Inside the Glamorous Gala One Saint Barth

Closing 2023 in style, Gala One took place on 29th December at the iconic Eden Rock St Barths resort and saw 200 guests in attendance or a glamourous evening of cocktails, a grand dinner and world-class musical performances.

Berkeley Travel was proud to support the event with a donation for the charity auction, which benefitted several charities dedicated to protecting children, biodiversity, and the waters and lands of the Caribbean by donating 5 nights of exclusive occupancy of the entire Private Island of the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi raising €100,000, the winner of the lot was jeweller to the stars, Jacob Arabo.

The Gala, which raised more than €2million saw performances by legendary singers Bebe Rexha and Saweetie and was attended by guests including boxer Mike Tyson, supermodels Anna Andres, Bianca Balti, Jordan Barrett and Victoria Silvstedt, artist Alec Monopoly, Chopard’s president Caroline Scheufele and TV personality Scott Disick.

Significant funds were raised for four charitable organisations on the cutting edge of innovation in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, and humanitarian aid: Parley for the Oceans, Rainforest Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) and Amend.

The auction also included a specially curated collaborative artwork by Pierce and Paris Brosnan; artworks by Keiichi Tanaami, Nicole Wittenberg, Michael Kagan, and more; dazzling Chopard Haute Joaillerie earrings (presented by Bianca Balti);  a walk-on role in the upcoming film project “Maserati, A Racing Life,” and a customised Pro Hunter Daytona Rolex created especially for Gala One Saint Barth.

Experience Magical Marrakech at La Sultana

 

Comprised of five riads, La Sultana Marrakech is a marvel of a luxury boutique hotel set in the heart of Marrakech’s magical Medina and home to 28 uniquely designed brimming with the character of the hotel’s historical origins.

Taking a privileged location a stone’s throw from the Royal Palace in what is notably known as the Golden Triangle, you descend from what can often be one of the busier streets in the area to a hidden oasis as doormen usher you into this private sanctuary.

The palatial surroundings are a nod to the past in which the building was once home to royalty before eventually being gifted to Caid Azzi Boujemma, a devoted palace worker whose son restored many of its original features, thus putting it on the map for glamorous soirees and balls in the height of its former glory.

Fast-forward to 2001 and following an extensive renovation and today, it counts an extensive spa, outdoor heated pool and the largest rooftop in the Medina as it pays homage to the past and continues to enchant guests looking for a spot of downtime away from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced surroundings.

By day, the hotel is an exploration of the senses; La Sultana oozes the Morrocan flair, which is evoked through the different riads, a whirlwind of stucco and marble. The décor is awash with exotic artefacts; there is a play on African influence at matrimony with the zellige tiling and intricately detailed wood that all form part of the eternal elegance of the hotel.

Rooms carry the same majestic opulence that is subtly whispered throughout the hotel’s grounds; there is a sense of nonchalance to the relaxed vibes, while raised ceilings and ornate detailing add an element of high drama.

Marble-clad bathrooms and elegant copper finishes set the scene for the rooms, most of which overlook the central patio of its riad. Furnished with traditional pieces reminiscent of Marrakech’s vibrancy, plush beds and hidden chambers add to the heightened luxury and privacy La Sultana is built on.

Positioned almost as a centrepiece of the hotel, the outdoor pool takes pride of place, offering a daytime retreat with blue waters and sumptuous beds at either end. The collection is also adjacent to La Table de La Sultana, the hotel’s signature restaurant serving as a destination for external guests, a culinary voyage through seasonal menus showcasing Morrocan and French cuisine flavours by night.

Also worthy of a sojourn during your stay, La Sultana is home to an enviable rooftop terrace, notably overlooking the UNESCO-listed Medina and the Moulay El Yazid Mosque and perfect for a spot of lunch at La Table du Souk serving Morrocan street food or for evening cocktails into the early hours at The Odette, a rooftop bar and Mezze serving signature cocktails and small plates.

The hotel also hosts daily cooking classes every morning on the rooftop in a specially kitted-out kitchen looking out to the Atlas Mountains. Try the tagine spices and Morrocan cuisine secrets to master your culinary skills with a pit stop to the food market to source local produce before a two-hour cooking class and the chance to enjoy your tagine atop the luscious terrace.

