The exquisite, secluded Emerald Bay is an ideal setting for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts to debut its flagship Asia resort. Rosewood Phuket's innovative architecture with subtle Thai influences will blend organically and sensitively into the hillside forest landscape while uninterrupted views of the Andaman Sea will be visible from 87 spacious villas, 20 residences and five hideaway homes.
Six restaurants and lounges - from rustic Tha seafood on the beach to a sophisticated beachfront lounge and deck area - will be complemented by an array of recreational options: Sense Spa; four swimming pools; a health club with gymnasium; a yoga pavilion; the sea sports pavilion and tennis court. The Pavilion will be a residential-style space for meetings and functions while a wedding pavilion, just a few steps from the beach will host up to 200.
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Park Royal Pickering
Singapore’s first ‘hotel in a garden’ has won numerous accolades, such as the city’s top green rating of BCA Green Mark Platinum, Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award 2013, as well as Hotel of the Year 2013 awarded by the prestigious World Architecture News.
Here’s why. The S$350 million project is Singapore’s most striking example of conserving greenery in a high-rise building, using plant-covered balconies and cascading garden canopies to create 15,000 sqm of lush foliage – which comes up to be about double the area of the site! Fueled by the PARKROYAL brand’s promise to deliver a ‘Local Connection’ to the environment, guests may walk amidst pretty sky gardens, waterfall features, planter terraces, and the option of open-air corridors, which overlook the CBD zone as well as Hong Lim Park. Hanging vines, raw rock formations and concrete molded to resemble Asia’s rice paddy fields add to its alluring resort ambience. Last but not least, the hotel also utilizes rainwater harvesting, solar cells to power landscape lighting, and automatic sensors for regulating water and energy usage.
Seychelles, Indian Ocean
Conveniently connected to Mahé – Seychelles’ largest island – via a 300-meter bridge, Eden Island’s central location makes it a great launch pad to discover what this picturesque archipelago has to offer. Under the forward-looking jurisdiction of the Seychelles government, the 50ha island is now a lifestyle and entertainment hub of secluded beaches, bustling bars and restaurants, shopping spots, and the all-new marina, docking super yachts sheltered from the tropic sun.
In anticipation of tourist numbers, the Eden Island luxury residential project was set in place. Today, one glance across Eden Island reveals colonial design influences, properties built with luscious gardens, immaculate interiors, plenty of privacy, as well as large windows to maximize the island’s glorious natural beauty. Whether guests prefer cocooning in a luxury hotel, dipping their toes into clear waters right from their villas, holidaying with a huge group in a duplex, or utilizing state of the art kitchenettes in condominiums, accommodation choices are aplenty. Better yet, these beachfront homes are also available for sale, giving plenty of reason to purchase your private piece of fun in the sun, whenever you desire.
The owners sought a home that would link seamlessly with another family compound right next door; a practical design that would maximize Singapore’s tropical weather, while also drawing close to nature as much as possible.
The result is The Nest House, so named thanks to the curved latticework of timber and aluminum strips strapped to one side of the property, which helps filter off daylight’s glare while encouraging ventilation in the rooms. Walls have also been purposefully detailed to conceal the after-effects of the local climate. Nature makes its appearance via a generous use of timber, modular stone blocks, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass windows to welcome sunlight in. The ground floor opens up to sprawling gardens, which serve not only as green pockets – but also as a connector between the house and its neighboring family spaces. Pairing the most basic of materials with clever design, The Nest is a creative yet sustainable example of effective housing architecture that compliments its locale.
Space Asia Hub
The final pre-war shophouses along the historical Bencoolen Street have been given a new lease of life in the shape of the eye-catching Space Asia Hub, where old meets new seamlessly. On the outside, in-depth archival research has allowed the buildings’ facades to be preserved as close to its storied past as possible. Step within, and a world of immaculate and inspiring furniture showroom settings await.
From sound systems to live kitchen set ups and plush beddings, lifestyle facilities deliver a true-to-life experience that engages all your senses even as you view the premium furniture galleries. Throughout The Villa and The Heritage House, abundant sunlight pouring in through wooden rafters and high ceilings create a vast spaciousness, while carefully integrated landscaping also brings nature indoors, creating a light and alluring environment no matter the time of the day.
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Al Bateen Bay
Abu Dhabi, UAE
Once a sleepy fishing village separated from the main Abu Dhabi strip by large sand dunes, the Al Bateen Bay has since morphed into a thriving metropolis, and its calm waters now the site of one of Middle East’s premier marinas.
