The Best Hotels on the Planet: Style & Design Edition

The architectural world has Frida Escobedo fever. She’s working on a wing of the Met – and revamped London’s Serpentine Pavilion in 2018 – but somehow, the designer found time to mastermind this box-fresh collection of treehouses in Quintana Roo. It’s a textbook example of her light-touch Latin modernism: the raised treehouses minimise the resort’s eco footprint, while her signature latticework keeps the spaces cool and breezy. At Boca de Agua, she took a low-impact approach, building rooms from Chicozapote wood and sourcing furniture from local brands such as Bandido Studio.

Frida Escobedo’s trademark latticework also makes an appearance at Hotel Boca Chica, the beloved Acapulco retreat and golden-era Hollywood hangout, which she helped freshen up with pop-coloured furniture and concrete parasols.

Hotel Corazón

Mallorca, Spain

Kate Bellm

After the runway shows, the European fashion mafia shuts up shop for summer. The consiglieres still head en masse to Ibiza, but, these days, the capos are all in Mallorca, specifically the Tramuntana mountains and even more specifically, Hotel Corazón, a new 15-room finca on the winding hill road between Sóller and Deià. It’s the brainchild of fashion photographer Kate Bellm and her artist husband Edgar Lopez. Famous for her sun-saturated images of beautiful people, Bellm has channelled that spirit into the hotel, which radiates a welcoming calm via the dark-peach walls, matching bed linen, and retro futuristic furniture. – D.A.

Villa Palladio

Jaipur, India

Atul Pratap Chauhan

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