The M Collective Newswire – Winter 2024

Here is a quick round up of what’s coming up this year. More to come!



Zurich’s first grand hotel, this iconic landmark will be transformed blending modern luxury with historic charm and Mandarin Oriental’s legendary service.

On the famous Paradeplatz, the Mandarin Oriental Savoy, Zurich lies steps away from the historic old town and the charming promenade leading to Lake Zurich. Founded by Johannes Baur in 1838, this iconic property was Zurich’s first grand hotel and has now been transformed by Paris-based interior designer Tristan Auer, with beautifully curated interiors that merge historical details with modern style. Many of the 44 rooms and 36 suites offer balconies, terraces or private rooftops, and the hotel features some of the city’s largest suites.

Guests can embark on a culinary adventure and savour global flavours in four captivating dining venues. Intimate and sophisticated, Orsini is a fine-dining Italian restaurant led by Consultant Chef Antonio Guida, from the two-Michelin-starred Seta at Mandarin Oriental, Milan. It showcases authentic Italian culinary traditions with a contemporary international approach using the best, freshest ingredients sourced locally and from Italy. The glamorous, French-inspired Savoy Brasserie & Bar offers all-day dining and signature cocktails. Guests can also enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the new 1838 rooftop bar with a choice of Asian delights.



A sensitive refurbishment takes a well-loved eco-lodge into the next chapter of its story

When it opened in 1991 andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge, set in conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond’s 70,560-acre Phinda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, was lauded as one of the first true eco-lodges. Now, as the context of contemporary luxury safari evolves, the much-loved lodge has undergone an extensive rebuild, with a new elegant, minimalist interior design, which retains subtle references to its original ‘Zulu-zen’ décor, revealed as the lodge welcomed its first guests back in December.

The lodge is built in a rare sand forest, one of only a few left in the world, home to important endemic plant species, as well as some of South Africa’s rarest animals. Interior designers Fox Browne Creative, who have worked on the refurbishments of the other five lodges on the reserve, have partnered with architectural designer Jack Alexander to craft the new Phinda Forest Lodge, maximising the connection to the forest through wide open views throughout the lodge. Major structural additions include a family suite, a library and lounge, a newly reshaped and tiered pool, and significant upgrades to the main dining and bar areas. An all-new massage sala has been created next to the pool.

In line with andBeyond’s impact model, the lodge will offer immersive experiences focused on the conservation of species such as white and black rhinoceros and Temminck’s ground pangolin, bringing its guests experiences that go beyond the expectation of average luxury to leave our world a better place.



A contemporary design-led hotel in the heart of Mayfair’s Hanover Square

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, London, set on historic Hanover Square in the heart of one of London’s most stylish neighbourhoods, where fashion, media, art and business intersect, opens in early 2024. The new hotel has been designed by architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, with interiors by Tokyo based studio Curiosity and UK based designers Indigo, to create 50 sleek and discreet rooms and suites.  This intimate new addition to the Mandarin Oriental portfolio will take full advantage of its iconic situation by unlocking the door to exclusive experiences for guests and MO Fans and include the first namesake Akira Back restaurant in the UK from Michelin Star award winning Chef Akira Back, his ‘ABar Lounge’, and rooftop terrace with views over the city skyline.  The urban spa is focussed on renewal and recalibration, with treatments and therapies by Seed to Skin, Swiss Perfection and OTO.



The embodiment of the leisurely spirit of Formentera – whilst respecting its natural surroundings.

Dunas de Formentera is the latest addition to Pablo Carrington’s Marugal portfolio of one-off hotels in Spain, France, and Switzerland.

When it opens this May, with just 44 rooms and suites, amongst the dunes of Mijorn Beach on Formentera, it will reveal low key, chic interiors by designer Antonio Obrador.  His distinctive work graces other well-known and loved hotels in the portfolio, including Cap Rocat in Mallorca; Gecko Hotel & Beach Bar, also on Formentera; Palacio Solecio in Old Town Malaga; and Hotel Urso in Madrid.  A driving force of all Marugal’s hotels is to respect the environment, to use what is already there – and Dunas de Formentera will be no different.

