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'Romance, nostalgia and freedom': Inge Moore's Muza Lab design luxury train for voyage through Peru

Designer Inge Moore and her new studio Muza Lab have completed the interiors of South America's first luxury sleeper train, the Belmond Andean Explorer in Peru. Carrying up to 48 passengers, the Explorer is formed of 16 carriages from the former Great South Pacific Express train. They have been contemporised by Moore with a refined, pared-back aesthetic featuring timber floors, linen roman blinds and colourful woven textiles. There are four configurations of private, en-suite sleeper cars, as well as a
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Marriott embarks on global independent hotel expansion

Marriott International has revealed ambitious plans to grow the number of independently owned hotels in its portfolio by nearly 50 per cent by 2019. Making the announcement at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Marriott said it would actively look to add new hotels to its three collection brands – The Luxury Collection, Autograph Collection Hotels and Tribute Portfolio. As part of the expansion plans, the Luxury Collection brand is scheduled to debut in three new
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Hospitality in Hamburg takes another step with boutique waterfront warehouse hotel

International hospitality firm Entourage Group hopes to speed up Hamburg’s emergence as a serious leisure and hospitality destination with the opening of a new luxury boutique hotel inside a 19th century warehouse on the city’s waterfront. Opening later this year, the 94-room Sir Nikolai has been designed by Dutch practice FG Stijl as a “showcase for artisanal quality and tradition” – with curated art, vintage rugs, unrefined wood and polished marble featuring throughout. The warehouse courtyard has become the glass-covered
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Public sauna opens on Helsinki island

A public sauna has opened on the former military island of Lonna, just off the shores of Finnish capital Helsinki. Designed by Helsinki-based architects OOPEAA, the compact 190sq m sauna has been built using natural materials – including handcrafted, untreated wooden logs. Located within a seven-minute boat ride of Helsinki city centre, the sauna has been designed to offer a natural haven within a metropolitan environment. “The sauna represents the border between urban and nature, between the busy life of
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Rosewood Vienna to be housed in historic 18th century building

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts will open its fifth property in Europe in 2021, the Rosewood Vienna. Housed in an historic 18th century building that was the former headquarters for Erste Group Bank AG, Rosewood Vienna will be situated in Petersplatz in Vienna’s Old Town. The project’s design will be overseen by BEHF Corporate Architects in Austria and the London-based Alexander Waterworth Interiors firm. Their concept for the hotel's 99 contemporary bedrooms "merge the past and present" through a thoughtful combination
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Pierre-Yves Rochon and Gensler design 'soon-to-be-iconic' Waldorf Astoria for Beverly Hills

Hospitality group Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts has opened a “soon-to-be-iconic” hotel at the gateway to Beverly Hills, with interiors designed by the studio of architect and designer Pierre-Yves Rochon (PYR). The 12-storey Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills features 170 guestrooms and suites, designed by PYR to interpret Hollywood glamour and the Streamline Moderne style of the 1930s and 40s. Design features range from a triple-height lobby with a contemporary Art Deco design to hand-painted murals, custom crystal chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling windows,
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The 66 East 11th Street residences in New York offer 50 amenities dedicated to improving human health.  It’s been reported that DiCaprio owns of one of them

Interview: Paul Scialla

Paul Scialla

"We spend 92 per cent of our time indoors so if we can introduce preventative medical intentions into the very spaces we’re spending our time in, it’s a huge win"

Delos founder talks to Katie Barnes about creating the first set of wellbeing building standards and securing investment from Leonardo DiCaprio
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The site was chosen because of its impressive views of the Great Wall of China

Interview: Jim Spear

"I designed the spa to first please us. It’s not huge or gold-plated. It’s a concrete expression of the ‘luxury of simplicity’"

The man behind a sustainable tourism enterprise in rural China
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Boeri’s first vertical forests are neighbouring residential towers in central Milan, each with 900 trees and 20,000 shrubs

Interview: Stefano Boeri

Stefano Boeri is working on a number of major green schemes in China

"We’re creating new spheres, where people, trees and animals can coexist in an environment of wellness"

On how the vertical forest model promotes wellness
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Six Senses’ Qing Cheng Mountain resort near Dujiangyan in China

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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There’s been a huge increase in the number of running groups, clubs and events, showing the public thirst to be more active

Active Design

"Even small changes to design can have a huge knock-on effect in terms of getting people active."

Could adopting a different approach to city design help make residents healthier? Jacqueline Bennett reports
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The OIF is investing in an Intercontinental hotel within a new convention centre in Muscat due to open in 2016

Interview: Fabio Scacciavillani

Fabio Scacciavillani is chief economist for the Oman Investment Fund. He started his career working for the International Monetary Fund

"The region has a microclimate thanks to the monsoon, so the summer is cool and rainy"

The Oman Investment Fund’s chief economist talks us through plans to redefine Oman as a high end leisure and tourism destination
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Atelier Ten are providing environmental consulting services for the Downtown Doha master plan, which includes a hotel, shopping mall and spa

Healthy buildings

Atelier Ten's Younha Rhee

"Pushing for more daylighting has led to overglazed buildings in the last two decades where visual comfort has been compromised"

Designing buildings that support wellbeing is a growing trend which will transform the way we think about architecture says Younha Rhee
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