Luxury Hotels

New-look luxury

Peace and calm are part of today’s new-look luxury. The launch above is the ‘house-boat’ of Monkey Island, YTL’s outstanding resort occupying a whole island in England’s River Thames (yes, you will be hearing a lot about Monkey Island shortly, keep reading this space, folks). Stay there and take a trip round the island, or book it to go to nearby Windsor, an hour round-trip.

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Girlahead has just been recording the next MARY GOSTELOW GIRLAHEAD PODCAST, looking at the differences and similarity between traditional luxury and today’s more lifestyle elements. A feeling of the unexpected is essential. (It is worth looking at some of the fashion stalwarts – today’s Financial Times How To Spend It has a full page ad with a model wearing an underwear-look nude bustier and normal, dark trousers and the single word with it says, wait for it, BURBERRY. Wow)

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Another unexpected experience. Kempinski started managing Kutzbuhel’s 148-room Hotel Das Tirol in 2011. To celebrate a decade of that management GM Gerhard Bosse is, for the coming year, promising to upgrade one confirmed lesser-grade reservation. That lucky person, or couple, will spend a  night in the hotel’s 520 sq m Penthouse Suite. During winter months, Girlahead is told this is a ski-in, ski-out hotel.

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New-look luxury necessarily ensures making the best of yourself, catering to the mental, emotional, nutritional and physical needs.  Mentally, a well-researched book on the lines of The Scent of Empires: Chanel No5 and Red Moscow, shows how a Frankfurt university professor, Karl Schlögel, studied the creation of two eternal perfumes by Frenchmen in Russia (this is Girlahead’s current bedside reading). Physically, she longs to try a Mirror wall-set virtual trainer. Nutritionally, well surely Brazil nuts and blueberries help early in the day, and a glass of red later on.  And for overall making the best of yourself, surely nobody is a better inspiration than ESPA founder Sue Harmsworth.  Hear her here: