21 March, 2018
Fashion hotels and hospitality
Unique experiences created to suit any type of holiday you have in mind situated in the room designed by your favorite fashion designer…
Palazzo Versace Dubai Hotel & Residences
Palazzo Versace Dubai Hotel & Residences is magnificently located on a premium waterfront development with elegant traces of Arabic architectural elements as well as Neoclassical. Reminiscent of an Italian Palazzo from the 16th century, it features all elements of grandeur, space, opulence of those days such as high ceilings, a striking entrance, landscaped gardens with water features and a range of well-crafted furnishings. On arrival one is welcomed by the striking ‘Pietra di Fiume’ design of the iconic Medusa and Greek décor. A walk through the 5-star hotel’s public spaces reveals several exclusive designs and fabrics from Versace, while the lagoon pools and reflection ponds complement the serenity of the lush gardens that surround the hotel – a true luxury retreat for leisure travellers.
Every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns the hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites, and 169 residences, is designed and tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai. Each of the hotel’s 8 restaurants and bars is designed to have an al fresco terrace to reflect the heritage of Palazzos, where the internal court was the informal space to meet, dine and enjoy the weather. The three outdoor pools are decorated with mosaic tiles and surrounded by palm trees and flowers. The beautifully landscaped gardens and unobstructed views of the Dubai Creek and skyline, make this luxury hotel an ideal venue for weddings and social events in Dubai.
Armani Hotels & Resorts
The Armani Hotels & Resorts project is situated in the heart of the Milano, within the extraordinary palazzo at Via Manzoni 31, originally designed by Enrico A. Griffini and completed in 1937 in the rationalist style of the time. Inside this building with its austere and powerful exterior, Giorgio Armani has created a world of harmony and privacy, with uncompromising attention to the requirements of guests. Here luxury, calm and beauty are fostered in pure Armani style, imparting a new aesthetic excellence to the concept of comfort. The 95 rooms and suites offer a variety of options: from Armani Deluxe Rooms to Armani Signature Suites, on two levels connected by a magnificent stairway that makes a striking architectural impact. Mini-bars, high-tech amenities, cupboards that vanish into the walls – referencing the passion for order and sense of space.
All the public areas are concentrated on the seventh and eighth floors in the so-called glass ‘hat’, which affords a spectacular and unexpected panorama encompassing the city, from the historic Duomo to the latest skyscrapers. The Armani/Ristorante is located on the seventh floor, offering superb traditional Italian gastronomy, an exclusive wine list and a private dining room. The eighth floor, covering an area of 1,000 square metres, is entirely devoted to beauty and relaxation, bringing together a range of treatments and therapies that promote physical and mental harmony and wellbeing.
Bulgari Hotel Beijing
Blending art with nature, The Bulgari Hotel Beijing is situated in the prestigious residential Chaoyang district within the extraordinary Genesis Beijing project, which includes state-of-the-art office towers, a vibrant public space and the Genesis Art Foundation. It is surrounded by luxuriant, sculpted gardens making the property a benchmark for enlightened luxury living, creating an oasis of green serenity while offering public walkways along the river and a private park for Bulgari guests. In the spirit of integral design dating back to the 1930s, the architects hand-selected or custom-designed every element for consistency, comfort and purity, allowing the hotel’s design to maintain an uncompromisingly Italian style, while simultaneously incorporating the uniqueness of its destination.
The hotel’s 119 exquisitely furnished rooms – using outstanding Italian luxury residential furniture brands like Maxalto, B&B Italia and Flos – include the exceptional Bulgari Suite with some of the best views over the city. Il Ristorante – Niko Romito offers spectacular views over the park and an outstanding terrace for outdoor dining. From custom-designed Murano glass chandeliers to chairs and columns wrapped in dark-brown leather, every element of the restaurant’s ambiance has been crafted to ensure a seamless experience. The 1,500 square-metre Bvlgari SPA adds a further luxurious touch to the guest experience featuring 11 treatment rooms, a fitness center and a 25-metres pool made of shimmering mosaic tiles. Inspired by Ancient Rome, they recall the patterns of the historic Terme di Caracalla Roman baths.
Hotel Portrait Florence
The name itself – Portrait – expresses the concept of tailor-made hospitality, as if it somehow reflects a portrait of each and every guest. This innovative philosophy has reached the heart of Florence, in a magical setting with a spectacular view over the Ponte Vecchio and the River Arno, right next to the enchanting boutiques in via de’ Tornabuoni. Just a short walk away is Florence’s luxury district; the centre of the history of art; five minutes and you can be exploring the many treasures of the other side of the Arno, with its historic palazzos, cafés, antique shops and craftsmen’s ateliers. Guests at Portrait Firenze will feel almost like they’re drifting off to sleep on the romantic banks of the river; they can admire the hills that surround the city like a decorative ribbon from the windows and it will seem like they can reach out and touch the Ponte Vecchio with their hand.
The elegant six-floor hotel only has suites, 37 to be precise, and all different in sizes, from 40 to 120 m2, and all suites feature walk-in wardrobes, bathrooms in marble from Carrara and courtesy kits with Salvatore Ferragamo products (the hotel is a part of the Lungarno Collection, the hotel management company owned by the Ferragamo family); a concealed kitchenette, ultra-flat screen TV, a Bluetooth system music and DVD libraries, a stereo system, advanced temperature controls and WiFi. On the ground floor of the residence, at number 2P in Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, there is the Caffè dell’Oro Italian bistro and it offers an all-day dining service with everything from breakfast to lunch to aperitifs and dinner, at all times of the day.
Holding the title of ‘Most exclusive hotel in Courchevel’ – the Alps’ most exclusive resort – is by no means an easy task, but it is one that Cheval Blanc does with plenty fuss and fanfare. Owned by LVHM chief executive Bernard Arnault, the haute-couture property located in Courcheval 1850’s fashionable Jardin Alpin area is hard to miss, largely thanks to the enormous glass stallion erected in front of the hotel. As we’ve come to expect from anything attached to Arnault’s luxury conglomerate, the level of care giving to the interior is faultless. The 34 rooms and suites are ostentatiously decorated with rich velvets, deep faux-fur rugs, sleek animal hides and leathers.
Each room has a terrace, floor-to-ceiling windows and the untreated wooden surfaces are decorated by commissioned photographs from Karl Lagerfeld. But Mr Largerfeld is not the only A-lister to add a flourish to the property. Three Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alleno oversees the plush black-velvet restaurant, Le 1947, with an always-creative twist on traditional Alpine dishes. If guests get caught up in the rich surroundings, a quick visit to the in-house Louis Vuitton or Christian Dior boutique will surely be put you back on the right path.