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Tsingpu Tulou Retreat is one of three destinations designed by Wang Gongquan: the Tulou Retreat is located in Fujian, Zhangzhou, the Yangzhou Retreat in Jiangsu, Yangzhou and the Lijiang Baisha Retreat in Yunnan, Lijiang. All three retreats redefine resort life, with a humane approach, where everyone can get close to nature, experience art and culture, discover the wisdom of life and develop self-growth.
Tsignpu Tulou Retreat is located in the mountain interiors of the Fujian province and has five traditional tulou structures that used to be family homes before being transformed into a unique luxurious hotel. Three of these buildings were built during the latter time of the Qing Dynasty, showcasing an ancient rammed-earth and wooden-architecture style.
Tsingpu Tulou Retreat‘s interiors have green slate, warm wood and Chinese fir unite with column and beams from the ancient neighbourhood structures that highlight traditional craftsmanship. The retreat is the perfect escape from the busy city life with Fujian’s countryside scenic views and tranquil atmosphere.
The Tsingpu Tulu Retreat has twenty-four rooms distributed across tulou earth buildings, each building has a restaurant with traditional Hakka food, exhibition halls, handicraft workshops, a cooking studio, a yoga studio and a children’s playground.
Traditional Hakka cuisine comes alive through a timeless presentation, age-old recipes, and the freshest ingredients. In addition to memorable cuisine, the hotel has a barbecue area and mountain views that augment the culinary experience.
The Tsingpu Tulu Retreat regularly invites local masters, scholars, craftsmen, and experts in cultural heritage to the property to lead guests on tours and hands-on workshops in and around the retreat, allowing guests to become fully immersed in traditional Chinese culture.
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Finolhu Maldives Resort opened its doors in 2016 and quickly became one of the best beach resorts in the Maldives. The resort hotel encompasses four islands, allowing guests to immerse themselves in different worlds. The Finolhu is a five-star resort hotel that recently became a member of Design Hotels, the first of the region, having also entered TripAdvisor’s 2021 Awards List.
The Finolhu Resort condenses selected European luxury with striking design finishes such as sheep sculptures, old-school telephones, record players and rustic signs. The resort is ideal for those seeking tranquillity and turquoise blue seas. The Finolhu island was acquired in 2019 by Germany’s Seaside Collection, giving it a distinctively European-style hotel philosophy that embraces the types of carefree, beachside gatherings.
Finolhu Maldives harmonises nostalgia with sleek contemporary surroundings in a paradise island with energy and feels that sets itself apart from other hotels in the same region. The resort recently underwent a renovation that brought luxury and lifestyle closer. This refurbishment was overseen by the award-winning London studio Muza Lab. The studio’s founder Inge Moore created a kaleidoscope design concept, taking influence from the fragmentation of light on the blue-toned water and the many purple, pink and apricot colours of the sunset.
The Finolhu has one hundred and twenty-five guest villas that also adopt the kaleidoscope concept that is featured throughout the resort, characterised by a mesmerising blend of colours and symmetrical patterns, complemented by the island’s natural beauty. The two-bedroom Rockstar Villas are bright and colourful and are perfect for big families or groups of friends.
The Beach Villas and the Beach Pool Villas are a great option for those seeking privacy, all of the villas have their own beautifully landscaped gardens, and many have their own private swimming pools. Another amazing feature of Seaside Finolhu is its iconic Beach Bubble. The first of its kind in the Maldives, the bubble is located in a secluded spot along Seaside Finolhu’s marvellous sandbank and is exclusively available for guests wishing to enjoy a uniquely romantic night under the stars.
The Fehi Spa consists of ten treatment rooms, individually surrounded by the lush greenery of the island. Guests can expect to journey back to nature with treatments using local ingredients, such as coconut oil and coconut milk including Fehi’s signature Maldivian Healing Treatment, which involves a coconut oil massage, a warm sand poultice and a coconut milk glaze.
The hotel’s Michelin-trained chef, Memo Hernandez, leads Finolhu Resort’s culinary experiences across the resort’s four restaurants, where every table comes with a spectacular view. The culinary team brings an exquisite mix of artisanship, individuality and international flair with fresh produce and ingredients being a key focus behind the cuisine.
The four restaurants at the resort take guests on a gastronomic journey with modern Japanese and Asian cuisine at Kanusan; flavours of the Middle East and North Africa at the Arabian Grill; Italian, Asian, Maldivian and fresh seafood dishes at Beach Kitchen; and fresh seafood platters at Crab Shack. The Beach Bar is the heart of the resort, bringing European beach club vibes, with laid-back beats and exotic cocktails that can be enjoyed throughout the day and late into the evening.
