Winter 2019 In this issue: Bishopstrow: Where Tradition Meets Elegance AWarmWelcome From TheWhite Hart At Lydgate Chic Connecticut-Based Designer Creates Class If clients want sensual, serene, and sophisticated homes created for modern luxury, then Connecticut-based interior designer Mar Silver is the perfect person. Drawing together elegant shades of silver and black, with modern materials and a strong emphasis on art, Silver breathes refinement and elegance into her clients homes, turning them from mundane to must-have. Excelling Through Creativity and Functionality party/space/design Stylish Singapore Designers Secure Success Luova Project Services Glorious Golf and Country Estate Guarantees Luxury Gorgeous Georgian Design Firm Deliver Luxury Spaces Hard Rock Hotels Hospitality’s best kept secret
Editor’s Letter Laura Brookes, Editor Phone: +44 (0) 203 970 0082 Email: [email protected] Website: www.lux-review.com Winter 2019 Winter is here. All over the world there are signs of its presence - whether you’re currently hunkered down and bracing against a cold chill or gazing out of the window at the grey skies and ever-present rainfall. Of course, for our neighbours in the southern hemisphere, winter means heat, warmth and humidity (I’m slightly envious). Winter also spells the dawn of a new year. Isn’t it astonishing how fast it comes around? It wasn’t so long ago that I was sat at my desk writing about spring. So, this issue, as we collectively ponder the new decade ahead of all of us, LUXlife takes a moment to look at some truly exceptional establishments and ask them, “how do you plan to herald in the next ten years”? For many, the next ten years will represent merely a continuation of the previous decade. Far from being a bad thing, the years to come are about improving in small ways. There’s no dramatic rebranding efforts or recruitment drives here, just the knowledge that their clients will remain delighted with their offerings for the foreseeable future. It’s the sort of mentality that our cover inclusion has worked hard to forge and perfect. Mar Silver, a Connecticut-based interior designer and firm, has seemingly perfected a sense of style that is uniquely timeless and sophisticated: it delights in apparent simplicity, utilising greys, whites and blacks to astonishing effect. We spoke to Mar to find out more about her inspirations and design choices. Plus, there’s so much more inside as we endeavour to profile some of the top-tier businesses and individuals who are shaping the global luxury landscape. See you in 2020. A warm welcome from The White Hart at Lydgate
Contents 4. News 6. Chic Connecticut-Based Designer Creates Class Mar Silver 8. Leading Luxury at Stunning Ski Resort Chalet MIMI 9. Marrying Modernity and Tradition in Montenegro The Chedi Lustica Bay 10. Malaysian Hotel Marries Modernity and Magnificence The Smith House 13. Medi-Redi Mitigates Medicinal Malpractice 14. Looking Beyond the Visual Veil ARCHI-TEXTUAL, PLLC 16. Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon: 2019's Most Outstanding Luxury Spa Experience - South Africa 17. Greek Getaway – Crete’s Best Luxury Resort Mythos Palace Resort and Spa 18. Impeccable Interior Designer Inspires Luxury Stephanie Kratz Interiors 22. Magnificent Montana Interiors Montana Interiors LLC 23. Delivering Luxury By Air, Land and Sea Olivia Sterling Group 26. Simple Complexities – New York Jeweller Shines Noor Shamma 27. Brilliant Biodegradable Baby Wipes Aqua Wipes 28. Design as Architecture Plainspace Architecture and Design DPC 31. Sublime Santorini Hotel’s Superb Success Athina Luxury Suites 32. Authentic Italian Style Castel Monastero 34. Innovative Design from an Inspirational Mind Fülcher Design International 35. Become the Best Host in the City MyRentalHost 36. Luxury Villas without Compromise All Greek Villas 39. Sleep Consultant of the Year 2019 – Scotland Fairy Sleep Mother 40. La Bottega Del Pane: Best Family-Run Bakery & Cafe 2019 - South West London 44. Exquisite Hospitality Through a Dedication to Wellness Lodge K Hotel and Spa 45. Perfection Through A Dedication to the Smallest of Details Dettaglio Interior Design 46. Hard Rock Hotels Hospitality’s best kept secret 48. Relax and Rejuvenate with Color Me Cosy 49. Masterful Maldivian Resort Epitomises Luxury Living OZEN by Atmosphere 50. London’s Leading Luxury Designers RJHArchitecture 53. Best Baby Casting Company 2019 - London Feet-1st Baby Sculpture 54. Essence of Excellence at South African Luxury Spa Mai Thai Wellness Spa 56. Italian Ingenuity in Class Cyprus Resort Cipro Restaurant – Azia Resort & Spa 57. Welcome to the Winelands Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa 58. Stylish Singapore Designers Secure Success Luova Project Services 60. Sublime and Soothing – Kiwi Spa Secures Success Mantra Beauty and Body Spa 61. Sophisticated Simplicity Helena Clunies-Ross Design 62. Avant-Garde Architects Design Excellence OXO Architectes 65. Excelling Through Creativity and Functionality party/space/design 66. Glorious Golf and Country Estate Guarantees Luxury Sta. Elena Golf & Country Estate 70. Sustainably Scandinavian My Fair Shop 71. Authentic Asian Cuisine Amazes Aroi Asian Street Food 72. Bishopstrow where tradition meets elegance 74. Private Paradise is the Perfect Luxury Hideaway Velaa Private Island Maldives 77. Superb Seafarer Seals Sensory Satisfaction Veldon's Seafarer Bar Restaurant & Café 78. Unrivalled Luxury in The Greek Villas Contents 80. Escape to the Sussex Countryside Poppinghole Farm Spa 82. Crème de la crème of Canterbury Cuisine Kathton House Restaurant 83. Exotic Eastern Excellence – Serving up a treat in Leicester Mumbai Inn 84. Gorgeous Georgian Design Firm Deliver Luxury Spaces ELE Design Consultants, LLC 88. Taste of Thailand Khow Thai Restaurant 89. Stylish Seefeld Restaurant Secures Success Pauly Bar-Ristorante 90. A warm welcome from The White Hart at Lydgate 92. Beautiful Baby Accessories Boast Brilliance Nibbling Jewellery Ltd 93. South African Transportation Firm Deliver Success Selsaac Movers 94. A Rural Retreat and Idyllic Luxury The Swan at Lavenham 96. Pioneer of Live Communication HAGEN INVENT 22. 66. 50. 46.
