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RIO DE JANEIRO × PERFORMANCES ON TRANSPORTATIONS

Rio de Janeiro approves cultural performances on trains, subways and ferry boats

Cariocas and tourists who use the Rio de Janeiro transportation systems daily are now able to enjoy cultural performances at the stations and inside the trains, subways and ferry boats. The performances, that help people kill time during the trips, are now approved. That is determined by an act approved by the state legislators, sanctioned by state governor Luiz Fernando Pezão and published in the Official Gazette on September 26th. In the coming days, the Department of Transportation, which regulates the concession holders that control the transport modals, will announce the regulation of the act.

The time approved for the performances will be from 6am to 11pm on weekdays and from 7am to 11pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The act states that the performer cannot charge the users of the public transports, who may spontaneously donate during the performances. Based on the wording, it will be up to the concession holders that provide these services to create a registry of interested persons to perform. However, the only purpose of this registry is to organize the time for the performances, though they are not allowed to prevent unregistered people from performing.

Currently, the subway concession holder is the only one keeping a cultural program in their stations, although they do not allow performances inside the wagons. According to MetrôRio, the Palco Carioca project allocates spaces in three stations – Carioca, Siqueira Campos and Maria da Graça – for musical performances on weekdays, from noon to 8pm. Registration to participate in the project is free and may be made online at www.metrorio.com.br/Cultura/PalcoCarioca.

VP Plaza España Design

VP Plaza España Design hotel recently opened its doors in the center of Madrid, offering luxury accommodations wrapped into an unprecedented design philosophy, whose main protagonist is art. Prominent Spanish artists have contributed their unique works and creations, making this property an icon of design, architecture and art in the capital of Madrid.

Guests will be able to immerse themselves in an atmosphere where decor, furniture, architecture, and luxurious service co-exist in perfect harmony, offering an experience that goes far beyond accommodations. It is a philosophy that breaks the boundaries of what has already been done in the past and allows visitors to enjoy the essence of design, for a one-of-a-kind experience from beginning to end.

VP Plaza España Design worked with key Spanish designers, artists, and architects for the conceptualization of its façade and public spaces, which allows its facilities to have a distinctive and distinguished touch that makes it an unparalleled luxury option in Madrid. The hotel features include work by Pere Gifre, Dario Urzay, Fernando Palacios, Nacho Zubelzu, Veronica Domingo, and Héléne Bergaz, as well as Patricia San Juan, Marre, and Jan Hendrix.

Symbiosis of Art and Ingenuity

The selection of artists who have collaborated to bring life to the greatest icon of luxury and design represents a harmonious blend of disciplines, trends, visions, expressions, and styles. All of them carry a solid national and international trajectory, deserving of outstanding recognition for their iconic works inside and outside of Spain. Each, with their own inspiration, have made a contribution of exclusive creations, devised within the design philosophy that Hotel VP Plaza España Design 5* has established.

Renowned artist Pere Gifre is the architect of the impressive eight-story waterfall that dominates the atrium of the hotel and creates an impressive visual illusion of water that falls in a magnificently artistic way, trapping guests in a sensory experience that mixes the wild side of nature with the luxury and tranquility of water.

A tribute to art can be experienced in the lobby, where paintings created by the Bilbao Dario Urzay can be appreciated. The paintings highlight the artist’s personal poetics combined with his ability to induce new forms of knowledge and communication.

The corridors are also sure to catch guests’ attention as the painter and sculptor, Fernando Palacios, showcases material language with nearly three-dimensional forms that exude a special meaning of life in a luxurious context. His works of art may also be admired in some of the hotel rooms.

The mural “Buscando a un hombre,” created from Nacho Zubelzu’s inspiration, can be seen in front of the hotel elevators. Zubelzu’s impressive collages decorating the bar and lobby area bathrooms were made with the intention of creating an “art bar.”

An innovative and unique redesign of the aesthetics of the landscape is reflected in the works of Madrid-born Héléne Bergaz. The artist’s creations give a master touch to the hotel rooms, with a vanguardist approach of photographic montages with meteorites bearing his unmistakable stamp.

