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Boutique Hotels: Seven Wonders to Relax

Thursday, 26 November 2009

boutique hotelsFashion and hotel business as concepts should have met at some stage since they observe the same aspiration, same interests and concerns, and the same passion to make everything beautiful. For the last ten years a dozen of new designer hotels are founded in the world. The hotels are presented as complexes with the interior and exterior fully created by the leading designers of the world.

The Italian designer, Donatella Versace, was first to set trend for the construction of the private hotel and in 2000 she opened the multi-exclusive Palazzo Versace (Main Beach Queensland 4217) on the sunny shore of Australia. Her luxury hotel decorated with the rich gilding and Medusa heads, permanent symbols of the designer House, turned out to be profitable and leaded in the market being the excellent example to follow to the competing companies. Versace was followed by the other reputed designers who also opened their hotels, including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Christian Lacroix, Giorgio Armani and the Missoni. Fashion Time presents the seven wanders of the world, the unique haute couture hotels.

1. Palazzo Versace

Five-star Palazzo Versace (palace from the Italian) is the joint project of the Italian House of Versace and Sunland Group Ltd Companies and Emirates Investments Group Australia Pty Ltd. Five-storey hotels opened on the golden shore of Queensland in 2000 and included in the elite network of The Leading Hotels of the World, consists of 205 elite rooms of the main complex, 72 condominiums, three restaurants and the private harbor. Donatella Versace considers the interior of the hotel seems like «the luxury of Renaissance». The hotel was widely in print in the society column and world mass media in 2006, when Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai reigning for many years, died in the hotel in inadequate circumstances from the heart attack. In the soonest time the second hotel of the future hotel network will be opened in Dubai that intrigued the society with the availability of the frozen beach, the phenomena of the world.

Price: $495 USD and higher for a night.

2. Hotel du Petit Moulin by Christian Lacroix

The master of the theater design, Christian Lacroix, widened the scope of his works the previous year. Now his works are available on the walls of one of the ancient houses in Paris. A small private Hotel du Petit Moulin (29/31 Rue du Poitou 75003, Paris) was founded where the ancient bakery was there, in the most beautiful and bohemian quarter of Loire-les-Marais. In spite of the modern furnishing of every single room out of seventeen, the hotel remained the spirit and atmosphere of France of XVII century. Christian Lacroix furnished the rooms personally, and every room is devoted to a particular detail of life of the average Frenchman: some rooms are full of heart-shaped images looking at visitors from walls and mirrors, the other rooms are decorated with flowers and trees, some walls demonstrate people playing in petank, or cause to listen to relaxing jazz sounds. «I liked the idea of the hotel, kind of travel through the rooms, throughout the lives of guests, their tempers, - says Christian Lacroix. This project is like the fashion, when the harmony is reached when various particles of inspiration and imagination are matched».

Price: 190 Euros and higher for a night.

3. Tortuga Bay Private Beach and Vacation Villas by Oscar de la Renta

This is the hotel of The Small Leading Hotels of the World network, the superb Tortuga Bay Private Beach and Vacation Villas' (Tortuga Bay Private Beach and Vacation Villas, Punta Cana, Higüey) situated in the most picturesque part of Dominican Republic, on the famous resort Punta Cana. Oscar de la Renta, the couturier from America, is the all-the-times master of the classic elegance, designed the interior of the cozy and luxury hotel, located not so far away from his residence, with the tropic patterns and accessories and the relaxed atmosphere of Latin America. The coziness is created with the sandy marble, snow-white furniture, golden satin of sofas, and cane chairs «To my mind, the hotel gives the energy of Cuba of 50s, - says the designer favored by Sarah Jessica Parker, who spends some time on the resorts, as reported in mass media, consisting of fifteen villas deep inside the tropic gardens of the Caribbean island. - I would like guests to feel as if they were at my place».

Price: $300 USD and higher for a night.

4. Round Hill Hotel by Ralph Lauren

The American designer Ralph Lauren is the co-owner of the luxury Round Hill Hotel, John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies within over twenty years, though several years ago he took a part in the regular planned repair works and re-design of interior even that cost 6 million dollars. Montego Bay in Jamaica, located on the western end of the legendary Bay turned into the privileged resort from the modern plantation of cocoa nuts and pineapples in Jamaica supervised by Lauren, and consisting of 36 rooms with the view to the ocean and 27 private villas with swimming pools. The relaxing atmosphere of the resort and the brand «Lauren» design with pseudo colonial American accent, plenty of trees and white stone fill the air of Round Hill with the aroma of the summer days.

Price: $410 USD and higher for a night.

5. The G Hotel by Philip Treacy

The G Hotel, Wellpark, Galway, Co Galway, Ireland is the ode of the legendary milliner Philip Treacy to his favorite designers and artists. «I have a goal to entertain and surprise, and make people happy with my unusual ideas, - says Treacy, welcoming the guests of the exclusive online hotel. And on the top of it, I would like to create the glamour ambience as it is». The capital «G» in the hotel name is from the British word «glam». The designer believes that the stay in the hotel furnished and decorated by him is equal to passing along the red carpet. The Pink Salon is his favorite place in the hotel, where glamour is seen in its concentrated form, presenting the lounge with chairs painted as the camouflage print, white-and-black carpet with the effect of whirlpool and shocking pink walls.

Price: 150 Euros and higher for a night.

6. Hotel Missoni

Dominated in the core of the Golden Mile, the historical region in Edinburgh, the first hotel of the Italian Fashion House Missoni is opened in June this year. The glorious view is provided from the cozy terrace to the historic Edinburgh, and 136 spacious rooms are decorated in the brand style of the company that is reputed in the master technique of the color gamut. Hotel Missoni, 1 George IV Bridge, launched by Missoni in concert with the Scandinavian  Rezidor Hotel Group is personally supervised by the creative director of the House, Rosita Missoni, who promised to open another hotel in Kuwait to the end of 2009, and to invite her first visitors to the brand hotel in Oman by 2012.

Price: 213 Euros and higher for a night.

7. Armani Hotels

Giorgio Armani Fashion House signed the agreement with Emaar Properties developers in 2004. In compliance with the contract provisions, the Fashion House in Milan was promised to open ten hotels and four resorts during seven coming years. However, the crisis suspended the project for an indefinite time. The first hotel of the luxury network was planned Armani Dubai, that would consist of 37 first grounds of the legendary sky-scraper Burj Dubai in the main commercial center of UAE. As rumors say, Giorgio Armani drew the design project of the hotel and even assigned the individual collection of furniture for the hotel interior of Armani Casa, but still, financing investments are anticipated to further the project.

Inessa Hyder

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