Flân’ Club: Natalia and Amanda from Hotel Weekend
Founded by Natalia in 2016, when she consistently found herself seeking for inspirational weekend getaways whether in known destinations or unexpected locations; Hôtel Weekend is a collection of travel stories, hotel memories & photo diaries, made for the eternally-curious travelers, bon vivants & design-savvy. Amanda joined the adventure in 2019. For the conscious contemporary travelers, the pair discovers and share gems from around the world, from insider tips to treasures of souvenirs that resonate with their eclectic style.
Hôtel Weekend in one word:
Natalia: Barefoot-luxury. (Sorry, that’s two words!)
How would you describe your taste in one word?
Natalia: bohemian-minimalism. (Oops, two words again!)
Describe your philosophy when it comes to decoration.
Natalia: Less is more, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. I love the concept of wabi-sabi, a Japanese concept that honors the beauty of natural imperfection and a life of chosen simplicity.
Amanda: I take decoration as an organic movement, it should be constantly modified, altered to adopt your current state of mind and lifestyle.
How would you describe your apartment in one word.
Natalia: Mediterranean meets Scandinavian
Amanda: Modern – vintage
Your favourite object in your home.
Natalia: We have a beautiful hammock that Verdi did specially for us. It is hand-woven in Colombia with black and copper threads.
Amanda: My fireplace, with vintage, faded mirror on top it’s the center of my home, also serves my boudoir.
Your favourite hotel memory?
Natalia: It will forever be Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, Portugal. My husband and I were getting married that day and we had a beautiful breakfast in the communal table where we met all the other guests. We were sitting next to a couple that was celebrating their 40 year anniversary, priceless!
Amanda: Tas Otel in Alachati, Turkey. A homey 4-room hotel with the gorgeous garden overseeing the pool, run by the most elegant mom Ms. Ozis who prepares half warm in-season fruit cakes along with Turkish tea every single day at 16:30 sharp, right after coming back from each classic beach day. Home away from home can not be explicit better than this picture.
Your favourite object you brought back from one of your adventures?
Natalia: we just came back from Puglia with a suitcase full of gorgeous ceramics that will be sharing with all of you soon in our Souvenir Shop. Earlier this summer, we also went to Koufonisia in Greece. We took a fisherman’s boat for a day trip to Glaronisi where we swam in the most idyllic setting, I brought back a pink stone from the beach to remember this adventure forever.
What makes a good holiday?
Natalia: The simple moments. Spending time with your loved ones far away from your phone, sleeping in, going out or just discover without a plan. We think there is no better way to discover a destination than just doing what you feel in the moment. Stay in bed all day? Fine. Going out until sunrise? Fine as well. Getting lost in the city? Great.
Amanda: Taking time to slow down, breathe in, listen to your soul and staying free-minded throughout the whole period.
What makes a good hotel?
Natalia: Attention to every single detail.
Amanda: Tentative without being overwhelming — for me, this is the ultra elegancy.
Your favourite hotel in the world?
Natalia: What a difficult question! Let’s go for Monasterio del Viento in Providencia, Colombia.
Amanda: COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud, Bali.
Your secret holiday spot?
Natalia: Cali, Colombia if you like salsa dancing and amazing food.
Amanda: Tainan, Taiwan for elevated traditional Chinese culture, great food (we always have food in our mind!)
Favourite address for decoration in London/ in the world?
Natalia: Los Enamorados in Ibiza has a store full of incredible objects the owners find during their trips around the world.
Amanda: The Apartment in Copenhagen has the sharpest, whimsical mixture for all sorts of decoration.