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March 2008


FEATURES

Designer Destinations
By Emily Liebert

FASHION LUMINARIES MAKE TRAVEL TRENDY

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The shoes, Ferragamo. The gown, Versace. The hotel, Ferragamo and Versace, too—not to mention Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren and Christian Lacroix, to name a few. The leading names in fashion are extending their ever-expanding brands by dressing up glamorous hotels and resorts across the globe. They're also setting a trend, with properties by designers Armani, Missoni and Moschino in the works.

Bulgari Hotel
Milan, Italy and Bali, Indonesia

The result of a joint venture between the Rome-based jeweler and the Luxury Group (which manages Ritz-Carlton), the Bulgari Hotels embody the forward-thinking brand of their designer. The Milan property blends Bulgari's bold style with contemporary comfort, using luxurious materials like black Zimbabwe marble, Vicenza stone and Turkish Aphyon, as well as solid teak, durmast and oak. Perhaps the most striking feature is the 43,000-square-foot private garden. Bulgari's second site, in Bali, sits nearly 500 feet above the Indian Ocean. Tucked in between the sea shore and the cliff-top site of the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, the resort is constructed of hand-cut volcanic stones and lush, exotic woods.
www.bulgarihotels.com

Palazzo Versace
Queensland, Australia

With its Italian Renaissance grandeur, the Palazzo Versace, designed by Donatella Versace, is an obvious extension of the brand.

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