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From sun-soaked hideaways to sublime sips and stunning ceramics, this month's hotlist weaves together the extraordinary, promising an indulgent journey of discovery

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The Pillow Hotlist brings together the extraordinary, championing only the very best in lifestyle, taste, and culture. In this August edition, we are sharing a carefully curated selection that blends exclusivity with allure. Discover the whispered charm of Mykonos through Assouline’s Mykonos Muse, appreciate the vibrance of Gergei Erdei’s hand-painted Grotto series plates, and savour El Rayo Tequila’s nuanced flavours. From the captivating narratives of iconic performers at the V&A’s DIVA exhibition to the culinary delights of Manzi’s in Soho and the timeless luxury of Six Senses Rome, each feature is a testament to excellence.

A sophisticated sanctuary in Mykonos

Scorpios Mykonos
Scorpios Mykonos

Scorpios Mykonos
Nestled on the southern tip of Mykonos, Scorpios seamlessly blends the serenity of seclusion with the energy of community spirit. A modern-day interpretation of the classic Greek agora, its sun-drenched terraces and the open-air House invite introspection and lively interaction against a stunning Aegean backdrop.

Scorpios Mykonos
Scorpios Mykonos

Why we love Scorpios Mykonos
Scorpios exudes an effortless elegance that reflects the essence of Mykonos, an island known for its stunning beauty and bohemian luxury. The space is more than a beach club—it’s a sanctuary where the cultural, artistic, and social pulse of the island beats. The design, architecture, and the unparalleled location make it an irresistible destination. Whether you’re seeking introspective solitude or vibrant community interaction, Scorpios accommodates with grace and style.

Address: Paraga, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
Website: scorpiosmykonos.com

A timeless Italian oasis

Terrace Suite at Six Senses Rome
Terrace Suite at Six Senses Rome

Six Senses Rome
Step into history with a modern twist at Six Senses Rome, the first Italian urban retreat of this global hotel group. Amidst Rome’s bustling heart, it marries heritage with a minimalist approach, fostering wellness and sustainability. With views of Rome’s icons and contemporary Italian cuisine, it’s a stone’s throw from the Trevi Fountain and Pantheon, offering an authentic Roman experience. Read our weekend guide on where to stay, eat and explore in Rome.

Monumental staircase | Tepidarium Roman Baths at Six Senses Rome

Why you should stay at Six Senses Rome
A visit to Six Senses Rome offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Rome from a luxurious, contemporary, and sustainable base. The hotel’s prime location, innovative wellness facilities, and dedication to the environment are only a few of its standout features. The in-house culinary experience provides a fresh take on traditional Italian cuisine. Its commitment to history and culture, shown through its restoration projects and building design, ensure an authentic and memorable Roman experience. Whether you’re there for a romantic getaway or a relaxed city break, Six Senses Rome is a haven where luxury, wellness, and sustainability meet.

Address: Piazza S. Marcello, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Website: sixsenses.com

A seafood spectacular in London’s Soho

Manzi's | Dinner Date: Manzi's, a chic dive into a seafood dream in the heart of Soho | Pillow Magazine
The first floor at Manzi’s

Manzi’s
Let the enchanting labyrinth of Soho guide you to Manzi’s, a seafood haven radiating sophisticated elegance in the heart of London. Embrace the whimsical underwater theme conceived by Fabled Studio, and embark on a culinary odyssey. Sip on uniquely crafted cocktails and indulge in delectable seafood delicacies, all in a space evoking an enchanted aquatic oasis. If you’re searching for a distinctive dining experience that effortlessly marries the thrilling vibrancy of London with gastronomic excellence, Manzi’s is the catch of the day. Read our Dinner Date review of Manzi’s.

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Bateman's Lobster Roll at Manzi's | Dinner Date: Manzi's, a chic dive into a seafood dream in the heart of Soho | Pillow Magazine
Manzi’s Bateman’s Lobster Roll

Why you should book a table at Manzi’s
Manzi’s is more than a dining venue; it’s a ticket to an unforgettable culinary voyage. The restaurant’s standout dishes, like the delicately seasoned yellow-fin tuna tartare or the indulgent Bateman’s lobster roll, promise a gastronomic adventure of unique flavours. With the colourful cocktail list showcasing gems like the refreshing Manzi’s Seabreeze, you’ll be truly spoilt for choice. Reserving a table here guarantees not just a sumptuous seafood feast, but a delightful immersion into an atmospheric underwater wonderland in the heart of Soho.

