French skate artist Lucas Beaufort brings his
creature-filled acrylic paintings to Koh Samui


The Library, a sophisticated complex of geometric cabins set amid the lush coastline of Thailand’s second largest island, Koh Samui, has a remarkable visual identity, from the video light boxes in the zen-minimalist rooms to the crimson-tiled swimming that looks out to the Gulf of Thailand in the shade of a massive old-growth tree. Fitting, then, that the hotel is lending support to visual artists through its new artists-in-residence program, The Storytellers, which provides four artists a round-trip ticket and four-night stay at the Library. The artists in residence, which will be announced as they arrive over the next months, will then produce original works and take part in a group show in December in support of a local charity. 

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Sunday, May 13th, 2018

A neo-modernist marvel in central Athens


Beginning this July, anyone visiting the Greek capital will have the chance to stay at a remarkable new boutique property, Perianth. Housed in an interwar modernist structure reshaped by the country’s hottest design firm, K-Studio, the hotel shares the space with the Zen Center Athens, a unique institution devoted to meditation, martial arts, yoga, and Eastern philosophy. Continue reading “A neo-modernist marvel in central Athens”

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Six of the world’s most extraordinary cocktail bars
(that happen to be in hotels)


Crafting a great cocktail might sound like a simple undertaking, but any true connoisseur knows it’s a dauntingly complex endeavor. Taste is not merely enough. Master mixologists stir in a bit of history and geography at these unmissable hotel cocktail bars in Singapore, London, New Orleans, and beyond—and of course, a healthy sprinkling of the unexpected. If you’re not thirsty yet, read on—we promise you will be.

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

A stunning alpine retreat rises in eastern Switzerland


We just received these under-construction images of The Hide, a remarkable new retreat opening its doors this December among the snow-capped peaks and valleys of Flims in the Graubünden canton of eastern Switzerland. An update on the classic Swiss chalet, the Hide is the latest bold creation of the Gothenburg-based, multi-award-winning design team of Stylt Trampoli, who recently gave us another Design Hotels member, Huus Gstaad. Incorporating natural materials and earth tones, The Hide’s design concept considers the dramatic natural surroundings, which are also ideal for skiing, hiking, and an array of other outdoor activities. Continue reading “A stunning alpine retreat rises in eastern Switzerland”

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

You heard it here first…


In this new series, we’ll let you know about new properties and destinations as soon as they join the global Design Hotels collection of handpicked independent properties. Often we’ll withhold the name of the hotel and share only the destination—blind item style—as a proper launch is still in the works. Continue reading “You heard it here first…”

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018