Experience ornate grandeur at The Villa By Barton G., which has been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel by restaurateur and events impresario Barton G. Weiss. Located in Miami Beach, Florida, this former mansion of fashion designer Gianni Versace is an Italian-style palace with a mix of Persian, Egyptian and Baroque interior decor thrown in. The villa was originally built in 1930 and was subsequently purchased by Versace in 1992 who expanded and decorated the property with his signature design style, including the stunning Thousand Mosaic Pool. Minimalists be warned, the villa is a monument to excess and makes no apology for its opulent.
The interior design of Viceroy Palm Springs Hotel in California recaptures the Hollywood Regency decor with a refreshing white, black and citrus colour palette. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this theatrical version of old European aristocratic decor is a stunning display of glamour and glitz. The sophisticated elegance in a relaxed setting provide contemporary luxury under the sun.
Saffire Freycinet is a stunning new resort located on the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania, Australia. This boutique hotel overlooks Great Oyster Bay, and close-by is the internationally acclaimed Wineglass Bay. The resort’s interesting architecture was designed by Morris Nunn and Associates. The building’s roof line resembles the Hazards Mountains in the background and the suites below are like waves peeling on the shores. The simple contemporary interior design by Chhada Siembieda (CHADA) harmonizes with the pristine environment. The use of timber and stone creates a seamless feel between the inside and outside.
Casa Turquesa in the colonial town of Paraty in the province of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a serene and modern boutique hotel. Each room has it own theme colour — Turquoise, Yellow, Red, Green, Pink, White, Brown and Royal. The vibrant interior design of this charming and colourful hotel celebrates the local culture, and the exterior of the hotel — designed by Renato Tavolaro — replicates the colonial architecture of an 18th-century town house. The coastal port of Paraty with lush forested mountains as a backdrop is also known for its cobblestone-paved streets throughout the Historic Centre District.
The Semiramis Hotel in affluent Kifissia, a northern suburb of Athens, Greece is a luxury boutique hotel with cutting edge contemporary interior design. Industrial designer Karim Rashid used his signature bright lively colours to create a futuristic atmosphere of comfort and functionality. The playful mix of textures and materials such as plastic, coloured concrete and rubber is a theme of the hotel interior decor.
Once upon a time La Maison d’Aix in the old Roman town of Aix-en-Provence, France was an elegant and charming private residence. Architects Laura Juhen and Louis Mariotti restored life to this old house and transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel. The interior design is modern with classical influence. In the Spa, the stone wall from the 16th century is refreshed and restored to its original state, blending with the luxurious modern Spa. Once frequented by Cezanne and Picasso, La Maison d’Aix has a magical ambiance that will inspire its guests.