(De Montfort Suite from £2,500 GBP per night)
2010 marked the opening of The Town Hall Hotel & Apartments in the former Bethnal Green Town Hall in East London. Just 2 minutes from the Bethnal Green tube station, with ideal connections to West London and the city’s financial district, the beautifully restoredRELATED NEWS IT?S ALL ABOUT 100% DESIGN IN LONDON Read more LONDON; TRADITIONAL BREWED COFFEE Read more establishment elegantly incorporates contemporary interior restructuring into the elegant period property – an ideal space for any business or luxury traveller. The refined art deco entrance hall’s sweeping marble staircase and glass domed ceiling whisk guests into the enthralling experience that The Town Hall so gracefully translates. The Town Hall Hotel & Apartments’ 98 guestrooms and apartments are individually furnished and composed of the extremely fluid juxtaposition again of original elements with clean, contemporary furnishing and the most advanced of luxury technology. The establishment as well offers ample conference space, such as its unique Council Chamber that can seat up to 70 people, or the 220sqm contemporary De Montfort Suite, which comfortably accommodates an exceptional private dining experience for 20.Town Hall is also proud to call itself the home of the renowned fine dining restaurant, Viajante, as well as a gorgeous cocktail bar, such recreational facilities as a gymnasium and full-length swimming pool.
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London E2 9NF
T: + 44 (0)20 7871 0460
(Executive suite from only 128 EUR per night, wow that’s cheap)
The House Hotel
Bostanbasi Cad. no:19,
(Junior Suite €330 EUR per night)
chambresAll 7 modern-style, luxurious rooms offer you a breathtaking view of the well known Sugar Loaf and the bay. Collections of drawings by Jean Cocteau, unique photos of Josephine Baker, Colette, Maria Callas, collection of religious sculptures from all over Brazil – the French-Brazilian elegance is in every room and corner.
132 rua santa cristina
Rio de janeiro
T: 00 55 21 22 42 12 81
(Junior Suite From $459 USD per night. Designed by Thierry Despont)
The Chatwal, recently renovated, just opened its doors to the world. This five-star luxury hotel offers a modern twist to its Art Deco style. For those journeying to New York for business, shopping, theatre or to marry in the big city, The Chatwal offers a private and sophisticated retreat in one of its 83 guestrooms & suites.Each of the spacious guestrooms & suites offer Asprey bath amenities, butler service and 24 hour room service. A private bar includes bespoke cocktail set and menus, custom playing cards and a backgammon set. Other amenities include 400-thread count Frette linen, down comforters and pillows. Finally, the turndown service includes a complimentary shoe shine service, bottles of water and a custom Chatwal keepsake.This luxury hotel’s amenities include a 24 hour Fitness lounge replete with private audio-visual components and personal training. On-site spa services are available at The Chatwal Spa by Kashwere, with the option to have services arranged in one of the dedicated treatment rooms or in the comfort of you guestroom or The Chatwal Spa by Kashwere. A unique offering for a personalized consultation with a Krigler perfume expert are also available.
The Chatwal Hotel
130 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
T: +01 212.764.6200
(Pill Suite from €310 EUR per night . Designed by Matali Crasset)
T: 00 216 76 432 779
(‘Sala Del Doge’ Concept room from $650 USD per night)
Despite what the history books might say, there’s no practical reason to build a city upon the sea except for beauty, fun and sex. Which makes Venice a must hit city on any list of top places to hit it. The full magic of the city is best experienced at Ca Maria Adele. While there are more expensive and more famous 5-stars, no Venetian hotel is more authentic, stylishly sexual and removed from the hordes of tourists than Ca Maria Adele. After arriving by Gondola to the front steps of this former 16th century palace, you and your wife (or girlfriend who desperately wants to be your wife when you bring her here) will be given a glass of champagne by the hotel owner and escorted you to your suite. Honor the city and yourselves with nothing short of a spectacular lay in a room that even a vampire couldn’t help but envy.
CA Maria Adele
Sestiere Dorsoduro 111
RAAS has a sensational position beneath Jodhpur’s imposing Mehrangarh Fort; as the only luxury boutique hotel within an Indian Walled-City, it embodies class with a rare and understated elegance. By grafting contemporary architecture and ambience onto the 300-year-old mansion, brothers Nikhilendra and Dhananajaya Singh have reclaimed, indeed enhanced, its grandeur.
A nuanced harmony permeates the hotel’s 32-room, 7-suite grounds. Striking views from the balcony of each room mean guests are privy to the exotic rhythms and color of Jodhpur. At the same time they can find recluse in the Mughal-style terraced gardens, the secluded infinity pool, and the assorted spa treatments inspired by Ayurveda.
“Jodhpur is similar to Jerusalem or Marrakech: you’re not just a passive witness, you’re immersed,” says RAAS co-founder Nikhilendra Singh. By offsetting the city’s raw charms with unparalleled tranquility, the hotel is a place of pilgrimage for those in search of relaxation and reflection. Far from neo- colonial, RAAS allows guests to share in the rebirth of past glories as something altogether more modern and inclusive. Situated in the prestigious north-eastern quarter of the Walled City, in the very shade of Mehrangarh’s Victory Palace and Gate – a stone’s throw from the Clock Tower. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from the airport with daily connections to Delhi’s International Airport.
