Design Retreats

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Design Retreats

It’s that time. If you haven’t already (or even if you have) it’s likely you are dreaming of escaping. Escaping to a place of beauty of course – the ideal is finding a hotel that is a struggle to leave…

Above, is Ace Hotel LA, designed by Commune. Ace is located downtown, in a United Artists Building, inspired by Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. The Gothic architecture is the perfect grandeur backdrop for the rooftop pool and lounge area, where Commune have chosen complementary hues and strong Aztec prints, creating a space which feels as loungey as it does luxe.

For those of you lucky enough to be seeking adventures afar… Rosas & Xocolate Hotel is located in Mérida, Mexico. The Hacienda was designed using local materials such as hand fabricated cement tiles, stucco and Havardia Albicans (a tall tree native to Mexico). The bright rendered walls are a bold contradiction to these natural resources, the combination resulting in a romantic yet contemporary aesthetic.

Soho house, Berlin is a Grade II listed, late Bauhaus architectural gem located in Mitte.

The Soho House group is known for its emphasis on combining comfort with atmosphere and Berlin is no exception. Sumptuous velvets and soft curves combine with beautiful 1920’s and 30’s pieces of design to create this accessible opulence. The sleek rooftop pool is the seller for summertime – finished with green Pyrolave volcanic stone and an abundance of striped lounges, it is the perfect destination for those wanting to combine a city break with relaxation…


Casa Cook Rhodes is a boutique hotel designed by Annabell Kutucu, Michael Schickinger and Vana Pernariv. What I dont want you to be put off by is….it is brought to you by Thomas Cook! Ignoring the fact that this makes the hotel a little less boutique – the space is an elegent, tranquil haven – detailed beautifully. I particularly enjoy the sculpted concrete platforms and exposed locally sourced stone walls which contrast with with the crafted wall hangings and woven straw poufs.

One last important point is that each room has a private veranda bordering the pool, because who wouldnt want direct a swim to that water….

By Interior Designer Alexa Paige

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