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10 New Hotels for Bali

Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Every month, we tell you which hotel openings you need to know about (and which, inevitably, miss their deadlines). While we have a healthy list of arrivals around the world, there are a few places that are either consistently popular or having a bit of a hotel moment, so “new hotels for…” gives you a rundown of the openings you will want to know about for a particular destination.

Oh, Bali. Perennially popular you may have been indeed, but Julia Roberts cycling magically sweat-free through rice paddies must have really kicked it up a notch. Overcrowding be damned, the list of hotels we can think of that will come to your shores in the next five years (all to “unspoiled” and “pristine” corners, of course) easily runs up to the fingers on both our hands (and that’s with a bit of doubling up as you’ll find out). Here are ten hotels coming to the Island of the Gods:

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Langham Place Promises to Out-Luxe Everyone Else on Bali

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  Site Where: Bali, Indonesia
May 11, 2015 at 8:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Alila Uluwatu, which Langham Place is promising to beat

We already knew, of course, that Bali was home to some of the most luxurious luxury hotels in the world. But just as you thought there was no more space for any new arrivals, along comes Langham, announcing a Langham Place to open in 2017.

It won’t be in just any part of Bali, either; but in the Ungasan-Uluwatu area, to the south of the island. It’s not just in any part of Uluwatu, either – it will have a rather spectacular clifftop location, a mere seven-minute walk from Pandawa Beach.

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Last Chance for the Langham Boston's Chocolate Suite Before It Melts, Er, Goes Away

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  Site Where: 250 Franklin Street [map], Boston, MA, United States
May 8, 2015 at 4:10 PM | by | Comments (0)

This is the most literal interpretation of Sweet Suite that we've encountered.

Everyone wants chocolate to melt in their mouth, not in their beds, which is especially true if you are staying in the Chocolate Suite at Langham Boston.

Promising " a scene out of 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'", the suite consists of a chocolate-themed, two-level loft suite fully stocked with chocolate and candy "as far as the eye can see." A special in-room dining dinner menu is served with chocolate-infused items such as piri-piri chili shrimp with cocoa nibs, cocoa-dusted filet mignon, and cocoa butter seared New Bedford sea scallops, followed by dessert of course.

In the morning, guests can have chocolate-infused breakfast in bed such as dark chocolate croissants and Nutella and banana and hazelnut brioche French toast. When taking a break from eating chocolate, guests can watch chocolate on the TV with movies like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Chocolat,” and “Forest Gump."

But the real highlight of the package takes place out of the suite at the hotel's Chocolate Bar Buffett.

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Overturning The Plates at The Langham Hong Kong’s Wedgwood Afternoon Tea

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  Site Where: 8 Peking Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
April 10, 2015 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are we the only ones who steal a glance at the brand of chinaware used in a hotel, and make a quick judgment of the overall experience based on the label embossed under a tea cup?

During a recent afternoon tea at Palm Court in The Langham in Hong Kong, this contributor did exactly that. The chinaware is designed by Wedgwood exclusively for The Langham hotels worldwide, which says something about this hotel brand’s attitude towards afternoon tea.

Those who know their Langhams will know that the original Palm Court is at The Langham London, which has been serving English afternoon tea as early as 150 years ago. The Palm Court at The Langham in Hong Kong is inspired by its London cousin. It was launched in September 2014 as part of the hotel’s $30 million renovation program, which also covered 230 rooms and suites and the completion of Artesian Bar, another concept inspired by The Langham London.

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The Langham London Celebrates 150 Years with a New Wing and Renovations

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  Site Where: 1c Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
April 1, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

Nothing like a big anniversary to think about doing something new for the future, right? The Langham London is hitting the big 1-5-0 this year (the hotel opened in 1865), and as part of its celebration it’s not only a doing a round of renovations, it has revamped and renamed the former Club Wing into the Regent Wing.

The wing, with its own private entrance, has 43 Grand Executive Rooms, two Studio Suites, a Regent Suite, and a Wedgwood Suite. The Regent Suite goes up to four bedrooms, while the Wedgwood Suite of course has “artefacts and bespoke items of English heritage chinaware”. First impression is a lot of subdued light grey, a pop of purple in the two chairs and the headboard, and contrasting dark wood in the dressoir and desk.

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How to Take a Little Bit of Langham Hotels Home With You

March 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM | by | Comments (0)

The other month, we popped into the Flavours of Langham gift shop off the stunning lobby (see below) of the Langham Chicago to check out what sort of pink Langham-branded gear we could take home. We were thinking we'd find the usual hotel gift shop suspects like candles, notebooks, robes and slippers but instead we found so much more than that.

There was an entire shelf of kiddie items as well as fragrances, art and architecture books, clothing and even small purses. But our eyes immediately went to the doll on the circular podium in the center of the store.

Dressed in a pink Chanel tweed-inspired suit and skirt with her black hair pulled in a soft bun atop her head and a string of pearls around her neck stood Audrey, the Langham's service stylist ($29.99) She's pretty much the doll form of the Langham's very real service stylists who help guests with whatever they may need during their stay from things to do, where to eat and any other special requests.