The result?  Simplicity and elegance – creating a peaceful and welcoming ambience.  The hotel will also offer an infinity pool and direct access to the sea.



A reimagining for the chic, sophisticated tented camp overlooking the Timbavati Riverbed

andBeyond Ngala Tented Camp is set for an extensive refurbishment that will reimagine its much-loved intimate, exclusive bush experience,  whilst retaining its classic tented feel sense of adventure and bush romance. Known and loved for its ample wildlife – which includes rarities such as African wild dog and the area’s famous white lions, the camp is deep in the andBeyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park.  Retaining the camp’s elegant balance between traditional and contemporary, the new interiors will combine local Shangaan-inspired mid-century silhouettes with regional embroidered designs and textiles, all against the backdrop of its signature granite stone and canvas. Tranquil and gracious, Ngala Tented Camp will continue to welcome children over the age of twelve, providing a romantic and private alternative to the more family-friendly Ngala Safari Lodge in the north of the reserve.



A transformative refurbishment for the exclusive island paradise off the North East coast of Zanzibar

Conservation-led luxury travel company andBeyond will reopen its lodge on Mnemba, an island paradise off the north-eastern coast of Zanzibar, after an extensive refurbishment. Renowned for its natural sense of exclusivity, Mnemba’s barefoot luxury is set to be re-imagined, ensuring its intimate and relaxed island charm undergoes a few exciting evolutions.  By long-time andBeyond collaborators Fox Browne Creative and Nicholas Plewman Architects, the refurbishment will retain the casual and sophisticated feel of the island, whilst incorporating a touch of additional elegance with twelve new beach bandas offering additional space for comfort.  The new design will protect the feeling of being open to nature,  while still offering the ultimate in privacy. Each banda has two entrances, one directly from the beach and the other from the island’s interior forest. To cater for an increasing desire for wellbeing, the Wellness Banda will offer two treatment rooms and an outdoor yoga deck with daily classes. A brand-new Dive Centre will be expanded to offer even more low-impact island activities, some of which will include all-day dhow cruises, hydrofoil bikes, catch-and-release fishing, kayaking, a selection of beach games and much more.



A new hotel for the village of Fitzrovia, created by a team of like-minded hoteliers and restaurateurs

Sitting on its namesake Newman Street in London’s Fitzrovia, The Newman is the first hotel from the new international hospitality management company Kinsfolk & Co. Fitting effortlessly into the creative village of Fitzrovia, where the culture of Bloomsbury meets the style of Soho, the contemporary hotel with 81 rooms and suites, European brasserie, cocktail bar and wellness floor, is set to be an instant new destination for the neighbourhood. The Newman is created by a team of like-minded hoteliers and restaurateurs, who have all spent decades working in London and the UK and have a great love for the capital.  It has been designed by Lind + Almond, known for creating spaces with an understated yet worldly eclecticism.



Winter 2024 will see the opening of one of Valletta’s only true luxury boutique hotels in the heart of Malta’s capital. Romègas Hotel, a 500-year-old protected palazzo that was originally built for Mathurin Romègas, a distinguished Knight of Malta, has been painstakingly restored to UNESCO standards, bringing it into the modern day whilst respecting its heritage. This is one of very few palazzos that are being restored in Valletta.

The restoration project, led by Maltese based EM Architects, which has taken over five years and had two floors being added, will see the hotel open with 23 individually designed rooms and suites. Family-owned Maltese designers Camilleri Paris Mode took inspiration from the city’s rich history for the chic interior design, which includes traditional terrazzo flooring and wood panelling, while the exterior features a striking façade which has been restored by artisans using hand-carved stone, and traditional Maltese balconies with views onto the sepia streets of Valletta.

The restored interiors, along with the destination restaurant by renowned Maltese Chef Marvin Gauci, will reflect a contemporary interpretation of Valletta and Malta, while celebrating the history of the city. A stylish bar and rooftop pool with views of Valletta, the bay, and Manoel Island are the finishing touches at this refreshingly independent and intimate city hotel.