The WGSN Travel A-list: Los Angeles, Valencia, Sydney and Bangkok

Valencia travel spot

Doctor Manzana, Valencia

Calling all travel fans, this month we’ve selected some breathtaking spots from around the globe to get you inspired for your next trip. Read on for the full selection…

Zhongshu Bookstore, Suzhou

3F South Tower Suyue Plaza, Suhua Road

Those who predict the impending death of the brick and mortar book shop might think again when they experience what this magnificent store has to offer. Designed by Wutopia Lab, the space is characterised by its undulating ‘metal rainbow’ interior and feels much like a livable work of art. It is divided by colours into four main zones: The Castle of Innocence for children’s books; The Sanctuary of Crystals for new arrivals; The Cave of Fireflies for recommended reads, and the Xanadu of Rainbows, which acts as the reading room. To visit the store is immersive, dreamy, even psychedelic; evoking the imaginative experience of reading.

Park Hyatt Hotel, Bangkok

88 Witthayu Road Khwaeng Lumphini Khet Pathum Wan Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330 / 66 2 012 1234

At once intricate and at the same time bold and defiant, the Central Embassy, a curvilinear building by Amanda Levete’s London practice AL_A, stands out amidst a crowded Bangkok skyline. Newly moved into the upper 24 floors is the Park Hyatt Hotel: an elegant space with fluid interiors and a neutral colour scheme; creating a calming, serene environment quite unlike the buzzy, crowded streets outside the hotel walls. Three restaurants will be serving up a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, amongst them the Penthouse Bar and Grill, which occupies levels 34, 35, 35M, and 36 on top of the hotel, and offers stunning views of the city in a striking, 1920s style setting.

Doctor Manzana, València

Doctor Manzana, València

Doctor Manzana, València

Avenue del Regne de València 18 46005 / 34 960 96 46 79

‘Fun’ and ‘uplifting’ aren’t necessarily the first words that spring to mind when one thinks of tech accessories and repair stores, but this outpost of Doctor Manzana manages to be just that, through its unusual, but surprisingly cohesive, colour scheme. Spanish design studio Masquespacio let turquoise and blue dominate the space to emulate the feel of a hospital facility, with areas of salmon appealing to the ‘fashionistas’ and purple for the ‘tech freaks’. Steel finishes add a distinctly raw yet sleek aesthetic, redolent of a laboratory. Those seeking further aid can attend the ‘Doctor’s Workshop’, a separate space within the store used to host talks. Want to recreate the enviably cool aesthetic at home? Check out the ‘Doctor’s Workshop High Stools’, a product designed by Masquespacio available to buy at the store.

Beta Bar, Sydney

238 Castlereagh St 2000 / 61 2 8599 8970

For authentic Greek fare in a stunning setting which blends rustic, Hellenic charm with modern furnishings, look no further than Beta. This is the second project in the building under the helm of Chef Peter Conistis: a pioneer of Modern Greek food who established the hugely popular downstairs restaurant, Alpha, in 2013. Expect plenty of small plates for sharing; from zucchini blossom and scallop loukoumade, to octopus souvlaki skewer, to fried chickpeas and spice roasted chicken wings. For Bacchic delights, be sure to sample the cocktail menu’s ‘Spartan Rose’: a zesty combination of vodka, liqueur d’apricot, rose syrup and fresh pink grapefruit juice.

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles

4357 Wilshire Boulevard / 1 424 204 7555

Earlier this year the rapidly-growing art scene in Los Angeles got another major addition to its collection of museums: The Marciano Art Foundation. The building, a former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, is located on Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of Los Angeles, MAF rivals The Broad and MOCA in its size but features an unparalleled contemporary art showcasing. Opened by Maurice and Paul Marciano, founders of the celebrated Guess brand, the art foundation will display one of Los Angeles’ most prolific collections of contemporary art. Roughly 90 percent of the Marciano Art Foundation’s collection has been amassed since 2010 and focuses on art from the 1990s and beyond. Similarly to the Broad, MAF will be free of charge, but don’t be fooled, the new museum will only accommodate roughly 350 people per day and reservations must be made in advance. MAF also features a massive sculpture garden by the entrance displaying works by Thomas Houseago, Danh Vō and several other notable artists.

The Other Side, Bahamas

Harbor Island / 1 242 333 2276

The Other Side is one of the more intimate and sustainable resorts you will find in the Caribbean. The tropical escapist getaway is all about relaxing on deserted beaches, exploring caves, paddle boarding, and surfing. The property houses just seven tents and only 3 of those are meant for sleeping. The other four tents are communal spaces that each have a designated purpose: eating, drinking, playing and reading. Each sleeping tent has hardwood floors, a king sized four poster bed, and ultra-modern open rain showers. Of course there is Wi-Fi too if you absolutely need to log back on. Here food is prepared with ingredients grown in garden on the property and this eco lodge even harnesses the power from the sun in part to fuel the luxury tents. The Other Side elevates nomadic living seamlessly fusing state-of-the-art touches with traditional simplicity.


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