Palazzo Daniele set to open in Puglia, Italy
Scheduled for 1 April 2019 – 9 Rooms
The transformation of Palazzo Daniele also extends to the building's layout. The grand front living areas now serve as spectacular exhibition spaces, while the suites boast a covetable position at the back of the palazzo, overlooking the verdant courtyards, sun-dappled pool or Gagliano del Capo's central piazzetta. Framed by vaulted ceilings, the suites are monastic in spirit, with sparsely furnished spaces heightening the impact of design pieces that blur the lines between art and function. The 25-sqm Junior Suites and the 45-sqm Royal Junior Suite have king size beds and black steel-framed open wardrobes—custom-made by the Palombas—a signature feature throughout the suites. The bathroom of the latter has been conceived as a living art installation, in which a rain shower falls from a 6-meter-high ceiling onto a basin designed by Italian artist Andrea Sala. An extraordinary design piece in its own right, a lightbox by Simon d'Exea proves eminently practical as it serves to illuminate each of the 40-sqm Suites, which also showcase contemporary artworks by the likes of Claudio Abbate, Eva Jospin, and Christian Frosi.
Centered around a large, light-filled living room from the 1800s, the expansive 130-square-meter Master Suite has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and, of course, a selection from Palazzo Daniele's enviable art collection. The piece de resistance is the aristocratic Suite Apartment, which inhabits an entire wing of the palazzo with independent access, a private kitchen, a living room, three bedrooms, three private bathrooms and a dining room. This 200-sqm apartment is characterized by the perfect combination of architectural heritage, minimalistic design and breath-taking art, including Mohamed Namou's "Pocket" and Sergio Breviario's "Prototipo Macchina per la Conquista del Mondo".
A uniting principle of each of the hotels within the GS Collection, hyper-localism is key to the social concept of Palazzo Daniele. Located in the center of the village, the palazzo's unique, enduring physical and emotional standing within the local community ensures that guests have unparalleled access to traditional Puglian life. This authentic engagement with its surroundings allows for localized experiences such as angling with neighboring fishermen, and then presenting the catch of the day to the local cook Federica to prepare family style at the palazzo's communal table. Federica, who hails from Gagliano del Capo, is also on hand to share generations-old pasta making techniques or to point guests in the direction of the best regional mozzarella.