Seven Minimalist Properties Around the World to Inspire Travellers to Declutter Their Lives and Ignite Joy
Spring is often a time associated with spring-cleaning, decluttering and new beginnings, with this year being no exception. Many people have been motivated by a globally recognized tidying expert who is inspiring people around the world to change their state of mind and way of life by simplifying and organizing the home.
According to research by Booking.com, 41%* of Singaporean travellers say that minimalism is the most appealing interior design type. With this in mind, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay has delved into its more than 28 million reported listings in over 147,000 destinations around the globe to curate a list of unique places to stay for travelers seeking a minimalist aesthetic for their next vacation. That group may be larger than you would expect, as over half of Singaporean travellers (61%)** revealed that one of their main motivations to travel is to experience a simpler lifestyle.
Design enthusiasts will appreciate the sleek and minimal design of the authentic Setouchi Retreat Aonagi retreat, appealing to 49%* of Singaporean travellers who opt for Japanese minimalism as their favourite interior design. Offering a seasonal outdoor pool and sweeping views of the sea. Take in the impressive mountain vistas from your private terrace or balcony, whilst enjoying a cup of coffee in your fluffy bathrobe and slippers.
The understated, yet fully functioning Numeroventi Design Residency apartment boasts a fully-equipped kitchen, private bathroom, living space and bedroom. Plus, culture and design lovers will love the location, being just a short stroll from the Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery.
Pedras Salgadas, Portugal
This minimalist stay in the Vila Real district of Portugal oozes calm with a simple and uncluttered design, while surrounded by the zen of nature. The Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park offers ecological self-catering bungalows with a modern vibe. With a range of eco-houses, bungalows and even tree houses, this property is the perfect location to clear the mind and soul and be at one with nature. The Pedras Salgadas’s spa offers a variety of relaxing treatments, massages and even an indoor pool, sauna and steam bath to spark even more vacation joy.
The Augarten Art Hotel combines modern and minimalist architecture and design with contemporary art for those who find joy in the creative things in life. Built by the famous Austrian architect Günther Domenig, this luxury property is home to over 200 pieces of contemporary art for guests to draw inspiration and happiness from. Just a short walk from the center of Graz, most rooms boast balconies with a view of the local courtyard or clock tower. If the hotel’s own works of art aren’t enough for culture seeking guests, the Graz Opera House is just half a mile away.
Mexico City, Mexico
For travellers seeking an understated design aesthetic in 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. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool and massages are available in case the accommodation surroundings don’t leave you feeling quite zen enough.
Gain inspiration right in your backyard with a staycation at 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 35% of Singaporean travellers 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. This tranquil hideaway is well connected despite its laid-back vibe, with Somerset MRT Station just a short stroll from the quiet residential area where the property is located.
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.