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World Renowned British Designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Announced as Design Curator for Singapore's Castlewood Group

2016-01-14 12:00

SINGAPORE, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Singapore's Castlewood Group has announced a partnership with world-renowned British interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, naming him Design Curator for their luxury commercial property developments.

Laurence's appointment as Design Curator celebrates his endorsement of Castlewood Group's commitment to exceptional design quality and standards set by their flagship development, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa. Open since November 2015, the triple award-winning hotel has received recognition in the categories of New Hotel Construction and Design at the Asia Pacific Property Awards, the Asia Pacific Hotel Awards and the International Hotel Awards.

Laurence has been known over the last 20 years in the UK for era-defining shows on the BBC and ITV such as Changing Rooms, and for bringing popular topics such as heritage, taste and style to the fore. He has also hosted iconic national events such as Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday, The Chelsea Flower Show, and Royal Ascot. Additionally, Laurence is widely recognised in the region as the spirited Head Judge of Asia's biggest design reality TV show, The Apartment, of which the most recent season, The Apartment: Celebrity Edition was filmed entirely at Castlewood Group's luxury villas in Phuket.

Building on his impressive portfolio of product partnerships with interior design, furniture and even lingerie brands in the region and beyond, Laurence will give his extensive background and expertise in interior design to influence and guide creative direction behind Castlewood's pipeline of luxury commercial projects throughout Asia.

This partnership strengthens Castlewood Group's ethos of outstanding design standards in the building of successful and secure investment developments for their investors. Under Laurence's endorsement, subsequent projects will continue to embody the strength of handcrafted traditions and reflect a timeless blend of modernity and sustainability. Combining his charisma and artistic flair with world-class hospitality and entertainment concepts developed by Castlewood Group, this relationship will see exceptional hotel developments that will delight both guests and investors alike.

Each of Castlewood's developments is designed to be robust on the inside and out, brimming with environmental considerations woven artistically into sophisticated features for a luxurious experience. Laurence's quintessentially classical approach married with state-of-the-art technologies will result in an experience that will set the precedent for future generations.

Chris Comer, CEO of Castlewood Group, said: "Bringing a prestigious, established player of Laurence's pedigree together with our winning combination of hotel design and luxury brand names was an opportunity we truly could not resist. We welcome him as part of the team, and will draw on his refined design sensibilities to reach discerning global-minded guests, enriching the design quality and calibre of our investment developments. We look forward to continue offering investors the chance to be involved in our amazing growth story with luxury buy-to-lease hotel developments in Asia."

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen said: "As a designer and style arbiter, I'm instinctively drawn to brands that energetically commit to design in its purest form, and Castlewood Group understands that communicating to a high-end style-conscious market has to be done through the medium of thoughtful, innovative and exquisitely engineered design. Castlewood Group's clientele and investors are already very at home with the superior, and by being in partnership with one of Asia's most dynamic and aesthetically aware corporations, I am delighted that I can now help bring the best and brightest design to their portfolio."

Castlewood Group is a Singaporean commercial real estate developer that provides investment solutions via luxury hotel developments, with a mission to develop high quality real-estate investment products in proven growth destinations. The opening of Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa cements the exclusive partnership between Castlewood Group and Hampshire Hotels Management for the development and operation of the upscale Dream Hotels brand throughout Asia. As part of the partnership, expansion plans include the opening of up to 20 Dream Hotels over the next 10 years, catering to discerning guests seeking exceptional guest and entertainment experiences.

Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa, the flagship hotel development by Castlewood Group breaks free from the classic paradigms of five-star hospitality with its eco-design, world-class cuisine, modern venue concepts and luxurious textures. Vivid hues and sparkling whites evoke a cosmopolitan lounge vibe, appealing to discerning travellers from around the globe. Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa is ideally located on the northern peninsular of Bang Tao Beach, in an upmarket area favored by other international five star hotels and luxury villa communities. 

About Castlewood Group

Castlewood Group is a Singaporean commercial real estate developer that provides alternative investment solutions via luxury real estate developments.  Established in 2006, Castlewood Group has its global headquarters in Singapore, and operations in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Phuket, Mauritius, Beijing and Bangkok.  Castlewood Group's mission is to develop high quality real-estate investment products in key destinations with proven growth trajectories. Their flagship luxury development, Dream Phuket Hotel & Spa opened in November 2015, has already attracted industry recognition having won awards at the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 Asia Pacific Hotel Awards for New Hotel Construction and Design, Thailand.

About Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

As a classically-trained fine artist, LLB's eye for design is impeccable, and his taste razor sharp. The LLB style is globally recognised for its accessible luxury, wit, quality and particularly British opulence. The LLB brand, a market leader in high street design, is hugely popular across South-East Asia, China, the Middle East, Latin America, Great Britain and Ireland. For 20 years his phenomenally successful television programs for Fox, Fox Asia, The Star Network, ITV, and of course, The BBC, including BBC America, have made him an icon of home enhancement.

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Source: Castlewood Group

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