Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

Sleek & Chic ~ Shangri-La Villingili, The Maldives

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At the southernmost point in The Maldives, just below the equator, lies Addu Atoll and, within it, the island of Villingili. That’s where Shangri-La Villingili has opened its newest resort, a 142-villa affair that utilizes the country’s crystal clear waters regardless of where on the island you stay. The coral-laden sea is most obvious from 60 waterfront villas that extend out over a lagoon where hawksbill turtles frolic alongside swimming guests.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Vijitt Resort, Phuket, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | May 13, 2009

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It seems that newer is not only better, but it also raises the hip quotient! Such is the latest hotel scene in Thailand. Gone are the days when large-scale hotel development would plant yet another concrete high rise with little personality, of the international chain genre. Today, everyone is opting for “small is beautiful”. Translated into boutique properties at a human scale offering personalized service, all wrapped in an exquisitely designed resort that is in touch with the nature’s precarious resources. Hence more eco-conscious. The new Vijitt Resort in Phuket best exemplifies this new approach. Continue reading

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Green & Chic ~ Let’s Sea Al Fresco Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | August 14, 2009

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When all else fails, what innovation do you bring to sustain your customers’ interest and ensure your product’s relevance? This seems to be the question that Thailand continues to ask itself in further developing its already fine offering of tourism products and services. And for Thailand’s hospitality industry, the answer seems to be DESIGN! And not just any design! One that has the unmistaken “WOW FACTOR”! A slew of new resort hotels – joined together in their common individuality and small boutique sizes – have popped up across the land of smiles. The hip Let’s Sea Al Fresco Resort in Hua Hin is one such contender. A chic resort that’s green at heart, going the distance to make “eco-chic” part of its philosophy!

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Sleek & Chic ~ Asara Villa & Suite, Hua Hin, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | August 14, 2009

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It seems that the toughest challenge in vacationing in Thailand, is choosing just the right resort that meets your taste. Thailand has been developing its modern tourism at a swift pace, and the approach of late has been to bring more personality into its hotels, a stark departure of big chain resorts that tend to be the same cookie cutter type. This new trend has introduced fascinating new resorts across the country, that mesmerize and surpass your expectation. One such place is Asara Villa & Suite in Hua Hin, Thailand.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Putahracsa, Hua Hin, Thailand

Putahracsa_Hua Hin_TH_PutahracsaLocated on the eastern coastline of Hua Hin, Putahracsa makes its home on peaceful shores that fuses a quiet residential feel with chic urban living. Here guests can truly relax while the beaches and charming town complete the perfect escape.

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Chic Spa Destinations ~ The Barai, Hua Hin, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | August 13, 2009

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The Barai is one unforgettable spa with an interesting story. A whimsical spa that has to be experienced to be believed, created by leading Thai Architect, Lek Bunnag. Located within the Hyatt Regency Hua Hin compound, The Barai makes no apologies in using bold colors. It is as if you stumbled upon the work of Mexico’s Ricardo Legoretta that has been transplanted across the Pacific to Thailand. The deep red enhances the dramatic entrance that leaves a lasting impression. Little wonder that The Barai was named “Best Spa Design of the Year 2008” by the AsiaSpa publication.

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St. Regis Bali ~ Raising the Ultra-Luxe bar

St-Regis-Bali-facadeWe check into the swanky St. Regis Bali Resort and are quickly seduced by her sophisticated style.
Nowhere in the world has, kilometer for kilometer, more luxury resorts than Bali. Nusa Dua, on the southern tip of the Bukit Peninsula, is an upmarket tourist enclave and has become the favored haunt of the hip. In the face of a glut of new resort developments, any newcomers would have at least have to be magnificent enough to make an impression. And impress, the St. Regis does, in more ways than one.

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