Monthly Archives: June 2009

Green & Chic ~ Azura, Benguerra Island, Mozambique

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 22, 2009

azura-lWhen one mentions Africa as travel destination, images of a safari trip and wildlife immediately rush to mind. Some more sophisticated travelers may throw in Pyramids, river cruises, casbahs, and souks. But seldom would one expect vistas of a string of unspoiled tropical isles more commonly associated with the Maldives, the Caribbean or South Pacific. But tucked away off the coast in Southern Mozambique lies Africa’s best kept secret, the tiny archipelago of Bazaruto, where you’ll find Benguerra Island home to the breathtaking Azura Resort, Mozambique’s first luxury eco-boutique retreat.

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Green & Chic ~ Costa Lanta, Lanta Yai Island, Thailand

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 22, 2009

Costa Lanta_TH_www.weareprivate.com_costa-lanta-1“Boxy glam amid coconut grove”, best describes a jewel of a Costa Lanta boutique resort on Koh Lanta Yai (Lanta Yai Island) in the Andaman sea. The first project from Thai wunderkid architect Duangrit Bunnag that took a decidedly different route to tropical resort design, avoiding thatch roofs, frivolous ornaments and hideous poolside stone statues. Opting instead for simple geometry, clean lines and a modernist twist on resort design language.

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Green & Chic ~ Kirini, Santorini, Greece

By Unique Travel Destinations. | June 21, 2009

kirini pool jtrWhat color could be more fitting to complement Santorini Island’s renowned palette of azure blue waters and rocky promontory, against the stunning mediterranean craggy setting? White and all possible shades of white. Such play on white is captured perfectly by Kirini, a 19-suite boutique resort that sits comfortably on Santorini’s hilly terrain, affording to-die-for views of Greece’s most celebrated little island.

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Green & Chic ~ X2 Resort, Koh Samui, Thailand

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 21, 2009

X2 Koh Samui_1088981The newest addition to the X2 collection of exquisite resort hotels. Following X2 Kui Buri, Bangkok-based Thai architect, Duangrit Bunnag, comes with a sequel. And what design sequel it is, X2 Koh Samui resort occupies five acres of undeveloped beachfront on the southeast coast of Thailand’s third largest island, Koh Samui.

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Green & Chic ~ Tiamo Resort, South Andros Island, The Bahamas

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 21, 2009

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While some resorts merely pretend to be eco resorts, Tiamo Resort on Andros Island in The Bahamas is the real deal. In 2008 it had the distinction of being the only 100% solar-powerd resort in the western hemisphere.

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Green & Chic ~ Nikoi Island, Bintan, Riau Archipelago, Indonesia

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 21, 2009

Nikoi Island_Bintan_ID001_overview1Good things come in small packages. If the Robinson Crusoe in you beckons to a getaway on a remote tropical isle, secluded yet close to modern civilization, Nikoi Island is just for you. A private island with only 6 beach villas, off Bintan Island in the Riau Archipelago, eco-friendly luxury on a serene private island in Indonesia just 2 hours from urban Singapore. Giving roughing it a new meaning, without sacrificing the luxury in this eco-friendly island resort encircled in white sandy beaches, azure blue waters and coral reefs. A setting made perfect with a rainforest teeming with birds and little critters that provide all the background music you need.

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Green & Chic ~ Casa Magna, Tulum, Mexico

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 21, 2009

Casa Magna_Tulum_image_hotel_exterior_outside_1Proof that re-incarnations of hotels, or in this case, recuscitating a hotel from sure death, following the destruction of a hurricane and years of abandonment, is better the second time around. Casa Magna near the famous Mayan ruins of Tulum is a resort that came back to life as a truly eco-chic gem.

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Green & Chic ~ Six Senses Hideaway, Zighy Bay, Oman

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 21, 2009

Six Senses Hideaway, Zighy Bay, Oman

By nature, deserts hold a very special allure. The rugged and arid vistas, the sparse vegetation, the rock formation, and of course the ocean of sand. Even the sunsets are different as they capture the landscape in a unique contrast of colors. At first sight deserts are inhospitable, but with a resort that’s whose conception was all inspired by the desert, there’s a place to call home. The Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay is located in the Sultanate of Oman, is a secluded fishing village on the Sultanate’s northern Musandam Peninsula.

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Green & Chic ~ Alila Cha-Am, Thailand

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 18, 2009

Alila Cha-Am_Thailand_5_star_high-end_boutique_stylish_adelto_interior_design_luxury_furniture_contemporary_modern_apartment_property_designer_hotel_thailand_asia_5Designed by one of Thailand’s leading architects, Duangrit Bunnag, Alila Cha-Am is a tropical getaway that defies convention. Likened to a geometric jewel box with a series of magical boxes through which you enter a world of refined hospitality of understated luxury. Set in the charming coastal town of Cha-Am, on the north west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, this luxurious beachside resort is designed to be a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle destination.

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Green & Chic ~ X2 Resort, Kui Buri, Thailand

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 19, 2009

X2 Kui Buri_stone-villaThe first of a series of über-stylish eco-resorts designed by rising Bangkok-based architect Duangrit Bunnag who is known for shunning typical resort hotel design commonly associated with the tropics. No thatch roofs and ornate decor. His design language is geometry, clean lines, openness and the generous use of natural materials. X2 Resort, Kui Buri is a 3-hour drive south of Bangkok, near the resort town of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, the resort area of the Thai royal family. 

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