Award Winning Architect
Architect Bill Bensley is renowned for his attention to detail. His approach is to create a seamless experience through every facet of a destination – from the architecture, interiors and landscaping, down to the smallest details. He has designed the number one resort in Condé Nast Traveller Top Hotels seven years running.
Bensley has imagined a community without gates, marked out by the natural features of the landscape. Every building has been built using local materials or materials from sustainable sources. Traditional wooden shingles and carved decoration help the structures blend in with their surroundings, giving the impression that they have always been there.
To make sure the reality matches the philosophy, Kittitian Hill has been built in collaboration with a team of 30 local contractors and craftsmen. Each of the private villas, cottages and suites, the spa, bars and restaurants, and The Village, reflect Val Kempadoo’s vision of sustainable luxury living that respects and celebrates the community and the environment.
International Recognition and Awards
Bill Bensley appears in Time Magazine’s Time Design 100;
Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in the World;
and Architectural Digest’s AD 100: Top 100 Designers.
He was recognized in Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List 2010, designing five of the top six awarded Asian Resorts. He has been voted number one Spa Designer in Asia by AsiaSpa Magazine and one of his resorts has been voted number 1 in Condé Nast Traveller Top Hotels seven years running.
Condé Nast included five Bill Bensley properties in its 2013 “Hot List” of the world’s best new hotels:
Condé Nast voted Four Seasons Chiang Rai the world’s No. 1 Hotel three years running – 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The #1 Spa Designer in Asia – AsiaSpa Magazine
AD top 100 Designers Worldwide – Architectural Digest
Time Design 100: One of the world’s top five hospitality designers – Time Magazine
Mr. Bensley’s designs deserve serious study, and his landscapings, however outlandish, are masterworks of art – Far East Economic Review
Bensley joins the 100 Most Creative People in the World – Fast Company Magazine
Kittitian Hill, St Kitts
Ritz Reserve, Puerto Rico
The Siam Hotel
Ananantara, Chiang Rai
Four Season, Chiang Mai
Four Season, Chiang Rai
Four Season, Koh Samui
One & Only, Maldives
One & Only, Mauritius
One & Only, Cape Town
Maia Resort, Seychelles
St Regis, Bali
Kiran Spa, Bali
Hotel de la Paix, Siem Reap
Shinta Mani, Siem Reap
Four Seasons, Huangzhou
Park Hyatt, Ningbo
Mandarin Oriental, Sanya
Oberoi Villas, Agra
Oberoi Villas, Jaipur
Leela Palace, Udaipur