Get your creative juices flowing at these fascinating hotels that feature an artsy twist.
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Oftentimes on holiday, we have our itineraries chock-full of things to do and see outside. Seldom do we look to be inspired inside our hotel rooms. However, thanks to the boom of artsy hotels featuring decor that inspire design ideas and provoke thought, you can continue to get those creative juices flowing, even if you’ve turned in for the night. These five hotels with spaces that inspire the imagination are prime examples to inspire your future travels.
The Wolo Bukit Bintang is a boutique hotel positioned at the intersection of Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail, in the Golden Triangle area. Walk inside and you will see art coming to life. The artworks, sculptures and installations that reflect the city’s origins, culture and energy begin from the lobby itself. Chandeliers illuminating the high ceiling look nothing like chandeliers but are, in fact, art pieces called “This City is Mine and Yours”. The long bench in the lobby is an art piece, too, titled “Where Land and Rivers Meet” referencing the muddy confluence from which the city of Kuala Lumpur originates. Up above, a 20m ceiling installation made of wood and metal mirrors the urbanity of Bukit Bintang. Created by British artist Jon Reading, it is called “Down Side Up.” Meanwhile, the 138 guest rooms and suites, designed in an updated mid-century modern manner updated with brushed copper or gold details, would certainly impress with the attention given to style and originality.
Dr John Olsen is one of Australia’s revered landscape artists who often advocates looking at the positive side of life in order to enjoy it more. The Olsen Melbourne is named after him as part of Mantra Hotels’ Art Series. The 224 elegant rooms of this boutique hotel, as well as its common areas, are adorned with the artist’s works, inspiring wonder and awe in every corner.
The moment you arrive, you will be blown over by an awe-inspiring sculpture at the outset, and when you walk within, you will be suffused by the evocation of the large prints adorning the walls and suites all around you. If “art and soul” is what you’re looking for, and Olsen’s paintings and sculptures resonate with your inner muse, you are more than welcome to take a piece home with you from the hotel’s art gallery.
Nestled between palm fronds and the golden sands of the Natai Beach, the Iniala Beach House, Phuket, was created to touch your innermost senses and arouse your higher muse. There are only three villas, two suites and a penthouse - all are bespoke creations that fuse traditional Thai architecture with organic, international and contemporary forms. Ten world-class designers had their hand in making sure each villa emerges as an individualistic artform, the likes of which would melt the heart of any true connoisseur of art. Villa Bianca, for example, combines Spanish A-cero and Russian PoD interiors that reflect exquisite Asian art. The Collector’s Villa infuses a crystal dining room, a spa completely made of mother-of-pearl, a lavish swimming pool and a tropical jungle private cinema. The penthouse invites occupants to step into a dream. You could be inspired by the music of the ambience and write your first symphony here.
Here’s an eclectic collection of both zany and classic art housed inside a 16th century villa that has been converted into a hotel and a museum in Verona, Italy. Byblos Art Hotel is home to a permanent exhibition of contemporary art curated and collected by well-known architect and designer Alessandro Medini. The lobby alone features an array of avant-garde works such as gold statues depicting bizarre human contortions and furniture that’s both a mix of modern, retro and classical. A giant chandelier comprising colourful Murano glassware takes centrestage while a pink life-size man made of bubblegum seems to be falling out of the ceiling. Inside the rooms, visitors can see bright colours and plastic shapes combined with paintings and marble elements in 16th century decor. There’s a surreal quality about this hotel, you’ll feel like you’re Alice in Wonderland.
If you are in search of creativity, inspiration, optimism, vitality and freedom, go to Azulik ─ a “tribal” hotel and sculptural masterpiece built in the heart of the Mayan jungle overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Here, you can reconnect your soul with nature, art and ancestral wisdom. There are 48 villas constructed from hand-made wooden frames, wooden floors and thatched straw roofs. They call these villas habitable sculptures shaped. With no electric light, air conditioning or television, the natural elements are the main amenity. There is a small art gallery on the hotel’s premise called SFER IK which showcases exhibitions on innovative immersive art installations, avant-garde sculptures and decor, artisanal workshops, and artist residencies, all in the quest to find new ways of experiencing and creating art.
Immerse yourself and be mesmerised by the beauty of these artsy hotels, specially dedicated to art enthusiasts around the world. You wouldn’t want to miss out!