July 2016 Mabuhay Magazine - page 16

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If only we could bet on which will
havemore bling – Karl Lagerfeld’s
inaugural hotel or the first Palazzo
Versace in Asia. Both are integrated
into the US$4 billion (PHP740bn)
Grand Lisboa Palace, the sprawling
casino resort set to open next year
in Macau.
Versace properties already
enliven Australia’s Gold Coast and
Dubai Creek, while “Kaiser Karl” is
limbering up for this grand project
by refitting two suites at Paris’
legendary Hôtel de Crillon.
Mutually lucrative arrangements
between fashion houses and
hospitality players have proliferated
since the first Armani hotel opened
– inside Dubai's Burj Khalifa – in
2010. Later that year, Diane von
Fürstenberg jazzed up suites at
London temple of luxury Claridge’s.
More recently, Beijing’s éclat
hotel opened The Real BAPE suite,
inspired by the cult fashion brand
Bathing Ape, and Beverly Hills’ The
LondonWest Hollywood announced
a penthouse inspired by Vivienne
Westwood.
Bulgari, which licenses its name
to hotels in Milan, Bali and London
operated by Marriott International,
is planningmore openings in Dubai,
Shanghai and Beijing. And Tommy
Hilfiger hopes to follow up his refit
of Miami Beach’s Art Deco landmark
The Raleigh with establishments in
Los Angeles, New York and London.
Hotels get more than cachet
from such big-name associations.
“They get substantial publicity and
access to VIP client lists,” says travel
analyst Henry Harteveldt. Designers
benefit too, through wider exposure
to consumers.
- Boyd Farrow
The inn crowd
The bigwigs in fashion design are
lending their name to sumptuous
hotel projects around the world
Bold by
design
From towering
high-rises to
nautical-inspired
structures, these
new hotels are
leaving a striking
imprint on the
architecture of
the city
LEFT
The Bulgari Resort Bali’s
clifftop setting offers clear
views of the IndianOcean
CONRAD MANILA
Thiswaterfront hotel was
designed tomirror the luxury
vessels that lineManila Bay.
Guest rooms draw on the
rich Spanish-colonial heritage
of the region, and feature
contemporary artwork by
local and international artists.
A lush public sky park crowns
the hotel’s rooftop, while the
coral-shaped infinity pool was
inspired by the Filipino coast.
FOUR SEASONS
Positioned along the sparkling
waterfront at Al Maryah
Island, this luxury business
hotel pairs bright and airy
interiorswith expansive
views of the city skyline and
Arabian Gulf. The hotel’s
distinctive exterior, designed
by PLPArchitecture, features
a patchwork of long vertical
“baguettes” inspired by the
textiles of the local markets.
THE SOUTH BEACH
The South Beach’s dramatic
twin towers rise high above
downtown Singapore. Designed
by British architectural firm
Foster + Partners, the hotel
includes awave-like canopy
structure fashioned out of
aluminum and steel. Aswell
as linking the two buildings, it
helps draw in natural lightwhile
simultaneously shielding guests
from the tropical elements.
Global
Manila
Singapore
Abu Dhabi
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