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Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers guests opportunity to purchase Christoph Pillet designs

October 10, 2011

The Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, an intimate and glamorous resort on the Côte d’Azur, offers its guests the unique opportunity to take home a piece of their holiday travel – Christophe Pillet’s furniture custom-made for the Sezz Saint-Tropez. Guests can order exclusive pieces directly from the hotel, not available available for retail sale elsewhere. The collection includes a variety of outdoor furnishings, including the Summer Set Chair, a single shell chair made from woven metal cables that is certain to add glamour to any home.

The hotel celebrated its completion in July 2011. Christophe Pillet, who trained under Philippe Starck, is a French designer with worldwide recognition in the fashion and luxury worlds. He is responsible for a range of products and furniture and regularly showcases his work at Salone del Mobile in Milan and at Imm cologne. Pillet has also designed buildings and interiors, from clothing stores such as Lacoste Club in Paris to bars and restaurants such as Maison Blanche in Morocco and Bar du Port in Saint Tropez.

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is the brainchild of hotelier Shahé Kalaidjian and designer Christophe Pillet who had already worked together in 2005 to create Hotel Sezz in Paris. Pillet designed every object, from the light fixtures to the faucets in the bathrooms.

“This project was a dream for me as I was able to get really involved in every aspect of the design,” Pillet says. “It is a very rare opportunity for a designer.”

Pillet and Kalaidjian had in mind a holiday story for Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez that would be different to their urban property in Paris. “We did not reproduce Sezz Paris in Saint-Tropez; we went one step further in the adventure,” Pillet explains. “It’s a property full of light and air where guests can smell, hear and taste “vacation” from their beds and baths. The furniture at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is like in a summer house – a composition of individual pieces, each with plenty of character.”

The furniture and objects in the hotel were produced by Italian and American furniture brands. For example, the lighting fittings were created by Mazzega and Oluce; the bathroom fixtures crafted by Fantini, the sinks are manufactured by Boffi and the chairs by Emeco. For the rooms, Pillet was inspired by the color code of the fifties. Chairs in light blue, carpets in saffron, red lamps and grey duvets contrast with light curtains, white stone floors and panelled walls in dark walnut wood. His signature piece is the Jade Lounge Chair which he designed for Porro. The chair has a black-ash wood frame, a jade blue leather seat and is characterized by soft and wavy lines.

The public spaces also feature custom-made furniture. Large sunbeds surround the central pool area. The focal point of the lobby is an artful composition of Pillet’s designs. A striking semi-circular sofa cocoons guests with its extra high backrest. Its sides curve in showing off a slatted ash wood backing. Adding visual interest is a grouping of silver and white ceramic coffee tables, round and of differing sizes. Restaurant Colette is furnished with Pillet’s Summer Set Chairs made from woven metal cables and softened with white linen cushions.

Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez offers a new hospitality experience on the French Riviera. Surrounded by a lush wooden park and within walking distance to the beach, guests can truly sink into their holidays. The resort’s layout resembles a small Provencal village with 35 bungalows, cocoons and two villas, all grouped around an azure pool.


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Design Hotels Offers Second Helping of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Deals, through Oct. 31

September 13, 2011

The hype has subsided, but for those who didn’t get enough eating, praying, and loving in last time around, Design Hotels™ has prepared a second helping of all three! We may not have the looks of Julia Roberts and be able to jet off on an around-the-world jaunt, but Design Hotels’ ‘Eat, Pray, Love Part Two’ promotion gives travelers a good place to start. These hotels offer not only culinary delights, intense spiritual offerings and extraordinary romance, but also a special discounted room rate valid through October 31.

For foodies, Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, a glamorous resort on the French Riviera, offers Provencal dishes from Chef Pierre Gagnaire. The team’s culinary offerings also include a specially prepared picnic basket which can be taken to the nearby beach to enjoy. Alternatively, Vigilius Mountain Resort, a secluded sanctuary nestled in the Italian Alps, serves fresh, locally sourced, and expertly prepared cuisine.

Those looking for spiritual offerings to restore body and soul need look no further than Mamilla Hotel from world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie that is located directly at the old town in Jerusalem – the birthplace to three of the world’s most important religions. As well as having a jaw-dropping location, this urban sanctuary houses a 1,000-square-meter Holistic Wellbeing Retreat with a gym, spa, yoga, meditation rooms and an organic bar.

To spruce up one’s love life The Met Hotel Thessaloniki, with its acclaimed modern art collection and spectacular rooftop pool with 360 degree city view, is certain to seduce. In contrast, Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Sweden, with its remote location near Mount Åreskutan, invites couples to bathe in its outdoor hot spring while taking in stunning views of the surrounding snowscapes.

Participating hotels:

Hotel Lone, Rovinj, Croatia
Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez, Côte d’Azur, France
The Mandala, Berlin, Germany
The Weinmeister Berlin-Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Lux 11, Berlin, Germany
The Met, Thessaloniki, Greece
New Hotel, Athens, Greece
Mamilla Hotel, Jerusalem, Israel
Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland

Design Hotels™ Eat Pray Love Part Two
For stays through October 31

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Design Hotels™ Celebrates Summer with Discounts, Upgrades and Free Nights

June 13, 2011

To make sure travelers make the most of the summer days, Design Hotels™ launches its popular Summer Specials promotion, giving guests more time and space in over 70 of its member hotels. Those staying between June 18 and September 4, 2011 can enjoy a free upgrade, a complimentary room night or save a minimum of 10% off the best available rate when booking through

From the mountain tops of Switzerland to the vibrant streets of Singapore, all members of Design Hotels™ are integrated with their locale, giving guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the neighborhood and its culture. Hotels included in the promotion include Palazzina Grassi, a Philippe Starck designed celebrity-filled hangout in Venice; Casa de la Flora, the first modernist hideaway in Khao Lak, Thailand; and nestled on a rocky coastal hillside in Búzios, Brazil, is Insólito Boutique Hotel. The owner transformed her private beach house into a tranquil escape that showcases the best in Brazilian culture and history.

The three different options are:

–  3 for 2: one complimentary overnight stay (minimum length of stay three nights)
–  Upgrade: free upgrade to the next available room category (minimum length of stay two nights)
–  Value: save a minimum of 10 percent off the best available rate (minimum length of stay two nights)

The offers are valid for stays between June 18 and September 4, 2011. For a full list of participating hotels visit or email


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