Luxury Hotels


Last night, at memorable LUCKNAM PARK near Bath, a significant event took place.  Eva Alexandrides, above, personally explained the 111skin range to top media, including the beauty editor of Harrods (who confirmed that her Aman range was also selling well). Eva Alexandrides is co-owner and marketing genius of 111skin, the to-buy face and body products developed by her husband, leading London-based facial enhancer Dr Yannis Alexandrides – address 111 Harley Street. She explained how her husband’s happy patients wanted products to extend the effect of what Dr Yannis had already achieved with a flick of a little cut. Hence the development of 111skin, at first just for Alexandrides addicts and thus to retail and 75 outlets around the world. Think The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection, FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS, SANTA MARINA MYKONOS – and Lucknam Park.

Wow, fashion today encapsulates so much, from how you to what you eat and what you do. Looking after yourself is pre-eminent. As flight attendants used to say in their pre-take-off briefings: ‘You can’t look after others until you look after yourself so put your air mask on before you put’em on your kids’.  Stay at Lucknam Park to look after YOURself.  Look what you get – 500 acres of well-tended park land, a 1720 manor converted and extended to be a 42-room Relais hotel, professional stables for full equestrian, an extensive spa with interior pull and treatment rooms, and key people. Hotel GM Sakis Dinas is 2022 Boutique Hotelier’s man of the year. Spa director Jessica Grant Sloyan must be 2022 best of her ilk in UK.

It was a great evening. Endless Joseph Perrier and canapés (and afterwards Girlahead dined properly, The Brasserie’s whisky-cured Loch Duart salmon, then Tim Johnson’s ribeye, with Excellens Marqués de Cáceres Cuvée Especial Colección Privada 2018). What did beauty media wear, by the way? Black, preferably including tight black leather trousers, and some delightfully clumpy footwear.

Fashion comes in a variety of forms these days. CARLTON TOWER JUMEIRAH, London, is partnering with London College of Fashion on a collection of Christmas tree decorations. College graduates have provided sketches that have subsequently been turned into 3-D paper miniatures to hang on a tree.  Interestingly the College is, as of 2018, part of University of the Arts London (UAL), based at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. Other members of the UAL family include the BBC, Sadler’s Wells ballet and the Victoria & Albert Museum, V&A.  Including fashion shows, says its Head, Frances Corner, that this is an opportunity to redefine what fashion is.

Carlton Tower MD Aaron Kaupp  – now, sadly, moving on. He is an inherent fashion follower, and when he re-opened the hotel he commissioned Nicholas Oakwell’s NO Uniform to design stylish gear for team members (Oakwell also does London’s ARTS CLUB and CLARIDGE’S).