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Minos Beach Art Hotel is located in Crete, Greece, and is a glorious assembly of waterfront bungalows and gardens that extend the coastline, enabling guests to connect with the island as well as experience art in its many forms and guests can nourish themselves on authentic Cretan food and wine.
Minos Beach Art Hotel opened its doors in 1963 at the start of Greek’s tourism golden ages when the country was starting to become one of the favourite destinations for the international jet-set crowd. The hotel has a laidback boho style with wood and glass elements mixed with mineral colours. The stone-paved walkway looping along the extensive seafront gives a wonderful sense of space.
Artwork inspired by natural surroundings and the island’s heritage has been specially created for the hotel and its garden. Guests can find some G.&A Mamidakis Foundation art collection is found in the hotel and its Open Art Air Museum, while muted colours, tactile fabrics, natural woods, and the occasional artefact from a bygone era keep things minimalistic, inside and out. Sound and nature also play a key role in the design: trickling water soothes the mind and a lonely piano invites the creative flourish of a passerby.
The Minos Beach Art Hotel has one hundred and twenty-six exterior rooms, bungalows, suites and villas designed with modern lines with blond wood elements, wicker baskets and earthy ethnic prints thrown into relief by powder-white walls. Bathrooms have trough sinks and spacious rain showers – some rooms have bathtubs. All rooms have terraces and most have a sea front view.
The hotel has three restaurants, four bars and a kafenio – a traditional coffee shop – lead by the award-winning chef Giannis Baxevanis. Guests have an abundance of options from Greek and Cretan cuisine, from the pool bar to the seafront wine bar to the alfresco dining or a more formal dining experience at La Bouillabaisse.
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Austin Proper Hotel is located in the buzzing commercial and cultural 2nd Street District, Austin, emerging tall in its contemporary 32 floors high. The hotel’s interior design draws inspiration from the area’s historic, craftsman-style architecture.
Kelly Wearstler, an internationally renowned interior designer, conceived the Austin Proper Hotel with incorporated Art Noveau and Arts & Crafts motifs alongside traditional joinery techniques, textures and materials. The hotel’s lobby welcomes guests by an imposing wooden staircase covered in vintage carpets and dotted with pots by local ceramicist Rick Van Dyke.
The Austin Proper Hotel embraces Austin’s eclecticism with Japanese ‘shou-sugi-ban‘ wooden slats and graphite grey metals; the interiors are a celebration of leaded windows, stained glass, succulent plantings, and vintage Turkish rugs. The Austin Proper Hotel’s check-in area is separated from the main lobby and features a brass ceiling fixture by the artist Massimiliano Locatelli.
The Austin Proper Hotel has 244 rooms and suites designed in rich autumnal colours, with an eclectic mix of ceramics and artwork. The use of hardwood flooring and travertine creates an organic backdrop to tactile furnishings designed by Kelly Wearstler, with luxurious beds covered in Fili D’oro and Bellino linens. The bathrooms are in marble, illuminated by metallic sconces with spacious rain showers and bathtubs.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar feature metal panels in graphite grey, flowing from inside out, blending with the other communal spaces of the hotel. The menu is prepared by McGuire Moorman Hospitality, with the ground-floor restaurant Peacock Mediterranean Grill serves dishes inspired by Israeli and Turkish classics, while the poolside La Piscina is a Mexican-inspired restaurant and terrace complete with a wood-burning grill and raw bar. A fifth-floor rooftop pool deck offers the ultimate chic urban relaxation with panoramic city views and small-batch tequila on tap.
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The interior design enthusiast is always on the look-out for the perfect interior design project, and when they go on vacation, their hunt doesn’t stop either. So today, we choose some of the best hotels in Portugal – the editor’s home country – for the interior design enthusiast!
Portugal has it all: from medieval castles to cobblestone villas, captivating cities and golden beaches; great food, a wide variety of traditional dishes and a rich history – the idyllic scenery is just the beginning. Vila Nova de Foz Côa has 20,000 year old sone carvings, mysterious megaliths outside of Évora and elaborate corridors of Unesco World Heritage Sites in Tomar, Belém, Alcobaça or Batalha.
In the countryside of Portugal, beauty unfolds. One can go hiking amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês or take in the pristine scenery and historic villages of the little-explored Beiras. Over 800km of coast offers more places to soak up the splendour. Gaze out over dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs, surf stellar breaks off dune-covered beaches or laze peacefully on sandy islands fronting calm blue seas.
