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Views on lifestyle, wellness and travel by our travel writers whom travel frequently throughout the world on assignments for the major travel magazines. In combination with health & spas at hotels and resort which have become an important feature for a growing number of today's travellers.

Is the End in Sight for the Industrial Look?
While the warehouse look of distressed wood and metal furnishings has been hot for years, the trend may be on its way out
Defining Today’s Boutique Hotel
Hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, hostels, Airbnb—travelers now have endless lodging options to choose from when visiting their favorite cities around the world, and while boutique hotels are at their essence unique, they do share cer...
Where Are The Cool Resort Brands in Asia?
The industry has caught on the new type of millennial consumers a few years, creating all sorts of flashpacker accommodation (think Generator), hyper-efficient hotels with an activated social space (like Citizen M) and various attempts to i...
China—Uncovering the Wealth in Wellness
China’s outbound travel will have the biggest impact on the global wellness market, wanderlust among Chinese consumers will dominate and reshape global tourism with its explosive growth and unique consumption habits
Why Lifestyle Hotels are Not Just for Millennials
Lifestyle hotels may tick all the boxes for millennial travellers but they’re not the only generation drawn to their mix of contemporary design, nods to local culture and good wifi connections
The Rise of Artisan Furniture
Boutique and other premium hotels are finding that nothing says luxury, local and sustainable better than custom-designed, hand-made furniture
Hyatt is Upping the Ante on Wellness
Business is good in the wellness industry: A 2018 report by the Global Wellness Institute says that more than half (AUD $6 trillion) of all global health expenditures are in wellness these days, and that the industry as a whole comprises mo...
Too Much Transparency?
Open-room plans featuring see-through bathrooms are not for everyone, but that has not kept leading luxury and boutique hotels from using them to create striking designs that offer an edgy version of what many guests have grown accustomed t...
Just Back from Siem Reap, Cambodia
As a gateway to the ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap is a city full of history and beautifully preserved stone temples, Siem Reap boasts colonial and Chinese-style architecture in the Old French Quarter and around the Old Market
Can Singapore’s Mega Mall Jewel Changi Airport Redefine the Retail Experience?
Shopping mall landlords are increasingly aiming to offer visitors unbeatable experiences in order to redefine themselves in the age of ecommerce
What is Luxury Design? 5 Questions with: Ed Ng, co-Founder of AB Concept
As internationally renowned founders and principals of AB Concept, Ed Ng and Terence Ngan have built their practice into an international luxury design powerhouse, whether it’s in hospitality, F&B, residential or commercial projec...
10 Ways to Wow Newlyweds at Your Hotel
Exclusive Feature: In order for a wedding to be a success, many moving parts all have to align: Caterers have to be on time and ready to cook, guests need to show up before the ceremony begins, the bride and groom have to get ready and reme...
How Serviced Apartments Found Their Mojo
One of my favorite spaces in the accommodation space today is serviced apartments and irrespective of your thoughts on Christianity or evolution, there is one thing that most cultural camps can agree on: Caves were amongst the earliest acco...
Why Hotel Bathroom Design is a Big Deal
Back in 2017, Cornell University did a study on reviews written by hotel guests: Researchers wanted to locate the pressure points – the key factors that cause guests to write the kind of reviews they do and not surprisingly, comfort c...
Why the Boutique Hotel Sector Is Booming
Hotel guests are have made it clear: Whether traveling to New York City or Durham, NC, they value individuality and personality over uniformity and they are willing to pay a premium to get it
The Nature Economy is Booming
Hotels and spas are taking advantage of their often intrinsically beautiful locations to offer more outdoor programming and marketing it to their guests more creatively and there is a real desire to connect guests to natural surroundings, a...
Thoughtful Hotel Design Can Provide a Sense of Local Connection for Guests
One of the most pleasing parts of traveling is discovering new cultures through art, food, music, and more and hotels can provide their guests with a connection to their city by utilizing design elements that bring local culture directly in...
Hotel Spas: Not Just For Resorts Anymore
As the main source of hotel revenue is plateauing, hoteliers are looking up and down their operating statements to find alternative sources of income and according to the December 2018 edition of CBRE’s Hotel Horizons®, the annual...
Unique Experiences Hotels can Use to Attract Guests
We’ve all been there: You finally wake up from the dreaming phase of the travel planning journey and pick on a destination to visit and now the planning begins
Africa: We Will Become a Wellness Destination
Travelers have long visited Africa to see its wildlife and other natural glories, but as the continent sees a surge in international visitors, some are coming for another local specialty – Ubuntu – or African wellness
How to Plan a Vacation, as Told by Millennials
Exclusive Feature: Vacations are a luxury, even when they're just a quick weekend trip to the next town over, the main obstacle that keeps people from going on vacation is money, which is something millennials find themselves struggling to ...
Arab World Tourism – The Golden Years Are Coming
Revolutions, terror attacks and political turmoil have taken their toll on North Africa and Middle East tourism since the so-called Arab Spring in 2011, but over the past two years, the region is seeing a rebound, officials from the region ...
A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Whisky
Thinking of starting a whisky collection, whether for passion, investment or a bit of both? The Wealth Report brings together leading industry experts to help get you started
Luxury Hotel Guests Get Casual
Guests are just as likely to be wearing Adidas and Lululemon as custom-tailored evening wear when they check in to finer establishments and its changed how we design boutique hotels
How France’s Mountain Hotel Industry is Exploring New Routes
Many of the hotels nestled among the French Alps are at a turning point and previously the preserve of local families, the hotel industry across the region is undergoing a transformation as properties change hands or owners decide to renova...
The Migration of the Immersion Wellness Resorts: Can Experiential Properties Sustain Global Models?
Horwath HTL Miami has observed 'migration' efforts to bring the Asian immersion wellness and destination resorts to the Americas
Minimizing Risk for Pregnant Travelers
Pregnant travelers face numerous considerations that most travelers do not need to bear in mind, however, with planning and preparation, pregnant women can safely travel to most locations
Coworking Hotels: A Productive Combination?
As millennial tastes have risen to prominence in the hospitality world, scores of hotels have made overtures to new ways of working: Stagnant lobby areas have been reinvented as vibrant laptop-friendly areas, crypt-like business centres hav...
Promoting growth: Myanmar Hotelier Association on Improving Infrastructure to Boost Tourism
What are your expectations for the homestay and ecotourism segments, and how is this likely to impact the market for hotels and lodging houses?
Eight Wellness Trends for 2019
Experts predict the future: from the rise of a 'dying well' movement and wellness remaking the fashion industry to 'meditation going plural' and scent playing a more dramatic role in our emotional health
How Hostels Went From Grit to Glam: Rise of Poshtels
Hostels have traditionally been for backpackers happy to share rooms with strangers, trek down hallways to shower and cook their own meals in basic kitchens in exchange for cut-rate accommodation, but now hostels are increasingly borrowing ...
Style in Small Spaces: The NextGen Capsule Hotels
Capsule hotels in Japan were once the domain of salarymen looking for a cheap, fuss-free spot to crash after a late night, but a new crop of guests has helped spur their resurgence, with growing numbers of novel and upmarket versions openin...
Designing for Millennials and Baby Boomers
Renovating rooms, lobbies, restaurants and other common spaces to cater to younger travelers’ preferences is smart business and the smartest hotels and designers know how to do that without alienating baby boomers
Renovating to Stay Relevant: Big Hotel Refurbishments in 2019
Some of the world’s most iconic hotels will reopen in 2019 after undergoing extensive renovation works to bring in a fresh look and smarter technologies as part of an effort to keep up with the ever-changing tastes of discerning globa...
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