Luxury Hotels

Hot luxury news, Rome, Tel Aviv, Long Beach CA, and Maldives

Everyone involved in luxury (plus travel) will sit up when they hear that Bulgari plans a proper 100-key hotel in Rome’s Campo Marzio neighbourhood in Piazza Augusto Imperatore, close to Via del Corso, Via Condotti and the Spanish Steps.  Now owned by Edizone Property, it’s a conversion of a near-Brutalist, 1930s five-floor construction, which the  Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel design partnership will re-imagine.

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Also hot news for travel advisors – that ultra high-profile Tamir Kobrin is back in business, as GM of Dan Hotel’s gorgeous King David in Jerusalem (that is the Leading Hotel that has thousands of Big Name photos on the walls, and inscribed into the floor of main lobby corridors).  Expect big things with Mr K in charge: he’s been running his own TK Collection for the past couple of years.

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Sanaz Alesafar (above) is a cultural strategist working with art, culture, and film to promote narrative and social change. She is part of Compound, a free happening space opening this September at Long Beach CA. It includes The Laboratory contemporary art gallery, and The Warehouse, which offers for exhibitions, public programming, meditation, and a restaurant Ellie’s. Compound has been put together by Megan Tagliaferri to promote empathy, social equity, and both spiritual and physical well-being. There will be yoga, healing workshops, youth art classes, bilingual Spanish/English poetry readings, performances by local musicians, film screenings, hands-on gardening, and more. Dine farm-to-table Italian at Ellie’s (local chef Jason Witzl) and browse and buy at Compound’s concept shop, which will sell ceramics, jewellery, and limited editions from local artists.

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In The Maldives, Six Senses Laamu’s free online Junior Marine Biology program is led by the team of 10 marine biologists at the Maldives Underwater Initiative MUI. Topics include learning how islands were formed by parrotfish poop, the importance of coral, and turtle hatchings. The program has attracted over 10,000 page views and 300 pieces of homework from more than 80 children in 20 countries (and counting).  “Receiving the homework, videos and stories from our Junior Marine Biologists has been the highlight of our lockdown,” says Marteyne van Well, Six Senses Laamu GM.  See the video below