The Six Senses Douro Valley is surrounded by ancient vineyards, this area in Portugal is the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, the hotel has a contemporary personality with beautiful chandeliers made of wine bottles, innovative see of cork flooring, and a unique Wine Library and Terrace.
The guestrooms, suites and villas are decorated in modern and sleek designs with large windows taking in beautiful Douro River views. The Six Senses Douro Valley‘s spa has an indoor pool and ten treatment rooms. The hotel is designed with a chic and modern feel with an emphasis on sustainable design.
The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon recently underwent a renovation of its guestrooms, suite, also unveiling a new outdoor swimming pool, outdoor bar and terrace. The Portuguese architecture studio OITOEMPONTO was appointed in 2019 to breathe new life into the guest rooms and suites at the iconic hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel Lisbon also opened a new restaurant – CURA – where the Chef and head culinary curator Pedro Pena Bastos meticulously selects ingredients, drawing from Lisbon’s rich regional palette to create seasonal, artisanal dishes such as squid with hazelnut, bergamot, roasted seaweed butter and Ossetra caviar.
The Pestana Palácio do Freixo is a five-star hotel and was classified in 1910 as a National Monument due to being a unique example of Baroque architecture. The Palácio do Freixo setting is that of an urban resort, with breathtaking views of the Douro River, being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is characterised by its sumptuous 18th-century architecture, built by Nicolau Nasoni, one of the most important architects that helped Porto become a World Heritage Site.
The Lumiares is a five-star boutique hotel located at the heart of the city, paying homage to Lisbon’s colours, patterns and light. Designed in collaboration with Portuguese brands, makers and artists, the beautiful apartment-like rooms are designed to feel like a five-star home away from home.
The Lumiares Boutique Hotel is situated in a Lisbon quarter home to a bohemian mishmash of everyday residents, artists and merchants’ studios, restaurants, quirky shops, lively bars and cafes; a warren of asymmetrical buildings with mismatched facades of varying heights and hues, its narrow streets and pavements cobbled in Lisbon’s iconic square paving stones.
Douro41 Hotel & Spa has sixty-one rooms and five suites, undergoing a renovation during 2018 and 2019 to showcase modern minimalist lines, whilst maintaining the comfort and elegance of a unique luxury property. The hotel is in harmony with the river and the mountains surrounding it – a prime example of this are the two outdoor swimming pools, both infinite, where guests almost feel part of the landscape. With a contemporary design, neutral tones and architecture that enhances the Douro River’s beauty, the Douro41 Hotel & Spa is the ultimate luxurious getaway.
W Algarve was due to open in April, however it was postponed to October 2021. The hotel is the first resort project outside of Asia for the interior design studio AB Concept who have been working closely with Divercity Architects. W Algarve will have one-houndred and thrity-four rooms and suites as well as eighty-three residences with a modern style harmonised with local influences.
Each room connects with large private balconies, while duplex living adds style to the WOW suites, all offering coastal rooftop views. AB Concept, led by Ed Ng and Terence Ngan, has taken the region’s rugged coastlines, green meadows and vineyards as inspiration for the interior design scheme, using sandy neutrals, greens and blues throughout the hotel.
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Summer trends 2021 is going to be today’s topic since summer is just around the corner. BRABBU, Rug’Society, and Maison Valentina are filled with incredible options for the upcoming season. Assuming that interior design trends are related to exploring what is popular and fashionable, the brands considered that these trends must reflect people’s personalities and beliefs.
With so many restrictions and uncertainty, the most important trend is to simplify, focusing on what´s comfortable and functional, to create environments filled with calm and serenity. BRABBU, Rug’Society and Maison Valentina have plenty of alternatives to combine practicality with elegance and sophistication, providing the living spaces with a cosier and more welcoming vibe, that will certainly captivate people’s attention.
For the second time in the Colour of the Year´s two-decade history, Pantone has announced two shades for 2021 – Ultimate Grey and Illuminating –, as an expression of positivity and hope towards the chaotic and uncertain moments due to the pandemic of Covid-19.
Illuminating yellow is a warming colour filled with solar power and vivacity, aiming to evoke an “optimistic promise of a sunshine-filled day”. It can be a little too much to decorate a whole room, so small updates of colour in blankets, pillows, or rugs, that can be easily swaped out are perfect solutions. Especially when it comes to adding a feeling of comfort into a space.
