Just like LE’s guest list is our edit of industry rebels, THE SHIFT is our edit of the most rebellious, inspiring and cutting-edge happenings in contemporary travel.

This is where you’ll find the most exciting new openings from around the globe; meet the rebels imagining the future of travel; and track the trends and innovations taking travel artistry to the next level.

Her, Spike Jonze
24
Feb
2017
THE EMPATHY (R)EVOLUTION AND THE BACKLASH TO AI IN TRAVEL

As artificial intelligence edges ever closer to Spike Jonze’s imagination, we’re losing the very thing that sets us apart from machines: empathy.

23
Feb
2017
1 HOTEL BROOKLYN BRIDGE OPENS WITH ART CELEBRATING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the group’s first new-built property, reflects on the resilience of the human spirit in recovering from destruction through art.

22
Feb
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: FEB 2017

For your February fix of hotels fresh to the LE 2017 collective, we’re looking at three high-design darlings making the most of their environments.

21
Feb
2017
THE HOXTON IS HOT FOR PARIS, BROOKLYN AND BEYOND

Glocal pioneer The Hoxton is expanding its empire by following its Amsterdam launch with hotels in Paris and Williamsburg (and, rumour has it, LA…).

20
Feb
2017
THESE ARCHITECTS SHOULD DESIGN YOUR NEXT HOTEL

Designing a hotel is something of a rite of passage to architecture’s hall of fame. Here are three architects hoteliers should add to their shortlist.

17
Feb
2017
WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL TO THE MYSTERIOUS KINGDOMS OF SOUTHWEST CHINA

Local hoteliers in Southwest China are developing their empires by trying to bring authentic culture as well as iconic nature to international travellers.

16
Feb
2017
HIGH-END DESIGN MEETS NATURE IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA

Thanks to some exceptional properties, the humbling panoramas of Patagonia can now be coupled with creature comforts. It’s a match made in Chile.

15
Feb
2017
FIVE SEXY SAFARIS BRINGING HIGH DESIGN TO THE SAVANNAH

Sometimes sleeping in a tent just won’t do…here we round up a bunch of sexy safari retreats where well-considered design comes first.

13
Feb
2017
CONTEMPORARY KEY WEST HOTELS FOR WHEN YOU’RE OVER OLD TOWN

If you’re looking for something modern and sleek in Key West, try one of these spots for a chic new take on the Conch Republic.

10
Feb
2017
GET LIT AT THESE 3 LITERARY HOTELS THAT WILL GET YOU WRITING

Here are three literary hotels where you can rest your head while you feeding your mind with a writing workshop, conference or poetry reading.

09
Feb
2017
THREE NEW BARCELONA HOTELS TO WAKE UP IN THIS YEAR

It’s not like you ever need an excuse to visit Barcelona; time it right this year, though, and you’ll have up to three shiny new hotels to choose from.

08
Feb
2017
2017 TRAVEL TRENDS FOR A POST-TRUTH WORLD

In light of recent controversies involving The Tangerine One, eight senior travel editors and writers share their optimistic predictions for travel trends emerging in year ahead.

07
Feb
2017
THREE ALTERNATIVE HOTEL VALENTINES TO TURN UP THE HEAT THIS V-DAY

The Brits are breaking with their reputation for restraint with three alternative hotel Valentines that prove London is the coolest place to heat things up.

06
Feb
2017
CREATIVE HUBS: PORTO

Porto has more to offer than the sheen of its opulent history. Today the place is fortified, like its famous wine, by the proud spark of reinvention.

03
Feb
2017
ESCAPE REALITY AT THESE 4 SEXY BEACH RETREATS

With much of the world still immersed in winter blues, the best daydream fodder is, naturally, a beach retreat. Here are four sexy options to consider.

02
Feb
2017
HISTORIC HOMES AND ANCIENT TREES FIND NEW LIFE AT AMANYANGYUN SHANGHAI

Amanyangyun Shanghai, opening this autumn, is the result of a decade-long conservation effort incorporating Ming and Qing dynasty homes and 10,000 camphor trees.

01
Feb
2017
IAN SCHRAGER IS GOING PUBLIC AGAIN IN NYC

Here we are on the verge of the apocalypse, but at least we are getting closer to sleeping in Public New York, opening this spring on the Lower East Side.

The Durham Hotel
31
Jan
2017
SECONDARY CITIES: THE RISE OF THE UNDERDOGS

As the mobility of the creative class increases and savvy travellers seek new experiences, secondary cities are thriving in their relative obscurity.

30
Jan
2017
NEED GAMBLING ODDS OR MARRIAGE ADVICE? ASK ZOLTAR AT W LAS VEGAS

W Las Vegas opened its doors last month – we take a look at how it’s sprinkled its magic over the former SLS, including by telling your fortune with Zoltar…

27
Jan
2017
6 HIGH-END HONG KONG HOTEL RESTAURANTS TO FEAST IN THIS CHINESE NEW YEAR

If you’re looking for Cantonese favorites to celebrate Chinese New Year this weekend, start with one of these 6 Hong Kong hotel standouts.

24
Jan
2017
WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: JAN 2017

It’s time for January’s edition of Welcome To The Collective, which is all about the just or soon to launch first-timers who’ll be joining us in June.

23
Jan
2017
A SNEAK PREVIEW OF EXPERIMENTAL GROUP’S HENRIETTA HOTEL, OPENING MARCH

The Henrietta Hotel’s opening is on the books for March; this is what we saw on a sunny but frigid January morning.

20
Jan
2017
EXPLORING GARZÓN: URUGUAY’S ARTISTIC RETREAT AND NEXT CREATIVE HOTSPOT

What makes Pueblo Garzón special is the fantastic assortment of creative people that have gravitated there, care for it and call it their (part-time) home.

18
Jan
2017
DRINK UP AND STAY UP AT THE NEW BED AND BEVERAGE HOTELS

Forget bed and breakfasts: the new crop of B&Bs are bed and beverages, bars with rooms attached. We’re tipsy on these three bed and beverage hotels…

© Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2016
16
Jan
2017
EAT YOUR ART OUT: FOOD AND BEVERAGE TRENDS IN 2017 (PART TWO)

Part one in our dissection of food and beverage trends in 2017 ended on a note of shameless positivity. Let’s continue our soak in the waters of optimism…

12
Jan
2017
YOU CAN GO ‘UP, UP AND AWAY’ WITH THE TWA HOTEL IN 2018

After years and years of speculation, the historic TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport will be transformed into the 505-room TWA Hotel.

11
Jan
2017
THREE WELLNESS TRENDS WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE MORE OF IN 2017

In 2016 we saw wellness grow increasingly prominent in mainstream traveller’s desires, with no sign of slowing – so what wellness trends are up in 2017?

10
Jan
2017
THOMPSON PLAYA DEL CARMEN IS TWO HOTELS IN ONE

We check out Thompson Hotels’ second Mexican resort and hotel twofer, Thompson Playa del Carmen, has shaped up.

Hija de Sanchez
09
Jan
2017
WHERE IT’S AT AND WHERE IT’S HEADED: FOOD AND BEVERAGE TRENDS IN 2017 (PART ONE)

Let’s go to an industry that shares much affinity with the fashion world: gastronomy. We investigate food and beverage trends for 2017.

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