Luxury Hotels

Sweden – Palm Beach FL – Kenya

Bergaliv Lofthouse, in Hälsingland, Sweden, offers panoramic views (photo above, Martin Edstrom). The Lofthouse, a two-floor pale ash and birchwood one-room ‘hotel’ designed by architect Hanna Michelson, is on a one-time ski slope now covered by a tender birch grove, with a view for miles of the Ljusnan River valley. Two years ago her father, Staffan Michelson, wanted to buy some woodland in his ancestral area, saw this and, hey presto, this is the result. The cabin has heating, electricity and waterless eco-toilet, and WiFi, plus refrigerator stocked with fresh, local and organic products for breakfast. It is recommended you park at Orbaden Spa & Resort Hotel, and leave your car and cases there: the hotel provides you with rucksacks to hold overnight gear – rucksacks are also packed with all necessities for a memorable dinner in the cabin. From the hotel you hike up to the cabin, which takes 45 minutes to an hour, with snowshoes provided in winter (make the walk at sunset to feel in touch with nature and, when you get to the cabin, you might even find a bottle of Champagne waiting, all the better to appreciate the views and meditate).

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There will be even more meditation on hand this November in the USA. The Breakers Palm Beach, hosts the 14th annual Global Wellness Summit GWS, 8-11 November, 2020, and following this there will be a Global Wellness Institute Retreat, 11-13 Novemberr, 2020, at Serenebe, a wellness community just south-west of Atlanta GA (Serenebe is nine hours’ drive north of The Breakers, up the I-75). The two-day immersion is designed to give GWS delegates an opportunity to explore and experience what makes Serenbe – and its business model – such a success. It is worth noting that the Institute says that there are at least 750 global wellness real estate/communities projects built or in the development pipeline, and the number is expected to grow significantly post-pandemic.

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Nairobi’s iconic The Norfolk is looking forward to an even brighter future. The 165-room ‘grande dame’, occupying the label of First Lady of Kenyan hospitality since its 1904 birth, was bought this June by Nepal-based CG Hospitality Holdings, and Fairmont will continue to manage this and its adjacent sibling, Fairmont Mara Safari Club (CG Hospitality Holding, led by CEO Rahul Chaudhary, bought from Prince al-Waleed’s Kingdom Holdings, which had held the pair for 15 years). Girlahead last stayed in Fairmont The Norfolk’s room 15, named for Sarah Block, one of the family owners in the hotel’s pre-1989 era – as Chaudhary confirms, Kenya is, indeed, a resilient market. See the video, below.