Design showcase: Top five handcrafted hotels

by | 28 Jul 2021 | Design

In our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we discover five spectacular retreats that eschew a cookie-cutter approach and instead present a distinctly handcrafted look and feel.

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, the mass production of products and technification of processes have led to the growing absence of human craftsmanship in day-to-day objects.

Celebrating the skills of talented artisans

This week’s selection of projects have successfully reignited the beauty of handmade traditions and brought the cultures behind them back into view.

Ulaman Eco Retreat uses sustainable materials from the surrounding area to build dream-like curved structures with bamboo, an abundant, fast-growing and flexible resource. These handcrafted treasures were made by villagers recruited nearby.

Shinta Mani Wild is based on the tented-camp arrangement, but fully built and maintained with conservation in mind, where visitors are educated and actively involved in conservation efforts throughout their experience.

Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô unites Vietnam’s local culture with design to lay out luxurious yet sober interiors without compromising full comfort. The use of traditional sustainable methods and carefully selected local antiques establish an undeniable sense of place.

Bisate Lodge, located in the spectacular area of a naturally eroded volcanic cone, maximises guest’s views of the surrounding volcanoes and forests while standing by environmental fundamentals, such as the conservation of endangered species like the mountain gorilla.

And the redesigned and refurbished Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge makes use of eco-friendly design commitments and solutions while evoking an adventurous spirit by revealing the local elephants of Botswana.

Ulaman Eco Retreat

Bali
by Inspiral Architecture and Design Studios

Shinta Mani Wild

Cambodia
by Bensley

Zannier Hotels Bãi San Hô

Vietnam
by Geraldine Dohogne – Beyond Design and Zannier Hotels


Imagery: © Frederik Wissink

Bisate Lodge

Ruhengeri, Rwanda
by Nicholas Plewman Architects + Associates and Artichoke


Imagery: © Dana Allen

Belmond Savute Elephant Lodge

Botswana
by Luxury Frontiers and Muza Lab


Imagery: © Mark Williams

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