A Room with a View

When designing a master suite, hotel  rooms / hotel villas are a great reference.  What are the basic requirements to consider?

  • Size of the room
  • Size and orientation of the bed
  • View & which window treatment to use
  • Location of the switches for easy access to and fro inside the room
  • Placement of the TV & speakers
  • Closet space / walk-in closet
  • Bathroom positioning
  • Sitting Area 
  • Desk /adjoining den
  • Art work & Accessories
  • Special treats:  Mini bar with fridge, kitchenette with coffee maker, small library with reading space, a toilet with book shelves, spa room with a massage bed, etc
View from the Bed

A stay in  Hilton Northolme taught me a trick or two.  The easy flow and adjacency of the bathroom and bedroom opening up to great views of the sea will be bookmarked for my own dream master suite someday.  I am enticed by the idea of carefully planned transparency. The use of clear glass between a shower and the bathtub/jacuzzi nicely positioned at the center of the room facing the wooden framed glass doors leading to a terrace.  

The illuminated makeup mirror and double lavatories.  One important detail would be to consider having a separate vanity with drawers.

Terrace:  An over-sized daybed, sun loungers (great for reading) and outdoor dining.   Wall sconces provided romantic lighting at night.  

Exterior:  Designed in traditional Seychellois architecture by a local firm.  It's the only resort hotel in Beau Vallon, Mahe, Seychelles completely built in wood.  The designer strategically planned the placement of the 14 Deluxe Ocean front villas and 26 Oceanview Hillside Villas to keep the existing trees.  

We were lucky enough to catch a rainbow one morning on the way to breakfast.   
In your dream master suite, what would be a special amenity that has to be there?




  1. What a neat place! It's both rustic and contemporary. The views outside are gorgeous, too!

  2. Hi Sherry, it was a good escape,to stay in a wooden structure in a tropical setting. Not that I complain with the massive concrete apartments we see everyday here in the gulf, but it's nice to have a change of scenery from time to time.

  3. That's a great room, simple but has feeling and mood!

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

  4. Welcome to Design Gourmande. Thanks NaNa girls for stopping by.