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New hotel in Santa Monica debuts ‘looser kind of luxury’

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New hotel in Santa Monica debuts ‘looser kind of luxury’

The 271-key Santa Monica Proper, designed by Kelly Wearstler, introduces a looser kind of luxury with interiors inspired by the natural coastline… 

A new hotel has emerged in Santa Monica that is said to disrupt the luxury hotel scene in California. Juxtaposing Hollywood glamour, Santa Monica Proper, designed by internationally acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler, describes itself as embracing ‘looser luxury’ with an emphasis on wellbeing and holistic wellness.

The hotel, which is currently in soft-launch phase, is situated in the district around 7th and Wilshire, which is considered to be a rising hub of creative energy with upscale conveniences and wellness activities in any direction—and the beach and bike path only blocks away.

Using Santa Monica as muse, Wearstler took cues, motifs and hues from classic Santa Monica history. With room designs distinct to each building, the clean-lined environments are grounded in a bold, neutral scheme of subtle organic textures, materials, and natural elements: sandy palettes, light hardwoods underfoot; grasscloths, and floor-to-ceiling windows. To further enhance the site-specific, artisanal feel in public spaces, Wearstler has collaborated with the finest names in L.A. art for original artworks and monolithic installations, such as Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck, Tanya Aguiniga, Len Klikunas, and Bradley Duncan.

close up of soft headboard and comfy looking bed with white sheets

Image credit: The Ingalls

Meeting the needs of the modern traveler, each room is well-appointed with specially designed furniture and signature Proper beds dressed with Bellino and Fili D’oro linens. State-of-the-art technology includes the Proper App and mobile room keys and checkout. In addition to curved floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and garden terraces offer plenty of natural California light.

Integrated into a Proper stay is the 3,000-square-foot flagship collaboration with celebrated wellness practitioners Martha and Roger Soffer. Following a philosophy that bridges the physical, mental, and spiritual, hotel guests and locals can explore 10,000 years of Indian wellness principles through therapeutic massage, steam and oil treatments, cooking, yoga, and meditation.

The hotel, which offers its guests a front-row perspective over unspoilt ocean, is expected to be fully completed and open by September 2019.

Main image credit: The Ingalls

Condé Nast Traveller reveals its editors’ all-time favourite hotels from around the world

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As we prepare to wrap up another year of innovation, design and style, here are what our friends over at Condé Nast Traveller believe are the hotels to visit in 2019… 

If there’s one thing we have learned in 2018, when it comes to predicting the next hotel design hotspot, it’s that location is everything. Towns, cities, villages – even islands – that evoke one-off experiences tend to become destinations that lend themselves naturally to luxury design-led hotels. We have seen this time and time again, which is why Africa for example has long been a destination that many hotel owners and chains have bookmarked for future development. The real task is designing the seamless link between the design of the hotel and its setting.

With a recent survey suggesting that 95 per cent of consumers would rather spend money on an experience over product, it’s clear that designers, architects and hoteliers need to further consider location and how the property would blend into its surroundings. In order to establish, from a consumer point of view, which hotels are at the top of their game, we have peered over the fence to understand what our friends over in London’s Vogue House believe are the best hotels in the world.

With 78 hotels ranging from game-changer Heckfield Place in Hampshire, to the romantic Castello di Vicarello in Tuscany, the nostalgic St. Regis New York and plenty to choose from in far-flung destinations, Condé Nast Traveller shines a rather bright and dynamic spotlight on the most wonderful places to stay next year with The Gold List 2019:


Claridge’s, London
Covent Garden Hotel, London
The Kensington, London
Soho Farmhouse, Oxfordshire:
Lucknam Park, near Bath
Heckfield Place, Hampshire

Image credit: Firmdale Hotels



Hôtel de Crillon, Paris
La Réserve Paris
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Antibes
Les Fermes de Marie, Megève

Image credit: Oetker Collection


Aman Venice
Belmond Hotel Caruso, Amalfi Coast
Le Sirenuse, Positano
JK Place Capri
Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Lake Garda
Castello di Vicarello, Tuscany
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia
Hotel Il Pellicano, Tuscany


Soho House Barcelona
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, Palma de Mallorca




Perivolas, Santorini


Anassa Hotel


Hotel Sanders, Copenhagen


Ett Hem, Stockholm


Deplar Farm


The Thief, Oslo



La Mamounia, Marrakech
L’Hôtel Marrakech


Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Grumeti


Ellerman House, Cape Town

Image credit: Ellerman House, Cape Town


&Beyond Bateleur Camp, Masai Mara


Jack’s Camp


Amilla Fushi
Soneva Fushi


One&Only Le Saint Géran


Six Senses Zil Pasyon



Six Senses Zighy Bay

Image credit: Six Senses


Bulgari Resort Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah



Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur
The Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur
The Leela Palace New Delhi


