Boiseries ravivées, décorations remodelées, espaces réinventés, ces adresses ont fait peau neuve et soufflent sur l’été un air de renouveau.
After slumbering for two years, the Amanruya (from rüya, dream), overlooking Bodrum Bay, awoke to a new dream this season, one of white marble floors, mahogany ceilings, Ottoman arches and private beaches where the pebbles roll like pearls. Aman hotels make refined use of spaces, so instead of rooms or suites there are 36 pavilions each as spacious as a noble villa. The terraced gardens, bathrooms offering the pleasures of a hammam and pergolas set the stage for a languid stay.
Bülent Ecevit Cad., Demir Mevkii, Göltürkbükü. Tél. +90 252 311 12 12.www.aman.com
Hôtel national des Arts et Métiers
Parisian stone carved into fluted pillars, a skylight worthy of Jules Verne, a Japanese ink fresco on linen—this place is a tribute to the craftsmanship for which it is named: arts et métiers (arts and crafts). The creative Italian cuisine pairs perfectly with the decor of this hotel, which is heated and cooled via a geothermal system. Cast concrete and herringbone oak parquet adorn the ten types of room; some can be connected to create a Parisian-style apartment, while the bathrooms are clad in terrazzo. And there’s a rooftop terrace.
hôtel national des arts et métiers
243, rue Saint-Martin. Tél. +33 (0)1 80 97 22 80.www.hotelnational.paris
To blend in with Malibu’s theatrical beauty, this boutique hotel was created under the roof terrace of a postwar motel, well worn by the sea and sun. From a perch on the sofas, you can spot Malibu Pier, First Point and Surfrider Beach. The couple who renovated the building kept 18 rooms, designed two suites and built a library. Contemporary art works grace the walls, and meals made with produce from nearby farms are served on the beach. Home comfort by the shores of the Pacific.
23033 Pacific Coast Highway. Tél. +1 310 526 6158.www.thesurfridermalibu.com
The Shelbourne is an iconic spot in Dublin. Just tell the cab driver where you’re staying and they’ll commend you on the great choice you’ve made. The courteous, attentive service is everything you would expect. Opened in 1824, the hotel, renovated from top to bottom, showcases talented artisans and contemporary Irish artists. The rooms are decorated with rare photographs of Ireland in all seasons, beckoning guests to explore farther afield. The Princess Grace suite, with paintings and prints by William John Leech (1881-1968), is a marvel of elegance.
27 St Stephen’s Green. Tél. +353 1 663 4500.www.marriott.fr
A coral facade, lobsters parading across the carpet, goldfish cavorting on the ceiling lights—is this Neptune’s grotto? No, it’s “just” a hotel-bar-restaurant renovated by the inspired Bambi Sloan. To refurbish this postwar hotspot in Le Pyla, the interior designer sourced furniture from the1940s to 1970s. Mermaids on the curtains in the quiet rooms keep an eye on the leopard skin on the floors, while others drift across the bar’s mosaic. You’ll feel like a fish in water in this high-spirited dreamworld, a short bike ride from the dune.
95, boulevard de l’Océan. Tél. +33 (0)5 56 83 00 00.www.laguitoune-pyla.com
Résidence de la Pinède
A breeze from the gulf of Saint-Tropez seems to waft through this five-star address refurbished by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte. The 31 luminous rooms and suites overlooking the Mediterranean and pine forest revel in their new contemporary attire, with clean lines, furniture in blond wood and a palette of beige and blue hues. And for an extra dash of luxury, a glass staircase leads to a 350 m2 Guerlain spa bathed in sunlight.
Résidence de la Pinède
Plage de la Bouillabaisse. Tél. +33 (0)4 94 55 91 00.www.residencepinede.com
This establishment, which opened in 1930 as a casino and restaurant, is striking for its rather solemn appearance and high ceilings. It has hosted many VIPs, including several presidents in the 1940s and 1950s. Closed for 45 years, the hotel reopened in 2011 after a five-year restoration. The decor of this historic building combines classical and contemporary styles: some chandeliers and carpets date from the 1930s, while the rooms are modern and functional.
Rua do Imperador, 545. Tél. +55 24 2244 6500.www.grandehotelpetropolis.com.br
In the southern Landes, in southwest France, the burbling of the three rivers in Mont-de-Marsan can be heard from the Villa Mirasol. Built in 1912 in a chic neo-Basque style, this Belle Époque residence transformed into a four-star address features an elegant mix of styles. The mosaics in the conservatory, monumental staircase and plaster ceilings in the lobby, and wood paneling and chandeliers in the restaurant are counterbalanced by the simple lines of the contemporary furniture and the use of strong plain colors—alfalfa green, alabaster beige, garnet red—in the rooms. Modernity ever rooted in elegance.
2, boulevard Ferdinand-de-Candau. Tél. +33 (0)5 58 44 14 14.www.villamirasol.fr
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