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The Aficionados is an established reference for design hotels, travel culture and lifestyle. Bound into neat edits of fantastic hotels, places, creators and crafted products; we are a kindred emporium of beyond ordinary. We’ve been connecting the dots of creativity since 2009 in a deliberate line-up that cleverly knits the threads of travel, design, craft, and architecture into an emporium of all things nice.

The Aficionados is an established reference for design hotels, travel culture and lifestyle bound into neat edits of fantastic hotels, creators and real nice products.

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The Alpinists

Get clued up on our natural ALPINE TRAVEL EDIT - cool dens and mountain porn pair with living with heart, this is the Alps as we love it.

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The Dolomite Mountains in South Tyrol - Travel in the Alps, White Line Hotels

Tasty Buds

Join the self-confessed foodies, for the love of food, taste and those pioneers of gastro from the flavour hunters to the mavericks who make the humble great.

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Creative wine Bottles | Organic sustainable Wines from Oggau Austria

Culture Kids

Dens of creativity, art and playfulness, each of these hotels plays host to countless cultural events, where boho meets highbrow.

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Creative hotel guest book with drawing about a stay, culture travel and art, little details

Salt & Turf

Bijou refuges crafted deep in the countryside or clinging to the wild coastline, these hideaways bring style to the gems of nature.

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Countryside, romantic photo of panoramic landscapes, nature, holidays, escape, travel

The Luxurians

A smooth genre of luxury hotels that bring an urban touch and neu luxe together: Old-school quality with a relaxed contemporary feel.

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Fabulous Penthouse Suite at The Greenwich Hotel, NYC by Axel Vervoordt

Sustainability

Who was it that said it's better to have millions of people doing sustainability imperfectly rather than a handful doing it perfectly?

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Private Houses

A fantastic collection of private-hire holiday houses and luxury villas for vacation rentals - our little retreats of ‘Private Isolation’.

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Neu Heritage

Peer into the treasure pot of one-off brands, rarity and inherited blueprints – each throwing a punch at blandness as the incubators of curiosity, originality and legacy.

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Unwaxed Lemons

Capture the essence of the Mediterranean from cool luxuriously-crafted boutique hotels and villa retreats to the crafts that hug the region with products of style.

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Mediterranean escapes, gardens, landscape, sun, sea, holiday, luxury, White Line Hotels

Archi'terieurs

We love finding a patch of really good design production, architecture and style, when executed well, it’s like walking into a fantastic novel.

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Architerieurs | Architecture Design Interiors | The Aficionados

Holistics

Pitstop here for a bucket-list dispatch which jumps off the treadmill of busy on a journey through the Moi realms of wellness, escapism and curation.

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Wellness | Holistic Beauty, Nature, Spa, Slow Living | The Aficionados

HOTELS, TRAVEL CULTURE & DESIGN

The hotels, the people, the products and a natural sense of creativity, meet our friends that made us smile.

We at The Aficionados get excited about finding standout markers that share our culture for style, creative luxury, design and aesthetic. Possibly random in nature, perhaps, but go ahead and freely explore our collection of hotels, edits, finds and little treasures from Lisbon to NYC - Here, there, not everywhere™️.

Pontisella Stampa | Bergell, Grisons, Switzerland | The Aficionados Pontisella Stampa | Bergell, Grisons, Switzerland | The Aficionados
Bed & Breakfast - Bergell, Switzerland

Pontisella Stampa


A curated style jungle of mid-century furnishings, abstract modernism, bespoke pieces are flavoured by the original pine panelling dating back to 1848 - and all this cuteness is wrapped in a canvas of wild herbs and mountain eye candy.

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Na Travessa Suites Porto | Design Guesthouse Portugal | The Aficionados Na Travessa Suites Porto | Design Guesthouse Portugal | The Aficionados
Bed & Breakfast - Porto, Portugal

Na Travessa Suites


Na Travessa pleasingly resides almost incognito amongst its neighbours, it is unassuming, familiar and reveals little about the poetic architectural features within.

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BaBatchas Design Studio


Based in Athens, the creative directors of BaBatchas, Chrysi Makri and Nefeli Gkyzi, were drawn to each other by a common love for their homeland of Greece and Athens in particular, where they both found its modern idiosyncrasies and ancient peculiarities an inspiring place to live and work.

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Architect António Falcão Costa Lopes


One of Antonio’s unique skills is his ability to fuse the old with the new – looking at the bones of a building before deciding what should be renovated, and later enhanced by a modern touch

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Apikia Suites Pyrgos Santorini | Design Hotel Greece | The Aficionados Apikia Suites Pyrgos Santorini | Design Hotel Greece | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Santorini, Greece

Apikia


Panoramic vistas set the scene of these townhouse-styled design suites built in traditional island architecture and the hallmarks of Cycladic design, found in the hilltop village of Pyrgos.

