Whether you’re looking for a hotel for your next getaway or you’re simply wanderlusting from your comfy couch, we’ve sussed out five wicked hotels you must experience.
HOTEL DU PETIT MOULIN
Designed by the legendary Christian Lacroix himself, the hotel is a jigsaw of inspiration fed by pieces of the past. With slightly twisted perspectives, maze-like passageways on the different floors, the hotel will remind you of old doll houses, where modernity lives on in the traditions of the present. It’s a plethora of colours, life and design and you need to see it to believe it.
If one would imagine Paradise, Cocoa Island in the Maldives would come very close to resembling it. The private island is designed for travelers seeking a laidback, foot-in-the-sand, rich, warm waters and some of the world’s best beaches. There is no traffic – the only noise you might hear is one fisherman calling out to another. The resort’s luxurious suites resemble local dhoni fishing boats and are placed along the water for unsurpassed, out-of-this-world experience.
THE GIRAFFE MANOR
Just when you thought you couldn’t ask of anything more to ask out of a hotel – think again. If you’d like to have a true-to-life, honest-to-god giraffe at your breakfast table, look no further. The Giraffe Manor, an elegant, exclusive hotel in Kenya is famous for its resident herd of giraffe – and no, we’re really not pulling your leg. Built in the 1930s, the manor has maintained all the splendour and charm of the era – and really, could there be anything more surreal than having a giraffe peeking in through your bedroom window? We recommend you draw the curtains when you’re doing the deed, though.
In a country where there’s no such thing as excess, you’d be floored by the luxury presented on an Indian gold platter at the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, India. Set merely 600 metres away from the magnificent Taj Mahal, Oberoi Amarvilas’ majestic architecture and rich interiors boasts unbridled romance and splendour, much like the Taj itself. Fall into deep slumber with the marble architectural beauty bathed in the moonlight, and wake up with it showered in sunshine. There couldn’t be a better view.
The designer-led boutique residence set in the bustling West Nanjing Rd in Shanghai, the Jia, which means “home” in Chinese, is a home away from home like no other. With a richly textured contemporary eclectic-Asian interior, Jia is based on a hotel-as-domestic space concept, where rooms feel like apartments. Designed by Philippe Starck, the hotel gives much attention to detail, so much so that you never want to leave.
By Faz Abdul Gaffa