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Over the years, the branded residence sector has continued to intrigue developers, investors and real estate advisors, offering buyers both security, an element of prestige and a hassle-free holiday home.

As Muriel Muirden Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Strategy at WATG enthuses, if executed correctly, branded residences also offer developers attractive price premiums and accelerated sales velocity, whilst the hotel operator gets rewarded for the marketing muscle their brand brings to the development.

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The Rocky Mountains have come to Kempinski Mall of the Emirates with the opening of 20 luxurious Aspen Chalets.

Designed by Wimberly Interiors, the alpine association runs deep with mock crackling fires, cabin-inspired rugs and skiing-themed prints and the finishing of the chalets – 15 offer ski-slope views and five face the pool in a lighter Florida Keys style – is of a high standard.

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With the goal to become Washington, D.C.'s largest luxury group hotel, or a hotel with the biggest capacity for meetings, The Fairmont Hotel is expecting to complete the first phase of a renovation by April 15. By then, all 415 guest rooms will have new furnishings and carpeting, and the hotel's amphitheater will be converted into a 2,900-square-foot ballroom, called the Kennedy Ballroom. The suites will also have new furnishings and carpeting by June 1.

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R.D. Olson Development broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 271-room, full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott at 7905 Gateway in Irvine, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, project architect WATG, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Irvine Mayor Steven Choi at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

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R.D. Olson Development broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 271-room, full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott at 7905 Gateway in Irvine, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, project architect WATG, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Irvine Mayor Steven Choi at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

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R.D. Olson Development broke ground on its latest hotel development, the 271-room, full-service Irvine Spectrum Marriott at 7905 Gateway in Irvine, California. Executives from R.D. Olson Development, Irvine Company, Joseph Martelli Real Estate Investments, Inc., project general contractor R.D. Olson Construction, project architect WATG, and Marriott International joined civic leaders including Irvine Mayor Steven Choi at the ceremonial groundbreaking.

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The first of two debates also took place with the topic “The proliferation of new brands will leave most of today’s hotel stock obsolete within a decade and owners with a massive headache”. Moderated by Quo CEO David Keen, Meininger Hotel Group CEO Navneet Bali and WATG vice president strategy Raj Chandnani were for the motion, and against the motion was Hyatt Hotels Corporation SVP acquisitions and development Peter Norman and Club Med VP global development and construction Gregory Lanter. A fiery debate, the arguments for and against the motion, with Bali pointing out that there isn’t much distinction between brands: “Can a consumer distinguish between these brands?”. Lanter countered by saying that legacy brands had evolved over the years.

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According to Liana Hawes Young, lead designer and creative director, Wimberly Interiors, the design team drew inspiration for the Bentley Suite from the St Regis Glass House genre, positioning it with the Continental GT model. Both brands are hallmarks of performance and luxury, which translate seamlessly into a super suite. "Within the Bentley family, the Continental customer is an affluent and younger audience who responds to the ‘the luxury of spontaneity.' The vehicle itself has strong curves – sporty and sculpted elements throughout, that play beautifully with the modern architecture of the St Regis Istanbul property," says Young. In addition to Young, the Wimberly Interiors design team included Noel Cuvin, creative director; Marina Pulliam, senior designer; and Devon Dickerson, designer.

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Ritz Carlton, Bali, Indonesia Design firm WATG faced a unique challenge when creating this property—it’s built out of a cliff. Anantara Peace Haven, Tangalle, Sri Lanka Given this property’s origins as a coconut plantation, design firm WATG chose to showcase the great colonial architecture that dominates Sri Lanka.

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