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10 impressive hotels & houses from around the world


From the four corners of the planet, we have found 10 of the most architecturally impressive hotels and houses that would suit the most  discerning of travellers. 


Amangiri, Utah, U.S.

Amangiri or “peaceful mountain” is a complete world away for its guests. Emerging from the vastly beautiful desert backdrop of southern Utah, at the centre of the resort the Pavilion is designed to showcase dramatic views of the surreal, surrounding rock formations. Designed to blend into the landscape with natural hues and textures, Amangiri is testament to the collaboration of three well-respected architects: Marwan Al-Sayed, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy. Although the resort mirrors the scale of its natural surrounds, it also offers an intimate setting to feel awe-inspired by the wild North American landscape.


Baccarat Hotel, New York City, U.S.

Baccarat, the legendary French crystal company is venturing into the world of travel with the opening of the Baccarat Hotel on New York’s West 53rd Street on 2nd March. The hotel’s 114 light-filled rooms and suites are highlighted with custom Baccarat crystals and unique pieces of furniture from Parisian design duo Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier. Directly across the street from MOMA, the Baccarat is set to be the place to stay for a design fix.


Awasi, Patagonia, Chile

Set in the heart of Chilean Patagonia, neighbouring the Torres del Paine National Park, Awasi has been designed for guests to be at one with the wild. Patagonia is place of immense ice, majestic mountains and glistening glacial lakes; here the idea of being a 21st century explorer becomes a reality. With just 12 standalone villas, architecturally-inspired by old Patagonian shelters and ranch outposts, the design of Awasi means each villa offers its guests superb views of the surrounding forest, Lake Sarmiento and the peaks of Torres del Paine, all with utmost privacy.


Iniala Beach House, Phuket, Thailand

A year ago the beach scene of Phuket was injected with an immense dose of creativity, in the form of Iniala Beach House. The 10-suite retreat impressively mixes the disciplines of art, design and gastronomy as a shrine-like beach abode to the world’s most creative minds. The main residence is a masterpiece of design drawing influences from traditional Thai architecture, fused with masterful expressions from the international world of contemporary design including The Campana Brothers of Brazil, Ireland’s Joseph Walsh and New Zealand’s Mark Brazier-Jones. The restaurant – Aziamendi – is overseen by Eneko Atxa, the youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars in Spain.


Te Kahu Lake House, New Zealand

Nestled into 50 acres of natural bush on the edge of Lake Wanaka in New Zealand’s South Island, Te Kahu is an architect’s dream and now available for exclusive private hire. The beautifully designed timber clad lodge is a contemporary take on the luxury holiday home. Designed by leading New Zealand architects Stevens Lawson Architects and proud winner of New Zealand’s Home of the year for architecture, the property’s cedar cladding blends with the untouched natural landscape. The interior is a mix of cedar, cast concrete and schist with oak floors throughout. The home is complete with four en-suite bedrooms each with their own style, a personal collection of fine New Zealand art, helipad and clay bird shooting range.


Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

On the west coast of Norway, lies a unique place nestled into the landscape. Here, raw Norwegian nature meets modern architecture – the definition of Knut Slinning’s Juvet Landscape Hotel. Set steeply in an alpine forest, the modern, innovative design of architects Jensen & Skodvin works effortlessly with local Scandinavian style. With just nine unique rooms, each built into the landscape leaving you with a real sense of place as you gaze out of panoramic glass walls over the gorge below.


A House for Essex, UK

Living Architecture – the philosopher Alain de Botton’s social enterprise – is busy preparing to welcome guests this Spring to its newest holiday home. A House for Essex is a creative collaboration between FAT Architecture and the acclaimed artist Grayson Perry. Overlooking an estuary in north Essex – a two hour drive from London – the house is an intriguing combination of modern design with historical influences, clad with 2,000 bespoke ceramic tiles. The two bedroom interior will be finished with unique pieces of Perry’s artwork aimed to showcase the character of Essex where he grew up. The house will be available for short terms holiday rentals over the coming months.


The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland

The Swiss Alps conjure to mind images of tranquil valleys, glistening lakes and traditional sleepy villages, that is until you’ve had the pleasure of staying at the Chedi Andermatt. 90 minutes from Zurich or two hours from Milan is the Asian hotel group GHM’s first European property. Drawing on sleek style, service and serenity that are bountiful in Bali, where five of the brand’s properties are located, the renowned architect Jean-Michael Gathy has impressively designed 101 rooms and suites for the most discerning of guests. With local alpine wood and natural stone to create a visually striking hotel, you can also end the day bathing in a retreat of hydrothermals baths set agains the stunning Swiss landscape.


Sirai House, Laikipia, Kenya

For a safari lodge like no other, Sirai House is hard to surpass. Set on a remote ridge in the shadow of Mount Kenya in the Laikipia region of Kenya, the house has been designed to offer its guests stunning views in every direction. Built using natural materials by skilled local craftsmen and builders, the house has an eye-catching style offering an ultra luxurious East African abode. It’s no coincidence that Sirai is positioned on one of the highest points in the Borana Conservancy. With views over unspoilt East African plains and snow-capped Mount Kenya, this is a unique safari experience complete with cinema, wine cellar and extensive library.


Morukuru Ocean House, De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa

If you are looking for a breath-taking home away from home, look no further than Morukuru’s stunning Ocean House set on South Africa’s most beautiful coastline. A three-hour drive from Cape Town brings you to the fantastic four bedroom oceanfront home overlooking the Indian Ocean. Built to complement its protected natural surrounds, Ocean House is an exclusive eco-friendly and solar-powered abode carefully designed to minimise impact on its pristine environment. With clean lines and a spacious open-plan design, the house commands spectacular views of the De Hoop Nature Reserve.

Elizabeth Ellis is the founder of Blue Marble Private, a niche travel company based in London. With an unwavering focus on curating extraordinary travel experiences in all corners of the globe for discerning individuals and families, Blue Marble Private strives for truly bespoke travel at its very best.

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April 3, 2015 | Travel | View comments

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