Verónica Domingo’s impressive paintings, created with Indian ink, decorate the hotel’s impressive suites. She shows her passion for Asian art and calligraphy, creating infinite value in the construction of a complex and abstract framework.

For more information, please visit www.plazaespana-hotel.com.

Off The Hook Seafood Festival

Join us this year as we celebrate National Seafood Month on the historic Santa Monica Pier this Saturday, Oct 6th and raise money for Heal the Bay to help keep our Santa Monica beaches clean. Enjoy seafood tastings from some of the city’s best restaurants, live music, beer gardens, oyster shucking competition, wine tasting, Sustainable Seafood VIP lounge and more!

This year’s restaurant’s include:

The Lobster, BOA, Sushi Roku, Herringbone, Red O, Blue Plate Oysterette, 1212 Santa Monica, The Albright, TŪMBI Craft Indian Kitchen, Del Frisco’s Grille, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, Enterprise Fish Co., Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., TrashFish Box, Heroic Deli, Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, El Cholo, Seaside on the Pier, Gladstone’s, Chaya and more.

Little Fish (GA) – $50 in adv./$65 week of

Seafood Tastings

Drinks

Live Music

Beer & Wine Tastings

Games

& more

Big Fish (VIP) – $85 in adv. /$100 week of

Sustainable VIP Lounge

Access to GA tastings, Curated Cocktails &

Specialty Restaurants

Reserved Seating

www.offthehookseafoodfest2018.eventbrite.com

Schloss Elmau

Geoffrey Weill Associates has been appointed US public relations representative of Schloss Elmau, a breathtaking spa and cultural resort in the Bavarian Alps. Once characterized as “an Aman resort on steroids,” Schloss Elmau is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and is arguably both the most luxurious spa resort in Germany and one of the most unusual resort hotels in the world. 

“Schloss Elmau is everything you wouldn’t expect when you hear the words ‘resort in Bavaria,'” says Geoffrey Weill, “there are no thatched roofs, no flower-filled window-boxes, no lederhosen, no Alpine cutesiness. Instead, you discover a world-class combination of Jugendstil and post-modern architecture, utter luxury, total understatement and casualness, extraordinary food, a cultural program that could shame many of the world’s most sophisticated cities — a paradise for families and couples, all set high in the Alps with a view of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.”

Schloss Elmau is separated into two wings, a five-minute stroll apart. The original “Schloss” combines its original Jugendstil architecture with awe-inspiring 21st-century details. It contains 115 rooms and suites, five restaurants (one with a Michelin star), a kids’ club, the largest bookstore in any hotel in Germany, and the original concert hall. The “Retreat” opened in 2015 with 47 spacious suites, three restaurants and a gym and yoga pavilion. All told, Schloss Elmau has six separate and lavish spas, some for families, others for adults only, including one discreetly sited for nude bathing and sunbathing. Outdoor pools are heated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. There are year-round programs for children and teens, and copious opportunities for hiking, tennis and skiing.

The ambiance of Schloss Elmau separates it from every other spa resort not only in Germany, but in most of Europe. There is never a dress code, children are welcomed, and there is not a breath of enforced formality. Guests can relax in spacious lounges and order Dom Perignon and foie gras and, at the next table, their kids can play battleships and munch hot dogs. The goal is to provide guests with a carefree stay in an atmosphere of health, fitness, learning and cultural enrichment, with some 200 concerts and talks scheduled throughout the year. In 2015, the G7 met at Schloss Elmau with the participation of US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The original Schloss was opened in 1916 as a cultural retreat by Dr. Johannes Müller (1864-1949), a renowned Protestant theologian and philosopher and has a rich and complex history. Today, the resort is owned and overseen by his grandson: entrepreneur, visionary and hotelier, Dietmar Mueller-Elmau.

Schloss Elmau is a sister hotel to the Hotel Orania.Berlin, a 21st-century hotel set in an art-nouveau landmark building in the hip Berlin neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

For more information about Schloss Elmau, visit: https://www.schloss-elmau.de/. To know more about all Geoffrey Weill Associates clients, go to: www.geoffreyweill.com.

