King Charles III’s Turquoise Mountain Charity Collaborates on The Connaught’s New Suite
The latest accommodation at the legendary London hotel is a sumptuous space brimming with artisan details
One of London’s most storied hotels has just unveiled a sumptuous suite designed in conjunction with Turquoise Mountain, the nonprofit founded by King Charles III in 2006 that works with craftspeople across Afghanistan, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Syria. Fittingly dubbed the King’s Lodge, the decadent space is perched on the fifth floor of The Connaught in Mayfair and features an array of decorative elements hand-crafted by artisans who participate in Turquoise Mountain’s programming, which aims to foster sustainable job creation and educational opportunities for those who work in traditional craft fields.
The exciting collaboration continues the partnership started in 2010 by the hotel’s interior designer, Guy Oliver, when he unveiled the Prince’s Lodge at The Connaught. Oliver himself has a personal connection to Turquoise Mountain, having served as volunteer Creative Director when the charity was first founded.
Now, Oliver has teamed up with the group once again to create a special and unique one-bedroom haven brimming with artisan details. Guests will be delighted to find plush fabrics woven in Myanmar, intricate woodwork carved in Jordan by Syrian artisans, miniature paintings from Afghanistan, and beautiful marble panels from India. The bath is also a royal affair, featuring a wood-paneled soaking tub, a walk-in shower, and a Japanese Toto toilet.
The 484-square-foot suite is also equipped with an elegantly appointed sitting room and reading nooks flanking the long hallway. Rounding out the in-room amenities are Bamford’s luxe bath products, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a minibar stocked with delectable British goods. But of course, the hotel itself is something of a hot spot, with three-Michelin-starred restaurant Hélène Darroze, an Aman spa, and Red Room bar—plus a 24-hour butler who can meet any request.
“True luxury has always been made to measure, and since it was built, The Connaught has been known as the handmade hotel, constructed by the finest artisan builders and cabinet makers,” says Oliver. “Now, working with Turquoise Mountain, we can support the highest level of craftsmanship in communities at risk around the world.” Indeed, the best part may be that a portion of every booking from both The Prince’s Lodge and The King’s Lodge will be shared with Turquoise Mountain to support its impactful programming.