Summer travel is one of life’s simple pleasures and a good hotel can make or break a holiday. With the ever changing demands of the discerning traveler, it’s almost impossible to narrow down choices when it comes to deciding where to stay.
Stylish hotels are in abundance around the planet, but the ones that really get it right have equal amounts of style, innovation and inspiration together with great comfort, experience and ambience.
Award-winning hotel website Mr & Mrs Smith, specialise in hand-picking stylish boutique and luxury hotels around the globe.
Here, exclusively for A Collective Edit Mr & Mrs Smith give their Top 5 Most Stylish Hotels both near and far.
Staking a stylish claim on Bali’s rugged Bukit Peninsula, this is a cool, contemporary cliff-hanger of a resort which delivers dramatic eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Every inch of the resort is beautiful, but the bar is the most remarkable element: the cliff-edge construction juts out over the Indian Ocean in an angular bird’s nest of bamboo and reclaimed wood.
Smith extra: A 90-minute spa treatment for each guest.
Rates from: SGD$1,086.35 per night (excluding tax)
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Firmdale’s New York outlet offers their typical kitsch-but-classy classic-meets-contemporary English elegance. As you’d expect from anything Firmdale, as well as it dripping in Kit Kemp’s special blend of inspired fabrics, textured wallcoverings and colourful artworks, Crosby Street Hotel has a fabulous bar-restaurant. The socialising spills out of this chic space onto a patio on Lafayette Street as well as a central foliage-filled residents-only courtyard. And don’t think the fun stops there – downstairs in the basement event space, there’s even a zingy orange-leather Poltrona Frau-seated screening room.
Smith extra: Cocktails for two in the hotel bar
Rates from: SGD$651.81 per night (excluding tax)
Point Yamu by COMO’s take on Thai luxury has an Italian spin, thanks to Italian design talent Paola Navone, with sleek Med-inspired styling and La Sirena’s flawless Italian food. Aquamarines and bright orange accents are present throughout which respect the local scene with the playful design allowing full panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay and the Andaman Sea.
Smith extra: A drink each at Aqua Bar.
Rates from: SGD$389.62 per night (excluding tax)
With sweet scents that waft around olive and lemon trees in huge pots outside JK Place Capri, a Fellini movie in hotel form, that’s far away enough from the buzz and night-life noise, yet somehow still managing to feel in the thick of things. This gleaming white, shore-side hotel which overlooks the endless ocean is the kind of place you want to re-book as soon as you leave. The hotel’s stylish restaurant, JKitchen, is a modern confection of black, white and grey, with comfy chairs, fabulous seafood, and a panoramic terrace.
Smith extra: For BlackSmiths and SilverSmiths: free transfers to and from Capri’s port and a scented candle. GoldSmiths receive an extra €50 credit to spend in the spa
Rates from: SGD$1212 (excluding tax at 10%)
5) QT SYDNEY
Sexy, sassy and stylish, QT Sydney boutique hotel has her party shoes on and is ready to dance. This super-central design diva is carved out of the historic State Theatre and Gowings department store buildings, blending Gothic, art deco and Italianate architecture with quirky-but-cool interiors. Quirky features include door gals dressed in saucy uniforms, a fun drinking and dining scene, and a hip day spa.
Smith extra: Use of the hammam at SpaQ, plus free late check-out until 12pm
Rates from: SGD$313.13 per night (excluding tax)