Fettle design studio unveils latest work in Kensington, London

Fettle, the LA and London-based design studio has reimagined Italian restaurant, Chucs Café Kensington, in the first series of all-day dining destinations situated in some of London’s trendiest neighbourhoods.

A pastel colour palette and art-deco inspired furniture help to create a laidback atmosphere. Above the bar hang three oversized burnished brass and opal glass pendants.

The timber-framed back bar includes ribbed antique mirror panels with timber and brass shelving. Fettle has also designed a series of bespoke bar stools – upholstered in pink leather with a fluted black base – that sit in front of the counter.

The venue is available for partial and exclusive hire.


Museum of London Docklands celebrates the launch of The Rum Store

The Museum of London Docklands has launched the latest addition to its venue portfolio, The Rum Store, welcoming clients, agents and press to an exclusive drinks reception on the docks of Canary Wharf. The event was designed to showcase the new space, housed in one of the oldest Georgian warehouses in Britain.

The Rum Store offers a blank canvas space featuring exposed brick walls and original pitch pine columns, as well as an outside terrace. Once home to 25,000 caskets of rum, The Rum Store will be able to host a variety of events for up to 200 guests.

As part of the launch event, guests were able to explore the new space while enjoying a range of food stations from the museum’s catering partner, CH&Co, as well as a selection of exclusive rum cocktails including a ‘Berry Daquiri’ and ‘Nelson’s Blood’, inspired by the venue itself.


Switzerland’s Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, unveils refurbishment in time for 150th Anniversary

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has reopened Grand Hotel Quellenhof, following an extensive refurbishment costing more than £35 million, after a five-month renovation and just in time for the hotel’s 150th anniversary.

As part of the renovation, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz has unveiled two new restaurants – Memories and verve by seven – both headed up by award-winning and previously Michelin-star chef Sven Wassmer.

Patrick Vogler, CEO of Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, said: “We had a vision to bring our hotel into a new era of luxury hospitality, and we have succeeded.”


Emerald Headingley Stadium proves to be a gem

Emerald Headingley Stadium, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Cricket has unveiled its transformation following a two-year renovation programme.

Sodexo, which runs the hospitality and the public catering at the stadium, reported that advance bookings for events at the new look Headingley have already exceeded expectations. The new Emerald suite can take up to 500 people and has views of both the cricket and rugby pitches, while for the first time the stadium is also able to offer outside terraces suitable for barbeques, hog roasts or summer networking events.

The two terraces, which hold 30 and 100 guests, are some of the latest additions, with the venue also now able to host large scale exhibitions for the first time.


Fairmont St Andrews announces green tourism rating

Fairmont St Andrew has achieved a Gold rating from VisitScotland and Green Business UK.

The Green Tourism Awards is designed to reduce carbon footprints and also utility, water and waste bills. The hotel and golf course was assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a set of criteria, covering a range of areas including energy and water efficiency.

Among the winning factors, the five-star hotel was able to reduce it energy costs to a see a saving of more than £86,000 in one year and collect more than 250kg of unused toiletries per month, to donate to humanitarian organisations around the world.

John Keating, general manager of Fairmont St Andrews said of the achievement: “Fairmont St Andrews is proud of our long-term intentional commitment to sustainability and dedication to ensuring our five-star resort has the smallest possible impact on the environment.”


Six Senses set to open new property in Loire Valley, France

Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is expanding further into Europe with the 2022 opening of Six Senses Loire Valley, France, in the village of Saint-Laurent-Nouan. The resort will be located in the UNESCO World Heritage region renowned for historic chateaux, medieval towns, fine wines, great food and unspoiled landscapes.

A meeting and conference centre with modern facilities will be developed as part of the new opening. In addition to the interrelated rooms, the centre will include outdoor meeting facilities, some with walled gardens, and will host pop-up activities. Six Senses experience team can also arrange visits to some of the most beautiful places in the region including towns steeped in tradition and architectural heritage, castles and vineyards.


Avani Hotels and Resorts to open two resorts in Krabi, Thailand

Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of two new resort hotels in the southern Thailand resort town of Krabi, marking the brand’s continued growth within Thailand.

The existing resorts will undergo renovations to bring the properties in line with Avani standards which offer guests buzzy social spaces and stylish guestrooms.

The two hotels will be fully rebranded as Avani+ Koh Lanta Krabi Resort, set to launch by mid-2020, and Avani Ao Nang Cliff Krabi Resort, which will open its doors under the new branding in late 2019.

The newly rebranded resorts will bring the total number of Avani properties in Thailand to nine after Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok, set to open in July 2019.


Waldorf Astoria Arrives in Dubai’s Financial Centre

The Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) has officially opened its doors, joining two other Waldorf Astoria properties in the UAE.

The 275-room hotel is a welcome addition to Dubai’s financial district, bringing a slice of the French Riviera with its rooftop bar and pool, a piece of New York City with restaurant Bull & Bear, and a design that evokes the elegance of the 1960s. All 275 guest rooms, including 46 suites and 28 residential suites, offer unobstructed views of the downtown Dubai skyline, which can be viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows in each room.

Guests can reach The Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain within minutes during their stay in one of Dubai’s most vibrant districts.


SCHLOSS Roxburghe: new hotel opening in the beautiful Scottish Borders

SCHLOSS Roxburghe in southern Scotland, part of the portfolio of 12.18. Investment Management GmbH is now officially open to guests.

After extensive revitalisation, the historic manor house captivates with 20 rooms individually decorated with Scottish inspired interiors, bar, restaurant and a wide range of outdoor sports facilities.

SCHLOSS Roxburghe offers guests a farm-to-plate culinary experience, with fresh sustainably-sourced, Estate-grown produces from its own gardens.


The Chace Hotel to rebrand as Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe, Coventry

The Chace Hotel will rebrand as Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe, Coventry, from 29th July 2019.

The new boutique Laura Ashley Hotel is undergoing a thorough refurbishment which will bring it in line with Laura Ashley brand standards.

Every part of the hotel has been redesigned drawing inspiration from the hotel’s Victorian heritage with carefully selected rich colours which complement each other and luxurious furnishings to create an elegant space to entice comfort & relaxation.