It is a marriage of opposites: history meets innovation, old stone meets plexiglass, mosaic meets metal. Like all good partnerships when the marriage of old and new works, it is because it is undertaken with passion, imagination, commitment and a whole lot of love. These top ten hotels have been designed to incorporate modern ideas into beautiful old buildings giving birth to something new. We're inspired, we hope you will be too. www.designhotels.com
Macalister Mansion's owners worked with Colin Seah of Singapore's Ministry of Design to renovate a 100-year-old colonial mansion, preserving the building's heritage while adding modern-day amenities and contemporary design touches.
Restored from the abandoned and decaying ancient caves in the Basilicata village of Matera in Southern Italy, Sextantio The Civita Caves offers guests the opportunity to re-evaluate their interpretation of authenticity.