I can’t stop daydreaming about Soneva Kiri, a peaceful retreat on Koh Kood – one of Thailand’s largest yet most uninhabited islands. Set amidst a lush tropical rain forest, the 102 acre, eco-friendly and zero emission resort boasts 29 luxurious villas and private residences. Honestly, this place takes rest and relaxation to another level. The breathtaking dining pod, floating high above eucalyptus trees, is reason enough to visit! WTF.
Last month, Tilda Swinton and director Apichatpong Weerasethakul curated one of the newest, and possibly the coolest, film festivals in Yao Noi, Thailand. Four days full of film screenings and workshops brought artists, actors, designers, and journalists together at Film on the Rocks. Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris held a Batik dyeing workshop. Moviegoers were delivered by boat to a floating movie theater, made of recycled materials, to watch the original Peter Pan from 1924. I mean, honestly . . . WTF.
How would you like to spend a day in this pod-shaped treehouse, built 33 feet high in a tall redwood, near Auckland, New Zealand?! Designed by Pacific Environments Architects, the treehouse was originally constructed as part of a marketing campaign for a local company and operated as a full service restaurant. Though it is no longer taking dining reservations, the award-winning treehouse is now available as a venue for private events. Honestly, magical!
The M/V Aria is certainly not your average cruise ship. Custom built by architect Jordi Puig, the 147 foot luxury cruise line explores and navigates through the remote waters of the northern Amazon River in Peru. The M/V Aria features 16 specially designed cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows, each with outward facing panoramic views. How ideal would it be to reserve the entire ship for a family reunion or set sail with 30 of your closest friends?!
Honestly…WTF?! I need to stay in this half graffiti and half stark white room, created by artist Tilt, in the Au Vieux Panier in Marseille, France. Each year, the hotel commissions artists, graphic designers, and painters to redesign five rooms inside the hotel. Each artist is given full “carte blanche” to do as they please. The idea is to offer artists a three-dimensional canvas and for hotel guests to experience art first hand. I must make it there within the year, before it’s gone!
Australia’s Blue Mountains, a World Heritage Site, is best known for it’s incredible sandstone plateau, deep gorges, and rolling foothills. The mountains are densely populated by Eucalyptus trees, which fill the atmosphere with finely dispersed droplets of oil that catch the sunlight and create a magical, blue glow. The Wolgan Valley Resort is nestled in the rugged heart of this all. The eco-friendly, carbon neutral, 400 acre resort blends seamlessly into its natural surrounding, making it a perfect place to revitalize the senses. So . . . shall we book a trip, mate?