4 perfect places for an extended stay at the end of summer

September 6, 2014

Hospes Maricel, Mallorca

Formerly a notorious haunt of the old-school jet-set, this proud palatial building once hosted parties that kept the paparazzi snapping. Today, the atmosphere is more leisurely, but international travellers can still savour a hint of those decadent days with the 1940s building’s impressive archetecture including its Neo-classical entrance, large windows and Neo-Gothic pillars. With 24 rooms and five suites that look to maximise comfort, space and natural light this is an ideal place to set up base for a long holiday. It also helps that it is perched on the Mediterranean with stunning views (above). Guests will also have access to open-air spa treatments in the grotto-like alcoves above the waves, can dine at the Senzone Restaurant or swim in the infinity pool. With decades of expertise dealing with an A-list clientel, the staff are expertly trained to deal with your needs, regardless of whether you’ll be arriving by private yacht or car. Details: visit hospes.com [gallery link="none" ids="7850,7852,7853"]

AKA, Beverly Hills

High-end, extended-stay specialists AKA have plenty to crow about with their Beverly Hills property. The exclusive, residential oasis has 88 spacious one and two bedroom furnished apartments, as well as private access townhouses and stunning Beverly Hills Penthouse suites, designed for stays of one week or longer. These sophisticated apartments feature fully-equipped gourmet kitchens, custom contemporary furnishings, fireplaces and private balconies – perfect for soaking up the scenery of your new summer home. Of course being in one of California’s most sought after neighbourhoods does have its perks. The sleek lobby has a café/lounge area that serves coffee and tea in the morning and cocktails in the evening; as well as a private cinema for residents; a high-tech fitness centre; and a business centre with a private boardroom, so you don’t have to miss a single meeting. As well as spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills, summer residents can also enjoy exclusive in-suite dining provided by Wolfgang Puck’s legendary Spago restaurant or even private access to the restaurant through AKA’s lobby with preferential seating. Details: visit stayaka.com [gallery link="none" ids="7855,7857,7856,7859"]

La Reserve, Paris

Long-term stays at La Reserve is akin to owning your own corner of Paris. The iconic Eiffel Tower is just a few hundred metres away – you can see it from your bathtub – as the venue sits on the corner of one of Paris’ most enviable arrondissements. The stunningly modern apartments, which range from 150sqm to 300sqm in size, are designed with interior architect Remi Tessier’s subdued monochromatic aesthetic and have sleek furniture and natural colour palattes. With standalone baths, four-poster beds and ceiling to floor double windows, La Residence embodies a design-focused feel that reflects the city around it. There is also a broad range of hotel services available including a magnificent 24-concierge service (who will book you restaurant reservations, theatre tickets etc.), daily housekeeping, valet parking and even a home chef who comes in to prepare breakfast for you every morning. Details: visit lareserve-paris.com [gallery link="none" ids="7860,7864,7862,7863"]

Uma Ubud, Bali

Designed to feel like a luxuriously comfortable rural home in the Balinese hills, Uma Ubud merges indoor spaces with the outside world, tries to give its guests all the secluded privacy they could want. Located in the town of Ubud, the resort is as far away from big city bustle as you can get. The resort has 29 rooms and suites, as well as garden terraces overflowing with tropical fauna; three Uma Pool suites also include a private infinity pool. There are daily guided tours through nearby misty rice paddies and yoga classes in the evenings. All rooms are open to the outdoors, allowing for easy access to sunlight and chirping birds. In some rooms, open-air walkways lead to elegant bathrooms. The lobby, 25-metre jade green pool and bar are also open-air, as are the yoga pavilions and main restaurant, Kemiri. Whether dining on locally sources dished or breaking through the downward dog, it is all too east to become immersed in the calming nature of Balinese culture. Details: visit theumaubud.com [gallery link="none" ids="7868,7865,7869,7867,7866"]