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New Thatched-Roof Huts on Lake Kivu, Rwanda

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Greece

Twenty years ago, when Maria Lemos of London’s Mouki Mou lifestyle shop and her husband Gregoris Kambouroglou, a former trauma surgeon, first visited Patmos, an island of about 3,000 inhabitants belonging to the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea. They fell instantly. for it. After recently taking over his 16th-century guest house owned by the Convent of St. John and transforming it into his three-suite Pagosta, they’ve fallen in love with it again. Raised between Greece and England, Lemos says: Teaming up with Greek designers Leda Atanasopoulou and Apostolos Koukidis of Mouki Mou, Lemos sourced vintage cane furniture from Athens, pottery from Lesbos, and hand-blown Cretan glass. Maria’s grandmother’s lace tablecloth adorns her one wall in the room. Athenian landscaper Heli Pangaroo, known for his work with architect Renzo Piano, designed a small garden somewhat reminiscent of a monastery courtyard, planted with jasmine and myrtle. The toiletries feature a unique scent with notes of eucalyptus, cypress and frankincense, a collaboration with London perfumer Lynn Harris. “We are a home with a soul. We welcome travelers who want to understand the Patomian way of life.” Rooms from $300. pagostas.com.

The Portuguese beach resort town of Comporta and the adjoining communities of Merides may be where some of Europe’s most fashionable personalities (Jacques Grange, Philippe Starck, Christian Louboutin) buy exclusive villas, but still It can be driven through and is nothing more than a fishing village. Occasionally, stork nests piled up on utility poles. That’s because an extraordinary private property hides out of sight. Or because, like Pateos, a new quartet of dramatically angular vacation rentals nestled at the end of a bumpy dirt road, shaded by cork and olive groves, near Merides. Designed by award-winning Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, the Tetris-style concrete bunker interior features smooth stucco walls, earth-coloured linen-upholstered furnishings, and sliding glass doors that frame stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean , quiet and minimal. There’s little art aside from the floating Danish Frensted Mobile, but most guests spend their afternoons lounging by the shared triangular pool. The one, two and three bedroom units were originally intended as guest houses for friends and family, but Pateos owners Sophia and Miguel Charters became deeply involved in the design process, Decided to give hospitality a try. Private yoga sessions are available on site and Praia da Aberta Nova (Vigia), one of the region’s most pristine beaches, is just a 20-minute drive away. Rooms with breakfast start at $560. pateos.pt.


Rwanda

Travelers looking to go mountain gorilla trekking or Big Five game drives will find wildlife sightings on the rolling hills and lush Nkombo Island, an approximately 8.5-square-mile island in Lake Kivu near the Congo border. You will soon have a new reason to smash. The Kapanne project kicked off in his August, where he will build two thatched-roof huts inspired by exhibits at the Rwandan Museum of Ethnology in Butare. Rustic accommodations are built in an indigenous style using bamboo, Congolese hardwood, and five types of straw. Vaulted entrances provide only natural light, but each domed hut is equipped with modern comforts such as electricity and hot water. Capanne is his third property developed by conservation-minded hotel group Sextantio. Other hotel groups in Matera and Santo Stefano di Sessanio are helping to preserve the architectural heritage that is being lost in rural southern Italy. Founder Daniele Kilgren wanted to replicate his so-called model of social advancement in Africa. Kielgren financed the construction of the Kapanne Project, the proceeds of which will go to Seks, a non-profit organization he founded in 2008 to provide health insurance to local residents with treatable diseases such as malaria. Tantio he was donated to Onras. Fees are by donation only, and visitors may have the chance to meet local fishermen, basket weavers and other people who call Nkombo Island home. “It’s a little experimental,” says Kihlgren. “This is not your typical African luxury resort. You really get a feel for the everyday of the place. sextantiorwanda.com.


An island of elaborate temples and vast terraced rice fields, Bali has seen its share of artists, dreamers and spiritual seekers over the years. Playing that utopian fantasy is Lost His Lindenburg, his eight-room boutique inn that just opened near a black lava-sand beach on the West Coast. Before guests can enter the premises, they must find a hidden door along a 10-foot-tall wall created by German sculptor Tobias Rehberger. Like a Las Vegas casino, its façade is covered with flaming neon signs that read “24/7” and “Relax Later.” As guests pass by, the zen-like silence of the surrounding jungle becomes more soothing. “Contrast is everything,” says Rehberger. Inside, you’ll be surrounded by ferns, bright red heliconia, and lush banyan and banana trees. The room, a modern treehouse-like structure built from Bankirai wood, was designed by German architect Alexis Dornier and Venezuelan-born Maximilian Yenkel of Studio Yenkel. After a day of reading by the pool or surfing at nearby Medewi Break, travelers can enjoy a slow-cooked meal served around a 22-foot-long communal dining table. You can connect with jackfruit rendang and other plant-based Indonesian dishes. Rooms from $350 including breakfast and surf lessons. thelindenberg.com.

