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Fly away to these five design destinations.

As many of us head of on holidays over the coming weeks, wanted to just showcase five of our favourite designer destinations newly on the market. Perfect places to enjoy a long weekend or longer stay for the design conscious.

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The Audo

The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.
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The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.
The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.
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The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.
The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.
The Audo- Designed by Norm Architects for Menu. Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Monica Grue Steffensen.

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark.

No. of rooms: 10 guest suites

Designed by: Norm Architects

Completed: Spring 2019

In three words: Pioneering, warm, seamless.

Menu and Norm Architects are old friends, but this is something special. Together in the heart of Nordhavnen, Copenhagen, they created The Audo. Its name comes from the Latin Ab Uno Disce Omnes meaning, 'From one, learn all'. And, when they are pioneering immersive customer experiences with their products so beautifully, there truly is a lot to learn.

Personifying Menu's founding philosophy of collaboration, the space combines store, co-working office, café and hotel- creating a whole new meaning to try before you buy. And who can resist the retro earthen tones, crisp lines and tactility of Menu's homeware collection in this setting? If this is where the concept of lifestyle store is heading, count me in.

"Working on the identity of the space and concept, we've been drawing on traditional norms of good design in order to connect the refined, modern interiors with the history of the building." – Peter Eland, Lead Architect on The Audo.


Torel 1884

Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.
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Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.
Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.
Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.
Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.
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Torel 1884- Designed by Nano Design. Photography of by Luís Ferraz.

Location: Porto, Portugal.

No. of rooms: 12 suites and 11 apartments.

Designed by: Architecture by Miguel Nogueira and Interior Design by Nano Design.

Completed: Winter 2019

In three words: Old-world meets new.

A palace topped with crowning skylight plays home to Torel 1884, the newest member of the luxury boutique hotel chain by the same name, and the second of the group in Porto. Between the riverfront and Avenida dos Aliados, the hotel's situation is historic and picturesque, but little can prepare you for the beautiful mystery tour that hits you when you step through the doors.

Inspired by the maritime yesteryears of Portugal and their famous explorations to Africa, South America and the Far East, the mood is both exciting and relaxing. A perfect blend of exotic silks and handwoven raffia, paired with dark sultry colours and vibrant art give the rooms, eateries and communal spaces an eclectic feel without the sense of clutter. It's as if an explorer has handpicked every item to reflect the beauty of the land in which they discovered. One thing's for sure this hotel will gently sweep you up into a world you can only dream of.


Lekkerwater Beach Lodge

Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.
Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.
Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.
Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.
Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.
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Photos of Lekkerwater Beach Lodge courtesy of Natural Selection.

Location: De Hoop Nature Reserve, South Africa.

No. of rooms: 7 suites

Designed by: Natural Selection

Completed: Spring 2019

In three words: Invigorating, tranquil, natures-wonderland (I know it's not three words but I tried)

Paying homage to its stunning situation in the De Hoop Nature Reserve, there is nothing at Lekkerwater Beach Lodge that looks out of place. The colours used throughout the scheme, from the restaurant to the suites, are reflections of the natural beauty visible from floor to ceiling windows in every suite. The significant consideration for this project, and perhaps not a surprise, is sustainability because the fragility and balance of the planet are so visible when you are surrounded by natures wonderland.

However, the hotel isn't just good for the environment but also the guest's wellbeing. Large communal tables bring guests together at dinner, and there's a 'calm zone' at the pool. What's more, a portion of the price you pay for your stay is redirected to fund further conservation projects. A luxury stay that gives back, what could be better?

"Lekkerwater Beach Lodge is located along a wild, secluded and pristine coastline. Our objective was to create an environment with natural simplicity, rustic freshness and understated elegance. We chose interiors that had quirks and anomalies to add to the uniqueness. We wanted the external environment reflected in the interiors. Sustainability was a key overriding objective." -Heather Bell, Project Manager and Director.


Al Faya Lodge

Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.
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Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.
Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.
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Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.
Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.
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Al Faya Lodge & Spa by ANARCHITECT, photography by Fernando Guerra.

Location: Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

No. of rooms: 5 suites

Designed by: ANARCHITECT.

Completed: Winter 2019

In three words: Serene, pristine, retreat.

The newest outpost of the Sharjah Collection is true to form in both, the Al Faya Lodge has seamless style and effortless luxury. Based at the foot of Mount Alvaah this is where you can get away from everything, recharge and do so in peace. Formed from a few stone outbuildings constructed in the 1960s, ANARCHITECT have reimagined the facade of a desert retreat. Injecting metallic shutters, woods and aluminium creating a clean-edged building the result wouldn't look out of place in a James Bond film.

The large saltwater pool, surrounded by RODA sunloungers, offers one of the few injections of colour, sitting at perfect contrast with the crimson sand of the desert. The interiors are meticulously considered linear and angular in form, a true depiction of contemporary design. The subtle glow of the lighting scheme elevates the sense of serenity the retreat offers. The lodge provides an escape with no distractions just time to contemplate.


7th Room at Treehotel

The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by  Johan Jansson.
The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by Johan Jansson.
The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by  Johan Jansson.
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The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by Johan Jansson.
The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by  Johan Jansson.
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The 7th Room- Designed by Snøhetta for Treehotel. Photography by Johan Jansson.

Location: Harads, Sweden.

No. of rooms: 8 treehouses, the focus being on 7th Room

Designed by: 7th Room designed by Snøhetta.

Completed: 2017

In three words: Remote, magical, monochromatic.

If fun in the sun isn't your bag but the idea of a retreat to nature is, you can't get much better than the Treehotel in Northern Sweden. Snøhetta's 2017 architectural offering at the resort, 7th room, may not be the newest on our list, but few places come close to that sense of getting away from it all.

Camouflaged within a canopy of trees the treehouse takes on a mystical atmosphere, the underneath of the 12 x 8 structure is decorated to look from the floor like you are staring up and looking at trees. The building itself is flooded with light inside, the materials are humble and in keeping with the locality of the hotel. Birch ply, black sheepskins and clean lines are distinctively Scandinavian, that magic balance of minimalist yet warm.

The bedrooms have skylights which allow you to stare at the stars, or in the case of summer time the midnight sun. If you really feel like being at one with nature, you can sleep outside on the netted terrace with the floor 10 feet below you and the trees scraping just above head height.

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