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Slow lane living on the Ligurian coastline


Cinque Terre in the Slow Lane – Ensconce yourself at a secluded retreat where the pleasures of slow living are championed in a peaceful and tradition-filled Ligurian way of life.

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Oro de Cacao by Dieter Meier | Ethical Chocolate | The Aficionados Oro de Cacao by Dieter Meier | Ethical Chocolate | The Aficionados
Chocolate Maker - Zurich, Switzerland

Oro de Cacao


'Oh Yeah,' from cult band 'Yello' to producing ethical, fair-trade chocolate, Oro de Cacao is real chocolate using a manufacturing process that carefully extracts the actual flavour of the bean.

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New Members


Find our latest member boutique hotels, luxury villas and design B&Bs to join The Aficionados collection of creative places to stay.

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South Tyrol’s Jazz Festival of Culture


South Tyrol’s Jazz Festival of music, mountains and culture - also known as the Südtirol Jazzfestival Alto Adige – takes place every year from the end of June, for nine days. This year, be sure to bookmark June 24th – July 3rd 2022 in your cool culture kid diaries.

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A triumvirate of art, heritage and design: Serralves Foundation.


Porto for culture seekers - we explore the Serralves Foundation comprising of a dusty pink 1930-40s’s Art Deco villa designed by Porto architect José Marques da Silva, a landscape-specific contemporary museum designed by Álvaro Siza.

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Under The Sun Design Hotel | Tinos, Cyclades, Greece | The Aficionados Under The Sun Design Hotel | Tinos, Cyclades, Greece | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Tinos, Greece

Under The Sun Cycladic Village


Seamlessly slotting into Tinos’ wild and remote surroundings, design hotel Under The Sun is a raw and natural addition to this dramatic cliff-scape where Aegean blues blend sky with sea and a rugged architecture creates the perfect setting for a soulful escape.

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Monsieur Didot | Design Hotel Athens, Greece | The Aficionados Monsieur Didot | Design Hotel Athens, Greece | The Aficionados
Hotel - Athens, Greece

Monsieur Didot


A wonderful six-suite design guesthouse-hotel in the creative heartlands of Athens in the Kolonaki Quarter - home to the creative set, bookstores, publishing, galleries, museums and cafes.

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The Amalfi Coast’s textile temptations


Temptation Positano is a fashion brand that translates the golden moments of the Amalfi coast into its garments. Drawing inspiration from these unique locations, Temptation Positano produces all its garments in picture-perfect Positano.

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Santorini’s Winsome Wines - Four Producers


Discover the four best Santorini winemakers on the volcanic Cyclades island's vineyards: Argyros, Gavalas, Venetsanos and Hatzidakis from vinsantos to Assyrtiko.

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Since 1870 - A modernist rebirth of Vienna’s oldest café, Café Bellaria


Vienna’s oldest café dating back some 150 years is reborn, restaurateurs David Figar and Rubin Okotie who took over the institution after the previous owner retired, reopened Café Bellaria “as a modern way of life.

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Palacio Principe Real | Luxury Boutique Hotel Lisbon | The Aficionados Palacio Principe Real | Luxury Boutique Hotel Lisbon | The Aficionados
Hotel - Lisbon , Portugal

Palácio Príncipe Real


A noble Palácio of cor de rosa in the leafy Príncipe Real district dates back to 1877, a luxurious family residence that courted Lisboan high society. Aptly, this former heritage palace is a rather fabulous boutique hotel of style – it is grandeur: suitably chilled.

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Hotel Design Magazines


Anchored to specific genres of hotel design, The Aficionados print editions: Farmhouse Fabulous, Casa Gorgeous, Blueprint Beauts and Neu Heritage take the reader through the creation narratives. A sourcebook for hoteliers, travellers, style aficionados and those who appreciate design.

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Restoration Dens


The Restoration Hotels are those aged modernists that marry twisted beams of centuries old with the design of Corbusier and we love this style combo of sheer architectural inspiration.

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Amrai Suites | New Design Hotel in Schruns, Montafon, Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados Amrai Suites | New Design Hotel in Schruns, Montafon, Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Montafon, Austria

Amrai Suites


Overlooking a dramatic diorama of mountains and valleys, this fun spirited luxury den threads the Heimat of Montafon with a modernist design aesthetic.

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Santomiele Italy | White Fig Syrup Cilento | The Aficionados  Santomiele Italy | White Fig Syrup Cilento | The Aficionados
Chocolate Maker - PRIGNANO, Italy

Santomiele


What do you do if you inherit six acres of fig orchards? If you’re Antonio Longo you start Santomiele, a luxury confectionary business that uses the sun-dried figs in delicious handmade chocolates, stuffed figs, cakes and syrups.

