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A Secluded Homestead within the Southern Alps
On New Zealand’s sparsely populated South Island, an alpine retreat has opened within the windswept Craigieburn Valley. Flanked by three ski fields within the Craigieburn Vary and nestled close to limestone formations as soon as used as shelter by the Ngāi Tahu, the standard Māori stewards of the land, Flockhill Lodge is a four-bedroom homestead set inside Flock Hill Station, a working sheep farm comprising 36,000 acres. Positioned close to Arthur’s Move Nationwide Park, the lodge was designed by the architect Jonathan Coote, of the Auckland-based agency Warren and Mahoney, to offer visitors an actual sense of place. “If you’re right here, you’re completely consumed by the size and majesty of the panorama,” says Coote, whose simple method consists of timber, limestone and tinted concrete solid in slim layers, in addition to a easy pitched timber roof, an ode to the utilitarian farm constructions scattered across the homestead. Every of the 4 bedrooms options natural New Zealand-made interiors: wool-and-bamboo silk rugs by Nodi, hand-blown glass lamps by Monmouth Glass Studio and reclaimed rimu-wood mattress frames topped with Merino Dreamwool mattresses and alpaca blankets produced on a farm close to Dunedin. Together with the pool, sizzling tub and firepit on the expansive terrace, the rooms are positioned in a straight line in order to not interrupt the views of glimmering Lake Pearson and Sugarloaf Mountain. Accessible by way of a 25-minute helicopter trip or a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, the lodge features a non-public chef and an attendant who can advise visitors on actions to take pleasure in throughout their keep, from mountain biking on the single-track trails in close by Craigieburn Forest Park to mountain climbing alongside the Waimakariri, one of many largest braided rivers in New Zealand. Rooms from $7,300 per evening, two-night minimal; flockhillnz.com.
After a two-year seek for a restoration undertaking in France’s Loire Valley, the Swiss entrepreneur Mira Grebenstein discovered the place of her goals: the Château Louise de la Vallière, in-built 1236. Louise de la Vallière was the favourite of Louis XIV’s 5 official mistresses, or maîtresse-en-titres. When de la Vallière’s childhood dwelling opens to visitors on October 1 as a boutique inn, a part of the Relais & Châteaux’s community of luxurious lodges world wide, it would mark Grebenstein’s first foray into lodging; to transform the château right into a 20-room retreat, she joined forces with the legendary French inside designer Jacques Garcia, whose prior initiatives embrace Château du Champ de Bataille in Normandy and Hôtel Costes in Paris. For 5 signature rooms, every devoted to ladies (Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette et al.) who held affect over numerous kings all through historical past, Garcia hand-selected textiles and decor. In Madame de Maintenon’s suite, the partitions are wearing lampas, a Renaissance-style blue silk with gold and purple floral motifs that Garcia sourced from the famend French material home Tassinari & Chatel. The reception shows unique Seventeenth-century tapestries and a glass cupboard with paperwork signed by Louis XIV legitimizing the 2 surviving youngsters he had with de la Vallière. Within the restaurant, chef Maxime Lesobre of Paris’s Michelin-starred La Grande Cascade labored with the French gastronomy historian Jean-Claude Ribaut to recreate a seven-course menu typical of the Solar King’s period that includes dishes reminiscent of vol-au-vent puff pastry with snails, eel and leek and veal sweetbread in a churned-milk marinade with caviar and turtle herb sauce. Past the château’s partitions, the roughly 46-acre property has an historical forest of bicentennial Lebanese cedars, now a wildlife refuge; a conservatory of figs (Louis XIV’s favourite fruit); and a backyard of “forgotten greens,” the place Lesobre sources crops reminiscent of skirrets, pencil-thin white roots with a potato-esque texture and a sweetness paying homage to parsnips and carrots. “That is our aim,” says Grebenstein, “to carry the spirit and style of the previous collectively for a riot of the senses whereas defending the character and wildlife round us.” Rooms from $500; chateaulouise.com.