EMMANUEL JAL × SOULSHINE RESORT BALI

Swing into the stunning location of Michael Franti’s Soulshine resort and yoga haven in beautiful Bali, from December 8 – 15th and join us for My Life is Art leadership retreat – as we unwind at the end of this year.

This experience will bring together leaders from all walks of life in a diverse gathering of minds.

The My Life is Art program is designed for individuals and organisations who want to cultivate personal purpose and leadership.

“Purpose will push us beyond what we could possibly imagine and is the fuel that drives our passion. We can buy happiness but we cannot buy joy – joy comes through purpose. We will show you how.”

-Emmanuel Jal

Dates: Dec 08, 2:00 PM – Dec 15, 12:00 PM

Location:  Micahel Franti’s Soulshine resort and yoga retreat – Bali

Soulshine Bali, JL. Ambarwati, Ubud, MAS, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Seven nights accommodation at Soulshine Bali

Welcome Ceremony

Daily breakfast and dinners

Daily Yaya Classes – A fusion of Yoga, African Dance and Appreciation.

The Pyramid Principle – Each day you will work through 2 Pyramid Principles under the guidance of Emmanuel Jal

Daily Meditation

Daily Self Reflection

Daily Story Telling

Soul Sessions -DJ Pool Party- featuring Emmanuel Jal

Closing Ceremony

 

PRICING:

Resort Room (Twin Share) $2800 per person

Luxury Resort Room (Twin Share) $3300 per person

Luxury Pool Suite (Twin Share) $3850 per person

The My Life is Art Retreat will support you in

– Becoming the greatest version of yourself + teach you how to serve with greatness

– Living in your purpose to spark global conscious awakening

– Connecting to self + to community + to be in sync with nature

– Gaining tools you can use to own your mind

– Creating habits that support your journey to success

– Creating and building community with a diverse group of leading minds

– Supporting others in discovering who they are, what they are created to do

Through inspired collective conversation, personal purpose work, reflection through shared + thoughtful experience & skills building workshops, you will gain a renewed purposeful reason to live and to give.

Just show up.

Life after the retreat will leave you equiped with strong leadership skills that are paired with meaningful connections. you’ll be inspired to show up each and every day.

BOOK NOW

FOR MORE INFORMATION on MY LIFE IS ART: www.mylifeisart.org

 

Emmanuel Jal

ARTIST, ACTIVIST, SPEAKER & LIFE COACH

Emmanuel Jal is a former child soldier from South Sudan, turned international recording artist, activist, philanthropist and life educator. Jal’s vision is to share his experiences for social emotional learning through the Arts, Business and Philanthropy, in order to create a higher state of conscious global awakening. 

The My life is Art principles and teaching are rooted in Jal’s own experience and ancient and modern teachings that have supported him in his own healing from trauma.  

He now shares his learnings and methodology with others through workshops, speaking engagements and one on one sessions designed to help others free themselves from struggle, step into their leadership and find their purpose.

PACIFIC DELIGHT TOURS × JEWS × INDIA

JEWS ARRIVED IN INDIA PRIOR TO THE CHANUKAH STORY: EXPLORE INDIA THROUGH JEWISH EYESTM WITH PACIFIC DELIGHT TOURS

Pacific Delight Tours continues its kosher “Jewish eyes” tours in conjunction with the Foundation for Remote Jewish Communities featuring its annual INDIA: My Second Home program, Jan. 16-29, 2019.

Few people know that the pepper found on your kitchen table comes from a pepper exchange in Southern India located in a place called Jewtown. While this label might be deemed offensive in modern Western society, to a 2,000-year-old Jewish community in India, the name Jewtown is a source of pride that honors the long history of Jews in India and the great contributions Jews have made to Indian society.

Tour participants will learn how this isolated Diaspora community has evolved in its own unique way. For example, Jews in India celebrate every Jewish holiday except Chanukah because their society pre-dates Chanukah. This and many more fascinating, little known stories of the Jewish experience in India will be discussed by Prof. Nathan Katz, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Jews in India.

