(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
(Rooms from 279 USD per night)
With some of the hottest dining and nightlife in Hollywood right there in the hotel, Mondrian oozes chic style and sophisticated urbanity. The design, by Phillipe Starck, grabs your attention the moment you walk off Sunset Boulevard, past the glowing glass walls and dramatic curtains, and into the lobby. Yes, it’s normal to feel like you’ve suddenly walked onto stage. Hopefully you’re not here to work. But if so, you’ll appreciate the fact your room is equipped with a large desk that comes fully stocked with office supplies. And you might not plan a lot of cooking, but the full kitchen in your room still comes in handy for morning coffee, or after-hours cocktails.
Mondrian’s Asia de Cuba restaurant is one of the city’s most talked-about restaurants, and serves up healthy portions of funky, Latin music, and fusion cuisine. Later on, get ready for some star spotting, at the open-air Skybar, one of Hollywood’s hot spots.
8440 West Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
T: (323) 650-8999
The suites, patios, gardens, bars are amazing! 5*
Parker Palm Springs Hotel
4200 E Palm Canyon Dr,
Palm Springs, CA 92264
T: +01 760.770.5000
(Nordik Room from 540 EUR)
Tucked into a tiny, quiet street at the summit of Paris Montmartre is a retro-future hotel that defies the classical cliches of Paris, fitting rather into a Jacques Tati vision of modernity. Kube Hotel combines a resolutely geometric sense of architecture, as its name suggests, with a 1960s sci-fi theme in its furnishings and decor, producing a feast for the eyes and senses.
Behind a Haussmanian facade, a glowing Plexiglass cube serves as Kube’s reception area, reminiscent of I.M. Peias pyramids in the Louvres courtyard. A cavernous lobby-cum-restaurant-cum-bar serves as the heart of Kube Hotel, a futuristic, low-lit space with high ceilings, stainless steel accents and a state-of-the-art-sound system camouflaged in red ceiling lanterns. The ultra-trendy “Ice Kube” bar on the mezzanine features Aeero Aarnios 1968 Bubble Chairs and a vodka-only drinks menu.
On the other hand, the 26 guestrooms and 15 suites, arranged around hotel Kube’s open courtyard, provide a counterbalancing warmth, with high colour contrast, faux-fur accents and bean-bag chairs as well as beds lit from beneath, giving a slightly unearthly edge to the warmth. Biometric fingerprint technology controls room access. The overall effect at Kube Hotel is of an oddly comfy space capsule, a fun version of the future.
5, passage Ruelle
True – Authentic – Simple – Today’s travellers expect more than just the standardised comfort and convenience, they are looking for a true and authentic experience. People are not seeking for luxury in a traditional definition any more. The word luxury is overused and irrelevant since talk of luxury has become cheap. People have had enough of pretension unreasonable demands. Today sophisticated travellers are looking for the truth of their individual needs, which is relaxing from their daily life and just being themselves. The idea of San Giorgio Mykonos is to bring like-¬minded people together in a laid¬back atmosphere. The hotel is designed to encourage interaction and yet giving those who looking for a more private atmosphere the refuge to relax and recreate. Melding the carefree finesse of the ’60s bohemian life with a down- to-earth “gypset” approach, at San Giorgio Mykonos, everything is about ease and enjoyment. Leisure is writ large and guests are encouraged to store or spend energy as they please. At San Giorgio Mykonos, it’s like visiting the summer home of your coolest friend, who whips together a feast for the eyes and palate with as much ease and grace as he throws the island’s most talked-about fête.
And you’re along for the ride. The hotel started its humble beginnings in the ’90s thanks to a successful local fisher- man who laid claim to a piece of Paradise Beach. Step into 2012 and the 34-room property has changed hands to the neighboring Paradise Club. Long-time friends of Design Hotels™, proprietors Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel together with Markos Daktilidis, owner of Paradise Beach, approached the brand to design a new hospitality experience. Located just 300 meters from the club, San Giorgio is situated on one of the most scenic areas of the island between Paradise and Paranga beaches.
Not only is Mykonos famed for its nightlife, of which Paradise Club is ranked amongst the top five in Europe, the picturesque white houses, dazzling blue waters and quaint alleys are the picture of a Grecian paradise.
