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Bespoke Hotels and Criterion Capital to Unveil Properties Across London

Bespoke Hotels has announced its agreement with Criterion Capital to operate a number of properties across London, scheduled to open in the final quarter of 2016 and throughout 2017.

The inaugural property will be an 86-bedroom MGallery, London, Leicester Square, situated on the North side of Leicester Square and set to open in late 2016. This will be followed by further sites in Leicester Square, Piccadilly and Greenwich.

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“We are delighted to unveil the signing of contracts to open these extraordinarily well-located hotels, as well as to have the opportunity to engage with the outstanding team at Criterion Capital,” said Robin Sheppard, Chairman of Bespoke Hotels.

Michael North, Head of Hotels at Criterion Capital, added: “This is a significant strategic investment for Criterion Capital, with a series of hotels scheduled to open in rapid succession across London. We have been working with Bespoke Hotels for several months and are delighted to have secured their managerial expertise.”

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Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of Accor Hotels UK & Ireland, said: “MGallery Leicester Square will be a landmark upscale boutique hotel in a heritage site in the heart of London. Strong organic franchise growth is one of our strategic priorities in the UK and we’re delighted to be working with such strong partners as Criterion Capital and Bespoke.”

International Bespoke Hotels

Now the British winter seems here to stay, most of us are dreaming about getting away to the sunshine. Even if we can’t drop everything and take off right this instant, at least we can plan a holiday in the sun for later in the year. If you’re tired of the usual hotel brands, and eager to experience something a little bit different, there are plenty of bespoke hotels offering unique experiences in locations ranging from surprisingly unfamiliar corners of Europe to the exotic and far-flung. Allow us to show you a few…

Reads Hotel, Mallorca

The major resorts on Mallorca may be crowded, but the setting around Reads shows why the original tourists came to the island. The first five-star hotel in the island’s countryside, Reads is one of those bespoke hotels that has been offering exclusive service to its guests since 1995.

Nestling again the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Reads has suites and double bedrooms that offer views across four acres of landscaped gardens and vineyards where the hotel produces its own wine. The Vespasian Spa, rated by Tatler amongst the top 50 spas in the world, provides an impressive range of wellness options.

Reads Hotel Majorca

Palazzo Belmonte, Italy

In the Campania region, two hours down the Italian coast from Naples, Palazzo Belmonte is a 17th century palace converted into a luxury hotel, with a choice of apartments and suites as well as a restaurant. With a private beach on this glorious Mediterranean coastline as well as a swimming pool, it’s surrounded by extensive walled gardens.

And if this wasn’t a great find just five miles away, the Villa Sirena  with seven en-suite double bedrooms is under the same management. Besides its own swimming pool and Roman ruins, guests at the Villa Sirena can also use the Palazzo’s facilities. So you can chose from your type of Bespoke Hotels from one location and the facilities that you want.

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India sunset

The Dune Eco Village & Spa, Puducherry, India

If you’re looking for something worlds away, both geographically and culturally, the Dune Eco Village and Spa is a beach hotel in south-east India that offers a mixture of eco-friendly living, Indian spirituality and a glorious climate. With 55 bungalows (many of them historical buildings) offering accommodation, the Village also has a spa that provides alternative therapies such as Watsu, as well as yoga, meditation and Ayurdevic treatments.

The Dune is as much a way of life as a hotel, and guests are invited to share activities like milking the cows on the property’s organic farm, which provides most of the food serviced in the healthy-eating restaurants. And alongside the quieter activities in the spa, a wide range of sports are available — as well as the glorious beaches on the Bay of Bengal.

India is becoming a great place to visit in 2016 with lots more different bespoke hotels on offer from City to Country from large to small so check out what on offer by clicking here >>>>

Form and Function: The Art Of The Modern Boutique Hotel

If modern art is divisive then there are few words for the reaction that modern architecture can inspire because by anyone’s standards, it’s an exciting time for art and design.

