A Fashionable Stay
By Phoebe Ollerearnshaw
Fashion and interior design have always gone hand in hand. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that some of the world’s most illustrious fashion designers have traded the runway for the hotel industry. We explore the crème de la crème of fashion designer hotels.
Armani Hotel, Dubai—Giorgio Armani
As the winner of the 2016 World Luxury Hotel Awards, the Armani Hotel in Dubai sets the bar high in terms of elegance. Located within the iconic Burj Khalifa—the world’s tallest building—it was the first in a series of hotels and resorts to be designed by Giorgio Armani. Opened in 2010, the 10-storey hotel consists of 160 rooms, all decorated to the highest standard. The Italian fashion designer is said to have overseen every detail of the design from the minimalist furniture and the neutral colour palette to the opulent mother-of-pearl doors of the suites. Aside from the usual amenities, more outrageous comforts are available. These include in-room 24-carat gold iPads and private jet services. Each guest is assigned their own personal ‘lifestyle manager’ who can offer their expertise on booking the city’s hottest restaurants and fulfilling their guests’ every whim.
UXUA Casa Hotel & Spa, Brazil—Wilbert Das
Nestled in Trancoso, a small fishing village off the coast of Brazil’s historic state of Bahia, UXUA Casa Hotel and Spa is a welcome paradise escape. Dutch fashion designer, Wilbert Das—who is credited for propelling the Diesel brand to stardom—headed the project. The hotel opened its doors in 2009, beckoning a high-class clientele with its authentic furnishings, rustic adornments and boho-chic vibe. The casas within the compound date back almost 500 years. This influenced the decision to use local artisans and traditional techniques for their restoration. Sustainability plays an integral role in the design of the hotel, with organic wood and reclaimed materials featuring heavily. The hotel is also complete with a luxury spa, lantern-lit garden, magnificent beach lounge and prestigious restaurant.
Bulgari Hotel, London—Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel & Partners
Located in London’s bustling Knightsbridge, the Bulgari Hotel has established itself as one of the most distinguished venues within the capital. The building’s sleek architecture houses 85 spacious guest rooms and suites. Each are the epitome of refined style, featuring textiles and furnishings made exclusively for Bulgari. Metallic hues echo throughout the hotel, constructing a sense of tranquillity. Contrasting textures and materials—fine mahogany, cool marble and damask silk—work within the rooms for a harmonious effect. The Bulgari suites are among some of the biggest in London, providing an almost residential feel. Extra comforts include an award-winning cigar shop and sampling lounge, a ballroom and 47-seat cinema.
Palazzo Versace, Australia—Gianni Versace
Its launch in 2000 on the sub-tropical Gold Coast of Australia marked Palazzo Versace as the first entirely fashion-branded hotel in the world. The opulent property was the brainchild of Gianni Versace; the Italian fashion icon was heavily involved in the project before his untimely death in 1997. Indeed, the airy design is imprinted with his signature style and finesse. Tall pillars with gold mouldings frame the foyer and a large crystal chandelier greets guests upon arrival. Plush marble and intricately mosaicked floors give the hotel a distinctly Venetian feel. The complex boasts three gourmet restaurants and an exclusive waterfront setting. Meanwhile, Le Jardin restaurant offers a couture high tea experience that is sophisticated yet relaxed. Water salon, spa and fitness centres are also located on-site to provide guests with a luxurious experience and an unforgettable visit. •
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