Luxury Hotels


Today is world sleep day (no, don’t yawn). At ANANDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, outside Rishikesh, a new sleep enhancement programme utilizes lifestyle modifications, dietary corrections, Ayurveda including Panchakarma and Shamana therapies, Yoga and Emotional Healing, Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture, Cupping and Moxibustion. Apparently the programme improves sleep quality, energy and attention. It also helps memory and lowers cognitive dysfunction and fatigue.

Gosh there’s so much money in sleep. The Global Wellness Institute has revealed that Belgium-based Sunrise, a healthtech company that claims to be revolutionising sleep analysis, announced it has raised €17 million in a fresh round of funding (this funding is in addition to €12 million that Sunrise had already raised).

Alert and making the most of every minute, the CEO of London-based Walpole, Helen Brocklebank, led a ‘we are British luxury’ expedition to New York last week – the affair was organised by Peter Bates, the very-English CEO of New York-based Strategic Vision. The main ‘sell UK’ day, Tuesday 7th March, was held at THE WHITBY, one of Firmdale Hotels’ New York properties – see a group photo above (the Talented Mr Bates is to the far right).

The day started with a continental, rather than English, breakfast, and then there were Key participants included Conor O’Leary, Gleneagles, and Andrew Stembridge, Iconic Luxury Hotels, plus Jack Ezon and Matthew Upchurch. Brand agency Notable presented ‘How fragility & fluidity are re-shaping an industry’, with such quotes as “if we don’t care about the environment, we’ll lose future audiences”, Franck Arnold, The Savoy; “there’s a heightened sense of learning and seeing new things; Lee Powell, Cunard. Afterwards, a cocktail at the official New York Consul General residence was hosted by her deputy.

It all sounds as if there was little time for jetlag.  Or sleep.