New Kameha Grand Zurich Is Indeed Grand, Thanks To Marcel Wanders. [UPDATED]

Kameha Grand Zurich Hotel by Marcel Wanders

At the beginning of March 2015, the ‘Kameha Grand Zurich’ hotel opened its doors. Carsten Rath’s 245 room lifestyle Hotel is an absolute feast for the eyes, down to every tiny detail. Read more

The Helvetica Hotel, From Soap To Signage – And A Little History.

The Helvetica Hotel

For an independent study, Jung Hwan (Albert) Son, a senior communication design student at Parsons the New School for Design, decided to create and brand a hip and trendy hotel – inspired by the Helvetica font. Below are the elements he designed for his concept of the Helvetica Hotel. Read more

Luxury Igloo Pods and Private Skiing At Switzerland’s New Whitepod Resort & Spa.




Brand new, Switzerland’s Whitepod resort has just opened (on the 20th of December 2011) featuring 15 private geodesic pods that resemble igloos anchored on wooden platforms, a recently built spa, a central chalet and private skiing for the guests.



The 15 Luxury Igloo Pods






Inside the pods:


Each pod has a large double bed for 2 people. Five of the pods are equipped with mezzanines that can hold 2 extra beds. However, the mezzanine beds are not intended for adults, they are more appropriate for children from 8 to 16 years old.

 


All pods are equipped electricity, a floor lamp, wood-burning stoves and organic luxury bedding. The bathrooms are heated with an electric heater and equipped with fully fitted bathrooms; shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, towels and amenities. And each pod has two pairs of Crocs™ (plastic clogs) at your disposal, lol!


The Central Chalet (chalet Les Cerniers)

At the center of the 15 pods, stands a charming early 1800s wooden chalet where guests meet for breakfast in the morning or gather in the evening around its central fireplace for evening drinks and socializing.








Note: The pods are not equipped with WiFi but there is free Wi-Fi in the Pod-house and in the chalet Les Cerniers.

Pampering and wellness:
Whitepod offers two different wellness areas…

The Relaxation area, which is inside the Pod-house, at the center of the pods, has:
– One Finnish sauna
– One Japanese bath
– Changing rooms
– Showers
Open every day from 15:00 to 20:00 or on request


The Treatment area, which is on the first floor of the chalet Les Cerniers, holds:
– Two massage rooms
– One massage room with a double bath

Skiing:

The Whitepod ski estate is made of 7 km of ski pistes with 700m altitude difference and caters for beginner and intermediate levels.

The two private lift installations can be opened from 11 am to 3 pm upon demand and ensure the guests benefit from a perfectly maintained and safe skiing experience.

The domain also has excellent snow conditions from December through to March.

The Whitepod Welcome kit:

Whitepod is located in Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, in the village of Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range (the beginning of the Swiss Alps), and faces the international ski resort Villars.


Winter 2011/2012, Price per night:
WEEKNIGHTS (Sunday to Thursday) WEEKEND NIGHTS (Friday or Saturday)
POD (single or double occupancy): CHF 400 / EUR 325 CHF 590 / EUR 480
Extra bed: CHF 50 / EUR 40 CHF 80 / EUR 65
Baby cot: FREE /FREE

Included in the price:
Buffet breakfast at the Pod-house
Access to the relaxation area
All equipment necessary for the stay – back bag, headlights, snowshoes, sledge
Access to our private ski slopes
Free WIFI at the Pod-house
Tea-Time – afternoon tea & pastries served everyday
Parking
All taxes

images courtesy of Whitepod, Photographer: Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse – Designer: Angelique Buisson

Whitepod Concept SA
Les Cerniers | CP 681
CH-1871 Les Giettes – Switzerland
reservations@whitepod.com

T +41 (0)24 471 38 38 | F +41 (0)24 471 39 55

The i-Suite – A Funky Modern All Suite Hotel and Stunning Spa In Rimini, Italy

i-suite hotel and spa
above: the Dolce Vista suites have Corian tubs, fireplaces, LCD screens mounted in both the ceiling and media centers with views of the sea.

Rimini’s first all-suite hotel has been brought to life with the artistic flair of Simone Micheli for the interiors & architect Giovanni Quadrelli, who designed the exteriors. The i-SUITE incorporates the latest in modern design, technology, luxury and lifestyle in Rimini. Read more

HOMA The Hotel Of Modern Art In The Yuzi Paradise Of China.

HOMA the Hotel of Modern Art

Thanks to the kiwi collection, a fabulous site of the world’s greatest hotels, I have discovered HOMA, the Hotel of Modern Art in China, part of the Relais-Chateaux group of luxury hotels. Read more

The New Monte Rosa Lodge – Sustainable, Beautiful and Now Available To Book.

The New Monte Rosa Lodge
above: cover of the newly published book on the building

The new Monte Rosa lodge project (also referred to as the Monte Rosa Hut) demonstrates that sustainable building is possible even in the middle of a glacial landscape. Read more

The House At Cannes: Modern Luxury In The South Of France

house at Cannes hero IIHIH

The House at Cannes opened its doors in October 2008, the newest addition to the award winning The House at.. series of exclusive boutique retreats. The height of elegance and state-of-the-art design finds a natural home overlooking the Bay of Cannes in one of the world’s most glamorous destinations. Read more

Extreme Wow Makeover Suites At The Lexington W Hotel in New York

Extreme Wow Makeover Suites At The Lexington W Hotel

If you didn’t already know, the W Hotel chain owned by The Starwood Hotels and Resorts, has WOW suites and Extreme WOW suites in lieu of what is commonly referred to as Presidential and/or Honeymoon suites in other hotels. Read more