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Sybaritic Single looks back – and forward, to supersonic

In December 1975, the Sybaritic Single’s grandmother boarded the first commercial supersonic flight aboard Tu-144 flying between Moscow and Almaty. Almost two decades later, the Sybaritic Single crossed the Atlantic onboard the Concorde on his way to America. After the retirement of the last Concorde in 2003, its legacy continued to live in the name of the British Airways’ most exclusive first class lounges in London, New York and Dubai.
The dream of flying at speeds faster than sound will once again come true with the launch of Aerion AS2, the world’s first supersonic private jet. Designed to travel at 1,000 MPH – twice as fast as modern private jets – it will cruise without sonic boom and use 100% synthetic fuel making it the most environmentally responsible aircraft in history when it enters service in 2027. Last week, NetJets ordered 20 of Aerion’s $120 million supersonic jets.
To make things perfect, Aerion signed a strategic partnership with Dubai-based Jetex, which many say with confidence is the leader in private aviation luxury (Jetex operates 36 private jet terminals around the globe, to design a unique ground passenger experience, inspired by the glamour of supersonic travel). Reminiscent of luxury hotel lobbies rather than airports, Jetex terminals are already the epitome of a seamless travel experience.
Sybaritic Single, by the way, adores Jetex’s signature caviar service which pairs elegantly with Dom Pérignon 2012 and gold-dusted raspberries. This is when he wishes to spend more time waiting for his flight – the 15 minutes required by Jetex are never enough. Will the experience become more elevated – if at all possible? – once it evolves into a supersonic service terminal? Only time will tell.
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Deutsche Hospitality – London – Hamburg

Marcus Bernhardt, above, is CEO of Deutsche Hospitality, a global hotel company that now, under its Chinese owners, is already becoming more and more worldwide.  Hear him now on Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast, below.

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Qatari Diar owns the magnificent former-US Embassy that occupies most of London’s Grosvenor Square. Designed by Eero Saarinen in Proto-Brutalist style, it opened 1960, the year after his US Embassy in Oslo. Now the Qataris are turning it into a 139-room super-luxury hotel. What will open as The Chancery Rosewood London, with significant retail and events facilities, is being designed by architect David Chipperfield, and by such other great names as Tristan Auer, BAR Studio, Joseph Dirand and Yabu Pushelberg.  Girlahead cannot wait…

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Weekends seem to come round with increasing rapidity these days. Time becomes shorter and shorter and only such routines as Sunday-breakfast-includes caviar jog the memory. Girlahead would like, one weekend, to have another boat trip around Hamburg’s waterways.  Her guide, as before, would be master mariner Hubert Neubacher, owner of the nine-vessel fleet of Barkassen-Meyer, and travelling companion, once again, must be Moritz Klein, Harley-Davidson-loving GM of Steigenberger Hamburg and regional leader, for the Hanseatic area, of Deutsche Hospitality.  Hear his ultimate boss, Marcus Bernhardt, here:

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A golden key for luxury hotels? – Moscow – Deutsche Hospitality

It does look as if the HELIIX Health Pass, above, might allow hotels and other institutions to re-open doors with confidence. Promoted by  Zara Tindall, Olympiad daughter of HRH The Princess Royal, and her rugby-star husband Mike Tindall MBE, HELIIX Health Pass is VST Enterprises’ V-Health Passport™ using VCode® technology. Now, that company’s partner REVIV Global is selling it to hotels. Simply, consumers who have tested negative for COVID-19 scan a Health Pass before entering a venue, and, as V-Health Passport™ Founding CEO Louis-James Davis, says, if all is well, come on in.

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If you feel sociable, Moscow is the place to be. Park Hyatt Ararat reports gatherings, REAL gatherings, of up to 250. This is the only luxury hotel in town, says Girlahead, to have a real Italian chef (lovely!) and, also, a fashionista Guest Relations guy from Paris (lovely, again).  The hotel’s Greek GM knows what he is doing to keep his 15 fashion- and finance-business long stay guests, from all over Europe, from re-locating elsewhere.

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And if you want some more podcast words of wisdom, listen to Marcus Bernhardt, here:

 

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