A Room with a View

I was browsing the Lonely Planet guidebooks that I'm about to give away. Reminiscing a vacation in Mahe, Seychelles on my birthday two years ago, I found these images of our stay in Hilton Northolme Resort and Spa in Beau Vallon.  At that time, I had no idea I will get into hospitality interior design.  My experience there helps me a great deal in designing five star hotels in my present job.

The stay was unforgettable. They had multiple activities and I signed up for cookie baking class conducted by the pastry chef while my husband was busy snorkeling.  

If you're a regular visitor here on the blog, you know very well that we very rarely stay in five star hotels. We prefer being in family run bed and breakfasts but it's a wonderful treat from time to time.
View from the Bed

A stay in  Hilton Northolme taught me a trick or two.  The easy flow and adjacency of the bathroom and bedroom opening up to great views of the sea will be bookmarked for my own dream master suite someday.  I am enticed by the idea of carefully planned transparency. The use of clear glass between a shower and the bathtub/jacuzzi nicely positioned at the center of the room facing the wooden framed glass doors leading to a terrace.  

The illuminated makeup mirror and double lavatories.  One important detail would be to consider having a separate vanity with drawers.

Terrace:  An over-sized daybed, sun loungers (great for reading) and outdoor dining.   Wall sconces provided romantic lighting at night.  

Exterior:  Designed in traditional Seychellois architecture by a local firm.  It's the only resort hotel in Beau Vallon, Mahe, Seychelles completely built in wood.  The designer strategically planned the placement of the 14 Deluxe Ocean front villas and 26 Oceanview Hillside Villas to keep the existing trees.  

We were lucky enough to catch a rainbow one morning on the way to breakfast.   
In your dream master suite, what would be a special amenity that has to be there?

Love & light,

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  1. That looks like a marvelous place to stay!

  2. The hotel fits in so well with the surroundings. The terrace and view look particularly enticing - the perfect spot to totally relax.

  3. These pictures just look like paradise. I'd definitely love to get away in one of these rooms!

  4. That does look, and sound, so wonderful. It is so good to see the hotel itself is not too invasive (on the eye) within its surroundings.

    What a lovely place!

  5. My dream suite? A balcony. A girl can dream, can't she?


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