:::: I wonder if I’d enjoy living by the beach? I’ve always been a “city girl” but I do have a soft spot for beaches. hmmm…
Hôtel de Sers in Paris exemplifies a building that fits magnificently in its new role as a hotel because the current owners’ expensive and extensive renovation retained the initial feel and the structural bones of the original mansion, and managed to insert today’s touches in a way that does not feel like a pretentious afterthought.
Just as luxury resort group Six Senses was ahead of the curve with its sexy castaway fantasy resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi, Six Senses Sanctuary - Phuket is a spa fantasy that lasts for days, even weeks, depending how long you want to stay. We only had four days but that was enough time to understand why this destination spa is so popular, it goes way beyond pampering. The experience starts as soon as you arrive of the private island of Naka Yai, just of the north-east coast of Phuket in Phang Nga Bay. There’s no lobby, no queues, just walk up the postcard perfect jetty and head straight for the spa for an extensive assessment.
The latest hotel launch capturing design media attention is Mandarin Oriental Barcelona. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group operates in 25 countries, but this is its first entry into southern Europe. Mandarin Oriental Barcelona’s official opening was celebrated in November 2009 with a lavish gala attended by the city’s style leaders and elite.
the Crosby Street Hotel, in New York
Stunning views, cliff-top balconies overlooking the ocean, beautifully designed villas with their own pool and decking, indoor and outdoor showers and just space, so much lovely space!
The service at Uluwatu is on a level you seldom see. You are greeted by name throughout the resort. The staff at the restaurants knows you preferences, dislikes and allergies but makes no big show of it. It is like a great host, a close friend would treat you.
:::: I have a weakness for luxury. As much as possible, whenever I go on vacations, I try to experience as much luxury I can comfortably afford. Can’t wait to visit this one!
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Hirsch Bedner Associates’ (HBA) recently completed design for the much-anticipated ESPA spa located in the Istanbul EDITION hotel. Here is a short description from the project developers: “The contemporary spa was inspired largely by Turkish traditions, with design elements that echo the Hammam customs and atmospheric elements of Istanbul. This juxtaposition of the old with the new create a uniquely contemporary and luxurious space. Elements like embossed bronze floors, chocolate brown marble, cast bronze sinks, walls of crystals and lighting effect gives the spa a warm, rich and mysterious ambiance. There are very few straight walls or corridors in guest areas and that helps to make the spaces mysterious and allows guests to discover new areas as they journey through it. Crystals are delicately integrated into the spa design in their most natural state. Their faceted edges, which glisten in the light, reinforce the atmospheric feel while exuding a distinct sense of luxury and elegance. The play of light was one of the main component in the design inspiration and was drawn from the faceted cut out patterns found in a traditional Hammam.”
You have a stressful 9 to 5 job and you definitely need a place to retreat and recharge your batteries for the upcoming week? We have the perfect place, except that it’s not ours. Losing concrete, class and the modern flooring and furnishings we’ve been used with, check out the exquisite luxury safari lodges in one of Africa’s most breathtaking location— Singita (meaning place of miracles). With an accent on comfort,you get introduced to a true wilderness experience that will pamper your senses. Situated along the Western corridor of the Serengeti, you could use it as inspiration if you can’t afford spending a vacation in such a breathtaking place