Award-winning hospitality group YTL Hotels is looking forward to an exciting period that will see two stunning new venues join an expanding portfolio. The Academy will open in London’s West End in April 2018 while Monkey Island Estate in Berkshire is slated for a spring 2018 launch.
The Academy comprises a collection of five Georgian townhouses combined into one charming hotel. Following a multi-million pound refurbishment programme The Academy will become part of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection.
Renowned New York-based designer Alexandra Champalimaud is overseeing the refurbishment of The Academy, creating an engaging blend of modern and vintage with a nod to the lives and loves of the Bloomsbury Set who lived and worked in the area in the early 20th Century. As with their distinctive interiors at YTL’s first British property, The Gainsborough Bath Spa, Champalimaud Design will juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, comfortable city style to create a contemporary take on townhouse living.
Drawing on the area’s heritage, Champalimaud Design has been inspired by The Bloomsbury Set, the influential group of writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists which included Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster. The Academy’s interiors will reflect the casual exuberance, style and bonhomie for which this group of individuals are known.
Brimming with personality and unique little quirks, The Academy will house 50 elegant guest rooms across its five townhouses. Large sash windows ensure guest rooms feel light and airy. Elegant light fittings, large mirrors, patterned wallpaper, timeless furniture, comfortable velvet chairs and marble bathrooms set the tone for a relaxed and sophisticated space.
A redesign of public spaces will see The Alchemy Bar re-housed on the ground floor, leading through to a beautiful garden. The lower ground floor will house The Refectory, an intimate breakfast room and function space.
Steeped in glamorous yet laidback luxury, The Academy will be the perfect spot for city breaks to the Capital.
Monkey Island Estate
Set across seven acres, the restored Monkey Island Estate will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites. Once again enlisting the help of Champalimaud Design, YTL’s superb renovation means visitors from London and beyond yet again have a private countryside estate to enjoy.
Monkey Island has an intriguing history dating back 800 years and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals. The striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings will now make up the main hotel areas surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens. The furnishings of Monkey Island will juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside style, creating a unique blend of past and present.
Monkey Island will be the perfect retreat for those wanting to take a foodie pilgrimage to the culinary excellence of Bray. The only village in the world that lays claim to three Michelin-starred restaurant, including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, Bray has long been a destination for gastronomic-enthusiasts. Monkey Island will also be making its own mark on the area with their relaxed Monkey Island Brasserie serving up modern British cuisine.
Monkey Island has constantly reflected the mood of the time, from medieval religious power, serene Georgian privilege or restrained Edwardian leisure – even the joyous freewheeling 1960s. Steeped in stylish yet laidback luxury, it will be the perfect spot for weekend escapes from the city, weddings and romantic breaks. For those who want to enjoy Bray-on-Thames in comfort and style, Monkey Island will be the ideal retreat to experience the rejuvenation of this historic landmark to its full former glory.
YTL Hotels owns and manages a prestigious collection of award-winning resorts, hotels, boutique experiences and Spa Villages with a hospitality footprint across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Japan, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, including Pangkor Laut Resort, voted the world’s best resort in 2003 by Condé Nast Traveller UK. The group also co-owns the Eastern & Oriental Express luxury train. The Gainsborough Bath Spa, the only hotel in Bath to be part of the Leading Hotels of the World’s collection of legendary hotels, was named one of the Top 10 Hotel Spas in Europe. Visit ytlhotels.com for more information.