People often find it very difficult to use patterns in interior design, but it is a wonderful way to personalise and uplift living spaces. They can be added into the decoration in a huge variety of ways: from soft furnishings such as drapes, cushions or rugs, to larger furniture items like sideboards, and sofas, and even on wallpapers. When using patterns, the key is always balance. Therefore, it is important to spread pattern around the room and combining it with plain colours to make the ambience feel more cohesive.
The pandemic made people feel the need to cheer up and sometimes a bit of luxury is the perfect solution. The pandemic made people feel the need to cheer up and sometimes a bit of luxury is the perfect solution.
For example, rich fabrics like velvet, botanical silk or marble, have the power to add sophistication and a strong sense of style to a room, and statement pieces like a fabulous chandelier are confident enough to stand alone, which also can be a great option to fill a living space with a luxurious vibe.
Warm Colours, like cinnamon and marigolds, are a superb option to craft home décor. These set of high-temperature shades, which are in essence, rich oranges, chestnuts and warm woods, will bring heat and spice to a room, being very attractive and welcoming for sunnier months, and creating the perfect balance between the relaxed nature of interior style and the enticing feeling these colours bring, ultimately peaking in a highly engaging ambience.
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El Llorenc Parc de la Mar has an understated elegance and design, located in a sea-facing quiet promenade, the boutique hotel offers exquisite gastronomic cuisine, a magnificent spa and a roof terrace with an infinity pool. El Llorenç is a testament to Palma de Mallorca‘s past and contemporary design, offering guests history with modernity, authenticity with luxury.
El Llorenç Parc de la Mar was designed by the renowned Swedish designer Magnos Ehrland, who created a welcomimg ambient with a warm and natural colour palette and the use of verdant foliage throughout the building. Inspired by the city’s melting pot heritage – a meeting point for the Jewish, Muslim and Christian, Magnos Ehrland incorporated the Arabic star motif into wooden doors, textiles, ceramics and glass.
El Llorenç Parc de la Mar is located in the architecturally rich street of the Calatrava neighbourhood, preserving the hotel’s façade with the use of local materials such as Santanyi and Binissalem stones, to acknowledge the setting’s traditional aspect. The rest of the hotel is newly built on two plots that were former homes to monks.
El Llorenc Parc de la Mar has a warm ambience welcoming guests, making them feel relaxed in the unhurried atmosphere. A marvellous roof terrace, set on three levels, offers panoramic views over the La Seu Cathedral and the Mediterranean Sea. The rooftop bar offers a Tannur bistro snack menu during the day and in the evening. The infinity pool is surrounded y Balinese beds and emerald parasols.
The spa, located in the basement of El Llorenc, is a luxurious serene wellness zone that offers a varity of massages and beauty treatments. The spa takes a modern approach to a traditional Arab bath, with a pool jacuzzy, steam bath, sauna and much more.
El Llorenç Parc de la Mar has thirty-eight rooms, which include six juniors and two suites, with balconies overlooking the park and the Bay of Palma. Designed in warm and restful hues of cream, buff and dove grey, the rooms have bespoke fittings and furnishings that incorporate the hotel’s recurring star motif. Mirrored and granite-finished bathrooms include Santal thirty-three toiletries and large walk-in showers, while junior suites also include a bathtub.
El Llorenc Parc de la Mar has two restaurants the Tannur and the Dins: the Tannur overlooks the tranquil park and the Dins has a more intimate space with a show-cooking counter and exhibit of an 11th-century Arabic oven found during excavations on the site; both restaurants offer typical Mediterranean and international dishes.
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Filario Hotel and Residences at Lake Como is a former factory turned into a stylish modern minimalist hotel and residences. With large floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel has a warm welcoming light providing also amazing views of the Lake. On the Filario Hotel’s walls, black and white photos of silk threads remind the guests of Lake Como’s long history of silk-making.
Filario Hotel & Residences welcome guests in a discreet and intimate lounge and reception area with large-with-lake-views windows. The hotel only has six floors with thirteen rooms – a perfect and intimate setting for a romantic getaway.
Filario Hotel and Residences was designed by the renowned interior designer Alessandro Agrati and the interiors showcase a combination of light and strong-tempered objects. Italian heritage and artisanship are at the core of the hotel‘s design, which is why its furniture was created by local craftsmen in the neighbouring town of Cantù, a world-class hub for high-end Italian design.
All of Filario Hotel‘s guestrooms and residences have private terraces with stunning views of Bellagio, Villa Balbianello and Comacina Island. Filario Hotel seamless blends with its historical surroundings, with a contemporary design and architecture. The Filario Residences are located within the property in detached buildings alongside the pool, having a modern design and selected hotel amenities and services.