Participants will have opportunities to meet and interact with India’s diverse Jewish communities in Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and

New Delhi and join Shabbat at the Judah Hyam synagogue in New Delhi as well as at Kenesseth Eliyahoo, also known as the Fort Synagogue, in Mumbai (pictured right), which dates back to 1884. Other historic synagogues include Kolkata’s 19th century Italian Renaissance-style Magen David synagogue and the historic Paradesi synagogue in Jewtown, constructed during the Mughal era in the 16th century.

The program visits the “must-see” sights of India such as the iconic Taj Mahal and Elephanta Caves, cruises Kerala’s scenic backwaters, peddles through Old Delhi and other UNESCO World Heritage sites via rickshaw, and features a private recital featuring traditional Indian music and dance.

India is known for its antiquity and spirituality, its cultural export dubbed “Bollywood”, and its contrast of bustling cities and pristine nature-a fascinating kaleidoscope that is the world’s largest democracy. “What is typically not known is India’s long history as one of the most hospitable homes in the Diaspora, without a trace of anti-Semitism,” said Prof. Katz.

“A Jew, Sarmad Kashani, was the most celebrated patron saint of 17th century Indian poetry. So too, Jews have been among India’s great mystics, taken center stage in Bollywood, served as mayor of major cities, and produced the country’s greatest military hero, General J. F. R. ‘Jack’ Jacob,” explained Prof. Katz.

India My 2nd Home features deluxe hotels such as Mumbai’s five-star Taj Mahal Tower overlooking the Arabian Sea. Other accommodations include the Taj Vivanta Malabar in Kochi, the Oberoi Grand in Kolkata, Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi and ITC Mughal Hotel in Agra.

The fully-escorted tour cost is $7,195 per person, based on double occupancy, and includes deluxe accommodations, all intra-India flights and transportation, the services of an English-speaking escort and local guides including acclaimed scholar Prof. Nathan Katz, most meals (kosher or strictly vegetarian) including memorable lunches and dinners with the Jewish communities in India, fascinating sightseeing and excursions, and exclusive cultural events not open to the general public. All gratuities to guides, drivers and hotel staff, as well as hotel taxes and service charges, are included in the package. International airfare, as well as passport and visa fees, are not included.

The tour cost includes a tax-deductible donation of $900 per person to FRJC, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational charity that is devoted to preserving and promoting the endangered Jewish communities on the periphery of the Diaspora, including India. Since its inception in 2003, FRJC has distributed more than $1.1 million for Jewish libraries, scholarships, and even sustainable farming projects. Learn more at www.frjc.org

Consult your travel agent or contact Pacific Delight at (800) 221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com for more information.

About Prof. Nathan Katz

Prof. Nathan Katz is distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Florida International University where he was director of Jewish Studies and founding director of the Program in the Study of Spirituality. He has written 15 books, including The Last Jews of Cochin and Who Are the Jews of India? A Fulbright scholar who has spent more than eight years in South Asia, Prof. Katz was delegate to the ground-breaking 1990 Tibetan-Jewish dialogue, hosted by the Dalai Lama, which was chronicled in the bestselling book, The Jew in the Lotus.

About Pacific Delight Tours

For 47 years, Pacific Delight Tours has been one of America’s leading tour operators to China and Asia. Among numerous industry awards, Pacific Delight is the proud recipient of theTravelAge West WAVE Award from 2008-2016, the 2009 Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Award, and the Travvy Award from travAlliancemedia for Best Vacation Packager, Asia for 2016 and 2017. The company is also a proud member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) and its industry-leading $1 Million Bond.

Pacific Delight is dedicated to providing unparalleled vacation experiences for discerning travelers. Its long-standing reputation within the travel agent community is a testament to its unrivaled quality assurance, extensive expertise and customer service.

UNESCO Designates Japan’s 18th World Cultural Heritage Site

UNESCO has designated a series of sites associated with the checkered history of Christians in 16th- to 19th-century Japan as the country’s 18th World Cultural Heritage Site. The “site” is comprised of 10 villages in northwest Kyushu, as well as the ruins of Hara Castle – originally built by the Portuguese – and St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the city of Nagasaki.

