Villa Marie/C. Larit. Image by: Villa Marie/C. Larit.
For fashion you can literally live in, check into one of these designer hotels styled by the likes of Missoni to Oscar de la Renta and have a truly haute vacation this summer.
Fashionable vacations: Coastal gem
Missoni suite— Villa Marie Hotel, French Riviera (villamarie.fr)
Cost: Approx. $691 per night
The Bay of Pampelonne, nestled off the coast of the French Riviera, just got a little more Italian. Call it the Missoni touch: guests of the ultra-swank Villa Marie Hotel can now surround themselves with the Italian house’s trademark whimsically kaleidoscopic zigzagging with colourfully lined walls, furniture and rugs. From its rainbow-printed curtains to matching headrest and pillows, the exclusive candy-coated room is furnished by the Milan-based fashion house. The suite starts at approx. $691 per night— less than the cost of a Missoni havra ruffled crochet-knit swimsuit, which you’ll need once you get there, obviously.
Fashionable vacations: Jewel-encrusted getaway
Bulgari Hotel, London (bulgarihotels.com)
Cost: Approx. $706 per night
Opening June 1, the Bulgari Hotel and Residences is a five-star retreat in London’s posh Knightsbridge neighbourhood —but perhaps it’s more fitting use a crystal-ranking system to define the sweeping luxury of the estate based on the storied Italian jeweler. With 85 suites, a Bulgari Spa spanning two floors and a 25-metre swimming pool, it’s no surprise the recurring theme in the luxe hotel is silver: a sleek, subtle nod to both the brand’s early silversmith origins and the manufacturing tradition of classic British nobility. The suites start at approx. $706 per night and in the spirit of the Queen’s Jubilee this year, would be the diamond capper to any London getaway.
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Fashionable vacations: The sleek escape
The Armani Hotel, Milan (Milan.armanihotels.com)
Cost: Approx. $655 per night
The effervescent 77-year-old designer follows up his first hotel venture in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa in 2010 with a Milan outpost occupying four floors overtop Armani’s Via Manzoni flagship store. In line with the tradition of the label, the opulence of the Armani Hotel can be found in its precise but ornate detailing. Take the Armani/Privé Bois d’Encens, which perfumes the air, or the Armani-suited “lifestyle managers” available at the press of a button. Decked out in signature Armani minimalism—neutral and beige tones dominate the 95 rooms—the deluxe rooms (approx. $655 per night) include a minibar stacked with Armani-brand water and views of Milan’s famed Duomo. If you can’t make it to Italy any time soon, plans for Armani hotels in New York, London and Paris and the first Armani resort in Marrakech, Morocco are already in the works.
Fashionable vacations: Haute paradise
Oscar de la Renta-designed villas, Tortuga Bay in the Punta Cana Resort & Club (puntacana.com)
Cost: Approx. $705 per night
Take a trip to Punta Cana and see where it all began for Oscar de la Renta: while memory lane begins a few hours away in his hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic’s capital city, the 13 villas located on a private beach on the Caribbean Sea, are infused with the designer’s Central American heritage—think frenetic island colours and flowing fabrics trademark to his flamboyant label. Lush tropical detailing like ocean views and canopy beds define the 30 boutique suites, which begin around $705 per night. While you’re there, stop by the laid-back shop in the resort for an Oscar original to take home with you.
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