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Green & Chic | Tivoli Ecoresort, Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil

By Dian Hasan | July 9, 2010

Sheltered in an immense natural reserve, surrounded by 12 kms of beach and a lush coconut grove, an hour away from Salvador, the Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte is a holiday destination that champions the well-being of the guests and respect for the harmony of nature.

The development plan of the former Praia do Forte estate allowed the creation of this resort where one can enjoy this paradise in direct contact with nature, yet the preservation of the environment and the culture of the local community are guaranteed.

In this idyllic setting replete with coconut trees and beaches every detail has been conceived to offer a fulfilling stay and attentive service. The spaces are comfortable with an elegant rustic charm and during the day one may simply relax in the sun or enjoy the numerous leisure activities available.

The nautical centre, the eight swimming pools, the tennis courts, the restaurants offering international and local Bahia cuisine, as well as the Thalasso SPA should be highlighted. At the SPA, a sanctuary to health and beauty, different treatments that work harmony of the body and mind are offered.

As an alternative for a day out, and quite close to the resort, one can explore the ecological reserves and lagoons, discover the beaches where the sea turtles come to lay their eggs or seek out the whale or sea coral observation sites. At the end of the day, admire the sunset from the balcony of your room within this marvelous tropical frame.

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Green & Chic | The Kenoa Exclusive Beach Resort & Spa, Barra de São Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil

By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010

Spread across the golden sand beach and turquoise-blue ocean of the Barra de São Miguel, barely 30 kilometres from Maceió, is a gem of a small beach hotel in the tropical beauty the Brazilian Northeast, The Kenoa Exclusive Beach Resort & Spa.

The construction of this resort was well planned and took into consideration the ecological concern of preserving native vegetation. The various spaces, inspired by the primitive forms and natural essences, absorb the surrounding landscape, offering plenty of style and refined details. Everything was designed to satisfy the desires of privacy, tranquility, luxury and comfort.

The harmonious interconnection with nature is also present in the suites and villas that offer magnificent panoramic views, some with an interior garden and private heated swimming pool, with an infinite border that extends towards the sea and horizon.

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Green & Chic | The Hardy Residence, Bali, Indonesia

By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010

What do you do after you’ve built a jewelry empire from scratch on the idyllic tropical isle of Bali? That is probably the question that John Hardy has pondered many times over in the past few decades he’s been living in Bali. A life’s journey that saw him build himself into a brand name synonymous with exquisite silver jewelry pieces inspired by daily life of culturally-rich Bali. Celebrating the craftsmanship if the Balinese people for whom exploring their artistic gift was as second-nature as their creations of ornate daily offerings to their Gods.

Over the years, John Hardy’s pieces have adorned real royalty and Hollywood royalty alike. And upscale consumerist palaces like Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Nieman Marcus have been his loyal customers.

John Hardy sold his jewelry business a few years ago, and has since focused most of his attention on education and the environment, a merging of two ideas that have resulted in the creation of the “out-of-this-world” Green School, Bali’s international school that is way ahead of its time, where man, nature and education become an inseparable bond! (check out my blog post about the Green School).

To take a peek into his extraordinary life, the stunning place he and his wife, Cynthia, calls home is an excellent start. A 110-foot-long traditional house, that overlooks Ayung River valley in Bali.


The upper house stands on stilts 59 feet high.


The main house was finished in 1997, and for their the Hardys who love to entertain, they’ve had to expand their kitchen. Continue reading

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Green & Chic | The Universe House, Roca Blanca, Mexico

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Architectural photographer Iwan Baan recently shot the Universe House, designed by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and built by architect Tatiana Bilbao in Roca Blanca, Mexico.

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Green & Chic | Hotel de Larache, Atacama Desert, Chile

By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010

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The Cordillera of the Andes, Easter Island and its mysterious statues, the Vina del Mar, the Chile French Riviera, so many reasons that make Chile a fascinating land. A country where the feeling of freedom is everywhere, through landscapes that vary from one extreme to another depending on the region. In the Atacama Desert on the border of Bolivia and Peru, is a hotel where luxury is synonymous with nature and local customs. Hotel de Larache, 50 rooms and suites, is located in one of the most surprising places on earth.

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Nestled in the heart of an oasis of 17 hectares in northern Chile, the Hotel de Larache is a continuity of the architecture of nature. Open to the outside, we feel the omnipresent force of nature: the furniture is in raw wood, tree trunks serve as beams and colors of fabrics echo the plants and land.

As a counterpoint to the rusticity, the hotel offers all the comforts of luxury hotels in major cities: room service, bar, library, baby-sitters, no less than four pools and an art gallery. The tours organized by the hotel are also part of the assets of the hotel to discover on horseback the Atacama Desert, its archaeological discoveries, its fauna and flora.

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Green & Chic | Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize, Central America

By Dian Hasan | July 8, 2010

In a natural reserve of Central America, Francis Ford Coppola has created a place that exude more magic than all his Hollywood cinematographic creations. Surrounded by almost 500 square kilometers of pristine jungle, the Blancaneaux Lodge preserves water and energy and uses natural materials for its cabanas.

Francis Ford Coppola is of course internationally known for his movies and particularly for Apocalypse Now, covered with awards. It is by the way because of (or thanks to) this movie that he became an hotelier. He created Blancaneaux Lodge in the jungle of Belize as he was trying to create a paradise in the jungle that resembled the hotel in which his crew stayed in during the shooting of Apocalypse Now in the Philippines.

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Green & Chic | Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

By Dian Hasan | July 6, 2010

As a traveler, when eco-consciousness influences your travel destination and accommodation decision, you are assured of doing something good, by giving back to either the immediate community or environment. And when eco-consciousness meets good design, the end result is: ABSOLUTE BLISS!

As green-, eco-, and sustainable- related travel grows in popularity, architects and designers are taking notice. Conceiving better edifices that combine all the above, use of natural material, use of local produce, organic amenities, alternative energy, reduced carbon footprint, engaging and empowering local communities, and… the good list goes on.

Such efforts aren’t always easy, they’re not always economically feasible, but when done correctly, the fusion of man, built environment, and nature bring compelling result.

Such is the result of one such effort: the Soneva Kiri Resort in on Kood Island in Thailand. Conceived by Oxford-educated Sonu Shivdasani and his Swedish spouse, Eva, this dynamic Bangkok-based husband and wife team behind Six Senses have had eco-consciousness from the onset. Underlying all hotel concepts from their early days on the drawing board.

The hospitality company’s brand – Soneva – is a fusion of Sonu and Eva, and today the growing portfolio includes two resorts in The Maldives (Soneva Fushi and Soneva Gili) and their latest baby, Soneva Kiri in Thailand. Continue reading

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