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There is a definitive synergy between art and travel and increasingly, we are finding that hotels are embracing this superlative relationship. Challenging the norm, art has become the new hotel accessory, serving to accentuate the concept that people do not want prescribed pockets, whether it is offering painting classes with an artist in residence or providing a forum for upcoming artists – these hotels are indisputably serving the creative cognoscenti.

A beachside gallery and painting lessons / Eden Rock, St Barths

St Barths’ glamour and distinctive soul is underpinned at Eden Rock with its beachside art gallery set up by one of the owners, Jane Spencer Matthews. The Gallery showcases established names such as Daniel Arsham and 3D innovator, KAWS, in addition to providing a forum for emerging artists to share their work. Immerse yourself in a truly unique visual experience with hangings tailored to the interior of every room or partake in painting lessons with one of the artists in residence.

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One of the finest collections in South Africa / Ellerman House, Cape Town

As if the captivating views over the Atlantic Ocean from this Cape Edwardian mansion were not awe-inspiring enough, Ellerman House’s private collection is widely considered to be one of the finest in South Africa. Representing over 100 years of South African culture, the collection encompasses a fascinating cross-section of genres – all serving to highlight that this country has an essential nature and flavour of its own, distinguishing it from other places. Keep an eye out for the wine gallery which brings the country’s rich heritage of winemaking to life and is a work of art in itself, created by a dynamic and diverse team of architects, designers, sculptors and blacksmiths.  

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A hotel as a work of art / Icehotel, Jukkasjärvi in Sweden

Transient, and sublime; this unique structure is sculpted each year from the frozen water of the Torne River by 40 selected artists. No two Icehotels are the same each year and every suite takes on a whole new concept. This is an art project that is totally unmatched across the world. Standing 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the location of this temporary landmark also provides the perfect vantage point the spectacular Northern Lights. 

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Immerse yourself in the creative world / The Quin, New York

The Quin in New York is one of the few hotels in the world committed to bringing guests a truly immersive experience tailored to the creative class. Taking inspiration from the vibrancy of midtown Manhattan, the Quin Arts programme is a multi-media initiative presented in an ongoing series of events, exhibitions, lectures and more. In the lobby, a 15-foot video wall displays films specifically created for the hotel, whilst the hotel’s art collection continues to grow with original works commissioned through the Artist in Residence programme. 

A fusion of traditional and contemporary / Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco

Architectural details provide a feast for the eyes at Royal Mansour Marrakech; exquisite Mashrabiya cedar fretwork creates a delicate and dreamlike environment in the spa. Marquetry, stained glass and beaten bronze details are further complemented by antiques and handcrafted furniture in the rooms. And if all of this does not tantalise your aesthetic sensibilities, the hotel goes one step further and hosts regular art exhibitions by world-renowned artists

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Dine and design / The Bellagio, Las Vegas

Whilst it may be famous for its spectacular fountain show and bustling casino, the renowned Bellagio is also home to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, featuring art from some of the most innovative creators including Roy Lichtenstein, Édouard Manet, Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. The hotel also houses Picasso, a restaurant dedicated to the 20th Century innovator where delicate dishes are served and diners can admire the work from its namesake.  

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