La Suite Sans Cravate is an historical house that has been converted by Véronique Bogaert into a luxury guesthouse with four guestrooms, located in Bruges, Belgium. The success of the owner’s restaurant was the inspiration for the guesthouse, and with an expanding family, there was not enough room for them to continue taking up residence above their restaurant. Have a look below for the owner’s inspiring story of how the project transpired into what was once just a visionary dream.
We (Veronique 37 years and Henk 34 years) have a restaurant (1 Michelin star) in Bruges since 10 years. We’ve lived above the restaurant until now; it became too small with our 2 kids (6 & 7 years). We were looking for a private house but didn’t find anything which was close the restaurant and enough space. Suddenly a great opportunity came along, the historical house in front of our restaurant came free and we take the shot… Result it was too big for us, so we aid to each other “why don’t we make some guestrooms in the building?”
We ourselves had enough ideas how to separates the places in that big house. We of course needed an architect to draw for us. There was one big rule!! We wanted to have absolutely a private house were our guests couldn’t come, let’s say a red line for them not to cross. Therefor we provided 2 very high luxury rooms and 2 suites. The house is separated is 2 parts, one for the guests and one for us. We’ve put an extra stair especially for us. It’s a very ancient house; we have information that leads until 1450! A house with a soul and character!
The whole decoration we did ourselves, till the smallest detail. We didn’t use the help of any interior architect or someone of that kind. We ourselves are creative minded people the name of our guesthouse is called “La Suite”, for us it has several meanings, first, it means if you translate it, the following, it is the following step of our lives, it also means like a kitchen name, that reply’s in the kitchen that the next dish can follow. Like the people who are in our restaurant, they can go to their rooms for the next step of their evening.
Why a French name? That’s because our restaurant is called “Sans Cravate”, now we’ve changed our logo to La Suite Sans Cravate, it match very well together. We have a very personal style in our kitchen and interior of the restaurant, now we have that also in our new guesthouse. The rooms have the name of wine grapes, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Each guest receives when they arrive a glass of bubbles with a personalized macaroon biscuit with the flavors of their room that they booked.
The renovation took three years in total but the result is magic, we are of course very proud that we realized something like that. With only one month open and already nominated for “Best design hotel”.
Photos: Courtesy of La Suite Sans Cravate
POD Boutique Hotel is a luxurious hotel subtly promoting discretion and elegance, completed in 2009 by Greg Wright Architects, located in Cape Town, South Africa. POD is more than a luxury boutique hotel. It’s a declaration of love for fine living, fine design, and unforgettable experiences. Conceived of as a discreet and super-stylish location and getaway on the Camps Bay strip, this project is set to become the destination of choice for those “in the know”.
A unique palette of granite, slate, African timber and glass has been brought together in elegant simplicity in an attempt to make rooms and relaxation spaces desirable to those who appreciate stylish accommodation backed up by discreet, luxurious service.Add to that the fact that all that makes Camps Bay the international destination of choice, this project is set to redefine the boutique accommodation business in Cape Town and set the benchmark for those going forward.
15 bedrooms and suites provide ultimate comfort and privacy, evoking a feeling of sanctuary and serene relaxation.
Villa Kalos is nestled on the beautiful Greek island of Ithaca, which once lay in ruin and was completely abandoned but has been returned to its former glory as a guest vacation house. The home was discovered by two South African photographers in the surrounding countryside of Lahos. The couple’s mission was to fulfill their dream of creating a home for the design conscious traveler looking to spend their holidays overlooking the peaceful Greek countryside, with the azure waters of the Agean only a few minutes away.With the help of local builders and craftsmen, the beautiful stone building was successfully resurrected and turned into a luxurious, sublimely understated, yet perfectly adorned, boutique villa.
A stylish and secluded villa escaping technology, Villa Kalos sleeps 8 guests, with rates starting at $471 per night, from here.
