From the downright beautiful to the utterly superb– we take a look at the most architecturally impressive hotels you can stay in around the world.
andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge – Botswana
Blending perfectly into its environment, andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge in Botswana is a dramatic combination of modern design and natural inspiration. Perfectly in step with its natural surroundings, the safari lodge draws inspiration from the nests of the weaver birds and the scaly armour of the pangolin for both its design and construction while making use of natural and recycled materials. Couples can stay in one of the 12 suites which are raised above the reeds and tucked into a canopy of wild palms and gnarled fig trees, from where they enjoy stunning views over the winding channels and lush floodplains of the Delta.
Rates from USD 1,140 per person per night.
For more information please visit www.andbeyond.com/our-lodges/africa/botswana/okavango-delta/andbeyond-sandibe-okavango-safari-lodge/
D-Resort Šibenik – Croatia
With interiors of pure white concrete, glass and wood, D-Resort Šibenik makes a stylish statement on the crystal blue Dalmatian coast.
Prices for a Superior Sea View room starts from €260 per night, including B&B and taxes. For more information please visit www.dresortsibenik.com
Lanserhof Tegernsee – Austria
Designed by prestigious architect, Christoph Ingenhoven, wellbeing focussed Lanserhof Tegernsee draws on the clear and severe structure of a traditional monastery with luxury found through the abundance of space. Nature is fully integrated into the configuration through living outer walls, a planted roof and floor to ceiling glass walls that flood the building with natural light. Views of the Tegernsee lake and spectacular Bavarian Alps in all directions captivate the senses and offer a romantic vista.
For more information please visit www.lanserhof.com/en/tegernsee
Tierra Chiloe – Chile
Tierra Chiloe is situated on the beautiful Rilàn peninsula of the island of Chiloé. The hotel’s geometric, sustainable, design was conceived to mimic the classic “Palafitos” (stilt houses) of the capital city of Castro. A new cantilevered wing doubles the lodge in size from 12 rooms to 24, including 2 suites and 5 family rooms, all with panoramic views over the sea towards the mainland or the Pullao Bay. Modernist it may be, but all aspects of the architecture have been designed to compliment the surrounding nature and afford breath-taking views for guests.
For more information please visit www.senderos.co.uk/en/partnerships/tierra-chiloé.php
Tschuggen Bergoase Spa – Arosa, Switzerland
Built into the mountain face, Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s Bergoase Spa is among the largest and most sumptuous in Switzerland. The iconic glass and steel ‘sails’ are designed to reflect light into the structure and offer panoramic views of the mountainscape from all four floors. The spa has extensive heated indoor pools, some of which lead outdoors, several saunas and steam rooms with the Alpine fragrance of pine needles.
For more information please visit tschuggen.ch/en/spa
Viceroy Los Cabos – Baja California
Located in the heart of San Jose del Cabos, on the picturesque coast of Baja California, Viceroy Los Cabos was concepted by Mexico-based architect, Miguel Angel Aragonés. The Viceroy overlooks the Sea of Cortez and its dreamscape design embraces the natural beauty of water throughout every facet of the resort.
For more information please visit www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/en/loscabos/overview
Tierra Patagonia – Chile
The award winning architecture of Tierra Patagonia was designed by female Chilean architect Cazu Zegers. The building emerges from the hillside complementing the flow of the geology in this privileged location and showcasing the magnificent views of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve,Torres del Paine National Park.
For more information please visit tierrahotels.com/Patagonia/
Arizona Biltmore – Scottsdale, USA
Probably one of our favourite places to stay, The Arizona Biltmore definitely fits the bill when it comes to impressive hotels. It is a 5* luxury hotel that has been a landmark hotel in Phoenix, Arizona since 1929. It is a living architectural masterpiece, showcasing the seminal influence of one of America’s most heralded architects, Frank Lloyd Wright. As the consulting architect, Wright collaborated with a former student, Albert Chase McArthur. Wright’s dramatic style are imbedded throughout the resort’s design. The Biltmore was erected entirely of “Biltmore Block,” a variation on a textile block first used by Wright to construct private homes. The pre-cast blocks were made from desert sand on-site and created in 34 different geometric patterns inspired by the trunk of a palm tree.
For more information please visit hero-and-leander.com/best-art-deco-hotels-world-offer or www.arizonabiltmore.com/
Wild Coast Tented Lodge – Sri Lanka
Wild Coast Tented Lodge features 28 custom-designed tents on a secluded beach at the edge of leopard hotspot, Yala National Park. The tented suites are designed to blend in with the surrounding boulders, and arranged in clusters to create the shape of a leopards paw. Tents boast soaring vaulted ceilings, offering panoramic jungle views. A nature-lover’s paradise, Wild Coast Tented Lodge offers exceptional wilderness experiences, with naturalist guides on hand to take guests into the quietest corners of Yala National Park, introducing them to the incredible diversity of flora and fauna, including wild elephants, sloth bears and illusive Sri Lankan leopards. Back at the lodge, variety of lectures and workshops are on offer, with focuses ranging from wild elephant behaviour to bird watching.
For more information please visit www.resplendentceylon.com/wildcoastlodge-yala/
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Architecturally Impressive Hotels Around The World | Pengilly House – Cape Town
Pengilly House – Cape Town
Ok so it’s not a hotel but when a property comes with it’s own private butler, who cares?! Situated on Nettleton Ridge, high above the cityscape of Cape Town, Pengilly House boasts dramatic, unobstructed views of Clifton’s beaches, the breath-taking 12 Apostles mountain range and the far-reaching Atlantic Ocean below. An architectural masterpiece designed by Peerutin, inspired by the works of former American architect John Launtner, the property resembles a classic Californian home from the area’s heyday in the 1960s. Every item in this home has been meticulously crafted or selected from around the world to emulate the sleek minimalist design of the period.
For more information please visit www.azura-retreats.com