Inside the world’s only hotel designed by Karl Lagerfeld


This hotel is the height of fashion.

A luxury five-star hotel designed ‘in its entirety’ by the late designer Karl Lagerfeld has opened its doors in Macau, the Chinese region known as the Las Vegas of Asia.

As the pictures show, the German fashion mogul has certainly left his mark on the property.  

Lagerfeld worked on the ‘lavish’ hotel – called The Karl Lagerfeld Macau – for several years before he died in 2019, and it carries the legacy of being his final interior design project.

A statement says: ‘The designer’s imaginative, inimitable style and ethos are infused into its very DNA, from its architectural elements to the specially commissioned furniture and art.’ 

A luxury five-star hotel (above) designed in its entirety by the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has opened its doors in Macau, China

A luxury five-star hotel (above) designed in its entirety by the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has opened its doors in Macau, China

Lagerfeld worked on the ‘lavish’ hotel – called The Karl Lagerfeld Macau - for several years before he died in 2019, and it has the legacy of being his final interior design project

Lagerfeld worked on the ‘lavish’ hotel – called The Karl Lagerfeld Macau – for several years before he died in 2019, and it has the legacy of being his final interior design project

Eye-catching: The hotel features a spa and wellness centre with both indoor and outdoor pools

Eye-catching: The hotel features a spa and wellness centre with both indoor and outdoor pools

Located within the Grand Lisboa Palace Resort Macau complex, the 271-room hotel features a ‘spectacular’ book lounge filled with 4,000 tomes, a spa and wellness centre with both indoor and outdoor pools, and a restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jose Avillez.

The Chanel fashion maven, who died aged 85 following a battle with pancreatic cancer, is said to have dreamt up the hotel’s design in collaboration with SJM Resorts based on a ‘sophisticated reimagining of modern Chinoiserie fused with traditional craftsmanship’.

Bold colours and patterns meet ‘tailored silhouettes’ in the guest rooms, which are said to show ‘influences of both classic Chinese design and contemporary Western aesthetics’. 

Even ‘minute details’ such as bathrobes and bedsheets are said to exude the designer’s ‘unparalleled creativity’. 

A statement says: ‘The designer's imaginative, inimitable style and ethos are infused into its very DNA, from its architectural elements to the specially commissioned furniture and art'

A statement says: ‘The designer’s imaginative, inimitable style and ethos are infused into its very DNA, from its architectural elements to the specially commissioned furniture and art’

Amenities conceived by the Chanel fashion mogul include a ‘spectacular’ book lounge that’s filled with 4,000 tomes

The designer, who was the creative director of Chanel from 1983 until his death, died following a battle with pancreatic cancer

Amenities conceived by the Chanel fashion mogul include a ‘spectacular’ book lounge (left) that’s filled with 4,000 tomes. The designer, who was the creative director of Chanel from 1983 until his death, died following a battle with pancreatic cancer 

The rooms’ custom headboards were inspired by Chinese coins that represent good fortune, while porcelain vases were handmade in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen and circular room dividers were inspired by traditional rounded Chinese moon gates. 

Specially commissioned furnishings include ‘exquisite’ sculptures by Dutch artist Marcel Wanders and French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel, while the chandeliers overhead were sourced from the Italian brand Terzani. 

This design aesthetic carries through to the restaurant, Mesa by Jose Avillez, which is said to reflect Lagerfeld’s ‘signature style and favourite colours – geometric patterns, shapes, and lines in black, white and gold’. 

Portuguese chef Avillez has crafted a menu with a ‘farm-to-table philosophy of dining’. 

Bold colours and patterns meet 'tailored silhouettes' in the guest rooms, which are said to show 'influences of both classic Chinese design and contemporary Western aesthetics'

Bold colours and patterns meet ‘tailored silhouettes’ in the guest rooms, which are said to show ‘influences of both classic Chinese design and contemporary Western aesthetics’

The Mesa by Jose Avillez restaurant is said to reflect the fashion mogul's 'signature style and favourite colours – geometric patterns, shapes, and lines in black, white and gold'

The Mesa by Jose Avillez restaurant is said to reflect the fashion mogul’s ‘signature style and favourite colours – geometric patterns, shapes, and lines in black, white and gold’

Dishes at Mesa by Jose Avillez are designed for sharing. Above are tempura cones with tuna tartare and spicy soya

A serving of crispy suckling pig with French fries and orange salad

Dishes at Mesa by Jose Avillez are designed for sharing. Pictured left are tempura cones with tuna tartare and spicy soya and to the right is a serving of crispy suckling pig with French fries and orange salad

One of the restaurant's dishes - spring piri piri chicken with French fries

Michelin-starred chef Jose Avillez has crafted a menu with a 'farm-to-table philosophy of dining'

To the left is one of the restaurant’s dishes – spring piri piri chicken with French fries. Michelin-starred chef Jose Avillez (pictured right) has crafted a menu with a ‘farm-to-table philosophy of dining’

A statement notes: ‘Designed for sharing, some of these dishes are inspired by more traditional flavours, such as the spring piri piri chicken with French fries and the crispy suckling pig with French fries and orange salad, and others by more contemporary flavours, such as the tempura cone with tuna tartare and spicy soya.’ 

There is also a wine list that has been ‘closely developed in cooperation with Portuguese wineries and local distributors, as well as a wide selection of spirits and liquors’. 

Summing up the retreat, a statement promises that guests will ‘discover fashion, luxury and beauty, fused together into a one-of-a-kind reflection of the world of Karl’. 

It’s not the only hotel that Lagerfeld has helped shape looks-wise – he previously designed a luxury apartment within Paris’ famed Hotel de Crillon.

The three-bedroom suite has a range of opulent features including glass chandeliers and bathrooms clad from floor-to-ceiling in marble. Lagerfeld dedicated one of the bedrooms to his beloved cat Choupette, who was given $1.5million (£1.2million) by the late designer in his will.

The opening of The Karl Lagerfeld Macau coincides with an exhibition in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that’s dedicated to the designer – Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty will run until mid-July. 

In early May, the 2023 Met Gala was controversially themed around the designer. Many pointed out that Lagerfeld, who was the creative director of Chanel from 1983 until his death, had expressed fatphobic, sexist and anti-immigrant views in his lifetime. 

Rooms are priced from £195.52 (1,949 Macanese pataca) per night. To book, visit thekarllagerfeld.mo.



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