Dreaming of Paradise

As I stare out my window watching the snow come down (yes, it's the end of April) I can’t help but daydream about my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta.  We had the pleasure of staying at a luxury condominium developed & designed by Yoo by Starck. The condo itself was fabulous…modern and spacious with the most amazing ocean view you could ask for. But what really took my breath away was the grounds. Despite being laid out in a typical long & narrow hotel zone lot on the shores of Bahía de Banderas – the grounds were anything but typical. I won’t bore you with wordy interior design lingo - take a look for yourself and see what I mean.

 

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This is the open-air reception area. Everything from the fuchsia acrylic desk to the grouping of chairs creates a perfectly relaxed and playful ambiance. Modern and ornate furnishings mingled throughout the whole resort in typical Philippe Starck style.

 

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A couple of seating areas separating the pool area and condos. The use of the massive photographs adds unexpected drama.

 

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Another seating area with a large mirror as a backdrop. Traditional painted tiles ground the grouping.

 

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The grounds were never lacking a quiet place to sneak away from the crowds. The fuchsia walls peeking through the lush foliage is unexpected and fun.

 

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The infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean. While the grounds were full of colour, the pool area was neutral and serene. There is actually a condo rule only allowing white or beige towels by the pool! 

 

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The games room with library in the background. The library glowed with yellow glass on all four sides. 

 

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A view from the open air lobby. The oversize leaf graphic on the ceiling is framed with a plaster molding. Love the traditional details mixed with modern graphic prints.

 

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This little jewel box is the women's washroom in the lobby. Every surface absolutely sparkled. The photograph is actually the door to the watercloset.

 

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Lastly, this was our view from the 18th floor. I just doesn't get any better. Sigh.