SOURCE: HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates

HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates

January 27, 2010 15:00 ET

HBA's Award-Winning Design Improves on Paradise at The Four Seasons Seychelles

SINGAPORE--(Marketwire - January 27, 2010) - Even paradise has its better spots, and the beach at Petite Anse Bay on the Seychelles's Mahé Island is one of them. It is no surprise that Four Seasons would operate its newest property there. The Four Seasons administers several of the most sought after hotel properties, of which the Seychelles location is among the most extraordinary. Overlooking the impossibly vibrant turquoise of the Indian Ocean, this resort is embraced by an unsurpassed richness of natural beauty. Here, HBA Singapore has delivered a design that makes the most perfect get-away destination on Earth even more compelling.

"We wanted the design to make guests feel they are an integral part of the lush vegetation, as well as the sea, stone and sky elements that characterize the island," says Connie Puar, Principal at HBA Singapore. The resort rises from sea level up a steep granite incline, peaking at the Spa building, which is located on a high ridge. Each public space corresponds with the feel of its relative level. Thus, the Beach Club is playful, consisting of found objects, rough sun-bleached wood pieces, heavier furniture and rougher stones.

Guests at the Four Seasons Seychelles experience a refreshing approach to luxury, one not often seen in five-star travel. The 67 villas and 26 private residences are truly tree houses, built onto the dense green hillside, surrounded by broad leaves and birdsong. The villas perch on stilts, placing guests amid the giant bamboo, red-tipped Cinnamon trees and fragrant jungle flowers. Designed for al fresco living, the rooms incorporate contrasting teak floors, rugged local granite walls and polished marble.

Reflecting the population of the Seychelles, guestroom design is a distinctive blend of cultural diversity -- with French, Creole, African, and other influences. The white-washed timber walls feature splashes of color from the surrounding natural palette. Custom furniture blends seamlessly with found objects. French antiques are offset by rustic driftwood pieces and local art -- as if an expatriate artist, fascinated by the interplay of shape, surface and depth, had lovingly collected each space.

"In an environment as spectacular as this, designing for luxurious, comfortable and sophisticated outdoor living is key," said Puar "The guestrooms are very open, blurring the lines between bedroom, bath and exterior spaces."

It is fitting that in this most verdant of locales, a "green" sensibility influenced the design as well. "We were very aware of the importance of preserving nature. The villas, for example, are raised so as not to disturb tree roots," said Puar. Throughout the project, HBA's design supports and enhances the hotel's green initiatives -- from alternative cooling and water conservation, to energy efficiency in lighting, ventilation, and by relying on local materials.

"We are quite pleased with the response," said Puar. "The Private Residences have just been recognized for Best Architecture in the International Property Awards and we are confident the accolades will keep coming."

About HBA

As global leaders in hospitality interior design, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates is credited with revolutionizing the hotel design industry. After 45 years in business, the company consistently sets new creative trends, pushes boundaries and injects fresh visual ideas into some of the world's best-known addresses.

HBA employs over 425 design professionals in 13 offices worldwide: Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Brisbane, Melbourne, New Delhi, Dubai, and Manila. Its achievements are attributed to HBA's fundamental values of research and sensitivity to the needs of its markets. www.HBAdesign.com

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