A new era of deluxe experiences await as wealthy consumers start spending again.
November 12, 2020
While the luxury sector was one of the first to be hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, it may also be the first to emerge on the other side. Already, there are encouraging signs of green shoots across the industry.
For instance, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s fashion and leather goods division in October reported a strong turnaround in third-quarter revenue, up 12% year on year, following a drop in sales in the first half of 2020. As safe-distancing curbs ease, wealthy shoppers are emerging from their homes to release their pent-up demand for luxury purchases. This is especially so in China, where consumers are estimated to account for 45% of global luxury sales this year, according to U.S. financial services firm Jefferies.
Travelers are also anticipating the easing of international travel restrictions and the return of luxury leisure travel. In this uncertain environment, however, discerning luxury travelers are likely to be even more selective in their destinations and choose locales and hotels that offer unparalleled experiences.
One such premium offering is the award-winning Pan Pacific London, which is set to become a striking architectural landmark in the heart of the British capital. To be unveiled in Spring 2021, the luxurious 43-story tower will be the first European property of the Singapore-based Pan Pacific Hotels Group, which has been recognized as the “Best Regional Hotel Chain” in Asia-Pacific, according to the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards and the TTG Travel Awards.
Located in London’s premium Square Mile, Pan Pacific London will offer a unique blend of Asian hospitality and contemporary British elegance for both leisure and business travelers. The property has already made its mark in the hospitality world, with the hotel garnering various accolades for its architecture, design and mixed-use development.
For those seeking more exotic destinations far from the bustle of urban metropolises, The Residence by Cenizaro’s six luxury resorts are located in some of the world’s most desirable beachfront locations, including the Maldives, Zanzibar, Bintan and Mauritius. Each of the six unique properties in the collection offers breathtaking landscapes and memorable cultural experiences.
Meanwhile, those who can’t get away just yet are recreating premium experiences in their own home using the latest cutting-edge technology, such as Bang & Olufsen’s state-of-the-art home cinema solution. Its incredible audio quality will transport you to far-flung destinations around the world without leaving your living room.
It has been a challenging year on many fronts, but we can take comfort in the knowledge that when we emerge from this crisis, there will be plenty of luxe offerings waiting for you on the other side.
The Residence By Cenizaro: Hideaways Of Intimate Luxury
A bespoke collection of idyllic properties offers guests one-of-a-kind experiences with the highest standard of service.
Nestled within the lush oasis of nature, fringed by calming ocean blues or draped under starlit skies on golden Saharan sands, uncover the perfect romantic sojourn or an exciting family adventure with The Residence by Cenizaro hotels. From the discovery of cherished traditions of Tunisia to life-enriching moments such as swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar; experiences both intimate and extraordinary in some of the world’s most desirable and unforgettable destinations await.
Each of the six unique properties in the collection opens a window on the breathtaking landscapes and exotic cultures of these exclusive locales. Each resort boasts its own highly individual character—from the pristine dive sites of The Residence Maldives to the rich African culture of The Residence Zanzibar. Those looking for a wellness vacation can rejuvenate their mind, body and soul at The Residence Tunis or The Residence Bintan, or enjoy a memorable family getaway at The Residence Mauritius.
What remains constant across the entire collection is the discreet and highly personalized standard of service that guests will receive at each property. “At The Residence by Cenizaro, we believe the best vacations are the ones where every moment is enriched by a distinctive experience, every memory a cherished vignette of family and friends having the time of their lives,” says Gary Xie, Executive Director of Bonvests Holdings, which operates Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts.
“Our unique brand experiences celebrate diversity and inspire a more sustainable tomorrow with the Earth Basket, our resort farms where guests can harvest locally grown fruits, herbs and vegetables and have these specially prepared in a farm-to-fork dining setting,” adds Alexys Tjhia, the group’s Director of Corporate Responsibility.