Be sure to save some time for an indulgent visit to the spa; lit by ornamental lanterns, it houses a hammam and dedicated treatment rooms with Darphin facials at the helm, the hero treatment, La Sultana’s Signature Ritual encompasses a Royal Hammam (a purifying exfoliation using a kessa glove and black soap) and a body massage using argan oil.

There is so much to see within this vibrant hotel that you’d be forgiven for not actually leaving to venture and explore the magic of Marrakech, but if you do, rest assured the hotel has a whole array of enticing experiences to make doing so even more memorable.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

www.lasultana.com

 

The Safari of a Lifetime at Sabi Sabi

 

There are few places quite as magnificent as Sabi Sabi, taking an enviable spot against the ever-enchanting backdrop of Kruger National Park, the family-owned reserve, has been a bucket-list-must for over 40 years.

Spread across four equally charming lodges, each has been thoughtfully designed to pay homage to the character of Africa’s rich history with influences echoed throughout. It is particularly noteworthy that Sabi Sabi’s lodges are unfenced, allowing its wildlife and game to roam freely – think waking up to an elephant outside the back door kind of vibe – and the scene is set.

The magic of the reserve is conveyed best through its 5000-hectare-strong Bushveld, to which guests staying at the lodges enjoy exclusive access. Cruised round in a comfortable open-top 4×4, you’d be forgiven as a first-timer to be somewhat alarmed at how close the experienced guides and rangers here are willing to venture to the animals.

But as you descend from the quaint Skukuza airport and start to catch glimpses of the elusive Big Five en route to your abode for the days to come, you suddenly see how these magical creatures are at ease and what an enjoyable experience you are in for.

The endearing personalities of the rangers, their talented Shangaan trackers, and the prospect of seeing out-of-this-world animals in their natural habitat motivate you to wake up at the crack of dawn (failing that, a daily 5.30 am wake-up call does the trick). In doing so, you’ll be rewarded with catching sights that are like no other, with surprises along the way as the guides pick spots for a mid-morning snack or evening aperitif along the way.

The animals are free to peruse the reserve as they please, so you can expect to be in with a glimpse of lions, leopards, black rhinos, elephants and even buffalos. Sabi Sabi’s game is best known for the prime scenes and dramatic moments these free animals live, and spectators are given a prime view of everything from mothers teaching their cubs to hunt for prey to herds gathering to feed, and with the exclusivity of the reserve, you can enjoy such moments without being surrounded by scores of cars looking in on the action too.

 

As well as its awe-inspiring safaris both day and night, Sabi Sabi is also the ultimate retreat for some downtime in one of its four lodges, all offering their own unique character centred around Sabi Sabi’s philosophy of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

With the lodges ranging in size from the family-friendly Bush Lodge spanning 25 suites to more intimate affairs across Selati Camp, Earth Lodge and the smaller Little Bush Camp, each has a distinct flair and offers unrivalled service alongside fantastic local food and South African wines.

Perhaps the most architecturally pleasing of the lodges, Earth Lodge is cleverly designed as a sculpted slope of the earth. You transcend into this hidden eco-escape of 13 exquisitely designed suites to enter a striking view of a wilderness-come-art-piece of landscape that sits as a central focus connecting the suites to the restaurant and bar of the property.

Take the chance to unwind in surroundings that elevate the nature surrounding the lodge with a dip in your private pool which forms part of your outdoor lounge, or try your hand at painting with the in-room art materials.

Earth Lodge is also home to Amani Spa – an intimate spa perfect for couples’ treatments in a dedicated massage room for two. You can also be sure to experience some of the finest gastronomy Kruger has to offer with a daily changing menu curated by their in-house chefs and ranging from local game to fish and seasonal specials; all served a la carte alongside a selection of South African wines, many of which are from the lodge’s impressive wine cellar.

 

For something a little more reminiscent of the past, be sure to spend a few nights over at Selati Camp, basking in age-old influence; the colonial feel of Selati is an emanation of the legendary steam trains of the 1900s.

Awash with nostalgic antiques and quirky adornments all referencing the glamour of South African heritage, Selati has just 7 lodges, each named after a bygone railway station. Subtly lit by cosy shunters’ lanterns, the whole aura of Selati is one of a voyage which compliments the discovery of safari in ideal matrimony.

The suites are an explorer’s paradise, continuing the theme of the old train tracks. The grandeur of the décor conveys a journey into an era of historical elegance, which is channelled across the 7 suites. Think of it as the perfect home away from home in a relaxed setting and a time to appreciate the unspoilt scenery that overlooks the lodge.

Attracting both those looking to tick off their first African adventure or regular trekkers and avid safari-goers, the magic and adrenaline of Sabi Sabi make for a sojourn that is uniquely fulfilling in so many ways.

A stay at Sabi Sabi starts from ZAR 18,600 (Around £835) per person per night based on sharing and is fully inclusive of both day and night safaris, meals and a selection of beverages and South African wines.

www.sabisabi.com

Words by Jaz Grewal.

 

A Lake District Retreat at The Forest Side

 

Cumbria has always been a destination for avid adventurers and (weather permitting) sun-seekers looking to escape to the Lake District’s scenic national parks and peaks.

Perhaps lesser known of this rural haven is its abundance of fine restaurants. More notably, following the 2023 edition of the UK’s Michelin Guide, it now counts some thirteen Starred eateries– the most in the country outside of London.

Of those, The Forest Side takes pride in place as the crown jewel and is set against the rural backdrop of Ambleside.

Surrounded by 43 acres of luscious woodland, this gem was once the home of English poet William Wordsworth and today offers the perfect spot for a sojourn amongst the fells of the Lake District alongside a destination restaurant with renowned chef Paul Leonard at the helm.

No stranger to fine dining, Paul’s track record is impressive, with stints previously working under Marcus Wareing and retaining the Isle of Eriska’s Michelin Star.

Always one to champion local produce, it’s no surprise the majority of The Forest Side’s dishes are created using Cumbrian suppliers alongside ingredients from the restaurant’s garden.

Paul and his team typically centre the seasonal menus around the nutrients grown onsite. Everything from microgreens to herbs, fruits and vegetables is within arm’s length and ethically produced before being picked daily and used in the kitchen.

The Farm to Fork concept is echoed throughout the innovative menu, showcasing British flavours and the local tastes of the region.

Served as either four or eight courses over dinner (or four and six courses for lunch), Paul’s flair for cooking is embodied through flavoursome dishes of Poached North Sea Code in a sauce made from Solway Brown Shrimp and tasty snacks to start – think Cured Ham Fat Broth and Aged lakeland Dexter with a serving of Caviar.

The menu itself is printed on a card depicting the forestry of the region, which elevates the whole experience – the array of cutlery (and its snazzy presentation in a leather roll) is of particular note, too….it all adds to a subtle sense of theatre – one amplified by the faultless service and glimpses into the kitchen which is within eye’s reach.

Dishes devoted to the garden include the Beetroots, cooked all day to perfection in their own juice and then plated up. The cheese is bought over on one of those fancy trolleys in a very Instagrammable fashion. It comes courtesy of The Courtyard Dairy – a supplement, but if you do have the space (which, granted with eight courses, is a big ask), its worth savouring the unique creaminess they offer.

Not to mention, if you do decide to go ahead with the full wine flight, you can expect to enjoy another glass of wine – and with such an expertly paired choice of fine wines (and commentary on all the history behind each one), what more excuse do you need?

Make the most of your visit to this hidden oasis by staying the night too – not far from the neighbouring villages and a stone’s throw away from the magical sights of the lakes, the rooms are situated within the building, which formerly served as a private home.

Designed by James Mackie, the twenty guest rooms here are contemporary and range in size from cosy, superb, and spacious masters. Comfy beds, tiled bathrooms (some with freestanding bathtubs) and shelves stocked with Bramley products set the tone for the homely rooms, many of which overlook the grounds. Six of the rooms are also dog-friendly, allowing canine friends to enjoy the fun too.

Perfect for avid walkers and those just seeking a countryside escape, The Forest Side offers the ultimate staycation easily reached by train from London and exceptional dining that is second to none.

www.theforestside.com

Text by Jaz Grewal.

 

AMAN New York

 

Taking a privileged position in the historic Crown Building, Aman New York is the latest addition to Aman’s ever-growing portfolio of ultra-luxe properties in urban locations and is set to become a prime addition to Manhattan’s skyline.

A key moment for the hotel group under its leadership of Vlad Doronin, this magnificent hotel, members’ club and private residences have been designed under the direction of Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston Architects and offer the ultimate escape in the Big Apple.

Home to 83 exquisite suites, each is designed with subtle nods to Aman’s Asian heritage and offers a wealth of splendour and lavishly appointed amenities. As well as being amongst the largest in the city, the suites here are fully soundproofed, offering a sense of escapism from your private sanctuary and touches including functioning fireplaces and marble rain showers echo Aman’s properties across the East.

Adding to the unique offering of Aman New York is the first Aman Club to be located within a hotel, giving members and guests the opportunity to access two incredible club lounges, an expansive private garden terrace, cigar lounge and wine room.

The centrepiece of the hotel is undoubtedly its vast spa spanning over three floors and comprising a 20-metre indoor pool, two spa houses and the latest in fitness equipment.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

 

Designer Dining at The Chelsea Pig

 

Perhaps the pinnacle of craftsmanship and heritage, the Oulton name has long been synonymous with style. It was back in 1976 that Major Philip Oulton opened Halo Antiques in a bid to provide a good education for his two sons.

Fast forward to today, and Philip’s son, Tim, stands as one of the most sought-after names in the world of fabulous furnishings and out-of-this-world design.

Having established the Timothy Oulton brand back in 2008 when its first gallery opened in LA, the eponymous label has since gone on to pop up in Harrods and open numerous galleries worldwide with its lavishly appointed Chelsea flagship at the helm.

Now run under the creative direction of Tim’s son, Oliver Oulton, the brand counts a global empire under its wing, and before passing the reigns on last year, Tim branched out into hospitality.

The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly his first pub, The Chelsea Pig, which resides a stone’s throw away from the Kings Road flagship store.

Originally established in 1892, the pub is very much an icon amongst the Chelsea set and, following an extensive renovation, reopened in November 2021, offering an all-day dining menu and impressive drinks list against a backdrop immersed in Oulton’s signature style.

The design-led space exudes the eccentricity of the Victorian era whilst maintaining the authenticity of a gastro-pub with a neighbourhood feel.

On entering, the focal point is a rather unexpected yet very welcome aquarium filled with a diver, namely Derek, who stands proudly clad in a helmet and diving suit.

The décor is flamboyant; think leather banquettes and tonal Turkish oak beam flooring to add warmth and complement the whole all-day concept of the restaurant and pub.

Service is unpretentious; it’s just the right level of formality to suit a Chelsea dining institution, yet in keeping with the vibe echoed throughout and the element of fun synonymous with the family design business.

Foodwise, Head Chef Fionnnan Flood has created a menu showcasing classic British fare with a modern flair and focus on seasonal ingredients. Very fittingly, traditional English dishes are championed in a nod to gastro dining, yet there is a sense of theatre to the plates on offer.

Hero dishes to start include terrine of rabbit and duck and a beautifully done Longhorn beef tartare served with a nice smoked crème fraiche and focaccia.

For mains, the lamb breast is a must-try; cooked to perfection, it comes with a minted salsa verde that gives it a nice little kick. For even more traditional pub grub, the beer-battered haddock is a good take on posh fish ’n’ chips and really hits the spot.

Make sure to save some space for dessert, too. The marmalade bread pudding is a particular treat to share, with a nice dollop of cinnamon ice cream, and we quite enjoy the peppermint crème brulee after a hearty meal; it’s a perfectly indulgent way to finish the meal.

Open daily, Tuesday to Sunday, the pub serves its all-day dining menu throughout, with the additional option of a fabulous roast on Sundays – think Hereford beef rib-eye or Sutton Hoo Chicken with all the trimmings.

The Chelsea Pig has also recently launched The Apartment, a fabulous  space available for private hire.

Text by Jaz Grewal.

www.thechelseapig.co.uk

 

The Best Beauty Products To Invest in Now

With Spring upon us, we’ve shortlisted the ultimate edit of high-end beauty must-haves to keep you looking and feeling your absolute best for 2024.

La Prairie

 

One of La Prairie’s most exciting innovations to date, Skin Caviar Harmony L’Extrait is an intensive resculpting treatment packed full of potent Caviar Infinite and formulated to strengthen and re-densify the skin.

Inspired by the art of Bauhaus, this luxurious extrait works on the skin’s vertical pillars, an area that has otherwise been overlooked by skincare, to enhance the vertical dimensions of the skin ligaments.

La Prairie’s scientists have created a harmony of youth that has been rigorously tested, and thirty-five years in the making, have developed the Caviar Infinite that infuses this now hero product.

Working to resculpt the contours, lift and induce volume back to the skin, the extrait is applied on freshly cleansed and toned skin as a step before applying the brand’s cult Liquid Lift and Caviar Luxe cream elevating the overall ritual. The result is a regained element of plumpness, satin-smooth skin and a lifted facial contour.

 

Dior

 

Infused with the latest extract created by the house of Dior, Rosapeptide, Dior Prestige La Crème has been formulated with the extract enriched with the coveted Rose de Granville and can reverse the signs of ageing, giving the appearance of looking up to six years younger in just eight weeks.

Known as the ultimate skincare jewel, La Crème works to reconstruct the structure of ageing skin whilst simultaneously reviving eight youth biomarkers as it revives youthfulness.

Created with a formula comprised of 94% natural-origin ingredients, a six-step and six-temperature process is undertaken to achieve the Crème’s velvety texture. Adding a sub-filler technology maintains water within the skin.

Presented in a coveted refillable jar and finished with the signature scent synonymous with the cream, along with the promise of denser and plumper skin, make La Crème a permanent fixture on your dressing table.

 

Sisley

Sisley’s Exfoliating Enzyme Mask is a one-minute wonder-worker. The ultimate pick-me-up, the mask instantly boosts radiance and clears excess make-up and sebum in a flash-facial application.

Gently exfoliating the skin using natural enzymes, the transformative powder texture becomes a cream upon contact with water, seamlessly spreading and purifying the face. The bonds between dead skin cells are broken down and removed, and the Papain-enriched formula gives a boost thanks to the addition of Vitamin B3.

Pores appear tighter, and skin is illuminated; the gentle mask gives an on-the-go glow to dull skin and improves its overall texture over time when used once or twice a week. It can be used as a pre-mask when indulging in one of Sisley’s radiance or sensitive skin routines for optimal results.

SENSAI

For an instant lift in your look and spirit, look no further than Sensai’s Lift Focus Essence, a new addition to the cult range enriched with Sensai’s favourite Koishimaru Silk Royal blend.

This impactful product features Sensai’s Lift Focus Complex, designed to target elastin and collagen within the skin’s structural compounds, engineered to counteract the physical pull of gravity and the sag-inducing downers of city life.

Targeting elastin and collagen, the complex actively seeks to encourage collagen production whilst preventing the breakdown of the elastic fibres thanks to its elastase-combating active ingredients.

For optimal results, Sensai also recommends its signature brand massage ritual to enhance the application of the essence. The Dimensional Lifting Stretch gives a lift across the facial features and neck with upwards strokes and applying gentle pressure for that added boost.

Oribe

 

For a blowdry worthy of royalty, look no further than Oribe’s Royal Blowout spray; this hair-raising potion is the ultimate secret to a perfectly coiffed do.

Formulated to smooth untamed tresses, the ultra-lightweight mist protects hair from heat damage, repairs split ends and strengthens the hair inducing body and shine.

UV-absorbing molecules work to protect against UV rays whilst argan oil softens the hair, and the spray’s special silicone complex forms a sheer layer bound to keratin for thermal protection and shine.

Safe to use on coloured hair, this LA-Blowdry in a bottle is vegan, gluten-free and animal-friendly.

Eighth Day

Having taken Hollywood by storm, Dr Antony Nakhla’s game-changing skincare brand Eighth Day has launched exclusively at Harrods, and its cult Regenerative Serum is at the top of our list.

As luxurious as it is effective, the serum is an all-in-one formulation designed to deliver plumper and more youthful skin with an impressive ingredient list at the helm.

Combating the 10 most problematic skin concerns and factors of the environment, a patent-pending technology, Peptide-Rich Plasma, is at the core of the product and is composed of 24 bioidentical synthetic peptides, growth factors and amino acids.

This groundbreaking skin saviour heals the skin and, at the same time, improves loss of volume, fine lines and wrinkles.

Kerastase

 

 

Creating a foundation for luscious locks, Kérastase’s iconic Bain Satin 1 is our favourite shampoo for giving dry hair some TLC.

Gentle enough for daily use and safe on coloured hair, the hair cleanser that always finds itself in the black book of a number of celebrity hairdressers is infused with Irisome, designed to nourish damaged tresses.

Protecting hair from oxidation to give longevity to the smoothing and moisturising properties, Bain Satin 1 is best left on for a few minutes to see optimal benefits.

Housed in the recognisable bottle synonymous with Kérastase’s cleansers, this bathroom-shelf hero is the secret to enviable shine and silky soft hair.

 

Text by Jaz Grewal.

A Moroccan Dream at La Maison Arabe

Prominently positioned in the heart of Marrakech’s iconic medina and full of storied heritage, La Maison Arabe stands as one of the city’s greatest hotels dating back as far as 1946.

 

A jewel in the ever-growing portfolio of Cenizaro Hotel & Resorts, this charming boutique hotel is one of two properties owned by the group in Marrakech alongside its other properties around the world across Mauritius and Maldives to name a few.

As Marrakech’s first riad hotel, the opulent and unmistakably Moroccan property is discreetly accessed via a small passageway just off the legendary Jemma el Fna square which leads to reveal the picturesque and intimate hotel, restaurant, spa and cooking school.

Set across just 45 rooms, La Maison Arabe evokes the grandeur of a majestic riad and has the outstanding hospitality one would expect of such a hotel but without the sense of being overcrowded, synonymous with some of the other properties in the area.

The rooms and suites are brimming with character, refined elegance and the décor Morocco is so well known for. Spaciously designed, most come with a fireplace and a private outdoor space, be it a terrace, private balcony or patio area. Some also offer private jacuzzis – perfect for basking in the sun and overlooking the city at night.

Luxuriously appointed, the rooms, many of which overlook the perfectly-manicured gardens are equipped with everything needed to create the perfect home-away-from-home, think Nespresso machines, satellite television and cosy king-size beds wrapped in sumptuous linens to set the tone.

As you explore the rest of the magical grounds of the hotel, you’ll want to also indulge in the gastronomic delights at the heart of La Maison Arabe’s origins when it originally opened as the medina’s first restaurant open to tourists and visitors before its revival in the 90’s as it transitioned to become the hotel it is today.

With a choice of two restaurants, the hotel has also become a go-to nightspot for outside visitors who come to discover the flavours of Le Restaurant, which specialises in traditional Moroccan Fare and the very instagrammable poolside restaurant, Les Troise Saveurs serving breakfast daily and an international menu in the evenings.

Entertainment is a daily occurrence over dinner, so make a night of it as you savour the exquisitely prepared French, Moroccan and Asian dishes as you take in the beats of traditional Arab-Andalusian music next overlooking the main pool.

Perhaps the highlight of this magical place is its offering of exclusive resident access to the hotel’s very own Country Club, just a fifteen-minute drive by complimentary shuttle over to the Palmeraie; the club is an oasis away from the bustle of the main city. Be sure to include a day spent at the club as part of your itinerary and make the most of some downtime next to the large pool, followed by a spot of lunch and a walk around the luscious gardens.

As well as its tranquil country club, La Maison Arabe’s cooking school is also a must-do, a first for Marrakech; you can try your hand at preparing authentic Moroccan cuisine either at the country club amongst the gardens or at the hotel, all led under the direction at expert dadas – you’ll be mastering tagine in no time.

Finish your stay in this marvel of a hideaway with a much-needed retreat to the spa at La Maison Arabe. Evoking the same traditional aesthetic as the rest of the hotel, the spa is a relaxing haven down in the basement offering an array of age-old treatments and what is amongst the best hammam ritual in the city; prepare to leave feeling revived and rejuvenated.

 

https://www.cenizaro.com/lamaisonarabe/

Text by Jaz Grewal.

