If our social feeds weren’t evidence enough, travelling to far-flung locales and indulging in exclusive experiences has become the trend de-rigueur. Today, a beach-bound escapade to Santorini or a luxurious stay in one of Bali’s private and secluded villas inspires the same envy once reserved for material acquisitions like a designer handbag or a flashy sports car.
Image: Ace Shop, New York
Teaming up with notable brands such as Opening Ceremony and Project No. 8 have sealed Ace New York’s reputation as an “it” place to shop. Its reimagined version of the traditional “Hotel Shop” offers dribblings of New York chicness to vacationers, from in-house designs to tongue-in-cheek souvenirs. While Opening Ceremony have stores elsewhere, about 10 percent of Opening Ceremony’s Ace store wares are exclusive to the hotel outlet, including exclusive designer collaborations with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang and Maison Martin Margiela.
Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 U.S.A.
Stunning cliff top views and private beach access aside, the Bulgari Resort Bali possesses a little extra hidden charm. Set in a stately pavilion, the Arts & Crafts Store presents a refined selection of gift items that showcase the thriving Balinese craft tradition and rich artistic heritage. Come to browse and admire locally made artefacts such as ceramics, woodcarvings, stone sculptures, handwoven textiles and original Balinese jewellery. A fine antique selection showcases Balinese artistry in all its glory — from intricately woven silk brocades – called songkets – to remarkable objects carved and shaped by decades of skill.
Bulgari Resort, Jalan Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Bali 80364 Indonesia
Few earthbound comforts can match up to the soothing and revitalising pleasures of the award-winning Banyan Tree Gallery spa experience. Banyan Tree devotees eager to recreate the perfect moment of ease can swipe some signature spa amenities to complete your at-home spa sanctuary. To up the feel-good factor, Banyan Tree Gallery’s brand of cruelty-free spa toiletries is crafted from 80 to 100 percent natural ingredients and free of parabens. Banyan Tree retail outlets spread across the globe act as retail channels for traditional village crafts handmade by local artisans in various parts of Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Shop a curated range of eco-friendly furnishings, resort apparel, accessories and handicrafts inspired by the local heritage and culture.
Banyan Tree, 33, 33/27 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road, Cherngtalay, Phuket 83110 Thailand
Poketo’s second outpost in Koreatown’s trendy hotel, The Line, has grown to become every bit the indie design institution it set out to be. The lifestyle brand whose popularity grew from its artist vinyl wallets and clever Target collaborations has since found its niche selling unique LA-themed giftables most of which are designed and made in LA. The store offers everything from books and ceramics to bold graphic stationary and apothecary items, many of which are exclusive to the store. Founders Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, are huge purveyors of arts and crafts, regularly hosting workshops and exhibitions within the store premises.
The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010 U.S.A.
If you find yourself deeply inspired by The Sanchaya’s magnificent architecture and Asian-inspired décor, make it a point to visit the boutique housed within its premises. “Piece of a Collection” stocks elegant antiques and artefacts from all over Asia, carefully chosen to reflect the regional variety of East Asian influences. Fashion-philes are also well tended to, with stylish resort offerings from independent brands such as August Society and Hat of Cain.
The Sanchaya, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5, Lagoi Bay, Bintan 29155 Indonesia
With stores in 18 of its 41 properties worldwide, the trendy W chain is widely credited as the first to introduce the high-concept hotel shop. In tune with W’s cosmopolitan vibe and chic modernist aesthetic, the W Bali store offers chic home décor, glamorous resort wear and accessories for the stylish jetsetter. The retail selection is designed to complement Bali’s tropical climate and lifestyle, featuring well-loved local designers such as Lulu Yasmine and Magali Pascal. Guests can even bring the W experience home with them — W hotel beds, signature linens, pillows, bathrobes and Bliss spa products can all be bought at the store.
W Retreat, Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak Bali 80361 Indonesia