Bensley Design Studios Create New Genre Luxury Resort

Recent times have seen an abundance of luxury resorts popping up along Vietnam’s coast, but perhaps nothing quite as spectacular or beautiful as the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsular Resort. In the lush surroundings at Son Tra Peninsular, Bensley Design Studios have reinterpreted traditional Vietnamese design into a four level ‘seaside village’; ushering in what appears to be a new era of Asian hotel design. Harvard-educated,  Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley has spent over two decades immersed in the changing landscape of Asian

Congratulations to Ministry of Design shortlisted in The International Hotel & Property Awards

Designed and branded as a lifestyle oriented ‘residence’, we are delighted to announce that Macalister Mansion, Penang has made it through to the International Hotel & Property shortlist. Macalister Mansion is conceptualized as a quirky and sophisticated lifestyle destination where guests are treated to a series of experiences not unlike those found in the hospitality of an actual home. Housed in a 100-year-old historic mansion that has been conserved and adapted, Macalister Mansion consists of 6 entities in total: 5

Designer In Profile: 5 Minutes With Nini Andrade Silva

5 Minutes with Nini Andrade Silva, Owner of Atelier Nini Andrade Silva, shortlisted for the International Hotel & Property Awards 2012. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Hospitality is moving ahead, more competitive and exigent. All hospitality professionals need to be updated and out the box! What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?  I’m working in many different projects world while, from hospitality industry till private houses. I’m expanding my

5 MINUTES WITH Lahra & Chicco Tatriele

Members of The Design Society and The World’s Most Glamourous Hotels, FIVELEMENTS Co-Founders and Creative Directors Lahra & Chicco Tatriele shed a little light on bridging traditional wisdom with contemporary innovation: What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Integrative sustainable design with human practicality and sensible technology. What are the key influencing elements at present? Environmental, social/cultural, functional & economical feasibilty. What sort of projects are you working on at the moment? The expansion of

Du Parc Kempinski Reborn as One of Switzerland’s Most Luxurious Residential Developments

Du Parc was shortlisted for the International Hotel & Property Awards 2013 in the Residential Redevelopment / Renovation category, hosted by luxury interior design magazine design et al. Positioned above Lake Geneva among Lavaux’s UNESCO-protected vineyards sits Du Parc Kempinski Private Residences. Once a historic hotel, opened to the public in 1907, and now, thanks to a sensitive renovation project, set to be reborn as one of Switzerland’s most luxurious residential developments. Du Parc has been carefully restored, renovated and converted

DESIGNER IN PROFILE 5 minutes with… Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell

Pouné Parsanejad Mitchell, Director of Pouné Design was shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific Design & Architecture Awards 2013  for Gwinganna Health Retreat. What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms? Design is becoming more and more innovative, designers are experimenting with new materials and juxtaposing them with traditional ideas and design elements. There is a big move towards using recycled or reclaimed materials which is essential to the principles of ESD. What are the key influencing elements at present?

London Legend – Cafe Royal Opens

For almost two centuries, Café Royal has stood elegantly at the heart of London charming worldy sophicates and shoppers alike, indulging conversation over high teas and hosting famed celebrity gatherings behind its velvety curtains. That was, until 2008 when it closed to undergo a £90 million redevelopment that saw it transform from a cafe into a 159-room luxury hotel. This summer saw it open a new chapter, to coincide with the London Olympics 2012. And by February 2013 visitors can

Congratulations to Song Saa who won Hotel Under 50 Rooms Award & Hotel Suite Award in The International Hotel & Property Awards 2013

Situated in the southwest of the Indochinese peninsula, in the warm sapphire waters of Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. Song Saa Private Island is as seductive as the name implies. Intimate. Luxurious. Nestled deep in the undeveloped, deserted oasis of virgin rain forests and tropical reefs. Alongside its astounding beauty,  Song Saa’s raft of environmental initiatives are breaking new ground in Cambodia with a brand of ‘luxury that treads lightly’. The resort which spans the

‘Barefoot Meets Armani’, Olivia Newton John’s Discovery in the Hinterland of Byron Bay

Surrender to the beauty and healing cultures of Gaia Retreat & Spa, nestled on 25 acres in the breathtaking hinterlands of Byron Bay. Perfectly poised on the highest point in the shire, Gaia has 19 beautifully appointed bungalows set in lush subtropical gardens… described as the place where, ‘Barefoot meets Armani’. Gaia Retreat & Spa was discovered by good friends Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave who stumbled on the property while on the hunt for a country house for Gregg.

Pan-Asian Inspiration, Parisian ‘Buddha Bar’ comes to Knightsbridge

Descending from the widely acclaimed and successful restaurant-bar-lounge Buddha-Bar Paris, established in 1996 by founders Raymond & Tarja Visan, the new Buddha-Bar will bring an Oriental flair to London’s dining scene with its sumptuous menu of Pan Asian dishes, reputable music and striking interiors. Set over two floors, Buddha-Bar London’s stylish and beautiful interiors exude a fusion of colonial, baroque and East meets West style. Stunning crystal Chinese dragons, as well as monumental Buddha figures crafted in bronze mesh and brass