RIVER RETREAT Following a three year renovation project and the addition of a Floating Spa, YTL has launched the long awaited Monkey Island Estate on the Thames
onkey Island Estate has opened
The island is thought to get its name from the
in Bray-on-Thames, England.
monks that settled there in the 12th century.
Part of the YTL Group, the
Charles Spencer, the 3rd Duke of Malborough,
historic estate is set across
bought the land in 1723 to create an angling
seven acres on an island with
retreat, and commissioned two buildings from
a rich history dating back 800
architect Robert Morris; a Fishing Temple and a
years. The hotel consists of 41 bedrooms
two storey Fishing Pavilion. By 1840, the pavilion
and suites, designed by New York-based
had become an inn; over the years the estate
Champalimaud Design. Champalimaud have
hosted famous guests including Edward VII,
created a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;contemporary, English country
HG Wells, Siegfried Sassoon and Edward Elgar.
house feelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, with custom furnishings and rooms
The island was bought by YTL Hotels in
with views over the Thames. It also features a
2015 after the late YTL founder Yeoh Tiong
Floating Spa on a bespoke crafted barge.
Lay visited and fell in love with the property.
The 18th century property has been carefully restored and renovated