T+L Design Awards 2010
Courtesy of Adrian Zecha
Adrian Zecha is a visionary: since launching Amanresorts some 20 years ago, he has created not just a hotel brand but a philosophy, a worldview. Aman stands for a kind of lush and luxurious simplicity—small resort hotels that are the opposite of grandiose, yet set in the grandest of far-flung places, from Phuket and Morocco to Beijing and New Delhi. There are now 24 of them, and while discreet Asian minimalism is the aesthetic DNA, Aman properties have always respected and reflected their surroundings, with careful craftsmanship, local materials, and attention to detail. More than that, Zecha’s hotels are simply beautiful. We honor this year’s Design Champion for the style, drama, and romance he has brought to the luxury travel experience.