The property occupies 6,000 square meters, encompassing terraced gardens surrounding the home and almond trees and olive groves dotting the nearby countryside. There is a salt water pool that overlooks the stunning island vistas. The interiors showcase perfection for a Greek island villa – cement floors, stone walls, polished concrete benches, limed timber beams, fine muslin drapes on the windows and layers of linen.
Photos: Robert Koene
Villa Baie is a luxury contemporary villa perched on the heights of Villefranche with panoramic sea views on the Cap Ferrat and the bay of Villefranche, located along the French Riviera, France. This stylish villa is located in a gated estate just 15 minutes away from Monaco, providing comfort for up to ten guests.
With five bedrooms and five bathrooms, you can stay at this wonderful retreat with prices available upon request, from here.
The exteriors are set with extensive furnished terraces and a heated infinity pool facing the sea that extends with a lawned garden. On 3 levels distributed by a lift up to the solarium terrace, the interiors bathed with sunlight comprise, on the upper floor an entrance hall from the parking and garage, the master suite with dressing and bathroom, one double bedroom with bathroom and one double bedroom with shower, all opening onto the solarium terrace. Down, the main level opening onto terraces comprise a large living room, a dining room, a professional kitchen, a day toilet, a double bedroom with bathroom and a double bedroom with shower room.
The pool level it set with a large furnished beach club and a service bedroom.
Air-conditioning, sophisticated audio-video and security systems throughout; Parking with car turn table and garage; Luxury service level and personnel on demand; Rental all year long.
Photos: Courtesy of Leo Trippi
Villa Mana is an exceptional holiday retreat embracing spacious and stylish interiors, located in tropical Canggu, Bali, Indonesia, featuring spectacular rice terrace vistas read more
Casa Atrevida is a luxurious, environmentally friendly vacation retreat designed by Luz de Piedra Arquitectos, located on a woodsy private refuge on the shores of the breathtaking Playa Preciosa, in Puerto Jimenez, the largest town on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica.
You can stay at this luxury beachfront property surrounded by a forest abundant with exotic animals, with rates starting at $315 per night, sleeping 10, from here.
This unique 3,229 square foot (300 square meters) house is environmentally friendly, made from bamboo (Guadua), as a structural material for earthquake resistance. Attractive material, from a short cycle of growth, therefore, with a smaller ecological footprint in this environment so rich into biodeversity matters. A roof garden is used to cool down and improve the integration to the landscape from the second level.
The retreat is constructed in a modern tropical style, and was designed to be perfectly integrated into the beautiful natural surroundings.
Guests are sure to have a memorable experience thanks to the immense natural beauty of the region, the personalized service, and an experience designed for your utmost comfort.
This is a recreational house, with it´s own carekeepers studio. It was made with Bambu(Guadua) as the structural element, designed to be seismic resistant. An atractive material that has a short growing cycle, thus reducing carbon footprint in a forested area.
The house has five bedrooms and can accommodate a maximum of ten people. Each bedroom has a walk-in closet and a private bathroom. All of the bedrooms are stylishly decorated and are furnished with a desk or vanity.
The four bedrooms on the second level are identical and have views of the garden/terrace and the treetops around the house. Two of the bedrooms are furnished with two twin-sized beds. The other two are each furnished with a queen-sized bed. All rooms are protected from insects by mosquito nets or mashrabiyas so that you can fully take advantage of the natural beauty that the property has to offer.
The fifth bedroom, which is located on the ground floor, is a luxurious master bedroom. Furnished with a king-sized bed, a spacious bathroom, and a desk, the master bedroom includes wonderful views of the natural surroundings. Each bedroom comes equipped with a ceiling fan. The kitchen is fully equipped. The kitchen/dining room/living room area is designed to be a comfortable interior with beautiful views of the exterior to optimize your experience.
