March 19, 2015
TAL Studio’s $80 million renovation of the Malliouhana wows guests
In 1984 a new hotel called the Malliouhana put Anguilla, a tiny atoll near St. Martin in the Caribbean, on everyone’s “it” list.
The hotel’s new owners, Auberge Resorts, turned to Todd-Avery Lenahan and TAL Studio to bring the “it” back in an 18-month renovation. Which he seems to have accomplished splendidly. “The dazzle starts as soon as you step foot inside the open-air lobby,” says Sara Bliss, writing for Yahoo! Travel. His design “is the perfect combination of chic and cheery, with ruffled canary yellow umbrellas at the pool, bright orange loungers on the terraces, and floral print curtains in lieu of closet doors. The overall palette of teal, yellow, and orange feels innately Caribbean yet preppy at the same time, thanks to its bold, graphic patterns.”
The hotel was known for splendidly large guest rooms, starting at 720 square feet. “They feel even airier now that TAL Studios designer Todd-Avery Lenhan has cooled the quarters with soft shades of mint blue, white and daffodil,” Fortune magazine reports. “Expansive walls are broken up by urbane black-and-whites of Caribbean ephemera, watercolor jungle murals and tropical fruit-print drapes you’ll want to scratch-and-sniff when nobody’s looking.”
Congratulations to TAL Studios!