But that's not all we found.

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Langham Hotels are the Heart and Soul of the New Cordis Hotels

Where: Hong Kong, China
February 2, 2015 at 12:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

Late last week, luxury hotel brand Langham Hotels dropped the news that they would be creating a new brand of hotel--Cordis Hotels and Resorts, with the first hotel opening very soon--in May in Hong Kong.

Best of all, this is not a millennial brand.

Cordis comes from the Latin word for heart, hence the heart-shaped logo and the brand's emphasis on "intuitive service, connectivity, sophistication and a sense of community." Cordis Hotels won't be a high end as Langham Hotels (just a notch below, according to Langham folk) but they do promise to be "vibrant" and "modern" and even, "family-friendly."

Seven more Cordis Hotels are set to open in Asia within the next three years, and Langham will hopes to open Cordis in other cosmopolitan cities such as London, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok, and wait for it, Orlando.

As big fans of Langham, we're loving the idea of a Langham experience on a more accessible level, and that they are catering to families is a huge plus for this writer. So we hope they come stateside soon.

But we may have spoken too soon about millennials. Word from Hotel News Now is that Langham is developing a lifestyle brand for millennials. Sigh.

[Photo: Cordis Hotels]

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The Langham Sydney, Formerly The Observatory, Has Unveiled Its Fresh New Look

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  Site Where: 89-113 Kent Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000
December 2, 2014 at 12:27 PM | by | Comment (1)

Well, today's the day (well, yesterday if you're in Sydney), that the public gets to truly see what a $30 million AUD renovation on a hotel looks like when The Langham Sydney reveals the fruits of their labor.

If you recall, the folks over at Langham acquired the iconic Observatory Hotel and operated it for a little while with the existing but fairly dated decor while they put time and thought into the full refurbishment. Now, we couldn't be happier they took their sweet time because the results are pretty amazing. Out went the dark wood paneling that was prevalent throughout and in came the light!

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6 Quirky Hotel Courtesy Cars

October 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Getting picked-up from the airport or dropped off for your dinner reservation by your hotel is a luxury that many hotels offer for either an extra charge or as part of the room rate. More often than not, hotels will whisk you away in some sort of luxury sedan like a BMW, Mercedes or Porsche but occasionally, you just have to hide your face when they pull up in an 8-person van or mini-bus.

However, there are a few hotels that totally nail the idea of cool wheels for a courtesy cars. This is a smart move for a few good reasons. One, it shows the hotel has some personality by choosing an interesting or historic car over some predictable corporate whip. Two, it's good advertising around town and three, it gets guests talking about it well after they check-out.

Now, here are some of our favorite rides from around the world.

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The Langham London Presents the Art of the Aperitif

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  Site Where: 1C Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
October 23, 2014 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Pouring the Martini Royales

It’s the terrible dilemma that faces you when you set foot in the Langham London. Does one head straight into Palm Court for one of the best afternoon teas in the world capital of afternoon teas? Or does one turn left and nip into Artesian for a perfectly blended cocktail?

Clearly, it wasn’t just us having a moral dilemma, because the Langham has just started The Art of the Aperitif - a pop-up bar bringing drinks from Artesian into Palm Court.

It’s being run in conjunction with Martini, so all the drinks (there are seven) have vermouth and, and there’s Martini memorabilia scattered around. But it’s no boring promo thing – the drinks have been created by Artesian’s Alex Kratena and Simone Caporale (head bartender and assistant head respectively), and there are food pairings (or snacks, rather), too, for the all important stomach-lining process.

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Funky Friday: An Ice Cream Sundae At The Langham Chicago Will Cost More Than Your Room

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  Site Where: 330 North Wabash Avenue [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
October 3, 2014 at 6:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We love hearing about a hotel’s latest dessert creations – more so directly experiencing — and when chocolate’s involved, they’ve got our attention. If it’s outrageous enough, for example, the 'Chicolate Room' at the Four Seasons Milan, we give it a friendly does of Funky Friday. Equally outrageous and jaw dropping, so to speak, is the series of high-end desserts, and their high end price tags, presently offered at The Langham Chicago.

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All Day Dining Has Landed At The Langham London

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  Site Where: 1C Portland Place, London, United Kingdom, W1B 1JA
August 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

They had us at “free champagne”.

To celebrate the launch of its new all-day dining menu in Palm Court, the Langham London is giving everyone a glass of Laurent Perrier if they order two courses off the menu before 13 September. Don’t mind if we do!

The new menu is available 11am-10.30pm, seven days a week. Prices are what you’d expect, or possibly a little under – we’re talking £12 for the cheapest appetizer (a Fourme d’Ambert and endive salad with candied walnuts), £19 for a burger, or £29 and up for a steak.

The menu, too, is nothing surprising – seafood and caviar, burgers, steaks, and traditional mains like grilled chicken breast or whole roasted Dover sole. Check out the full menu here.

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