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    News bites – 27 August 2020

    Live like Marilyn at the Beverly Hills Hotel

    Marilyn Monroe lived on and off at the Beverly Hills Hotel, moving between bungalows one and seven, and then 20 and 21 with Yves Montand when she was filming ‘Let’s Make Love’. She would often dine at table six in the Polo Lounge.

    The iconic bungalows hosted many of Hollywood’s royalty, including Howard Hughes who spent over thirty years in Bungalow four, Lauren Bacall who lived in Bungalow ten while she was filming Designing Woman at the hotel with Gregory Peck in 1956, and Marlene Dietrich calling the hotel home for several years.

    Marilyn Monroe. Image courtesy of the Dorchester Collection

    The bungalows have recently been restored and designed to enhance the modern Californian style while maintaining the property’s existing residential feel. Colour palettes have been inspired by warm Southern California tones, such as rust, pinks, greens and golds. Furniture styles include a mix of tailored 40s French and Hollywood Regency. Key finishes include decorative wallpapers, custom embroidered panels, hand-stenciled patterns, intricate floor inlays, and silk accent pillows. State-of-the-art technological upgrades, such as light and temperature control panels and premier Bang Olufsen TVs, were also made.

    If you would like a taste of the Monroe life from sipping on Dom to unwinding in a bubble bath, The Beverly Hills Hotel will make you feel like the screen goddess with their Lived Like Marilyn package. Guests will appreciate the following Marilyn Monroe-themed services and amenities:

    • Luxury bungalow accommodation for two
    • Dinner for two from Marilyn’s Menu, inspired by an interview that appeared in the 1952 issue of Pageant Magazine
    • ‘Some Like it Hot’ bubble bath experience
    • CHANEL N°5 perfume gift
    • Welcome bottle of Champagne
    • Guests who book Bungalow 1A will have the opportunity to capture their own Marilyn moment by recreating the iconic photo she took on a bench outside her favorite bungalow

    Dorchester Collection

    Dorchester Collection is a portfolio of some of the world’s foremost luxury hotels in Europe and the US, each of which reflects the distinctive culture of its destination. By applying its unrivalled experience and capability in owning and operating some of the greatest individual hotels, the company’s mission is to develop an impeccable group of the finest landmark hotels through acquisition as well as management of wholly-owned and part-owned hotels, and to enter into management agreements.

    The current portfolio includes the following hotels: The Dorchester, London; 45 Park Lane, London; Coworth Park, Ascot, UK; Le Meurice, Paris; Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris; Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan; Hotel Eden, Rome; The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills; and Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles.

    The Beverly Hills Hotel. Image courtesy of the Dorchester Collection


    Gwinganna is introducing a new style of wellness for 2020

    Tony de Leede, owner of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Wellness Solutions has introduced a new style of wellness fit for the twenty first century. This new style is being offered at no extra cost and is available to all guests at the retreat.

    Image courtesy of Wellness Solutions

    The new style is found in his company Wellness Solutions’ unrivalled wellness products which are:

    • The Breathing and Meditation Chair: The O2 Chair guides users to breathe more consciously slowly and deeply and includes air purifier oxygen concentrate, guiding breathing exercises and a zero gravity experience. It works by guiding you through breathing exercises while subtly repositioning the body and maximising the amount of oxygen your lungs and take in with each breath.The built in routines encourage breathing through the diaphragm which is strongly linked with yoga and meditation practices. This can lower the heart rate, improve muscle stability and promote deeper states of relaxation.
    • The Recovery chair: More than a traditional massage chair, this offers unique body scanning technology for a total mind and body recovery experience. It works by automatically measuring the length of your spine and adjusting the massage accordingly. Temperature controls evenly heat the body to increase blood flow and circulation and relieving fatigue.
    • The Infrared Sauna offers a combination of infrared technology and colour light therapy to restore physical and mental balance. It works by heating your body directly rather than a traditional sauna which heats the air around you and then heats your body. What this means is the infrared saunas can penetrate deep into muscle tissue and detoxify from the outside.Himalayan Pink Salt can be added to the sauna which naturally purifies the oxygen. Spending time in this salt therapy environment reduces stress, eases skin irritations and boosts energy.

    Guests at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat in the Tallebudgera Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland will be invited to experience these products at no charge from late October 2020.

    Tony de Leede one of the leading entrepreneurs in the global fitness industry is incredibly passionate about the growing need for wellness in all walks of life. He said, “My experience in wellness has enabled me to collect a range of industry-leading products that provide wellness and health benefits for users.”

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