The ultra-luxe fashion hotel Karl Lagerfeld Macau held a grand celebration on Saturday to mark its full opening.
Hollywood A-lister Michelle Yeoh was among the VIP guests at the 271-room property – part of SJM’s HK$39 billion Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau in Cotai.
Guests gathered to toast the designer’s legacy in the hotel’s swanky lobby – against the striking backdrop of the “Karl Kameo” artwork made of more than a thousand red hotel keys.
In her speech to the gathering, Daisy Ho, chairman and executive director of SJM Holdings, stated that “Karl Lagerfeld worked closely with us to create and curate every element of the Karl Lagerfeld Macau,” adding that the property is “the one and only hotel totally designed by the great visionary.”
Said Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld: “This is a significant moment for us because this very last project that Karl, in the architectural world, ideated entirely himself and carries his name. Therefore, it is in itself a pinnacle piece of art.”
Other celebrities at the event included Korean actor Ji Chang-Wook, and Thai singer Kunpimook Bhuwakul, better known as BamBam and a member of the K-pop band Got7.
Shun Tak Holdings chair Pansy Ho also attended the gala, along with many other business leaders and government officials.
According to publicity material, all the rooms and facilities “feature Karl Lagerfeld’s bold, inspired blend of rock-chic aesthetics and elegant Chinoiserie” and the property has Lagerfeld’s sense of style “infused into its very DNA”.
Celebrated Portuguese chef José Avillez helms the hotel’s Mesa restaurant, while lobby bar the Book Lounge was apparently inspired by Lagerfeld’s library in Paris. The hotel also features a spa, gym, indoor and outdoor pools, and a European style “jardim secreto” complete with maze.
Despite its fledgling status, the hotel has already been awarded five-star status in the Forbes Travel Guide 2023.
—With reporting by Sara Santos Silva