Luxury Hotels

Hong Kong – London – Doha

Exuberant creator Jonathan Frolich made his name creating Andaz for Hyatt. Now, as MD of  Carlyle & Co, he is creating and heading Rosewood’s long-awaited private members clubs PMC. The launch Carlyle & Co – see above – will stretch across three floors of the Victoria Dockside development in Hong Kong. It will have such facilities as dining and drinking, plus a library, a music room, a barber and a tailor. Carlyle & Co’s joining fees are HK$88,000 (HK$40,000 for under-34s), with annual dues of HK$28,000 (HK$14,700 for under-34s): all ages pay an additional HK$21,000 a year to use the pool and fitness centre. Carlyle & Co will not, by the way, allow access to those staying next door at Rosewood Hong Kong, unless they are already club members.  (Who are those members? The profile, it is said, shows global, cultured citizens, drawn together by personalities,  passions, interests and stories, rather than status and profession.

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In London’s main parks, there are currently ELEPHANTS. Yes, really. 100 lifesize elephants are spread around Green Park (Girlahead’s suggestion is to see them from windows at The Lanesborough), St James’s Park (closest luxury hotels, Conrad St James’s and Taj) and Berkeley Square (The Connaught). The elephants were made in southern India in dried weed,  lantana camara, a notorious local pest that outcompetes native species and affects biodiversity – we can blame early Dutch explorers, who introduced this member of the verbena family from its natural habitat, Central and South America. The London elephants, on display until 23rd July, will be sold, by The Elephant Family and The Real Elephant Collective charities

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Marriott is offering Middle East and Africa adventures in partnership with Quintessentially, whose recently-appointed Group CEO, Darren Ellis, Group CEO, looks forward to creating unforgettable memories.  One of Quintessentially’s suggestions is visiting Doha with an art theme. Stay at Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa; take a private helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of West Bay Lagoon, The Pearl Qatar and Zig Zag Towers; discover historical and natural exhibits at The National Museum of Qatar; stuff yourself with culture at the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf the Arab Museum of Modern Art and Katara Cultural Village; stroll Doha’s century-old trading market, Souq Waqif, and cruise the Gulf Sea of Qatar to Safliya Island.

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Luxury Collection treasure hotels are overseen globally by Marriott’s SVP Luxury Brands Chris Gabaldon.  Hear him again, here: