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Millennial Pink is having a moment. While it was officially just displaced by “Ultra Violet” as Pantone’s color of the year for 2018, there’s no denying the global appeal of pink — which manages to feel both brand-new and retro-cool at the same time. From smartphones to suitcases and hotels to restaurants, we’ve seen the world through rose-colored glasses in our recent travels. Here are just a few of our favorite pink things.
1. Loews Don CeSar Hotel
Like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, the Loews Don CeSar has been a landmark in St. Pete Beach, Florida for 90 years now. Known as the “Pink Palace,” the 277-room beachfront hotel holds a special place in the history and heart, of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
2. Spiaggia Rosa
If you speak Italian, the name sort of says it all: Spiaggia Rosa translates to “pink beach.” Located on the island of Budelli, in the Maddalena archipelago, not far from Sardinia, the beach gets its name — and color — from the microscopic fragments of crushed coral, crystals, shells and fossils.
3. Paul Smith’s Pink Wall
Less than four miles from The Beverly Hills Hotel, British fashion designer Paul Smith’s flagship Los Angeles store — with its perfectly pink exterior — has been finding its way into the background of selfies and vacation photos for more than a decade.
4. The Colony Hotel
Two hundred miles away from the Don CeSar, on Florida’s opposite coast, The Colony Hotel has served as a Palm Beach landmark for more than 70 years. During that time, it has welcomed some of the world’s most famous people, from US presidents to European royalty to pop culture icons like John Lennon and Judy Garland.
5. Away Suitcase
Who knew it would take a certain shade of pink — “blush,” to be precise — to create a major disruption in the retail industry? When luggage company Away first introduced its light pink luggage in early 2017, even they had no idea that it would sell out almost immediately and have thousands of customers begging for more. In October, they answered that call by making the hue part of its regular lineup, for both carry-ons and roller-bags and even a kid’s version. (The bag’s indestructible shell, many hidden inside compartments and built-in USB chargers haven’t hurt the brand’s popularity.)
6. Las Coloradas
Not to be outdone, Las Coloradas — a tiny fishing village located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula — is also noted for its brilliant pink waters, which is believed to be caused by the same type of algae that tinges Australia’s Hutt Lagoon.
Afternoon tea is a glorious tradition in London and one that becomes infinitely more Instagrammable when taken at The Gallery at Sketch, a Mayfair mainstay with pink as far as the eye can see. As for those sketches on the wall, which are all courtesy of celebrated artist David Shrigley? We’ll save you the bother of counting: There are 239 of them.
8. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
An all-in-one destination unto itself, the legendary Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort occupies its very own peninsula and boasts a swimming pool-lagoon with solarium, lush gardens, a first-class spa, in-house casino, three restaurants (including the Michelin-starred Blue Bay) and unobstructed Mediterranean Sea views from nearly all of the hotel’s 350-plus rooms and suites.
9. Hotel Ambos Mundos
Located in Old Havana, in the heart of the city’s historic center, the Hotel Ambos Mundos was a home away from home for Ernest Hemingway — and one of his favorite places to write. In fact, it was in Room 511 of this hotel that Hemingway finished Death in the Afternoon and began work on New Green Hills of Africa and To Have and Have Not. (Today, the room serves as a miniature museum to the celebrated author.)
10. The Beverly Hills Hotel
For more than a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has served as a haven of peace and quiet for Hollywood’s most famous faces. When they’re not making deals inside the hotel’s famous Polo Lounge, they might be hiding out in one of the property’s famously private pink bungalows.
11. Hutt Lagoon
Just as not all beaches are white sand beaches, not all bodies of water are blue — or even bluish green. In the small town of Gregory, a fishing port in the Midwest portion of Western Australia, the Hutt Lagoon is a 27-square-mile salt lake famous for its pink hue. (The color is the result of a massive amount of Dunaliella salina, a type of algae.)
12. The Royal Hawaiian
Yet another “Pink Palace,” The Royal Hawaiian — a massive resort located on Waikiki Beach — has been one of Hawaii‘s most famed resorts for more than 90 years. Occupying 14 acres of prime beachfront property, the hotel takes its famed hue seriously, carrying it throughout the property, from the comfy lounge chairs around the pool to the decor and details of the property’s 528 rooms and suites.
13. The Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club
Known as “The Pink Palace” to locals for obvious reasons, there’s just as much breathtaking beauty inside the 133-year-old Hamilton Princess Hotel & Beach Club than there is outside. The Bermuda resort’s first-class collection of pop and modern art includes works by Andy Warhol, Banksy, Jeff Koons, Ai Wei Wei and Damien Hirst.
Featured image courtesy of Sam Mellish / In Pictures via Getty Images.
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