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It’s time to dust off that passport.
If it seems like everyone is in Europe right now, it’s because everyone is in Europe right now. Can you blame them? The events of the past couple of years aside, there are so many gorgeous new properties that the competitive, or simply curious, traveler will stomach the insanity at most airports for the multitudes of rewards upon landing and checking in at one of the 12 hottest new international hotels listed below. And yes, most are in Europe, but rest assured a lot more are in the global pipeline. Time to get extra pages in that passport.
A “masseria” is a former farmhouse, part of a complex of 16th- or 17th-century buildings found on estates in Italy’s Puglia area and, increasingly, being turned into hotels and guest houses. This one, nestled on five acres in the Salento countryside is a dreamy 17th-century abode that’s home to the latest Baglioni property, albeit quite different from the others in both size and style. There are just 40 rooms here, housed within former stables and barns, and arranged around a central courtyard. Each has vaulted ceilings and whitewashed limestone elements, many have outdoor patios, and all are decorated in ridiculously relaxing neutral tones. The biggest choice to make when booking here is the view: Will it be of the Alimini Lakes? Or olive groves and the Adriatic?
Cala di Volpe first flung open its doors on Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda (the “Emerald Coast”) in 1962, and before long was the place to see and be seen, with a jet-setting clientele that included Grace Kelly, James Bond (in scenes from The Spy Who Loved Me), Princess Diana and, more recently, Beyoncé and Jay Z. The legendary property was designed by French architect Jacques Couëlle, who never met a curve he didn’t like, and created dramatic cavelike interiors here. Four years ago, Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille were tasked with reinvigorating the arcades, arches, buttresses, hidden stairs, unexpected benches, and irregular layout of the hotel to make “this living organism breathe again.” Which they did, without messing with the Bohemian vibe of the 121 rooms, which retained their curves while adding others in the form of furniture and accessories, many by local Italian artisans.
With just 40 suites in whitewashed buildings glistening against the backdrop of the shimmering central Aegean sea, Cosme exudes the type of barefoot luxury that’s become synonymous with the Greek isles. The rooms, set on meandering pathways and designed by Athens architecture and interior design firm ID Laboratorium, are low-key luxe, which is par for the course on this miraculously still-low-key island, where most of one’s time is spent outdoors—specifically, in one’s plunge pool, the resort’s half-moon-shaped pool, beach club, spa (with its star-gazing area), or beachfront restaurant, helmed by Yiannis Kioroglou, an alum of La Petite Maison in Cannes and La Guerite in Saint Barth.
Billing itself as a “luxury lifestyle urban resort,” the Madrid Edition opened earlier this year in a predictably modern building in the heart of Madrid’s historic city center. Its clean-lined facade is embellished by an exceedingly ornate 18th-century Baroque portal, designed by Spanish architect Pedro de Ribera and salvaged from an adjacent building. It’s one of several wow moments on the 100-room property, designed by minimalist architect John Pawson with Paris-based designer François Champsaur. There’s a crazy cool, very white, and very architectural floating spiral staircase, an ultrabright neon-pink hallway leading to a lobby lounge area (shown here), and insane backlit headboards in every room that mimic the aforementioned Baroque portal. Two restaurants here are helmed by star chefs: Jerómino is the purview of Enrique Olvera (Pujol in Mexico City, Cosme in New York, Damian in L.A.) and Diego Muñoz (Astrid y Gastón in Lima) holds court at Oroya on the hotel’s fourth-floor roof. Which also has panoramic views of the city from many spots, including seats around and in the for-guests’-use-only infinity pool and cabanas. This Edition is one of drama.
The Maybourne Hotel Group (whose portfolio includes Claridge’s, the Connaught, and the Berkeley in London) chose a spectacular spot for their first French hotel—a town on the Côte d’Azur where Irish architect Eileen Gray built her iconic Villa E-1027 and, right next door, Le Corbusier built his summer home, Le Cabanon. The decidedly modern 69-room Maybourne Riviera, designed by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, is perched above the Mediterranean with envy-inducing views of Italy to the east and Monaco to the west; a global who’s who of designers were tapped for the interiors including Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, Andre Fu, Pierre Yovanovitch, and Rigby & Rigby. Rooms were inspired by the ever-changing sea— all have views, some include private pools. The restaurants are all helmed by chefs with multiple Michelin stars: Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, Jean-Georges Vongerichten whose empire shows no signs of stopping, and Hiro Sato of the infamous six-seat sushi bar Hakkoku.
A historic villa, built in 1787 by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua with interiors by famed Swiss designer Giocando Albertolli, has been turned into Passalacqua, a wonderfully old-world, over-the-top, ultraposh 24-suite boutique hotel acquired and reimagined by the DeSantis family, owners of the equally legendary, but much larger, Grand Hotel Tremezzo. Think: original frescoes, epic 10-foot-tall Murano glass chandeliers, gilt mirrors by Barbini, Cotto Lombardo tiles on the floors, and antiques and marble galore. Guests can choose from rooms in three areas: the Palazz (converted stables), the main 18th-century villa, and Casa Al Lago, where each suite has a private garden overlooking the lake. But for all the old-world touches, there are new-world surprises: Dyson blow dryers, an open-air state-of-the-art gym in the olive groves, colorful pool umbrellas by La Double J, and employees clad in uniforms by Italian ready-to-wear brand Giuliva Heritage.
