By Amy Covington
Luxury Hotels: As a seasoned traveler, you expect the
best. Personal concierge, world-class dining, spectacular amenities
and breathtaking views. The novice traveler, on the other hand might
overlook one important characteristic of a true luxury destination: great
design. Wait, you missed that too? We're not saying that every
place you stay has to claim a famous architect and designer, but the
architecture and interior design elements should enhance the luxury experience
by complimenting the property's services, amenities and atmosphere.
When you're on vacation you want to break out of the same-old,
same-old. The structure, furnishings and design can either foster
a carefree, relaxed vacation mindset or make you feel like you could
have had the same experience at the local Holiday Inn.
"The interior design of the property needs to directly
relate to servicing the guest from the moment the guest approaches
the property," said Danielle Fox, a designer at Barry
Design Associates." The
key element of a luxury destination is service and every experience
the guest encounters is enhanced by the interiors, from guest arrival,
to dining environments, to the spa experience."
"A guestroom in a luxury destination needs to appeal
to the experienced and discerning traveler. Rooms should be furnished
with carefully designed custom furniture and with amenities such as
luxury linens, wireless internet and flat panel televisions. Luxurious
four-fixture bathrooms are an important part of the luxury hotel guest
experience as well as the correct amount of ambient and task lighting.
Often it is the extra touches that the guest remembers, like fresh flowers
and luxurious bathroom amenities."
The Luxury Experience
As we all know, even the best sheets, towels and massaging shower heads can't make up for bad service. When it comes to a luxury hotel, many forces work together to create a memorable, and positive, experience for guests.
A lot of thought goes in to designing a luxury hotel. The planning begins even before the ground is broken." Each
and every luxury hotel is a unique environment," Fox said. "Before
beginning the design process, extensive research is required
to create the best environment for the particular hotel. Among the multitude
of considerations is the architecture, setting and environment, level
of service and amenities, and clientele. Equally important is the client's
objectives for the design of property. Our objective as designers is
to translate all this information into an original environment particular
to that property. Our job to create a luxury hotel experience that reflects
these goals. There can be numerous challenges when designing hotels,
but they are basically opportunities to apply our creativity and problem
For the greater good
We can think of many unfavorable jobs but traveling around the world and designing luxury hotels isn't one of them. If there weren't people like Danielle
Fox, we'd be destined to uncertain hotel experiences. So while Fox's job holds many perks, her services really are for the greater good. Lucky for her she gets to do what she loves.
Keen to break the stereotypical interior design path, Fox specializes in Three-Dimensional Design which incorporates sculpture, art, architecture, industrial and product design. Her roots in traditional design work, matched with a passion for mass media and fashion, give her an innate ability to create new tradition.
Her work at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman showcased
her ability to meld the opulent within a regional context while her design
efforts on behalf of the BLVD at the Regent Beverly Hills demonstrates
her ability to update the traditional with modern twist. Her use of a
French Deco theme blended with an original use of clean lines and statement
colors resulted in a dynamic setting that is at once classic and contemporary.
Fox has also put her mark on the Fairmont
Hotel in San Francisco, and
Royal Park Hotel , which was the tallest
building constructed in Japan at the time. The Hotel
Bel Air ranks on
Fox's roster, along with her current project, El
San Juan Hotel and Casino in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and
16 luxury fractionally owned residences for Exclusive
Resorts in Grand Cayman, providing the most current and exciting
So the next time you're enjoying a relaxing dip in your in-room Jacuzzi overlooking ocean waves crashing against a sandy shore, you?ll know it was all done that way by design.