San Giorgio Hotel
A Design Hotel Project
P.O. Box 153
T.: +30 22890 27474
(From $650 USD per night)
Surrounded by turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Ponta dos Ganchos Resort is a gem of a retreat on Brazil’s Emerald Coast, offering visitors an all-inclusive experience. There’s a reason they call this the Emerald Coast. Surrounded by jewel-bright waters and dazzling white beaches on three sides, the 25 bungalows that make up the the Ponta dos Ganchos Resort shine through the lush green vegetation.
Spend your days in dazzling sunshine enjoying a variety of activities: fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, and some of the best diving on the Brazilian coast. Take in the vivid hues of the sunset as you dine on the chefs’ haute cuisine interpretations of the local dishes of Santa Catarina, made from freshly-caught seafood and local Brazilian ingredients, and sample the delicious contents of the 200-label wine cellar. For the ultimate in romance, wander over the sun-bleached wooden boards of the main bridge, or just wade across the sandbar hand-in-hand for a private candlelight dinner on the island. Luckily, the resort caters to adults only. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of postcards to send home to the kids.
Ponta Dos Ganchos Exclusive Resort
Rua Eupídeo Alves do Nascimento, nº 104
Ganchos de Fora Governador Celso Ramos – SC
T: +55 48 39537000
(From 235 GBP per night)
Eccleston Square Hotel
37 Eccleston Square
T: 44.20 3489 1000;
(Two Bedroom Terrace Suite Terrace)
(Maddox Street Deluxe Suite Bedroom)
No.5 Maddox Street offers a stylish hotel alternative for modern travellers, located discreetly in Mayfair, within easy reach of Bond Street, Soho, Park Lane and Piccadilly. The unmarked doorway leads up to 12 sleek, comfortable, light-filled hotel suites, each with one, two or three bedrooms, separate living room and private kitchen facilities.
No. 5 Maddox Street
5 Maddox Street
London, W1S 2QD
(Mezzanine Deluxe Suite)
Set in a traditional Ottoman mansion literally floating atop the breathtaking Bosphorus, A’JIA HOTEL is a distinguished boutique hotel retreat in Istanbul, Turkey.
Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi Cubuklı Cad. No 27
34812 Kanlica, Istanbul
T:+90 216 413 9300
(From $800 USD Per night)
The Bulgari Resort is located in one of the most exclusive destinations in the world, a veritable emblem of the tropical exoticism of the Orient, combining the breathtaking beauty of unspoiled nature with a sophisticated contemporary design born from the encounter between traditional Balinese forms and high Italian style. The quality of the services along with the views of the Indian Ocean offered by its magnificent position 150 meters over the sea are the perfect introduction to the second luxury property from Bulgari Hotels & Resorts.
Bulgari Resort Bali
Jalan Goa Lempeh
Banjar Dinas Kangin
45 Park Lane’s exclusive Penthouse Suite can be found on the ninth floor of the hotel and is accessed by key-controlled lift ensuring both privacy and security. The interiors are contemporary in style with art deco influences combining rich dark natural materials with light colours and soft textures.
A wrap-around balcony offers panoramic views of London. Guests arrive to an entrance hall benefiting from its own cloakroom which leads through to a spacious living room and separate oval dining room, perfect for entertaining.
Hotel 45 Park Lane
45 Park Lane, Mayfair,
London, W1K 1PN
62170 La Madelaine sous Montreuil
T: 33.3 21 06 07 22;
Carved into a hillside on the remote Indian Ocean island of Mahé, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles seeks not to impose itself on the landscape so much as bend to its will. Its 67 villas, including five suites, are wrapped in dense jungle foliage, and feature more outdoor than indoor space. Building materials and design motifs embrace the island’s Creole tradition, as timber and brick give way to breezy, spacious interiors.Of course, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles doesn’t go entirely native.
Private plunge pools, deep soaking tubs, and flat-screen TVs are only some of the amenities you’ll find in each room. The spa, shared fitness facilities, and a massive outdoor infinity pool round out the list of Western accoutrements.The island’s Creole roots are again evinced in Four Seasons Resorts Seychelles’ cuisine. Beachside restaurants serve traditional curried dishes alongside a range of Asian and Western options for the gastronomically timid. But really, try the curry.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Petite Anse, Baie Lazare
T: (248) 439 3000
(Rooms from $800 USD per night)
Delaire Graff Estate has achieved what owner and globally renowned visionary Laurence Graff, Chairman of Graff Diamonds International, had in mind when he acquired this magnificent Cape Winelands property in 2003 and vowed to transform it into South Africa’s most desirable art, hospitality and wine destination.
(Deck & Pool)
Today, with two outstanding restaurants, a state-of-the-art winery, exclusive Lodges, a destination Spa and two luxury boutiques, the transformation of this piece of paradise, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, one of the world’s leading wine destinations, is now complete. Striking Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling, with original artworks from Laurence Graff’s personal collection on display throughout, representing some of South Africa’s finest contemporary artists.
Delaire Graff Estate Lodges & Spa
Banhoek Valley 7600
T. +27 21 885 8160
A luxurious hideaway in the Port wine vineyards of the Douro Valley, Portugal. Stunning scenery and gorgeous accommodations are just some of what Aquapura Douro Valley has to offer.
Aquapura Douro Valley
Wuinta do vale abraão
5100-758 Lamego, Douro
T: +351 254 66 06 00
(Bowery King from $450 USD per night)
The Bowery Hotel
New York, NY 10003
The artsandresidence Casa do Conto (House of Tales) is a charming building in the emerging Cedofeita area in central Porto. It is the result of a restoration project to convert a 19th-century bourgeois home to host demanding and discerning guests in an atmosphere of striking cultural imagery. An innovative project which could only have been possible in the urban setting of a city.
Casa Do Conto
Rua da Boavista, 703
(De Luxe Double Room from $600 USD per night)
5 star The Grand Hôtel in Stockholm has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. Situated in the best waterfront location imaginable, the hotel overlooks the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town. The Grand is also home to the classic Swedish Veranda restaurant, renowned for its traditional smörgåsbord, Mathias Dahlgren’s Michelin star restaurants and the spectacular Cadier Bar. For recreation, there’s the Nordic Spa & Fitness club with hot saunas and cool dipping pools.
Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8
P.O. Box 164 24
SE 103 27 Stockholm
T: +46 (0)8 – 679 3500
(Tenbosch Junior Suite)
Tenbosch House is conveniently located in central Brussels,in the stylish quartier of Ixelles, just off chic Avenue Louise. with easy access to the galleries, restaurants, trendy shops and historic sites of the city. Tenbosch House is situated between famous Place Chatelain and Place Brugmann.
(Lounge & Bar)
Lounge & Bar is a meeting place for guests and invited locals. Stretching from the front of the house to the rear garden, the Lounge & Bar provides plenty of space for socializing or quiet contemplation of the extensive library that ranges from contemporary art, architecture and design to fashion and beauty.
Rue Washington, 131-1331050
T: +32 2 888 90 90
Hotel The Exchange is a hotel with a special love of fashion. Students of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute dressed the rooms like models on the catwalk. The result: a hotel where architecture meets fashion.Hotel The Exchange has 61 rooms, ranging from 1 to 5 stars. Each room has been designed and dressed by graduates and alumni of the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). The rooms are as diverse and inspiring, as the neighborhood the hotel lies in.The romantic at heart can fall asleep in a Marie Antoinette-inspired room where a huge dress drapes over the walls and unto the bed. Or, if you prefer a more minimal look, opt for a room that is based on the old fairy tale of the Emperor’s New Clothes.Hotel The Exchange is a concept by Suzanne Oxenaar and Otto Nan, initiators of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. Hotel The Exchange is part of ‘The Red Carpet,’ an urban-renewal project that is aimed at giving the Damrak a more diverse and fashionable look.The hotel is located in three buildings, of which the oldest dates back to the 17th century. In the same buildings there is a 230 m2 contemporary department store Options! and a restaurant Stock that serves breakfast till late
The Samujana development blends luxury and elegance with modern Thai architecture, designed and created by Gfab Architects. Live in staff will attend to your every desire. A highly qualified cook can create mouth watering Thai and Western cuisine if you require it. If you would like a relaxing massage or spa treatment, this can be arranged to take place in your room. Samujana also has a grass tennis court which is kept in pristine condition.Samujana occupies a tranquil location with all villas overlooking the sparkling ocean and rolling hills of Koh Samui, yet it is still only a few minutes drive away from the vibrant beach front area of Chaweng.
