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Janeiro: Front-ocean sustainable luxury

Right next to the Atlantic Ocean, but far from the bustling beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana that define the second most populous city of Brazil, stands the Janeiro Hotel, the last offering of the artist, doctor, fashion designer and philanthropist Oskar Metsavaht. A project that mixes luxury, simplicity and technology and that follows the values of Sustainable Luxury, a philosophy that Metsavaht developed even before the term was coined.

Located in the glamorous Leblon district, the Janeiro Hotel was created in 1975, when the coast-line started to become home to new luxury apartments. Then Metsavaht took control of it, and even if it has been open for less than three years, it has already become a city referent.

What makes Janeiro Hotel so unique is how it manages to combine urbanity with nature through its structure and its design. With diaphanous spaces, minimal and exquisite decoration, its enormous windows let natural light illuminate each corner and offer outstanding panoramic sea views over the Cagarras islands, the city, and the magnificent Christ the Redeemer statue on the top. In the Janeiro Hotel, the landscape is ever-changing and always present.

White dominates the room interiors along with the soft colour of the sustainably harvested Freijo wood of the furniture and the Travertine marble. Rooms have a minimalist design, feature recycled-glass lamps, and showcase design pieces from Brazil’s emerging talents. Black and white beautiful photographs and art books can be found anywhere in the hotel.

From the 53 rooms that Janeiro offers, the main one, the Janeiro Suite, stands out among the others, as its spacious space of 75 m2 includes a king-size bed, a sofa, a swing chair and an integrated bathroom with double shower, a dining table, an armchair and a TV. But the Oceanfront Suite or the Oceanview master suite, which is on the top floor, are also excellent choices. In any case, all rooms include cable TV, coffeemaker, mini bar, radio, high-speed internet and yoga mat and blocks.

The Janeiro Hotel is also the place of two delightful restaurants. The cosy and intimate Janeiro Restaurant offers dishes made with seasonal and local ingredients, like grilled seafood and farm-to-table vegetables. And the Omakase, on the 18th floor, has a menu of raw fish cold dishes and dessert chosen by the chef himself according to seasonality and the freshest ingredients available on the market.

The hotel has a rooftop bar too, next to the outdoor pool, which is the perfect place for taking a Caipirinha while letting yourself be amazed by the fantastic view of the sunset above the open sea and surrounding the magnificent Two Brothers Mountain.

The Janeiro Hotel is the ultimate example that luxury can be found in the sustainable hotel industry and the best choice if you plan to spend an intimate and relaxing break  in one of the best ocean-front hotels that Brazil has to offer.

Av. Delfi Moreira, 696, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 2172-1001
www.janeirohotel.rio

BARCELONA BECOMES ONE OF THE MOST LUCKY PLACES TO SHOP

Darial returns to Barcelona reopening a multidisciplinary space located on the ground floor of the house Tomàs Roger. The founder and creative director Djaba Diassamidze proposes a unique space that manages to merge modern vibes with the most classic lines, creating a unique place to house the magnificent selection of designers both fashion and art totally characteristic of Darial

An eclectic mixture of eras reminiscent of the Art Deco period, offering a space decorated with pillars of impressive golden palms that divide the different rooms where the meticulous selection is presented.

In terms of furniture and design objects, you can find firms such as Muller van Severen, Impossible Project, Lomography and Bang & Olufsen which in turn are interspersed with an impressive selection of fashion and accessories, among which are Raf Simons, The Row, JW Anderson, Haider Ackerman, Jil Sander, Sacai, Isaac Reina and Mykita.

And it is thanks to this marvellous selection of pieces that make Barcelona and the Eixample district one of the cult lighthouses in terms of shopping and collecting, and Darial understands like no other that fashion and design objects are still true pieces of art and collecting for the most exquisite clients.

On the other hand, through Le Leopard’s own restaurant, the sensory experience is completed, as all guests (guests is a more correct term than client when it comes to Darial and everything it offers) can relax and discover another level of pleasure through a glass of a classic wine or one of its magnificent vegan options.

Do not deprive yourself of discovering and living a new experience in Barcelona under the guidance of Darial.

Carrer d’Ausiàs Marc, 37 08010 Barcelona 

www.darial.com

Torel 1884

In February this year, the Torel Group opened the doors to its latest hotel venture. A boutique hotel with a history and a design that are worth discovering before paying it a visit. 

