This year’s issue, Odyssey, explores the central theme of walking and invites a broad range of voices on a conscious exploration of what this means to them. In Jini Reddy’s lead essay Travel Stripped Bare, the travel author and avid wayfarer walks us through the impact and significance of walking and reminds us just how empowering, inclusive, and uplifting it can be. For our collaborative contemplation on the subject, My Private Odyssey captures the unique cultural perspectives of 11 artists of varied disciplines from Senegal, the UK, The Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, and more. We also take you on a trip to discover the fruits of foraging and 4,000 years of farming know-how high in the Andean mountains. And what really blew us away was the outpouring we got from our hotels when we asked them to share their most picturesque, challenging, and inspiring walks; a collective response so heartfelt we turned it into an interactive series, Design Hotels Walks. Speaking of hotels, we were so moved by the resilience of Patina Maldives’ team, we documented the process of them making the hotel over the past year. As with previous editions, a full locator guide to our entire portfolio is also included.
Directions is our annual magazine that looks at movements in travel, art, design, food, and wellness, and how they affect the way we live and move around this planet. Featuring artists, thinkers, writers, photographers, illustrators, and designers, Directions explores a different theme in each issue, culling the insights of varied voices from around the world into a vividly rich travel compendium.
While we don’t yet know what this next year will bring, we know that greater care for our beautiful planet will need to lead the way. That Promadic thinking led us to The Good Traveler, a mental checklist for kinder traveling. This is also why sustainable production was top of mind and why we are so excited for the upcoming digital edition that will accompany our print edition (available in Classic or Collector’s Edition) and will further bring this issue to life.
Design HotelsTM represents and markets a curated selection of over 285 independent hotels in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original", someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven experience that his or her hotel provides. In 2017, Design HotelsTM launched Further, a traveling laboratory for experiential hospitality that transforms hotels across the globe into temporal hubs of thematic exploration. The mission behind Further aligns with the values of the future-facing Promad, a new generation of traveler embracing progressive travel and global nomadism. First identified by Design HotelsTM in collaboration with leading futures consultancy The Future Laboratory, the purpose-driven, s elf-actualizing Promadic movement is set to shape the future of hospitality. Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design HotelsTM offers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from market trend consultancy to international sales representation. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore. Executive Board members are: Peter Cole (CEO) and Sascha Wolff (CFO). In 2019, Design HotelsTM joined forces with Marriott Bonvoy, enabling its member hotels to have both a greater and more selective reach while offering its Community the benefit of the industry’s leading loyalty program.
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