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Green & Chic | Lagació Mountain Residence, Dolomites, Italy

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In the breathtaking Dolomites, stay at new eco-chic hotel Lagació Mountain Residence and you’ll be traveling greener.

Owners and hosts Margareth and Pio Canins decided to erect a sustainable and ultra-low-energy building that is certified standard A CasaClima.  Their philosophy behind it “focuses on people and their desire to live in an eco-friendly and healthy environment.”

The 24 luxury eco-apartments in San Cassiano blend “age-old culture and modernity”.  They are characterized by low energy consumption, compact design and a high level of thermal insulation.

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Inspired by nature, the residence was created with natural materials such as new and reused local timber, loam, wooden and stone floors, and choice loden and linen fabrics.

Each apartment features cooking facilities and can accommodate from 2 to 6 people on a B&B basis.  Continental breakfast changes daily, offering breads, herbal teas and jams made by the owner.  Guests may also pre-order a shopping crate and organic box with South Tyrolean specialties, and local organic food, fruit and vegetables.  The organic box can be delivered to guests’ doorsteps three times a week and fresh bread and rolls every day.

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LA PALSA (which means relaxation) is the mountain residence’s wellness area (shown above).  It  features a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, a low-temperature sauna, crushed-ice well and rest area.  Guests can enjoy a range of wellness treatments here  including  softpack baths, beauty treatments, massages and bodywork.

Other services include its mountain bike area with its bike rentals, equipment, Garmin navigation devices, route maps to lunch boxes.

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Sleek & Chic | Hotel Parco dei Principi, Sorrento, Italy

By Dian Hasan | May 16, 2010

Designed in 1964 by iconic Italian architect Gio Ponti, the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, overlooking the Gulf of Naples, is an essential stop for architecture and design aficionadoes, who come to experience the all-encompassing Ponti aesthetic. Born in Milan and trained as an architect, the prolific Ponti designed buildings, interiors, furniture, and lighting, and founded the magazine Domus.

Ponti’s refined sensibility is on view at the Parco dei Principi; he designed every detail of the hotel, from the furniture to the lighting to the 30 different geometric-patterned blue and white tiles used in different combinations throughout the interior. The hotel underwent a meticulous three-year renovation from 1999 to 2002, and still captures Ponti’s original vision.

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Sleek & Chic ~ The Gray Hotel, Milan, Italy

By Dian Hasan | August 12, 2009

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It’s quite surprising that until recently Milan was void of designer hotels that befit its status as fashion capital, a title it shared with fellow cities of Paris, New York and London, each with a myriad of designer stay offerings. Accommodations were limited to a choice of either over-the-top opulence resembling Palazzos, or the dull blandness of international chains. The Gray is representative of a new breed of hotels, one that leans toward modern, daringly designed hotels.

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