7 Luxury Hotels That Were Made For Art Lovers

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October 4, 2018 | BY Tania Jayatilaka

Pack your bags and escape to these artsy hotels across Asia for tastefully designed interiors and exclusive art collections.

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Joali Maldives

Immersive art is at the centre of the guest experience at Joali Maldives. Just opened on October 1, 2018, the luxury resort boasts a unique tropical chic aesthetic and an extensive art collection – there’s even an exclusive art map highlighting the work of local Maldivian artists and other areas of interest.

Fun fact: Each water villa here has its own private infinity pool, butler service, curated in-villa library, handpicked art pieces and artisanal amenities.

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The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore

It warms the heart to know that this 37-room boutique hotel in Roberston Quay pays tribute to the new makers, doers and inventors of Singapore.

Taking a cue from the building’s origins as a 19th century warehouse, local design firm Asylum was responsible for the unconventional look of The Warehouse Hotel’s industrial-inspired interiors and fittings, from specially-designed furniture and to unique décor choices like wheels, pulleys, and copper wall pieces.

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The Library, Koh Samui

Minimalist it is, but plain it certainly is not: The Library’s vibrant interiors were the handiwork of designer Tirawan Songsawat, a creative mixture of colour blocking, Oriental artwork and wonderfully uncluttered luxury.

The Library’s exotic ruby-red pool is another huge feature that's caught the attention of media and design enthusiasts around the world. Now the question is, has it caught yours?

Related: Romantic Malaysian getaways for couples 

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Wildflower Hall, Shimla

Extravagant crystal chandeliers hanging over temperature-controlled indoor pools, sweeping views of the Himalayas, and film-worthy colonial architecture: Wildflower Hall is where you should go to enjoy the old-world beauty of India’s colonial past.

Formerly the home of Lord Kitchener, this luxury resort situated on 23 acres of protected cedar forest in Shimla will transport you to another time with its antique war memorabilia, handmade rugs and European-style furniture.  

Travel tip: While honeymooners will find no end of romantic things to do here, Wildflower Hall’s policy discourages guests from bringing children under the age of 10 years. 

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The St Regis Kuala Lumpur

Art enthusiasts are in for a real treat at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur. The hotel’s curated private Art Collection features a specially-commissioned horse sculpture by Fernando Botero, while Mark Evans’ famous leather mural displaying a polo player and Barnaby Hosking’s three-dimensional ‘Birds and Butterflies’ installation represent other artistic displays in the hotel.

Epic event space: The Grand Ballroom is a marvellous combination of art and technology with its wall-to-wall LED projection system that can dramatically change the look of the space in a second.

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The Middle House, Shanghai

The House Collective’s fourth hotel sits in Shanghai’s historic Jing’an District. It merges the classic beauty of Shanghai with the strong Italian design inspiration, thanks to designer Peiro Lissoni’s eye for contemporary design. The result? A minimalist set of interiors with a stunning effect.

And yes; The Middle House does have its own commissioned collection of original artwork from local and international artists, from paintings and photography to eclectic pieces of porcelain, ceramic, wood, bronze and steel.  

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Macalister Mansion, Penang

Did you know that this stunning restored colonial mansion along Macalister Road in George Town was the first Malaysian member of the prestigious Design Hotel portfolio?

Each of its 8 luxurious guest rooms are individually designed, featuring specially commissioned art pieces influenced by the story of Sir Norman Macalister, the hotel’s namesake.

Related: 7 heritage hotels in Penang to dive into the local history 

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