J HOTEL

J HOTEL

Stockholm, Sweden

Set in Stockholmai??i??s archipelago, hotel J will surprise you for its East-Coast American sailing influences. While from the outside the building looks like a student accommodation in a five star campus, the interior vaguely reminds of the Maine and its white wooden beach houses. Restaurant J offers excellent seafood and Sunday brunches with views on the harbour.

HAMILTON LODGE

HAMILTON LODGE

Belalp, Switzerland

The Hamilton Lodges are two. Belap is located high up on the Aletsch glacier, which is part of the Unesco world heritage while Zweisimmen is set in the Gstaad district. Attentive service, tasteful rustic mountain rooms and breathtaking views.

ENDAi??MICO

ENDAi??MICO

Baja California, Mexico

A bunch of cottages blending with the surrounding gentle hills of Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, just one hour and a half from San Diego. These cabins (with a swimming-pool) are a perfect combination of luxury minimalism and raw charm.

Chesa Wazzau

Chesa Wazzau

Bever, Switzerland

Chesa Wazzau is a traditional Engadine house from the 17th century. The small windows are typical of these buildings: the smaller they are, the less heat can escape from the house. Even so, they are shaped so that they can bring as much light as possible in the rooms. With a total of ten rooms distributed over 3 floors, it can host up to twelve people. The dining table is big enough for an extended family meal or for a rendez-vouz among close friends.

MY SUITES

MY SUITES

New York, USA

Located between the West-Village, the East-Village and Chelsea, MySuites is a collection of small apartments with a true home feel. With exposed bricks, candlelit fireplaces and vintage notes, this is refined bohemian style brought to a homely dimension.

NEW YORK BAR

NEW YORK BAR

Tokyo, Japan

Going up to the 52nd floor of Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of those things you need to do at least once in your life. You donai??i??t have to sit at the restaurant, you can just chill out in the New York bar, order a cheeseburger with chilli pickle salsa, hand cut bacon and crispy potato fries. It costs about the same as a sushi dinner for two. However, the view is apocalyptic. Live music depends on the evening, but stay here until the early hours to really savour the experience, just like Charlotte e Bob in ai???Lost in translationai???.

THE FARMHOUSE

THE FARMHOUSE

Morzine, France

In Morzine, Le Mas de la Coutettaz is known as the oldest house in the village. Years ago the house was turned into a maison dai??i??hotes and its name changed to The Farmhouse by its owners although the original name remains on the facade. A marvellous and perfectly located retreat in the heart of the High Savoy region, itai??i??s at walking distance from ski slopes and fairy-tale mountain paths.

ROCHELLE CANTEEN

ROCHELLE CANTEEN

London, UK

With white walls, sturdy chairs and the Nordic purity of a refectory, Rochelle Canteen is a small bistrot converted from an old bike shed and set in Arnold Circus in East London. The dishes bear Arnold & Hendersonai??i??s signature, one of the most prestigious catering services in town.

RUSSELL’S OF CLAPTON

RUSSELL’S OF CLAPTON

London, UK

Russellai??i??s has all the right to be considered part of a new generation of bed and breakfasts that are cosy, honest and affordable. Set in upcoming areas that are popular with the trendiest hipsters, they are both poetic and convenient. Hurray! Russellai??i??s is set in Hackney, East London

LAFAYETTE HOUSE

LAFAYETTE HOUSE

New York, USA

An old creaking staircase, velvet of perfect shades, from perfectly balanced reds, to sage and crimson and a fireplace facing the bed. No reception and no breakfast room (only room service, Ai?? la carte), nothing to make you feel like youai??i??re in a hotel. The atmosphere is what you would find in a discreet, sophisticated, beautiful house, only a few steps away from Bowery.

IORI MACHIYA

IORI MACHIYA

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is what you would expect Japan to look like: low houses along the river, old temples surrounded by amazing gardens, hand-stretched noodles and for the luckiest (itai??i??s not easy to see them), geishas walking with silent and short strides and disappearing behind a door made of rise paper. To make the most of this magical experience, sleep in one of Kyotoai??i??s historical houses, now open to tourists. Staying in one of the traditional machiya (old townhouses with workshop) is an experience in itself. Relax on the unexpectedly comfortable futons, enjoy take-away sushi on a low table, try the sauna with views on the zen courtyard. Not only itai??i??s cheap, itai??i??s well worth the expense.

PLEIN CIEL

PLEIN CIEL

ChampAi??ry, Switzerland

They claim to be a ai???HA?tel accrochAi?? Ai?? la montagneai??? (Hotel on the top of a mountain) where ai???Happiness is in the airai???. Pleincliel captures you first and foremost with words. A former funicular cable car station now converted into a 24 rooms mountain refuge, it features green and red walls, boiserie in natural wood, simple decor and a pool table. The most spectacular thing here is the scenery: 360 degrees views on the Dents du Midi mountains. Access can be challenging. During winter the only way is a cableway. Hotel and restaurant are completely smoke-free.

MALGA PANNA

MALGA PANNA

Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy

It was Virgilio and Aurora who transformed Malga Panna from a simple refuge serving polenta and cheese into a first class restaurant. Today, their sons Massimo and Paolo look after it with the same passion and with pride.

HOTELLERIE DE MASCOGNAZ

HOTELLERIE DE MASCOGNAZ

Valle d'Aosta, Italy

Immersed in the silence of its multy-century history, lie the Walser villages. Their houses are simply made of wood beams and stone according to the tradition of this mountain area and have recently undergone a very crafty and considered restoration. Some are private houses, others welcoming and charming relais hotel like the Hotellerie de Mascognaz. You sleep in the Chalet lo Miete (seven rooms and a wellness area) that can also be entirely reserved or in Suite Monterosa, the old barn now converted in 2 rooms that can host up to 4 people. Dinner is served in the Chalet Lo Pejo and includes delicious local dishes and specialities from the Savoy region. The village can only be reached by foot or by snowmobile. Etre Mascognaz and Breithorn Hotel, in the centre of Champoluc, are under the same management.

MAGNOLIA PUB

MAGNOLIA PUB

San Francisco, USA

Magnolia is a perfect example of gastropub where they serve beers and first class food. The long menu is squeezed on a big blackboard. Abundant portions and hamburger gourmand, right on the hippie Haight Street.