The Chic Guide to Modern Minimalism

Location plays a large part in choosing a hotel, of course. However, if you’re anything like us, you’ll also look for a certain design aesthetic when deciding where to lay your head on vacation.

One look that never goes out of style is minimalism. A clean-line sensibility with chic fixtures and considered furnishings is just as lavish and luxurious as some of the heritage hotels out there, and to some, they want a holiday home that’s an extension of their own. For them to feel truly relaxed, refinement comes in the form of not only fine but modish, considered designed elements, and a calm and collected environment.

These peaceful options below – from the UK, and quarantine-permitting beyond – seamlessly blend components from the county they can be found in, while also demonstrating that contemporary never looked so chic…

Eden Locke, Edinburgh, Scotland 

The very trendy Eden Locke.

Right in the centre of Edinburgh’s New Town, you’ll discover Eden Locke, a bright and tranquil aparthotel set behind a grand Georgian façade. With just 72 apartments, it nods towards an intimate stay, while its décor is meticulously considered. Each living space is fitted with lush, leafy plants and a blush tropical colour palette, all while keeping a minimalist mood in mind.

You’ll find soft lighting and soothing furnishings – including an iconic Locke L-shaped sofa – and plenty of space, making it the perfect place to chill with a good book and a night cap after a busy day of exploring the city. Each apartment is an average of 30sqm, making them much roomier than any boutique hotel. From studio to suites and mezzanine apartments, there is something for every type of stay.

And to further the peace and calm, Eden Locke partners with a local wellness studio, offering one free yoga class per week. Whether you like to wake up with an energetic vinyasa, or wind down with meditation at night, they will ensure mind, body and soul are all taken care of. In a chic space, of course.

Estalagem da Ponta do Sol, Madeira, Portugal

The architecture is sleek and modern – imagine a revamped 1960s beach house.

If seclusion is what you’re after, Madeira’s Estalagem da Ponta do Sol makes for the ideal escape. It is located on the top of a cliff, and is the result of the renovation of an old “quinta.” It integrates the original building with a distinct, contemporary style, designed by architect Tiago Oliveira who enhances the splendour of an already stunning space to create an atmosphere that’s simple and relaxed, yet sophisticated.

The rooms were designed by interior designer Carvalho Araujo, who crafts a chic, cosy and comfortable mood. The decoration is minimalist, calling upon shades of black and white in order to enhance the natural surrounding beauty, that enters each room through the big panoramic glass windows. Floors of black stone are scattered with grey rugs and classic black-and-white photography on the white walls further emphasises the minimalist, monochrome look.

With the island location in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of West Africa, and the hotel set on the southwest of Madeira, Ponta do Sol offers views with cliffs reaching all the way to the horizon. A chic retreat indeed.

Gillham Vineyard Hotel, Nicosia, Cyprus

Luckily, Cyprus has opened its borders for tourism, as the Gillham Vineyard Hotel is an adult-only boutique hotel that makes luxurious minimalism look effortless. Guest have an option of 31 sleek suites, all of which overlook the vineyards on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Ilgaz, only 15 minutes from Kyrenia.

The contemporary-chic aesthetic is evident as soon as you enter, however, each suite is perfectly designed with exposed natural-wood beams protruding from the clean white walls, delicate and discreet furnishings in neutral hues and a slight pop of colour throughout. You’ll also notice the wooden floors – all slightly differing shades in each – that add a warming touch for comfort. Think mid-century modernity meets minimalist sophistication.

In the largest suite, boasting the name, Sparkling, you’ll find a large balcony with a hot tub affording uninterrupted panoramic views, and its en-suite bathroom provides a shower as well as a luxurious Jacuzzi bath – ideal for those who wish to fully unwind surrounded by clean-lined refinement.

And as if that wasn’t enough, you can also explore and experience the hotel’s ergonomically designed Wine Spa, featuring a traditional Turkish Hamam, indoor and outdoor relaxation zones, a bespoke design heated natural plunge pool, massage rooms, and a fully equipped gym. Not to mention, vino therapy – a beauty therapy process that makes use of the benefits from the grape and vine extracts where the residue of wine making (the pips and pulp) are rubbed into the skin.

Divina Suites Hotel Boutique, Menorca, Spain

Modern Menorcan architecture comes to life at the boutique hotel Divina Suites, which is home to just eight rooms. Located in the heart of Ciutadella Divina, it is surrounded by the most beautiful historical and ecclesiastical buildings on the island – perfect for those who love to explore a town or city on foot.

The building itself is a catalogued property, built in the XVII century that has been restored while making sure to conserve the most emblematic original elements by architect and interior designer Sebastià Pons. He transformed the stately residency into the chic yet comfortable suites you’ll find today.

The suites utilise the original architectural elements, like the groin vaults, the boinder, sloping ceilings or Arabic inspired windows, that make them intriguing while maintaining a clean, calm aesthetic. Crisp white walls, dark wooden floors, neutral-toned sofas, black marble bathroom fittings, all of which crafted in the highest quality materials make a stay here for a modern minimalist an exciting experience indeed.

Hotel Panache, Paris, France

When you think of Parisian hotels, you think petite rooms with antiqued fittings and lavish fabrications. Taking the classic and adding a modern, minimalist twist is Hotel Panache. The exterior is a colour-blocked monochromatic façade, that welcomes you into a sleek yet chic lobby.

Dorothée Meilichzon took the Flatiron Building in New York as inspiration, and designed the rooms with black and white prints on the walls in geometric motifs, and continues the mood with carpet patterned with slick, mini triangles. Note the amazing angular mirrors on offices and nightstands that lend the space a feel for new modernity mixed with a slight retro feel, typical of the Parisienne streets below.

For those who put health at the forefront, Hotel Panache also boasts the first gluten-free Parisian restaurant, NOGLU, whose menu is designed by Frédérique Jules. And for those who like something sweet, you can discover chocolates from La Mere de Famille, the oldest chocolate factory in Paris, in each minibar.

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Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.