Future of the Boutique Lifestyle Hotels

Madikwe Game Reserve. Amazing tree-house lodging is a fantastic eco-friendly idea.

What really made me become interested in being a part of the big vision of  the boutique and lifestyle hotels, is the dreams and visions which are still becoming global, and when it comes to being sustainability, the boutique and lifestyle hotels come to mind as futuristic, yet, coming up all over globally right now as we speak!  What I vision and see for the near future of the boutique and lifestyle brand is global and eco-friendly, and can be converted from something old into something new and trendy!  What I mean by this is say for example their is an old schoolhouse sitting out in the middle of nowhwere, well, these would be perfect boutique lifestyle hotels.  I can even see old schools in some cities, depending where they are located being turned into luxury schoolhouse boutique and lifestyle hotel accommodations instead of just tearing them down.  This way they can be remembered once as being a school and they could even be named after the school, in its memory?  In Switzerland, they are turning old jails into hotels.

“A prison is probably the last place on Earth most of us would want to spend the night, right? Well, for some of these converted prison hotels that still holds true: in Latvia, for example, ‘guests’ who pay to stay at a former KGB jail complex are subjected to humiliation and emotional torture. In other cases, however, notoriously terrifying prisons have since become luxurious 4-star hotels where you can cozily enjoy a stay in a former prison library or even the director’s office! Here are 5 examples from around the world that range from luxurious to downright frightening – then check out some of the world’s smallest and coolest hotel rooms. Next, check out these 70+ Amazing Theme, Castle, Jail and Art Hotels.”


Jail Hotel Interior Design

I can even see mini or portable accommodations being in all of our airports around the world for people whose flights may be delayed, bad weather, etc.  I really liked the concept of 200 rooms or less or even 100 rooms or less in certain boutique and lifestyle accommodations depending it where it may located.

The boutique and lifestyle has already begun turning caves and trees into hotels and if the caverns can stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter, what better accommodations when it comes to sustainability and being eco-friendly! I not only see the boutique and lifestyle becoming the new brand all over the world, but also as being a part of new public transportation when it comes to getting to and from your hotel, i.e. a riverfront which when the water gets high, you may be unable to get to your hotel, so you use the skylift as if you were on a ski slope.  I also see something such as a skylift being used to get you to and from your boutique and lifestyle hotels instead of using on the ground transportation, we could go with over the ground to get to our hotel properties and this would be part of the boutique lifestyle trend and also affiliated with the boutique lifestyle tourist attraction in whatever city, country, etc. you may be in. So, in other words when you hear the word boutique and lifestyle, you know that there is sightseeing over the ground, included in your hotel stay as well from your hotel. Now, these are just dreams I have for the near future and they may sound a bit crazy, but ideally think they could work.

As, Architecture & Design  The Future of Luxury Boutique Hotels By Roger G. Hill, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, The Gettys Group Inc. stated, “Boutique hotels are a continually evolving segment in the industry. Defying our definitions, boutiques can be historic or modern, adult or family-oriented, heavily themed, or eclectic. Once clearly identified as independent hotels with less than 100 rooms, well-known brands are adopting their characteristics in an attempt to capitalize on growing demand among travelers for a differentiated travel or lifestyle experience.”  http://hotelexecutive.com/business_review/1326/the-future-of-luxury-boutique-hotels

The main reason I loved the boutique and lifestyle is because of their uniqueness and the taking a risk of trying something very new concept.  The ICONIC SANTORINI, A Boutique Cave Hotel in:

The Iconic Santorini, a stylish boutique cave hotel, is the perfect place to experience the timelessness of this amazing island. Having the privilege of being located on the cusp of the volcanic cliff or caldera, with views that literally take your breath away, the Iconic Santorini embodies the unique architecture and lifestyle of the island, creating a laid back atmosphere conducive to rest.
You can take a look at some of our other boutique lifestyle hotel accommodations globally! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.508438245935358.1073741852.278339842278534&type=3

