The present moment has a true advantage over everything else : it belongs to us. It is our duty as human being… flowers grow from the seeds that we plant today.
Therefore, when it comes to the future, it is not about predicting it, but rather about making it happen. With that in mind, we are proud to share some of our favorite places… It’s all about taking time and especially surpassing time.
- South America
- China – Temple Hotel Beijing
- India – Hotel Impérial
- Bali – Alila Ubud
- India – 16 days in Ladakh
- Sri Lanka
- India – Ananda
- India – Villa Helena à Pondicherry
- Indonesia – Nihiwatu
- Maldives – Six Senses Laamu Surf
- Thailand – Kamalaya
- Sri Lanka – Ulpotha
- Philippines – The Farm at San-Benito
- Vietnam – Amanoi
- Philippines – Dedon Island
- Cambodia – Maison Polanka – Siem Reap
- India – Devi Garh
- India – Kalarikovilakom
- Japan – Gorakadan
- Europe & Beyond
- New York – Nomad
- London – Claridges
- Norway – Spa – Rando – Vulkana
- Paris – Le Pavillon de la Reine
- Oman – Alila Jabal Akhdar
- Oxford – The Old Parsonage
- 24h in Brooklyn
- Iceland – Ion Adventure
- Abruzzes – Grotta della Civita
- Tuscany – Torre di Moravola
- Essaouira – L’Heure Bleue
- Arles – Le Nord Pinus
- 24h in London
- USA & UK – Ace Hotels
- 24h in Istanbul
- Vienna- Hotel Daniel
- Portugal – Casa No Tempo
- France – Hegia
- Portugal – Areias do Seixo
- New York – The Marlton
- UK – Durslade Farmhouse
- Tyrol – San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
- Gstaad – Sannenwald Lodge
- Portugal – Quinta de Lemos
- Hamptons – Ruschmeyer’s
- Colorado – Dunton Hot Springs
- Uzès – Monte Arena
- Bruges – La Suite sans cravate
- Berlin – Soho House
- Venice – Aman Canal Grande
Kenya – Ol Donyo Wuas
Ol Donyo Wuas is in the heart of the 275,000 acre Mbirikani Group Ranch, located on the slopes of the Chyulu Hills National Park between the Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks in southeast Kenya. Its location is unrivalled with full views of Mount Kilimanjaro and in the path of traditional wildlife migration routes. It is a lodge rich in history, passion and conservation. Ol Donyo Lodge’s founder Richard Bonham had often flown over this spectacular landscape but one day in the 1980s, he was moved to land his Cessna on the open plains and meet the local Maasai. That was only the first of many meetings, before the birth of a pioneering community conservation tourism project. The concept was simple: Richard brings guests to this remote group ranch to participate in safaris, and the Maasai share the benefits. But nothing in Africa is that simple, really. And so began a life-long relationship with the Maasai, the wildlife and the game ranch. Ol Donyo Lodge is a 20-bed lodge, rebuilt and redesigned in 2008, and perched on a hillside, with no two suites or villas the same. What is consistent is the attention to detail, the comfortable yet utterly luxurious décor and the tradition of greatness. Regarded as one of the most attractive lodges in East Africa, ol Donyo Lodge is a place to call home for as long as possible. There is a range of activities available – from cultural visits, “Big Five” wildlife viewing and tracking, horseback riding and mountain biking – Ol Donyo Lodge is a holistic experience
Seychelles – North island
North Island Resort… found in the ‘inner’ islands of the Seychelles, which are known as the most beautiful on Earth, North Island is a place of exclusive luxury within an exquisite wilderness sanctuary. For those seeking a private and unspoilt, tropical retreat, our 11 opulent hand-crafted villas lap the pristine, powder-white sands of the turquoise Indian Ocean. The Island’s beautifully decorated lounge and dining areas, scenically-located health spa and gym, library and dive centre, and a rim-flow swimming pool are all built into a granitic outcrop overlooking the iridescent ocean. A perfect place to end the day is at the sunset bar and restaurant tucked away on the western side of the island.
Tanzania – family Safari
Tanzania – Faru Faru
Singita Faru Faru is built in the classic East African safari camp style with the tented suites and lodge areas reflecting a contemporary take on tented living. Singita Faru Faru Lodge’s six air-conditioned tents feature picture windows and private viewing deck, with your own Swarovski spotting scope. The Singita Faru Faru lodge area offers a main lounge and dining room, elevated viewing decks, heated pool, spa and a gallery. Private 350,000 acre Singita Grumeti, imbued with ‘Out of Africa’ romance, Relais & Chateaux luxury tent living, beautiful waterhole before the camp, succulent menus tailored to your taste, main camp area offers a swimming pool, luxury spa with African aromatherapy, free WiFi.
Tanzania – Kiba Point
Kiba Point camp is one of the smallest camps in Selous Game reserve nestled away in the shades of the river line forest on the banks of mile-wide River on the northern part of Selous. Kiba point is a private camp which is totally exclusive little retreat in the heart of one of the most game-rich areas in the Selous game reserve. The camp has 4 rooms raised and entirely open at the front to take advantage of the river views. All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, a lush toilet and indoor outdoor showers
Maurice – Yoga at Shanti Maurice
A beach retreat for people who want to relax and rejuvenate, Shanti Maurice combines the laid-back feel of an island resort with the can-do attitude of a really great spa. Previously adults-only, the resort now has an excellent kids club and caters for families in a charmingly discreet way. Home to a huge 75,000square foot spa with 25 treatment rooms, the facilities are fantastic and the setting wonderfully conducive to physical, mental and spiritual healing. Whether you’re here to throw yourself into a full health regime, dabble with a few spa treatments or just chill out, the ultra relaxed atmosphere can’t help but win you over.
South Africa – Royal Malewane
Royal Malewane is an exclusive luxury African safari getaway for those who value privacy, personalised service and the best game viewing in Africa. Situated on a private reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, this luxury African safari lodge hosts a maximum of 20 guests in the utmost luxury and style. Six suites offer complete seclusion and stunning views, while the Lodge itself has an atmospheric air-conditioned Library, Curio Shop and Dining and Sitting Areas with fantastic outlooks onto the bush. Two completely private Suites (both sleeping 4) provide an even more exclusive luxury African safari experience, while the self-contained Africa House, a few minutes’ drive from the main Lodge, is the perfect option for families or groups of up to 12. Gym and spa facilities offer the chance for exercise and relaxation between game drives.
Botswana – Zarafa Camp
Zarafa Camp is set within Botswana’s private 1,350 km² Selinda Reserve, the Camp (formerly called Zibadianja) was completely relocated and rebuilt in 2008. It now occupies a scenic setting atop an ancient, slightly-raised earth bank, beside the lagoons and floodplains which stem from the Zibadianja Lagoon. It is one of Botswana’s most exclusive camps.
Tanzania – Namiri Plains
Open in July 2014 Namiri Plains Camp Namiri Plains camp was created for real safari enthusiasts seeking comfort and exclusivity in secluded surroundings, excellent guiding and a deeper, more intense wildlife experience. To minimise the impact on the environment the camp comprises of only six tents. Pitched in the shade of giant acacias, this small and exclusive tented haven offers 360° views of wildlife crossing the surrounding plains, the river area with its perennial vegetation and dense green reed beds that attract birds and smaller wildlife species. The migration passes through Namiri Plains from October to May and unleashes spectacular predator sightings during December and January as the resident big cats feast on the passing herds of wildebeest and zebra. Explore the Namiri Plains on daily game drives; enjoy sunrise breakfast picnics on top of Soit Le Motonyi rock or sundowners on top of a kopje. With your nearest neighbour over 45 minutes away, you may be excused for thinking that the Namiri Plains belong to you.
Brazil – Fasano Sao Paulo
Fasano Hotel in São Paulo was a decade in the making. To realize his vision of a modern take on 1930’s design, owner Rogério Fasano enlisted the services of leading Brazilian architects Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan. The resulting 1940’s-style brick building is located in the historic Jardim Europa district. The impressive interiors feature travertine fireplaces and floors, hand-woven carpets and French leather club chairs. The Fasanos are fourth-generation restaurateurs, so naturally the hotel’s Restaurante Fasano has long been considered Brazil’s best Italian eatery. Jazz and bossa-nova artists like Caetano Veloso and Bebel Gilberto have performed in the piano bar, Baretto, attracting international visitors and Paulistanos alike.
Chile & Patagonia
FIRST DAYS… GENEVA -SANTIAGO: Santiago, Vina del Mar, Valpareiso, HOTEL RITZ CARLTON or THE AUBREY THAN… SAN PEDRO in Atacama: 4 days of sightseeing with a private jeep 4X4 HOTEL CATARPE or AWASI HOTEL THAN… MILLAHUE VALLEY Back to Santiago for 2 days in the Millahue valley (Place of Gold) HOTEL VINA VIK THAN… PUERTO MONTT: flight transfer to Puerto Montt, 2 days onboard your 4X4 Nissan Xtrail GRAN HOTEL COLONOS DEL SUR THAN… PUNTA ARENAS/ NATALES flight to Punta Arenas, 4 days of visit (option guide) with your jeep 4X4 HOTEL SINGULAR THAN… NATIONAL PARK TORRES DEL PAIN: HOTEL LAS TORRES THAN… PUNTO ARENAS: Back to Punta Arenas CABO DE HORNOS THAN… PUNTA ARENAS – USHUAIA: Cruise to USHUAIA – Ainsworth bay – Tucker Island- Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley – Cap Horn – Wulaia Bay – Ushuaia…
Brasil – Picinguaba
Pousada Picinguaba… Picinguaba, meaning “fish shelter,” is a tiny fishing village, with a population of about five hundred, on Brazil’s Costa Verde, midway between Rio and São Paulo, and close to Paraty. This tiny hotel almost stretches the definition of “off the beaten path” — Picinguaba is definitely not in the guidebooks or on any magazine’s list of Top Vacation Spots.Then again, its secretive charm is quite obviously the whole point; this small hotel is the creation of a young transplanted Frenchman, Emmanuel Rengade, who happened upon this spot by chance and bought it practically on a whim. This is the sort of place one visits in order to truly get away from it all — the Pousada is some three and a half hours from either of Brazil’s major cities, and after that long drive you will find it’s impossible to drive all the way to the hotel, as when the road ends you are still a path and a foot bridge away (250m).
Ecuador – Mashpi Lodge
Mashpi lodge. A hideaway located on a high plateau three hours’ drive from Quito, Mashpi Lodge sits in the heart of a 1,300-hectare (3,200-acre) Reserve which harbours both cloudforest and rainforest, part of the globally-important Chocó ‘hot spot’ of biodiversity. Metropolitan Touring and Mashpi Lodge belong to the same holding group in Ecuador. A profusion of plant species has adapted to this environment, creating an incredibly rich ecosystem of trees, vines, ferns, orchids and bromeliads, home to hundreds of bird species, possibly thousands of orchid species, tens of thousands of insect species, as well as monkeys, peccaries and even puma. It’s a system which is still revealing its secrets to science, still mysterious, still magical. The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the biodiverse world of its reserve. It combined levels of comfort, service, guiding and cuisine hitherto unheard of in a tropical forest environment anywhere in the world. The lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright colour, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amid the cloudforest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation. Activities include visiting the Life Centre with its butterflies and plants, climbing the eight-story observation tower, riding on the innovative Sky Bike, early morning bird watching, night walks, or simply sitting back to watch the clouds play hide-and-seek with the forest.
Chile – Vina Vik
Viña Vik is serious about its wine. When owner Alexander Vik happened upon a vacant estate in the Cachapoal Valley, he immediately set about creating a premier grand cru classe that would be ranked amongst the world’s elite wines. His holistic approach means that land, climate, water, environment, nature and state-of-the-art technology have been harnessed to grow grapes of the highest quality. The prevailing breeze that cools temperatures in summer gives the wine its freshness. Vina Vik has been recently refurbished to offer 22 suites of different sizes, all with breathtaking views towards the distant Andes, and across the estate with its highly photogenic vineyards. The cuisine focuses on typical Chilean dishes made with fresh local produce and specially prepared to complement the wine list. The chef will tailor dishes to your individual preference, and one of the most rewarding experiences to have is a typical asado barbecue in the surrounding woods, with panoramic views out across the landscape. Service is very personalised, and guests here not only have the opportunity to taste the incredible wines in the company of a master oenologist, but can inspect the unique wine production process, take horseback rides through the valleys and / or vineyard, hike some of the many routes through and above the estate, take out a mountain bike along one of the specially designed countryside trails, or explore the local region in a 4×4.
Belize – El Secreto
13 villas … a sweet dream Un Secreto badly kept!
Costa Rica – Kura
When the concepts of ultimate luxury and astonishing design met with environmental awareness and sustainability, Kura Design Villas was born. Architect Martin Wells and biologist Alejandra Umaña blended their visions and inspirations, personalizing their commitment to nature and art in an extreme tropical setting. From the extraordinary, breath-taking views to the custom-built glass, double-rain shower in each seductive villa, every detail at Kurà was crafted to bring guests the most exclusive and unique experience possible.
Mexico – Yaan Welness Energy
Yäan Wellness was born from the magic of Tulum, Mexico. It is a center of wellness and healing where you will find your inner and outer beauty in the integration of mind, body and soul. From the moment you pass the burning flame, you will be immersed in the elements of fire, air, water, and wood and feel at peace with its elegant and organic design, which respects the flow of nature in both space and time. You will feel the essence of Yäan, an ENERGY –HEALING- SPA, as your every need is looked after. Soothe and enliven your senses and journey through our healing waters, purified crystalline water pools, sauna and steam room. Traditional indigenous treatments, energy healing, deep muscle relaxation techniques, herbal and flower baths prepared in their custom made copper tubs are just some of the therapies you will experience by the finest professionals from around the world and Mexico. At Yäan, the Mission is to bring health, relaxation, well-being , to cleanse body and spirit, and ignite the light within in all who will enter.
Nicaragua – Mukul Resort Surf Paradise
The place of note is Mukul… (Mukul means “secret” in the Mayan language). It’s a remote and intimate resort on an endless coved beach anchoring the luxury vacation enclave of Guacalito de la Isla. And it’s all owned by Carlos Pellas, the wealthiest name in the Nicaragua. Into this dream of what is to become Nicaragua’s first luxury boutique hotel, Pellas puts all he would desire to lavish on his guests. Mukul will feature 37 spacious accommodations — each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. These include a dozen one- and two-bedroom Beach Villas, starting at 881-square-feet and presenting nine-foot ceilings with walls of glass looking over the Playa Manzanillo.
China – Temple Hotel Beijing
Le Temple is unique and seriously well achieved… Not to be missed if you stay in China
India – Hotel Impérial
The Impérial Delhi’s landmark hotel makes the perfect entry point to India – grand, luxurious and very elegant. An elegant blend of Victorian, colonial and Art Deco styles, the Imperial Hotel is undoubtedly Delhi’s finest. Built in 1931 by Bromfield, it’s rich in history and has undergone extensive and immensely stylish renovations to restore it to its former glory. With its Italian marble floors, Burma teak and rosewood furniture, high ceilings, spacious gardens and superb restaurants, this hotel exudes luxury, right in the heart of Delhi.
Bali – Alila Ubud
Alila Ubud… Think of Bali and you almost certainly think of idyllic white sand beaches, thatched-roof villas open to the sea breeze, and maybe a bit of snorkeling. Alila Ubud, then, will confound expectations, as it shows a different side of Bali. The town of Ubud is Bali’s arts capital, and is well inland, surrounded by lush valleys and volcanic hills no less spectacular than the island’s beaches. The Alila resort is about fifteen minutes from Ubud, in the traditional hillside village of Payangan, on the banks of the Ayung river, an ideal location for experiencing the authentic Bali — traditional villages and family compounds dot the hillsides, a far cry from the beachfront development and tourist throngs of the more common seaside resorts. The architecture, by the Australian firm Kerry Hill, mixes economical modern design with just enough traditional Balinese influence to blend in; the result is refreshingly miles from South Pacific kitsch. Of particular note is the swimming pool: by now, the notion of an “infinity pool” is all too familiar, but this one looks out over the valley and into the jungle below, a much more soothing panorama than the typical distant ocean view.
India – 16 days in Ladakh
Le Ladakh is certainly well known. But according to the season and the people you’ll be traveling with, the valley is one of the most precious area for tibetan buddhism. Mix a cultural journey with a mini trekking and you’lle be amazed, furthermore with our secret adresses…DAY 1: GVA-DELHI // DAY 2: DELHI // DAY 3: DELHI-LEH // DAY 4: THIKSE + HEMIS STOK // DAY 5: NIMMU + Alchi // DAYS 6 to 11: TREK // DAY 11: DUMKHAR-LAMAYURU // DAY 12: LAMAYURU-KARGIL // DAY 13: KARGIL-SRINAGAR // DAY 14: SRINAGAR // DAY 15: SRINAGAR -DELHI // DAY 16: DELHI-GVA.
Day 1 – 2 : Geneva – Colombo : VIP welcome upon arrival and private transfer to Kandy. Overnight at Kandy House. Day 3 : Kandy: Visit the “three little temples” less crowded and a little further out from Kandy. Take a Tuk-Tuk ride and visit the Temple of the tooth, very much worshiped by locals. Day 4 : Kandy-Hatton: Take the colonial train to penetrate the blissful region of Hatton, passing by tea plantations and sleep in a very chic colonial planter’s house. Overnight at Tea Trails. Day 5-6 : Hatton : Discover the secrets of tea plantains and enjoy high-tea served in the “Salon”. Day 7 : Hatton – Tangalle : Join the south of Sri Lanka and enjoy some beach pampering at Amanwella. Day 8-11 : Days at leisure. Day 12 : Tangalle – Galle : Stop one night in the Fort of Galle to feel its unique atmosphere. Stay with Amangalla. Day 13 : Galle – Colombo : Private transfer to the airport of Colombo.
India – Ananda
Ananda Spa is located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. When living is but part of the echo of nature then style and elegance blend discreetly to enhance each nuance of serenity. The Guest Rooms, Suites and Villas at Ananda in the Himalayas make a statement with colours that echo nature, and views that leave one gazing into the enchantment of god’s own country. With unique focus on the traditional Indian sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda; Ananda Spa creates the skillful synthesis between age-old therapies and modern spa technology. The personalized therapy and activities program are designed to meet individual needs and health goals – de-stress, detoxification and cleansing, deep relaxation, anti-ageing, weight & inch loss, while also offering guidance in the areas of nutrition and exercise. 24 treatment rooms with specialized areas for Ayurveda, Oriental and European systems of holistic health, a team of qualified nutritionists, Western & Ayurvedic physicians, spa therapists with knowledge of ancient Indian sciences and modern western treatments – all gently guide you towards a better lifestyle.
India – Villa Helena à Pondicherry
La Villa Helena, is the unique destination in the heart of the white city of Pondicherry!
Indonesia – Nihiwatu
Nihiwatu Resort… Stretching across 560 acres of unspoiled natural land including a two and half-kilometer private beach, this spectacular all-villa resort offers secluded privacy and the ultimate exclusivity. The 21 villas of exceptional design are built on private terraces with large verandahs that sift through the trees with an impressive use of living space, imbued by natural materials to make the most of the dramatic views. Guest facilities include the iconic Boathouse, Ombak restaurant, Nio Beach Club, Menara Bale, private dining pavilions and the Beach Spa.
Maldives – Six Senses Laamu Surf
Six Senses eco-resorts are consistently ranked among the very best in southeast Asia, and Six Senses Laamu is the undisputed champion of its particular location. When it comes to bringing impossibly high-end hospitality experiences to the white sands and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Six Senses group isn’t known for doing things halfway. Laamu is about as far from the rat race as you can get, and if you’re seeking total solitude, it’s perfectly acceptable to hole up in your spacious bungalow, where modern conveniences never overshadow the classic blond wood and thatched-roof aesthetic. Larger two-bedroom villas feature a private pool and outdoor shower, and each villa is encircled by enough greenery to blot out the presence of your fellow guests without obstructing your view of the ocean. And in the picture-perfect overwater bungalows, bamboo enclosures protect your privacy while the rooftop decks offer 360-degree panoramic views. If you don’t mind leaving your quarters for a bit of socialization and adventure, the Six Senses experience includes all the surfing and snorkeling you can handle, a small army of instructors and guides including a resident marine biologist, and the dining and drinking options of a small village. End your day with a wine tasting at the Altitude wine tower and watch the sun dip into the sea. Now the name starts to make sense — it’s almost too much stimulation for five senses to cope with.
Thailand – Kamalaya
Kamalaya Thailand’s award-winning sanctuary and holistic spa focuses on creating a stimulating environment for personal growth and long term healthy transformation. Nestled in a valley that overlooks the coast of southern Koh Samui, Buddhist monks once used the cave temple at Kamalaya’s heart as a place of meditation and spiritual retreat, which gives the resort a particularly calming energy. The wellness programs here focus on creating a stimulating environment by supporting the individual aspirations of each guest. Wandering past the lily ponds and tropical jungle foliage is guaranteed to relax and replenish any tired or despondent guests at this stunning Thai retreat.
Sri Lanka – Ulpotha
Ulpotha, ‘Paradise’ is the word guests most often use to describe this unique, mountain-ringed village in the very heart of Sri Lanka, about 2 hours north west of Kandy. At Ulpotha you live close to nature in simple but comfortable one-bedroom adobe houses dotted among the flowers and fruit trees of this beautiful 22-acre organic farm. You swim in a lake half-smothered in tiny water lilies and lounge on cushions like a Roman Emperor to eat delicious home-grown organic curries and sambals.
Philippines – The Farm at San-Benito
Going to The San Benito Farm is not a holiday, it’s an experience that will change your life. I’ve traveled the world but never have I experienced something so holistic, to pure, so healthy for both body and mind. The resort is huge and designed beautifully so you can let your self wonder off, walk around and clear your thoughts. We were impressed by the medical center and their way of analyzing…
Vietnam – Amanoi
Amanoi, open in September 2013, is located in the stunning conservation area of Vinh Hy Bay, one of Vietnam’s most sought-after coasts. Its contemporary rooms, suites, and villas, are extremely well-appointed, providing not only stunning coastal views, but also modern comforts effortlessly blended with traditional Vietnamese touches to lend the entire resort a strong sense of place amidst luxurious surroundings. The restaurant, bar, and beach club, serve up some of Vietnam’s finest and freshest foods, along with a tempting selection of cocktails and other refreshments. Guests can spend some time in the resort’s breathtaking spa, in its state-of-the-art-gym, and enjoying a languid swim in its pools and ocean to feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and best of all, totally relaxed. Snorkeling is a crowd favorite in Vinh Hy Bay, and the resort is fully-equipped for those who wish to partake.
Philippines – Dedon Island
Dedon Island provides a tropical island escape at its finest, on the stunning Siargao Island in the southern Philippines. With its all-inclusive packages, guests never have to worry about signing bills or carrying their wallet around, since everything guests could possible want or need is included in the room price. Only nine villas make up this exclusive resort, all extremely luxurious, with private terraces and stunning views of the lush, tropical surroundings. Dining is fresh, and meals are cooked to order, whenever and wherever guests please. Guests never have to leave the resort, with its stunning infinity pool and luxurious surroundings being more than enough for anyone on holiday, but those who do venture out will enjoy the verdant, ancient mangrove forest surroundings, which can be explored through various vehicles on guided tours. Of course, with Siargao Island being one of the world’s surfing capitals, surfing lessons and equipment are available in abundance.
Cambodia – Maison Polanka – Siem Reap
La Maison Polanka is a collection of two unique Cambodian villas offering hotel services in spacious tropical gardens. Set in the sprawling grounds of a family estate, the property hosts 5 luxury suites & rooms, an open air pavilion for restaurant and lounge and an infinity pool. Nestled in the heart of a local riverside village in Siem Reap, close to the temples of Angkor and the old market, Maison Polanka is a private Cambodian residence that will provide your stay in Angkor with luxury and authenticity. Staying with Maison Polanka will offer you a unique Cambodian experience as you will live in ancient Khmer wooden houses on stilts that both combine an interesting mix of art and traditional crafts with the comfort of modern luxury.
India – Devi Garh
Devi Garh is a rare place on earth! Not because 18th-century palace hotels are a dime a dozen in India, certainly they aren’t, but because the contrast between the faded majesty of the exterior and the sparkling modernity of the interiors is so striking. Of course a part of the impact depends upon the novelty of looking out from your all-white marble-floored minimalist fantasy of a suite through traditional jharoka windows over the rugged Rajasthani countryside. The color palette is as simple as can be, but marble is a damn sight more expensive than the white-painted gypsum board the average boutique hotel room is made of — to say nothing of malachite, lapis lazuli, mother of pearl. At bottom it’s still a palace, just a contemporary one. As such it comes with all the extravagant trappings of the contemporary luxury hotel. There’s an Ayurvedic spa, offering everything from massages to beauty treatments to yoga, as well as a fully-equipped gym and a heated swimming pool. The restaurant blends Indian traditions with European cuisines and an extensive wine cellar. And the location places you a comfortable distance from Udaipur, well situated for trips to the scenic ancient city and for tours of the Jain temples in the surrounding countryside.
India – Kalarikovilakom
Can there be a royal road to deep healing? We believe there can. Kalari Kovilakom is the Palace for Ayurveda, perhaps the first and only one of its kind. It offers intensive programs in wellness based this ancient Indian science. And it offers them in a magnificent palatial setting that took years of restoration to create. Yet, Kalari Kovilakom gives you something infinitely more valuable. A chance to begin your life all over again. At Kalari, every therapy is personal. Their treatments are individually developed for you by their doctors, often combined with yoga and other methods to provide deep-seated, lasting change from within. There are no game rooms, no shopping expeditions, no television sets. The evenings are alive with chanting and hymns, unsullied by the sounds of the city. You are in a space like no other on earth that we know of.
Japan – Gorakadan
Just eighty-five minutes outside Tokyo you could be at Gora Kadan, a one-time imperial family retreat, now a first-class ryokan inn in the middle of the Hakone national park, a rural idyll in the shadow of Mount Fuji. Forget carbon footprints and all that — if Gora-Kadan doesn’t make you a believer in high-speed rail then nothing will. The construction is contemporary, but the style, of course, is traditional, and everywhere you turn there’s a magnificently framed view of the Hakone countryside. Rooms come in semi-Western as well as typical tatami styles, and some have open-air wooden or stone baths. The spa goes beyond the classic onsen and dips into international treatments such as thalassotherapy and Dead Sea Salts; most impressive, however, is again the natural setting, a mineral pool ringed with enormous rocks. Dine on seasonal, local classics, expertly curated by Gora-Kadan’s chef, and enjoy the utter silence of the Hakone national park — it feels a long, long way from Tokyo.
Europe & Beyond
New York – Nomad
Set in the immaculately restored former National Cash Register Company, The NoMad brings Broadway back to its golden days, both literally – note the gilded lobby – and figuratively. This enchanting beaux arts boutique hotel has it all: a top-tier restaurant, a cosy library lounge, a chic boutique and beautiful, airy rooms. The hotel may be named for its location (north of Madison Park), but designer Jacques Garcia ran with the idea, adding unique journey-themed touches to the rooms, which convey an ideal of maple-floored, old-world elegance alongside every modern luxury.
London – Claridges
Claridges London’s most glamorous grande dame wows with art deco decor, a fashionable attitude and an effortless air of refinement. Few hotels hold a candle to Claridge’s for a sense of occasion, whether you’re taking award-winning tea in the foyer or sipping champagne at Claridge’s Bar.
Norway – Spa – Rando – Vulkana
Imagine stunning snow-white fjords rising up over sparkling blue waters, while you enjoy the warm, soothing waters of an outdoor saltwater hot tub. The Vulkana Spa Boat is a unique adventure for skiers and travelers of all types. Tour the fjords of Norway, ski from summit to sea on a guided ski tour, and returning to your floating spa, to relax, rejuvenate and rest before heading out again the next day. The Vulkana is a former-fishing vessel, converted into a luxurious spa that tours the arctic waters, taking travelers on incredible adventures and treating passengers to relaxing spa treatments. The Vulkana Spa Boat Ski-by-Boat trip takes skiers to the Lyngen Alps to explore up to 1800 meters of vertical terrain from summit to sea. On the Vulkana Spa Boat, you can relax after a long day on the slopes in the saltwater hot tub or the wood fired sauna, chill out in the Zen Lounge, or dive from the 7-meter diving tower off the boat into the sea. You’ll also find a gallery and restaurant aboard the Vulkana Spa Boat.
Paris – Le Pavillon de la Reine
Le Marais… A vibrant district for experiencing bygone Paris and the capital’s present pace! Under the arches of the place, you will enjoy hunting for antiques, visiting art galleries or having dinner in a good restaurant. You are welcome to stay at the Le Pavillon de la Reine’s luxury suites just around the corner from lively Place de la Bastille, prestigious Hôtels Particuliers converted into museums (Picasso, Carnavalet), and the shops of the rue des Francs-Bourgeois. In the heart of historical Paris, you will find a charming pied-à-terre with all the comfort of a first-class hotel.
Oman – Alila Jabal Akhdar
Very few hotel locations are more dramatic than that of the Alila Jabal Akhdar. The hotel stands on a cliff top above a gorge with breathtaking views out over the Al Hajar Mountains. It is ideally positioned to explore Oman’s rugged landscape and is the perfect escape for those who like their holidays to take them a bit more off the beaten track – the hotel in only accessible by Four-Wheel Drive and is 2,000 metres above sea level. Luckily, this wilderness setting does not mean compromising on comfort. The Alila Jabal Akhdar features 78 Suites, six Loft Suites and two Jabal Villas. The décor is inspired by the rich culture and natural beauty of the surroundings, with a refreshing modern twist. After exploring the local area, head to the Spa Alila, which features local and Asian inspired spa therapies, with treatments derived from regional healing and beauty traditions.
Oxford – The Old Parsonage
The Old Parsonage , ranked as the best hotel in Oxford, the 17th century Old Parsonage is situated in the heart of this historic city at the end of the beautiful boulevard St Giles. It is a couple of minutes walk from the Ashmolean & surrounded by some of Oxford’s best restaurants & bars. The recent refurbishment has seen the addition of five bedrooms & a specially curated first floor library with terrace. Bedrooms & suites, 35 in all, are individually designed by Sally Conran with marble bathrooms. Don’t miss that little gem!
24h in Brooklyn
From Manhattan walk across the Brooklyn bridge to reach à DUMBO, Café Colette can be an option for a drink or if you’re already hungry head for Juliana’s Pizza . Or jump on the “L” line from Union Square and step out at Bedford Av. after roughly a 7 minutes journey. You’re in Williamsburg Brooklyn! If that could annoy you, why not staying local at the Wythe Hotel. Programm? Up to you, but sincerly just let yourself go into the flow, Flea Markets, galeries, the Brooklyn Bowl or thousands of shops featuring young designers or trendy stuff. Welcome to the arty-hipster world! We love: Roberta’s Pizza, Fette Sau, Isa, Brooklyn Bowl, Wythe Hotel, Aska, Samurai Mama, Battersby, and eventually do not hesitate to discover Carol’s Garden or head to Queens for PS1
Iceland – Ion Adventure
Iceland has become a hot leisure destination in recent years, and with good reason. It has a friendly and almost entirely English speaking population, surprisingly good cuisine, and it’s the closest place in Europe with regularly scheduled non-stop flights from several major cities on the east and west coasts. But the biggest appeal of all is the jaw dropping natural beauty and outdoor recreation, and this is what the year old ION Luxury Adventure Hotel capitalizes on, offering easy access to wealth of key sites and experiences. If you are headed to Iceland to get active, it would be hard to pick a better place to stay.
Abruzzes – Grotta della Civita
Le Grotte della Civita’s caves have a prehistoric birthday and a Unesco World Heritage setting; they’re also breathtakingly romantic. It took 10 years to turn the sassi (stone settlement) into boutique bedrooms, but the resulting hotel is true to the caves’ tufa-rock roots: simply furnished, candlelit and calming. We love room 13!
Tuscany – Torre di Moravola
Italy isn’t exactly hurting for impressive small hotels, but La Torre di Moravola stands out all the same. Frankly, they had us at “thousand-year-old Umbrian hilltop watchtower converted into a seven-room boutique hotel,” and that was before we ever saw inside. For while the exterior may be a thousand years old, the interiors are as modern as they come. It may have a little something to do with the owners. Christopher Chong is an architect, a former Norman Foster associate, and his wife, Seonaid Mackenzie, is a designer. And what they’ve done is more than a renovation. Within the outer shell of the tower they’ve constructed an entirely new inner structure, with seven strikingly modern suites arranged around a central stair. This turns out to be a surprisingly green way to build. The old stone walls keep temperatures stable, and the central stair gives rise to convection currents which ventilate as well as any air conditioning system. And the suites, with their stone walls and sunken baths, stay remarkably comfortable, despite their minimalism. Most unexpected, perhaps, is the rooftop infinity pool, with obviously wide-ranging views of the tower’s surroundings.
Essaouira – L’Heure Bleue
Built into the medina walls, l’Heure Bleue hotel is an oasis of luxe in laid-back, countercultural Essaouira, the old hang-out of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley. Dripping with heavy carvings, fabrics, lamps and wooden-shuttered windows, rooms are cavernous, sumptuous and luxurious. Relais & Châteaux.
Arles – Le Nord Pinus
Le Nord Pinus, is unique hotel with a big heart. An institution! In the 50s and 60s this was the place to be seen. Picasso lived here and Hemingway, Cocteau, Fritz Lang and John Houston were regulars, as were the great bullfighters of the 20th century, who came to fight in the amphitheatre and had their own magnificent room (unchanged but for the addition of a picture of a naked Charlotte Rampling posing in front of the room’s madly gilded mirror). The hotel was owned by Nello, a clown (he rode a tiny bicycle while telling jokes), and Germaine, a cabaret singer. It remains a place of pilgrimage, and while we were staying at least 5 couples walked in to take a look.
24h in London
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Vienna- Hotel Daniel
Florian Weitzer, a Graz-based hotelier who manages further three privately-run hotels (Das Weitzer, Hotel Wiesler and Daniel Graz), is passionate about his hotels and the concept that he calls ‘reinterpreted luxury.’ With a lot of intuition for atmosphere and inspiring ideas, he runs his hotels with the motto: “Be optimistic for the World.” A collection of 116 revamped, contemporary and luxury rooms await modern travelers at the Hotel Daniel, Vienna. This lively, urban gathering place is chic to the core, with a few surprising twists: artwork by Erwin Wurm, bees on the roof to make homemade honey, and a lobby with a bakery and a shop. Other quirky touches include rooms with hammocks, urban gardens and a fully equipped free-standing trailer in the garden to be rented as a room.
Portugal – Casa No Tempo
Casa no Tempo, located one hour south of Lisbon in Montemor o Novo, Alentejo, Portugal, is an old family farm, recently renovated by its owners João and Andreia Rodrigues, under the guidance of architect Manuel Aires Mateus. “Casa No Tempo has been in the family for many years. It was our granddad’s will that we look after it until the next generation. Being aware of his vision we tried to aim higher, connecting the past with the coming future, leaving out the marks of time, in search for a peaceful and timeless place. Our main concern was to have the house open to the vastness of the property and welcome Nature’s gifts through the large windows of every room. All floors are paved with local clay blocks (heated in winter); fully equipped kitchen is integrated in a beautiful white marbled structure, open to the dining table in front of a huge window overlooking a 400sqm swimming pool; Lounge is a luminous area with white sofas and a beautiful fireplace corner. One thousand acres of cork trees, pastures, wild fields, two dams, five ponds, streams and brooks. Here and there timeless granitic stones outcrop the green and stand by the trees or water as nature’s random signposts, inviting guests to explore and journey through the welcoming flat land. And, at last, there is star watching at night when all the lights go off over «CasaNoTempo». Then, you finally will understand why we have called it «TimelessHome».”
France – Hegia
lrnaud is a Michelin-starred chef and proprietor of an upscale auberge called, Hegia. Located in Hasparren, France, the 1746 converted farmhouse is perched on a hill in the beautiful Basque countryside (only 30 minutes from coastal Biarritz). There are five guestrooms, each mix original, rustic architectural details with austere modernist design. Hegia’s website has some beautiful photos – take a look! Taking advantage of local raw goods, Arnaud cooks in a pure and simple style that allows each ingredient to shine. Adding a good measure of the famous Daguin hospitality, he hosts an aperitif before the guests sit down to a convivial meal at a communal table. Now that’s the kind of vacation we crave!
Portugal – Areias do Seixo
Areias Do Seixo Areias do Seixo Charm Hotel & Residences is an intimate boutique hotel in Torres Vedras, located just moments from the rugged Portuguese coastline, 50km from Lisbon Portela Airport. This unique modern hotel brings together rusticity, tradition and contemporary design with aplomb. At the luxury hotel spa, guests can be immersed in serenity with an array of sublime treatments. Visitors can explore the beautiful natural surroundings, soak up the sun by the side of the glimmering pool or peruse the hotel art gallery. As night falls, residents can savour a medley of divine flavours at the restaurant, and then retire to the bar to relax and sip fine Portuguese wines. At Areias do Seixo each of the rooms has been individually styled with an idiosyncratic medley of classic period furnishings, untreated wood and funky design features to create a truly one-of-a-kind hotel, which draws on everything from European elegance to Eastern mystique for inspiration.
New York – The Marlton
In the boutique-hotel world, what’s old is new again. In New York Sean MacPherson’s hotels were among the first to turn away from glossy, futuristic minimalism and towards something with a bit more retro romance. So the historically inspired The Marlton. , the century-old Greenwich Village hotel which once hosted the likes of Jack Kerouac and Julie Andrews, is perfectly in character. It’s also perfectly full of character. In this town there are always bigger, swankier, more luxurious hotels. Personality is the only way out of that arms race. The Marlton is swanky enough, in its Parisian-inspired way, and it’s also realistically priced, so as to make space for a more eclectic clientele. It’s been described as a sort of baby Bowery, and that’s not inaccurate — imagine the Bowery Hotel on a cozier scale with a slightly more residential vibe, and you’re most of the way there.
UK – Durslade Farmhouse
Durslade? A six bedroom Farmhouse in the beautiful Somerset countryside, on the edge of Bruton. Durslade Farmhouse is located on the site of Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s new art gallery and forms part of a group of Grade II listed farm buildings that date back from as early as 1760. Renovated by Argentinian architect Luis Laplace, the Farmhouse is full of character and bold innovative twists. It celebrates the natural antiquity of the building combining original fittings with unexpected interiors and vintage furniture completed by unique artworks from Hauser & Wirth’s artists including a specially commissioned painted mural in the dining room by Guillermo Kuitca, and a mesmerising video installation by Pipilotti Rist which projects the Somerset landscape onto the walls of the sitting room through a chandelier of found objects and glass. A rustic kitchen with a SMEG range and kitchen table together with a study and outside private terrace complete the downstairs rooms with a laundry room in the basement. Durslade Farmhouse is available for mid week and weekends stays – catering can be provided by on site restaurant Roth Bar & Grill.
Tyrol – San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge
San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, offers groups renting the whole lodge 42-acre oasis of pristine woods and meadows, offering privacy and exclusivity in the Dolomites to enchant even the most discriminating with its magic and discreet elegance. The tall vaulted ceiling of the entrance area sets the tone of the luxurious, predominantly wooden interior. Valuable antiques have been lovingly preserved or faithfully restored, modern objects cautiously fitted in with a perfect feeling for balance and harmony throughout a vacation rental for 4-10 people.The building is at an altitude of 1200 meters, so winter sporting activities followed by relaxation in the spa and pool are the order of the day. In summer, the surrounding nature provides all the entertainment required. H eating is by an ecological woodchip heating system with chips from trees felled locally. The Lodge’s sustainable and ecological energy concept is rounded off by the use of water from the estate’s own spring. For 25 years, the professional livelihoods of owners Giorgia and Stefano Barbini were in the world of fashion and haute couture design. Their knowledge and attention to detail is visible in every fitting, and in their efforts to satisfy the wishes of the most demanding groups.A uniquely satisfying mountain experience for groups of 4-10 individuals
Gstaad – Sannenwald Lodge
A SLOW-CHIC EXPERIENCE! Come up, slow down. With a baseline like this, there were very few hesitations on that Gstaad would be the place to kick off Slow-Chic in Switzerland. Here the Saanewald Lodge stands away from the grand and the glitz that characterize hotels in Gstaad. Brothers Paul and Jean poured in love and hard work to restore an iconic family hang out, nestled in the mountain-side pasture of Gstaad and turning it into a deliciously retro alpine boutique hotel.
Portugal – Quinta de Lemos
Trees and scrubland adorn the otherwise arid sun-beaten gently undulating landscape of the Portuguese Dão Valley as far as the eye can see. Apart from the soft breeze, the air is soundless. Standing slightly elevated, a concrete slab snakes around the landscape whilst strangely fitting right in to the surrounding wilderness. The slab itself forms the roof of a single-story building that nestles among the large rocks that protect the building from the wind. Come nightfall, the building almost glows in the dark. In the daytime, the rural landscape of the vineyards dresses the building walls with sands, scrubland, golden sunrays and blue skies. Designed by architecture heavyweights Carvalho Araújo (CA), Quinta de Lemos was completed in 2012. Located inland 50 miles from Coimbra close to the town of Silgueiros (Viseu) in Portugal, the property is an all-encompassing venue focused on the art of wine drinking for the family-run wine brand Quinta de Lemos and encompasses a restaurant, guesthouse and wine cellar. With its glass and concrete structure welcoming oenology enthusiasts, respected wine critics and the lay wine aficionado alike, instead of providing a purely commercial atmosphere, the house has a restful luxury holiday setting ideal for indulging in award-winning Quinta de Lemos vintages and for showcasing the family’s savoir-faire.
Hamptons – Ruschmeyer’s
Ruschmeyer´s hotel, a revamped Fifties estate, is a summer camper’s dream. Mid-century modern couches and chairs mingle with nautical details such as criss-crossed roped-lined walls and tailored sail cloth. After a feast in the Manhattan-grade restaurant, slink to the low-lit Electric Eel Disco, where the leather banquettes let you lounge, but the DJ’s beats urge you to dance all night long. Ruschmeyer’s is the coolest camp you never went to, but always fantasised about.
Colorado – Dunton Hot Springs
Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs is a beautiful destination you will find difficult to ever leave. Located in a remote area of Dolores, Colorado and surrounded by the scent of Ponderosa pine, this rustic hideaway is situated near the “Four Corners” – the area where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona intersect in the wilderness. The area, formerly a gold rush town, is now an enclave of 400-plus acres surrounded by a pair of national forests in the San Juan Mountains. The area is primed for an array of activities, including hiking, snowshoeing, heli-skiing and so much more.
Uzès – Monte Arena
Monte Arena is located some four kilometres from the charming town of Uzès (between Nimes and Avignon), this silky 17th century bed and breakfast takes in the fragrances, views and hospitality of the Languedoc region. In short, this is our sort of place. With only four rooms and one mezzanine suite exclusivity and privacy is guaranteed, but it also has that French “je ne sais quoi” when it comes to elegance and decoration. The aromas of lavender, the little nooks and crannies, the secluded garden, great views of the vineyards. We mentioned at the start that it originated from 17th century but this particular jewel was actually built on the vestiges of a 15th century dwelling – and this history seeps through.
Bruges – La Suite sans cravate
La Suite Sans Cravate is known as one of the best places in Bruges to grab a bite to eat, and there’s nothing quite letting the full belly and warm, fuzzy feeling of a couple glasses of wine let you carry directly to bed after a meal. The folks behind La Suite Sans Cravate must agree. Serving as an extension of the restaurant, this three-room bed and breakfast offers unique spaces that blend rustic building materials with sleek, contemporary furnishings, as well as upscale features like rain showers, flat panel TVs, LED mood lighting, espresso machines, and, of course, a custom Sans Cravate breakfast in the morning.
Berlin – Soho House
Soho House Berlin opened in May 2010, in Berlin’s Mitte district. Occupying eight floors, the House has 65 rooms, 20 fully serviced apartments and 4 spacious lofts. The hotel’s 65 bedrooms are situated over 6 floors and come in six different categories. At 118 sqm the largest rooms include free standing baths, dining tables and seating areas. The smaller 24 sqm attic rooms have a dormitory feel with wooden beds and steel cabinets. Most of the bedrooms have a traditional vintage record player and selection of custom vinyl LP’s.
Venice – Aman Canal Grande
Aman Canal Grande Venice is exactly what the name implies. Like many of Aman’s far-flung, impossibly photogenic locales, there’s a sense that Venice isn’t quite of this earth. And, more prosaically, they’ve already perfected the craft of the waterborne arrival on those selfsame desert islands, and it’s a skill that transfers seamlessly to Venice’s canals. The next biggest departure, after the distinctly urban (and quite marvelously central) location, is the fact that they’ve made use of a meticulously preserved Renaissance palace as a setting, rather than build something modern. Of course in Venice it couldn’t be any other way, but it’s a pleasure to see that they know when to leave well enough alone — aside from some subtly stylish contemporary interior design interventions, and a generous shipment of modern furniture from the likes of B&B Italia, it’s looking much as its old merchant founders would have left it. If you know Aman then you can probably guess that the accommodations are first-rate, mixing period details with every conceivable modern comfort. The best ones have views of the Grand Canal itself, culminating in the Canal Grande Suite, offering a perfectly framed front-row view from directly above the palazzo’s front door.