The Hot List:
Summer's Chicest Hotel Stays
From ‘70s-inspired French tennis resorts emanating the ultra-coolness of the retro era to contemporary boutique hotels along the Silk Routes of Jaipur, this season has no shortage of unique travel inspiration. Read on for our curated edit of the hottest hotels to be (and be seen at) this summer.
Surrounded by boundless sandswept landscapes, Rancho Pescadero is easily mistaken for a dreamy desert oasis. Immersed amongst thirty acres of untouched landscape, this nature retreat posing resort was unveiled in September 2020 as a true well-being refuge for it’s A-list guests. Frequented by the Los Angeles “it” crowd, Rancho Pescadero is the definition of tropical cool with its luxe-yet-beachy aesthetic and picturesque ocean-side location.
With a considered emphasis on conscious living, the luxury Mexican escape is renowned for its wellness offering, sustainability and one-of-a-kind amenities. From curated indoor-outdoor suites complete with scenic fire pits, private plunge pools and Insta-worthy outdoor showers to their signature charcoal-infused tasting menu curated by chef-extraordinaire Sandro Falbo. Rancho Pescadero is the newest ‘if-you-know-you-know’ destination and one of the top places to be (and be seen at) this summer.
A stone’s throw from the city of Jaipur, Villa Palladio is situated on the city’s ancient Silk Routes. The contemporary concept hotel is built into a storied 1980s structure that captures the air of art, craftsmanship and creativity from eras past. From local art to traditional spa treatments, Rajasthan’s newest hot spot celebrates the craft, colour and story of the country’s rich culture and heritage.
Nestled against Kanota Lake, the hotel’s dreamy surrounds provide expansive, unmatched views bound to get you in the R&R mood. Amidst the lavish grounds, a scenic hidden garden houses an ornate pool house for switching off after a trip to the spa for a unique Tibetan treatment. And if the amenities aren’t enough, the hotel’s curated interiors truly set it apart. Awash with a vibrant, jewel-toned red, it is impossible to miss the hotel’s signature monochromatic hue. Against the ubiquitous shade, more is more – from ornate stained-glass windows and hand-painted walls to statement décor cresting every surface. An aesthetic experience not to be missed, Villa Palladio is the up-and-coming destination on every A-lister’s bucket list.
Located in the heart of Italy’s capital, Six Senses is a secret sanctuary amidst the bustling city scene. From the iconic hospitality collective, the traditionally tropical-inclined hotelier celebrates his enthuse with all things Italian in this destined-to-be iconic destination. Defined by dreamy interiors from renowned Spanish designer, Patricia Uriquiola, an already esteemed wellness spa and elevated eateries with expansive menus by Sicilian chef, Nadia Frisnia.
Housed in a former noble palazzo, the 18th century location sets the scene for the classic yet ultra-chic Italian hotel. Featuring a one-of-a-kind spa with traditional Roman plunge pools, unique experiences curated by a finely tuned team and suites with coveted views looking out across Roman rooftops and church spires, it is an elevated European experience like no other. The place to be for city summer breaks.
ST TROPEZ, FRANCE
‘70s Serge Gainsbourg dreams are realized in the Épi’s ultra-cool interiors. Channeling coveted vintage vibes with natural wooden cabins, rattan furniture, and colour-blocked stained windows, the Épi redefines the retro era for a new generation of ultra-cool guests.
Set back from the bustle of the Riviera but just within reach of the French hot spot, the hotel grounds are exquisitely located but we can’t imagine you wanting to venture beyond them. Curated by Italian designer, Monica Damante, the vision is palpable with dreamy old-school prints and decades old furniture perfectly placed inside each of the white-washed cabins. Renowned for their iconic clay tennis courts and whimsical garden scenes, recline under an eggshell umbrella after a post-match dip in the pool and finish your day with a contemporary French-Californian dining experience and a glass of the finest rose.
Words by Talitha Ward