Summer 2023

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Rebecca Scotland, Editor Phone:+44 (0) 203 970 0037 Website: Editors Letter Hello and welcome to the Summer 2023 issue of LUXlife! Summer is well and truly upon us, and we’re savouring the sense of joy that comes with these long, warm, bright, and sunny days. Could there be a better occasion to take some time out to rest and recuperate from our busy lives? We want to make the most of this gorgeous weather, booking unwinding escapes and relishing divine food and drink. Maybe even enhance the level of relaxation by sinking into an indulging spa treatment. And that’s just what we did. We at LUXlife were delighted to be invited to Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa to experience the luxury, rejuvenating beauty treatment that is LED light therapy. Chrissy Teigen, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Hudson are just a few of the famous names who are making the most of this treatment and the incredible, blissful effects it can have on the skin and body. We’re excited to inspire how you choose to spend the rest of your summer, whether you book in for an LED light session, or for a next-level service offered by any of the exceptional companies we feature in this issue, from hotels, spas, restaurants, and beauty salons, to architecture firms, interior design studios, and a wedding vendor. I hope you enjoy this issue of LUXlife magazine and the rest of this glorious season, and look forward to welcoming you back again in September.

4. News 6. Exclusive Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa: Relax and Recharge with ESPA at Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa 8. Coco-Nuts Fukuoka Cafe & Dining: Modern Thai Cuisine Prepared by an Authentic Thai Chef 9. Professional Beauty: Ireland's Most Trusted Beauty Salon & Training Academy 2023 10. Athletic Propulsion Labs: Best Athletic Footwear & Accessories Company - US 11. Stomping Grounds Café LLC: Dubai’s Leading Independent Speciality Café and Restaurant 12. Antrobus Design Collective: Creative Storytelling in Design 13. AD Galley Bay Resort & Spa: Best Caribbean Getaway 2023 - Antigua and Barbuda 14. Halo Design Interiors: Heavenly Designs with a Heart 16. Studio Mint: Designing Spaces for You to Thrive 18. Down Hall Hotel: Essex’s Leading Luxury Hotel Experience 20. The Hanger Freehouse: Best Contemporary Casual Dining Experience 2023 - Hampshire 21. Wedding Mate: Best Wedding Vendor Directory 2023 - Malaysia 22. GEM Srl: Ship Ahoy! 23. Pure Design Studio: Pure & Simple 24. Susan Semmelmann Interiors: Interior Motive! 25. IR Architects: Beyond Luxury 26. Visionary Design Partners Helsinki Ltd: Distinctive Design 28. St Dunstan's College: Most Progressive Independent School 2023 - London 30. Jasmin Reese Interiors: Bold and Beautiful Contents

Central Holidays presents food and wine itineraries across Europe, leveraging their European teams, Italy office, and decades of destination expertise to create elaborate experiential culinary-focused travel programs with interactive cooking classes. Programs designed to cater to today’s travelers who are looking to have the most authentic, immersive, and locally inspired travel experiences. “One of the most alarming difficulties we are hearing from travel advisors is how it has become ever more challenging to plan more intricate and involved itineraries across Europe -- until they came to us! Luckily that is one of the sweet spots where our insider’s perspective, expertise, experience, contacts, and in-country teams are displayed,” said Maria Jose Merino, VP of Product Development and Operations. “This is exactly why we are expanding our experiential and sustainable travel programs across several regions – particularly focused on showcasing the local culture revealed through their culinary delicacies, wines, and traditions. At each destination we include hands-on cooking experiences with acclaimed chefs and also cultural interchanges with the locals! Learn about their customs and secrets in the kitchen. Travel advisors are thrilled to work with us as an extension of their team to deliver the most meticulously planned, dream travel programs that their travelers are yearning to experience now.” From Italy and Spain to Croatia, Malta, and beyond here’s a glance at some of Central Holidays’ most immersive culinary travel programs in Europe: -- Live and Eat Like a Local in Umbria with Chef Lorenzo -- Travelers will learn the secrets of Italian cuisine in Umbria's Orvieto on this 8-day culinary travel experience. Participants will enjoy visiting the local farmer’s market to shop for fresh ingredients, join in three hands-on cooking classes led by Chef Lorenzo at Casale Polegri in the Umbrian countryside, and savor delectable meals with succulent wines in captivating surroundings. Brimming with exclusive moments, this immersive food and wine-focused adventure also includes: a truffle hunting experience, tastings of artisanal cheeses, wine tasting experiences, tour of Buffalo Mozzarella Farm with mozzarella tasting, visits of medieval Montepulciano and Civita di Bagnoragio, plus so much more! Central Holidays Presents Customizable Food and Wine Itineraries Across Europe Award-winning travel brand Central Holidays is introducing an exciting range of elaborate, culinaryfocused travel programs with interactive cooking classes launched to cater to travelers seeking the most authentic and immersive travel experiences in high-demand destinations -- Sardinia, A Paradise for Gourmets and Fine Wine Lovers -- Food and wine aficionados will love this 7-day culinary experience that celebrates Sardinia. Brimming with inclusions, travelers will love getting to know Cagliari on a walking tour, then taste the town’s flavors on a gourmet tour with tasting events. In historic Pula, a hands-on cooking class will be simply unforgettable as well as private guided tours and tastings of such farm-to-table Sardinian foods in as local cheeses, olive oil, and wines. Further along travelers will embark on a fishing tour that features a delectable lunch onboard. -- Barcelona For Foodies -- Barcelona beckons on this food and wine focused experience in Spain. Activities take travelers to discover one of Spain's most famous streets, Las Ramblas; explore the Gothic Quarter; take in Antoni Gaudi's masterpieces including Parque Guell and the city's iconic Art Noveau Sagrada Familia church; and snack on local favorites at Barcelona's most famous market, Mercat de la Boqueria. Participants will also join in a hands-on cooking class, including a market visit with lunch and drinks. This Barcelona adventure features two cava wine cellar tours with wine tastings, as well as a wine and tapas walking tour including tastings. -- Madrid for Foodies -- Foodies can indulge in a 5-day culinary travel experience that tantalizes all the senses in Spain’s lively capital, Madrid. This captivating program invites travelers to learn the secrets of Spanish cuisine with chef-led cooking class sessions, flavorful tapas experiences, and a half day cava cellar tour with brunch that will have participants exclaiming “Olé” with all the fervor of a native. Guests will join in insightful tours of Madrid and Toledo with expert guides, plus so much more! -- Wine and Dine in Croatia -- Travelers will enjoy an exquisite, 6-day culinary-focused vacation in Croatia with cooking classes and tastings plus deluxe private touring galore! From Croatian wine tasting experiences in the hills of Skradin and in Kaštel Kambelovac to Split, the historic city built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace, unique experiences abound. Further along, guests will take a guided walking tour of old Dubrovnik and join in a hands-on cooking class and meal accompanied by wine tasting in the city. The adventure continues with a private-guided excursion to Ston and Korcula, featuring delectable oyster and wine tasting experiences. -- Malta, A Food and Wine Paradise -- On this inspired 5-day culinary travel experience, travelers will delve into the fascinating culture of Malta through its fabulous food and wine. Travelers will discover delicious Maltese cuisine and wine with a chefled hands-on cooking class experience, featuring flavorful farm to table ingredients from the actual 600-acre farm just steps from the learningkitchen. Further on, guests will tour Malta's Palazzo Parisio, and then visit one of Valletta’s top wineries including a tasting experience to indulge wine lovers. "At Central Holidays, we have the unparalleled ability to meet the demand and customize travel programs for individuals as well as groups and ensure that they will all have a wonderful experience every step of the way. Additionally, travel advisors and group planners can start planning travel experiences for their clients now -- even for travel through 2024 -- to benefit from the astronomically high demand that the industry in currently experiencing,” said Adam Greis, General Manager of Central Holidays. Central Holidays’ culinary travel programs, including day-by-day itineraries, can be viewed in detail at For additional details or to become a preferred travel advisor partner for Central Holidays, call 1-800-935-5000.

Feel Good Beauty brand butter LONDON has announced the extension of their bestselling Probiotic Body Balm line with a brand new scent— Buttermilk Cake. This expansion of the body care line features the same formula customers know and love but with a new indulgent scent to help hydrate their skin while adding an irresistibly sweet fragrance. “butter LONDON invites you to elevate your mood with our fan favourite Body Balm re-imagined with the delicious scent of a light, fluffy cake," says Julie Campbell CMO. "The decadent notes of vanilla add an extra dose of buttery-rich, delicate sweetness while the probiotic formula delivers a powerful punch of hydration." Buttermilk Cake is an indulgent Probiotic Body Balm that helps soothe and moisturize the skin for a more balanced and healthier-looking Cheeky Beauty Brand butter LONDON Announces the Extension of Their Probiotic Body Balm Line with an Indulgent Buttermilk Cake Scent That’s Worth Celebrating complexion. This new launch features the same skin-loving formula as the original Probiotic Body Balm that launched last year with feel good, skin-conditioning ingredients, but with a brand new scent. The decadently sweet cake fragrance found in Buttermilk Cake helps create ultimate me-time moments with the ultra-hydrating, buttery-rich formula. This Probiotic Body Balm collection is formulated with Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, a probiotic* ingredient that helps strengthen skin for optimal hydration, as well as Shea Butter to boost the skin’s moisture levels. Buttermilk Cake is also formulated with Sunflower Seed Oil to add hydration to the skin to help restore balance to dry skin, and Glycerin to help pull water from deeper levels of the skin to help keep the complexion moisturized for the ultimate hydration. “Buttermilk Cake Probiotic Body Balm is a great moisturizer thanks to ingredients like Sunflower Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Glycerin, and Sodium Hyaluronate. It contains the perfect combination of hydrating ingredients to help lock in moisture on the skin,” says award-winning, New York-based dermatologist Dr. Hadley King. “This balm will be a terrific option for dry skin and may help with skin conditions like eczema. I recommend applying any time that the skin needs hydration!” Customers can apply the Probiotic Body Balm immediately after a bath or shower, or any other time that skin needs a boost of moisture for a more balanced and healthier-looking complexion. The sleek packaging can be tossed into a handbag, gym bag, or tote for instant on-the-go comfort and hydration. We suggest pairing Buttermilk Cake with other products from our fan-favorite body care collection, such as our So Buff Hand and Foot Polish with Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and our Extra Whip Hand and Foot Treatment with Shea Butter for added hydration. As always with butter LONDON, Buttermilk Cake Probiotic Body Balm is Cruelty-Free, Gluten-Free, and Paraben-Free. To learn more about our award-winning nail care and other bestselling beauty products, visit

6 | LUXlife Magazine tate-of-the-art LED light therapy is the beauty treatment du jour, with celebrity fans such as Chrissy Teigen, Victoria Beckham, and Kate Hudson, all championing it as their goto choice for red-carpet prep. Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa has recently announced a very exciting partnership between LED facial pioneers The Light Salon, and ESPA, the natural skincare and luxury beauty brand. The Light Salon’s LED facials are non-abrasive, and ESPA’s formulas are completely natural – combining forces to present exclusive treatments that tackle all kinds of skin concerns was genius. LUXlife has been fortunate enough to sample a few therapy experiences at Whittlebury, and we are thrilled to be able to share our impressions – particularly regarding the new skin rejuvenating procedures. We got to experience the LED Nano-Dermabrasion Treatment, and the Advanced LED Facial Bar Active Nutrients Treatment, both led by Nicole Hanling, who is a knowledgeable ESPA specialist with 10 years of experience. The LED Nano-Dermabrasion Treatment takes place in one of Whittlebury’s treatment rooms, where you’re taken through a journey towards deep relaxation, all while benefiting from the LED technology combined with ESPA’s formulas. Nicole greets her clients then accompanies them to a room already set up with dimmed lighting and calming music. Here you lie on the comfortable bed and instantly feel your muscles begin to relax. Once settled, Nicole starts by placing two of ESPA’s products on the back of her hands and inviting you to smell them to choose which she will use. She then begins cleansing your skin, and prepping it for the nano-dermabrasion pen. This tool is a gentle but effective mechanical exfoliator used to clean and purify the skin for optimal results from the LED mask. Once your pores are open, Nicole places a face mask on your skin for 10 minutes, while she performs a relaxing scalp massage. Next, she applies a hydrogel mask designed to sit underneath the LED mask – this contains a bright orange light, but your eyes adjust to it very quickly. In the meantime, Nicole applies ESPA’s body oil on your arms and neck, and gives you a massage to help you enter a deeper state of relaxation. The LED face mask technology has two different types of LED lights, working to renew the skin at a cellular level, whilst simultaneously the ESPA formulas are working to strengthen the skin’s microbiome. This helps targets uneven skin tone, scarring, dull skin, irritation and redness, wrinkles, and fine lines. After the treatment, your skin will continue improving for a further 2-3 days, and any products you use will absorb more easily and have improved efficacy. The following week, your skin feels wonderfully hydrated and full of life, with any scarring or uneven skin tone having noticeably lessened. If this is what you can expect after one session, just imagine what your results might be after the recommended three. Relax and Recharge with ESPA at Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa Fancy trying the A-list stars’ latest on-trend beauty gadget of choice? Head over to Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa in Northamptonshire, where luxury skincare brand ESPA has partnered with The Light Salon to offer a range of advanced LED facial treatments to get you Insta-ready and glowing. S

“Dull, lethargic complexions are brightened and refreshed with the advanced nanodermabrasion and LED smoothing the skins surface and renewing the skin from a cellular level. Concentrating on your, face, neck, décolleté, and scalp to maximise results, the body, mind, and skin feel renewed while your face has a lit-from within-luminosity.” The Advanced LED Facial Bar Active Nutrients Treatment is an insalon LED light treatment. For this you will be invited to sit in one of the Whittlebury’s astonishingly cosy chairs whilst Nicole removes all traces of make-up and skin aggressors such as dust and pollution from your face, using deliciously aromatic ESPA cleansing products. There is also no need to worry about messy or unruly hair getting in the way, as Nicole will gently pin it away from your face using a soft wrap. She then uses a hot towel to enhance the opening of your pores, before applying an ESPA toner to go even deeper into your skin, removing any remaining impurities. Next, Nicole performs an intense facial massage, kneading, tapping, and softening all the muscles in your face, allowing more oxygen to reach the cells. She then fits you with goggles, and aims the swinging arm of LED lights at your fully prepped face. This treatment consists of 60 joules of LED light, with a precise wavelength of 830 nanometres, intended to treat skin at a cellular level. This might sound alarming, but it is anything but; it is calming and blissful – even for clients with highly reactive skin. Being under the lights feels pleasantly warm, peaceful, and very soothing, leaving you with skin that feels fresh and radiant. The medical use of light as a treatment is something that is supported by decades of research, including extensive work carried out by NASA scientists. LED lights are a valuable tool in space, where astronauts even use them to regulate their sleeping patterns. The agency has also harnessed the power of LEDs to help nurture plants, as growth is increased under a certain wavelength of light. It was soon noticed that any abrasions on the hands of the technicians working in this area were also healing much faster than normal, paving the way for the incredible LED light therapy treatments we are witnessing at luxury beauty salons today. In the UK, Whittlebury is the only place outside London to provide this fashionable cosmetic process as an in-salon treatment. While making use of its exclusive offerings you are also entering a space where peace and calm of the body and the soul are protected throughout. Whittlebury offers everything you need to be able to switch off from day-to-day stresses and reset. Its spa has the perfect combination of facilities; you can experience heat and cold therapies such as a crystal steam room, a sauna, caldarium, footbaths, tepidarium, a hydrotherapy pool, ice cave, and more. Additionally, it has relaxation rooms featuring gentle music, and different chill out zones, some of which include water beds, to provide you with calming and comfortable spaces to sit back and simply be. Whittlebury opens its doors to you whether you choose to stay overnight or not. If you want to make full use of its spa, it has a variety of packages where you can access it all day without the need to stay. However, if even thinking about turning your phone’s do not disturb feature on, and leaving your car keys at the bottom of your bag is something that sounds appealing, treat yourself to a night away in the beautiful English countryside. Everyone deserves a treat once in a while, and what better way is there than dedicating time to allow yourself to be taken care of and pampered. If you are interested in visiting Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa for its great facilities and innovative LED facials, head over to its website to book in before is too late! Contact Details Company: Whittlebury Park Hotel and Spa Web Address:

8 | LUXlife Magazine Modern Thai Cuisine Prepared by an Authentic Thai Chef Located on the northern coast of Japan’s Kyushu Island, Coco-Nuts Fukuoka Cafe & Dining opened its doors in January 2021 to serve a variety of new-style modern Thai dishes. The restaurant is committed to delivering the best dining experience to its guests, providing warm and welcoming service in a casual environment. Thanks to the hard work of Owner Paritat Phalee, known as Chef 'Dong', and his team, CoCo-Nuts was awarded Best Modern Thai Restaurant in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. Owner Chef Dong established CoCo-Nuts with the goal of bringing authentic Thai flavours to the people of Nishijin, Fukuoka. The establishment is a small 20-seater restaurant, providing a modern fast-casual setting in which guests can enjoy the depth, richness, and vibrancy of Thai’s diverse culinary traditions. Chef Dong puts a twist on the refined Thai taste with his own original recipes. He creates fresh, simple dishes using the finest local ingredients wherever possible, made with homemade dressings and sauces. The restaurant’s kitchen is happy to make adjustments to these recipes based on the customer’s preferences, for example by customising the spiciness level and catering to specific dietary requirements. CoCo-Nuts is different from other Thai restaurants in Japan because it tailors its dishes to suit the tastes of the Japanese population. For example, one of its most popular dishes is its Green Curry, which is filled with plenty of seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, bitter gout, broccoli, and carrots. It is made with more coconut milk to make it milder and silkier in texture. Another popular dish is the Khai Man Gai (Thai chicken rice), which it prepares using western cooking techniques. The chicken is slow cooked for four hours to ensure it is incredibly soft and tender. CoCo-Nuts also prides itself on its unique and creative recipes such as its Gapao cheese nachos, a dish that combines Mexican and Thai cuisine. Instead of taco meat, the nachos are made with Gapao, Thai flavoured chicken mince. CoCo-Nuts strives to offer modern Thai food that denotes the cultural exchange between Thailand and Fukuoka, uniting people with good food. It also aims to help people discover what modern Thai food is all about, enabling them to better understand the country’s culture. Chef Dong has an extensive background in high-end hospitality, having worked around the world in a number of luxury hotels. As a result, his restaurant operates based on the belief that great customer service is essential for a business to become a market leader. For this reason, CoCo-Nuts prioritises its customers, striving to ensure that every guest leaves the restaurant feeling completely satisfied. It aims to be the best Thai restaurant in Fukuoka, not only because of the great food it offers, but also because of the excellent dining experience its staff deliver time and time again. To achieve this, CoCo-Nuts implements the Japanese concept of welcoming and caring for customers with warmth, graciousness, and attentiveness, combined with the Thai concept of greeting them with a smile and providing friendly and casual service. When recruiting new staff, CoCo-Nuts seeks assistant chefs with a proven background in high-end hospitality, ensuring that they have superior knowledge of food handling and hygiene as well as the necessary skills to consistently deliver high-quality dishes. It also looks to hire service staff who can smile naturally and have a sincere interest in different cultures. The restaurant encourages kitchen and service staff to work together to put the customer first. It can be difficult for tourists to find an Englishspeaking dining establishment in Japan. CoCoNuts also hires staff who speak English to create a sense of comfort and ease for its nonJapanese customers. Unlike most restaurants in the area, it provides bilingual menus with detailed descriptions in both Japanese and English. This enables it to attract customers from different nationalities who want to enjoy delicious modern Thai cuisine. As a result of its outstanding dishes and its customer-focused services, CoCo-Nuts Fukuoka Cafe & Dining has been awarded Best Modern Thai Restaurant in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. Chef Dong and his team have recently celebrated the launch of another concept restaurant called Soi21, which offers a seasonally driven menu with an emphasis on bringing together Western and Asian cuisine. The restaurant invites guests to enjoy a range of offerings, including comforting A La Carte dishes, a creative course menu, Asian noodles, and a tropical afternoon tea set during lunch hours. Contact: Paritat Phalee Company: Coco-Nuts Fukuoka Cafe & Dining Web Address: Mar23215

Summer 2023 | 9 Based in Dungarvan, County Waterford, Professional Beauty was founded by owner, Jillian Lake in 2020. Since then, the salon’s reputation has gone from strength to strength, reaping an armful of prestigious awards. Professional Beauty brings a modern twist to classic treatments and is always exploring new and fun ways to delight its clients. We take a peek at the company and the services it offers in more detail. Ireland's Most Trusted Beauty Salon & Training Academy 2023 in bridal makeup and this allows us to time every morning to perfection. This ensures our clients are as relaxed as possible and able to enjoy the experience. We fill our kits with luxurious products that make our brides and their entourage feel incredible. They make for the most perfect, timeless photos.” In fact, having worked with some of Ireland’s most famous photographers, Jillian and the team have extensive experience of ensuring makeup looks as flawless through the lens as it does in the mirror. Earlier in the year, the team headed to Dublin to work on a photo shoot with Miss Ireland, Miss England, Miss Northern Ireland, and Miss Scotland, before they jetted off to compete in Miss World! With such distinguished clients on its books, it’s hardly a surprise that Professional Beauty has a queue of eager students to train. The company currently offers internationally recognised qualifications in makeup artistry with ITEC and ABT-accredited courses for brow lamination and lash lifting as well as short courses in makeup and skin care. Jillian says, “Professional or amateur – it doesn’t matter. Whether you want to brush up on your own makeup skills, or perfect that client cut crease, we want to share all our secrets with you. We simplify every step to make sure you follow and understand everything.” To find out more about Professional Beauty, please visit the company website. Contact: Jillian Lake Company: Professional Beauty Web Address: t the age of 23, Jillian Lake started her own beauty business, offering treatments to clients from a home salon in her back garden. A mere three years later and the dedicated entrepreneur has unveiled a spectacular renovation of her new premises in picturesque Grattan Square, a bustling hub of Dungarvan’s town centre. The newly refurbished salon and training centre offers a chic yet welcoming atmosphere for clients and students alike. With almost 10 years of experience in the beauty industry, Jillian’s career began to take off in 2019 when she received several industry awards. Among them was Freelance Makeup Artist of the Year. Passionate about passing on her knowledge and inspiring the beauticians and makeup artists of the future, Jillian began teaching in 2021. Today, her mission is to provide her students with the highest possible standard of education and the best learning experience. Her mantra is ‘dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey’. By Jillian’s side in the business is friend and colleague, Sarah Curran. Sarah is well renowned both as a makeup artist and tutor. Having worked for some of the biggest beauty brands on the planet and toured with leading makeup artist, Keilidh Cashell, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. One of Professional Beauty’s signature services is bridal makeup, with the company’s team of experienced makeup artists offering an experience for your big day that’s second to none. Whatever style you prefer, whether natural or glamorous, Jillian and the team create the perfect look for every bride. Working with clients on the run up to the big day, the salon’s makeup artists trial different looks to see what works and what helps each bride to feel her best. Jillian explains, “We offer exceptional artistry standards and we bring an air of calm to what can be a very busy morning. We have vast experience A Mar23644

10 | LUXlife Magazine eginning in June 2014, Athletic Propulsion Labs pioneered the “luxury performance segment” of the athletic footwear market in connection with the launch of its running and training shoe collections for men and women. The combination of the company’s world-class patented technologies and its unique, innovative design vision has enabled APL to be carried in over 300 of the finest luxury retailers in the world, including Nordstrom, Selfridges, Net-A-Porter, Mr. Porter,, East Dane, Lane Crawford, Level Shoes, and Harvey Nichols. Most recently, APL debuted its first All-Terrain style, the Defender, along with its newest running silhouettes, the Streamline, designed to always push the limits of what’s possible in performance and the brand’s purest, most purpose-built running shoe with its FutureFoam running midsole compound and developed to provide exceptional compression, rebound, and energy return through strenuous testing along with the launch of its award-winning, bestselling TechLoom Zipline, which introduced new construction techniques to further improve performance. Featuring a seamless TechLoom construction, the single layer upper provides lightweight breathability throughout, with engineered ribbing along the tongue and collar to provide stretch where it’s needed. Truly the intersection of luxury and performance. At the end of the year 2020 and being over 10 years in the making, APL introduced two new basketball shoes, the APL SUPERFUTURE and the APL CONCEPT X, which introduced the Carbon 10, a new version of the patented Load ‘N Launch® spring-based technology that first propelled athletes higher and was banned by the NBA. The brand also received numerous accolades after the launch of its TechLoom Tracer low top training shoe which was awarded the 2021 Women’s Health Fitness Award, the 2021 Men’s Health Sneaker Award, Best Athletic Footwear & Accessories Company - USA Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) is globally recognized as a world leader in men’s and women’s athletic footwear. Rooted in technology and innovation, APL has been at the forefront of performance footwear since the introduction of the Concept 1 basketball shoe featuring groundbreaking Load N’ Launch® technology, designed to instantly increase vertical leap. As a result, the Concept 1 became the first shoe banned by the NBA for performance enhancement reasons to the wearer. and the 2022 Women’s Health Sneaker Award for the TechLoom Tracer and the Ascend. APL’s other key styles include the TechLoom Wave, TechLoom Bliss, and TechLoom Breeze, which just won the 2023 POPSUGAR Best Studio Sneaker Award, TechLoom Chelsea,and TechLoom Phantom, which is a 2021 winner of the Men’s Health Sneaker Awards, and the iconic TechLoom Pro, which was awarded the Best Shoe for Studio Workouts as part of the 2021 Women’s Health Awards. Meanwhile, the brand’s iconic Lusso slide was selected to be part of the Oprah’s Favorite Things list in 2021 – the brand’s fourth time being on the list, all alongside the APL Kids line which is sold online and in store at APL’s flagship retail store at The Grove in Los Angeles. The brand is continuing its retail expansion with the opening of its newest flagship store this Fall in Soho in New York City. Known for its highly coveted collaborations, in 2022, APL joined forces to create a new range of luxury footwear that further progresses design, performance, technology, and construction. Inspired by McLaren’s iconic supercars, the offering was the limited-edition APL McLaren HySpeed™, a breathtaking new silhouette designed as an all-purpose performance running trainer and marked the luxury automaker’s first footwear collaboration. Then in the Spring of 2023, APL announced a new multi-year partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing which is designed to bring APL’s expertise in research, innovation, design, and creativity to provide comfort, performance, and aesthetics to the championship team and its trackside staff. The 360-degree partnership will include custom silhouettes designed collectively by the APL and Oracle Red Bull Racing teams, along with events, bespoke content, and worldwide launches. Giving back to communities is a key component of the brand’s DNA. APL works to support Shelter Partnership, including October 12th being named APL Day in Los Angeles in recognition of the brand’s significant donations: the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, a program of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; Baby2Baby; Soles for Souls; and more as part of its mission is to find new and innovative ways of making a difference that can deliver real change within the global and local community. Now, Athletic Propulsion Labs has won Best Athletic Footwear & Accessories Company – USA. This highly competitive industry has no choice but to make room for its revolutionary products, and we are sure to see it succeed for years to come. Company: Athletic Propulsion Labs Contact: NJ Falk Email: [email protected] Website: B Dec22018

Dubai’s Leading Independent Speciality Café and Restaurant Tucked away in one of Dubai’s most upmarket suburbs, Stomping Grounds Café LLC is conveniently located just a leisurely walk away from the picturesque waterfront of Jumeirah 1 but hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Jumeirah Beach Road. Thanks to its warm atmosphere, delectable menu, fine coffees, and outstanding service, the café has been awarded Best Upmarket Cafe & Restaurant, Dubai, in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. Since opening its doors in 2015, Stomping Grounds has been setting new standards in the upscale casual dining sphere. It is now commonly known across the Arab region as a trailblazer on the speciality coffee scene, having brewed itself a dedicated following over the years. It welcomes a wide variety of customers, ranging from the UAE’s distinguished royalty to its diverse expatriate community. Eight years ago, Stomping Grounds was created with the mission of introducing Dubai to a revolutionary speciality coffee experience, delivered in a warm, inviting, and unique setting. Today, the café is proud to have accomplished this goal and even surpassed it in many ways. Now, Stomping Grounds boasts a curated selection of the world’s most refined and loved coffees, roasted at its very own roastery. However, it’s truly more than just a café. Serving some of the most elaborate breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, it’s also a unique culinary experience that leaves patrons craving more. The café provides a warm, rustic yet trendy atmosphere in which customers can enjoy topclass food and beverages. At the heart of the café’s success is a strong commitment to delivering an unforgettable experience to everyone it welcomes. From the moment they set foot in the building, customers can tell that Stomping Grounds was built on a desire to take visitors on a journey of flavour whilst sharing its love for coffee. Its professional baristas are willing to share their extensive knowledge and engage customers in conversation to help them understand the nuances of coffee. Over the years, Stomping Grounds has embarked on a journey filled with continuous learning and improvement thanks to its team’s relentless pursuit of excellence and passion for what they do. The team are meticulous when Apr23111 it comes to quality standards, consistency, and customer service. Stomping Grounds regularly provides staff training to ensure they are up to date on the latest industry standards and best practices. Always striving to create the best experience for guests, the café seeks feedback and takes it on board to better cater to their needs in the future. Since its establishment, Stomping Grounds’ values of quality, hospitality, and innovation have not only remained constant but have become deeply rooted in its ethos and culture. From sourcing the finest coffees to crafting delicious dishes, the café approaches everything it does with these values in mind. When hiring new staff, Stomping Grounds operates based on the belief that skills can be taught but attitude is inherent, so it seeks individuals who share its passion for hospitality and commitment to excellence. To attract the UAE’s top talent, the café offers competitive packages and a positive work environment. Because of this, it has garnered an impressive reputation for retaining staff over the years. The hospitality industry is highly competitive in Dubai, which is an extremely saturated city when it comes to cafés and restaurants. Stomping Grounds works hard to remain at the forefront of its industry by ensuring unparalleled customer service and maintaining creativity in its offerings. To provide the best food and beverages possible, Stomping Grounds sources the highest quality ingredients and makes no compromises when it comes to the presentation of its dishes. To bring out the best in these excellent ingredients, the café ensures that it hires chefs and baristas who are passionate, skilled, and trained to a professional level. Furthermore, its menu is regularly reviewed and updated, with regular quality checks and tastings undertaken to ensure that everything meets its meticulous standards. As a result of the outstanding culinary experience it delivers, Stomping Grounds was awarded Best Upmarket Cafe & Restaurant, Dubai, in the Restaurant and Bar Awards 2023. The future for the café is extremely bright as it continues to enhance its offerings. In 2023, it plans to launch new menus and is in the process of expanding locally, regionally, and overseas. “We are ready for strategic growth and the opportunity to share what we have created,” comments Ryan Godinho, Founder and Owner of Stomping Grounds. Contact: Ryan Godinho Company: Stomping Grounds Café LLC Web:

