People often forget the Azores when booking a holiday but in recent years the archipelago is finally getting the recognition it deserves. The incredible islands have an unbelievable amount to offer and are one of Europe’s most breathtaking natural havens. The Furnas Boutique Hotel is a luxury hotel which offers visitors a stunning experience to connect with nature and to truly relax.
Located on the São Miguel Island, in the valley of the Furnas, which is the area with the most concentrated thermal waters in Europe, the Furnas Boutique Hotel is truly a remarkable luxury experience bathed in the peace and tranquillity of nature.
The interior design is reflective of the relaxation you will experience during your stay. The beautiful combination of modern and traditional influences creates a stunning balance and helps visitors to find their zen whilst connecting to nature. The use of an earthy and down-to-earth palette of greys and browns as well as the stone elements truly integrates the Furnas Boutique Hotel into its surroundings.
The Hotel offers a wide range of experiences for each type of traveller. From the adventure and sports enthusiasts to nature lovers, there is something to do for everyone.
The Furnas Boutique Hotel also has its stunning À Terra restaurant. The natural fruits of nature and the rustic lifestyle inspire the incredible food here. With a menu boasting plates that will bring you the most delicious aromas, textures and tastes.
The Thermal Spa at this luxury boutique hotel must not be overlooked. This is the perfect place to unwind and appreciate the true tranquillity of the island. The Furnas Boutique Hotel boasts both an outdoor and indoor thermal experience pools.
Of course they also have a sauna and Turkish bath as well as a luxuriously wide range of spa treatments from exfoliations, massages, hidromassages and even reflexology. This spa leaves nothing to be desired and you will leave completely relaxed.
When booking your next holiday to Europe do not forget to take a look at what the Azores has to offer and in particular the Furnas Boutique Hotel, the perfect place to take everything in and unwind.
It’s summer time and if you are planning on going to Miami this season you definitely must choose the Fontainebleau Hotel to enjoy one of the best hotel experiences in the world. Hotel Interior Design advises you to celebrate the rise of summer with friends and to experience what this unique hotel has to offer.
It was by one this hotel’s spectacular set of pools that James Bond and Golfinger sat for a heated game of gin rummy. And the hotel is just as glamorous as it was then. The interiors have Jeffrey Beers’s signature. The New York based interior designer revitalized this historic hotel, the Miami retreat for Hollywood’s elite during the mid-20th century, honoring the original 1954 design of famed architect Morris Lapidus while updating it for the sophisticated guest of today.
Every step you take through the hotel lobby makes you feel true luxury allied to the unique Miami vibe. The hotel facilities offer a wide range of services and experiences.
During the day, you can relax by one the 9 pools available and choose your own cabana or sun loungers, or just go to the private beach and immerse yourself in those warm clear waters. Then go to the phenomenal spa and prepare your body and soul for the night ahead. You may even have a personal shopper to work the look for later.
The night comes and it’s time for some signature dining experience. You can choose one of these luxury restaurants: Hakkasan, one of the top 50 best restaurants in the world, Michael Mina 74, Scarpetta, Stripsteak by Michael Mina.
We chose the Hakkasan, where we tasted crispy almond prawn crowned by an exotic fruit consommé. Chef Jian Heng Loo is definitely in our world’s top chefs list. After this fine dining experience, enjoy yourself in one of the hottest nighclubs in town: the Liv.
Designed by Francois Frossard, who also designed other top nighclubs in Miami such as the Mokai, Liv has a voyeuristic design. You can see the entire venue from everywhere you are standing while enjoying the lavish decor throughout the space and partying as if there was no tomorrow! Celebrities may be having a drink next to you.
Come to the hotel and enjoy it as much as we did! What a great day spent in a very good company.
Top 10 Industrial-Chic Hotels – While there’s plenty to be said in favor of the new, sometimes the best things stem from a solid original foundation. Industrial structures like warehouses and factories are finding new incarnations as luxury hotels, challenging designers to have hotel interior design creative ideas with old bones and drawing in guests who seek a sense of history and character. Providing the best hotel experiences and luxury travel with cutting-edge hotels that come from humble origins.
From humble to high-design, check those 10 converted buildings that breathe new life into the old.
One of Sydney’s trendiest accommodations, 1888 Hotel opened its doors in July, welcoming guests to its 90-room boutique property in the Pyrmont neighborhood. The guest rooms feature ten-foot ceilings; windows and desks constructed from recycled timber; and a lobby, an atrium and a bar studded with reclaimed wooden beams and exposed brick. (Despite the vintage details, the five-story hotel takes a modern approach to technology: Each room comes with an iPad and Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers are entitled to one complimentary night’s stay.) The staff wears denim work shirts in a cheeky nod to the heritage-listed building’s previous life as a woolshed.
While most former industrial buildings are found in ports or in cities, Fabriken Furillen is a rural outlier on the island of Gotland, off Sweden’s southeastern coast. Once a limestone refinery, the 18-room hotel (including two cabins) is a haven of sharp-edged Scandinavian design in a stunningly scenic—almost lunar—setting. Rooms are painted in white or gray and feature luxury beds, Bang & Olufsen technology (some rooms have televisions, others have radios; the cabins are electronics-free) and bucolic touches like sheepskin rugs and blankets made from Gotland wool. The restaurant serves simple, elegant meals made with island-grown vegetables and herbs.
Brooklyn is home to plenty of reclaimed industrial spaces, but the Wythe Hotel is one of the newest (it opened in May 2012) and chicest. Floor-to-ceiling windows in many rooms look straight out onto the Manhattan skyline over the East River, letting in copious amounts of sunlight to play off the exposed-brick walls and custom-made wallpaper. Original cast-iron columns, masonry and 13-foot-high timber ceilings speak to the building’s history as a cooperage. The concrete floors are heated (a detail the former tenants might have appreciated as they rolled out barrels on the Williamsburg waterfront); the furniture (beds were constructed from pine taken from the ceilings) and artwork is made locally.
A century-old neo-Gothic building in the heart of New York’s Garment District, the Refinery started out as a millinery factory. It is now an elegant, eclectic 12-story hotel with amazing structural features and plenty of luxurious amenities. Opened in May 2013, it features lobby details (a 72-foot custom-designed runner, vaulted ceilings, plaid-patterened finished-walnut walls) that evoke an old New York feel. In the rooms, steel-and-leather headboards reinforce the industrial ambiance, while wooden bedside lockers add a touch of nostalgia. On occasion the hotel’s loading dock becomes Hatbox, a gallery space hosting art exhibits and fashion shows.
Though Sir Albert may have a fictional host at its helm (the gentleman of its name is a made-up character), the hotel has a very real former life as a 19th-century diamond factory. Despite the space’s original connection to gems, the decor has a distinctly masculine feel, thanks to brown curtains, dark wood furniture in the guest rooms and cowskin-patterned cubes for sitting in the Study—a cozy public space with deep leather armchairs and well-stocked bookshelves. Plenty of bright northern sunshine streams in through the high windows in most rooms, which harkens back to the legacy of the diamond workers, who needed the best possible light to practice their craft.
Formerly a dockyard warehouse on the Huangpu River, Waterhouse is now a high-design hotel. While plenty of its earliest features have been preserved—the window frames are original metal and the wall behind the reception desk looks positively ancient—the refurbished concept (by the lavishly praised Neri & Hu Design and Research Office) is a modern masterpiece. Playing with conventions of internal and external spaces, the design allows guests to peek into private quarters from public areas and vice versa. Gloriously sleek and minimalist, the 19 rooms contrast nicely with views onto the neon-lit Bund, which is crammed with unconventionally shaped skyscrapers.