Address: 1-8 Bateman’s Buildings, London W1D 3EN
Website: manzis.co.uk

A summer haven with an unmatched skyline view

The Berkeley Rooftop Pool & Bar
The Berkeley Rooftop Pool & Bar

The Berkeley Rooftop Pool & Bar
Relish the tranquility of a serene summer’s evening from the rooftop bar of The Berkeley hotel. Poised between the lively Knightsbridge and tranquil Belgravia, this hidden treasure provides a soothing retreat from urban life, complete with stunning vistas of Hyde Park’s sprawling green expanses.

The Berkeley Rooftop Pool & Bar

Why you should spend an evening at The Berkeley Rooftop Pool & Bar
Whether you’re seeking a luxurious escape from the bustling city life or simply fancy an unforgettable evening under the stars, The Berkeley’s Rooftop Pool & Bar is the place to be. As you admire the breathtaking view of Hyde Park, you can indulge in Mediterranean small plates, such as the succulent seared beef with truffle artichoke pesto, rocket, and the home-cured salmon dressed with a delightful fennel, dill, and orange concoction. Vegetarian options like the burrata, served with marinated cherry tomatoes and olive crumb, are equally tempting. Their impressive cocktail lineup further elevates the experience – from the summery Hyde Park Spritz, a blend of Ricard pastis, Cointreau, Benedictine, Orgeat, lemon, and sparkling water, to the bold Pool Party, featuring Campari, Chambord, rhubarb, strawberry bitters, and Fever-Tree soda water.

Address: The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
Website: the-berkeley.co.uk

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An elegant ally for your stylish journeys

Saint Laurent's Sac de Jour 48h Duffle Bag in Grained Leather
Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour 48h Duffle Bag in Grained Leather

Sac de Jour 48h Duffle Bag by Saint Laurent
Imagine a spacious holdall combining practicality with effortless sophistication. Crafted in grained, 100% calfskin leather, this signature bag from Saint Laurent radiates charm while offering ample room for all your essentials. Its thoughtful design with soft construction and strategic pockets makes packing a breeze, whilst the comfort of carrying is uncompromised.

Saint Laurent's Sac de Jour 48h Duffle Bag in Grained Leather
Saint Laurent

Why you’ll love travelling with Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour 48h Duffle Bag
This holdall encapsulates Saint Laurent’s skill at weaving utility with style. Its robust make ensures durability, whilst the subtle allure is accentuated by oxidised nickel details, a chic leather-encased padlock, and the subtly embossed Saint Laurent emblem. Protective leather feet keep the bag pristine, safeguarding against scratches and wear. Inside, you’ll find generous storage, replete with zip and slot pockets for easy organisation. Made in Italy, this duffle is your passport to a stylish, unparalleled travel experience, whether you’re jetting off for a weekend retreat or embarking on an extended trip.

£3,230, visit Saint Laurent

An intricate harmony of boldness and nuance

Gris Dior by Dior
DIOR

Gris Dior
Venture into an unforgettable olfactory journey with Gris Dior, a unisex eau de parfum that beautifully defies gender norms. This distinctive scent melds intense chypre notes, creating a sublime equilibrium between tradition and contemporaneity. It captures the multifaceted allure of DIOR’s iconic grey, reflecting a sophisticated palette of nuanced subtleties. This fragrance isn’t merely a scent but an audacious statement, meant to be adopted and personalised according to your unique style.

Gris Dior by Dior
Gris Dior by Dior | Instagram @rahi_chadda

Why you’ll love wearing Gris Dior
Embracing Gris Dior means delving into a captivating unisex fragrance that embodies DIOR’s audacious spirit. The iconic chypre trail is shaped by an intriguing fusion of floral and woody notes, making it decidedly distinct. Striking a balance between time-honoured elegance and modernity, Gris Dior serves as a reflection of individuality, encased in an environmentally conscious, recyclable bottle. The scent’s richness mirrors the depth of the colour grey, far surpassing a simple black and white mix.

