InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has unveiled limited-edition suites in collaboration with leading British artist Claire Luxton. The Claire Luxton Suites in London, New York, and Dubai have been curated by the artist to bring the heritage of the brand to life and create a fully immersive experience. Bookable from now through to mid-July 2022, the experiences celebrate the joy of worldliness and the magic of global travel as told through a Claire Luxton lens.
The Claire Luxton London Suite experience
The London Suite on the 7th floor is already a stunning two-floor signature suite but the real difference is in these Claire Luxton designed details, creating a multi-sensory journey. Taking cues from her personal travels and inspirations, Luxton brings the worldliness story to life through the natural flora and fauna signature to her artwork in combination with an array of sensory experiences from the key card through to music and even a curated minibar.
The first thing you will be awestruck by is the array of fresh flowers that greet you. The ground floor of the suite is covered with stunning, bright bright floral arrangements that create a sense of real serenity and and fill the air with the sweet smell of the freshest flowers.
Every detail and room accent across the suites has been transformed to reflect Claire’s style with features including bespoke artwork, soft furnishings, and oversized Great Purple Emperor and Emerald Swallowtail-inspired butterflies – which are suspended from ceilings – that represent InterContinental hotels in Japan and Southeast Asia. There is even some ideas to explore London the Claire Luxton way with suggestions of luxurious things to do.
The bespoke playlist features an eclectic mix of songs that inspired the process of creating this experience. Listen closely to some of the song lyrics as you take in the scent coming from the flowers and also some diffusers with a richly sweet and familiar smell of oud. There is an iPad with an app by Philips called Hue – a smart lighting system with a pre programmed Claire Luxton lighting experience too creating a true multi sensory delight.
In the evening, a bath experience with a curated soundscape, aromas, and florals – including boat orchids as a nod to the more than 50 InterContinental hotels throughout China is a must experience element. Additional discoveries in the suites include a minibar with varied drinks and snacks from InterContinental destinations such as Brazil and France plus a special playlist and coffee table books reflecting Luxton’s travels. Each flower and animal within her work for InterContinental reflects a hotel or resort from its past, present, or future. In curating the design of these suites and experiences, Claire Luxton explores the delicate equilibrium between humans and nature while celebrating the magic of wanderlust.
The London Suite at The InterContinental London Park Lane
One of the Signature Suites, The London Suite is a 73sqm duplex apartment-style suite that has a really homely feel while offering spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooking the Royal Parks and Wellington Arch. This contemporary design is at its most impressive with a floating staircase to seamlessly link the two floors.
There are touches throughout that create luxury and comfort from an eight-seater sofa to a new perspective of the capital’s historic skyline upstairs, which can be enjoyed from the grand king-size bed, jet walk-in rain shower, or while soaking in the bath. The stunning suite is complete with bespoke furnishings, generous wardrobe space, and complimentary access to Club InterContinental on the 7th floor.
What about the rest of the hotel?
Claire Luxton has brought her touch to other areas of the hotels too:
- Lobbies have been transformed with butterflies and vibrant floral installations that pay homage to distinctive InterContinental locales around the world. InterContinental London Park Lane has partnered with Moyses Stevens, Official Florist to HRH The Queen, to bring to life the beauty of the English countryside and celebrate InterContinental London Park Lane being the site of the childhood home of Her Majesty.
- At InterContinental New York Barclay and Dubai Festival City, Claire Luxton-inspired food and beverage offerings will be available, including a selection of cocktails, mocktails, and afternoon tea.
- Curated uniform accessories adorn hotel staff, with team members wearing floral silk scarves and pocket squares featuring the Indian Peafowl – a nod to InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort.
- An exclusive Instagram filter has also been created by the artist utilizing elements of the InterContinental commissioned artwork.
Celebrating 75 years
This collaboration with Claire Luxton builds on the brand’s 75th Anniversary celebration. In December, Claire Luxton created an installation that was projected onto the façade of InterContinental London Park Lane. The artwork depicted the global journey of the pioneering luxury hotel brand – from motifs with a Blue and Yellow Macaw, representing the first InterContinental hotel in Belém, Brazil, to the Mediterranean Moluccella, spotlighting the brand’s growing portfolio in Italy with InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace opening later this year.
Tom Rowntree, Vice President of Global Marketing for Luxury Brands at IHG Hotels & Resorts, commented: “InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has delighted worldly travellers by bringing luxury experiences to every corner of the globe for more than 75 years. As we redefine our ethos of discovery and modern luxury, we’re excited to welcome visitors and locals alike with a fresh approach to the guest experience, starting with our collaboration with Claire Luxton. She’s tapped into her own global travels to inform and inspire her interpretation of the brand’s rich heritage and pioneering spirit. The result is a unique experience of discovery that captures the beauty and energy of InterContinental’s far-flung destinations.”
The Claire Luxton Experience will be available at InterContinental London Park Lane, InterContinental New York Barclay, and InterContinental Dubai Festival City until mid-July 2022.
Rates at InterContinental London Park Lane for The Claire Luxton Experience at The London Suite are from £3,950.
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All imagery courtesy of Philip Sinden.