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RAW LUXE: Byron Bay Hotels Part Two, The Bower

The Bower Byron Bay redefines the concept of an Aussie motel by pushing no-frills into sleek sophistication. Fourteen ground-level suites stretch along the property, in addition to a cottage, house and barn. When the four owners gutted and restored the old motel on the site, they drew inspiration from the architecture of New York. Taliah Lowry, who handled the concept and design, spent much of her childhood in the states and was drawn to the look and feel of the Big Apple’s Bowery neighbourhood.

GETTING CREATIVE: Brisbane’s Colourful Art Hotels, Part One, The Johnson

The Johnson is so called due to its theming around Australian artist Michael Johnson. Johnson was born in New South Wales but spent much of his time in North Queensland, where the natural environment inspired his artistic career. Three of his original pieces are hung in the entranceway, with a further 300 prints displayed throughout the building. His style is abstract yet linear, with bold, colourful lines a common theme across his art. The Johnson is one of seven hotels in Australia by the Art Series boutique hotel group, where a different artist inspires each hotel’s design.

BUBBLES ANYONE: New Rooftop Bar For Sydney's Art Deco Primus Hotel

Primus Hotel has partnered with Veuve Clicquot and transformed its exclusive rooftop pool into the city’s most anticipated rooftop bar, opening this week. The New York inspired rooftop was formerly only open to hotel guests, but is now set to be the go-to bar for champagne, oysters and cocktails. To add to the fun, every Friday at 4:30pm the hotel welcomes visitors to take part in a hotel tour, exploring the design features and history of the building. Tour and drinks sounds like a good plan. 

LISBON WEEK: Part One, Valverde Hotel

Portugal’s capital is fast becoming one of Europe’s most popular kids on the block. With a model combination of good food, temperate weather, welcoming people and fascinating history it’s easy to see why. Today, writer Emily McAuliffe shares the first in her series of three of Lisbon's best design hotels. All this week, she's sharing the results of her pounding the Lisbon pavements and laying her head all over town for Design Travel. 

HOME AWAY: Stunning Australian Architectural Homes You Can Check Into

Some of the best places to stay aren’t hotels. And some of the best examples of design are by architects and interior designers who specialise in residential projects. Design Travel has partnered with Australia’s number one holiday rental website, Stayz, to uncover some of Australia’s most impressive architecture from behind closed doors.  Whether it’s a tent-inspired home or an uber-cool Dutch aesthetic, check-out these homes for your next weekend away. 

FUTURE PROJECT: Paramount House Hotel To Open In Surry Hills, Sydney

A new design-led hotel is set to open in 2018 on the edge of Surry Hills and the city. When completed, Paramount House Hotel will be a new kind of neighbourhood hotel for Sydney; one offering a unique take on Australian hospitality. Located on Commonwealth Street, Paramount House Hotel is the first accommodation offering by Russell Beard, Ping Jin Ng and Mark Dundon, the team collectively behind Reuben Hills, Paramount Coffee Project, Seven Seeds and Bondi Hall.

NEW OPENING: 5-Star Luxury for Malaysia's First Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara

Accor Hotels have opened the doors this month to the brand new Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, their first Sofitel in Malaysia. In the heart of Damansara Heights, the luxurious 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising of two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate office towers, the hotel and a lifestyle mall.

PINK CITY: Explore the architecture of Jaipur, India, one Palace at a time

The capital of India’s majestic Rajasthan region, Jaipur is a chaotic mix of old and new, abundant with historical gems and arresting visual beauty. From centuries-old fortresses to dusty pink palaces oozing fairy-tale grandeur, Jaipur evokes a whimsical, old-world charm. Read on to discover the top five architectural highlights of the ‘pink city’. Ros Brennan shares her favourite palaces and local hotels to match.