NEWS Experience authentic Vietnamese fitness at The Anam with new vovinam martial arts offering for all the family. Five-star Vietnamese beach resort, The Anam, is delighted to launch in-resort vovinam classes for active guests looking to participate in a slice of traditional Vietnamese culture. Based on the concept of Yin (negative) and Yang (positive) in ancient Asian culture, vovinam is the largest and most developed Vietnamese martial arts with more than 60 schools across the world. Tailored to all fitness levels, guests of all ages and abilities can take part in the traditional fitness offering which aims to align both body and mind through the art of self-defence. The classes will be led by resident vovinam master, Huynh Trong Nghia and will incorporate a range of attack and defence techniques that allow the participant to focus on the present moment. The small agile movements associated with the art will also include special hand and elbow techniques, kicks, foot sweeps, throws and wrestling moves. Available to book now, the new sessions will take place each Monday and Wednesday from 4.30pm – 5.30pm and Friday from 4.30pm – 5pm for children, on the resort’s expansive lawn which offers views of the surrounding jungle-clad mountains and 300 metres of golden beach and crystal blue sea. Guests will be in safe hands with Vietnamese born Huynh Trong Nghia, who has practiced and taught the principals of vovinam for 20 years. Huynh has been awarded a silver medal in Vietnam’s Central Coast vovinam championships in 2017. To complement the classes, the team can also arrange for yoga and meditation sessions with the resort’s resident yogi, Umesh. Those looking to cleanse their body both inside and out will find plenty of healthy dishes on offer in the world-class restaurants, including light and zesty traditional Vietnamese cuisine made with fresh fish and vegetables, juices, smoothies and cleansing teas. The Anam comprises of three swimming pools, three restaurants, three bars and a 300-metre stretch of private beachfront set on what is often cited as Vietnam’s most beautiful beach. Vovinam is the latest initiative from the Cam Ranh property which allows guests to uncover and experience authentic Vietnamese culture, with recent offerings including its ‘Chocolate Discovery Tour’ and ‘Artists-in-Residence’ evenings, where guests are encouraged to mingle with local artists, discovering each creative’s story, as well as their experience of living and working in Vietnam and the inspiration behind each masterpiece. Restore Both Body and Mind throughThe Art of Self Defence NEWS
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 5 Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa Launches New Kids Activities WS Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is delighted to announce a host of new activities for its younger guests and the appointment of a new Recreations Manager, Marco Rawhy. From new and exhilarating shark feeding sessions for children to ecofocused recycle arts and crafts activities, the much-loved, 5* family resort strives to offer the very best land and water-based fun for guests of all ages. The resort’s new Recreations Manager, Marco Rawhy, will bring his passion for entertainment to the resort, having previously participated in ‘Greece Has Got Talent’, Greece’s equivalent to the popular British TV show, as a trained dance choreographer and former member of the Egyptian National team in Taekwondo. The Sheraton Adventure Club The Sheraton Adventure Club is designed for children aged 4 to 12 and provides a comfortable environment for children, arranging an abundance of expertly supervised activities around the resort. Parents can relax knowing that their little ones are being well cared for and entertained. The brand-new schedule of adventures, sure to keep young children enthused and smiling, includes families’ favourite activities, such as beach games, scavenger hunt, water splash games and much more. For a more unique adventure, children can mingle with baby sharks with the resort’s special shark feeding sessions. Staying true to the resort’s sustainable mind-set, children can also take part in recycle arts and crafts or coconut painting and leaf folding for a more creative activity. Extreme Maldives Experiences for Families Sheraton Maldives is simultaneously an all-round haven of pure relaxation as well as a playground for all outdoor passions. An extensive new programme of water sports and excursions, carried out by Extreme Maldives, presents families with an opportunity to try new experiences and make the most of their time away together. A host of new activities are offered free of charge every week. These include complimentary snorkelling lessons, dart sailing, nature walks with the resident resort botanist, morning yoga, Zumba, aqua aerobics, giant Jenga, learning how to make local rope artefacts, shark feeding each evening, learning the basics of the local Dhivehi Language, plus beach football and beach volleyball. Opportunities to explore further afield or get the adrenaline pumping include a Capital City Tour, snorkelling safari and sandbank picnic, parasailing, sunset dolphin cruise or a local island tour (available at an additional cost). Older children and teens may also like to try their hand at scuba diving, flyboarding, windsurfing or even surfing in the lagoon. New Recreations Manager, Marco Rawhy With experience as an entertainment manager spanning over 10 years, Marco Rawhy has just joined the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa team, overseeing activities for all at the resort. Marco is a qualified personal trainer, Zumba instructor and teaches Aqua gym, Aqua Zumba, fitness workouts, kickboxing and stretching classes. Now managing some exciting activities for kids and families at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa, Marco has commented, “I am looking forward to bringing a breath of fresh air to the resort’s activity offering to ensure an excellent and exciting experience for guests. The resort’s outstanding entertainment facilities lend themselves well to an excellent adventure holiday experience for visitors.” Family Friendly Resort Situated on the large private island of Furanafushi, Sheraton Maldives is the ideal family retreat uniquely located just 1km and a 15-minute speedboat ride away from Malé International Airport. This dream location prevents parents from worrying about additional travel time or costs of seaplanes. Children find themselves on a jet-ski or at the Sheraton Adventure Club within an hour of touching town at the airport. Sheraton Maldives is one of the larger Maldivian islands offering 176 guest rooms designed to blend into the surrounding turquoise waters, pristine beaches and lush greenery. Cleverly spread out, the resort boasts seven different restaurants and bars, the Shine Spa for Sheraton located on its very own island, and three outdoor tropical freshwater pools. The resort caters for all guests and is the ideal destination for families.
