Luxury Hotels

Seattle – Tel Aviv – Peloton – Stockholm

It’s wedding time, and Four Seasons Hotel Seattle (a brilliant replacement of a former carpark) is ready – see above. The hotel’s Infinity Pool, with terrace, can hold up to 12, ideal for an intimate occasion, with sweeping panoramas of Puget Sound. There are several added bonuses. The 147-room hotel’s chef, Emmanuel Calderon, can provide quintessential Pacific Northwest fare, and stay overnight to wake up to Puget Sound views (Girlahead really liked 74sq m corner suite #701).  Hotel GM is Angelica Palladino.  If you have time and energy the following day, take the 141 steps down to the waterfront, stopping off at Pike Street Market on the way,.


The day after Israel and UAE signed the historic peace agreement, Abu Dhabi and Israel were already cooperating on COVID-19 research.  At the same time, too, Yaron Liberman, GM of the gorgeous The Norman, Tel Aviv, was already targetting the UAE with social media about his hotel – and he picked up six reservations from Dubai within a couple of hours.  Actually, cognocenti around the world want to see, and experience The Norman, named for late playwright and man of letters, Norman Lourie. Girlahead loves the 50-room hotel’s calm, understated luxury, and its rooftop pool and A-Listers’ surrounding patio. Unusually, the hotel is not kosher. Best room currently is the 250sq m Penthouse, a duplex with 40sq m Terrace with hot tub – coming soon is an annexe with seven long-stay suites and a concept store.


Girlahead loves Peloton’s interactive stationary bikes but leaked details of new products are confusing. It is rumoured that CEO John Foley will cut the cost of the existing model from $2,245 to under $1,900, but add a superior Bike+ that has an adjustable screen allowing you to follow virtual classes from near, not necessarily on, the machine.  Yes, Bike+ will cost more.


Mr Sweden, when it comes to luxury hotels, is globalist Philippe Kjellgren, compiler of the insiders’, Subjective Travel Intelligence. Newest hotspot for Stockholm, he says, is ESS Group’s 122-room Ellery Beach House, with beach club and four pools (it is only 18 minutes from the city). For real exclusiveness, Philippe Kjellgren alternatively suggests driving two hours from Stockholm to the one-bedroom lake-set VIPP Shelter. Cleverly, this is a showcase for VIPP home products. Use the room’s kitchen and you are assessing  VIPP’s latest oven.