Because the practice of Christianity was banned in Japan until 1873, Christians (known as Kakure Kirishitan) worshipped – and missionaries spread the gospel – in secret. It is the sites’ “secret” churches in remote seacoast “Christian” villages and isolated islands that are the main component of UNESCO’s recognition. The ruins of Hara Castle are another element, as it was used by Portuguese and Dutch missionaries.

One of the most visible examples of UNESCO’s designation is Nagasaki’s Roman Catholic St. Mary’s Cathedral – also known as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception – built in 1914 after the ban on Christianity was lifted. The original cathedral was destroyed by the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki in August 1945 and a replica of the original was consecrated in 1959. Statues and artifacts damaged in the bombing, including a French Angelus bell, are now displayed on the grounds (and at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). The nearby Peace Park contains remnants of the original cathedral’s walls. Oura Church is another Catholic church in Nagasaki. Built towards the end of the Edo Period in 1864 by a French missionary for the growing community of foreign merchants in the city, it is considered the oldest standing Christian church in Japan and one of the country’s greatest national treasures.

Historically, Nagasaki was long the initial entryway for foreigners to Japan. It was in Nagasaki in 1859, after the United States’ Commodore Perry used gunboat diplomacy to demand an end to Japan’s more than 200-year-old policy of isolation, that diplomats from countries around the world came to demand that the port be opened to trade. Thereafter, Emperor Meiji declared Nagasaki a free port in 1859. And it was Nagasaki that was the setting for John Luther Long’s 1898 novel, Madame Butterfly, which, in 1904, was transformed into an opera by Giacomo Puccini, and remains one of the world’s most beloved operas.

To know more, visit: http://kirishitan.jp/en.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge, Panama’s newest luxury and adventure outpost, is getting ready to open its doors to guests in January 2019, but it’s already raising the bar for sustainable tourism in the region.

Located 20 miles off the coast of Panama, and with 9 stylishly-designed “casitas” sleeping up to 18 guests, the archipelago of 14 private islands covers more than 1,000 acres in the Gulf of Chiriqui. With approximately 75% of the archipelago consisting of environmentally protected areas, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge protects the archipelago’s incredible beauty while offering guests a timeless, idyllic setting among one of the most pristine and diverse marine environments in the world.

“Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is located in an extraordinarily vibrant ecosystem with more than 750 species of fish and 128 species of plants,” said Sergio del Nunez Prado, Property Manager at Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge. “Designed to blend harmoniously with its surroundings with minimal environmental impact, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to preserve the rich biodiversity of the archipelago while connecting people with nature in its purest form.”

At the core of Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a driving passion for the enjoyment and conservation of the archipelago’s natural resources, with a deep appreciation and respect for local culture and history. Sustainability and environmental stewardship are at the core of the facilities, infrastructure and operations of the property, from the use of solar energy to composting all organic materials and recycling water waste for irrigation use. Among the sustainability initiatives and programs implemented by the reserve are:

  • 100% of energy consumption on island is powered by a 300-meter long solar array.
  • 100% of guest water use is captured and reclaimed through a system that includes man-made wetlands, sand filtration system and infrared light process to provide surface irrigation.
  • 100% of food waste are dehydrated and used for composting as fertilizer. There is no waste.
  • Guest facilities were constructed with certified sustainable wood, and interior woods were pressure treated with non-toxic boric acid. These high-quality materials and construction methods were used to maximize the life of facilities to reduce the frequency of future rebuilds.
  • No single-use plastic water bottles.

Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge aims to create a model for sustainable tourism by pairing exhilarating recreation and warm Panamanian hospitality with a strong ethos of environmental stewardship and community support. Understated and under-the-radar, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is ready to welcome today’s most discerning and conscientious traveler, including couples, families and groups of friends seeking adventure and an intimate setting where no detail has been overlooked.