The hotel has an infinite pool with lake views, and the Filo Restaurant has an open-front kitchen and lakefront locations where contemporary Italian dishes are served, paying home to cuisines from the northern to the southern regions of Italy. Masterful main courses are augmented by a rich list of Italian wines. The hotel bar serves fine cocktails made from niche local ingredients.
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Bach Suites Saigon is a modern contemporary aparthotel that pays homage to the French colonial culture in Vietnam. Defined by a feeling of nostalgia for this region’s past, the Bach Suites Saigon building’s architecture done by Felice Iacobellis and Lam Nguyen perfectly contrasts a white exterior and rounded corners with crisp black steel windows and balustrades.
Bach Suites Saigon is located in Ho Chi Minh City, within walking distances to landmarks such as the War Remnants Museum, the Independence Palace, the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the Gothic-and Renaissance-influenced architecture of the Central Post Office, the former Presidential Palace, and the frenetic world of tree-lined thoroughfare Dong Khoi Avenue.
Bach Suites Saigon welcome guests in interiors with marble floors, panelled walls and handcrafted furniture with traditional Vietnamese dark lacquers, brass and leather, harmonised with blonde herringbone wood floors and a predominantly monochrome colour palette.
The Bach Suites Saigon‘s luxurious and inviting interior is defined by a soothing mix of antique brass and lamps, highly decorative ceiling cornices, white marble, warm wood, and just a hint of bluish-grey. The aparthotel has thirty-six rooms and suites fully equipped and bathrooms with toiletries. The hotel’s restaurant has authentic Vietnamese cuisine with an open kitchen island that allows for a chef’s table experience.
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Kuda Villingili, located in the North Malé Atoll in the Maldives, is preparing to open its doors to luxury travellers on the hunt for an island getaway. With a beachfront spa, the Kuda Villingili Resort & Spa is going to offer a unique experience, with an impressive menu and a spacious 150m long pool encircled by sunbeds, cabanas and bars.
Kuda Villingili Resort & Spa was conceived by the Maldivian architectural firm GX Associates in collaboration with the Singapore-based interior design company URBNarc, the resort boasts ninety-five luxury villas – thirty-six overwater and fifty-nine beachside. All are inspired by the sprawling nature of the Maldives and offer panoramic views of the pristine ocean, allowing for the natural sounds of the sea to awaken the senses.
The Kuda Villingili Resort & Spa‘s interiors authentically reflect the natural beauty that surrounds the island. Traditional Maldivian art pieces and textiles are dotted throughout, and the expert use of natural materials enhance the harmony between water, light and wind.
Kuda Villingili Resort and Spa‘s are inspired by the ocean and local fauna, interiors feature custom, eco-friendly furniture and fittings. This mixed-use resort development also offers a variety of accommodation types to meet the needs of all – groups, couples, solo travellers and families. The ninety-five luxury villas – thirty-six overwater and fifty-nine beachside have a powerful sense of freedom – liberty to redefine time and space.
Kuda Villingili Resort & Spa offers the choice of three diverse dining venues, sure to appeal to everyone’s taste buds. With beachfront views, the resort’s signature dining establishment – The Restaurant – serves the freshest, handcrafted food for breakfast and offers three menus at dinner: Fire, Earth and Ocean. Inspired by the traditional American Steak House experience, Fire explores the art of grilling meats to perfection. Earth is an Asian-inspired concept that celebrates organic ingredients to enhance classic dishes like noodles and dim sum creations, and Ocean is a fine-dining experience championing seafood specialties, prepared with a European sensibility.
The Hawkers is an upscale three-stall street food market that sits poolside and serves up soulful, sharing style options. The open kitchen dishes up Indian-Arabic inspired flame-grilled kebabs, charcoaled tandoor, and mouth-watering shawarma, along with Thai-Japanese delicacies such as robatayaki grill and sushi, and Italian-Mediterranean favourites like savoury wood-fired pizza.
The resort’s two bars, the Main Bar and the Poolside Bar, both offer classic cocktails, mocktails and hand-crafted beers. And overlooking the lagoon, the resort’s cosy Cigar Lounge offers the finest international whiskies and cognacs and a wide selection of premium cigars in a warm, sophisticated and sumptuously leather-decorated ambience.
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Chandolin Boutique Hotel is known to be the ‘best mountain hotel in Europe‘, an award won in 2019, due to its unique infrastructure and quality service. Located on Chandolin, Switzerland, the Chandolin Boutique Hotel has the Swiss–Alpine mountain-chic appeal with interiors designed by Extreme Artdesign Studio.
