In 2011 we could not help but notice your appetite for beautiful places of relaxation. This is why for today we gathered 15 incredible resorts across the world that were presented on our site last year. As usual, you can click on each photo for more pictures and details about the retreats. If you happened to see any of them for yourself, we would love to know the details!
#1. The luxurious 5- star Pimalai refuge blends with the natural environment creating unforgettable experiences for the tourists who decide to spend their holidays here. This boutique beach resort occupies 100 acres of tropical vegetation with direct access to a 900 meters stretch of pristine sandy beach and offers 121 accommodation units. Click the photo below and tell us if it manages to bring the inner serenity it promises.
#2.Â Southern Ocean Lodge is a luxury resort located along the cliffs of Kangaroo Island, Australia, within a fascinating natural landscape. The interiors of the villas feature lavish King beds, sunken lounge, dramatic glass walled bathroom featuring Southern Spa amenities and outdoor terrace with occasional seating and daybed.
#3.Â Como Uma Ubud Resort is located in Bali, Indonesia, overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley, in the cultural town of Ubud. The resort has a total of 29 rooms, some of which are terrace rooms with comfortable four-poster bed draped in white voile, garden rooms with access to the fish pond and seating area and suites. An incredible 25-metre pool offers a chance for guests to be surrounded by green lawns and tropical trees.
#4. Who hasnâ€™t heard of the romantic sunsets in Santorini? Mistique Resort is actually the name for eighteen suites and villas located in this Greek island, overseeing an amazing landscape. We particularly enjoyed the fact that this hotel is not an opulent and extravagant one, but a piece of architecture perfectly integrated in the spirit and sceneries of the island.
#5. The Taj Exotica Resort and Spa Maldives is a five-star exclusive resort, surrounded by lush tropical plants and crystal clear blue waters. Located in one of the largest lagoons in the area, the accommodation units spread idyllically along a mesmerizing beach, providing a lovely relaxation setting for its visitors.
#6. The Residence Zanzibar was designed by design firm HBA / Hirsch Bedner Associates and is a fascinating resort located on a remote corner of the island of Zanzibar. Stretching over 80 acres, the 66 villas designed by HBA boast a colonial theme and draw inspiration from the Swahili, Omani, British and Indian cultures present inÂ Zanzibar.
#7. Located where mythology tells us the God Apollo was born, the luxury resort called Mykonos Grand Hotel offers 32 square meter ground floor garden view rooms in blue or orange with spacious mosaic bathrooms, 33 square meter rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea â€“ adorned with Greek marble and typical Mykonian arch separating the bedroom from the sitting area and 37 square meter superior sea view rooms with Spa bathrooms.
#8. The Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel is a man-made attraction in Bali. The most striking of the hotelâ€™s design features is a large, multi-leveled infinity pool, with curves that are said to copy the shape and beauty of the hills nearby. Guests can swim at the edge and enjoy peaceful vistas of the ancient Pura Penataran Dalem Segara temple, located on the opposite hillside.
#9. The Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia is a place where each room has its own infinity pool. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy has expanded upon his philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature. The resort is characterized by the bold architectural design â€“ individual bridges leading to exceptional infinity pool sanctuaries and rugged stoned-faced columns reaching towards the sky.
#10. Casa de la Flora Resort is located in a secluded ambiance near Phuket, Thailand. Featuring a series of differentiated beachfront pool villas and suites and a presidential suite, the resort offers luxurious interiors for the perfect holidayÂ Designed by VaSLab Architecture, the resort features exceptional facilities, gathered on a 4,900 square meter property in Pangnga.
#11.Â Astarte Suites is a spectacular 9-room complex designed by Aygoustis Krousis and located on a cliff on the beautiful Santorini Island in Greece. Small, but with impeccable services, infinity pool, and unforgettable views, the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
#12. This fascinating place of retreat is called Ayada Maldives and is located on the island of Maguhdhuvaa, inÂ Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll district. The resort consists of 112 luxurious villas and was recently open. The accommodation units have a beautiful warm and traditional feel and are fully-equipped, providing comfort beyond expectations.
#13. Composed of 8 modern resort units, Villas Finestre is a simple yet imposing beachfront vacation complex made of separate 500 to 1000 square meters villas. Nestled on a cliffâ€™s edge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the villa units are located in a small beach resort named Ixtapa, in Guerrero, Design studio CC Arquitectos constructed this welcoming set of villas as a natural response to the growing desire for privacy and luxury.
#14. Whether you are looking for fabulous vacation destinations or just browsing for interior design inspiration, this next resort can offer you both things. Located in Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, the fabulously luscious coastal resort Out of the Blue, Capsis Elite Resort awaits guests with intriguing interiors and contemporary facilities.
#15. The Alila Villas Hadahaa island resort in the Maldives promises a relaxing vacation. Designed by SCDA Architects, the retreat welcomes its guests with a surprising collection of inside and outside spaces. Featuring 16 Island Villas, 20 Island Villas with a private pool, and 14 Aqua Villas, the retreat complex is the first luxury resort in the Gaafu Alifu (North Huvadhoo) Atoll in the Maldivesâ€™ new southern frontier.
There’s more to San Diego than sun and surf, although the nation’s eighth-largest city loves to boast about a mild climate considered by many to be the best in the U.S. With (mostly) easy access to beaches, mountains and deserts, San Diego is a recreation lover’s paradise. Attractions like the jewel of Balboa Park (home to the San Diego Zoo), Legoland California and SeaWorld keep tourism booming, and the highly rated University of California at San Diego has spawned a healthy biotech industry. Meanwhile, a diverse, ever-gentrifying urban population is upending the city’s reputation as a conservative Navy town.
When you walk through the door of your small apartment, do you feel that your space is as inspiring as the ones featured in our post 30 Best Small Apartment Design Ideas Ever Presented on Freshome? If not, this is the post for you. We’ve gathered dozens of examples of space-saving furniture for your small apartment to enhance your living space, organize your belongings and give your home the modern edge you’re after. We also have some ideas for color accents to make your space your own. Before you add any furniture to your small apartment, take a weekend to organize and clear your place. Go through your closets and cabinets, and donate or discard anything you don’t need or haven’t used for some time. Once you’ve sorted all your stuff, give your apartment a fresh paint job or a good wall and surface scrub to freshen it up. Starting with a blank canvas is liberating. Now it’s time to personalize!