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Roncolo 1888 | Boutique Guesthouse Hotel in the Venturini Baldini Vineyards of Emilia Romagna, Italy | The Aficionados Roncolo 1888 | Boutique Guesthouse Hotel in the Venturini Baldini Vineyards of Emilia Romagna, Italy | The Aficionados
Guesthouse - Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Roncolo 1888


Dating back to the 16th century and once the noble country pad of Marquises and Counts – the Roncolo 1888 is a boutique guesthouse-hotel set within 130-hectares of the Venturini Baldini viticultural estate.

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Summertime Alping - Swap Ski Goggles for Sun Shades


Summertime Alping is all about chillaxing in herbal spas, hiking lush verdant hillsides & seeking art sky-high - this is the Alps, for you cool cats.

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Fly direct to South Tyrol and the Dolomites


Get straight to the heart of the action with a new SkyAlps ski flight that lands directly from London, Brussels, Copenhagen, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Rotterdam & Hamburg into Bolzano, the Alpine capital of South Tyrol and perfectly placed for ski escapades in the UNESCO protected Dolomites.

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Kerstens Architects – Refined craftmanship and balanced design


Simplicity and a lack of superfluous detail characterise the multifaceted work of Kerstens Architects design studio, based in Antwerp, headed up by Andy Kerstens – a man with clear vision of architecture, interior design and furniture design.

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Monastero Arx Vivendi Hotel | Garden Spa walled gardens | Architects: noa* | Lake Garda, Arco Trentino, Italy | The Aficionados Monastero Arx Vivendi Hotel | Garden Spa walled gardens | Architects: noa* | Lake Garda, Arco Trentino, Italy | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Lake Garda, Italy

Monastero Arx Vivendi


Once the home of devout Sisters, its aged cloistral heritage has been recast following an exacting narrative of preservation, reframing the monastic aesthetics for the modern nomad without corrupting the patina of austere beauty and timeworn touchpoints.

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Parkhotel Mondschein | Bolzano, South Tyrol Italy | The Aficionados Parkhotel Mondschein | Bolzano, South Tyrol Italy | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Bolzano, Italy

Parkhotel Mondschein


A fabulous new hotel, excitement builds for the opening of Parkhotel Mondschein, a new design hotel addition to the red-roofed Bolzano skyline in South Tyrol, ready for guests to pass through its newly painted doors.

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Howlin’ Knitwear Antwerp | Celtic Crafted Fashion | The Aficionados Howlin’ Knitwear Antwerp | Celtic Crafted Fashion | The Aficionados
Fashion - Antwerp, Belgium

Howlin’ Knitwear


A brand this quirky yet with such cohesion, it makes sense that it was created by two brothers, Jan and Patrick Olyslager, who hail from Antwerp.

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Love Nests


When romance is on your agenda - browse your romantic self a love nest of style, a special place that your will remember for years to come, ah once upon a time.

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Peter Pichler Architecture: a practice evoking mountainous grandeur


Even though it’s not always easy to spot, the architectural designs of Milan based Peter Pichler Architecture can be considered traditional in many ways. Their sleek, pointed and stark lines may not look it, but they are deeply inspired by nature and by the surrounding vernacular architecture.

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North Coast 500 - Highlands’ Open Road


One of Scotland’s most beautiful coastal routes – and indeed the Highlands’ answer to Route 66 – take a drive around the North Coast 500 and sweep your way through 500 miles of varied, rugged natural beauty of the sort that only Scotland could ever really claim as its own.

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Spa & Wellness Hotel Resorts | The Aficionados Spa & Wellness Hotel Resorts | The Aficionados
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Spa, Wellness & Discovery


In need of some tender loving care? Or perhaps in need a boot-camp style health kick? Either way we have Spa destinations that just browsing the images make you feel better.

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Patrizia Fabri Hats | Millinery Crafted in Rome | The Aficionados Patrizia Fabri Hats | Millinery Crafted in Rome | The Aficionados
Hat Maker - Rome, Italy

Patrizia Fabri


Patrizia Fabri is often the first port of call for film makers, fashion photographers, models, artists, pop stars and costume designers. From the practical to the outlandish, the brand has become synonymous with old-world charm set to a modern world.

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Schloss Freudenstein | Luxury Hotel with Boutique Suites in Appiano/Eppan, Italy | The Aficionados Schloss Freudenstein | Luxury Hotel with Boutique Suites in Appiano/Eppan, Italy | The Aficionados
HOTEL - Appiano, Italy

Schloss Freudenstein


Sleep under medieval frescoes, sweep down labyrinthine corridors, lord it up on the lofty ramparts or stroll through the Mediterranean garden, admiring the ivy-clad castle backdrop.

