Soaking up a city’s culture is easy when you’re bedding down in one of these lovingly restored buildings – from former theatres to opera houses, meet the hotels where history is king.
Creative Class 2.0 is here: China’s ‘new hedonists’ are sophisticated self-optimisers, both at home and away. Beijing-based CHAO co-founder, Maurice Li, tells Katie Palmer how this psychographic is prompting China’s homegrown contemporary hotels to disrupt the future of travel.
Ana Andjelic explores how, far from being the enemy of high-end hospitality, the sharing economy’s tech upstarts are prompting the next generation of rebellious travel brands to reinvent themselves and emerge stronger than ever.
Travel maestros, fasten your Fitbits – from mindfulness to moringa, get ready for Alice Tate to pace you through eight wellness trends forecasted to hit the big time in 2018.
Creating a sense of place: far from following the emerging trend of generically revamping old buildings, in today’s market, a hotel’s architecture and design must live and breathe their own story and style, and ignite real passion in us. Because when it comes to people, it’s all about integrity.
The giver of simple pleasures and design where underrated beauty meets utility, Copenhagen is a hidden gem with the creative oomph to stop travellers dead in their tracks. Kate Hamilton does some digging to uncover the up-and-coming hotels, activities and F&B hotspots in Denmark’s capital.
Innovative startups may have caused a storm in a lot of areas in the travel industry, but until recently few have thought to rethink suitcases. Meet the five who are working to fill this potential goldmine of a gap in the market, and to make schlepping our stuff from A to B that little bit easier.
What’s better than enjoying the view? Soaking it up, as these spectacularly sexy hotel bath tubs prove. From the Swiss Alps to Aspen via Ubud, these new additions to the collective are revolutionising bathing, one tub at a time.
Marseille is a crime-troubled gritty port city by reputation – but don’t let first appearances fool you. A creative spark is looming, lighting the city’s gloomier streets and flooding into its tourism hotspots. Kate Hamilton investigates.
Going green has never looked or sounded so good: in a world emotionally unresponsive to the preconceived ideas of sustainability-obsessed hippies, Food Cabinet has figured out a way to successfully voice food sustainability issues. How, you ask? Sexy marketing language and design-led initiatives – that’s how.
The unstoppable rise of the humble GIF has placed it firmly in the cultural zeitgeist, with brands from Airbnb to Apple getting in on the (moving) action. Lisa Davidson explores how the travel industry can capitalise on the wordless revolution.
Autonomous cars are reinventing the wheel, and to be asleep at it will no longer be the cause of havoc. But this is no time for travel businesses to be napping – learn about a fascinating, world-changing moment in transport history.
From architecture, to tech, to rocking restaurants, The Windy City is more ahead of the curve than ever before. Sara D’Souza gives us an overview on what’s cool and creative on Chicago’s block in 2018.
What January blues? Whether you’re seeking solace, balance or a poolside margarita, these new recruits will restore your zen and nurture your chi in the most ridiculously beautiful of settings.
From theatrics to flavours of brandy with mushrooms and Oloroso with squash, mixology is reaching way beyond the bar. As fine dining pushes its creativity through the roof, the divide between bar and kitchen is growing ever narrower…
Learn how social media influencers are getting their cameras involved in their most private and intimate moments, and how this online transparency is guiding the social behaviours, pleasures and inclinations of the social-media-savvy public.
Zurich might not immediately scream creativity, but scratch its stuffy surface and find a legacy left by the raucous bunch who took advantage of Switzerland’s neutrality during the First World War: home to contemporary art, a sea of entrepreneurs, and thriving restaurants and hotels, this is not a city to be overlooked.
Blurring the lines between selfie culture and reality, Cindy Sherman’s recent reappearance on Instagram has caused a stir in the art world. Lisa Davidson examines the relationship between surreality and our IRL personas.
From Brighton to Penzance, Sara D’Souza explores how the Artist Residence brought understated cool (and a seriously covetable bathtub or two) to the UK’s boutique hotel scene.
Botanical is the new black for a growing generation of cacti-crazed influencers and entrepreneurs. Lisa Davidson digs a little deeper into our global obsession with greenery.
In an increasingly fraught political climate, how can hotels and the travel industry make a stand – and better embrace the causes that matter? James Davidson explores the trailblazing brands swapping avocado toast for considered and impactful activism.
Far more than just the gateway to the Costa Brava, Girona’s blend of Catalan cuisine, medieval architecture and distinct fusion of the old and new are cementing its status as one of Spain’s leading cultural capitals. Kate Hamilton explores a city waiting to be discovered.
We’ve all got collections we’re proud of – for some, it’s a shelf full of Polly Pockets; for others, its a massive stack of Pokémon cards. Meet two boutique hotels who’ve based their properties around the the collections that bring them pride and joy.
Along come the Chinese middle-class travellers, and there go the lifestyle brands: Nancy Huang investigates why high-end lifestyle hotel brands hoping to make a splash in Seoul are struggling to survive. So how will soon-to-open Méridien Seoul fare in 2018?
Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula might be better known for spring break, but a creative tide has brought everything from breweries to boutique hotels that’s fast-changing the place’s repute.
Come on, everyone – for nostalgia’s sake! Lisa Davidson delves deeper into the emergence of nostalgia in our everyday. Sure, it can go down a treat with both the oldies and young ‘uns, but don’t serve it neat. Always mix it up with something new…
From blockchain-assisted transport to itineraries curated by artificial intelligence, James Davidson outlines how tech is revolutionising the high-end travel industry from behind the scenes.
Travellers are sniffing out faux-authenticity a mile off. Camila Belchior introduces us to exemplar hotels in the Americas that embody the heart and soul of local life. From design to dining, they have captured their neighbouring areas down to a tee.
Hong Kong is, without doubt, is a city for big spenders – but also emerging on this piping-hot hotel scene are properties specifically geared towards the Creative Class. Nancy Huang introduces us to three who are shaking things up in the Pearl of the Orient.