Chandolin Boutique Hotel was designed by the architectural firm Kittel SA and the interior design company Extreme ArtDesign Studio. Inside the hotel, guests will find natural stone floors and aged oak parquets in the restaurant that set the tone for understated design.
Walls are ornamented with mountain sports photography and furnishings range in texture from raw fabrics to natural leathers. Earth toned colour palette can be found in communal areas, and the twenty-five rooms are designed with warmer beiges, complemented by fir wood details and unpolished stonework. The Chandolin Boutique Hotel has large windows ensuring that the alpine-chic spaces are illuminated by natural light.
The Chandolin Boutique Hotel is the embodiment of a typical Swiss-Chalet with natural woods and stones from the area being used in the hotel. The hotel underwent a refurbishing between 2013 and 2017, keepin the façade of wooden slats, balconies and balustrades of larch wood and cedar, as well as original stonework, so it was immediately recognised the influence of the natural surrounding landscape in the hotel’s architecture.
Chandolin Boutique Hotel‘s Le Restaurant serves seasonal specials – both national and worldwide food – made with local ingredients such as Val d’Hérens beef and fresh-caught fish and the hotel’s Winebar offers a wide choice of local wines. At the foot of the slopes, the Sunset Chalet Bar is an ideal spot for a post-piste fondue, raclette, or cocktail, and the Moonclub lounge tempts with handcrafted cocktails.
The Chandoline Hotel has windows overlookig the Alps and the spa – Altitude Wellness – offers relaxing treatments, a haman and a sauna. Ella’s Baths,´are outdoor aquatic retreats with breathtaking views of the peaks, one with a counter-current function, the other offering the benefits of aromatherapy.
Chandoline Boutique Hotel’s rooms are comfortably furnished with bespoke furniture that reflect Chandolin’s nature: natural raw materials from the mountains as well as colours, and modern lighting effects just to create a harmonious balance between tradition and modernity.
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Charlotte Street Hotel is located in the Soho neighbourhood and was designed by Kit Kemp who drew inspiration from the Bloomsbury Group, featuring original art from the group, including by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf’s sister, as well as a moral in brasserie reflecting scenes of ‘contemporary London Life‘.
Charlotte Street Hotel‘s building was an old warehouse hence the structure is industrial on the outside and contemporary within. Kit Kemp reinvented the interiors of Charlotte Street Hotel with the influence of the Bloomsbury Group aesthetic and 21st-century flair. The hotel has a small but cosy lobby with a fireplace and armchairs, a library and drawing room and Oscar, the bar and restaurant.
Kit Kemp‘s pattern and designs can be found everywhere in the hotel, from soft furnishings to frames on corridor walls. Gorgeous patterned fabrics dominate the decor and the interior designer created an exclusive wallpaper print taken from an 18th century Hogarth Press woodcut just for the Charlotte Street Hotel.
The Charlotte Street Hotel has fifty-two rooms with patterned headboards, statement wallpapers and scatters cushions; the bathrooms are in marble with bathtubs or walk-in-showers. The bedrooms go from Queen Room to Loft Suite, the signature One Bedroom Virginia Woolf Suite, Penthouse Suite, Superior Loft Suite and Two-Bedroom Suite.
The restaurant & Bar Oscar has a typical British cuisine and cocktails: from spicy and fragrant frilled squit to homemade gnocchi with butternut squash and sage. In the library/drawing room, guests will also find a bar. The hotel also offers an event and meeting space, a screening room for the hotel regular film nights, and special events such as afternoon tea.
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Five Seas Hotel Cannes is a forty-five room boutique hotel in the centre of Cannes just two steps from La Croisette and the beach. Studio MHNA, an internationally renowned architectural firm, was in charge of the hotel’s architecture and interior design, giving it a cream-coloured environment with handcrafted furnishings and world-class dining.
The Five Seas Hotel Cannes describes itself to be the ‘best-kept secret in Cannes’, guests are welcomed in a very stylish lobby, a lively rooftop bar, a pool terrace and a spa. The colour scheme chosen by Studio MHNA was one of cool stone, muted browns and accent items in red leather.
Studio MHNA, founded by Marc Hertrich and Nicolas Adnet, is an interior design studio that pursues the idea of elegance blended with the French style, in order to create unique interiors. Since the start, Studio MHNA has been imagining, conceiving and developing projects with highly personalised and creative atmospheres.
The Five Seas Hotel Cannes has forty-five rooms, a spa with a hammam, two saunas and four treatment rooms, a gym, restaurant and rooftop bar, having also partnered with private beach Plage du Festival, just steps away, and staff are able to reserve sunbeds, towels and parasols for guests.
