Hoteliers Carrie and Alex Vik had been at a good friend’s birthday celebration within the South of France 5 years in the past when a well-connected affiliate within the lodge enterprise really helpful they take a look at an area up for grabs throughout the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II—considered one of Italy’s most iconic landmarks within the coronary heart of Milan. The City Home Galleria, because the house was identified then, was already a luxurious five-star lodge.
However Carrie and Alex believed they might carry their penchant for creating one-of-a-kind lodges and deep-seated love of the high-end artwork world to supply a singular lodge expertise.
“There are already very
stunning, very mature five-star lodges in Milan,” acknowledges Carrie. “However
what we noticed and what we determined to carry to Milan is an edgy design that pushes
the envelope. We do issues in our areas—experimental, loopy concepts—which you
may do in your personal house however most lodges received’t do of their areas. However Milan
is town of design—the style capital, the design capital of the world—and
we didn’t really feel there have been different lodges that represented that.”
To that finish, Galleria Vik Milano, which opened in early November, is Carrie and Alex’s most bold lodge venture thus far and Vik Retreats group’s first foray exterior South America.
The husband-and-wife duo fully reimagined the lodge’s interiors, beginning with the foyer, which is dominated by a bronze forged of Rodin’s The Thinker, and reception space, the place visitors are welcomed by a dry fresco painted by Italian artist Alex Folla spanning the ceiling and partitions.
Galleria Vik Milano has 89 rooms and suites, beginning at $534 per evening and topping off at practically $11,400 per evening for the master bedroom, with two bedrooms.
Every of the lodging showcases artwork and decor, with items from 89 worldwide artists and partitions completed in stucco veneziano, an Italian design method with a completed product that resembles the stuccos discovered within the historic buildings of Venice.
The lodge’s Palace Suites on the second flooring characteristic ornate, double-height ceilings, whereas the fifth flooring highlights wall work and canvases by six Uruguayan artists, a lot of whom Carrie and Alex have been working with for over a decade, beginning with the primary Vik Retreat lodge, Estancia Vik José Ignacio in Uruguay. (Along with Galleria Vik Milano, Vik Retreats presently has 5 lodges throughout South America in Uruguay and Chile.)
Galleria Vik Milano’s restaurant Vikissimo, overlooking the well-known bull of the Galleria, largely focuses on a seasonal menu of recognizable European and Chilean staples: appetizers like octopus with potatoes, chives and pepper sauce, pastas, filet mignon, fish together with branzino and sea bass, in addition to desserts together with a chocolate mousse with accents of banana, tiramisu, and quite a lot of home made ice cream and gelati. In the meantime, the Galleria’s rooftop options I Dodici Gatti, a longtime favourite pizzeria of the Milanese, which Carrie and Alex left largely untouched. The restaurant affords a mixture of conventional and artistic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian consolation meals, utilizing home made mozzarella.
If Vikissimo and I Dodici Gatti appear much less revolutionary
than the strategy taken to the remainder of the lodge, it’s on objective.
“We don’t need to compete with the highest Italian
eating places of Milan,” contends Carrie. “That may not be, in our opinion, the
proper factor for us to do. We’re bringing one thing and completely different [with our hotel]
For Carrie and Alex, that features importing their three pink wine blends from the VIK vineyard in Chile: their flagship VIK, which blends the construction and class of Cabernet Sauvignon with the subtlety and minerality of Cabernet Franc, a second label Milla Cala that marries the silkiness of Merlot with the qualities of Cabernet Franc, and La Piu Belle, which mixes spice notes and touches of oak. All three wines draw from the range of the VIK winery, an 11,000-acre property in Millahue Valley that grows at the very least 5 types of grapes throughout six valleys,12 microclimates, and 13 kinds of soil.
Though Carrie and Alex haven’t
determined the place they plan to open their subsequent Vik Retreats lodge—they normally set
their sights on locales they go to most, together with South America, the United
States, and Europe—they’re happy with what they’ve achieved with Galleria
Vik Milano in renovating a preexisting lodge house in considered one of Italy’s busiest
cities to suit their design philosophy.
“It was a unique animal, and we’re
nonetheless studying,” Carrie says, “however we’ll proceed to search for new challenges
and constructing an amazing crew and hospitality expertise.”
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