Tunvarji ka Jhalra, Makrana Mohalla,
342 001 India
($535 for rooms & suites to $3,570 per night for private villas)
The COMO Shambhala Estate is a holistic wellness retreat, offering a dedicated approach to wellbeing, healthy cuisine and activities ranging from Yoga and Pilates, to Hydro Therapy and Jungle Treks. Programmes are available for our guests looking for a targeted wellness experience. There are also Bed & Breakfast Rates and the two night ‘Vitality Package’ for guests looking to enjoy the environment, but not wanting to commit to the full wellbeing offering. COMO Daily Rates with breakfast start from US$500 for one bedroom Terrace Suites, from US$1,350 for Retreat Villas, from US$ 2,500 for a 4-Suites Residence (exclusive of tax).
- Como Shambhala Hotel Resort
(From $20.300 USD per week)
Casa Kimball is a luxury rental villa located on the North coast of the Dominican Republic. Situated on a cliff with a panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean, each of eight full suites has a breathtaking view out to the ocean. The buildings are designed to protect from views of neighboring villa lots,heightening the experience of the vast horizon beyond. The interior spaces merge with exterior spaces, all of which are designed to allow ocean breezes under shade from the sun, throughout the year. Light at sunset rakes through trees, casting dappled sunlight on the light stone floors in the evening. A long infinity edge pool creates a seamless edge of water in front of the ocean, hiding terraces at cliff edge that allow visitors to experience the ocean’s roar as waves break on the rocks below. Rangr Studio designed the gigantic window/doors to pivot effortlessly on ball bearings, with very thin frames, made of a South-American hardwood as strong as steel. Two finishes of local coral stone make up much of the wall and floor finish. The villa is about 20,000 square feet, and includes two indoor and two outdoor lounges, a dining room with a view centered on the pool out to the ocean, and an outdoor bar area.
- Casa Kimball (Official)
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The 26-room Palacio Marqués de Caro, which opened earlier this year, is built into a wall dating back to Muslim rule. Arabic vases, medieval archways, and neoclassical friezes add to the appeal, along with the adjacent restaurant, Arrop.
Palacio Marqués de Caro
Calle Almirante, 14.
(From $350 USD per night)
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is the next best thing to your own private tropical island. The 58 pool villas feature traditional Vietnamese architecture (think gleaming teak wood) and are built on a lush jungle-covered hill overlooking the white-sand beaches of the resort’s own secluded bay, which can only be accessed by boat. The villas offer spectacular views. Some feature their own private beach access while others are nestled amid unique rock formations just above the bay’s gorgeous coral reef, the perfect launch pad for snorkeling enthusiasts. The resort features a range of gourmet dining options, all with amazing views, or you can relax and soak in the scenery while the resort staff prepares a private barbecue for you on the beach or the deck of your villa. Resort activities include scuba diving (there’s a school on premises), motorbike adventure tours, a waterfall safari, and cultural tours to local villages.
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Van Bay
Ninh Hoa 650000
Located on the 31st floor of The Shard, and featuring an atrium bar into which Hutong can look down into, is Aqua. Divided into two areas, the 220-seater restaurant takes inspiration from the history of the area, in which both tea and gin feature. Designed by local design and architecture firm Jestico + Whiles, the tea wing features dark green and brown leather, black marble herringbone and dark oak flooring and serves up contemporary British dishes such as roasted halibut with cockles, grilled langoustine, pumpkin and Swiss chard or roasted wood pigeon with blackcurrant, broccoli, caramalised pear, cognac and pepper jus. Meanwhile, the gin wing provides a more relaxed atmosphere, opaque folding screens and banquettes featuring British art nouveau textile designs. Like with Hutong, however, nothing detracts from London’s spectacular cityscape.
The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street,
London SE1 9RY
(Executive Suite â‚¬390 EUR per night, Photo by Vangelis Paterakis)
Conveniently situated on the harbour of Thessaloniki, within easy reach from the city centre, THE MET HOTEL provides outstanding comfort and bountiful amenities for business and leisure travellers.This contemporary hotel features 212 guestrooms and suites, 13 meeting rooms, gourmet restaurants, atmospheric bars, a fabulous spa, a comfortable VIP lounge and other facilities and services that ensure an unforgettable stay. Innovative dÃ©cor, impeccable service and personalized attention to detail reflect refined luxury and timeless elegance.
26th October Str., 48
54 627 Thessaloniki
(Superior Room from â‚¬190 EUR per night)
In purest crisp Alpine air, 1.500m above sea level, the vigilius mountain resort is accessible only by cable car. No roads, no traffic, no noise. An exclusive refuge for a fortunate few, not all guests of the mountain will be guests at vigilius. On the pristine Vigiljoch peak in South Tyrol, it seems natural that architect Matteo Thun should have been influenced by the strong surroundings. Like a tree that has fallen in the forest, vigilius mountain resort combines old substance with fresh growth, generating new internal life and a commitment to renewal: 300-year-old timber beams, rich with history, have been resurrected in the Stadel-style restaurant. The grass-covered roof is an ultra-ecological solution to aesthetic energy conservation. Inspirational views of the surrounding Dolomite Mountains, with their ever-changing colors, act as the backdrop for “focus weeks” at the resort, concentrating on enhancing elements such as health, nutrition, movement and beauty. With exceptional autumnal interiors, exquisite Alpine / Northern Italian cuisine and a hedonistic spa, vigilius mountain resort in Lana represents the bright future of elite hospitality.
Vigilius Mountain Resort *****
Staggered among boulders on a secluded hill in the wine-growing region of Valle de Guadalupe, these luxury cabins bring guests into direct contact with nature. Blending seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, the expansive views of the mountains and fertile wine-growing soils are given pride of place. Endémico, Spanish for endemic, meaning native to a specific region or environment, was designed to highlight the isolation of the desert, singling out the area’s indigenous qualities – something owners Carlos Couturier and Moisés Micha planned to emphasize.
