The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

The Remake of The Murray, A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong

Opening in late 2017, The Murray is set to redefine the luxury hotel landscape in Hong Kong. Positioned in Central, between Hong Kong Park and the Botanical Gardens, this iconic landmark building’s history began in 1969 with architectural design by British modernist architect, Ron Phillips. Built as a government building, the property’s original design was before its time with offices brightened by revolutionary energy efficient recessed windows providing indirect sunlight. Originally, the tallest building of the time, towering over the Hong Kong central business district from 27 floors, the new development will once again take Hong Kong’s luxury hotel landscape to new heights. Foster and Partners, a global architectural, urban and interior design studio known for restoring heritage structures and integrating them seamlessly with their urban environments is re-storing The Murray into a luxury hotel to embark on a new destiny. Original design elements of the building’s exterior including the ground level three story archways and recessed window frames will remain with moderate adjustments to maintain the clean lines of the building. Re-design will include expanded window frames giving guests floor to ceiling views overlooking the city’ and Hong Kong Park from 25 floors with some of the largest rooms in Hong Kong at 50sm. Most stunning throughout the interior of the hotel will be the exquisite incorporation of all natural finishes and surfaces; including Italian Carrara marble, polished metals in a signature bronze stainless steel finish, leather, glass and handcrafted textiles from Asia and Italy. Foster and Partners are working under the direction of Colin Ward in Hong Kong and Armstrong Yakubu in London with a goal to...
How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

https://hintd.com/user/tamarindliving/bali-trip-essentials   Whether you are a millennial, baby boomer, male or female in the New York or Hong Kong, we all need products and experiences to achieve our personal goals and celebrate life. Now, hintd.com, a new social shopping platform, helps you organize this information in a tidy list while inspiring you with a beautiful curation of ideas from tastemakers, brands and users. Currently, hintd.com has over 45,000 hints representing a variety of retailers and independent brands giving you incredible insight into what is trending in lifestyle from fashion, beauty, fitness, home and tech to dining and travel. Use your Hintd lists as a reminder of your goals or share them with friends and family to hint what is important to you. Anything that helps you achieve the life you want can be added to your list from products and services to experiences. A barre class to help you get in shape, a digital media class to brush up on your social media skills, a dreamy vacation to recharge, support for your favorite charity or maybe just a priceless walk in the park to catch up with a friend; you can add it! You can store your list in your account with selected items directly linked to the brands’ websites until you are ready to make a purchase. The hintd.com platform is super fun, incredibly simple to use with many new features being added to help you discover more ways to activate the life you want. Founder and CEO, Lucy Danziger established her media career with Conde Naste helping women voice what they want, and hintd.com continues this mission in a new digital...
Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

The idea of a luxury villa holiday always sounds glamourous until you try to book it yourself. With an increased number of private accommodations now accessible online, the process of accessing premier inventory has become much easier, but most discerning travelers still have the same concerns. Is the location a good one? Are the photos a true representation of the villa? Is the cleanliness and the linens up to my standards? And, what if I need assistance with a last-minute request in an unknown territory? Bottom line, the luxury villa experience is not just about the physical space. We want and need service, and our expectations are only elevated as the price ranges increase. Grown out of personal frustrations of booking their own villa holidays, the founders of Ministry of Villas created an exceptional travel platform that marries personally inspected luxury villas throughout Asia with a personalized concierge service to provide all the logistics you may require. The state of the art technology used for their online platform provides you with intuitive navigation and filters to help you easily find the villa that meets your specifications. Real time availability and the price match guarantee ensure that you receive the latest occupancy and the best price. Booking a villa with Ministry of Villas is as simple and efficient as booking a hotel. Additionally, if the idea of sorting through hundreds of villas to find the perfect one to accommodate everyone from your parents to three children, including tweens, sounds too exhausting, then you can simply give them your criteria via phone or email, and they will do the groundwork and...
Taking the Gamble out of Premium Holiday Rentals

