Carolyn Addison

My love of art has always fuelled my passion for travel – whether it’s dragging my husband on a 700-mile detour across Texas to see the Donald Judd installations in Marfa, or regular pilgrimages to Frieze London and the Venice Biennale.  Art and design are such an interesting lens through which to experience new destinations, and of course being immersed in unique contemporary design is a big part of the luxury hotel landscape these days: whether you’re staying in a riotously maximalist Bill Bensley tent in Bali or a sleek Israeli city hotel designed by John Pawson.  I always feel most inspired by places where ancient and modern art intermingle; I recently road tripped across northern Spain, taking in the centuries’ old cathedral of Santiago de Compostela as well as Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim in Bilbao.  I’m also a cinephile and love going to places I’ve seen in films – I dreamed of Florence for years after falling for A Room with View as a teen, and Beijing through seeing the luscious pageantry of The Last Emperor; that trip to Spain was inspired by Emilio Estevez’s beautiful movie The Way.  Next on my cine-dream list is Pantelleria, as showcased in Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash.

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