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March 02, 2011


By Dispatch Departures | Travel


Kuwait's not exactly a hop, skip and a jump away, but a visit to the city's new Hotel Missoni—and the Maserati limo ride from the airport—may be worth the trip alone. The 18-story hotel, which opened on Tuesday as part of Kuwait City's new Symphony Centre, is awash in color and full of smart design. Nearly 10 million mosaic tiles were used to create the iconic zigzag stripes that appear throughout the hotel, including the floor of the swimming pool overlooking the gulf. Inspired by the beaches of the Arabian Sea, creative director Rosita Missoni chose a color palette of turquoise, gold and beige for the 169 guest rooms, each of which has a sea view. She also outfitted them with some of the same items she has in her own home, like Hans Wegner's Wishbone chair. As for the 63 suites and the 2,260-square-foot penthouse, they are more like chic apartments decked out in vivid Missoni shades. The hotel has three restaurants—the Italian eatery Cucina, the Arab-Mediterranean fusion restaurant Luna and a café for a quick espresso and a pastry—and a ten-room Six Senses spa with two yoga studios and a juice bar will open later this year. A caveat: Though Kuwait remains one of the safer places to visit in the Middle East, it's always wise to check the State Department website for travel advisories. Rooms start at $385. At the Symphony Building, Gulf Road, Salmiya; 965/9999-1357; hotelmissoni.com.

Photo Courtesy Hotel Missoni