If you’re searching for exotic destinations for the summer, why not stay in one of the most luxurious hotels in the world? Follow our guide to the world’s most glamorous places to stay, but bring your dark glasses and wide brimmed hat – who knows where the paparazzi are lurking.
Soho Beach House, Miami
Top of any fashionista’s list this season should be the decadent, gritty yet glamorous Soho Beach House in Miami’s stylish South Beach. If you’re looking for lavish interiors, Soho Beach House has these in spades, with Cuban and Latin American design influences emerging from around every corner. Martin Brudnizki’s designs are always something to inspire and amaze, having also designed some of New York’s most stunning restaurants including Le Caprice, situated on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and Betel located in the heart of New York’s West Village. The Soho Beach House is a truly beautiful design, featuring two luxurious pools, three rooftop suites fit for royalty and an emphasis on the rustic charm of Latin America. Reclaimed fittings and features such as the Spanish floor tiles and traditional NYC barber chairs add a retro vibe which is both inviting and exciting – once you arrive you may never want to leave!
The Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt
For escapades a little closer to home, The Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt is an interior designer’s dream. Minimalist and chic in shades of cream, white and teak wood, the hotel’s interior is warm and inviting, whilst retaining a light, airy ambience that attracts guests from across the globe. In an idyllic setting just off the bank of the Main River, the three modern buildings of the hotel enclose the traditional Villa Speyer, built in 1904 – where else can you find this tempting mix of old and new fused so seamlessly together?
GUSTO, the hotel’s sleek and contemporary restaurant, is as perfect for a romantic dinner as it is for business lunches, with the secluded courtyard garden offering the perfect place to soak up some of Frankfurt’s summer sunshine whilst exploring the gourmet delights of the menu.
La Mamounia, Marrakech
Exotic spices fill the air at the souk, as local traders jostle with snake charmers and rug weavers, all eager to sell their wares to the throngs of visitors. Where else but Marrakech could you find such a melting pot of sights, sounds and smells to tempt the senses? And in this exotic location you can’t do any better than stay in one of the most beautiful hotels on the planet – La Mamounia.
An opulent reconstruction of a Moorish Palace, French designer Jacques Garcia has revamped this luxurious 1920s hangout into the most decadent den of luxury you could ever imagine. With previous guests including Winston Churchill and Brad Pitt, you’ll be in good company, whether relaxing in the five-star luxury of the Hammam or dining at one of La Mamounia’s four restaurants. The outdoor terrace of L’Italien is the perfect place for a candlelit dinner à deux, or head for the intimate tiled courtyard, where you can enjoy after dinner drinks and live Moroccan music.
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