Cashmere linings, organic cotton linens, specially-printed drapery, personal art collections -- when fashion designers work with luxury hotels, the end result is an experience worth indulging in. "Wearing" a room connects a guest with a designer, allowing a deeper look into how luxury weaves palettes of color into experiential stays.
The latest designer suite is no exception.
Straight from the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the new Diane von Furstenberg Penthouse suite on Hayman is a designer oasis draped in luxury amenities and flowing in style and sophistication. A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Hayman is Australia's premier luxury nature-resort destination, located on the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland. After an extended vacation on the island, von Furstenberg "fell in love with the five star private island resort" and decided to add her own personal touch.
Von Fustenberg opened the DvF Penthouse suite on Oct. 27, 2012. The two-bedroom penthouse is decorated with intricately designed furniture pieces, all upholstered in DVF signature fabrics and contemporary furnishings that blend vibrant colors and textures with the calm landscapes seen throughout the island.
"It was such a pleasure to work with Hayman," said von Furstenberg. "It is such a special destination and I hope my design will enhance the beauty of the island and give the people staying in the DVF Penthouse a memorable moment."
The balcony offers pristine views of the Great Barrier Reef and Hayman Beach, the master bathroom is a serene oasis with a freestanding stone bathtub, and the master bedroom features 4-poster American Oak bed frame with padded fabric bedhead. The DVF Penthouse can accommodate up to four adults and comes with full butler service, all meals, and various other special amenities.
This isn't the first entry into hospitality for von Furstenberg, or the first time a luxury hotel has called on a top designer to help add some panache to their property. In London, DvF decorated her own suite at London's Claridge's hotel. Designer duo Teatum Jones created a scarf available only at the Dorchester London, and at Boston's XV Beacon, the hotel called on a perfumery in Italy to create the hotel's unique scent, used in all the bathroom amenities. Ralph Lauren, Georgio Armani, Versace, Missoni and Christian Lacroix have all added signature designer touches to various hotels around the world.
Photos courtesy of Hayman
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, <a href="http://www.hayman.com.au" target="_hplink">Hayman</a> is Australia’s premier luxury nature-resort destination, located on the northernmost of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Queensland. Hayman spans 726 acres of natural beauty and offers 210 stylish accommodations, including the recently-opened Diane von Furstenberg Penthouse Suite, scattered in separate locations throughout the property. There are four restaurants, the Hayman Spa and fitness facilities, meeting and special event areas, and a 24-hour butler and concierge service.
The resort residences have unparalleled views of the turquoise waters and reefs, a nod to the island's namesake Thomas Hayman, the sea navigator who chartered the island’s waters. In 2004, Mulpha Australia Limited acquired ownership of this island retreat and turned it into a modern tranquil hideaway. Here is the view from the balcony of the Diane von Furstenberg suite.
Diane von Furstenberg posing in her newly designed Penthouse Suite on Hayman.
The Diane von Furstenberg details are spread throughout the Penthouse Suite, from throw pillows to accent chairs.
A recognizable Diane von Furstenberg print graces the sofa of the Penthouse Suite, accented by a round coffee table and a DvF-printed cocktail tray.
The serene master bathroom in the Diane von Furstenberg suite is designed in a neutral tone with the Apaiser stone basin and stone bath as the focal point. Rainwater showers and oversized hand showers grace the wet areas, which are accented by DvF-printed robes.
The master bedroom is a sanctuary of serenity. From the DvF designed floor rugs to drapery-adorned window shutters and bleached European Oak flooring in wide-board timber, the master bedroom is the ideal hideaway made even more majestic by the stunning view.
The second bathroom in the Diane von Furstenberg Penthouse Suite features the same designs and cabinetry found throughout the suite.
The second bedroom in the Diane von Furstenberg suite uses a brighter palette, taking hues from the water and natural surroundings as its baseline for design.
The Diane von Fursterberg Penthouse Suite is draped in DvF-designed floor rugs, and contains custom-designed cabinetry, artwork from Diane von Furstenberg's personal collection. Views of the water and reefs can be seen from any location in the suite, including this grand sitting room.
The seating areas are plentiful in the Diane von Furstenberg Penthouse Suite, inviting anyone who stays here to take in the surroundings of the island from any area.
Breathtaking views of the ocean and reefs can be seen from just about every room in the DvF Penthouse Suite.
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