Aman Tokyo

Image credit: Aman Tokyo


Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
The Siam, Bangkok


Song Saa Private Island


The Upper House, Hong Kong
The Peninsula Shanghai
The Opposite House, Beijing

Image Credit: The Upper House, Hong Kong



The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, North Island


Halcyon House, New South Wales


The Brando



Uxua Casa Hotel & Spa, Trancoso
Hotel Unique, São Paulo

Image credit: Hotel Unique


Awasi Atacama


Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, Buenos Aires

Image credit: Park Hyatt


Chablé, Yucatan
Hotel Esencia, Quintana Roo



The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, New York
The St. Regis New York
The Carlyle, New York
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii
Amangiri, Utah
Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami
Hotel Bel-Air, LA
Sunset Tower Hotel, LA
The Dewberry, Charleston
The Robey Chicago
Farmhouse Inn Sonoma
Wynn Las Vegas
The Peninsula Chicago

Image credit: The Beekman, New York


Clayoquot, Vancouver Island


GoldenEye, Jamaica
Playa Grande Beach Club, Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic
The Cotton House, Mustique
COMO Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos
Bahama House, Harbour Island

Image credit: COMO Hotels & Resort

Through Condé Nast Traveller’s award-winning editorial team under Editor-in-Chief, Melinda Stevens, The Gold List 2019 provides inspiration and expert consumer advice for discerning travellers on where to stay. Hotel Designs will be following this in January with an editorial around the top hotel openings of 2019.

Main image credit: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Miami

From luxe hotels to Golf clubs, Wilton Carpets offers the perfect round

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Hotel Designs Recommended Supplier Wilton Carpets has injected a little bit of hotel luxe into high-end golf clubs in the UK… 

Far more than just a place to enjoy socialising after the back nine, modern golf clubs place their interiors under high demand. With a dual-role as a daytime sporting and conferencing venue and night-time wedding, party and event space; extensive opening hours are particularly hard on flooring and so many clubs turn to woven carpet from Wilton Carpets.

Wool-rich carpets from Wilton are particularly hard-wearing and easy to maintain and this makes them ideal for use in lounges, suites, receptions, function rooms and dining areas. Successfully installed in prestigious golf and country clubs the world over, Wilton continues to deliver stylish tailor-made carpets that reflect the ambitions of these multi-purpose venues to be a welcoming, high-quality space for members and bookings.

Whether designs straight off the loom with ready-to-go stock designs, a semi-custom carpet with Ready to Weave, or a completely bespoke pattern created with the design team at the Wilton, the company has something to offer every size of establishment. For a carpet that embraces high standards and reflects the design and ambience of the building in question, golf clubs need look no further than the British manufacturer. With quality recognised nationally by many clubs including Formby Hall Golf Resort, Huddersfield Golf Club, Mere Golf Club and Gleneagles, and internationally with America’s Hyde Park Golf and Country Club, Mountain Brook Club and Frenchman’s Reserve Club; Wilton has a proven track-record.

Long corridors at Gleneagles

Image credit: Goddard Littlefair, Gleneagles

Weaving beautiful wool carpet in the Wiltshire town from which the company derives its name, Wilton can provide numerous qualities to suit the individual needs of spaces.  Whether a purposeful seven-row woven axminster for general use areas, nine-row for function spaces, or 11-row spike-resistant carpet for thoroughfares and course entrances; each carpet retains the quality and longevity that has made woven carpet the recognised premium choice for golf and country clubs.

Now with the excellent value of ready-to-go carpets, Wilton is ensuring clubs can begin enjoying a new British wool carpet with excellent value and no minimum order in just 14 days. The collection holds a broad library of traditional and modern designs, including exciting fusions such as the new Kinetic or Urban ranges and the distressed vintage tartans of Nova Scotia. Meeting the challenge when a fast refurbishment is required, Ready to Go offers huge scope to find the ideal carpet.

For a carpet that can echo a club’s identity, or simply tie-in beautifully to a colour scheme, the Ready to Weave concept allows any design to be created in a combination of colours selected from one of three permanently-loomed palettes. The advantage here is a bespoke look with quicker production and a more obtainable cost from a minimum order of 100m2. Ready to Weave is fast becoming a favourite among golf clubs refurbishing interiors and wanting to add a touch of personalisation.

For establishments where specific requirements are set in terms of interior layout, colour, design and pattern, or simply when a bespoke carpet would best suit ambition, the manufacturer can offer a bespoke solution. From club motifs and logos to intricate traditional or modern patterns, the Wilton Carpets bespoke programme delivers the very finest wool-rich woven axminster carpets.

Wilton Carpets is one of our recommended suppliers. To keep up to date with their news, click here. And, if you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, click here.