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The designer, John Rocha—the Calvin Klein of the U.K.—created a sleek visual with understated furnishings that fluctuate in a mixture of textures and colors—a testament to his signature cool style. The past and present unite in this contemporary boutique property overlooking the River Liffey, which has the veneer of an 18th-century Georgian townhouse. The recent expansion—a new wing featuring 48 rooms—rounds out the hotel's 141 accommodations.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Oscar de la Renta's classic and luxurious style infuses this laid-back, 15-villa "home away from home" situated in a 15,000-acre gated community where its designer resides (as do Julio Iglesias and Mikhail Baryshnikov). This easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic is known for its white, sandy beaches, 30-mile stretch of resorts. Tortuga Bay occupies five miles and two oceanfront golf courses of this paradise. Designed by Tom Fazio and P.B. Dye, the ultra-private resort's interiors of which feature coralline stone bathrooms, custom fabrics and locally fashioned mahogany and rattan furniture. Butlers are on hand to attend to guests' every need, and tours of the property are made simple through access to personal golf carts.
Todd Oldham brings his humorous sense of style to The Hotel, South Beach's Art Deco boutique property, a former landmark building with the original 1939 terrazzo floors still in place. Oldham added such custom touches as bold mosaic mirrors, soft satin-ribboned pillows, hand-airbrushed tiles and tie-dyed robes.