We’re celebrating the pampered life in August, and what better way to luxuriate in the waning weeks of summer than by jetting away to an exotic location? And of course, such a getaway requires lavish accommodations, be that in a tropical paradise or an urban architectural wonder.
We’ve rounded up our picks for some of the most luxurious, design-savvy hotels around the world. Pack up your troubles in your Louis Vuitton steamer trunk and get ready to jet.
For the traveller seeking rugged relaxation, Manhausen offers fifty-five acres of breathtaking landscape in the Grøtøya strait. This is a haven for adventure enthusiasts; the area is ideal for kayaking, diving, cycling, climbing, and both summer and winter hiking.
Three sea cabins, designed by architect Snorre Stinessen, are perched along an old stone jetty, with a fourth hut situated upon a natural rock ledge. All were designed with massive glass windows to allow for stunning views of the sea, mountains, and — if you’re fortunate to venture here at the right time of year — the aurora borealis.
Situated in a series of rejuvenated historical buildings, Hotel Mono marries cutting-edge contemporary minimalism with the vintage charm of early architectural details, such as Rococo-era windows. The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, close to the National Gallery of Singapore and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. In the rooms, guests can seek a reprieve from the bustling city by the glow of the lighting bars that frame the walls, or by luxuriating in the gentle rain showers and plush beds.
This luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the sea and offers spectacular views of the city of Opatija, the Preluk Bay, and the Kvarner Archipelago. The restaurant serves a cuisine of local and seasonal fare: Adriatic tuna capaccio, fresh oysters, steak with fresh Istrian truffles, and more. The onsite spa offers a Finnish sauna and Turkish bath, as well as a number of treatments, with highlights that include a relaxing massage with hot shells from the Philippines and a hydration facial.
Earning itself a place on the Conde Naste 2017 Hot List (UK Edition), the Brooklyn Bridge Hotel in New York City is a hip boutique that, despite its prime urban location, has a nature-driven mission. “I wanted to capture the beauty of nature in a hotel and commit to safeguarding it as best I can, a responsibility I believe we all share,” says Barry Sternlicht, CEO & Chairman of 1 Hotels. The hotel has a green mission; the rooms were designed by local artists using local greenery and reclaimed materials (even the room keys were made from recycled wood!), with special care given to the building’s textures, water, and light.
Located in Colorado’s Unaweep Canyon, which the resort proudly totes as ‘one of the most unique red rock canyons in the world’, this resort was founded by John Hendricks (founder of the Discovery Channel), who fell in love with the stunning land and its history as a child. Today the resort houses a private car collection, which features almost sixty American-made cars from every era of the industry, all from the Hendricks’ private collection. Guests can explore the landscape by air tour, hiking, climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, off-roading, and more — and, to relax at the end of a day of adventure, a luxurious spa and pool with a view of the mountains will help any weary traveller unwind.
This is a taste of luxury for anyone in search of privacy, or for those who cling to that childhood whimsy of one day living in a tree house. These “living piers” are located amongst the palm trees, six feet above the ground. Within each structure is a king size bed and in-floor hammock, which — along with daily yoga, an unobstructed ocean view, a garden-to-table menu, and plenty of room for meditation — are sure to help guests find some rest and relaxation.
Located in the Chaoyang District of Beijing, Chao Hotel is a hotel for the designer; each room features handcrafted custom furniture made from solid walnut and hand-shaped leather. Each home bar is fitted with all of the accessories needed to craft your favorite cocktails in the comfort of your own room. Its most exclusive feature, however, is its Clubhouse. Toting itself as a “nest in the bustling business centre”, the Clubhouse runs on a membership program through which guests can participate in events ranging from business, culture, arts and design, and quality living. A membership also provides access to some of the hotel’s elite facilities.
Advertising itself as a destination spa, Mii Amo is nestled amongst the vibrant red rocks of Sedona in Arizona. Here guests can reconnect with themselves and nature through luxurious spa treatments (featuring Native American-inspired therapies) and activities like hiking and cycling in the vast surrounding landscape. Guests can further relax in the beautiful sixteen private guest rooms, artfully arranged in a private enclave of casitas, bordered by landscaped courtyards and shaded by cottonwood trees — and to top it all off, each room features an extra-deep soaking tub to soothe the muscles.
Les Bains has a rich history; it originally opened in 1885 as Paris’ first bathhouse, attracting clientele like Marcel Proust for its luxurious steam baths. In the 1970s, it was transformed into a night club, once again attracting celebrity names: Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent, Claudia Schiffer, Bono, and David Bowie all partied here, and the place became an institution and cultural phenomenon.
In 2011, Les Bains was once again transformed with the addition of a swanky hotel to compliment the club’s revival. With thirteen unique rooms and access to the epicenter of Parisian nightlife, Les Bains is the place to see and be seen. (Bonus: for those looking to keep a finger on the pulse of new and hot European music, Les Bains’ website offers its club’s playlist.)