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.
Klaus K - Helsinki, Finland
Conveniently located in the heart of Helsinki, Klaus K is a hip designer hotel themed around Kalevala - the Finnish national epic. In addition to its striking interior design that mixes cozy and classy Scandinavian style with folklore inspiration, this fashionable accommodation near the Esplanade prides itself with one hell of a dining scene and a stylish urban spa. In addition to the elegant Kalevala-influenced units, there’s a dazzling collection of playful rooms designed by Finnish artists and cartoonists, whose leitmotifs range from nature to art and cinema.
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.
Mazzini 31 - Italy
Nestled in the quaint, medieval town of Monteleone d’Orvieto, Mazzini 31 is one of the stunning restoration projects of architect Patrizio Fradiani. Renovated with great care and respect for history, this 17th-century noble apartment - now converted into a luxury holiday home - boasts 3 delightfully-designed suites, a majestic terrace overlooking Chiana Valley, an exclusive wine cellar and a private spa with pool and Jacuzzi built on the site of the old stables. The décor is a symphony of eras and styles, with vintage furnishings and glorious ornate frescoes standing side by side with bespoke marble sinks and all sorts of modern and adventurous designer details. The property comes complete with a gourmet kitchen, a charming library and an artsy living room filled with precious antiques.
Yacutinga Lodge - Argentina
Nestled in Argentina’s Misiones jungle, only 50 miles from world-renowned Iguazu Falls, the eco-friendly Yacutinga Lodge offers charming, traditional accommodation in independent lodging modules spread across 4 hectares of unspoilt nature. All accommodations are built in perfect harmony with the breathtakingly beautiful surroundings and decorated in a genuine rustic style with locally-sourced materials. The lodge has its own swimming pool, organic restaurant and private wildlife refuge.
Mitos Suites - Naxos, Greece
Consisting of a dazzling group of white Cycladic-style buildings, Mitos Suites is one of Naxos’ most attractive boutique hotels. Accommodation is offered in 8 spacious, modern and individually-themed suites, all named after characters from the Greek mythology and graciously decorated with island-inspired colors, furnishings and artwork. Among the hotel’s highlights are a large, glistening pool with bar area and its close proximity to the beach of Agios Prokopios, one of Greece’s most handsome stretches of sand.