Press > HOSPITALITY DESIGN BEYOND COVID-19

HOSPITALITY DESIGN BEYOND COVID-19

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OBMI Senior Hospitality Designer released a special report for hospitality and travel sectors on design considerations to support hotels as they begin re-opening following COVID-19.

Miami, FL (June 23, 2019) – OBM International (OBMI) recently released a special report entitled 'Beyond COVID-19' written by Senior Design Associate, Giovanni Medina, detailing short, medium and long- term design solutions and new concepts for the hospitality and travel sector to help create safe, healthy environments for guests and staff alike.

Hotels in many countries are preparing to open to outside visitors after having been limited to lodging essential workers. But the threat of COVID-19 has cast a shadow over the travel and hospitality industry, which thrives on serving visitors in high volume.

For the foreseeable future, hotel owners and operators should expect guest expectations to be heightened to greater lengths than they did before the pandemic and the subsequent statewide shutdown. Supporting the hospitality and travel industry, the 'Beyond COVID-19' report provides insights and opportunities for the sectors to drive safety and hygiene initiatives for guests and staff alike.

While COVID-19 has caused great distress in the hospitality and tourism industry, it has simultaneously created opportunities for innovation. In the report, readers can learn solutions gathered from the healthcare industry, NASA scientists, and Columbia University, to name a few. The ideas presented in the report outline where improvements in hotels' meeting spaces, lobbies, guest rooms, and food and beverage outlets can evolve to meet the realities of public health as well as with the preferences of guests.

"The global pandemic halted travel in the short term, but its effects are going to last into the foreseeable future," said Giovanni Medina, OBMI Senior Design Associate. "As hotel designers and architects, we are always looking for ways to innovate and introduce new concepts to meet the constantly evolving needs of guests. Now more than ever, it's our responsibility to solve some of the challenges stemming from the pandemic so that guests feel safe, while also continuing to elevate convenience and the overall guest experience."

The report ‘Beyond COVID-19’ is available for download through OBMI’s website:
https://www.obmi.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/OBMI_Beyond-Covid_19-1.pdf

For more information on this topic, please contact marketing@obmi.com.





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Press > AHEAD Awards: Rosewood Little Dix Bay Shortlisted

AHEAD Awards: Rosewood Little Dix Bay Shortlisted

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AHEAD is a global celebration of hospitality experience and design. The awards are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of the exceptional, recognizing design in all its forms, and the guest experiences created in hospitality projects worldwide.

The shortlist for AHEAD Americas 2020 has been announced. In the Resort Hotel category, Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands has been shortlisted.

Completed in January 2020, the renovation and redesign of the resort was led by New York designers, Meyer Davis alongside lead-architect OBM International on behalf of CTF Development and Rosewood Hotel Group.

Inspired by its supreme setting with architecture positioned to follow the lines of the landscape, lead architecture firm OBMI modernized the resort’s suite accommodations and new Reef House restaurant while focusing on resilient design solutions, while the property’s new design by New York-based design team Meyer Davis evokes a relaxed yet refined sense of luxury, carefully curated to both highlight and harmonize with the island’s endless natural beauty.  Drawing inspiration from the eccentric and playful era in which the resort was built, while concurrently incorporating Rockefeller’s original vision of “earth in balance,” the unique resort celebrates the energy of the 1960s in a contemporary, eco-friendly manner with the footprint and structures of the property remaining the same.

“Over the last four years, the OBMI and Meyer Davis teams have worked diligently to illuminate the spirit of sophisticated island living, all while honoring the resort’s illustrious legacy,” said Andreas Pade, managing director of Rosewood Little Dix Bay. “Each piece of the property’s new guest suites and design has been thoughtfully dreamt up, and expertly realized, to evoke a sense of laid-back luxury. We are proud to officially introduce the reimagined retreat to heritage guests and first-time visitors alike.” 

The winners will be announced on Wednesday 10 June.

Article Source:
https://www.aheadawards.com/americas/2020/shortlist


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Press > Hospitality Design: Celebrating Bermudian Vernacular Architecture

Hospitality Design: Celebrating Bermudian Vernacular Architecture

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The St. Regis Bermuda will celebrate Bermudian vernacular architecture.


Known for its pink sand beaches and pastel-hued buildings, Bermuda is small but mighty, withstanding the many hurricanes and tropical storms that have battered the island over the years. Stretching 22 miles, the destination is prime for a comeback, with occupancy hitting 63 percent in November 2019, according to STR, while Visit Bermuda saw an 8.2 percent year-over-year increase of vacation and leisure visitors. Part of the reason for the resurgence is new and renovated properties popping up along the coast.

The St. Regis Bermuda will celebrate Bermudian vernacular architecture.

Situated in the town of St. George’s and set in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 122-key St. Regis Bermuda will wrap the coastline when it debuts in 2021. “The standout is the approach to the architecture,” says OBMI associate and lead hospitality designer Andrés Osorio, who was inspired by old Bermudian cottages. Multilevel rooflines and “increased proportions accommodate the contemporary lifestyle of this era,” he adds. For the interiors, Design Duncan Miller Ullmann enriched the property through “purposeful irreverence, saturated colors, and bold geometry,” says Eric Ullmann, president and design principal of the Dallas firm. Indoor-outdoor spaces will expand the connection with nature, while guestrooms with private balconies and outdoor living spaces will offer welcome moments of respite.

The Bermudiana Beach Resort is slated for a 2020 opening, also designed by OBMI Architecture Firm.