To deliver unforgettable experiences, the company places its people at the core of its value proposition. “We believe in developing from within, and nurturing the values we share with our employees so they can be expressed naturally and ensure the best guest experience,” says Andy Xie, Executive Director of Bonvests Holdings.
These brand journeys also include cooking classes to experience distinctive cultures through cuisine and curated local guest experiences to fully immerse in the vibrant cultures of each destination.
The Residence by Cenizaro expanded its footprint to Southeast Asia in 2018 with the opening of The Residence Bintan on the largest island of the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia.
Here are some of the delightful offerings to be experienced at each of the collection’s resorts.
Guests can choose from two of the brand’s private-island resorts on the idyllic isles of the Maldives. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the resorts are located next to each other on the North Huvadhu Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the world.
The exclusive 94-villa resort, The Residence Maldives at Falhumaafushi, is designed for a romantic honeymoon or intimate getaway. Guests can indulge in fine dining at The Falhumaa situated at the edge of the reef.
Linked by a postcard-perfect, 1km-long bridge, The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah is a luxurious treat for families, featuring a lush playground of outdoor adventures as well as intimate settings for honeymooners. Fusing traditional Maldivian aesthetics with modern motifs, the resort offers 173 beachfront, lagoon and overwater villas, each with its own private pool deck and panoramic ocean vista. The resort also boasts fine dining, such as modern Cantonese specialties at Li Bai restaurant, which promise a culinary adventure for all guests.
Exclusive to both resorts in the Maldives is the Spa by Clarins. Located overwater at unique locations at each resort, these intimate sanctuaries of wellness will help you rediscover your personal journey toward holistic healing by delivering a bespoke experience designed for weary souls in need of renewal.
Less than an hour from Singapore by high-speed ferry, the Indonesian island of Bintan is a picture-perfect setting for The Residence by Cenizaro’s first offering in Southeast Asia. The Residence Bintan is nestled in a wondrous world of nature and boasts sweeping views of tranquil waters. The property’s 127 spacious villas and rooms are scattered across the sprawling beachfront property, and are within easy reach of Bintan’s fascinating cultural sites.
Another gem on the Indian Ocean is The Residence Mauritius, where guests get to soak up the beauty of a beachfront paradise set along a stunning stretch of pearl-white sand. With 135 well-appointed rooms and 28 suites as well as four chic restaurants and bars, this luxurious property promises to deliver an amazing island experience complemented by the signature warmth of Mauritian hospitality.
Travelers seeking a more exotic cultural experience won’t be disappointed with The Residence Zanzibar, a 66-villa resort that is imbued with a unique blend of African, Omani and European heritage. Reflecting the superior quality of this exquisite property, The Residence Zanzibar was selected as one of The Telegraph’s top 10 resorts on the fabled island off the coast of Tanzania. Guests can indulge in personalized hospitality along the pristine 1.5km-long beach as well as enjoy 32ha of tropical gardens.
Perched on the shores of the azure Mediterranean Sea is The Residence Tunis, a getaway that infuses Tunisia’s Arab-Andalusian heritage with the collection’s unique brand of premium service and hospitality. Guests will be spoiled for choice here and won’t need to leave the resort to satisfy their heart’s desires, whether it’s gourmet dining, a luxury spa experience or an unforgettable game of golf at the stunning 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The Residence Tunis has 161 rooms and nine suites decorated in timeless aesthetic, making it an inspiring base to explore the surrounding region.
On the Horizon
Looking ahead, The Residence by Cenizaro is set to open new unforgettable properties in Tunisia. The Residence Douz will bring a new luxury concept to the south of the country and present an exotic gateway to the Sahara Desert. The Residence Djerba is a beachfront resort overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on North Africa’s largest island just off the east coast of Tunisia. The grand dame is The Residence Tunis, which will see a modern expansion to offer more amenities and dining options. The Residence Medina of Tunis, a charming cultural gem in the heart of the medina, is set to enchant with its storied heritage. In Asia, 2018 welcomed The Residence Bintan to the Cenizaro family—a tropical paradise with 127 terraces, suites and villas that will soon be complemented with a new eco-luxe hideaway resort on Mapur Island, accessible by a short speedboat ride.
Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts
A leading international hospitality company, Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts is a multibrand portfolio of independent luxury hotel properties in some of the world’s most desirable locales. While each property embodies a distinct personality and sense of place, every hotel boasts the brand’s signature hallmark of excellence, whether it’s meticulous attention to detail or an intuitive, personalized and discreet level of customer service.
The Residence collection is part of Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts. The company’s first property, The Residence Tunis, opened in 1996, and since then Cenizaro has expanded to Mauritius, Zanzibar, Maldives and Bintan. Four more additions to the collection are slated to be introduced in Tunisia and Indonesia in the coming years.
Cenizaro’s portfolio also includes La Maison Arabe, Marrakech, Four Points by Sheraton Perth and Sheraton Towers Singapore. Offering management and professional services for luxury hotels and resorts, spa and residential developments, Cenizaro is dedicated to enriching experiences, and committed to excellence across every aspect of its business.
Pan Pacific London: A Bold Landmark For A Historic City
The latest hotel from Pan Pacific Hotels Group promises a destination of gracious hospitality and Southeast Asia-inspired design.
The award-winning Pan Pacific London is set to become a striking architectural landmark in the heart of the historic British capital when it opens early next year, balancing retail, hospitality, culture and design. The luxurious 43-story tower is set to be the first European property of the Singapore-based Pan Pacific Hotels Group, which has been recognized as the “Best Regional Hotel Chain” in Asia-Pacific, according to the Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Awards and the TTG Travel Awards.
Located in London’s premium Square Mile, Pan Pacific London showcases 160 opulent Sky Residences, a luxury hotel with 237 rooms and suites, and a public plaza featuring One Devonshire House, which offers a mix of high-end retail establishments, a destination restaurant and cocktail bar. It is set to become a 24-hour destination for meeting, living, working and discovering.
The interior designs of the landmark hotel are the brainchild of world-famous design firm Yabu Pushelberg. “As designers, our aim is to create environments that make people pause and have a sensory experience. The subtleties of connected details and sympathetic use of materials and motifs throughout the hotel help to connect spaces and weave a narrative,” says Glenn Pushelberg, Cofounder of Yabu Pushelberg.
The property breaks new ground in London. Among other firsts, it has an entire floor dedicated to guest well-being that houses a dramatic 18.5m-long infinity pool with spectacular views over the plaza, and more landscaped outdoor space than any other luxury hotel in the area. It also features more than 1,200 square meters of meeting and function space across two floors and a triple-height ballroom—the largest on the Square Mile in the City.
Unsurprisingly, Pan Pacific London has already made its mark in the hospitality world, with the hotel garnering various accolades at the 2017 International Property Awards UK for its architecture, design and mixed-use development.
Honoring a City’s Heritage
The suites at Pan Pacific London are named to reflect the rich heritage of its historic locale. The Devonshire Suite is a nod to nearby Devonshire Row and Devonshire Square, which stand out as notable examples of formal 18th century town planning in the City of London.
The Walbrook Suite, meanwhile, honors the Walbrook, one of many “lost” rivers of the city, which played an important role in the Roman settlement of Londinium, the predecessor to modern day London. Finally, the Bishopsgate Suite reflects the property’s location at One Bishopsgate Plaza in the heart of City of London’s financial district.
Meanwhile, the sky’s the limit at the Pan Pacific Suite on Level 19 whose panoramic views across London include one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks, a skyscraper known as The Gherkin.
George Yabu, Cofounder of Yabu Pushelberg says, “With this project, we were tasked with creating a bold, modern hotel that honors the design diversity of the city, whilst weaving in the brand’s Asian influence. We wanted to set a new trend for luxury, a fusion of Southeast Asian design with British sensibilities.”