Hotels calling on designers to create stylish stays is clearly in vogue at the moment. Intertwining high-end style with luxury locations is happening more than ever before. Here’s our pick of the best designer dens to check in to and style out.
Puntacana Resort, Tortuga Bay, Dominican Republic
by Oscar de la Renta
Elegantly furnished and decorated with authentic materials, Tortuga Bay’s sumptuous feature spacious interiors and balconies with magnificent views over the crystal-clear blue Caribbean waters. The Dominican designer was brought in to create the interiors of the villas, injecting his inimitable flair into the clean and crisp traditional cabanas.
Hôtel Le Bellechasse, Paris
by Christian Lacroix
This petite Parisian hotel residing on a quiet street was designed wholly by French fashion designer and icon, Christian Lacroix. The rooms are intimate yet opulent, combining classic and modern in this art hotel-cum-high fashion hideaway. Set moments away from the river Seine and Musée d’Orsay, Le Bellechasse is a culture craver’s dream come true.
Tipi One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
by Alice Temperley
Beach getaways don’t get anymore bohemian than this. The One&Only group teamed up with British designer Alice Temperley to create the dreamiest of outdoor stayover experiences. The stylish tipi is adorned with plush fabrics and hand-woven canvas carpets where you luxuriate on beneath a glass chandelier! Set on the white sand at the water’s edge, this private getaway is sure to invite intimacy.
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York
by Julian Schnabel
Artist Julian Schnabel reimagined the rooms of the Gramercy Park Hotel in rambunctious Renaissance style. Inspired by the over-the-top aesthetics, vibrant colours and artistry of that era, there’s not a surface that didn’t get the designer treatment. Exposed brickwork, dark wood and seductive red velvet are used in abundance, along with forged bronze work (by the artist himself) and an impressive collection of antiquities strewn throughout.
A world away from the clamour of Lexington Avenue just outside, this hotel is a sanctuary within the city that never sleeps.
Suite Coco Chanel at the Ritz, Paris
The last word in elegance, the Coco Chanel Suite is a monochrome dream. Home to the eminent designer for nearly 40 years, this vast suite perfectly blends classic opulence with contemporary cool, furnished with pieces you’ll crave for your own home. It took four years of painstaking renovations to get here – but the result is one of the world’s most fashion forward and unforgettable stays you can find anywhere.
The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami
Gianni Versace's former home
The iconic villa on Miami’s South Beach oceanfront is the epitome of lavishness, as befits the home of the infamous brand’s namesake. The Versace suite is an onslaught on the senses, decorated in plush fittings with extravagant patterns and gallons of gold, the Versace Mansion is dripping with excess. If you can draw yourself away from the tranquility of the bedroom, then slip into something slinky and plunge into the 54-foot long “Million Mosaic Pool” lined with 24-karat gold tiles. Excess at its very best!
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Bahia, Brazil
by Diesel’s Wilbert Das
The Dutch fashion designer and creative director at Diesel brought a dream to reality with the UXUA Casa Hotel and Spa. Found in the bohemian beach town of Trancoso on Brazil’s Bahían coast, the hotel comprises 11 vibrantly coloured casas situated in a lantern-lit garden, each one kitted out with thatched roofs, hammocks and vintage furniture. Relaxation never looked so good.
Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast Australia
The world’s first fully branded designer hotel is truly a sight to behold. Unashamedly exuberant, the massive, 200-room palace of a hotel is totally unrivalled for luxury in Australia – and what better location than palm-fringed Gold Coast?
The distinctive vision of Gianni Versace and his audacious commitment to luxury and beauty influences every detail of the accommodation at the Palazzo. The House of Versace’s signature Medusa head is found everywhere along with lashings of gold and the Grecian pattern synonymous with the brand.