The Five Seas Hotel Cannes has forty-five rooms, a spa with a hammam, two saunas and four treatment rooms, a gym, restaurant and rooftop bar, and has also partnered with private beach Plage du Festival, just steps away, and staff are able to reserve sunbeds, towels and parasols for guests.
The guestrooms’ beds have canopies, tawny borders and large dressing rooms with a glass wall separating the bedroom from the bathroom area. The bathrooms have clean designs with a freestanding vanity mirror and curving freestanding vessel sinks – complimentary products from Carita & Cinq Mondes and bathrobes by Garnier Thiebault, give a luxurious touch to the bathroom.
The Le Roof Restaurant offers a diverse menu from bouillabaisse-style red mullet fillet to burgers and pizza, brunch, tapas-style dishes traditional French pancakes, various meat-based and vegetarian sharing platters, and more. The Roof Bar serves unique, mixologist-created cocktails alongside a menu of light meals and snacks.
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The GA Group is a collective of award-winning design companies specialising in luxury hotel interior design, residential interior design, furniture and product design that has been in the industry for over thirty years. Working globally, with offices in London, Kuala Lumpur, Budapest and Shanghai, The GA Group creates timeless designs with bespoke and boutique service.
The GA Group is a collective of 160 world-class designers, architects united by the passion to create ground-breaking design driven by their philosophy of ‘Restless Curiosity‘. This philosophy rests on an effective design that resonates with its aimed users, striking harmonious and unexpected happiness.
The GA Group develops designs that are in tune with the people, place and culture of the project site, that resonate a feeling of unexpected relevance and harmony. The firm has developed the fame of being a significant global specifier with magnificent technical insight, connections and an eye trained for detail, turning concepts into reality. The GA Group‘s most recent awards were European Hotel Design Awards, for the project St. Pancras Renaissance London, and European Hospitality Awards for the projects St. Pancras Renaissance London and the Corinthia London Hotel.
The GA Group was approached to do a renovation on an originally Victorian Grand Hotel to bring it to the 21st century. The main objective was to keep the exterior in all its glory however internally the intention was to give a timeless, classic appeal – a place that feels comfortable and sophisticated.
The Palace Tokyo encompasses its surroundings with sublet colour schemes, echoing the grens of the landscape. With floor-to-ceiling windows, as soon as guests step into the lobby, they are filled wihth light and an immediate connection to the gardens outside.
The design concept behind the St. Regis Osaka was to pay homage to the golden age of Japanese history – the Momoyama period: an era of hope, prosperity and harmony. As soon as guests step into the hotel they are greeted with a moonlight ambience due to the combination of silver leaf, bronze and dark marble flooring, with a sparkling crystal tree as the centre of attention. The reception and lobby lounges evoke the brightness of the sun, with large scale limestone tiles on the walls and bespoke chandeliers that create a gracious ambience enhanced even further by the views over the Japanese garden terrace.
The GA Group was asked to renovate the pool house, residences and the Thirty8 restaurant, giving a simpler spatial planning and maximasation fo volumes. The firm used design with simple, raw materials as accent pieces while drawing on the local herricate to give a laid-back and glamours setting.
The Lotte Hotel dates back to the 1980s and was transformed into an elegant and filled with light with classic and contemporary styling. The new Lotte Executive Tower’s design was inspired by the folktale of the magpie and the tiger – the symbolism of the arrival of good luck and strength.
The first step taken by the GA Group was to develop a design scheme rooted on the cultural landscape of Nara – a place famous for its temples, landscape, historical buildings and Nara Deer. The guestroom colour scheme has a base in natural fresh tones with the use of timber bronze and leather found in traditional Nara houses. The goal with the JW Marriot Hotel Nara was to create a warm sense upon arrival, making guests feel relaxed and welcomed.
The Amari Hotel is the first Amari hotel in China, and benefits from amazing views of the Lijiang River. The hotel has seventy-three guest rooms and suites spread on four floors. The hotel’s interior design draws inspiration from he natural scenery sorrounding it.
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Unique and unusual experiences are two things we, as curious human beings, are always on the hunt for. We live boring – and stressful – daily lives so we are always on the lookout for something to break the routine. For many of us, going on adventures is one of the many ways used to break the cycle, so today we gathered 10 hotels around the world that make any vacation different, unique and definitely unusual.
