The Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town’s loved grande dame, The Mount Nelson, a Belmond Hotel is pink perfection – with the patented Pantone shade gracing the walls, walkways, furnishings and cottages of this historic Gardens property. Originally built in 1806 for the first class passengers of the transoceanic Union Castle Line, it wasn’t until 1918, that the general manager suggested they paint it in a cheerful shade of pink to celebrate the end of the Great War, and it stuck. Expect pink-striped sun loungers, pink menus, pink in-room collateral, and, if impeccable and joyful service could be a colour, pink service.
Befitting India’s regal Pink City, the Rajmahal Palace is a throwback to the last days of the British Raj. Built in 1729 for one of Jaipur’s royal families, there’s old-world grandeur at every turn, from the pink collonaded entrance to the manicured gardens, a favourite spot for croquet and sipping cocktails on the lawn. A dazzling mix of soft flamingo pink and bright Jaipur pink – found in the rooms and public spaces – make this stunning hotel feel like the set of a Wes Anderson movie, especially with the cast of characters that once spent the night – including the late Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Lord Mountbatten and Jackie Kennedy.
The Colony Hotel
Palm Beach, Florida, USA
A beacon of Palm Beach glamour, The Colony Hotel emerged during the neighbourhood’s post-war construction boom, and, since opening its doors in 1947, has welcomed guests like Judy Garland, Lena Horne, John Lennon, Sophia Loren, and Frank Sinatra. That sense of old-world charm and nostalgia is delightfully present at every turn, from the pink parasols on the hotel’s beach to the pink loungers, seating and even the golf carts that whisk guests around the foliage-filled estate.
Marrakech has one of the world’s most visually pleasing hotel scenes, thanks to an army of colourful five-star resorts and boutique riads. One of the best is Amanjena, the first Aman property in Africa and inspired by the rose-hued buildings of Old Marrakech, its moniker of the Red City. The tranquil and lush five-star resort comes in an earthy, terracotta pink, which pops against the gardens filled with palm and olive trees, rosy courtyards and cerulean blue waters from the villas’ private plunge pools.
La Réserve de Beaulieu
Long before there was St Tropez, there was Beaulieu-sur-Mer. The former favoured French Riviera hangout of the rich and famous is still as charming as ever, but with a nostalgic feel of faded grandeur. The coastal commune has a handful of stunning waterfront hotels, perfectly capturing the glamour of the French Riviera. The most beautiful of all is the cherry blossom-hued La Réserve de Beaulieu, with just 39 rooms and suites and picture-perfect pink walls, furnishings, sun loungers and florals.
The Beverly Hills Hotel
Los Angeles, California, USA
Few pink hotels around the world are as iconic as The Beverly Hills Hotel, a beacon of LA’s country-club scene and perennially popular A-list haunt. Now part of The Dorchester Collection, the property was built in 1912, and today has 210 guest rooms and suites and 23 bungalows. The exterior is a visual feast of its signature pink and green – think freshly moved, emerald green lawns – and guests will delight in pink sunloungers, pink awnings and the signature pink and green Polo Lounge, an Art Deco eatery with a swinging Sunday jazz brunch.
Villa Palladio Jaipur
Embodying the regal history of India’s Rajasthan state and its stunning capital Jaipur, Villa Palladio is a new nine-room boutique hotel on the outskirts of the Pink City and one of the most ornate pink hotels around the world. From the team behind the royal blue Bar Palladio (perhaps the city’s most Instagrammable bar), the exquisite villa is an acolyte’s dream – swathed in rich ruby reds and 50 shades of pink. Step through the terracotta pink gates and enter a rose-tined wonderland, complete with pink patterned walls, pink beddings, pink striped awnings, pink bathrooms, pink tiling, and so much more.
Hotel das Cataratas, A Belmond Hotel
Iguassu Falls, Brazil
Another pink property from LVMH-owned Belmond, Hotel das Cataratas cuts a striking figure against the luscious tropical jungle of Brazil’s Iguassu Falls National Park. Standing out with its pastel-pink facade, the historic property is a fabulous pit-stop for adventurers, just footsteps from the falls themselves and South America’s first and only Forbes-rated Five Star hotel. Expect 1950s Hacienda charm and colourful and inviting interiors, with a hefty dose of its signature rosy pink.