New Resort Reveal a Current Trend in Hotel Design

December 5, 2017

Designing to a current trend can date hotel property very quickly, and in today’s ever changing world, changing this paradigm may make more economic sense. Hotel guests want to feel valued and pampered. Increasingly they want to enjoy the luxury that has its roots in sustainability for the environment and for the local community.  To experience a sense of place, relevant to the destination, and a wow factor.

To achieve the best possible outcome for your guests and the future bottom line of your resort in 2017 and beyond, the following five factors should be carefully integrated into your design solutions from the earliest stages of project planning.


Comfort should be king.
From the bed base and headboard to the mattress, pillows and linens.
Lighting for ambience, safety and functionality.
Insect management systems are essential for wellness and relaxation.
Security systems for access control and safety.
Privacy and noise attenuation.


Proven durability of finishes and materials to commercial wear and tear.
Financially sustainable ongoing maintenance and upkeep.
Well considered energy and service solutions.
Integrating flexible technology solutions to enable adaptability for future trends.
Flexibility to meet changing market segments and seasonal niche markets.


A ‘sense of place’ that reflects the location.
Unique but relevant for the market segment and demographic being catered to.


Selecting sustainable building materials, furniture and finishes.
Non-allergenic products compliant to accredited certification standards.
Consider the locations micro climate. The wind, humidity and rainfall patterns.
Reflect the setting. Interpret cultural, historic, urban or rural influences.


Sustainable, functional, and cost effective.
Supporting infrastructure is provided.
Ongoing support backup will be guaranteed.
Worst case scenario should systems and services fail.

Comprehensive implementation of these five design fundamentals will deliver an awesome guest experience and a positive ROI, by minimising future refurbishment costs.

With more than 700,000 hotels and resorts worldwide, the hotel industry is continually developing new ways to differentiate its properties, as seen in the recent trend of using cues from residential design to inform the look of its spaces as well as pulling in cultural references from the surrounding area. The big-name design firm, like Hirsch Bedner Associates, is innovating their design portfolios with hotels that are a healthy mix of residential-inspired aesthetics thoughtfully balanced with modern-day amenities and style—creating enlightening and inspiring spaces of alluring luxury.


Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has launched the firm’s seventh subdivision, HBA Resort ( The new design division will specialize in creating bespoke, luxury resort properties globally with its flagship office based here. The design team will draw inspiration from Bali’s locale working with local artisans and craftsman for indigenous and authentic design projects.


HBA’s portfolio includes a selection of resort properties, including the Four Seasons Seychelles, Park Hyatt Maldives, Jumeirah Maldives and Eagle Island Botswana. HBA Resort has already begun work on Anzara Nusa Lembongan in Bali, Intercontinental Hotel Bali and New World Grand Bali Resort.


According to the company, the new office attempts to provide a cohesive service from feasibility master planning packages through room and villa design, hospitality and procurement disciplines. Located in the design base of Bali, surrounded and inspired by the pure artisanal spirit of tropical island life, the design team has direct access to the region’s talented artisans specializing in metalwork, stonework, carving and other lost arts that are only found in this region.


HBA Resort’s Bali office utilizes a holistic combination of interior design, architecture, landscape, lighting and art. HBA - The innovative programme in hospitality and design offered at IHTTI is supported by HBA/Hirsch Bedner.


HBA work internationally and their realisations include; the Hyatt Regency in Cologne, the St Regis Grand in Rome, the Park Hyatt in Johannesburg, the Mandarin Oriental in New York and The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans. 

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