Originally a tobacco warehouse in the 1930s, this Shangri-La property opened in May 2013 with the largest guestrooms in Istanbul. Situated on the European side of the city, with many rooms overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, the hotel pays homage to the opulence of its Bosphorus neighbor, Dolmabahçe Palace. Chandeliers glitter, specially commissioned artwork dazzles, and Turkish-marble bathrooms come stocked with Bulgari bath products. The hotel’s architects even restored the Neoclassical façade of the original warehouse. For unparalleled views, check out the Shangri-La Suite, which has three private terraces and overlooks the Old City (the Asian bank of the strait) and the Bosphorus Bridge.
Beijing’s 798 Art District is home to converted warehouses aplenty, but Grace Hotel—a former crystal factory—stands out for its high-end contemporary Chinese design. Open since 2011, Grace has 30 rooms in five categories, ranging from the tiny Artist Studios (each with a single bed) to the Grace Suite, a large south-facing space with photos by photographer Chi Peng and a trendily furnished living area. Champagne breakfasts, a gorgeously graffitied courtyard and proximity to Beijing’s most exciting galleries are drawing visitors in droves.
The 21c functions not only as a hotel but also—as the name would suggest—as a contemporary art museum. Created from five warehouse buildings once used to store bourbon and tobacco, the hotel makes the most of its 19th-century timber trusses, cast-iron construction and glass transoms left over from the original structures. Guest rooms are a mix of luxury (Herman Miller chairs, Malin+Goetz bath amenities) and quirk.
Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River just across from Wat Arun (known as the Temple of Dawn), Sala Rattanakosin, which opened earlier this year, is situated in one of the best locations in Bangkok. Cobbled together from a brick warehouse and two shophouses that date back to the 19th century, the 16-room hotel fits nicely into its historic neighborhood. And while the rooms themselves are ultramodern in design, with sleek black-and-white interiors, the views of the river and the temple (which positively glows at sunset) are the real draw. Take a seat on the rooftop bar, a cold beer in hand, and enjoy one of the best places to savor the sights.
There are plenty of ways to spend your last few moments of 2013 on New Year’s Eve, and staying home is not an option. After our suggestion of 10 Luxury Travel destinations for Christmas, we give you now our Top 10 Luxury Travel destinations for you to have the best step into 2014. Make a wish and enjoy your stay. Cheers!
One of the most iconic images of the New Year is watching Big Ben strike 12 on December 31, leading the city into an explosion of lights and colors with fireworks going off over the Thames River. Around central London you’ll find open air parties, clubs, and other themed events. But if you prefer to start 2014 with a bang, The Shard’s, the tallest building in western Europe, is definitely your best choice. A ticket to The Shard’s New Year’s Eve Party includes canapes, bowl food, a welcome cocktail, free flowing beer and wine, and DJ sets throughout the night. And, at the stroke of midnight, you will be able to toast the New Year with a complimentary glass of Lanson White Label Champagne while taking in the views from the tallest building in Europe.
Where to stay: Check our article of Hotels in London. Each one of them is perfect for New Year’s Eve.
The place where you’ll find one of the largest parties on earth. Happening at Brandenburg Gate, the festival attracts one million revelers and offers great music, stage shows, and world-class, spectacular fireworks. If you need a break from the madness of the city’s celebrations, see if you can snag a table at the tranquil FACIL, a restaurant that features several of Berlin’s peerless culinary delights in a unique glass cube building sprinkled with chestnut trees and bamboo.
Where to stay: The Mandala Hotel is a great option, which offers you the most spacious rooms in Berlin. Check their top-class restaurant, premium spa and meeting rooms right in the heart of the city.
8. New York
New York hosts one of the most awaited events in the world, the Times Square Drop Ball. One million people fill the square from early afternoon waiting for the Ball to descend. If you’re looking for something more private, away from the crowds, we suggest The Rlounge at the Renaissance New York Times Square Hotel. The Rlounge is the perfect luxury location with a priveliged view from of the ball drop while you dine, drink and dance.
Are you a fan of ski? If so, Austrian Alps is definitely your best choice for the New Year’s Eve.
