Among the world’s most eminent designers, some have left their mark not only on the world of fashion but have also taken their unique style and personality to transform some of the most luxurious and desirable hotels around the globe.
Many of these ultra-chic hotel spaces have been created to emulate how the designer would choose to travel – reflecting their own sense of style in keeping with the property’s character and surroundings. For many of the hotels, it’s not just the odd designer touch here and there; everything from specially commissioned artwork, linens and amenities to dedicated services have been carefully curated by the designer themselves.
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If you’re looking for a truly stylish stay, there’s no better place to check into than these unique designer suites.
Diane von Furtsenberg – One & Only Hayman Island – Australia
Further to her initial foray into luxury hotel design with Claridge’s in London, Diane von Furtsenberg was asked to design a unique two-bedroom penthouse suite at One&Only Hayman Island in Australia after vacationing at the property and falling in love with the surroundings. The bold and striking penthouse features a spacious lounge and dining area, expansive balcony, two bedrooms and two bathrooms and comes with a private butler. One&Only Hayman Island is a private island in the Whitsunday Islands, the heart of the pristine Great Barrier Reef. This tropical oasis features four restaurants including Italian, Asian and modern Australian cuisines as well as unforgettable private dining experiences.
Georgio Armani – Armani Hotel Dubai – Dubai
Envisioned by fashion icon Giorgio Armani, this hotel has a private entrance and occupies 11 floors of Dubai’s iconic skyscraper, Burj Khalifa. The rooms exude understated elegance with curved lines and luxurious fabrics, as well as amenities personally curated by Giorgio Armani. For that ultimate designer touch, guests should book a stay in one of the Armani Premiere Suites as each suite was individually created by the designer himself. With 95 square metres of space, the stylish suites come with a full range of Armani amenities, a king-size bed, walk-in closet and 40 inch LCD TV. Guests staying at the Armani Hotel can also take advantage of the numerous dining options, Armani Spa and the renowned Armani Privé which hosts one of the most popular club nights in town.
Christian Lacroix – Hotel Le Notre Dame Saint Michel – Paris, France
In a city with some of the most unique and elegant hotels in the world, Hotel Le Notre Dame Saint Michel stands out from the crowd as it is truly a fashion-lover’s dream. Housed in a listed building, the hotel has been fully refurbished by the renowned French designer, Christian Lacroix. Using rich fabrics, antiques, art masterpieces and couture details, each room provides a unique and unforgettable atmosphere. Every detail has been carefully curated with modern twists fused with baroque and at times, psychedelic designs. Ideally located in the Saint-Germain district, guests can stroll along the banks of the Seine, browse through the second-hand book stalls and discover numerous art galleries, cafés and restaurants.
Betsey Johnson – The Plaza – New York, USA
The internationally renowned New York icon that is The Plaza is also home to one of the city’s most unusual and popular designer suites – the Eloise Suite. Of all the famous names to have resided at The Plaza, the namesake character of Kay Thompson’s Eloise at The Plaza is perhaps the most memorable. Her mischievous antics around The Plaza have delighted readers since its publication in 1955 and now Eloise fans can relive the joy of the elusive and capricious Eloise with a stay in her very own suite. With outrageous and fun décor by celebrated designer Betsey Johnson, the Eloise Suite is resplendent with a palette of pink and black. The suite is also equipped with original Hilary Knight prints adorning the walls, an Eloise Holiday Gift Set, a wall-mounted flat screen TV and DVD player, Eloise DVDs and books, a tea set and Eloise and Weenie dolls, Eloise robes and towels. The ultimate designer suite for any child or child-at-heart!
Oscar de la Renta – Tortuga Bay – Dominican Republic
Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta designed all interiors of the Tortuga Bay hotel in Punta Cana, in his native Dominican Republic. The plantation-style suites were inspired by the leafy setting of the property which is nestled within a 1,500 acre ecological reserve. All suites have balconies overlooking the majestic Caribbean Sea and feature Frette linens and Oscar de la Renta amenities. This exclusive resort has its own private beach, swimming pool and array of dining options including Bamboo, offering Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with décor also designed by Oscar de la Renta.
Ralph Lauren – Round Hill Hotel & Villas – Jamaica
Steeped in rich history, timeless elegance and understated luxury, Round Hill is the epitome of genuine Jamaican hospitality. This private enclave of luxury villas also houses boutique oceanfront rooms designed by the American powerhouse, Ralph Lauren. Designed to evoke a crisp, clean Caribbean ambiance, the oceanfront rooms at Round Hill are as stunning as they are comfortable. Cool, white stone floors, romantic, four-poster mahogany beds and sumptuous, upholstered furniture from the designer’s Home Collection ensure every guest’s comfort, while spacious bathrooms featuring deep soaking tubs, freestanding rain showers and double vanities add an extra level of luxury. Guests of Round Hill can enjoy traditional Caribbean meals made with local ingredients grown on-site, an array of land and water activities or relax in the sublime spa.
Dior – St. Regis New York – New York, USA
With exceptional views of Central Park and New York’s famous Fifth Avenue, the 1,700-square-foot Dior Suite unites the legacy of the original St. Regis hotel with the French elegance of Dior. The suite is infused with signature Dior muted hues of greys, purples and whites and distinctive design details straight from the Dior ateliers in Paris. The sumptuous King bed is topped with lavish Pratesi linens with an adjacent Italian marble bathroom offering Remède bath amenities. The St. Regis offers guests a wealth of services and facilities with each floor having its own assigned butler to assist with all needs.