Luxebook September 2023

of esteemed designer Christian Lacroix: The Hotel La Bellechase. It’s a melting pot of Lacroix’s whimsical imaginings and penchant for gothic decadence. Each of the 33 rooms, though all deeply individualistic, draws on the same neo-classic palette of dark reds and golds encouraging a home feeling. Situated on the stylish Left Bank, you’re only a stone’s throw away from the cultural commodities of Paris like Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. Hotel Le Bellechasse is a boutique hotel in Saint Germain, Paris, artistically designed by Christian Lacroix. Inspired by art, literature, music, theatre and cinema, the interiors showcase Lacroix’s over-the-top imaginings and gothic decadence. Its timeless exterior conceals a remarkable personality; showcased in the 33 rooms featuring neoclassicism and a bohemian spirit.The hotel is only a stone’s throw away from Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre. Designed by Christian Lacroix, the Hotel Le Bellechasse is undoubtedly a dedication to the Christian Lacroix label. The walls feature vividly patterned imagery, and the plush fittings and textiles offer an intimate sense of warming comfort. A close walk to the neighbouring French landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve, Notre Dame, St Germain and street markets, this hotel is perfect for those who admire colour and crave a warm atmosphere. Palazzo Versace, Australia The Palazzo Versace is the definition of luxury, glamour, and sophistication. Located on Australia’s Golden Coast, the hotel is home to over 200 luxurious and extravagant rooms and spectacular architecture with an exclusive waterfront setting. Expect nothing less than Versace’s finest Italian craftsmanship. Opening its doors in the early 2000s on the subtropical terrain of the Gold Coast, Palazzo Versace was the first fashion designer hotel. With construction and planning starting in 1997, before Gianni Versace’s untimely death, the residence boasts all the vibrant characteristics of the beloved designer. From his colourful prints that can be found on the soft furnishings in the lobby to the Grecian motifs that grace the decadent entrance, the hotel is a symbol of unstifled glamour. Though, it’s not uninviting. The Palazzo Versace takes the best parts of humanity and makes something beautiful. A chandelier hailing from the State Library of Milan greets you upon arrival, complementing the Medusa mosaic situated on the entranceway. Its subtle details will make you want to stay that little bit longer. Located on Australia’s Gold Coast, Palazzo Versace was one of the very first fashion designer hotels. With its spectacular waterfront setting, the hotel is a symbol of grandeur, glamour, and decadence. The five-star luxury hotel exudes the character and spirit of Gianni Versace through the palatial Roman-style architecture, ambience, furnishings, and interiors. The hotel houses 200 rooms and suites along with 72 condo-style suites all complete with bespoke Versace home furnishings. Guests can enjoy unforgettable dining experiences at award-winning restaurants and bars, rejuvenating treatments at the spa and afternoons lazing in a cabana by the pool. The Palazzo Versace hotel and resort is not only famous for its signature styling and colours, but also its awesome art, sculpture, and featured artifacts. Located in Queensland, Australia, Palazzo Versace marked the world’s first-ever fashion branded hotel. An homage to the late Gianni Versace, the ornate and luxurious hotel is decorated richly to reflect that of the iconic fashion house. Special features include a Gianni Versace boutique, spa, fitness centre, deluxe suites, luxury condominiums, the private Palazzo Versace Marina and Australia’s only Water Salon—a pool cabana oasis with a “Cabana Couture Collection” offering special hotel packages for lounging in luxury by the pool. Luxury and opulence define Donatella Versace’s fashion sense. This Roman-style palace with Brazilian marble, Italian mosaics, and gold columns, is no departure from her aesthetic. Details from the custom bath products to gold-and-fuchsia-patterned upholstery were conceived by the designer. The Karl Lagerfeld, Macau Karl Lagerfeld’s 271-room hotel, The Karl Lagerfeld Macau opened in 2023, almost nine years from conceptualisation. The hotel – designed by Lagerfeld himself – brings the boldest, brightest, most unthinkable corners of his imagination to life: walls are coated in lacquered glossy black and whites; chandeliers hang courtesy of Terzani; furniture pays tribute to the designs of the Ming Dynasty; and moon gate-shaped walls and golden mosaics further reference the Chinese traditional craftsmanship. Two large, art deco-inspired pools occupy the second floor while The Book Lounge is home to more than 4,000 books selected to reflect his eclectic tastes. The Karl Lagerfeld hotel is a 271-room tower within the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort. Opened in December 2021, the late designer’s signature style and ethos are infused into the property’s DNA, from the building’s architectural elements to the specially commissioned furniture and art in the rooms and suites. Pairing a bold colour palette with chinoiserie elements, the interiors combine classic Chinese design with contemporary Western touches. These are beautifully presented through elements like the custom headboards which are inspired by auspicious Chinese coins that represent good fortune. Another example would be the circular room dividers which resemble the traditional Chinese moon gates. Lagerfeld’s passion for collaborations was known to all Reflecting this very passion, the interiors of the hotel include elements like sculptures by Dutch artist Marcel Wanders and French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, chandeliers by Terzani, and so on. The largest accommodation in the hotel is the Autograph Suite spread across 350 square metres. The space is divided into two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a study, a living room, a massage room, a dining room, and a media room with karaoke! The standard-size rooms are spread across 350 square metres. Beyond accommodation and wellness, the hotel’s lobby is a book lover’s dream. The Book Lounge as it is called, is a section in the lobby featuring over 4,000 books inspired by the designer’s own home library in Paris. The lounge doubles as a sophisticated dining space where guests can enjoy delicious tea sandwiches, artistic French cakes and pastries and the signature KL éclair collection while sipping on unique, fashioninspired afternoon teas. The hotel’s contemporary Portuguese restaurant, Mesa headed by renowned chef Jose Avillez, presents a grander dining experience with a The Great Gatsby-like ambience — striking black and gold interiors, shimmering mosaics, smooth marble, eccentric hanging bird cages and intricate geometric patterns. The highlight of the space, however, is the state-of-the-art LED ceiling which re-creates a starry sky, giving you the joyous experience of dining under a starry night sky. Left-right: Palazzo Versace, Australia Left-right: The Karl Lagerfeld, Macau 40|LUXEBOOK|SEPTEMBER 2023 SEPTEMBER 2023 |LUXEBOOK|41