Hotel Missoni in Kuwait has to be one perfect hotel for the girls. First of all, it combines fashion with an exotic destination. Then there’s the Six Senses Spa and – drum roll please – a Choco Café. Yes, an in-house dedicated eaterie given over to the highs of caffeine and uber-luxe chocolate.
The second Missoni hotel to open after Edinburgh, the label’s creative director Rosita Missoni was back on board, taking a break from designing the fash pack’s favourite candy-coloured knits, to make sure the beige was banished. The result? It’s candy-stripe a go go and is as bold and sassy as you’d expect.
The glam factor starts at the airport. No mini-bus transfer to this hotel: guests are met by a complimentary Maserati chauffeur service instead (ahem). It may be a couple of thousand miles from Italy, but this iconic brand sure knows how to transport its style factor.
Then there’s the lobby – you’ll be so bamboozled by the neon pink glowing chandeliers, over-sized mosaic urns, clashing striped sofas and pastel-coloured shag pile rugs that you may forget to check in. But, this being the Middle East, where service is paramount, it won’t actually matter. Before you can don your shades to protect your eyes from the BRIGHT decor, check-in will be done for you via an i-Pad. Well, what did you expect?
The sea-facing rooms, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, continues showcasing Rosita’s love of colour. Bed linens, towels and cushions are all made up in the much-lauded stripe and zig zag patterned Missoni textiles. Walls are painted in statement bursts of gold, turquoise, green and mauve, reflecting the twinkling ocean outside. But it’s the finer details that you’ll loved here: Bang & Olufsen TVs that are simple to use (so you don’t spend hours figuring out how to switch it on), a mini-bar that you don’t have to pay for (oh, the joy), complimentary laundry service (yes, indeed), free movies, generous heavenly-scented Missoni bath products and, best of all, the Magic Mirror in the bathroom which transforms into a TV.
Located in the hip Symphony Centre, a boutique emporium, in the capital’s main shopping district, the 18-floor hotel is smack bang in the thick of things. From the décor to the location, Hotel Missoni is not for the faint-hearted or for those looking for a quiet retreat. If it’s a sensory overload you’re after – then this is the place for you. It’s also ideal to check out the many jaw-dropping examples of cutting edge architecture the city is known for, such as the Kuwait Water Towers, or indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the many designer stores.
Cucina is the main all-day restaurant. Its open kitchen serves up authentic, seasonal Italian cuisine, all artfully displayed on Missoni fine china. For something a little more local, Luna Restaurant offers Arabic dishes. The pre-mentioned Choco Café spills out onto a large terrace with the crashing waves below, and serves up an extensive coffee and chocolate pairing menu, as well as pastries and light snacks. If that hasn’t got you sinning then a trip to the moody 18th floor bar, which overlooks the city’s skyline, may tempt you instead.
The Six Senses Spa offers locally inspired treatments using organic ingredients such as olives, dates and Arabic spices. The second-floor terrace pool. has dazzling views over the ocean and the city. But for something truly breathtaking (literally) take a dive into the water: the pool has a spectacular mosaic floor laid out to recreate the famous Missoni stripes. Now that’s what happens when fashion meets travel.