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Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel

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Leaders In Hospitality & Design Share Unique Insights & Outline Key Performance Drivers For Successful Wellness Developments





On October 9, 2019, leading global architecture firm, OBM International (OBMI), hosted a Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel and art exhibition. Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development, Vivianne Garcia-Tunon, Wonder Flower Principal and Founder, Marianne Canero, Alma Community Founder & Executive Director, and Giovanni Medina Marenco, OBMI Associate Senior Designer, participated in the conversation at the Sacred Space Miami. Together, with moderator, K. Denaye Hinds, OBMI Director of Corporate Sustainability, who led the panel, the four experts discussed their insider outlook on health and wellness in the hospitality and real-estate industry, the trends impacting its direction and the crucial elements to consider for successfully designing wellness developments.

The sold-out event gathered over 175 professionals across the hospitality, real estate, design, development and wellness industries to hear diverse perspectives and to be inspired by illustrations of wellness concepts in the elegant venue, The Sacred Space Miami. In line with the panel’s theme, experts advised the audience on the challenges and opportunities to successfully execute wellness offerings in developments, designing for wellness beyond the spa, and the importance of investing in human capital for wellness programs.

Referencing reports from the Global Wellness Institute, the experts relayed the international wellness market grew to $4.2 trillion in 2018, and that wellness-focused tourism is fast outpacing overall tourism growth. The panel also remarked how the hospitality sector has been highly motivated to keep up with today's wellness guest by evolving the scope of programs and developing key partnerships for membership models to deliver elevated and catered wellness activities as an opportunity for the hospitality industry to ensure a return on investment. An example shared was Hyatt’s clever acquisition of the Exhale spa chain.

Vivianne Garcia-Tunon and Giovanni Medina Marenco both remarked on the importance of weaving wellness into the design of the entire property, as well as factoring in space planning and offerings for various demographics of consumers and future generations. Both panelists agreed this all-inclusive approach would help in achieving a socially equitable and viable development.

Rika Lisslö and Marianne Canero remarked on the importance of cultivating the local labor pool and integrating the community into the wellness space when delivering a positive experience for end-users and ensuring a return on investment to stakeholders. Focusing on the wellbeing of your corporation’s employees resounded equally essential as training and educating in the wellness industry, according to panelists.

“When looking for revenue drivers, we must talk about the value proposition and take time to educate the room on how wellness will benefit the end user and the investor,”  noted Rika Lisslö, Hyatt Vice President of Development. “We see wellness the way we look at internet. Without it you’re obsolete. It’s where we are now and we’re baking it into proforma. The client is everyone, and wellness is in the overall experience.”

For more information, contact Marissa Howe: mhowe@obmi.com or (+1) 305-537-7100.


Press > Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

Real Life Caribbean Showcases Casa del Cielo Residence

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Home in Cayman Designed To Open It's Roof To the Sky

OBMI designed Casa del Cielo as a family home in Vista del Mar that takes a different approach to the indoor-outdoor living concept, by opening the roof to the sky.

When Chris and Kristy Capewell began to discuss designs for the house they would build together, light and openness were key concepts – but a glass roof was not initially on their list of ‘must haves’. It was one of Chris’ more outlandish suggestions, which along with an indoor koi carp pond and the glass-fronted wine storage, found their way into the final design.

With three young children, many of the Capewell’s priorities were practical - a central open plan kitchen and dining area, the family’s bedrooms all on the same floor, a play room that was easy to supervise and outside space where the kids could kick a ball around - but Kristy’s art and design background, Chris’ creative ideas, and the guidance of architect Tim Peck and Mikki Chin of OBMI, enabled them to incorporate some striking design features into this functionality.

Tim envisioned the initial design concept, then Mikki helped translate it into reality working alongside Phoenix Construction to ensure it was built to the client’s original vision.

“The original concept was based upon a reinterpretation of the traditional Mediterranean villa, centered around a courtyard as the active hub of the house,” Tim explains. “In this case the courtyard became enclosed and conditioned, with all social spaces and the upper circulation gallery leading off this ‘courtyard’.”

A double-height dining room thus occupies the courtyard, with the kitchen, sunken living room and playroom leading off it, and the master suite and children’s bedrooms are accessed from the first floor gallery.

Although the courtyard was originally designed with a flat roof, set above narrow windows that would allow light to filter through, Chris’ radical idea of replacing the solid roof with a glass atrium transformed the design into something spectacular.

“Tim was amazing to work with because of the way he absorbed and realized ideas like this so effortlessly,” Kristy says.