Situated just one and a half hours from San Diego, California, this unique landscape is home to some of Mexico’s largest wineries and offers a blend of Mexican culture and artisanal activity. To complement the hotel’s location, the property was designed by a hand-selected local team, who worked in collaboration with Gracia Studio to give it a distinct ambience. Each of the 20 luxury cabins has unobstructed views of the valley. On the private wooden terraces, guests can sit under a blanket of stars and sip regional wines while being warmed by a roaring fire. Minimal and understated the cabins may be, but modern comforts and deluxe touches have not been overlooked. Monochromatic and with an edited selection of furnishings, they provide comfortable spaces for retreat. From the pool, guests can soak up the calming solitude, while gazing out over the vast expanse. And although the location is remote, the onsite restaurant and bar ensure every comfort is met.
Ctra. Tecate-Ensenada, km 75
Valle de Guadalupe
Ensenada, Baja California
Via Wallpaper … Not to be confused with its New York namesake, this new property brings a breath of fresh design to the gothic heart of Barcelona. Concealed down an unassuming medieval side street, the 28-room Mercer Hotel is housed in an impressive building that comprises part of the defensive wall of the 1st century Roman town of Baracino. In a prevailing palette of smooth browns, beiges, and greys, the furnishings have been crafted exclusively by Madrid-based interiors firm Gaston y Daniela, while architect Rafael Moneo has created a luminous space, sympathetically preserving its original elements, and adding the occasional modern touch, such as the striking floor to ceiling windows that overlook a central courtyard. Public spaces include two restaurants, a cocktail bar and a rooftop terrace lap pool. And the Loewe toiletries are a pleasant addition.
Mercer Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
Calle dels Lledó 7,
T: 34.9 3310 7480;
Just an hour away from Salzburg in the alpine town of Saalbach-Hinterglemm lies Hotel Wiesergut. The lodgings are owned by Josef Sepp and Martina Kröll and have been in the Sepp family since 1350, with Joseph’s great-grandmother opening a guesthouse on the plot of land two generations ago. Comprising 24 rooms, the 14th century family estate includes a traditional white four-storey building that has been transformed by local firm Gogl & Partners Architekten into 17 ‘manor suites’, surrounded by a series of modern, low-lying structures with floor to ceiling windows that house seven garden suites.
The interiors include warming tones of mushroom browns, set against wood and stone. Rooms are furnished with bespoke pieces such as hand-blown glass chandeliers by Cologne-based Isabel Hamm, and artworks by ceramicist Petra Lindenbauer and sculptor Andreas Reichlin. Food is by the Kröll family, featuring seasonal, regional produce and incorporating their tradition concept of farm-to-table dining.
T: 43.6 541 6308;
The ever-popular Maldives might not be the world’s best kept travel secret, but those in search of a true off-the-radar escape should head to Coco Privé Kuda Hithi, a secluded retreat set within the lush confines of one of the Maldivian atoll’s private islands. Designed by Singapore-based architect Guz Wilkinson, the sumptuous lodgings sleep a total of 12 people and comprise one master residence and five airy villas with views of the Indian Ocean and beyond.
The interiors are clean and classic with neutral modern furnishings set against wood interiors, and among the facilities are a library, cocktail bar, gym and steam room, as well as a personal chef for those out-of-hours cravings.
Kuda Hithi Island
North Malé Atoll
(Rates from €390 EUR)
The Chateau de Codignat is an authentic chateau that has stood guard atop a hill in the heart of Auvergne volcano country since the 1400s. Dramatic peaks, rolling hills, and historic villages all dot the countryside of south-central France. There, surrounded by 15 acres of forest, lies Chateau de Codignat, an honest-to-goodness castle. 19 rooms and suites, all equipped with modern features like Jacuzzi tubs and internet access await your royal approval. Many of the suites boast incredible antique furniture and opulent decor, with beautiful paintings, carved-wood four-poster beds, and amazing chandeliers. It’s almost enough to make you forget there’s a dungeon in the basement.
The outdoor pool is a wonderful spot to be on a sunny day, as are the surrounding grounds, where a romantic stroll through the woods is a must. If you’re visiting in spring or summer, be sure to dine on the Chateau de Codignat restaurant’s outdoor terrace. You’ll sample Michelin-starred cuisine, and a richly varied wine list, all with a complementary side of Auvergne sunshine.
Golf, Tennis, Outdoor pool, mountain biking, hiking, horseback, hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, Flying club , karting, flight over volcanos in private plane.
Chateau De Codignat
T: +33 (0) 4 73 68 43 03
Via Wallpaper … Nestled opposite a leafy corner of Regent’s Park, York & Albany is owned by Gordon Ramsay and run by his illustrious protégé, Angela Hartnett. Originally a coaching inn designed by John Nash in the 1820s, the building has been lovingly refurbished to create an elegant hotel equipped with ten sumptuous rooms, a bar and of course, a restaurant. The deli itself is housed in the former stables and has retained several original features such as cobbled flooring and rustic stable doors that open onto the street. Named Nonna’s Deli (a nod to Hartnett’s Italian roots) the shop stocks a smorgasbord of the chef’s favourites, from the artisanal – like home-cured meats, Spanish almond and olive oil biscuits and Damien Allsop chocolate – to the everyday, such as Hartnett’s own homemade jams, loaves of fig bread, and HP sauce. Come sunnier weather, Nonna’s patrons will be able to order picnic hampers complete with a selection from the shop’s wines and sit out in the park just across the way. While for those who might want some food for thought on the side, Nonna’s deli also has a book corner where titles by fellow foodies Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater, and of course Ramsay and Hartnett themselves, are displayed for sale.
