These island hotels make it a breeze to indulge in a beach vacation. We recommend you this 7 dreamy island getaways to escape from city hustle.
Park Hyatt, Zanzibar, Tanzania
The beachfront hotel is rooted in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige: a Unesco-appointed Zanzibari mansion that dates to the 17th century, where detailed carvings and a serene open courtyard give an immediate sense of heritage. It sits adjacently to the newly built Zamani Village, whose sympathetic architecture makes direct references to the Swahili culture, whilst also noting the Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences on the island
Hotel Sant Francesc, Mallorca, Spain
An 1880 manor house, located on Palma’s historic Plaza San Francicso, has been transformed into a 42-room hotel. Remaining unchanged for 135 years, the neoclassical mansion commanded a specially appointed team of creatives to carefully enhance the building’s authentic character
Architect Tolo Cursach, interior decorator Maria Jose Cabré and landscape designer Ana Esteve worked closely with the Soldevila Ferrer family, owners of the property, to successfully merge original features such as the Baroque façade and ornate ceiling frescoes with present-day designs from Antonio Citterio, Jaime Hayon and Paola Navone
JW Marriott, Venice, Italy
Built on Sacca Sessola, the largest of the hundreds of islets scattered across the Venetian lagoon, the newest launch from hotel group JW Marriott, appears like a floating slice of countryside, with all of its 20 buildings – which comprise a luxury hotel, private villas, and a spa and wellness centre – surrounded by a lush park of green grass, olive trees, ivy-trellised terraces and a vegetable garden that furnishes the resort’s two restaurants with fresh produce daily.
All of the treatment rooms in the spa as well as the rooftop infinity pool offer views of the Venetian skyline. ‘You can see the sunset at Piazza San Marco,’ says the architect. ‘It’s fantastic. It’s so rare to actually see Venice in Venice’
‘This is a return to nature,’ observes Milan-based architect Matteo Thun, who together with partner Luca Colombo not only designed the buildings and its interiors, but also the landscaping that unfurls freely across the 160,000 sq m property
Alila Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
The newly opened Alila Seminyak takes its cues from its perfect beachfront location a short walk from Seminyak town’s hippy slash hipster collection of smart restaurants, art galleries, itsy local spas, and surf-shops.
Brief in hand, architect Gaurang Khemka and his team at Singapore firm URBNarc have created a secret garden amidst the hustle and bustle of Seminyak, laying out the resort’s 240 rooms around a sequence of naturally shaded public spaces that are dominated by four swimming pools, one of which literally sits atop the entire length of the restaurant
Zaborin, Kutchan, Japan
Set amongst the leafy canopy of a peaceful forest, against the serene backdrop of Hokkaido’s pristine landscape, Zaborin is the area’s newest retreat, just a short drive south from the city of Sapporo. Comprising just 15 villas – all of which overlook the endless bucolic terrain – the property sits snugly within the surrounding greenery, providing optimum immersion into the area’s idyllic location
Local architect Makoto Nakayama boosted the characteristics of a traditional ryokan, with the addition of floor-to-ceiling glass, modern furnishings and concrete details.
Tri, Galle, Sri Lanka
Tri has just opened on the edge of the scenic Lake Koggala, a leisurely half hour drive from Galle. With just 11 suites – three of which sit in a 40m high water tower that’s set on a hillock – a treetop yoga platform and a 21-metre cantilevered pool, the green resort offers wild tropical nature, tranquillity and seclusion in spades
Somewhat unusually, Raefer Wallis of Sri Lanka and Shanghai-based A00 Architecture, has laid out the resort in a whorl that spirals the suites from the water’s edge upwards to the water tower
Myconian Ambassador, Mykonos, Greece
The fact that the Myconian Ambassador has been running since 1979 owes much to its incredible location on Mykonos’s Gialos beach and lovely panorama of the sea and distant islands and rocky outcrops
A refurbishment by Lebanese-based architect Galal Mahmoud has returned the 69-room Myconian – its sturdy silhouette of tessellated white cubes that are linked Escher-like by angular staircases – to one of gleaming white prominence in the neighbourhood. Granted, Grecian tropes loom large, not least the blue and white colour theme, but depth and warmth have been added by way of Thassos marble, tropical hardwoods, and splashes of pastel hued Marimekko-like fabric