About Simone Aïda Baur

Awarding winning interior designer and blogger and founder of Global Inspirations Design offers interior design services for new builds and renovations, as well as interior design coaching and workshops.

M Maison Particulière Porto: a labour of love

Discovering new places and spaces fills my soul with joy. Some places even make my heart skip a beat. Such was the case with Porto! Without any particular expectations, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels with the authentic charm of this historic city on the river Douro. It’s hard to say whether it was the city’s unique architectural style, the ‘chic meets patina’ feel, the friendliness of the people, the food or all of the above. On second thought, maybe the M Maison Particulière also had something to do with it… as it sure set […]

Beau-Rivage Genève: a princess’s tale

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved running through the maze of corridors at the Beau-Rivage Genève and play hide and seek with his sister. Those are some of Monsieur Jacques Mayer’s first memories of growing up in a Grand Hotel. He’s one of the fourth generation owners of this historic hotel, where royalty, heads of state and movie stars have rubbed shoulders for more than 150 years. As he was reminiscing about the past and sharing stories of his family legacy over a drink in the Atrium Bar, which is where I […]

Amara Interior Blog Awards: Will you vote for my blog?

More than five years ago I embarked on this journey of writing my own blog. What started out as a marketing tool, has now become a vital part of my business and more so, an integral part of me. There is something truly special about writing down your thoughts, insights, inspirations, ideas and dreams and then put them out there for anyone to see…

My blog has taken me on many an adventure and has allowed me to see and experience places and spaces I could otherwise only dream of. At the same time, I have also […]

Hotel de Rougemont & Spa: Switzerland’s best kept secret

Everyone has heard of Gstaad, but what about Rougemont? Almost as if hiding in the shadow of world renowned Gstaad, you will find the enchanting village of Rougemont. Authentic wooden chalets make up the village and lush Prealpine landscapes and the Videmanette, also known as ‘The Gstaad Dolomites’, create the backdrop. So, if you love the region of Gstaad, but not necessarily the hype that comes with it, then Rougemont is the place for you.

The Hotel de Rougemont & Spa is one of those hotels, where you literally feel the stress […]

Kempinski Hotel Bahia: life is a beach

First impressions count and the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, conveniently located between Marbella and Estepona, sure knows how to make one. As I entered the resort I felt like I was in for a grand experience. Whilst walking through the impressive lobby and past the boho-chic lobby bar ‘Black Rose’, that holiday feeling started to creep up… Once I stepped outside onto the terrace, overlooking the stunning landscaped gardens, pools and the Mediterranean Sea, I smiled and thought to myself: “Yep, I am on holidays.”

The generously sized property only consists of 145 rooms and suites. The […]

Barranco Grand Case: boho-chic oceanfront dining

As an interior designer and with my background in the international luxury hotel industry, I have developed numerous filters when it comes to choosing hotels and restaurants. In my opinion a restaurant needs to fulfill three main criteria: good food, good design and good service. That should be the starting point. Far and between you will find places that over deliver in one or more areas. Such was the case with the Barranco Grand Case in Saint Martin. It was the design that attracted me to this lovely oceanfront restaurant and the food that makes me want […]

Villa Orselina: The art of doing nothing

At the Villa Orselina, “Il Dolce Far Niente” is more than a slogan. The famous Italian phrase literally translates to “sweet doing nothing”. More eloquently put “The art of doing nothing”. The dictionary describes it as ‘Sheer indulgent relaxation and blissful laziness, the enjoyment of idleness’. In theory, an easy concept, yet many (myself included) struggle with it, unless…

It had been a few years since my last visit to Ticino and I couldn’t help but wonder why I don’t visit more often. At only 2.5 hours from Zurich (2 hours from Milan) you find yourself […]

Moving home: How to plan your move

According to psychologists moving home is not only very emotional, but also one of the most stressful experiences in our lives. Like any major life change it is a disruption to ‘life as we know it’. This causes uncertainty, which in return causes anxiety and stress. In addition, the word home is charged with emotions, feelings and memories and moving is filled with symbolism. On one hand there’s a feeling of loss, anxiety and fear and on the other hand there’s excitement, anticipation and the hope for new beginnings.

Palapa Grill & Lounge: new hot spot in Saint Martin

Everyone likes a good story. When I visited the recently reopened Palapa Grill & Lounge, I soon realised that even though there’s lots to discover in terms of design, there is much more to the place than what meets the eye. The owner, Barbara, had a story for almost every single piece of furniture and it made discovering her restaurant a true adventure.

As you enter through the lounge, you are met with an explosion of colours, patterns and styles. Some quirky decorative items, gilded mirrors and artwork complete the eclectic look of the Palapa Lounge. […]

Le Sereno Saint Barths: barefoot luxury

Saint Barthélemy or short Saint Barts lies in the French West Indies and is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. A tropical playground for the rich and famous. This being my first visit to Saint Barths, I had no idea what to expect. Arriving by sea from Saint Martin, I quickly realised that this island is like no other. As the ferry slowly sailed into the port, we were surrounded by dozens of mega yachts. Arriving at the port, we were met with the picturesque little town Gustavia. It’s like a Caribbean […]

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