Often the first to embrace the trends sweeping the world of interiors – provided they didn’t initiate the trend in the first place – hotels and restaurants relish the opportunity to create spaces worthy of praise.
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Fresh, inviting and often associated with wellness, it comes as no surprise that some of the most esteemed hospitality venues have chosen biophilic design—the topic of our recent lookbook—as their principal interiors inspiration. Though a popular choice, biophilic design does not only equate to the ubiquitous planted walls or vivid green interiors. For some, a more subtle nod to the natural is all it takes. Here are ten of the best biophilic restaurants and hotels worthy of a visit.
The NoMad Restaurant
Awarded hotel of the year 2021 for a reason, the restaurant has Roman and Williams to thank for turning a former police station into an esteemed London hotel and restaurant. Their goal? To make it feel like “nature was breaking into this strong, masculine building.” Set inside a three floor glass conservatory, the restaurant boasts mossy green hues, an abundance of sunlight and a luscious display of foliage.
1 Hotel Central Park
With sustainability at its core, 1 Hotel Central Park is an urban retreat inspired by nature. Built using reclaimed materials, sustainable energy and incorporating living greenery wherever possible, this hotel is committed to biophilic design in the very best way. Sleep atop an organic cotton mattress with sustainably sourced linens and wake to views of treetops, a rare treat in the heart of New York City.
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Kisawa means “unbreakable”, as in the unbreakable bond between people and the land that this hotel is based upon. Residing on the white beaches of the Mozambique coast, lies a small collection of sublime staw and 3D-printed sand huts layered with soft linens, woven raffia and local plaster. Relax as you experience individual rituals rooted in the natural elements of Air, Fire, Water, Space and Earth.
Renowned for their impeccable designs that reflect the beauty of the local landscape, Aman hotels never fail to disappoint. This time, embracing the spirit of the Wyoming terrain, the Amangani’s redwood and sandstone architecture welcomes guests to enjoy the peace found at the foothills of the Grand Tetons. Interiors boast warm wood panelling, open log fires, traditional furs and spectacular views.
Esteemed for its exquisite menu, Piccadilly’s Hide has an interior just as worthy of praise. With its Gaudi-esque wooden staircase that mimics the spiral of a snail and its broken eggshell lights, this restaurant pays attention to even the smallest of details. Slip to the cloakroom and note the mushroom wall growing behind its glass casing or take a look at the flowers pressed into the plaster walls and appreciate every turn of this astounding space.
Santani Wellness Resort, Sri Lanka
Encouraging a sensory biophilic connection with the goal of returning you to your natural circadian rhythm, Santani Wellness Resort based in Sri Lanka combines breathtaking architecture with wellness. Right on the cusp of the dense rainforest, guests can enjoy yoga classes, excursions and a range of wellness plans designed to last a lifetime.
Inis Meáin Restaurant, Ireland
Featured on the Michelin guide, the Inis Meáin restaurant is committed to serving the freshest produce available, growing most of the fruits, vegetables and herbs they serve alongside honey farmed on site in Ireland. Designed in every way to reflect the element-exposed island it belongs to, the restaurant is built with the same raw limestone you’ll find covering the fields with views of the water from the table.
The House Collective, Beijing
Taking advantage of copious amounts of natural light, The House Collective is one of the first environmentally conscious buildings in Beijing. Built from predominantly reclaimed local materials, the hotel prioritised sustainability from the beginning. Its rooms, though minimal in design, feel inviting and spacious, panelled in warm oak with touches of green. The ultimate urban take on biophilia.
Wind and Water Bar in Binh Duong, Vietnam
Designed by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia, the Wind and Water Bar lies in the middle of a lake in the Binh Duong province of Vietnam. Crafted entirely from bamboo without the use of any nails, the structure is covered with a local bush thatching. An example of traditional sustainability, this structure is home to an impressive and lofty interior that is teeming with natural light and fresh air from the circular opening in the roof.
Cap Rocat, Mallorca
A fortress in the bay of Palma, the secluded Cap Rocat hotel blends its neutral interiors with the stone of its historic building. Overlooking the sea, the suite's private pools are carved into the rocky hillside, combining modern furniture with timeless views to create a space that is truly memorable. Encouraging guests to engage all of their senses (even the scent of the stone is noted), the Cap Rocat embraces the understanding that the land and the people who live on it are two things that should never be divided.
Header Image: The NoMad