A Railroad-Impressed Resort Close to Khao Yai Nationwide Park
Rich Bangkokians have lengthy escaped the capital’s clammy warmth by heading two and a half hours northeast to the cool, forested hillsides surrounding Khao Yai Nationwide Park, a UNESCO World Heritage web site spanning about 900 sq. miles. With the brand new InterContinental Khao Yai Resort, set on 46 evergreen acres close to the park, the award-winning architect and inside designer Invoice Bensley has remodeled 22 cast-off practice carriages right into a lakeside teahouse, spa and 19 stand-alone suites with jungle terraces and plunge swimming pools. Bensley leaned into the romance of Twentieth-century practice journey for the reimagining, in addition to the historical past of King Rama V, who is taken into account the daddy of the fashionable Thai railway system. “It’s a time warp into one other period,” says Bensley, who collected a lot of the railroad memorabilia himself. Every carriage suite takes its inspiration from a special practice journey in Southeast Asia: The upholstery, wallpaper, headboards and art work had been all custom-designed to replicate the landscapes and materials a passenger would see in Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Forty-five further visitor rooms mimic the feel and appear of heritage practice vehicles, with passenger-style home windows, station signboards and green-and-white-striped trellis awnings shading balconies and out of doors bathtubs. The resort’s verdant grounds are sprinkled with 5 glowing lakes and a cover of banyan, baobab and eagle wooden timber, whereas the nationwide park simply past homes quite a lot of wildlife (Asian elephants, gibbons, pig-tailed macaque), in addition to plunging waterfalls such because the 82-foot Haew Suwat, made well-known by a cliff-jumping Leonardo DiCaprio within the 2000 movie “The Seashore.” Rooms from $200; intercontinental.com/khaoyai.
As Ivory Coast works to revitalize greater than seven million acres of rainforest by 2030, a part of its five-year, $1.5-billion Abidjan Legacy Programme, a palm-fringed oasis awaits in Abidjan, an financial hub of 5 million folks. La Maison Palmier is the primary boutique property in West Africa to affix Design Resorts, a set of greater than 300 independently owned luxurious inns unfold world wide. This one is positioned within the upmarket Deux Plateaux neighborhood within the suburb of Cocody, a advantageous jumping-off level for galleries, retailers and eating places. Designed by the Ivorian architect Désiré M’bengue, the 74-room resort includes 9 buildings linked by backyard paths and camouflaged amid 200 species of palm timber. The maison recollects the midcentury trendy work of Catalan architect José Antonio Coderch and the minimalist Cycladic structure of the Mediterranean. Whitewashed partitions, frake wooden ceilings and handwoven textiles supply a refreshingly completely different design beat from the extra company lodges discovered all through Abidjan. The resort’s proprietor, the true property developer Abdallah El Ghandour, says the aim was to create “a scene from an unique travelogue” — a imaginative and prescient he realized by hiring French inside designer Maxime Liautard and Senegalese textile designer Aissa Dione. Within the resort bar, the place modern locals collect for Mango Mule mocktails, striped banquettes and rattan ceiling followers carry tropical vitality, whereas the brass-accented mirrored bar provides a contact of glamour. An emerald-hued marble pool flanks a Parisian-style terrace — each ultimate for basking in Abidjan’s year-round balmy climate. African supplies are integrated all through, from the Ghanaian stones within the terrazzo flooring to the Ivorian cocoa within the silky-smooth chocolate mousse at Le Bistrot Palmier, the resort restaurant. Rooms from $200, together with breakfast; lamaisonpalmier.com.
