Once upon a time you could flash your fashion allegiances simply by throwing on some high-priced togs. But that’s changing because now it's not just about who you're wearing; it's about who you're staying in. Designer-led hotels are the perfect accessory to any upscale holiday or mini-break with everyone from Giorgio Armani to Diane Von Furstenberg getting in on the act. Here is the first of our 4 part guide to the best the world has to offer.
Palazzo Viviani at Castello di Montegridolfo, Italy: A 13th century castle given the complete Ferretti makeover treatment, with fireplaces and frescoes in amongst the turrets. Room prices start at around £100 per night, making it a medieval steal.
Armani Hotel Dubai: The hotel as well as Armani/Dolci, Armani/Fiori and Armani restaurants are to be found in the luxurious Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world. £400 per night. They will soon be joined by an international rollout of Armani Hotels in Milan, Marrakech, Marassi, London, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
Bulgari Milano: This destination hotel has become a firm favourite during Milan Fashion Week. This decadent hotel also boasts a secluded private park. £500 per night including breakfast for two.
Bulgari Bali (pictured above): 59 villas perched on a cliff, boasting breathtaking views. If that wasn’t enough, there’s an elevator down to the beach for that touch of Bond villain luxury. At over £500 per night, you might have to pull off your own dastardly plan to stay there.