Launched in 1993, Design Hotels has a portfolio of more than 3,000 independent and design-driven hotels all over the world. Their hotels are all about forward-thinking architecture and designs, and exude a passion for culturally rooted hospitality. From hidden beaches to remote mountaintops, Design Hotels’ spaces are hand-picked for their vibrant history, dedication to culture and natural beauty. It calls its independent hoteliers “Originals”, and uses its platform to share stories and the triumphs of each individual.
For many of us, travel is all about food, an internationally recognised element that reveals culture, history and people all in one. Undertaking what is dubbed the most ambitious book yet, Design Hotels is releasing Taste and Place: The Design Hotels Book. Part of its annual anthology series, this particular title zeros in on a travel staple: food. Roping in chefs, writers, photographers and culinary innovators, it explores food practices in various hotels as well as the norms of communities in these places. Some of the featured stories are from Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica, Rastrello in Italy and Satoyama Jujo in Japan.
Taste and Place includes Bursa Hotel in Kyiv, Ukraine, which has been forced to close its doors because of the war. Design Hotels has confirmed that the team is safe and has received permission to go ahead with the stories in the book. In solidarity, the company has pledged to donate this year’s online sales profit to humanitarian aid actions that have been suggested by two of its Ukrainian member hotels.
To find out more or to purchase Taste and Place, visit designhotels.com.
This article first appeared on Apr 11, 2022 in The Edge Malaysia.