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Appreciating the Arts | U.S. Resorts with Immersive Art Collections

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

Art lovers find much to celebrate at hotels and resorts that not only take advantage of proximity to famed cultural institutions and galleries, but feature their own in-house art collections as well.

By providing immersive experiences, either off-site or on-property, luxury hotels and resorts are recognizing and capitalizing on the public’s desire for and appreciation of fine art. Even those guests less than enthusiastic about art will find something to love at these beautiful resorts, each of which spotlights the talents of local and internationally famed creators. Whether simply enjoying the artistic sites, or participating in varied hands-on programming, guests will find themselves surrounded by creativity.

ART CONCIERGE PROGRAM AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT RANCHO ENCANTADO SANTA FE

Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe

With more than 250 galleries, the highest concentration of any city its size, Santa Fe is a cultural mecca. The city’s Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado recently launched the country’s first art concierge program, allowing guests a completely personalized experience in exploring the U.S.’s third largest art market behind New York and Los Angeles. Led by Mike McKosky, a fixture in the Santa Fe fine art scene since opening InArt Santa Fe in 2006, the Art Concierge Program provides a range of services allowing guests to customize an itinerary based on their style, budget and desired artwork. 

The Art Concierge can coordinate artist meet-and-greets with world renowned artists, private showings or after-hours experiences at some of the city’s top galleries. Four Seasons Resort Santa Fe is further championing local art by featuring an artist of the month in collaboration with InArt Santa Fe. Each selected artist’s work is displayed throughout the resort with a new installation highlighted monthly. 

THE ROCKEFELLER ART COLLECTION AT MAUNA KEA BEACH HOTEL, KOHALA COAST, HAWAII

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Spanning hundreds of pieces ranging from sculptures and antique furniture to native Hawaiian kapa cloth and quilts, the Rockefeller Art Collection at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is museum worthy. The extensive collection found throughout the hotel’s public spaces features pieces sourced from Southeast Asia, the Pacific Rim and Hawaii. In 2017, the hotel partnered with Honolulu’s renowned Bishop Museum to restore, refurbish and stabilize the art collection for decades to come. 

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More recently, the hotel welcomed noted photographed Gray Malin to shoot a series entitled, “Gray Malin at The Mauna Kea,” a collection of 32 crafted moments featuring vintage props, colorful surfboards and striped beachside umbrellas. For those interested in trying their hand at Hawaiian arts, the hotel offers classes in Kukui Nut adornment, feather hairpiece making, bamboo stamping, Ti-Leaf lei making, handmade wood carving and coconut crafts.

YOUNTVILLE’S BARDESSONO HOTEL PARTNERS WITH SAN FRANCISCO’S ANDREA SCHWARTZ GALLERY 

Art Gallery? Hotel? Both? The luxe Yountville hotel is passionate about intellectual exchange and artistic expression, and thus, partners with the Andrea Schwartz Gallery of San Francisco to present dramatic and compelling artworks that are displayed throughout the property. Sculptures rise out of flowing water features; communal hallways are lined with works that provide a nod to pop culture; and an entire villa wall is lined with a massive, textural, Diebenkorn-esque oil painting.

Most items are available for sale. Bardessono’s reception team is trained on the various pieces, so if a guest desires more conversation around a certain work, the team is ready to give a more in-depth overview. 

ART WALK AT SENSEI LANAI, A FOUR SEASONS RESORT

Sensei Lanai’s 24-acre sanctuary is filled with important artworks and sculptures, most of which were commissioned expressly for the resort. A guided Art Walk tour directs guests through the gardens, with information on each sculpture and its artist. Even those not inclined towards art appreciation find surprise and delight in the monumental, mountainside-placed “Talaia” by Spanish sculpture Jaume Plensa. 

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Fernando Botero’s zaftig figures provide a welcome greeting, and British contemporary artist Marc Quinn’s bronze sculpture “Burning Desire” reflects its brilliant red in the lake. Inside, Jeff Koons’ stainless steel “Aphrodite” is the lobby’s stunning center piece. Along with the outdoor sculptures, the resort features a collection of contemporary works, including pieces by such artists as David Ellis, Miya Ando, Haure Shimomoto, Sky Pape, Brooks Shane Salzwedel and Lauren Collin among others.

GUIDED PHOTO WALK AT FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ONE DALTON STREET BOSTON

The official hotel partner of Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston  is home to its own diverse art collection that connects with the rich history and beauty of the city. The hotel’s collaboration with world-renowned art consultants Kate Chertavian and Lucy Rosenburgh has produced a carefully considered collection throughout the property, permeating every guest room, residence, and public space for guests and residents to enjoy, with a 20-page brochure available for those who wish to learn more about the art collection and the pieces that highlight it. 

Additionally, guests can participate in a guided photo walk with a professional photographer and local guide through Boston’s most Instagrammable neighborhoods. Visit iconic districts and top attractions including Back Bay, Fenway and the South End, while honing photography skills. The photographer provides photography equipment (upon request) and then shares all images captured. The team can also design a custom itinerary based on preferences. 

A DEDICATED ART GALLERY AT CAVALLO POINT, SAUSALITO, CA

Sausalito has long been known as an artist colony, and the Art Gallery at Cavallo Point maintains and continues this rich, century-old legacy. Exhibits change seasonally and offer fresh perspectives. The small, atmospheric space  has exhibited artistic luminaries such as Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Asawa and Ansel Adams.

Current exhibits showcase engaging photography by talented local photographers such as Christopher Erin, Todd Pickering and Heather Summerz. Guest rooms and public spaces also feature the works of contemporary artists working primarily in black-and-white photography. For those desiring to try their own hand at artistic expression, the resort offers watercolor classes on Saturday afternoons with local artist Lucinda Eubanks. 

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