FROM CASH-SPLASHERS TO CREATIVES: THREE HONG KONG HOTELS TO WATCH

16
Nov
2017
FROM CASH-SPLASHERS TO CREATIVES: THREE HONG KONG HOTELS TO WATCH

Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.

Magpie interiors
10
Nov
2017
THE NEW WAVE IN DINING: THE RISE OF THE GUEST CHEF

Traditional dining experiences are out, and the guest chefs are in. Sara D’Souza introduces us to the trendsetters creating food for thought, alongside innovative menus to die for…

07
Nov
2017
INSIDE SCOOP WITH RAMI FUSTOK: THE MAN BEHIND THE MANDRAKE

Sultry and sublime, The Mandrake Hotel has already caused a stir, promising to be the sexiest addition to London’s thriving hotel scene. Amanda Ho catches up with its founder, Rami Fustok, to get the fabulous big picture on this brand-new establishment.

Via Ancient Hearts
31
Oct
2017
INFLUENCE: CONTEMPORARY WITCHCRAFT AND THE NEW MYSTICISM

Influence is a new regular feature that explores the power of influencers in contemporary culture. Travel industry, beware: wellness, mysticism, spirituality and a dark moodiness have combined to brew a trend-setting, independent witch who y’all should be dying to meet.

30
Oct
2017
HOW AMERICA’S OPEN ROAD HAS BECOME THE FRONTLINE FOR INDIVIDUALISM

To blend or not to blend… That is the question. Homogenisation has littered American street corners and highway rest stops with uninspiring chains. James Davidson redirects us to the open road to find relief in the franchises wriggling free from the old cookie-cutter mould.

20
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BILBAO

Barcelona, Madrid and Cadiz had better watch out: Bilbao is on the up. Its gastronomy and art scene are smoking and beckoning travellers to come hither for an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.

18
Oct
2017
THE BIRTH OF THE VANILLA TOURIST AND THE DEATH OF COUNTERCULTURE

Where have all the individuals gone? James Davidson laments the homogenisation of travel and implores us to dare to be different in the new landscape of bland…

17
Oct
2017
WHY VISCERAL LANGUAGE IS THE NEXT BRAND-BUILDING TERRITORY

Symbolic, visceral and more closely linked to memory than any other sense, smell is a powerful brand language that convincingly conveys identity and differentiation; so why are many brands yet to crack the code of olfactive branding?

13
Oct
2017
DO YOU WANT COLLAGEN WITH THAT?

“Demand is changing; innovation is fast and well-documented; and fitness and nutrition are definite lifestyle choices that consumers aren’t willing to sacrifice whilst travelling”.

11
Oct
2017
THREE HOTELS BENEATH SHANGHAI’S ORIENTAL VENEER

Shanghai’s hotels are emerging from their ‘oriental’ shoebox, and are embodying all that is cool, inclusive and contemporary. How, you ask? Contemporary art, that’s how.

09
Oct
2017
BE GOOD: HOW TO TRULY EARN THE TITLE OF ‘DESIGN HOTEL’

Taipei’s Play Design Hotel shows wannabe ‘design hotels’ how it’s really done by telling the story behind that chair you’re sitting on…

04
Oct
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LISBON

If you haven’t been to Lisbon, then quite frankly: where have you been? Dubbed ‘the New Berlin’, Portugal’s capital is well and truly on the up, now home to a constellation of design studios, art galleries and on-trend cafés.

02
Oct
2017
IT IS TIME TO EMBRACE CRAFT BEER’S CONTEMPORARY REVOLUTION

Whether it is hospitality and the brewing world colliding with all the conceited commotion of a BrewDog, sharpening up your local credentials, or offering something that X, Y, or Z aren’t down the road – embracing craft beer’s creative new wave could be a metaphor for any new trend: the important thing is avoid complacency. At all costs.

29
Sep
2017
CARLOS JOÃO PARREIRA ON SWITCHING OFF AND GETTING HANDS-ON

Slow-making, wabi sabi and hygge are giving rise to simple pleasures focused on connecting with the world and people around you. Ana Anjelic talks to Lusitano1143 founder, Carlos João Parreira, about craftsmanship, curation, authenticity in product design and customer communication, and global creativity.

