Saturday, March 30, 2013

Cape Schnack House

The Cape Schanck House,Melbourne is situated near rugged coastline subject to strong prevailing winds and sits within an expanse of native tea trees. The flows through the site inform the linear site nature of the east and west decks that extend into the landscape. The pattering of the pavers was based on the nearby rock platform, where fast-cooling lava forms into sequential patterns of pentagons and hexagons.
The central element of the internal space – the large bulb-shaped tank – contributes to the environmental performance of the house in two ways: it collects and stores rain water harvested from the entire roof surface, while the 6mm mild steel tank walls keep the water at a temperature close to 21?C, ambiently cooling the house interior.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The EV hotel

Everything is dramatic about the EV hotel.They are simply styled in sharp white, and each one has a balcony, towelling sofa, plasma TV, CD player and adjustable mood lighting. The fully equipped kitchens boast Smeg appliances and the bathrooms include Jacuzzis. This hotel was built for relaxation, and even those who tire of lazing in the sun on the towelling day beds need not get bored, as there are eight outdoor pools, a spa and fitness centre. Staff will create a tailored ‘personal wellness program of rejuvenation and replenishment’ for each guest.

Turkey’s elite have long flocked to the southern Aegean resort town of Bodrum for its calm azure seas (great for snorkeling and sailing) and its proximity to Lycian, Roman, and Ottoman ruins. The area’s latest addition is EV Türkbükü, a hilltop hotel designed by Turkish architect Eren Talu. It’s not hard to stay under the radar here: with 48 rooms and eight heated pools (you do the math), your privacy is guaranteed whether you take a dip outside or in the whirlpool in your ultramod, white-on-white room. Plasma-screen televisions and 24-hour butler service will please the most reclusive of travelers—true lovers of seclusion may even choose to skip the hotel’s restaurant and whip up dinner in their own fully equipped gourmet kitchen. But if you’re ready to emerge once the sun sets, head down the hill for Bodrum’s renowned hedonistic pursuits: the bars and clubs here stay open till dawn.
The EV opened two years ago, the latest of Turkbuku’s growing crop of boutique crash pads aimed at the globe-trotting elite. It includes Maca Kizi, which is owned by Sahir Erozan, a habitué of Washington high society who was behind such trendy restaurants in the capital as Cities and Leftbank, and which offers its own tranquil private beach club.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lizard Island Resort

This boutique Island resort is ‘one of one’ with a stylish and relaxed charm that is set to captivate and delight. Dining is one of Lizard’s many pleasures… Share the panoramic coastal views while dining seated on the broad sweeping verandah, or enjoy an intimate dinner beachside in a private marquee. The menu is fresh, creative and contemporary appeling in every espect Pavillion at Lizard Island holds ancient secrets and embraces a total harmony between health, beauty and nature. Allow yourself to be captivated by the pavillions earthy ambience… Indulge in the serenity of the spa and delight in total relaxation or enjoy the gym for active workouts.

Children 13 and older are allowed
- Lizard Island is the northernmost Great Barrier Reef resort, 27 km off the Queensland coast, 240 km, north of Cairns
- Regular flights are available from all Australian capital cities to Lizard Island (LZR) daily via Cairns, CNS

Perched high above the Coral Sea and set on the point of Sunset Ridge, The Pavilion combines complete privacy with a spectacular 270 degree panorama of Anchor Bay, Osprey Island and Sunset Beach. Extensively refurbished mid 2003, a new expansive decking area incorporates a private plunge pool, sun lounges and a daybed area, inviting guests to relax and take in the stunning views. Leaving the balcony to stroll down a private path, guests will discover another secluded area where chairs and a table have been perfectly positioned to make the most of sea breezes and gorgeous views. Inside, the Pavilion offers every comfort. Bollinger champagne and a deluxe fruit bowl greet guests on arrival. A laptop computer for downloading and sending emails and high powered binoculars are among some of the special features.
All meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
-Motorized dinghies, paddle skis, sailboards
-Glass bottom boat trips and many island activities
-Packages and Promotions -5-night minimum stay required, Sunset Point Villa
-4-night minimum stay required in Apr 2007-Mar 2008, Anchor Bay Room or Suite, Sunset Point Villa, or Pavilion
-All meals, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
- Mortorized dinghies, paddle skis, sailboards