Now, not only do they have the light and airy quality they wanted but they can sit indoors and see airplanes, storm clouds, and frigate birds passing over head by day, and revel in the sight of the moon and stars at night.

Occupying this central space is a stunning dining table, topped by a single slice of sustainably sourced chamcha wood, with a cluster of spherical pendant lights, made from wispy strands of fibreglass, suspended above it. “We always eat at the table in this house because it is where everyone wants to be,” the owners note.

Due to the covenants governing Vista del Mar, the exterior is Mediterranean in style and is finished in earthy, terracotta tones, whilst the interior aesthetic is fresh and bright. The high gloss white kitchen cabinetry, installed by Pooley Cabinets, and the pale wood-look floor tiles from ITC create a crisp, clean background that offsets the lush greenery visible through the large windows.

A few steps down from the dining room, a snug living room with a family-size corner sofa opens onto an outdoor dining patio with pull down fly screens, ideal for entertaining. For family nights in, a home cinema, complete with seats salvaged from Camana Bay cinema, make movie nights a special occasion.

Kristy’s own artwork, much of which follows an ornithological theme, with colours cleverly matching the tones of the furniture, adds personality and colour, whilst the bold use of hardwood softens the clean, contemporary lines.

“I love the warmth and texture that the natural materials bring,” Kristy says. “The touches of wood sit so beautifully beside the modern glass features.”

Oversize rustic wooden barn doors slide across to close off the playroom from the dining room when not in use and in the master bedroom, the same doors complement the solid hardwood bed, sourced on island from Absolutely Fabulous.

The ingeniously designed open staircase, with custom made cantilevered timber treads, that winds all the way up to a third floor office and roof terrace, only found its full expression as the build progressed. Wrapping around a stairwell lit by the same hanging lights as the dining room, it was only when the concrete was being poured that it occurred to the owners to put a pond and fountain at the base. The soothing sounds of trickling water, they say, greatly enhance the sense of calm inside, whilst a security system installed by the Security Centre affords them peace of mind.

For Chris, an avid fisherman, having a dock for his boat was essential, and with young children, a safe neighbourhood where they could play outdoors was key. The lot at Vista del Mar ticked both boxes and was large enough to put in a pool, lawn and a section of Astroturf for the kids to play on. Moreover, because the land had not been cleared, they were able - with the help of Vigoro Nursery - to preserve many of the established trees at the front of the house, providing a habitat for the birds they love.

Encouraged by both OBMI and Phoenix, Chris and Kristy were very involved throughout the design and construction process. With changing skies always visible overhead, the relaxing trickle of an indoor fountain and verdant, green surroundings, the Capewells have created a family haven perfectly tailored to their personalities. Better still, Kristy says, the house has given her the space, light and inspiration to pursue her painting more seriously and she is slowly reclaiming the butler’s pantry off the kitchen as her art studio.

 

 

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Press > El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center Contracted for Construction

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Société Immobilière et Financier SA (SIF), owner of the El Rancho Hotel, signed a contract on Friday, January 26, 2018 with Estrella for the construction of the largest convention center in Haiti designed by OBMI. The contract covers more than $ 16.5 million and will allow Haiti to have a modern convention center capable of hosting more than 1,300 people in theater format.

The president of the SIF, Dr. Réginald Boulos, signed the contract with the vice-president of the Estrella group, Mr. Manuel Genao, at the El Rancho Hotel Bellevue Hall on January 26th. OBMI completed the master plan and architectural design for Villa Creole, El Rancho.

El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will be erected in the El Rancho hotel zone with direct access to the Bourdon road via a four-lane road also built by Société immobilière et financier SA (SIF). It will feature a capacity of more than 1,300 people (in theater mode), will be modular and can be transformed as needed into smaller rooms from 100 to 500 places. It will also have a covered parking of 400 places.

The financing of this important investment in the town of Pétion-Ville is provided entirely by Haitian funds, from shareholders of the company and financial institutions, according to information obtained by the newspaper.

In addition to having the largest area to accommodate any type of event, the El Rancho Hotel & Convention Center will have a covered parking of more than 400 places. Visitors will have from the parking access directly to the foyer of the convention center, according to the plans of the architectural firm.

Reproduced from the original article printed in Le Nouvelliste.

 

 

 

Press > An Architects View on the Sharing Economy and Diminishing Appeal of Timeshares

An Architects View on the Sharing Economy and Diminishing Appeal of Timeshares

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OBMI Chairman and Architect, Tim Peck, recently shared his insights on the sharing economy and the diminishing appeal of timeshares with the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and Hotel News Resource.

