We love beautiful hotels at Luxuriate Life Magazine and we also love art. Below is a collection of some luxury hotels across the world that boast an art collection that is truly museum worthy.
A Bespoke Exhibition and £10k Art Prize Championing Young Artists at The Hari (London)
The Hari is delighted to be one of the first hotels in London to have launched an art collection (if not the first) with A Space for Art. The pieces are now being exhibited in the hotel’s public areas for all to see until February 2023. The winner of the £10,000 cash prize donated by The Hari’s CEO and Chairman, Dr. Aron Harilela, is Antrea Tzourovits, a resounding
and worthy finalist. Not only was the work submitted for the exhibition produced to a very high level, with beautiful intricate carving.
The Hari is very much looking forward to welcoming Woojin Joo and Barbara Nati as the hotel’s Artists in Residence for 2023, taking over a room each for the month of January followed by an exhibition of their work in The Hari’s public spaces. The Hari Art Prize will be recognised globally as the three finalists will have their artwork exhibited in The Hari’s newest hotel in Hong Kong. The Hari Art Prize exhibition is available to view in The Hari’s public spaces from until 3rd February 2023.
Enjoy a night at Saatchi Gallery with 11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea (London)
11 Cadogan Gardens, city sister to famed Cliveden House, is delighted to announce it has become a Patron of Saatchi Gallery. The partnership gives hotel guests and gallery visitors unrivalled access and exclusive benefits. Included within the patron benefits will be tickets to Saatchi-curated exhibitions, private preview invitations and guided tours of Saatchi-curated exhibitions. Selected works of art will also be displayed in The Chelsea Bar at 11 Cadogan Gardens. The hotel’s proximity to the gallery also makes it an ideal spot for visitors to pop by for a drink or meal at Hans’ Bar & Grill pre or post-exhibition. The partnership comes at an ideal time as The Saatchi Gallery launches its highly anticipated exhibition, The New Black Vanguard. This exhibition is a celebration of Black creativity both in front of and behind the camera and will showcase works from 15 of the most influential Black fashion photographers working today.
Art Runs Through The Walls at The Mayfair Townhouse (London)
From the people who brought you Cliveden House and Chewton Glen, The Mayfair Townhouse is a high-end neighbourhood hotel with art at its core. Art can be enjoyed within the hotel, with Minda Dowling, a leading art specialist, curating unique and unusual pieces to bring each space to life. Take Clarita Brinkerhoff’s peacock sculpture for instance – the piece sits at 67 inches high and is made from 25,000 Swarovski crystals.
Globally Renowned Yoshitomo Nara and KAWS Exhibit at The Lakes by Yoo (The Cotswolds)
The Lakes by YOO, an estate of luxury homes and short-term rental cabins & apartments set on the Lechlade Upon Thames, is currently establishing a cultural art park on its 850-acre estate. The Lakes Art Park showcases work by some of the world’s finest artists and sculptors, with ambitions to increase the number of artworks at the estate and provide a cultural extension of The Lakes to residents and visitors. Situated amongst secluded natural woodland, residents and their families will be able to engage with the art collection in a serene and private setting that will highlight each artist’s skill and creativity. Yoshitomo Nara and KAWS are the first two renowned artists to display their artworks. The contemporary artists have both exhibited works in some of the world’s most iconic galleries, captivating audiences with their bold signature styles. The Lakes Art Park now houses both artworks, titled ‘Your Dog’ and ‘GONE’. NEW for Autumn 2022 is an art installation in the spa by David Hockney; titled “The Four Seasons” the piece is 36 digital videos synchronised to comprise a single artwork.
Celebrate Scottish Art & Culture at The Machrie (Islay, Scotland)
Set in the dunes of Islay beside a seven-mile-long sandy shore lies Scottish bolthole, The Machrie. Celebrating the very best of Scotland’s culture, the hotel has curated a unique art collection of fun, quirky and electric pieces crafted by local talent. Upon arrival, travellers are greeted by an impressive gallery wall in the Courtyard Lounge which includes original works by some of Scotland’s greatest artists – John Bellany, John Lowrie Morrison and Peter Howson to name a few. Climbing the stairs to the first floor, guests will discover the unique talent of Glasgow’s surrealist, Ally Thompson, before coming face to face with a life-size Dougal – a tapestry cow suspended in the beams high above 18 Restaurant.
Meanwhile, a mix of artwork by famous Royal Academy members such as Sir Terry Frost, Peter Blake and Sandra Blow dot the walls along with a one-off piece by artist, Bob and Roberta Smith, which has a message for anyone coming off the golf course – ‘What Was I Thinking?’ A 3D motion lenticular print of a deer’s head by Allan Forsyth draws travellers into the spectacular Stag Lounge with its towering glass windows and panoramic vistas of The Machrie Links and the Atlantic Ocean. Here, guests will also find a contemporary and eye-catching Corsten steel Stag Trophy. Art lovers with a keen eye will spot vintage Hermès golf scarves framed and scattered across the hotel’s walls, providing a quirky take on The Machrie’s golfing origins.
