Spring-time in much of the world, and Good Friday in the WHOLE of this marvellous world. There is so much new to celebrate. Barry Sternlicht’s SH Hotels, for instance, looks ahead to expanding all its three brands, 1 Hotels (the ESG-aware one, with drinking-water taps in bedrooms), Baccarat (the over-the-top one) and Treehouse (the sense of youthful naughtiness one). Listen to SH Hotel’s CEO Arash Azarbarzin on the new MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST.
Johannesburg’s most exclusive hotel, The Saxon unveils a new look on 1st of May, says Girlahead. Expect an extensive refurbishment of the Saxon reception area, Qunu restaurant, the Cigar Library and the Olive Bar. In the lobby, Dean Simon’s Foresight and Hindsight – The Five Faces of Mandela occupies pride of place behind reception. Qunu now has a dramatic mural of sunset over Shambala Private Game Reserve from under a Wild Seringa tree. At the same time, the spa adds Bellabaci Massage, aiding drainage and detox; a Digital Detox Journey massage focussing on device-induced stress points; and Sleep Therapy bespoke mindfulness.
Wait until Girlahead unveils its Almont Global hotelier of the year awards – THEY will be powerful. The best in the business today, by the way, are those organised by HOTELS magazine. The short-list for 2021, unveiled yesterday, is:
Corporate Hotelier of the World – Sébastien Bazin, Chairman/CEO, Accor; Dr. Jennifer Cronin, President, Wharf Hotels; Mark Hoplamazian, President/CEO, Hyatt, and Jerry Inzerillo, CEO, Diriyah Gate and Vice Chairman, Forbes Travel Guide.
Independent Hotelier of the World – Ivan Artolli, Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo; Mary Celeste Beall, Blackberry Farm, Walland TN; Robin Hutson, Chairman/CEO, Lime Wood Group and Home Grown Hotels, and Pierre Jochem, La Mamounia, Marrakech.
Please let Girlahead have your comments and thoughts on hotelier awards (or any awards, come to think of it). Meanwhile, here is someone who deserves an award for managing three apparently-disperate brands: