Starwood Hotels & Resorts has announced an expanded partnership with Design Hotels, which consumers will see as an 11th Starwood brand. The move comes just seven months after Starwood launched its tenth brand, Tribute Portfolio. Since 2011, Starwood has been a majority but passive investor in the Berlin-based Design Hotels, which for more than two decades has served as a global distribution, sales and marketing affiliation for nearly 300 independently owned and operated hotels and resorts united by the vision of bold, diverse hoteliers, known as “Originals.”
A vacation can sometimes be more exhausting than expected. From sightseeing and shopping to evening escapades and late nights on the town. Booking a hotel with a spa can be the answer to ensuring you return home with that healthy glow. Be it for some pampering, preening or pummeling, these five members of Design Hotels™ have it all to ensure your relaxed return.
Surrounded by the fragrant Mediterranean forests of Rovinj, Croatia, Design Hotels™ member Hotel Lone sits majestically overlooking the shores of the Adriatic Sea. In addition to an expansive pool area opened last summer, the hotel has now elevated its focus on the great Mediterranean open-air season with the launch of a beach club. Located steps away from the hotel, Mulini Beach is open daily, offering light bites, cocktails, sunbeds and sounds.
Scandinavians have long been regarded as authorities in wellness and the curative powers of ancient bathing traditions. With today’s opening of THE THIEF’s new spa, the hotel is taking the spa concept in Oslo to another level, while encouraging the gentlemen out there to join in. Gone are the days of pan flute music and women with cucumber-covered eyes.
As we kick-off the New Year Design Hotels™ welcomes nine new member hotel into the fold. These properties epitomize the ethos and values that Design Hotels™ hold dear – from sustainable smart architecture, the regeneration of treasured buildings to effortless living paired with mindful design. The new additions reach across three continents and introduce new destinations from the tranquil setting of Belize to the picturesque island of Sicily and the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia.
Wan Chai is not only one of Hong Kong’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, it is also home to the brand new Design Hotels™ member property Mira Moon, sister hotel of The Mira Hong Kong. Inspired by the Chinese moon festival legend of Chang’er and the jade rabbit, the 91-room hotel was conceived under the creative direction of Wanders & yoo, led by innovative Dutch designer Marcel Wanders.
Beyond Luxury Media and Design HotelsTM are excited to announce a partnership for the first edition of the innovative travel trade event, LIMITED EDITION Miami Beach (10 – 13 June 2013, Miami). Both companies passionately believe there is an urgent need for a new travel trade show that breaks away from the old concept of traditional luxury travel and creates a vibrant and fresh arena for those in the high-end Contemporary Travel* market; a belief that will make this partnership so electrifying.
The eagerly anticipated annual edition of Directions - The Design Hotels™ Magazine will be launched at the ITB tourism fair in Berlin, taking place from March 7-11, 2012. This year’s copy is packed with fresh trends in hospitality, hotel openings, inspiring stories behind the scenes and of course the handy locator at the back to all 225 members in 135 destinations around the world. Design Hotels™ offers an ever-changing variety of reasons to travel the world.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced earlier it has signed an agreement to acquire 49.8 per cent of Design Hotels from Arabella Hospitality, one of its partners in Germany. Berlin-based Design Hotels, a publicly traded company and provider of distribution, sales, marketing and consulting services for hotels boasts a portfolio of over 200 member hotels in 40 countries.
Hotel J opens new rooms, meeting and function spaces, a gym and The Club House restaurant.
Bold, distinctive, soulful and spirited are just some of the words used to describe Gramercy Park Hotel, now a member of Design Hotels™.