Have cancelled plans and a slower pace of life left you wanting to take a more considered approach to travel?
To make every trip count, we couldn’t resist sharing 5 beautiful hotels you need to add to your list to make your next vacation utterly memorable.
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All Aman resorts will ignite a feeling of pure escapism; each of its expertly designed spaces is completely unique, tailored to reflect its destination. Amanemu is positioned on the scenic east coast of Japan and its concept is focused on wellness – a stay here offers more than just a holiday. Each experience is individually tailored, lasts a minimum of three days, and specialist areas include: detoxing, anti-ageing and stress management. Self-improvement aside, it’s also a stunning place to be. Rooms capture an elegant sense of luxury that feels authentic and devoid of fuss or statement. It’s confident in its simplicity. An overwhelming sense of calm trickles through the property, reflecting its lush surroundings; expect white-washed wood, dove-grey linen and matte-black accents that add a final touch of definition.
Santa Monica Proper, California
Design lovers should look no further than the Santa Monica Proper for a memorable hotel experience. A relatively new addition to the thriving California coastline it presents a modern, relaxed and unpretentious level of luxury that is as welcoming as it is inspiring. Interiors are curated by designer and architect Kelly Wearstler, who draws from the natural tones of the surrounding area to fill the space with sculptural furniture, textural fabrics and perfectly placed accents that result in a creative haven and a generally inspiring place to be. The on-site spa offers a lengthy Ayurvedic treatment menu and yoga sessions are available to guests looking to unwind. There’s also a rooftop pool, comfortable cabanas and a Balearic-inspired restaurant serving up sundowners with a view of the Pacific ocean and a side of good vibes.
Le Bristol Paris, France
As the saying goes, Paris is always a good idea. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or journeying to the city for the first time, there’s nowhere that will offer a more elegant, traditionally Parisian experience than Le Bristol. Positioned on the prestigious fashion street Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and first opened in 1925, it’s steeped in a glamorous history. It was the first hotel in France to be coined a Palace and has welcomed Hollywood royalty over the years, from Rita Hayworth and Charlie Chaplin to Dita Von Teese.
Interiors nod to traditional opulence in a way that feels relevant for today. Rooms range from bright and airy to plush, and the artwork that lines the walls is deliberately considered. The most prestigious suites offer panoramic views across the city and the restaurants are led by five Michelin-starred chef Eric Frechon.
Six Senses, Yao Noi, Thailand
For those with white sands and crystal clear waters at the top of their getaway agenda, the small and (relatively) unspoilt island of Yao Noi in Thailand will satisfy the craving. Take the speedboat ride from Phuket to Phang Nga Bay to the Six Senses hotel – a series of individual pool villas elevated on stilts above the ocean and strategically positioned to offer breathtaking views of the sunset each night. Private and secluded in a way that puts a much more appealing spin on the term ‘self isolation’, there’s a rustic sensibility to every thatch-roofed property, but each is brimming with its own character and special design features.
Island hopping excursions, immersive walks through the mangroves and private villa barbeques are just some of the experiences available to guests and the on-site spa offers an unrivalled treatment menu inspired by traditional Thai rituals.
Ellerman House, Cape Town, South Africa
Set in a historical Edwardian mansion in Cape Town and comprising 13 light-filled, spacious rooms as well as a series of private villas overlooking Bantry Bay, Ellerman House combines elements of traditional and modern luxury. Despite its convenient location just ten minutes from the marina and town centre, you probably won’t want to leave.
Food and drink is a key focus here: villa guests will be treated to a private chef for the duration of their stay, while wine connoisseurs should make time to explore the famous wine ‘gallery’, home to around 7,500 wines from the Western Cape. It’s as much an architectural marvel as it is a home for the region’s finest drops. Every element of its interior has been designed by South African creatives, a theme that’s reflected in the art on display throughout the property. Spanning two centuries worth of work by contemporary local artists, the unique, carefully chosen collection brings character to every wall of the house.