Whether you love or hate the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright and Renzo Piano, post-war the collaborations between form and function have scaled new heights and produced some of the most creative and important structures of the modern age.

Bespoke Hotels - Andersen Boutique Hotel
Andersen Boutique Hotel Copenhagen

They have also inspired generations of people in their field, and as a result the line between art and architecture has become blurred, interior and exterior have become fluid, and surely the result is some of the most thrilling and democratic art around, because whether you are on the outside looking in or the inside looking out, it’s art that we can all interactive with and enjoy.

Nowhere has this become more evident or important than the hotel industry, especially in the boutique hotel sector. As a place defined by standards, service and experience, design has taken precedent as the mood influencer, the holiday inspiration and the purveyor of interesting social media content. After all, few things make for a better Instagram photo than a beautifully orchestrated library, a cantilevered swimming pool overlooking a city or carefully chosen textiles hinting at an offbeat sense of humour.

Bespoke Hotels - Andersen Boutique Hotel Lobby
Andersen Boutique Hotel Lobby

Perhaps one of the best examples of contemporary design and interesting architecture is the Andersen Boutique Hotel in Copenhagen. Denmark’s capital city is a hub of character, quirks and contemporary intrigue, so it’s fitting that the hotel follows suit.

This boutique hotel is decorated with textiles and wallpapers from the Designers Guild and boldly showcases a vibrant colour scheme. Everything from the lighting to the carefully selected magazines has been choreographed to fit and enhance the urban buzz and inspiring atmosphere that surrounds it.

Meanwhile the likes of our newly opened boutique hotel – Gotham Hotel in Manchester fuse a historic exterior with the sleekest and sexiest of interiors, to prove that really great design is a fluid, evolving, ongoing process that embraces both the past and the future in a way that we can enjoy it in the present.

If you look at it that way, where we are now with modern design isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s an incredibly exciting experience for us all and I can’t help but wonder where it will take us next…

Tales From The Riverbank: Stories of Summer Picnics

Humble summer picnics are chief amongst the most classic of summer thrills, or not so humble as the case may be – I know some master picnickers who have extremely elaborate tastes, honed at the likes of Henley and Glyndebourne.

Nonetheless, from cheese and tomato sandwiches and a bag of crisps, to lashings of lemonade and countryside adventures reminiscent of The Famous Five, having summer picnics are joyous occasions evocative of childhood memories, classic literature and grass-stained shorts.

Cotswold Garden summer picnics
Cotswold Garden

I think everyone has his or her perfect childhood picnic memory (or at least I hope they do). For me it was always those on the beach, which invariably resulted in my egg mayonnaise having a sand accompaniment, and melting ice creams dribbling halfway down sticky fingers and chubby arms.

I also have a distinct memory of sharing half my lunch with a duck on one occasion, and in more recent years have thoroughly enjoyed overeating strawberries that have gone sugary in the heat, not to mention falling asleep with my book on my face.

Happily, alfresco dining is supported by health experts who make wonderful claims about the benefits of eating outside. Apparently it stimulates the appetite and helps your digestive system and metabolism to function more effectively. All of that’s good to know but let’s be honest, the real reason this quintessentially English pastime has remained so popular is because the British countryside (and city parks) are simply beautiful.

Summer picnics near Columba Inverness
Columba Inverness

From coast to country we are blessed with a rich abundance of verdant landscapes, so it would be churlish not to eat lunch on a rug on the floor, play the games we haven’t played since we were children, and wonder if we can find the very same rabbit hole through which Alice travelled to Wonderland or spot the cast from The Wind in the Willows pottering along between the reeds on grassy riverbanks like those at the Columba Hotel.

Incidentally, that particular bespoke secret was recently voted one of the UK’s top 10 riverside breaks, in the Daily Mail, and is perched on the banks of the River Ness. In short, it is the type of place that summer picnics were made for and it’s hard to imagine anything finer.

Ultimately, summer picnics are the stuff that really good memories (and stories) are made of. The question is; are you going to take Enid Blyton or Lewis Carroll with you?