Photos: Sergio Pucci
Casa de La Flora is a modern beachfront resort designed by VaSLab Architecture, located along a palm tree lined beach in Khao Lak, Phangnga, Thailand. The latest member of Design Hotel in Thailand, the resort was commissioned in 2008 by one of Thailand’s leading businessmen Sompong Dowpiset. There are 36 cube-shaped villas aimed to serve as a new high profile yet humble destination hotel in this beautiful town of southern Thailand.
The brief given to the architect is a unique resort that consists of a series of pool villas with maximum ocean views. Facilities such as a reception lounge, swimming pool, pool bar, beachfront restaurant, spa, fitness, and library are the must-have programs in this hotel. The owner challenged the architect to create a a bold look of architecture but one that yields to warmth and nature after its implied name, “flora.”
VaSLab’s metaphorical design takes on the act of “arising flora,” where each concrete versus wood villa reflects as a flora form, emerges from the ground, and blooms to reach the daylight. Deviated walls and tilted roofs are characterized throughout the series of 36 cubic-form villas, where these tapered elements do not only recall the act of arising flora but widen the rooms’ perspective frames when looking outward to the sea.
The continuity of these lines can also be seen in the interior space and interior elements such as built-in beds, coffee tables, and built-in cabinets. Custom-made furniture designed by Anon Pairot Design Studio carries this thematic design, as some of them represent the organic form of a flora. The same concept is carried throughout the landscape and hardscape work from talented designer T.R.O.P., who extends the lines of architecture into a set of charming pathways, pavement blocks, and green walls as they act like the architecture’s root, stem, and branches. APLD, the lighting designer, abstractly sets the resort’s lighting to provoke the main architectural elements; deviated walls and tilted roofs, as if the villa cubes are arising above the ground.
Its glass-fronted villas have clean interiors featuring concrete surfaces, natural stone walls, and wooden floors/ ceilings. Ten units stand directly to the beach, with maximum sea views, and all come with private pools, 24-hour butler service, and the latest in-room entertainment. Eco-friendly credentials come in the form of an ozone (low-chemical) purification system for the swimming pools and wastewater and rainwater recycling.
Photos: Courtesy of VaSLab Architecture
With a crisp, modern aesthetic and stunning seaside location, Golden Rays Villa is a luxury resort situated in the town of Primošten, in Croatia. Golden Rays Villa 3 offers a spacious interior comprised of 3,595 square feet of living space with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. This high-end, Croatian retreat offers beautiful Adriatic vistas, luxurious amenities and sleek decor designed to complement the rugged Mediterranean landscape.
While drifting along the Adriatic shoreline, one can immediately identify the angular, yet harmonious, villas of Golden Rays. The distinctive resort boasts rectangular holiday homes and terraces and unparalleled views of the sparkling bay. These unique, architectural features also ensure each guest has ample access to the salty air and sunshine – not to mention peace and privacy.
These exclusive 370 square meters (3,983 square foot) villas are ideal for romantic escapes and refined getaways. Each private unit spans three levels that tumble gracefully down the hillside, and offers a spacious, sun-soaked open floor plan. Both three and four bedroom options are available, and all villas include partially-sheltered pools.
The resort’s modern, fully equipped kitchens cater well to traveling gourmets, while the comfortable and stylish dining areas are excellent for hosting intimate gatherings and celebrations. Additionally, guests can indulge and relax in the steamy private sauna, or work up a sweat their very own open air fitness area. In the evenings, Golden Rays’ picturesque terraces are a perfect place to enjoy an inspiring Mediterranean sunset and a glass of the renowned – and locally produced – Babic wine.
Aesthetically, Golden Rays is a welcome respite from the many uninspired hotels and resorts that dot the Croatian coastline. Rather than overpower the cliffside and detract from the area’s distinct natural beauty, architects opted for environmental harmony and hand selected design elements.
Each of the seven villas features a green roof and lush atrium garden, which allows the spacious, multi-tiered retreat to blend more seamlessly into the local flora. The villas are also partially constructed into the hillside and designers were careful to ensure each unit’s two-car garage became an interesting design element, rather than the typical aesthetic dead space.
The villas’ expansive picture windows also help diminish the separation between nature and living space, and allow the rugged and rocky landscape to become part of the greater decor. Even the furnishings are reminiscent of Golden Rays’ surroundings. Rich designer pieces in natural fabrics and textures emulate the outdoor environment, while the classic, earthy tones, crisp white walls and natural wood floors contrast beautifully against the seascape. Additionally, the floating staircases, engaging art pieces and interesting architectural accents come together to create a fashionable, yet relaxing, Croatian retreat.
Golden Rays may cater to a chic and design-savvy clientele, but the top shelf treatment doesn’t stop at stunning views and sleek decor. Thanks to a well-trained and dedicated staff, guests rarely lift a finger. Butlers and private chefs are available, and all villas are maintained by a discreet cleaning staff. Qualified local guides are also on call for various excursions and adventures. Plus, thanks to a lovely seaside walkway, guests can access the sand and surf in moments.
To better experience nearby villages such as Primosten and Kemik Marina, guests can continue down the scenic walkway or hire a car. These colorful Mediterranean hamlets offer charming shops, delicious local dining, tourism offices and many historical points of interest. The area is also well known for its myriad diving spots and wide variety of watersports.
From the gorgeous surroundings to expertly designed interiors, Golden Rays is truly a stunning destination. Boasting peaceful, sun-filled escapes to design-centric adventures, this exclusive Croatian resort is sure to leave guests dreaming of blue skies, blue seas and world class luxury.
Golden Rays provides the perfect luxury base while you explore the best of Primosten and the Croatian coast.
The architecture studio A-cero has recently completed the design of the interiors of a villa and the restaurant for the unique and exclusive hotel Iniala Beach House, situated in Phuket, Thailand. Located in the bucolic coast area of Natai Beach in Phuket, this place is characterized by its calm, the vast sands and the turquoise blue waters. This little luxury hotel resort was conceived to enjoy your stay surrounded by good design. The complex has 10 villas designed by different well-known international architects firms.
The project developer entrusted to A-cero the Interior Design of two rooms of one of the villas, concretely the Villa Bianca. Moreover, A-cero developed the design of the restaurant of the hotel, Aziamendi (with 3 Michelin Stars) as well as the exterior chill out area where you can enjoy the amazing views. A-cero have designed absolutely everything, even the furniture.
Both rooms designed by A-cero are on the seafront. Two shell shape bungalows sharing an exterior swimming pool. Both elements play with each other and we tried to achieve the opposite interior design between them. In the first room, the vertical lines flow introducing into the sight of the visitor. In the second room the curved lines move horizontally embracing the space around. It is a game of vertical and horizontal lines that wrap the space. Looking for the “ying & yang” and different sensations for each other.
The furniture of the rooms is born in each of the curved lines that create the rooms. The natural local wood is used for the floors and the walls of the rooms, looking for a natural environment according to the exuberant surroundings. In each of these rooms we have changed the disposition of the elements to make them different. The first room has light wood horizontal sense floor and dark wood ceiling. The second room is the opposite, with dark wood vertical sense floor and light wood ceiling.
The exclusive A-cero design furniture for this hotel is made with high quality polycarbonate in order not to see any joint. The white color is used to make easier the introduction of the light inside. The curved lines described previously conform each unique furniture piece, obtaining a head bed sculpturally joined with the ceiling. Moreover some of the lights for the room are included in the bed head.
The head bed becomes an exclusive A-cero design dressing table, characterized by its forms, which are similar to the rest of the room. This dressing table is also very versatile, it has different removable modules like mirror, drawers, magazine rack, lockbox, fridge, coffee machine, speakers to connect different devices and several compartments that are deployed to use them and collected to keep everything tidy. This dresser is a large area in connection with the other bathroom departments: shower, bathtub, washbasin and toilet.
The luxury concept of this hotel includes important art pictures proposed by the owner and displayed around the complex with the chance to buy them.
