News for the week of July 17, 2017
Hotel Byblos and its Les Caves du Roy Saint-Tropez nightclub are celebrating their 50th anniversary on the French Riviera with a full revamp of the nightlife venue. Miami-based designer/architect Francois Frossard has channeled the new romantic design movement into the high-profile club, pairing whimsical details with traditional elements. The open floor plan features a palette of brass, cognac and warm wood tones. The main entrance is anchored by a laser-cut bar showcasing the 50th anniversary logo in polished brass. Seating, which is arranged in an amphitheater style, includes Ebony Macassar banquettes upholstered in a cognac-colored leather with diamond stitching. New rosewood walls, complemented by a mix of tufted velvet panels, detail the design, while the venue’s signature golden palm trees and disco ball have been retained. The club reopened in late May.
The new look of Les Caves du Roy Saint-Tropez. Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Byblos/ Les Caves Du Roy Saint-Tropez.
Two Roads Hospitality has appointed Sherri Gilligan as chief marketing officer. Previously, Gilligan served as senior vice president of Capital One. Prior to that, she held the role of senior vice president of marketing and advertising at MGM Resorts Intl. Her career also includes 18 years at Sprint Nextel Corp.
Amerlux, an Oakland, New Jersey-based lighting company, has promoted Lezlie Johannessen to director of sales, Pacific Northwest. Her 26 years of experience in the lighting industry includes roles as regional sales manager, Sistemalux Group of Iguzzini North America; Western regional sales manager for Cree Inc. and Pathway Lighting; outside specifications sales manager for Lighting Systems Inc.; outside/inside specifications sales manager for Cal Lighting; and lighting designer for Jan Moyer Design.
Lezlie Johannessen. Photo: Courtesy of Amerlux
Hard Rock Intl. has unveiled details for Hard Rock Entertainment World, a resort destination that’s proposed for Tarragona in Catalonia, Spain. The nearly $2.3 billion project, whose zoning plan has been approved by the Catalan Government, would involve a mix of hotels and convention areas, as well as entertainment, dining and retail venues. Phase 1 would include the construction of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tarragona integrated resort. That resort would be a collaboration with European theme park/resort operator PortAventura on the development of a family-oriented hotel with up to 500 keys, as well as a partnership with U.K-based Value Retail on a luxury shopping destination with more than 75 stores.
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort will soon debut The Spa at Sunny Bay in Hainan, China. Designed by Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy, the traditional Chinese-style spa village is comprised of a main building with an open-air courtyard and eight freestanding villas. In addition to treatment rooms and other spa-related facilities, the main building is home to a gym, a yoga studio and an outdoor vitality pool.
The Spa at Sunny Bay. Photo: Courtesy of Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
The Grosvenor House Hotel in London was recently acquired by U.S. real estate firm Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. in what participants say “constitutes the most significant single-asset hotel deal in U.K. history.” Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The 420-key, five-star property, which currently flies the JW Marriott flag, made its debut in 1929 on Park Lane in the Mayfair district.
Fermob, a French manufacturer of outdoor furniture, is opening a trade showroom at the New York Design Center. The company, which entered the U.S. market in 1991, says the new showroom, located at 200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 414 in Manhattan, will give interior designers, purchasers, architects and specifiers access to the brand’s offerings for both commercial and residential projects.
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