Daily Archives: December 4, 2009

Sleek & Chic ~ Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Resort & Spa, Mexico (1 of 2)

By Dian Hasan | December 4, 2009

Mexico has been developing its modern tourism for a good few decades, securely placing itself as among the world’s most formidable travel destinations. The lessons Mexico has learned from the inception of building cookie-cutter highrise hotels with little character in Cancun and Acapulco, in the 1960s and 1970s, has now evolved into a new approach.

Hotels, and notably the resorts, that are more eco-oriented, place-specific, with a more distinctive cultural and design statement. The end result are hotels that are generally low-rise, have fewer rooms, and blend in with their immediate environment.

Riviera Maya, a resort development south of Cancun, along Mexico’s Caribbean coast is one case in point. And the chic Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya exemplifies this new breed of hotels impeccably.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya, Resort & Spa, Mexico (2 of 2)

By Dian Hasan | December 4, 2009

Mexico has been developing its modern tourism for a good few decades, securely placing itself as among the world’s most formidable travel destinations. The lessons Mexico has learned from the inception of building cookie-cutter highrise hotels with little character in Cancun and Acapulco, in the 1960s and 1970s, has now evolved into a new approach.

Hotels, and notably the resorts, that are more eco-oriented, place-specific, with a more distinctive cultural and design statement. The end result are hotels that are generally low-rise, have fewer rooms, and blend in with their immediate environment.

Riviera Maya, a resort development south of Cancun, along Mexico’s Caribbean coast is one case in point. And the chic Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya exemplifies this new breed of hotels impeccably.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Luna 2 Private Hotel, Bali

By Dian Hasan | November 28, 2009

The first glance you take of Luna 2 Private Hotel, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this a mid-century Neutra-esque mod house plucked in from Palm Springs and planted in Bali. It looks nothing like virtually all other Villa-type accommodation in Bali.

And with its ocean-front location, the modern structure feels more like a Hollywood Celebrity’s weekend retreat in Malibu than an idyllic private villa on the Isle of Gods, Bali. The 4-bedroom Villa is rented in its entirety, and is quickly gaining traction as a Party House among the well-heeled glam crowd. Continue reading

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