We give you nine reasons to take the stairs and get fit, starting with the grand staircase (above) at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch in London that’s made even more impressive thanks to a five-meter-tall glass window behind letting in lots of natural light. In Puglia, minimalistic contemporary touches add visual exclamations to the majestic 150-year-old Palazzo Daniele as seen in the concrete stairs (below) leading from the kitchen to the pool area.
The concrete façade of Tulum Treehouse is discretely nestled among the dense mangrove jungle and array of palms in this part of Mexico. The same pale concrete finish that covers the exterior (below left) also forms the majority of surfaces throughout the interior. In the renowned winemaking region of Burgundy, Château de la Resle is a happy cross between a luxury hotel and an intimate guesthouse thanks to the peppering of contemporary art and design from owner Johan Bouman’s personal collection. The Fontenay suite, named after one of Bouman’s favorite historic destinations in the area, has a sculptural staircase (below right) connecting its two floors.
The otherworldly location of the Sunyata Hotel Meili in China’s Shangri-La among mystic snowcapped peaks is matched by its ethereal architecture (above left). On the western edge of Phuket, The Naka Phuket is Duangrit Bunnag’s most daring hotel to date, with 94 glass-built villas cantilevering out from the mountainside. This brutal beauty (above right) on a tropical Thai beach is unexpected to say the least.
An iconic 16th-century structure is home to Malta’s first boutique luxury hotel, Cugó Gran Macina Grand Harbour in Senglea. Inside, creamy Maltese limestone—both 17th-century and modern—contrasts richly with tinted glass and slate (above).
The boundary between sculpture and space is blurred at the four-room Le Collatéral, a creative sanctuary filled with art and design in Arles, France. The structure—a former church dating back to the 6th century—is buttressed by metal staircases (above) set against bare concrete and brick walls.
Finally, in the aptly named Dos Casas, which brings together two neighboring 18th-century colonial-style residences in San Miguel de Allende, is an elegant mix of cool vanguard design and warm traditionalism. Throughout the property’s eccentric interiors, flashes of stone, marble, wood, iron, leather, and brass evoke Mexico’s rich colonial heritage in a modern lexicon (above).