York & Albany
T : +44.20 7388 3344
Ett Hem was a private residence built in 1910, for two people who loved art and beautiful things. They left their mark on this townhouse, situated in a peaceful, residential area of Stockholm. This Arts and Crafts building is a tranquil home away from home, steeped in the Scandinavian aesthetics of Carl Larsson and his wife Karin. Transforming the house into a hotel has been a delicate process: its personality had to remain intact.
Yet it also had to offer all the services required by modern travellers. The result is that Ett Hem is again filled with the best collection of furniture, Scandinavian antiques and design. Things that frame moments in life. With twelve rooms, Ett Hem offers discerning guests comfortable interiors and bedrooms full of summery whiteness of light. Outdoors, the courtyard garden is a room as important as those inside. It’s a secret city wilderness that is the perfect place for summer breakfasts or winding down over a chilled bottle of wine.
S – 114 27 Stockholm
T: +46 8 20 05 90
(Rates from EUR €435 per night)
A floating swimming pool, Internet access, and satellite TV – the Italy of the 16th century was never this lavish. But modern comforts and classical luxury are natural partners here at Villa d’Este. Maybe it’s due to plenty of practice, since this hotel has been welcoming guests to the shores of Lake Como since 1873.
The 152 sumptuous rooms are scattered through two historical buildings dating back to the villa’s days as the summer home of a 16th century Cardinal, and two villas, Villa Cima and Villa Malakoff, with a slightly more recent construction date in the 1800s.
The rooms range from the 320 sq. ft. Double Superior to the 1080 sq. ft. Cardinal Suite, named for the hotel’s original owner, Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. Days at Villa d’Este are full of possibility. Swim in the floating pool, go windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, or match wits with one of the six 18-hole golf courses nearby. And someone has to make sure the spa’s Turkish bath gets some attention!
Via Regina, 40
(Rates from £315 GBP)
Few cities, if any, say luxury quite like London. Imagine, then, what one of its finest accommodations has to offer. Many rooms look right out over Hyde Park corner, arguably the best location in London. Old World opulence. Imperial grandeur. Stately design. What else would you expect from a hotel that counts Hyde Park, Mayfair, and Buckingham Palace among its next-door neighbors? Personal butlers? It has those, too. The Lanesborough, a St. Regis Hotel, also has a whole lot more, including exquisite cuisine presented by three Michelin star-winning Chef Heinz Beck (considered one of the best in Europe), creator of on-site restaurant Apsleys and winning a Michelin Star in less than 5 months from opening. The afternoon tea is among the finest in London, winning Award of Excellence by the UK Tea Council in 2009 and 2010 presided over by England’s first tea sommelier and offering freshly baked scones with thick cream. Rooms and suites, 95 in total, feature Victorian furniture worthy of the nearby palace, along with the utmost in amenities: Sony VAIO laptops, free high-speed wireless, fresh fruit replenished daily, 24hrs personal Butler Service, Coffee and Tea on arrival and with wake up calls and more. La Prairie and Ytsara are the only brands trusted at the Spa Studio, the hidden gem in the heart of the city, and the hotel’s in-house florists will amaze you with stunning arrangements.
Apsleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant is located on the ground floor of The Lanesborough in the heart of Knightsbridge, the restaurant has two private dining rooms and two wine tasting rooms which offer an impressive list of wines, and many are available by the glass.
Hyde Park Corner
London SW1X 7TA
T: +44 (0)20 7259 5599
Belgrade’s first world-class luxury hotel blends international lifestyle and local hospitality with sophisticated design and an elegant, modern atmosphere.Set in the city’s most attractive historic district, Square Nine is a showcase of polished interiors, attention to detail, and impeccable service.
Conceived by the owner as a groundbreaking keystone in Belgrade’s twenty first century renaissance, Square Nine brings a sumptuous, yet cozy, character to a city that’s long been dominated by international chains detached from the city’s identity and avant-garde, creative arts history.
The Square Nine Hotel
Blakes is the inspirational creation of world renowned designer Anouska Hempel as the world’s first luxury boutique hotel. Located in the leafy Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Blakes is justly famous for its stunning design, elegance and dedicated service. Its uncompromising stand on privacy has made it the London base for film stars, musicians and all the top designers, earning its reputation as The “Couture” Hotel. Sympathetically converted from a collection of period Victorian town houses, Blakes is now established and recognized as totally unique and has revolutionized and influenced the concept of the small luxury hotel worldwide.
Blakes Hotel London,
33 Roland Gardens
London SW7 3PF
(40m2 ‘Belvedere’ room from €170 EUR)
Can’t wait to visit this place!
Hotel Daniel Vienna
Landstraßer Gürtel 5
T: +43 1 90 131 0
(Rates from $400 USD)
Where’s up? And down? Who knows at Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul, where the stars in the night sky are mirrored from multiple pools near the picturesque Mt. Namsan. Inside the Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul, a feeling of historic prominence still hangs on from the original structure, built to commemorate the end of the Korean War. That said, the hotel’s modern updates have transcended the original building’s wildest aspirations, resulting in a dream-like atmosphere on the outskirts of town. Rising 21 stories above the hotel’s glimmering main pool (which becomes an ice rink in winter), the hotel holds 50 rooms looking out to the river, each with open layouts, a Korean sauna, and a large indoor plunge pool at the foot of the wide bed. On the third floor, the world-renowned Banyan Tree Spa makes its home, with treatments hailing from all of Asia, all executed with an infinitely confident touch. You’ll want to pack an appetite for cuisine as well as leisure, as the Banyan Tree Club and Spa Seoul has pulled out all the stops to deliver 12 eateries and bars. Styles range from classic Korean and Italian, to meat and cheese charcuterie and fresh oysters. Overindulge? Just grab your clubs, and hit the driving range for pleasant calorie burning.
