What makes a really great hotel? Perfect service, a quality wine list, and of course - beautiful, chic interiors that make you go: wow. Warning - book a room at one the following and you'll never want to check out.
Hotel Chic: Interiors to inspire
Nestled in 14 acres of palm grove, the villas at Dar JL are a celebration of local craftsmanship. Think raw-silk curtains, hand-carved Moroccan wood walls and vibrantly patterned ‘mud cloths’ swathed over day-beds.
A former grain store, the geometric exterior of The Silo Hotel is the work of Thomas Heatherwick who created London’s Olympic velodrome. Inside, rich textiles - teal leather, chartreuse velvet - and Egyptian crystal chandeliers contrast with patches of exposed concrete.
Converted from 25 interconnecting canal houses, it’s all about the decorative flourishes at Pulitzer: elaborate 17th century antiques, musical instruments adorning a wall, or how about a red-lacquer drinks cabinet with pink tassel handles? Proof you can mix up eras and styles and create something phenomenal.
Chic and minimalist. The Miss Clara Hotel has a grown-up palette of brilliant white, grey and black - with touches of dark brown leather - which feels incredibly smart. A simple angle-poise lamp, or a neatly folded herringbone blanket become elegant focal points. Sometimes less is more.
A family farm estate in Alentejo, at São Lourenço do Barrocal they’ve kept bright, light rooms stunningly simple with touches of pale pistachio and graphite blue woodwork. Collaborating with local artisans on linens and homewares, every piece is thoughtfully curated - whether it’s a rustic sideboard, or an old chest turned into a blanket box.
The location of our summer shoot, Papaya Playa Project is a master of rustic, natural interiors (with a touch of luxury). Tucked away in the Mexican jungle, sophisticated eco-friendly suites have been crafted with high ceilings, local wood, off-white walls and floor-to-ceiling windows. Choose from an authentic thatched Cabaña or five-star beach house, complete with direct access to the dreamy white-sand Caribbean coastline.
Embracing traditional Japanese aesthetics, Hoshinoya Kyoto's serene bedrooms feature shoji paper walls, intricate lattice-work and karakami wallpaper with delicate gold patterns. Each window captures a painting-like view of the riverside scenery or peaceful zen gardens.
The sun-flooded suites overlooking a cactus-lined courtyard at Ignacia Guest House are a masterclass in colour. Named according to their palette - from the golden glow of Amarilla, to the deep moody blue of Azul - tones and textures are artfully layered.
Bohemian vibes rule Casa Cook with it's wicker lamp shades, ikat throws, seagrass mats and macramé wall hangings (yes, they’re making a comeback). Fabrics in slate grey and oatmeal shades feel cosy against the polished concrete floors. Outside, daybeds float over the pool. Basically, nirvana. You’d never guess budget-break provider Thomas Cook are behind it.
Max Brown Hotel is the epitome of fifties retro chic with it's mid-century furniture and playful, kitschy tweaks (from rainforest wallpaper to technicolour oriental rugs). And thanks to Düsseldorf’s Unique Records, every room has a selection of vinyl to play on the Crosley record player.
Interior designer Jacques Garcia accents spaces with bold colour at The Vagabond Club, from deep jewelled plum to shouty pillarbox red. An eclectic collection of art hangs on practically every inch of wall, and there’s not a corner that doesn’t hold a curio or ornament. Maximalist luxe to say the least.
Located on the iconic Pacific Coast Highway (across the street from the world-famous Surfrider beach), The Surfrider is an original 1950s-era motel turned modern California Beach House. Think natural textures, crisp white cotton bed linen, wicker chairs, over-sized rattan lampshades, white-washed wood, and unbeatable sea-view terraces for two.