Luxury Branded Residences

18 October 2021

Luxury branded residences have become something of a staple in big budget developments and now they are not just for hotel brands. Plenty of high-end names have entered the fray with big, buzzy builds. Is this just the logical next step for brands who want a deeper connection with consumers?

Over the last 15-20 years, branded residences have become a familiar – even essential – element of luxury hotel development projects. As Laura Powell writes in this analytical feature “adding a residential element to hospitality projects makes it easier for developers to get financing and to produce an acceptable return on investment while simultaneously benefiting from a long-term revenue stream on the hotel side.”

Luxury Branding has been involved in numerous projects where the needs and wishes of the two distinct communities that occupy these mixed use developments have to be carefully balanced – residents (whether semi-permanent or permanent) and transient hotel guests.

Once of the first and most successful examples of this type of development was the first Armani Hotel and Residences located within the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Here, the hotel occupies the concourse level through to level 8 and levels 38 and 39, and offers sweeping views across the city and Arabian Gulf while the residences (one and two-bedroom luxury suites featuring the clean, elegantly understated lines of Armani/Casa home furnishings occupy floors 9-16 and were designed to reflect the personal tastes of Giorgio Armani himself. Luxury Branding was responsible for the conceptualisation, branding and marketing of both the hotel and the residences.

In her article ‘Why luxury consumer brands love the branded residence sector’, published on Hospitality Insights, Luxury Branding Founder Piers Schmidt explains to Laura Powell why brands are keen to lend their name to such real estate projects. He also warns that all that glisters may not be gold.



Luxury Branding is a strategic advisor specialising in generating sustainable brand value. Its principal experience is in the ultra-competitive premium segments of the tourism, travel, hospitality and residential real estate sectors.1

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With a unique blend of ‘calculated creativity’,
Luxury Branding helps ambitious organisations to define and express how they are special, different, and better: special for their affluent customers, different and better than the competition.2

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Piers Schmidt and Ian R Douglas of Phoenix Global are the co-founders of Kingham Leigh.
This dynamic new partnership has been created to design, develop and operate innovative hospitality projects in Europe and beyond.3

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