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Published on : Monday, November 18, 2013
Asia-Pacific, 18 November 2013 – On a continued quest to unearth the unusual, experiential and inspired, Design Hotels™ has combed the globe and hand-selected seven new member properties. Complementing a curated portfolio of over 260 member hotels, the new additions span three continents and introduce less trodden trails, from the lakes of Masuria to the craggy formations of Iceland.
As our colorful community expands, come along on a journey of passionate people and remarkable properties in the ever-evolving story of Design Hotels™.
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is where modern design meets Iceland’s incomparable natural landscape. From the volcanic marvels of the surrounding panorama to the urban sophistication of Reykjavik nearby, the unique landscape plays a pivotal role in the rich design of the hotel, which leans heavily on sustainable practices. ION’s austere past as an inn for workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant served as canvas for its future as a chic bolthole. The new elements of the structure were built using a prefabricated panelized building system, which exceeds environmentally safe building standards. The 45 rooms offer a mellow mix of concrete chic and earthy ambiance combined with the warm accents of locally salvaged driftwood and lava. Natural light is taken advantage of through floor-to-ceiling windows, which also offer panoramic views augmented by the hotel’s position atop a series of pillars that dramatically jut out of the slopes of Mount Hengill. ION offers eco-conscious luxury and an unrivalled opportunity to explore the best of Iceland.
Amid the narrow streets that crisscross Palma de Mallorca’s old town, with serene, spacious suites and a rippling rooftop pool Hotel Cort sits at the epicenter of this historic and increasingly cosmopolitan city. The 14 suites and two rooms were designed by self-styled ‘urban archeologist’ Lázaro Rosa-Violán. Working with the old bank’s architectural idiosyncrasies, rather than against them, Rosa-Violán gave each area of the hotel its own distinct blend of styles. The hotel’s restaurant and bar spill out onto the sun-drenched cobbles of Plaça Cort which is home to Palma’s Baroque-era town hall and a centuries-old olive tree.
Crowning a hill in the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy Château de la Resle – home to six elegant rooms and suites – has the charm and personality of a well-loved private home. UNESCO-listed abbeys, sprawling châteaux and historic wine villages dot the gently rolling countryside. The French, ivy-wrapped manor house was painstakingly restored by Dutchmen Johan Bouman and Pieter Franssens, who welcome guests to unwind at the château’s spa, soak in the pool or relax by a sizzling open fire. Adding to the feeling of exclusivity is Johan and Pieter’s personal collection of contemporary art and design, which attracts fellow connoisseurs from around the world.
The Czech village of Čeladná sits among the Beskydy Mountains, where misty peaks give way to crumbling castles and azure streams. Framing this pastoral scene and providing a stark contrast to its surroundings is the Miura Hotel, a sharp-sided steel building designed by Prague-based architectural practice Labor 13. Giant-like statues by Czech sculptor David Černý climb the building, complemented by commissioned pieces of furniture scattered throughout the hotel’s public spaces as well as the 44 rooms and suites. Miura Hotel is a place where high-tech spa treatments meet with world-class art: original works by Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and Henry Moore are among those adorning the walls.
Frozen over or bathed in warm sun, the lakes of Masuria in northeastern Poland are consistent in their splendor. Located in the village of Dorotowo on the shores of Lake Wulpińskie, 21-room Hotel Galery69 is a hotel for all seasons. Winters are spent ice-sailing on the lake as snow falls gently onto the red roofs of the surrounding cottages. The summer months welcome lazy days of horse riding, swimming or kayaking. Artists Małgorzata and Wojciech Żółtowsky knew that this was the perfect setting for a new kind of hotel, one which effortlessly melds art with unspoiled nature and an exhilarating mix of outdoor activities. The couple is responsible for the interior design and even made all of the furniture within the property. Part showroom, part creative hangout, Hotel Galery69 is a place for dreamers, trend spotters and conscientious travelers.
Lapped by gentle waves at the confluence of three ancient trade routes, Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago has been shaped by the cultures of Arabia, India and Africa. Tucked away in this East African paradise, on a lush swathe of land called Manda, is The Majlis Resort. Originally planned as a private residence, this intimate hideaway evolved gradually from a family home into a sumptuous white-coral retreat with 25 rooms and suites. Stepping from a traditional dhow boat and into the spellbinding beachside resort, guests are greeted by an intoxicating blend of Swahili tradition and European luxury.
Located 30 minutes away from the beach town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, the largest of Belize’s cays, is the boutique resort of El Secreto. The 13 intimate villas boast their own private beach, surrounded by the lush and natural beauty of a tropical island setting which is still largely untouched. Accessible only by boat, El Secreto is a totally unique experience where the stunning Great Blue Hole submarine sinkhole and Barrier Reef lie only a short distance away. Each thatched-roof villa has been designed with the locale in mind, the impressive environs taking center stage in each accommodation by way of ocean views and landscaped grounds.
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