6 If clients want sensual, serene, and sophisticated homes created for modern luxury, then Connecticut-based interior designer Mar Silver is the perfect person. Drawing together elegant shades of silver and black, with modern materials and a strong emphasis on art, Silver breathes refinement and elegance into her clients homes, turning them from mundane to must-have. Chic Connecticut-Based Designer Creates Class 1810LU06
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 7 Winter 2019 Expertly blending chic styles and unexpected twists, Mar Silver is a masterful interior designer creating highend, luxury modern homes for clients across the world. Tapping into the organic energy of spaces, Silver draws together all aspects of her practice including interior design, furniture, textiles, rug collections and art to create luxurious areas that are sophisticated and sleek. Operating out of the state of Connecticut, Mar Silver has spent years establishing and developing a global interior design firm that offers her client high-end luxury spaces that evoke a sense of tranquillity and serenity. Blending shades of black, grey, and silver to create effortlessly elegant and stylish homes, Silver expertly invokes her namesake in projects that have ranged from America to Paris, to Spain and beyond. Mar Silver also works architecturally, often working front-to-back and floor-to-ceiling on her projects for clients. Dropping ceilings can generate cosier feelings of warmth and luxury for residents, simplifying the interior architecture and giving the whole property a warmer feel. Where the majority of interior designers would select stark white for a contemporary style, this interior designer instead chooses her signature grey, complementing it with tones and woodwork to create a beautiful finished look. Sensual and luxurious are hardly the words that come to mind when one thinks of suburban colonial home with a young family living in. However, in the hands of Mar Silver, projects such as that have become deluxe, minimalist havens of style and superiority. With sleek surfaces and smooth finishes of black and grey, this interior designer effortlessly creates dream homes for her clients. Mixing with the serene palette of shades, Silver also incorporates an international variety of timeless aspects to her work. Whether it is etched Italian glass lamps, mid-century wooden Danish chairs, or contemporary French artwork, this international interior designer brings together in a way that nothing feels forced or conflicting. The stylistic choices of furniture complement each other throughout each property, drawing attention to the truly showstopping features. At the core of Mar Silver’s global successes is an uncompromising integrity on her own distinct style. Drawing together a luxurious blend of contemporary grey, silver and black with international elements, this interior designer has managed to create dream homes for clients across the globe that radiate sophistication, serenity and sensuality.
