Inspired by the ancient Roman baths, indoor swimming pools have become common hotel features, social hubs and even architectural wonders. Nowadays, these year-round treats are getting more and more sophisticated, featuring elaborate designs and state-of-the-art lighting and water features.
NEW Hotel - Athens, Greece
Housed in the modernist building of Athens’ Olympic Palace, NEW Hotel is a stunning project of Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana. The cutting-edge interiors are an intriguing mix of light, reclaimed furniture, and bold, contemporary artworks. Equally creative, the hotel’s glass-walled restaurant serves sublime Mediterranean cuisine, and the rooftop lounge, with its unique art library, offers some of the best panoramic views of Athens. The rooms’ eye-popping décor, handmade furnishings and art installations are unforgettable.
Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel - Istanbul, Turkey
Situated in the Karaköy neighborhood of Istanbul, a former financial district which has become one of the city’s coolest cultural hubs, Vault Karaköy, The House Hotel boasts smart and luxurious designer interiors, an art club, a refined spa and a classy restaurant serving contemporary Turkish cuisine. In addition to its superior amenities and fantastic service, this stylish boutique hotel stands out for its exquisite decors which pay tribute to the building’s prestige and classic architecture. Designed by Sinan Kafadar, all rooms feature bespoke furniture and lighting, marble bathrooms, and elegant parquet floors. Among others, the hotel’s fabulous penthouse suite prides itself with a freestanding bathtub overlooking the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus Bridge.
Hotel SP34 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Nestled in the old Latin Quarter of Copenhagen, Hotel SP34 stands out for its minimalist Nordic design, smart features and cool, contemporary vibe. From the elegant rooms and suites to the luxury penthouse right underneath the roof, all units are decorated in soothing grays with custom designed Rubn lamps, warm wood and leather accents. Inspired by Spain’s amazing culinary scene, the hotel’s classy Bar Moritz serves up a selection of Danish and Mediterranean tapa-style dishes.
Atzaro - Ibiza, Spain
Designed in a striking mix of Mediterranean and Asian styles, Atzaro is one of Ibiza’s best agrotourism hotels. Set in a fragrant orange farm in the heart of the island, the property is surrounded by exquisite gardens and beautifully appointed relaxation areas, inviting guests to unwind and soak up the gorgeous natural surroundings. Inside, the exquisite, individually furnished rooms combine Asian design aesthetics with stunning artworks and artifacts from across the world, but without losing their genuine Ibizencan flavor. The hotel prides itself with a fabulous spa, and a vibrant and sophisticated eating & drinking scene.
Angels & Stars Suites and Spa - Santorini, Greece
Overlooking the flickering Aegean Sea from its privileged elevated location in Imerovigli, Santorini, Angels & Stars Suites and Spa is a decadent concoction of exquisitely-designed suites, pools, soothing spa services and world-class cuisine. Featuring a striking combination of Cycladic architecture and stylish, contemporary design, all white-washed cave-style accommodation units come with luxurious bedding, state-of-the-art technology and majestic views. For the ultimate sense of indulgence, upgraded suites boast private infinity pools or outdoor Jacuzzis.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani - Venice, Italy
A 15th century palazzo on the romantic Venetian island of Giudecca, Belmond Hotel Cipriani has all the elegance of yesteryear coupled with today’s sophisticated luxury. From the secluded location, royal surrounding gardens and magnificent lagoon views to the opulent interiors finished in marble, Murano glass and silk brocade furnishings - everything is grand scale. The lavish property is completed with a heated Olympic-size saltwater swimming-pool, two exquisite Italian restaurants, a tennis court and a modern fitness facility. It also has its own private boat that takes guests to visit the Venetian Lagoon’s beautiful islands.