Stora Hotellet - Umeå, Sweden
Situated in the northern Swedish town of Umeå, Stora Hotellet welcomes guests with exquisite, nautical-inspired interiors, a handsome restaurant, and two cultured public spaces where guests can meet, party, and socialize while surrounded by rare collectibles and precious handicrafts. Ranging from seaman’s cabins to lavish suites, the hotel’s 82 rooms are strikingly designed in a haunting mix of rough, arty, and glamorous, celebrating the history and seafaring heritage of the building.
An exciting, brand new addition to Sunseeker’s Predator range, CHIMERA is a sleek Predator 115 superyacht designed to accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 luxuriously appointed cabins. Finished in fine woods and stylish leathers, her contemporary interiors are elegant and sophisticated, while the extensive exterior deck space makes for a perfect setting to enjoy lazy afternoons in the sun and alfresco dining in the evenings. This striking 35 m yacht, equipped with all kind of toys and innovative technology features, is available for charter in the Mediterranean & Caribbean.
Gigli d’Oro Suite - Rome, Italy
With its romantic, design-forward interiors and enviable location in the historic center of Rome, right next to Piazza Navona, Gigli d’Oro Suite is a gem of a hotel. Rooms are equipped with modern, luxurious bathrooms and each of them is individually decorated in a poetic mix of designer furnishings, antiques, exposed beams, and exquisite fabrics.
memmo Alfama - Lisbon, Portugal
Situated in Lisbon’s most charming and historic district, memmo Alfama is a stylish design boutique hotel with 42 sleek, contemporary rooms and a magnificent rooftop bar terrace with a red infinity swimming pool and gorgeous views of Alfama and the Tagus River. Housed in a 19th century building, the hotel retains much of the original architecture, while its modern interiors combine clean lines and high-tech innovations with hints of the neighborhood’s rich culture and heritage.
The designer hotel trend shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. On the contrary, from Australia’s opulent Palazzo Versace - the pioneer of fashion designer hotels - to the playful Maison Moschino in Milan, more and more luxury hotels from around the world seem to need a fashion icon to put a couture signature on their chic suites.
Fontevraud L’Hotel - France
A medieval abbey converted into a modern design hotel, Fontevraud retains the marvelous architecture, cultural heritage, and austere atmosphere of its original structure, but offers outstanding comfort in contemporary decors with sober bespoke furnishings, noble materials, and subtle colors. A project of French designers Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku in collaboration with Abbey Director David Martin, the hotel offers accommodation in 54 bedrooms. Housed in the ancient cloister, Fontevraud Restaurant is where award-winning chef Thibaut Ruggeri serves fresh and creative French cuisine, while the abbey’s former chapel serves as a digital media library where guests can enjoy fine wines while standing at multi-touch tables.
Relais La Corte dei Papi - Cortona, Italy
A meticulously restored 16th-century country house in the Tuscan hill town of Cortona, La Corte dei Papi offers luxury accommodation in 15 rooms and spa suites appointed with refined fabrics, gorgeous antique furnishings, and all modern comforts that discerning travelers would seek. Besides its charming guestrooms, the residence boasts its own parkland, a swimming pool, and a superb restaurant serving farm-fresh Tuscan cuisine either in the gentle ambience of the estate’s former wine cellar or outside by the pool, under the glorious Tuscan sun.