This month’s theme is “leisure” so I thought I would let you all in on a little bit of a secret I have been keeping.
I collect hotels.
What I mean to say is, I spend an inordinate amount of time perusing the internet and looking at pretty pictures of elegant and eclectic hotels located throughout the world. I never know when the stars will align and I might get to venture to a foreign land so I make sure to always be on the lookout for places to stay.
I thought I would introduce you to four of my favorite finds. Located in France, England, Italy, and Africa, these luxurious and sometimes borderline kitsch boutique hotels inspire me with their fabulous furnishings and commitment to glamour.
Located in the Parisian neighborhood of Marais and housed in what used to be Paris’ first bakery, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is a vibrant mix of color and pattern. This is to be expected because it was designed by famed couturier Christian Lacroix!
Housing 16 rooms and one suite, each guest room is different from one another and all of them are designed to engulf you in the perfect balance of eclectic glamour.
Because this boutique hotel is quite small, it doesn’t have it’s own restaurant. However breakfast is served in the “Honesty Bar” located inside the resort. I adore the quirky bohemian vibe of this one of a kind lodging. As a matter of fact, my husband and I might be able to visit Paris this summer and if we do, the Hotel du Petit Moulin is on the top of my list!
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When I am looking for different hotels to add to my collection, I have a few considerations that I follow, with the most important being the hotel must reflect the culture of the city or country it resides in.
With it’s beautiful brick facade, stately lobby, and toile filled guestrooms, No 11 Cadogan Gardens is a modern version of everything I associate with London.
I adore the juxtaposition of classic blue and white toile with the decidedly modern oversized headboard and casing around the window. This handshake between the old and the new really represents what London, a town with a lasting and imperial history, has come to embrace.
Don’t you just want to collapse on those ornate beds after a day of visiting the Tower of London and browsing through the Victoria & Albert museum? I know I do!
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The first time I heard of this perfectly glamorous resort was when I was reading one of the many books I own by Jonathan Adler. He mentioned it as his favorite place on earth. As far as I am concerned, if it is good enough for Jonathan Adler, then it is good enough for me!
Just look at these lavish photographs! The facade of the hotel alone is enough for me to grab my bikini and hop on the next plane to Capri!
My greatest fear is arriving and never being able to leave! I think if I visited even once I would fall in love. Dolce Vita indeed!
As a matter of fact, ever since I read this article by Simon Doonan, Jonathan Adler’s husband, I have been yearning to visit Capri. Can’t you imagine yourself sitting by the pool, sipping on limoncello, and admiring the view?
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Though I have traveled around the world, I have yet to have the privilege of going on safari. I mean just saying, “going on safari” sounds elegant, don’t you think?
When I found this extraordinary boutique safari that has been created to look like the 1920s, I instantly knew that if I was ever to visit Africa, this is where I wanted to stay!
Isn’t it just the most perfect vintage destination you have ever seen? I want to be that woman who is stark naked, taking a bath in the middle of nowhere! I want to sleep on what looks like vintage cots that might have been used by Indiana Jones himself! I want to say, “pip pip, old chap, do you mind changing the record on the victrola?”.
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So there you have it. Four boutique hotels that I have collected as places that inspire my imagination. I honestly can’t say which one I adore the most! Are there any places you are yearning to visit? If so, please let me know in the comments. Just as I hope to introduce you to new places you might not have heard of before, I too adore learning and discovering new things from you.