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Why Karl Lagerfeld’s Macau Hotel Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List
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by Lindsay Judge 4-minute read August 1, 2023

Karl Lagerfeld's legacy lives on in Macau, China.

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Many luxury brands have moved into the hospitality sector. Versace operates a series of successful hotels around the world, while Bvlgari’s luxury resorts have become a must-visit for many travelers. Additionally, Armani’s Dubai property has become a global icon, with a second hotel set to open in Saudi Arabia soon.

The Karl Lagerfeld brand, joining this trend, opened a new hotel in China’s vibrant party capital, Macau. The Karl Lagerfeld Macau hotel brings the legendary designer’s visionary aesthetic and cutting-edge style to life within a five-star luxury resort.

During the recent opening, Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of Karl Lagerfeld, said, “It’s incredible to see this vision translated into reality at The Karl Lagerfeld Macau. Karl often spoke about his fascination with Chinese culture and art. Now, we see his concept brought to life, combining elements from both East and West in his unique style, design, and creative expression.”

Before his death, the fashion icon designed much of the property’s interiors, offering a unique blend of European elegance and Far Eastern flair. Here’s what to expect if you decide to add it to your bucket list.

SUITE LIFE

The hotel comprises 271 rooms and suites, offering a variety of experiences to cater to every traveler's needs. Accommodations range from the Klassik Rooms, which feature 60 square meters of chic living space, to the suites, with the largest being the Autograph Suite – a spacious 350 square meters of stylish, luxury accommodation. Each room has been meticulously designed to reflect the influence of the designer, evident in the choice of colors, furniture, and design details.

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ART AND DESIGN

Lagerfeld’s fascination with Art Deco design permeates the hotel's interiors, blending traditional Chinese elements with the German designer's iconic style. Bold colors, patterns, sleek lines, and silhouettes give a nod to haute couture. The property's lobby even features a bespoke KARL Kameo artwork composed of a thousand keys. The Chinoiserie-inspired room decor boasts an eye-catching cherry blossom wall design, Art Deco furniture, geometric lines, and a color palette of both monochrome and vibrant hues. To complete the look, a custom headboard, inspired by Ming-style "official's hat" chairs and adorned with auspicious Chinese coins, symbolizes good fortune.

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FOOD MATTERS

Dining at The Karl Lagerfeld Macau is another avenue to explore the designer's aesthetic universe, with five-star cuisine at its core. The property boasts two distinct destinations: the Portuguese restaurant Mesa by José Avillez and the casual eatery, The Book Lounge.

Mesa by José Avillez is set in a unique environment, envisioned by Karl Lagerfeld himself. The designer's signature geometric shapes and lines, infused with Far Eastern elements and a chic black, white, and gold color palette, lend a sophisticated air. The menu offers creative dishes conceived by Portuguese Chef José Avillez, who has collaborated with Chef de Cuisine André Lai to bring the best of contemporary Portuguese cuisine with a Chinese twist to the table. Through the use of both traditional and modern methods, the chefs have crafted a menu that highlights classic favorites and seasonal specialties, using eclectic Portuguese ingredients in innovative ways.

The Book Lounge, inspired by Lagerfeld's Parisian home library and his passion for literature, houses over 4,000 books, handpicked from the late designer's 7L bookstore. These books, reflecting Lagerfeld's personal interests, offer a glimpse into his mind. The Book Lounge is an ideal location for afternoon tea or for spending a leisurely afternoon absorbed in one of the intriguing books. Guests can also enjoy Karl Lagerfeld's preferred Diet Coke, served in his favorite crystal goblet.

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SWEET SURRENDER

The Spa at The Karl Lagerfeld fuses fashion, luxury, and beauty into a one-of-a-kind experience. An impressive jade art piece at the spa's reception sets a calming tone for guests as they arrive at this Art Deco-inspired destination. The spa offers a series of results-driven treatments that focus on prevention rather than cures. Curated using luxury 111SKIN products, the treatments use science-based techniques that will positively impact the mind and body. The spa also features temperature-controlled indoor and outdoor swimming pools with décor incorporating overscale traditional Chinese elements and custom mosaics.

The hotel has now opened in Macau's Grand Lisboa Palace Resort. To book your stay or for more information, click here.

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