63/22 Moo 5 Chong Mon Beach
Koh Samui 84320
The Park Hotel at Hyderabad, a 270 room flagship property of The Park Hotels’ collection of boutique hotels is one of the finest luxury hotels in Hyderabad. The hotel’s contemporary design derives succor from Hyderabad’s traditional lineage as a historical nerve centre and a modern day capital of design and production of precious stones and rich textiles. The breathtaking façade references jewelry settings and metal reminiscent of the Nizam’s legendary jewellery collection.The unique perforated metal exterior has been inspired by the ‘Jalis’ of old Indian palaces, while the naturally illuminated, indulgently luxurious interiors reflect traditions of patterning, craftsmanship and style. With a jewel tuned palette and custom installations, lighting and furniture in the rooms and suites, all inspired by the legendary jewels of the Nizams, every guest would feel like royalty.This Hyderabad hotel brings to you exceptional spaces; from the varied range of rooms and suites to choose from to the choicest of lounges, hippest of restaurants and other areas of absolute entertainment. The array of facilities, services and recreational options added to the fantastic location of being right in the heart of the leading business and pulsating city, guests at The Park are guaranteed to have a truly inspired stay.
Park Hotel *******
22, RajBhavan Road
T: 040 23456789
A constellation of islands lay in the shimmering waters of the Indian Ocean, where the last true vision of paradise can be found. Less than a one hour flight from Malé, up to the Maldives’ uncharted northern edge, beckons an island of singular beauty. Over 17 acres of palm-edged, pristine sand rises Viceroy Maldives, where only 61 villas encircle a lagoon of startling blue.No detail remains unanswered, with Viceroy’s unparalleled service enriching the resort’s soaring interiors and elemental lounge areas. Five diverse dining venues, including the Treehouse (which blends East African and Middle Eastern cuisines), offer everything from casual beachside cuisine to elegant fare while incorporating Asian and European influences. Treatments and yoga at the Ayurvedic spa are balanced by the island’s wealth of outdoor activities accessible from the Dive & Watersports Center. Here, at Viceroy Maldives, seclusion and rejuvenation are realized within a world of total luxury.
Viceroy Maldives Resort
Vagaru Island P.O. Box 2031
T: +960 654 5000
(Junior Suite from €360 EUR)
At Barcelona’s Ohla hotel, it’s understood that the evolution of an urban center is a delicate and time-intensive operation. In a city where it might take well over 100 years to build one church (see: Sagrada Familia), it pays to consider your design and architecture choices carefully. Make a wrong move, and you may well be laughed right out of town.74 rooms are modern, minimalist, and dressed in stark shades of black and white. The scheme here is in the details.
Fresh, bespoke scents lace bedsheets of your choosing, natural oak flooring sits warm beneath your feet, and custom curated music mixes and bathsalts wait just as you’ve requested them.Barcelona is a social place, so it makes perfect sense that all four dining and reclining spaces open out to the city. Whether you seek gastronomic bliss at the Michelin starred Sauc Restaurant or a casual bite and poolside cocktail way up high at the rooftop bar, your senses will always be dually intrigued by the tastes of the city, and the feeling of its air on your cheek.
Ohla Hotel (*****)
Via Laietana 49
T: 933 415 050
The former Palace Hotel fronting Shanghai’s Bund waterfront is one of the city’s oldest hotels. In its opening year, 1909, the First International Opium Commission was held here, and Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling celebrated their engagement in 1927.
Winding the clock forward to 2011, this venerable landmark has been re-set as an ‘art residence’ for jet-set artists and travellers by new leaseholders, the Swatch Group.
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel
23 East Nanjing Road (Bund 19)
T: +86 21 23298500
It’s taken almost 150-years to realize its original design for a restaurant within the famed Palais Garnier – but alas in 2011 comes the restaurant inside that grand rotunda space that’s immediately become the toughest reservation in Paris. Designed by Odile Decq, the booming architect behind Rome’s award-winning Museum of Contemporary Art, the restaurant is concealed behind the pillars of the eastern facade within a glass sarcophagus supported by a single piece of steel.
The multi-level restaurant features an upper mezzanine as dramatic as the best Puccini opera, with grand staircase lined in red carpet ready for its solo act. At the helm of the restaurant is Christophe Aribert of Grenoble’s 2-star Michelin ‘Les Terrasses’ creating traditional French dishes with local sourced products including an herb and honey garden on the rooftop. The menu is adapted from classic French dishes in true gastronomic style, reinvented around key ingredients sourced personally by the chef from his favorite food purveyors and growers. An additional bar space doesn’t disappoint, offering opera theme cocktails like a classic Martini Charles and Phantom by Martini. Paris Opera lands first-ever restaurant designed by Odile Decq with 2-star Michelin chef Christophe Aribert at the helm.
Opera Garnier Place
Jacques Rouché Paris
T: (33) 01 53 86 09 09
(Chambers Suite from £488 GBP per night)
A Victorian masterpiece restored…Sir John Betjeman called this Gothic treasure “too beautiful and too romantic to survive” in a world of tower blocks and concrete. After years of devoted restoration, the St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel is being hailed as the city’s most romantic building.
