Luxury Hotels

THE FUTURE IS COMING

In Formula One, races are already evolving to electric.  Girlahead is told again and again that this Formula Enew-sport attracts a different spectator community, more discerning, more interested in the vehicles than the noise. Sponsors like this crowd, too.According to Forbes, names putting bucks into e-racing include Michelin (official tyre partner), Bosch, BMW, DHL, TAG Hauer and Moet & Chandon. Cars include Audi, Jaguar, Mercedes and Porsche.
Tomorrow’s cars are already here. On the bed side, Orbital Assembly aims to launch not one but two space stations with  accommodation. Pioneer Station, housing 28 people, could be operational by 2025, and the 400-person Voyager Station is  scheduled for 2027. A Station is, says Orbital Assembly’s chief operating officer, like a spinning bucket of water: “The station rotates, pushing the contents of the station out to the perimeter of the station, much in the way that you can spin a bucket of water — the water pushes out into the bucket and stays in place. Near the station’s centre there’s no artificial gravity, but as you move down the outside of the station, the feeling of gravity increases. In the smaller Pioneer Station there will still be such artificial gravity features as showers, the ability to eat and drink sitting down – but spaces with less gravity will allow for even more fun, more space quirks.”
Expect a variety of places to sleep, airborne and on the ground. Out of New York, young events organiser Evan Tzeng heads Stay Altered –  meaningful impact via beach-set cabanas, farm glamping, off-grid wellness retreats and nature escapes as well as boutique hotel-hostels and urban co-living.
Girlahead also predicts a near-future in the hotel sector will be putting employees (OK, colleagues, hosts, staff, team members on whatever you want to call them) centre-stage. Take what they wear.  Make them proud of their gear. Customer-facing females at L&R’s NOBU LONDON PORTMAN SQUARE have origami-influenced black outfits, Nicholas Oakwell design with wing-like sleeves, which they sometimes show off in ballet-dance style. At SO/ BERLIN, GM Dario Pithard, unprompted, says his team soft-patterned shirts with when-needed sweaters are Viktor & Rolf (the avant-garde Dutch house founded 1993 by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren and now owned by Renzo Rosso’s OTB Group).
Next point, what do hotel employees eat? Girlahead has been impressed by ambience and food back of house at BELLAGIO in Las Vegas, and MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK. And when it comes to working out and general wellness facilities, not surprisingly hotels that house all team members score best, which puts many Middle East properties top of the list. Question: Six Senses is known for its overall wellness dedication for all customers and those who service them, so can the 250 team members at SIX SENSES SHAHARUT, a conversion of an airbase in Israel’s Arava Valley, go camel-riding?
This brings us to Girlahead’s last prediction for today. Watch more and more hotels become immersed in new-luxury’s club culture. Six Senses is about to launch its first club. Hear Neil Jacobs, here: