6 Experiential Hospitality Properties Around the World
There’s nothing sleepy about these experiential global properties, which invite guests to commune with nature—and each other.
Design Destinations Worth Exploring
Beach Club at the Sanya Edition, Marriott in China by Various Associates
At the first property in this country by Marriott’s edgy-sophisticated sub-brand, a poolside lounge (with full bar) sited to nestle among existing trees is sheltered by a series of woven-bamboo canopies that act as sunshades by day and dramatic light reflectors during nighttime festivities.
The Morrow, Hilton Curio Collection in Washington by INC Architecture & Design and Rottet Studio
The hotel’s guest accommodations by Rottet offer serenity and escape while its myriad INC-designed gathering spots convey a communal vibe—note the greenhouse-esque glass-enclosed lobby, the encompassing seating of Michelin-starred chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s brasserie-style Le Clou restaurant, and the snugly sociable midnight-blue Vesper cocktail lounge.
citizenM in Miami by Gensler and Concrete
The international brand’s second location in the city, at the $4 billion mixed-use Miami Worldcenter, celebrates affordable luxury—concepts not mutually exclusive here. Among the property’s draws are a rooftop pool inspired by a cruise ship, seating nooks that look like beach chairs, and a living room–like lobby filled with Vitra furnishings and—in a demonstration of regionalism—quirky art and accessories sourced via an open call to locals.
Eastwind Oliverea Valley in Big Indian, New York by Julija Stoliarova/Eastwind
The third property from this glamping-minded boutique brand founded by a trio of hospitality veterans—chef/restaurateur Dan Cipriani and husband/wife duo Björn Boyer and design director Julija Stoliarova—boasts hygge-infused rustic-luxe suites and A-frame cabins with minimalist, mid century–furnished interiors. Wood-barrel saunas, a firepit, and hammocks invite even more connection to the surrounding Catskills.
Hotel Riomar, Tribute Portfolio in Ibiza, Spain by Estudio Vila 13
This beachfront hotel captures (and exudes) the island’s sexy, laid-back vibe by way of an indoor-outdoor lobby, its wow moments being a porcelain-tile mural of nude beachgoers (painted by Portuguese artisans) and a terrace for daytime sun-worshipping and evening revelries. Crisply modern guest rooms offer expansive views of either the Mediterranean Sea, the rural landscape, or a 16th-century church.
Yiche Atour Automobile Concept Hotel in Shenzhen, China by BloomDesign
An experience-based destination aimed at young travelers, the hotel is car-themed—from the front facade’s metal grilles and neon arrows reminiscent of traffic signals to reception’s scrap-parts installation and model cars and racing games in the guest rooms. Worth a drive-by is the giant circuit-board sculpture in the lobby and the retail setting with open shelving and circular fixtures.
Ghislaine Viñas Co-Designs Andra Hem, an Atypical B&B
Ghislaine Viñas and a longtime client stir in Swedish inspiration at Andra Hem, a colorful Philadelphia cocktail bar with private guest suites.
Acro Suites, a Clifftop Resort, Wows in Crete
Afoi Orfanaki and CMH Architecture make the most of a precipitous clifftop site for Acro Suites, a resort near Agia Pelagia on the island of Crete.
Ingenhoven Associates Fashions a Luxurious Yet Restrained Retreat Off the Coast of Germany
Ingenhoven Associates fashions a retreat that’s both luxurious and restrained for a medical spa on an island off the coast of Germany.
OOIIO Arquitectura Transforms a Haberdashery into a Chic Loft
A haberdashery invites sophistication—and a touch of whimsy. That sentiment is perfectly reflected in a vibrant Madrid loft, which was once such a space.
Art and Nature Take Center Stage in This Aspen Residence
For a spectacular mountainside residence in Aspen, Colorado, CCY Architects creates a stunning space where the great outdoors meet great art.
SheltonMindel Designs a Miami Home Fit for Beach Days
This Miami apartment by SheltonMindel embraces the surf and sky with a shimmering palette, a focus on light, and architectural furnishings.