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For Spring, Four New Design Hotels to Fuel Your Wanderlust

From an impressive English country manor to a serene Moroccan oasis — and not one, but two options for unwinding (lol) in Ibiza — these are our four favorite design hotels this season.

Standard Hotel Ibiza

The Standard group’s new Ibiza hotel leans hard into the party vibe, with DJs in the bistro and lounging on the roof until the early hours. Of course, we’re more interested in the interiors by Oskar Kohnen, whose muted hues of terracotta, olive green, and warm neutral beiges stand in contrast to the stark white exterior, conceived by designers Lázaro Rosa-Violán and Carlos Ferrater. The calming aesthetic is extended to 67 minimalist bedrooms, where organic materials — including wood paneling, leather headboards, and textured carpets — create a soothing spot for nursing a hangover. In the restaurant, Jara, fun design moments include a wavy screen made from interlocking wooden panels in two colors, and tropical fabric prints that match the abundant planting. It may look serene, but an impromptu carouse could start at any moment. Photos by Salva Lopez

Montesol Experimental

Long before clubs like Pacha and Amnesia existed, the Gran Hotel Montesol in Ibiza was playing host to celebrity guests like Pink Floyd and Carolina de Monaco. Dating back to 1933 and dubbed “Ibiza’s original hotel,” the neo-classical building has now received a full refresh by Dorothée Meilichzon, who returned to renovate the bedrooms two years after overhauling the restaurant and bar. A far cry from the island’s raucous reputation, the Montesol Experimental hotel (as it’s now named) is designed to be a refuge from the nightlife and the scorching Balearic summer heat. Given a bohemian flavor while also nodding to the hotel’s history, the interiors feature patterns, fringes, and pom poms galore. A variety of cosmic motifs can be spied throughout, with pastel tones and whimsical furniture injecting even more personality. Photos by Karel Balas

Birch (Selsdon)

Spring is hands-down the best season to visit the UK. Sure, you can never guarantee the weather, but witnessing the countryside and woodland come into bloom is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. And what’s more British than a red brick, Gothic-style manor house? Set within 200 acres of rolling greenery just 30 minutes outside London, the Birch (Selsdon) has been restored by studios A-nrd and Sella Concept. Its 181 bedrooms, which come in all shapes and sizes, are surprisingly contemporary in style and don’t shy away from color, with furniture crafted by designer Sebastian Cox using wood sourced from the estate and works by the hottest names in British contemporary art adorning the walls. Sella Concept also added drama to the communal spaces through earthy tones in the restaurant and dark, glossy walls in the speakeasy. The return of the property’s 1930s lido to its Art Deco splendor is set to complete by summer, too. Photos by Inna Yurchuk-Kostukovsky

Maison Brummell Majorelle

The magic of Marrakech is nowhere better encapsulated than at Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Jardin Majorelle, an oasis in the city where the fashion designer cultivated a verdant landscape around his bright blue villa. And now, you can stay right next door: Maison Brummell Majorelle is an eight-key property built from scratch by New Zealand architect Bergendy Cooke with local firm Amine Abouraoui Architects, and no detail was spared during its three-year construction. The pink plaster exterior echoes the hues of the medina close by, and a golden archway draws guests to the matching front door. Arches are a recurring motif across the facades and interiors; inverted on the upper levels to create openings for balconies, and framing speckled stone bathtubs in the rooms. A secluded pool and terrace are perfect for unwinding after a long day getting lost in the souks, and an in-house hammam is available for taking relaxation to even deeper levels.