What does the sharing economy have that timeshare doesn’t? Insights from ISHC members revolve around two common themes: flexibility and unique experiences.

ISHC’s Tim Peck, Chairman of OBM International Limited commented, “The sharing economy allows far more flexibility in being able to have your home away from home.”

“Why would a consumer want to lock into a particular exchange system when everything is easily available on Airbnb or VRBO?” added David Berins, ISHC, Owner of Berins & Co., LLC.

ISHC’s Christopher Henry, Co-Founder & CEO, Majestic Hospitality Group believes, “It has less to do with the sharing economy and more to do with changing demographics. While the model is still popular with baby boomers, the concept struggles to sell with millennials. This younger group prefers to spend their money on unique and authentic experiences while also not being tied down to commitments. Timeshares provide the exact opposite of this mindset.”

Hayden Pace, ISHC, CEO of Stokes Wagner, ALC agreed “Timeshares are being rendered obsolete by the availability of experience-driven local accommodations.”

31% of ISHC members surveyed believe the sharing economy is not diminishing the appeal of timeshare. Dan Larkin, ISHC, Partner, Bryan Cave maintained, “Branded timeshare offers features the sharing economy does not.”

With Marriott Vacations recent acquisition of Interval Leisure Group to unify the Marriott and Starwood timeshare brands, this move may prove to bolster the strength of vacation ownership.

ISHC’s Flo Lugli, Founder & Principal, NavesinkAdvisory Group, LLC weighed in on how she thinks timeshare can evolve to stay relevant, “Timeshare's value proposition now is more around points and pre-paying for great vacations rather than buying a specific unit in a specific location. To the extent that the exchange businesses can continue to support the exchange of points across multiple locations/resorts, then many will continue to see value.”

It seems ISHC’s Robin Hunden, President, Hunden Strategic Partners, Inc. prediction may be coming true with Marriott now experimenting with homesharing, “The rental home business is expanding in ways that will be hard to replicate unless the brands or management companies begin acquiring the management contracts for multiple homes in destination markets.”

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Press > Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

Rosewood Announces OBMI to Design Half Moon Bay Antigua

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Rosewood Hotels and Resorts has been tapped by Vancouver-based Replay Destinations to manage the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua, which is slated to debut in Antigua in 2021.

The OBMI-designed resort will be situated on 132 spectacular oceanfront acres along Half Moon Bay, which is internationally lauded as one of the world’s most spectacular beaches. The former Half Moon Bay Hotel was established in the 1950s and for decades was a sought-after vacation destination and resort playground for the international jet set. The new Rosewood will feature 47 pavilion-style suites, including a three-bedroom presidential suite. Each accommodation will feature breath-taking ocean views and thoughtful amenities finely tuned to the desires of today’s affluent explorer, including private infinity plunge pools, hammocks, open-air baths and showers and live orchid walls in each bathroom.

Boasting a design that reflects the lush locale, the aesthetic borrows from historic Caribbean and architectural pioneers to offer a classic and timeless feel coupled with modern amenities and services.

“With its secluded location and breathtaking beach, Half Moon Bay is one of the world’s most stunning hidden gems and a natural destination for Rosewood’s affluent explorers,” said Sonia Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Rosewood Hotel Group. “We look forward to integrating Rosewood’s Sense of Place philosophy into Antigua’s incredible natural environment, to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.”

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Press > Regional Hotel Design Builds Relationships with Guests

Regional Hotel Design Builds Relationships with Guests

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Andrés Osorio, OBMI Hospitality Designer, discussed how the designing of properties needs to appeal to experience-driven consumers in the Caribbean, while he shared insights on how regional hotel design can help build relationships with the guest.

Quoted in Hotel News Now, Andrés remarked, "In regional design, you have to be true to your location, have a stable plan to enhance and preserve your environment and connect to your community. There's no way to create great experiences without investing in the community." Speaking to the firm's project in St. George's, the St. Regis Bermuda, Andrés discussed the importance of designing a property that not only fits into, but also integrates with the land, "you have to accommodate the hotel to its place."

The other panelists added their insights on regional hotel design and what it meant for them. Neil Kolton, Director of the Caribbean and Florida resort sales and services for   Interval International  stated, "Each location has pluses and minuses, it's important to know the demographic you are catering to and recognize it."

Speaking at the Caribbean Hotel Investment and Operations Summit in Bermuda, Osorio was joined by nearly 300 hospitality industry executives to discuss opportunities and challenges in the region.

Read more about Contemporary Regional Design at Hotel News Now.