The Relais Christine, Paris
The Relais Christine, located in the heart of Paris’ stylish Saint-Germain-des-Pres and near the romantic Latin Quarter, recently unveiled a new look. Set in a majestic early 17th century honey-stone townhouse that was was built on the ruins of the Austin Friars monastery, the boutique hotel boasts a pretty courtyard and private garden terraces surrounded by lush greenery.
After a two-year refurbishment, the Relais Christine, reminiscent of a lavish Parisian residence, is more refined and stylish than ever. It is now adorned with antique furniture, wallpaper and fabric by iconic brands like Pierre Frey, Hermes, Le Manach and Braquenie. The 48 individually designed rooms and suites blend vintage glamour with splashes of contemporary style. Meanwhile, the building’s old fireplaces, medieval vaulted ceilings and wood panelling are still retained for their old-world charm.
Lending an extra touch of luxury to the property is the Guerlain spa (relax under its beautiful 13th-century vaults), a jacuzzi, a sauna, and exclusive beauty and wellness treatments. The hotel also has a number of complimentary bikes available for guests if they want to pop over to a nearby bistro or art gallery. The hotel’s concierge can even help to arrange a Fiat 500 convertible for day trips farther afield.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, London
Unveiled in June 2017, the contemporary Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is located in London’s hip artistic quarter. This is the first European hotel by the internationally renowned Nobu Hotels brand, and also one of Design Hotels’ newest members. The property boasts 143 guest rooms and 7 suites (with private balconies that overlook the hotel’s courtyard and pocket garden). After checking in, unpack, slip into a custom-made yukata robe and enjoy a cup of traditional Japanese tea in your plush room. Travellers can relax in the luxury spa as well as enjoy an innovative dining experience by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s culinary team.
Amanyangyun, located 27km southwest of Shanghai, is all set to open on 8 January 2018. This major 15-year conservation initiative saw the relocation of a forest and the reconstruction of a historic village. Kerry Hill Architects has meticulously restored the 50 disassembled antique houses to create 26 ancient dwellings – all woven with contemporary comfort. This is the fourth Aman destination in China, and the first in Shanghai. Here, guests of Aman will get to experience the same standards of design, service, natural beauty and cultural immersion that the brand is known for. The resort boasts five dining outlets including Chinese restaurant Lazhu which offers cuisine from the Jiangxi province. There’s also Nama, a Japanese restaurant as well as Arva, which rolls out Italian signatures.