The next time you pining to escape the city, we suggest going for a chic getaway, and checking into these properties where the biggest names in fashion have put their stylish stamps.
Armani Hotel Burj Khalifa
Cocooned inside the iconic Burj Khalifa building, the Armani Hotel Dubai captures the stylistic ethos of the refined Italian designer with understated elegance. The 160 lavish guest rooms are decked out in soothing, beiges, greys, and browns, and boast refined touches like walls of handmade Italian leather walls. The luxe accommodations are complemented by a design-savvy spa, seven award-winning F&B outlets, and extravagant Armani-branded outlets including a sweet shop, flower store, and the Armani/Prive VIP lounge.
Grand Piano Suite
Like the wrap-dresses she’s known for, Diane von Furstenburg’s ultra-stylish Grand Piano Suite is impossibly chic with a dash of bold. An elegant palette of pale thistle and off-white shades set off striking patterns and one-of-a-kind furniture, while an underlying sense of elegance is marked by marble fireplaces and – of course - a grand piano. Inspired by the designer’s far-flung travels, the suite is the perfect bolthole for stylish jetsetters with Murano glass, commissioned Balinese trays, handmade animal print rugs, a travelling trunk, a four-poster bed, and a cocktail bar.
Hotel Le Bellechasse
Christian Lacroix has brought the unmistakable character of his clothes to this tiny boutique property inspired by the 19th century cultural significance of its Left Bank location. Steps from the majestic Musée d’Orsay, the 34 ornate rooms are aesthetic delights with rich fabrics, striking ceiling murals, and sumptuously lush furnishings. The flamboyant, high fashion style continues through an inviting terrace and the gorgeous breakfast room.
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, London
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has created an exquisite homage to cinema’s golden age in his unapologetically lavish two-bedroom suite.Combining functionality, design, and film, the suite boasts references to Francis Ford Coppola and Ingrid Bergman in the study; a living room enlivened by international directors like Majid Majidi; and bedrooms inspired by the sensuality of Rita Hayworth of the quirky colonialism of Merchant Ivory. Art- history and plush style are the focus here, with rare Bollywood film prints, portraits, leather chesterfields, artworks from over 32 cultures, Nina Campbell wallpapers, and sumptuous silk drapes.
Gold Coast, Australia
Australia’s Gold Coast is the perfect setting for the bold, brash style Italian fashion house Versace is known for. The world’s first Palazzo Versace is an unabashedly ornate property where gleaming marble floors, gold embellishments, lavish chandeliers and extravagant tapestries reign supreme, and the 200 rooms are decked out with bespoke Versace furniture, Versace fabrics, and Versace amenities. Rounding out the luxe offerings is the Gianni Versace boutique spa, a private Palazzo Versace Marina, and an oasis-like pool cabana.
Bottega Veneta Suite
St Regis, Rome
Created by the brand’s creative director, Thomas Maier, the Bottega Veneta Suite is a sophisticated space that captures the fashion house’s demure yet elegant style. The one-of-a-kind suite is painted with a serene palette of neutral taupe, caramel, chocolate and coffee tones, and decked out with refined fine fabrics and furnishings drawn from Bottega Veneta’s furniture and home collections. Apart from the large bedroom with its own sitting area, there’s a fireplace-fronted living room, a spacious bathroom, and the option to add two connecting rooms and a treadmill.
French lingerie designer Chantal Thomass’s boutique hotel is a hedonistic delight featuring contemporary, seductive spaces, and floors inspired by the seven sins tucked between a “heavenly” lobby and “hellish” basement hammam. Each floor features different aesthetic touches depending on its theme – think pink, lace, and female silhouettes on the lust floor; walls plastered with international currencies on the greed floor; and an angry palette of red and black on the wrath floor. The breakfast room is a fairy-tale ode to gluttony, while the “honesty” bar is an antithesis to sin where original cocktails are concocted in a concept based on trust.
The May Fair Hotel, London
This incredibly lavish suite is a tribute to the opulent glamour and witty style of Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. In honor of the designer who brought the colour to the world’s notice, fuchsia abounds here and is ably abetted by luxury fabrics like pink pony skin and leather, and smooth limestone in the bathroom. Elaborate touches are added by antique Chinese art, an open fireplace, a king-size double bedroom, an eight-seater dining table, 24-hour butler service and airport transfers.
Bulgari Hotel Bali
A touch of Italian elegance perched above the oceans around Bali, this Antonio Citterio-designed hideaway marries the Bulgari brand’s bold lines and sleek surfaces with Indonesian style. Villa interiors boast volcanic stone, Javanese mahogany, polished wood floors, and local fabrics, while their adjoining gardens, plunge pools, and outdoor showers – as well as public spaces like the restaurants, bar, and spa – are serene alfresco spots that blend into the coastal setting. Befitting Bulgari opulence, there’s a private beach – reached only by elevator – volcano helicopter tours, and sunset spa treatments by the plunge pool. Don’t miss classic Italian fare at Il Ristorante and delicious Balinese at Sangkar.