In the lobby, interior designer Andre Fu sets the tone with beige Botticino Classico marble and Turkish onyx, whilst the 545 rooms are wrapped in eucalyptus timber, and glossy lacquered panels.Executive chef Matthew Bennink oversees a clutch of eateries including Merchants whose mod-Chinese menu is matched only by the incomparable harbour views. The 80-room property is almost TARDIS-like in the way the small lobby opens up into spacious public spaces and guest rooms.
Hotel Danmark comprises two buildings: one built in 1792, and the other in 1969, which architect Morten Hedegaard has swathed with a new racing green façade.The latter are dominated by a glass bathroom, and kitted out with handsome customized furniture, graphic pop art screens by X Living’s lead designer Li Xiang that slide aside to reveal flat screen TVs, geometric headboards and easels for afternoon doodles.In the long black and white corridors, criss-crossing lines and circles borrowed from Chinese checkers adorn ceilings, while folded glass partitions and grand pianos on every floor all make for an unexpectedly quirky check-in.L’Hôtel, Marrakech, Morocco For his debut hotel project, Jasper Conran was in the enviable position of having carte blanche with the renovation and interior décor.Housed in a 19th-century riad, the result is a covetable collection of five suites centred around a courtyard garden, adjacent to a narrow swimming pool, suffused with orange and lemon trees, where the whitewashed walls are draped with honeysuckle.Fourteen of the floors are each set up to resemble a traditional Japanese inn, with six guest rooms surrounding a central living space.
The attention to detail is evident in the tatami flooring, washi paper shoji screens, low-lying furnishings and soft considered lighting that seduces you to don your yukata and pad around freely.
Dining is done in the restaurant or, for the traditionalist, in-room.
The 17-century high-ceilinged godowns set on the edge of Singapore’s Robertson Quay, The Warehouse Hotel was, at various stages in its history, a spice warehouse, moonshine stills and secret society HQs before a brief incarnation in the mid-1980s as a heaving disco.
The heaving Jemaa El Fna square and souk are within easy reach, but why spend that effort when the kitchen offers traditional Moroccan home cooking which includes chicken tagine hit with preserved lemons, and seasonal fruit gleaming with syrup; and the pergola on the roof terrace offers bracing views of the Atlas mountains and Marrakech’s unchanging skyline?
The Silo, Cape Town, South Africa Housed in the elevator of Cape Town’s former grain silo building, The Silo is the newest property from local hospitality group, The Royal Portfolio.
The Willaston Bar is the perfect spot for a cocktail before heading to The Granary, where Canha-Hibbert’s French bistro menu is filled with classics such as bouillabaisse and steak frites.