For more information on Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge please visit: www.islassecas.com

For reservations please contact 800-377-8877 or info@islassecas.com

ABOUT ISLAS SECAS RESERVE & LODGE, PANAMA:
Officially opening in January 2019, Islas Secas Reserve & Lodge is a new and exclusive property located on its own archipelago of 14 pristine islands in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Panama. The secluded retreat will sleep 18 people across four casita sites with of 9 luxury guest rooms, providing the perfect springboard for marine and land adventures in this lesser explored part of Panama. The interiors were designed by renowned interior designer Tom Scheerer and built to reflect the island’s surroundings. Facilities include the Terraza, offering local cuisine, a Hemingway-style lounge and bar and a Dive Center. 2019 will see the addition of a resort pool and a Field Station, while the 2020 season will see the completion of a Wellness Pavilion and a 4-bedroom Villa Residencia with a private swimming pool.

LONDON × THE MILESTONE HOTEL

THE MILESTONE HOTEL UNVEILS NEW SUITES OVERLOOKING KENSINGTON PALACE

Photo: 106 Grand Master “Hermes” Suites

London’s Milestone Hotel & Residences, has this month revealed two newly reimagined suites, part of a process of elegant refurbishments that elevates its multi-award-winning accommodations to new heights, with some of the most exquisite hotel rooms in London. The reopening of two suites is part of a three-year refurbishment program of this landmarked Victorian mansion that is a stylish and chic sanctuary for 21st-century travelers known also for its warm and generous service.

Each suite boasts an enviable view of Kensington Palace and Gardens, offering a panorama that is every bit as impressive as its interior. Like all sister properties within the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, The Milestone’s unique style reflects the rich history of its building and environs. The visionary design team – headed by the Collection’s founder and president, Beatrice Tollman, and her daughter Toni Tollman – blended bespoke furnishings from master craftsmen and artisans, fine antiques, and carefully chosen objects d’art to create some of London’s most stylishly decorated accommodations.

106 Grand Master Suite

Striking the perfect balance between preservation and transformation, The Milestone Hotel’s Grand Master Suite – affectionately known as “The Hermès Suite” – blends strong mid-20th-century design with the building’s historic architecture. The result is a place of timeless elegance.

Carefully selected pieces of original period furniture harness the glamour of the room with an iconic bronze four-poster bed at its center. The room is distinguished by a vintage collection of Hermès scarves, elegantly framed and presented on luxuriously upholstered white velvet walls. Twelve-foot coffered ceilings give the sensation of endless space, and magnificent floor-to-ceiling lead doors frame the suite’s private balcony, overlooking Kensington Palace and the Gardens that surround it.

The blend of timeless design and architecture with modern comforts and the hotel’s unrivaled hospitality establishes The Milestone’s Grand Master Suite as one of the very finest hotel accommodations in London.

The Meghan Suite

For this suite, Beatrice and Toni Tollman worked with master craftsmen and artisans to create a tribute to the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.

The suite’s elegance is accentuated by an exquisite 18th-century ebonized French bureau plat, Giacometti-style chairs and original contemporary art on its walls. A vast black-and-white marble bathroom is set behind majestic bronzed mirrored double doors, and the suite’s handmade Savoir bed, is surrounded by custom-designed Indian silks, all enhanced by views through three large windows of Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace, the new home of the American-born Duchess of Sussex.

The Meghan Suite

General Manager of The Milestone Hotel & Residences, Andrew Pike, says: “I am tremendously proud of The Milestone’s two beautiful new suites. Our hotel is a historic London landmark and provides a rich cultural backdrop for The Milestone Hotel & Residences’ future. Mrs Tollman and her outstanding design team have created timeless accommodations with classic elegance. Twinned with our award-winning service, we are offering the discerning traveler some of the very finest luxury accommodations in London.”

The launch of The Milestone’s new suites is complemented by the unveiling of six fully refurbished residences that provide the perfect home-away-from-home for business travelers, longer stay guests or families, in the heart of Kensington, London’s “most desirable village,” an upscale neighborhood minutes from the West End.