12 | LUXlife Magazine Creative Storytelling in Design Antrobus Design Collective is a multi-disciplinary interior design firm that specialises in luxury residential and boutique hospitality projects. Founded in 2002 by celebrated designer Alison Antrobus, the company is renowned for its luxury interiors and innovative designs. Popular with Alist celebrities across the Globe, Antrobus Design Collective uses their creative ethos to deliver properties and products unique to each story as told through design. Antrobus Design Collective is our Best Multi-Disciplinary Interior Design Studio, 2023 - Miami. What is a design if not a collaboration of inspirational materials and artefacts that, collectively, paint a picture, evoke an emotion, and tell the story of occupants past and present? Skilful design embodies history, personality, and preference, bringing them together in a unique and harmonious blend. The essence of Antrobus Design Collective is a culmination of Alison’s cultural, personal, and educational experiences. The result is inspirational designs with a global perspective and a culture of inclusivity and collaboration. Alison says, “As with the evolution of Self over time, my outlook, approach and leadership style have evolved and shaped the company through the years. As I evolve and grow, the company evolves and grows and will continue to do so. Growth is limitless if you welcome it.” When asked about what makes Antrobus Design Collective unique, Alison tells us, “I’m told that my USP is that I can hand sketch really well and that I’m a good listener. The irony is that neither of these two qualities requires a college degree. I’d like to think that the ability to draw and the desire to listen are essential qualities for our role as designers. Unfortunately with the growing dependency on technology and social media culture, it doesn’t appear to be the case.” Recently, Alison and the team have been awarded a project to reimagine a famous hotel in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The project, headed up by Miami developer Gregg Covin, will see The Cedars Hotel transformed into an ultra-high-end residential complex. Designed and built in 1914 by trailblazing hotelier Jeannie Bailey, the hotel has become a landmark and currently sits on the National Register of Historic Places. The plan for a 130-unit condo will incorporate the original hotel into a fullservice property combining residential property and hospitality. Alison states, “Our design philosophy relies on being inspired by the story, whether that’s a personal story, geography, history, or simply the personality of a client. This is an exciting project for us and we won’t have to look far for that inspiration. There’s a rich and layered history attached to the existing building and its majestic surroundings.” So how does Alison plan to maintain Antrobus Design Collective’s place at the forefront of interior design? She explains, “Creating space for curiosity amongst the team is critical. Fresh ideas are what give us an edge in our industry. That’s why it’s important to expose our designers to various trade shows, both locally and around the world. I encourage field trips to museums and design lectures as well as constant collaboration to pool our ideas. The next five years could evolve in so many different creative directions for us. Let’s see where our curiosity and collaboration take us!” To find out more or see more inspirational designs, please visit the Antrobus Design Collective website. Contact: Alison Antrobus Company: Antrobus Design Collective Web Address: Apr23253 Photo Credit - Gary James Photo Credit - Barry Grossman

Summer 2023 | 13 Feb23147 Best Caribbean Getaway 2023 - Antigua and Barbuda Treat yourself to an authentic Caribbean getaway at the AdultsOnly Galley Bay Resort & Spa in Antigua. Set between one of the best beaches on the island and acres of lush tropical gardens, this All-Inclusive boutique resort delights guests with a refined, yet unpretentious atmosphere. Ideal for couples and newlyweds seeking a romantic getaway, both adventure and tranquility are on the menu at this award-winning tropical paradise. A delectable farm-to-table culinary experience is artfully crafted under the guidance of our Executive Chef. Three open-air restaurants feature Caribbean and Continental specialties, while classic hamburgers can be savored at the Barefoot Grill. Galley Bay Resort & Spa With an enchanting oceanfront setting, daydreaming is a popular pastime. More active pursuits include swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in crystal-clear waters, cardio workouts in the Fitness Center, and tennis, croquet or cycling in a stunning tropical paradise.

14 | LUXlife Magazine hen creating your dream home, it’s easy to envisage an interior that’s both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Making that vision a reality can involve a huge number of moving parts — permissions and regulations, architectural considerations, fixtures and fittings, not to mention the innumerable choices of colours and accessories on offer. Halo Design offers its clients a complete interior design service. From concept, through design and planning, to the finished article. Blanca says, “We take care of everything. Approaching every project with passion and creativity, we draw on our vast experience to deliver bespoke and tailored results.” She continues, “We begin with concept creation. Our designs encompass space planning, small power, lighting, bathroom design, joinery concept design, architectural elements, and all finishes. Then we move on to furniture, fixtures, and equipment, including artwork, window treatments, feature lighting, and accessories. Here at Halo Design, it’s all about creating layers. We particularly love adding the finishing touches, which can elevate a scheme to another level.” Working with high net-worth individuals, Halo Design creates tailored designs based on the character of the building, the client’s preferred aesthetics, and the practicalities of day-to-day living. Heavenly Designs with a Heart Halo Design is a London-based interior design consultancy specialising in residential property. The company, headed up by founder, Blanca Sanchez has extensive experience working with private clients, developers, architects, and other industry specialists. Recent projects have seen Halo Design travel to locations throughout the UK and abroad. We learn more about the firm as it’s named Best Luxury Residential Interior Architecture Firm 2023 - London. Blanca tells us, “We’re professional, creative, and approachable. It’s all about the client and not about us. We’re trustworthy, transparent, and accountable. We see ourselves as being part of a team with our clients. We work in full collaboration with them and any other industry specialists involved in the project.” Regardless of the size of the project, Blanca and the team insist on the same award-winning attention to detail. Every project is run by senior designers and overseen by Blanca herself. The company has built a reputation for being attentive to its clients’ needs and wants, and that requires careful listening, as Blanca explains: “Whether it’s a large renovation or a new build, one room, or a whole building, we pay close attention to the client brief. For us, it forms the heart of every project. From there, we form the spine of the designs, guiding our clients through all the necessary steps to ensure that projects stay on schedule. It’s important to build in time to mull over and crystalise key decisions, all the while keeping a watchful eye on the budget and maximising value for the client.” Halo Design would love to hear about your next interior design project and chat about how the team can help. To get in touch, please visit the company website. Contact: Blanca Sanchez Company: Halo Design Interiors Web Address: W Apr23312

