The South European countries of Italy and Greece are a welcome change for active holidaymakers as well as for those seeking relaxation. Whether you wish to experience everyday urban life like the natives, visit cultural cities or simply relax on one of the islands in the Mediterranean, you will get it all. And there is no dearth of accommodation facilities. Pick an accommodation that best suits your travel plans, so that you can feel at home when while you’re away.
In our second part of the article series Design hotels in Southern Europe, we recommend you some choice accommodations with exceptional interiors by the Design Hotels™ Group. All hotels can be reserved via www.designhotels.com.
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa, Tuscany
The Argentaria Golf Resort & Spa is located in a green valley on the peninsula of Monte Argentario on the southern border of Tuscany in Italy. This masterpiece of contemporary design has been brought into being by Augusto Orsini. It is just a short way from the beautiful sandy beaches, Feniglia and Giannella. Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is everything but a stereotypical accommodation. The designer has deliberately stayed away from the traditional tone of terracotta and from materials made of iron. The building leaves an impression not only from the architectural, but also from an ecological point of view, as the 18-hole golf course has been accredited by Bioagricert for its minimal environmental impact. Moreover, the hotel’s own spa uses biologically sustainable products. The theme in the Dama Dama restaurant in the hotel, where local dishes made of regional ingredients are served, is typically traditional.
Hotel Viu Milan, Milan
Hotel Viu Milan, with its 124 rooms, is centrally located in Milan between the new financial district and the actual city centre, surrounded by lush green. It is only a short walk away from the shopping area Corso Como and the cathedral square. The roof terrace with a pool offers a 360-degree view of the city’s skyline, and is the perfect location for a dip in the pool, breakfast or for a drink in the evening. The Michelin-star chef Giancarlo Morelli heads the hotel restaurant, where you will be served international cuisine. The hotel’s architecture captivates through the spectacular gardens and through the facade with glass ceiling windows, which floods the interiors with light. The timeless design is characterised by Molteni furniture and by the variety of textures and colours used. The parquet flooring and dark wood form a stark contrast to the light fabrics.
Hotel Straf, Milan
Hotel Straf, also in Milan, is a fascinating monument of deconstructivistic style, and lies only a short distance from the Milan cathedral and the Scala. The Italian architect Vincenzo de Cotiis designed the hotel as a synthesis of the arts. The challenge laid in bringing comfort-evoking warmth to the hotel despite the use of rather rough, hard and cold materials, like cement, brass, crushed stone and iron. The 64 rooms in the hotel are furnished in the style of industrial design, either in bright or dark tones, and radiate a special intimacy. The hotel offers quite a few relaxation rooms with massage chairs and aroma therapy treatments.
Anemi Hotel, Folegandros Island
The Anemi Hotel in Greece belongs to the Cycladic island of Folegandros on a rocky terrain near the village of Karavostasis. The white two-storied buildings of the hotel combine the classic Cycladic architecture with clear lines. The total of 42 rooms and suites reflect the combination of simplicity and modernity, and are equipped with furniture by Charles & Ray Eames, B & B Italia and Vitra. Every guest room has been individually designed and has photographs by Margarita Nikitaki. Traditional Greek elements and numerous decorative objects as well as rustic wooden panels emphasize the authentically modern atmosphere.
Hotel Erosantorini, Santorini Island
The luxury hotel Erosantorini on the Greek Aegean island of Santorini is a vast property of about 8,000 square meters. It is located atop a 300 square meter cliff, with a splendid view of the legendary Caldera. Milanese designer Paola Navone is the person behind the exquisite interiors of the hotel. The villa hotel is mainly designed in shades of white and grey. The infinity pool cascades on three levels, offering a magnificent view of the sea. To further take care of your well-being, the hotel’s spa has an extensive choice of treatments, not to mention a traditional Hammam. Moreover, Erosantorini has a private chapel, a wine cellar and an open-air cinema.
We have already presented some other stylish design hotels in Southern Europe in the first part of the article series: Design hotels in Southern Europe – Part 1. If you are interested in design hotels in other continents and countries, we recommend you the post: Design hotels around the world, where you can specifically read about the holiday destination of your choice
Posted on 15.05.2018