Fashion designers have come a long way from just making your wardrobe in vogue; many have branched off to create a name in home furnishings, accessories and, more ambitiously, high-fashion boutique hotels. All over the world, trendy jetsetters have been checking into hotels primarily due to the star designer behind the décor -- from Moschino's Milan Maison to Oscar de la Renta's Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana. Flaunting decadent amenities and fine attention to design detail, these hotels are destined to visually woo and personally pamper. Best of all? You can bet they're all pretty stylish.
Palazzo Versace is inspired by the opulent palaces of Europe and the classic architecture of Roman times. Versace gave the hotel design his magic touch: its driveway is the second largest pebble mosaic in the world; the foyer’s chandelier was imported from the State Library of Milan; and there's more than $11.5 million worth of Italian-imported marble. The hotel on Queensland's Gold Coast features 200 rooms and suites, all decked out in Versace homeware and accessories, such as a private bar featuring Versace crystal and coffee-making facility comprising Versace china. Additionally, there's private butler service for all rooms, three restaurants, five pools, a manmade beach, a spa (Aurora, one of Australia's largest) and, as you would imagine, a Versace boutique. Don't ever want to leave? Visitors can buy one of the 72 luxury condominiums.
A guest of Claridge's since 1983, Diane collaborated with the hotel in 2010, designing 20 of their rooms and suites. Guests can expect her exuberant style, with the chic and understated design typical of her popular dresses. One of the most booked rooms is the Grand Piano Suite. Furnishings include Murano crystals, custom-made cashmere blankets, silk leopard-print rugs and amenities like zebra-print bathrobes.
Once you enter, you're greeted by puffy-cloud light fixtures, white lamb chair and lit gowns. Not one room is alike, and the design comes straight from surreal, avant-garde dreams: tree branches serve as bedposts, vines climb across a striped wall and a red gown constitutes a headboard. The Little Red Riding Hood Room has a patterned and stuffed wolf awaiting, while Alice's Room beckons with a giant coffee cup in a twisted reality. Creativity here is an understatement.
Tortuga Bay Resort
Tortuga Bay offers 30 suites in 13 villas situated on a private beach on the Caribbean. With open spaces and simplicity in mind, Oscar pays tribute to the raw beauty of the resort's settings with a palette of natural island colors, enhanced with wicker and wood furnishings and luxurious linens. There's a Six Senses Spa, 36-hole golf course, 1,500-acre ecological reserve with 15 natural spring-water lagoons, a brand-new 1,000-square-foot Oscar de la Renta boutique and the Bamboo Restaurant, featuring Mediterranean-infused cuisine. Guests are greeted upon arrival with VIP "Whisking Service," an escort that assists them with immigration, baggage claim and customs.
Travelers to both hotels can expect stylish suites, complimentary minibars stocked with Italian favorites (like Peroni and Pelligrino), in-room Nespresso machines, staff in custom-made uniforms (zig-zag kilts in Edinburgh; striped-dash dash in Kuwait and a restaurant (Cucina) featuring personal recipes from Rosita Missoni herself.
Hotel Missoni plans to open 30 more properties, including Brazil (2013), Oman (2013) and Mauritius (2014).
The 30-acre property is inspired by both the colors of Jamaica as well as an elevated style of the ’40s and ’50s, blended with a very English and Old World feel. The resort comprises a seaside terrace, infinity pool, spa, wharf, restaurant and sprawling beach on Round Hill Bay. Lauren not only decorated the Pineapple House villa (which features all oceanfront rooms, double-edge infinity pool and louvered windows on the top floor), but also The Grill with a new, organic menu by Chef Martin Maginley.