Outstanding examples of high-end design that contribute to the emotional experience of the traveller, using exquisite aesthetics and creative ingenuity to offer a new perspective and showcase the richness of its locality.
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WILDERNESS SAFARIS, Bisate Lodge
Bisate’s sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition. The spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while the richly-detailed interiors exhibit surfaces and screens made from a variety of woven materials with strong resonance in Rwandan culture. Bisate not only offers guests something completely unique to the Rwandan landscape but a lodge that is steeped in local design, culture and traditional architecture.
- ANDBEYOND TRAVEL
- TGREAT PLAINS CONSERVATION
- NAMIBIA EXCLUSIVE
Homoki Yurts takes it far a step further with traditional styling. Contemporary design with an adventure interior divided into three split levels, ensuring that harmony is achieved. A gallery bed offers stunning views onto the starry dome. State of the art amenities raise the yurt far above grass level. Luxury glamping and exploration of design as a meaning for mediating mindful interaction.
- Elwana Collection
- Sublime Comporta
New and unique Nihiwatu launched two villa residences, 5-bedroom Raja Mendaka and 3-bedroom Puncak, in August 2015. With architecture by Walter Wagner and design by Susan Colley and Marco Scarani, the two villas reflect the traditional Sumbanese residences Sumba locals inhabit. True architectural masterpieces, Puncak’s main highlight is the sunken dining area, sitting between two pools for dinner below the water, whilst Raja Mendaka takes prime position overlooking the Nihiwatu beach coastline, with infinity pool and massage cave hidden between the waterfall and boulder base. Both villas use locally sourced materials and offer views of the wild natural surroundings.
- Dwarika’s Dhulikhel
- Monteverdi Tuscany
- Shanti Maurice – Rum Shed
Aqua Expeditions – Aqua Mekong
Designed by Saigon-based architectural firm Noor Design, Aqua Expeditions’ newly launched Aqua Mekong is small enough to be intimate, but equally spacious and luxurious enough for the discerning traveller, with an incredibly high attention to design detail throughout. Its outward-facing design suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows and some have balconies, enabling guests to relax and watch Asia float by, for uniquely connected ‘eye-level cruising’. The Indochine-influenced interiors are built entirely of local sustainable materials and incorporate natural fibres with artisanal touches of the Mekong’s many cultures – such as Malaysian Ekowood and smooth teak. The sleek bathrooms are adorned in handmade tiles from Thailand and feature the latest eco-sensitive technology, as well as a large walk-in shower with rainforest showerhead.
Understated elegance realised in modern, natural materials continues in the ship’s social areas. In the sunlit dining room, fresh tropical flowers add a subtle pop of colour and Mekong-influenced cuisine is served on fine Cambodian china. With its sleek, contemporary interpretations of the region’s woven cane planter chairs, the top level Observation Deck has been designed to seamlessly connect guests with the constantly shifting landscape along the mighty river. Meanwhile the exterior deck – with its river-facing plunge pool and lounge bar – has been created entirely from Reysta – a material made from recycled rice husk and vegetable oil pressed into boards to give the appearance of tropical hardwood – which has won awards for its sustainability credentials. There is also a generously sized spa and fitness centre, library and screening room aboard.