Luxury Hotels

Paris – Washington State – One&Only

Oetker Collection’s Le Bristol, Paris, has a new garden (photo, above, by Marianne Majerus). Designer is Italian-born Arabella Lennox-Boyd, brought up in her family’s Oliveto home, Palazzo Parisi – she uses the name of her second husband, Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd. All the garden’s flora, native to the Paris region, is deliberately chosen to support the biodiversity of this  city oasis.  Each season will unfold in its full splendour in this ever-changing microcosm at the heart of the hotel.  At the arrival of spring, narcissi and tulips will bring the first explosion of colour, giving way to white bougainvillea before the softly tinted pink and deep burgundy roses announce summer.  The blooms of ornamental grasses and copper toned beech leaves mark the descent into autumn, while winter’s incubation is gracefully sculpted by evergreens.  To maintain the garden, Le Bristol will use only 100% plant-based and biodegradable products, which only have a positive impact on the planet.

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Travel & Tourism is the theme of tomorrow’s final day, The Puget Sound Economic Summit, 15-17 April, www.pugetsoundeconomicsummit.com  Overall focus is on strategies for an equitable and inclusive recovery for Washington’s business, hospitality and tourism industries.  Tomorrow’s speakers include Stein Kruse, Group CEO Holland America Group and Carnival UK; Ben Minicucci, President Alaska Airlines; John Oppenheimer, CEO Columbia Hospitality: add to this list, too, Commissioners Stephanie Bowman, Fred Felleman and Peter Steinbrueck, plus Steve Metruk, all Port of Seattle; Louise Chermin, President/CEO Greater Seattle Business Association; Ali Daniels, SVP/CMO Visit Seattle; Molly Shen, News Anchor KOMO News; Mayor Victoria Woodards, City of Tacoma.

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One&Only, part of Dubai-based Kerzner, is led by Kerzner’s CEO Philippe Zuber. With new openings coming up in Mexico, Greece, Rwanda and Malaysia, One&Only is extending what was already a global spider’s web of properties (imagine trying to run the company when it already included Mexico, Bahamas, South Africa, Mauritius and Maldives…). The Maldives property, One&Only Reethi Rah, has always been fascinating.  Company founder Sol Kerzner took a tiny island and expanded it five times by bringing in tons of sand. Question, what happened to the property’s land tax? Maldives charges tax on actual land, not over-water villas, but what happens about man-made island extensions? Other fascinations about One&Only include legendary GMs, superb boutiques and onsite concept stores, quirky black and white print advertising and some memorable videos.  See one, below.