A first look at the Karl Lagerfeld hotel, which opens for bookings this summer

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The first Karl Lagerfeld hotel opens this summerCourtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Combining style and extravagance in a way that fully befits its namesake, The Karl Lagerfeld Macau - an opulent, five-star hotel conceived by the late designer - is opening on China's southern coast this summer.

The Karl Lagerfeld Macau, situated at The Grand Lisboa Palace Resort, is the only hotel in the world to have been wholly designed by the fashion powerhouse and former Chanel creative director, from the lavish rooms right down to the bathrobes and bedsheets. Slated to open in June this year, there are 271 rooms at the hotel, each inspired by Chinese artistry: think custom-made headboards that reflect motifs found on coins, porcelain vases handmade in Jingdezhen and circular room dividers based on traditional Chinese moon gates.

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The rest of the hotel showcases a modern, reimagined Chinoiserie aesthetic, fused with craftsmanship, bold colours and a slick, Western aesthetic. The Mesa restaurant will feature a peerless menu by award-winning chef José Avillez, while rest and relaxation come courtesy of a 4,000-book library and a spa and wellness centre, complete with several pools. Lagerfeld's passion for artistic collaboration can be seen throughout the space, with specially commissioned furnishings including exquisite sculptures by Dutch artist Marcel Wanders and French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Terzani chandeliers.

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Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld

Owned by SJM Resorts, The Karl Lagerfeld Macau is the latest addition to the hospitality group’s stellar array of fine hotels. Before his death in 2019, the designer worked in close partnership with SJM on the project for several years, making this one of his grandest and most personal interior projects. If ever there were a truly couture hotel experience, this hotel fits the fashionable bill.

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