Luxury Hotels

Marseillan – Slow Hotels – Boston

LUX* La Baraquette Resort & Residences, in Marseillan (see above), is the Singapore-based brand’s foray into Europe. Overlooking a private 11-acre vineyard and the picturesque Thau Lagoon, the 240 kilometres UNESCO world heritage site has 84 suites and 167 residences, including many private-pool villas, All villas benefit from having a private pool. These stylish residences are thoughtfully designed, capturing the relaxed yet chic Mediterranean elegance. Owners will have direct access to LUX* La Baraquette’s 11-acre vineyard and Wine Academy, which includes one-to-one harvest experiences. The resort’s interiors are by Lázaro Rosa-Violan, and overall concept is a partnership withSlow Life Architects from Barcelona.

**

Talking of slow life, yesterday Claus Sendlinger launched his new brand, Slow. He already has what he calls two ‘Slow Places’, in Ibiza and Tulum. Next on his list are Berlin and rural Portugal, this last an 83-ha hilltop farm overlooking the coastline an hour from Lisbon.  As Sendlinger, who previously thought up Design Hotels, says, ‘As the time comes to travel again, we yearn for an older, slower way of moving through the world. Yet we look toward the future, to new sustainable technologies and design methods, to novel ideas and audacious dreams.’

**

Claus Sendlinger has in fact been promoting slow-down, and motivating his myriad of followers, for years. In Massachusetts, Mandarin Oriental Boston’s array of residential retreats includes one called ‘Motivate and Activate’. Designed to detoxify and get a jump on a weight-loss programme, a personal trainer helps with a full-body diagnostic assessment and offerscore training, Pilates and yoga, while a nutritional class provides insights on detoxifying, purifying and balancing the body. Meals—morning, afternoon and evening—feature organic whole proteins, energy-packed carbs, antioxidant-rich wellness boosters and lots of fruits and vegetables from Back Bay’s own Revolution Health Kitchen.  Aha, says girlahead, those fruit-and-veg could be the deciding factor in choosing this retreat!

**

And now, if you have not already listened to Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s forward-thinking COO, Christoph Mares, hear him here: