YTL Hotels’ newest UK property, Monkey Island Estate, will open in the historic village of Bray-on-Thames in Berkshire in the northern spring 2018. The island is steeped in history, dating back 800 years, and noted as the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, and writers – and for its unique early 18th century fishing retreats, built by the Duke of Marlborough, and famous monkey artworks.
YTL Hotels’ renovation has transformed the striking white bricked Pavilion and Temple buildings into the main hotel areas of Monkey Island Estate, surrounded by picturesque views of the River Thames and beautifully manicured gardens across seven acres.
The restored Estate will consist of 27 bedrooms and three deluxe suites, all designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design, and furnishing will juxtapose timeless glamour and traditional features with a modern, relaxed countryside style. creating a unique blend of past and present.
Monkey Island is the perfect retreat for those wanting to take a foodie pilgrimage to the culinary excellence of Bray. The only village in the world that lays claim to three Michelin-starred restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn by Alain Roux, Bray has long been a destination for gastronomic-enthusiasts. Monkey Island will also be making its own mark on the area with the relaxed Monkey Island Brasserie serving up modern British cuisine.