22nd Newport Flower Show to Celebrate Fete Des Fleurs

The 2017 Newport Flower Show, themed Fête Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres, will celebrate its 22nd year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from grand gardens to Paris chic, at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The Show opens on Friday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017.psnc-logo

With Newport’s largest private ballroom, Rosecliff was constructed in 1902 as a party pavilion for one of the leading society hostesses of the Gilded Age. This snow-white terra-cotta mansion was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs, heir to the Comstock silver lode in Nevada. It hosted many of the most fabulous entertainments of the period, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini.

The magnificent three-day event welcomes back Bartlett Tree Experts as the Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. Additional sponsors include ALEX AND ANI, Atria Senior Living , Brooks Brothers, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Swarovski, United, and The Newport Daily News.

Show Highlights:

The Show will feature celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and noted scholar on French garden history Dr. Eric T. Haskell as special guest speakers, scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Guests will have the rare opportunity to learn from the uniquely talented Leatham, who works as the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris in addition to designing events for celebrities and world leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, and many more. Leatham is considered the most exciting floral designer in the world. Awarded the prestigious “Knighthood” (“Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters”), the French Government’s highest honor for artists, Jeff designed the first major event to be held in the famed “Galerie des Glaces” (Hall of Mirrors) at Versailles since the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His work is compared to contemporary art (and is featured at international cultural, business and entertainment events). His vase designs were so exquisite that the Dallas Museum purchased them for their permanent collection. His work.

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Celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham

Haskell, Professor of French Studies & Humanities and Director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College in California, will share his knowledge on French gardens, their history, and more with guests. Dr. Haskell will share his vast knowledge on French gardens during his lecture “Lasting Landscapes: The French Formal Garden.” He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and also studied Art History and Architecture in the graduate program at UCI and at the École du Louvre in Paris. He has delivered over 550 public lectures and scholarly papers in 28 states and 11 foreign countries. In 2013 Haskell received two of France’s highest honors: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académics (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).

Other free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will

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Dr. Eric T. Haskell

also be presented throughout the weekend.

Fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel will also join the Newport Flower Show’s Afternoon Tea reception on Friday, June 23 for a conversation on her fabulous life, fashion, and style. The Afternoon Tea reception will be held on the front lawn of Rosecliff at 3:00 p.m. where guests will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as flavored versions of iced or hot teas.

The Opening Night Party, the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport,” will take place on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, and children’s programs, all staged

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Iris Apfel

throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.

New this year, the Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests can spend an evening strolling through the display gardens, shopping with Flower Show vendors on the front lawn, and viewing the floral designs inside Rosecliff before the sun sets, then can enjoy a summer picnic basket supper on the grounds while viewing the display gardens. Attendees can also opt to stay after supper for a viewing of the 2015 hit movie “A Little Chaos” starring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Stanley Tucci; film tickets are sold separately. Continue reading

The Viceroy Hotel Group Creates A Sensation With Grand Unveiling Of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Global Modern Luxury Hospitality Group Makes History With Stunning New Beachfront Resort

This past weekend, the Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) raised the curtains to unveil Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, a stunning beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape. Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, this Icon Collection masterpiece showcases sweeping, unobstructed views of the surrounding city, from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Khalifa. The arrival of the Viceroy Hotel Group in Dubai marks the modern luxury hospitality group’s second foray into the UAE, bringing a fusion of California cool with Dubai sensation.1 (1)

Preparation for the opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has been an unforgettable journey,” comments Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. “I remember my very first meeting with Kabir Mulchandani of SKAI Holdings, the developer, owner and visionary behind the entire development, and now, four years later, we have opened an incredible new experience for Viceroy guests, one where Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has redefined modern luxury hospitality in this vibrant destination. I am extremely proud of General Manager Mikael Svensson, and the entire Viceroy team for how they have launched this incredible hotel.”

The opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai marks the next step of VHG’s aggressive and expansive growth strategy over the next few years, with forthcoming properties slated for Argentina, Chicago, Colombia, Panama, Portugal, and Turkey.

MODERN MARVEL: PIONEERING ARCHITECTURE & OUTSTANDING INTERIOR DESIGN

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s glass cube structure creates a sense of anticipation. At center, a first-of-its-kind glass cube towers at 15 meters by 15 meters, an engineering feat. The cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and beyond.

Image of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Viceroy Hotel Group's stunning new beachfront resort at the center of Dubai's thriving hospitality landscape

Image of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Viceroy Hotel Group’s stunning new beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s interiors feature clean lines, natural materials, and a standout design. Glamorous interiors feature a calming palette of neutral colors alongside Viceroy’s signature teal, with brushed bronze finishes adding a warm glow. Light and dark wood contrasts with layers of marble, creating balance and refinement, while a recurring honeycomb hexagonal pattern runs throughout. Contemporary furniture and rich fabrics similarly contrast with Greek and Italian-marbled bathrooms that feature hand cut mosaic tiling and bronze sculptured standalone bathtubs. Continue reading

JW Marriott Debuts Stunning Beach Resort on Marco Island

Global Luxury Brand Opens South Florida Beachfront Hotel On The Shores Of The Gulf Of Mexico

JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the global luxury brand that is part of Marriott International’s luxury brands portfolio, has debuted JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. Located 20 minutes south of Naples and just a 50-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation and rejuvenation.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

Following an extensive $320 million renovation facilitated by ownership group Mass Mutual, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa has converted to a JW Marriott luxury property, ushering in a new era for the illustrious resort. The 726-room JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort offers engaging and enriching on-property experiences that can be artfully tailored to each guest.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort lobby

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort

In 2015, the resort began phase one of a three-phase makeover and brand conversion project, including expanded pool decks, a refurbished lobby, a new porte-cochere and grand front entrance. The second phase, which concluded on Dec. 31, 2016, welcomed a complete transformation of guest rooms and resort culinary offerings, including the addition of two new signature restaurants, Ario and Maia, as well as an all-new beachfront tiki bar, Kane.

This brand conversion brings to fruition years of planning, dedication and hard work, and I could not be more pleased,” said Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort. “As we move forward into the next chapter of our resort’s story, we are embracing our celebrated past and welcoming a new level of luxury by joining JW Marriott’s global portfolio of exceptional properties.”

The luxury Marco Island resort near Naples, Florida is poised to become one of the region’s most coveted culinary destinations, led by Executive Chef Eric Vasta, who most recently held the post at the celebrated five-star JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Culinary programming will include private sommelier-led wine tastings and Chef’s Table experiences at signature restaurant Ario, helmed by Chef de Cuisine Gerald Sombright. The culinary offerings extend beachside with fish-grilling classes, rum tastings and private dinners along the shoreline.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort – Ario Seating

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort – Kane Tiki Bar & Grill

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Pottery Barn Announces Product Assortment Expansion For Spring 2017

Spring 2017 Will Introduce Thoughtful Solutions for Every Home at a Great Value

Pottery Barn, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, has announced the expansion of its product assortment launching for Spring/Summer 2017. The collection will debut new styles that are designed and engineered to be size-conscious and multi-functional, offering solutions for smaller living spaces. Each piece is constructed with the same high-quality artisanal design Pottery Barn is known for to appeal to a range of lifestyles at an accessible price.pblogo

We recognize the opportunity to diversify our products and reflect the different ways people live today,” said Marta Benson, EVP, General Merchandise Manager, Pottery Barn. “Our spring collection offers new furniture and décor that embody Pottery Barn’s comfortable, relaxed style and are designed with an eye toward functionality, value and smaller scale. It’s exciting to expand our assortment and bring customers more choice when it comes to furnishing their home, big or small.”

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Bellevue upholstered sofa with storage by Pottery Barn (Photo: Business Wire)

Adding soul and warmth to the home, the new pieces celebrate classic handmade craftsmanship, reflecting the brand’s heritage and touching on global and historic references. Many of the items, including select furniture pieces, are available to ship directly via UPS adding a level of ease, speed and convenience for customers. Continue reading

The Business of Fashion: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Announces Record 2016 Results

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s leading luxury products group, recorded revenue of €37.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 5% over the previous year. Organic revenue growth was 6%.lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton

In the fourth quarter, revenue increased by 9% compared to the same period of 2015. Organic growth was 8%. The American market remains on a good track as does Europe. Asia, excluding Japan, continued its good momentum.

Profit from recurring operations reached €7 billion in 2016, an increase of 6%, to which all business groups, apart from selective distribution, contributed. This result compares to 2015 which was itself a year of growth. Operating margin reached 18.7%. Group share of net profit was €3 981 million, representing growth of 11%.

Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH, said: “LVMH achieved an excellent performance in 2016 within a context of geopolitical and economic instability. Continued innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and the quest for excellence: all Maisons continue to assert these core values while maintaining rigorous execution of their strategies on the ground. In an environment which remains uncertain, we can count on the appeal of our brands and the agility of our teams to strengthen, once again in 2017, our leadership in the universe of high quality products.

Key highlights from 2016 include:

  • Record revenue and profit from recurring operations
  • Growth in the United States, Europe and Asia
  • Good performance of Wines & Spirits in all regions
  • The success of both iconic and new products at Louis Vuitton, where profitability remains at an exceptional level
  • Progress at Fendi
  • The sale of Donna Karan and the acquisition of Rimowa, a leader in luggage of excellence
  • Good momentum at Parfums Christian Dior driven by successful product innovations
  • Market share gains at Bvlgari and TAG Heuer
  • Growth at Sephora which strengthened its position in all its markets and in digital
  • Free cash flow of €3 974 million, an increase of 8%
  • Gearing of 12% at end of December 2016

WINES & SPIRITS: GOOD YEAR WITH PROGRESS IN THE UNITED STATES AND REBOUND IN SHIPMENTS TO CHINA

The Wines & Spirits Business Group recorded an increase in organic revenue of 7 %. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10 %. With volumes up 3%, solid growth continues for champagne and prestige cuvees performed particularly well. Hennessy cognac enjoyed an excellent year with 10% volume growth. The American market is growing well and China saw better momentum after a tough 2015 due to destocking by distributors. Other spirits, Glenmorangie and Belvedere, continued their growth.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is represented in Wines and Spirits by a portfolio of brands that includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Domaine du Clos des Lambrays, Château Cheval Blanc, Hennessy, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Chandon, Cloudy Bay, Terrazas de los Andes, Cheval des Andes, Cape Mentelle, Newton, Bodega Numanthia and Ao Yun.

FASHION & LEATHER GOODS: GOOD PERFORMANCE OF LOUIS VUITTON, OTHER BRANDS STRENGTHENED THEIR POSITIONS

The Fashion & Leather Goods Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 4% in 2016. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 3 %. Profit from recurring operations increased by 10%. Louis Vuitton had a good year driven by the level of creativity across all its businesses. The continued success of its iconic product range and the strong demand for recent creations such as the new luggage designed by Marc Newson and the Louis Vuitton fragrances, all contributed to this growth. Fendi recorded robust growth crossing the symbolic revenue threshold of 1 billion euros during the year. Loro Piana continued to expand its distribution network and opened a flagship store in Paris. Céline, Loewe and Kenzo all continued to grow. Marc Jacobs continued to work on changes to its collection. Donna Karan was sold in December to the American G-III group. Rimowa, world leader in luggage of excellence, joined the LVMH group.

Its Fashion and Leather Goods division includes Louis Vuitton, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Givenchy, Thomas Pink, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs, Berluti, Nicholas Kirkwood, Loro Piana and Rimowa.

PERFUMES & COSMETICS: CONTINUED SUCCESS OF INNOVATIONS; EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE IN MAKEUP

The Perfumes & Cosmetics Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 6%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 5%. The inauguration of the new atelier for the creation of fragrances, Les Fontaines Parfumées, at Grasse was a highlight of the year. Parfums Christian Dior grew market share in all regions, driven by the worldwide success of Sauvage and the vitality of its iconic perfumes J’adore and Miss Dior. The progress of makeup also contributed to the Maison’s excellent performance. Guerlain benefitted from the successful launch of its new makeup collection inspired by its fragrance La Petite Robe Noire. Benefit experienced strong growth driven by the success of its new collection for eyebrows. Make Up For Ever, Fresh and Kat Von D performed well.

LVMH is present in the Perfumes and Cosmetics sector with Parfums Christian Dior, Guerlain, Parfums Givenchy, Kenzo Parfums, Perfumes Loewe as well as other promising cosmetic companies (BeneFit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma and Fresh).