(Chambers Suite from £488 GBP per night)
This London 5-star hotel features glorious Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, hand-stencilled wall designs – and the grand staircase are as dazzling as the day the hotel opened in 1873. Designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott to receive travellers through St Pancras Station, the former Midland Grand Hotel offered its guests a world of grandeur, luxury and fantasy behind its fairytale red facade. Innovations such as ascending rooms (elevators) and revolving doors heightened the sense of awe. In 2011, the doors of his luxury hotel in London are spinning again, sweeping guests into a world where modern amenities mingle with the extravagance of rail’s golden age.
St. Pancras Marriot Renaissance Hotel *****
London, NW1 2AR
Fresh, bright and inspired by Hyde Park greenery, Four Seasons presents a completely new experience in the heart of Mayfair. Chic interiors soar with light and liveliness. High-style dining brings the gardens indoors. Above it all, a glass-walled rooftop spa blends sophisticated pampering with 360-degree views. Smoothly skilful Four Seasons staff provide the most devoted personal care – curating the very best of London.
(Park Suite from £3.000 GBP)
The Park suite living room features a fireplace, lounge seating for six including a sofabed, a dining area for six, a writing desk, an enhanced audiovisual system and a 42-inch (107-centimetre) LCD television.
Presenting a new concept in luxury hotel dining, Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane is destined to be among the city’s most fashionable venues for cuisine and cocktails. Amaranto is a single destination near Hyde Park with three different areas – restaurant, bar and lounge – serving a consistent Italian-inspired menu throughout the day. Simply choose the setting most appropriate for your occasion and mood.Amaranto Restaurant offers a warm environment that extends to a sun-filled glass conservatory and al fresco dining in the private garden overlooking Park Lane. Amaranto Bar provides a clubby, social destination, featuring a dramatic glass wall of wine bottles. Amaranto Lounge is a succession of three window-side rooms, providing a casually elegant meeting place.
Hamilton Place, Park Lane
London W1J 7DR
T:+44 (20) 7499-0888
The Hotel Aire de Bardenas is a four star hotel with 22 rooms including four deluxe suites, piercing alongside the Bardenas Reales National Park and Biosphere Reserve in Tudela, Spain. The restaurant invites you to sit and enjoy authentic savory dishes in the middle of nature. The chefs cultivate the same products served to your table. Vegetarians will find themselves in paradise with the vegetables from the Ribera of Navarre, their speciality. Each room combines comfort and well being with simplicity and naturalness. Some of the rooms include a private patio with an exterior bathtub.
Hotel Aire De Bardenas
Ctra. de Ejea, Km. 1,5
T: 948 11 66 66
(Cityscape Corner Room from $269 USD)
Nolita — “North of Little Italy” – is your neighborhood in New York and The Nolitan Hotel is your home when you’re here.At the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan Hotel is the first luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan to open in this authentic New York City neighborhood.
30 Kenmare Street
New York, NY 10012
T: (212) 925-2555
(Round Caged Bed, Hotel Pamplona, Osaka 2005)
Sex creates odd cultural conventions everywhere, but nowhere has an institution quite like the Japanese love hotel. To be rented by the hour for amorous liaisons, the theme rooms revealed in this provocative collection of photographs are steeped in fantasy, their elaborate dcor ranging from simulated subway cars to religious bondage with much kink in between. These brash rooms are fascinating in themselves, but also present a window into a very classified aspect of this society. The foreword by best-selling author Natsuo Kirino and passages from hotel guest books lend humor and context to these 80 haunting room portraits, creating an astonishing document of sex and romance, public and private space in Japan.
(Basement Room #1, Hotel Pamplona, Osaka)
Misty Keasler regularly contributes to Texas Monthly and Dwell magazine. She lives in Dallas.Natsuo Kirino is the author of Out, which was a recipient of the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan and one of its major literary awards, the Naoki Prize. She lives in Tokyo.
- ($26.13 USD) Book:Love Hotels: The Hidden Fantasy Rooms of Japan
(Deluxe Water Villa)
Discover barefoot luxury at the award-winning Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, set on two private islands among miles of idyllic white-sand beach and unspoilt reef. Arrive at our Maldives hotel in style in a seaplane over the lagoon, dine in the world’s first all-glass, undersea restaurant and indulge in luxurious spa therapies.Sited in a picturesque corner of the Maldives, our luxury Maldives resort is spread across two islands, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and lagoon.
