TRAVEL / STAY

Somewhere Beyond the Sea

When the abstracted interior space becomes better than the reality of the beach out front… Wynn A. Bay spent the day at Hilton Pattaya’s Drift Lounge and shares the experience.

Creative House Swap

A new home exchange community for design and art professionals promises sojourns in eclectic residences the world over. By Stephanie Madison.

A Pearl in a Tin Mine

While most hotels in Phuket react to their marine setting, the Indigo Pearl emphasises and celebrates its own heritage. Wynn A. Bay learns about the island’s history through the lens of a tin mine re-imagined as resort

Hidden Oasis

Isaac Leung discovers that an unassuming sandstone façade hints at an unexpected cultural gem at Ryokan Gojyuan.

Tasmania’s Newest Jewel

Situated amongst the breathtaking surrounds of Tasmania's coast land, the new Saffire Freycinet hotel offers an unforgettable and magical experience.

Village People

A sense of simpler times is effortlessly evoked in Wingham’s un-reconstituted heritage streetscapes. By Melissa Rimac

Lit Thy Neighbour

The Lit Bangkok combines an ethical concept with a consistent aesthetic, radiating a successful design solution. Wynn A. Bay is lured in by the luminescence

On the Banks of the Ganga

30km from the town of Rishikesh, India, the Atali Resort stands alone on the banks of the historic river Ganga. A rough stone façade, caged in steel, borrows from the visual and tactile vocabulary of its historic surrounds, a serene monument in rustic isolation. Text by Philippa Daly

Secret Penang Spice

The renovation and conversion of four historic shophouses into a boutique homestay in George Town, Malaysia creates a beautifully updated example of Straits Eclectic architecture

Helsinki Hospitality

The birthplace of a host of iconic design names, the aesthetic pedigree of the Finnish capital is palpable throughout its built environment. Habitus Deputy Editor Nicky Lobo discovers a unique and stimulating hotel in the city’s heart.

Amazing Galle

Site of the intriguing Galle House project featured in Habitus 20 (on sale June 26), the southern Sri Lankan 17th century Dutch Fort town of Galle layers culture, history and heritage architecture throughout its beguilingly narrow, cobbled streets, beckoning and mesmerising the visitor. Jennifer Henricus reports

Set Adrift

Estranged from the ruckus of tourist-ridden Phuket City, the stunning new Naka Phuket resort seduces guests amidst a sensuously crafted haven hovering between the sea and the mountainside. Adele Chong reports.

The Ovolo, Melbourne

With a portfolio of hotels and serviced apartments established in Hong Kong, Ovolo Hotels expands into Australia with the launch of The Ovolo in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne. Alice Blackwood reports

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