Dec 06, 2018 | By Quentin Humphrey
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From a new restaurant-meets-creative studio in Tel-Aviv, to the opening of Dover Street Market in Singapore, an immersive art experience in New Mexico, plus tranquil getaways in Ibiza, Zhejiang and Colorado, this month’s Travel A-list has it all.
We’ve selected some of the most innovative and exciting new spots – covering art, food, accommodation and shopping – to get you inspired for your next trip. Read on for the full selection…
Taylor River Lodge, Colorado
Almont, CO / 1 970 349 7761
In an increasingly connected world, disengaging from work, social media or internet activity in general has become a taboo of sorts. However, the good folks at Eleven have the perfect solution for our tech overload. In a secluded and seemingly remote canyon four hours outside of Denver lives Taylor River Lodge, a chic and concealed riverfront lodge that some dub an “adult summer camp.” The lodge offers six private en-suite cabins, one larger cabin with two suites and a common living area, and one guest home with two suites and a bunkroom – reaching a max capacity of only 30 guests. Though the lodge is quite luxurious, its pared-back design does not feature televisions in any of the guest rooms and cell phone service is scarce, if there is any signal at all. There is, however, strong internet connection that guests are encouraged to use only when absolutely necessary. The property’s amenities include the riverside pool house, sauna, steam, spa, and media cabin, while its seasonal menu offers farm-to-table al fresco meals.
Oh, and if the peace and quiet, plus the beautiful design is not enough, guests can also enjoy a customised itinerary that maximizes the outdoor activity of their choice.
House of Eternal Return at Meow Wolf , New Mexico
1352 Rufina Circle, Santa Fe / 1 505 395 6369
Take a trip to the mountainous capital of New Mexico, to visit the Arts collective Meow Wolf’s first permanent exhibition, House of Eternal Return. Meow Wolf is comprised of 100+ artists across several mediums, which include sculpture, painting, architecture and much more. With every project, the art crew aims to challenge the status-quo of art within and outside arts-based communities, and House of Eternal Return follows suit. Housed in a former bowling alley, the one-of-a-kind, hands on art experience features a miraculous new form of non-linear storytelling that unfolds through exploration, discovery and contemporary and immersive interactivity. Within the exhibition there are over a dozen rooms, secret passages and interactive light and musical objects with which guests can play for hours or investigate the mystery of the mysterious Selig family narrative. Upon arrival, guests are told a brief fable about the Seligs, the imagined family around which the backstory revolves. They once lived there but then suddenly vanished. Words don’t do the exhibition justice so it’s best to just experience it. But in a nutshell House of Eternal Return is part art exhibit, part theme park, part movie set and part play space.
Nanxun Blossom Hill Boutique Hotel, Zheijang
109 Nanxi Street, Huzhou / 4000 767 123
Away from the bustling city of Shanghai, tucked within a tranquil garden in Huzhou, is this boutique hotel, which seamlessly blends the past with the present. The Villa was originally built in 1930 for Liu Geng Gan, the richest man in Nanxun (the Ancient town where this hotel is located), as a place to run his silk business and to house his vast book collection. One of the most enchanting motifs in this hotel are the intricate webs of hung red and blue silk stripes, an elegant nod to the building’s former purpose.
Dover Street Market, Singapore
18 Dempsey Road, 249677 / 65 6304 1388
Dover Street Market has evolved far beyond its illustrious Mayfair origins, opening branches in New York, Tokyo, Beijing and now most recently, Singapore. Housed within a single storey, colonial building, which formerly served as an army barrack, DSM’s Southeast Asia outpost is distinctly more austere than its counterparts: at least from its exterior. However, step inside and the elaborate interiors – consisting of a ceiling of colourful arches and a plenitude of coveted brands separated by steel mesh walls – are enough to have one browsing for hours on end.
Beit Kandinof, Tel Aviv
Rehov Hatzorfim 14 Jaffa 68039 / 972 3 650 2938
Beit Kandinof has established itself as far more than a restaurant and bar, becoming a cultural hub for a city rich in creativity. Owners Amir Erlich and Arianna Fornacia envisaged this space as all-encompassing; showcasing changing exhibitions of modern art, offering creative classes, along with a menu of light dishes and craft cocktails. Celebrating the historic, palatial building’s heritage, architects Lotan Singer and Gilad Zaafrany made few modifications. The exposed stone and rusticated brick is balanced by delicate, modern furnishings, and often intricate art displays. As a space which brings together disparate strands, it is surprisingly cohesive.
Sir Joan Hotel, Ibiza
Passeig De Joan Carles I 07800/ 34 871 18 25 25
Over recent decades, Ibiza has grown infamous for the hedonism of its tourists; a reputation which at times exceeds the creative spirit and natural beauty that is still very much intrinsic to the Island. Sir Joan Hotel embraces every aspect of this vibrant destination; offering tranquillity in a location with views of the Marina, whilst also being conveniently located just moments away from Pacha and the bustle of the Old Town. The decor is infused with bohemian luxe touches and references the surrounding maritime environment, providing guest with some much needed relaxation amidst the party mania.
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