March in coming and new destinations are revealed for all us, Design lovers, art and architecture lovers. Let’s take a look.
Is time to plan your March travels, and there are plenty of worthwhile places to go around the globe. In New York, Art Week and Asia Week will gather contemporary artists, collectors, and aficionados to see the latest developments in the art world. On the other side of the U.S., Honolulu hosts its inaugural biennial, which promises to be a must-attend event. Design Shanghai returns, luring architects and designers to mainland China’s financial heart. A new luxury hotel by Rocco Forte in Jeddah is set to make this Saudi Arabian seaside city more accessible and appealing. Finally, One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas aims to lure vacationers to the ever-popular Caribbean islands with an exclusive yachting and dining package. Difficult to choose!
Art Week kicks off on March 2 with the Armory Show, which debuts a new curated exhibitor section this year featuring large-scale works by Yayoi Kusama, Iván Navarro, and Ai Weiwei, among others. SCOPE also opens in Chelsea, uniting 60 galleries from around the world. Asia Week begins on March 9 with a dynamic roster of events focused on Asian art, including “Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia,” which makes its way to New York’s Asia Society from Singapore’s Asian Civilisations Museum. If you’re visiting from out of town, check into the Beekman Hotel, one of the city’s most buzzed-about new properties in a restored 1883 building with a monumental atrium and restaurants by Tom Colicchio and Keith McNally, or the recently opened Four Seasons New York Downtown, designed by Yabu Pushelberg. If you haven’t been to the city in a while, you might want to revisit the Union Square Café and Benoit, two of New York’s recently reborn classic restaurants.
Honolulu it’s not only a destination for great surf and all-inclusive resorts, Hawaii is upping its cultural ante with the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, which debuts on March 8. Spotlighting contemporary art from the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific, the biennial aims to create intercultural dialogue around the arts. If you go, be sure to visit Shangri-La, Doris Duke’s estate filled with art and antiques from around the world, and tour some of Honolulu’s midcentury-modern gems. Book a room at Waikiki’s top luxury resort Halekulani or the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina and you’ll want to extend your stay for a few days to soak up the sun and sand.
One of Asia’s leading design fairs, Design Shanghai returns March 8–11. The huge event will showcase work by the world’s top contemporary designers, such as Zaha Hadid and Carlo Moretti, plus brands like Thonet and Ligne Roset. As mainland China’s largest metropolis and financial center, Shanghai is home to an exceptional assemblage of luxury hotels, restaurants, and bars. Have your pick of leading hotel brands, including the Park Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, Langham, and the Peninsula. For something a bit more low-key, check into the PuLi Hotel and Spa, which bills itself as an “urban resort,” or the eco-chic URBN Hotel Shanghai.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
A new hotel by Rocco Forte—the brand behind Rome’s five-star Hotel de Russie, Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel, and a handful of others across Europe—Assila Hotel opens in February. The 147-room property in the heart of Jeddah’s business and shopping district is making this waterfront Saudi Arabian gem more accessible to luxury travellers. “Assila Hotel, the first Rocco Forte hotel in Saudi Arabia, presents Arabian and European values of hospitality in a warm-hearted ambiance imagined by acclaimed interior designers Olga Polizzi and Martin Brudnizki,” general manager Frank Heller says “Home to 2,000 exclusive art pieces created by Saudi artists, Assila Hotel truly reflects the spirit and life of Jeddah’s arts and culture scene, from heritage to future and the progress in between.”
If the present days are simply too overpowering and you just need to get away from it all, March is the perfect time to escape to the Caribbean. One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas is currently offering a special retreat when you book an Ocean View Suite or higher. As part of the “Lost in Paradise” package, a private yacht will whisk you away to a secluded island, where you’ll enjoy a beachside lunch prepared by your butler, one-on-one tennis lessons followed by a Swedish massage, and finally a luxurious dinner at Dune by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Favoured by designers like India Hicks and Tom Scheerer, the Bahamas will never go out of style.
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