Check out more of our treehouse boutique lifestyle hotels around the world, and can you imagine yourself vacationing in one for your next luxury vacation of a lifetime?http://www.luxurytravelmagazine.com/worlds-best/tree-house-hotels.php

You may go the BLLA’s hotel engine website and take a look at our boutique lifestyle trendy hotels all around the globe and happy travels!  http://www.blla.org/blla-directory.htm

For information on becoming a member you may go to: http://www.blla.org/blla-members.htm

Jail Hotel Interior Design

We look forward to you staying in the boutique and lifestyle hotel accommodations for your next vacation of a lifetime. Happy Travels! http://www.blla.org


Why Sustainability is Important to Culture and Places Boutique Travel a proud member of the BLLA

Culture & Places Boutique Travel’s Mission is to support a sustainable world and reflect the values of our guests, clients by using boutique lifestyle hotels that are non-intrusive, high quality, using eco-friendly products and services.

Boutique hotels are leading the sustainability charge in the hospitality industry, according to the Guardian.

Read more: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/07/24/boutique-hotels-show-sustainable-way/#ixzz3IXwKftUx

Why is sustainable hospitality paramount? The hospitality segment has a noteworthy effect on the earth through vitality and water utilization, utilization of consumable items, and strong and risky waste era. These effects make costs for accommodation hospitality suppliers in diminished incomes, expanded working expenses, and worker costs. Embracing reasonable sustainable hospitality projects can give a noteworthy playing point to organizations in the hospitality division.

What does Social Sustainability need to do with my business?

Being a socially sustainable business means being a “decent business,” makes items offer more in light of the fact that your business is a trustworthy and respectable organization, and it implies less hazard for your organization. Since by executing social manageable quality, your business is moderating danger. While by overlooking social sustainability, your business broadly opens itself up to future risk and human rights issues.

For instance, if your organization happens to outsource to one of these industrial facilities that is esteemed hazardous for laborers and something sad then happens to the specialists, you will have enormous issues staring you in the face that your business simply can-not manage. In the event that something to that effect were to happen, you’re yielding your item and brand name, as well as the whole organizations notoriety in general.

Also that its basically harsh to treat individuals the way they’re being dealt with as far and wide as possible. Everybody merits clean and safe working conditions, and everybody merits reasonable working pay. Now is the right time to put an end to social unreliability and turning the brush off to the numerous shameful acts that keep on being cleared under the floor covering as far and wide as possible. Also its currently time for social sustainability quality and uniformity for all.

What happens when we overlook and disregard social sustainability?

With such a great amount of concentrate on Environmental Sustainability and Economic Sustainability, it appears that insufficient attention is on Social Sustainability. A group is not simply its surroundings – its the individuals in the group. The social environment is similarly imperative as the physical environment itself, consequently Social Sustainability ought to be at the cutting edge of the world’s worry as we advance later on.

How can Boutique Hotels be sustainable, ecological and profitable?

The BLLA continually tries to encourage the industry and its members to be aware of its responsibilities and the need for sustainability.

Green Globe Sustainability CertificationOne of our sponsoring partners is Green Globe, who are the leading the way in the hospitality industry with providing global certification in sustainability.  They work with a number of research, tourism councils and environmental agencies to develop viable strategies that hotels can implement into their businesses and increase their opportunity for globally recognised certification.

And one of our newest members the Clean Agency, works within an organization to build internal momentum around environmental priorities, creating broad acceptance among stakeholders and identifying critical ways to help the organisation embrace sustainable practises.  Clean Agency Sustainable Strategies for Boutique HotelThey already work with a variety of organisations and companies including California Department of Conservation & US Green Building Council; Warner Bros & Mattel Toys.

These type of companies can really help hotel owners and managers fulfil the objective of making their properties sustainable, ecologically-sound and at the same time profitable.  It’s a challenge that we all have to face up to, to ensure a  prosperous and lasting future!