Hotel Château du Grand-Lucé (Loire Valley, France)
Among France’s finest examples of neoclassical architecture, sits Hotel Chateau. A former country home of the Baron Jacques Pineau de Viennay, the Château has played host to some of the greatest philosophers and minds from the Age of Enlightenment — Voltaire, Mozart, Rousseau — as well as nobles, writers, design teams (i.e., Louis Vuitton), and some of France’s most recognised individuals. Built in 1760, the chateau has been returned to its former splendour after a private restoration by Pilot Hotels, offering a stunning tribute to its noble provenance and rich history. Guests can luxuriate in the French countryside and enjoy the chateau’s 17 beautifully appointed suites, intimate spa, signature restaurant, outdoor pool, and 80 verdant acres of meadows and magnificent gardens. Jaw-dropping touches throughout the historic property include canvas-covered walls painted in the Chinoiserie style by renowned French Rococo-era painter Jean-Baptiste Pillement (1728-1808) — whose work can be found at the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s private garden palace at Versailles; and more.
Various historical artefacts and artwork can be found throughout the grounds including unique statues in the garden that were gifts from King Louis XV. However, perhaps the most impressive is the original artwork featured in The Baron Suite’s walls painted by Jean Baptiste Pillement, whose work today can only be found at fine art museums throughout the world including the Petit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s private garden palace at Versailles, the Louvre in Paris and the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Interestingly enough, it hid paintings from the Louvre during World War II in a secret cache under the stage of the theatre built in the former stables.
An Expansive Museum-Worthy Art Collection at Sugar Beach – A Viceroy Resort (St. Lucia, Caribbean)
A new Sugar Beach for art lovers — following a grand renovation, the iconic property has reopened with a new, inspired cultural appeal in the form of an expansive museum-worthy art collection. The collection brings a modern perspective, ripe with pops of colour, but also one that celebrates the property’s rich surroundings. Original art from talents like Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Banksy, Tom Sachs, KAWS, Jeff Koons and more will bring you on a journey of self-discovery during your stay. Sugar Beach is intent on presenting an evolution of art, adding the art and its story to the collection on a regular basis. Keep a lookout for new artists brought into this collective narrative, bringing a deeper and deeper meaning to the resort’s picturesque surroundings. More information about the art is here.
The Setai, Miami Beach is the Place to Stay During Art Basel (Miami, USA)
Whilst many cities fall into slumber in December, Miami comes alive with Art Basel, plus, December is Miami’s driest month, with average temperatures of 24ºC / 75ºF and very low humidity. For culture vultures, excitingly Art Basel will return to Miami Beach this year (Dec 1st – 3rd), an exhibition which has been redefining what an art fair means for the last 50+ years. It has played host to some of the art world’s wackiest and most wonderful installations and contributes $500 million annually to the economy of Miami Beach.
The Setai is a cool, serene hotel a world away from the bustle of South Beach — it’s an art aficionado’s dream. Centrally located in prime South Beach beside many of the Art Basel activations and near Wynwood, the celebrated design district, there could not be a better location. The Setai even has its own art collection gallery within the property, Eden Fine Art, where Alec Monopoly often runs residencies (an internationally celebrated graffiti artist whose vibrant, signature art depicts a tongue-in-cheek message about luxury and excess). For hopping around the city during Basel from gallery to gallery, The Setai offer complimentary transfers in their luxury cars.
ROMEO is a Hotel for Art-Lovers Overlooking Mount Vesuvius – a Landmark Inspiring Artists For Centuries (Naples, Italy)
Move Over Rome! — Naples is Italy’s Artistic Soul and the Best for Contemporary Art. Often overlooked in favour of Rome, Venice and Florence (or an overnight stopover en route to the island of Capri and Amalfi Coast) — Naples has a bold, soulful, and thriving art scene. It is one of the best cities in Italy for contemporary art (think: pop art, arte povera, conceptual art, and photography). ROMEO Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel located on the Gulf of Naples and just outside of the city centre’s iconic Centro Storico, boasts modern luxury, unmatched views of Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri — plus an impressive, world-class art collection curated by the hotel’s owner. The prestigious building dates back to the last century, and has been entirely redesigned by famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange & Associates, with art as a steady and widespread element throughout. The works are not mere pieces of furniture or emphasis on a place, but a path of feeling, heading on illustrious footprints to mark changes, evolutions, and passages. The artworks include contemporary art, fine art photography, antiques & collector’s items by the likes of Hermès, Andrée Putman, and J.L. Coquet.
Embrace The Spirit of Picasso, Hemingway And The Fitzgerald’s To Name At Hôtel Dames des Arts (St Germain, Paris)
Opening its bespoke doors this winter, Hôtel Dame Des Arts is set to shake up the Left Bank’s luxury hotel offerings. The feel will be a modernised Nouvelle Vague movie set, cool elegance with a bit of grooviness. Located in the beating artistic heart of the legendary St-Germain-des-Prés on the bustling Left Bank and embracing all this culturally rich neighbourhood has to offer, this hotel will reignite the cutting-edge, diverse and liberal cultural movement that Picasso, Hemingway, Coco Chanel and The Fitzgerald’s to name a few established in this area over 100 years ago.
Taking the history of the local artists who lived and thrived in the area, interior designer Raphael Navot has encapsulated the concept ‘of an international artist in France’. The art in the hotel has been specially curated by experts who have sourced genuine pieces (700 pieces) with links to Saint Germain. As such every room has its own unique collection. With an intention to create a sense of wonder and discovery artists would have felt being in the heart of a location where something cutting-edge, diverse and liberal took place back in the 1920s and continues to thrive now in the local community of St Germain. It also conveys the film industry genre of the time, and this can be seen and felt in some of the hotel’s touch-points, heavier typography on creative materials and art pieces.
All imagery courtesy of the hotels featured.