Bangkok foodies are renowned for their love of relaxing at the weekend with a leisurely brunch. Whether Saturday or Sunday, the City of Angels serves up a cornucopia of brunch deals with the city’s leading five-star hotels offering some of the biggest brunches outside of the USA. But, big is not always best and sometimes an independent restaurant can give just as good a deal.
With perhaps the most enviable spot in Port de Soller, on a hillside perch that overlooks the full expanse of the bay, Bikini Island & Mountain Hotel Port de Soller is a literal crown to this idyllic Mallorcan location.
Set on the rim of Israel’s Mount Carmel Ridge overlooking vast sloping forests and the Mediterranean Sea, Elma Arts Complex Luxury Hotel unfolds itself as one of the Middle East’s most ambitious and exciting creative hubs.
Experience the many facets of modern Ukraine at 11 Mirrors, Kiev’s first and only design hotel. Located in the capital’s dynamic core, mere steps away from the National Opera House, 11 Mirrors showcases reflective surfaces such as mirrored decorations and panoramic windows throughout its 11 stories and 49 luxurious rooms and suites. 11 Mirrors elegant minimalism is itself a reflection of contemporary Ukraine: sophisticated and simple, with no need for heavy embellishments.
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.