WHY The Boutique Lifestyle?

We at Culture and Places Boutique Travel a proud member of the BLLA, would like to extend a warm welcome to our CPBT Blog, where we post informative news about the boutique lifestyle and why we chose to be a part of this great organization!

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"Sustainability is the key to our survival on this planet and will also determine success on all levels."~ Shari Arison

What is Experiential Travel?

Experiential travel is a pattern in tourism and is otherwise called “inundation travel”. It is a methodology to voyaging which concentrates on encountering a nation, city or specific place by associating with its history, individuals and society.

To experience the travel of a lifetime travelling countries you have never ever travelled, learning different cultures, making new and exciting friends along the way, or even volunteering in a country, and helping those children, who are even though less fortunate than us, but very strong individuals because they had to be.

What really comes to mind when I hear this word experiential, is taking a group of children to visit a very needy country, so they can volunteer and actually see and help those children with much less or hardly nothing, that they may complain about not having enough of.  It seems like when you have sacrifice and have hardly nothing, it tends to make you very strong.

Seems to me that kids of other countries, tend to have such big smiles when they see that somebody actually cares about them! It will help our kids see and know how to appreciate and be grateful for what they have, and also to give a better sense of helping others without expecting anything in return which to myself is priceless in itself and way better which money cannot buy.  Our kids need this experience and to learn about others helps us to know just who we really are in a way of speaking!

The thought behind experiential travel is that explorers are sightseers, as well as rather drench themselves into the society, history and lives of the individuals in any specific goal. They can do this by staying in mainly claimed and worked housing, consuming at restaurants frequented by local people, having nearby aides, going to a provincial celebration and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Experiential travel makes me think about somebody I studied while at the community college, and that was Viktor Frankel and how he survived after being arrested, and observed those during his practicing medicine at the Nazi prison camp, how strong they had to be because of unfortunate circumstances. I would like to share a piece of an article which I read which hits home when it comes to experiential travel.

“In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents. Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had lived. In his bestselling 1946 book, Man’s Search for Meaning, which he wrote in nine days about his experiences in the camps, Frankl concluded that the difference between those who had lived and those who had died came down to one thing: Meaning, an insight he came to early in life. When he was a high school student, one of his science teachers declared to the class, “Life is nothing more than a combustion process, a process of oxidation.” Frankl jumped out of his chair and responded, “Sir, if this is so, then what can be the meaning of life?”

As he saw in the camps, those who found meaning even in the most horrendous circumstances were far more resilient to suffering than those who did not. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing,” Frankl wrote in Man’s Search for Meaning, “the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

“Frankl worked as a therapist in the camps, and in his book, he gives the example of two suicidal inmates he encountered there. Like many others in the camps, these two men were hopeless and thought that there was nothing more to expect from life, nothing to live for. “In both cases,” Frankl writes, “it was a question of getting them to realize that life was still expecting something from them; something in the future was expected of them.” For one man, it was his young child, who was then living in a foreign country. For the other, a scientist, it was a series of books that he needed to finish. Frankl writes:

This uniqueness and singleness which distinguishes each individual and gives a meaning to his existence has a bearing on creative work as much as it does on human love. When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to.”

I just love this quote and helping others can be such a healing experience for our own minds, bodies and our souls too and when volunteering or just merely travelling to another destination, can and will help us to understand our own lives so much better and how grateful we should truly be!

Experiential travel can be discussed from 10 persons travelling to 10 different countries, visiting all different cultures, and it would still not be defined in a few words, because there are so many different walks of travel; to different places with all different cultures, yet the very same people who are very strong because they have to be strong.

What and why I shared this goes back to why I followed the BLLA while studying in my earlier years of college.  With a focus on advances that include adaptive reuse and sustainability, experiential travel, wellness, community engagement, and new definitions of luxury, is what I feel about the BLLA and what they offer to its clients, stakeholders, suppliers, etc.