The green hills of Italy’s Umbria region are teeming with quiet hamlets, less hit by tourists than in neighboring Tuscany. His Vocabolo Moscatelli, one of the newest hotels in the area, immerses guests in the daily rhythm of the countryside. 45 minutes from Perugia he will be in his restored 12th-century convent. Designed in Italian style. Most of the raw materials and furnishings are also made in Italy. The bathroom tiles are from Cotto Etrusco he is 20 minutes away. Canopy His bed is a work of his Lispi in nearby Citta della Pieve. The iron doorframe, set within the monastery’s original archway, was made by Eros the blacksmith, who is less than a mile from the road. In public spaces and neutral-hued rooms (with original wood-beamed ceilings), visitors can enjoy the colorful works of local artists such as Massimiliano Poggioni and Edoardo Chalfi, selected for the hotel by Umbrian curator Matteo Pacini. You will come across the works. The restaurant’s seasonal lunch and dinner menus focus on vegetables. Co-owner Frederik Kubierschky hopes it will attract locals. Park A former concierge at his Hyatt Zurich, Kwierszky was born in Germany and raised in Italy. With his partner, his Catharina Lütjens, he takes a personalized approach to hosting. The couple plans to offer pottery classes to guests at the nearby Endiadi Ceramic Studio, as well as tours of truffle hunting with Wilma, a dog named Lagotto Romagnolo. “The future of hospitality is dwarfed,” he says Kubierschky. “People want someone who listens to their tastes and guides them to beautiful experiences.” Rooms with breakfast start at about $327. vocabolomoscatelli.com.


France

Co-founder of the MyHotels group, which has 18 properties across France, Joris Bruneel is no stranger to hospitality. But his latest opening, in partnership with designer Marion Mailaender, known for his work at Marseille’s fashionable Tuba Club, represents a watershed moment. His 60-room Hotel Rosalie in Paris’s 13th arrondissement is a complete renovation of an existing hotel, taking a sustainable approach to reclaiming nature’s rightful place in the urban landscape. The two hired her Merci Raymond landscape architect to weave foliage into the renovation. Plants have now spilled onto the roof, and lichen and moss are growing where the concrete slabs once stood. “At Rosalie, the line between interior and exterior is intentionally blurred,” says Brunel. The galvanized steel normally used for garden furniture permeates the room via a bench and wall light designed by Maillender. Carpets in guest rooms are made from recycled fishing nets. The vintage chair has been carefully restored. The plastic from the original hotel bath is repurposed into a terrazzo-like surface. Behind the door on the third floor, travelers can unwind in a secret rooftop garden decorated with hazel trees, purple willows, 20-foot-tall hop plants, and an abandoned Peugeot 205. The prestigious Clef Werth title — France’s first badge of sustainable tourism and encourages the travel industry to step up its efforts to protect the environment. Rooms start at $150. Hotel Rosalie.com.


Thailand

The King Power Mahanakhon Building, designed by Ole Scheeren, has been a defining feature of Bangkok’s skyline since 2016. Now this quaint skyscraper has found a new tenant. Standard, at Mahanakhon, Bangkok. After making its Thailand debut last year at his Hua Hin, a 1960s-inspired beach retreat three hours away in the southwest, the hotel group opened its Asian flagship store on the tower’s top three and lower 18th floors. was launched. Standard’s design team, led by Verena Haller, worked with Spanish artist Jaime Hejon to combine Matisse and Memphis in the scribbled carpet, checkered tiles, and sculptural rattan lampshades that hang from the lobby ceiling. I breathed a unique eccentricity into the space. Rooms range from cozy studios to party-sized penthouses, and follow a similar theme, with curved sofas and cartoonish side tables. Destination restaurants include Hong Kong’s dim sum powerhouse, Mott 32’s first outpost in Thailand, and a rose gold-hued rooftop spot serving contemporary Mexican cuisine created and curated by chef Francisco Paco. I have. Luano, and the on-site cultural calendar, covers everything from DJ sets to weird tarot readings on his cards. “We don’t think of ourselves as a traditional luxury hotel,” says Maivejajeeva, his creative and cultural officer, Standard’s chief in Asia, his Timbrick. “We hardly think of ourselves as a hotel.” Rooms from $200. standardhotels.com.

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