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10 great hotels you didn’t book in 2017
Although freshly inaugurated, these resorts already stood out and are to be watched for your next vacation
A selection of 10 hotels inaugurated in 2017 whose design and key locations have already caught international attention
Fancy to know which stunning hotels did open their doors in 2017? Well, we travelled up and down the globe, hopping by art cities and design expos in and out of Europe; we chilled out in the most gorgeous resorts in wildly exotic destinations and, once back home, we came to realise the key role played by hotels in such breath-taking adventures and dreamy travel memories. So, which are the best hotels you happened to stay at over the past year? Here’s our Top 10 selection.
FRANCE | Hoxton Hotel Paris
The über-chic Hoxton hotel group has landed to Paris, too, and just opened its latest property within the premises of a 18th century’s historic townhouse in the beating heart of the capital. Freshly renovated by design duo Hubert & Poyet, the biggest Hoxton hotel in the world is a blend of original spiral staircases, cornicing, panelling, and chevron parquet flooring, that openly contrast with contemporary feature walls of blue, red and green. The result? A utterly modern, sophisticated and unique environment.
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Courtesy of Hoxton Hotel
KOS | Casa Cook
Relaxed atmosphere, architectural codes in-between tradition and ethic modernism, and a special eye for food and wellness: a new cosmopolitan holiday beach resort in Greece owned by legendary Thomas Cook, Casa Cook embodies a holistic and integrated approach to hospitality and wellbeing. Inspired by the Greek word of parèa, roughly translating as a get-together with friends, Casa Cook promotes a great sense of community and sharing.
Photo: Georg Roske
UK | Beaverbrook Hotel
Churchill, Chaplin and Liz Taylor were regular guests at the Beaverbrook Hotel, back when it was the coolest country house hotel in the heart of mature Surray Hills. Located at a stone’s throw away from London, such bucolic slice of heaven has been recently restored into a hyper-refined country mansion strong of 400 acres of ancient forests and greenery, and a charming history dating back to 1870, when Lord Beaverbrook – un unparalleled media mogul and master of ceremonies in 20th century’ high society – was the owner of the building.
TASMANIA | Pumphouse Point Hotel
Such luxury waterfront hotel involves the adaptive reuse and refurbishment of two existing, heritage listed, off-firm concrete Art Deco buildings facing Lake St Clair inside the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. A former turbine house from the 1940s to today, the venue was recently converted into an oasis of relaxation and wellbeing after two decades of complete abandonment: resulting from a renovation project by Cumulus Studio, the hotel provides maximum comfort and the tranquility of immaculate nature.
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Photo: Stuart Gibson
MEXICO | Drift San Josè
For those of you keen on budget but still willing to enjoy a design boutique hotel, Drift San Josè has just inaugurated in the artsy district of San Josè del Cabo, Mexico. The ex apartment block was transformed into a design hostel aimed to offer a young, social, DIY environment on a stretch of Caribbean shore which is now crammed with strictly extra-luxury resorts. If you are an independent traveler with a soft spot for culture and adventures, this is definitely your cup of tea.
Photo: Mike Arce
DENMARK | Sanders Hotel Copenhagen
This luxury boutique hotel located in the fanciest neighbourhood of the Danish capital is not the feast of Scandinavian minimalism you are probably expecting. The Sanders Hotel is indeed a well-balanced mix of vintage furniture and highly ornamental, contemporary features artfully designed by studio Lind + Almond: the result is jaw-dropping, especially when the Northern natural light floods the space with its sharp, austere rays.
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Courtesy of Sanders Copenaghen
DUBAI | Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah
Luxury in United Arab Emirates is simply given for granted, but that is not the case for the high-end design bonanza you will spot at the Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, which was remodelled by the hands of Piero Lissoni himself. 100% Italian genius is here embedded into boundless hectares of immaculate nature, white beaches and palms trees, as an ode to exclusivity and privacy.
© Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
DENMARK | The Krane
Back to Copenhagen, where a definitely unconventional hotel is recently born out of a cutting-edge restyling project by architectural firm Arcgency: indeed, formerly used as a coal crane on the edge of Nordhavn – one of the last harbours under renovation in Denmark’s capital –, the structure is now an immersive, multi-sensory hospitality experience: accommodating up to two guests, this intimate one-room retreat is a multi-tiered structure comprising several habitats (which are available for hire separately) and is accessed via a drawbridge-like like staircase.
A 50-square-metre suite stretches on the upper level, decorated with minimalist furniture and a mainly black chromatic palette paying homage to the site’s past.
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Photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj - COAST Studio
FRANCE | Les Echasses
Golf, surf and eco-sustainability are the names of the game for such hotel installation with raised lodges in the heart of the Landes region. A small ecosystem made of lake waters and dredged sand is the perfect location for such eco-friendly resort able to combine sports activities and peaceful laziness altogether. Patrick Arotcharen designed elevated chalets standing on slanted pines that masterfully clash with the soft, rounded landscape of dunes. Inside, rustic and minimalist interiors generate a basic yet cozy feel with the help of abundant natural light coming straight from the lake.
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Photo: Mathieu Choiselat
MALDIVES | Cocoon Resort
Lhaviyani Atol, Isle of Ookolhufinolhu: a genuine heaven on Earth surrounded by the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Cocoon Resort is run by Managing Director Alessandro Azzola, and intertwines the best of Italian design with the local stunning natural beauty. Interiors are exclusively designed by Daniele Lago, one of Italy’s finest design companies, and could be defined as “soft, gentle, seemingly floating: they lie against extra-clear crystal glass slabs, or delicately hang from the ceiling”.
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Courtesy: Cocoon Maldives
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