Lifelike flower petal rings, a watch inspired by a chic Parisian apartment, a necklace reminiscent of the traditional adornments of the Kenyan Masai tribe, a tiara with nearly one thousand white diamonds, a bracelet that appears on the hand of the wearer as if it is a golden tattoo, a cuff inspired by the play of light on snow in Northern Europe. The July 2018 haute joaillerie presentations drew their inspiration and romance from literally every corner of the world. You can call it high jewelry, or fine jewelry, or even fine jewellery. We just call it gorgeous.
If music be the food of love, how should we think about a music-inspired luxury hotel? Surely, they must be romantic, exciting, even intoxicating. No matter the genre — classical, pop, chamber music, hip-hop, jazz, or rock-and-roll — across the globe there are unique hotels that will bring you closer to the music, fellow-music lovers, and performers. And perhaps even to the very best version of yourself.
Where will July take you? Where should it? You could visit a cosmopolitan city, view some wonderful art, stroll in the parks, and have your meals at chic outdoor cafes (we’re thinking Paris, New York, London and Berlin). Want something more bucolic? You could head to Provence for the lavender. Feeling the need for adrenaline-fueled adventures? You can follow the snow and ski in Chile, Argentina or New Zealand. Or head to Kenya for a safari followed by a beach idyll. And island life is at its perfect peak in many parts of the globe, so you could ditch your shoes and set up shop in the Seychelles, Corsica or Sardinia. It’s all waiting for you. It’s July!
In our recent travels, we’ve been lucky enough to spend some time exploring London. One of our greatest joys has been experiencing the incredible art in the city. The Tate Modern and the V&A are fabulous experiences, even if you have only a couple of hours to spend walking through their hallowed halls. But we wanted more – so we took to the streets of Brick Lane and Shoreditch with an expert guide from British luxury travel company NoteWorthy who could show us some of the best street art in London right now.
Here’s the thing with luxury hotels – every time you think you’ve seen, heard about, or stayed in the best of the best, a new one opens that trumps everything that preceded it. Or a venerable one gets a multi-million dollar makeover and becomes newly relevant and enticing. Here’s a list of the 10 unique, fabulous and gorgeous properties that we’re currently dreaming of visiting — some old and some new, all of them properties that we’ve never stayed at before but have heard wonderful things about. Have you been to any of these? And what’s on your list?