From £125, visit DIOR

An intersection of haute couture and urban chic

Off-White 5.0 Sneaker
Off-White™ 5.0 Sneaker

Off-White™ 5.0 Sneaker
Step into the realm where the world of high fashion seamlessly merges with the raw energy of streetwear. These Milan-crafted sneakers from Off-White™ represent the best of both worlds, featuring an artful amalgamation of canvas, suede, and leather. The sophisticated design is characterised by abundant branding, including a conspicuous logo and the iconic zip tag, delivering an undeniably ‘Off-White’ aesthetic to your stride.

Off-White 5.0 Sneaker
Off-White™

Why you’ll love wearing the 5.0 Sneaker by Off-White™
Immersing in Off-White™’s innovative approach to design, these 5.0 sneakers are a fashion-forward fusion of material and style. Fashioned from canvas, suede, and leather, their unique aesthetic transcends the conventional. The earthy tones of sand suede juxtapose the white canvas and leather, adding a tactile dimension to your ensemble. Furthermore, their sustainable recycled rubber outsole reflects a commitment to both style and environmental responsibility. As a statement piece, they effortlessly enhance any casual attire, bringing high-fashion flair to the streets.

£385, visit Off-White™

A symphony of acoustics in comfortable elegance

Beats Studio Pro
Beats Studio Pro

Beats Studio Pro
Experience a new age of audio immersion with the reimagined Beats Studio Pro. These next-generation over-ear headphones combine masterful noise cancellation and transparency modes with comfort that lasts all day, wrapped in luxurious UltraPlush leather cushions. With personalised spatial audio and dynamic head tracking, your sound journey is not just high-quality but also highly personal. Lose yourself in up to 40 hours of audio fidelity like never before, enhanced with improved call performance and lossless audio capabilities.

Beats Studio Pro

Why you’ll love listening to music with the Beats Studio Pro
Beats Studio Pro is the epitome of high-end audio fidelity. This next-gen headphone offers fully-adaptive active noise cancellation, personalised spatial audio with dynamic head tracking, and UltraPlush leather cushions for supreme comfort. You’ll be impressed by the enhanced call performance and extensive battery life of up to 40 hours. Designed with premium metal sliders for adjustable fit and durability, the Studio Pro stands as a testament to Beats’ commitment to delivering music as the artist intended. With added compatibility for both Apple and Android devices, it integrates seamlessly into your existing tech ecosystem. Plus, with a sustainable approach to packaging and materials, Beats Studio Pro makes an ethically sound choice for the environmentally conscious. Choose from a range of premium colours to match your style, for a listening experience that looks as good as it sounds.

£349.99, visit Beats by Dre

A tequila made for tonic, not regrets

El Rayo Tequila
El Rayo Tequila

El Rayo Tequila
The zest of Mexico converges in a bottle with El Rayo Tequila, a modern spirit drawn from 100% blue agave. Embrace summer vibes with a refreshing tequila and tonic, transcending the conventional tequila experience. El Rayo’s Plata and Reposado variants – masterpieces of two Londoners-turned-tequila connoisseurs – epitomise their audacious vision, honouring Mexico’s heritage in a distinctly contemporary blend.

El Rayo Tequila
El Rayo Tequila

Why you should add El Rayo Tequila to your bar
El Rayo Tequila is a dynamic addition to your bar for its distinct profile and versatility. Pioneering the tequila and tonic, or T&T, this modern tequila is a revelation for casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike. Whether you’re enjoying a sundowner or crafting creative cocktails, its refined yet robust character adds a new dimension to your drink, enhancing the drinking experience. Furthermore, its ethically sourced, all-natural ingredient base and visually striking bottle embody El Rayo’s commitment to quality, sustainability, and design excellence, making it not only a fantastic beverage choice but also an aesthetic addition to your bar.