8 Sep19363 After a full day of skiing and feeling the rush of adrenaline on the slopes of the Austrian Alps, luxury accommodation is the perfect thing to await any avid skier. LUXLife’s 2019 Award for Excellence in Luxury Accommodation for Austria belongs to Chalet Mimi, a delightfully cosy and atmospheric alpine retreat. Contrary to the frozen slopes just outside the front door, the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Chalet Mimi offers guests everything they could possibly need, with a luxurious alpine ambience. Situated only five minutes’ walk from the idyllic location of Oberlech am Alberg, this exquisite chalet is surrounded by everything to make a perfect skiing trip. Guests of Chalet Mimi can experience everything that the surrounding region of Lech has to offer, either on the slopes, from the sofa, or whilst sipping from a drink in the bubbling, outdoor jacuzzi. Nothing is too far away, and for those that would rather make use of the chalet, the services provided cover everything needed to make a stay truly luxurious and eternally memorable. The region of Lech is home to Austria’s biggest ski resort, and the fifth largest ski resort in the world. Mountains surrounding the area boast more than 300 kilometres of piste, 200 kilometres of high alpine deep powder snow runs, 40 kilometres of winter walking trails through beautiful snowscapes, and 27km of cross-country ski tracks offering gorgeous panoramic views. Coupled with romantic horse-drawn sleighs, ice-skating, curling, and thrilling toboggan runs into Oberlech, this region truly is home to one of Europe’s best ski resorts. In many ways, luxury isn’t quite a strong enough word to describe what Chalet Mimi offers its guests, which starts with a cosy alpine atmosphere, open fireplace in the living room, fully-equipped spa facility, round-theclock butler services, and a private chef. With a total of six soothing Leading Luxury at Stunning Ski Resort bedrooms, the newly-built chalet provides room for up to fourteen guests. One master bedroom, three double rooms, one room with a bunk bed, and a further bunk bed in a kids room means that there is space for extended families to escape and enjoy the peace of the ski slopes. A true ski-in and ski-out place, Chalet Mimi is the perfect base from which to explore everything that the slopes have to offer. Upon returning from the adrenaline fuelled routes, guests can enjoy all the areas of the chalet. Spacious dining and living areas come complete with fireplace to enhance the cosy feel of the place, as well as the entertainment room, TV room, art room, private library, breath-taking terrace, and heated outdoor jacuzzi. Services do not stop with areas offered, however, as the luxury at Chalet Mimi continues to astound. A 24/7 butler is always on hand to assist in any way they can, as well as round the clock concierge services, which include private ski instructors, childcare services, car and helicopter transfers, or even party planning services. Private chefs serve up a sumptuous treat in traditional Austrian cuisine and other international dishes for all meals at breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. With a well-stocked wine cellar, Chalet Mimi always has the perfect drink for any meal, or simply relaxing in the communal spaces available. With daily housekeeping, private laundry services, chauffeur, free WiFi and a requestable massage therapist and yoga instructor, there is no end to the luxury that guests can experience. It extends to the spa at the chalet, which includes a 14-meter indoor swimming pool, indoor and outdoor jacuzzi, bio sauna, steam bath, massage room, relaxing area, vital bar, sun terrace and plethora of luxury amenities. The luxury of Chalet Mimi is unparalleled in offering guests the most perfect and complete experience of staying at an alpine ski resort. Unquestionably one of the year’s very best accommodations, this cosy and atmospheric ski retreat is the epitome of luxury. Company: Chalet MIMI Contact Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.chaletmimi.com/ Explore
9 Sep19438 Nestled in the heart of Montenegro’s beautiful Traste Bay is one of the country’s most outstanding hotels. The Chedi Lustica Bay is the perfect meeting point of modernity and tradition, of mountains and oceans, in a place that exudes luxury. Discover more about this magnificent Montenegrin marvel as we explore the hotel. Where the crystal-clear waters of the Traste Bay embrace the rolling Montenegrin mountains, guests will find The Chedi Lustica Bay hotel, Montenegro’s best five-star luxury hotel. A contemporary resort that brings with it echoes of tradition, guests are invited to experience elegant rooms, artisan cuisine, modern technology, and everything that Mediterranean culture has to offer. Set within the coastal town of Lustica Bay on the Lusttica peninsula, The Chedi Lustica Bay hotel welcomes guests with everything they could ever need to fully experience luxury living in the heart of the Mediterranean. Reception staff at The Chedi Lustica Bay can arrange activities on guests’ behalf, whether that be a restaurant reservation, local tour information, or something more active such as water sports, mountain hiking or cooking classes. A fleet of vehicles are at the ready also, with staff able to arrange private car hires, mountain bikes, shuttle services, or luxury yacht rentals. Boasting more than one hundred rooms, ten suites and a private penthouse across two buildings to choose from, every room at The Chedi Lustica Bay is designed to encapsulate luxury as a home away from home. Maximising natural light with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, extraordinary views of the impressive mountains and gorgeous Adriatic Sea are on offer . As though reflecting the serenity of the Traste Bay, each room is clean and elegantly simplistic. Deluxe amenities, high-quality furnishings and thoughtful technology detail each room to enhance and enrich each stay. Guests can enjoy a proper Italian espresso or tantalising glass of wine looking out over the balcony, or whilst streaming from a personal phone to the gorgeous 55” LED smart televisions. There are rooms of all types, including the superior room, deluxe room, junior suite, deluxe suite, grand superior room, grand deluxe room, grand poolside room, grand deluxe suite, grand deluxe corner suite, and the exquisite Lustica Bay penthouse. Marrying Modernity and Tradition in Montenegro In addition to 24-hour room service, The Chedi Lustica Bay also boasts four eating and drinking spots, all designed to tantalise the taste buds. Chefs expertly bring together the land and sea in an explosion of exceptional flavours. The Restaurant is the primary dining area, open for breakfast and dinner buffets of regional cooking that delivers modern, flavourful creations. The Spot Restaurant offers a more casual alternative, down by the sparkling waterfront. An all-day eatery, there is a lively ambience with a menu of Asain-inspired mains, healthy