Where to stay: you can consider staying at the Kempinski Hotel in the Kitzbüheler Alps which is right beside direct access to the Kitzbühel Ski Area. The hotel offers a luxury spa to help you fully unwind, and delicious menu options at their restaurants and bars.
Do you want to be among the first to enter the new year? If so you might consider Sydney for your destination. Around the Sydney Harbour over 1.5 million people watches a spectacular lightshow, with fireworks hopping and dancing off the bridge and the water. The lightshow can also be watched from the water, on luxury cruises, like Flagship Cruises, that are available to keep you out of the crowds while still providing an up close view of the display.
Where to stay: The Sidney Luxury Boutique Hotel Sir Stamford at Circular Quay invites you to experience a glamorous finale to 2013. The Bar is open for a light dinner buffet, live entertainment and delicious canapé selection served until midnight.
5. Las Vegas
Hit the Sin City and gamble your money away, live in luxury and see the stars. Laser shows, concerts and fireworks take over the streets, while nightclubs and bars turn up the volume and of course, ticket prices.
Where to stay: There’s so much choice around this city that the list of best places to stay is endless, but among the top 10 best hotels with the best parties and shows, we choose Wynn And Encore.
Are you a romantic person? If you say yes, then you’ll fall in love with Paris. Standing on the Champs-Elysees in the New Year is one of those do-before-you-die activities. Bottles of champagne everywhere in the crowd that waits for a monumental firework in the sky, while the Eiffel Tower is covered in sparkling lights.
Where to stay: On New Year’s Eve you can stay at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière, one of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in Paris. You can also enjoy a prestigious menu created by its renowned Chef Jean-Yves Leuranguer.
This is the ultimate paradise on Earth. Madeira has a great culture and unforgettable food with a party atmosphere that makes this place a prime New Year’s destination. There you’ll find the largest firework display in the world, certified by the Guinness Book of Records. Fireworks are set off from about 50 spots, lighting up the skies over Funchal for about ten minutes.
Where to stay: “A luxury retreat, with exotic design, embraced by nature”. Where? Choupana Hills, a beautiful and luxurious place to stay.
Bangkok goes big for the International New Year too. There are three places to mark the passing of the old year – Central World Mall, National Stadium and Sanam Luang. Huge lights and fireworks are displayed along the banks of the Chao Phraya, and an annual event features performances by Thai pop stars.
Where to stay: The best place to stay the new year’s eve night is Banyan Tree Bangkok, with great facilities, spa and an incredible dining experience waiting for you.
1. Rio de Janeiro
Copacabana beach hosts the city’s major festivities, where two million partiers drink and groove on giant stages set up along the beach, with laser shows and fireworks. If you don’t want outdoor parties, characterized by thumping samba music and many, many beautiful Brazilian females, you can go to indoor clubs, but be prepared to pony up a fair amount of cash for entrance fees and booze.
Where to stay: Copacabana is also capable to offer you exclusive and luxurious parties in some of the world top hotels in the world, like Copacabana Palace Hotel.
10 modern hotel interior designs of 2013 – The provision of basic accommodation that we were used to in the past, consisting of a room with a bed, a cupboard and a small table has been replaced by rooms with modern facilities. The list of modern facilities tend to grow bigger and bigger every year and it seems that it isn’t enough to make a hotel look stunning. In fact, it isn’t enough. A hotel without a good interior design is nothing.
Top class hotels always want the best for their interiors and they hire top notch interior design firms to decorate their interiors: lobby, rooms, bathrooms and restaurants. They want their clients to have the best hotel experience of their life so they can come back in the future or recommend their services to one or more friends.
Coming closer to one of our favorite’s seasons of the year, the magic Christmas, we came today to inspire you by selecting 10 destinations to spend your Christmas season in a different and stylist way. Make your choice and have the best luxury travel ever! Check also our suggestions for the best Christmas hotels and have the most exclusive hotel experiences.
The winter in the Bavarian capital means a hundred-foot-tall Christmas tree in the Marienplatz.
