Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard – New Bangkok Luxury Residences

Bangkok is one of the most exciting spots for luxury residences in the world today, and you can still get great value here compared to other international destinations.

The newest addition will be Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard.

Comprising 316 exclusive residences with a total project value of THB 5,000 million (US$170 million), the project is expected to set a new benchmark for luxury residential investments in the thriving metropolis and will complete in mid-2015.

As well as one and two-bedroom residences and penthouses and duplex penthouses, the mix-used development will also include a 5 star hotel, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, and an exclusive shopping mall. Luxury features including a private club for residence owners, concierge service, library and pool mean that the development will become one of the city’s most sought-after addresses.

“With Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, we are dedicated to building the most luxurious residences in Bangkok and have received encouraging feedback during the pre-sales period from our target customers, including local and international business owners, investors and those looking to buy as a second home in Bangkok’s CBD,” said Thanawan Chaiwatana, managing director, Magnolia Finest Corporation Limited. “Thanks to the location and our dedication to developing the project to answer demands from an array of particular customers, the building fulfils its brief as a genuinely high-end project in Bangkok.”

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One-bedroom residences begin at US$315,700, two-bedroom residences begin at US$514,200, penthouses and duplex penthouses begin at US$2,281,000 (based on current HKD exchange rates).

India: New Edition Luxury Boutique Hotel

The Edition Luxury Boutique Hotels by JW Marriott and Ian Schrager is going to establish a new EDITION luxury boutique hotel in New Delhi, India. They haven’t given an exact time-frame yet.

It’s really interesting to see how many Edition hotels are being build, and even more how much attention they get in the press and media, because as of right now, the only edition hotel that’s operating as of right now is the Istanbul Edition.

The Jade – New Luxury Boutique Hotel Coming To Greenwich Village

Another luxury boutique hotel is coming to New York – this time to Greenwich Village.

New York architect Gene Kaufman and design architect Richard Cameron of Atelier & Co were responsible for the creation and design of the building and the interior.

“A love letter to Greenwich Village”

Will Obeid, President & CEO of Gemini Real Estate Advisors, who lives around the block from the hotel said:

“Everything about The Jade is a love letter to Greenwich Village. We want The Jade to embody the magic of the Village for guests in a building that expresses our own passion for one of the world’s storied neighborhoods.

The Jade is infused with the same pride of craftsmanship that gave old New York its character. We were driven to create a hotel that provides an experience that is quintessential Greenwich Village. This is a place where guests and neighbors gather to share stories, adventures and encounters.”

Source: Elite Traveler

Opening rates will start at $400 per night – and you will be able to check in beginning this fall.

Boutique Hotel Deals

Boutique hotels are usually the places that only corporate big-shots, businessmen and their wives, IT wonderkids and heirs go to. But there are ways to find boutique hotel deals that will help you to stay like a rockstar with a budget you can actually afford.

I can often stay at boutique resorts for free on inspection tours because I run this website – but if there’s a place where I want to stay where they don’t offer me a free inspection tour, I usually use this website to find the best boutique hotel deals.

Just treat yourself every once in a while to something special – after all, you deserved it.

There are boutique hotels all over the world, but you don’t need to travel far. You could even pick one in your own city – because when you stay in a place like that, you always feel like you’re on vacation, no matter where in the world you are.

Whether you want to pamper yourself in a luxury spa and wellness resort (or it’s modern high-tech version in Japan, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo) or find a private deluxe resort on one of the undiscovered beaches of Cambodia, it’s all there for you, and for prices that hoteliers often don’t want you to know.

Sofitel So Bangkok

The Sofitel So Bangkok is a new luxury hotel set to open on February 28, 2012. It’s themed around the Five Elements Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire.

You can get a good impression of the design and theme of this hotel in this short video clip:

Design-wise, it’s a fascinating combination between an award-winning architect and five designers. Each of the five designers was in charge of creating one of the elements. Watch this “tree of life” clip:

Located in the district with the highest density of embassies and lots of businesses, it fits in very well with it’s concept of “Playful Luxury”. It’s stylish and modern, provides a great view over Bangkok’s largest public park, the Lumpini Park, and is located near BTS skytrain and MRT subway stations.

The Sofitel So Bangkok features 238 rooms + suites. The rooftop restaurant & bar is something we’re particularly excited about to try out – not that there’s a lack of them in Bangkok, but we trust that the Sofitel So will add something special to the mix.

Every room also has an Apple Mac mini and the whole area of the Sofitel So has free WiFi for it’s guests.

The Red Oven restaurant is market-styled, which is very befitting for Thailand. The center piece is an iconic Red Oven, and then the space is divided into 3 distinguished zones of design – the cuisine is international and offers a wide array of dishes. The restaurant opens from the early morning hours to 11pm.

Chocolate lovers will delight about the Chocolab, which opens from 9:30am – 7:30pm. Hand-made chocolates and fresh savouries will tickle your taste buds in a comfortable atmosphere.

