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Redefining Hospitality

Discover the true meaning of hospitality and experience the ultimate in luxury at these global destinations.

One & Only tHe PalM dubai

One&Only The Palm, invites guests to experience a tranquil yet vibrant island getaway just moments from the energy and excitement of New Dubai.

Comprised of just 66 rooms, 24 suites and four beachfront villas, the boutique resort blends Moorish and Andalusian architecture with contemporary interiors. Stylish guest rooms and suites are secluded in a residential environment housed within the tri-level Manor House and six low-rise Mansions creating a uniquely home-like ambience. All guest rooms and suites - among the largest in Dubai - feature modern design touches and an elegant palate of rich fabrics in hues of turquoise and purple. Sumptuous bathrooms boast free-standing bathtubs and rain showers.
All accommodation features private balconies or outdoor terraces with the beach and 850 m2 grand pool just steps away. The Grand Palm Suite occupies 250 m2 on the top floor of the Manor House, overlooking the resort’s pool and private marina. All suites, including those outfitted with plunge pools, are attended by the discrete and attentive services of a dedicated team of hosts.

For the ultimate in privacy and personalised service, One&Only The Palm boasts four two- bedroom 325 m2 Villas. Spread over two levels, each Villa features open-plan living spaces with full bar and dining areas as well as a private- service kitchenette. Villa guests enjoy fully- furnished balconies, patios and rooftop terraces on the upper levels overlooking private individual outdoor shaded seating and dining areas surrounded by lush gardens and temperature- controlled plunge pools. Guests are encouraged to entertain or dine within the comfort of their private poolside ‘majlis-style’ gazebo.

Under the culinary guidance of Michelin- starred chef Yannick Alléno, One&Only The Palm’s three restaurants – ZEST, STAY by Yannick Alléno and 101 Dining Lounge and Bar on the marina – indulge guests with an array of creative local and international cuisine.

The resort’s lounge provides a cosy environment throughout the day offering refreshments, light meals, afternoon tea as well as a canapé menu in the evening. The in-room dining menu, available 24 hours a day, offers flexible culinary choices to be enjoyed in privacy. From special in-room dining arrangements and villa entertainment to private celebrations, a team of chefs are on hand to assist in creating tailor-made dining experiences for any occasion.

Guests can indulge in The Guerlain Spa, which, since 1828, has explored, innovated and perfected in Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup.

The 120m2 Fitness Centre features state- of-the-art Technogym equipment including the latest all-in-one Kinesis training stations. Personal trainers are on hand to assist, through one-on-one fitness assessments, to create tailored programmes for guests seeking to improve their overall fitness levels. In addition to advanced fitness technology, the Fitness Centre also boasts an 18-meter, three- lane outdoor temperature controlled lap pool with relaxation area and a dedicated Heat Experience Suite, equipped with sauna and steam facilities, at the adjacent One&Only Private Spa.

A dedicated Beauty Salon features a Pedi:Mani:Cure Studio by established Podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez and Hair Salon under the guidance of hair stylist Alexandre Zouari with three individual treatment areas.

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Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong offers design and style that are taken to new heights by LTW Designworks. The overall design theme of the hotel is inspired by the city’s dynamic culture – a global metropolis at the crossroads of East and West and at the same time rich in entrancing local flavor.

Guests first experience the hotel and the city by arriving at the hotel entrance on the 9th floor. The porte cochere features the magnificent Hong Kong skyline as backdrop. A cool ocean of Palissandro blue marble stretches across the entire space and throughout the hotel. A dark wood entryway then leads guests through to the lift lobby that is counterbalanced with vivid orange onyx walls.

Throughout the hotel, modern interpretations of traditional Chinese fittings and art convey a distinctive style that is both familiar and inviting and that give the hotel a true sense of place in this magnificent city. To instill a sense of warmth and intimacy, and to demarcate areas in the larger public spaces, hand- tufted wool and silk ‘cartographic pattern’ carpets are used. With their jeweled blue-grey and earthy brown- yellow tones, the carpeted areas resemble parterres.

In just 52 seconds, guests are transferred to the Lobby on 103rd floor. They are amazed by an artwork that is an abstract depiction of a classic Chinese watercolor of running horses. The image is dissected into fragmented strips offering varied views of the artwork from different angles.

Occupying floors 106 to 117, the 312 guest rooms and suites are styled with tailor-made precision to embrace the magnificent harbour and city view. Telescopes are available in all the suites for guests to enjoy the breathtaking views to their fullest. Behind the generous-sized bed is a silk-paneled wall and a leather headboard with metallic accents. Similarly, the TV wall is outfitted in leather and metal, featuring ‘baseball stitching’ as a design element. The room is tastefully decorated with Oriental accents – as seen in the floral motif of the carpet and the bright tangerine silk-lined interior of the ‘Chinese jewel box’ closet. The spacious bathrooms feature travertine marble floors and walls, and onyx countertops with double basins.

The Club Lounge located on the 116th floor possesses an intimate, homey feel with the use of soft lighting, modern classic furniture, and shelves that resemble suit cases. The dark Brazilian marble floor with its bold quartz inserts is juxtaposed by the gleaming white marble countertops delicately streaked with orange and grey. Other striking elements include the mirrored columns near the windows that are etched with a metallic-finished fretwork pattern. At night, the result is a subtle, glittering reflection of the dynamic city.

With its scintillating ‘diamond’ theme, the Diamond Ballroom located on the 3rd floor is a true gem. Radiating glamour, the ballroom is one of the largest in the city and is graced by a dazzling sea of chandeliers with crystals that seem to drip from the ceiling. Some of the wall panels feature cut-mirror effects that give sparkle to complement the theme of the ballroom. The color palette is an ephemeral glow of champagne and amber. To infuse this lavish space with chic comfort, some of the accent walls are clad in a lush cream fabric or textured leather, and outlined in dark marble. The grand lacewood doors that are fitted with cut crystal handles complete the setting.

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