Thirty years after accepting founder Adrian Zecha’s invitation to affix the nascent Aman Resorts model, and having managed such celebrated properties as Amanpuri in Phuket, Thailand, and the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, India, Joseph Polito bought a dingy bed-and-breakfast in Bennington, Vermont, in 2021. He’d fallen onerous for the Queen Anne Victorian-style home from 1887, with its gabled roofline, veranda and carriage home designed by William C. Bull, a outstanding native architect of the late-Victorian interval. “However the inside regarded like Granny’s home,” recollects the Rochester, New York-born hotelier, who eliminated each final ceramic figurine and doily to attract consideration to the ornate plaster moldings, leaded glass pocket doorways and home windows operated by weighted pulleys. The Karen hill-tribe headdress Polito purchased off a lady’s head in northern Thailand now tops the Beethoven bust within the mahogany-paneled library, the place Burmese opium weights adorn a teakwood espresso desk from Lombok, Indonesia. A chess set hand-carved in Rajasthan, India, is one among a number of parlor video games that accompany the complimentary self-serve bar stocked with Lillet, Benedictine and brandy. In South Shire’s 9 bedrooms, Matouk linens grace the beds, most of which have vintage or four-poster frames, with Frette bathrobes and Flores toiletries rounding out the five-star facilities. The Bangkok-based architect and inside designer Invoice Bensley steered purple tip photinia shrubs to enrich the grounds’ prodigious beechnut and maple timber, that are greater than 135 years outdated. Polito, a skilled chef who started his hospitality profession alongside Daniel Boulud and Jacques Torres at New York’s Mayfair Regent resort, serves regionally impressed dishes reminiscent of regionally sourced venison bourguignon and cranberry panna cotta with crème fraiche from Vermont Creamery. These are plated on his favourite Portuguese ceramicware, however Polito insists that none of those materials parts matter as a lot as significant human interactions. The Aman supervisor turned real-life Bob Newhart chats with each visitor, recommending close by canoeing lakes, abandoned swimming holes and cross-country ski trails, in addition to neighborhood treasures just like the world-renowned assortment of Grandma Moses folks work on the Bennington Museum, poet Robert Frost’s grave at Outdated First Church and Vermont Shepherd sheep milk cheeses. “Mr. Zecha taught us to deal with folks as in the event that they had been visitors in our own residence,” says Polito. “This prices nothing however makes all of the distinction.” Rooms from $225, together with breakfast; southshire.com.
A Nature Retreat within the Hudson Valley
Staying at Wildflower Farms is like stepping right into a Hudson River College panorama portray — at the very least that’s the sensation that Auberge Resorts Assortment hopes to evoke at its new nature-gone-luxe retreat in Gardiner, about 90 minutes north of Manhattan. Sixty-five cabins, cottages and suites, designed by California structure studio Electrical Bowery, are tucked into the woodlands of this 140-acre escape on the foot of the Catskills. The doorway, a 3,500-square-foot portico, is extra of an excellent room than a typical resort foyer with its comfortable sofas and regionally made sheepskin poufs. Textured interiors take their inspiration from classic Americana, the realm’s wealthy antiquing historical past and the wildflower-flecked meadows simply past the visitor rooms’ floor-to-ceiling home windows and personal decks. Each object, whether or not it was discovered or custom-made, “feels as if it got here from somebody’s dwelling,” says Christie Ward of New York design agency Ward + Grey. This consists of framed vintage textiles, handmade quilts in moody fall colours, large-scale botanical artwork by Stuart Thornton and glass sconces with forsythia motifs. On the resort’s Clay restaurant, overseen by government chef Rob Lawson, hand-knotted tapestries depicting the 4 seasons grasp from the fireside; and the chairs, impressed by Arts and Crafts-style turned-oak items that Ward + Grey noticed in an upstate antiques store, had been made to order in Mexico and upholstered in Pindler mohair. Clay’s menu makes essentially the most of New York’s seasonal components: a salad that includes six forms of tomato grown on-site; a charcuterie board with meats from La Salumina in Hurleyville and cheeses from Outdated Chatham Creamery in Groton; and a heritage breed hen wrapped in kombu, baked in potter’s clay after which cracked tableside for somewhat drama. The resort’s Maplehouse cooking faculty affords classes in foraging and baking with botanicals, whereas its 9,000-square-foot spa options an indoor saltwater pool, two out of doors sizzling tubs and coverings that incorporate important oils made by native natural magnificence model Domesticate Apothecary. Rooms from $1,000; wildflowerfarms.com.