alternatives, and bar classics. Connected to The Chedi Lustica Bay’s central lobby, the bar breathes laidback charm where guests can simply sit and enjoy a refreshing drink whenever they like. Finally, the Rok Beach Bar is a natural extension of the geological cliff face, offering a delightful beach experience for relaxing with cocktails and snack foods. The Rok Bar is also situated on a private beach, only accessible to guests of The Chedi Lustica Bay with an exclusive Beach Pass. At three hundred meters long, the beach offers uninterrupted views of the Adriatic, and is the perfect place for guests to escape to in search of privacy and luxury. As well as everything mentioned so far, The Chedi Lustica Bay also offers an unrivalled spa experience. The luxurious space acts a retreat from the outside world, with full body refreshment on offer in the indoor pool that is heated at all times, as well as the sauna, steam room, and experience shower. For those in search of a treatment, qualified staff are on hand to massage any worries away with a specially-selected range of VOYA, organic seaweed-based products, or act a personal trainer in the fully-equipped gym. Ultimately, there is far more luxury to experience at The Chedi Lustica Bay, from the cascading three-tiered infinity pool, to the conference and wedding venue facilities, and the gorgeous surrounding coastal town of Lustica Bay. A luxurious paradise unlike any other, this five-star hotel is undoubtedly the place to be in Montenegro. Company: The Chedi Lustica Bay Contact: Marko Vukicevic Address: Lustica Bay Marina, Radovići, Tivat, 85323, Montenegro Website: https://www.chedilusticabay.com/ Retreat
10 Sep19535 Malaysia is a country of outstanding beauty, with lush forests and flawless beaches at every turn. Visitors can experience everything that the gorgeous island of Langkawi has to offer from a hotel that is a traveller’s dream; The Smith House. Whether choosing to pamper oneself at the hotel, or explore outwards across the whole island, discover why this establishment is the island’s most outstanding boutique hotel for 2019 in LUXlife. Everyone knows the name Smith. Whether it be due to the common John Smith, the worldfamous actor Will Smith, or the dulcet tones of Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Sam Smith, the name Smith inspires familiarity and comfort. Aiming to the name that inspires recognition across the island of Langkawi and the entirety of the Malaysian mainland, The Smith House is undoubtedly one of the island’s most outstanding boutique hotels. Perfectly situated just 1.1km from Langkawi International Airport, guests can seamlessly travel from cabin to concierge in a matter of moments. For those guests who wisely book directly with The Smith House, a free hotel limousine pick-up from the airport is provided for complete convenience. However, there are also always taxis ready and waiting to deliver guests straight to the hotel as quickly and safely as possible. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with enthusiastic hospitality and limitless desire to make every aspect of any stay as memorable as possible. From the check-in smile, welcome drinks and cold towel, to the check-out well wishes and everything in between, no job or request is too big or small for this team of passionate, driven and committed staff at The Smith House. Having checked in, each of the 75 rooms boast tranquillity and modernity, no matter the size. The perfect way to unwind having explored the island, there are a wide variety of rooms at The Smith House, from straightforward comforts, to spacious luxury. For the single explorer, the Single Smith comes equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, HD television, IPTV, free high-speed internet access, secure thumb print safety deposit box, minibar, rainfall shower, breakfast and luxuriously sassy bed. In stark contrast, the Smith Studio offers 430 square ft of unmatched comfort. Built for families to experience opulence at its finest, the studio space boasts two king-size beds, and a mass of space for littles ones to run around and explore. High-definition televisions with IPTV and high-speed Wi-Fi capabilities ensure that children don’t have to go without their favourite characters, and gorgeous open windows mean that every day at The Smith House can be greeted with unparalleled views and renewed excitement. Once suitably rested and ready to face the day, guests at The Smith House have the perfect base from which to explore all the outstanding attractions that the island of Langkawi can offer. Whether seeking the abundance of variety at the night markets, or the vivacity of the Underwater World at Cenang Beach, there is sure to be something for every visitor to the island. Night markets are one of the best ways to experience the culture of Malaysia, held daily across the island. Guests can discover them in popular locations such as Padang Matsirat, Pantai Cenang, and Kuah, and they are lively affairs where many local traders come to display their assortment of wares. A bustling hive of activity, the most local market takes place on Sunday nights and is just half a kilometre away from the hotel. With flavourful food and a wealth of products that are easy on the wallet, night markets are a must-see for travellers wanting an authentic Malaysian shopping experience. For those seeking more natural beauty, the beach at Pantai Cenang and Seven Walls Waterfall offer two of the most outstanding experiences that must be on the itinerary. The beach is the island’s busiest and most popular, boasting more than two kilometres of pure white sand, crystal-clear waters and a myriad of water sports, making it perfect for sunbathers and adrenaline-seekers alike. The waterfall, touted as the island’s most beautiful, is well-worth the 600-stair climb for the unrivalled views and natural serenity. Both are some way from The Smith House, but transfers are available for guests to make use of. Once back at the hotel and suitably relaxed once more, there is plenty for guests to do. The Smith House library invites guests to snuggle up with a riveting read, either borrowed Malaysian Hotel Marries Modernity and Magnificence