ABOUT THE MILESTONE HOTEL:

The award-winning Milestone Hotel is the London flagship of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Also a proud member of the Leading Hotels of The World, the five-star Milestone Hotel is a quintessentially English property in the heart of London boasting luxurious suites and spacious long-stay residences, fine British dining in Cheneston’s Restaurant, charming public areas and an award-winning Afternoon Tea menu. This property occupies a prime position with beautiful views over Kensington Palace and Gardens and located just minutes from London’s museum district and glamorous shopping area of Knightsbridge.

ABOUT RED CARNATION HOTELS:

Red Carnation Hotels is a collection of 17 family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA. Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition, with an exceptional reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings. Great pride is taken in delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service

Mojo Nomad Central

Mojo Nomad Central – a ground-breaking concept designed to turn the traditional hotel model on its head- will open this September on Queens Road Central in the heart of Hong Kong. The property is the second to open from the Mojo Nomad brand, Hong Kong’s first hotel concept with shared working spaces, and a member of the Ovolo Hotels group.

“Following the unprecedented success of Mojo Nomad Aberdeen, on the western shore of Hong Kong Island, we’re excited to unveil a second Mojo Nomad property in Hong Kong, this time in the city’s bustling Central District,” says Girish Jhunjhnuwala, the visionary behind the Mojo Nomad concept, and founder & CEO of Ovolo Hotels. The edgy, design-driven concept draws on the hotelier’s desire to make a difference. “We are giving modern travelers access to a multi-use space where they can be productive, collaborate, seek adventure and experience new things,” continued Girish.

The first of its kind in the region, the Mojo Nomad concept combines a mix of designer rooms, from private to accommodation options for families, groups and friends, paving the way for a new type of value-driven design hospitality. Mojo Nomad’s communal spaces encourage guests to connect with new people and ideas, tapping into a thriving demographic of explorers and addressing the changing demands of the ever-evolving traveler.

The new Mojo Nomad Central offers a total of 56 guest rooms ranging from size S to XL; two of the property’s rooms will offer shared accommodations. Adhering to the brand’s commitment to integrating the latest in technology and design, each room is equipped with multiple USB and traditional plug sockets, as well as international adapters. Shared rooms are fitted with individual televisions and Bluetooth headphone capabilities, as well. A flexible-use space on the property’s second floor will offer a refreshment bar and shared kitchen with additional working and lounge areas. On the third floor, the gym offers TRX equipment, punching bags, yoga mats and more.

A two-story Mexican eatery, Te Quiero Mucho, will serve share-style plates and margaritas alongside a broad selection of artisanal tequilas. The bar, which also serves as the hotel’s reception desk, is decked out with eye-catching neon.

“Our inspirational new hotel collection is designed for those seeking a better way of living. At Mojo Nomad, guests are able to unite around common interests and enjoy a unique style of community living, which values openness and collaboration without compromise. Whether your stay be long or short, you’ll be a part of our community,” concluded Girish.

For more information about Mojo Nomad, visit www.mojonomad.com. For more information about the Ovolo Hotels group, visit www.ovolohotels.com.

ABOUT OVOLO HOTELS

Ovolo Hotels is an independent hospitality company that owns and operates a collection of individually designed hotels. Founded in 2002, the company now runs four hotels in Hong Kong and six hotels in Australia, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra. Ovolo also recently launched a new brand, Mojo Nomad, in Aberdeen Harbour, Hong Kong. Mojo Nomad is a cohabitation concept for global nomads that combines travel, lifestyle and community at its core and will be entering the Australian market in the near future.

ABOUT MOJO NOMAD

Established in 2017, Mojo Nomad is a community for global travelers who seek a new way of living. The brand’s vision is to establish a global brand that will consistently go beyond traditional hospitality concepts which allows residents to live, work and travel in an effortless home-feel environment. The Mojo Nomad micro-living hotel concept offers collaborative and fun environments that expose its residents to new people, new ideas and new experiences. Mojo Nomad strives to encourage residents to be active creators and unite them around a common interest to share space, resources, and activities, ultimately inspiring them to contribute creatively and intellectually to the world around them.