Hotel Arts Barcelona

 

Uniquely positioned overlooking Barcelona’s picturesque waterfront, Hotel Arts is amongst the city’s most iconic skyline landmarks and spans 44 floors of exposed glass and steel, encompassing a collection of 455 elegant rooms and 28 modernly designed penthouses.

Designed by renowned architect Bruce Graham, this stylish retreat which stands proudly as one of Barcelona’s two tallest buildings, is characterised by Frank Gehry’s Fish Sculpture and is also home to two Michelin-starred Enoteca, two pools and a flagship spa with treatments by Spanish favourite Natura Bisse 43 floors above ground.

Rooms here are airy and spacious with marble-clad bathrooms and luxurious fine cotton bedding, creating a sense of muted luxe throughout. Designed with comfort and modern flair, other touches range from in-room control panels to tailor lighting, blinds and temperature at the touch of the button, powerful hydro-showers and Bang & Olufsen stereos as standard.

Guests choosing to stay on the Club Level can also enjoy privileged access to the exclusive Club Lounge situated up on the 33rd floor of the hotel and boasting panoramic sea views.

Available to those staying in the suites, club rooms and penthouses, the club level brings the intimacy of a boutique hotel to the grand setting of the landmark five-star hotel and one can expect to enjoy complimentary culinary delights in the lounge daily, dedicated concierge services and a VIP shopping experience at the Bicester Village Collection’s La Roca Village.

For the ultimate stay – the Penthouses at Hotel Arts are worthy of a sojourn, ranging from an impressive 1600 sq ft and above; the collection of duplex suites offers a personalised service and amenities that are second to none. With skyline views, an on-call butler and dedicated check-in, these homes away from home provide the ultimate experience in the Catalonian capital.

www.hotelartsbarcelona.com

Words by Jaz Grewal.

The Ultimate Staycation at Chateau Denmark

 

Chateau Denmark has reinvented the concept of the staycation and encompasses a collection of curious session rooms and apartments all set against the iconic backdrop of Soho’s Denmark Street.

As alluring as it is iconic, this under-the-radar hideaway takes pride of place a stone’s throw from Tottenham Court Road Station and shares its location with Outernet London and the ever-popular Cantonese restaurant, Tattu London.

Checking in is all rather unassuming, accessed via the same entrance as Tattu, the discreet check-in desk is nothing out of the ordinary, and one would be forgiven for bypassing it as you enter the modern lobby.

It’s the moment you are introduced to one of Chateau Denmark’s vivid and colourful Butlers, otherwise aptly abbreviated BTLRs (we had the pleasure of Frederick), you suddenly realise this hotel spanning some 16 buildings is nothing short of special.

Steering away from the usual stereotype of a Butler, the intrinsic team of hosts here have a certain flair to them; think of them more as experiential gurus, and as one would expect almost no request is too much to ask.

Transcend into your goth-meets-art boudoir of a room, and you may be surprised to find a fridge (rather than a minibar) stocked with all the champagne and spirits one could possibly ask for, and in the larger accommodations, a generous dancefloor overlooked by a plush four-poster bed, and you may quickly find yourself ready to dance the night (or even the day) away.

There is more than meets the eye to the tastefully designed rooms and apartments here; you could quickly conclude that you’ve settled in for a stay at a party pad away from home. However, spaces here offer refined living, and a number of modern touches add a certain je ne sais quoi that one can quickly become accustomed to.

Designed by acclaimed Taylor Howes, the unapologetic grandeur of Chateau Denmark is echoed throughout the immersive living spaces. The bold aesthetic is also present in public spaces, notably in the recently opened Thirteen Bar, complete with a cocktail list to die for.

The inviting bathtubs are a highlight, freestanding and, in most cases, directly next to the bed in a nod away from constraining the indulgence of bath time to the bathroom. The beds are remarkably sumptuous and equally as alluring with decadent bedding and soft furnishings at the helm; this is all complemented by statement wallpaper and curated artwork adorning the walls.

Aimable in its aesthetic and undoubtedly in the most convenient of locations to explore the vibrant streets of Soho (should you actually decide to leave your abode) – Chateau Denmark is nothing short of a marvel – whoever said staying in wasn’t the new going out?

www.chateaudenmark.com

Text by Jaz Grewal.