Escape To The Jet-Set Destinations Designers Are Loving Right Now
While winter has us feeling cozy and cuddly, we can’t help but dream of checking into a rejuvenating retreat or spending a few days of fun in the sun. Given their champagne taste in all things design, we asked 12 design stars what hot spots they’re fantasizing about right now. From an island surf resort to a luxe hotel wedged in between Colorado’s dramatic canyons and a romantic restaurant in Turks and Caicos, these dreamy destinations have been designer tested and approved. Bon voyage!
NoMad Los Angeles
“I love staying in downtown L.A., I feel it has a little more grit and new luxe hotels are popping up like the NoMad. It’s a gorgeous deco building that has been converted into a hip boutique hotel. I love the feeling in the lobby with the layering of all the textures and the pared back rooms with a traditional twist,” says Aly Velji.
The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
“The way the dining room juts into the ocean is like a bowsprit on a ship. It doesn’t take away from the landscape,” says Brian J. McCarthy.
The Wolseley, London
“One special place I’ve been obsessing over is the beautiful The Wolseley restaurant in London’s Piccadilly district. The interior architectural story — not to mention its bold black and white floor tile design — is divine. It’s become an inspirational reference point for a client project we’re developing,” says Corey Damen Jenkins.
Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
“Dining at the beautifully designed Hôtel de Crillon is an out-of-body experience. The outdoor courtyard is a masterpiece in design, and the chairs are comfortable but still clearly designed for outdoor living,” says Garrow Kedigian.
Nihi Sumba, Sumba, Indonesia
An hour’s flight southeast of Bali, this resort offers villa-living with a dreamy view of the island’s thriving jungle and blue waters. According to design maven Kelly Wearstler, it’s the place to go for a “super-authentic, raw and refined luxury surfing holiday.”
Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy
“Le Sirenuse is my favorite hotel. The moment you step inside, you’re taken care of. Everyone is so helpful and kind; it’s effortless and Italian and wonderful,” says Martin Brudnizki
Soho House Istanbul
Set up in a 19th century palazzo, this Soho House outpost combines East and West, old and new (think: walk-in rainforest showers, hammam rooms and an old-school speakeasy). “Travel is the best education one can ever receive, no matter what age, so I say grab your passport and seize the day,” says Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
The Surfrider Hotel, Malibu
Designer Montana Burnett’s top pick, a remodelled 1950s beach hotel, pays homage to easy, breezy coastal living — sink-in couches, surf safaris and Mini Coopers included.
Amangiri Hotel, Canyon Point, Utah
Watch as the sky — framed by mesas and mountains — turns from ochre to pink from this artful oasis nestled in beautiful Red Rock Country. “I’ve had my eye on Amangiri in Canyon Point for years!” says Nyla Free. (Cindy Crawford’s husband Rande Gerber is said to be a fan, too!)
Inspiring designers Samer Shaath and Kevin Chan, this tranquil escape from the cosmopolitan streets of Tokyo delivers a traditional Japanese ryokan experience. Expect soft tatami matting underfoot, conscious bamboo closets and hot spring baths with sky views as you soak. “It’s always a great time to go to Japan, but next year the Olympics will give you even more reason to go,” says Kevin.
Lisnavagh House, Ireland
“I love to escape city life for a country retreat like Lisnavagh House,” says Cali-based designer Stefani Stein. Not only does the private estate sit on 600 acres of woods and farmland, it features acres of lush gardens to frolic through.
Grace’s Cottage, Turks and Caicos
“Grace’s Cottage is the most romantic and transporting restaurants in Turks and Caicos. You can have a glass of rosé at the buzzy bar and lounge, walk on the pristine white sand beach and gaze at the bluest waters on earth. Absolute heaven,” says NYC designer Young Huh.