Continuing my look at the hottest new hotels for 2014, today it’s the turn of:
INIALA BEACH HOUSE, Phuket, Thailand
Getting away from it all has never been more appealing than with the launch of the exclusive Iniala Beach House. Made up of three separate design villas and one penthouse suite, which are available to hire individually or taken as a whole, this is no usual private house rental. The concept here is ultra-sophisticated luxury. Each villa, for instance, has its own spa (why share when you can have your own?) and jaw-dropping interiors, each imagined by a renowned designer – such as The Campana Brothers of Brazil and A-Cero of Spain, with the whole look overseen by Brit designer Graham Lamb. The result? A sexy, surreal, futuristic place, more suited to New York or Berlin than on the shores of the sunkissed, tropical Natai Beach. But it is exactly that juxtaposition that works.
Factor in the darkened, cocooning dining room that is Aziamendi, overseen by Bilbao’s acclaimed 3 Michelin starred chef Eneko Atxa no less, and the Warhol Gym, which sees original Warhols of Muhammad Ali on its walls and a boxing ring, and you won’t fail to be impressed.