Luxury Hotels

Seychelles – Kanya West – Paris

Fregate Island Private, one of the Seychelles’ most luxurious private-island resorts, is renowned for its tortoises – see above.  When Girlahead last visited, indeed, the incoming plane from Male was diverted as a tortoise was blocking the ‘runway’, also known as a grass strip.  Under GM Hilton Hastings, the resort, still owned by a Lucerne-based nature and luxury lover, has been independently managed for the last three years.  Many royals have used this idyllic place as a honeymoon heaven: currently, newly-weds – wearing tiaras or, as ‘commoners’, clad in Yeezy sneakers or whatever – stay four nights or more at this 16-villa resort, get a villa discount, a sunset Champagne cruise and private dinner on one of the resort’s seven beaches and much more more.  There should even be time to get to know a tortoise.

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Talking of Yeezy, this is Kanye West’s brand for Adidas, whose sneakers topped $1.7 billion in sales in 2020, up 31% on the year. West’s latest partnership is with Gap and ‘his’ signature design is a short bright blue puffa jacket made from recycled plastic. Gap hopes that Kim Kardashian’s former husband will turn round the company’s flagging sales and its promotion spend includes, apparently, millions on projections on major New York public buildings. How come none of that spend goes on, say, projections of a blue jacket on the outside of New York’s tallest luxury hotels, say Taj’s The Pierre or The Plaza (or even, nearby, Mandarin Oriental New York or its neighbour, named for the penultimate President of the USA)?

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One thing is sure. The entire world of luxury travel and hospitality will know about, and rush to, Le Cheval Blanc Paris, expecting to open ‘imminently’. Hear its big boss, Christian Boyens, here below: