Designer hotel wars continue apace, with Signore Armani opening in Milano this fall, and a London Bulgari Hotel scheduled for early 2012. But likely the most extravagant of them all will be Dubai’s Palazzo Versace, also expected to debut in early 2012.
More like a mini Versailles than a hotel, word is that the first show residence is now ready for viewing. Hardly surprisingly, the debut 4,732 square foot private living space has is anything but minimalist. Rather, it unabashedly flaunts lavish colors, glamour, and design, centered on a grand reception room. Mosaics, marble floors, and exclusive Versace furniture (i.e., rich-patterned silk armchairs) abound.
The 5.5 hectare resort itself is ensconced in the new Culture Village, Dubai’s fanciful effort to add a cultural sheen to its seemingly mercenary character. Plans call for 213 lavish suites (in addition to 169 private residences), plus a spa, a Versace ready-to-wear and jewelry boutique, an Italian restaurant, and assorted pools. Oh, and naturally, a private marina.
Next year will mark the 15th anniversary of Gianni Versace’s tragic murder, but his grandiosity and love of the flamboyant will live on in the halls of the Palazzo Versace.
Source: BlackBook Mag