Banyan Tree Club & Spa Seoul
San 5-5, Jang Chung-Dong 2-Ga
100857 South Korea
T: 43 68 23 18
Wythe Hotel started with the discovery of an old factory on the Brooklyn waterfront. Built in 1901 as a cooperage, preserved, renovated, and turned a historically industrial building into a place where people feel welcome.
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York, NY 11249
Mayfair’s Art Deco jewel is the last word in London’s luxury hotels Step into Claridge’s, a luxury hotel in Mayfair and experience a world of stunning design and flawless service unmatched in London. Five-star luxury and over a century of glamour combine to create a world of sophistication in the heart of London. Claridge’s Bar – a celebrity playground in Art Deco splendour Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s – world-famous fine dining Afternoon tea in London – a time-honoured indulgence, not to be missed Claridge’s Reading Room – intimate and relaxed dining with a contemporary menu du jour Glamorous, elegant and alive with laughter, Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair attracts the true connoisseur of luxury. Voted Top UK Business Hotel in Condé Nast 2009 Reader’s Travel Awards. Claridge’s is the “Best UK Hotel for Rooms” in Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2010, chosen by magazine editors and travel experts. “This Art Deco Gem is more fashionable than ever,…”
Brook Street Mayfair
London W1K 4HR
T: +44 (0)20 7629 8860
Searching for a perfect spot to spend your holidays? Maldives seems to be a perfect option. This island nation in the Indian Ocean has a wonderful geography with lots of water sports under the bright sun. Here, we give you an overview of the famous W Retreat and Spa located on Fesdu Island of Maldives.
W Retreat and Spa Resort (Maldives)
North Ari Atoll
T: (960) 666 – 2222
A destination for South American’s most glamorous crowd since the 1950s, Punta del Este draws comparisons to New York’s famous Hamptons, but with a laidback spirit that is Uruguayan. Capturing this unique personality is a the heart of the new Hotel Fasano Las Piedras, the Fasano family’s first venture outside Brazil. With their signature appreciation of tradition, the resort’s luxurious private bungalows fit harmoniously between the green plains and River Maldonado.
Hotel Fasano Las Piedras
Cno. Cerro Egusquiza y Paso del Barranco
La Barra, Punta del Este 20400
Rediscover the elegance of simplicity within The Hempel, a stylish and sophisticated 5-star London luxury boutique hotel. Conceived by acclaimed British designer Anouska Hempel, this imaginative gem sets forth a new experience in hotel accommodation. The sleek architecture, subdued hues, and crisp lines are a study in Zen minimalism, drawing inspiration from the elements of ancient design. Yet the ambiance is warm and inviting.
There’s certainly nothing modest about our plush comforts. Set apart from the crowded collection of central London boutique hotels, in a tranquil garden square only minutes from Hyde Park and Notting Hill, The Hempel offers an intimate and elegant hideaway in the fashionable heart of West London.
31 – 35 Craven Hill Gardens
London W2 3EA
T: 020 7298 9000
(From £249 GBP per night)
Flashbulbs pop, and perfect smiles flash in front of W Leicester Square, a place of dreams and heroes in the legendary city of London. Strike a pose (and make it a good one.) An ice-white exterior, with changing-color highlights, leads you to a mostly-black interior highlighted by 648 multi-faceted disco balls “Star-studded” is a term often used to describe Leicester Square, and in turn, W Leicester Square. You see, although celebrities may not eat or age, they do in fact need to sleep. So, when the cameras stop flashing at the many theatre previews, the young and fabulous retire to the slick corridors of W Leicester Square. The celluloid dreams of many reside in this shining beacon, spread throughout 192 rooms including 21 suites. Each is designed in a palate of gold and bold, with graphic prints adding a little punk into the mix. iPod holders are of course on hand for those “back-to-my-room” after parties. Socializing is obviously a big concern at W Leicester Square, and there are ample opportunities to excel at this favorite British pastime. Check out Wyld bar for grooves so new they’ve yet to hit the Internet, and cocktails so original, they’ll have you hard pressed to drink anywhere else. Down in the Lobby, white, gold, leather, and glass wrap guests in a luscious environ in which to enjoy tea, British fare, and some very fine people watching. For something a bit zestier, head to the Spice Market. Southeast Asian tastes are remixed and re-mastered by none other than Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a celebrity in his own right. Get ready for a dining experience akin to sharing a meal in a Thai street market – without all the tuk tuks vying to mow you down.
W, Leicester London
10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square,
London, W1D 6QF
T: +44 (0) 207 758 1000
PUBLIC, conceived by Ian Schrager, is an entirely new class of hotel. Its fundamental attributes are innovative, sophisticated, authentic style; spot-on, personalized, empathetic “essential” service; lasting comfort with complete functionality, all at an affordable price and offering tremendous value. For the first time, this type of hotel experience will be available for everyone and anyone who wants it. Ian Schrager has taken the best from the luxury segment, boutique hotels and select service to create a new genre of hotel where everything has been rethought and every original idea updated. At PUBLIC, service matters most. But the key point of differentiation is in the kind and quality of services it offers. The brand will only offer services that matter, those that guests really want and need rather than an array of superfluous services they do not use. PUBLIC Chicago is a complete transformation of the Gold Coast’s famed Ambassador East Hotel and its historic Pump Room restaurant. Rich with a cultural heritage that spans decades, the hotel and the Pump Room was a place to see and be seen and played host to a multitude of celebrities and people from all over the world and all walks of life. A reinvented and reimagined hotel and Pump Room with a new food concept by James Beard award winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, will continue to be the fashionable spot it was originally envisioned to be, for an eclectic mix of people who come together to socialize and dine as they have for past decades. It will still be the hotel and Pump Room, but better. PUBLIC Chicago’s 285 spacious and oversized guest rooms and suites are individually furnished with integrity, taste and superb functionality. Decorated in a soothing, “no color” color palette, the interiors evoke a sense of ease and comfort and the character of a home away from home.