In closing, as Nicholas Kontis, of the Huffington Post stated in his title blog, “Go Local! And You Just Might Return a Better Person.



Education is the Focus and why we believe in the BLLA

Another great reason while studying and went back to college at the young age of in the 50’s back in 2004, is because of the wonderful and amazing things for which can be done while in college.  A degree is good, but it is most important of what you can do while studying while in college, and the many accesses which we have to constructive information and mainly research material, which can help us to help ourselves and our world!

I had the honor of becoming a member of Phi Theta Kappa a two (2) year honor society which not only introduces you to many great leaders, etc. Al Gore, Christine Amanpour, AmyTan, etc. but the things we learned about becoming great leaders and not only making a difference for ourselves, but for our world is most more important! In 2006, I was honored and selected amongst many others, to  “Walk In Nelson Mandela’s Shoes by the International Scholar Laureate!” What a great honor, and what a more reason to allow me to focus on working hard to have my own travel company business, so that I can make that dream come true one day.  I did not get to meet this great kindred spirited individual, but to be honored to walk in his shoes was an honor in itself.

I would like to share with you another reason why I followed and studied the BLLA and this is, how deeply the concern of how important education and great leadership means to our world! I will share with you from our BLLA Blog some great testimonials!



“I think its education and it’s advancing the dynamics of the hospitality industry and I think lodging is evolving. What I love about the BLLA is it brings to light many of these changes. It brings to light many of the successes but it’s not a platform just to talk about what has gone right. I think it shares the lessons of what has not worked in a very professional manner and they continue to advance not only the industry but the professionals and I think the industry for so long has lacked a true voice from a business and lifestyle perspective. It’s been fragmented and no ones’ differentiated their voice and I think BLLA has stepped into those shoes and really taken the leadership role for our industry as the flag carrier and we’re honored to be a part of it.”


“I must say, our attendance at your past two conferences really helped keep our motivation alive to follow the path of converting to an independent property. Thank you so much!”


Frances, I just want to thank you and your team for putting on a great conference. The panels that I attended on Tuesday as a member of the audience were all terrific, great speakers, great content and above all, relevant, interesting and entertaining.


In my 30+ years in Hospitality I received several recognitions and awards from great organizations.  Being named Hotelier of the Year by the BLLA is a wonderful recognition from what I consider to be the most relevant organization in our industry.  Frances Kiradjian’s goal to be the unifying voice of the most noteworthy sector within the hospitality industry has come together in great fashion, thus giving independent hotels the opportunity to compete against the “big boys” and market ourselves to the burgeoning Boutique clientele that now populate the landscape of hospitality. The BLLA has given us a strong presence and powerful voice where erstwhile had been just a whisper.


“I wanted to personally congratulate you on the success of the HD show and your first annual Boutique and Lifestyle Awards luncheon. It was an honor to be included at this very special launch event and participate on the panel.

You’ve done a fantastic job with establishing the BLLA. I loved your comments about the awards and the thoughtfulness you gave to the establishment of the bell icon. When I got back from Miami last evening I pulled out my For Whom the Bell Tolls, E. Hemingway book and there in the prologue was the beautiful poem you shared with us. It is quite poignant and appropriate. ll the very best and thank you again for the opportunity.”


“The Boutique, Lifestyle and Lodging Association is extremely important in the role of acting as a voice for this segment of the hotel industry. As the nature of our industry evolves, distribution, technology, mobility, social media and other initiatives will have to be focused upon within the boutique segment. The BLLA will work to make certain that these areas along with others are dealt with proactively ensuring that its membership and the boutique hotel industry at large are well represented.”


“There are very few initiatives designed to level the playing field for this emerging segment and BLLA has demonstrated to be a natural leader.” said Pedro Colaco President & CEO of GuestCentric. “The integration of modern e-commerce tools and innovative social marketing with BLLA best practices will give boutique properties the ability to differentiate their online presence and immediately capitalize on new trends that travelers search for.”


“As a third generation Hotelier and Hotel Development professional I and my family have developed and operated several boutique properties.When my grandfather was developing properties on Miami Beach( before it was renamed South Beach) they were simply”small hotels”-the name Boutique hotel didn’t exist!That came about in the 1990s when I was fortunate to be part of the redevelopment of many of those hotels-which we recast into Boutique and Lifestyle properties. They are what makes South Beach an internationally acclaimed destination. While we did have a hotel Association,it was basically geared to the large properties-thus few of the Boutique hotels joined because of a lack of understanding of their needs nor have much of a voice. Now we finally have an Association that DOES understand-the Boutique and Lifestyle Lodging Association. It only took 65 years!”


“The BLLA is an excellent business resource possessing a clear vision for bringing global teaching with signature styles and business distribution on all levels! When I think of Frances I immediately think of her outstanding business skills – namely her ability to bring unknown tourist organizations into global prominence, a work ethic that won’t quit, and an ability to operate nationally and globally both strategically and tactically. I appreciate an entrepreneur, such as Frances, that challenges the status quo to show there is more than one way to lead under one common ground.”


“After decades of feeling that the Boutique Hotel sector was more seen to be an outsider within the Hotel industry, finally, with the existence of BLLA, the understanding in branding the Hotel Boutique sector and giving it, its own identity, has been reached. More so on an international level, as particular the Hotel Boutique brands are very much dependent on the use of the internet, for commercial purpose mainly. BLLA especially has created the need for most of the smaller individual Hotel properties through-out the world that looks for a synergy to optimize their business while controlling their cost. I strongly believe that BLLA is just at the beginning of an important international “network” for the Boutique Life style Hotels. At NA Concepts, we strongly believe in the benefits and contribution, being a member of BLLA, will give us and many others. For that reason we have chosen to be supportive to BLLA in any way we can, to reach that goal.”


Via email:

“It was wonderful to be part of the first annual Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Event. Everyone at Dibella Germany were immensely pleased for all the promotion work you and your dedicated team of BLLA have done at the HD Boutique Show in Miami Beach. Simply put, it was an outstanding presentation conducted by BLLA on behalf of their respective sponsors.

“Courage is grace under pressure,” remarked Ernest Hemmingway. Your courage in promoting BLLA in becoming a nation’s leading association for boutique and lifestyle hotels is admirable, and not to mention, the graceful manner with which you presented the BLLA awards were also commendable.

Dibella Germany/Georgia Cotton wishes you and BLLA all the best wishes. We will always remain your loyal friend and an ardent supporter of BLLA. WE’RE MIGHTY PROUD to be associated with your highly esteemed organization, Frances.

May God bless you and everyone at BLLA.” We thank you and happy travels!

What is Kangen Water from Japan?

CPBT wants to be involved in health and wellness vacations globally, where we go and learn how the Japanese remain so healthy and live long prosperous lives well into their nineties.  The Japanese are not only born smart, but they also live long lives because of how they treat their bodies and what they put into is most taken very seriously!

To be exact about one year ago, I was introduced to this amazing God water called KANGEN water.  This water is truly a miracle water and it not only does good things for our bodies, but it had something to do with me not taking any medicines anymore. I was invited and taken to North Carolina to a conference and wanted so badly to meet Mr. Oshiro, the great inventor behind this incredible water and was told, he would not be there! But, guess who showed up at the conference and I got to shake his hand personally, but Mr. Oshiro himself, the man behind the KANGEN water.  We pray that people all around the world who are less fortunate get this water or the machine and that our kids heal using this great water. I prayed and insured UNICEF and my friend Caryl M Stern, President & CEO for U.S. Fund for UNICEF has water to supply our kids needs in less fortunate places all across the continent. We at CultureAndPlacesBoutiqueTravel a proud member of the BLLA, feel that no child should have to suffer and be without water which is essential for their well beings!

