WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: NOV 2016
In a month where many of us are wishing we could temporarily hit eject from the world, we thought we’d provide some travel-based therapy by suggesting three hotel hideaways where we’d happily see out the end of civilisation. From a Shanghai den of delight to an Australian beachside refuge by way of New York’s latest urban retreat, our November newbies to the collective will all be attending LE for the first time in 2017 (if someone hasn’t hit any big red buttons by then, that is…) – until then, let us take you behind closed doors with a snapshot of their diverse worlds.
NAME: The Waterhouse at South Bund
LOCATION: Shanghai, China
CAUSE: Establishing a Narnia-esque cabinet of hidden high-end delights in industrial Shanghai
Non-conformist, confrontational and confounding: The Waterhouse at South Bund is a conceptual affair that channels the clandestine allure of the underground, concealing a modern spirit within a deceptively simple exterior. This 19-room hotel, the creation of visionary Singaporean hotelier Loh Lik Peng, shares the mischievous, experimental soul of his wider Unlisted Collection, transforming a 1930s warehouse into a hidden den of design delight. From the outside, passersby could be fooled into thinking they are strolling past a construction site, with raw concrete and unfinished edges blending into the old docklands district. However once inside, an industrial, minimalist and super-luxe vibe emerges, with furniture designed by UC favourites like Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner (we hear Loh has a penchant for custom-designed chairs, so we’re keeping tabs on the original designs in each property). Other high-end hooks include a restaurant from the can-do-no-wrong Jason Atherton, a huge events space that regularly hosts fashion shows, and a stunning rooftop bar with views of the river and metropolis.
NAME: Halcyon House
LOCATION: Cabarita Beach, Australia
CAUSE: Creating a halcyon haze with the breezy, beachside house of your dreams
Imagine your dream hideaway – you know, the one your therapist asks you to mentally retreat to when one too many pedestrians have elbowed you in the ribs on the way to work. Crashing waves; dappled sunlight hitting the whitewashed walls; wildflowers and shells scattered amongst the furnishings…there yet? Well, we have good news for you – sisters Siobhan and Elisha Bickle have already turned everyone’s fantasy refuge into reality at Halcyon House, a 21-room beachside property in the equally idyllic town of Cabarita Beach. Originally conceived as a holiday home for the two sisters’ families, today the House is a nostalgic, cosy enclave for travellers underpinned by the highest service standards from renowned hotelier Mauro De Riso. A host of other talented people have brought the project to life, from architect Virginia Kerridge and interior designer Anna Spiro’s creation of a home-from-home with individually-designed rooms to ex-Noma chef Ben Devlin’s homage to Australian coastal cooking at on-site restaurant Paper Daisy. To round off your storybook stay, hit the boardwalk on one of Halcyon’s bicycles, picnic on the beach with local produce, or croquet the afternoon away on the lawn.
NAME: Arlo Hotels
LOCATION: New York, USA
CAUSE: Proving small is beautiful with wow-factor windows in ‘micro rooms’
Having recently launched in both the NoMad and Hudson Square districts in New York, Arlo Hotels introduced itself to the world with the statement “Arlo is that feeling that you’ve been here before”. This emphasis on creating a cosy collective of like-minded travellers somewhere that feels like home is clearly at the top of the Arlo experience, with compact but clean design, a neutral, warm palette and fun, casual social areas making an appearance in both properties. Making small a selling point is a tough call, but in the city of NYC where space is at a premium, Arlo’s self-styled ‘micro rooms’ cleverly use flexible furniture and efficient storage spaces to give you everything you need and nothing you don’t. Full-length windows looking directly on to the city streets are a seriously smart (and Instagrammable) addition – in the words of our team who recently stayed there, ‘that view though…!’. When you do crawl out of bed, Arlo NoMad has ‘inauthentic’ Italian restaurant MASSONI and rooftop bar The Heights to keep you up; meanwhile over in Hudson Square, Harold’s Meat + Three, Arlo Liquor Bar and Courtyard and rooftop bar Good Story provide a tasty and good-looking F&B offering.