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August 5, 2010

Summer of LUXE

Mornings spent lounging in bed with coffee and pastries long after the sun’s come up, afternoons whiled away in the gardens or stretched out on the sand, and evenings flitting between intimate alfresco dinners and sizzling soirees. Aahh…there’s nothing like a summer holiday.  Whether you’ve already spent weeks in the Riviera but could use one more glam weekend away, or have been in HK all summer and desperately need a stint of divine decadence, the editors at LUXE City Guides have given us their latest top picks for fabulous last minute summer getaways. From blissful Barcelona to sultry Singapore to bold Berlin, your saucy summer fling starts now!

Hotel Omm BarcelonaBARCELONA
Hotel – Hotel Omm
The only soul searching you’ll do at this minimalist lifestyle ship will be to check out the Gina heels in the mwah lobby bar. Blissful rooftop pool, swish eat Moo, and Spaciomm spa. Want to find out more? Click here.
Restaurant – El Magatzem Del Port
The sun is shining, the boats are bobbing, you’re chilling on the terrace, the wine flows, the seafood and paella is really rather good and the passing parade look on in envy. (+34 932 210 631)
Bar – Bar Marfil
Designer Kelly Hoppen waves her style stick over the Murmuri Hotel’s Bar Marfil, filling it with folding screens made of black oak rings, aquamarine sofas and Rococo armchairs, but it’s the primo terrace for watching the passing parade that really stars. (+34 935 500 606)
Spa – Six Senses Spa
Hell’s Bells, Maria, if the endless views don’t impress, then the chromotherapy and steam rooms, vitality pool and sundeck sure will. Add to that hot stone facials, four-handed and scalp mud massages, plus access to the swimming pool and you’ll never want to leave. (+34 93 221 10 00)

Soho House BerlinBERLIN
Hotel – Soho House
Hot hedonist hotel chain-cum-members-only club Soho House lands in the cool Mitte district. The 40 rooms and suites in a late-Bauhaus building sport a velvety, country classic-meets-Berlin edge. Add to that a sceney bar, cinema and Cowshed spa, and Italian resto Cecconi’s opening soon and it’s Wunderbar! (+49 30 40 50 44 -0)
Restaurant – Café am Neuen See
Essential in summer, this café is the mid-park hang. Enter the Bavarian garden to escape from the hustle and bustle of Berlin’s city life and indulge in great lakeviews and icy cold draft beer. (+49 30 2544 930)
Bar – Saphire
Cluey locals love this back-to-the-future den of fluid lines, nutty woodgrains and mighty cocktail list. Go wild on its rare stock of whisky and original cocktails or sail safe with the classics at this trendy yet cosy bar. (+49 30 2556 2158)
Spa – Club Olympus
Viewtastic cosmo p-leisure pen with steam, massage, treatments using Ren and Aveda products, and even tai chi, or just pop in for the glassed-in pool and gym. (+49 30 2553 1234)

Hotel – Klapsons

CBD funkster with Milanese design, Jetsons flash and corp sensibility. Compact rooms sportbare-all glass bathrooms, as well as free Nespresso machine, minibar and wifi. (+65 6521 9030)
Restaurant – Barracks Café in Dempsey House
Playful, airy chill spot with vintage chairs and garden terrace for brunches and hip tipples later. (+65 6475 7787)
Bar – Breeze
Book ahead for a tented table in this lush tropical rooftop glamour kitten atop saucy Scarlet Hotel for pre or post sips. (+65 6511 3323)
Spa – Spa Botanica
Refined contemporary interiors with lush tropical gardens, waterfall pool and alfresco mineral mud bath. It’s well worth the trip to Sentosa. (+65 63711318)

Whether you’ve spent the morning sipping lattes in Singapore, the afternoon gallery hopping in Berlin or the evening dancing ‘til dawn in Barcelona, when the lights go out, you always dream in LUXE.

For even more hot summer tips and tricks, check out LUXE City’s Guides constantly updated and always witty and fabulous LUXEtasy blog. And don’t forget to pack one of their bespoke summer hot boxes with guides to the top 5 cities on your wish list.

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