It takes a special kind of visionary to turn a decrepit piece of real estate into a boutique hotel that is recommended by trendy and upscale group Mr and Mrs Smith.
By Brian Berkman 24 Jun 2014 10:59
Perhaps it was looking over the green tiled roof of Blues Restaurant that reminded Paul Kovensky, of The Kove Collection, about Fairmont's chateau-styled hotels but what ever the inspiration, the high-glam meets chateau-chic of The Marly is inspired.
By Brian Berkman 3 Jun 2014 07:29
If the Milkwoods that lean over the cove as if to keep the sea away from the mountain could talk there's be stories of happy family holidays, ragamuffins, community projects and, most recently, deluxe accommodation and fine dining.
By Brian Berkman 28 May 2014 14:26
Just as The Royal Portfolio of deluxe lodges, villas and boutique hotels announced its acquisition of The One Above, arguably the most prestigious real estate in the V&A Waterfront, Contributing Editor, Brian Berkman chatted to dynamic owner Liz Biden.
By Brian Berkman 16 May 2014 05:15
When new GM, Eben Lassen was largely responsible for the success of Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, you can believe it when he says he has big plans to upgrade Three Cities' Bantry Bay Suite Hotel and is sending his already excellent staff for butler training.
By Brian Berkman 29 Apr 2014 12:22
Most upscale hotels will send a few pointers on things to do while visiting along with the ubiquitous 'please book your restaurant and spa reservations in advance of your arrival' request with your hotel confirmation.
By Brian Berkman 2 Apr 2014 13:00
When I first heard that Orient-Express had rebranded as Belmond my immediate reaction was what a crazy and misguided waste of brand equity. When I think Orient-Express, I think Agatha Christie, Lalique art decor crystal panels, and the elegance and romance of a bygone area.
By Brian Berkman 17 Mar 2014 12:36