Marit, a DTI regular, wrote us recently about her resort in Indonesia and we had to share this dreamy place with everyone. Those of you living through a terrible winter (like myself), I am warning you that the photos below might result in a few tears shed so I recommend having a tissue on hand. “Your blog has been a big inspiration to me as we’ve been designing our resort and home in West Papua, Indonesia. We’re an eco resort in the true sense of the word, using only reclaimed wood in the construction of our 11 cottages, dive shop, restaurant, and pier. I could go on and on about that stuff, but I think the aspect that might be of most interest to you is our Water Cottages, designed by UK-born but Australian-based architect Viv Faithfull at WH Architects in Melbourne. There are 8 of them built on stilts over a tranquil lagoon.”
“I designed the sideboard in the first photo and our Javanese craftsmen built it. It took 18 men to move it into place! The rattan furniture was made in one of the local villages. Together with Conservation International, we made a project to bring rattan artisans from Bali to Papua. The local villagers now have an income that doesn’t rely on unsustainable exploitation of marine resources. And we have great, locally made furniture!”
*sniffle sniffle* See? I told you! Thanks so much Marit for sharing your incredible home with us. Maybe one day….
My sister found the following photos on this website advertising exotic villa rentals. Luxurious and modern – yep, I’d stay there.
This might be the coolest hotel I’ve ever seen, and one day, I hope I get a chance to stay here. The Parker Palm Springs, designed by the king of all things modern-eclectic-retro, Jonathan Adler.
Ian Schrager’s Gramercy Park Hotel is located in New York and was designed by artist Julian Schnabel. The rooms have a bohemian Spanish feel to them and are swathed in jewel-like tones of pinks, blues and greens. What an amazing experience it must be to spend a night there.
“Hotels today make you feel like you’re living in the previous century. That’s the last thing I want to do.” – Karim Rashid
The Semiramis hotel in Athens was Karim Rashid’s first hotel project. “The Semiramis is an intimate hotel that focuses on positive energy, heightened experiences, culture, art, and design. It is a place for new contemporary experiences, to enjoy, work, and relax in a truly memorable way.”
Photos courtesy of Semiramis Hotel