If only we could fly away to the world’s leading spa resorts to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. That’s not a reality for many of us, but not to fear: we have pulled together four incredible spa resorts to go on all of our bucket lists. From Marrakech to Miama beach, take your pick…
1.Lanserhof Tegernsee, Germany
Tucked into the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, the Lanserhof Tegernsee was designed in line with a ‘high tech monastery’ for the body and mind. Its spa program is based on the famous LANS Med detox regime and it brings together medical treatments and luxurious comforts to deliver a world-class experience. This includes an outdoor heated saltwater pool, evening classical concerts, yoga, tai chi and kinesis workouts and an 18-hole golf course.
Images: Lanserhof Tegernsee
2. Faena Hotel, Miami Beach
With filmmaker Baz Luhrmann and his Academy Award-winning designer wife Catherine Martin at the helm as the creative directors, this luxury hotel now has a show stopping spa. Full of theatrical touches, like the bold red, gold and tiger prints and the contemporary art, the ‘Tierra Santa Healing House spa’ features one of the largest hammams on the East Coast, along with age-old South American shaman-developed body-healing rituals.
Images from here.
3. One & Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than this: expansive relaxation lawns, manicured gardens, and spectacular ocean views. The One & Only Reethi Rah is positioned on a secluded island in the Laccadive Sea. Guests can enjoy private pools, canopied day beds and soaking tubs or wander to one of the eight luxurious treatment villas to indulge in treatments based on Ayurvedic traditions and infused with Western luxuries.
4. Royal Mansour Marrakech Spa, Morocco
Built under commission for King Mohammed VI, the Mansour in Marrakech is the gold standard of luxury with just 53 private riads and, of course, that enchanting spa. In the heart of the resort is the picturesque (and often photographed) white, wrought iron atrium. The spa itself covers three floors and features ten spa cabins offering a range of treatments from massages, facials, and hydrotherapy as well as aesthetic and beauty services. Post-treatment, guests can take to the tea lounge to enjoy the selection of chef-made dishes, herbal teas and fruit juices. Pure zen!
Images: here and here.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we’ve curated a mum-friendly edition of our wrap of the latest and best from the world of design. From quirky, kitsch mini-golf to a new look Aesop store and a favourite design magazine celebrating half a century, there is plenty in store for your mum – and yourself – to enjoy this month.
Aesop’s Fitzroy store renovation
Having worked on the first incarnation of the store about ten years ago, Clare Cousins Architects (CCA) were again tasked with rejuvenating Aesop’s Fitzroy retail space. With the suburb bustling with creative studios, galleries and independent retailers, CCA decided to create a ‘welcome sense of quiet’ and explore the ‘nostalgic domestic ritual’.
The team kept the shop front understated from the street, and did little structural work inside to the existing steel windows, steel beams and concrete slab. The main changes were made with the introduction of an insitu-cast concrete vessel fitted with delicate, aged brass tapware – a reference to Fitzroy’s early blacksmith industry, the Italian ‘Rosa Salmonato’ marble bench top and blush-toned curtains to ‘mediate levels of privacy between zones’.
Holey Moley Golf Club
Part bar, part mini-golf kitsch, Holey Moley Golf Club is Little Bourke Street, Melbourne’s newest addition. The 27-hole course will see you navigate a Game of Thrones hole, a large-scale turntable, a Simpsons lounge and a Pac-Man with ghost obstacles.
Dreamt up by Fun Lab, the owner of Strike Bowling and Sky Zone Trampoline parks, the company’s CEO Michael Schreiber says the course will continue to evolve over time, while maintaining its tongue in cheek, colourful and pop culture vibe. Perfect for a girls day out.
Images above by Simon Shiff from here.
Vogue Living celebrates 50 years
Whether it was with your grandma, your mother or yourself, there’s a strong possibility that Vogue Living found its way into one of your hands over the years. This month the magazine celebrates is 50th anniversary, and it did so in style with an intimate breakfast at Melbourne’s Vue de Monde. The 50th edition cover features an exclusive artwork created by Dinosaur Designs and photographed by Edward Urrutia. The magazine is now under the direction of editor-in-chief Neale Whitaker, formerly at the helm of Belle until late last year. Pick up a copy for you and your mum!
Images: Vogue Living
Wedgwood and Lee Broom Collaboration
The iconic tableware brand Wedgwood has revealed a new collaboration with designer Lee Broom that’s a far cry from the delicate and dainty pieces you might expect. Bringing in Broom’s bold and colourful approach to design, the pieces are inspired by some of Wedgwood’s most iconic historical designs such as the Jasperware and the Panther Vase. But be quick – there are only 15 of each piece available.
This is one to add to the wish list: a trip to Japan to explore the whimsical Nacrée restaurant. Tucked into an industrial site, this eatery sees acrylic cylinders filled with globes suspended from the ceiling, while the ‘walls’ are formed from curves of more acrylic cylinders, decorated with acrylic flowers. The result is a space where the light is diffused and a sense of movement is prevalent… almost like a futuristic garden.
Images from here.
When a supermodel and style icon lists their home for sale, the world clamours to catch a peek inside. This was certainly the case for Cindy Crawford’s recent listing of her US$79 million Malibu home. Not only is the residence in an enviable, beach front location but it is positioned right next door to Crawford’s own multi-structure compound.
Crawford and her partner Rande Gerbe purchased the estate in 2015 and then undertook renovations to transform the 3 to 4 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, two-storey, resort-style getaway.
With a Mediterranean flair, the 3 acre estate features a tennis court, media room, gourmet kitchen, library nook, fire pit and swimming pool, positioning it as a real entertainer’s place.
In terms of the interiors, the palette is quintessentially beachy with natural timbers, neutrals and pops of azure blue, resulting in a laid-back, Hamptons style aesthetic. Add to that the floor to ceiling windows offering uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views, and it’s truly a place fit for the stars. Take a look…
Images: Chris Cortazzo Malibu Real Estate.
Set into the depths of Phuket’s Kamala rainforest is a resort like no other: Keemala. Inspired by the stories, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of four groups of fictitious ancient Phuket settlers, the resort is divided into four different lots of villas, each with their unique design and distinctive guest experiences.
They are shaded by a canopy of rainforest, connected by jungle walkways and each have a private pool, but from there, the similarities end.
First are the ‘Clay Pool Cottages’, which reflect the earthiness of the ‘Pa-ta-Pea’ clan who believed in a strong connection to the earth. They would also incorporate earth into their walls, roofs and furniture, even the beds they slept on were made from soil and clay. Clay can be seen used in the construction of these villas.
Next are the ‘Tent Pool Villas’, taking reference from the ‘Khon-Jorn’ tribe of wanderers, who excelled in hunting and trading. Their nomadic lifestyle is exhibited in the tent-like structures, which feature stand-alone bathtubs, monsoon showers and outdoor showers.
Third are the ‘Tree Pool Houses’, built to represent the ‘We-ha’ people who worshipped the universe and chose to live suspended from the trees to be nearer to the sky. The ‘We-ha’ people built their homes elevated from the ground in order to obtain better creativity and liberty. This is reflected in the two stories of these villas, along with the suspended furniture and cocoon like beds and loungers.
And finally, there are the ‘Bird’s Nest Pool Villas’, which take their cue from the ‘Rung-Nok’ community. This group enjoyed an opulent way of life compared to other clans and their craving for exclusivity supposedly resulted in a woven tangle of a bird’s nest design, seen on the exteriors of these villas.
Regardless of where guests stay, they can enjoy spa treatments, holistic programs and gastronomic experiences… or simply relax in the tranquil surrounds of the rainforest.
Take a look…
Images from here.