Founded by Portuguese designer Alexandra Champalimaud, award-winning Champalimaud Design translates commissions across the residential, hospitality and wellness spheres into warm and welcoming interiors that exude sophistication. This results in well-balanced spaces that are imbued with classic elements. It is perhaps best known for its visionary design concepts that are undeniably modern without losing character.
“We have always found the greatest inspiration for any design is within the roots of that unique place in which the property exists,” Courtney Brannan, Principal at Champalimaud Design, shares.
When transforming hotel suites, the designers are well versed at considering the cultural and historical context to enhance spaces through local art and furnishings as well as designing with guests’ movements in mind.
Be transported by these spectacular exclusive hotels where no detail has been left to chance by this international, trend-setting design studio.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, Grand Cayman is the largest of the three Cayman Islands. The Ritz-Carlton offers a unique expression of the surrounding landscape and its mesmerising turquoise waters. Silver Palm Bar with its enchanting green hue and custom-built cabinet housing rare Caribbean treasures, is a Champalimaud-curated experience not to be missed. “We focused intently on incorporating local elements into the design to ensure we retained its sense of place, while imbuing a more youthful and chic spirit,” Brannan explains. Why not aim for the best and choose a luxurious stay in the Grand Penthouse – the largest suite in the Caribbean?
Hotel Bel-Air, US
Among Hotel Bel-Air’s exclusive accommodation options that cater to celebrities seeking seclusion, the Presidential Suite is one which is filled with classic charm in a lush tropical setting in Los Angeles. With unprecedented levels of privacy and a spectacular dining area that accommodates up to 10 guests, this residence is the ultimate hideaway with everything you need to feel at home in style.
Halekulani Okinawa, Japan
As one of TripAdvisor’s “Best Hotels” for 2022, Halekulani Okinawa creates an experience for guests akin to heaven, inviting the outside within its luxurious interiors. Every guest’s room offers views overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Okinawa Kaigan Quasi-National Park, which comes alive when the sun sets. In the peaceful and elegant surroundings guests can kick back and enjoy all-day dining after exploring the natural beauty of Okinawa Island.
The Island House, The Bahamas
Situated in Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, The Island House is the pinnacle of contemporary luxury boasting a wide range of facilities for an all-rounded experience. Exclusive highlights include private beach access, an art house cinema and a wine market. The hotel’s interiors are teeming with organic materials and a neutral colour palette that immediately calms the mind and subtly exudes sophistication.
Although Troutbeck has plenty of accommodation options to choose from, none is more beautifully curated than the Manor House, which is teeming with historic details and charm. It has the look and feel of an English-style country house that’s been modernised to the standards of today’s discerning guest. Nestled in the Hudson Valley, New York the location provides the ideal environment for inspiration and exploration in a natural setting. While the newly renovated barns are designed for the ultimate wellness experience, the fireplaces and soaking tubs are ideal for cooler nights.
The Beverly Hills Hotel, US
Known as the ‘Pink Palace,’ this iconic hotel was painted its distinct pink hue in 1948 to complement the sunset. It’s also famous for its banana leaf wallpaper (made by CW Stockwell) that has served as a backdrop in several films. Highlights include the Pool Lounge that’s proved to be a popular destination among Hollywood celebrities for generations and the legendary bungalows – each with its own personality. With lavish bathrooms and glamorous furnishings these spaces enable guests to follow in the footsteps of Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, who have each left an imprint. Surrounded by tropical gardens and LA palm trees, the bungalows are sublime oases to unwind in that are guaranteed to make every guest feel like a celebrity.
Four Seasons Hotel, Indonesia
Designed to accommodate Jakarta’s elite, the Four Seasons Hotel in the heart of Indonesia’s capital is home to two premium Specialty Suites, each with a full marble bathroom and spacious rooms that are ideal for entertaining. Begin your day with breakfast at the breathtaking Palm Court and wind down with an evening cocktail at the Nautilus Bar – interiors that are fit for royalty.
Lotte New York Palace, US
Home to some of the most exquisite meeting venues, the New York Palace offers a myriad of spaces to host just about any event. Beyond business and special occasions, the hotel’s luxurious guest rooms and suites are ideal for family vacations. At this prestigious address on Madison Avenue guests also have the opportunity to enjoy world-class cuisine and cocktails.