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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