Taking the Gamble out of Premium Holiday Rentals

One of the biggest hesitations travellers have with booking a luxury home rental is the uncertainty of quality. Are the images a true representation, is the neighbourhood where I want to be, what standards are followed for cleanliness, who will help me if I need something, and what surprises have I not yet considered? These are all questions a traveller considers when reviewing a home rental, and the stakes are higher when that home rental comes at a premium price. London based, onefinestay has addressed these concerns and built their business’s foundation around exceptional quality, a strict code of hospitality standards, convenience, and transparency providing the assurance upscale travellers need. Starting with a vetting process, only 1 in 10 homes are selected based on design that is bursting with character and located in the best neighbourhoods, providing a highly edited charm filled collection. Homes are professionally cleaned and outfitted with onefinestay’s gorgeous collection of high-thread count bedding, towels and toiletries. On arrival, guests are welcomed in person by the local staff, titled “greeters” and given an overview of the property, an explanation of the neighbourhood, wifi passcodes, and an IPhone available for local calls and data, loaded with the home owner’s local recommendations. A handy app puts the local team an arms distance away, like a friend who says, “We are here if you need us”, giving you the independence and confidence to discover this new place as if it was your own. Bookings can be made online or through your favourite travel agent. The online option is extremely easy to use with helpful information including large quality photos...
Disconnect to Reconnect with Nature Featuring Your Host, Resident Naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak

Disconnect to Reconnect with Nature Featuring Your Host, Resident Naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak

  Tucked away in the ancient rainforest of Langkawi, Malaysia, there is no better way to disconnect from our technology driven world and reconnect with nature, than a guided nature walk in the lush surroundings of The Datai resort. With more than two decades of experience as the Datai’s resident naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak’s knowledge of this natural environment is extraordinary, resulting in his expertise being sought out by teams from National Geographic and the Discovery Channel to document some of Southeast Asia’s mysterious wildlife and flora. Starting in the early morning, the nature walk begins with a greeting from Ishrad around the blossoming lily pond alive with hundreds of tiny frogs effortlessly surfing the waterways on their giant lily pad rafts. Standing tall over his audience dressed in safari attire with an authoritative flair, Ishrad immediately captivates the group with detailed accounts of the various species occupying the pond. Leading the group in silence through the hotel’s grounds, he echoes a birdcall, followed by a bark of the Tokay Gecko, the world’s longest gecko. Moving through the property with his trailing audience, he gently recites, “Look here”, “Look there” as a Swift bird flutters in the distance or a monitor lizard, expertly camouflaged, is spotted sunning itself high on the trunk of the rainforest’s strangler fig tree. Shaded by the canopy trees, the natural elements of the rainforest continue to reveal themselves while Ishrad’s stories seamlessly unfold to highlight their habits and significance. In an environment completely void of urban noise, this time with Ishrad will give you a new appreciation for the sounds of nature and the vibrant interdependent...
P49 Design on Creating a Luxury Guest Experience at The Sanchaya

P49 Design on Creating a Luxury Guest Experience at The Sanchaya

    Designed as a luxurious private estate, The Sanchaya’s 30-room colonial style boutique property was inspired by the hospitality of the 18th century European salons. Grand salons of this period offered a common area within a private home for friends to gather and share their similar cultural interests. The Sanchya has combined the sophistication and friendliness of the European 18th salon atmosphere with decorative elements that authenticate the Asian setting and provide ultimate comfort. Throughout the property, the attention to detail is outstanding with the highest quality finishing, fittings, and decor including 149 various styles of Indonesian hand-crafted furniture, hardwood flooring, plush Ploh bed and bath linen, Luzerne bone china, and Riedel glassware. These finishing together with a regional collection of meticulously selected artifacts, antiques, artwork and books honour the rich heritage of Southeast Asian countries and create an authentic sense of place for this intimate beachfront property overlooking Lagoi Bay in Bintan, Indonesia. Read our interview below with the Carl Almedia, designer of the Sanchaya on his approach to luxurious hospitality design.   Interview with Carl Almeida, Partner, P49 Design   TL: Born in India, raised and educated in Australia and living and working in Thailand with projects globally, how have these various cultures influenced your design aesthetic? CA: While my cultural background is diverse having spent my life in India, Australia and Thailand almost equally, the greatest influence on my design aesthetic is my experience as an architect. My education in architecture and the experience of practicing for more than 15 years, predominantly in Australia, set the tone and approach to my design work. Everything we try to do...

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