WATCHES & JEWELRY: MARKET SHARE GAINS FOR BVLGARI AND TAG HEUER

The Watches & Jewelry Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 5%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 5%. Profit from recurring operations increased by 6%. Bvlgari continued to gain market share with enhancements to its Serpenti, Diva and B.zero1 lines. Growth continued in China, Korea and in the Middle East. TAG Heuer grew despite a difficult market for watches, gained market share and benefitted from the success of its new collections and its connected watch. Hublot accelerated its development in Asia and recorded the best year in its history. Chaumet continued to move its product lines upmarket and inaugurated a new boutique concept in Hong Kong.

LVMH‘s Watches and Jewelry division comprises Bulgari, TAG Heuer, Chaumet, Dior Watches, Zenith, Fred, Hublot and De Beers Diamond Jewellers Ltd, a joint venture created with the world’s leading diamond group.

SELECTIVE RETAILING: GOOD PERFORMANCE AT SEPHORA, DFS IMPACTED BY A DIFFICULT TOURISM CONTEXT IN ASIA

The Selective Retailing Business Group recorded organic revenue growth of 8%. On a reported basis, revenue growth was 7%. Profit from recurring operations declined by 2%. Sephora gained market share across all regions and once again recorded double-digit growth in both revenue and profits. More than a hundred stores were opened in 2016 including notably a flagship store in the World Trade Center in New York and major renovations in Boston and Singapore. Its online offer accelerated with the launch in six new countries. DFS continued to face a difficult environment, notably in Hong Kong. The expansion into new destinations continued. The opening of the T Galleria in Angkor in Cambodia and one in Venice, Italy were the highlights of the year.

LVMH is also active in selective retailing as well as in other activities through DFS, Sephora, Le Bon Marché, La Samaritaine, Royal Van Lent and Cheval Blanc hotels.

Key figures:

             
Euro millions    

2015

 

2016

 

% change

Revenue    

35 664

 

37 600

 

+ 5 %

Profit from recurring operations    

6 605

 

7 026

 

+ 6 %

Group share of net profit    

3 573

 

3 981

 

+ 11 %

Free cash flow*    

3 679

 

3 974

 

+ 8 %

Net financial debt    

4 235

 

3 265

 

– 23 %

Total equity    

25 799

 

27 903

 

+ 8 %

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The Height Of Luxury: The New Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Unveils Specialty Suites

Manhattan’s Most Coveted Accommodations Offer Modern Residential-Style Living With Numerous Thoughtful Touches For Discerning Travelers, All Wrapped In Signature Attentive Four Seasons Service

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The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown taking its place in the New York City Downtown Skyline

At The Crossroads Of Tribeca And The New York Financial District, Just A Block From The World Trade Center, The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Adds Its Classic Architectural Profile To The World’s Most Famous Skyline.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Entrance at 27 Barclay Street

Open just a few months, the all-new Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown (27 Barclay Street, New York, New York 10007, USA, 646-880-1999has quickly become the preferred address for visitors to Lower Manhattan thanks to its welcoming accommodations, unique hotel features and unparalleled service. Among its 189 light-filled guest rooms and suites, seven specialty suites are proving to be particularly popular. Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown is also home to CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown Lobby

The Royal Suite is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan style, spanning an entire side of the 24th floor with views in three directions. Several of the corner Gotham Suites have a rarity in New York hotels – walk out terraces on the 23rd and 24th floors. Finally, there are the Tribeca Suites with apartment-like layouts and amenities that feel far more like a home than a hotel.

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

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CUT By Wolfgang Puck, the celebrity chef’s first (and only) outpost in Manhattan, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks; at The Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown

Designed by acclaimed New York architect Robert A.M. Stern, the all-new 82 story building was envisioned to blend seamlessly into the skyline, as though it had always been there. Indeed, with 157 private residences occupying the upper floors, the ambiance is distinctly residential. Art-filled interiors are by Yabu Pushelberg, the Soho and Toronto-based designers known for their fresh aesthetic and exacting attention to detail, coupled with Four Seasons dedication to creating environments that anticipate every guest need, including a desire for flexible space they can make their own while in residence. (More on that below.)

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Japanese Wagyu beef, known worldwide for its marbling, naturally enhanced flavor, tenderness and juiciness, is a specialty of the house at CUT By Wolfgang Puck.