Night view of Seoul
27
Sep
2017
HOTELS IN SEOUL ARE THE NEW THEME PARKS FOR ADULTS

Who ever said hotels were just a place to lie your head? It is time for hotels to think outside of the realm of a guest’s basic needs, and start thinking about good, old-fashioned entertainment-value. Nancy Huang shows us how hotels in Seoul are breaking down the boundaries to make their spaces as riotous and diverse as a theme park for adults.

15
Sep
2017
WHY CHINESE MILLENNIALS ARE FLOCKING TO THE COUNTRYSIDE

The boom of Chinese farmhouses in countryside regions echoes a new societal phenomenon similar to the Brooklyn-isation of the Western World, as younger generations seek a different lifestyle away from the urban tempo.

Katamama Bricks
11
Sep
2017
Be Good: How 1.8 Million Hand-Pressed Bricks Became a Symbol of Social Responsibility

Be Good is a new series that looks behind the buzzwords of conservation and social responsibility, uncovering stories from travel projects that are, simply, doing the right thing. This week: how design-led Bali hotel Katamama saved the fate of a village with 1.8 million hand-pressed bricks.

07
Sep
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: BOLOGNA

Bologna’s identity is diverse and dynamic, yet the city remains relatively unknown by tourists on their quest to see Italy’s most recognised landmarks.

04
Sep
2017
COPACABANA ISN’T RIO’S ONLY BEACH, YOU KNOW

Rio’s overall beauty holds many microcosms with multifaceted cultures nurtured in different neighbourhoods that provide nuanced experiences of the city – check out the properties catering to the assortment of discerning travellers it entices.

31
Aug
2017
FIGHT CLUB: CAN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY WIN ITS WAR AGAINST AIRBNB?

Lawsuits and legislations are desperate and futile against a company that is valued as much as Hilton and Hyatt combined. Perhaps it’s time for hotels to reconsider what they are and what they can be, to embrace what Airbnb offers and to capitalise on what they don’t, argues James Davidson.

29
Aug
2017
#INTERIORPORN: REBELLIOUS DESIGN TRENDS TO TURN YOU ON

Who said contemporary has to mean minimalist? From souped-up classicism to eye-popping maximalism, the younger generation of rebel brands are constantly questioning what ‘the shock of the new’ means today. Emma Love trawls the ‘gram to bring you 2017’s hottest interior design trends.

08
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: GETTING WASTED NEVER FELT SO GOOD

A new vanguard of chefs are upcycling waste into wonder. Blue Hill head chef and wastED co-founder Dan Barber on why mindful dining will disrupt the future of travel.

07
Aug
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: LIVERPOOL

There’s more to Liverpool than the Beatles and football. Scouse pride runs deep, with roots tied up with the city’s ability to bounce back from adversity.

04
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: INVESTING IN THE INTANGIBLE

SAIRA Hospitality’s founder, Harsha Chanrai, explains why pop-up hospitality schools will disrupt the future of travel.

03
Aug
2017
FIVE GARDEN HOTELS GROWING IT FOR THEMSELVES

As Ham Yard Hotel launches its Summer Sessions, shaking up cocktails with botanicals from their rooftop garden, we take a look at the garden hotels growing their own produce.

02
Aug
2017
REBEL CONCEPTS: COOL IS DEAD, LONG LIVE COOL

Kurt Bredenbeck, Chairman of Wood Green’s community-minded hotel Green Rooms, explains why social enterprise will disrupt the future of travel.

01
Aug
2017
GOING OFF-GRID AT IBIZA’S CHILLED-OUT LITTLE SISTER, FORMENTERA

The laidback and quiet lifestyle on the Spanish haven of Formentera island is an antithesis to the steamy party mindset of neighbouring Ibiza.

26
Jul
2017
IRAN IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS

As it becomes more important than ever for travel to push the boundaries of experience, discover a creative, dynamic Iran on the move from foreign stereotypes.

La Muralla Roja
24
Jul
2017
THE RISE OF ARCHITECTURE TOURISM

Perhaps it’s the ongoing prevalence of design hotels and renewed interest in mid-century classics, but niche architectural scenes are big news.

24
Jul
2017
5 HACKS TO INSTANTLY IMPROVE THE DIGITAL CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE FROM TRIPTEASE

Triptease’s Product Manager, Thomas Griffiths, gives his five top hacks to instantly improve the digital customer experience.