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Summertime magic

Our pick of the best hotels for a 2022 hot summer of love as well as our favourite dream destinations.

If life is spinning you around at a dizzying supersonic rate it might be time to “Slow Down” in the words of Skip Marley and the artist H.E.R. What better way to show yourself some TLC than a summertime break although choosing the best hotel for you and your loved ones can also be overwhelming. To help with the task we have selected some of our favourite places to stay that we feel reflect the Heritage53 eclectic interior aesthetic. 

While things are busy in Ibiza for our team, we still got to dream a little about our favourite destinations and here we share them with you too.

NoMad London

The UK is experiencing a heat wave not just in terms of the weather but in its hot new explosion of the best hotel and bar openings, musical festivals and cultural events. Combining a clever mash-up of all that is refined, glamorous yet gloriously edgy is the NoMad hotel in the heart of Covent Garden. Located in the former Grade-II listed building which used to be The Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station. Indeed 

many infamous characters, from Oscar Wilde, the Kray twins to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, have been tried in the old magistrates’ court. Even Dame Vivienne Westwood spent a night in its cells for breaching the peace in 1977.

 

it’s rich heritage has informed and inspired the decadently swish and sexy interiors created by interior design studio Roman and Williams whose projects have included the Ace hotels and the new British Galleries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.

 

 Rich Victoriana velvets in scarlet reds, cobalt blues and shades of Georgia peach sit next to heavily embroidered damasks. A mix of bold contemporary art with older pieces is curated to perfectly reflect the transatlantic relationship between the American locations and influences and its hot new British home.

NOMAD HOTEL  FORMER MAGISTRATES COURT NOW BALLROOM CREDIT @SIMON UPTON
NOMAD HOTEL FORMER MAGISTRATES COURT NOW BALLROOM CREDIT @SIMON UPTON
NOMAD HOTEL ROOM CREDIT @SIMON UPTON
NOMAD SUITE LIVING ROOM CREDIT @SIMON UPTON
NOMAD SUITE LIVING ROOM CREDIT @SIMON UPTON
NOMAD HOTEL PHOTO CREDIT SIMON UPTON
NOMAD HOTEL SIDE HUSTLE BAR CREDIT @SIMON UPTON

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Perhaps one of the best hotels in the world for its iconic interiors is The Beverly Hills Hotel in West Hollywood. Known affectionately as the Pink Palace, it was built in 1912 but only given its signature look by the pioneering African American architect and designer, Paul R. Williams who designed the Polo Lounge and Crescent Wing as well as choosing the pink and green colour scheme and of course the loopy signage.  Seen as a trailblazer in the 1940s, despite the harsh prejudices of the time, Williams was able to leave a lasting impact and his genius creative legacy on the architecture of LA. 

 

We would happily languish around the pepto pink plastered walls and banana leaf wallpaper that adorns the corridors all day hoping to bump into Hollywood Rock n Royalty. 

With 208 guest rooms or 23 bungalows to choose from the interiors effortlessly fuse Art Deco opulence with Californian Cool. Rich in cinematic heritage the bungalows were inspired by the illustrious guests that stayed there from Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, Elizabeth Taylor loved the bungalows so much that she stayed there for 6 (out of 8) of her honeymoons. Her preferred bungalow, bungalow 5 is luxuriously decorated with its own jacuzzi and pool grand chandeliers and other opulent details that were added to reflect the many jewels bestowed upon her by Burton. If only these walls could talk.

THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL Credit @sarahaknan
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL POOL PINK PALM WALLPAPER CABANA IMAGE COURTESY @THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL BUNGALOW PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEVERLEY HILLS HOTEL
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL BUNGALOW LIVING ROOM PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL PHOTO CREDIT TO OLIVIA LOPEZ
THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL RESTAURANT
SOPHIES’ VISION BOARD WITH THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

On our vision board is an image of a First Class ticket to Hong Kong and the grand reception of the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. As a child, our CEO, Sophie’s parents would stay there on business trips and so she made a promise to herself that when she was all big and grown up, so would she. Located in a historic building in Hong Kong’s business district you enter through a glossy black marbled reception area. The levelled-up glamour is certainly a taste of things to come with exceptional service and the king of unobtrusive yet stylish staff that have you wondering how you will ever be able to cope without someone gently replacing your champagne glass in the mahogany coloured Captains bar or guiding you to the spa. With deep wood-panelled walls, designer furniture, and gorgeous Jim Thompson silk textiles everywhere is touched with an opulent chic. For the ultimate room with a view, however, we can’t get enough of the Harbor View rooms where you can sink into the seats and feel everything melting away as you let the orchid-coloured sunset dip in the waterway below.

THE MANDARIN HOTEL LOBBY

Around the world with team Heritage53

August on the island of Ibiza is one of our busiest times so getting away is almost impossible for us. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little.

Santorini with Sophie our Founder – Chalky white-washed villages cascading over jagged cliffs set against cobalt blue skies that turn from flamingo pink to soft smudgy shades of nightime twinkles. To nourish the heart and take in all of nature’s beauty is high on the agenda. We can’t wait to see the slide show as Sophie is becoming quite the photographer!

SANTORINI PHOTO CREDIT RAOUL CROES
SANTORINI PHOTO CREDIT TO ERYKA RAGNA
SANTORINI PHOTO CREDIT TO TANIA MOUSINHO @SHOTSBYTANIA
SANTORINI TERRACOTTA WALLS PHOTO CREDIT TO TAMARA BUDA

Hawaii with Leena our Creative Director – Other than being touched by the surreal dreamscapes she wants to learn from the Hawaiians about the concept of Malama. Translating as to take care of the land and one another, it resonates deeply with her on a soul level.

HAWAII PHOTO CREDIT TO COLE KEISTER
HAWAII PHOTO CREDIT TO HAWAIIURLAUB
COSTA RICA PHOTO CREDIT TO ALEXANDRA TRAN

Costa Rica with Issy our Social Media Manager a happiness fairy who will be seeking to go off-grid and explore some of Costa Ricas’ lesser-known trails and areas whilst keeping true to the country’s Pura Vida philosophy. Zip lining, trekking through the rainforest, visiting volcanoes and cooing over the too cute but don’t dare touch sloths will be a tiny taste of what’s to come and just about the right pace.

COSTA RICA VOLCONO PHOTO CREDIT ALEX IP
COSTA RICA PHOTO CREDIT TO ADRIAN VALVERDE

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