The Amangiri resort is one of two North American Aman-resorts, a luxury brand of boutique hotels primarily found in Europe and Asia. Their blend of simple, and yet sophisticated design, have secured the Aman group’s position at the head of the boutique hotel game. In keeping with the Aman aesthetic, the Amangiri is a low-lying compound of 34 guest suites, shaped entirely out of tinted concrete..
The focal point of the hotel is a massive rock formation that descends into the swimming pool, which is wrapped around its base. As you practice your backstroke, you can contemplate the sublime tower of stone that looms above you.
Rather than disrupting the landscape, the hotel was designed as a natural extension of the local topography, as exemplified by the transition from stone to swimming pool. From this central point, the two wings of the hotel spread out along the valley floor.
All of the 34 guest rooms are designed and furnished in accordance with the resort’s balance of serenity and austerity. Putting the guests in direct contact with the desert, each room is equipped with a private patio that opens directly onto the desert floor. With the desert literally at your doorstep, the hotel is trying to give its guest the feeling of camping in the desert, minus the snake in the sleeping bag. Even the beds were placed at the same grade as the outside terrain to enhance the experience of cowboy camping.
On the other hand, the spa faces inward to give the guests a break from the domineering landscape.
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A luxury resort amid citrus trees, towering palms, cactuses, and desert flowers at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains, La Quinta is the place to be if you’re serious about golf or tennis. The resort is renowned for its five championship golf courses — including one of California’s best, Pete Dye’s PGA West TPC Stadium Course. All guest rooms are in single-story, Spanish-style buildings throughout the grounds. Each has its own patio and access to one of several dozen small pools, enhancing the feeling of privacy at this retreat. Some units have a fireplace or Jacuzzi. The tranquil lounge and library in the original hacienda hearken back to the early days of the resort, when Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Frank Capra, and other luminaries chose La Quinta as their hideaway. The resort includes Spa La Quinta, a Mission-style complex with more than 35 treatment rooms for every pampering luxury.
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Named one of the top new boutique hotels in the world by Conde Nast Traveler
A midcentury dream reimagined in the desert, Hotel Lautner exudes desert cool with designers Tracy Beckmann and Ryan Trowbridge’s chic update of an iconic landmark.
A hybrid between “upscale vacation rental property” and “boutique hotel”
Hotel Lautner invites guests to indulge their mid-century fantasies by renting their own private Lautner flat while enjoying luxurious amenities. It is one of the few, if any; Lautner designs open for public experience today.
Built by famed architect, John Lautner in 1947, Hotel Lautner is comprised of four distinctly designed interlocking units. The property appeals to the essence of the metropolitan sensibility, relocated to a spectacular desert setting. Embedded amid a who’s-who of quintessential mid-century furniture designers, Hotel Lautner guests will find all the necessary luxuries of post-modern living, such as Frette linens, L’Occitane bath products, induction cook tops, TV/DVD, free Wi-Fi and iPhone docks.
The compound boasts a saline spa and outdoor shower, the perfect counterbalance to the desert heat, an outdoor lounge with fire pit ideal for brisk evening stargazing and an onsite BBQ for grilling.
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The Pershinghall Hotel is situated in the Champs Élysées neighborhood, in the heart of the golden triangle demarcated by Avenue Montaigne, Avenue George V and the Champs-Élysées.
Pershinghall Hotel offers Standard and Deluxe rooms, junior suites, Suites and 2 Prestige suites. The Deluxe rooms, junior suites and Suites all have views over the vertical garden. Cozy elegance and refined luxury, each of the hotel’s rooms is unique and charming. Designed by Patrick Blanc, the courtyard of the Pershing Hall Hotel in Paris has 30 meters high and is comprised of over 250 different plant species.
This is a unique place where the ambiance and light change throughout the day, evening and night. Its Patio, opening out on to the vertical garden by Patrick Blanc, is divided into private areas ideal for breakfast and for business lunches, which become a “popular and trendy” venue when the lounge bar opens at 6 pm where you are able to enjoy a romantic dinner or a moment of fun with friends.”
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“A 1950′s ferryboat in Montreal has found a new life as a floating spa called Bota Bota. The famous ferryboat, which once transported passengers across the river, was the world’s first traveling Art Center during Expo 67 in Montreal. After two years of renovation and redesign by Sid Lee, the famous boat has been transformed into a floating spa where guests can receive relaxing treatments and take in the sights of Montreal’s old port.
The ferryboat, originally named the Arthur Cardin, was built in 1951 and carried people to and from Sorel and Berthier. In 1967, the boat was reborn as a traveling theater and art center for the World Expo in Montreal and it included a theater, foyers on three floors, bars, a restaurant, cabins for staff, and dressing rooms for actors. L’Escale proudly plied the waters in front of the famous Habitat 67 and enchanted thousands with its floating arts. After time and disuse, the boat was again resurrected — this time as a Bota Bota, a floating spa located at the foot of rue McGill in the old port of Montreal.
The boat had sustained considerable damage to its hull and it took two years of renovations on dry land to transform the former ferryboat/theater into a relaxing guest spa. As the spa would only float and not travel along the waters, the engines were removed to make way for guest locker rooms, and additional infrastructure was added for treatment rooms, pools, offices, a cafe, relaxation lounges and more.”
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