Top tips with Jean-Michel Gathy

08 Mar 2018
2 min read
Luxury hospitality trends according to Jean-Michel Gathy, principal designer at Denniston Architects.

Jean-Michel Gathy is a go to name in luxury hospitality design and has been for over three decades.His iconic works as principal designer at Denniston Architect firm are considered some of the best in hotel and resort design and in 2006 was announced as a Platinum Circle Hospitality Design honouree.

Always taking into consideration the current trends, Jean-Michel seems to always manage to be one step ahead of the rest.His accolades include the Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives, Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort in China, The Setai in Miami, Amanyara in Turks-and-Caïcos, Aman Canal Grande Venice in Italy, Chedi Andermatt in Switzerland and the Chedi Muscat in Oman to name but a few.

His creative eye is always aware of new developments and the ways in which tourism and travel trends change. This includes remaining at the forefront of his profession even when the landscape of travel has been drastically altered by influences such as the Internet. Over recent years the impact that the Internet has had on travel habits has been completely revolutionized.

With an ever-changing tourism demographic, such as the increase in travel to and from China, India and Russia, Jean-Michel Gathy offers his hospitality tips to help you stay ahead of the rest with these four key predictions for the hotels of tomorrow.


Technology is key

Hotels are becoming ultra-connected. Customers never travel without their smartphone or tablet. This is having a big impact on their choice of hotel, sales network and design. For example, we no longer design desks for guest rooms. People work from their bed or at the beach.


Specialist hotels

Luxury hotels will become increasingly targeted. Previously, hotels wanted to offer all sorts of activities as they needed to attract as many guests as possible. Today, that no longer applies. There are many new travellers from emerging markets, meaning there are enough guests for hotels to target specifically. So we’ll see establishments that specialise in diving, with all the latest equipment and the best instructors, or yoga, cooking classes, wine and so on.


Environmentally conscious hotels

In luxury hotels, respect for the environment has become standard. The development of new technologies has brought new solutions for hotels, such as the processing of waste materials and water, more effective insulation, the use of local materials, geothermal energy, solar, wind power, etc. Clean and renewable energies are the future of hotels.


Restaurant sociability and diversity

Today, travellers want to meet people, talk with locals and interact with other guests. This has led us to review restaurant architecture, with furniture in different sizes and bigger tables where people can gather. The food offer is becoming increasingly diverse. Customers want to take their taste buds on a journey too, so we are building hotels with several restaurants offering different specialities: Italian, French and Asian cuisines.



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