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The craft of the cocktail: Spirited wellbeing

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They say a bar order tells a lot about person. From the dark and stormy to the straight-up and neat, it’s easy enough to make the connections – but what does a hotel bar’s signature pour say about itself? Design Hotels™ contemplates this question and tempts you to pick your pleasure… after all, it’s five o’clock somewhere.

In the heart of the French Riviera, Hôtel Sezz Saint-Tropez is the second collaboration between Shahe Kalaidjian and Christophe Pillet. Here, distinctive Provencal design is set against a lush wooded park with the central pool and bar at the heart of it all. Classic meets contemporary in Frankfurt at Roomers – where dark tones and leather evoke the elegantly futuristic. As pioneers in the Frankfurt hospitality scene, hoteliers Micky Rosen and Alex Urseanu know a thing or two about a standout bar scene. Meanwhile, the lively barstaff at Puro Oasis Urbano is mixing-up twists on tried-and-true classics. Located in a quaint, historic barrio of Palma de Mallorca, the hotel is a relaxed, cosmopolitan retreat surrounded by the beauty of the Balearic Island.

In a region known for its rows of private yachts and movie stars, the 35-room (and two suite) hotel has an A-list worthy line-up of cocktails. Simply sip bubbles from the Dom Perignon bar where DJ’s spin daily, or foray into adventurous territory with the head barman Thibault Poëlvilain’s seductive offerings. The hotel’s take on a Pina Colada, ‘Sexy Around the Pool’, unites fresh coconut-infused Jamaican rum with falernum liquor (made from ginger, lime, nutmeg and almonds), frothed almond milk, and pineapple juice, topped with rare and exotic Tonka bean shavings. www.designhotels.com/hotels/france/cote-d-azur/saint-tropez/hotel-sezz-st-tropez

As ambassadors of Frankfurt’s cool scene, this 116-room property has a healthy dose of bar culture. Roomers’ award-winning cocktail makers pride themselves on the experimental, with due respect paid to well-made classics. With impending football fever this summer, a Brazilian flavor will take center stage, as bar chef Miguel Fernandez serves up treasured rarities alongside latin-inspired drinks. Victories and defeats will be celebrated and soothed in the opulent bar or in the open-air of the Green Patio.

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Housed in an 18th century town palace, the 51-room hotel captures Mallorca’s eclectic soul, ensuring an energetic mix of music, art, Asian-Med cuisine, and of course plenty of cocktails. As the go to hotspot in Palma, top DJ’s set the mood for soirées inspired by island flavor. The area’s bounty of fresh ingredients is on full, sippable display. The house cocktail takes on Mediterranean flavors with the Mallorcan Mojito marrying palo liqueur (made with indigenous herbs and the secret ingredient of burnt sugar), fresh mint, oranges, sugar, lime and soda. www.designhotels.com/hotels/spain/mallorca/palma-de-mallorca/puro-oasis-urbano

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