Twice voted ‘Best Hotel in the World’ and several times ‘Best Resort’, our Maldives hotel boasts 50 luxurious water villas, 79 exotic beach villas and 21 fabulous spa water villas with private treatment rooms.
The Wine Cellar. This chilled cellar sits six feet below sea level and features a selection of 600 fine wines. The Wine Cellar is a paradise for wine-lovers: sit with the resort’s sommelier at the communal table fitted with interactive personal screens, while a five-course dégustation menu is presented by the Chef, and each dish is paired with a matching wine.
Conrad Resort & Hotels
Rangali Island, 2034
(Owners lodge from $2700 USD per night)
Situated on the highest crest of the magnificent Helshoogte Mountain Pass linking the Cape’s two leading wine districts – Stellenbosch and Franschhoek – the Delaire Graff Estate has one of the leading restaurants and boutique hotels in this illustrious vineyard region, if not in South Africa itself. The Estate has achieved what the owner Laurence Graff, Chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds International, had in mind when he vowed to make it one of South Africa’s ultra premier winery, restaurant and hotel destinationsExpect to discover the world’s most exceptional accommodation, art, design, food and wine in one of the most exceptional natural settings. Delaire Graff Estate Hotel and Spa combines understated elegance with state-of-the-art design; a sense of provenance with modern sustainability; and abundant nature with all the creature comforts that one would expect from a leading international luxury brand like Graff Diamonds.Continuing the theme set by the restaurant and wine cellar, architect Pierre Bories of France-based Palm Architects and his team conceptualised a delightful blend of classic and indigenous architecture for the Hotel and Spa. Scale is determined by vineyards and trees, with structures nestling into the scenery, and simple contemporary forms and spacious volumes opening onto wooden decks, creating a seamless flow between indoor and outdoor spaces.
Delaire Graff Estate
P.O. Box 3058
T: +27 21 885-8160
(Rates from €475 – 2395 EUR)
Château de Bagnols is in the village of Bagnols, near Lyon. Located in the Beaujolais region of south-east France, it’s surrounded by both Beaujolais and Burgundian vineyards. There’s a golf course not far away, and tennis courts within easy walking distance. The Lyon international airport is within 45-minutes’ drive and Lyon train stations are 30-minutes’ drive.
The suites are very charming and romantic. Set among vineyards, forests and green hills in the heart of the Beaujolais countryside is the 13th-century castle Château de Bagnols. The lovingly restored Château retains many of its original features including the spectacular stone vaulted cellar and their own incredible 1* star michelin restaurant.
Nothing is left to chance, nothing is too much trouble – especially in the kitchen. Lyon is world famous for its cooking and food markets, and the Chef at the Château de Bagnols is justly proud of his seductive restaurant menus, which offer a range of regional specialities, traditional spit-roasted meats and game and inspired new dishes.Meanwhile, the Sommelier offers guests, from his splendid and varied wine list, all the subtle varieties of taste of the various Beaujolais wines, including the ten celebrated Beaujolais crus, as well as any of the great wines of neighbouring Burgundy.
Indeed, the Chateau de Bagnols wine list features the finest wines of France and many other countries. On fine days, you might choose to eat out of doors on the south-facing terrace under the shade of the 100-year-old lime trees; a sublimely romantic location. From here, you look down to the gently splashing fountain, which stands at the centre of the park surrounded by an orchard of cherry trees underplanted with wild flowers. Beyond, there lies a dazzling panorama, which melts into the hazy distance of hills covered in vineyards and woods.
Château De Bagnols
T: +33 (0) 4 74 71 40 00
Find chic relaxation on a horseshoe-shaped bay of crystal-clear turquoise water, at Brazil’s Insólito Boutique Hotel.Pairing Mediterranean design with chilled-out luxury, Insólito is set on lush Ferradura Beach in Armação de Búzios. With 26 beaches, the five-mile long peninsula is a beach lover’s dream, offering warm, calm water for swimming and snorkeling, and open sea for surfing.The 12 spacious rooms and suites maximize the stunning sea views, and feature modern interiors done in tasteful themes celebrating Brazil’s landscape and rich culture. Designer furniture, spa bathrooms, and fine linens are standard.The hotel restaurant (reserve the rooftop deck for the best sunset) serves flavorful French-Brazilian cuisine, including plenty of local seafood. And the gorgeous outdoor saltwater pool must be seen – and tested – to be believed.
