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Last updated: 25 January 2023

Boost your mood this Blue Monday by browsing these bright and blue-tiful boutique bedrooms

Without the added pressures of this prolonged pandemic, January has traditionally been a rather miserable month for the Northern Hemisphere – it’s no wonder that ‘Blue Monday’ – supposedly the most depressing day of the year, falls within this long stretch of limited daylight and cold weather on the 17th January 2022. As the colour of the sky and the sea, blue can work wonders on our mood, from calming coastal hues to brighter, more uplifting tones. If you’re in need of a mid-month pick-me-up, we’ve selected the best hotel bedrooms in this soothing shade to wash your winter woes away.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay, Ibiza – Spain

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

With a pretty palette of bohemian blues and neutral fabrics, Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is the epitome of coastal cool. Set on the quieter side of Ibiza, many of the rooms and suites overlook the glittering waters of Talamanca Bay – some with spacious sun terraces dotted with stylish loungers, others with glass-fronted balconies where guests can tuck into Nobu’s iconic bento boxes as boats bob about the White Isle. Floor-to-ceiling windows and open terraces mean you will wake to the scent of wild jasmine and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

The Roseate Edinburgh, Edinburgh – Scotland

The Dunstane Houses

The Dunstane Houses

Bringing a breath of fresh Orkney air to the heart of the Scottish capital, The Roseate Edinburgh stylishly blends heritage tweeds, rich velvets, and elaborate wallpapers throughout two meticulously restored Victorian townhouses – just across the street from one another. The Ronaldsay Suite is an oasis of calm, with a deep blue king-size Vispring bed and a matching freestanding bath tub perfectly positioned beneath bay windows which flood the rooms with natural light and views of the Pentland Hills or Edinburgh’s cityscape.

The Plettenberg, Plettenberg Bay – South Africa

The Plettenberg

As one of the few hotels in the area with direct beach access, The Plettenberg is serenely situated above one of South Africa’s finest bays. Soft blues and soothing tones mirror its waterfront setting, where private villas come with their own heated pools. A marine theme can be felt throughout the hotel, but the two-bedroom Beach House takes this up a notch with a statement blue four-poster bed and nautical striped sun loungers lining its private pool. Meanwhile, pods of whales and dolphins, darting seagulls and ocean views can all be enjoyed from the Lookout Villa, echoing the turquoise tones and coral detailing of the master bedroom.

Sailrock Resort, South Caicos – Turks & Caicos Islands

Sailrock Resort

Awash with the calming colours of the Caribbean, you’re never far away from impossibly blue waters and sugar-white sand at Sailrock Resort. With panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caicos Bank, Ridgetop Suites are elevated above the shore with gentle sloping beach access. Double sliding glass doors open up to the covered wraparound terrace, so you can let the tropical breeze drift over your blue tie-die bed which pops against the whitewashed walls, woven rugs and wooden furniture.

Cape Fahn, Koh Samui – Thailand

Cape Fahn

Set on a private island just off the northern tip of Koh Samui, Cape Fahn is a true taste of castaway life. One and two-bedroom villas with their own plunge pools and sun decks are tucked into green gardens and scattered along pristine beaches. Influenced by traditional Thai architecture, each one uses plenty of natural wood and light, alongside sea-inspired colour palettes to complement the Gulf of Thailand views.

Dormy House Hotel, Cotswolds – England

Dormy House Hotel

A honey-hued farmhouse dating back to the 17th-century, Dormy House Hotel is cosy, contemporary Cotswold living at its most luxurious. The individually-styled rooms and suites are the epitome of country chic with a room to suit every mood – there’s the four-poster bed with an electric blue backdrop in the Comfy Room, and touches of duck-egg tones throughout the Splendid Rooms and Top Notch Rooms beneath vaulted ceilings and rustic, exposed beams.

Galleria Vik Milano, Milan – Italy

Galleria Vik Milano

Reflecting the art and soul of MilanGalleria VIK Milano is part hotel, part modern art gallery. Bold murals, striking sculptures, and a vibrant palette paint a vivid picture, though no two rooms are the same here – each bearing the hallmark of a renowned artist, from Giuseppe Gonella and Pino Pinelli, to Felipe Cardena and Shinya Sakurai. Room 209, dedicated to abstract artist Vicky Barranguet, is decorated in steel blue from the floor upwards to its double height ceiling, while Room 509, styled by Italian painter Andrea Zucchi, brings electric blue walls together with parquet flooring and a baby blue egg chair from which to take in the views of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy’s oldest active shopping centre.

Lindos Blu, Lindos – Greece

Lindos Blu

The clue is in the name at Lindos Blu, an adults-only hideaway just outside Lindos – Rhodes’ prettiest coastal village. With its modern design, large, glass sliding doors framed by aqua coloured dip-dye drapes ensure soul-stirring sea views from every angle throughout the property. Splashes of blue stand out against crisp white bedding in each of the rooms, suites, villas and maisonettes – all directing the eye towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Hôtel San Régis, Paris – France

Hotel San Regis

Sitting prettily between the Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne, Hôtel San Régis is beautifully furnished with exquisite antiques and sumptuous silk and damask fabrics. The Junior Suites are decked out in fabulous floral prints and a soft palette of powder blue and cream – creating a relaxing haven to return to after a day spent exploring the designer boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants of Paris’ 8th arrondissement.

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