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 11 Winter 2019 or brought, and experience the solitary calmness where silence is paramount. The roof top swimming pool is the perfect way to cool off whilst experiencing all the splendid, sweeping views of the lush, surrounding countryside (and a simply unmissable sunset view). When business calls, The Smith House has the space to answer. For those who can’t fully escape the world of work, the hotel offers unique spaces for people to knuckle down and do what they do best. The Business Centre offers desktops for guests to email, do work, research Langkawi’s amazing activities, or catch up with family, whilst the meeting rooms are the ideal place to hold a corporate conference, event or training session. To not mention the food and drink would be a cardinal sin, as The Smith House ensures that every guest is taken on a culinary tour of Malaysia’s finest foods. The primary restaurant, The Absolut, offers tantalising local and international delicacies, inspired by gastronomical minds from across the country. Signature dishes incorporate delicate flavours, and are the perfect way to either start a day of activity, or breathe a contended sigh at the end of a hearty meal. No visit to The Smith House would be complete without sampling the offers of The Absolum, a significantly more relaxed atmosphere that guarantees ease of life with access to the library. A sophisticated and atmospheric spot, The Absolum is the perfect space to meet with friends, take solace in one’s own company to start the day, or enjoy a nightcap before settling in for a night of luxury sleep. As synonymous with luxury as the name Smith is with success, The Smith House is the perfect getaway for anyone looking to experience the island culture of Malaysia’s north. With gourmet food and wine, exemplary amenities, and stunning experiences to be had all over the island, this hotel is the perfect base from which to go out and see something new. Contact: Azila Marzuki Telephone: +6049523777 Website: http://thesmith-house.com/ Address: Padang Matsirat, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
13 When a child becomes sick it is natural for parents to worry about the accuracy of the medication, especially in the middle of the night. Experiencing these worries herself, Medi-Redi founder Sarah Smith created this year’s best device for children’s safety. Discover more about Medi-Redi the portable, programmable children’s medicine storage solution, as we examine the device in more detail. Founded in 2014, Medi-Redi is a well-thought out solution to administering medication to a sick child. Sarah Smith experienced undue worry when her children became sick, often concerned about the dosage sizes administered in the middle of the night or when sharing childcare. Recognising that all children require medication occasionally, Sarah took matters into her own hands and designed Medi-Redi the portable, programmable children’s medicine storage. All children become ill as part of their immune system development, and so making their recovery process easier is paramount to ensure the comfort of the child during a distressing time. However, little available help existed to ensure medicine giving was done accurately. Sarah began to talk with parents, grandparents, childminders, health visitors, doctors, pharmacists and other medical professionals to find out how something could be done about it. Thus, the Medi-Redi storage timer was born. Through six key features, the Medi-Redi storage timer has quickly become a must-have for parents who have to juggle very busy lives whilst taking care of their children. With responsibility, safety, accuracy, memory, portability and programmability, this device helps parents or carers administer medicine to their sick children. The Medi-Redi storage timer prevents unwanted mistakes with a child’s health and assures their recovery is well-organised, easy to understand, convenient and secure. The Medi-Redi storage timer represents an accurate, safe and reliable solution for dispensing medication for the best recovery outcome. The portable container is child-proof, guaranteeing safety, and with a built-in memory the device accurately reminds parents when the next medicine dose can be given. Too much medicine is dangerous, and often occurs through double-dosing to make up for a missed dose, but this innovative piece of technology eliminates the need for this. Medi-Redi Mitigates Medicinal Malpractice On the other hand, too little medicine due to forgetfulness or a busy schedule can unnecessarily prolong a child’s suffering and draw out the recovery process. The portability and history-keeping properties of the Medi-Redi storage timer is designed for sharing medication between carers in a responsible way. Children get the correct dose on time, every time and anywhere, as the device keeps a checkable dispensing history for any adult to use and immediately understand what medication the child has taken and when. Sarah and her team at Medi-Redi are all dedicated and passionate about delivering on their brand promise of being the hero for responsible families everywhere. Saving children from dangerous and haphazard medicine giving, the firm’s ultimate goal is to generate a better health outcome for children, by parents and carers everywhere. As well as taking care of the most vulnerable in society, Sarah and her Medi-Redi storage timer device are also working hard to support local businesses and factories in the United Kingdom. Keen on quality, each Medi-Redi storage timer device is designed and manufactured in the UK, and this is only the first in a range of products that the firm are planning to offer beyond 2019. More growth means more opportunities for design and manufacturing across the country. For new parents, keeping on top of everything can be somewhat overwhelming, but Sarah and her team have developed a solution that is perfect for families in ensuring that the health of a child is never compromised. Fast becoming a favourite with the best-organised mums, the Medi-Redi storage timer is simply essential for any parent or carer. Contact: Sarah Smith Website: https://medi-redi.com/ Sep19400
14 Based in Washington D.C., Architextual is a small, boutique design firm that is focused on delivering quality design, technical documentation, and project execution to a varied clientele, ranging from single-family property owners to largescale developers. On the back of the firm’s success in the 2019 Leading Designers program we spoke with Catarina Ferreira, Principal, to find out more about their work and expertise. Looking Beyond the Visual Veil Aug19245 Architects all over the world have long celebrated a certain diversity of thought when it comes to best practices. Indeed, this very diversity has led to a thriving industry that is defined by innovation and creativity, rather than hemmed into certain styles, techniques, approaches or methodology. Where some focus on the equilibrium between form and function – often blurring the lines between the two – and others flourish and experiment in timeless style, Architextual has found their niche in understanding a rather simple cornerstone: architecture shouldn’t be about visual appeal. “Of course, we want the building to be beautiful, but honestly that’s the easy part and not what we start with as a goal. Architecture is about much more than appearance, at least it should be if we want the discipline and its professionals to be taken seriously. It needs to make a positive Photograoher: Michael K Wilkinson