Going to a luxury or boutique hotel, no matter how well decorated and comfortable, can be a plain and simple experience, so to break the wheel, so a hotel that can offer something different is certainly appealing. Be it sleeping under the northern lights, cosy up in a traditional Kyrgyz village, or staying in a rain forest treehouse, the possibilities for unique and unusual experiences are endless.
The Golden Crown Hotel has up to 18 glass igloos with adjustable headrests on the beds for enhanced northern lights – the aurora borealis – viewing. The windows are insulated and heated up to keep from frosting. Guests can choose from Suite Igloos (with an outdoor jacuzzi and private terrace) to Prime Superior Igools, which has stunning views of the valley, or even the Superior Igloo.
Kokopelli’s Cave is a hotel built inside a 60 million-year-old Ojo Alamo sandstone cliff with amazing views of the La Plata River. The hotel is a bed-and-breakfast multiroom unique experience, filled with a jacuzzi and waterfall shower, a full kitchen, a living room with fireplace and bedrooms with balcony views of the vast desert landscape below.
The Book and Bed Hotel is the perfect staycation for bibliophiles; the hotel resembles a bookstore until guests slide open a bookshelf to reveal a cosy reading nook with a bed, reading light and electrical outlet. The hotel in Tokyo offers 30 individual rooms with shared bathrooms and a communal reading area.
Dorman Ann Zee – Dreaming by the Sea – offers three unusual and unique stays: a lighthouse, a lifeboat and a harbour crane. The Havenkraan (harbour crane) gives panoramic views of the WaddenSea, with bright colours, kitchen area, bathroom and rooftop patio.
The Vuurtoren (lighthouse) was built in 1920 and now has three rooms with 360º degrees views of the sea and the city. The Reddingsboot (lifeboat) was turned into a modern room that can be taken out on a two-hour cruise.
Hotel Costa Verde turned a Boeing 727 into a two-bedroom luxury guesthouse with jungle and ocean views and patios extend over the wings. Guests can choose to have dinner in the kitchenette or enjoy local fare and drinks at El Avión, Hotel Costa Verde’s restaurant and pub housed in a C-123 Fairchild cargo plane that played a part in the Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980s.
The Jumbo Stay is the ideal hotel for aviation enthusiasts – the hotel is a former jet model plane from 1976 that was originally built for Singapore Airlines. It underwent a renovation to bring a new and modern interior decor, offering guests a memorable overnight experience – which can even be had in the cockpit.
The Giraffe Manor boutique hotel is located in one of Nairobi’s most iconic buildings. The building has a stately façade, elegant interior, verdant green gardens and delightful courtyards, and yet the most fascinating thing about this unusual hotel is the herd of resident giraffes who visit in the morning and the evening, poking through the windows in the hope of a treat before going to their forest sanctuary.
The Treehouse Lodge Resort is located in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru and has twelve tree houses for guests to choose from. Each treehouse has railing curtains, a mosquito net, a bathroom with a cold-water shower and suspended walkways leading each house to the central commons treehouse, where Peruvian-inspired meals are served.
The Sun Cruise Resort & Spa is located on a coastal cliff in Jeongdongjin and is one of the countries biggest tourist destinations. Sun Cruise Resort features 211 rooms, both condominium and hotel style, a Western and a Korean restaurant, a revolving sky lounge, a night club, a karaoke, and a seawater pool.
The Conrad Rangali Island is the first hotel to have an underwater stay – the Muraka, an underwater villa filled with technology and modern design that delivers a truly transformative experience that amazes anyone. Located 5 meters – 16 feet – below sea level in the middle of the Indian Ocean with glass walls, the Muraka is a two-level aquarium where guests fall asleep to fish swimming overhead and wake up to the swaying arms of coral.
Palacio de Sal, Bolivia
Palacio de Sal in Bolivia used the famous salt of the Salar de Uyuni to create itself as a luxury hotel in the middle of the Bolivian Desert. Everything in the hotel is made of salt, which includes the building and the furniture. The Palacio de Sal has thirty rooms with wooden flooring and a private tiled bath. Bed platforms and armchairs in the common area are made of salt, but plush blankets and pillows make for a comfortable stay. The dining room’s windows frame a panoramic view of the salt flats, and meals include locally sourced llama and lamb and the house speciality, salt chicken.
The Icehotel was founded in 1989 and is the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. The hotel has 150 warm and cold rooms with the cold rooms having ice decor and a bad made of ice covered with reindeer hides and guests sleep in a thermal sleeping bag. The Icehotel also includes an ice church, ice bar, ice sculpting studio and pillar hall, in addition to two heated restaurants, lounge, four meeting rooms and two wilderness camps.
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