The Perfect 10: Fashion Getaways

12/12/2011 13:12 | Updated 22 May 2015

If you're feeling inspired by the new catwalk collections, how about a holiday with the fashionista touch?

We've tracked down 10 of the best designer destinations from around the world.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=930162&pid=930161&uts=1283936787

Perfect 10 fashion getaways

Fashion fans will be in heaven at Hotel Missoni ( in Edinburgh's Old Town, where everything from the slippers to the sheets and the fragranced bath products have the seal of approval from creative director Rosita Missoni.

As well as the trademark zigzags popping up in the decor, you can eat Italian food on Missoni plates in the hotel's restaurant Cucina, and getting a glimpse into the designer's home as she's used some of her own personal favourite design pieces in the hotel. Prices start from £180. Keep an eye out for the new Kuwait Missoni hotel opening early next year, with Brazil and Oman set to follow.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways Who cares about cold dark winters when you have a huge vintage fair to distract you? Twice a year, around 50 of Finland's best vintage and second-hand fashion dealers gather in Helsinki for the Vintage Fair ( with the next event taking place at Kaapelitehdas on September 27.

If that's not enough to keep you going, head to the city's Punavuori, Kruunuhaka, Töölö and Kallio neighbourhoods for Vintage Babushka, Helsinki 10, Mekkomania, and Penny Lane Boutique. If you're looking for an equally stylish place to sleep, the new Hotel Fabian has loft-style rooms and is near the city's waterfront. Prices start from around £115.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways Giorgio Armani spent almost five years working on the design for his new Armani Hotel ( in Dubai's Burj Khalifa building. Every single thing, from the restaurant menus and bath accessories to the fabric covered walls and the bespoke furnishings have had the Armani seal of approval.

There's 160 rooms and suites, eight restaurants (including the VIP Armani/Privé lounge), as well as a spa and (naturally) shops, all in the world's tallest building. Watch out for more Armani hotels planned in New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and London... Prices start from around £300 plus 20% tax.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways You might not associate Portugal with high fashion, but the country is making more of a splash on the design front than ever. Around 40 minutes outside the capital Lisbon, the Farol Design Hotel in Estoril ( is perfect for fashionistas who want to get ahead of the crowd.

With 10 rooms from designers including Fatima Lopes and Ana Salazar, the hotel is set right on the rocks at the edge of the ocean in a mansion dating back to 1890, they're also planning to open designer boutiques in the hotel soon. Rooms cost from around £90 per night. Do take a trip into Lisbon itself to check out MUDE, the museum of design and fashion as well.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways Over a hundred years of couture, including Chanel, Dior, Balmain, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana, should be enough to keep even the most dedicated follower of fashion happy at the Grand Designers exhibition in Belfast's Ulster Museum.

Running to November, you can gaze longingly at everything from a yellow velvet ballgown to a Mary Quant mini and an Ossie Clark snakeskin maxi. Keep the style theme going by staying at the Fitzwilliam Hotel which is Northern Ireland's first design hotel ( Prices start from £105.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways Why live the designer's vision when you can actually stay in their holiday home? Donna Karan's villa at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos ( is called The Sanctuary for a reason – it's actually two four-bedroom houses where you'll find a chef and two butlers, so you really can hide out and be pampered.

Needless to say, it doesn't come cheap at $20,000 – around £13,000 - per night, although you can stay in the same resort for an almost equally glamorous experience without the eye-watering bill. Virgin HIP Hotels ( offers seven nights from £1,790 per person.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways The May Fair Hotel ( is the official hotel of London Fashion Week, so perfect for imagining yourself as the editor of Vogue, even if you don't have a front row seat. For the ultimate chic shut-eye, check into the Schiaparelli suite, named after the Italian designer who created the vibrant pink colour that completely takes over the room.

To put your own bling to shame, check out the Crystal Room, with the largest Baccarat chandelier in Europe, worth a whopping £1 million, then follow in the celebs' footsteps with a cocktail in the May Fair Bar. Prices start from £1,250 for the suite, and £250 for standard king superior rooms.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways There's more to Brazilian style than dental floss bikinis and sequins – boutique hotel Casa Uxua ( in Bahia was founded by the creative director of Diesel, and has had the ultimate seal of approval by hosting a string of fashion shoots, including the 2010 Pirelli Calendar.

On the coast at Trancoso, north of Rio de Janeiro, there's nine casas using recycled material as well as a swimming pool created from thousands of green aventurine quartz. Steppes Travel ( offers three nights at Casa Uxua from £585 per person.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways Bath's Fashion Museum is a staycation style mecca, with displays by Helmut Lang and rare dresses by 1930s couturier Madeleine Vionnet, plus the Dress of the Year collection. Until January 2011, there's also an exhibition of 10 dresses that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales.

Just minutes down the road, is The Queensberry Hotel (, there is a concierge to tip you off about some of the city's secrets as well as a bar designed by the team behind Jamie Oliver's restaurant Fifteen. Prices start from £125.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways No fashionista should go through life without staying in the world's style capital – and Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg ( has one designer trump card over the ultrachic competition. The designer's designer Didier Gomez, the man trusted to create the HQ for Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior as well as working for Jean Paul Gaultier and Armani is behind 21 new suites and a couture apartment at the hotel.

The Collections and Opera suits were inspired by the haute couture salons, mixing minimalist styling with jewels and mirrors. Prices start from around £575 per night.

Perfect 10 fashion getaways


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