T+L Design Awards 2008
Oia, Santorini, Greece.
Designed by Frank Lefebvre, Bleu Nature
Built into the cliffs overlooking the Aegean Sea on Santorini, Mystique's 18 villas and suites make the most of the superdramatic island setting. The hotel's design uses local materials and naturalistic forms to otherworldly effect: sloping, cavelike walls, large, egg-shaped tables and chairs, window views that look like a mirage—can water really be that blue?There are no right angles here, it seems, just sunbaked, earthy serenity.
Mystique, doubles from $953.
Honorable Mention: Lemarti's Camp, Kenya; doubles from $1,340. Designed by Anna Trzebinski-Lemarti.
From the article T+L Design Awards 2008