Daily Archives: August 13, 2009

Sleek & Chic in the Himalayas ~ Amankora, Bhutan

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

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Amanresorts are nothing if not exclusive; relatively modest in size, if not in the scope of their comforts, they’re priced well out of the reach of the undiscerning traveler, and situated in locations that are highly desirable, yet less than obvious.

Aman’s expansion into the rarefied air of this tiny mountain kingdom, with its sumptuous Amankora, fits the pattern to a tee — Bhutan strictly limits the number of visitors admitted, and has taken great pains to avoid the everyman-backpacker fate that has befallen nearby Nepal, and to protect at all costs the pristine natural environment and ancient Bhutanese culture.

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Green & Chic ~ Alila Villas, Ungasan, Bali

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

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Perched atop the dramatic cliff along the southern coastline of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers the spectacular scenery: pounding waves hitting the steep cliffs of hard limestone. Thousand tourists have come to enjoy the incomparable panorama even for a moment. And now, they are able to not just visit but also spend the night for a few days to feel the amazing experience.

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Alila Villas Hadahaa, The Maldives ~ where chic & luxe meet green

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

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The Alila hotel brand has become synonymous with style and a certain cool across South East Asia. Innovation has become Alila’s driving force, being among the first in the region to offer modern design, Spa, and Organic Dining, long before it was trendy. As it spreads its wings further afield, with the newest Alila Villas Hadahaa, on the Gaafu Alifu Atoll in the Maldives, it brings along new ideas. Raising the bar on eco-luxury. A welcome addition indeed to the Maldives’ staple of luxury-studded hotel scene, as they say “good things come to those who wait”.

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Luna2, Seminyak, Bali ~ the perfect party house for the Hollywood set

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

Luna2 Private Hotel_Seminyak_BALI_luna2_pic8Deliberately going in the opposite direction of Bali Villa Design. Luna2 is a modernist box that screams 1960s mod squad, and more akin to a Hollywood Hills or Palm Springs location than Seminyak, Bali. Luna2 and its immediate environs of Seminyak does, however, rank high on the hip quotient. Quietly Bali has been upping its accommodation offerings for years – climbing up the luxury ladder, into the ultra-luxe stratosphere. One telling sign is the advent of helipads in some of Bali’s most exquisite private villas and resorts. Ensuring that anytime Brangelina+Litter+Entourage are well accommodated next time they decide to drop anchor in the Isle of Gods, Bali.

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Sleek & Chic ~ The Park, New Delhi, India

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

The Park_New Delhi_INDIA_parknewdelhids11_0Arguably sleek architecture is not the first thing that would come to mind when one mentions India. Images of what to most travelers represents the word exotica, in the sights and sounds that make up India, with her ancient culture, amazing customs, down to the unique cuisine and silk saris and turbans, and a myriad of architectural wonders from centuries past, still standing in all her glory. Against such backdrop, The Park Hotel, is a welcome surprise for this regal capital city. Befitting the status as capital city of the country to watch, next to China. It is high time India had sleek hotels that would look at home at any major urban metropolis around the world.

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