Villa CP \ Girona \ Spain

Situated in the mountains among unspoiled nature with 180 degree views of Gavarres National Park, this beautifully restored farmhouse (Masia) was completely rebuilt by an acclaimed Barcelona architect as a sustainable modern eco-villa, featuring a natural water pool, uber modern kitchen appliances, and chic decor throughout. The owners have taken great care in making every aspect of the home intuitive and comfortable, perfectly blending the spacious and sleek design of a modern home with rural charm. With 6 bedrooms, it is the ideal vacation home for friends and families, with a balance of contemporary design, sustainable architecture, and that feeling of "getting away from it all". Located just a 20min drive from Girona, it is easily accessible to restaurants and shops, however once you arrive, I don't think you'll be wanting to leave!

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*Images and review by Jocelyn Mandryk

DESIGN FEATURE \ Villa La Semilla

The open living/dining plan allows for unobstructed views of the turquoise waters of Soliman Bay.

The open living/dining plan allows for unobstructed views of the turquoise waters of Soliman Bay.

Upon visiting this beautiful villa, I realized one thing right away. They get it. They clearly understand what people are looking for, and they know how to package it in the most remarkable way. By ‘they’, I am referring to Alexis Scharer and Angie Rodriguez, the lovely owners of Villa La Semilla and sister property, Hotel La Semilla, in the nearby town of Playa Del Carmen. The brand of La Semilla, the Spanish word for seed, is rooted in simple beauty and simple pleasures, and both properties are representative of that in both the design aesthetic and tranquil feel. With extensive global experience as hoteliers, they created both properties with the specific intention of allowing their guests to take a break from the fast-paced world, encouraging the slow approach to life while reconnecting with the earth, each other and themselves.

The calm, crystal water of Soliman Bay are a nice alternative to the freshwater infinity pool.

The calm, crystal water of Soliman Bay are a nice alternative to the freshwater infinity pool.

All five suites have their own terraces as well as an indoor sitting area.

All five suites have their own terraces as well as an indoor sitting area.

Tucked behind layers of lush palms on a pristine beach in Soliman Bay, Villa La Semilla, is the perfect place to do just that. With 5 private suites, a rooftop pool and panoramic observation deck, a tropical garden with a fountain and pond, lounge and veranda with an infinity pool that unfolds onto a private beach, the secluded villa has everything, and more, that you could want in a vacation home.

The large outdoor dining area is perfect to enjoy long dinners with family and friends.

The large outdoor dining area is perfect to enjoy long dinners with family and friends.

Each of the 5 uniquely designed suites feature a terrace, sitting area and large en-suite bathroom. Some rooms cater to guests needing 2 beds, which is ideal for children, while others play host to king size beds.

Each of the 5 uniquely designed suites feature a terrace, sitting area and large en-suite bathroom. Some rooms cater to guests needing 2 beds, which is ideal for children, while others play host to king size beds.

Rustic wood beams, polished concrete and large open windows create a space that feels luxurious and inviting at the same time.

Rustic wood beams, polished concrete and large open windows create a space that feels luxurious and inviting at the same time.

The feel is bright and airy with light interiors and simple, well-made furnishings, and features a common cooking, dining and living space that is perfect for long, convivial evenings with family and friends—often centered around the outdoor wood-fire oven and grill. An in-house chef is also on-hand to ensure that guests can sample an array of Mexican dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.

Large, comfortable couches are the perfect place to relax when you need a time-out from the sun.

Large, comfortable couches are the perfect place to relax when you need a time-out from the sun.

The third-floor Master Suite also has its own plunge pool and large terrace with private outdoor sitting area with incredible views of the turquoise Bay.

The third-floor Master Suite also has its own plunge pool and large terrace with private outdoor sitting area with incredible views of the turquoise Bay.

The design is reflective of Mexican heritage fused with organic forms; sourcing vintage furniture from Mexican haciendas and handmade mosaic tiles, paired with locally sourced stone and polished concrete. But the real wow factor unique to this villa is the large open floor plan that extends through the living and dining spaces to the sprawling terrace and infinity pool all the way to the crystal blue waters of Soliman Bay.

I loved the beach and pool at Villa La Semilla, but one of my favorite things was to listen to the wind lightly blowing through the palms as I swayed in the hammock...

I loved the beach and pool at Villa La Semilla, but one of my favorite things was to listen to the wind lightly blowing through the palms as I swayed in the hammock...

The view from the panoramic rooftop deck. The perfect place to enjoy sundowners!

The view from the panoramic rooftop deck. The perfect place to enjoy sundowners!

From carefully curated vintage finds from flea markets to custom made furniture and soft linens, no detail was overlooked when choosing the furnishings for each room. 

From carefully curated vintage finds from flea markets to custom made furniture and soft linens, no detail was overlooked when choosing the furnishings for each room. 

