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The heir to the Byblos fashion throne transformed a 15th-century villa in Verona into this jewel-box designer hotel
The heir to the Byblos fashion throne transformed a 15th-century villa in Verona into this jewel-box designer hotel
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Halekulani, Waikiki

Primed for honeymooners and romance seekers, the crowning glory of Waikiki’s fabled Halekulani hotel is its massive, one-of-a-kind Vera Wang Suite (opened in 2005), bedecked with accessories hand-picked by its namesake Chinese-American designer (from Wang’s home furnishings collection). Known for her exquisite bridal gowns, and for her time as Vogue’s fashion editor, it’s clear that the same meticulous attention to detail and aptitude for graceful design required of these other métiers has manifested itself in her work at the Halekulani. Furnishings and decorative accents showcase rare pieces from the Hawaii, Pacific, and Asia regions, while the plush king-size bed (that's a Vera Wang Serta Mattress, naturally) is adorned with embroidered pillows that reflect patterns reminiscent of Wang’s gowns. Panoramic views of the beach and Diamond Head (a landmark extinct volcano) are a focal point for every room and for the heavenly open-air lanai. Even the master bath touts a stunning vista to go with its deep-soaking jetted tub for two, not to mention a selection of Vera Wang fragrances and body products. Suite guests enjoy 24-hour butler service, complimentary champagne, and private limousine airport transfers, as well as an intimate glimpse into the personal tastes of Ms. Wang, from the DVD collection featuring some of her favorite films to a menu highlighting some of her preferred foods (served on Vera Wang tableware, no less). Like what you see? Guests can purchase items from the hotel’s Vera Wang lifestyle boutique downstairs. www.halekulani.com

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