A trip to or in Asia is a wonderful way to use up leftover vacation at the end of the year. The months of November to April are particularly suitable. The rainy season is over and the sea has become calm once more; nature is verdant green and the plants are bearing fruit. Experience the metropoles of Asia, discover the cultural highlights of the continent or relax along kilometres of idyllic coastal sections or on one of the numerous islands.
The destinations Thailand, India, China, Indonesia and Malaysia await with the nicest of design hotels. All of them bear the personal signature of their creator and the interior designers that breathe life into the hotels and make sure they look just right. If you don’t want to travel to Asia or stay there, you can choose from design hotels around the world, among other places in Europe, to experience a design-laden overnight stay. The accommodations featured here are members of the prestigious Design Hotels ™ group and can be booked directly online at www.designhotels.com.
Design hotel in Thailand
The Beach Samui, Koh Samui
“The Beach Samui” is the dream come true of businessman and developer Bryan Lunt and creative director Charlotte Rose Melsom. With a passion for travel, a keen eye for conscious design, an enduring love for Thai island Koh Samui and 28 years of professional experience in the resort industry, Melsom and Lunt have together created their dream hotel, which boasts international standards of design and architecture. Not only does it marry high quality with craftsmanship, above all else it combines comfort and authenticity in a perfect location.
David Archer (Archer Humphreys Architects) is responsible for the architecture of the hotel, giving protection of the environment absolute priority in the design. His objective was to create a sustainable, visually stunning and colonial-inspired property that would complement the beachfront’s natural beauty.
The outcome is a three-story edifice of Indonesian Sukabumi limestone and bronze, with panoramic glass windows, red lacquer doors, energy-efficient solar panels and naturally filtered water. Although all of the rooms boast first-class technology and innovative design features, for example the concertina-shaped walls that can be folded back across the living areas to provide “from-the-bed” views of the sea, each room has its own individually designed interior. The focus is on breezy, open-plan spaces, with cool, white floors and colonial-style propeller-shaped ceiling fans.
Design hotel in India
The Park, New Delhi
Entrepreneur Priya Paul has an extraordinary talent for hospitality and is seen as a revolutionary in India’s hotel industry. For the past 25 years, she has been pioneering the seamless connection of contemporary art with highly functional design. She positioned “The Park Hotels” as the first collection of contemporary luxury hotels in India, is a founding member of the World Travel and Tourism Council and has already won several international awards.
In collaboration with design legend Sir Terence Conran, she decided to transform a traditional property in New Delhi into the Park Hotel. She provided a glorious facelift with modern concepts of air and space and ancient philosophies about the harmony between man and nature. On the ground floor, the bright and airy lobby is separated from the restaurant and marble reception by a transparent curtain of glass beads. Sculptural divans, rugs, pink lighting and a projection screen that shows a video by British artist Daniel Brown provide a strong contrast to the light-filled space.
The 220 guestrooms feature contrasting design touches, with dark-timbered floors complemented by pastel accents. On the ‘residence’ floors, private jacuzzis and 24-hour butler service live up to the highest standards in Indian hospitality.
Design hotel in China
Ovolo Southside Hotel, Hong Kong
Ovolo Southside Hotel references the surrounding area’s industrial past in its design. Architecture firm KplusK transformed the former warehouse into the hotel that it is today. The industrial character is reinforced by ceilings with exposed steel water pipes and foil-clad air conditioning ducts. The exterior is dominated by exposed concrete and a brick façade, while the interior features graffiti and art installations as well as a striking mix of local and international artists’ works.
Inspired by boutique hotels in London and New York, former bonsai tree caretaker Girish Jhunjhnuwalas manages the Ovolo business. He has already successfully opened six hotels and apartments on Hong Kong Island and West Kowloon as well as four other hotels in Australia. The Hong Kong native is also an avid golfer, wine aficionado and dedicated family man.
Design hotel in Malaysia
When gazing upon the huge white mansion with a terracotta-coloured roof, you will be reminded of the city’s rich history and elegant architecture. Contemporary artwork, neutral colours, hanging plants, futuristic lamps and colourfully patterned tiles feature in the hotel’s airy spaces.
The design hotel is situated in Penang’s George Town, formerly a British shipping port that is now a vibrant international metropolis and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Each room has its own bespoke design and unique features, from the bridal suite to the turret room. Two restaurants offer options for fine dining. A mosaic lap pool is attached to a “swim-up” bar, and visitors to The Cellar can enjoy a glass of exquisite wine or champagne.
Dato Sean and Datin Karen are proud co-owners of Macalister Mansion. They are themselves avid art collectors and well-known investors in the local restaurant scene. After opening a number of restaurants and bars, the couple decided to make their first foray into the hotel industry. Their personal involvement is evident in every aspect of the hotel: from the specially commissioned art on the walls to the personalised and intimate service, the unique combination of historical beauty and present-day dynamism that characterises the hotel.
Design hotel in Indonesia
Luna 2, Bali
Luna2 Hotel is located in Seminyak, a fashionable tourist destination on the island of Bali, and is just a short stroll from the beach. The design of the hotel blends the past with innovation of the future.
The hotel’s façade is 1960s inspired, while the lobby recalls the work of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, with iconic art references present throughout. Bright primary colours pop from the white walls, while geometrical patterns, bright furnishings and accessories create welcoming, vibrant spaces. Each of the 14 studios features one of four accent colours – yellow, red, green and blue. Equipped with the latest technologies, the modular open-plan lounges offer top-quality comfort.
The unique retro-modernist aesthetic reflected in the hotel’s interior design owes much to its owner, designer Melanie Hall. Hall got her start in 1992 as Polo Ralph Lauren’s Head of Visual Merchandising in the UK, before taking over as Head of Creative for Asia Pacific in Hong Kong. She relocated to Jakarta to start her own interior design company, working closely with several of the country’s top architects. She refers to her design style as “FUNked up modernism”, with references to great works of the 1930s right through to the late 1960s. Hall chose a colour palette inspired by classics such as Lego, Monopoly, Rubik’s cubes and renowned Mondrian colour-blocked artwork. This four-way colour scheme culminates in both the lobby and poolside, with each colour then appearing solo in the guestrooms thereafter.
In the coming weeks, we will introduce you to many more attractive design hotels worldwide. Get to know design hotels in Africa and the stories of their designers and look forward to our further recommendations for the smaller, exclusive boutique hotels.
Posted on 10.11.2017