The year may be approaching its final quarter, but Design Hotels’ quest to unearth hotels created with passion and originality powers on. With a member portfolio spanning 300 properties in more than 50 destinations worldwide, Design Hotels™ continues to thrill savvy travelers with this selection of new boltholes that are groundbreaking and authentic in equal parts.
Sentidos Beach Retreat, located in Inhambane, Mozambique, continues Design Hotels™ foray into the African continent and presents simple luxury in the form of 12 villas that pay homage to the surrounding landscape. Here, locally-crafted furniture sits side-by-side with pieces created in South Africa, and nature overwhelms the senses at every turn.
An authentic immersion in local culture is also the name of the game at S Hotel, situated in Taipei’s foremost lifestyle destination — the Songshan district. Everything from the hotel’s art and amenities to its dining concepts look to the country’s history and culture for a result that is unmistakably Taiwanese, accompanied by an injection of humor and poetry via interiors by Phillipe Starck.
A gateway to Ho Chi Minh, Bach Suites offers 36 homey rooms and suites that take the lead from the site’s former incarnation as a residence. Inspired by the area’s French colonial past, the hotel interiors follow a classic French theme, with an abundance of black steel windows and balustrades.
A private five-bedroom property, Villa la Semilla on Mexico’s Soliman Bay announces itself with gardens, a sprawling terrace and an infinity pool. Available only for private hire by a single party or group, the property is the last word in tropical luxury and places guests within touching distance of the surrounding jungle.
At Le Cerf Amoureux in the French Alpine ski resort region of Cordon-Combloux-Megève, adventure and indulgence come together for a one-of-kind chalet experience in this 11-room boutique hotel. A hit with guests and locals alike, the in-house restaurant Le Cerf is garnering accolades for its take on local delicacies and cements the new hotel’s popularity with the après-ski set.
Defined by local-mindedness, sustainability, and authenticity, Healdsburg’s Harmon Guest House is an ode to the community spirit of the town in which it is based. Led by Design Hotels™ Originals Circe Sher and Paolo Petrone, this hub of creativity has 39 rooms and is ideally located for Healdsburg’s world-renowned culinary scene.