For more information on how to get free water on your doorstep to try KANGEN water for yourself, please feel free to contact my partners,friends and family, Linda and Carl Brown at:  https://www.facebook.com/kangenwaterwithcarlandlindabrown125376360959121  They would be more than happy to find a water distributor in your town, so that you can try this amazing water!

People such as our President Obama, and the First family now drink it, Oprah and many more celebrities changed their water to change their lives. We wish you better health and wellness and salute to incredible well being in our lives from now on!

Kangen Water® is simply medical grade alkaline water that is produced from one of Enagic’s line of ionizers. The word Kangen is a Japanese word that means, “Return to Origin” and is referring to the process of turning our bodies back to more of an alkaline state much like the time when we were very young.

In a broad sense, Kangen Water® has the following three amazing properties:

#1.   Anti-Oxidation

iron nails All living and non-living matter battle with oxidation. Rusty nails are an example of oxidation at work and the same process causes aging and decay.

To get an idea of what oxidation and anti-oxidation looks like, take a look at the image above, showing two glass containers, one filled to the brim with Kangen Water® and the other with neutral tap water. In each container are a few iron construction nails. Both containers were filled back in June of 2008. You will notice that the glass container to the right is clouded with rust from the nails – this is oxidation at work and the results would be the same with any kind of regular water (bottled or otherwise).

The image to the left is filled with 9.5 pH Kangen Water® and the nails in this water are still preserved even to this day. As a result of the oxidating properties of water, the nails in the tap water will continue to deteriorate. If Kangen Water® can preserve nails, imagine what it can do for your body.

same ageWhile we are on the topic of aging, check out the image to the right. This is a picture of Hironari Oshiro, the CEO of Enagic®, alongside his American Business Advisor. Although, the two men look years apart, typically mid 40’s for Mr. Oshiro and late 60’s for his American Advisor, they are in fact the same age. They were both 67 years old back in 2008.

We believe that the reason Mr. Oshiro looks so well is because he has been drinking Kangen Water for the better part of 20 years. In light of the fact that this water is an anti-******, it can be viewed that this water might possibly be the fountain of youth.

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Oxidation in liquids can be measured in ORP which stands for Oxidation Reduction Potential. A +ORP value is unhealthy for you and helps accelerate the breakdown of cells and thus accelerates the aging process while a -ORP value is very good for your health and will actually slow down the aging process. Please remember that a (-) negative value in such circumstances is a beneficial indicator for your health – similar by analogy to the negative values being of benefit to someone playing golf.

Kangen Water: 10x’s the Power of Orange Juice.

Below is a visual chart of ORP (notice the bottled waters and beverages with a positive + ORP value) – even the bottled water which we have been lead to believe is good for us is actually unhealthy for a number of reasons.

orp pic

Kangen water is typically between -300 to -600. I have seen it personally as high as -800 ORP. The higher the negative (-) ORP, the better it is in combating oxidation and free radicals which affect our health and well being.

Bottled water has been measured as high as +600 ORP in our personal demonstrations. Notice Kangen Water® on the opposite side of the chart is even surpassing green tea and orange juice. If you haven’t already done so, stop drinking sodas. Not only are they extremely oxidizing but also highly acidic which is a big contributing factor in sickness and weight gain.

#2. Micro-Clustering

Micro clustering is another great quality of Kangen Water®. When water is run over the solid platinum coated titanium plates, the water is broken down in size from a cluster of 15-20 molecules to around 5-6 molecules resulting in the body being hydrated up to 6 times as much as with regular water. Because of its smaller molecule clusters, this water will penetrate and hydrate all areas of the body more efficiently than regular water. Imagine a water that fully hydrates, oxygenates and detoxifies your body all at once.


#3.  Alkaline

The third major characteristic of this water is Alkaline. When we were born, our bodies were naturally alkaline; however, as we age, our bodies become more acidic for a number of reasons. Our bodies’ pH level should be 7.35 for optimal health, which is slightly alkaline.