Insolito Hotel, Búzios, Brazil
Praia da Ferradura
Rua E1 – Lotes 3 e 4
Búzios, Rio de Janeiro
The quintisentially British luxury of the Connaught hotel has been given a classic update in the form of it’s sensational new bar, designed by internationally renowned designer, David Collins. Collins, famous for his work at The Blue Bar and The Landau, has gracefully updated what was once the American Bar as part of the Connaught’s recent £70 million refurbishment.
Mayfair London W1K 2AL
+44 (0)20 7499 7070
(Room from $199 USD per night. Penhouse suite is $799 USD)
I love staying at this small boutique hotel when I’m in New York.
132 W 45th St,
New York, NY 10036
Lying 264-meters below sea level, Ma’In Hot Springs is the inspired site for the well appointed Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. Set like an oasis in the dramatic terrain, the location is easily accessible and defines the resort and spa experience in the Middle East – making it a destination of choice for those seeking the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered whilst enjoying the therapeutic benefits of Ma’In hot spring waterfalls.
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs
P.O. Box 801 Madaba
T: +962 5 324 5500
(From 550 EUR per night)
Even by Italian standards, Positano is naturally breathtaking: its colorful houses and churches cling desperately to the mountainside, with postcard-perfect views of the sea coming seemingly a dime a dozen. Perhaps a bit more than a dime, actually; it’s possible (if unlikely) that there are still some secret places left on the Italian coasts, untouched by tourism, but even if that’s true, Positano certainly isn’t one of them.Il San Pietro isn’t much of a secret either, and the key to its appeal is quite simple; it may just be the best hotel on the Amalfi Coast, and is a strong contender for any global list.A small 17th-century chapel devoted to San Pietro marks the hotel entrance, and the rest of the property hangs on the cliffside below, each level descending the face like a staircase—perhaps a disquieting experience for those not comfortable with heights, but offering unparalleled views of the sea from every room and every terrace. The hotel is built just one room deep, and there are no inferior views; each room hugs the cliff at its back side and opens onto a private terrace at the front.Given the views, the interiors are almost irrelevant. Fortunately they haven’t been neglected: rooms are spacious, with tile floors, individually designed in a spare and tasteful style.
Standard and deluxe rooms differ mostly in size, and the “special” rooms offer such unique details as glass-walled bathrooms for bathing with a view.The restaurant at the hotel’s top offers traditional Italian cuisine with stunning views of the Gulf of Salerno, as does the swimming pool, carved dramatically into the terraced cliffside. A lift descends from the hotel lobby to a private beach below, complete with a seaside cocktail bar.All of this paradise on earth means Il San Pietro is not exactly a budget hotel—“exclusive” hardly begins to describe the situation. Positano is one of the world’s great hideaways, a celebrity haunt for decades, and Il San Pietro has seen its share of the beautiful people; one guess who room 8½ is named for.
Il San Pietro di Positano
Via Laurito, 2
(From 350 USD per night)
Generously dotted amid the coastal forest, Phuket boutique hotel Sri Panwa’s seductive collection of 52 luxury villas slopes down to the sea via the warm white sands of its private beach. Each glass-boxed bedroom overlooks vast swathes of ocean and, if your bed were any closer to your private pool, your pillow would be wet.
88 Moo 8 Sakdidej Rd.,
Tambon Vichit, Phuket
(Junior Suite from only €209 EUR per night)
St. Georg is one of Hamburg’s most vibrant, diverse neighbourhoods, rife with trendy boutiques good restaurants, reputable theatres and inviting street cafés. The latest addition to the local scene is the new George Hotel, which adds a touch of old-school elegance to the hip and fashionable quarter.Interior designer Sibylle von Heyden of SynergyHamburg chose old, English-style social clubs as her inspiration for The George, combining classic sensibilities with modern design motifs. Accordingly, the hotel features a noble library, a smoker’s lounge complete with leather furniture, a sophisticated bar and an impressive restaurant serving Mediterranean fare. The George’s 118 rooms, five junior suites and two penthouses all come equipped with flat-screen TV, Internet access, mini-bar and safe, while three grand, timber-floored event rooms provide for all business and entertainment needs. And after a day out on the town shopping, site-seeing or admiring Hamburg’s charming Alster Lake – only a few minutes walk from the hotel itself – guests can relax at The George’s light-flooded rooftop spa, an urban retreat in the middle of the bustling Hanseatic City.
