WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: MAY 2017
Whether it’s outdoorsy adventure, authentic gastronomy or all-out glamour you’re after, this month’s new additions to the LE 2017 collective have got you covered… ✅✅✅
NAME: Halcyon Hotel Cherry Creek
LOCATION: Denver, USA
CAUSE: Making getting outside your front door as exciting as staying in
First things first: you’re probably not going to make it past the threshold at the Halcyon Hotel without whipping out your smartphone, given the Instagrammable adorableness of the individual doormats outside each room (we’d hope for HELLO SUNSHINE rather than NO RUNNING IN THE HALLS). However once you’re done snapping, there’s lots to get excited about on both sides of the doors. Inside, rooms are designed to feel as much like home as possible, with Netflix streaming, Nespresso machines and turntables on hand; outside, there’s a plethora of activities to connect you to the community and Colorado landscape. The Kitchen Counter bar and Halcyon Den are sociable spots to have a cocktail or play a board game and the rooftop pool deck was made for lounging; but if you’re feeling more adventurous, the hotel’s Gear Garage can loan you Vespas, New Belgium Cruiser Bikes, Stormer e-bikes, longboards, hamboards, adventure kits, Leicas, GoPros, and clothing to help you survive the Colorado winter weather.
NAME: Acre Baja
LOCATION: San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
CAUSE: Using local ingredients in everything from food, to plates, to walls
This farm-restaurant-turned-hotel will only start welcoming overnight guests in winter 2017, when 12 treehouses will open, studded among the heights of the surrounding palm trees. Whilst the venture into accommodation is a new feature, each treehouse will share Acre Baja’s long-standing commitment to local sourcing and components: the walls will be made of earth and sticks from local palo de arco trees, with all furniture, lighting and accessories harking from the Baja or Mexican mainland. When you’re done obsessing over design details like the handmade tiles around the property, Acre’s starring spot is reserved for its farm-to-table restaurant, which uses ingredients from its own farm and neighbouring suppliers. Feast on chilaquiles with mole negro, pork pibil hash and hot chocolate dip with sweet conch bread, before working it off with hiking and yoga.
NAME: Ultima Gstaad
LOCATION: Gstaad, Switzerland
CAUSE: Injecting a bit of high octane glamour into the Swiss mountains
One for the glam squad, Ultima Gstaad is a shiny, sumptuous jewel of a resort situated in the Swiss mountains. Upon being greeted by the huge Baccarat crystal chandelier in the lobby, it’s obvious that Ultima isn’t really about being understated – everything from the glass piano (occasionally decorated by different artists) to the La Prairie spa and ‘Aesthetics Clinic’ is designed to be admired. A Bond-esque Lobby Bar, indulgent Shisha Bar and holier-than-thou Detox Bar cater to all levels of excess, and the Duchessa Restaurant is a suitably opulent place to settle down for classic Italian fare and live performances.