Monthly Archive: December 2018

Lindsey Coral Harper Checks Into the Beverly Hills Hotel

Interior designer, and HC contributor, Lindsey Coral Harper reports back from the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel:

Fountain Coffee Room

LOVE: Everything about it!! My favorite hidden spot is the diner down stairs… I love an old-school lunch/breakfast counter.

DIDN’T LOVE: LEAVING!!

Lindsey’s friends Ashley & Casey at the BH Hotel on their wedding day

DESIGN IDEA TO CRIB: The amazing palm leaf wallpaper, Martinique, available through Hinson. I’ve used the wallpaper before, it looks great in a foyer, a hallway or a powder room.  I used it in a client’s kitchen in Palm Beach and it was just what we needed, super kitsch.

The Beverly Hills HotelThe Beverly Hills Hotel Premier Suite - Bedroom - High ResThe Beverly Hills Hotel

ROOM HIGHLIGHTS: The rooms are really a throw back to Old Hollywood Glamour, they are spacious and the bathrooms practically have their own zip code.  Each room has a well-stocked bar and very comfy bed.  Only in Beverly Hills would each bathroom have a scale so you can weigh yourself…can you say Valley of the Dolls?!

Presidential Bungalow BathroomPresidential Bungalow Private Pool

ROOM TO BOOK: If you’re want to splurge, and want your privacy too go for a Bungalow…. Marilyn Monroe lived in one for years!

Pool _Overall

BHH Swimming Pool

Cabanas

MUST DO: Reserve a cabana! The pool is one of the chicest places, and it just underwent a multi-million dollar renovation for the 100-year Jubilee.  Also, eat lunch outside at the Polo Lounge if you want to see or be seen.

The Lobby of The Beverly Hills Hotel ORDER

INSIDER TIP: This hotel has impeccable service. You also have every amenity available to you. There is a salon downstairs, which is great if you want a blow-out before heading out. They have a La Prairie Spa of course if you want to relax by getting a massage or facial.  Between all the amenities the restaurants indoor and outdoor you are pretty much set. You really could live there!!

LCH portrait by Kelly Stuart. Wedding photo Samuel Lippke Studios. All hotel images courtesy The Beverly Hills Hotel.

Want to stay in the world’s most luxurious villas?

There are luxury villas, and then there are ‘villas’ that crank cosseting up to the max. They have all the extras – especially those you don’t need – up-to-the-minute tech, a dedicated butler and assorted staff, endless distractions… We’ve selected private pads – both family-friendly and posse-ready – where pampering is assured. Floating villages, historic homesteads and juiced-up jungle lodges: read on, and dream on…

SRI LANKA | Ani Villas

Sleeps 30

The extra mile Things look up as soon as the plane lands: a private seaplane or chauffeured car awaits you at arrivals. Your entourage includes a butler, concierge, spa therapists and chef Cyril, who takes requests but has a few tricks under his toque too. He’s a dab hand at breakfasts and barbecues…

Your stay French designer Reda Amalou and AW2 architects have crafted something akin to a tropical Forbidden City. Skip from spa, to pool, to hot tub and try not to envy the kids’ water slide. This stretch of beach is all yours, but less flop-and-drop types can play tennis and shuffleboard or arrange yoga sessions.

Mr & Mrs Smith | the world's most luxurious villas | Ani Villas Sri Lanka

Ani Villas Sri Lanka

To do Learn how to make Sri Lankan curries with chef Cyril. Tennis coaches, and personal trainers are on speed dial. And, more pulse-pumping pursuits are free, too (CrossFit, volleyball, biking), plus some restorative spa treatments. For an extra charge, you can whale watch and visit a tea estate.

For kids Parents, ready your prayer hands: four free hours of entertainment are included each day (for kids aged four and up). They’ll cook simple local dishes, play cricket, football and shuffleboard, and cycle. Your butler can arrange babysitting, too.

Smith Extra A bottle of champagne

INDONESIA | Villa Sungai Bali

Sleeps Six

The extra mile Meet Made (pronounced Mah-day) your personal concierge, on call 24/7 – you’ll miss him when you go. He leads a team of chauffeurs, chefs and spa therapists, and will speed you through arrivals like a rock star. Order meals each day and the chef will pick up ingredients in the market (charged, but with no mark-up); and Made won’t raise an eyebrow if you arrive clinking with duty-free spirits.

Your stay This greenery-swathed jungle eyrie overlooks a river in tranquil Cepaka. It must be booked exclusively, but you’ll want the sunny terraces, veiled four posters and serpentine pool – with underwater speakers – all to yourself anyway. A bespoke citrus-lily scent has also been wafted through your new home’s halls.

Mr & Mrs Smith | the world's most luxurious villas | Villa Sungai, Indonesia

Villa Sungai

To do Made can plot an itinerary before arrival… Leave room for swimming and spa treatments (just US$30 an hour). Your chauffeur’s on command for shopping and nightlife in Seminyak and surrounds. Temples, markets and gold and black beaches beckon, too. Or, meet local artisans, try kechak dancing and horse rides on the beach.

For kids Smalls are spoilt rotten with menus of tempura fish, banana crêpes and more, and custom sarongs. Baby kit runs from formula to wipes, and toys and board games entertain in-house. Babysitters can be booked, and tea parties, local-school visits, hair-braiding, kite-making, gamelan shows, quad biking, even submarine rides can be arranged.

Smith Extra A 60-minute spa treatment for each adult and a 30-minute massage for each child under 15

THAILAND | Samujana Seven-Bedroom Villa Plus

Sleeps 14

The extra mile Your villa manager is a one-man command centre – they’ll see to all wishes. Pick and mix your staff from an array of yoga instructors, personal trainers and even a Muay Thai champion. Private chefs can be hired, too, or work your way through choice-laden menus – from barbecue parties to juice cleanses.

Your stay There’s an air of ‘supervillain with taste’ to this modernist villa: a Hockney-esque structure embedded into a Koh Samui hillside. It’s vast (just shy of 2,000sq m) and has a pool with underwater speakers, gym, cinema and Muay Thai ring. Or, get pummelled in more relaxing style in the private spa or Jacuzzi baths. Bay views are all around and meditation nests sit on suntrap terraces.

Mr & Mrs Smith | the world's most luxurious villas | Samujana Seven-Bedroom Villa Plus, Thailand

Samujana

To do Refine your serve on the tennis court and take a short sandy walk to the beach. A 43-foot yacht is just one of a fleet you can charter. Beyond your stay, take ATV safaris and waterfall hikes or thrill-seek with bungee jumps, go-karts and Thai-boxing tournaments.

For kids There’s fun aplenty, with a trampoline, table tennis and games room with video and retro arcade games. There’s a basketball court, and wondrous water parks Cocosplash and Pink Elephant are close by. Nannies and babysitters can be booked.

Smith Extra A Thai cooking class with lunch

MALDIVES | Gili Lankanfushi’s Private Residence

Sleeps Eight

The extra mile Your butler ‘Mr Friday’ (you don’t have to call him that), will do your bidding – all you need do is ask… If you feel the urge to explore further, you’ll have use of a boat to reach the main resort and bamboo bikes. Fill the wine cellar with picks from 400 labels, have a private chef shipped across, or summon a spa therapist: you call the shots here…

Your stay This is your very own island, floating 500 metres from the resort: a complex of thatched villas. It’s barefoot, indoor-outdoor luxury, with alfresco dining platforms, swinging day-beds and plunge-pool-size outdoor baths. Indoors, glazed sections of floor let you spy on sealife. And, there’s more: a spa, sauna and steam room, cinema and a waterslide.