In the ancient Swiss language once widely spoken in Verbier, the word Nevaï means snow – now, the renowned resort of the same name is equated with such words as luxury and alpine-chic.
Situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres, Verbier is surrounded by more than 400 kilometres of slopes for skiers of all levels. Its boutiques, restaurants and world famous après-ski nightlife have made the gorgeous village one of the most exclusive and exciting European ski destinations, with Hotel Nevaï as one of its most important trendsetters.
The luxury alpine resort’s 33 rooms with south-facing balconies and two spectacular penthouse suites are each equipped with the most luxurious amenities, such as Egyptian cotton bedding, Elemis bath products and of course the most magnificent views of the Swiss Alps. Without leaving the grounds, you can really enjoy the perfect evening: dinner at the Nevaï restaurant – featuring stunning views, an open kitchen, an extensive variety of grilled meats, fish and vegetables, a flawless bar and a live DJ – followed by a digestive or glass of champagne at the cosy Nevaï Bar, before finally heading to the dance floor at the famous Farm Club, the place to see and be seen in Verbier for more than 35 years.
The luxury Swiss hotel is located in Verbier, and is 160 km from Geneva airport. It’s also member of Design Hotels™.
Hotel Nevai, Route de Verbier Station 55, 1936 Verbier, Switzerland, designhotels.com/nevai
Nestled alongside the Ayung River in the lush highlands near the village of Ubud, Bali, Fivelements Puri Ahimsa is an award-winning luxury, eco-conscious healing resort.
Inspired by the Balinese way of life, which encourages us to come into harmony with the Spirit, the environment and with one another, Fivelements’ integrative healing approach is designed to tune-in on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.
The resort collaborates with each individual guest to activate, facilitate and nurture them on the healing path. Deeply rooted in the ancient traditions of Bali, Fivelements’ wellness programme is three-fold: Traditional Balinese Healing treatments and ceremonies: from traditional Balinese massage to energy healing treatments.
Following the Balinese principle of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the higher divine source during each healing session.
Living Foods: over half of the all dishes are raw vegan food. Raw living foods support natural healing through cleansing to help us reach our highest potential and enjoy greater energy and mental clarity.
Sacred Arts: yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, dance, expressive arts.These programmes help us to reconnect with our authentic selves, opening our bodies and minds to newfound trust, freedom and joy.
The luxury Bali property’s seven bedrooms in standalone pavilions ensure an exclusive stay with exemplary personalised service. Each suite features an open veranda exposed to the river’s swirling currents, and a private bamboo enclosure housing a large open-air bathtub hewn from a stone boulder. A customised lighting design showcases the seven colours of the chakras, bringing mind, body and spirit in unison with nature.
More than 70 per cent of the property is made out of bamboo. Other eco-features of the resort include 100 per cent LED light system, water and woods recycling.
Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali, Indonesia 80352, fivelements.org
This spectacular beachfront villa is located in a secluded area of Phuket, situated on the island’s north east coast, set within a private gated community of only 19 spectacular beachfront lots.
Completed in 2010, the luxury Phuket villa has direct beach frontage, and glorious 180° sea views. Ao Po is famed for its fantastic panoramic views of Phang Nga Bay and the recently completed 200 berth Ao Po Grand Marina is just 300 metres away from the luxury villa.
The luxury Thai villa is designed in modern tropical style, with five separate pavilions in total. The master suite includes a large his and hers bathroom with outdoor shower and a jacuzzi. Two guest suites are located each in their own pavilion; both also have a beautiful airy outdoor shower yet maintaining optimum privacy. The fourth bedroom is located in the main building at the entrance, along with the fully equipped modern kitchen.
The main living space is located in a pavilion opposite the master suite, overlooking both the swimming pool and the magnificent sea views. A six seater dining table is situated on an elevated floor adjacent to the kitchen, while a recessed floor houses two comfortable seating areas, opening directly out on to the pool deck. The lower level of this pavilion also features another entertaining space and a bathroom.
To buy this property visit sothebysrealtyphuket.com
London-based property developer Mount Anvil’s new luxury collection of refurbished and new build apartments and townhouses pay homage to a rich site history and vibrant local community. The stunning refurbished and new build one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments and three and four-bedroom townhouses can be found in Highbury Park, London, England.
The Loxfords is a design-led, residential project. The properties has been sensitively developed with the history of the site and the character of the community providing influence and inspiration for the design. From the meticulous preservation of historical exterior detail to the specifications of the interior appliances.
The luxury London properties take a rich history and classic architectural icon respectfully into the future. Set around a beautiful landscaped garden, the 82 new luxury homes encompass a 19th-century building converted into art deco style called Loxford House. The site served as the home of Action for Children since 1926.
To achieve a contemporary take on the Edwardian architecture of the location and emulate
surrounding properties, yellow London brick – laid in an old fashioned ‘Flemish Bond’ pattern – has been used and the impressive full-height period doorways and windows have been carefully restored and enhanced.
On the inside, design-led, stylish Islington living is on offer, mixing charming period features such as the original brass-handled stairways and high ceilings with the unashamedly contemporary. These new homes have been designed and built to the highest specifications and feature a fabulous range of Siemens appliances, pristine white Corian worktops and wine fridges. The bathrooms are sleek and include double-ended baths and Corian vanity units and seamless storage solutions are provided through the fully fitted wardrobes incorporated into every bedroom. An impressive concierge in an art-deco style welcomes residents and visitors.
Finally, the meticulously crafted gardens will provide a stunning setting for the development, and Mount Anvil worked with the existing topography of the site to retain the trees, many of which are protected. The area behind the properties has also been opened up to create a fully accessible park, enabling a taste of village living a stone’s throw from Central London.
For more information about The Loxfords, visit: theloxfords.com
Dutch architectural practice Leijh, Kappelhof, Seckel, van den Dobbelsteen Architecten have completed the God’s Loftstory project. The converted church can be found in the village of Haarlo, The Netherlands.
According to the architects: “The former Dutch Reformed Evangelism Building in Haarlo has been transformed into a unique loft. The starting point for the design were the retained (mostly with a need for restoration) qualities of the 1928 dating monument, the façade, the bell tower with clock, the volume, the iconic location on the outskirts of the village and nice details like the wooden roof construction, the old panel doors and arch windows with stained glass. This project demonstrates that a transformation of a church with limited resources is possible, when using a smart design and an efficient plan. The concept was; strip, isolate and furnish. The result represents the motto of the owners: “Cherish your inner child; remain pure, playing, exploring and a little bit naughty!”
“It was a conscious choice, not to fill the space completely with as many rooms as possible, but to minimise the demands, in order to retain the spaciousness of the building. The only architectural additions are the mezzanine for the relaxation room and the multifunctional ‘stairway to have fun’. The materials used are pure, sober, functional and budgetary; concrete on the floor, the original wooden floorboards off the church as cladding for the ‘stairway to have fun’, stainless steel kitchen elements, a hard glass partition to retain openness, white stucco and strategically chosen red accents.
“This converted church shows great passion, humor, respect, love and creativity. This is being reflected in the, specially for this project realized, elements like the swing ‘swinging sister’, the ‘KROONluchter’ (inspired by the original organ), the ‘gate of heaven’ flanked by a wall of guardian angels, the ‘stairway to have fun, the ‘holy shit’ on the toilet, birdhouses with lamp for strange birds that have seen the light and the wooden ‘lost sheep’ in the garden.