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3 Diagonal accents in wooden
screens draw the eye to the
view outside Explora Sacred
Valley. Rough textures echo
5 Soaring supports reinforce
both the physical structure
and the visual impact of the
space. Wood becomes a motif
throughout the hotel, from wall
cladding to accent pieces.
4 Sinuous seating brings an
organic feel to the pool area.
methods give walls a
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steep mountains around the hotel let Cruz use the interior landscape to further develop the connection with the rugged terrain.
Ramps replace stairs around the restaurant area. Wooden
screens and accents around the windows are mounted on angles or
with angled edges to return to the idea of focusing the guest experience by literally directing their viewing lines. They also act as signposts pointing out need-to-know areas like the sofa in a suite or the
chalkboard with the menu in the restaurant area. A spare color
palette helps blur the line between inside and outside, as do tactile,
relatively raw finishes in the wood and textiles.
The sense of seclusion might be harder to create in the tighter
footprint of villa resorts, but it's no less key in properties like the
25-villa Soneva Jani in the Maldives. All but one villa is an overwater
type connected by floating walkways, so Soneva co-founder and
creative director Eva Malmström Shivdasani (who did the interior
design for the resort, while her husband Sonu Shivdasani worked
with Habita Architects on the architecture) had to make aspirational
isolation top of mind from the beginning. "All the villas are positioned away from the walkways and have only a few windows in that
direction for maximum privacy," she says.