Hilton’s debut property in Bermuda, the Bermudiana Beach resort, will be nestled on a cliff that overlooks the island’s South Shore. Slated to open this year, the architectural design of the 111-key Tapestry Collection property is led by OBMI Regional Director, Colin Campbell. To be as welcoming to vacationing families as to honeymooning couples, a warm, inviting design reflects the natural beauty of the island while reinterpreting Bermuda’s history through a contemporary lens.

Original Article:
https://www.hospitalitydesign.com/projects/hotels-resorts-wellness/places-bermuda/






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Press > Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s Much-Longed-For Rebirth

Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s Much-Longed-For Rebirth

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Rebirth of Rosewood Little Dix Bay


Looking for an idyllic tropical hideaway, a resort steeped in legendary history yet exuberantly refreshed and reimagined? In the celebrated annals of luxurious, nature-loving Caribbean retreats that brim with who’s-who lore, the British Virgin Islands is home to iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay, newly reopened on Virgin Gorda this month after a four-year, at times tumultuous, closure. Secluded on 500 acres with a half-mile, powdery white sand beach, landmark Rosewood Little Dix Bay will undoubtedly be the happy talk of the turquoise sea during 2020 and beyond.
Founded more than a half-century ago by businessman and ardent conservationist Laurance Rockefeller (grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller), Little Dix Bay sparkled as an eco-conscious haven, a gem of his RockResorts properties, which were embraced by environment-attentive, well-heeled, privacy-preferring travelers, such as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Charles, as well as film stars and financial titans. Little Dix Bay changed ownership in 1993, joining Rosewood Hotel Group. In 2016, a planned renovation commenced. But a few months before its reopening, Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s future dramatically shifted. Fueled by nearly 200 mile-per-hour winds, Hurricane Irma, in 2017, centered its Category 5 eye directly over the property—devastating it and much of the neighboring community. The catastrophic result required a total rethink, a major and deep-breath rebuilding.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay’s much-longed-for rebirth this month feels like a baptism of sorts, a recognition of commitment and fortitude, realized hopes and dreams. It deserves a resounding high-five to everyone who came together—management and the people of Virgin Gorda and the British Virgin Islands—to transform upheaval into uplift. Their can-do spirit is a graceful affirmation of the power of renewal.
Masterful architecture company OBMI and New York-based design team Meyer Davis unfolded the metamorphosis. Eighty all-new guest rooms—one- and two-bedroom suites and villas with unobstructed water views—incorporate the latest modern amenities into an earth-appreciating aesthetic, showcasing natural materials, such as stone and wood, in artistic and fashion-savvy ways. Nodding to Rockefeller’s earlier era, Meyer Davis had fun paying tribute to the jet-set 1960s (with Jacqueline Kennedy as muse) by designing mid-century modern furnishings and integrating artwork and sculptural elements that exude playfulness: retro photographs of women wearing bathing caps; a cabinet of curiosities in the Great Room. Colored in soft earth-and-sea hues, guest rooms feature fantastical outdoor showers; some suites have their own plunge pools. Lushly replanted, floral gardens and palm trees are eye-catching and eye-soothing.
“Little Dix Bay has been such a darling of Caribbean travelers for 56 years,” says managing director Andreas Pade in an exclusive interview. “So from a Rosewood perspective, we are very proud of how we have been able to keep the resort’s identity and character intact, yet give the food and beverage as well as the service experiences a much more sophisticated feel—along with a distinct barefoot luxury approach.”
In addition to Little Dix Bay’s verdant beauty, its architectural and engineering advancements, such as protective shuttering, hurricane-proof windows and hurricane-minded construction, are fortified. “This project has had its share of trials,” continues Pade. “The process has been very long. What personally gives me the most joy is seeing the resort open again—and all the positive reactions from new and legacy guests alike. [To paraphrase Theodore Roosevelt] ‘Nothing easy is ever worthwhile doing.’”






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Press > Revamped Rosewood Little Dix Bay Returning Early 2020

Revamped Rosewood Little Dix Bay Returning Early 2020

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One of the Caribbean’s most legendary resorts is making its long-awaited comeback in the first quarter of 2020. The historic Rosewood Little Dix Bay resort on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is set to relaunch in January, according to a spokesperson for the company.
Rosewood Little Dix Bay, set a spectacular crescent of sand in the southwestern corner of Virgin Gorda, will have a mix of cottages, suites and large villas. Food and beverage concepts will be comprised of the Sugar Mill eatery, the “wholesome slow food”-focused Pavilion; the Rum Room, an open-air rum bar; and The Reef House, offering a farm-to-table culinary experience. And yes, the resort’s renowned Sense, a Rosewood Spa, will return, along with a fitness center with state-of-the-art training equipment. The resort will feature two pools: the Pavilion Pool, set at the edge of the beach, and the spa infinity pool, a tiered ocean-view pool.
It will be a triumphant return for a hotel that has been closed since 2016, when it began a large-scale, multimillion-dollar renovation project lead by . That project came to a halt in 2017, when Hurricane Irma came through the BVI.
Now, the renovation and transformation of the resort, the largest of the property since Rockefeller founded the property more than a half century ago.
Its reopening will reestablish Little Dix Bay as arguably the premier resort in the BVI, joining a luxury portfolio in the archipelago that includes standouts like Guana Island and Scrub Island, among others.

Learn more: Caribbean Journal

Rosewood selected New York-based Meyer Davis Studio Inc. to lead the renovation and oversee the overall design concept for the resort’s refresh. OBMI, a Miami-based architectural firm, was selected as lead architect to manage the new structure of the Beach Grill and the remodel of the resort’s guest rooms and suites. Landscape Contractors and Design (LCD) carried out the design and overall enhancement of the resort’s landscaping, lighting and signage. Learn more about OBMI's vision for Rosewood Little Dix Bay: here.


Press > Hospitality Wellness Expert Panel

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.