Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Undisclosed Locations

Undisclosed Locations

L'Avenida Hotel
It may be only half an hour from party-packed Palma, but the sleepy farm town of Soller is Mallorca at its laid-back best. It's also home to L'Avenida, the Spanish island's newest bed-and-breakfast, with eight sizable rooms whose black crystal chandeliers, aubergine sofas, and occasionally all-white interiors contrast with a century-old facade. Wander through fragrant orange groves (once a favorite of Louis XIV), sip sangria by the pool, or head for the nearby beach—a short ride through gardens and lemon orchards on a turn-of-the-century cable car imported from (where else?) San Francisco.
www.avenida-hotel.com; from $245
Note: I will totaly go there. It's really nice and contemporary. But some people might not like the style.

Ahilya Fort, India
With all the talk about Bangalore and Bollywood, it's easy to forget that India was once a land of palaces and princes. It actually still is, though now the palaces welcome paying guests, and the princes are their eager hosts. The Ahilya Fort inhabits a splendidly restored 18th-century maharajah's palace set above a 17th-century fort—which itself overlooks the holy river Narmada. There are 12 rooms and a pair of royal tents, all singularly shaped and styled with riverfront balconies or private courtyards. A series of elaborate gardens and a vast swimming pool ensure palace guests rarely rub elbows, except perhaps when dining on a surprisingly sophisticated Euro-Indian menu prepared with ingredients from the Prince's own fields.
www.ahilyafort.com; from about $190, all inclusive.
Note: The 'all inclusive' is great and suites me, but not enough to attract me to go. It looks too adventure...

Naladhu, Maldives
As home to both a Four Seasons and a W, the Maldives are hardly virgin territory these days. But the new Naladhu resort proves that even the most overdiscovered destination can still have a few undiscovered charms. Designed by Thailand-based spa expert Julian Coombs, Naladhu sports gabled-roofs, pale wood porches, and outdoor showers for a Malibu-in-the-Maldives effect—plus private gardens, infinity pools, and tiled baths. A team of butlers is on hand to arrange day trips to Male or seafront massages, while a fleet of dhonis (traditional wooden boats) awaits for soft-seas dinners à deux.
www.naladhu.com; from about $2,100
Note: It looks really really nice. It's located in Maldives, what you think where is the price come from hah?

Ananada, Mauritius
Lesser-known—but no less luxe—than the Maldives, Mauritius is the Indian Ocean island with Gallic charm, Discovery Channel–worthy ecology and gin-clear seas. It's also home to the region's newest spa retreat, the Shanti Ananda, sister property to India's Ananda high in the Himalayas. While the new spot has traded breathtaking peaks for tropical seas, it's no less discreet. Set on a deserted slice of beach, the resort is dotted amid 36 acres of lush gardens. Learn all about your chakras, chi, and karma in the 17-room ayurveda spa—or just chill in serene silence in one of 11 2,000- to 3,000-square-foot private villas, which come complete with huge pools and private courtyards.
www.shantiananda.com; from about $600
Note: Well, no comments. I don't think the hotel is ready yet.

Cavalli Spa, New Zealand
The new Cavalli Island Spa Retreat has nothing to do with a certain Italian fashion don—though one assumes the man himself wouldn't mind an extended stay. A private "spa island" off New Zealand's northern coast, this is the ultimate antipodean escape: a modern wood-and-glass beach house for six, a smiling staff of 20 (maid, butler, trainer, etc.), a 72-foot yacht (with skipper), and on-site spa complete with steam rooms, outdoor whirlpool, and masseuse. Okay, so all that staff doesn't add up to a lot of solitude, but at least the people you're dealing with are paid to do what you tell them.
www.cavalliislandretreat.com; from $15,000
Note: Everything looks great, but I'll never go there. (even if it's free). Why? It's in the middle of no where. Noh. Not for me.

Bellinter House, Ireland
Though it occupies a meticulously restored 1750 Georgian manor, the Bellinter House's aesthetic skews younger. That's thanks to designer Pierce Tynan, a veteran of numerous Dublin bars and lounges. Tynan's cheeky-contemporary dècor pairs touches like cowhide rugs, tribal-patterned headboards, and ogle-friendly glass-cube showers with original antique mirrors, grand fireplaces, and pine floors. Should you actually decide to leave your suite, you'll find a pair of pools, screening room, spa, and tranquil river paths. There's also modern-Irish restaurant Eden, which serves as a tasty prelude to another evening spent playing Adam and Eve.
www.bellinterhouse.com; about $250
Note: This really looks like a hunted house for me. It's an old house, what can you expect? Not sure If Anita has been there for the training before?

Fortress, Sri Lanka
Thanks to antiquated roads and scant air service, getting to Sri Lanka's Galle region isn't easy—but the rewards for those who make the trip are immense. The area's latest beachfront beauty, the Fortress, is housed within elegantly cloistered gardens set directly on the Indian Ocean, and combines the charm of a traditional walauwa (a Sri Lankan noble's residence) with some 21st-century amenities (think Bose entertainment systems and a fiber-optic-illuminated swimming pool). Lime, its six-room spa, offers custom-crafted massages based on a diagnosis from the in-house ayurveda doctor, while the Wine3 restaurant houses one of the island's best wine caves behind clear glass walls.
www.thefortress.lk; from $375
Note: The room are very contemporary look, but the gym... looks like you need to prepare to run... Don't looks at the sea while you are on the treadmill, you might see another tsunami coming...

Evason Hideaway, Oman
The Arabian Sultanate of Oman may quickly be losing its "undiscovered" status, but its tiny northern province of Musandam remains deeply under the radar. Extending like a dagger deep into the Strait of Hormuz—pathway for 60 percent of the world's oil—Musandam is an ideal base for sunning, snorkeling, and parasailing. And this property, set to soft-open later this summer on a mile-long stretch of powdery private beach, certainly lives up to its name: Each of its villas and suites comes with its own infinity-edge pool and starts at a hefty 2,400 square feet. Or, if you're more interested in drawing crowds than avoiding them, you can be delivered to the reception desk via the property's own on-site paraglider.
www.sixsenses.com/hideaway-zighybay; from $600
Note: Wow, it's a pretty big Management & Development company. They have quite a few locations all around the world. Nice, but I don't like the one in Oman. It looks like the place where mafia go for the party... watch up the bullets.

Heritage House, Mendocino
Located on 37 Pacific-front acres on the Mendocino coast, this landmarked 19th-century retreat has been given a thorough update by new owners, Singapore-based GHM Hotels. While the Heritage House is less flashy than GHM's American debut—Miami's Setai—its rooms include similar Zen-luxe furnishings, along with original wood-burning fireplaces, Lavazza espresso makers, and mini wine cellars. Shrouded by towering redwoods and hugging a clutch of seafront bluffs, the Heritage House's sheer size and site ensure levels of privacy long gone from California wine country, which lies an hour's drive to the south.
www.heritagehouseinn.com; from $450
Note: As the name 'Heritage House'... Not like it too much. It's way too country feeling, plus it looks like a hunted house... wooooo.

For more travel news and guides, check out concierge.com.
Final thought: pretty much all those website are nicely done by Flash.


At June 25, 2007 at 4:45 PM, Anonymous Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira. Até mais.


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