Osborn House is what happens when Linda Boronkay, the former design director of Soho House, gets her creative hands on an 1892 building hidden away in a verdant forest two hours from Sydney. Namely, cozy yet unexpected spaces that are richly layered and immediately welcoming, celebrate natural materials and craft, and encourage lingering. The historic main house now has 15 suites (no two are alike) with garden and forest views, and seven additional free-standing cabins placed in the surrounding woods, with fireplaces and balconies with soaking tubs. The wellness facilities feature a proper lap pool, state of the art spa with sauna, steam, cool plunge, and gym. (Fun fact: This property was once a health retreat and the area historically a popular wellness and holiday destination accessed by steam train.) Adding to the rustic-yet-refined vibe are the restaurant offerings—three of them, plus a bar and lounge—drawing from the on-site market garden and soon-to-open cooking school.
The first ever permanent international program from celeb favorite the Ranch Malibu, the Ranch Italy opened in May at Palazzo Fiuggi, a world-class spa and medical retreat perched on an ancient hilltop and surrounded by a 20-acre private park. Guests sign up for one-to-four-week-long fitness retreats that include old-world luxe accommodations in the 1913 Art Nouveau palazzo, built to be the grandest hotel in Europe and a playground for the rich, powerful and famous who also came to experience the legendary healing powers of the area’s water. Guests at the Ranch will partake in all that, plus daily hikes, massage, fitness, yoga, and meditation classes, as well as plant-based meals, designed to nourish and detoxify, and medical consultations. You can also, of course, access the property’s world-class spa with hydrotherapy and Thalasso pools featuring the aforementioned legendary water, and a fitness center where one can sweat it out under massive Murano glass chandeliers.
Dior reopened the doors of their 30 Avenue Montaigne flagship earlier this year after a more-than two-year renovation of the 1865 building where the designer founded his couture house in 1946. It had been completely transformed by Peter Marino and now houses the expected shopping salons but also a museum, restaurant, pastry shop, gardens, and on the very top floor, a hotel suite available for overnight stays. Guests who book the seven-room 1,600-square-foot pied-à-terre will be allowed to explore the entire “Dior Universe” and have a dedicated team of 20 (including a private chef and personal shoppers) to satisfy their every whim, 24/7. While the suite sleeps only two, the dining room accommodates four, and usually off-limits rooms in the “salon historique” can be made available for dinner parties of up to 14. It all comes at a price, of course: 25,000 euros per night.
Arnaud Lacombe (the man behind Parisian hot spots Déviant, Vivant, and Hotel Bourbon) and his wife Graziella Buontempo (founder of the award-winning Neopolitan-style pizzeria Da Graziella and a native of Naples) have opened their first hotel property Il Capri Hotel, in a neo-Gothic Venetian–style palazzo overlooking the Gulf of Naples. The can’t-miss-it pink property features a color palette inspired by the pink found across the island and the striking volcanic reds of Mount Vesuvius. They describe the 21 rooms’ decor as “low frills luxury,” with many shades of, yes, pink (and mauve and burgundy) balanced by antiques, sisal flooring, and whimsical touches like seashell-shaped sconces. Guests can pass the day at the private rooftop pool before choosing from several on-site venues for evening antics: Vesuvio, a day-to-night restaurant with sweeping views of the Tyrrhenian Sea; Caprirama Bar, a street-level bar serving cocktails in the lobby and the roof, and Rumore, a subterranean nightclub that transforms into a movie theater and events space in the winter off-season.
ELLE DECOR A-List designer Lorenzo Castillo was tasked with reimagining the the one-time home of Duke Mariano Fernández de Henestrosa y Ortiz de Mioño (aka the Duke of Santo Mauro) as the Santo Mauro, A Luxury Collection Hotel, in Spain’s buzzy capital city. Castillo once told us that he “strongly believe(s) that modernity should be softened and humanized with the use of antique pieces, works of art, and books,” and this philosophy is very much on display in the 49-room property, which is split among three buildings: the 1902 main mansion where the Duke lived with his family; the stables and staff quarters, which are now suites overlooking the garden; and another home, dating to 1876. All spaces are a study in layering color, pattern, and liberal use of fringe, framed by original architectural details including ornate moldings, soaring windows, and majestic staircases. This compound, which had at various points housed the Philippine, Canadian, and Romanian embassies, is in a posh neighborhood lined with similarly grand residences, just steps away from cultural attractions including the Sorolla Museum and Andén 0 Metro Station, an exhibition space in a restored tube station. Thoughtful touches include minibars stocked with local delicacies and real (metal) room keys that are held at the front desk while guests explore the city.
“A Lifestyle Hotel” is how London’s most talked about new property, the Twenty Two, is being billed. Located in an Edwardian mansion on Grosvenor Square, one of the most expensive neighborhoods in London, it’s the latest from Navid Mirtorabi, former owner of Blake’s, the beloved Anouska Hempel–designed hotel. Mirtorabi tapped Natalia Miyar to handle interiors of the 42,500-square-foot property, with 31 rooms, a mews house, and, this being London, a private member’s club. It’s the first hotel project for the designer, who has offices in Miami and New York as well as London, and she looked to 18th-century classical French design as inspiration to create spaces for “the creative and the curious.” They range from rooms with soaring double-height windows clad in gorgeous deep red draperies with matching four-poster beds, to super-charming dormer bedrooms with wallpaper covering the walls and ceiling. Colors and patterns are expertly layered and accessorized with loads of piping and fringe. Guests at the hotel have access to the Club at the Twenty Two, as well as all-day dining at the Living Room, with views over Grosvenor Square, the Vault Bar, and Music Room for dancing the night away.
These Are the 12 Most Beautiful New Hotels in Europe – ELLE Decor
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