The Vibe: Art, art, art.
The Area: Housed within the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks. The five-story structure features two-glass vaulted arcades and a massive central dome connecting the Piazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala, creating an architecturally striking location for the retreat.
The DNA: Following the success of its South American resorts and wineries, Vik Retreats has landed in the centre Milan for its first foray into Europe. Hosting a sprawling network of 89 rooms, a private spa and an on-site cafe and peering out over a glass-roofed parade of the boutiques in the galleria on one side and Piazza della Scala (in the opera house’s shadow) on the other, the hotel’s privileged sightlines are only rivaled by scenes within. Owners Carrie and Alexander Vik recruited a top-notch clique of Italian, Uruguayan and international artists to install original works in each room, while Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ holds court in the reception, kept company by a writhing tangle of heroic male figures in a mural by Italian artist Alex Folla.
Suite-Me-Up: The unique rooms and suites showcase remarkable art, décor, views and experiences. Finished in stucco Veneziano, a luxurious Italian design technique, twenty different color variations complement the suite’s decor. The retreat hotel features singularly designed bathrooms, some are site specific art installations while others feature exceptional marbles and other stones.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 89 rooms & suites (30-74m2) (323-797 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2020 • interior design: Tommasso Giunchi • parking possible nearby (charged) ✅ pet friendly, no charges • 24-hour front desk