A few months ago, when visiting the cool little capital of Wellington, New Zealand I stayed in the beautiful Museum Art Hotel. Filled with beautiful sights and sumptuous surroundings, it was proof that where you sleep is about much more than the bed, but also how a little creativity can really elevate a hotel from a place to stay to somewhere that you want to be and actively explore.
The former home of the famed Expressionist artist Burnard Buffet, the Domaine de la Baume in the South of France became a became a hub for some of the greatest fashion designers, artists and socialites of the 20th Century. Each room is named after one of Buffet’s artworks, and one can only presume that Annabel was rather beautiful. http://www.domaine-delabaume.com
Of course art is not confined to the land. Silversea Cruises has partnered with Andrew Weiss Gallery in Los Angeles to curate an exclusive collection onboard Silver Shadow. Curated by . Rami Ron, guests can enjoy tours and talks on the onboard collection, which includes work by Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro. http://www.silversea.com
Although only built in 1977, the ITC Maurya is inspired by, and very much rooted in, the culture of the 2nd and 3rd century dynasties in Delhi, and unites international and Indian works under its roof. http://www.itchotels.in
Not your usual ski lodge, the Kristiana in Lech houses a rotating collection consists of more than 200 contemporary paintings, sculptures, original prints and tapestries by both emerging and established artists such as Max Cole, Roy Lichtenstein, Max Bill and Sam Francis.
For a hint of vintage, visit the Hotel Mont-Blanc, a place that has played host to a whole swathe of artists, musicians and socialites over the years, and now draws inspiration from those famous guests. And so the artistic Enfants Terribles Suite pays tribute to regular former guest, French poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau; the Sacha Distel Suite celebrates the actor and his ski champion bride who married in Megève in 1963; while the Liaisons Dangereuses Suite is a nod to the film featuring Gerard Philippe, which includes scenes filmed at Hôtel Mont-Blanc in 1952. http://www.hotelmontblanc.com