Turn a Space into a Place Established in 2007, Zachary Pulman Design Studio creates distinctive and innovative spaces to inspire those who step into them. From homes to restaurants, boutiques, hospitality, retail spaces, and more its team of designers and architects deliver clients high-end projects like no others. When designing a space, it is essential to consider its purpose so it can be utilised in the best way possible. Once that is complete, you begin to focus and visualise how to create an atmosphere drawn by all who enter. Zachary Pulman Design Studio has found the perfect balance between playability and design aesthetics as it delivers designs that evoke imagination, conversation, and memorable experiences. Zachary Pulman Design Studio offers services in competitive socialising, leisure/hospitality, immersive/experimental design, concept development, branding visuals, retail/ residential interior design, and architecture/development. The team at Zachary Pulman Design Studio is made up of a team of creative experts in the fields of architecture, design, engineering, and construction. As they work with clients to bring their vision to life, the process begins by discussing what they want to create. Once established, the team visits the site to see what they are working with for the brief/ proposal building. Next, they research the client’s market, target audience, and competition to gather all the information needed to help with the concept development. Through mood boards, they are able to build the idea and work on different layout options to decide on design direction and develop sample boards. When this is set, the team works on the drawings and visuals to combine ideas to provide clients with sketches of the space. This gives them a chance to see their ideas before implementing them so any changes can be made to perfect their design. Feb23557 Zachary Pulman Design Studio uses the latest tech innovations to enhance playability and provide clients with cutting-edge techniques. This has proven to be a success as the vast majority of its clients come from referrals. It has worked with brands such as Puma, Pop Golf, Target Media, The Place London, L’Oréal, Mr. Mulligans, Nike, Love Hearts, Lacoste, and more. In this day in age, social media is a crucial contributor to sales and engagement. Therefore, by investing in how your business looks, you will reap the rewards of those who enter sharing a snapshot on their social media platforms. This is a great way to spread the word about your business and attract a larger audience. Whether you are opening a new store, changing the look of your restaurant, or thinking of innovating your crazy golf experience, Zachary Pulman Design Studio’s expertise will provide you with breathtaking interiors that will leave your clients wanting more. We are delighted to announce that Zachary Pulman Design Studio now holds the title of Leading International Interior Design Studio 2023 – UK. If you want to elevate the look of your business or home, head over to its website to find out more. Contact: Jessica Murray Company: Zachary Pulman Design Studio Web Address: Subscribe to LUXlife Magazine

Jun22596 16 | LUXlife Magazine In STUDIOMINT’s own words, it’s “… a design group specialising in ultra-luxury residential and five-star international hotel design…”. With a confluence of creativity and innovation, its team has fostered a portfolio of remarkable interior design ventures within Australia and beyond. Regardless of the property type, STUDIOMINT seeks out the most inventive ways to use space, all while adhering to functionality and aesthetics. The result is a meticulously crafted residential or hotel space teeming with distinctive charm. Since 2009, STUDIOMINT has been approaching each of its projects with one guiding mentality – to create a space that promotes positive psychology in which clients can flourish both personally and professionally. It accomplishes this through its rigorous understanding ofboth interior design and architecture, and its these qualities that really set STUDIOMINT apart. Whether a client is looking for a traditionally classic aesthetic, or is wanting to modernise their surroundings, STUDIOMINT will assist in coalescing all of the necessary attributes to make it happen. Regardless of the size or cost of the project, STUDIOMINT is resolute in delivering a unique outcome each time, using its experience with multinational brands and private clients to craft perfection. By drawing inspiration from a multitude of factors, including cultural background, interests, passions, aspirations, family structures, and even religious beliefs, STUDIOMINT is able to co-create a completely bespoke space that’s guaranteed to exceed every client's expectations. Notably, the ultra-luxury residential design sphere is continually evolving, with new trends, technologies, and styles emerging at a swift pace. In response, STUDIOMINT has equipped itself with the adaptability it needs to consistently provide clients with state-of-the-art solutions that align with any industry advancements. This, paired with an intense research process into each unique client, allows STUDIOMINT to consistently produce inventive and inspired projects to meet its clients’ needs. One splendid example of their impressive craftsmanship can be seen in the 1,500+ sqm home in Ballarat, Australia. This ultra-luxury design Apr23237 Designing Spaces for You to Thrive For over twelve years, STUDIOMINT has been marrying creativity and technology to bring breathtaking architectural projects to life. From medical and commercial lots, to private residential requests, it’s able to apply a daring, yet decadent, approach towards each individual project. We explore how STUDIOMINT has managed to build such a revered reputation, and how it’s come to earn the title of Best Luxury Residential Architect 2023 – Victoria.