Colorful Tropical Paradise The Colony Hotel by Dorothy Draper & Co The Palm Beach social scene has been beyond lavish from the moment it became the favoured vacation spot for most of Hollywood’s elite, back in the 80s. This project saw the transformation and rebirth of The Colony Hotel, right on the Palm Beach waterfront, into the prolific landmark it was always destined to be. Shortlisted in the Hotel 50-200 Rooms category, Dorothy Draper & Co. have used immediately identifying characteristics of Florida to make this hotel truly memorable. Ms Draper said: “This isn’t the real tropics - it’s Florida. So in this hotel, I haven’t used essentially hot tropical colors, opting instead for true Florida colors, bright and clear; the rich greens of the palms, the soft reds, pinks and yellows of the hibiscus, the bright blues and aquamarines of the sky and ocean.” “Look outside. Look how bright the light is. The inspiration is all right there,” said Carleton Varney, Interior Designer at the company. The new designs embrace the local culture. By taking the colonial feelings of the hotel architecture and mixing in essences of the foliage, flowers and aqua ocean, it creates an exciting and imaginative space. The entire hotel underwent a complete reimagining, from the lobby to the penthouse, the seven exclusive villas, and the pool-view ballroom, into a true showpiece on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. Minutes from the ocean, the skilled team at Dorothy Draper have created a brand new Colony that still respected it’s history. The Pavilion Ballroom and the Royal Room Cabaret have retained touches of nostalgia but nonetheless have been the defining showstoppers for the property’s re-centring in Florida high society. The attention to detail shown in this project ensures all guests feel as special during their stay as they truly should be.
Harmonising with the Natural Environment Anantara Layan Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand
The Anantara Layan Phuket Hotel has been shortlisted in the Asia Pacific category of the International Hotel and Property Awards. Those who have ventured in to the otherwordly Asia Pacific corner of the world, will know the climate of sensual indulgence that the region seems to exhale. If you’re seeking seclusion and harmony in South East Asia, the Anantara Layan Phuket Hotel is the edenic destination. Originally built in 2002, the hotel property underwent a comprehensive 18 month renovation with a design brief to create a fulfilling guest experience by harmonising with the natural environment. Traditional Thai architecture had to be flawlessly melded with modern amenities. The resort’s idyllic setting, surrounded on three sides by national park forest while the front opens to a private bay on the coast of the Andaman Sea, is accentuated by retention of existing large trees on the beach. The distinctive language of southern Thai architecture is expressed throughout, in roof shapes and plaster column details, constructed using locallysourced material and methods. Local artisans provided the final completing touches. Decorative tiled floor patterns throughout the resort represent the coastal area’s rich marine life, while designs of water features and flame torches are inspired by local flowers and plants. All 77 guestrooms are orientated for sea and sunset views. Nine room options comprise hillside rooms and suites, pool villas and beachside pool villas, in various configurations. Each airy vaulted interior contains subtle Thai design features complemented by contemporary styling and modern amenities. The resort’s dining options reflect its character: the signature Thai restaurant on a hillside location offers traditional cuisine paired with fine wines; and at beach level, amid ocean breezes, the menus of two restaurants include healthy options and Thai tapas. Bespoke evening gourmet dining on the beach, next to gently lapping waves, allows guests to enjoy views across the resort which is subtly illuminated by flickering torchlight. Anantara Spa, with ancient Asian wellness traditions and pampering relaxations, completes the resort’s fulfilling Thai experience.
52 Design Et Al
The 10th Anniversary Issue of design et al Magazine.