Where to Stay: The modern, 72-room Louis Hotelis a snowball’s throw from the lively Viktualienmarkt and has a natural stone fireplace in the lobby.
In Zurich explore the galleries on Rämistrasse, check out the Conelli Christmas Circus, listen to a holiday concert in the Romanesque-style Grossmünster church. Do not forget to grab a heissi schoggi (hot chocolate) and taste the different delicicous brands of chocolates. Perfect luxury travel destination for Christmas.
One cool tradition about the Swedes, is that they leave a hearty dinner of aquavit and herring by the fireplace for Santa. So sweet!
Where to Stay: High-class and centrally located on Baltzarsgatan, the Grand Hotel Garden Malmö serves traditional Swedish Christmas dishes as part of an all-you-can-eat buffet on December 25th.
Vienna’s venerable Christkindlmarkt on Rathausplatz flings open its stall shutters in mid-November, and three million visitors flock here each year for beeswax candles, wooden toys, and glass ornaments. Beautiful!
Where to Stay: Centrally located on Kaerntner Ring right across from the opera, the Ring Hotel is classic Vienna on the outside, but modern, artsy, and decidedly cool on the inside thanks to a top-to-bottom redesign.
London, United Kingdom
Regent Street ceremoniously switches on its Christmas lights for a pedestrian parade. do not forget to spoct by Trafalgar Square and the ice skating rink at Somerset House.
In Rome on Piazza Navona, its Bernini fountains are surrounded by stalls hawking toys, handmade presepio figures, carnival games of chance, ciambelle (dinner plate-size doughnuts), and 101 variations on peanut brittle. But you can’t also resist this beautiful view of Colosseo in its Christmas mood.
Where to Stay: Located in historical center of Rome, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve, is an amazing option to a luxury experience. One step outside and you’ll be able to enjoy the great Christmas Market at Piazza Navona.
Durango, CO, USA
Being Colorado the state of the big mountains, explore Pueblo dwellings, take a brisk ski run down the slopes, or just curl up with a rum toddy in a true Western saloon.
Where to Stay: The Rochester Hotel pays homage to Durango’s cinematic past: each of the 15 rooms recalls a locally produced movie, from the Mexican-themed Viva Zapata suite to a Euro-style room called Around the World in Eighty Days. The grandly restored Strater Hotel houses the Diamond Belle Saloon, Louis L’Amour’s preferred watering hole.
Instead of carols, listen to the haunting sounds of the gamelan gong for a change while you admire the Christmas Eve sunset at the island temple of Tanah Lot. The perfect harmony to relax and prepare your wishes to 2014.
Where to Stay: Incense wafts through the soaring lobby, and wreaths of rice plants, herbs, and flowers hang on the doors of the 22 suites and villas at the small, affordable but remarkably stylish Hotel Tugu Bali.
With Portuguese influences in seaside India, whitewashed Catholic churches, and firecrackers, bells, and carolers will make your holiday perfect as a scene from a Bollywood film.
Where to Stay: Spread over 88 acres, the Fort Aguada Beach Resort was built on the remains of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress. The hotel’s holiday extravaganza includes jazz and Goan food.
Are you inpired by our list of luxury travel destinations? Make your choice and have a Merry Christmas!
The following list includes historic castles and palaces in Tuscany, which have all been beautifully restored and renovated into hotels, while retaining all the features of their original medieval or Renaissance architecture. These original features obviouly influence each one of these hotel interior designs. Most of the castle hotels on the list are ideally situated as a starting point for excursions to wine tasting and sightseeing in the medieval history of the area. These castle hotels are definitely a good choice for those who appreciate luxury travel and time travel, at the same time. It would be certainly an exclusive hotel experience.
