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9 Vacation Spots For Art and Design Lovers

Be inspired by the architecture and interiors of these stunning places

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Photography: Marz Aglipay and @universe_on_a_tshirt via Instagram (Main Photo)

There's no right way to travel—some like to spend the entire day laying on the beach, others like to tickle their taste buds by trying every restaurant in the city, while there are those who enjoy exploring the streets and experiencing the culture. If you are part of the latter, we're here to make planning your itinerary a whole lot easier. We've rounded up 9 places around the world with the most vibrant art scenes and what you can do in each destination. Check them out below: 

1. South Beach Hotel, Singapore

South Beach is an art hotel in its own right. As you enter the lobby, you'll be greeted by a floor-to-ceiling LCD wall that projects psychedelic abstract videos while the guest rooms are furnished with state-of-the-art furniture that is tailor-made to fit every type of trip—traveling solo, on business, or with your family.

RL Tip: If you have a friend staying in South Beach, ask them if they can take you up to their room just to see the different styles in person. You can see the elevators change colors and reveal hidden images as you go up or down, too!

Book a room at South Beach hotel through their website. 

2. Marrakech, Morocco

If you find Morocco's beauty unparalleled in Sex in The City 2, you can bet it is a hundred times better in real life with their night markets and endless options for tea. If you want to find out more about what Marrakech has a lot to offer, Seek the Uniq is planning a group tour in February. You'll get to enjoy the company of some creative ladies such as Brand and Digital Strategist, Arriane Serafico, founder Mikka Padua, and Kim Jones in a creative out-of-town experience.

Interested? Visit the Seek the Uniq website for more details. 

3. Mira Moon Hotel, Hong Kong

A stone's throw away from Causeway Bay and Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, Mira Moon is memorable for its thematic interiors throughout the hotel that tell the myth of the Chinese Moon Goddess of Immortality and magic rabbit companion. As you enter the hotel, you'll be charmed by their signature scent while marveling at its elevator lobby's grand lantern chandeliers. Don't forget to request for a room facing the Harbour no lower than the 10th floor and be amazed by their bathrooms with a view! 

RL Tip: Art Basel Hong Kong, one of Asia's biggest art fairs coincides with Hong Kong Art week in March. Hit two birds with one stone by planning your stay within the same month. 

4. Williamsburg, New York

If you're a fan of graffiti and street art, Williamsburg is a must-visit. There's always a masterpiece being made somewhere in this interesting neighborhood in New York City. In this part of town, there’s an abundance of quaint shops by independent clothing brands, quirky stores (Think Cubao-X but a whole neighborhood!) and you can also find some of the world's most prolific street artists' like Kobra and Banksy. 

5. Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel, Japan

For the kids and kids-at-heart, a one-day visit to the Disney Park is not enough to explore everything. Thankfully, you can choose to stay at one of Tokyo Disney's partner hotels—try to score a really good deal at Tokyo Disney Celebration Hotel which is the most budget-friendly option of the bunch. It is furnished with Disney-inspired art and furniture from Beauty and the Beast to Toy Story, perfect for getting ideas if you're styling a room for the young ones.

6. Naumi Hotel, Singapore

If you're the type who loves the simple elegance of modern design, spend a few nights at Naumi Hotel. This small luxury boutique hotel boasts of guest rooms furnished by Italian furniture giant B&B Italia. Who would have guessed that there's a gorgeous gem of a hotel right in the heart of Singapore's central business district? 

7. Dorsia Hotel, Sweden

Dorsia may be a boutique hotel but it sure feels like you're staying in a palace! All the windows are dressed up in velvet curtains, complemented with furniture in a black and red motif. Each of its 37 guest rooms are also designed differently so you can expect to see something unique every time. With this hotel's impeccable interiors, it's hard not to think that the inspiration has been taken right off a story book. 

RL Tip: This hotel is perfect for couples and groups that are travelling without kids!

8. The Nine Streets, Amsterdam 

If you've seen The Fault In Our Stars, this spot will make your heart race as fast as Gus and Hazel's did. This humble part of town called The Nine Streets is a hub of shops that offer vintage and designer clothes, houseware, and other one-of-a-kind knickknacks.

RL Tip: Most shops are geared toward the upscale market, but the vibe of the place doesn't feel intimidating. If you're on a budget, feel free to take photos and window shop to your heart's content instead.

9. Metro Stations in Paris, France

If Art Nouveau is right up your alley, make sure to spend a few minutes admiring the Metro stations in Paris. Several stations just can't shake off any of the Midnight in Paris magic—case in point: Porte Dauphine's signature dragonfly motif at its entrance and Royale Palais' stations which are adorned with brass iron railings by the entrance.

RL Tip: Buy a carnet booklet from the Paris Metro vending machine which gets you 10 tickets instead of buying one every time you need to take the train.

PHOTOS: Marz Aglipay (Main, 9) and @universe_on_a_tshirt via Instagram (Main) | South Beach Hotel | Seek The Uniq | Mira Moon Hotel | dtimes.jp | Naumi Hotel | @dorsiahotelandrestaurant via Instagram 

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