Today, art is increasingly embraced by the masses, with immersive experiences becoming de rigueur for festivals, galleries and exhibitions. Even hotels these days are decked out with authentic artworks, whether contemporary or classic, and pay homage to the artist. Ahead, we’ve listed the luxury art hotels in Asia for your design-driven stay.
Chao Hotel’s approach to art centers around “The Good Life”, and while this may sound generic, it’s a comprehensive policy that begins with its structure and ends with its roster of activities. Housed in a modern, glass-decked, geometric tower, the property is equipped with a variety of spaces for a holistic, artistic experience.
Its in-house Arts Center is an arts and performance gallery that hosts a regular rotation of monthly cultural and lifestyle events including collaborations with artists and musicians for workshops, and art recreation for visitors to watch. Popular activities with the crowd include the Night Museum which weaves live experiences with interactive performances, and the 72 Artists and Their Guests segment sees artists working with guests to create artwork for the rooms.
The amphitheatre doubles up as a space for photography and recording; its cinema club is built for screenings and premieres, while spaces like the triangular gallery and bridge space were built for exhibitions, installations, and performance art. Rooms take a back seat to the design of its public spaces, but retain a contemporary and stylish design of dark, sleek interior.
This Incheon-based haven is a treat for art enthusiasts. What immediately catch the eyes of visitors are its luxurious details with its marble floorings and mirror-covered walls. European design governs the aesthetics, which combine lavish accents with graffiti artworks and paintings that pay tribute to classic pop cultural references. More than just a place to hang your head, think of the suites as your own private galleries. While they are more muted in colour, they are no less swanky with their marble bathrooms and dark wood that presents a complementary backdrop to its art-covered walls. Venture to Paradise City, a mammoth complex that’s home to a dedicated art space with a brag-worthy art collection including Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst, as well as large installations by homegrown artists.
Once the home to one of Hyderabad’s monarchs, the Taj Falaknuma Palace is crowned by the clouds. It imperiously sits 2,000 feet above the city where it beholds the bygone romance and grandeur of the City of Pearls. The experience begins with your arrival in a horse-drawn carriage, a fitting entrance to your stay that’s anchored in an exquisite suite with views of the sprawling courtyard and the city below. Mimic the experience of the royals who wandered its hallowed halls. The impeccably carved furnishings, and Belgian chandeliers are an impressive background for the wall frescoes by French artist Jean Gaudier, and host of museum-quality masterworks by Indian and European artists.
Of course, no stay at a Taj property is complete without its unmatched commitment to the preservation of heritage and history — inside its library of 6,000 books, houses the country’s most renowned collections of the Holy Quran.
BnA Hotel Koenji enfolds you into the underground art experience. “Stay in an art piece, support the artist” is its motto, as the artists share a profit of room bookings. Produced by the Bed & Art Project, the property is more art than hospitality — rooms are used as a means to support emerging artists, while giving guests insiders’ access to the hidden, underground community of Japanese artists. Each room is unique, and designed by a supportive team of architects, carpenters, and textile designers. At the moment, only two rooms are available at the BnA Hotel Koenji: One painted with a pack of wolves in a free flowing movement, while the other is a geometric wonderland. Exhibitions and performances are held at its gallery backroom. Despite its grittier appearance, it retains a higher-than-average price tag, and is targeted at underground art lovers.
It may be the pinnacle of luxury, sunshine-kissed stays but Joali Maldives offers far more than silky sands, sumptuous overwater villas, and fantastic food. It’s the ultimate Maldivian art retreat. Rooms are decorated with assorted art, while the resort offers artist workshops and experiential dinners. It’s also home to an Art Studio and Gallery where international guest artists exhibit throughout the year.
Recently, the resort has even introduced an Art Map experience where guests are encouraged to explore its many artworks from 13 different artists dotted around the space following a fixed route. The lineup is diverse, and takes you through the architectural masterpiece of the Manta Ray Tree House by award-winning South African designer Porky Hefer, who has created the installation out of wood, local palm and steel structures, underwater coral sculptures by Misha Kahn, Maldivian national Grey Heron bird sculptures by South African art collective Ardmore.