Located right in the centre of Porto, a few metres away from renowned Avenida dos Aliados and the riverside quarter of the Ribeira. Torel 1884 is comprised of two buildings—a magnificent 19th-century palace where the hotel is and a nearby building where the apartments are found. 

The concept for Torel 1884 dates back to the cultural discoveries made by the Portuguese in their voyages to Africa, America and Asia. This is why each of Torel 1884’s suites and apartments is named after the materials, substances or items that the adventurers brought back to Portugal, which are now part of everyday life. 
On the ground floor, you can find the entrance and the lobby with works by artists Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Jorge Curval. It is also on this floor where you’ll find the restaurant Bartolomeu Wine Bistro—a great place to enjoy good food and company.  There are two rooms on this floor which look out to the interior garden and which allude to the African continent as they are named “Suleiman” and “Malagueta” (chili pepper).  If you go up to the first floor, which is called “America”, you can find the rooms called “Exotic Wood”, “Exotic Bird”, “Coffee”, “Sugarcane” and “Tobacco”—each of which is exquisitely decorated using materials such as wood and cane, where the colours green, turquoise, brown and black predominate.
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The second floor, which takes its inspiration from Asia, is where you’ll find “Tea”, “Porcelain”, “Silk”, “Tapestry” and “Spices”. Earth colors, an oriental-themed screen and raffia carpets give a subtly piquant feel to the “Spices” room, while the “Tea” room transports us to leafy green plantations, featuring colorful cotton and linen, banana-leaf wallpaper and a raffia carpet as a final touch. The “Porcelain”, “Silk” and “Tapestry” rooms are richer, reflecting Asian luxury.

All rooms are very spacious with large windows and high ceilings that make the most of the architecture of this iconic 19th-century building. 

The 11 apartments – “Ginger”, “Saffron”, “Paprika”, “Coriander”, “Mustard”, “Basil”, “Clove”, “Turmeric”, “Cardamom”, “Pepper” and “Cinnamon” – are located in the Rua das Flores building and are split into 5 categories that follow the same concept as the 1884 rooms.

For more information: www.torel1884.com

The London Edition

When we talk about the Edition brand, an image of Ian Shrager, the man who revolutionised the concept of a luxury boutique hotel, immediately comes to mind. A hotel where luxury and glamour abound, embodying the “hotel as lifestyle” concept that Shrager created. His idea was to offer the very best of the place where one is staying, naturally attracting the rich, famous and beautiful.

The London Edition is the third property of the Marriott-Ritz Carlton group under the EDITION brand in cooperation with Ian Shrager.

This 19th century building was built in 1835 and is comprised of five private homes. The Berners Hotel was built later on in 1908. In 2013, it became The London Edition of today, preserving the façade’s Georgian style and turning the sumptuous interiors designed by Yabu Pushelberg and I.S.C Design Studio into an interesting blend of modern and classic elements.

A stunning example of the magnificence of this hotel is its impressive lobby, with its large marble columns and a massive polished mirrored egg, the work of German lighting designer Ingo Maurer. The lobby shares space with The Lobby Bar, surrounded by a group of tables and sofas distributed in front of an impressive fireplace and snooker table. Here you can try a variety of cocktails created by Andy Shannon.

The guest rooms are the epitome of luxury, recalling the interiors of a luxury yacht with wood panelled walls, magnificent hanging lamps, tufted lounge chairs, a bed made with white sheets covered with a faux mink blanket at the foot, and a fully stocked minibar hidden inside a wooden wardrobe.

The suites have differentiated spaces with sofas and balconies where you can enjoy views of the London skyline. 

The Berners Tavern.

Perhaps it’s the jewel of The London Edition or perhaps it’s simply one more excuse to visit this magnificent hotel. But for those who haven’t had the opportunity to stay at The London Edition, you really should try and see if you can have lunch at this fabulous restaurant. Just sitting at one of the tables is already an experience in itself as everything around 208 you is utterly breathtaking. It’s an opulent space with high ceilings and ornate plasterwork of incalculable beauty. The walls are covered with gilt-framed photographs and paintings, all mixed together as if they were Tetris pieces that fit perfectly. The tables are laid out in the style of cafés, with circular leather booths, round tables and wooden chairs.

With Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at the helm, The Berners Tavern offers lively modern cuisine, blending English tradition with influences from continental Europe. Don’t miss its famous, award-winning mac and cheese!

10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London
+44 20 7781 0000
www.editionhotels.com