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Buy a five-star hotel apartment as luxury home

Coco Marilyn Monroe. Howard Omar Sharif… All of them their home in a smart for a spell. whether during a or as a lifestyle choice .

It’s an prospect for the cash-rich. chore-shy. cleaning and laundry taken of without the nuisance of organising own staff ; use of facilities. such as a spa or garden. without the hassle of them ; a concierge at one’s and call. and fellow guests to with if desired .

No wonder. that more and more international types – outside the realm – are making this their own. Indeed. are going further. Rather merely renting a suite. are buying homes within or to five-star hotels. in cities they do business or favourite spots .

Sometimes they may from appealing perks. as climate-controlled wine storage and to private galleries ; and the apartments are exquisitely furnished. available on a “ bring your toothbrush ” All this attracts a premium – and are cashing in on the trend .

In London. the 86 at One Hyde Park. linked to the Mandarin Oriental hotel and marketed ( off-plan ) in 2006, are a example – although controversial. due to staggering price tags ( up to million ) and because many. primarily investments. have been lived in .

Similar are nearing completion around the When the Shangri-La opens in the in May. hot on its heels will 10 associated apartments. each at least one of the 13 floors between the and viewing gallery. each 360-degree views .

Across the Thames. the imposing Port of London Authority at 10 Trinity Square is being into a top-end hotel apartments. On nearby Bishopsgate. the of Heron Plaza will residences within the Four hotel. which is due to open year .

As well as occupying buildings. such developments in all sizes. some with than 100 apartments. others only one. Recently on the at £1.95m with Knight was a Savoy Court two-bedroom. apartment with direct to the Savoy hotel .

A three-bedroom with an interior door to the Hotel. Mayfair. fetched to its asking price of £18m last year. Its developer. went to town on the interior – are in silk. animal skin or bathrooms in Breccia Capraia and furnishings include a suede-lined of drawers .

“ Demand for homes a higher service element has increasing. so now. where we incorporate a relationship with a ,” says Alex Michelin. of Finchatton .

“ Businessmen who move several cities want to own an in each and have some of things in it – artwork. perhaps. or of their families ,” he says. “ But also want the heating on and flowers in each room ; want to be able to order service or book a spa treatment. want the best of both ”

A serviced Lansbury apartment.

In Finchatton’s developments. half the live there year-round ; pop in for business or pleasure. Last the company also completed the six apartments opposite Harrods and a few from the Capital. a small. five-star hotel. The properties ( ) came royally fitted. Hermès wallpaper and Missoni and more than half the went to British buyers .

“ The premium on an apartment with a connection depends on the level of and choice of hotel. but servicing by one of top luxury hotels can command a of 20 per cent ,” adds Michelin .

If push up the price. so can layout. Gilbert-Green of Strutt and Parker. who is the resale of a fourth-floor “ lateral ” at One Park with a view of Nichols ( £20.95m. plus a year in charges ), says. “ The Oriental is a huge sell. But the factor is that Middle-Eastern. and Russian clients look for space – it’s what used to. This drives up the ”

Many apartments at One Hyde are second or third homes. but was the case even a century ago at. Eaton Square. points out If anything. London is behind the Asia and the US have led the way. and projects are now increasingly materialising in locations across the world .


Between the Duomo and the Vecchio in Florence is the 15th-century Tornabuoni. where 27 apartments recently been completed. high ceilings. Venetian and original frescoes ( a mid-priced apartment costs €3m through Frank ).

The building has a fitness centre. steam room. cigar and wine storage. and a club can arrange access to private art or weekend activities. such as on country estates or hunting boar. In addition. residents are at the Four Seasons hotel. a few streets away ( a shuttle between the two ) in the recently restored della Gherardesca. which has gardens. a 91ft pool and a restaurant .

Similarly sophisticated is latest project. Du Parc Private Residences. 40 minutes’ from Geneva. The hotel first built residences for ownership in 1999, near and has added more in places as Istria. Jakarta and St Moritz .

The 22 at Du Parc. from two-bedroom to five-bedroom villas. have built to compete with lakeside mansions. A few are still priced from six million francs. While there is no hotel. on site are a spa. restaurants. concierges and wine all overseen by Kempinski for an extra of exclusivity .

“ Buyers typically to us off the back of experiencing our hotels ; know our service and lifestyle and to make it part of their ,” says Mike Haemmerli. vice-president for development .

Aman is offering its first European at its Greek hotel. Amanzoe. opened in 2012 and is near the of Porto Heli on the east of the Peloponnese. Plots of one to five are ready for the construction of customised with pools ( €3m-€7m. Savills ). “ You pick a plot and build you a villa. ’ ” says Leverett. associate director. international. at Savills. “ It’s prime location. where families have houses. ”

In addition to its spa. tennis and art gallery. Amanzoe is able to a helicopter for charter and sleek so residents can explore the locale in .

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Savills also has homes for at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. in due to open in June near a marina frequented by superyachts. Set olive groves and pines. the has three private beaches. a and marina access rights .

of the 98 villas. each with a pool and sea view. and the 116 apartments. use of a golf buggy to get around the and can call upon hotel for in-villa catering. Eighty per of the homes have been for prices up to €5.9m .

“ People are to them because they confidence in the service of the Mandarin They know someone have filled their and that they can call on the ,” says Leverett. “ Buyers pay a but they sell at a premium. and it’s always easy to out a property that is run by a hotel. better yields. Most at the Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. don’t plan to let them Often they’re looking for a or fourth home. ”


In places where “ hotel ” are already well established. are building more at the top end of the market .

Outstanding developments in holiday include 20 villas by Como at Yamu in Phuket. the five-star group’s first Thai Each house ( US$ 1.6m-$ ) has a pool and the interiors are by Italian Paola Navone. Residents can join in yoga classes at the and go snorkelling or kayaking .

Sugar Residences. St Lucia

On St Lucia in the at Viceroy Resort’s Sugar Residences 36 two — to six-bedroom properties ($ 2.5 m-$ 9m ) are being built in style. each with an pool and a tropical garden. The at the newly refurbished resort are 24/7.

In Miami. beach meets boardroom at the St Regis Bal Residences ($ 2 m-$ 11m ), where homeowners can in an oceanside cabana equipped Wi-Fi. telephone. flatscreen and minibar .

It’s in New York. that new heights are being dramatically hit. At the Pierre. a Fifth Avenue hotel run by Taj a vast penthouse apartment Central Park and spanning 41-43 is now on the market for $ 95 m .

Its centrepiece is a 75ft. double-height living the hotel’s original ballroom. high society gathered for balls in the Thirties and parties and continued into the Seventies. The is asked to pay cash. as the building is a and fees are $ 42,720 per month. past owners of the 75 apartments. from some of the hotel’s 700 rooms in 1959, are Elizabeth Richard Nixon and Yves .

The property last changed in 1999, when financial Martin Zweig bought it for $ m. then a record. from an newspaper heiress who had refurbished the turning it into an extravagant space. Zweig put it on the market for $ 70 m in but it didn’t shift. then. his death last year. it was for $ 125 m. and later reduced .

Just a couple of blocks another tower will rise above all others. At 96 the 1,936ft-high 432 Park Avenue be the tallest residential building in the hemisphere and is to contain apartments ( $ 7 m ) that are fit for a film star. As as an in-house spa. pool and residents can make the most of the appointed Four Seasons next door .

Given the and with all this in the offing. everyone quite like to their inner Coco and live the life of the Ritz ?

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