Monthly Archives: August 2016

Kirini Suites & Spa Luxury Hotel Oia Santorini Cyclades Greece

Nestled in the village of Oia Santorini, lies Kirini Suites & Spa, a unique atmosphere’s hotel amongst luxury hotels in Santorini. The mesmerizing view of the Caldera Volcanic islands, gives this Santorini luxury hotel, an out of this world vibe. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the luxurious resort Kirini in Oia Santorini, combines the Cycladic architectural tradition with luxurious living and the serene scenery of the Aegean.

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The Waterhouse, Shanghai/China by Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

Located by the new Cool Docks development on the South Bund District of Shanghai, the Waterhouse is a four-story, 19-room boutique hotel built into an existing three-story Japanese Army headquarters building from the 1930’s. The boutique hotel fronts the Huangpu River and looks across at the gleaming Pudong skyline. The architectural concept behind NHDRO’s renovation rests on a clear contrast of what is old and new. The original concrete building has been restored while new additions built over the existing structure were made using Cor-Ten steel, reflecting the industrial past of this working dock by the Huangpu River. Neri & Hu’s structural addition, on the fourth floor, resonates with the industrial nature of the ships which pass through the river, providing an analogous contextual link to both history and local culture. Neri & Hu was also responsible for the design of the hotel’s interior, which is expressed through both a blurring and inversion of the interior and exterior, as well as between the public and private realms, creating a disorienting yet refreshing spatial experience for the hotel guest who longs for an unique five-star hospitality experience. The public spaces allow one to peek into private rooms while the private spaces invite one to look out at the public arenas, such as the large vertical room window above the reception desk and the corridor windows overlooking the dining room. These visual connections of unexpected spaces not only bring an element of surprise, but also force the hotel guests to confront the local Shanghai urban condition where visual corridors and adjacencies in tight nong-tang’s define the unique spatial flavor of the city.Images © Pedro Pegenaute, © The Waterhouse at South Bund

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Kuramathi Island Resort in Rasdhoo Atoll, Maldives

Located on Kuramathi Island in the Maldives, Kuramathi Island Resort is ideally located with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. This resort is comprised of 290 villas of various sizes and has been designed with preference for natural materials and ocean inspired color schemes.

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Sextantio Albergo Diffuso Santo Stefano, Italy

A medieval mountain hamlet where history and designer fittings meet to create a unique cultural experience. There’s nothing quite like this albergo diffuso – meaning something like “scattered lodgings” – anywhere else in the world. Put together by a team passionate about conservation, the hotel is a collection of restored houses and suites dotted around a crumbling hilltop village in the Gran Sasso mountains of central Italy. Thanks to their efforts, the village has been saved from extinction, and its remit now is to pay reverence to its peasant past. This is not a typical hotel: it’s a step back in time, and like its sister project Grotte della Civita, it’s quite unique.

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The Luxury Diva Holiday Resort, Maldives

The Maldives is famous for its breathtaking beauty and crystal-clear blue seas, and the luxurious Diva resort is an ideal destination to sample this beauty. The tranquil location, removed from the complexities of modern day life, is a haven for swimming and snorkeling. The islands of the Malidives are renowned for its marine diversity, and with guests at Diva only an hour away from some of the best diving locations in the world, seeing 20 feet whale sharks is a daily occurrence. Guests have the option of staying in water villas based in the islands lagoon, which feature an exclusive stairway leading down to the water, allowing you to dive when the wish arises. The villa`s are finished using local Maldivian wood flooring, Egyptian cotton sheets and Pierre Frey fabrics from Paris which give bedrooms a warm and luxurious feel. The décor follows on from the lagoon colour, with hints of turquoise and shades of beige and ochre.

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Blue Palace Resort & Spa in Crete

The Blue Palace Resort & Spa in Crete is nothing if not appropriately named. Blue skies, blue seas and shimmering blue pools lend the resort a soothing, ethereal quality.


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Lodge No 2 by Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer

Lodge No 2 is part of the Hölick Sea Resort, designed by Mats Edlund & Henrietta Palmer, and is located in Hölick, on the Swedish east coast north of the city Hudiksvall.

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Located in an area of Venice’s historic city centre known as San Cassian, just a few minutes from the Rialto Bridge and St Mark’s Square, Il nido di Giulietta & Romeo is the ideal choice for anyone planning an exclusive, unforgettable holiday. Easy to reach and handy for public transport, it makes an excellent solution for anyone wanting to experience Venice and its uniqueness to the full.
The traditional Venetian architecture, abounding with wells, mosaics, frescoes and columns, merges with more contemporary, original design ideas to create the best solution to satisfy even the most exclusive, demanding clientele.
All the rooms are personalized with different finishes to offer each guest an almost bespoke accommodation experience. Space, light and comfort are essential qualities in each room, all of which have either a shower or bath. SPA only in the Suites rooms.
Cheerful, bold colours mixed and matched to create unexpected plays of light are another feature at Il nido di Giulietta & Romeo.

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Six Senses Resort Laamu, Paradise In Maldives

Poised serenely over majestic turquoise waters, a palm fringed villa with sea suspended hammocks, padded day beds, and dining above a window of bright lagoon, awaits you at the Six Senses Resort Laamu, Maldives. Connected by beautifully weathered wooden jetties, and secluded by bamboo enclosures, the retreats are airy with high ceilings, and open air bathing alongside a private water garden. An all glass bathtub is suspended above the sparkling Indian Ocean, allowing you to soak up more of paradise. Up on a treetop deck, panoramic views of seascape and an unobstructed sunset are a feast for the eyes, and the soul. With transparent sides and cut away floors, the villas are designed to immerse in the sensational views.

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5 Star Viceroy Bali Resort in the Valley of the Kings

The Viceroy Bali is a family owned and operated resort in Ubud consisting of 25 luxuriously appointed private pool villas, majestically situated in Bali’s “Valley of the Kings” an appellation given by locals for the generations of Balinese royalty who have resided in nearby villages. The resort is also well known by sophisticated international travellers as one of the world’s secret tropical hideaways and respected by its many repeat guests as a destination that places emphasis on the best of privacy and comfort.

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