We don’t know about you, but we’re ready to check in to 2018 by checking into a boutique hotel. Our bags are packed and we’re clocking off for some much-needed downtime and frankly, there’s nothing quite like a well-deserved break at the end of (yet another) busy year. So, in the hope of inspiring your next adventure we’ve put together a roundup featuring some of our favourite jet-setting highlights that shone under this year’s travel spotlight.
From rediscovering our est editor’s tranquil sojourn at Pumphouse Point nestled away on Tasmania’s St Clair Lake to exploring a private retreat on the edge of the Mexican jungle in Tulum, we journey both close to home and further afar to bring you some of the best boutique hotels to bed down in.
If it’s immersion and escapism to the Australian wilderness that you’re after, then Pumphouse Point is the place. Located quite literally on Lake St Clair in Tasmania, the former hydro-electric pump station is a now an eighteen-room boutique retreat. Bringing together a stunning natural landscape, original heritage-listed architecture and an outstanding hospitality offering, Pumphouse Point exudes rugged simplicity and unpretentious luxury.
Photography by Adam Gibson
Escape to a hedonist jungle hideaway at the Tulum Treehouse. Situated in Mexico’s busy tourism mecca of Tulum, you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Mexico-based architects Co-Lab Design Office have outdone themselves when it comes to concealing this ten-guest private hotel in its lush surroundings. Hidden among the dense mangrove jungle in a haze of polished white cement, it’s the clever use of locally sourced Tzalam wood that really makes the property at one with its natural environment.
Photography by Brechenmacher & Baumann Photography
Residing in London’s Covent Garden, the Henrietta Hotel (named after the street itself) has been designed by famed Parisian design firm Chzon. The eighteen-room hotel, spans two townhouses from the late 19th century, one restaurant and a cocktail bar for all those befitting gin & tonics. Inspired by the different rooms and roof shapes along the streetscape, Chzon uses several repeated interior details that give each room an eclectic 1970s flair.
Photography by Karel Balas
Occupying a historic landmark building dating back to 1903, the Nobis Hotel has been tastefully reworked by Swedish architectural firm Wingårdhs. Arguably one of Copenhagen’s hottest new arrivals on the hotel scene, this five-star establishment has had its original neoclassicism features artfully preserved, while plenty of custom contemporary additions including; concrete, marble, wood and leather all work in favour of the new aesthetic.
Photography by André Pihl.
If 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that the slow living approach to our everyday life is well worth a thought – and what better way to take a step back than to check into luxury Balinese hotel The Slow. Founded by designer George Gorrow and model Cisco Tschurtschenthaler in Canggu, the aptly named hotel is a celebration of island time. Whether it’s the private plunge pool surrounded by lush greenery that you crave or the intrepid ‘tropical brutalism’ design of the space itself that intrigues you, the Slow has certainly cast a new light on our next Indonesian escape.
Photography by Tomasso Riva