The Royal Suite

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

Inspired by the gracious apartments of the city’s elite, the 2,400 square foot (223 square meter) Royal Suite spans the entire east side of the 24th floor. Residents and their guests enter through a formal foyer, with living spaces to the left. A corner living room has two seating areas, a blue onyx fireplace and a custom oak bar topped with imported stone from India. Off the ten-seat dining room, a large butler’s pantry with its own staff entrance is perfect for family meals, or entertaining clients. Down the gallery-like hall, a separate library/media room can host private screenings or game nights, and there’s also an executive-style office and a powder room.

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Master Bath

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

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Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown – Royal Suite Living Room

At the far end is the lavish master suite, with a corner bedroom featuring silk wallcoverings, walk-in dressing area and five-piece bath. The space can be separated from the rest of the Royal Suite and even has its own entrance for complete privacy. Additional bedrooms can be connected to the suite for families or those traveling with staff.

Special services for Royal Suite guests include airport transfers via limousine or helicopter, butler service, complimentary private bar and confirmed seating at CUT by Wolfgang Puck

Share Wolfgang Puck’s innovative take on specialties such as Japanese wagyu steak, along with New York’s freshest seafood, in a stylish, convivial atmosphere designed by Jacques Garcia. With its own entrance on Church Street, CUT by Wolfgang Puck is among the finest restaurants and bars in Downtown NYC, and the place where New Yorkers and world travelers come to be part of the scene.

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Marquee Openings Across Europe Mark a Milestone Year for Marriott International’s The Luxury Collection

Luxury Brand Accelerates Growth By Reaffirming Its Presence In London And Paris, Opening Its First Ever Ski Resort In Cortina, As Well As Entering The Armenian Capital Yerevan

The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the signings of five flagship properties for the brand: the internationally-renowned boutique hotel The Wellesley and the exclusive The Westbury in London, Hôtel de Berri, a new alluring hotel in the heart of Paris, Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina, Italy, the first ski resort of the collection, and The Alexander in Yerevan, marking the brand’s debut in Armenia. These illustrious additions to the portfolio will further strengthen the brand’s presence in Europe, with 2017 on target to be another milestone year for The Luxury Collection, one of Marriott International’s luxury brands.tlc-logo

Over the last few years, we have seen a seismic growth in luxury travel,” said Satya Anand, Chief Operations Officer, Luxury & Southern Europe, Marriott International.Together with the owners of these five new Luxury Collection hotels we are working towards meeting the increasing demand for luxury accommodations and offering our guests an extraordinary collection of luxury experiences in established and up-and-coming European destinations.”

The Luxury Collection® brand is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest.

Marriott International has the strongest team of luxury talent in the industry, with boundless creative energy. This, combined with The Luxury Collection’s remarkable global growth strategy, consolidates our position as the leading hospitality company serving the luxury consumer”, said Mitzi Gaskins, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “Europe offers tremendous potential and we are committed to increasing our footprint significantly with the world’s finest luxury hotels over the next few years. Our goal is to open 12 Luxury Collection hotels globally by the end of 2017, and with these five additions in Europe, we are well on track.”

The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London

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The Wellesley, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Knightsbridge, London – The hotel’s interior Art Deco style (Photo: Business Wire)

An intimate and refined hotel converted from a luxurious 1920s townhouse, The Wellesley is ideally situated in the prestigious area of Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde Park and steps away from London’s finest boutiques and acclaimed restaurants. Hotel guests have the opportunity to explore London in the hotel’s Rolls Royce and access 24-hour Butler service to suit their needs, lifestyle and expectations. Famed for its exquisite style and impeccable service, The Wellesley features 36 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, with many offering panoramic views over the London Skyline. The hotel’s interior design is timeless with a sophisticated Art Deco style; bronze doors unveil a shimmering marble lobby highlighted by crystal chandeliers while the elegant guestrooms combine beautiful 1920s-inspired design with the latest modern amenities. Indulgent culinary venues include the Oval Restaurant; Crystal Bar, which features a vast selection of whisky, cognac and Armagnac; Jazz Lounge where guests can enjoy weekly live jazz performances; and the exceptional Cigar Terrace, an exclusive heated terrace complete with bespoke walk-in humidor and a connoisseur’s selection of the finest cigars. The Wellesley will become London’s third Luxury Collection Hotel when it joins the brand, slated for the first half of 2017. Continue reading