The wide windows fill practically all the main facade of the room and the guest overlooks to the outdoor landscape –the beach– through the porch and the own swimming pool. The wood pavement is continued to the porch. This area is also equipped with A-cero design furniture, the “Rest” collection for Vondom.
The exterior chill out designed by A-cero complements the restaurant and the guests can enjoy an appetiser next to the sea. With sliding doors and A-cero design furniture you can enjoy the ocean views and the smell of the sea. The tables have the same modular design of the restaurant, with Platner design high seats upholstered with waterproof leather.
The project developer and the owner of the hotel trust again in Spanish professionals. For the restaurant they contacted with the recognized three Michelin stars chef Eneko Atxa, who has his local restaurant Azurmendi in Vizcaya, Spain. Once the proposal was accepted, the chef got involve with the project to implement the kitchen and the menu of Aziamendi, the name of his restaurant in Iniala.
A-cero has designed this restaurant for the guests of the hotel. The restaurant with capacity for 70 diners also includes a bar and an area with big size tables. The restaurant installations are thought taking into account the kitchen requirements and the needs given by the Spanish chef Eneko Atxa.
The design of a restaurant has created a welcoming place. In continuation with the style of the rooms, the restaurant has been designed with curved lines and natural materials. The fact that the restaurant is a glass box, allows the guests to view the surrounding landscape. The wood is used for the ceiling and the main walls. In this case we have designed different wood panels for the ceiling to simulate the movement of the waves. With the intention to maximize the form of each wood panel, the floor has been designed with light wood and the ceiling with dark wood.
The tables of the restaurant have been designed exclusively by A-cero. The curved lines and the natural wood give identity to the space. The tables have been designed for two guests, but thanks to its modular design, we can easily obtain the size requested for the tables. The Platner chairs from Knoll, designed by Warren Platner in 1966 are the perfect complement. These chairs have been upholstered with light green velvet to integrate them with the local vegetation.
Photos: Kurt Alan Heck
The Retreat Selous is an all-suite tented lodge, an enchanting refuge situated in wild bush on the banks of the Ruaha River, Tanzania. Your suite is one of just twelve in this remote haven in the Northern Selous. As the largest protected wildlife sanctuary in Africa, The Selous Game Reserve is often described as a place where one will find the most pristine wilderness – one of the “secrets of Africa” indeed. The Retreat Selous has been built into pristine land, untouched for centuries far away from anybody else. A mystical and historical spot where the journey to experience the power of the African nature and undisturbed behavior of wildlife roaming freely around you is getting a new dimension.
The main house, ‘The Fort’ is perfectly positioned on the site of a former military observation point from World War 1 and provides guests with a direct 360 degree panoramic view over the Ruaha river and untouched plains. The beautiful tented suites are mounted on raised teak wood platforms and each comes with its own private deck and outdoor bath and chill out area allowing you to savour your own experience of the surrounding wilderness. The canvas interiors are handmade to reflect the stars of the African sky and are complimented with African antiques and local handcrafted materials.
To stay at this incredible retreat, nightly rates start from $695, from here.
The Retreat offers four different styles of accommodation. Twelve spaciously 100–220 square meters, more than six meter high tented suites under palm thatched roofs with expansive distance between each suite have been constructed in three independent units to correspond with the surrounding habitat, whilst guaranteeing privacy and romance.
Each suite has its own private outdoor deck with a stunning signature outdoor antique copper, brass or silver bathtub. Ethnic elements, bespoke furnishings, African antiques, natural materials and precious stones have been blended to create a unique sense of comfort and natural luxury using principles of Feng Shui and the Five Elements in materials and interior design.
Guests have a choice of Eagle Hill Suites with breathtaking views, the River Suites which are situated beside the river bank and come complete with their own private plunge pool or the Lion River Suite which is larger with an additional tent and ideal for families or honeymooners.
Guests at the lodge can enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the river bar while watching the sun set then dine by the breathtaking infinity pool or on one of the towers overlooking the Selous.
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