(The Pump Room restaurant)
The Pump Room restaurant offers reasonably priced, delicious favorites in a relaxed, comfortable, and exciting environment. The new food concept was created by world-renowned chef and 2011 James Beard award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Original Pump Room menu classics were reinvented and recreated by Jean-Georges providing his special touch and amazing style.
He will support local purveyors, regional flavors and offer a “farm to table” experience. At night, the restaurant’s bar transforms into a supper club recapturing the glamour of the 30′s and 40′s with a modern twist. Offerings include late night tapas style small plates as well as local, domestic and international draught and bottled beer; exotic, specialty cocktails by our own mixologist, and great music. The restaurant is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After Work/Happy Hour and weekend Brunch.
1301 North State Parkway,
Chicago, IL 60610
The new boutique self-catering accommodation in Valletta, Malta. Lucia Nova, a Maltese house – historic, slightly worn at the edges, a little bit of the old mixed with the new. Distressed original walls preserved for their beauty, are combined with beautiful fabrics and contemporary design furniture and lamps. Located in the old quarter of the town, where the windows and balconies are festooned with the day’s washing, hanging out like street decorations ready for a parade.
St Patrick Street
Island of Malta
T: +356 79488047
I wanna try out this hotel next time.
518 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001,
T: (212) 525-0000
From its dazzling location at the hub of Covent Garden, West End theatres and Trafalgar Square, St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring reinvention of the urban resort. Smart, witty and sophisticated, Philippe Starcks design is a brilliant collision of influences – from the modern to the baroque – that suffuses the hotel with energy, vitality and magic. Entered through improbably tall, luminescent yellow-glass revolving doors—the tallest in London—St Martins Lanes lobby is a soaring and theatrical space that offers a provocative manipulation of dimension and proportion. Starck presents a visually stunning play on scale, with oversized columns and angled niches painted a deep fluorescent yellow, complemented by Portuguese limestone floors. From its acid-etched, double-height yellow glass facade to its unpredictable plays on vivid color to the dramatic series of columns that appear as shining towers; St Martins Lanes lobby is a triumph of color and light. The St Martins Lane offers 204 guestrooms on six floors. All accommodations feature panoramic views of London and floor-to-ceiling windows. Contemporary/eclectic-style decor includes custom-designed furniture. Mood lighting is also featured via an interactive light-installation controlled from dials next to headboards (full spectrum of vibrant colors). There is a DVD player in the room – clients can rent DVDs at the front desk. Accommodations are also equipped with in-room safes, refrigerators are stocked with refreshments and guests can request the newspaper of their choice. For global travelers with a cultured palate and a love of variety, Asia de Cuba restaurant, overseen by renowned international restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, combines elements of Asian and Cuban cuisine served sharing-style in a high energy London restaurant. Housed in a dramatically colonnaded space, Asia de Cubas innovative menu is matched in its surroundings by a dramatic series of soaring art columns. The Light Bar is a unique and breathtaking London club that takes the concept of atmospheric lighting to new heights. Guests gather to sip the now famous cocktails, such as Raspassion Martini, Lighten Up Champagne, Strawberry Cheesecake and Lychee and Elderflower Collins, snack on Asia de Cuba delights, chat and people watch in a series of cozy niches that are bathed in warmly vibrant shafts of colored light—pink, orange, violet, and green. The walls are hung with enormous black and white close-up taken by renowned photographer Jean Baptiste Mondino, which lend the Light Bar its bold yet distinctly light-hearted touch. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights feature top DJs, attracting the hottest London nightlife.
St. Martins Lane
45 Saint Martin’s Lane
T: 020 7300 5500
New York, New York… a place where travelers encounter limitless options, fantastic sights and sounds, and a luxury hotel that will blow your socks off: the Mondrian Soho. Let your imagination pop at Mister H, where 1930s Shanghai meets modern day New York in an intimate speakeasy setting. Always astounded by how friendly people are in a place as infamous as New York City, you thank your cab driver and step inside the Mondrian Soho, your “home away from home” for the next week or so.
(Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar)
But this is no ordinary home away from home. This “home” resides in a perfect location, offers views of downtown Manhattan, is graciously glamorous, perfectly designed and appointed, and obviously a magnet for frivolity and fun. Yet the peaceful atmosphere that welcomes you – perhaps enhanced by the beautiful blues dominating its interior – promises you a stay that treats guests to the best of both worlds. Imperial No. Nine is the Mondrian Soho’s effortlessly cool restaurant. Not only is the food fantastic and the ambience one that only a hip hotspot can attain, but the chef serves up sustainable seafood, a glass sculpture created by an acclaimed artist graces the center of the room, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails pleases even the most demanding palate. Take your pick of 11 different categories of rooms and suites, settle in, and stay a while.
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY 10013
T: (212) 389-1000
Gold & Platinum
Quai du Seujet 18
T: 022 738 90 91
The newcomer on the island (besides Ani villas), has truly shaken up the other hotels into stepping up their game, refresh, and renovate. The hotel is truly stunning, and I was in awe from the minute I looked upon the entrance. The open spaces, clean lines, and decor are warm, natural, ornate, and inviting. The villas with private plunge pools and outdoor spaces are the best, allowing you to take in the incredible views. The serene pools look over the rocky waters into oceanic nothingness. There is an outdoor lounge with warm breezes, great lounge music and a fabulous vibe. The spa mirrors the same decor as the rest of the property and is very tranquil, focusing on natural elements and treatments. The restaurants are casual but elegant.
