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Salt Hotels opens new B&Bs and seeks UK awareness

By April Hutchinson

Salt Hotels is looking to build awareness in the UK as it opens two new properties in the US. The company was started by two veterans of the luxury hotel sector who decided to put their expertise into offering an updated take on the bed and breakfast concept. British-born David Bowd spent many years

Cambodian arrival September will see the opening of a gem of a new hotel in Siem Reap, Phum Baitang, with the French fashion pedigree of the Zannier family behind it – 45 villas have been created among lush paddy fields,

Picture this Mislaid Memories aims to turn all those old holiday snaps (print and digital) into beautiful coffee- table books or record current trips in glorious colour – a great suggestion for agents to pass on to clients,

Italian connection Puglia’s newest boutique hotel, Masseria Trapana, is set to open on July 1, close to Lecce. Australian- owned, Trapana has been undergoing an extensive renovation project and has just nine suites – some with outdoor bathrooms – set among six gardens, with a large pool and small chapel.

Come to your senses Puente Romano in Marbella will open a nine-room Six Senses Spa in July; the treatments on offer at the oceanfront spa will be QMS Medicosmetics and The Organic Pharmacy, while a series of yoga programmes and wellness retreats are also planned,

working alongside lifestyle hotel innovators such as Andre Balazs, Ian Schrager and Kevin O’Shea, who had a hotel design career with Starwood and Morgans before opening his own interior design studio in 2009. The two purchased their

first property, Salt House Inn in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 2011 and set about recreating the perception of B&Bs – the inn was created from former salt-mine cottages and the company name also harks back to

Bowd’s roots in the Staffordshire village of Salt. Bowd said: “We have obviously stayed and

worked in a lot of hotels, but we always thought B&Bs offered something very different – they can really localise the experience, but at the same time we always found there was a compromise on design.” O’Shea added: “We wanted to marry the

aesthetic of larger international high-end hotels with local influences. Design in B&Bs tends to be heavy and dark, but we wanted to do something much lighter and stripped back.” Eben House (below left) opened in May with 14 rooms – also in Provincetown. Originally built in 1776 as the home of seafarer Captain Eben Snow, the inn has been completely renovated and is one of only three surviving brick Federal period residences in Provincetown. The other opening in May

sees them expand into New York State, with the takeover and refurbishment of an old

inn reborn as The Chequit on Shelter Island (above) – considered to be the “antidote to the Hamptons”, Bowd said.

The hotel is Salt’s biggest yet, at 36 rooms, and has Maple, a 150-cover restaurant, cafe and a retail outlet by hip New York brand Wampum. “The Chequit still has the core B&B feeling, but this one has more hotel-type facilities,” said Bowd. “I think it shows how we can scale up the concept, but we would always stay under 50 rooms.” Also in development is a hotel in the Hudson

River Valley, two hours north of Manhattan and there are plans for Palm Springs and LA in 2016 and New Jersey in 2017. Bowd said he would also be keen to open a B&B in London: “There is definitely potential for something like that in London. And yes, who knows – out in the British countryside too.”

Soho Farmhouse set to debut in summer

What could be the country’s most stylish farm is about to make its debut with the opening of Soho Farmhouse in July. Soho House is heading to the English

countryside once again – the group also has Babbington House in Somerset – with the July opening of an outpost in Great Tew, Oxfordshire. It will be on an 18th-century farm in 100 acres

and will include main dining space, Barn, through to a farm shop and kids’ Teeny House. Accommodation will be in wood cabins set

in fields, as well as the main Farmhouse and Cottage. Other buildings across the site will feature a cookery school, a Cowshed Relax spa and a 60-seater screening room. A south-facing Boat House will feature an indoor-outdoor infinity pool, set within a lake, as well as a bar terrace overlooking the tennis courts. The car-free site will offer guests bicycles, even horses to get around.


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