Newly opened on 1st July 2018 in the central German city of Gottingen, Hotel Freigeist Gottingen is a hive of creativity and inclusion. Conceived by hotelier Georg Rosentreter, the 118-room property is rooted in the city’s legacy as a place for academics, philosophers and radical freethinkers.
The lush landscape of the Cycadean island of Santorini paints an idyllic backdrop for the island’s newest wonder: Istoria, a 12-suite retreat on Perivolos Beach. Displaying a unique blend of classic and contemporary aesthetics, this luxury hotel is as rooted in the past as it is in the present and is inspired by storytelling; a new tradition started by Design Hotels Originals Kalia and Antonis Eliopoulos who have steeped every corner of Istoria in a unique style that tells this island’s story. The result is a property that merges seamlessly with the island’s distinctive landscape while making a mark all of its own.
With its spectacular bays, lush, bougainvillea-strewn landscape and luxurious villas hewn into the honey-coluored rock, Mallorca has long been a favoured European fling among the cognoscenti. Not just a pretty face, however, as the island’s capital is a veritable cultural hub in its own right, studded with world-class galleries, museums and shopping. Amid the buzz of the sun-drenched streets, the newly opened Nakar Hotel emerges as a serene retreat with light-soaked lounges, spa and a spectacular rooftop infinity pool.
Located on Athens’ Agia Eirini, a perfectly situated and charming Byzantine-era square that is off the tourist trail, Perianth Hotel is a modern refuge in this ancient city. Opened in July 2018, the hotel is the creation of three siblings – Konstantinos, Anastasia and Alexandra Sgoumpopoulou – whose career paths and passions cross merchant shipping, art, and fashion, and pays ample homage to the Athenian modern movement.
The name Dijon usually conjures up the pungent flavours of the well-loved mustard. But the quaint French capital of Burgundy has a lot more going for it than its namesake’s condiment. Dijon boasts over 400 restaurants, has a rich cultural heritage and now welcomes its first Design Hotels member, Vertigo Hotel, which opened its doors in February 2018.
It may be best known as the host city of one of Asia’s most important film festivals and a key transfer port, but the South Korean coastal metropolis of Busan is the ideal destination for those seeking an adventurous getaway or a cultural escape, so says Shilla Stay, one of the leaders in Korea’s hospitality industry.
We all love to feel welcome and enjoy the company of others. When food enters the equation we instinctively feel comfortable in our surroundings and salivate at the thought of the feast about to be served. Being a part of something that’s bigger than ourselves while at the same time sharing that emotion with others is a truly wonderful experience. You, too, can immerse yourself in this sensation of belonging by making a reservation for the extraordinary Sunday Brunch at VIU at The St. Regis Bangkok, which runs from 12:30 3:30pm.
Unfortunately, Saga, the capital of Saga prefecture on Kyushu Island, doesn’t receive too many reviews. That’s a shame, a real shame. The city, just over an hour from Fukuoka International Airport by bus – slightly less by train – is a wonderfully relaxing mini-Japanese city that ticked all the right boxes for me. Its wide avenues attract more bicycles than they do cars while the numerous open green spaces beckon travellers to rest their weary feet under a canopy of centuries-old trees.
One of the best steakhouses in Thailand, Hamilton’s at Dusit Thani Bangkok took its name from the first US ambassador to Thailand, Hamilton King who served between 1898-1903. Renowned for its outstanding service, contemporary setting and quality cuts of the world’s best beef, Hamilton’s continues to excel in every department pleasing diners of all ages and all nationalities.