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Summer 2006 | Designer Stays

Summer 2006 | Designer Stays

We gay and lesbian globetrotters can be downright fussy about where we lie our heads down at night. During the most brutal bouts of jet lag, only a hotel designed by a fashion icon will do.

Probably Australia's boldest hotel, the Palazzo Versace (Sea World Drive, Main Beach, 011-61-7-5509-8000), located on the Gold Coast, invites guests to indulge in the lavish life. The vibe: Italian glamour goes beachside. If you like the Versace aesthetic, you can buy a condo on the hotel's grounds and use the superexclusive marina. Best room: The Deluxe Broadwater Suite features killer views (from $385), but we prefer to hang out with the doormen (pictured above).



At Continentale (Nicolo dell'Oro 6R, 011-39-55-27262) in Florence, white space meets mid-century furnishings under the detail-savvy eye of the Ferragamo family. The vibe: dolce vita all the way. You'll experience the Ferragamo family's quintessential Italian values: luxury, comfort, and tailor-made design. Check out the relaxation room and the rooftop bar with views over the Ponte Vecchio. Best room: Book room 404 for amazing views over the Arno River (from $540).



Le Petit Moulin (29-31 Rue du Poitou, 011-33-1-4274-1010), a 17-room hotel in a former bakery in Paris's queer Marais district, has been given a fashionable touch by überdesigner Christian Lacroix. The vibe: fashion drama from top to bottom. Venetian mirrors on concrete walls, taffeta, and dramatic accents remind you not to leave your room without your shades. Staying here feels like sleeping inside a haute couture dress. Best room: Check into room 304 for a color theory lesson in shades of red (from $300).



Branded hospitality doesn't get any more refined than the Bulgari Hotel in Milan (Via Privata Fratelli Gabba 7, 800-6-BULGARI). From spring onward you'll be torn between the property in Milan and Bulgari's new hotel in Bali. The vibe: minimalist chic. Immerse yourself in shades of brown and beige. Top features include the spa (and its delicious staff) and the peace and quiet of the serene garden. Best room: any of the deluxe ones (from $500).

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