LUXLIFE MAGAZINE | 15 Winter 2019 impact in every way possible. That’s our responsibility. On the topic of ‘Form versus Function,’ in my view one does not follow the other; they are interdependent. Form is not a passive follower. The way I see it, form has the power to transform Function, as much as Function has the power to drive Form. Approaching form generation with the goal of pushing it to see what it can do, how it can lead to new functions, is as valuable as ensuring that a design works. Form for the sake of form is not enough, and Form that simply follows Function is also not enough. To me it’s ultimately about action: what does that form do? What does it accomplish, how does it surpass its function? That is the power of architecture.” More to the point, Catarina believes in focusing on “what a building does and what its disposition is towards both the city and its occupants.” It’s this sole consideration which has driven Architextual’s exceptional history of success since the very beginning. This only becomes more important when you consider that the firm primarily specialises in single and multi-family residential projects, along with mixed-use developments, whether they are new constructions or adaptive-reuse. By honing on the use of the building, and the degree of practicality that entails, Catarina has cultivated a body of work that is truly extraordinary. The firm’s projects are contemporary wonders, utilising space in new, smart ways to open up areas and increase natural light. More than anything, they are endlessly practical and visually enticing, allowing the gaze to delight in the smallest of touches. Consider, then, their goal accomplished. As Catarina explains, throughout it all, the firm remains diligently focused on ‘the process’ of the design, not on the end goal. The result is almost circumstantial, comprised of the many considerations and decisions that are made throughout the project. “We are process driven, both in how we approach design and how we approach project delivery. When it comes to design, we believe every project at once the materialization of a pre-existing context/ circumstance, and the outcome of the process of synthesizing all of that into a coherent whole, which we like to call ‘text.’ In a true creative process, the body of work takes on its own life at a certain point, and that determines what it will ultimately be. It’s the opposite of starting with an aesthetic intent and imposing it on a site/client, for example. On the project delivery side, we invest in quality technology to allow us to provide better services to our clients. We utilize BIM software for efficiency in design and project delivery, as well as project management platforms to help us streamline processes and improve communication and collaboration between our internal team, consultants and clients. We are also continually looking for ways to improve in every way possible.” There can be no doubt, the client, always, remains at the centre of the project. That is crucial. Putting aside the client, for a moment, Catarina continues on to discuss the role of her team. Like herself, they come from a ‘global mindset’ - people from all over the world who have come together, combining their styles and teachings, to create the new and the different. “Our staff is diverse in terms of background and experience, and our origins span continents. I believe that a globally minded staff, like myself, has a lot to offer given their collective exposure to a variety of architectural and urban environments. Collectively, it helps us maintain a fresh approach to our work. Our core staff fluctuates between 5 and 10 individuals. There are two senior staff members, who are both licensed architects, and one senior associate, licensed in Italy. Then there are two other core employees, and occasional seasonal interns. We also have two former employees who now work as contractors based in India and Jordan. In sum, I believe that plurality and diversity lead to good things.” As a locally-focused design firm, Architextual remains somewhat sheltered from sector volatility, yet, naturally, challenges still rear their head. Among these challenges, of course, sits opportunity. “We are most affected by the Washington DC market dynamics. Currently there is a shortage of housing and, as a result, a lot of older single-family properties are being converted to multi-unit buildings, often through top and read additions and interior renovations. “We are involved in several projects of this type currently, and our goal is to develop prototypes for growth that are thoughtfully designed and integrated with the existing fabric of the typical Washington city blocks. We do this by trying to merge old and new into a coherent whole, instead simply adding onto it in an obvious way, as is, unfortunately, the norm.” Ultimately, when it comes to the future, Architextual are committed to fuelling their growth to cater to larger projects and increasing demand. “We are growing as a company in order to accommodate the larger projects currently coming our way. Moreover, we are focusing on fine-tuning our design philosophy improving our inhouse processes and templates so that our methods can be passed on to new employees efficiently and that the quality of our projects is maintained while we grow.” As for right now, Catarina looks towards these larger projects as a exciting opportunity to showcase the firm’s considerable talents. “Architextual have a couple of larger projects, in the 20 to 30 apartment unit range, and we also have some already under construction that consist of multiple attached row dwellings on large lots. These projects, among many things, gives us the opportunity to design at a more urban scale, which is very exciting.” Company: ARCHI-TEXTUAL, PLLC Name: Catarina Ferreira, Principal Address: 3421 1/2 M St NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20007, United States Website: www.architextual.com Telephone: (+1) 202 295-9001 Awarded: 2019's Award for Excellence in Innovative Design Solutions - Washington
16 Seeking to offer guests a truly unique pampering experience, Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon is a sensory delight based in the heart of Johannesburg. Fusionista is a multi-awardwinning spa which aims to offer every guest a deeply relaxing experience that will prepare them to return to the stresses and strains of modern life feeling refreshed and reinvigorated. Welcoming a wide range of guests from around the world, Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon caters for the mind and body, providing both fulfilling meals from its restaurant and also luxurious, decadent spa treatments. Everything from facials and massages through to saunas and even experience treatment rooms with creative aspects, such as the Chill Room, where guests can relax on a unique sound therapy bed and listen to reinvigorating music following their treatments, is on offer at this exceptional spa. Dedicated to providing innovative experiences that cannot be found elsewhere, Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon has put a vast amount of effort into creating individual treatment rooms, each of which boasts unique features. There is everything from the Bamboo