Discover Your Inner Creativity At These Six Breathtaking Architectural Stays
To appreciate the amazing work that architects put into the beautifully designed buildings that can be found in every corner of the globe, World Architecture Day is celebrated every first Monday of October (which is October 3 in 2022). With 37%* of US travelers planning to pick a destination for their next trip based on the unique accommodation options available, and in honor of World Architecture Day, Booking.com delved into its more than 28 million reported listings across over 158,000 destinations around the world to share a selection of six inspiring architectural stays. From a wellness resort with Byzantine architecture to an iconic neo-futurism hotel with eclectic interiors, there is something for every traveler who is looking to feel inspired by architecture on their next vacation.
Casona Sforza, Puerto Escondido, México
Situated in Puerto Escondido, near Zicatela Beach, Casona Sforza is an adults only resort designed by Alberto Kalach. The unique design of this property features a series of vaulted, brick arches overlooking and matching the circle shaped swimming pool, and the hotel’s clean lines are harmoniously integrated with the surrounding environment. Each of the rooms has a bohemian influence and is decorated in neutral colors creating a feeling of relaxation. Travelers looking for inspiration beyond the unique design of their accommodation can can enjoy a great variety of activities in Puerto Escondido, including a visit to the scenic Lagoon of Manialtepec, a horseback riding adventure or a tour where they can taste local food and learn about traditional indigenous herbalism in Oaxaca.
Euphoria Retreat - A Holistic Wellbeing Destination Spa, Mystras, Greece
Located at the foot of Mount Taygetus and surrounded by a private forest, this beautiful property has an unique architectural design drawing inspiration from Byzantine architecture of Mystras city. The soaring spaces and sumptuous decoration along with the catacomb-like passage on the first level and the carved spaces create a place of calm and peacefulness. With a specific philosophy aiming to provide physical and emotional transformation, the Euphoria Retreat offers personal consultants for wellness and nutrition. Guests can pamper themselves at the Euphoria Spa, including a Tepidarium, a Byzantine Hammam, Salt Room and a unique avant-garde Sphere Hydrotherapy pool with relaxing underwater marine sounds.
The Mandrake, London, United Kingdom
Just a short walk from Oxford Street in central London, The Mandrake is a luxury lifestyle hotel featuring eclectic, vibrant interiors and a carefully-curated private art collection. The property has an Artist in Residence program, where artists and visitors interact in the hotel's spaces to create original, unique, and live works of art, like video art projections and photography exhibitions. The hotel’s stylish rooms are set across four floors, rising up from the central courtyard surrounded by hanging gardens of jasmine and passion flower. After a busy day admiring the architectural treasures that London has to offer, guests can enjoy botanical-based house cocktails created by the expert team of mixologists.
City of Dreams - Morpheus, Macau
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, this neo-futurism hotel is an iconic building in Macau, where innovation meets imagination. The Travel Sustainable property has high-speed panoramic lifts overlooking the impressive interiors and is the world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, a 20th century modern architectural design and construction concept. The extraordinary structure creates spaces that are uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns. The building is 525 feet tall with 40 stories above ground, and the interiors of its rooms, which are designed by Peter Remedios, are decorated in neutral colors and timeless materials. It’s not surprising that Macau is recommended by Booking.com travelers for its architecture**. Besides this eye-catching property, the city of Macau has more interesting sights with high architectural standards, including the Macao Science Center, housed inside an eye-catching asymmetrical building hosting an award-winning planetarium.
Boutique Hotel Sensation, Tabanan, Indonesia
Blending serenity and elegance, Boutique Hotel Sensation is situated in Tabanan, a destination highly endorsed for nature, tranquility and relaxation by Booking.com travelers**. Set just a few steps from Pasut Beach, this luxurious property consists of three uniquely designed villas inspired by the sky, sea and earth. The futuristic Cloud Villa has the shape of a puff and features a beautiful social media-worthy turquoise swimming pool. With almost one-fifth (17%)**of US travelers taking travel inspiration from the social media channels from their family and friends, this is a great opportunity to inspire your loved ones. The other two villas have a more traditional Balinese architecture, using natural materials including bamboo, coconut and teak wood, and are decorated with different details collected from around the world or made inhouse.
The Roozen Residence, Prevelly, Australia
Overlooking Prevelly Beach, and hidden between the lush green tree tops, the Roozen Residence is an award-winning designed home in the Margaret River region. Designed by Sydney architect Dale Jones-Evans, this contemporary beach house, which is also a Booking.com Travel Sustainable property, offers uninterrupted 180-degree ocean views from every room with floor to ceiling windows throughout. The property’s spacious terrace is the perfect spot to relax on the comfortable sun loungers drinking a glass of wine from the Margaret River wine region, while watching the surfers catching waves. The modern holiday home is just a short drive away from the town center of Margaret River, where travelers can enjoy a variety of activities including a food and wine tour where they will visit several wineries and delve into the history of Margaret River.
For those travelers dreaming of staying at a unique getaway, Booking.com is sharing Getaway Deals for those looking for a unique stay to use when booking their next trip. Discounts start at 15 percent at participating properties indicated by the “Getaway 2022” badge, and are valid for stays with check-out on or before 30 September 2022. In addition, Booking.com is giving travelers around the world the keys to unlock a new level of additional perks with the introduction of a third tier to its Genius loyalty program. Designed to make every trip a better experience, Booking.com’s loyalty program is completely free, easily accessible and membership lasts a lifetime – travelers simply need to create an account to achieve Genius status for life. As Genius members unlock new levels, they get access to larger discounts and more travel rewards that never expire. All travelers have to do is sign into their Booking.com account and look for the Genius logo to identify benefits, discounts and perks.
*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.
**Endorsement data from Booking.com based on the most used endorsements for Macau and Tabanan by global travelers
***Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 48,413 respondents across 31 markets (2,000 from USA, 1,864 from Canada, 1,999 from Mexico, 2,003 from Colombia, 2,005 from Brazil, 2,002 from Argentina, 1,020 from Chile, 1,777 from Australia, 818 from New Zealand, 1,999 from Spain, 2,002 from Italy, 1,998 from France, 1,990 from UK, 2,005 from Germany, 2,003 from Netherlands, 985 from Denmark, 999 from Sweden, 910 from Croatia, 918 from Switzerland, 1,986 from Belgium, 998 from Russia, 953 from Israel, 1,999 from India, 1,990 from China, 901 from Hong Kong, 1,775 from Thailand, 1,001 from Singapore, 975 from Taiwan, 1,800 from Vietnam, 1,757 from South Korea, 1,001 from Japan). In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have traveled at least once for business or leisure in the past 12 months, and planning to travel in 2022 and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place in January 2022.