As we’re about to enter the ‘new’ Roaring Twenties, we have handpicked our favourite glamorous hotels around the world for the ultimate luxury holiday or honeymoon, from New York to Havana. These are the kind of hotels that epitomise the shameless decadence and luxury of the 1920s, and where Jay Gatsby himself, the legendary protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic Roaring 20s novel The Great Gatsby, would feel right at home.
The Pierre, a Taj Hotel, New York
Built in the 1920s, The Pierre oozes Gatsby-era glamour, showcasing its rich heritage alongside the very best in modern luxury. The flagship hotel of the Taj collection has a prime New York location on the famous Fifth Avenue, at the corner of Central Park, so its gorgeous rooms, decked out in rich golds and royal blues, have equally gorgeous views over the iconic city skyline.
Pamper yourself in the award-winning spa, dine under the chandeliers at the extravagant Rotunda restaurant, whose walls are adorned with hand-painted murals, and sip cocktails at the Art Deco-style bar in the lobby lounge, serenaded by the smooth sounds of jazz. The Taj hotels are known for their hospitality, and the Clefs D’Or concierge team will help you make the most of your stay.
The Vanderbilt, Auberge Resorts Collection, New England
The Vanderbilt is the kind of place where Gatsby would have spent his summer holidays, throwing lavish parties for all the celebrities of the day. Sitting in splendour beside Newport harbour on Rhode Island, this grand mansion offers the perfect getaway from New York (a 2.5-hour drive away).
Linger over a traditional afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the harbour while celebrity spotting, sip Gatsby-era cocktails in the bar, and tuck into clam chowder in the dining room, accompanied by a pianist. If you stay during the Newport Jazz Festival, enjoy a Roaring Twenties-style party on a stylish yacht, with one of the festival’s headliners as your entertainment.
The Betsy South Beach, Miami
The Betsy South Beach is a hip, colourful, glamorous retreat that takes inspiration from Miami’s Art Deco heritage and Florida’s irresistible laid-back charm, from its vintage style to its curated playlists and eye-catching modern art.
Relax on a stripy armchair in the lounge, surrounded by towering palms, swim in the rooftop pool, and take advantage of private beach service right in front of the hotel, like Gatsby surely would have. Dine on fresh seafood on the terrace overlooking Ocean Drive, treat yourself to cocktails and live jazz in the bar and go to sleep in a funky, vintage-style room in the Art Deco wing, with views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Go on an Art Deco tour of Miami’s distinctive heritage architecture with an expert who will bring its stories to life. Culture vultures should stay during Miami Art Week, to enjoy a VIP tour of the Betsy’s art collection and a private reception, with the chance to meet the exhibiting artists.
The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Hark back to the golden age of travel aboard the Belmond-owned Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which is THE way to travel to Venice. This is simply one of the most romantic and legendary trains in the world, and is perfect for celebrating a special occasion – or just treating yourself, in unapologetic extravagant style.
The Art Deco interiors certainly have the wow factor, and the luxurious Grand Suites - with three more lavish Grand Suites launching in 2020 - come with plush double beds and private marble bathrooms, with luxe touches such as antique tables and Lalique lamps. If you can drag yourself away, dress up Twenties style and head to one of the 1920s restaurant cars, featuring Lalique glass panels, patterned marquetry and black lacquer, for a gourmet multi-course meal. Start or end the evening with a glass of vintage champagne in the elegant Champagne Bar, which evokes all the atmosphere of the Roaring Twenties.
Travel on the train in March 2020 to enjoy an exclusive and immersive Roar into 2020 party aboard the train's original 1920s carriages, including cocktails in the bar, a four-course feast and entertainment, including the chance to don a flapper dress or a tuxedo and practice your Charleston moves. Continue the party with a stay at the rather lovely Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice. Ask us for more details!
Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro
See and be seen at the effortlessly stylish Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio, overlooking one of the world’s most famous beaches. Its elegant 1920s façade is something of a city landmark, and this hotel exudes Art Deco glamour, alongside opulent luxury, impeccable service, superb Michelin-starred dining and some of the most iconic views in Rio.
The rooms are individually designed and feature fine period furniture and original works of art, while the hotel’s other notable touches include a large pool, some of the city’s top restaurants and a rooftop tennis court. If playing tennis seems like too much effort, simply head to the spa or the pool, which is also the perfect spot for breakfast. After sunset, make for the elegant Piano Bar, or party into the night on the beach, Rio style. The hotel hosts some of the most glamorous Carnival and New Year’s Eve parties in Rio, so if you’re staying at this time of year, you’re in for a treat.
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur certainly lives up to its name, and is a national heritage site, celebrating its colonial past and Art Deco and Neoclassical styles while exhibiting 21st-century luxury, with touches such as dark marble and polished chrome.
Gatsby would surely have availed of the 24-hour butlers assigned to each room, the personal chef, the bespoke tailor and the world-leading gentleman’s grooming service. Being right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, this hotel has an ideal location for exploring – take the hotel’s luxury transport to make sightseeing and shopping even easier. On your return, have a drink at the bar, which has a gold-leafed dome ceiling, head to the cigar room to sample a range of whiskeys, and watch classic black and white movies in the screening room (they don’t make ‘em like that anymore…).
Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp, Kenya
If Gatsby had gone on safari, this is where he would have gone. The award-winning Cottar’s 1920’s Safari Camp, set in its own private conservancy spanning over 7,500 acres in the Masai Mara in Kenya, offers a classic, bespoke safari experience. Owned and managed by the oldest safari family in Africa, you are guaranteed personalised service as well as exceptional wildlife adventures with expert guides, curated in the original spirit of safaris and recalling the adventurous travellers of the past century.
The spacious cream canvas tents come with four-poster beds, touches such as vintage suitcases and vintage typewriters on antique desks, and private bathrooms. There’s even a private villa for true safari indulgence. After game drives, relax by the pool or in the spa, dine by candlelight to tunes from the gramophone, or ask your butler to draw you a bath, and sip champagne from your tub as the sun sets over the Masai Mara. This is old-world charm at its very best.
The Cotton House, Mustique
For a special dose of Caribbean glamour, head to The Cotton House, nestled in 14 acres of lush tropical gardens on the sun-kissed private island of Mustique. This exclusive hideaway, where classic colonial style meets boutique chic, has long attracted distinguished royal visitors, VIPs and celebrities, and it’s not hard to see why.
Privileged guests can arrive by private plane to luxuriate in private suites with their own plunge pools, or the Residence, discreetly tucked away on a hilltop, which comes with panoramic ocean views, a large pool and its own dedicated butler and maid. Relax on blissfully secluded beaches, go on leisurely island hopping trips, and dine on fresh seafood beneath palm trees on the beach, followed by a sunset rum punch and jazz at the legendary Basil's Bar. What more could Gatsby want?
The Chedi Muscat, Oman
Experience all the luxury and opulence of the Middle East at The Chedi Muscat, a luxurious haven that is one of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World. In a stunning setting overlooking the Gulf of Oman, against the dramatic backdrop of the Al Hajar Mountains, The Chedi is a 21-acre oasis of luxury and serenity, where you can truly get away from it all in ultimate style.
The elegant rooms are all crisp whites and dark woods, overlooking the gardens and the sea, and you can dine on cuisine from all over the world beneath vaulted ceilings hung with chandeliers. The hotel’s most special feature is its spectacular Long Pool, fringed by palms, which stretches for over 100 metres – whether it’s in the water or with poolside cocktails and canapés, this is likely to be where you’ll spend most of your time. Guests can also indulge in memorable experiences such as moonlit three-course dinners on the beach.
Hotel Saratoga, Havana
For classic Cuban charm, look no further than Hotel Saratoga in the heart of historic Havana, a boutique five-star retreat with plenty of heritage, colour and personality. In its heyday 100 years ago, writers, artists and celebrities gathered here to enjoy salsa performances by the legendary Anacaona orchestra.
As well as vintage touches such as a Neoclassical façade, floor-to-ceiling French windows, mahogany shutters, wrought-iron balconies and clawfoot bathtubs, you’ll find fantastic bars and restaurants and an impressive spa. After a day exploring buzzing Havana, venture to the rooftop pool to soak up the panoramic views over the city and out to the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy an evening of Cuban cigars and cocktails at the beautiful Bar Mezzanine, with its plush armchairs, colourful murals, tropical palms and mosaic floor.
We can tailor-make your perfect luxury Roaring Twenties-style holiday or honeymoon to these hotels and many more, all over the world. Call us on 020 7337 9010 or make an enquiry.