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4 New Designer Hotels Around The World To Check Into

#1: The Gothic Hall
For the history and architecture buff, the recently renovated 34-room The Qvest in Cologne, Germany sits in a 119-year-old heritage building that used to house the city’s archives. It retains the grand neo-Gothic architecture, but gets a swishy art-gallery update for the interiors thanks to the Bauhaus and mid-century modern touches such as furniture by the likes of Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen and Mies van der Rohe. What to pack
Clockwise from left to right: Cotton-blend wrap dress, $750, Diane von Furstenberg. Wool pullover, Carven. Michael Kors Collection acetate sunglasses, Michael Kors. Calfhair and leather shoulder bag, Lanvin. Patent leather Mary Janes, $900, Bottega Veneta #2: The Alpine Escape
The Huus Gstaad opened last month in the ski town of Gstaad in south-western Switzerland, a hotspot for the jet set during the winter months. Perched 1,111m above sea level, the 136-room hotel retains the Alpine chalet style of the original ’80s building it now occupies, but boasts contemporary and homey Scandi touches on the inside – the brainchild of Norwegian architect and designer Erik Nissen Johansen. What to pack
Clockwise from left to right: G. Kero cotton-blend shirt, Rue Madame. Nicholas Kirkwood leather boots, On Pedder. Nylon backpack, $2,450, Prada. Embroidered leather gloves, $179, Scotch & Soda. Silver bracelet with charms, $337, Pandora #3: The Rustic Getaway
Ibiza may have a rep as clubber central, but the four-month-old La Granja estate situated in an idyllic hamlet on the Spanish isle tones things down with its lure of farmstead living. A tie-up between arty agricultural outfit Friends Of A Farmer and independent hotel collective Design Hotels, the estate boasts a 200-year-old stone farmhouse that houses 10 suites and offers activities with a hipster-meets-hippy cachet – think slow-food workshops, communal farming, Indonesian gamelan and even Burning Man. What to pack
Clockwise from left to right: Rimowa x Ong Shunmugam Classic Flight aluminium and embroidered wool luggage, Rimowa. Magic Alhambra 18K yellow gold drop earrings with malachite and diamonds, Van Cleef & Arpels. Valentino Garavani leather cross-body bag with beads, $4,960, Valentino. Lambskin and cord slides with glass pearls, $1,240, Chanel. Jacquard shift dress with sequins, $6,295, Burberry #4: The Modern Sanctuary
Opened in May in the Welsh countryside of Llanbister, The Life House is the latest addition to the string of contemporary homestays by British company Living Architecture. The three-bedroom bungalow is made for the serious zen-seeker – complete with a Contemplation Chamber to chill out. Designed by renowned architect John Pawson, its austere Nehera-esque aesthetic takes cues from Japanese homes and Benedictine monastery cloisters, and is kitted out in minimalist furnishings such as Miele kitchen appliances and Pawson-designed crockery. What to pack
Clockwise from left to right: Leather tote, Jil Sander. Sabbia rhodium-plated 18K rose gold earrings with diamonds, $18,400, Pomellato. Velvet pants, Joseph. Serpenti 18K pink gold necklace with rubellite, $54,400, Bulgari. Leather boots, 3.1 Phillip Lim   This story first appeared in Female’s January 2017 issue.  Like this? Check out the top 5 travel destinations to visit in 2017, stylish bags and shoes to bring to your next beach holiday and why the Ritz Paris hotel is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.