Here's Your New Travel Bucket List, Courtesy of the 2019 ELLE Decor Travel A-List

Produced by Gisela Williams and Ingrid Abramovitch
Photo credit: Steve Gorton and Karl Shone

From ELLE Decor

For 10 years running, ELLE Decor has published our annual A-List of the top interior designers in the world. Now, we’re introducing our Travel A-List—a compendium of the best hotels, cruises, airlines, and destinations across the globe, all with a strong focus on design. So read on to see the winners in each category, and be sure to let us know whether you agree or disagree with our selections.

AIRPLANE INTERIOR

Winner: Etihad Airways
Poltrona Frau leather seats, mezze platters, and the best entertainment in the skies. First-class suites boast the most room if you’re not flying private.

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


CRUISES, POOL VILLAS & HOME RENTALS

Winner: Seabourn
Seabourn designs scaled-down ocean liners with the stylish ambience of a megayacht—add cuisine by Thomas Keller and a Dr. Weil spa, and it’s luxury on the high seas.

BOOK NOW

Photo credit: Courtesy Seabourn

Runners-up:

DESIGN DESTINATION

Winner: Portugal
Go for the azulejos (hand-painted tiles) alone. Add singular new boutique hotels, freshly restored monuments, and pasteis de nata—the local custard tarts entrancing foodies around the globe—and it is no wonder Portugal is a top destination for design aficionados.

Photo credit: Mint Images

BOOK NOW


LOBBY

Winner: Four Seasons Hotel at the Surf Club, Surfside, Florida
Joseph Dirand’s masterful, palm-filled lobby has restored the glamour of this 1930s Florida landmark, a former haunt of Elizabeth Taylor and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

BOOK NOW



Photo credit: CHRISTIAN HORAN PHOTOGRAPHY

Runners-up:

GARDENS

Winner: Babylonstoren, Simondium, South Africa
This 17th-century wine estate on South Africa’s Western Cape has eight acres of edible and medicinal organic gardens designed by French architect Patrice Taravella. A stream flows through it, irrigating wild olive trees and feeding ponds packed with lotus and lilies.

Photo credit: Courtesy Babylonstoren Garden

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:

GUEST ROOM/SUITE

Winner: Holy Deer, San Lorenzo City Lodge, Rome
This 17th-century palazzo suite (where Pope Innocent X once housed his mistress) has frescoed bedrooms and cashmere-lined closets, in a stunning restoration by designers Stefano and Giorgia Barbini.

Photo credit: Courtesy Holy Deer Hotel

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:

Photo credit: TIAGO MOLINOS MELLO

HOTELIER/HOTEL GROUP

Winner: Firmdale Hotels (Kit Kemp)
Co-owner and creative director Kit Kemp blends classic English whimsy and style with a bold palette and contemporary art and craft at this chain’s boutique hotels in London and New York.

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:

HOTEL DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ian Schrager
From his Royalton days to his latest, the Times Square Edition, this hotel guru divines hospitality trends—and sets them—long before anyone else.

Photo credit: Courtesy Ian Schrager Company

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


INTERIORS

Winner: La Mamounia, Marrakech
The iconic Marrakech hotel’s Moorish interiors feel even more sumptuous after Jacques Garcia’s masterful renovation. With every visit, we’re inspired by yet another detail, whether it is the color of the zellige tilework or the plantings in the aromatic gardens with views of the Atlas Mountains.

Photo credit: Courtest La Momounia, Marrakech

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


Winner: Aman
From a resort designed like a Balinese village to a line of Cubist villas in the Utah desert, Aman has made breathtaking architecture central to its mission and paved the way for hotels and resorts that put a premium on transcendent design.

Photo credit: Courtesy Aman

BOOK NOW

MODERN ARCHITECTURE

Winner: Playa Vik, José Ignacio, Uruguay (Carlos Ott)
Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott created a hotel that feels like a contemporary art museum.

Photo credit: Cristobal Palma

Runners-up:


NEW HOTEL

Winner: Blackberry Mountain, Walland, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm, the beloved country inn, now has a sister property with a ridgetop lodge and elegant cabins handcrafted from local stone and reclaimed wood.

Photo credit: Courtesy Blackberry Mountain

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


POOL

Winner: Mondrian, Doha, Qatar
Marcel Wanders capped this 24-story hotel with a stained-glass-domed indoor pool that makes you feel as if you’re inside a giant Tiffany lamp.

Photo credit: Courtesy of the Mondrian

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


VILLAS & HOME RENTALS

Winner: Unique Properties & Events
Cédric Reversade and Paul-Maxime Koskas hold the keys to the world’s most spectacular rentals, from a restored Tuscan farmhouse to an 18th-century Austrian schloss.

Photo credit: Manuel ZUBLENA

BOOK NOW

Runners-up:


This story appears in the July/August issue of ELLE Decor. SUBSCRIBE

You Might Also Like