Barnes Bay P.O. Box 8028
West End AI-2640
T: +1 264 497 7000
(From €390 EUR per night)
Summer is the ideal time to visit this welcoming Capri Landmark. Perched on a rugged cliff top on the Island of Capri, Italy, J.K. Place Capri overlooks the bluest of Mediterranean waters. Enjoy a true homey feel for a place so different than home. Here at J.K. Place Capri, breathtaking Mediterranean views are enjoyed from cozy guestrooms done in an upscale seaside decor. For those seeking a more intimate setting, the penthouse suite offers a private terrace for sun worshiping – much like regal American guests did as far back as 1897. For those with a curious streak, the J.K Place Capri concierge offers more than just dinner reservations. Whether it’s an afternoon cruise to the magical blue grotto, a romantic night excursion to watch the sunset over the Island of Capri, or a gentle stroll through the historic town on a guided walking tour, the attentive staff can arrange for your every wish to be satisfied. Feel like kicking back? We suggest you pull up at stool in the JK Restaurant and Lounge Bar, and partake of the sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine while sipping a glass of vino rosso. This smooth liquid libation can also be enjoyed poolside, with a side order of panoramic views.
J.K. Place Capri
Via Prov.Marina Grande,225
(From $195 USD Per Night)
(From $195 USD Per Night)
Blending colonial 17th century grandeur with a raw industrial edge, Downtown integrates local indigenous culture into its concept while celebrating its location in the Centro Historico borough of Mexico City. Known as the “Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle”, it sits comfortably next to other colonial landmarks on the cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Isabel la Catolica #30
Colonia Centro, Mexico
T: + 52 55 5130 6830
Entering La Banane on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy, visitors instantly feel immersed in a world of vintage luxury and privacy. Villa owners Jean Marc Israël and Benjamin Fabbri have a passion for highly-collectable furniture from the 1950s. Vibrant splashes of color such as raspberry red and canary yellow liven up the white bungalows and wooden terraces, providing a colorful backdrop to showcase their impressive collection. Famed Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret designed many of the villa’s furnishings for the administrative buildings of Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab, a planned city by Jeanneret’s cousin Le Corbusier. The 1950s furniture fuses tropical charm with modernism. The tropical whimsicality carries throughout the property, from the bright bar with playful hand-painted murals, to the private garden nestled in a coconut grove planted with fragrant frangipani, jasmine and hibiscus. In this lush, shady enclave, guests can while away hours on a recliner, stretched out by one of the two shimmering pools.
Set around the garden, the 8 individually-designed bungalows are all named after artists, designers and craftsmen who were at their zenith in the 1950s such as Serge Mouille and Jean Royère. Each of the light and airy rooms has a private tropical garden, a terrace or an open-air bathroom, bringing the surrounding nature right into the living spaces.
Lorient Beach, still undiscovered by most tourists, is just 50 meters away, but with in-room massages on offer and inviting swimming pools glistening, guests are often tempted to stay right where they are. La Banane is as a private villa resort and therefore requires guests reserve a minimum of three rooms at a time, of the eight total to make a booking.
VILLA LA BANANE
Baie de Lorient
97133 Saint Barthélemy
(The sleek, uncluttered look of the hotel Viura has been designed by designhouses who are also the owners of the hotel)
Avant-garde architecture in Rioja wine country! Set against the backdrop of a traditional Spanish village, Viura is an architecturally flamboyant, modern hotel with dramatic mountain views of the Sierra de Cantabria. With a fine dining restaurant, a bar, a wine cellar and a gym, this is a striking yet particularly comfortable bolthole from which to unravel the mysteries of the Rioja Alavesa wine country. Externally, Viura resembles a pile of precariously placed cubes complete with terraces, and balconies. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows in the 33 stylish guest rooms and suites provide superb views of the village, the mountains or the neighbouring 16th-century church.
Riojan and Basque cuisine is served in Viura’s equally impressive restaurant which has large wine barrels suspended from the ceiling and picture windows looking onto the garden. Needless to say, there is an extensive wine list. A special place for the delight of the senses. With passion for gastronomy, in wonderful elegant surroundings, perfect for an intimate dinner or for weddings and other events.
Calle Mayor, s/n, 01307
Villabuena de Álava
T: 945 60 90 00
At Sri panwa Phuket, you’ll experience secluded luxury on a tropical island paradise. The resort’s 60 villas are made of natural materials and feature infinity swimming pools that wrap around a glass-enclosed bedroom, allowing you to open the sliding glass door and dive straight into the refreshing water upon waking. Although the hotel staff provide full catering right in your villa, be social, and pay a visit to Baba Pool Club, which features a wide selection of barbecued meats, fresh seafood, sushi, and excuses to party.
Or you might prefer the home-cooked, Thai and Western comfort foods served at Baba Dining Lounge. Cooking classes are available for those looking to bring a taste of vacation home. Enjoy a private spa treatment in your villa or pay a visit to the thumping nightclub. Baba 88 hosts a full roster of international DJs and has quickly become one of Phuket’s most popular night spots. Engage, dancing shoes.
88 Moo 8 Sakdidej Road
Tambon Vichit A. Muang, Panwa Cape
(Guest room Deluxe)
Always astounded by how friendly people are in a place as infamous as New York City, you thank your cab driver and step inside the Mondrian Soho, your “home away from home” for the next week or so. But this is no ordinary home away from home.
