Autumn escapes: 6 stylish global stays

Je t'aime! Unwaveringly cool, bad boy of design Philippe Starck has brought more of his inimitable charm to the City of Light. His new Brach hotel in the 16th arrondissement is a confident newcomer. Inspired by the avant-garde architecture of the 30s, it boasts some fine neighbours, including the Trocadéro, Eiffel Tower and Passy market. brachparis.com
Chic in Spain. Walk in the footsteps of Henri Matisse and Virginia Woolf at Madrid’s Gran Hotel Inglés. The ravishing 1853 landmark was redesigned by the Rockwell Group’s Eva Longoria and Elisa Rodriguez. It celebrates the hotel’s history as a gathering place for the avant-garde and intellectuals, weaving salvaged historic items into its contemporary design. grandhotelingles.com
Relax + renew in Rotterdam. Renowned Italian architect, Teresa Sapey was entrusted with bringing the Spanish-owned 217-room Room Mate Bruno to a life. The modernist building preserves its original structure, taking the visitor in a historical voyage using colour, nautical elements, Flemish paintings, and geometrical figures surrounded by exuberating chromatism. Must-see: it’s secret inner frozen garden. https://room-matehotels.com
Rive Gauche joie de vivre. Lutetia, a hotel of The Set, has reopened in St. Germain-des-Pres. Outfitted with designer details from top brands, such as Poltrona Frau and Porro, the work of architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte can be seen throughout the hotel’s 184 keys - including two penthouse suites with private access to expansive terraces boasting an unrivalled 360-degree view of Paris. hotellutetia.com
Ian Schrager’s new Barcelona EDITION has been completely transformed into an avant-garde architectural glass monument by Carlos Ferrater Inside the designed by famed Spanish designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the 100 rooms and suites offer a sophisticated aesthetic that includes pieces by Salvador Dalí and Antoni Gaudí, as well as Christian Liaigre, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld. editionhotels.com
Zen it out. For the ultimate place to decompress, experience a breathtaking journey at Six Senses Punakha Bhutan, located in the legendary Himalayan Kingdom that sits between Tibet and India. Its soothing, minimalist interiors were designed to enrich your body and mind, as they reflect the region’s stunning landscape, dynamic culture and spirituality.

It’s exhilarating – and exhausting: the rush of the season means a calendar filled with openings, launches, exhibitions and commitments near and far. So why not take a few days to decompress, relax and renew before the festive season. These hotels and resorts lend instant perspective with their commitment to culture via the nuances of their design. Bon voyage!