On opening its first hotel in Italy, the TSH Florence Lavagnini, The Student Hotel company announced it has five more hotels in its European pipeline and plans 65 properties on the continent in five years. Florence, Paris, Barcelona, Spain; and Lisbon and Porto in Portugal are the five additional sites chosen thus far.
A pledge to eliminate single-use plastic is part of a series of environmentally conscious moves by Thailand's 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts. Existing efforts by the luxury property owner and manager include an intelligent air conditioning system and the employment of an expert in mosquito control using minimal chemicals.
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts President and CEO J. Allen Smith says the spending power of millennials is shaping the future of hospitality. W Hotels executive Anthony Ingham highlights the brand's focus on retaining a "very youthful, affluent audience."
Scandinave Spa Whistler in British Columbia calls on guests to unplug from technology. "We believe that silence is essential to the enjoyment of the Scandinavian baths experience. By embracing silence one finds inner stillness, leading to complete relaxation," the spa says.
The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills recently opened a six-room La Prairie spa that features the skin care company's facials and treatments.
The Bardessono hotel in Yountville, Calif., has prioritized being eco-friendly since its inception, but it does not advertise itself as an eco-hotel. "It's much easier for a consumer to be interested and drawn to luxury hotel rather than an eco-hotel," says Sileshi Mengiste, vice president of operations.
Four Seasons and NetJets have created special luxury travel and accommodation packages for trips to the Bahamas, Florida and Anguilla. "Together with NetJets, we've combined our intimate knowledge of the luxury consumer to offer a product that is truly unmatched in the market," said J. Allen Smith, Four Seasons president and CEO.
A project to build Montage and Pendry luxury hotels in La Quinta, Calif., has received loan approval and will finalize financing in September, according to developer Robert Green.