Room, the Wind Chime Room, the Crystal Room and the Candle Room, each of which boasts innovative facilities creating a unique experience. The establishment’s flagship treatment room is the Koi Mist Room, where guests are massaged on a "floating glass island" whilst they look down on exquisitely coloured Koi fish floating underneath them. Guests are surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, waterfalls, scented mist and fire with the sounds of birds singing in the background together with Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon: 2019's Most Outstanding Luxury Spa Experience - South Africa relaxing music. At night the Koi pond is lit up, creating an otherworldly experience and offering a new level of luxury for guests. Every sense is catered for and rejuvenated at Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon, from the oils massaged into the skin through to the scents of the products and the touch of the soft furnishings, guests will be enveloped in luxury and relaxation from the moment they arrive to the time they leave. Playlists are curated specifically to compliment the treatments on offer and vary from room to room so that guests always feel perfectly relaxed and in harmony at Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon. To stimulate the taste buds, the spa is adjoined to a fine dining and exotically themed restaurant, offering an extensive menu of delicious and freshly prepared healthy dishes for guests to savour as they chill out after their spa treatments. Guests are always overwhelmed by the sensory delights and exceptional hospitality they receive when they visit this world-class spa, making a visit to this spa a truly unforgettable experience. Among the spa’s core clientele are couples, who delight in sharing a one-of-a-kind luxury and romantic experience together. Many other clients pay a visit to this tranquil urban oasis to relax, rejuvenate and unwind in style and comfort. Looking to the future, Fusionista Spa & Beauty Salon will remain dedicated to offering an innovative spa experience that cannot be found elsewhere. Contact: David Smith Email: [email protected] Telephone: Landline 011 793 4879, Cell Phone number: 072 481 3421 Website: http://fusionista.co.za Sep19566
17 Located on the smooth sandy beach of Georgioupoli in northern Crete is an unrivalled five-star holiday hotel, boasting Greece’s most outstanding luxury spa getaway. Mythos Palace Resort and Spa is a veritable cornucopia of natural relaxation, health and wellness facilities, all designed to soothe the mind and relieve the body. Discover the resort’s outstanding facilities as we take a closer look. Since inception, Mythos Palace has aligned itself with the latest trends and developments sweeping the hospitality industry today. Operating from April through to October, the resort specialises mainly in providing summer holidays that offer fully-integrated services and the highest quality amenities. Thank to the temperate climate in the beginning and end of the holiday season, the hotel is also visited by guests in search of combining rest and relaxation with exploration and adventure. In a constantly evolving industry, the team at Mythos Palace endeavour to not only follow the latest trends but to pioneer as well, ensuring guests get the best of both worlds. The resort’s mission is to operate purely for the satisfaction of all guests, creating matchless experiences and everlasting memories for everyone who visits. At the same time, the staff at Mythos Palace always strive to evolve in harmony with the local community, doing everything they can to keep protecting the beautiful environment on Crete. The hotel operates in a Natura area of Greece, and is thoroughly deserving of protection to maintain it’s wonderful beauty. With more than 20 years’ successful experience, the majority of staff members have been with Mythos Palace for many years. Staff new and old adopt the resort’s culture, working together to maintain highquality service and meteoric guest satisfaction ratings. During the winter months, staff undergo educational seminars and regular meetings when the hotel does not operate to ensure everyone is kept well-informed and knowledgeable. From the moment guests arrive at Mythos Palace, they have the opportunity to communicate any individual requests that they may have and expect their needs to be met. In addition, guests are able to give feedback directly to staff, but also electronically, communicating their observations and desires. Across all departments of the resort, the guests’ consumption is recorded electronically, giving us a valuable tool with which to observe their evolving preferences and to improve our services in line with those. Situated in the heart of the resort complex at Mythos Palace is the main freshwater pool, including built-in hydro-massage armchairs. For the exclusive use of the hotel guests, the whole area features relaxing sunbeds, umbrellas and chairs to slump into. A short walk away is the sandy beach of Georgioupolis, an exquisite site of natural beauty. With crystal-clear waters and exceptionally professional standards, guests can make their beach day even more special by hiring private gazebos and personal services for an extra fee. Greek Getaway – Crete’s Best Luxury Resort Surrounding by four restaurants and three bars, there is no shortage of astounding food and drink constantly on offer for guests to enjoy throughout the day and night at Mythos Palace. Whether seeking that perfect cocktail to sip poolside, or that succulent meal to enjoy as the sun sets over the island of Crete, the gastronomy on offer at the resort is an explosion of mouth-watering flavour. The resort and spa at Mythos Palace boasts extra dimensions of relaxation and wellness, generating a luxurious sense of rest that guests can sink into. The spa features a gorgeous blend of products from across Crete and Greece, prepared to suit the needs of each individual guest who uses it. A highly-trained and experienced team of spa therapists and professionals consult with guests prior to any treatment, tailoring a program according to individual wishes. Ultimately, the resort and spa at Mythos Palace is unmatched in its delivery of true luxury and blissful relaxation. With breath-taking views, expertly crafted food and drink, a refreshing pool, and unparalleled levels of restfulness on offer, this resort is definitely one not to be missed when visiting the island of Crete. Contact: Stelios Bagkeris Address: Kourna Beach-Georgioupoli, 73007 Chania, Crete, Greece Telephone: +30 28250 61713, 61791 Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.mythos-palace.gr/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MythosPalace/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mythospalace/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MythosPalaceHotel Pinterest: https://gr.pinterest.com/mythospalace/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mythospalace Sep19329www.lux-review.com