It’s not often that a small neighborhood hotel can become a trending tourist destination. Safari-themed Mustang Nero is the boutique hotel in Phra Khanong, Bangkok, that has transformed into a place that travelers want to visit, even just for a photograph.
Located just steps from the Phra Khanong BTS station, The Mustang Nero hotel is a buried treasure in the Phra Khanong soi or precinct. It’s not hard to spot this boutique hotel, with its three-floor building painted in black.
Even so, the simplistic exterior does not match up with the interior, which charms its guest upon the entrance. Vintage appliances, large tropical plants, and odd choices of decorations add a peculiar, yet mystic atmosphere to the cozy lobby space. The shaded lobby is a literal jungle, enveloped with giant plants and animal taxidermy.
The hotel consists of ten rooms, each overflowing with native plants along the building’s original scored wood paneling. The doors of each room are marked by a sign that indicates the animal spirit inside including, the Dragon, the Zebra, the Flamingo, and the Wolf.
The décor is kept minimal, blending the design with vintage furniture to create a raw and industrial aesthetic. Plants and chairs are used to fill the bedrooms, which keep the overall hotel design coherent. Other bedrooms donned pink and navy walls besides green velvet chairs. The hotel is like a museum, meticulously designed and staged with an intermix of colors and vintage ornaments.
Breakfasts feature homemade jams, organic vegetables, and artisan ingredients, prepared by Khun Joy, former set designer turned owner and chef at Mustang Nero.
Although nestled quite far from the Bangkok city center at Pathum Wan, there is plenty to see and do in the neighborhood, including the ‘Soho’ of Bangkok, Hof Art Space, the Naiipa Art Complex and the EM shopping malls.
Mustang Nero is Bangkok’s version of a mystic artist loft, tailored for creative professionals and those who have the urge to live among unique things.
Vietnam is quickly becoming a major travel hotspot, but most well-heeled travelers have never heard of Con Dao. It is a group of stunning pristine tropical islands off the southern tip of Vietnam. The fact that most have never heard of it is what makes it exclusive. It’s also the location of an unforgettable vacation courtesy of the Six Senses Resort and Spa Con Dao, Vietnam.
Six Senses is an exclusive hotel brand with only nine resorts in wonderfully secluded and exotic locations around the world. Their Vietnamese property is located in Con Son which is the largest of the 16 islands in the Con Dao archipelago. The island is mountainous with many isolated beaches and surrounded by clear blue water. There is an active harbor, local market, and many landmarks and temples to explore. The only traffic jam there is when the occasional group of cows crosses the road and holds up a few cars and motor bikes.
Six Senses Con Dao is on a mile long stretch flawless stretch of beach in a cove surrounded by a rugged natural reserve. Couples can be seen each morning walking hand in hand along the beach. No need to jockey for position for best spot on the beach for your chaise lounge. In fact, they don’t even have them on the beach. For beach views and sun tanning, your chaise lounges are on your villa’s private pool deck with direct views of the beach and sea.
There are only 50 villas on the property. The décor does not feature fancy neon lighting or trendy color palates, just what you would find in nature with teak wood and bamboo as the main building materials. The heart of the resort is designed after a traditional Vietnamese fishing village and perfectly blends in with the natural surroundings.
Most of the villas are two stories. On the first floor is your full-sized pool, deck and outdoor living space, indoors there is a spacious bath with large tub. The shower is outdoors in a garden courtyard. Upstairs is beautiful with a king-sized bed with draped netting. The bed faces the ocean and the sound of the waves lulls guests to sleep each night. There is a balcony with sitting area and unobstructed sea views. There are other villas with two, three, and four bedrooms and even larger pools and a full kitchen perfect for large families or friends traveling together.
The dining experience at the Six Senses Con Dao is exquisite. Couples gather at their By the Beach restaurant for a candle lit dinner under the stars and an eclectic menu of seafood, meats, and local dishes with excellent wine pairings. Their other restaurant is the Vietnamese By the Market which serves exquisite traditional Vietnamese dishes.
Many guests vacation there to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday. The resort goes above and beyond to create an even more special memories with a series of destination dining experiences such as dining in the wine cellar, in their vegetable and herb garden under, or high on a cliff overlooking the sea.
Six Senses Con Dao provides holidays for those looking to just relax or for the active traveler and the resort’s activities team has a wide variety of options to choose from. A great way to see the island is to explore by motor scooter and the tour will take guests to the center of town and to explore the market as well as to temples, pagodas, and other landmarks.
Con Dao is in the middle of the beautiful waters of the Gulf of Thailand so there are endless options to enjoy the water from above and below. The resort can arrange snorkeling or scuba dives to see beautiful underwater life with amazing coral formations and exotic and colorful fish.
There’s also plenty to do at the resort as well from movies nights under the stars, countless activities for children, and even a golf where guests can drive EcoBioBalls into the sea which dissolve and serve as fish food.
To relax and rejuvenate, the Spa at Six Senses Con Dao is a complete facility in a natural setting. The Vietnamese treatment is a highly recommended traditional massage incorporating pressure point techniques, heated suction cups, and local natural oils. The spa menu is comprehensive with a wide range of spa services from pampering, to therapeutic, Yoga to beauty. Transformative wellness journeys are also offered from three to 21 days.
