Luxury Italian design: The Bulgari Hotel in Milan !

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Bulgari Hotel, a veritable haven of peace in the heart of the frenetic city centre, is surrounded by a private garden of 4000 square meters and is ideally located on a private street near Via Montenapoleone, Via della Spiga and La Scala Opera. The hotel has 58 rooms and suites overlooking either the garden of the hotel, either to the nearby botanical gardens. The Bulgari Suite, located on the top floor offers spectacular views over the historic center.

The design was created by architect Antonio Citterio firm and Partners, in accordance with bold and contemporary style house Bulgari, using rare and precious materials to create unusual color combinations and harmonies: black marble from Zimbabwe in the public areas, Vicenza stone and Turkish aphyon in the spa, hard teak and traditional white oak in the intimate bedrooms and suites.

An enormous oval bar divides the hotel restaurant, and dominates the cocktail lounge that looks out over the veranda. This space has been intelligently separated into two parts to avoid destroying the harmony of the restaurant. For cigar and spirit connoisseurs, a very cosy smoking-room is available adjacent to the restaurant – perfect if the weather is good.

One is taken aback by the hotel spa where, in sumptuous and elegant surroundings, the daylight shines through the glass façade and glints off of the golden mosaics in the swimming pool. As for the Turkish bath, its green-tinted glass walls bring to mind the mysterious emerald, BVLGARI’s signature gem.

The extremely spacious suites include a bedroom, a large lounge and a bathroom complete with freestanding bath and separate shower and toilet cubicles, entirely decorated in creamy travertine to accentuate the bright décor. The corridor, with its filtered lighting, instils a feeling of calmness and intimacy after entering through the impressively wide, airlock-style front doors.

According to Forbes, Milan’s Bulgari Hotel is one of the best hotels in Italy. A quiet oasis in a busy city, combined with contemporary Italian design and comfort. What else can you ask for?

With Gratitude, T.

Soho House – New york , New York!

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Soho House New York is a private members’ club and hotel in the heart of New York’s hyper-trendy Meatpacking District. It was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. Soho House has since expanded to include Houses across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels.

This converted warehouse shot to fame shortly after opening when it was featured in an episode of Sex and the City. It still has a glamorous, celebrity-friendly vibe, and the SATC link is still felt, guests on the roof terrace are talking about it, and both Sarah Jessica Parker and Candace Bushnell (original author of the columns and book) are members.

Covering six floors, it is built over 45,000 square feet of an old warehouse building in the Meatpacking District. The club offers extensive facilities; the Restaurant, Club Bar, Drawing Room, Pantry Bar, a 44-seater cinema and a heated rooftop pool. The fourth and fifth floors each house private hire spaces; the Club Room, Screening Room and Library.

Soho House is famous for the over-the-top stylishness of it all. The trendy décor, cool guests, and, most significantly, a door policy that gives it an utterly exclusive feel. The rooftop pool and bar – rare indeed in Manhattan – is where the episode was filmed, and there is a certain appeal in lying on the same elegant white loungers on which the SATC four sunned themselves. It also has great views of the area, and is a glorious suntrap in late spring.

The third floor is home to the Cowshed spa. With treatment rooms, private eucalyptus steam rooms and relaxation space, Cowshed is somewhere to unwind and enjoy a wide range of body care and beauty treatments. Pretty parties for 8-10 people can be arranged, where guests have the full run of Cowshed in the evening and enjoy a combination of pampering treatments, dinner and wine.

In addition, Soho House New York runs as a hotel with 26 spacious bedrooms – each bespoke-designed. The style is understated and chic: an exciting mix of contemporary and retro furniture, surrounding a huge bed covered with ‘jump on me’ pillows and walk-in rainforest showers. Treats include a full range of Cowshed products in the bathrooms!

With gratitude, T.

Poem of the month- January 2013

If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again

by Diane Loomans

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self esteem first, and the house later.
I’d fingerpaint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
… I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often.
I would be firm less often, and affirm much more.
I’d model less about the love of power,
And more about the power of love.


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