Minimalist stays and experiences, is that a thing? I know some of us have be swept off our feet by the word “minimalist”. From tiny houses, Marie Kondo’s decluttering philosophy to spring cleaning.
People all over the world are inspired by ‘change’, from their state of mind and way of life. That too is what some people want in their holidays and accommodation, a zen feel.
According to research by Booking.com, 30%* of global travellers say that minimalism is the most appealing interior design type and half of global travellers (53%)** state one of their main motivations to travel is to experience a simpler lifestyle.
So with that in mind, where to travellers seek that minimalist aesthetic for their next break?
Design enthusiasts will appreciate the sleek and minimal design of the authentic Setouchi Retreat Aonagi retreat. 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.
The southernmost point of Australia offers a serene retreat looking out onto pristine natural landscapes. Coles Bay, to the island’s east is the perfect location to escape the nine to five life and spend a rejuvenating weekend by the sea. Halcyon is a beautiful, stripped back holiday home featuring floor to ceiling windows and clean white décor. The property offers luxury accommodation with panoramic views over Sandpiper Beach and Great Oyster Bay, just two hours’ drive from Hobart and Launceston.
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 holiday 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.
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.
Hidden within the energetic streets of Singapore lies the quiet retreat that is the 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. 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.