Luxury Hotels

Port Douglas – Aspen – Davos – Fiesole

Fairmont Port Douglas, above, is set to open in Far North Queensland in 2023.  Set on the edge of two UNESCO World Heritage sites – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – the 253-room hotel is sustainably designed to give back to the environment. From organic architecture to copious green spaces and natural light, it brings nature close, with butterfly nets above the children’s swimming pool, an intimate lobby inspired by birds’ nests and verdant tropical gardens. The  local Kuku Yalanji community, traditional owners of the land, will provide an indigenous Welcome to Culture and Smoking Ceremonies for special events. Developer is Paul Chiodo.

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St Regis Aspen Resort suggests escaping to the Colorado mountains with its Alpine Office Annex package. A Zoom stylist will do your hair in your room, choose a makeup application or a makeup kit from Cos Bar, and give help with your wardrobe. You’ll also receive a Google Nest Wi-Fi internet booster, an HDMI cord to display your computer screen on the TV, enhanced lighting for video conferencing and a Rode wireless lavalier microphone. Plus, coffee will be delivered in the morning and your favorite cocktails after you – supposedly! – finish work. For exercise, for exercise, borrow Kitty Jacob Astor II, the hotel’s Bernese mountain dog.

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Thierry Malleret, co-author COVID 19 – The Great Reset, gave a rivetting talk on the Global Wellness Institute’s webinar this week. Honestly, the French economist, who has written his latest book in partnership with World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab, was not, on the webinar, exactly optimistic. The crisis will be painful for a long time.  He doubts if there will be as much travel before all this happened, and a growing challenge is that policy-makers are faced with a quandary. But wellness matters more than ever and it can solve so many challenges (he does feel that those countries that are led by women – he cited New Zealand – most understand wellness. Malleret is advisor to Global Wellness Institute and he publishes www.monthlybarometer.com

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Trust Belmond to find fascinating people (does Girlahead detect the subtle networking of Belmond’s Arnaud Champenois in some of its connections?). Charlie Siem has everything the really cultured 2021-cognocenti could want. Devastatingly good-looking, the 34-year old models.  Norwegian father, South African mother, three sisters, Eton College and London’s Royal College of Music, violin performances at that city’s Royal Albert Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Now he is on his way to Fiesole, 15 minutes’ drive from Florence, to Belmond Villa San Michele. Next Thursday, 17th September 2020, he gives a 45-minute Instagram concert from the hotel.  Tune in live, at 12 noon New York time, 5 pm London time, 6 pm Fiesole time. @belmond

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Actually Girlahead seems to meet fascinating people, every day, every way.  Listen to some of them talking to her on https://anchor.fm/gostelow