wines.

Tucked among the rolling green scenery and just five minutes’ drive from the city centre, A Quinta da Auga Hotel Spa Relais&Châteaux – a new Mason Rose client re-opening from 5th July – provides an ideal base from which to organise personalised itineraries that truly highlight the best of this spectacular destination, with options including…

  • Expeditions through the stunning Ribeira Sacra incorporating riverboat tours along the meandering Miño river, flanked by traditional seafaring villages, and visits to the strikingly steep vineyards producing native Atlantic wines rarely found elsewhere
  • Sailing and horse-riding trips that trail the numerous estuaries, untouched sandy beaches and traditional fishing villages of the Galician coastline and islands, finishing with an unforgettable panorama of one of Spain’s most beautiful sunsets
  • Time-hopping city tours of Santiago de Compostela, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its diverse wealth of history and architecture open for exploration all year round, and where story-lovers can still spot the golden scallop shells that pepper the cobbled streets to guide pilgrims into the city
  • Adrenaline-fuelled adventures from abseiling into the Sierra del Barbanza canyons, to rafting down the Ulla, Tambre and Deza rivers, to diving for shellfish at the Arousa estuary, as well as unrivalled views from above thanks to guided paragliding experiences

When the time comes to wind down, the family-owned A Quinta da Auga promises all the ingredients for a luxurious getaway with a true sense of place. Housed in an 18th century paper factory nestled within one hectare of land, the 51-room boutique – including three individually designed premium suites previously sought out by Spanish royalty – offers the best of the Galician heritage, with original stone walls and rich wood flooring bedecked with an elegant combination of antique and contemporary furnishings and artworks.

The hotel’s dedicated spa and wellbeing centre extends the concept of slowing down and embracing the surroundings, boasting its own flotarium inspired by the mineral-rich salty waters of the Dead Sea. Pampering is on offer in the form of facial treatments using products from French skincare guru, Biologique Recherche, aromatherapy with Aromatherapy Associates and Ayurveda with Sundari, while couples can enjoy their own world of wellness at the intimate private spa. Meanwhile, delicious Galician fare can be found at the alfresco QCafé coffee bar and fine-dining Filigrina restaurant, which exemplifies gourmet takes on locally produced delicacies, such as seafood freshly sourced from the neighbouring Atlantic, all paired with specially selected regional wines.

For weddings and events, A Quinta da Auga’s owners, the Lorenzo-García family are delighted to offer personalised packages in their dedicated spaced that open out onto the riverside gardens, brought to life by seasonal flower arrangements.

Editor´s Quote

Galicia is a region of Spain with an exceptional tradition, culture and nature. This hotel is the perfect place to stay if you are coming to Galicia for the first time. A place steeped in history, tranquility and exceptional service. The origin of this hotel dates back to the 18th century, which housed a paper mill and one of the most important places in the area, rich in industry.

J. Garrido

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Paseo da Amaia 23b
15706 Santiago de Compostela,
A Coruña. Spain
Tel. (+34) 981 534 636

Price: 120€ to 200€

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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.

Editor´s Quote

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.

Editor´s Quote

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