InterContinental Hotels Group has purchased Six Senses, adding a fourth name to IHG's luxury portfolio. "Travelers who enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences when they jet set around the world will appreciate Six Senses for what it encompasses," writes Denise Bay.
Minimalism in luxury is one trend that is shrinking hotel rooms and paring down amenities. "By cutting back on both the size of the rooms ... and some of the more costly amenities of a traditional luxury hotel, hospitality companies can offer better locations, a design-led sensibility with higher-quality materials and an altogether elevated experience -- for a pretty ... reasonable price," writes Rosie Spinks of Quartzy.
Coming up this summer in Greece on the Peloponnese is the Dexamenes Seaside Resort, a luxury retreat built inside a wine factory that has been abandoned since the 1920s. The structure consists of two massive concrete blocks split into two rows of 10 wine storage tanks that have been converted into hotel rooms.
The Ultimo Hotel in Sydney, Australia, claims to be the first in the industry to customize accommodations according to guests' zodiac signs. Food, decor and activities are arranged to fit individual charts, and an astrologer is in residence.
The ramped-up wellness push by Hyatt Hotels is being led by a top executive on two fronts: guest services and employee betterment. Senior Vice President Mia Kyricos says she may be the first such dual commander in hospitality and points to acquisition of the Miraval and Exhale spas as indicators of the chain's ambitions.
London's Bankside hotel seeks to make romance quick and easy, even with long-term aspirations, by providing vending machines on each floor that carry an array of accoutrements. Wine and cocktails share space with engagement rings.
Families traveling as a group, short trips and combining lodging and retail are all industry trends to watch in 2019. Conscious travel is also on the rise, according to a booking.com survey.
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