HAUTE HO­TELS

Sleep meets style at these high-fash­ion places to stay

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WISHLIST HOTELS - PAUL EWART

1 AR­MANI HO­TEL, DUBAI, UAE

Take a stroll through one of its count­less mega malls (one of which, Dubai Mall, also hap­pens to be the world’s big­gest) and you’ll no­tice that Emi­ratis re­ally, re­ally likes de­signer la­bels. This hasn’t slipped by the di­rec­tors of lux­ury fash­ion houses, who are flock­ing to the desert me­trop­o­lis to open up glitzy ho­tels bear­ing their brand’s name. The first – and the one still reign­ing supreme – is the Ar­mani Ho­tel.

Housed in the Burj Khal­ifa – the world’s tallest build­ing – the 10-storey ho­tel was the first ho­tel opened by fash­ion de­signer Gior­gio Ar­mani (he’s since opened an­other in Mi­lan). Over­see­ing ev­ery de­sign de­tail per­son­ally, from the neu­tral colour pal­ette, through to the mar­ble floors and flo­ral ar­range­ments which are lim­ited to two colours per bou­quet, the fash­ion heavy­weight has included signature de­tails and fur­nish­ings across the 160 rooms and suites.

There’s also a spa, six restau­rants and a re­tail area sell­ing Ar­mani (ob­vi­ously). Plus, ev­ery guest is as­signed a per­sonal life­style man­ager to take care of their ev­ery whim, from night-life book­ings, to childcare.

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2 ST REGIS NEW YORK, US

The plush St Regis boasts not one, but three de­signer suite col­lab­o­ra­tions. De­signed in part­ner­ship with iconic jew­ellery brand, Tif­fany & Co, the Tif­fany Suite rep­re­sents a mar­riage be­tween two of New York’s lux­u­ri­ous in­sti­tu­tions. Decked out in signature Tif­fany blue, the lav­ish ac­com­mo­da­tion com­prises an eight-per­son din­ing room, kitchen and a mas­ter bed­room with king-size bed and Ital­ian mar­ble bath­room.

A lit­tle piece of Paris in Man­hat­tan, the Dior suite was de­signed us­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the la­bel’s French ate­liers. A pal­ette of muted greys and pur­ples is ac­cented with sil­ver fur­nish­ings and dis­tinc­tive de­sign de­tails that come straight out of the Paris fash­ion house. The most re­cent ad­di­tion to the de­signer suites is the Bent­ley Suite. Dec­o­rated to re­flect the lux­ury car brand – think pol­ished wood, stitched leather and met­al­work skills ap­plied to fur­ni­ture and fit­tings – a stay here in­cludes com­pli­men­tary use of the res­i­dent St Regis Bent­ley.

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3 PALAZZO VERSACE GOLD COAST, QLD, AUS­TRALIA

The em­bod­i­ment of the Ital­ian la­bel’s “more is more” mantra, the Palazzo Versace Gold Coast’s lo­ca­tion – on an ex­clu­sive water­front set­ting – is only ri­valled by its jaw-drop­ping in­te­rior. De­signed by Donatella her­self, the pala­tial Ro­man-style pile is a trib­ute to op­u­lence, with in­tri­cate mo­saic floor­ing set into mar­ble floors, an abun­dance of crys­tal chan­de­liers and gold ev­ery­where. Be­spoke Versace home fur­nish­ings see the signature Me­dusa head logo on al­most every­thing, which will ap­peal to la­bel snob guests. Noth­ing has es­caped the famed de­signer’s no­tice, with Donatella even lend­ing her eye to cus­tom-made ho­tel bath prod­ucts.

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4 BUL­GARI HO­TEL & RES­I­DENCE, LON­DON, UK

One of the world’s premier lux­ury brands, Bul­gari, has ap­plied its Mi­das touch to jew­ellery and watches, hand­bags and fra­grances. And the luxe la­bel is also in­tent on adding ho­tels to its ever-ex­pand­ing em­pire, with a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties in Mi­lan, Bali, Bei­jing, Tokyo and Dubai, and with Shang­hai, Moscow, Paris and Dubai all set to open in the next two years.

But one of the gems in its hote­lier crown is the Bul­gari Ho­tel & Res­i­dences in Lon­don.

Set in posh Knights­bridge, the no­ex­pense-spared build was the first lux­ury ho­tel to be built in Lon­don for 40 years when it opened in 2012.

De­signed with a con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian aes­thetic in mind, small touches in­clude per­son­alised “in res­i­dence” busi­ness cards for guests.

The haute ho­tel also houses one of the cap­i­tal’s most in-de­mand spas at the cen­tre of which is an In­sta­gram­wor­thy 25m vi­tal­ity pool sur­rounded by four-poster daybeds.

