The thermometer has well and truly dropped. And while some of us look forward to a white Christmas, sunnier climes and tropical islands have a much greater pull this time of year. Though it’s not always practical to jet off to a secluded island every time the weather turns, if you are going to make a trip, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite tropical-inspired locations worldwide. Meaning your holiday won’t disappoint, and will tick every tropical box from the moment you cross the threshold. Plus, we’ve curated a list of the best pieces to help you recreate the tropical decor look at home, if you want to stay put for the winter.
Looking for a place with a ‘welcome to the jungle’ aesthetic? Choose Velona’s Jungle – the clue’s in the name. This boutique hotel in the heart of historic Florence is a hot pick amongst tastemakers looking for an unusual stay – thanks to the four jungle-themed suites that put a vintage spin on exotic design. Each room blends vintage furniture and jewel tones, with rich metallics and bold flora and fauna. And there’s even a feather lamp, and a living bathroom ceiling. To create your own urban jungle at home, we recommend starting small with accessories like this stoneware leaf plate and beaded african head ornament. Then, tap into Velona’s welcoming ambience by adding a jungle-inspired scented candle, and leaf-green aluminium speaker.
Annabel’s is a private members’ club in London with floral appeal – their dining room’s covered in hanging and standing greenery, creating a cosy and creative atmosphere for its members. There’s events too, held in its vintage-inspired spaces where decor includes vibrant vintage merry go round horses and bold tropical-print walls. But if you’d like to create your own quirky clubhouse at home, include vintage-looking floral pieces, like this tropical nights teapot and matching plate set. A large confetti planter makes a great table centrepiece for entertaining – then learn how to keep your new plant alive with this urban jungle styling book.
Inspired by the golden era’s great cocktail and oyster bars, Leo’s in San Francisco is a glamorous place to grab a bite. Its look is 50s and fun, with a Beverly Hills meets Manhattan aesthetic that includes tropical-print bar carts and leaf & marble table runners. Stop in for seafood and a warming aperitif, or recreate the luxe look at home with 50s-style materials like rattan and marble. This rattan storage basket looks great paired with a woven rattan pendant light. Then add floral colour with a green leaf-shaped plate and green Moroccan bowl.