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Inside the designer hotel properties
Kurbadet by Ilse Jacobsen, Ilse Jacobsen
• Ispired by the therapeutic powers of the ocean and years of visiting luxurious spas worldwide, Jacobsen opened private health haven Kurbadet by Ilse Jacobsen in Denmark’s seaside village of Hornbaek in November 2013.
• The luxury spa features a steam room, sauna and indoor heated therapy pool, offering treatments ranging from facials to personal training sessions, with a focus on health and relaxation.
• Supporting Jacobsen’s holistic philosophy is a gourmet restaurant serving nutritious food with a Nordic touch, while a team of chiropractors, physiotherapists, dieticians, beauticians and masseuses are on hand to help guests with the prevention and treatment of an array of disorders.
Hôtel de Crillon, Karl Lagerfeld
• Fronted by the grand architecture of Ange-Jacques Gabriel, the Hôtel de Crillon faces the spectacular Concorde, touted as one of the most legendary city squares in the world, and was built at the request of Louis XV and transformed into a palace in 1909.
• Lagerfeld has been tapped to design two luxury suites at the Parisian landmark as part of the hotel’s marketing efforts ahead of the property’s reopening in 2015.
• Richard Martinet is masterminding the project, while the new interiors are being created under the artistic direction of Aline d’Amman and three Paris-based decorators: Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Tristan Auer.
Villa Finca Belon, Beverly Feldman
• Fans of Beverly Feldman’s shoe line have flocked to her showcase villa in the Alicante region in Spain. The rustic farmhouse offers three distinct rooms — the White, Chinese or Mexican-themed suites.
• Feldman utilized an empty room to create a store to showcase work from her footwear label.
• Visitors have the option of taking a dip in the palm tree-lined Olympic-size swimming pool or perusing her design studio.
• Guests are greeted by Feldman’s brood of dogs on arrival, while staff are on hand to organize a tour of nearby shoe and handbag factories. Visitors also are encouraged to dine with her in the farmhouse’s eat-in kitchen as an extension of the boutique hotel’s focus on Spanish hospitality.
Boutique Hotel Villa No. 174, Srdjen Prodanovic
• Most hotels have a concierge at the front desk, but Boutique Hotel Villa No.174 has a macaw parrot mascot named Nino.
• The cheeky feathered hotel resident personifies the bohemian and artistic spirit of the villa, situated in the Santa Teresa neighborhood near downtown Rio de Janeiro.
• The villa contains four uniquely themed suites, such as the Pool Room, which has a jungle vibe and features patterned wallpaper, plants and wood furniture. This gives way to a Mediterranean-inspired pool area surrounded by copious greenery and friendly monkeys.
• To compose the environment, Prodanovic commissioned paintings of Bosnian artist Radmila Djapic and sourced vintage furniture from local stores.