The George Hotel
T: +49 (0) 40/ 28 00 30 0
(From only $434 USD per night)
Secluded, serene and so seafront you’re almost in the water, tropical island hideaway Abacá Boutique Resort teams a seductive spa with Med-influenced fine dining to romantic effect. Cool, contemporary suites showcase the work of renowned local designers (including Brad Pitt’s bed-maker) alongside ethnic touches from the Philippines’ archipelago, warm, dark woods and soothing stone.
Abacá Boutique Resort
Punta Engaño Rd
Lapu-Lapu City 6015
T:032 495 3461
(From $624 USD per night)
Surrounded by Khoalak‘s pristine, breathtaking beach and benefiting the rare sense of serenity. Casa de La Flora provides the perfect getaway from the bustling city life. Not only we offer a peace of mind through the well-preserved, first-class tropical beauties and lush flowers strewn over the premise, our unique design hotel is also attentive to the design details.
Triumphing aesthetically modern and cutting edge architecture.Casa de La Flora’s prevalent features exudes neoteric lifestyle and fashionable holidaying but without forgetting to add in tangible warmth, homegrown hospitality and graceful service to the mix.At Casa de La Flora, we blend privacy, peace, beauty,nature, comfort together with style, sewing it on a trendy silver plate.
Casa De La Flora
67/213 Moo5, Khuk Khak,
Takuapa. Phang Nga 82190
(From €780 EUR per night. Crédits Photo : Harald Gottschalk/LaSociétéAnonyme)
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris offers a lively and elegant artistic residence featuring the legendary hallmark of luxury Raffles service. Designed completely by the renowned Philippe Starck, each room captures the charm, joy and vibrancy that is quintessentially Paris.
(From €780 EUR per night. Crédits Photo : Harald Gottschalk/LaSociétéAnonyme)
Located minutes from Arc-de-Triomphe and a 5 minute walk from the Champs-Elysées; the hotel will be a playground for intellectuals, artists, epicureans, dreamers and adventurous souls.
(From €780 EUR per night. Crédits Photo : Harald Gottschalk/LaSociétéAnonyme)
Featuring the largest indoor hotel pool in Paris at 28 meters long, a gastronomic Italian fine dining restaurant, exiting traditional French cuisine at La Cuisine and the famous Pierre Hermé as executive Pastry chef, a visit to Paris will not be complete without an experience at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
Le Royal Monceau
37 avenue Hoche
(Rooms from €600 EUR in high-season)
The Sezz Saint-Tropez, like an island nestling within a tiny peninsula, is an inventive combination of charm and design which creates that special feeling of escape.The 35 rooms are more akin to bungalows and open onto outdoor showers, terraces and private gardens.Plus 2 villas with outdoor shower, terrace and private pool & garden.The hotel has the facilities to cater for the needs of guests with limited mobility.
Also, be sure to check out the Dom Perignon bar!
Route Des Salins
T: +33 (0)4 94 55 31 55
The Saxon is easily the most awarded hotel in South Africa. It is being voted ‘South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’ since 2001. It has also been recognized and honored as ‘World’s Leading Boutique Hotel’, “Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel”, “Africa’s Leading Suite” and one of the “Leading Small Hotels of the World”. It was originally the home of insurance giant Douw Steyn. It was converted into a boutique hotel with 24 luxury hotel suites and opened its doors in June 2000. He wanted it to be the exclusive venue that exceeded the expectations of any leisure or business traveler.The Saxon is spread on six acres of lush landscaped gardens. Located in the exclusive suburb of Sandhurst, Johannesburg, the hotel has a stately staircase and a central glass dome that allows natural light and brightens up the luxury boutique hotel. The main hotel consists of 20 Egoli suites and four Presidential Suites. All electronic gadgets and amenities HD LCD televisions, Blu-ray/DVD player, state-of-the-art surround-sound music systems are provided in every suite. Every premium suite features a lounge, a dining room and a guest suite. The bathroom with the master bedroom boasts of Jacuzzi and steam room.The Saxon Restaurant provides some of the finest cuisine and the world class chefs keep reinventing the menu afresh. The award winning sommelier will suggest the perfect wine from the perfect vintage for each course. Chef’s Table is the new addition to the hotel, dressed with crisp white linen and the finest silver, crystal glassware and bone china dinnerware located in the heart of the state-of-the-art kitchen. The Saxon Spa and Studio has also been recognized as a ‘Leading Spas of the World’ and provides several Signature Therapies. The Villas have added a new dimension to the hotel by providing five-star hotel service combined with freedom and privacy.
36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst