Berlin — In 2023, Design Hotels will celebrate its 30th anniversary, and with it, we want to bring the endless joy of traveling again. To dazzle the bright-eyed, we’ve curated a list of traveller’s dream destinations that have new hotels that create the perfect environment to make such dreams come true. These beautiful, forward-looking spaces have inspiring missions and strong local connections that encourage discovery of the surrounding cultures, communities and landscapes.
East Coast, Mauritius
A jewel in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar, this African island echoes with the sounds of exotic birds, bats and insects, echoing with the sound of a tropical chorus. Called The island where God experimented with creating Eden, The magic of Mauritius lies not only in its unparalleled natural beauty, but also in its fascinating blend of African, Indian, Chinese and French cultures. To explore the wild side of Mauritius, travelers should head east, where the coast is unspoiled by sleepy villages, pristine beaches, sugar cane fields, mangroves and lagoons. It feels a world away from the nightlife of the north (the island is only 61km long and 45km wide) and for those in the know pockets of creativity emerge from hidden corners. For example, the EKLA showroom is a tropical modernist’s paradise, and Le Café des Arts is a unique restaurant and gallery housed in a beautifully restored sugar mill.
Located on this peaceful beach is an adults-only, new member hotel palmar salt, offers a wonderful mix of colors, stories, customs, sounds and tastes. Designer Camille Walala drew inspiration from the warm hues of yellow, peach and light blue of the houses surrounding the island, as well as the riad style of the hotel’s existing structure, to create its dramatic centerpiece: a black-and-white-striped fountain. The property’s restaurant and rooftop bar tell the story of Mauritius through locally-rooted, globally-influenced cuisine and creative cocktails inspired by the island’s mountains.
South Coast, Lombok, Indonesia
A place where warm blue waters barrel into powder-soft sands, Lombok’s south coast is mesmerizing, surrounded by sharp cliffs. While the divine beaches of the northern Gili Islands attract locals and intrepid travelers alike, the southern coast of the island is slowly developing as a sustainable alternative to neighboring Bali. Teams from various initiatives and dive schools work together to help rejuvenate damaged reefs, educate fishermen on safe fishing practices, and protect ocean habitats from further destruction.
such as new events on the island Somewhere in Lombok, similarly focused on sustainable constructions. The passion project of sisters Claire and Walia Gontard, whose Indonesian roots brought them back to Lombok after world travels, a place that conserves energy, water and waste; working with local residents; and it grows plants to prevent soil erosion. It is also a place that greets guests with stunning views of Are Guling Bay — a world-class surfing destination — and a large outdoor communal space that includes a reception, restaurant, lounge, bar, lawn and swimming pool. The sisters also plan to offer islanders growth opportunities through community projects.
Further along the coast is the secluded Ekas Bay, Innit Lombok The work of renowned Indonesian architects Andra Martin and D-Associates led by Geogorius Supi Yolodi. Accessible by land or sea, the seven beach houses intrude as little as possible on their natural habitat, so the land-based living areas feature sandy floors. Residents of the small fishing village were also drawn into Innit’s journey, working and learning new skills during construction, and now supplying the hotel’s restaurant with freshly caught seafood. All in all, this surfer’s paradise is unmatched for its untouched landscape, with cove after cove opening up from every hilltop.
Bad Gastein, Austria
Anyone who has seen Wes Anderson Grand Budapest Hotel He knows what Bad Gastein in the Austrian Alps is like. In fact, Anderson modeled the hotel in the film after the Grand Hotel del Europe on the Kaiser Wilhelm Promenade, where stars such as Liza Minnelli and Ray Charles performed. Historically, Bad Gastein has been frequented for its landscape, thermal baths, and nearby healing caves that stimulate cell metabolism; however, the city’s popularity declined in the 1970s. Today, enthusiastic artists, architects and restaurateurs are trying to awaken this magical place from its slumber, and they are succeeding. Sommer.Frische.Kunst culture festival has been held for 12 years and this year for the first time it was held together with an art fair. type: poor gastein. The artist-in-residence program has also brought an impressive list of artists to the city, including Jorinde Voig, Jonathan Meese and Lars Eidinger.
Based on this creative ethos, our soon-to-open member hotel Komodo A large lobby installation by Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein will be on display. Here in Bad Gastein, history repeats itself. — says Komodo architect Barbara Elwardt. For more than 40 years, the magnificent buildings have been destroyed, but now there is a new beginning. Bad Gastein is like old Berlin to me: crazy and lively, a spirit of optimism in a historic environment.
You can have breakfast on the beach in a T-shirt in the sun, and then you can go skiing in 45 minutes — this is, in a nutshell, Montenegro, — says Henning Schaub, general manager of the hotel Red Island Indeed, often overlooked in favor of glitzy Balkan destinations like Croatia, this tiny destination will appeal to those looking for low-key holidays with stunning beaches, an interesting mix of cultures and excellent Mediterranean cuisine.
The amazing factor of the country is, of course, its nature — from the sparkling green lakes, the blue Adriatic coast, to the snowy mountains in the north. But Montenegro is also a melting pot of cultures dating back thousands of years to the ancient Illyrians, then the Greeks and Romans, the Slavs, the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Ottomans. Evidence of its centuries-old multicultural connections is evident in its eclectic array of architecture, including the preserved Venetian walls of historic towns like Kotor, centuries-old stone buildings topped with terracotta roofs in Perast, and even the Austro-Hungarian fortress where Mamula lived. . Likewise, Montenegrin delicacies are a fragrant melting pot of Eastern Mediterranean flavors, with Venetian-inspired black risotto just as at home as grape leaves, moussaka and baklava. The country is also seeing new fine dining restaurants enter the scene, such as Nobu and Mamula’s Kamena, a rising talent from French-Canadian chef Erica Archambault, a Michelin-starred Paris restaurant.
Half an hour by ferry from Mykonos, the sparsely populated island of Tinos is a wild beauty carved from marble, making it a quiet hit for those looking to escape Greece’s big destinations. There are marble villages like Pyrgos, famous for its sculptors, but the most impressive are the abandoned marble quarries all over the island. The raw stone towers create a unique geological profile, and in the Kumelas Quarry, travelers will even find a natural marble pool.
However, it’s not just the marble that impresses on this island. The cuisine on the island is one of the best in the Cyclades, as are the wines made from grapes grown with plenty of stone and salt minerals. Wineries such as Domaine de Kalathas and Volacus produce excellent natural and organic wines, and raki made from grape stems and skins is particularly good in Tinos. Many family-run tavernas in rural areas serve divine dishes made with home-grown, raised or foraged ingredients, while suburban restaurants are experimenting with Greek ingredients in new ways.
On the island is our last Greek utopia, Pnoēs Tinos, a property consisting of three villas that blend perfectly with the landscape. The light-filled, airy white structures are designed as modern cubes and range from 73 to 140 square meters. Each has a private pool and garden, two bedrooms and a hammam-style bathroom, and works by artist Alexandra Papadimoulis transform each into a mini-gallery. In addition to the gardens that bring the Mediterranean landscape directly into the homes, nature usually plays a special role in Pnoe: herbs from local gardens can be found at breakfast alongside local products, and the Mediterranean landscape invites guests to take long walks and hikes or swim. isolated bays.
Maebashi and Kyoto, Japan
After a long hiatus, Japan has reopened its doors to international visitors, and about an hour’s train ride north of Tokyo is a city waiting to be discovered: Maebashi, the capital of Gunma Prefecture. Surrounded by stunning mountainous terrain, Maebashi offers a different experience of Japan’s nature and culture. For example, in a Bilbao-style move, the city transformed a former department store into Arts Maebashi, decorated with perforated curved aluminum panels. Drawing on the city’s art and culinary scene, Hotel Shiroiya A destination in its own right, featuring artworks by local and international artists such as Leandro Ehrlich, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Kengo Kito. Shiroiya Restaurant also takes a creative approach to local produce and famous dishes under the direction of Hiroyasu Kawate, owner and chef of the Michelin-starred French restaurant Florilège in Tokyo. Housed in a 300-year-old ryokan that was once a popular haunt for writers, artists and celebrities in Maebashi, the new Shiroiya will once again act as a living room for the city’s creative class.
With a slower and more deliberate pace than Japan’s big cities, Kyoto is an atmospheric place that makes visitors feel like they’re in another time. Located on the banks of the Camo River and within walking distance of the main attractions. Genji Kyoto it skillfully combines the duality of the city’s tradition and innovation His design. A harmonious aesthetic is created by combining contemporary Western-style furniture made by local artisans with warm washi lighting and tranquil Zen gardens. The hotel also attracts The Tale of GenjiA masterpiece of Japanese literature written and performed during the Heian period in Kyoto: Genji Kyoto’s rooms are decorated with themed paintings by young local artists who found inspiration in the story’s motifs and metaphors.
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