Part of a bigger project to promote Abu Dhabi as a prime destination for tourism and commerce, the Al Bateen precinct will see the launch of a mixed-use development, operating primarily with two marinas. Docking both fishing vessels and larger yachts, dry stacks for boat storing, as well as community and maintenance facilities for fishermen serve as support for the marine traffic. Meanwhile, lifestyle and entertainment components such as coffee shops, landscaped waterfront exhibition zones and an international yacht club together set the benchmark for the UAE’s future developments.
Palace Al Ain Hotel
Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Middle Eastern city of Al Ain is located about a two-hours drive away from Abu Dhabi, and is the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Yet, the green oasis still manages to relax frenzied minds with its picturesque landscape of swaying palm groves, majestic forts, and its camel market – one of the few remaining of its kind worldwide.
All the above, plus its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, has made the green city prime material for Palace Al Ain Hotel, a luxury resort and residential property set above an elevated desert site. Modeled in modern architectural lines with hints of local influence in design, guests can look forward to panoramic views of the historic Al Ain to the south, and the UAE’s second highest peak, Jebel Hafeet rising up on the other end.
Sir Bani Yas Island
Abu Dhabi, UAE
When the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan became president of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1971, he designated Sir Bani Yas Island as an island retreat and kick started his now famous ‘Greening of the Desert’ initiative. Fast-forward to the present, and the island has most recently clinched the title of ‘World’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination’ at the 2015 World Travel Awards held at Morocco.
Activity options abound, from horse riding and falconry, to deep-sea fishing and pearl diving. Wildlife lovers will feel right at home at the Arabian Wildlife Park, where over 10,000 wild animals roam free. Bringing this exhilarating wilderness experience right into its private villas is the Anantara Al Sahel Villa Resort. Decked in desert hues and traditional thatch work for its roofs, these tented structures huddled in clusters are inspired by the nomadic heritage of the UAE, for an authentic Arabian feel. When guests are not watching cheetahs and oryx in the savanna or discovering activities at the Dive Center, there’s also the option of luxuriating in the confines of the resort. Businesses looking for a memorable destination for team building retreats will also find the resort, managed by Thai hospitality group, Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas, a refreshing change.
New Cuffe Parade
One of the newest faces in the housing world of India’s financial capital, New Cuffe Parade is centrally located to Mumbai’s business hubs, offering easy connections to the Fort, and the Bandra-Kurla Complex. Frequent flyers will also enjoy the convenience of the Metro monorail system nearby, quick access to the Eastern Freeway, and the 20km ride to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
Within, the 23-acre mixed-use project spans a series of 45-storied residential towers clustered into zones, of which New Cuffe Parade is one of them. Designed to replicate the grandeur of palaces, the lobby entrance opens up to a massive 63-storey high central atrium, reminiscent of a royal courtyard. At home, Indian architectural influence is seen in the Rajasthan-styled jharokha (sky deck), mixed with international design such as the use of Italian marble and French windows. Million dollar views are also well awarded, with the residences flanked by views of sprawling green courtyards, the glistening Arabian Sea, and bustling Mumbai City. Offering the ultimate in flexibility is the omission of columns so loft living and home offices are made possible, while community spirit is fostered in style, thanks to glass walkways connected to neighbors on the same floor. Relax with a host of five gardens with pavilions, swimming pools, cricket grounds, cabanas and tea shacks, or keep busy at the water jet platform, rock climbing, organic farm, dog run area, and even a dedicated lawn for parties.
It’s not hard to spot this 27-storied building looming over Singapore’s Central Business District (CBD). Set amidst Tanjong Pagar’s urban network of steel, concrete and glass, Oasis Downtown stands out with its tower of cascading lush greenery – also the designer’s successful reinterpretation of the typical commercial high-rise development model.
To easily differentiate the various accommodation tiers of the designer business hotel, a sky garden separates each segment, whilst also doubling up as an urban verandah. These open spaces with natural sunlight allow maximized cross-ventilation, even as large-scale fans in the disguise of kinetic sculptures keep the public areas comfortable, especially in Singapore’s humid weather. Going inside, both the office space and hotel zone are decked out in organic-themed interiors, in line with Oasia Downtown’s sustainability theme. Also, multiple elevated ground floors have been inserted across the building as public areas, heightening the integrated work-and-play experience.
Johannesburg, South Africa
One of the most prominent addresses in Johannesburg, the Fourways District is home to the entertainment haven also known as the Montecasino Complex, a massive Italian-style village fitted with a mall, casino and theatres. Businesses have also taken root in the neighboring Palazzo Tower Offices, and now to keep up with increasing traffic, The Pivot is the answer for the demand of a third hotel in the Montecasino precinct.
Resembling a walled Tuscan village, every room within the Southern Sun Montecasino Hotel is styled in classic Italian design influences and backed by modern day comforts, including high-speed Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, fitness center, a controlled basement and surface level parking, and a professional conference center that’s perfect for business travelers.