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5 HO­TEL DU PETIT MOULIN, PARIS, FRANCE

Ef­fort­lessly chic and chan­nelling some se­ri­ous “je ne sais quoi”, the Chris­tian Lacroix-de­signed Ho­tel du Petit Moulin is a bou­tique ho­tel like no other.

Po­si­tioned in the trendy Marais area in a his­toric for­mer 17th cen­tury bak­ery, the unas­sum­ing struc­ture still has its orig­i­nal shop frontage, which be­lies the fan­tas­ti­cal in­te­rior within. In­di­vid­u­ally-de­signed lux­ury rooms and suites vary dra­mat­i­cally, with themes span­ning baroque, ro­coco and cou­ture, each with plush be­spoke Lacroix tex­tiles and highly dec­o­ra­tive walls.

The ho­tel is hand­ily within walk­ing dis­tance of some of the City of Lights’ top sights, in­clud­ing the Pi­casso Mu­seum and the Opera Bastille.

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6 ROUND HILL HO­TEL AND VIL­LAS, MONTEGO BAY, JA­MAICA

Lo­cated around a re­stored 18th cen­tury plan­ta­tion house in Montego Bay on Ja­maica’s north coast, the fives­tar re­sort has been a mecca for vis­it­ing A-lis­ters since the ’50s – John F. Kennedy hon­ey­mooned here and ac­tor Noel Coward was one of the first cot­tage own­ers on the prop­erty. And to­day Ralph Lau­ren is con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion by call­ing the slice of Car­ib­bean par­adise home for part of the year, re­sid­ing in his own villa in the area. Given his neigh­bour sta­tus, the Amer­i­can fash­ion mogul was happy to makeover 36 ocean­front guest rooms in the re­sort’s Pineap­ple House. Fea­tur­ing fur­nish­ings from his home col­lec­tion and lux­u­ri­ous bam­boo four-poster beds, Egyp­tian cot­ton sheets and free­stand­ing rain show­ers, the de­signer has also worked his magic on the re­sort’s Cock­tail Bar where guests can sink a sun­downer be­fore din­ing in the ad­ja­cent sea­side restau­rant.

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7 BANNISTERS BY THE SEA, NSW, AUS­TRALIA

Lo­cated in pic­turesque Mol­ly­mook, mo­tel-turned-lux­ury bou­tique ho­tel, Bannisters by the Sea has turned this pre­vi­ously sleepy cor­ner of the NSW South Coast into a des­ti­na­tion in it­self.

Perched high on a head­land over­look­ing the golden sands of Mol­ly­mook’s Surf Beach, which teems with ma­rine life in­clud­ing a res­i­dent pod of dol­phins, spoiled city slick­ers can take in the view from the edge of its mod­ern in­fin­ity pool while in­dulging in stel­lar treat­ments at the on-site day spa, and glasses of bub­bly from the nearby cham­pagne bar.

Lux­ury at Bannisters was taken up a notch two years ago when Aussie fash­ion leg­end Col­lette Din­ni­gan marked her first foray into in­te­rior de­sign by mak­ing over two of the pent­houses in the prop­erty.

Both fea­ture ex­pan­sive decks with un­in­ter­rupted ocean views, a spa­cious liv­ing room, kitch­enette, mas­ter bed­room with king-size bed and en­suite with mar­ble van­i­ties, a bath­tub big enough for two, sep­a­rate shower and heated floors.

Unique touches in­clude an­tiques hand sourced by Col­lette from all over the world, in­clud­ing chairs bought in France cov­ered in Bel­gium linen, and se­lected works by homegrown artists.

If that isn’t enough A-list for you, Bannisters is also home to British seafood king Rick Stein’s only Aus­tralian restau­rant.

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8 FENDI PRI­VATE SUITES, ROME, ITALY

For ul­ti­mate fash­ion im­mer­sion, the Fendi Pri­vate Suites al­lows shop­pers with a hefty bank bal­ance to shop at the flag­ship store in Rome, and stay there too. Both cor­po­rate head­quar­ters and store, the five-storey Fendi palazzo over­looks the city’s most ex­clu­sive shop­ping street, Via Con­dotti and com­prises ate­lier, Zuma restau­rant (the city’s first), cock­tail bar with out­door roof ter­race, and on its third floor – ac­cessed via a dis­creet, mar­ble-lined lift – seven Pri­vate Suites. The ac­com­mo­da­tion has been de­signed by Fendi’s cre­ative direc­tor Karl Lager­feld with the brand’s aes­thetic in mind – a neu­tral pal­ette and min­i­mal­ist fur­ni­ture – with op­u­lent touches such as satin sheets and Dip­tyque can­dles. Haute heaven!

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In­dulge your high fash­ion senses at swish ho­tels such as Ho­tel du Petit Moulin, Paris, and Fendi Pri­vate Suites, Rome. ROME

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