HBA Design / Hirsch Bedner Associates Singapore has won top accolades at the 2010 Hospitality Design Awards for their work on Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.
Continuing to lead the hospitality interior design field, HBA Singapore won the ‘Best Overall Resort Design’ and ‘Best Luxury Guestroom/ Suite Design’ awards.
The new look resort located in the island of Mahe in Seychelles was designed by Design Principal, Connie Puar.
HBA has also recently received an award in the Best Architecture category for its Private Residences at the International Property Awards.
In its sixth year, the Hospitality Design Awards honour the best new properties in the industry across 15 categories from restaurants to hotels and resorts.
This year’s entries were judged by Stephen Perkins, ForrestPerkins, Anthea Bosch-Moschini, Studio A Design, Robert Henry, Robert D. Henry Architects, Stephen Brandman, Thompson Hotels and James Alefantis, restaurateur, chef and designer.
The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has also been included in the prestigious Spa Hot List 2010 by Condé Nast Traveler.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
The resort overlooks the Indian Ocean and offers a uniquely refreshing approach to luxury. The resort comprises of 67 villas and 26 private residences.
Each public space corresponds with the feel of its relative level: the Beach Club is playful, consisting of found objects, rough sun-bleached wood pieces, heavy furniture and rough stone while the villas sit atop tree-top stilts, immersing guests into giant bamboo, red-tipped cinnamon trees and fragrant jungle flowers.
Designed for al fresco living, the rooms incorporate contrasting teak floors, rugged local granite walls and polished marble giving a distinctive blend of Seychelles’ cultural diversity.
Some of the creative design elements include white-washed timber walls with splashes of colour, custom furniture blending seamlessly with locally sourced objects and artefacts as well as French antiques offset by rustic driftwood pieces and local art.
“In an environment as spectacular as this, designing for luxurious, comfortable and sophisticated outdoor living is key,” says Puar, Design Principal, HBA Singapore. “The guestrooms are very open, blurring the lines between bedroom, bath and exterior spaces.”
Puar says that a green sensibility permeates into every element of design at the resort. The villas, for example were raised so as not to disturb tree roots. Green initiatives at the hotel include alternative cooling and water conservation, energy efficiency in lighting, ventilation as well as use of local materials.