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bobamanfayun.jpgI’m deep in the throes of a project that is so un-Jackie—a magazine for the LA Dodgers—but I just had to take a seventh-inning stretch to post my three articles from the 2011 Best of the Best issue of Robb Report. Check out Amanfayun’s brand new ancient spa, the stunning residences at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, and Snaidero USA’s debut of some seriously rad bathrooms before the magazine slithers off newsstands to make way for July!


The Aman Spa at Amanfayun
From an ancient Chinese village springs a fountain of youth.

Treatments at the Aman Spa at Amanfayun, in China’s lake district of Hangzhou, begin at the Reception House—a building that once served as a dormitory for plantation workers in the ancient village of Fayun. In January 2010, Amanresorts completed its transformation of the village into a serene retreat, which is nestled amid 35 acres of tea fields and surrounded by ancient Buddhist sanctuaries.

Singapore-based Amanresorts is no stranger to historic renovations, having converted many notable properties— including royal residences in Montenegro and Cambodia and a French colonial hospital in Laos—into tip-top hospitality ventures. To create Amanfayun, the company faithfully restored the exteriors of Fayun’s original brickand- timber structures and turned their interiors into 42 luxurious villa suites, various restaurants, and the sprawling five-house Aman Spa, which looks out to the tea fields.

Amanfayun bases its therapies on ancient Chinese wellness practices, with an emphasis on Fayun’s surroundings. Treatments might feature warm
bamboo reeds and satchels filled with local herbs, and incorporate acupuncture, reflexology, and other traditional techniques. The two-and-a-half-hour
Spring treatment utilizes Hangzhou’s famous Longjing tea leaves in a foot scrub, aromatherapy massage, and body wrap, and is followed by a Chinese medicine-based facial.

Spa-goers can prolong the euphoric aftereffects of their treatments in the spa complex’s bathhouse building, heated pool, reflexology room, juice bar, fitness center, and meditation pavilion. For those guests in search of further enlightenment—and perhaps a taste of Fayun’s past—Aman Spa can
also arrange chanting sessions with Buddhist monks at Hangzhou’s Lingyin temple. —Jackie Caradonio

Snaidero USA Living

Snaidero usa has been serving up innovative kitchen designs for more than 60 years. From the company’s futuristic showrooms to its
museum-worthy collaborations with such design luminaries as Paolo Pininfarina and Virgilio Forchiassin, it has established itself as the trendsetter of its trade. Now Snaidero is taking its cutting-edge—and comprehensive— creations to a new room altogether: the bathroom.

The Snaidero USA Living collection, which debuted in October at the company’s newly expanded Manhattan showroom, includes seven distinct bathroom designs intended to challenge the way we view the home’s most private space. “The bathroom is no longer a room that must be kept
behind doors,” says Anna Paola Snaidero, vice president and director of public relations and advertising. “Just as the kitchen has become the
heart of the home, the bathroom has turned into a sort of private spa where the individual can go to pamper himself and escape the stress of the day.”

Elements traditionally reserved for formal rooms—chandeliers in crystal and in Murano glass, capitonné wall coverings, silver leaf–framed mirrors— are at home in Living’s Luxury line, which comprises the Majestic and Four Seasons models (starting at $54,900 and $26,300, respectively). In Majestic and Four Seasons, the vanity is the focal point, with sculptural steel legs and finishes such as lipstick-red lacquer and sleek polished ebony. Basins and countertops are available in materials including caramel-colored onyx, Bianco Carrara marble, and platinum-lined ceramic.

More streamlined are the models in Living’s Minimalist line: Kubik, Fly, Pivot, Symi, and Touch (which is unavailable now but is expected to be reintroduced in the fall). Kubik (starting at $17,300), a functional take on the cube shape by designer Lino Codato, features flush, wall-mounted cabinets with recessed handles that collectively convey the sense of a floating bathroom. The Touch model (pricing available upon request), a more rugged version of Kubik, has the same sleek lines but is fashioned from wooden beams reclaimed from Italian barns and stables, or (optionally) from a variety of leathers and fabrics. Stacked formations of wood, ceramic, glass, and steel are available, along with dramatic undermount lighting, to create a geometric aesthetic. The ebb and flow of Symi’s curvilinear base (starting at $7,160) recalls Snaidero USA’s classic Pininfarina-designed Ola kitchen.

Like Snaidero USA’s kitchens, all Living bathrooms can be customized to fit any floor plan. Components both large and small—from countertops
and bathtubs to drawer pulls and organizers—can be tailored to suit clients’ tastes. Finishes include Corian, water-resistant wood, onyx, beveled glass, marble, ceramic, and colorful lacquers ranging from the vibrant (Lobster Matrix, a shocking orange) to the subdued (High Gloss Anthracite, a muted slate). Fixtures—available through Snaidero USA’s partner, the Italian company Fantini—are also customizable.

“It is rare to find such a wide offering,” says Snaidero. “It is the same approach we have always used with our kitchens, which is that there is something for every taste.” —Jackie Caradonio

Resort Residences
Four Seasons Private Residences Seychelles

The brilliant white sand of Petite Anse beach separates Mahé island’s lush green jungle from the bright-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, forming a striking setting for the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles. “I have never seen sand so fine and white,” says the property’s general manager, Alastair McAlpine, who has operated resorts for Four Seasons in the Maldives and Hawaii. “The colors are so complex and rich it’s difficult to describe them.”

This rainbow of coastline is one of many perks that owners of the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles’ recently completed private residences can enjoy—from the beach or from their homes’ sundecks and pools. Located on Mahé, Seychelles’ largest island, the Four Seasons’ 28 full-ownership villas (the last of which will be completed in July) are spread across 88 acres of lush hillside. Each three- to six-bedroom villa, priced from $7.25 to $12.5 million, sits on 1.5 to more than four acres of land. Catwalk-like teak decks link the rooms, which can be decorated in styles ranging from French chic to British contemporary.

Among the standard features are wood-plank ceilings, outdoor showers, and technologies such as MP3-capable Bose stereos and 52-inch plasma TVs. Also promising to make owners feel at home are 24- hour concierge service and access to the Four Seasons’ fitness center, spa, two restaurants, and other facilities. —Jackie Caradonio

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