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Not sure where to travel in 2018? H&H editors Kimberley Brown, Lauren Petroff and Jennifer Koper have each shared next-level design destinations to add to your travel Pinterest boards. From a boutique hotel in China’s mountainous Yangshuo countryside to a must-visit cocktail destination in West Hollywood, you’re sure to find dreamy spots to visit on your next getaway. Each need-to-visit vacation spot offers endless decorating and architectural inspiration. Click the “VOTE NOW” button above or below the destination you most want to visit, and complete the form that appears for your chance to win $1,000 from National Bank. Vote once per day for more contest entries!
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“The beauty of Bar Palladio, a dreamy Italian eatery in Jaipur, makes you feel like you’re stepping into a candlelit fantasy land,” says Lauren Petroff. “The interior, a dramatic blue and white space clad in ornate panelling and piled high with sumptuous textiles, sits in the restored historic Narain Niwas Palace Hotel. An enclave of private tented pavilions in the gardens also makes guests feel like royalty.”
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“The little pastry shop Nanan in Wroclaw, Poland, is a real-life jewel box set in a city rich with history and beautiful architecture. Featuring only 14 seats, it’s the perfect place to savour delicious pastries,” says Jennifer Koper. “With walls upholstered in channelled pink velvet and curvy Deco details galore, it’s a real treat (literally!), regardless of whether you think the millennial pink trend is over or you’re still obsessed!”
“Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, the impossibly hip couple behind New York firm Roman and Williams, have defined ‘cool’ interiors for a new generation of style-seekers who happily eat, shop and sleep at the hotels, restaurants, stores and nightclubs they design — and the Ace Hotel and Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop are both clients,” says Kimberley Brown. “With the recent opening of their home goods store, cafe and cocktail spot, Roman and Williams Guild New York, you don’t have to be a client to bring their sought-after look home. Shop their furniture, lighting and home goods, fuel up on delish French food at La Mercerie Café, and treat yourself to a bouquet of blooms from Emily Thompson Flowers — all under one gorgeous roof.”
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“In China’s mountainous Yangshuo countryside sits the remaining industrial structure of a retired sugar mill. But thanks to Vector Architects, the stark skeleton of a bygone factory has been transformed into a breathtaking boutique hotel that is striking in its juxtaposition against and harmony with its natural and picturesque environment,” says Lauren.
“Paris is and always has been a next-level design destination,” says Jennifer. Le Roch Hotel & Spa is another must-visit spot in the city of love. “Designed by Parisian Sarah Lavoine, it’s the epitome of glamorous luxury. The finishes and details make every space in the boutique hotel, from the restaurant to the spa, a work of art.”
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“With the creative crowd migrating west in search of sun and space, Los Angeles has a fresh energy that’s reinvigorating its neighbourhoods, diversifying its hot spots and attracting visitors more interested in style than stars,” says Kimberley. “Bibo Ergo Sum is among the new additions. Its quirky, cinematic interior by Home Studios is a playful mash-up of inspirations that includes architecture from 1900s Vienna, vintage French film posters, Finnish designer Alvar Aalto and movie classic The Graduate. In a city full of celebs, it steals the scene.”
“This former palace is one of the world’s most stunning hotels. It’s dripping with colour, layered with textures and effortlessly ties together exotic old-world elegance with contemporary-style accents,” says Lauren. “If you can pry yourself away from the gorgeous rooms, spa, breezeways and restaurant, visit the nearby Jardin Majorelle, with its electric blue villa and botanical garden, which was once home to Yves Saint Laurent.”
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“Copenhagen is truly the ‘it’ spot for design lovers. It’s chock-full of design shops and boasts infinite restaurants, cafés and bars with unique design perspectives — not to mention the famous canals and gorgeous views,” says Jennifer. “The Meatpacking District — previously an industrial area that’s been repurposed using existing structures — is now a bustling hub, filled with art galleries and some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen. It’s a great example of urban revitalization, ideal for the design lover seeking something unusual.”
“Miami has reinvented itself as a cultural and culinary destination, and art is at the centre of its newfound identity. The annual Art Basel fair draws crowds to South Beach every December, but the city’s downtown is a haven for collectors and connoisseurs year-round. The newly opened Institute of Contemporary Art in the Design District champions cutting-edge works and the Wynwood neighbourhood effectively functions as an outdoor art gallery, with nearly every building sporting a rotating roster of colourful, arresting murals. Nearby, The Wynwood Yard provides an open-air gathering spot for food, drink, free music and design that’s refreshingly chill and still hopping well past sundown.”
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