Ganda, meaning ‘river mouth’ is the old Celtic name for Ghent whose origin is at the confluence of the two rivers the Scheldt and the Leie
Among the Tuscan hills, a few minutes from Florence, a restored 15th-century villa – geometric shapes dealing with nature
Among centuries-old olive trees and vineyards, geraniums, hydrangeas, bougainvillea, and prickly pears is a building that is the safeguard of local art and culture in Oliena.
The twenty-five historic interlinked canal houses create a labyrinth – the scene for business deals between trade merchants, home to Dutch aristocrats
Interaction with nature is the asset, in the island of metal mines. Serifos: Odysseus and Perseus, Cyclopes lived in its caves
Two buidings, two identity – while Casa’s familiarity was toned down with industrial elements, the opposite took place at Tipografia
Mid-century Danish Modernist furniture and 1944 Hans Wegner J16 Rocking Chairs, which nod to the building’s past as a retirement home
Home of an ancient pre-Columbian community, the Island preserves the forest. Guests contribute to transplant a primary rainforest seedling to an area of secondary growth
The Latin word Lutetia, believed to signify ‘marsh’ or ‘swamp’, makes us think of how european cities are not only history infused, but living history
Something perceived as ‘cold’ when observing modern buildings in the European-American metropolis, is the opposite in the Ned London
Nel VII arrondissement, charme francese e anima italiana dietro una facciata directoire in pietra chiara, all’82 di rue de Lille, quasi all’incrocio con Boulevard Saint-Germain
The Stresa’s ‘brand’ is the walk on the very long lakefront: on one side the ‘princely’ islands, on the other, the hotel and its guests
A man who was caught in a storm prayed for his life when the Goddess of Seafarers Mazu appeared and calmed the seas. He decided to build a place of worship dedicated to her
Meilichzon fosters the arches of the traditional Venetian windows and the Palladian curves that proliferate the city
A trip to Rajasthan is nothing if one does not sleep in the maharaja’s rooms, whatever the cost An entrance with royal trumpets – visitors of
A tree of life or a vase with floral decoration with branches and cascading leaves, the design refers to the fountain
An address that indicates, within a city, one of the world’s must-see destinations. Like a national monument, not a single detail of the historic indoor pool can be changed
Inspired by the neo-gothic style, the façade was accentuated with eclectic features that reflected the times. Inside, postal and telegramming services, as well as a hydraulic elevator
In addition to being the Vik Retreats’ first location in all of Europe, Galleria Vik Milan is also their first art hotel and the first that is located in an urban city, right in the center of the Lombard capital
Spanish aesthetics on the beach and a new historical interpretation of design
The interiors of the apartments were created by Belgian designer Yael Siso and exalt European elegance, despite keeping the original atmosphere of the location alive
Forty rooms – each is an independent construction hidden in the forest: a living room, the bedroom and a bathroom with stone floors. The details of the furnishings are a work of local craftsmanship
There is no rigor or formality in Tel Aviv. The genesis, evolution and gentrification of Neve Tzedek, from the desolation of the fifties to homes for artists and the bourgeoisie.
A tribute to the Twenties and to Art Nouveau among boiseries, macro-flowers on the bedside lamps and Louis Comfort Tiffany lamps
Singapura in Sanskrit means city of the lion after a Malay prince landed there, sheltered by a storm, and witnessed a lion pass by.
The temple of Angkor Wat is one of the most visited sites in the world, a destination for mass tourism – hidden behind a perimeter wall that could almost be an army barracks but opens out to reveal geometrical patterns of green fields and water
Born from a 1970s mail sorting center with a surface area of 7000 square meters, Brach hotel is designed by the French designer Philippe Starck
The original nucleus of Argentaia is what remains of the ancient convent: it resembles a colonial house, a farmer’s refuge on the gentlest part of the hill
A hotel that has preserved the neutral aura of a place of transit, at the service of diplomacy. The entrance is like crossing a frontier – a flurry of Mediterranean air up here in the hills
For over twelve hundred kilometers, from the north to the south, along the west coast of Namibia, the Namib Desert has been arid for more than eighty million years
The Gallia Palace Hotel boasts interiors that take you back to the years in which it was conceived; a style that over the years died out, but once again became trendy
Cliffs, canyons, red sand and rebellion. A Big Sur cowboy turns a ranch into a luxury hotel
The room overlooks the Mediterranean beyond the roofs of Anacapri which are not far away and beyond a thatched roof, note the density of cement, bulkheads and tiles
Geometry and art meet in a work handmade with pieces of chalk and pigment: David Tremlett’s work completes his “Langhe Triangle” of works in the region at the medieval church of San Maurizio
An understated entry. A few steps lead up to the first courtyard—it could be the entrance to a patrician’s home in ancient Rome moved to Asia
Le Corbusier described the Hotel Punta Tragara Capri as “a kind of architectural bloom, an extension of the rock, an offspring of the island, a plant-like phenomenon”
In Indonesia, six islets and three lagoons – a nature reserve – which want to make themselves self-sufficient in the production of energy, water and food
A trip to Oman is a four-day escape from Europe, all year round – only in winter to Muscat, for its sensuality and physical vigor, a land that adores its Sultan
With a Bauhaus archive and above average property prices, the future of Tel Aviv will belong to those who understand the value of small touches, rediscovering the dignity of man
Schemes and events find new life and light around the Hotel de Paris – new lines written on old pages, about Princesses more noble that the Prince, and two girls putting their heart into it
In Oman, roses grow on mountains and in gullies. Among sweet fragrances in the summer or tepid waters in the winter, in the dark over the continent you can count the shooting stars
The ancient hamlet is all that remains of a castle on an outcrop and the only way up is a stone bridge that winds up the slope
Halfway between the Tarot Garden and the ancient village of Capalbio stands Locanda Rossa, which opened its doors in 2008
Liberty-style in Liguria, Albion on the Mediterranean. In the early twentieth century, the English communities discovered the Riviera di Ponente, and Mediterranean style
The cypress-lined drive leads up to the top of the hill, to Tenuta La Badiola, a neoclassic villa that, in the nineteenth century, was the home of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II of Habsburg-Lorraine
The Martinque wallpaper adorns the corridors and lounging areas of the hotel, designed for vanity and visibility “guests are entitled of everything regardless of the costs”. This is Hollywood
The perfumes mingled with the wood that smelled like sandal on the walls. Two courts make up the Dar Darma, from the ground to the sky
Along the walls, like a stronghold. The view of the garden changes the perception, in the morning the dawn rises behind the Atlas
Uluru is the Aboriginal name of Ayers Rock, the rock of red sand. The mountain is sacred to the Anangu people
The clinic’s philosophy is based on three elements: therapeutic fasting, integrative medicine and spiritual inspiration. It is the ‘hunger method’ devised by Doctor Otto Buchinger in 1920
The Bisol family’s rural farmstead in Burano has become a hotel with five rooms, two restaurants, and a pergola under which they serve hors d’oeuvres and a Laguna white
The blaring of honks, the humming of wheels and it’s all over. You arrive in front of the frosted doors to a building that coalesces past and present
The Lady asked Piero Lissoni to design the new headquarter of Fantini Rubinetterie: a building of glass, gently surfacing amidst willows and brooms
Once an emporium, surrounded by the summer residences of the Genoan nobility, today it is a true haven
Behind the last hill on the water edge, the most beautiful hotel in the world appears in the midst of fir trees: Suvretta. It resembles a Ludwig’s court palace, but with no frenzy.
A hotel along the Arno overlooks the Ponte Vecchio – the Portrait of Florence. It turns to the east, in the morning the sun enters from a wide open window on the third floor room
The Grand Hotel Fasano is one of the best hotels reviewed by this column. The rooms overlooking the lake to the East, the swans taking flight, the sunlight dancing around the sundial.
The hills of Siena roll among vineyards and olive groves along a section of the Via Cassia. While a forest of oak invades them.
On Monte Seceda there are secrets to discover: the botanicals. Among those of the Gin 8025, with zero sugar, there are stone and mountain pine cones. Down in the valley, in Ortisei, the last five-star Hotel MontChalet smells of stone pine
The Sea Society gathers in Miami in December. Design Miami and Art Basel ignite the conversation of the media and sophisticated industry – as luxury can afford sophistication
Perfumes are mixed in the days, before the seasons. The hills get rough, the tires climb and have fun in the Langhe. Castles, watchtowers – the Middle Ages remain fashionable
A crossroads of artists and intellectuals when Poland opened up to trade and industry. Today five hundred works of art between the hall and the suites
The room has a long corridor and tiled floor like a B&B from the sixties, fitted wardrobe with mirror and jacket hangers. It all translates as a desire for modernization
Dinner with Massimo Bottura, three Michelin star chef – his Osteria Francescana has topped The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for the second time
Three meals per day to be eaten in silence, sitting at one’s table – alone – on a patio with a view of the lake. No talking allowed, no reading or writing. Maximum concentration as you eat
Bronze applique wall lights and white plaster light fittings produce light that invites conversation and the sharing of confidences, in hushed tones, tout bas
The patio of the castle overlooks a precipice, difference in height without vertigo. Start from Chateau d’Artigny. The chronicles among the flowers
The bulk refers to famous hotels in the 1990s, while today pleasure is looking for reserved corners. The galleries of shops branch off from the lobby and generate déjà-vu.
Peony and African cocoa flower – on a base of Turkish rose, with hints of ginger. The perfume seeks that euphoria that explodes when in California, at the Post Ranch Inn, your eyes widen before a shower of shooting stars
The hotel is a venue of excellence, a former 19th century Ottoman palace built of white stone on the water’s edge
The camera focuses on the hills of the Napa Valley. It is August, grapes hang on the vines, the sun kisses forearms resting on the rolled-down window of a SUV Chevrolet
Borgo San Frediano is across the Arno river, or ‘diladdarno’, as the Florentines say. Rooms as big as private apartments. It’s a choice, not luxury
Rhinoceros, the building of the Forum Boarium in Rome, now transformed into a gallery complete with artist residences, was officially opened on 11 October at 10 pm, with a series of art performances and the adulation of an awestruck audience
Ruma is a modern structure, in line with the style of the city yet referring to ancient Malaysian culture and its esthetic values in every corridor, room and space.
Green, blue and palm trees, a watchtower on the beach. There is more to Sicily than the Valley of the Temples: it is a land of dukes, poets and artists
The ceilings are high, the wooden Dutch ornaments are combined with blue greys, shiny resin floors, beiges, cream, and black finishes
A reference point for cafés in Milan, on the corner of via Montenapoleone and via Sant’Andrea, turns two-hundred and celebrates with a book published by Assouline
A hotel opened since 1997, located in Ravello, between Positano and Vietri. At the entrance a flower cart, on the piano the pink hyacinths, the Creed’s perfumes in the boutique
On the other side of Via Bagutta, at the bottom of the courtyard of Palazzo Reina, recently refurbished by the de Balcany heirs, the Paper Moon Giardino opens its doors
Capella is the third brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere: it is also the name of a hôtellerie collection in Asia. Here is a review of Capella Sentosa, Singapore
As in all the Venetian palaces, the floors appear to float, resting on waltz slopes – it reminds you that Venice is a floating city.
Casa Zegna and the wool mill collect the water from the Alps of Biella region, the wool from New Zealand up to Mongolia. The hotel Bucaneve is hidden a midst of these mountains
Rome is like the wisteria climbing up – not on a non-descript façade, but up the Raphaël’s façade. The plants are not pruned, they are infesting, like the beauty of Rome.