PHUKET

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Escape -

Far from the ob­vi­ous lure of Phuket, on the other end

of the Thai isle – and ex­pe­ri­en­tial spec­trum – amid dra­matic lime­stone karsts of Phang Nga Bay over­look­ing the An­daman Sea, stands an ut­terly mod­ernist struc­ture.

Imag­ine utopia on a trop­i­cal is­land. Walk up the wide stairs, and this sprawl­ing min­i­mal­ist mon­u­ment opens into an as­ton­ish­ing dis­play of vi­brant colours, na­tive charm, and unique de­sign. No the­atri­cal Asian re­sort lobby of op­u­lent fur­ni­ture and big blooms here – wel­com­ing guests is a fas­ci­nat­ing al­tar-like in­stal­la­tion of stacked Thai ta­bles dis­play­ing the spirit of Phuket: wooden fig­urines in pas­tel washes, tra­di­tional

hand­crafted bowls, bam­boo vases, and fresh mar­ket flow­ers. Lamps are fash­ioned af­ter hand-wo­ven lob­ster traps; and pil­lars “wrapped” in or­ange monk robes. An

an­tique tem­ple bell im­parts monas­tic seren­ity … Ar­ti­sanal de­sign is the essence of Point Yamu, which cel­e­brates the mag­i­cal cre­ativ­ity of Paola Navone, the Ital­ian con­tem­po­rary de­sign icon in­vited by Como Ho­tels & Re­sorts to con­ceive her first-ever re­sort. Ev­ery­thing is touched with Navone’s unique aes­thetic, from con­cept art (think folded-pa­per fish hung above

mir­rored trays to cast pond-like re­flec­tions) to the small­est de­tails (table­ware, menus, bath­room trin­kets). “Lux­ury to­day can be an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of sim­plic­ity and re­spect of tra­di­tions in a con­tem­po­rary and un­ag­gres­sive en­vi­ron­ment,” shares the multi-award-win­ning Navone.

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