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Perfumer H by Lyn Harris London - Bespoke crafted Perfumes Perfumer H by Lyn Harris London - Bespoke crafted Perfumes
Fragrances - London,

Perfumer H London


Whisper the names – Rain Cloud, Driftwood, White Smoke and Ink - and already your nose is twitching to find out more. Meet cult Perfumer H, aka Lyn Harris.

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Benedikta Montafon | Holiday Home Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados Benedikta Montafon | Holiday Home Vorarlberg Austria | The Aficionados
HOLIDAY HOME - Montafon, Austria

Benedikta


The perfect amalgamation of old and new, Benedikta breathes fresh life into Vorarlberg heritage traditions in this smoothly crafted private-hire house originally built in 1836, located in the sleepy village of Vandans clasped by the wildflower-strewn valley of Montafon, west Austria.

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MUD Residence | Design House Rental in Leuven, Belgium | The Aficionados MUD Residence | Design House Rental in Leuven, Belgium | The Aficionados
HOLIDAY HOME - Leuven, Belgium

MUD Residence


MUD Residence is an original 60s house layered with contemporary detailing, located in Flemish Brabant between the greens of Heverlee forests and Meerdal woods, a fresh, modernist and creative abode 20kms east of Brussels.

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Design Houses, Luxury Villas and Holiday Homes | The Aficionados Design Houses, Luxury Villas and Holiday Homes | The Aficionados
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Private Houses & Villas


For when you need that extra space and you need the whole damn place for yourself, whether you wanna rock like a star, get hitched behind closed doors, hosting a yoga retreat or just fancy having a ball with your friends Bond style – these are our XL+ luxury private hire rental abodes, from rustic to mega to the designer architect's pad.

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Architect Othmar Barth | A man ahead of his times


Professor, architect and designer with an intense love of concrete and the alps, architect Othmar Barth (1927-2010) was considered futuristic, often misunderstood and a bit of a silent hero of the rural monumental.

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NOA* Architecture Studio - a laboratory of origin, culture and the experimental


Conceiving of noa* as an ever-changing network of architects, interior designers, graphic talent to even psychologists and much more, noa* is able to incorporate a multitude of ideas and styles into its hotel projects.

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Eyewear - Berlin, Germany

Mykita


Exceptional pieces of precision engineering – Berlin based Mykita sunglasses fuse the handcrafted with high technology to produce eyewear that redefines the aesthetic of luxury.

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Genuizzi | Banal Architetti


Genuizzi | Banal Architects studio based in Milano is synonymous with clear spatial design and a strong lineal aesthetic bound to the environment.

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The Island Edit of Hush


Poseidon’s Sanctuary, the Ilha Verde or the basecamp of cashmere, these wild island hush outposts of myths, folklore and cultural soul are well worth finding your sea legs.

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Kanaal: Axel Vervoordt’s cultural hub outside Antwerp


Kanaal by Axel Vervoordt & Co is a kind of city in the countryside, less than half an hour’s drive from Antwerp, where art, architecture and nature combine.

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Jürgen Haller – Architect Studio that builds with nature


Jürgen Haller is the gentle giant of a guy, a genius Baumeister in Austria’s Bregenzerwald. Over the past years, he has carved a name for himself with his imposing architecture, engineering, and design narrative.

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Gift Cards


The gift of a hotel stay is a great present for a birthday, Christmas, a Wedding present or just a thank you gift. Shop online for hotel gift cards, and vouchers.

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Hat Maker - Vienna, Austria

Mühlbauer


Hat maker to the stars, family milliner business Mühlbauer’s designs began over a hundred years ago and now fly from Vienna to top some of the most famous heads in the world.

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With love from Catullus, Lord Tennyson to Callas


An absolute charm ball landmarked by pillars, arcaded colonnades from the Roman archaeological ruins of "Grotte di Catullo" to the 13th-century fortress, Scaligero Castle.

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Antwerp: a round-up of the city’s cultural surprises


Antwerp is one of Europe's cultural hotbeds with historical landmarks and art institutions. And while Antwerp has plenty of those – we turn our focus on the smaller-scale contemporary culture must-sees the Flemish city has to offer.

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Fika and fine coffee from Gringo Nordic, Gothenburg.


Founded by three self-confessed coffee addicts, Gringo Nordic are serious about its sourcing, production and roasting. What could be better on a visit to Gothenburg to indulge in the nation’s pastime of fika, which involves carving time everyday for ‘coffee and cake’.

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