The World’s Most Gorgeous Hotel Baths: Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa

 

Photo Credit: Lion Sands Game Reserve via Architectural Digest
Photo Credit: Lion Sands Game Reserve via Architectural Digest

This is definitely NOT your backyard treehouse.

You might actually be too busy checking out the African wildlife from your treehouse bath space to clean behind your ears – but it’ll be a once in a lifetime experience to treasure.

Visit Architectural Digest to see all the hotel baths that made their list.

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Hotel Spotlight: The William Vale

Photo credit: TheWilliamVale.com
Photo credit: TheWilliamVale.com

The unique, 21-story mixed-use tower that is the  William Vale hotel gives people a lot to talk about.

Some have called it odd-ball… and wacky.  “Peculiar,” others have said.

To be sure, the Aldo-Liberis designed building is certainly “different looking.”

Floor plan - courtesy of thewilliamvale.com
Floor plan – courtesy of thewilliamvale.com

But there is one thing no one can deny: the views. They’re spectacular. The “full service, resort level experience” hotel offers vistas fit for a king: guests will wake up in the morning with all of Manhattan (or Brooklyn or Long Island) visually laid at their feet: floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning balconies attached to every room.

The views – and their relative importance – are no small detail in the hotel. No matter if it’s from a guest’s balcony, or from the 15,000 square garden promenade, or the 60-foot outdoor pool (with 5,000 square feet of garden space), or the hotel’s rooftop bar, Westlight, the hotel’s vista point is set to advantage.

Just as obvious is the hotel’s attention to detail: from the metalwork detailing to the handcrafted drinks in the bar, the hotel strives to bring a sense of service and luxury just as lofty as its views.   Higher ceilings, hardwood floors, and sleek, designer furnishings give the rooms a light, open feeling  of elegance that is simultaneously clean and tailored.

 

Photo credit: TheWilliamVale.com
Photo credit: TheWilliamVale.com

 

 

The William Vale gives a nod to its historical location through its name (a 19th century Brooklyn resident whose property boundaries the hotel), while looking to the future in its art and architecture.  The hotel capitalizes on certain trends in the industry: offering pet-friendly rooms and featuring local artists — both trends we’ve noted in previous articles.

But, of course, what we’re just crazy about is the black and white detailing in the bath areas.  Clean, crisp and clear, the baths evoke the modern scheme found throughout the hotel.The baths capitalize on the best use of space and design, with every attention to detail addressed, while leaving out the rest.

“The development team has allocated a specific budget to enliven The William Vale with local, Brooklyn-based art. Art will be a strong component of the brand as it works to cater to a refined community that’s deeply rooted in the Brooklyn arts scene,” said General Manager Sebastien Maingourd, as shared with hotelbusinessdesign.com.

 

 

 

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The World’s Most Gorgeous Hotel Baths: Southern Ocean Lodge, Australia

 

Photo Credit: Southern Ocean Lodge via Architectural Digest
Photo Credit: Southern Ocean Lodge via Architectural Digest

While hotel baths are usually pretty utilitarian, they don’t have to be. And apparently, the folks at Architectural Digest think so, too. Here is the gorgeous bath from Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island in Australia. While the amazing view is clearly the focal point of the room, we’re pretty enamoured with the granite tub and heated limestone floors.

 

Visit Architectural Digest to see all the hotel baths that made their list.

 

 

 

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