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AN EMPORIUM OF CYRSTAL

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For over 250 years the French fine makers of crystal, Baccarat have proven to exude the refined glamour of our past while remaining ever present in the current luxury market. Thus New York proved to be the first of their expanding scheme seeing Baccarat open luxury hotels and residences worldwide.

 

WORDS BY JACK FREEMAN & IMAGES BY BACCARAT

 

Working in collaboration with hotelier Barry Sternlicht and Starwood Capital Group, Baccarat’s 50-story tower opposite the iconic Museum of Modern Art, comprises of luxurious hotel suites and exclusive residences featuring parallel attention to detail to that of Baccarat’s handcrafted pieces.

 

Screaming the drama of Manhattan, the striking interiors feature signature Baccarat pieces, ornate one-of a-kind furniture and the highest reformed level of quality. The grand lobby Salon and bar evokes chic Parisian style transporting guests into a realm of pure fantasy and elegance. Designed for luxury minded individuals the hotel and residences features a modern French restaurant head up by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Shea Gallante showcasing extraordinary infusions of merging French and Western culture and cuisine.

 

"We are so thrilled to bring to life the new 'House of Baccarat'- to take this legendary brand which has for centuries stood for perfection in crystal, and has never been compromised, to create its first modern lifestyle hotel masterpiece. I wanted to celebrate light, and to produce a hotel that glowed, and was shimmering, sensual, elegant but still functional, fun, comfortable, and not overly formal," says Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group.”

 

The oversized suites designed to resemble that of a pied-a-terre are equipped with the highest level of technology innovations, floor to ceiling windows and a tailored mini bar featuring the delights of the famed French gourmet house, Fauchon, vintage champagne and accompanying baccarat glassware.

 

Those who decide to transport themselves from the hectic lifestyle that is New York City, the Baccarat Spa and Fitness centre features a marble 50-foot indoor swimming pool, luxurious cabana beds, personal trainers and La Mar skincare products providing revitalising remedies and spa treatments to awaken the inner harmony of each guest and resident.