PLaT Architects have created this seriously amazing, geometric hotel design located in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
The Xiangshawan Desert Lotus Hotel is set in this dramatic desolate landscape that changes from rolling, golden sand dunes in summer, to icy snow-covered peaks in the winter. Not one for the faint hearted, this holiday location is more suited to the adventure seeker and those wishing to experience the wonders of mother nature, including blizzards and sandstorms!! When the weather is clear, the resort offers unique activities such as camel rides, desert surfing and sand skiing.
The hotel is a visually spectacular arrangement of white sails which cover, and protect, the underlying hotel and its guests. It appears like a mirage, rising from the dunes and becoming one with them as the sand fills the lobby floor. Due to the ever shifting grounds it is built on, PLaT architects needed to invent a unique structural system to anchor the hotel and allow flexibility to deal with the elements. A huge part of the design process was the consideration of how to utilise solar, water and wind energy to run the hotel in an environmentally friendly, self-sufficient way.
I think this hotel is definitely one for the bucket list.
Prepare to be wowed by this stunning design by Chilean architect Cazú Zegers, who is the founder of A.I.R.A design group.
Located on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park in the southern tip of chile lies Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa. It is a discreet piece of architecture which blends into the surrounding environment through the choice of building materials and the organic shape of the structure. The use of wood throughout is really spectacular, a surprising mix of modern and rustic which you cannot imagine would work, yet it does perfectly.
The hotel overlooks Lake Sarmiento and the mountain peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. The park is a largely undiscovered paradise of flora, fauna and wildlife which has protected as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since the late seventies. The hotel has many tours, lead by expert guides, where you can take in the surrounding Mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and forest areas that make up the 370,000 acre park.
And after all those excursions you may want to relax a little and enjoy the in-house pampering available at Uma Spa, after all, you are on holiday right?!
The Hermitage – Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa Chile
So this is a little bit of an optical illusion in the fact that it isn’t quite reality yet, BUT who could wait?!
Behold the amazing Songjiang Shimao Hotel, or Songjiang Wonderland Continental, which is currently under construction in China. Located close to Shanghai, this hotel is being built on the site of an abandoned quarry in Songjiang. This stunning design is the work of re-known Atkins Global and is believed to having the working budget of US$555 million.
The 5 star, no expense spared hotel will consist of 19 stories that curve with the form of the existing quarry. 17 floors will sit below ground while the remaining two will be underwater once the quarry is filled to create an artificial lake. Plans are also in place for the lake to become the source for the hotels electricity and heating via new geothermal technology.
The roof of the hotel will be disguised with greenery and hanging gardens will soften and disguise the edges of the structure. A vertical glass atrium will form the centerpiece of the hotel, running the full height of the building to create the illusion of a waterfall, completing this mirage style design.
Estimated to be complete between 2013-15, I for one cannot wait to see real images of this fascinating design.
One of the most beautiful tropical island destinations in the world has to be Bora Bora. It delivers everything you could dream of, crystal blue waters, lush green vegetation and bleached white sand. These assets have helped Bora Bora to become one of those “Must See” places in the world. Featured in nearly every travel magazine available, Bora Boras scenery is as postcard as they come.
The Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is one of the best hotels in the area. Their rooms and suites are a perfect combination of modern and traditional architecture. The over water accommodations are just stunning, who wouldn’t want to relax on that deck or dive straight into that crystal clear water?
The Hermitage – Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa