Berlin, August 1, 2013 –It is said the concept of idealism stems from the Greek meaning `to see`. With this in mind, Design Hotels™ invites idealistic contemplation with these four properties. Whether lured by languishing on sunbeds as the day slips past, grooving ocean-side until sun-up, or smitten by the titillating rush of the slopes, this curated collection has something to suit each ideal. Take a tour of these Design Hotels™ property members, all ogling eyes welcome.
Located along the southeast coast of Bali, Alila Villas Soori will enchant with it’s contemporary tones warmed by Balinese touches. Away from the islands more well-tread trails, these private villas provide the perfect nest for celebrities, royals, romantics and families alike. The Almyra in Paphos sits nestled into eight acres of lushly landscaped beachfront. Inspired by Aphrodite, the island’s patron goddess of love and beauty, Almyra will seduce with its sleek and modern lines. Mounted on the rocky shoreline of Portugal’s Estoril Coast, Farol Design Hotel practically falls into the Atlantic Ocean. Conjure up grandiose fantasies of modern-day royalty in this transformed 19th century mansion. San Giorgio Mykonos epitomizes Greek sensibilities of idealism. Take in the open-air lounge by day and dance the night away as the sun tucks into the Aegean Sea. At Zhero - Ischgl/Kappl, leave the beach behind, favoring the mountain high of the Tyrolean slopes. Fresh air and immaculate design abound at this high-altitude wonderland. Set high atop the southern Bali coastline, Alila Villas Uluwatu is nothing short of picture-perfect. With each villa equipped with a private pool, cabana, garden and a personal butler, no need is unmet.
Boundless Beauty in Bali
Between the volcanic black sand beaches and verdant rice terraced hills, Alila Villas Soori sits tucked into the beautiful Balinese coastline. Architecturally inspired by the richness of the surrounding land, the 48 private villas enjoy uninhibited views of the Indian Ocean, the green of the rice fields and the mystical Mount Batukaru which lies in the distant horizon. Recently accorded “The Best Boutique Resort Development in Asia Pacific” by the prestigious UK Hotel and Property Awards, indulge in the secluded santuary of private poolside sessions and dedicated personal hosts. Take part in the `Journeys by Alila`, a series of customized activities designed to integrate indigenous nature, traditional culture and local community for an unparalleled guest experience.
Modern Pleasures in Paphos
With its stunning Cypriot beachfront location, Almyra is certainly worthy of the goddess after which it is inspired. Uncomplicated interior elegance and touches of 70’s boldness give way to lavender-edged walkways and freshwater pools. As time slows, meander the eight acres of landscaped gardens, indulge in the menu of organic spa elixirs, or sip a cocktail beachside. Contemplate the stillness of the Paphos Harbor while dining on the thoughtfully prepared fare of celebrated chef Rob Shipman. For those looking to stray further, the nearby Unesco World Heritage Site, Paphos Mosaics, will complete this unforgettable experience.
Fashionably Regal on the Portuguese Riviera
Once a hideaway of the kings and queens of Europe, Farol Design Hotel sits perched between the sandy Guincho Beach and the picturesque fishing village of Cascais. With 33 guestrooms ‘dressed’ by Portuguese fashion designers, this luxurious seaside resort’s sleek and modern touches seamlessly meld the old and the new. Built in 1890 for the Count of Cabral, this palatial abode has the best of the Estoril Coast on offer. Revel in endless sea views, terraced gardens and beautifully integrated water retreats. Sit poolside, directly on top of the ocean and let the lines between the built and the natural blur.
Feast and Fête in Mykonos
In the land of white-washed houses, quaint cobblestone alleys and dazzling azure waters, San Giorgio Mykonos welcomes with bohemian ease. Settle into this Grecian paradise, where simple pleasures abound and humble hedonism permeates. A backdrop of crisp white walls provide the canvas to accentuate traditional Greek hand-woven textiles and locally made furnishings. Feast on honest, fresh from the market Mediterranean ingredients, lovingly prepared and served on raw wood long tables. With VIP access granted to the hotel’s guests, party to your heart’s content with world renowned DJ’s at Paradise Club Mykonos, then sink into a canopied bed of weighty cotton and sleep it off.
Something in the Alpine Air
Located in the heart of Tyrol’s Paznaun Valley, come November Zhero – Ischgl/Kappl is the meeting point for upscale luxury, mountainous comfort and innovative design. Steeped in Austria’s Tyrolean tradition, Zhero will enchant with unrivaled panoramic views of the neighboring 3000m snow-capped Alps. Surrounded by the Verwall, Samnaum and Silvretta ranges, Zhero is 7km away from the Ischgl resort. A short shuttle ride away, Ischgl entices adrenaline junkies with world-class powder and legendary après-ski parties. Evening agendas behold award-winning dining and drinks and the promise of a hot sauna. Ski, snowboard, sled, hike or climb, or simply sit fireside and feign mountain exhaustion.
Cliffside Oasis in Uluwatu
Along the southern coastline of Bali, on the Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu is poised on an elevated plateau where 100-meter limestone cliffs sweep into the sea. Ecologically aware, this 64 villa property is the first Bali designed resort to achieve EarthCheck certification, the industry standard for environmental impact measurement. Private villas, terraces, pools and lush gardens mirror the savannah landscape which served as source of inspiration. Balinese bliss, mindful relaxation and luxury coalesce in this picturesque hideaway. Chillout cliffside at `Sunset Cabana`, an overhanging platform with dramatic views of the Indian Ocean, take part in the curated cultural activities or explore the nearby Jimbaran area and renowed Uluwatu Temple.
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