Hotel ZaZa is a charming and art-filled launchpad for exploring Dallas, Texas.
I’m always scourging for the next best of the best locations. I love to see how resorts are evolving to incorporate traveler’s interests and desires, whether through art, adventure, or wellness. I’ve recently experienced two new properties that should be on the travel radar:
I love all things “Big D,” and now there’s a new place to stay in Dallas that’s perfect for a girls’ getaway. Hotel ZaZa Dallas, a boutique hotel known for its art collection (and one of the reasons Uptown Dallas is considered tres chic), recently launched The Bungalows at Hotel ZaZa. This new collection of 12 one- and two-bedroom luxury residences are situated in two buildings—one in a tree-covered historic neighborhood and the second on a private new compound adjacent to the hotel.
Hotel ZaZa properties (also one in Houston) are known for unexpected, elegant accommodations, thought-provoking art, and extraordinary event spaces. The owner of the hotel group, Charlie Givens, an Oklahoma-based real estate developer and art collector, was a pioneer of the “concept suite” by creating such themed rooms as the “Houston We Have a Problem,” “Tycoon,” and “Leonardo” at both art-filled hotels 10 years ago.
Inside Hotel ZaZa's arty bungalows.
Taking the concept suite one step further, The Bungalows are a collection of 12 guest suites ranging from 600-1,200 square feet, many of which feature kitchens, living rooms, and private porches and patios. No two suites have the same layout, design, or collection of art and oddities. Standout design elements include a Napoli freestanding tub from Victoria + Albert and an amber-colored LED tree.
Along with its ZaSpa concept, restaurants and poolside experience (a hopping club setting at night), ZaZa hotels entice travelers with their whimsical imagination and friendly atmospheres. Like the name indicates, ZaZa is all about fun.
Secondly, Ocean Avenue South in Santa Monica is the first major development of its kind in Santa Monica in two decades and is expected to be the ultimate address for beach living in LA. Built by Related California, when the project is finished, there will be a total of 158 luxury condos.
The first of the two buildings, The Waverly has just opened, with interiors by Santa Monica-based Marmol Radziner + Associates of Los Angles. The second building, The Seychelles, will be designed by Clodagh Design of New York.
Aside from their primo location, the two properties are also LEED-certified design, and feature modern interiors with private balconies with ocean or mountain views. Combined, the buildings will have five new retail and restaurants on the ground floor, a yoga studio, a pet spa (yes, a pet spa) fitness centers, and two open-air resident lounges with stunning views and amenities like fully-equipped kitchen, fireplaces, and viewing deck at The Waverly. The Seychelle’s resident lounge will have a pool, Jacuzzi and sun deck and an entertainment lounge with a stone fireplace, outdoor kitchen, and barbeque areas.
During its design, there was some major infrastructure also added. Plazas and public walkways offer direct access between Main Street and Ocean Avenue as well as to the adjacent new Tongva Park. Doesn’t some time spent in the sun and warmth sound just right about now?