Located in the heart of the Chianti wine region, Montebenichi Castle is a castle of the 12th century standing on a hill surrounded by a large private park, with views of the Valdambra. The small village of Montebenichi is an excellent starting point to discover the artistic, natural and gastronomic beauties of the area, in the heart of the Chianti region. Among olive groves, vineyards and medieval villages, the Chianti road leads to southwest of Montalcino, well-known by Brunello world famous wines and southeast of Montepulciano, home of Vino Nobile. Perugia, Orvieto, Assisi and Florence are all within an hour’s drive away, Arezzo and Siena can be reached in just 30 minutes.
Spaltenna castle is also located in the Chianti region, in the town of Gaiole. It’s just a few minutes away from the most popular cities in the wine region of Chianti Classico, such as Radda, Panzano, Castellina, Greve and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Surrounded by vineyards and woods, the medieval village of Spaltenna includes a fortified monastery with a cloister and bell tower dated of 1000 AD. The castle dates back to 1030. Facilities and activities include a spa, oil and wine therapy treatments, a turkish bath and indoor (heated) and outdoor swimming pools. Siena and Florence are within easy reach.
Tornano Castle is located in an old farmhouse dated of 11th century, surrounded by cypress trees, vineyards and olive groves. The first mention of the ‘court’ are back to actually dates from the year 790 during the reign of Carlo Magno, in Italy. In the wine cellar, which is in the prison of the castle, guests can taste the Chianti Classico wine and olive oil produced by the Hotel.
The Gargonza Castle is a fortified town of the 13th century, situated in the beautiful Val di Chiana and offers rooms and apartments with bed and breakfast. The first news of Gargonza date from 1150, citing a fortified castle along the road from Arezzo to Siena. It is this same castle that Dante has spent a few days in exile. The rooms and apartments are all located inside the medieval village. The medieval structure also includes an outdoor swimming pool, private gardens, a restaurant and a conference center.
The area of the historical center of Florence, where the hotel is located, was originally settled by craftsmen and tradesmen. The Hotel Palazzo Guadagni was built for a silk merchant named Riniero Bernardo Dei in 1500. Today, the building is an elegant 3 star hotel, decorated in a vintage style that reflects its aristocratic origins.
Every Hotel wants to provide exclusive hotel experiences and a good night of sleep. Hotel Interior Designs will give you today the best 7 tips to create unforgettable luxury suites.
Sleeping well provides countless health benefits. In addition to a pleasant sensation of sleeping well, sleep is a primary moment and, therefore, affects our ability to reason and take decisions. So, with some hotel interior design tips, every hotel can allow its guests to have great rest in each luxury travel.
1. Guest Room Environment
It’s important to have a décor that not only suits your taste but makes you feel good and relaxed.
Tip #1: Classic colours
This is an obvious one – without the right matress you will continue to wake up not feeling great. So, throw out that old mouldy mattress and spare no effort in choosing your mattress and pillow. All mattresses should respond according to the shape of your body, instead of sinking or sagging fully or in part.
Tip #2: a Persono mattress – is an hygienic mattress that is also a design piece.
3. The Bed
Just like the mattress, the bed is a major factor. It needs a good lombar suppport but also, a good support for your mattress. Also, the bed is the focal point of any room, so buy a beautifull one – and the most luxurious bedding you can find.
Of course it’s nice to sleep in the dark. However, you should let natural light come in during the day. Wide windows not only help with the light, but also with the heat. For your guest rooms consider having sheer curtains to help keep the room bright. Since at night it is, well, dark, opt for a good lamp.
Interior Design: Hotel Trends for 2014– Modern hotels have cleverly adapted to rapid social changes with creative solutions. In this post we will cover some of the most striking interior design trends that shape up today’s hospitality scene. From rethinking guestroom configurations to ensuring highly personalized experiences, hotel owners are transforming accommodation units into the highlights of any escape. Whether you own a hotel or planning your next business trip abroad, here are some of the new twists in the industry:
Lobbies envisioned as dynamic multi-use spaces
The importance of entrance lobbies is growing, as social encounters become more and more dependent on this particular hotel area. With the new business traveling trend, hotel lobbies should provide a multi-use space for casual as well as formal talks, working on laptops, plugging in various devices. More extravagant entrance features in today’s emerging hotel market include large green walls, indoor waterfalls, large chandeliers and multimedia stations.
