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Hirsch Bedner Associates launches new HBA Resort design division

Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), one of the world’s largest hospitality interior design firms, has launched its seventh subdivision, HBA Resorts, which will specialise in the creation of bespoke luxury resort properties. Headquartered in Bali, Indonesia, HBA Resorts provide tailored interior design, architecture and landscape services, with staff collaborating with artisans in Southeast Asia to create “indigenous and authentic design projects for the world’s most treasured resorts.” Explaining the decision to open the new branch, HBA Co-CEO Ian Carr said: “With
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Rosewood opens first Chinese resort in Hainan Bay

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ first resort in China has officially opened on Hainan Bay, set within 40 acres of landscaped gardens overlooking the South China Sea. Rosewood Sanya, which welcomed its first guests yesterday (21 August), features 246 guestrooms, 25 of which have balcony plunge pools; a Rosewood Sense spa; a health club; an indoor yoga studio and an outdoor yoga pavilion; five restaurants and lounges; and a 110m long infinity edge sky pool. The resort was designed by Hong
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Joyce Wang designs suite for 'extravagant entertaining' at Hong Kong's Mandarin oriental

Hong Kong’s Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel has opened its newest and largest suite, designed as the “ultimate retreat for socialising” by Joyce Wang and her studio. The 2,250sq ft (209,000sq m) Entertainment Suite has been conceived as “a welcome respite from Hong Kong’s hectic streets”, with a subtle, nature-inspired colour palette and soft custom-designed furnishings created by Wang – including hand-chiselled cabinet doors adorned with hand-painted art and a chandelier composed of individual glass-moulded LED squares resembling frozen cubes. The
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Arctic Bath hotel and spa will float on a river in Swedish Lapland

The Arctic Bath, a unique luxury hotel and spa floating on the Lule river in Swedish Lapland is scheduled to open in 2018. Reminiscent of a bird’s nest or natural dam, the exteriors of the circular spa buildings will be covered with piled logs, providing added insulation to guests during the winter months. The spa buildings, with saunas, treatment and relaxation rooms, a restaurant and lounge bar, will encircle an open-air cold bath. Accommodation will take the form of six
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September opening date finally set for Cairns Aquarium

After suffering a number of delays, work on the AU$50m (US$39.6m, €33.7m, £30.7m) Cairns Aquarium is in the final stages, with 12 September being touted as the visitor attraction's official opening date. The three-storey, 10,000sq m (107,600sq ft) development will be home to more than 5,000 animals endemic to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Queensland's far north. This will be Australia's first new public aquarium to be built in 17 years, and is expected to be a top tourist attrition
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'A full expression of Zen': Architect Sun Tianwen inspired by Japanese seasons for vivid Setsugekka restaurant

The colours of the changing seasons in Japan have inspired architect Sun Tianwen to design an eye-catchingly luminous restaurant in the city of Changchun, China. The concept for the 1,300sq m (14,000sq ft) restaurant, called Setsugekka, derives from the ancient Japanese art and design tradition of the same name, which celebrates the motifs of snow, moon and flowers and the passage of time throughout the year. Sun’s restaurant, therefore, features vivid LED lights around the interior which change to illuminate
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Six Senses has 15 confirmed new resorts set to open over the next three years in Bhutan, China, Bali, Taiwan, France, Portugal, the Seychelles, Tunisia and St Lucia

Interview: Craig Cogut

Craig Cogut founded Pegasus in 1996 and serves as chair and president

"Urban retreats are hard to find. There’s a segment of guests who’d welcome Six Senses hotels in urban locations"

Three years after Pegasus Capital bought Six Senses, how close is the private equity firm to realising its goals for its first spa and hospitality investment? Pegasus’ founder Craig Cogut tells us what’s been achieved and what comes next
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 Dr Frankenstein’s laboratory recreated by Karl-Johan Ekeroth & Christian Strömqvist

Icy reception

As the original Icehotel near Kiruna celebrates its 25th birthday, we take a look at some of this year’s stunning rooms
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Pikaia Lodge is set on the crater of an extinct volcano 450m above sea level on the Galapagos island of Santa Cruz

Interview: Building in paradise

Project architect Humberto Plaza

"You can feel God here. When I first saw the site, it felt like heaven on earth. I fell instantly in love with it "

Designing an eco hotel for the Galapagos Islands that allowed the stunning natural surroundings to take centre stage while minimising its impact on the land presented its own unique set of challenges, Ecuadorian architect Humberto Plaza tells Kathryn Hudson
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Ingo Schweder

Interview: A sense of place

Matteo Thun

"To transform a state-protected island into a luxury resort and park meant looking for new solutions while respecting nature and history"

The Isola delle Rose has a rich history and an enviable location. Matteo Thun knew he had to capitalise on both with the design of the JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa
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There are five components to any good restaurant: achieving three is usually enough for success

Setting the stage

"Few other places, aside from actual sacred spaces, can achieve the level of impact and power that restaurants can"

We look at the theatre in restaurant design and some enduring projects from the New York scene
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Sid White

Moving Kiruna

Monica von Schmalensee

"how often do you get to move a whole town?"

White Arkitekter’s Monica von Schmalensee on how culture and leisure are central to plans to move the Swedish town of Kiruna to stop it being swallowed by its mine
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Dragon’s Eye

Into the wild

The legend-inspired cabins popping up across Wales
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