(The Imperial No. Nine’s garden room)
This “home” resides in a perfect location, offers views of downtown Manhattan, is graciously glamorous, perfectly designed and appointed, and obviously a magnet for frivolity and fun. Yet the peaceful atmosphere that welcomes you – perhaps enhanced by the beautiful blues dominating its interior – promises you a stay that treats guests to the best of both worlds. Imperial No. Nine is the Mondrian Soho’s effortlessly cool restaurant.
Not only is the food fantastic and the ambience one that only a hip hotspot can attain, but the chef serves up sustainable seafood, a glass sculpture created by an acclaimed artist graces the center of the room, and a selection of handcrafted cocktails pleases even the most demanding palate. Take your pick of 11 different categories of rooms and suites, settle in, and stay a while.
9 Crosby Street
New York, NY
T: (212) 389-0000
(Rooms from €95 EUR)
The Grand Hotel Central offers a discreet and luxurious hideaway amid the bustle of Barcelona’s fashionable El Born district. Established in the 1920s by architect Adolf Florensa, the building was inspired by the newly created skyscrapers of Chicago and New York. Eighty-five years later, owner Pau Guardans, has completely reworked the building to create a hotel that evokes the splendor of Barcelona’s high society in the early part of the 20th century.
The result is a tranquil property infused with timeless elegance and urban soul. Guardans’ reputation as a trendsetter and visionary is evident in the finer details of the hotel. With his very own city guide ‘Barcelona Around’, he offers guests an insider view of this vibrant city. Twenties-style grandeur is everywhere you look, starting with the impressive structure and elegant entrance with original bronze doors, to the oversized rooms, preserved wrought iron lamps, stone cornicing and flooring. The dark oak floors and clean lines of the 147 rooms and suites ooze urban modernity through the use of smooth materials such as glass and wood. Within the bedrooms, transparent panels and semi-opaque materials are used as dividers, so that sleeping spaces, bathrooms, and even the wardrobes all merge seamlessly. Enjoy dinner or a cocktail at Ávalon restaurant by Michelin-starred chef Ramón Freixa. A modern space with timber flooring, industrial lamps and huge windows, the restaurant offers a modern twist on Catalan classics. Alternatively, book a massage in the seventh-floor Wellness Suite or relax in the library. With the rooftop Sky Bar, infinity pool and panoramic views, guests will feel completely immersed in the buzz of the city without leaving the comfort of their chaise longue.
Grand Hotel Central
Via Laietana, 30
“Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam occupies the famous site of Amsterdam’s former Sweelinck music conservatorium. Originally built at the end of the 19th Century and conceived by the renowned Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel as the Rijkspostspaarbank Building, the construction heralded an urban regeneration of the Museumplein, an area which had been left previously derelict. Knuttel was praised for his ability to fuse simplicity and functionality, and the award-winning Milan-based furniture and interiors designer Piero Lissoni has embraced this tradition through the re-incarnation of this spectacular building 100 years later. Against the backdrop of the building’s incredibly rich history, the hotel has been consistently imbued with Lissoni’s signature style. Known for his austere lines, demure fabrics and shades of grey that are occasionally dotted by the appearance of bright accents, Lissoni is considered one of the most prominent and exciting contemporary Italian designers. His clean designs are a hybrid of modernist and contemporary chic and contrast playfully with the on-going bath of natural daylight throughout the building’s airy spaces.
Amsterdam Van Baerlestraat 27
Amsterdam 1071 AN
T: +31 (0) 20 570 0000
(Rooms from at €310 EUR)
Now this is the way to experience Paris. Luxurious, stylish living is highlighted all the way along Rue de la Paix and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré… just steps away from W Paris – Opéra. So as you step inside this gorgeous hotel, breathe a sigh of relief. Not that the City of Lights and all it wonders aren’t enough on their own, of course, but the right amount of haute couture completes the Parisian puzzle perfectly. And when the hustle and bustle of this infamous city begin to wear on your sensibilities, retreat to one of 91 guest rooms and suites. Pleasing touches like plush pillow-top, signature W beds with 350-thread count sheets, terry robes, and Bliss® sinkside six bath products ensure that when it comes time to retire for the evening – or awake in the morning – every step along the way is divine. What would a trip to France be without fine dining? The chef at W Paris – Opéra prepares a menu with the best seasonal ingredients. Busy or bloated? Try the “Light bites”. Bon Appétit!
4 rue Meyerbeer,
T: (33)(0)1 77 48 94 94
(Photo © Benoit Linero, Double rooms from £189.31 ($295))
Set in the immaculately restored former National Cash Register Company, The NoMad Hotel brings Broadway back to its golden days, both literally – note the gilded lobby – and figuratively.
This enchanting beaux arts boutique hotel has it all: a top-tier restaurant, a cosy library lounge, a chic boutique and beautiful, airy rooms. The hotel may be named for its location (north of Madison Park), but designer Jacques Garcia ran with the idea, adding unique journey-themed touches to the rooms, which convey an ideal of maple-floored, old-world elegance alongside every modern luxury.
Three-Michelin-starred Manhattan restaurant Eleven Madison Park has a new sibling in the NoMad’s eponymous eaterie. Run by chef Daniel Humm, the restaurant showcases seasonal ingredients in dishes like seared scallops with sorrel and lemon, truffle-roasted chicken with foie gras, and house-made tagliatelle with king crab and pepper. The wood-panelled Parlour faces an open hearth where the kitchen bakes its own breads.
The Nomad Hotel
New York, NY 10001
T: (212) 796-1500