A stunning alpine retreat rises in eastern Switzerland

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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…

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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

A lovely new bolthole in North Sonoma wine country

Located in the heart of California’s North Sonoma wine country, Hotel Healdsburg stands on a historic town square, minutes from some of the world’s best vineyards. This summer it will be joined by another extraordinary Sonoma property, Harmon Guest House, a locally minded accommodation where sustainability and authenticity rule the day. Located just off the historic Healdsburg Plaza in what the locals call SOHE (Southern Healdsburg), the property is surrounded by excellent restaurants, galleries, and one-of-a kind shops. Continue reading “A lovely new bolthole in North Sonoma wine country”

Sunday, March 11th, 2018

Soaring ‘rough luxury’ on the cliffs of southern Bali

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There’s a new reason to visit Bali’s fabled southern peninsula, one of the world’s most renowned surf spots. The newly opened Suarga Padang Padang is a masterwork of Balinese architecture, a soaring ‘rough-luxury’ complex of stilted wooden structures shaded by sculpted bamboo-shingled roofs perched on dramatic limestone cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean. Continue reading “Soaring ‘rough luxury’ on the cliffs of southern Bali”

Sunday, February 18th, 2018

A new holistic marvel on the island of Mykonos

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Check out these beautiful images of the newly completed Myconian Avaton, set on a private section of one of the longest beaches on Mykonos, bookable now for stays beginning May 11. A showpiece on the famed Elia Beach, the property is defined by its stunning panoramic views and unique mix of traditional and modern Cycladic architecture, blending local stone with white walls and wooden windows. Sublime spa and wellness facilities complement 85 harmoniously designed rooms, suites, and villas, where modern and vintage furniture match the eternal spirit of the surroundings, and private pools and Jacuzzis abound. Continue reading “A new holistic marvel on the island of Mykonos”

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018