Journey updates

December 2020 was a complicated instant, to say the the very least, for a maiden foray into hotelier-dom. But that didn’t end Robert Kofler and his spouse Edda, Austrians living in José Ignacio, Uruguay, from taking a gamble with Posada Ayana, which sits a stone’s throw from the yellow sands of Mansa Beach front. Like some others right before him, Kofler, an avid art collector, originally envisioned their smooth guesthouse as a holiday household but as the style proliferated to eight bedrooms, a a few-space private villa, myriad indoor-outdoor spaces, and multiple gardens, he realised he had a lodge on his palms – an adults-only, ultra-non-public just one, of the kind of which he and his household had extensive practical experience. 

The “ultra-private” hotel and swimming pool at Posada Ayana, Uruguay © Marcos Guiponi
Skyspace, 2021, by James Turrell
Skyspace, 2021, by James Turrell © Tali Kimelman
Turrell’s Skyspace is a white marble dome set atop a temple-like structure
Turrell’s Skyspace is a white marble dome established atop a temple-like composition © Tali Kimelman

Brazilians and Argentines of a elegant stripe immediately sealed its reputation, and Robert has since been joined by one of his daughters, who still left New York to assist with Ayana’s evolution. Future thirty day period the posada will reopen with 17 rooms, the additions executed in the exact same lapacho wooden and stone, glass partitions and vintage ’50s and ’60s household furniture that characterise the original suites. The feather in the Koflers’ cap, nonetheless, arrives from James Turrell, who has created one particular of his famed Skyspace installations on website – the first freestanding a person on the South American continent. A monumental white marble dome set atop a temple-like construction clad in earth and grass, Turrell’s get the job done, below as in other places, harnesses the dynamism and attractiveness of daylight. It’s a near-spiritual instant of contemplation to sit inside 1, and worth travelling for. posada-ayana.com, from $435


Venetian (and milanese) blinders

Venice’s “buzzy newcomer”: Ca’ di Dio
Venice’s “buzzy newcomer”: Ca’ di Dio © Courtesy of VRetreats
Ca’ di Dio is close to Venice’s Arsenale and Al Covo restaurant
Ca’ di Dio is shut to Venice’s Arsenale and Al Covo cafe © Courtesy of VRetreats

Just in time for autumn’s vogue and society seasons, two metropolis inns promising initial takes on community fashion are debuting in Italy. Ca’ di Dio is Venice’s buzzy newcomer (however not new for each se the palazzo’s foundations date to the 13th century). Spanish structure polymath Patricia Urquiola has made the interiors, from the architectural renovation to the textile and rug designs and the Murano lamps (she’s a extensive-time collaborator of some of Murano’s greatest glass producers). The courtyard bar-restaurant is shaded by magnolias the major-flooring Altana suites have views from San Giorgio Maggiore to St Mark’s. And then there is its strategic proximity to equally the Arsenale and to Cesare and Diane Benelli’s unassailable Al Covo, which could just be our favorite cafe in the full northern hemisphere.

Vico Milano – part members’ club, part B&B
Vico Milano – portion members’ club, aspect B&B

About in Milan, in the meantime, Neri Baccheschi-Berti, the 29-yr-previous next-technology operator of Tuscany’s Castello di Vicarello, is this thirty day period opening the 7-area Vico on Corso Genova, near to the sought-immediately after structure addresses of Tortona and the Navigli’s rambling weekend market. As at Vicarello, there are stunning furnishings sourced close to and considerably: loved ones heirlooms and a person-off finds from Isfahan and Marrakech, alongside a selection of primary artwork and antique textiles. The environment is component members’ club, aspect B&B, and refreshingly unique for the town. vretreats.com, from $450 vicomilano.com, from €280


Sand and supply

A bungalow at Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique
A bungalow at Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique © Elsa Young/Kisawa
A seating area at Cove Mussassa beach café
A seating spot at Cove Mussassa beach café © Elsa Younger/Kisawa
Flohr experimented with 3D sandprinting for the bungalows’ architecture
Flohr experimented with 3D sandprinting for the bungalows’ architecture © Elsa Young/Kisawa

Mozambique has borne a hard pair of many years involving the pandemic, the insurgent violence in the country’s north and cyclone barrages that have wrought hundreds of hundreds of thousands of pounds in problems. Chapeau to Nina Flohr, then, for persevering with Kisawa Sanctuary, her beach escape on 300 private hectares at the southern tip of Benguerra Island, on Mozambique’s central coastline. Flohr, the daughter of VistaJets founder Thomas Flohr, is a neophyte to both of those the resort world and the conservation a person, but this has not diluted her resolve or her aspirations among the other things she has recognized a maritime conservation foundation on the island and experimented with 3D sandprinting for the architecture of the a single-, two- and 3-bedroom bungalows, minimising their physical footprint. There are a lot of business eyes on this challenge, bold in both equally scope and intention its achievements could be a boon to a stretch of beautiful and deserving African coast. kisawasanctuary.com, from €5,000 for every pair per evening 

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