by: José Berrocoso //
White. Pure White. Off White. Whether you call it modern minimalism, a reaction to the pattern-heavy aughts or just a love of classic neutrals, it´s imposible to escape how popular all-white hotels seem to be right now. The all-white aesthetic has become such a phenomenon that it has even rubbed off on the desings of many hotels worldwide. Interior designers are turning to the minimalist style, adding clever details and quirks along the way and creating some potential Instagram-worthy photos for your feed.
This month, we travel to five all-white hotels in Greece, Singapore, Thailand, Mexico and Japan that have created wonderful spaces with this monochromatic palette.
STYLISH CLIFFTOP SUITES IN THE HEART OF SANTORINI ISLAND
Where: Cosmopolitan Suites, Fira, Santorini Island, Greece.
Stylish clifftop suites in the heart of the island’s capital, Fira.
A smart and stylish all-suite boutique hotel, Cosmopolitan Suites hotel, proud member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is set on a cliff edge with breathtaking views of Santorini’s volcano and beyond across the sea. In the heart of Fira and close to the island’s exhilarating nightlife, this is a chic and sophisticated base from which to explore and enjoy superb food, relaxing massage services and amazing views.
The luxurious and romantic cosmopolitan sea view suites are part of an authentic and splendidly restored captain’s mansion. Inspired by the enchanting traditional architecture of Cyclades in Greece, the hotel’s dazzling white walls are set against the backdrop of the captivating volcanic landscape of Santorini Island and emanate an aura of calm with a harmonious fusion of warmth and comfort.
Each of the hotel’s suites offer a spectacular view of the Aegean sea, the island’s extraordinary geological beauty and the legendary Santorini sunset.
MONOCHROMATIC & MINIMALIST
Where: The Hotel Mono, Singapore
Amongst the dizzying colours and sounds of Singapore’s Chinatown, you’ll find an oasis of quiet in monochrome. Hotel Mono is housed in six heritage shophouses and it retains some of the original architectural elements such as huge Rococo windows and a stunning intricate facade. But there is a twist. Unlike the other traditional shops of Chinatown, this one is not popping with colour.
Each of its 46 rooms features a seamless metal bar which functions as a light fixture, coat hanger and sculpture, not to mention good quality bedding and complete bathroom amenities. The construction of the rooms, however, is unique in the sense that every one of them has different layouts. While there is neither a restaurant nor a bar, let’s not forget that you are in an area that is home to many coffee shops as well as bars of all shapes and sizes.
A BOUTIQUE BEACH RETREAT ON THE SERENE ISLAND OF KOH YAO NOI
Where: Cape Kudu Hotel, Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Located on the small, unspoilt island of Koh Yao Noi in the middle of Phang Nga Bay, half way between Phuket and Krabi, the new Cape Kudu Hotel delivers a light, bright coastal aesthetic and fantastic views of the region’s dramatic limestone karst islands.
There’s a bit of Cape Cod-meets-the-Bahamas about this Thai resort, member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World, with its whitewashed timbers, pale grey and blue fabrics, sunny balconies and, in the pool villas, linen-swathed four poster beds.
This is a quiet island, away from the hubbub of downtown Phuket, but resort management offers plenty to keep guests busy with paddleboards and kayaks, bicycles and a range of classes from batik printing or cooking to Thai boxing. A day spa opens later this year.
At the front of the resort a handsome infinity pool and terrace are set above the Andaman Sea with long views of the emerald waters of Phang Nga Bay.
HYPERMODERN CLUSTER OF SUGAR CUBES
Where: Viceroy Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico.
Located on the charming waterfront in San Jose del Cabo, the hotel is in an enviable location just moments away from the colonial and authentic streets of this Mexican town. However, it’s a peaceful retreat with only the sounds of the water to provide tranquillity. The design has been kept minimal to draw the eye towards the stunning ocean.
Viceroy Los Cabos boasts cinematic sea views at every turn amid an atmosphere that’s almost otherworldly, thanks to the sleek, minimalist exteriors from renowned architect Miguel Angel Aragonés. Elements that incorporate the wood, the waves and the colour white echo surrounding Cabo nature, but the effect is completely abstract and unique.
Rooms boast the latest gadgets and present the same mostly white aesthetic. Those whose tastes run to the ultra-contemporary will be thrilled. The culinary arts have also been mastered at the four dining and drinking spots where you can enjoy, among other things, fresh ceviche sourced from the Sea of Cortez.
STATE-OF-THE-ART SLEEPING PODS IN JAPAN
Where: Nine Hours Hotel, Kyoto, Japan
The futuristic Nine Hours Hotel in Kyoto is a minimalist capsule hotel equipped with state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are available for only nine hours. The hotel is the brainchild of Fumie Shibata, and it provides guests with one hour to get ready for bed, seven hours of sleep and one hour to get up in the morning before checking out, and absolutely nothing else.
The concept here is simplicity and traditional Japanese hospitality. You check in, shower and retire to your pod for sleep. Hire a pod for the night or just a refreshing nap. Toiletries and towels are provided as are disposable bed clothes if you do not have your pajamas with you. You pull a sliding screen to shut your pod – a traditional touch for a modern space.
The hotel brings traditional Ryokan aesthetics into the modern world. Your pod is equipped with futons and tatami mats and all the staff wear kimonos. When it is time to sleep you control the ‘sleep ambient environment’ to help ease the claustrophobic sensation of being buried alive.