south african bliss

This is what a real getaway looks like people. In their own words: “Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. A fruit and vegetable garden of botanical diversity supplies a remarkable restaurant. Guests staying at an exclusive … Continue reading

slow living in sicilia

A little bit over a year ago I was in the divine island of Sicily. I still don’t know why I ever left! Casa Talia reminds me of how beautiful the light is on this island. The heat, the closeness to Africa and the melange of hundreds of years of conquests by every possible neighboring … Continue reading

maison martin margiela does maison champs elysées

This is the first hotel interior for fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. An interesting revamp of a beautiful 1864 building originally the residence of the Duchess of Rivoli. Margiela is in the details, and in the humor! There’s the suite where everything is covered in white canvas. There’s the suite that looks like a dark … Continue reading

the campana brothers in athens

The Campana brothers reveal their first interior hotel project in Athens. The New Hotel (part of the Yes! Hotel chain) is fun and inventive, and the brothers stay true to their ideas of re-using, recycling and making things by hand. They worked with 20 local undergraduate architecture students to complete the project and to get … Continue reading

let’s stay in barcelona: el palauet

Lately it seems like a big new trend in the hotel industry is the luxury apartment rental, where visitors have a one-of-a-kind stay, often more similar to a luxury home than to a hotel room. How great are these suites at El Palauet Living in Barcelona? Located on the famous Passeig de Garcia, each of … Continue reading

hotel condesa, mexico d.f.

This lovely little hotel in Mexico’s capital makes me swoon with its interior courtyard. The odd triangular shape lined by  brise-soleil gives the building a very unique look, which I imagine is a pleasantly unexpected surprise for visitors, especially in contrast with the neoclassical facade of the building.               … Continue reading

preparing for fall… in paris!

Hurricanes aside, now that the weather is starting to cool down I’m thinking of lovely places where fall seems like the perfect season to visit. Hotel Particulier Montmartre is a small boutique of 5 suites, owned and decorated by Morgan Rousseau. All the spaces are decadent and each suite is unique. The former mansion faces … Continue reading

rough luxe in london

I love the concept for The Rough Luxe Hotel in London’s King’s Cross. In their own words: “It is a new way of looking at luxury as part of time and not just as an object of consumption. Luxury should be an enriching personal experience and not simply the ownership or utilisation of an expensive … Continue reading

Soho Beach House

I recently fell deeply in love with the Soho House in Miami. The hotel and members-only club is housed in one of Miami’s former art deco hotels, The Sovereign. This precious gem is the most recent addition to the British hotel chain that now has five Houses in England plus those of New York, Hollywood … Continue reading