It wasn’t that long ago that a lobby was just a lobby, and a kitchen was just a kitchen. Today, it has never been more important to have thoughtfully-designed spaces containing items that “spark joy” in us. The cultural effect of visually-dominant social media networks, like Instagram and Pinterest, combined with Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up movement, have us all paying more attention to the details. Read on to see our portfolio’s top hotels and resorts that are perfect for finding peace, joy, and the perfect mis-en-scène for your next photoshoot.
The Chedi Muscat
Set on a private beach on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, The Chedi Muscat has 158 rooms and fuses together traditional Omani architecture with Zen, Arabic, Japanese and European influences. The hotel’s serenity is created by the imaginative design of its pristine buildings and manicured grounds. Touches of traditional Omani architecture and Asian inspired motif envelopes the property with an aura of elegant simplicity. The symmetry of the gardens and pools provide a peaceful backdrop that fashions an air of restful, sophisticated style.
Giardino Ascona of the Giardino Group of luxury hotels in Switzerland provides a laid-back ambiance, offering private retreats around a water lily pond that makes guests feel good from the moment they arrive. All 54 rooms and 18 suites have a modern, Mediterranean feel with summery shades, dark, real-wood parquet flooring, and high-quality fabrics and furnishings. Despite being modern, the design creates a sense of utter warmth and well-being. The balconies and patios appear to be natural extensions of the wonderful park landscape. Both outside and in, everything is bright and airy.
Atlantis by Giardino
The casually chic and stylish Atlantis by Giardino luxury hotel lives up to even the most demanding expectations, and yet still manages to surprise you with its originality. This legendary, 1970’s-vintage hotel at the foot of the Üetliberg mountain in Zurich has been completely renovated. With its distinctive Y-shape and the way it seems to float in the air, this hotel is truly unforgettable.
Another resort in the Giardino Group to make our list is Giardino Lago — though it is more of a palazzo than a hotel, with only 14 rooms and one suite. Each room features a unique design with fabrics from Designers Guild, exquisite smoked-oak flooring and delightful glass elements in which the reflection of Lake Maggiore can sometimes be seen. Due to the hotel’s historical structure, no two rooms are the same at Giardino Lago, yet they all have something in common – the white and turquoise colors exude a cool and laid-back feel, and the fresh design is reminiscent of balmy summer nights.
A traditional eighteenth-century Engadine house, Giardino Mountain near St. Moritz was restored in 2011. As soon as you lay eyes on Giardino Mountain, you cannot help but feel like you are in a real-life Alpine wonderland. Linked by underground passageways, the ensemble of seven historical buildings is home to a retreat that preserves the site’s history, respectfully exalting it with contemporary flair.
The Chedi Andermatt
The Chedi Andermatt was nominated for the “Best Rooms 2019” by the Forbes Travel Guide, and it’s no wonder why! Guests can dream away in one of the 123 exclusive rooms and suite, unique in their interior design and offering luxury amenities like Hästens beds and soft leather sofas.
Located next to Finland’s second largest national park, Jávri Lodge combines sustainable design and astonishing nature with luxury. After an extensive eight-month refurbishment in 2017, a new modern structure has been added to the original 50-year-old log house. The new space includes a copper clad entrance and a lobby that doubles as a dining room with blackened wood. Four SkyView Suites are located upstairs with floor-to-ceiling windows that gaze out at a never-ending natural paradise. The rooms are furnished with natural materials such as oak, leather, wool and lambskin, and all showcase Scandinavian design.
The Stafford London
Located in the heart of historic St James’s, minutes from royal parks and palaces, The Stafford London offers world-class accommodations at one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Boasting three unique buildings, each with their own style and character, guests experience timeless luxury combined with contemporary sophistication and impeccable service.
The luxurious guest rooms at The Stafford have been thoughtfully styled to respect and honor the rich British heritage of the hotel. The historic Carriage House, originally built as stables for British nobleman and politician, Lord Francis Godolphin, consists of 11 rooms and suites and has been refurbished to retain the building’s unique past.
47 Boutique Hotel
Situated in the heart of Rome, 47 Boutique Hotel is elegant and functional, having been recently renovated with spacious rooms, large rainfall showers, an outdoor courtyard used for scenic breakfasts in the summer months, and views of the oldest marble building in Rome. The hotel experience is not complete without a visit to the 47 Citrus Roof Garden, where you can enjoy the romantic show of the lights on the monuments and Roman treasures while dining on the delicious and healthy Mediterranean fare.