The 10 Best Haute Couture Hotels In The World

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The Palazzo Versace Dubai—the second hotel built by the House of Versace—is reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace, designed in a neoclassical style with traces of Arabian architecture. Located minutes away from Burj Khalifa and downtown Dubai, it somehow seems a world apart. It feels like its own private oasis, steeped in Greek mythology, with a Pietra di Fiume design of the iconic Medusa head to greet you at the entrance. Guests can expect to find lovely lagoons, serenity gardens and reflection ponds to add something extra special to the staggering 215 rooms and 169 residences that dot the massive property. You will also notice eight restaurants and bars, three outdoor pools and unparalleled opulence at a place that would have made the late, great Gianni Versace proud.


The Armani Hotel Milano is the second hotel under the Armani Hotels & Re- sorts banner—a collaboration between designer Giorgio Armani and Emaar Proper- ties. It is the perfect place to stay during Milan Fashion Week, as much for its unique aesthetic as its prime location in the world-famous fashion district, known as the Quadrilatero della Moda. Guests are only a few minutes away from the luxury shopping streets of Via Mon- tenapoleone and Via della Spiga, the famous Teatro alla Scala opera house and the iconic Piazza del Duomo. Here, you’ll find a “home away from home’ aesthetic: each of the 95 guest rooms and suites (personally designed by Giorgio Armani himself, no less) include butler stations and iPads, while the Presidential Suite includes a full service cocktail bar and kitchen, a private study and dining room, and a sweep- ing terrace on the hotel’s sixth floor overlook- ing the epic Italian skyline.


It’s no surprise that Christian Lacroix is the mastermind behind the whimsical, fairytale-like Hotel Le Bellechasse, located in the Faubourg Saint-Germain. As one of three Lacroix-designed properties in Paris, you can find unique touches, like dragonflies, astrological symbols and mythological creatures, climbing the walls amid a garden of rich fabrics and specific, carefully plotted details. For those who want a little extra Lacroix, stay in a Privilege room—which is rendered by gilded fabrics, soundproof walls and artistically decorated ceilings.


Hotel Lungarno is the flagship property of the Ferragamo family’s Lungarno Collection, which makes this the best of the bunch. This lovingly restored 16th century residence overlooks the Arno River and the iconic Ponte Vecchio is simply beautiful. Designe- das designed by architect Michele Bönan and inspired by the nuova classicità, guests should expect to find ivory fabrics and blue carpets that pay perfect homage to its old-world aristocratic Italian roots. The hotel recently revealed its new Designer Suite River View, which boasts over 1,600 square feet with three bedrooms and four bathrooms, each decorated by Bonan. It also includes a spacious living room with a balcony and a fully equipped kitchen.


Karl Lagerfeld is the man behind the majestic haute couture setting, referred to (fittingly) as ‘Odyssey at Monte Carlo’s Hotel Metropole’. The creative director of Chanel was called in to design the pool area, which also includes a terrace, gardens and a pool house, elements that melt into one another around a heated sea water pool in a splash of light. Under Lagerfeld’s hyper-critical eye, the area—with its black and white design and seaside chic ambiance—has been transformed into one of the chic French resort area’s ‘it’ summertime destinations. Lagerfeld, as it happens, is also the creative genius behind Berlin’s Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel and two suites for Paris’ Hôtel de Crillon, which just recently debuted in July 2017; he also plans on opening his own, personally-branded hotel in Macau, come 2018.


The third hotel in the Bulgari empire is one of the most opulent you will find. Its location is prime, given that the hotel is located in the tony London neighborhood of Knightsbridge— home to Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Architect Antonio Citterio designed the space in shades of silver, paying as much respect to the British weather as the fashion house’s silversmith roots. The 85 rooms exude a masculine touch: think leather armchairs and a minibar that doubles as a leather trunk, filled to the brim with high-end whiskies and Scotches. On site, guests can also find a cigar bar and sampling lounge, a 47-seat cinema, the Alain Ducasse restaurant Rivea, the WORKSHOP gym and one of the best, most innovative spas we’ve experienced in the world.


It’s been said, time and time again, that the best things in life come in small packages. When it comes to the seven-room Tcherassi Hotel and Spa, designed

by Colombian-born fashion designer Silvia Tcherassi and located within a 250-year-old mansion in Cartagena, Colombia, we must agree. Tcherassi named each of the seven rooms after precious fabrics, such as ziberline and oragandie. The common factor here is that each space is completely luxurious—offering dramatic, high ceilings and private walk-out balconies. Cap your evening off at the hotel’s Aquabar for a champagne-and-cognac Silvia Royale cocktail or a crème de violette Blue Moon.


Ralph Lauren’s classic touches can be found throughout the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the one-time private haunt to style icons and socialites like Babe Paley and Sir Noel Coward. His aesthetic dominates the 36-room oceanfront hotel, the Pineapple House, the lush Cocktail Bar, the Seaside Terrace Restaurant, and even the glamorous spa redesign, which he supervised. Lauren’s traditional touch can also be found in a classic colonial theme with contemporary styling: four-poster beds and sunken baths lend an old-fashioned beauty that is only paralleled by the stellar views of the Caribbean beyond.


The late, great Oscar de la Renta is responsible for bringing the Midas touch to his native Dominican Republic’s Tortuga Bay, a resort within a resort, set along three miles of private beach at Puntacana. The 30 suites and 13 vil- las designed by de la Renta are bright, cheerful and are appropriate, yet elegant all the same, thanks to wicker canopy beds and coralline stone bathrooms. You will also find a 45-hole, Tom Fazio-designed champion- ship golf course at the resort, which has its own international airport (yes, you read that right), and—of course—a 1,000 square foot Oscar de la Renta boutique.


The Farol Hotel, set on Portugal’s beautiful and timeless Estoril Coast, has a uniquely specific pedigree: it was ‘dressed’ by eight Portuguese fashion designers, including Ana Salazar, Miguel Vieira, Fatima Lopez and Arkadius. All of the rooms in this boutique hotel are utterly original. Salazar’s room, in particular, is breathtaking—thanks to literally walls of full-length windows that look out onto the glittering sea— while Miguel Vieira chose a stunning all-white tribute to ‘amor’.