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And Cobá makes a cocktail of Coqui Coqui trio

By Dian Hasan | October 8, 2009

Coqui Coqui-Coba-Yucatan-MX 5As Coqui Coqui becomes a household name of personalized spa and hotel experience among travel cognoscenti in Mexico’s southeastern states of Yucatán and Quintana Roo, the owners, Argentinian Model & Hotelier Nicolas Malleville and Francesca Bonato add another Coqui Coqui to make a trio. This time in Cobá, still within the sacred land of the mighty Mayans, promising yet a different experience that share a common bond with the other Coqui Coqui sister Spa Hotel properties in Valladolid and Tulum.

These two beau monde members have definitely succeeded in creating the perfect sanctuary, instilling an aura of bohemian grandeur to the premises and an air of tranquility through their sublime Spas.

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Where time melts away ~ Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, The Maldives

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa-THE MALDIVES-9Choosing The Maldives as your choice travel destination is the easy part, the greatest challenge is choosing the hotel. The Maldives are home to some of the most exquisite resorts on the planet.

Such the Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa. Located on the South Male Atoll and is spread over the two islands of Dhigufinolhu and Bodu Huraa. Private villas with an expansive deck or your own stretch of pristine beach. Continue reading


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Habita ~ Mexico City’s temple of cool

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It’s not difficult to imagine how fast the über cool Habita hotel entered the mindset (quickly followed by vocabulary) of Mexico City’s trendy urban set. Small hotel with attitude, furniture pieces like Eames chairs, and others from B&B Italia, TEN Arquitectos, Hermes toiletries, flat-screen TVs, rooftop chill bar, in-house urban Spa. Befitting the neighborhood of Polanco, Habita plays the trendsetting role like hand in glove.

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Responsible Tourism Attitude at a Higher Altitude ~ 360° Leti, Ladakh, Uttaranchal, India

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Shakti has built its own private lodge – called 360° Leti – in Almora, in the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. With only 4 exclusive cottages that are only open between October and May each year and, 360° Leti, which opened in 2007, consistently rates as one of the world’s top 100 hotels magazine reader surveys.

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Exquisite Stays | Devi Garh Resort, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

If you fancy to live like a Maharajah, now there’s a way to channel your travel appetite. Nestled in the Aravali Hills, 18th century Devi Garh Palace Hotel comprises of 39 suites takes on the look of modern India. It was conceived where the past meets the future. The contemporary design showcased within spectacular heritage property, complemented by personalised service, creates a new image of India for the 21st century.

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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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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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Sleek & Chic ~ La Purificadora, Puebla, Mexico

La Purificadora_Puebla_MX_www.designhotels.com_purity_hotel_200When discussing style and Mexico in one sentence, one name immediately comes to mind, and it’s not even from the rag trade. Grupo Habita, purveyor of stylish hotels that have put Mexico on the design map – one destination at a time. The latest addition to Habita’s brood of chic hotels comes La Purificadora, in the little colonial city of Puebla (on the road from Mexico City to Oaxaca) that is now firmly on the fashionistas travel radar.

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