From £37.95, visit El Rayo Tequila

A hellenic whirl of craft and colour for your table

Grotto Series by Gergei Erdei
Grotto Series by Gergei Erdei

Grotto plates by Gergei Erdei
Infuse your table with the allure of the Mediterranean, courtesy of Gergei Erdei’s Grotto plates. Each plate, ornately hand-painted in Hungary, showcases a captivating fusion of laurel leaves and scallop motifs, reminiscent of ancient Greek ceramics. Available in vibrant blue, yellow and green, these unique pieces promise to bring a dash of Italian Riviera chic to every meal.

Grotto Series by Gergei Erdei
Grotto Series by Gergei Erdei

Why you’ll love dining with Gergei Erdei’s Grotto plates
The Grotto plates are a feast for the senses. Beyond their functional purpose, these plates are artistic masterpieces that will make each meal feel like a special occasion. Each piece is uniquely hand-painted, bearing the artisan’s touch, infusing individuality and character into your table setting. Their bold colours and motifs add depth and vibrancy to your tablescape, invoking the warmth and vivacity of Mediterranean gatherings. This collection, with its detailed craftsmanship and eye-catching design, is a statement about discerning taste and appreciation for fine art and culture.

From £70, visit Gergei Erdei

An ode to the Aegean

Mykonos Muse, Assouline Publishing
Mykonos Muse, Assouline Publishing

Mykonos Muse by Assouline
Dive into the rich tapestry of Mykonos through Assouline’s evocative Mykonos Muse. This lavishly illustrated book weaves tales of the island’s history, culture, and paradisiacal allure. Accompany your exploration with Assouline’s specially crafted scented candle, a fragrant tribute to the enchanting Aegean isle, created by celebrated perfumer Jérôme Epinette.

Mykonos Muse, Assouline Publishing | Filippos Economou
Mykonos Muse, Assouline Publishing | Filippos Economou

Why you should have Assouline’s Mykonos Muse on your coffee table
Infuse your living space with the captivating allure of the Aegean with Assouline’s Mykonos Muse. This visually stunning and captivating book serves not just as a chic addition to your coffee table, but also as a cultural passport to the island of the winds. Its meticulously curated visual narrative, woven together with over 200 mesmerising illustrations, transports you to Mykonos’ windmill-adorned landscapes and sun-kissed shores. It’s a journey further enriched by the complementary scented candle, crafted exclusively for Assouline by renowned perfumer Jérôme Epinette, offering a sensory experience that captures the island’s essence. Together, they transform your coffee table into a conduit for conversation, inspiration, and exploration.

£85, visit Selfridges

A diva celebration

CHER, ELTON JOHN AND DIANA ROSS AT ROCK AWARDS SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, 1975
Mark Sullivan/Getty Images
CHER, ELTON JOHN AND DIANA ROSS AT ROCK AWARDS SANTA MONICA CIVIC AUDITORIUM, 1975 | Mark Sullivan/Getty Images

DIVA exhibition at V&A South Kensington
Celebrate the spirit of resilience and glamour with the DIVA exhibition at V&A South Kensington. A tribute to iconic performers, their profound impacts, and the evolution of the term ‘diva’ itself, the exhibit features over 60 spectacular ensembles and intimate personal stories. Currently underway, it will continue to captivate audiences until 7 April 2024.

RIHANNA'S PAPAL-INSPIRED BEJEWELLED DRESS SHE WORE TO THE 2018 MET GALA DESIGNED BY JOHN GALLIANO | Peter Kelleher
RIHANNA’S PAPAL-INSPIRED BEJEWELLED DRESS SHE WORE TO THE 2018 MET GALA DESIGNED BY JOHN GALLIANO | Peter Kelleher

Why you should book tickets for the DIVA exhibition
DIVA is an ode to some of the world’s most revered performers and their legacies. The showcase offers an unrivalled opportunity to delve into the histories of these influential figures, exploring not only their rise to fame, but also their contributions to societal change. From Marilyn Monroe’s black dress to Elton John’s 50th birthday ensemble, the exhibition celebrates iconic fashion moments and the narratives behind them. With over 60 looks on display, many unveiled for the first time, and a poignant exploration of the term ‘diva’, it’s a must-visit for lovers of history, fashion, and pop culture.

£20, visit V&A

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