What really makes the experience at the Six Sense Can Dao unforgettable is the friendly service that guests receive at each interaction; from the warm and friendly greeting at the airport to the restaurant staff or the house keeper. As you walk around the property, you will constantly hear the Vietnamese greeting of Xin Ciao with a warm a friendly smile from the staff.
Each guest is also assigned a GEM or Guest Experience Maker which is there to make sure that all of your needs are met. Need a spa appointment, advice on where to go, or anything to make your trip complete, you have a personal assistant to make sure it happens and is hassle free.
Six Senses Con Dao is one of those vacation experiences that gets it just right. The resort is located on an exotic tropical beach and only has 50 villas so it never feels crowded. The spa, activities, dining is exquisite and, to top it all off, the service could not be more warm or professional. For those looking for an unforgettable tropical getaway in South East Asia, the Six Sense Con Dao is the perfect choice.
Not everyone wants “old world”, history and castles. For lovers of all things modern, slick and exceptional design there are some great contemporary luxury hotels in Ireland. From trendy and hip to architecturally impressive there is something for every style.
Perched on a cliff looking out to huge sea views, this new contemporary hotel has a Michelin star restaurant, spa, and floor to ceiling views of the ocean. Small in seize but not in stature, the hotel is famous for luxury and fine dining. Additionally every room features a one-off work by a leading Irish artists, be it a canvas comprised of polished glass, or a playful homage to the Aran jumper. Each piece, commissioned by the Cliff’s owner-designer Gerri O’Callaghan, works with modern egg-shaped baths and back-lit headboards that perfectly reflect a sense of contemporary Irish style. The veranda suites offer a large balcony that takes in massive sea views and overhang the waves below crashing on the cliff edge. The stunning glass balconies celebrate the cliffside location, the building’s cascading terraces causing nothing to hinder your view. You might even spot a Minke Whale or a nesting Kittiwake while you take in pretty Ardmore Bay.
This 5 star Killarney hotel is located in the stunning County Kerry on the south west coast, overlooking the famous Lakes of Killarney, Lough Lein, the largest reflects the wilderness of Kerry’s magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range. Away from the hustle and bustle of Killarney town, this hotel is stunning in its appointment and relaxing in its atmosphere. One of the best places to base yourself while touring the world famous ring of Kerry.
ESPA at The Europe Hotel is billed as one of the most luxurious spas in Ireland . It is spread over two levels. The active level boasts two pools, a fitness studio, and thermal suite which includes a salt water pool, sauna, steam room, ice fountain and relaxation areas, again overlooking the stunning hotel grounds. It’s one of those ‘because you’re worth it’ destinations
Located in the vibrant and colourful Galway city, the 5 star g hotel is the epitome of contemporary style and glamour. Design director, the famous Irish milliner Philip Treacy, strove to create a five-star hotel interior unlike anything seen before in Ireland. His unique flamboyant style can be seen and his attention to detail is evident everywhere – from the use of colour and exquisite materials, to the choice of the hotel’s artwork. The bathrooms are in Jura limestone, with double showers in all suites and bathroom products by Etro – exclusively made in Milan. Bold colours, artistic influences and light instillations that certainly have the wow factor! A fantastic contrast to the rustic whiskey pubs and Irish traditional music scene in the scenic culture city, the g hotel is only a stones through from the bustling Eyre Square were the best restaurants and Irish pubs are all located.The spa and pool will melt away the aches and pains of guided hill walks in the stunning Connemara landscape or cycle tours of the nearby beautiful Aran Islands.
The river suite of this historical but contemporary designed hotel is so beautiful one can stare out the floor-to-ceiling windows all day. The spa is small but who can complain when you are sitting in an outdoor hot tub in a light mist, overlooking the river. So relaxing and special. The view of the river and birds and boats is very special. It feels like a secret, stylish getaway (in an unexpected location) and you still manage to feel close to nature.
The new glass addition complements the historical original part of the building and cleverly opens the boutique hotel out into the ever-changing river Moy views. The restaurant, serving fantastic locally produced food in a delicious and contemporary way, makes full advantage of the views of the nature that surrounds. Perfect for long slow dinners followed by an after dinner cocktail. A hidden gem in Ireland’s north west and a unique experience.
Funky, cool and quirky. The pop artist in you will love this luxury boutique city hotel. Developed by the Press Up Entertainment Group, which also operates U2′s Clarence Hotel, The Dean is an urbane and boldly-designed hotel that gives Dublin city’s boutique hotel scene a much-needed jolt.
The location is fantastic, within lovely walking distance and lovely walks to all the high end shopping and best restaurants. This is a city stay that is a destination in itself. Surrounded by some of Dublin’s busiest bars and nightclubs, The Dean is not for the faint hearted or the seeker of tranquillity. However, inside the eclectically designed rooms you are a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin’s night life. The light-filled, higher floor bedrooms with dual-aspect looking out over Dublin rooftops and framed by city sky scenes. Included is a 50″ TV (with Netflix subscription), and a retro record player with a selection of classic vinyls to soundtrack your stay. This is not the place to come for a quiet rest of the head, so enjoy the music!
Source: Luxury Travel Blog