No longer is the classic bed-table-locker combo enough to make a hotel room feel inviting. In today’s world guests expect surprises and where else, but away from home. Probably why each interior in the modern hospitality industry is very different from the next. Creative offices for business travelers, interesting looking TV panels and an extra sofa next to the king-sized bed are just some of the key “ingredients” for a trendy hotel room. We’ve also seen color explosions and eclectic decor mixes, which can definitely appeal to guests wanting to experience unique accommodation.
Blurring Indoor-Outdoor Boundaries
Sensory experiences go a long way. This “principle” was well integrated in the array of services offered by modern hotel owners, who struggle to keep the indoor outdoor transition as “ethereal” as possible. Not only are hotel rooms expanded through large decks and terraces, but nature is brought inside in every possible way. Wood paneling, stone decorations, lush greenery, indoor waterfalls- these are just some of the elements employed to release the tension of hotel guests.
It is a fact that the memory of a hotel stays with guests a long, long time if the accommodation experience is unique. With this in mind, hotel owners personalize spaces as never before. Pop-up hotels, and modular hotels are new concepts slowly gaining interest in the industry. Themed guestrooms also have a strong impact, especially when visitors can only try one at a time.
A Home Away From Home
More than anything, hotel rooms should provide comfort, that feeling of a home away from home. No matter how luxurious, technology friendly and weird-themed the room, coziness is a major factor to consider. Wood additions, inspired decorating items, carpets, curtains, a fireplace, a TV set and the possibility to play your guest’s favorite music- all these adds up to a memorable stay.
Sustainability is a delicate issue for hotel owners, as they are doing their best to minimize short term costs. But being ahead of the game is important, which sometimes leads to innovative ideas. Over-sized windows for natural lighting, natural building materials, green walls and green roofs, recycling bins for guests, electronic water faucets, locally grown food for cooking and graywater recycling are just a few of the hotel trends for staying green.
Not Just a Restaurant, But a Destination in Itself
Few hotel restaurants still base their appeal strictly on “practicability”. Cooking is an art and so should be the “exhibition space”. We’ve seen more and more hotel restaurants turned into memorable spaces through design. Themes are highly recommended, pushing creativity to new heights and turning each venue into a destination in itself.
Spa-Like Bathroom Features
Bathrooms stopped being perceived as auxiliary rooms, spaces to be minimized, in order to expand living areas. The modern tourist expects more than he gets at home in his journeys. A resort bathroom with spa-like features is an open invite to relaxation and a sure-proof method of alluring guests through the promise of ephemeral luxury. Think en-suite bedrooms, waterfall showers, over-sized bathtubs, his&hers sinks, giant towels, beauty items and plenty of space.
San Alfonso Del Mar Resort (Chile) currently holds the record for the largest swimming pool in the world. It covers as much as eight hectares of land with a total length of one kilometer and reaches 35 meters at its deepest point. In order to have it filled over 250 million liters of seawater is pumped, filtered, and treated from the Pacific Ocean into the pool. This pool is so huge that it accommodates smaller pools near the edges. It has a Jacuzzi, a water trampoline, a glassed pyramid pool, sandy beaches on one section; and a dock for mini sailboats and kayaks.
Chile’s monster pool uses a computer-controlled suction and filtration system to keep fresh seawater in permanent circulation, drawing it in from the ocean at one end and pumping it out at the other.
The sun warms the water to 26c, nine degrees warmer than the adjoining sea.
Chilean biochemist Fernando Fischmann, whose Crystal Lagoons Corporation designed the pool, said advanced engineering meant his company could build “an impressive artificial paradise” even in inhospitable areas. It uses hardly any chemicals.
“As long as we have access to unlimited seawater, we can make it work, and it causes no damage to the ocean.”
Here are some pictures of the biggest swimming pool in the world. Pool party anyone?