The winner of Best-Dressed Hotel will be innovative, exemplary and renowned for the integrity of its aesthetic. We're not looking for a repository of high-cost fittings or design-directory namedropping, but a well-curated assembly of refreshing, inspired ideas. In other words, it's one hell of a looker.
Staking a stylish claim on Bali’s rugged Bukit Peninsula, this is a cool, contemporary cliff-hanger of a resort which delivers dramatic eco-friendly design in a jaw-dropping setting. Every inch of the resort is beautiful, but the bar is the most remarkable element: the cliff-edge construction juts out over the Indian Ocean in an angular bird’s nest of bamboo and reclaimed wood.
'The ultimate beach escape. Pared-back, creative simplicity reads luxury: it's authentic, without resorting to kitsch'
Neale Whittaker, Editor-in-chief, Belle
'Home-from-home comfort but utterly elegant. The innovator of a much-imitated look'
Juliet Kinsman, Editor-in-chief, Mr & Mrs Smith
Would this hotel be considered exemplary by peers and critics – would it impress and nourish a visionary designer, architect, artist, or magazine editor? Can you picture it on the cover of Elle Deco or Wallpaper*?
There are no short-cuts to quality: attention to detail and a laser focus on finish are essential.
Fundamental to great design is someone with vision. Who's behind your Best-Dressed Hotel? Think of the design greats, and they'll all have an overarching sense of purpose that drives their creativity.
Does the overall design concept have integrity? Not just a nod to passing trends but a singular focus and harmonious aesthetic – one that marries well with the hotel's location.
Has this hotel broken existing moulds or approached interior design in a refreshing or inspired way? We're looking for a stay with a unique personality.
Here's the key: the whole must exceed the sum of its parts. Hotels have to feel good, as well as look good: comfort counts – and so does humour.