Design dynamo Kelly Hoppen talks her favourite getaways


Design dynamo Kelly Hoppen reveals her favourite getaway haunts

Best long-haul destination for R & R?

I love Mauritius and go there as much as I can. The islands and landscapes are spectacular. My favourite spot there is the LUX* Belle Mare resort which I designed. There really is a sense of being in one’s own private world surrounded by the bluest of skies and the whitest of sands. I also adore Mykonos.

Best piece of travel advice?

I am a bit of a geek when it comes to gadgets. I always make sure to load up my iPod before I go travelling as nothing beats a good playlist! Anything by Ben Bridgewater is amazing. I would also never go travelling without moisturiser and a mini beauty kit, they are must-haves!

Best global getaway for cutting-edge design?

This is a tough one but I would have to say Asia. The architecture there is spectacular and very innovative. Hong Kong and Shanghai always take my breath away as do the amazing buildings that shape the Mumbai skyline. In particular, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, it is truly iconic and filled with lots of history.

Sun or ski?

Definitely sun but I do love the snow at the right time.

Fondest holiday memory?

I always loved going to Capri as a child. I used to stay at the Scalinatella Hotel, it has the best food and the most amazing service. I also attach very fond memories to going back to my grandma’s home in South Africa. I left there when I was a small child but we would always go back there for the holidays. It was magnificent, rather grand but very homely and nurturing. It is a feeling that I try to instil in all my designs.

Abode Affiliates

  • Ultra Villa
  • Wall Street Luxury
  • Isle Blue
  • Gama Property
  • Strutt and Parker
  • London Fractions
  • Smart Living
  • Prestige Architects
  • Monaco Real Estates
  • Destinology
  • Chamonix Ski Chalet
  • Enigma Yachts Limited
  • Luxury Italian Living
  • Wings
  • Cyan International Properties
  • 7Storeys
  • Ibiza Transit Express
  • Harry Manning
  • Smart Currency Exchange
  • Unique Home Stays
  • Jumeirah
  • Knight Frank
  • MAS Marbella
  • Habitat First Group
  • CID
  • Rosemont Consulting
  • The Hideaways Club
  • Lida Cucina
  • Blevins Franks
  • Cornerstone Tax Advisors
  • MG&AG
  • The Coastal House
  • Oyster Yachts
  • Luxe Caribbean Properties
  • Moore Stephen
  • Alexander James
  • Alleyne Real Estate
  • Pedini London
  • RDO
  • Worldwide Dream Villas
  • Panorama
  • Yoo
  • Touch Design Group
  • Heron Real Estate
  • BDO
  • St Francis Links
  • Dost & Co
  • Dimora
  • Edenhurst
  • Worldwide Property
  • Crane Resorts
  • St Edward
  • Coldwell Banker
  • Dominic McKenzie Architects

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