The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent their honeymoon on North Island, Seychelles. This luxury island hideaway has 11 handcrafted villas spread out along the main beach. Wood, local stone, glass and thatched roofs are the principle materials used. The most luxurious villa features an outdoor shower and “spa al fresco” overlooking the Indian Ocean. This rustic private sanctuary with Robinson Crusoe feel offers all the modern conveniences in a natural setting.
Set against the iconic Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, the Cape Grace Hotel offers world class luxury and subtle European elegance. The dramatic backdrop creates the perfect atmosphere to relax while the sunset turns Table Mountain a fiery red. The interior design of this boutique hotel celebrates Cape Town’s heritage with hand painted fabrics, hand made metalwork, glass and leather items. Each room is individually designed. The balance between the past and the present reflects the charm and elegance of Cape Town.
The fully revamped Hotel La Banane in St. Barts prides itself of being a secret hotel, an island of its own with a unique atmosphere. La Banane is the name of the first cabaret revue created by the hotel’s founder Jean-Marie Rivière – a personality in the French showbiz world – who used to hang out with the likes of Zaza Gabor and Brigitte Bardot. The design of this boutique hotel with nine independent suites is a blend of traditional architecture and collection furniture. The intimate setting is like a large family home, albeit with a sexy flair!
Desroches Island Resort located in Seychelles in the Indian Ocean is a private island paradise with all the modern comfort. This luxury retreat has a colonial-style rusty theme. The interior design is reminiscent of the traditional Seychellois home. Natural fabrics, polished stone, wood, rope and rattan provide a sense of serenity and simplicity. This tranquil haven offers a Robinson Crusoe atmosphere for the perfect island getaway.
Kate Middleton spent her last night as a commoner at The Goring Hotel in London, England. This elegant 100-year-old boutique hotel near Buckingham Palace is quintessentially English. The interior design is sophisticated and luxurious while retaining the feeling of a comfortable home. It has the charm and serenity of a country hotel with contemporary touches in every room that offers the finest modern comfort. The award-winning Dining Room was designed by David Linley. This charming hotel has an elegant yet intimate atmosphere that appeals to travellers and royalty alike.
Mamilla Hotel is an intimate and elegant sanctuary with views of the Old City Walls in the heart of Jerusalem, Israel. The exterior architecture by Moshe Safdie uses Jerusalem Stone as required by municipal law to maintain the aesthetic traditions of the city. With nearby Alrov Mamilla Avenue and historic buildings, the hotel rises out of the network of alleys which connect the old walled city and the new Jerusalem. The interior design by Piero Lissoni is retro-modern which blends in seamlessly with Safdie’s modern classic architecture.
The hotel interior design of Number Sixteen by Kit Kemp has a modern English style that creates the perfect atmosphere for urban relaxation. Situated in the heart of South Kensington in London, England in a white stuccoed Victorian terrace, the hotel’s exclusive location and its intimate interiors provide a sense of casual sophistication that appeals to the modern traveller.
At 12,000 feet above sea level, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort in Lhasa, Tibet is one of the highest luxury hotels in the world. Inspired by the nearby Sera Monastery, the eight-acre resort hotel designed by Denniston International Architects combines the traditional Tibetan architectural elements with modern luxury. The hotel faces the stunning Potala Palace with views of the Himalayas and Lhasa Valley. The exterior of the buildings with stone walls and dark shale pagoda-style roofs pay homage to the ancient Buddhist culture. The interiors showcase works of art from local and international artists such as the six-panel painting in the lobby by Christian de Laubadère. The Iridium Spa has an ornate gold-tiled pool with artwork of a black and white Sea Serpent. Sustainable features such as solar panels and an underground water recycling system were also incorporated into the hotel design.