For dinner there’s the Park Society Restaurant & Bar, which opens at 6pm and closes at 1am. You can enjoy spectacular views over the city with both indoor or al fresco dining.

And there’s a ballroom on the 8th floor (with a capacity for 350 people on 380 sq.m. of pillarless space). It’s designed as a modern interpretation of a Parisian opera house. You find a tasteful combination of modern styling with classic glamour. There’s an entire wall HD projection, and the acoustics in the room with 7.2 meter high ceilings are perfect.

There’s also a social area where guests can mingle before the actual event takes place.

The Box is another highlight. A 50 square meter meeting space, suspended in mid-air on the 9th floor. Here you find astonishing Bangkok panoramas – three walls are made of glass.

The Social Club is an atelier for thinking and creativity in a loft-like setting, inspired by a production house ambience. There’s also an open space with kitchen, lounge and bar, and direct access to four meeting rooms.

In fact, the Sofitel So Bangkok is a great place if you organize high-class meetings or events.

Sofitel So Bangkok
2 North Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok
Thailand 10500
Phone 02 6240 000
See Location on Map
Website: http://www.sofitel.com/6835
Email: h6835@sofitel.com

Defining Luxury Boutique Hotels

The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association Moves Forward In Developing A Universal Standard For Boutique & Lifestyle Hotels

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 24, 2012

The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, (BLLA, www.blla.org), a leading hospitality industry association officially representing independent boutique and lifestyle properties and the suppliers worldwide, announced the much-anticipated release of its first research White Paper. This document, in a united voice of independent boutique hoteliers, serves as an important tool in developing a universal standard and criteria for defining boutique and lifestyle lodgings.

boutique is defined by the Webster’s dictionary as “a small fashionable specialty shop or business”. While the term is used liberally, there has been no commonly agreed definition of “boutique hotel” which is why BLLA’s Founder and hospitality industry veteran Frances Kiradjian initiated the survey and is releasing the project findings today.

This study was undertaken to provide greater clarity for the current meaning of the terms “boutique hotel” and “lifestyle hotel”. The research points out to perceived differences between the boutique and lifestyle hotels, indicating that the aesthetics of a lifestyle hotel, as opposed to that of a boutique hotel, are more contemporary, with unique design and architecture, and a high technology touch. A lifestyle hotel offers more ancillary services and is focused on wellness and life-enrichment.

More specifically, a lifestyle hotel would not be a small, historic property, which would be categorized more appropriately as a boutique hotel.

Researching further the difference between the Lifestyle Hotels and Boutique hotels, the research formulated a list of Emerging Definitions, as well as Emotions and Experiences that define the boutique and lifestyle hotel experience. Among them are Discovery, Curiosity, Intrigue, Amazement; Social, Joyful, Sensual, and Romantic.

Among the characteristics that define a Lifestyle Hotel are: innovative, personal (vs “branded”), contemporary and modern.

Boutique hotels are described as personalized, customized, unique, and individual. The most important defining features of boutique hotels are cultural, historical, authenticity; the boutique hotel is not part of a chain and that it provides interesting, unique services. Other important defining descriptors of boutique hotels include, “social spaces such as living rooms, libraries with social rooms” and “many, high-quality in-room features”.

Kiradjian said, “We look forward to continuing to expand this research into additional groups as well as other research the sector has indicated is of vital importance.” Adds Kiradjian, “There is no entity today better suited for initiating and heading up research in the independent boutique & lifestyle lodging category than BLLA, since in essence, it is the only available professional and personal resource to this hospitality industry sector and has become its voice.”

Special Thank You goes out to Dr. Jonathon Day, Purdue University, Donna Quadri, New York University, Dr. David Jones, Hong Kong Polytechnic Universit for collaborating on this research.

Request a copy of the full research White Paper HERE.

About The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)
The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association is the first and only association dedicated to uniting the world’s boutique and lifestyle properties. Created to be the unifying voice of this distinctive subset within the hospitality industry, its goal is to unite the world’s collection of boutique & lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them, offering them the opportunity to successfully compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies, as well as market themselves to meet the ever-increasing demand from discerning boutique-seeking clients. For more information, or to become a member, visit: www.blla.org.

Ian Schrager’s EDITION coming to Bangkok

The luxury boutique hotel by Ian Schrager, EDITION, will open a branch in Bangkok before 2015. It will be located in one of Bangkok’s tallest buildings, the MahaNakhon Bangkok, sometimes also referred to as “the Thailand Tower”, which will have 77 storeys. It’s designed by the German architect Ole Scheeren, Partner of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

It’s an interesting choice to invest in Bangkok, as there’s been so many hotels opening up here that there is a much higher supply than demand of rooms – yet, investors seem to be confident that EDITION Bangkok can stand out enough to be a success.

The Bangkok Edition will feature 150 rooms