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7 Minimalist Properties That Will Inspire You to Declutter Your Life

Spring is often a time of year that's associated with cleaning, decluttering and new beginnings. And this year is no exception! Many of us have been recently motivated by an energetic tidying expert from Japan who is inspiring people around the world to change their state of mind and way of life by simplifying and organizing their homes.

In line with this new trend and according to our research, 34%* of global travelers actually say that minimalism is the most appealing interior design type. With this in mind, we have curated a list of unique places to stay for travelers that are seeking a minimalist aesthetic for their next trip. If that's you, then you're in good company, as over half of global travelers (54%)** revealed that one of their main motivations to travel is to experience a simpler lifestyle.


Shikoku, Japan

Design enthusiasts will appreciate the sleek and minimal design of the authentic Setouchi Retreat Aonagi retreat, especially appealing to 24%* of global travelers who opt for Japanese minimalism as their favourite interior design aesthetic. Take in the impressive mountain vistas from your private terrace or balcony, while you enjoying a relaxing cup of tea in your fluffy bathrobe and slippers.


Florence, Italy

The understated and stylish Numeroventi Design Residency apartment is light and bright, with vaulted ceilings and an eclectic mid-century vibe. Culture and design lovers will also adore its central location, as it's just a short stroll from the iconic Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery.


Pedras Salgadas, Portugal

With simplicity, tranquility and a balance with nature being central to its design, this minimalist stay in the Vila Real district of Portugal oozes calm through its uncluttered aesthetic. The Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park offers ecological self-catering bungalows with a modern edge. With a range of eco-houses and tree houses, this property is the perfect location to clear both mind and soul. To take your Zen getaway to the next level, the Pedras Salgadas’s spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments, massages and even an indoor pool, sauna and steam bath.


Graz, Austria

If you want the experience of sleeping in a sleak, contemporary art gallery, the Augarten Art Hotel in Graz is the place for you. Combining modern, minimalist architecture to showcase a stuning array of over 200 pieces of contemporary art, this property was built by the famous Austrian architect Günther Domenig. If the hotel’s own collection isn't enough to sate your cultural cravings, the Graz Opera House is just a short distance away.


Mexico City, Mexico

The Distrito Capital in Mexico City provides the perfect stay with a minimalist look and feel. This chic design hotel combines crisp whites with soft slate grays in the suburb of Santa Fe. Featuring clean lines and balanced spaces throughout, the hotel also has a spacious outdoor swimming pool to enjoy the location's unique mix of urban and natural spaces that are perfectly juxtaposed throughout the property.



Tucked away on one of Singapore's lively side streets is the quiet retreat of Lloyd's Inn. This modern and uncluttered boutique-hotel has an edgy white theme throughout that only amplifies the building’s great use of natural light, which appeals to almost half of global travelers (47%)* who admit that plenty of natural light is a must-have when it comes to the design of their holiday home. It also has a roof terrace, modern garden deck and a dipping pool surrounded by greenery.


Santorini, Greece

Santorini, famous for its picture-perfect white walls and beautiful scenery, is the postcard destination for a discreet and minimalist break. The Kirini Santorini fits in seamlessly with its famous surroundings, boasting traditional architecture and multi-levelled terraces, perched on the cliff overlooking the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. Guests can enjoy the sweeping panoramas of the dramatic volcano island from the hotel’s pristine white verandas or relax inside in the hotel’s recently refurbished rooms with white walls and sleek wooden floors.


*Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among 18,500 respondents who were surveyed (1,000+ from the UK, US, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India, Singapore and Russia and 500+ each from Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan). Respondents completed an online survey in November 2017

**Research commissioned by Booking.com and independently conducted among a sample of 53,492 respondents across 31 markets. In order to participate in this survey, respondents had to be 18 years of age or older, had to have travelled at least once in the past 12 months and be either the primary decision maker or involved in the decision making of their travel. The survey was taken online and took place between October 16th and November 12th, 2018.