Go ahead, indulge, slow-down, disconnect from your busy life and reconnect with those around you. The moments you spend here, the memories you create, will last a lifetime.

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Coqui Coqui Coba \ Mexico

If you are familiar with the Coqui Coqui Residences, Boutiques and Perfumeries, then you already know that that everything this stylish couple creates is with an intention of sharing something special, more specifically, a lifestyle of understated luxury. To them, it is the ability to connect to nature, to appreciate the feeling of sand under your feet, being able to hear the birds in the morning, smell the natural fragrances in the air, or being able to see a star-studded sky. Their Coba Residence is no exception. Located in the heart of the dense Yucatan jungle on the shore of a tranquil lagoon sits a 4 room retreat with rough-hewn limestone exteriors that blend perfectly into the natural setting. An astute stone staircase runs up the front of each of the two towers, resembling the ancient design of the nearby Mayan temples. Creating an even more majestic feel is a vine-covered rope bridge and 2 turquoise plunge pools. A beach-side location has the crashing waves, but this remote retreat has the sounds of the jungle to lull you into a relaxed state like no other. It is the ultimate jungle hideaway equipped with all the understated luxuries that you require for your perfect getaway.

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*Images via Melissa Gidney Daly

Furnas Lake Villas \ Azores \ Portugal

Based on the owners' love for nature and adventure, the family-owned land graduated from a cattle farm into something much more sustainable, a chic eco-resort comprised of 10 modern villas, set in the stunning volcanic Furnas basin. Inspired by the local rustic granaries that were purposely raised above the humid ground, the rectangle shaped villas are set on a series of low concrete pillars above a tranquil pond with beautiful views of the lush surroundings. The 103 acres of property includes carefully tended gardens, dense woodland, hiking trails, a saltwater pool and stables. Considered one of the boldest tourist and architectural projects on the Island of Sao Miguel, it is more than just a place to stay, but a feast for the eyes, and an experience that will last a lifetime.

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*images via contributor Jarusha Brown

Sunrise Springs Spa Resort \ Santa Fe \ New Mexico

Located in the high desert just 20 minutes outside of Santa Fe, Sunrise Spring's 70 tranquil acres of gardens, walking paths and historic springs-fed waters is complimented by thoughtfully designed guestrooms, a spa, restaurant, art and fitness studios, fusing native and contemporary design influences with subtle touches of the Southwest. Offering experiential activities ranging from mindfulness meditation and yoga to hiking excursion and gardening, the Sunrise Springs experience is customized for each guest to create harmony amongst the four aspects of well-being: mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. Let the power of nature revitalize you during your Sunrise experience!

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*Images and review via contributor Sarah Ellefson

Villa La Semilla \ Tulum \ Mexico

Tucked behind layers of lush palms on a pristine beach in Soliman Bay, Villa La Semilla invites guests into a world of secluded indulgence amid a stunning natural setting. This private five-bedroom villa boasts a rooftop pool and panoramic observation deck, a tropical garden with a fountain and pond, lounge and veranda with an infinity pool that unfolds onto a private beach. The villa, bright and airy with light interiors and simple, well-made furnishings, features a common cooking, dining and living space that is perfect for long, convivial evenings with family and friends—often centered around the outdoor wood-fire oven and grill. An in-house chef is also on-hand to ensure that guests can sample an array of Mexican dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. Some of the design elements such as the vintage furniture and handmade mosaic tile fused with organic elements of wood and concrete resemble its stylish sister property, Hotel La Semilla, in Playa Del Carmen. However, unique to this villa is the large open floor plan that extends through living and dining spaces to the sprawling terrace and infinity pool all the way to the crystal blue waters of Soliman Bay. It must be experienced to truly be appreciated.

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Coqui Coqui Valladolid \ Mexico

Through their famous perfumes and renowned Residences throughout the Yucatan (and soon Bora Bora), Francesca Bonato and Nico Maleville have succeeded in creating and sharing a lifestyle of understated luxury, one that is not about designer labels or material wealth. To them, it is the ability to connect to nature, to appreciate the feeling of sand under your feet, being able to hear the birds in the morning, smell the natural fragrances in the air, or being able to see a star-studded sky. The residence in Valladolid is no exception. Built in the 16th century, the one-room retreat sits atop the flagship perfumery in the beautiful colonial town of Valladolid, a few blocks away from the main Cathedral. With views of the tropical garden, the elevated terrace has a private plunge pool and lounge area, pleasantly cooled by the fragrant breezes. The room is spacious, yet intimate, with simple decor and impressive furnishings. Nestled in the back garden is the luxurious spa, a true haven to enjoy massages and scrubs where they use natural, local ingredients and in-house fragrances. As with all their Residences, it is possible for one to describe, but it will never truly capture the essence. That must be experienced. 

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*Images and review by @melissagidneyphoto