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The best of the new bou­tique and lux­ury de­signer ho­tels from around the world

The Stan­dard — London

A 1974 Bru­tal­ist struc­ture is now home to The Stan­dard's first out­post out­side the US. De­signed with long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Shawn Haus­man and in­te­rior ar­chi­tect Archer Humphryes, The Stan­dard draws in­spi­ra­tion from its cool Cam­den sur­round­ings and the his­toric Kings Cross neigh­bour­hood. The ho­tel's own Sounds Stu­dio, which acts as a plat­form and in­cu­ba­tor for London's mu­si­cal com­mu­nity, and the li­brary lounge (with in-house li­brar­ian) both re­flect the neigh­bour­hood's con­nec­tion to punk, politics and in­tel­lec­tual thought.

Il Palazzo Ex­per­i­men­tale — Venice

The Ex­per­i­men­tal Group's lat­est prop­erty, in Venice's Dor­so­duro neigh­bour­hood, offers prox­im­ity to cul­tural at­trac­tions like the Guggen­heim Col­lec­tion and Gal­le­ria dell'Ac­cademia, but also a quiet canal served by the ho­tel's own pon­toon, an in­ti­mate rooftop ter­race and the Ex­per­i­men­tal Cock­tail Club, de­signed by Mi­lan­based Cristina Ce­lestino, so it's an ideal spot from which to ex­plore the city or en­joy a more re­laxed ex­pe­ri­ence. Housed in a Re­nais­sance palace re­vived by de­signer Dorothée Meilich­zon, the ho­tel offers 32 sump­tu­ously out­fit­ted rooms and suites, as well as Il Ris­torante Adri­at­ica, the famed Ital­ian Sup­per Club's first lo­ca­tion in its home coun­try.

Cour des Vos­ges — Paris

In the fash­ion­able and his­toric Marais district, con­tem­po­rary de­sign meets the coun­try's re­gal past at Cour des Vos­ges, the lat­est ad­di­tion to the evok Ho­tels col­lec­tion. De­signed by Le­coadic Scotto on the na­tional her­itage site of the for­mer Hô­tel de Mont­brun, the twelve-key 17th-cen­tury res­i­dence over­looks the charm­ing Square Louis xiii and sur­round­ing pinkbrick houses. A Ro­man bath, ground-floor ter­race, tea room and myr­iad pe­riod pieces com­ple­ment the ac­com­mo­da­tion and come to­gether to cre­ate a dis­tinctly French joie de vivre.

J.K. Place Rive Gauche — Paris

Ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Michele Bö­nan has trans­formed the for­mer Euro­pean Con­sulate into J.K.'s first prop­erty out­side Italy, which offers a chic French twist on the brand's Ital­ian dna. Each of the 30 rooms is unique, with pri­vate and pub­lic spa­ces out­fit­ted in an eclec­tic mix of cus­tom fur­ni­ture and re­stored pieces from the city's fa­mous flea mar­kets. Fur­ther­ing the brand's vi­sion to bring the warm and con­vivial spirit of Italy to the French cap­i­tal, the restau­rant — con­ceived in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Casa Tua — offers a pri­vate home­style culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ence.

Aman — Ky­oto

A se­cluded gar­den in Ja­pan's an­cient im­pe­rial city is the site of the new­est Aman, lo­cated close to Kinkakuji tem­ple and at the feet of the moun­tains to the city's north. De­signed by Kerry Hill Ar­chi­tects, the re­sort is in­spired by tra­di­tional ryokan and on­sen, and com­prises a se­ries of stand-alone pavil­ions nes­tled in a hid­den val­ley of 32 acres of for­est and gar­dens. Each of the 24 guest rooms and two vil­las has been crafted in har­mony with its idyl­lic sur­rounds to en­cour­age calm, re­lax­ation and con­tem­pla­tion.

Santa Mon­ica Proper — Santa Mon­ica

Billed as the ‘first high-end life­style ho­tel to open in Santa Mon­ica in two decades', the Santa Mon­ica Proper makes its home in a re­stored 1920s Arthur E Har­vey-de­signed Span­ish Colo­nial Re­vival build­ing. Re­alised by the doyenne of Cali cool Kelly Wearstler, the ho­tel fea­tures ele­ments of his­toric Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture and Moor­ish de­tails in­ter­wo­ven with lo­cal art and de­sign pieces that em­body the city's laid-back life­style. What's more, the ho­tel boasts the West­side's only rooftop pool deck.

Sonop — Namibia

On the south­ern edge of the stun­ning Namib­ian desert, Sonop is the ul­ti­mate in iso­lated lux­ury. The ten-tent camp sits atop a group of boul­ders sur­rounded by rolling dunes, and in ref­er­ence to the re­fined travel of the Bri­tish colo­nial era, each tent is fur­nished with a rich ar­ray of an­tiques, car­pets and pre­cious woods, though the so­lar en­ergy, Wi-Fi ac­cess and in­fin­ity pool make it the per­fect re­treat for any mod­ern trav­eller.

Raf­fles Ho­tel — Shen­zhen

Raf­fles Ho­tel oc­cu­pies the top floors of an 80-storey tower in the One Shen­zhen Bay devel­op­ment area, af­ford­ing guests strik­ing views over the bay. Created by LW De­sign, in­te­ri­ors of the 168-key ho­tel are in­spired by Chi­nese cul­ture, from black lac­quer doors to pat­terned white marble and tra­di­tional fur­ni­ture pieces, and the en­tire space is given a lux­u­ri­ous spin. ‘The real em­pha­sis was to cre­ate an am­bi­ence which re­flects ev­ery­thing a guest would wish for in their home, whilst adding the con­ve­niences that a ho­tel brings,' says de­sign lead Pia Sen. Of course, the four drink­ing and din­ing op­tions and luxe spa don't hurt either.

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