Luxury Hotels

Langham – Leser – Jakarta – La Palma – KSA

What Girlahead calls the Langham rose – above, photographed at The Langham, Melbourne – is a reminder that one colour can make a luxury brand.  Orange is for Veuve Clicquot. Peninsula Green is for The Peninsula. Langham Pink is for Langham, and the colour – from roses to London-type taxis via balloons at ILTMs and other key events – has always been pushed and promoted by its highly-regarded CEO Stefan Leser. Two days he  announcing his August departure, for family reasons. He quoted Jimi Hendrix:  ‘the story of life is quicker than the the wink of an eye, the story of love is hello and goodbye until we meet again’.

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Girlahead is thrilled to know about Langham’s continued expansion. The 180-key Langham Jakarta, opening 9th September, will be publicised by its Langham-pink 1957 A40 Somerset zipping around the central business district as fast as the city’s notorious traffic will allow – owner is Agung Segayu, GM is Gaylord Lamy and the  80 sq m Presidential Suite, on 60th floor, has direct access from the hotel garage.

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La Palma is a somewhat rugged volcanic-lava island in the Canaries, and to help local navigation it obviously needed a lighthouse.  Now that safety structure is, thanks to lighthouse fanatic Tim Wittenbecher, a three-bedroom hotel. It has no gym but you can climb the 150 steps up to the top of the actual light tower.

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There will be numerous ‘unusual’ hotels, including luxury tented camps, coming up in Saudi Arabia.  Hear Jerry Inzerillo here: