Well, we got through January. The industry recovered from ILTM and it’s already looking forward to Cannes this December (and to regional ILTMs before that). January was brightened up by Private Luxury Dubai, which bodes well for sibling events throughout the year..
February? Sorry folks, nothing to brighten this Leap Year month except for HVS’ investment conference in Goa (Girlahead is speaking, on 16th February) We need to look further ahead.
London opens a sensation sometime this spring when Clivedale-owned Mandarin Oriental opens its magnificent doors in Hanover Square (to be honest, the opening could be a tad confusing as no date is finalised though the hotel will confirm reservations from 1st July 2024 on). This unique gem is sandwiched between Fenwick’s and global Vogue headquarters. The exterior could possibly be controversial. It can only likened to the outside of the bedroom block that chef Jean-Marie Amat opened outside Bordeaux. Anyway, Mandarin Oriental Hanover Square has the same architect (Rogers Stirk Harbour) as Pompidou Centre in Paris, and lower floors are cosy rather than light. Most gorgeous of the 50 Indigo-designed bedrooms is the 95sq m Hanover Suite, its green magnolia de Gournay wallpaper echoing flowers on the beige carpet and enormous acreage of green Ming marble. This is a stone, from China, that is found also throughout public areas of the hotel, including the 26 steps of the curved statement staircase leading from the street entrance down to food (which is all Curiosity-designed Akira Back). Also in the 11-floor building are 99 owned residences (designer Thomas Juul Hansen), a 25m pool with 3 vitality stations, a significant gym and spa. The premium suite, the 142sq m Mayfair Suite, is aimed at the strong-hearted – its marble is flecked-liver.
GM Susanne Hatje is seen above, yesterday, in room #204, one of the smallest rooms, at 30sq m. After her time at bijou Hong Kong Landmark Mandarin Oriental, she is once again in her element.