Luxury Hotels

Wellness in Bali, and new luxury hotel flags in St Barth’s and Spain

The Apurva Kempinski Bali celebrated annual Global Wellness Day (above) by promoting the luxury resort’s ongoing Mindfulness: The Art of Being Present programme. Global Wellness Day gets rid of the stress of everyday life, says the gal, while, at the same time, raising awareness of living well and generating motivation (this is actually how she felt a few years ago when arriving in Rajasthan after what seemed like an endless bumpy drive over a considerable area of India, to arrive and be welcomed by her that night’s host, Vincent Guionnet, who coincidentally is now GM of the 457-room Apurva Kempinski Bali).  Yes, it’s a small world, and a wonderful world, and now the gal is wondering how soon she can get back to Bali to learn mindfulness, centred here around chakras, the energy points, of the human body – apparently when a chakra point is disrupted, the body becomes imbalanced.
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World media are revelling in the fact that Rosewood is entering St Barth’s – it is, for instance, a lead story in ITB News, produced by Cleverdis, whose Editor in Chief, Richard Barnes, is a director of Almont Global, new parent of Girlahead.  Le Guanahani will be flagged as Rosewood, and fortunately Martein van Wagenberg, who has managed the property for the past six years, continues as MD (he earlier ran Rosewood Little Dix Bay and Las Ventanas al Paraíso, A Rosewood Resort).  Closed since 2017 due to the effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the property, privately owned by David Bonderman, will reopen Spring 2021  as Rosewood Le Guanahani St. Barth – with completely new interiors by Luis Pons.
It was also announced yesterday that Rosewood will take over Villa Magna in Madrid.  This is a venerable property that has, since it opened in 1964, variously been InterContinental, Hyatt and, for the last 12 years, an independent hotel.  It is owned by the same Mexico City-based company, RLH Properties, that has a portfolio of luxury hotels that includes Rosewood Mayakoba in Mexico.