Looking to renew focus on your dream travel plans? We have a genuinely curated and handpicked selection of stylish retreats by Pippa Brindley, founder of travel PR agency The Comms Collective and instagram feed @theditinternational.
This list embodies "slow" cultural travel, bringing you elegant hotels and luxury accommodations in unique surroundings, the question is, which one do you book first?
For the cultural art lover - Hidden behind the five hundred-year-old facade of Florence’s Palazzo Galli Tassi is Numeroventi, an arts, co-working, exhibition and residential apartments guest space that unites the threads of Florence’s creative past and present.
Conceptualised by Martino di Napoli Rampolla and Alessandro Modestino Ricciardelli, Andrew Trotter’s design studio was enlisted to design the interiors. The result; Numeroventi is a blend of Renaissance splendour and Scandinavian minimalism.
Arijiju is visible only to those who know it exists. Nestled low on a Kenyan hillside with grass rooftops, blending magically into the landscape, it’s as if it was always supposed to be there. Tucked away in the forest and rock-bed of the Borana ConservancyM game rich Kenyan Highlands which are a sanctuary for adventure, its discrete entrance opens into a greened space with generous Swahili curves and an air of serenity. A cutting edge gym, spa, suntraps and daybeds are accessed through stone walkways and a pool hangs over the Sieku valley offering mesmerising views.
Santa Monica Proper, LA
Santa Monica Proper introduces a looser kind of luxury to Santa Monica. Here, along sun-drenched Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica Proper beckons guests to the only rooftop pool deck on the Westside, a one-of-a-kind setting that includes a Balearic restaurant, bar, and cabanas, where guests are front-row for sunsets over the Pacific.
Casa De São Lourenço, Manteigas, Portugal
Casa De São Lourenço is a tribute to Portugese design. One of the first 5-Star hotels in the country and the only one in Serra da Estrela, this luxury boutique hotel was initially conceived in 1940 by the highly acclaimed architect Rogério de Azevedo, as one of the most innovative concepts of its time. ⠀⠀
Focused on keeping the history of the building and its context within the landscape, the owners enlisted Lisbon based design studio, P-06 Atelier for a 3 million euro renovation, expanding the classically designed stone poussada with modern concrete wings and glass for viewing the breathtaking mountain and Glacier Valley views.
Rooted in tradition and inspired by the Serra da Estrela region’s history and great natural beauty, this hotel is an icon and love letter to Portuguese culture.
La Valise, Tulum, Mexico
Enhancing the signature bohemian party experience with more authentic, intimate hospitality, La Valise opened in January 2020, tucked away in the jungles of Mexico. Local decor, a boutique on the beach, and an unmistakeable energy make it one of the most sought-after destinations amongst those in the know.
The concept was created by Belgian-born hotelier Yves Naman, a prominent figure in the boutique boom, having opened his first property, a three-suite gem in the artsy Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, in 2015.
Villa E, Marrakech, Morocco
French designers Studio Ko are known for their work on luxury projects for the likes of the Hermes family. Their project simply named Villa E, is a minimalist mountain lodge built on the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. With a true respect for its landscape, the local stone house is located atop a lonely hill an hour away from Marrakech.
With seven bedrooms, a private heated infinity pool and a private terrace, the property is built using locally-sourced Ouriko stone giving the luxury home its distinct red colour often associated with Marrakech.
Amangiri, Utah, USA
A modern oasis in Utah. Renowned for dramatic desert landscapes, a distinctive disconnect from the rest of the world and serene, relaxing atmospheres, Utah attracts those seeking genuine, holistic luxury. Nestled between Arizona and Utah, Aman Resort’s ‘mountain of peace’ is a striking architectural pavilion which blends effortlessly into its surroundings. A stay at Amangiri has long been regarded as the pinnacle of luxury travel experiences – offering seamless, intuitive design, service and unrivalled world-class hospitality.
Vora Villas, Santorini, Greece
High above the iconic, glistening water of the Aegean Sea, Vora Villas offers the ultimate luxury experience with a grand view of the famous caldera. The design-driven concept centered around elegance, subtlety and sophistication. The small, three-bedroom boutique hotel celebrates both the architectural traditions of Santorini and its crater-edge location; with contemporary styling elevating the project above many surrounding properties.
La Granja, Ibiza
Embracing all aspects of the traditional Mediterranean lifestyle, La Granja takes authentic luxury to another dimension. The farmstead is set among Ibiza’s pastoral inlands, tucked into 10 hectares of secluded farmland. A centuries-old stone farmhouse anchors an estate with free-flowing exchange of energy, ideas, and restorative growth. La Granja aims to preserve the natural beauty of the island through local initiatives and programs supporting organic farming. Here, among the heady scents of ficus and figs, is the real Ibiza.
Palazzo Daniele, Puglia
After being the private residence of Francesco Petrucci's family for four generations, this majestic Puglian property was reimagined by Milanese architects and art collector along with hotelier Gabriele Salini, who transformed it into a nine-suite guesthouse fit for their covetable art collection.
Now a boutique hotel, this 19th century palazzo channels modernism with old-world majesty, paying homage to Italian art, design, craftsmanship and hospitality. Distinctively minimalist but with an unmistakeable character, Palazzo Daniele is known as a celebration of the heart, soul and history of Puglia.