Whether it’s a 5-star resort in the epicenter of Las Vegas or a cozy eco-friendly villa located in French Polynesia, it is every designer’s duty to connect the guests to the environment during their stay. The minute the guest leave their room, it should be a seamless transition from hotel life to local everyday life. The worlds should not be separate but should blend seamlessly the minute the guest steps foot outside of their hotel quarters.
As geography becomes a huge factor in how space is designed, what is deemed as luxury becomes relative. That eco-friendly villa in French Polynesia could be offering high-grade filtered water throughout the premises and this feature alone can be viewed as a huge benefactor and adds to the overall experience of what they consider a luxury stay. So let’s take a deeper look into how designers gage what’s essential to the guest experience, no matter the destination.
In the past travelers were all about souvenirs and securing a small keepsake of their experience after each travel. Although it is still a key part of the experience, it is no longer the most important aspect of the guest’s trip. What has taken precedence is a guest’s access rather over the sense of ownership. The typical guest wants to be a storyteller and allow their followers to experience what they are experiencing through their own eyes, of course. Access to place, people and culture will give them the guest a sense of what life is like as a local during their stay and this includes their hotel experience. Some hotel kitchens are stocked with food from local vendors to ensure that the guests get a taste of authentic local favorites.
Along the lines of defining what luxury means to a guest, we are discovering that simplicity goes hand-in-hand. Space does not need to feel over-designed and the guest actually enjoys feeling like their room is a space for them to decompress. As a curator, you will find that a nice view alone can be enough to create that connection that the guest longs for. The layout of the room should then be designed to complement the view instead of work against or take away from it. In areas that promote an eco-friendly lifestyle, you will find spaces that incorporate energy-efficient appliances and non-toxic products. Using local materials when building furniture for the rooms also helps connect the guest.